Route

Though the days to the start of the trip becomes fewer and fewer, the route is (still) constantly under development. However, I'm basically set on South America and most of Central America. I cannot, however, make up my mind about Mexico and North America. That's why you need to check in regularly on this page to find out my latest ideas.

UNDER PLANNING!

General

In 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
The the South-to-North trip has been divided into 3 stages, which I have described in more detail below.

Detailed itinerary

Stage 1

(Approx. 18629 km)

Week 1 & 2 - Argentina & Tierra del Fuego

Week 1 & 2
Arrive into Buenos Aires and collect the motorcycle. Enjoy a couple of nights at the best tango shows in the city and enjoy the best steak in the world! Leave to head south, first to Miramar at the east coast. Then follow the Atlantic coast line to Welsh colony of Puerto Madryn to spot whales, sea lions and penguins.
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
Route: Map
Distance: 3692 km.
Drive index: 264 km/d.





Week 3 & 4 - Patagonia & The Lake District

Week 3 & 4
The magnificent Torres del Paine, with its wonderful dirt roads and gigantic granite peaks are a perfect backdrop for adventure motorcycling. After crossing the Magellan Strait again, heading for ruta 9 and staying in Chile all the way to Paso Río Don Guillermo where the route goes back into Argentina.

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
Route: Map
Distance: 3137 km.
Drive index: 224 km/d.


Week 5, 6 & 7 - Chile, Argentina & Bolivia

Week 5, 6 & 7
From Pucon the route goes through the Andes before going back to Argentina for the last time. The final stretch in Argentina will follow Ruta 40 all the way to Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak and then passing back into Chile. Up through Chile and the Atacama Desert seeing “the very large telescope” and “the hand of the desert” and then cross into Bolivia by San Pedro de Atacama.

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
Route: Map
Distance: 5246 km.
Drive index: 250 km/d.



Week 8, 9 & 10 - Peru & Ecuador

Week 8, 9 & 10
Puno and a visit out to the floating islands is followed by a great ride into Cusco, via the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and the market town of Pisac. Time in Cusco for visiting Machu Picchu and try out the local Cusquena beer in the famous biker bar, the Norton Rats.

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)
Route: Map
Distance: 4489 km.
Drive index: 321 km/d. (Gonna be a busy 2 weeks)


Week 11 - Colombia

Week 11
The route starts out by visiting the Las Lajas Sanctuary - it is a basilica church located in southern Colombia. From there it's the twisty road passing by Cueva de los Guacharos National Park and on to Bogota and Medellin and past the Nevado del Tolima volcano. The week ends in Cartagena where the ferry leaves to Panama.

Dates (approx): 25APR-01MAY
Route: Map
Distance: 2065 km.
Drive index: 295 km/d.










Stage 2

(Approx. 8430 km)

Week 12, 13 & 14 - Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala & Belize

Week 12, 13 & 14
Starting in Colon the route goes through Panama City and across the Bridge of Americas. The Pan American winds its way to David, before heading into the mountains and take uncongested roads, looking over the Caribbean. Crossing into Costa Rica, experience beach life, rainforests, volcanoes and a final stop on the Pacific to sip cocktails and watch the sun set.

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)
Route: Map
Distance: 3148 km.
Drive index: 225 km/d.

Week 15 & 16 - Mexico

Week 15 & 16
First point of call in Mexico is Cancún. From there the route goes via the Gulf of Mexico coast to one of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, Palenque – think Indiana Jones! From there it’s on to the hot springs og Grutas Tolantongo and the city of San Miguel de Allende.

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
Route: Map
Distance: 5282 km.
Drive index: 377 km/d.

Stage 3

(Approx. 8913 km)

Week 17, 18 & 19 - USA

Week 17, 18 & 19
Starting off the first time in USA by heading east towards White Sands Monument where the White Sands Trail leads through White Sands Missile Range. Heading west out of Magdalena on "Old Hwy 60", I'm passing "The Very Large Array" (seen in movies and known for the SETI program).

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
Route: Map
Distance: 4393 km.
Drive index: 209 km/d.

Week 20, 21 & 22 - Canada & Alaska

Week 20, 21 & 22
Starting off the first time in Canada, the route stays to the east of the Rocky Mountains range. Will follow some of the routes and roads inspired by Neil Peart (drummer in RUSH) in his book, "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road".

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
Route: Map
Distance: 4520 km.
Drive index: 215 km/d.

Stage 4

(Approx. 10512 km)

Week 23 & 24 - Alaska & Canada (return)

Week 23 & 24
Returning from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks and beyond, many of the same roads are gonna be re-visited. However, before the border to Canada, the route takes the most southern highway south staying close to the Alaskan border and through many of the national nature parks.
















Dates (approx): 18JUL-31JUL
Route: Map
Distance: 4288 km.
Drive index: 306 km/d.

*Week 25 & 26 - USA (Seattle to Salt Lake City)

Week 25 & 26
Starting off the south-bound route back down to California, the route starts by passing through Tulip Town (with fields of tulips), Seattle and the Space Needle. Next the Bridge of Gods will lead to Painted Hills park where the layers of the Earth has been exposed - very good picture opportunity.

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
Route: Map
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
Route: Map
Distance: 2798 km.
Drive index: 200 km/d.


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