Where do we plan to ride?
Understandably, after sharing the news of our Christmas present / adventure vehicles, the question most everyone wanted to ask, and some actually did, is where do we plan to ride? It only makes sense for people to be curious. When Rebecca and I discussed sharing our plans though, we were initially apprehensive as, at this point in time, we still have a lot of things in play that could affect where we begin, and which route we take. That said, I’m going to share what our big goal is, what – if everything works out perfectly – we’d like to do. If it changes, it changes. After spending the last 6 years with our travels largely influenced by the weather, we’re not unfamiliar with adapting to an ever-changing set of circumstances.
Where? Deadhorse, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina
The farthest point north that you can travel in Alaska without going on to private land is the town of Deadhorse, in Prudhoe Bay. Because of this, it is a common jumping off point for cyclists undertaking a Pan-American trip. The distance from there to Ushuaia, the “End of the World,” is shown as 9484 miles on the above graphic. That equates to 15,263 km. Of course, bicycles can’t take the most direct route as an airplane is able to, so most cyclists who complete a similar trip end up traveling closer to 30,000 km.
How long would a trip like this take? As long as you’d like! A common time frame seems to be approximately 1.5 years though, which allows people to begin their travels in Alaska during the warmer summer months, and end in Patagonia during their austral summer. Doesn’t that sound like a fun vacation?