The Thousand Year Journey
August 1, 2015 10:46 AM   Subscribe

My best friend, Jedidiah, quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. I joined him for a month and a half to ask why.
posted by saul wright (10 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Looks amazing! Since I’ve been thinking of doing some shorter-range bike touring, I was hoping this would have some detail on the how and the challenges interspersed with the millenial spirit quest vibe.
posted by migurski at 11:22 AM on August 1, 2015

migurski, check out While Out Riding which has a packlist, gear reviews and a blog along with some breathtaking photographs. You can also read tourers' blogs on crazyguyonabike and the Bicycle Touring facebook group is a great resource for logistics and daydreaming/living vicariously.
posted by saul wright at 11:35 AM on August 1, 2015 [4 favorites]

How is this person getting through the Darién Gap is what I want to know.
posted by wyndham at 12:30 PM on August 1, 2015 [4 favorites]

wyndham, I'm sure he took a boat from Panama to Colombia - everyone does. It's not really considered 'cheating' or whatever because it's so dangerous there, it's almost impossible to cross by land.
posted by saul wright at 12:34 PM on August 1, 2015 [5 favorites]

Yeah that was my understanding and why I was so curious. But yeah, that's still an amazingly long and I'm sure life-changing journey. Meanwhile I'm thinking about the West Coast Trail and that's scary enough!
posted by wyndham at 12:38 PM on August 1, 2015

Did Werner Herzog teach us nothing?
posted by Simon! at 12:46 PM on August 1, 2015 [5 favorites]

Well, not quite everyone - not Ian Hibbell!
posted by chinston at 12:46 PM on August 1, 2015 [4 favorites]

reminds me of kevin kelly :P (still biking!)
posted by kliuless at 3:34 PM on August 1, 2015

wyndham, the West Coast Trail shouldn't be too scary for a moderately fit person. We did it many years ago, and I saw little kids and older folks there. I'm thinking about doing it again...
posted by sneebler at 5:15 PM on August 1, 2015

The Vogel family did something similar - riding from Alaska to Argentina - including with two kids. Now that's amazing.
posted by Megami at 7:15 AM on August 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

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