Here's Seth, gasping up the climb towards La Calera (Kelly, as usual is stopped ahead with time to take photos). Every Sunday thousands of people make the climb up to the summit just outside of downtown Bogotá, it's a fantastic scene, young, old, fancy, scrappy, everybody getting their asses kicked for some Sunday fun.
At the top of the climb with Frederik and Diana, an amazing couple we met through our rugby contacts with ArcAngeles, who showed us the way. Diana is a few months pregnant and had never done the climb before but decided to give it a go. Diana stuck on Seth's wheel, decided the pace was very nice, and made it all the way to the top. Maybe the first time the slow ass climbing speed helped somebody else out! Also, arepas con queso, and carrot cake from the summit food stands are wondrous. Worth the climbing just for the food.
Every Sunday Bogotá shuts down hundreds of kilometers of its main streets to motorized traffic for the Cyclovia. Lanes are dedicated for use by cyclists, pedestrians, roller-bladers, and any other human-powered device you can think of. It's eye-opening how many people will get outside and moving when infrastructure and planning make it safe and easy to do so. Portland take note, Sunday Parkways ain't got nothing on this!
Hanging out in the rehab department of ArcAngeles with José Cabo and their lead therapist. They do some amazing work at ArcAngeles for people with disabilities. From initial rehab to social inclusion via sport, employment inclusion, educational opportunities, and cultural outreach, they address the integration of disability into society from every angle. We were inspired to see all the work their doing to help advance disability rights across the Americas. Please check them out at: http://arcangeles.org/
Scrimmaging with the team. The Maximus project is helping to develop rugby across South America and we're both stoked to be able to link up with some brand new rugby teams in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile and help teach a little about the sport. Rugby can help people with quadriplegia and similar disabilities move towards independence more effectively than just about any government program. Couldn't be happier to do our part to help it spread through the world.