GeneralIn general, I wanted to go from Argentina to Alaska and then after cross from California to New York. However the last cross (West-to-East) is a little unsure as there as some unknowns still; 1) I have limited time and 2) after riding from South-to-North I might not be "up for it" and 3) a lot of stuff can happen before that when on the road.
In short, trip can be boiled down to:
- +14 countries
- +40.000 km
- 6 months
Stage 1(Approx. 18629 km)
Week 1 & 2 - Argentina & Tierra del Fuego
|Week 1 & 2|
Cross into Chile and cross the Magellan Straits to Tierra del Fuego. From there back into Argentina in northern Tierra del Fuego, pass San Sebastian Bay, Rio Grande and Lago Fagnano before sweeping into Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world. In Bahia Lapatia, I reach the “End of the Road” to take that photo! From here, the only way is north!
Dates (approx): 15FEB-28FEB
Distance: 3692 km.
Drive index: 264 km/d.
Week 3 & 4 - Patagonia & The Lake District
|Week 3 & 4|
Ruta 40 provides a remote windswept route, along the wild Patagonian plains to El Calafate, and the massive ice blue glacier, Perito Moreno. The route crisscrosses the Argentinian/Chilean border - once Lago Gral Carrera is reached, the border will be crossed again going into Chile and the famous, scenic ruta 7.
The Carretera Austral “Southern Road”, built by Pinochet in the late seventies provides an awesome ride amidst mountain peaks, waterfalls, glaciers and temperate cloud forest, connecting tiny villages along what is one of the best scenic journeys in the world.
By Lago Yelcho, the route goes back into Argentina to look for Butch Cassidy’s cabin. A days rest in pretty lakeside town of Bariloche, amidst the peaks of the Andes, before the volcanic route border crossing Paso Mamuil Malal to Pucon (Chile) and north to Santiago.
Dates (approx): 29FEB-13MAR
Distance: 3137 km.
Drive index: 224 km/d.
Week 5, 6 & 7 - Chile, Argentina & Bolivia
|Week 5, 6 & 7|
Through South America’s poorest country, Bolivia. Potosi lies at over 4000 metres – this is truly riding high. Also Salar de Uyuni (world’s biggest salt flats) and the Road of Death – not for the faint hearted – is on the route before hitting La Paz. Then cross Lake Titicaca on an old wooden barge to reach Peru.
Dates (approx): 14MAR-03APR
Distance: 5246 km.
Drive index: 250 km/d.
Week 8, 9 & 10 - Peru & Ecuador
|Week 8, 9 & 10|
The descent from Cusco to Nazca provides one of the best rides in the world - back in the desert. Take a short hop on a flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines, then onto the “band of holes” and Paracas, on the Pacific Coast. In Northern Peru, we head back into the Andes and numerous bends climbing to Huaraz, before descending through the tiny gravel road through the Canyon del Pato.
Somewhere one week into this part, I will be going home for a week for wedding.
Back along the Pacific Coast, Huanchaco provides sand and surfing, with the opportunity to visit the adobe ruins of Chan Chan. There’s most desert riding – watch out for sand storms and dunes on the road and a final night in Chiclayo before reaching Ecuador.
A tiny mountain border signals another truly magnificent riding road to Loja and onto Cuenca – many twisties! On the way through Ecuador, the route passes by the Cotopaxi volcano and the Basílica del Voto Nacional church.
Dates (approx): 04APR-24APR (-7 days for trip to DK)
Distance: 4489 km.
Drive index: 321 km/d. (Gonna be a busy 2 weeks)
Week 11 - Colombia
Dates (approx): 25APR-01MAY
Distance: 2065 km.
Drive index: 295 km/d.
(Approx. 8430 km)
Week 12, 13 & 14 - Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala & Belize
|Week 12, 13 & 14|
Spend 1 week with a friend in Costa Rica - some relaxing time.
Central America’s busy borders feature high on local life and there is plenty of time to watch it all happening, as the wheels of bureaucracy can run slow! Nicaragua’s high point is the old town of Granada, whilst Honduras boasts the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan. Riding is a hot and humid business, through lush tropical scenery.
The Guatemalan Highlands brings a cool breeze and Tikal provides the highlight of Guatemala with Mayan ruins (think Star Wars), before going into Belize. Crossing into Mexico in northern Belize.
Dates (approx): 02MAY-22MAY (-7 days for rest)
Distance: 3148 km.
Drive index: 225 km/d.
Week 15 & 16 - Mexico
|Week 15 & 16|
Taking to ruta 40 from Durango to Mazatlán crossing the highest bridge in the Americas. From there it’s the ferry to the Baja peninsula and riding the sand dunes all the way the US border.
Dates (approx): 23MAY-05JUN
Distance: 5282 km.
Drive index: 377 km/d.
(Approx. 8913 km)
Week 17, 18 & 19 - USA
|Week 17, 18 & 19|
Next is the Red Rock State Park and "The Devil's Hwy" (west of Farmington) which originally was named Hwy 666, but was later changed to Hwy 491.
Canyonlands National Park and the Arches National Park lead the way through Aspen (famous winter ski sport area) and to Pike Peak, where the world famous hill climb rally takes place.
From there its north to Canada but before reaching the border, the route will pass, amongst others, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.
Dates (approx): 06JUN-26JUN
Distance: 4393 km.
Drive index: 209 km/d.
Week 20, 21 & 22 - Canada & Alaska
|Week 20, 21 & 22|
The route goes through Banff National Park (where Moraine Lake Lodge is located) and Jasper National Park.
Crossing into British Columbia, Dawson Creek will be the first stop. Staying on the highways in Yukon and beyond, Hwy 9 (Canada side)/Hwy 5 (Alaska side) is closed during the winter months (which means most of the year).
Riding to Fairbanks, the last step is a long stretch on the Dalton Highway all the way to Prudhoe Bay.
Dates (approx): 27JUN-17JUL
Distance: 4520 km.
Drive index: 215 km/d.
Stage 4(Approx. 10512 km)
Week 23 & 24 - Alaska & Canada (return)
|Week 23 & 24|
Dates (approx): 18JUL-31JUL
Distance: 4288 km.
Drive index: 306 km/d.
*Week 25 & 26 - USA (Seattle to Salt Lake City)
|Week 25 & 26|
The coastal highway will lead to San Francisco, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. Coming out of the beautiful San Francisco, the route goes to Tahoe Lake, Big Trees Park and Yosemite National Park.
In order to get to Salt Lake City, the route must cross the state of Nevada which will be done on "the loneliest road in the world" hitting the salt flats before arriving at Salt Lake City.
All in all, this lead to beautiful scenery but it is going to be wildly busy.
Dates (approx): 01AUG-14AUG
Distance: 3426 km.
Drive index: 245 km/d.
*Week 27 & 28 - USA (Salt Lake City to Los Angeles)Not yet finished.
Dates (approx): 15AUG-28AUG
Distance: 2798 km.
Drive index: 200 km/d.