Being Sick on the Road: The Reality of Cycle Touring

People often ask us what happens if one of us gets sick, and since both of us had some sort of stomach bug yesterday (most likely from bad food or water, though we really don’t remember eating anything bad) I figured that now would be a good time to touch on that subject.

Now, before anyone starts to worry, we weren’t really sick, just a bit uncomfortable for about 24h. Since we were in the middle of nowhere with enough food to last us for days, we decided to just camp an extra night and wait it out, which thankfully worked. Though of course it would have been nicer to curl up in a bed in a heated room, our tent really has become our home and since no matter where it is it always feels the same inside, it really isn’t that bad to hang out in. We ended up listening to an incredible amount of podcasts (This American Life and TedTalks Radio Hour) throughout the day, and for a sick day, it wasn’t all that bad.

That being said, it’s harder to deal with someone getting sick on the road if they are sick for more than just one day. A year ago when Kevin got typhoid fever in Nepal we ended up being at a standstill for weeks, and on and off for months as he recovered from one illness after another. Since Nepal was so cheap we were able to just wait it out in a guest house (four or five dollars a night) but here in Patagonia, we would never be able to do that as its forty to fifty dollars a room here. Thankfully, it’s also a whole lot cleaner down here as well so hopefully we won’t have to figure out how to deal with being sick at anytime soon!

But besides being sick, it’s been a beautiful week! We passed through a huge valley which looked a lot like what I would imagine Montanan to look like, before coming back into the snowy peaks.

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There are so many beautiful waterfalls throughout this region as there are glaciers all around.

There are so many beautiful waterfalls throughout this region as there are glaciers all around.

One of our best fishing rivers.

One of our best fishing rivers.

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We love camping by rivers, especially when there is a mountain looming in the background.

We love camping by rivers, especially when there is a mountain looming in the background.

The end of the paved road, it was a nice break from the washboard!

The end of the paved road, it was a nice break from the washboard!

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Kevin and I have found so many old houses we would love to buy up.

Kevin and I have found so many old houses we would love to buy up.

No idea what they were, but they were friendly and totally unafraid!

No idea what they were, but they were friendly and totally unafraid!

And of course, we got to do some fishing as well. As Kevin fly fished, I waded through the river watching absolutely enormous salmon – salmon literally too big for the river – thrash around on the rocks as they swam uphill. Since I’ve never seen a salmon run before, I was incredibly intrigued.

Kevin fighting the fish.

Kevin fighting the fish.

Fly fishing in Patagonia, Kevin has already dreamed of this!

Fly fishing in Patagonia, Kevin has already dreamed of this!

Trout.

Trout.

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17 thoughts on “Being Sick on the Road: The Reality of Cycle Touring

  1. We love to read your blogg and to look att your fantastic pictures. We understand that you are healthy now and continue your fabulous journey!

  2. We hope you are cycling towards Peru! We would like to see what rout you are going to choose. We’ ll be there in June/July and need some inspiration!

    • We will be going through Peru, but not until about that time (June July August) so maybe we will meet up! The great Peruvian divide is the number one thing we are looking forward to, but check out pikes on bikes for more inspiration since they have really done it all!

  3. Your posts are so much fun to read… Fodder for dreams! How do you keep batteries charged “in the middle of nowhere” and how do you access the internet??? I’m stumped! Keep peddling & posting! Hugs to you both!

      • What kind of solar panel do you have and do you recommend it? In fact, do you have a blog entry with gear reviews to point me to? We’re going to do a big trip (our first trip!) in 2016 and we’re wondering how to stay charged up and connected, among many other things. Love your blog, insights, photos, and news! You’re an inspiration!

  4. I’d like to know more about Kevin’s fish gear and also is it a good investment to take a rod n reel while touring, is there much fishing to be had?. I’m not a fisherman but, when touring I fantasise about it and wonder does pay to carry the extra equipment.

    • I think it really depends where. In Turkey for instance he absolutely never used it, whereas here in Patagonia and in New Zealand he has caught quite a lot of fish. Since it’s his main passion, for him it’s definitely worth the weight (it’s not really that heavy) and we have met others less into fishing who have just bough cheap rods down here for a month or two before passing them on to someone else.

  5. Glad to hear your both feeling better and am wondering how you are finding some of the Patagonian winds, cause I know they drove me to distraction a few times!

    If you like Argentina you’ll absolutely love Peru. If you are heading to Trujillo, Peru you should look up Lucho of Casa Ciclistas – Do a quick web search and you’ll find his details – Cause he would have to be one of the keenest / friendliest cyclists in the world (Sth America, at least)!

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