Caroline Soubayroux and David Ferguson have already cycled across two continents during their world bikepacking journey. They have travelled from Whitehorse, Canada to Miami, Florida, and then from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to Buenos Aires. Caroline and David have pedalled down the Americas in 92 days covering 12,000 km.
The itinerary of their American adventure is the absolute best any keen rider could ever imagine: the quintessential road trip travelled on a bike, on an actual road.
From legendary Jack London‘s Yukon, where it all began, to the West Coast traversed in its entirety from Seattle to Los Angeles, with the crossing of San Francisco’s Golden Gate in between. Then on to Las Vegas and, from there, to the cold and windy plateaus that form the panoramic treasures of the Grand Canyon and Canyonlands National Park. Further on, the long descent into Texas, down through the French Quarter in New Orleans, and then the southward race through Florida.
In South America, it was mainly the Andes and the stunning magic of the Uyuni Salt Flat, the world’s vastest salt flat rising more than 3500 metres above sea level, which was crossed facing the unimaginable difficulties of the change in altitude.
Yet, despite the difficulties and the physical stress accumulated over many days on the saddle of a bike, both Caroline and David didn’t hide the powerful emotions of when their travels led them to the incredible wonders of the Bolivian Andes plateaus.
An entry of Caroline’s social travel diary reads: “Have you tried ultraracing? Have you tried bikepacking?… It makes you go through all the spectrum of emotions. You cry with joy and push yourself to discover new places even more beautiful” and then, the very moment they crossed the border separating Bolivia from Argentina, the comment accompanying the video of a long Bolivian road said it all: “Bolivia has got my heart”.
With this farewell to the Bolivian Altiplano, they entered the Argentine Andes.
Caroline and David pedalled at an altitude of over 3000 metres, tackling the gusts of wind of the north-western part of the Tucumán Province. Then, at the foot of the Andes, stretched out before them were the vast planes known to the Argentines as the Pampas, a succession of opportunities for riding gravel, but done at the peak of the Argentine summer.
During the first 12,000 km (of the planned 29,000), Caroline and David have already come across every possible landscape and weather conditions. Now, their round-the-world endevour has landed in Africa. And as travellers say: Africa, a place you’ll never forget.
THE BIKE OF THIS ARTICLE
JENA OLIVE GREEN; GLOSSY
Jena is a carbon gravel bike, designed to give you more freedom of choice when you go out for a ride. Jena was designed to satisfy any of your needs, whether it is performance on dirt roads and single track, or adventure, exploration, and bikepacking.
Jena is a light, reactive, and easy-to-handle bike with racing-comfort geometries, and able to adapt to the multiple uses required of a gravel bike.