It was a great day yesterday because the last official thing I must have arranged before the trip, my Bolivian visa, came in the mail. I’ve finished most of my shopping and all of my medical preparations and really just have to work on the bike itself and a few post-bike-trip reservations (like my ticket back home!) Next week I’ll do an overhaul of the bike, replacing some parts like the chain, brake pads, rear tire, rear cluster and have the shock serviced. Then on June 30, the bike goes in a box, and on July 3rd, we fly out to Quito.
Grace and I will vacation in the Galapagos for 3 weeks until July 23, then I’ll have a week to get acclimated to the 9200′ elevation in Quito and get some practice biking. By July 30, all the riders will be assembled at the Hotel Ambassador, and we then start officially riding on Aug 2, where we ride 28km north to the equator for a starting ceremony, then back to Quito. On Aug 3, we head south until we arrive Dec 17 in Ushuaia! We have 10,943km to ride in 142 days (109 riding days) with over 110,000 meters of climbing. 70% of the route is paved.
Here’s a picture I took in Ushuaia in 2011:
The day after we arrive in Ushuaia this time, Grace is coming back down and we’ll head off to Antarctica for 2 weeks. Christmas and New Years 2020 in Antarctica! We’re going on a G-Adventures trip called Quest for the Antarctic Circle. We plan to come home January 7, 2020.
My friend Jim Sowers wanted to know about the trip so he suggested interviewing me about it. We made 6 clips: