The journey in pictures! Click on the image to enlarge and flick through. Enjoy!
The lovely Marita who drove a long way out of town to give me bags of food for the road
Starting the last pass of this journey
The scenery finally begins to change
Sun rise over a still Antartic Ocean
There are some views occasionally to look at on the pampas
The desolate pampas
These propaganda signs for The Falklands (Malvinas) are all over Patagonia…still a sore subject for Argentina it seems.
Harry Potter the terrorist…or giant condom
Think Im in need of a bigger saucepan for my porridge
Found this hotel to keep me warm for the night
Even I could catch a fish here…30 trout in this tiny pond
Kipping in the back of the pick up truck for the night.
An incredibly nice family
Cramming into the van with these legends to keep out of the rain
The trench to the campsite
Look closely and you will see the volcano is still smoking heavily. The locals were telling me some horror stories.
Leak all fixed and water running
Found this stunning camp spot right next to the autopista
It won’t leave without me…nek minute
This pass was stunning
My new companion ‘Forest’
Not a bad view for a 1000 kms
Good spot to camp for the night
Even in the rain the area is beautiful
Reminds me of Queenstown
Spot the rainbow
A special place
Autumn and the winter
Notice the winding road up the side
Blue bird day
‘Honk if you love the ‘Holy Plant’ !
Where the mountains start is Chile
Love the contrast
The only ‘town’ for 350 kms
Beautiful rivers everywhere
When I first rode up I thought this cow had his head stuck!
Some destruction is still left in Chaiten from the Volcano in 2008. This house is still completely buried in ash.
Didn’t take long to start getting beautiful
Spot the vehicle taking the least room
The journey is suppose to be stunning through the fjord
Stocking up before I headed south into Patagonia
Trying to find a replacement part
South America’s highest building
One of my Chilean hosts
Rolling into Santiago
Casa de Cyclistas
A sofa bed for the night
Beautiful Chilean coastline
Sharing a rum with these local ‘lads on tour’
My chewed up mech
Morning brakfast courtesy of a kind hearted bus driver 🙂
Camping at an old sub station
The random house in the middle of the desert
Stumbled across this
Tropic of Capricorn
I stopped in this abandoned building for the night
Snow capped mountains and desert
Sunset in the desert is special
Crossing into Chile
I had to follow the tyre marks where possible
Mining the salt by hand
One giant sponge
Hitting the train line where I could
There’s alot of water in places
Flamingo for company
Not as dry as it looks
Carrying my bike across the briges
Off to Uyuni
I couldn’t move more than 50 metres without being offered a beer…oddly enough when I got back on the bike there was a wobble in the handle bars in the steering that wasn’t there before
Perfectly placed sign
I stumbled on this local festival
These two puppies help melt my stone cold feelings towards dogs…they were trying to get warm in the freezing desert
Bread is my weakness
Table football is hugely popular in Bolivia
Selling Bolivia’s famous national product….the Coca leaf. Bolivians a very proud of the traditional uses of Coca and don’t like its link with Cocaine
The Bolivian snow capped mountains coming into view
One of the daughters showing me the family albums
The house where I stayed the night
This demonstrates how annoying Peruvian roads can be….40 kms as the crow flies
…nek minute, 125 kms later
Down to the last coin!
Arriving in Puno at 5 am, Lake Titicaca in the backgroun
Finally got some money…and an empanada
Just another day in a Peruvian home…Guniea Pig house!
They didn’t have much but the lady made me some dinner
Old school bike shot, this guy was awesome
Peruvian breakfasts are on point!
Got to the top of the pass just before sunset
Ruins on route
The last big climb before leaving Peru. Most of the 392 kms were above 3,800 metres
Bringing down the famous Cuzco flag
Llama selfie (attempted)
Plaza de Armas
Street food where everything is a Sol!
View from my hostel
Finally arrived in Cuzco
Road to Cuzco
On route to Cuzco
The city of Abancay
Riding above the clouds
It’s almost a blessing to be here in rainy season
Litterally my idea of heaven…mangoes and avacados for 20 cents
I was miserable from the rain…then this happened
Another beautiful town
More wading across roads
Dropping from 4,500 metres
Picked up a hitch hiker!
