as of March 2018 I am in Peru and going south

where i am:  august/sept 20818 - working in Canada, returning to Bolivia in Oct 2018!

(Stats As of August, 2017)

route so far, kind of....

  • 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?


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. 

Near Smitters, BC

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.

  1. Trip plan
  2. Getting there
  3. Tuktoyaktuk
  4. Day 1: Ice Road Storm
  5. Day 2,3 Aklavik
  6. Day 4-6 McPherson
  7. Day 7,8 The Dempster
  8. Day 9-12 Breakdown
  9. Day 13-15 Atlin Lake
  10. Day 15-18 Alaska Highway
  11. Day 19-26 Cassiar Highway
  12. 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

Can't really dip my tires in the Arctic Ocean, so I rode onto it instead and camped for the night. Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

Riding in Denali National Park, one BIG reason to visit! Denali National Park, 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?

Yup, it was winter. 6 hours of pushing my bike to get over a pass. Boreas Pass, Colorado

  1. Canada
  2. Montana
  3. Wyoming
  4. Colorado

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

  1. Colorado
  2. Utah part 1
  3. The Grand Canyon
  4. Utah part 2

Lockhard basin road. "Road" near Moab, Utah

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!

  1. Nevada
  2. Death Valley
  3. Yosemite
  4. The West Coast

Riding the closed Tioga Road. 4 days to get over the snow, rangers were chasing me on cross country skiis to give me a ticket! Yosemite, California

Since there was no snow the second time around, I had to find other ways to keep entertained. Continental Divide Trail, near uhhh... somewhere in Colorado.


Riding around the rim of Volcan de Toluca to see the sunrise. Toluca, Mexico

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.

  1. Chihuahua
  2. Durango
  3. Jalisco, Michoacan
  4. Morelos, puebla
  5. Oaxaca, Chiapas

Enjoying the vistas in the Guatemalan highlands. Somewhere in north Guatemala.

GUATEMALA (Jan 2016)

Guatemala and its volcanoes was amazing, eventually i caught the bug and went volcanoe hunting (hiking) like all the other gringos attracted by the distant cones standing above the clouds.

  1. The Highlands
  2. Volcanos, lakes and thieves

El SALVADOR, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA AND PANAMA (2016, Feb-Mar)

Finding an excellent get away from the heat on the coast in the mountains of Costa Rica

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. 

  1. El Salvador and Honduras
  2. Volcan San Miguel
  3. Nicaragua
  4. Costa Rica, the Nicoya
  5. Costa Rica mountains
  6. Costa Rica, coffee plantations
  7. Panama - the end of year 2

CANADA (2016 May-Sep)

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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. 

  1. Treeplanting
  2. Where the hell is Kemano?
  3. The Canol Road
  4. Canol Heritage Trail
  5. The Mackenzie and The Dempster

COLOMBIA.... DUBAI.... and OMAN????

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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.

  1. End of Panama, getting to Carti
  2. Packrafting The Darien Gap
  3. Colombia: Tierra Caliente
  4. Colombia: Dirt Road Warriors
  5. Dubai and the Travelers Festival
  6. Oman: Paddling The Musandam Peninsula
  7. The Great Escape from Oman
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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!


ECUADOR (2017 Aug-Oct)

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  1. TEMBR part 1: Tulcan to Pifo
  2. Pifo to Latacunga (Antisana!)
  3. The Quilotoa Loop by bike
  4. Hiking the Quilotoa Loop
  5. Cotopaxi take 2 detour
  6. Latacunga to Riobamba (Chimborazo!)
  7. Going to the Altar (volcano)
  8. Riobamba to a lake
  9. The Inca Trail to Cuenca
  10. Cuenca to Loja
  11. 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. 


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