An ever-changing itinerary
We are currently working on our itinerary across the Americas. However, we have already set the duration of our trip to 10 months. Our journey will be punctuated by encounters with local environmental organizations and associations. We estimate that we will cycle between 10,000 and 15,000 km. When necessary, we will resort to public transport or bike-hitchhiking. Our use of flights will be limited to the following: our trip from France to Quebec, a shortcut halfway down the Americas, and then our return trip at the end.
We are looking forward to meeting a wide array of local organizations and associations. These encounters will allow us to expand our knowledge of environmental services on a local level (e.g. National parks).
A physical challenge
In addition to its environmental nature, our project also aims to be a real physical challenge for the three of us, being eager sporty young men. In order to reach our 10,000 km (6,200 miles) target during this journey, we estimate that we will cycle approximately 75 km (47 miles) a day, 5 days a week. Nevertheless, this is but a theoretical figure as we are aware that many factors may influence it. Experience has taught us that just as it might be easy to cycle 200 km on a good day with the wind in the back and the sun shining; the next day, it might be difficult to complete even 50 km. We also hope to include a few breaks to go hiking so as to vary the pleasure (and the pain!). This aspect of our journey will allow us to indulge in the culinary delights of the regions we will span.
Accommodation worthy of the name
One of the questions we are often asked when discussing the project is: “But, where will you sleep?”.
It is indeed an interesting question! To this, we reply that we will spend most nights camping in our good old tents as this gives us much more freedom, especially when cycling as it is hard to predict how far we will get given the number of unforeseeable factors at work. The tent also allows us to pick that perfect spot by a river or a lake, near the sea, or even on a patch of grass in someone’s garden.
When passing through big cities, we will contact people through the CouchSurfing and WarmShowers networks. These hosting networks are free and they will allow us to enjoy the city life during our short stays there. They are also a great way of meeting locals, and at times, of getting a guided tour of the city.