The towens in Peru are stunning
These amazing caves and rocks lined the roads
Old ruins are mixed within the farms everywhere
Not a bad spot to put a house
Getting her weave on
Spot the ancient arch below
No chance of staying dry on this road!
Top af a pass at 6am
Long way down
The entrance to a national park
They love the quiet life 4,300 metres up
The warbling delicacy
Quito’s quaint streets
San Juan de Alausi
Here’s a sign you don’t see every day!
The amazing Julie
Crossing the border
Coco tea…made from the same plant used in the process of making cocaine. This is good for altitude sickness
Camping in the desert
‘Hook a Duck’ for guava
These local children were very excited to see the bike
Camping at the police station
Heading into a tunnel in the canyon
Made a policeman friend
A stunning valley
Dropping through the clouds made for some scary riding at times
This chicken looks comfortable
Trading guinea pigs
The third largest mountain in the western hemisphere
Top hats everywhere!
A local festival
Waterfalls everywhere along the road
Climbing back into the mountains
Heading into the tunnels
This random town had tiny houses littered amongst the desert
I stopped here for the night before heading on
Stunning ride along a vast canyon
Dunes are getting bigger!
The landscape is starting to get green
A small town on the edge of the desert
Camping out with the goats
Ecuador’s roads constantly drop and climb
Heading towards the border
This road leads up to a pass over 4000 metres high
Riding above the clouds
The valley Quito sits in
This is one of the ‘smaller’ volcanoes alont the route.
Heading for the pass at 3,600 metres
Ecuador has a hugely traditional Andean culture still
Above the clouds
There are well stocked bike shops everywhere
I got to spend the night in this tiny village when my cable snapped
Stunning ride through the valley towards Ecuador
The road is far more dangerous for the truck and car traffic
Some clothes worn by the natives
It doesn’t look deep but it was to my waist in the middle
One town was having a festival as I headed through
Nothing stopping cars from heading over the edge…it’s a long way down from there
Another fresh landslide
The Colombian dessert
The ride south saw the landscape change constantly
Leaving in the morning
You can just make out the road above where a landslide had struck days before
Colombia has some of the highest palm trees in the world
Love the old school Colombian ‘publo’s’ I roll through
Climbing up through the valley
I camped out just by this spot
Riding down from Bogota
My hands are falling apart a little with the rain and constant gripping
Getting close to the top of the first pas
These views would be priceless on a clear day
Gloomy view of the road
This little fella basking in the sun as I ate my lunch
Taking the route through the jungle
Some of the most colourful birds I’ve ever seen
Leaving Costa Rica at Golfico
Panama and its cloud covered mountains
Reaching the wall
The island just off the Darien Gap
Easily the smallest volcano I’ve ever seen
One way to fish!
An absolute legend of a guy.
Trying to keep the bike dry as we head out to sea
Getting ready to cross Puente Los Americas
Bob and Marion
My things are in a pile to the left
First trip of the journey around the Darien Gap (feeling slightly worse for wear)
Calorie heaven 🙂
Road to Golfico
The photo doesnt do how steep this climb was any justice
My arch-enemy. This security guard managed to outfox me each time.
This river proably was best avoided for a swim
Manuel Antonio National Park
Somewhere to escape from the heat
Sunrise in Costa Rica
The locals use the lake for everything.
Eating Lunch with the pigs
Great spot to camp…was an effort lugging up the bike and kit.
Haven’t a clue what this animal is but I like it.
Typical Guatemalan Village
Return of the mountains.
Climbing into Guatemala City
Eco Hostel free for the occasional cyclist which passes through each year
The crew at the bike shop in Guatemala City
The road of the cross.
In the shadow of the volcano.
I stopped in this little place
El Salvador’s black volcanic coast
The tunnels had no light in them…a little scary when wild dogs start chasing you inside.
Getting ready to camp on the beach
The bridge into Hondurus
Not the safest place to burn some rubber but properly entertaining.
