This post is long overdue, and comes after months of planning, preparation and house packing. As I write this we’re in the air – en route to Deadhorse (permanent population 42) on the edge of the Beaufort Sea; a remote base and service town for the Alaska oil industry and the northern terminus of the Alaska oil pipeline.
It’s well inside the Arctic Circle and is the furthest point north reachable by road. This remote location is going to be the starting point for a self powered adventure bigger than anything we have attempted before: a cycling tour the full length of the Americas. Deadhorse, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. Over 30,000 km and probably two years on the road.
It’s a journey that is started by a handful of people a year, and we’ll be joining the dots of previous cyclists, and doing our own research, to try and stitch together a route that stays off sealed highways as much as possible. Keep an eye on the blog for upcoming posts.
We’re really stoked to have a couple of great sponsors on board for our Tour of the Americas journey: Revelate Designs (based in Anchorage) and Biomaxa (New Zealand) are supporting us. 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.
Earlier this year we sold our house, invested the funds, quit jobs (well, Hana did) purged belongings and stored the remainder in a shipping container (thanks and Andrew and Coral!). We landed in North America in late April with more prep to do and some climbing in mind, that said, I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story…