Ride & Stats

Check out the map below to see where we have got to so far. The cycling routes aren’t totally accurate as we aren’t using a GPS to track each day but they are pretty close.

Map and stats last updated: 21/07/2019 – In Essex, VT, USA

How do we plan our route?

We use the iPhone app, “MapOut” to plan and record the ride each day as it is easy to draw a route, view the elevation profile and share it between devices. It is the best £5 that Ben has ever spent! We also use the free app, “maps.me” for a quick overview of distances or navigating around town and Google Maps is useful for a satellite view of the more remote locations.

To decide where we are going to ride we read websites and blogs from cyclists that have ridden that area before, speak to other cyclists we meet on the road (which is the best for up-to-date information) or ask locals about the upcoming conditions (though always take this with a pinch of salt, “flat” always means “it is slightly uphill” and “it’s only half an hour away” translates as “it’s a six hour ride”).

Some of our go-to sites are bikepacking.com for route and gear inspiration, andesbybike.com for routes in the mountains, tour.tk is a wealth of general information and crazyguyonabike.com is a bit of an outdated website but it hosts thousands of cyclists’ blogs, updated daily and is easily searchable by location.

How far do we ride each day?

We ride anywhere between 40km and 120km per day, but it depends on a combination of factors such as: terrain, weather, road conditions, how we’re feeling that day, distance between resupply points or what there is to see on the way.

When we are on the bikes we tend to treat each day as a mountain bike ride so we don’t take many breaks, usually we stop every three hours or so when we get hungry and then when we get tired at the end of the day. We like to make the most of our time on the bikes so unless there is somewhere amazing to camp, a cool place to visit or the weather has closed in, we ride from early morning until about an hour before sunset when we’ll start to look for a place to wildcamp.

Rest days are usually every fifth or sixth day but again this depends on where we are, how far there is between towns, the weather and riding conditions. There have been stretches where we’ve ridden for 3 weeks with only two days off and times when we’ve spent nearly three weeks in one place. The nice thing about how we are travelling is that it doesn’t matter how long we spend in a place or how long we ride for as we have no time limit – only the seasons and the bank balance influence the rate at which we travel.

Some stats from the ride so far:

Since leaving Ushuaia (01/10/2017)... 
Days on the road:659
Distance covered:19,940 km
Average daily distance:62.51 km
Time in the saddle:1441 hours 26 minutes
Longest day:138 km - Brunswick to Savannah, GA. USA
Longest time riding without a day off:12 days
Villa La Angostura to Pichelemu (Argentina to Chile - February 2018)
Total elevation gain:295,739 m
Biggest daily elevation gain:2947m - Paso Sico, Argentina-Chile
Highest point reached by bike:4959 masl - Punta Pumacocha, Peru Divide
Highest campsite:4569 masl - Punta Ushuayca, Peru Divide
Average speed:13.83 km/h
Top speed:71.78 km/h
Countries visited:10
Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, USA
Borders crossed:18
Nights under canvas:163
Nights in paid for accomodation:176
Nights free hospitality (WarmShowers, Couchsurfing, Bomberos, Locals):185
Holiday in England27
Strongest wind:Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina/Chile
Most rain:Peru Great Divide, Mid-October 2018
Hottest day:38c Tatacoa Desert, Colombia
Coldest night:-5.5 in the tent - Paso Sico, Chile (at 4100m)

Have we missed anything or is there anything else you would like to know? Chances are we have the answer, just get in contact with us and we’ll add it to the list.

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