Additional and more detailed route planning information coming soon... Note, for anyone that reads this, please, please, please feel free to send along route issues you see and/or recommendations for sights and things to do...
For now, see rough overview below of North and Central America portions of trip.
Denver >> Atlanta >> Mexico (rough map not accurate)
- Catch up with friends, family, bike maintenance, and showers in Atlanta and Loganville, GA
- Brief stops along way w/ longer weekend stay in Nashville to explore
- Possibly crash at my Aunt's beachfront home in Gulf Shores, AL and enjoy some 'first world' amenities
- Possibly catch up with an old friend, enjoy some live jazz, and explore 'The Big Easy' that is New Orleans
- Enjoy the beach and shotgun a beer with a college student in South Padre Island, TX
- Border crossing into Mexico!
- Considering crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros, riding to La Pesca, and then Tampico
Mexico >> Guatemala (route recommendations provided by Sjoerd Bakker from ADV Rider)
- Cross into Mexico at Brownsville/Matamoros
- South to Tampico, then to Xilitla
- West to San Miguel de Allende
- West to Guanajuato
- South then east to/through Uruapan, Patzcuaro, and Morelia
- East through Mexico City to see Tiotihuacan
- Tiotihuacan was a pre-Columbian Meso American city with pyramids and ruins
- Southeast through Puebla, to Oaxaca
- South to Puerto Escondido/Angel
- Northeast to San Cristobal de las Casas
- Southeast from San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico to Antigua, Guatemala
- Possible camp sites on Lake Atitlan en route
- East to Copan Ruins in Honduras
- Northeast to Punta Lzopo Nat'l Park and possibly a ferry and a couple of nights on Roatan Island
- South then slightly east to Granada, Nicaragua
- Through Comayagua, Honduras
- Southeast around Lake Nicaragua
- Possible detour to explore and sleep on Ometepe Island
- Southeast to Monteverde, Costa Rica
- Possible La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano exploration in area
- Southeast to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
- Southeast to Bocas del Toro, Panama
- South to Boquete, Panama
- Southeast to Santa Catalina, Panama
- Then north to Panama City, Panama
- Ultimately ending in Colon, Panama
- Boarding the Stahlratte on March 2nd for ocean journey into South America
Central >> South America
- Due to the Darién Gap, I'm using the Stahlratte to cross into South America w/ my bike
- Built in 1903 in Holland the Stahlratte started life as a steel hulled fishing vessel. Since then modifications have been made to it including an enclosed galley and wheelhouse and a diesel engine. It also served as a Greenpeace vessel back in the 90′s. Operated now as a non profit venture all proceeds from fares and monies generated go back into the maintenance and up-keep of the vessel.
- What is the Darién Gap???
- The Darién Gap (Spanish: Región del Darién or Tapón del Darién) is a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest separating Panama's Darién Province in Central America from Colombia in South America. It measures just over 160 km (99 mi) long and about 50 km (31 mi) wide. Roadbuilding through this area is expensive, and the environmental toll is steep. Political consensus in favor of road construction has not emerged. Consequently there is no road connection through the Darién Gap connecting North/Central America with South America and it is the missing link of the Pan-American Highway.
- The geography of the Darién Gap on the Colombian side is dominated primarily by the river delta of the Atrato River, which creates a flat marshland at least 80 km (50 mi) wide, half of this being swampland. The Panamanian side, in sharp contrast, is a mountainous rainforest, with terrain reaching from 60 m (200 ft) in the valley floors to 1,845 m (6,053 ft) at the tallest peaks (Cerro Tacarcuna).
Potential South America route
- Enter Colombia at Port of Cartagena
- Potentially explore Santa Marta and La Guajuira coastal regions in north
- Head south through Colombia and enter Ecuador near Ipiales
- Brief stop to view and explore the stunning Santuario de Las Lajas
- Explore towns and coast south through Ecuador
- Stops in surf villages like Montañita
- South through Peru to visit coast, cities, Andes, Machu Picchu, and various other sites
- East into Bolivia for some true adventure riding
- N Yungas Road (aka The Death Road)
- Salar de Uyuni (world's largest salt flat)
- Then ultimately south into Chile and Argentina
- Not sure what route will be to/through Chile and/or Argentina
- Will update once I get more clarity on this