On the 3rd September 2011 we left Tilbury Docks in London with our fully laden bikes, travelling by sea to Argentina with Grimaldi Freight Services. The journey lasted approximately 5 and a half weeks but we did stop off at the following ports taking in the scenery as we went along.
ANTWERP – LE HAVRE – DAKAR – FREETOWN – RIO DE JANEIRO – SANTOS – MONTEVIDEO – ZARATE – BUENOS AIRES
clicking on the following map gives you a flavour of the journey
Once on South American Tierra Firma, we then plan to ride from Buenos Aires to Vancouver through the following countries;
Argentina – Chile – Bolivia – Peru – Ecuador – Colombia
across the Darien Gap (by boat)
Panama – Costa Rica – Nicaragua – Honduras – El Salvador – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – USA
clicking on the following map gives you an idea of our planned route
The 15,000 mile road trip ends with the crossing of the United States of America, (via the west coast road), and into Canada where we hope to spend a year or two, skiing, sailing, sunning ourselves, living & working in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fingers crossed the Visas come through!
THE LATEST….. In October 2012, after one year of travelling, we decided that the proposed ‘living and working’ in Vancouver would probably not happen. We came to this conclusion based on several factors – firstly, the visa is taking far too long to process, and they now need updated information which will be very difficult to sort out from over here. Secondly, by the time we reach Vancouver sometime in 2013, we will be ready to go home!!!
Revised plan…. Reach Vancouver, spend a few weeks skiing, enjoying and relaxing a little, then carry on riding the bikes across the country towards the east coast and Halifax. From here we can ship the bikes back to the UK and return home after 18 months or more of travelling the Americas! Not bad for a morning’s planning!