as of August 2017 I am in Ecuador and going south
(Stats As of August, 2017)
- Travel Time: 3 years, 4 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
- Bike & Gear: See gear page
- Videos: see the video project
- Latest posts: see blog!
2013 (AUG-SEP, DEC-JAN): Before the big ride:
In may 2013 I had a crash with my road bike. Broke a collar bone and 2 hands. During the recovery period I wanted something to look forward to, so I decided to bike across Canada.
3 months later I did it. Vancouver-Inuvik-Thunderbay.
During winter break in school, I rode from Toronto to Halifax.
2014, April-MAY: Canada's Arctic
- 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 was hooked. I wanted to see more of the world. I borrowed money from a friend and flew to Whitehorse, hitchhiked to the arctic ocean and headed south with $20 in my pocket. I cycled 400 kilometers of ice before going on the Dempster Highway. Then the ALCAN and Steward Cassiar through the rest of the Yukon and British Columbia. During the summer I found a job as a Tree-Planter for 3 months.
2014 August-September: Alaska
2014, October-December: GDMBR
2014, December-2015 January: The Colorado Plateau
2015, February-APRIL: The Southwest
2015, July-OCTOBER: GDMBR/CDT
- Blackburn Ranger Camp
- The plan for 2015
- Canadian Rockies in Spring
- Bikepacking the Fraser Canyon
- GDMBR: Canada
- GDMBR: Montana (Eureka-Helena)
- CDT: Montana
- Colorado (CT, CDT, KT, GDMBR)
- New Mexico (GDMBR)
Pretty much riding south from Williams Lake, BC and following the GDMBR from Banff, while taking CDT detours after Helena, MT.
2015, OCT- 2016, JAN: MEXICO
Zero spanish, I don't have the stomach for Tequila, I can't stand cilantro and I don't really like corn tortillas!
Riding through the Copper Canyon and then picking the most zig-zagging roads through google maps. Volcanoes, friends, christmas and new year. Love mexico!
2016, JAN: GUATEMALA
Riding through a not so common route in the highlands and towards many of Guatemala's volcanoes. Chasing a bus to recover my stolen camera and hiking whenever possible. Meeting with old friends and making new ones. The poorest country visited so far, Guatemala offers some amazing off-road cycling. Some caution is adviced around dangerous cities and roads.
2016, FEB-APRIL: El Salvador, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA, PANAMA (not shown on map yet)
- El Salvador and Honduras
- Volcan San Miguel
- Costa Rica, the Nicoya
- Costa Rica mountains
- Costa Rica, coffee plantations
- Panama - the end of year 2
El Salvador & Honduras, amidst safety concerns and robbery hotspots I opted for the main roads across these two countries. Luckily I had friends in both and aside from being approached by armed farmers who thought I was one of the cowthieves everything went smoothly. Nicaragua was back to that good old freedome of sleeping almost anywhere, riding any road (or pushing) and not having to look over my back. Costa Rica, the tourist trap of central america was tough to navigate, instead of welcoming and looking to visit national parks and reserves, I had to avoid them. In addition to high fees ($10-25 for foreginers) they feature expensive camping and food. Still, I was able to find some of the more remote and beautiful spots as I made my way through.
Panama was an outstanding dirt road, volcano climbing, mud bogging adventure. One of the best places I have ever been to and the highlight of Central America.
2016, MAY-SEPT: TREEPLANTING and BIKEPACKING/RAFTING the north
- Where the hell is Kemano?
- The Canol Road
- Canol Heritage Trail
- The Mackenzie and The Dempster
Back to Canada for a 3rd season of Tree planting and to make some money and as usual I ended up getting caught in some trips to the Arctic Again. The Canol Trail is absolutely the most beautiful and amazing place in North America.
2016, SEPT-DEC: COLOMBIA, DUBAI and OMAN
- End of Panama, getting to Carti
- Packrafting The Darien Gap
- Colombia: Tierra Caliente
- Colombia: Dirt Road Warriors
- Dubai and the Travelers Festival
- Oman: Paddling The Musandam Peninsula
- The Great Escape from Oman
After the difficult trip up north and paddling The Darien Gap I expected little of Colombia but things took a surprising turn when I was invited to attend a travel festival in Dubai. This led to paddling the Musandam Peninsula in Oman and constant hassle by the coast guard and army checkpoints, I made it just in time to catch the flight but... the connection in Spain did not work. So I spent the new year on the wrong continent.
2017, JAN-JULY: MOROCCO, SPAIN and back to COLOMBIA
- 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
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!