the other day, a few guys were riding their bikes in the andes. As they rode the singletrack, they noticed somebody else was riding the trail. they got closer, and they noticed it was a girl, 12 or 13 years old. she is a local girl, whose family lives from subsistance farming and herding in the andes. she says she rides her bike often, but living so far from the city (3-4hr walk) she does not have access, nor money for spares. still, she likes to ride her bike, and has kept riding the bike until, literally, the tires fell off. its quite sobering, as we usually spend endless shuttle-hours arguing where saints are better than codes, or whether the ccdb upgrade is worth the money. this little girl keeps it real, going on joy rides on her bike. obviously, one cannot remain untouched after seeing this pictures. we have made a small pool of money to buy her a new bike. hopefully it will be delivered next week. the tricky part, is that she lives in the highlands, and it takes about 5-6 hours to get there from Lima. her village is not accessible by road, so there will be some porting involved. We are working on the logistics, and how to take the bike with us next time he hit the highlands.