Don Thomas cycles along the Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia – South America

Jun 8, 2011 by

bike from alaska to tierra del fuego

Between Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay and Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, there’s some 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) of highway, two of the world’s steepest mountain ranges, and more than a dozen countries. Biking such a distance takes upwards of two years, making it not so much a trip but a lifestyle. The challenges are formidable, from flat tires in remote areas and wild South American drivers to long, lonely stretches of Alaskan highway. But the upshot is that riders gain an intimate knowledge of scenery across North and South America, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (pictured), and meet a remarkable diversity of people along the way. “I knew this challenge would be tough, I knew I would see incredible places. I knew I would experience fear, sadness, loneliness and sometimes delirious happiness,” wrote Dominic Gill, who rode a tandem, picked up passengers, and filmed his experience for the documentary Take a Seat. “What I didn’t expect was to have my faith in humanity so massively reinforced over two years of trusting in people.” Return to Gallery

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