Any time people get wind of my trip they always ask about the route I’m taking. Well, that’s a pretty loaded question considering the fact that I’m really not planning one. I know where I want to start, and I know where I want to end up, but the in between is all up in the air. I’ve always been one of those people that flies by the seat of my pants, so the best I can do is a rough estimate. I did sit down and plot the rough estimate out and what it comes down to is about 22,000 miles.
The idea is to drive straight from San Diego California to Deadhorse Alaska. Deadhorse will be the official starting point of the trip, but only if the roads are good enough to get up there. If not, Fairbanks will have to do. Stage 1 will then be the northern exposure, a loop around Alaska, visit the big towns (Fairbanks, Anchorage, Homer) and maybe do some surfing around Kodiak. Then it’s back down through Canada for a few days ending up on Vancouver. Once I’m back in the states I’m going to be taking the 395 most of the way back to San Diego hitting up places like Mt. Hood, Tahoe, Yosemite and the California Pines.
San Diego to refuel and then its off to Baja. The surf trip officially begins there and I’m hoping to pick up a few friends for some Baja camping and surfing. Once down at the tip, I’ll hop on to a ferry in La Paz and it’s off to mainland Mexico. The plan is to follow the coastlines as much as possible, so I’ll be sticking to the Pacific coast up until Salina Cruz. From there I’ll cut up to Coatzacoalcos and follow the gulf around and into Belize.
I’ll then make my way through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and finally Costa Rica. There will be some surf here, but I think the jungles and nature will be too much of a draw to just stay in the water. Depending on the shipping arrangements I am yet to make, I may ship out from Costa Rica, but if not, I’ll go ahead and venture back into Panama and make my way to Bocas del Toro for some epic Caribbean surf and lounging, then off to Colon for shipping.
Once the truck is on it’s way, I’m going to have to either fly or sail to the same place, which would be either Colombia or Ecuador. I’ll pick the truck up again and head south along the Pacific coast once again hitting Peru, Bolivia and Chile as far south as I can get. That, I believe is Santiago, so I’ll cut cross country once again to Buenos Aires Argentina. I have some friends in BA so I’ll probably hang out there for a bit, recharge and reload then head out to Patagonia.
Patagonia to Tera del Fuego is the last leg of the journey and will probably be the loneliest. There is not much civilization there, but there is the untouched amazing nature that I’m yearning to experience. I’m planning on surfing and hiking around, and if the opportunity arises, to do some climbing.
Once I hit the bottom I’ll have to decide whether I want to just sell my truck and fly back, drive back or get on a boat and go see Africa while I’m at it. The world is my oyster.
Well, like I said, the route is just a rough draft, but I hope it gives you an idea of the scale of the trip and let you gauge where in the world I might be.