South America Human-Powered Crossing
Its been over 11 months ago when I finished the forth continent of Around 7 Continents. Now I’m finally heading down south to start continent number 5!
During the first four continents I have covered almost 40 000km and 40 countries. Im over halfway through my adventure and now heading deeper into the second half back home 🙂
The reason why I did not cross over into South America after the North American crossing, was because I was planning my Coldest Triangle Expedition. Unfortunately the expedition had to be postponed. This was a big setback, but I knew the best thing is to get back on the horse and keep moving.
It was only a week after I made the final decision to postpone Coldest Triangle when I started to plan South America. I was very disappointed after the Coldest Triangle, so I decided to set a new big goal… to get to South America in a month and start the crossing… but that was not all…
I decided that I was not only going to use a bicycle like in the first four continents, but want to mix things up by cycling with my fatbike, do long hiking sections and incorporate some rowing. This will still be a complete human-powered crossing of South America, just with a few different activities.
The reason for mixing things up
During my North America crossing I started get an idea that I would like to mix things up. I wanted to push myself in different ways and explore some areas where a bike can’t go. The first thing I could do to get different places was to walk certain areas, but it was long after that when a idea sparked that I would love to get on the water!
I always loved any sport in the water… skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, kite surfing, kayaking, rowing… well basically anything that involved water.
During this year I decided that it would be awesome to incorporate cycling, walking and rowing. But I was planning the Coldest Triangle, so I did not focus on this at all. So when I postponed the expedition, I started to move to get things ready to start the South American crossing.
Where will I start?
Its currently summer in the southern hemisphere, so I decided to head all the way to Punta Arenas (Chile) and start to make my way north through Patagonia. During the first 4 000km, about half will be cycled, 1500 walked and 500km in the packraft.
This is the only section of South America I’m focussing on. But like any other part of the adventure, I will figure things out as I go. Plans always change on a daily basis…
Main Gear needed for leg:
- Fatback Fatbike
- 75l Backpack
- Pair of hiking boots
When do I start?
I’m flying out in two days and will start to cycle in five day! So the starting date is 15 December 2016!