Alaska to Argentina: cycling the length of the Americas

This page and series of blog posts follows Mark Watson and Hana Black’s transcontinental cycling journey, following the length of the Americas: from Deadhorse, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. A distance of over 35,000 kilometres.

We’re expecting approximately three years on the road and will stitching together a route that stays off paved highways and in the back country and mountains as much as possible, generally following the American Cordillera.

We started on June 6, 2016 with the arctic Dalton Highway and the Denali, Taylor and Top of the World Highways. Then crossing Canada via the Klondike, Alaska, Stewart Cassiar and Yellowhead Highways, through to the Icefields Parkway which we followed down to Banff. From there we joined the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route through the cold fall months right through to Hachita, New Mexico; just short of the Mexican border.

We then headed west across the deserts of South Western USA to San Diego, arriving in early December 2016. The incredible Baja Divide came next followed by a circuitous route through Mexico’s altiplano and the southern Sierra Madre. From Chiapas we crossed into Peten, Guatemala then to Belize and back into Guatemala, which we crossed from east to west into the highlands. A cross country adventure through Honduras followed, then Nicaragua (briefly), Costa Rica and Panama. In late Nov 2017 we flew to Cuba to ride then Ruta Mala (3 weeks), and then to Colombia, where we are now.

We’re really stoked to have some sponsors on board for our Alaska to Argentina journey: Revelate Designs (based in Anchorage) and Biomaxa (New Zealand) are supporting us, along with Kathmandu, Hope Technology and Pureflow (site hosts). Revelate design the best suite of bike packing bags in the world and we’re proud to be pedalling south with their gear. Keeping the bikes operating sweetly are Biomaxa, a small NZ company producing environmentally friendly lanolin-based (yes – from sheep) cycle lubricants. Their chamois cream will be keeping us happy during long days in the saddle too.

We blog about highlights of the journey and other aspects of bike packing as we go, so check back in for updates and ride inspiration. Most recent posts can be viewed below.

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Perú: Cajamarca – Pallasca

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Over the Ranges. We're in Pallasca, a sleepy village in the barren mountains of the Ancash Department. It's a sunny, calm Sunday and a rest day for us. France just won the Football World Cup,…

Peru: Leimebamba – Cajamarca

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Canyon Country. For the past three days we've been resting, sightseeing and catching up with chores in the city of Cajamarca, reputedly one of Perú's colonial finest. It hasn't taken me three days to form…

Perú: La Balsa – Leimebamba

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Into Perú. Our first seven days in Perú have been an amazing contrast to the landscapes and culture that we left behind in Ecuador. As we neared the border we dropped lower and lower, out…

Ecuador: Cuenca – La Balsa

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Final days in Ecuador. After our four and half months in Colombia, Ecuador feels as if it has gone by fast. And it has: six weeks and 1650 kilometres - teeny compared with its northern…
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Mark Watson is a landscape and outdoor photographer with a passion for steep places and human-powered, two-wheeled machines.

He has authored or co-authored three books; his latest a photographers guide to Aoraki Mount Cook.

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Hana Black has put her previous life as an outdoor clothing designer/developer on hold so she can follow her dream of freewheeling the length of the Americas on her Surly Ogre. In early 2016 she cycled the 3000km length of New Zealand in three weeks.

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