Where I Will Ride
To capitalize on news media across Canada my route will take me through all the major cities across Canada. Upon reaching Edmonton AB I will fly to Inuvik, NWT and start heading south to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – the southernmost city in the world.
The second phase of this bike ride will start on the northern tundra, high above the Arctic Circle on Canada’s most remote highway, the Dempster Highway and then take me into the Rocky Mountains and along Canada’s most beautiful stretches of highway between Jasper and Banff, Alberta and then onto Vancouver. I shall travel the beautiful west coast in the United States. Reaching California, the plan is to ride to San Francisco to Yosemite National Park through to Death Valley National Park– one of the hottest places on the planet and then on to Utah, Arizona and The Grand Canyon – one of the most amazing geological wonders of the world.
Upon reaching Mexico I would continue along the Baja California Coast. When the road ends I will then ferry across and then catch a train to Copper Canyon. A train is required transportation to reach this canyon as there are no passable roads from the coast to a canyon that is even larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. The intent would be to ride straight down the middle of Mexico to Mexico City. I am expecting very mountainous, arid desert and isolated landscapes through much of Mexico. I suspect that even though I have been to Mexico many times there will be some getting used to as this will be my first country outside Canada or the US on a bicycle.
I suspect much of the Central American countries that I will ride through – Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama will all provide numerous extreme challenges. I suspect sweltering heat in extreme humid conditions that only jungles can provide will be the norm. I can only image the mountains, poor road conditions and climate will really start to test my abilities as a cyclist. Major highlights in Central America would include Tikal in Guatemala. Entering Belize on a bike will be so amazing for me. Belize is a very special for me and is where my home away from Canada is . I can hardly wait to reach Costa Rica. There will be so many places to explore in Costa Rica such as Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Tortuguero National Park which is only accessible by plane or boat. I have to imagine seeing the Panama Canal, considered one of the seven modern wonders of the world will be my last Central American highlight.
As there is no highway from Central to South America I will look to hire a sail boat to get me to Columbia. In my opinion no trip to South America would ever be complete without reaching the mouth of the mighty Amazon River, the second largest river in the world. So from Columbia I will continue to Venezuela, the Island of Trinidad and then Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and Brazil and then the mouth of the Amazon. From the mouth of the Amazon I aim to either take a number of boats all the way up the Amazon into Peru. Or I may also consider cycling the Trans-Amazonian Highway; a dirt road that sort of follows the Amazon River. That decision will likely be made upon arriving at the Amazon.
From Peru I will have to ride north to Ecuador to reach the capital Quito, to visit the Equator Monument. Turning around to head south I ride back into Peru. A stop at Machu Picchu, the most famous icon of the Inca World would be a definite requirement. From Peru I will ride into Bolivia. In Bolivia I will ride what is considered one of the world’s most dangerous highways – The Yungas Highway between La Paz and the town of Coroico. Also a ride through Bolivia is never complete without a ride through the Salt Plains of Salar de Unyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. From Bolivia I ride into Paraguay to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and then Uruguay. Leaving the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo I will take a ferry to the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires I would head for the Pacific Ocean and then zig zag my way south back and forth between Argentina and Chile all the way south to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – the southernmost city in the world.
What can I say about riding through South America? My route will take me from the Amazon rainforest, up the Amazon River to the Andes. I will be criss crossing the Andes, the world’s longest continental mountain range through Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Chile. I will ride through unforgiving arid desolate jungle and desert environments. I will be riding in altitudes that will be thousands and thousands of feet above sea level. When I think about and look at other cyclists photos of South America I am almost at a loss of words to explain or describe what I am up against. South America will challenge me like nothing I could even imagine.
I will experience different cultures, different languages, extreme weather, extreme landscapes, extreme isolation and extreme beauty and wonder. I will experience risk, adventure and danger unlike ever before in my life. I will be required to push everything that I am to its limits.
The plan is to ride almost 54,000 km's will have me cycle through some incredible areas. The following stops would be some of the more notable highlights.
Phase 1 - Major Canadian Cities
St John's NL, to Sidney & Halifax NS, to Charlottetown PEI, to St John's & Fredericton NB, to Quebec City & Montreal QC, to Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Sudbury & Thunder Bay ON, to Winnipeg MB, to Regina SK, and Calgary & Edmonton AB.
Phase 2 - To the bottom of the world
The North West Territories
Inuvik the most northern community accessible via road in Canada
The Dempster Highway
Finish the Dempster Highway
Top of the World Highway (Community of Chicken)
The Cassiar Highway
Possibly Stewart BC & Hyder AK
Yoho National Park & Rogers Pass
Jasper National Park to Banff National Park
Olympic National Park
Beaches & coast
Redwood National Park
“Avenue of the Giants” (Numerous famous redwood trees)
Beaches & coast
Yosemite National Park
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Too many canyons of geological wonder to mention
The Grand Canyon
Michoacán’s Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries
Mexico City (& Teotihuacan Ruins)
The Community Baboon Sanctuary (home)
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary the world’s first jaguar reserve
Great Blue Hole & Cayes
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Tortuguero National Park
Corcovado National Park
sail to Colombia
Hopefully see Angel Falls
A river trip up the Amazon to Peru
Rio de Janeiro
World’s most dangerous highway – The Yungas Highway between La Paz & the town of Coroico
Salt plains of Salar de Unyuni
Torres Del Paine
Los Glacier National Park
Ushuaia – Bottom of the world