long haul trekkers

After global cycling trek with their dog, Portland couple returns to promote animal rights

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 18th, 2017 at 10:20 am

Jen Sotolongo, Sora, and Dave Hoch pedaling across a bridge in the O’Higgins region of Chile.
(Photos: Long Haul Trekkers)

— This post was edited by Jonathan Maus based on an article by Jen Sotolongo

After two years on the road pedaling across Europe and South America with their adopted Australian Shepherd, Sora, Jen Sotolongo and Dave Hoch of the Long Haul Trekkers will be returning home to Portland.

If they sound familiar, it’s because we covered their story about their ride from Oslo, Norway to Athens, Greece via the Balkans and Turkey last year. Since that piece was published, Jen, Dave, and Sora finished another continent: South America. They started in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, in Argentine Patagonia and finished in Medellín, Colombia. The adventure took them through six countries in South America (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia), 23 in total and some 6,000 miles over the two years of their journey.

The original plan was to ride all the way back to Portland, however, two years of bicycle travel left them in need of a break and wanting to explore other aspects of life than just cycle touring. The constant up and down of the Andes with steep grades can wear out even the hardest of souls. “We spent entire days pushing up steep mountain passes that brought me to tears,” said Jen. “I certainly had moments wondering whether I would prefer to be back in my old life behind a desk. Then I’d look around me at the beautiful view and shake my head that the thought had even entered my mind.”[Read more…]

Portland couple quits jobs to cycle the world with their dog

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 8th, 2016 at 11:25 am


A “family portrait” of Jen Sotolongo, Dave Hoch and their pooch Sora.
(Photos: Jen Sotolongo and Dave Hoch)

Plenty of folks quit their jobs in exchange for adventure, but not quite in the way as Dave Hoch and Jen Sotolongo of Southeast Portland. Since May 2015, Dave and Jen have been cycle touring the world with a unique companion — their 11-year-old Australian Shepherd, Sora. Together, they call themselves the Long Haul Trekkers.
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