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 30,000 kilometres.

We’re expecting approximately two years on the road and will be attempting to stitch together a route that stays off paved highways and in remote back country as much as possible.

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. Currently we are in Mexico’s Central Highlands, piecing together a route that keeps us either in the mountains or on dirt (preferably both) as much as possible. We don’t tend to plan too far ahead, so Central and South American routes are whole new adventures to research for.

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 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.

Packing list for fall on the Great Divide. Packing list for the Baja Divide.

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Mexico: Oaxaca to Palomares

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Sierra Madre de Oaxaca. Yesterday (April 20) we arrived in the steamy lowlands of southern Oaxaca - a paltry 100...

Mexico: Juxtlahuaca – Oaxaca

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Riding against the grain. This post marks something of a breakthrough: it brings this blog properly up-to-date for the first...

Mexico: Malinalco – Juxtlahuaca

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La Montaña, Guerrero. We'd reached Malinalco tired, but super satisfied with the previous days of riding and our excursion over...

Mexico: Guanajuato – Malinalco

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La Mariposa y la Volcan. Guanajuato had been good to us: 10 great days enjoying and exploring the city, with...

Mexico: Zacatecas – Guanajuato

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Mountain of Wolves. Somehow Mexico has had a way of chilling us out. After the pressure to get the Great...

Mexico: Durango – Zacatecas

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The Ruta de Scott. From the bustling high-desert city of Durango we were looking for a route south that ticked...
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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.
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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Here’s our exact route (recorded each day with GPS) on Google My Maps. Feel free to copy and share. The tracks are downloadable.