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Bikepacking the Americas for two years starting Aug 2020 GDMBR

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Bikepacking the Americas for two years starting Aug 2020 GDMBR

Hey guys,

I am going to ride the Americas from beginning August 2020 for about 2 years, going from Canada to Chile whilst being focused on dirt-road touring. Due to the lenght of my journey and the cold nights of the Andes I will not come in an GDMBR specific ultralight race style, my bike will be more 27.5+ long term offroad tank and so the weight and the travel speed will be.

The plan is to start in Calgary for the GDMBR. Once I entered the US my visa will last three months. I think up to 60 days may be good not to rush through the route and to have some time to rest and to do some touristic stuff. So, October will be to rest a bit and to get to the Mexican border near San Diego to start riding Mexico until the end of February/March via Baja Divide and Trans-Mexico-trail. After this I want to ride further south to explore the rest of central america and the andes until July 2022. Then I will take the plane to Australia to try to settle in Oz or NZ.

I am a 40y old German, unfortunately I do not speak spanish, so first thing I have to do in Mexico is a language course :)

If anybody wants to be a companion for a shorter or longer time and distance, please get in touch!

happy riding!

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Hi Basti..great proposal!

Hi Basti

wow, this is great! I'd like to join, at least for a while....

TO be honest I'd like to join the -whole...and because of this, allow me to be really direct....do you have any idea about rising money or work time by time on the road, to pay your costs?
Let me know about your program and would love to discuss furthermore !
monica rikta

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Hi Monica,

actually I do not intend to work somewhere in North- or South-America. I could save some money and stay low budget. I will try to find a regular job in AUS or NZ after the trip, but this is a different project.

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Hi Sebastian,

I am also planning on riding the Americas and would like to ride the Continental Divide trail around the same time frame.  I will also have a fully loaded bike and would like to enjoy the ride instead of just making milage (although on the GDMBR sometimes you just need to haul-ass).  I am from Seattle, WA.  and so would ride from there to Jasper to start the ride south.  I have a blog if you are interested in seeing it let me know (last summer I rode to Tuktoyatuk and before that Bolivia to Ushauia then Uruguay).  At any rate, it's nice to have someone to compare and share notes with.  

Cheers,

Denise            

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great, enjoy your trip and...

Hi dears, both of you

I'll be actually working time by time and this is not allowing me to join in!
Still, I'd like to follow your trip (maybe to do it afterward) and to see how it can be done!
Thanks for updating!
Hugs you two!
monica

 

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I'm riding to Montana to start the Great Divide in late June and will miss your timeframe (the buddy I'm riding with is a teacher and has summer only). By the time you get to New Mexico I may be ready to go again further south...and like you I have no Latin American Spanish skills. Also contemplated riding the Wild West Route section back to Washington State.

Denise, what is your blog? I live out in Port Angeles, WA, not too far from the big city.

Jon

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Hi Neighbor,

I rode through Port Angeles last summer on my way to the Arctic (Tuktoyatuk).  My blog is sort of under construction. You probably wont be able to get in but give it a shot. 

www.dispatchesfromalongandbumpyroad.com. Do you have a blog? Are you continueing to Mexico and beyond? 

Cheers,

Denise

 

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Hi Neighbor!

You could have stayed here on your way through! Your site keeps giving me warnings and then shows it's under development.

My plan is to be in Tucson, AZ for the next three months, helping my parents with their house, lots of riding and doing the Adventure Cycling Leadership Course in March. Back to Port Angeles in May, then GDMBR from June till Sept. At that point I have no idea, but am open to some adventure and seasonally would rather be dry than wet...or at least warm. Was considering heading back to New Zealand/Australia where I was this year, but have many places I'd love to tour - Spain/Portugal, Italy, SE and Central Asia. So many amazing places!

My blog is at http://mountainbike.org/

Cheers,

Jon

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Hello

Jon, looks like you've taken a lot of great trips. A friend from New Zealand is riding that cool route in NZ that you rode right now. It looks gorgeous and loads of fun. 

I'll let you know when my blog is back on-line. I'm working on it!

Happy Trails,

Denise

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It's a beautiful route in NZ, though I modified it greatly. Plan on going back...maybe you'd be up for it.

GDMBR is the goal this year, though my buddy is having physical issues...I will still do it solo but hope he can make it happen.

Keep me posted on the blog, you've done some truly amazing journeys!

Cheers,

Jon

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Hi Jon, I'll most likely be leaving Seattle the beginning of July for Jasper.  I have a friend from Wisconsin who now wants to ride the GDBMR with me.  We can all meet up along the way. The more the merrier at least for the GDMBR.  I'll have a regular touring bike (Surley long haul disc trucker) since I'm continuing on South and beyond (not sure what that means yet...hahaha). 

Cheers,

Denise

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GDMBR yes!

Sounds great Denise! When I finally get a date from my buddy I'll let you know. So far we'll be leaving Roosville, MT around late June, but taking 60-70 days so not in a hurry. Am watching the snow levels which were big last year. Would be great to connect and I have a place in Tucson for after the ride...and likewise, deciding what the next step is...I'm on a Fargo, but may change to my Surly Troll for further explorations.

Cheers,

Jon

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Ok, sounds good. Let's check date in when dates are firm.  Happy winter until then.

Denise