Top to Bottom of the World, 2011-12


Back in June 2011 we set off from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Ushuaia in Argentina. The trip took 10 months in total and involved riding 29,500 miles from the top of the world to the bottom and we travelled through 15 different countries.

It was the ultimate motorcycling riding adventure through diverse landscapes, cultures and civilisations, bringing you a complete mixture of spectacular and varied riding, with time to explore the countries that we were riding through. Here is a rough outline of our route on a larger map.

This was our itinerary over the ten months with links to our travel posts throughout:

ALASKA
Anchorage. Fairbanks. Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle. Coldfoot Camp, Prudhoe Bay.

Posts: Transporting the bike to Alaska, A Day in the life and saying Yes, Mosquitoes in the far north, Janet, Deadhorse in Alaska,

CANADA
Alaskan Highway to Watson Lake. Stewart Cassiar Highway to Bear Glacier, Stewart and Hyder (the most southern point of Alaska). Prince Rupert, The Queen Charlotte Islands, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise, Golden, Revelstoke, Nelson, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Quadra Island.

Posts: Goodbye to Smithers, BC, Haida Gwaii, The Midnight Sun and Moving South, Salmon Glacier

USA
Oregon, California. Yosamite National Park, Escalante, The Grand Canyon (North Rim), Marble Canyon,Orange County, Los Angeles, san Diego, Tirjuana border to Mexico.

Posts:  Viva Las Vegas, Death Valley

MEXICO

Naco border crossing Nuevo Casa Grandes. Creel. Colonial heartland to Zacatecas, the centre of silver mining production and San Miguel de Allende. Mountain riding to Caribbean coast. Ruins of Palenque and the village of San Cristobal.

CENTRAL AMERICA

Guatemala – Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango market, Antigua. Border town of Esquipalas. Honduras – Copan ruins. Nicaragua – Granada, San Juan del Sur. Costa Rica – Arenal volcano and hot springs. Northern Caribbean Coast. Panama – Bridge of the Americas and the Panama Canal. Visit to SOS Children’s Villages. Air freight of bikes.
COLOMBIA & ECUADOR

Ride the great Colombian roads to Medellin. See the odd Botero Sculptures. On to Ecuador and cross the Equator, the local Indian market town of Otavalo and experience your first riding in the Andes.
PERU

Chiclayo, Lord of Sipan Museum, Huanchaco, adobe ruins of Chan Chan, Paracas, Nasca Lines, Cusco (days with many optional excursions – Machu Picchu, Pisac market, Sacsayhuaman), Lake Titicaca, Arequipa & Colca Canyon to watch condors.
CHILE

Arica, the Atacama Desert, The Hand, Tropic of Capricorn, Pacific Coast villages, Pisco Elqui, Santiago, Chilean Lake District, Andes crossing to Bariloche and Esquel (Argentina). Cross back to Chile to ride the Carretera Austral. Puyuhuapi Thermas.
ARGENTINA

Ruta 40, the infamous gravel road through Patagonia. El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier. Cross back to Chile to Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas. Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, Rio Grande, Ushuaia (the most southern city in the world), Tierra del Fuego National Park – the end of the road.

The final part of the expedition will involve riding back north along the South Atlantic coast to Buenos Aires for air freight back to the UK.

Nick & Ivanka