Straight out of Compton
At the border
These guys were good fun.
Such an amazing sight, these are all giant spider webs.
More of the webs…theyre taking advantage of the millions of sandflies around the lake…some of which we were swallowing
Great spot for lunch
Nicaragua is a gem
Both feet took a pounding from the mosquitoes and sand flies. The tan lines are so bad on my feet now it looks like I’m wearing a permanant pair of white socks.
I stayed with Mark from Jamaica.
Reaching Carozal on my first night in Belize
Christmas Day on the beach.
Christmas dinner in Mexico. These guys all teach together not far from Mexico City
Reaching Tulum on the long detour through to Belize.
Saw these signs on most of the roads…the police and army always just waved at me though.
Goodbye to Mexico city as I climbed for over 30 km’s to leave it behind.
Leavin Octavio’s home on a very rainy day.
The amazing ruins in the jungle at Palenque
Nice view from the top of a climb of one of Mexico’s many volcanoes
The start of the decent of the Mexican plateau
Riding though the clouds as I dropped for 60 km’s
Mexican’s do Christmas well
Getting some planning done.
Riding onto the ferry.
La Cuesta de Ligui.
Sunrise in the desert
Breakfast in the desert…I eat a family size portion of porridge to get each day going.
Baja’s famous fish tacos
The food is even better on the mainland.
The sun setting on a glorious day crossing San Francisco
Crossing the Golden Gate
Camping in the Red Woods above the clouds.
The majestic Valley of the Giants
First day back in America.
This view was at the top of a big climb which took 45 minutes. No danger of enjoying the view though as I realised when I got to the top, I’d left my gloves at the bottom of the hill…’talented’.
The canyon has a rugged beauty to it which constantly changes as you work your way down.
Incredible view all along the valley.
This was the only forecast sunny day. Kept me impatiently waiting for 3 hours before I could safely start peddling.
Riding into the mountainous valley around Clinton on my horse ‘Cher’.
My first moose roast 🙂
Riding through farming country… almost thought I was at home.
The misty mountains of Smithers.
Heading south to the U.S.
My hotel for one night. Found this bus out in the woods, kept me warm and dry and gave me a little more protection from the bears.
Snow and ice returned whilst in the Yukon. Made cycling a little sketchy at times.
Treated to cheese fondue…the not so secret way to my heart.
The Yukon is chillingly lonely at times.
The Yukon has more of a rawness to it, but still a stunningly beautiful place.
Another majestic stretch of The Cassiar
Wildlife lines this highway down its entire length.
Starting the climb into the mountains.
This road is just a constant conveyor belt of natural beauty.
The incredible great company of Terry and Tony…amazing people.
The picturesque, little town of Kitwanga
My camping spot for the night in Kitwanga
The amazing people at Bell 2.
When the clouds gave way for a few minutes I was greeted by this beautiful rainbow.
The moose/ cyclist duel issued for a pulsating 30 minutes after this. The suspense was unreal…or maybe the boredom, yep definitely the boredom
The top of Gnat’s pass…so high it’s above the clouds.
I wanted to see the beautiful views I’d heard about over the pass but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate that morning.
This highway has a little of everything. Truly stunning to journey across.
Jadrenka’s cozy cabin she gave me for the night…amazingly kind hearted person.
The most originally named J.C. Church. Was colder inside than out!
Breakfast time. Oats, soy protein, chia seed, almonds, blueberries, peanut flour and peanut butter.
The roads are only one truck width in some places.
Was greeted to this stunning sunrise the first morning after camping out in The Yukon.
The very start of the Cassiar highway.
Lonely roads through Alaska but beautiful ones.
Found this gem of a location to camp out on the third night.
Couldn’t get a picture of the northern lights, but did manage this sunset on the border.
The first roads of the journey east.
Greeted to stunning views on the way to the border.
Arriving at a quiet Canadian border. I rode straight past the red light by mistake!
There has been some cold mornings dragging myself out of the tent to pack up.
My Alaskan family 🙂
Starting in the snow on day one.
Greeted to this sunset when landing in Seattle.