CycloExpedition Americas, it’s a 27,000-kilometre journey (16,900 miles)… on bicycle! The departure is set on the summer solstice 2012 from Inuvik, north of the Arctic circle, in the Northwest Territories of Canada and the arrival is planned one and a half years later in Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, south of Patagonia, in Argentina. Moreover, to give a little bit more of vertigo to this challenge, the itinerary, as seen below, follows along and traverses many times over the dorsal spine of the continent, the Great Continental Divide, biking through the Rockies and the Andes.
In Central America and north of South America, many weeks will be dedicated to volunteering in organic farm, doing WWOOFing or in other organizations.
More detailled maps are available on this blog post written in April 2012.
Who is on the road?
Since he experienced his first trip when he was 17 years old, it’s hard for him to stay at the same place more than a year. Etienne has long-stay travel experiences in France, Canada, Australia and Spain. He also worked as a tour guide in Canada and United States. Through all this, he was able to finish his study in tourism and to continue classes at university in tourism management, communication and international cooperation. Loving life and curious about new things, he likes challenges even if sometimes they make his life harder. At 19 years old, he went across Canada on bicycle with a friend, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia. They said to themselves at the end of the trip, as a joke, that after crossing the continent from east to west, they would have to do it from north to south. Seven years later, it’s not a joke anymore!
Long term road partners
Guillermo Sarmiento González
Joined the project from January 25th 2014 in Santiago, Chile to April 27th 2014 in Lapataia, Ushuaia, Argentina
Guillermo, 26, hosted Etienne through CouchSurfing while he was passing by Cali, Colombia. The idea of traveling by bicycle amazed him. Making his dream a reality two months after graduated in journalism and social communication, he took a flight to Santiago and join Etienne for the last 4.000 leg of the journey.
Joined the project from October 18th 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States to December 9th 2012 in Zacatecas, Mexico. – Website
Pablo, 28, met Etienne when they were studying in Barcelona in 2010 and he remembers him very well talking about his plan for the first time on Plaça Revolució. After having worked and studied in the tourism sector for over 10 years, he now decided to be a tourist himself… on a bike! He was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but grew up in Bonn, Germany. This journey will be a wonderful way of getting to know his country of birth as well as almost a whole continent!
Shared the road from Breaburn Lodge, Yukon, Canada, July 12th 2012 to Highway 20, Idaho, United States, on September 18th.
35 year old and a big connoisseur of bicycle travel, Jörg went through United States from East to West and Australia from North to South, without counting all the travels he did in Europe. His hometown is around Stuttgart, Germany. This time, he started in Alaska with the objective of going to Patagonia. He caught up Etienne on the Klondike Highway in Yukon and they are traveling together since then. Their road will split up in United States, where he will meet his girlfriend in San Francisco to continue on the west coast as Etienne will go on with his journey through the mountains.
Other cyclo-travelers which whom I shared the road with
Stéphanie Vincent, Québec, Canada – April 27, 2014 – Ushuaia to Lapataia, Argentina – Website
Omar Ochoa, Argentina – April 22, 2014 – Rio Grande and outside this city, Argentina
Gustavo Navarro, Argentina – April 5, 2014 – Tamel Aike to Gobernado Gregores, Argentina
Christian Morici, Argentina – March 10 to 27 and April 4 to 8, 2014 – Outside of Bariloche, Argentina, to Puerto Igeniero Ibañez, Chile and Río Olnie to road crossing to El Chaltén, Argentina
Rubén Orellana Ahumada, Chile – March 2 to 6, 2014 – Puerto Fuy, Chile to Lago Falkner, Argentina
Eranko Mol, Chile – March 1st and 2nd, 2014 – Coñaripe to Puerto Fuy, Chile
Stéfan Simon and Magali Carron, Switzerland – December 9, 2013 – toward Santiago, Chile – Website
Caroline Tréhu and Arthur Ply, France, on tandem – November 30 and December 1st, 2013 – on the road to Abra Agua Negra, Argentina – Facebook Page
Marion Dittus and Mathias Darbelay, Switzerland – from November 18 to 28, 2013 – Cafayate to San José de Jachál, Argentina – Website (123)
Daniel Pötscke, Germany – October 22, 2013 – La Paz to Patacamaya, Bolivia – Website
Ron, United States – October 22, 2013 – La Paz to Patacamaya, Bolivia – Website
Benjamin Pouliquen and Faustine Huby, France – from August 21 to 29, 2013 – Parque Nacional de Huascarán to Huancayo, Peru – Website
Adrian Siegenthaler, Germany – from August 15 to 18, 2013 – Cañon del Pato to Huaraz, Peru
John and Katherine, Australia – 27 and 28 juin 2013 – On the road to Pasto, Colombia
Tim Roseborough, Canada – 27 and 28 juin 2013 – On the road to Pasto, Colombia
Hector Zavala Baez, Chile – April 5, 2013 – Toward Altagracia-Granada ferry – Website
Micaela Neus, United States – from February 13 to 18, 2013 – From Panajachel to Salamá, Guatemala.
Anita Wehling, Germany – January 18 and 19 and from January 25 to 27, 2013 – From the mountains outside of Tapanatepex, Oaxaca, to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico and from San Cristobál de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico to Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Tanel Ethne, Estonia – From January 17 to 19 janvier, 2013 – From outside of Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico – Website
Stephanie Solvenson, Canada – September 24, 2012 – Outside of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States – Website
Iaroslav Vychemirski, United Kingdom – September 23, 2012 – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States – Website
Pablo Garcia, Argentina – Septembre 1st, 2012 – From Glacier National Park to Columbia Falls, Montana, United States – Website
Laurent Simon, France – From August 9 to 11, 2012 – From Prince George to Dunster, British Columbia, Canada – Website
Yuta Kuroyanagi, Japan – August 9 and 10, 2012 – From outside of Prince George to Ancient Forest, British Columbia, Canada
Maksim Kalashnikov, United States – July 21, 2012 – From Jade City to Dease Lake, Canada