as of March 2018 I am in Peru and going south
(Stats As of August, 2017)
- Travel Time: 4 years, 0 months ( 7 of which are spent working)
- Travel Distance: no idea (about 70 000km)
- Countries: Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Spain, Morocco, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia
- Bike & Gear: See gear page
- Videos: see the video project
- Latest posts: see blog!
see below for chronological posts or specific places from the tag cloud here?
- alaska highway
- bicycle touring
- blackburn ranger
- british columbia
- central america
- costa rica
- el salvador
- los nevados
- musandam peninsula
- niner - jet 9
- north america
- northwest territories
- parks highway
- south america
- surly - troll
- trans ecuador mountain bike route
CANADA, USA (2014-2015)
Hi, my name is iohan and I have been riding my bike around the Americas for a while. It kind of all started with an across Canada ride which made me fall in love with travel and even more with biking.
Then I met a man who had lived in Inuvik (the arctic) for over 12 years and his photos and stories of the wild and more-so of the ice roads made me dream and leave school to follow that dream. 3 months later I sold everything I had (which wasnt much) and decided to give it a go.
- Trip plan
- Getting there
- Day 1: Ice Road Storm
- Day 2,3 Aklavik
- Day 4-6 McPherson
- Day 7,8 The Dempster
- Day 9-12 Breakdown
- Day 13-15 Atlin Lake
- Day 15-18 Alaska Highway
- Day 19-26 Cassiar Highway
- Bella Coola miniadventure
I found work as a tree planter in British Columbia through friends I met on my previous ride and that kind of meant I can keep going for a little more. But before I go south, I needed to see ALASKA
after 37 surreal days in the last frontier I was on a ferry to Prince Rupert, thinking of riding down the west coast, as winter was just around the corner. Previously I had heard of The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) and decided to try anyway... whats the worst that can happen?
With too much snow on the way and a bike in a very bad shape I decided to head toward the west coast from Colorado. Along the way learning how to tour on literally no money and learning of the kindness that exists on the road and the wonderful people of the southwest
So while rocking down the coast, I applied for a contest and along with 6 others I will get a chance to ride from Canada to Mexico again. I returned for another 2 months of tree planting in Canada and then it was time to learn Bikepacking among some of the most amazing scenery and toughest of trails on the Continental Divide Trail (and detour to the GDMBR when regulations didnt allow bikes on the CDT)
A brief 10 day interlude of hitchhiking led me back to Canada to become a Canadian Citizen... which meant even more time in USA. More wonderful national parks on the way and as it is, I am likely the only person who pushed and carried his bike through Tioga road in Yosemite National Park and got a ticket to prove it!
MEXICO (2015, Oct-2016, Jan)
Zero spanish, no stomach for tequila and cilantro and a grudge against corn tortillas. Mexico sure was a rad place that shattered expectations and concerns. From getting my camera searched for photos by the cartel to being taken care of by strangers when there were simply no banks for over 2 weeks! Chrismas with strangers (not anymore!) and a big welcome into latin america.
El SALVADOR, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA AND PANAMA (2016, Feb-Mar)
amidst safety concerns I booked quick through El Salvador and Honduras, only stopping to stay with friends and friends of friends. In retrospect everyone I met was amazing but again, everyone was telling me to be careful. Nicaragua was a welcome break and costa rice, with what money I had left was perhaps the most difficult place.
- El Salvador and Honduras
- Volcan San Miguel
- Costa Rica, the Nicoya
- Costa Rica mountains
- Costa Rica, coffee plantations
- Panama - the end of year 2
CANADA (2016 May-Sep)
Every now and then reality hits and I was infact touring not with no money but with money I didnt own. Luckily I had enough air miles collected over my 10 year life in canada that I was able to fly back from Panama, pay off two credit cards and have a little left over to do something crazy in canada, involving rubber boats and oceans with bikes strapped on top.
COLOMBIA.... DUBAI.... and OMAN????
With my paddling experience I paddled around the Darian Gap to Colombia and somehow ended up getting invited to Dubai and of course swung by the Musandam Peninsula in Oman. A true change of pace and continent, on my way back I missed a flight in Madrid, Spain and as it was a manual connection I was SOL in the new year, 2018 on the wrong continent. I bought the first possible (reasonably priced) flight out and had about 20 days to kill. Borrowed a bike and went to Morocco.
The next possible flight was in twenty days so I had some time to kill. From Spain to Morocco and back along the High Atlas and the Transandalus route. Back in Colombia I was ready to go to Ecuador but a friend asked me if I want to join him riding to Venezuela... so we did, in the completely opposite direction through the eastern plains to Colombia. AIt felt too dangerous to enter Venezuela at the time, so I backtracked for a week back to the Andes and from there zig-zagged amongst that magical Colombian Countryside until... Ecuador!
- Morocco: The High Atlas
- Spain: Transandalus
- Colombia: Los Nevados
- Colombia: The Paramo, the Plains and the mystery of the pink dolphins
- Colombia: The Eastern Plains
- Colombia: Cordillera Oriental
- Winter in the Paramo
- To The Tatacoa Desert
- Nevado Del Ruiz
- Hiking Paramo Sumapaz
- Central Range: Manizales to Rio Blanco
- The Heart of the Paramo
- Popayan and the rest of Cauca
- Border Bound: Narino
ECUADOR (2017 Aug-Oct)
- TEMBR part 1: Tulcan to Pifo
- Pifo to Latacunga (Antisana!)
- The Quilotoa Loop by bike
- Hiking the Quilotoa Loop
- Cotopaxi take 2 detour
- Latacunga to Riobamba (Chimborazo!)
- Going to the Altar (volcano)
- Riobamba to a lake
- The Inca Trail to Cuenca
- Cuenca to Loja
- Loja to Peru!
After much time finding the route on my own it was time to sit back, relax and let the TEMBR deliver the promised adventure without having to lift a finger... not a finger.. just the bike! The Trans Ecuador singletrack is one of the most amazing and challenging routes I have ever ridden. While not nearly as remote as parts of North America, it makes it up in challenge and atmosphere. Nothing like pushing your bike through the paramo to a 4500m pass to see some cows eating grass there.