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Cycling South America

That moment when you say "yes" to a crazy idea. What was once an idea, now started to take on the shape of reality. It was the beginning of March when I was presented with the idea to cycle across South America. I had just come off another three month tour and was already looking for the next big thing. This trip would be demanding. We'd be dealing with language barrier, poverty, and extreme weather conditions. From the time I said yes to this grand adventure, I knew it would be like nothing I had experienced before.

Some fields outside the Turkish city of Izmir... Vehicle lights shine directly at my tent, no problem, there's a road nearby its just a vehicle passing by. The lights don't dim. Voices. More lights. Some words are shouted through the walls of my tent in Turkish. I unzip the canvas, the only barrier between me and whoever was outside. I poke my head out and my first sight is several sub machine guns.