Now that I’ve journeyed through here, I feel like I have a better understanding of these small mining towns and their communities and have a deeper respect for the land. It’s definitely not just another bike track, it’s a very special place indeed. Spirits are alive and very present in these rugged, remote mountains, almost like they’re the keepers of the trail - the guardian angels guiding us along these ribbons of sacred trails and through these rain forests…and we’re the fortunate one’s who get to enjoy and appreciate their hard work and sacrifice. May they find peace.
Words by Anka Martin. Photos by Sven Martin.