At noon local time on March 4, brothers Dawid Andres and Hubert Kisiński dove into the Atlantic Ocean, some six months and 5,000 miles after leaving the Pacific coast of Peru on their mountain bikes.
The duo rode to the crest of the Andes and one of the Amazon’s highest sources, Lake Ticlla Cocha. From there they followed the path of the Apurimac River, cycling through Cuzco to one of the Amazon’s biggest tributaries, the Ucayali River. There the brothers bolted the bikes to small catamarans and, using innovative and temperamental pedal-driven propellers, continued another 3,700 miles to the Atlantic.
Along the way they experienced mechanical challenges, hungry whirlpools, and talking fish. They met many generous people, and a few pirates. Amazon explorer and fellow Pole Piotr Chmielinski advised the brothers throughout their expedition and filed this series of reports.