Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The ride is complete and our donation goal has been met. Final amount: $21,936.
We've managed to raise well over 20K where our goal was set. I'm so happy, excited, and thankful.
I don't know where I'm headed from here but I've got ambitious plans for the next adventure. However they shake out, remember, you gave me the confidence to take on big challenges and aim high.
Again, thank you for your generosity. SCI/D rehab is close to my heart and it means a lot that you shared your donations with United Spinal Association. It's truly special, and I'll always be grateful. Best fan club/friends/family a guy could ask for.
@delta found my bike and this is how it was dropped off. Looks like they were putting it through an industrial shredder. But then yanked it out at the last second
80 hours of airports, 2 missed connections, 7 calls to @delta customer service, 1 lost bicycle. Turns out the hardest part of biking from Alaska to Argentina is getting home afterward. But I'm here before Christmas with fam - can't ask for more than that ♥️
Prudhoe Bay -> Ushuaia - thanks, @flormorc !!
5 more days 😁👍
T H E B A S I C S
"Yes, by bike"
"To the bottom of Argentina"
"Yes, all by bike"
"Yes I saw bears in Alaska"
"About 16 months"
"Well one plane, Panama City to Cartegena"
"About 100km a day"
"Maybe 5 days a week"
"Sure, sometimes I take long breaks"
"Its been fun, a great experience"
"No I'm not carrying a gun" (US only)
"I guess it's dangerous, just the traffic, people are nice everywhere"
"25+ flat tires"
"Nope, no accidents"
"Sometimes camping, sometimes hostels"
"Yes I have a tent"
"Pasta, bread, peanut butter, bananas, nuts, oatmeal"
"Audiobooks and lots of podcasts"
"Yes I've been to the hospital twice"
"Yes I'm riding solo"
"Yes I get lonely sometimes"
"Yes I call my mom"
"No I didn't train for this"
"No I don't have a girlfriend"
"No. I'm not biking back up to the US"
The night before Ushuaia we found one of my all-time favorite campsites. An abandoned hostería. Boxed wine, good stories, and a roaring fire throwing light across the windows late into the night, we couldn't have asked for a better way to end. Swipe ⬅️ for mo'
15.5 months ago I put my rear wheel in the Arctic Ocean. Today, 15,106 miles later, I put my front wheel into the Antarctic 👌
Day 470 - Arrived. My bike is weary and rusted but my heart has never been more full of joy.
All I need is a cupcake and a road trip
Dinner in a roadside shack with Tom, Cedric, Javi, Javi, Ben, and Gary. We learned you can sleep 7 dudes in here if you make a 7 dude spoon train.
How you feel when you're only $500 away from your goal 🙌 Every donation is tax-deductible and worth double because they're being matched!! It will help United Spinal and their mission to enhance the quality of life for all people living with spinal cord injury and disability. Both veterans injured overseas and those injured domestically <3 @unitedspinal @danbuettner gofundme.com/biketrek
Day 7/8: "I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones."
- Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia