TRINIDAD TO EUREKA : 38 KMS   30.10.16

CRESCENT CITY TO TRINIDAD:  101 KMS  29.10.16

BROOKINGS TO CRESCENT CITY:  48 KMS  28.10.16

Remarkably the sun was beaming as soon as I traversed into the Californian border. With the sun on my face and a light breeze keeping me cool in the bright

NORTH BEND TO BROOKINGS :  165 KMS  FROM 27.10.2016 TO 28.10.2016

Two days of rain and wind is all I can recollect of my arduous 160 kms ride from North Bend to the campground in Brookings. Along the way I met

FLORENCE TO NORTH BEND : 74 KMS   26.10.2016

The road from Florence to North Bend was beautiful but marred by heavy and incessant rainfall. The winds were howling at gusts over 50 kmph and at one point it

YACHATS TO FLORENCE: 32 KMS 24.10.2016

The heavy rain in the morning and the elevation gain of each day was slowing me down. I was barely able to accomplish riding more than 40-50 kms a day.

LINCOLN CITY K.O.A. TO NEWPORT : 69 KMS  21.19.2016

The ride from Lincoln City to Newport was in pleasant weather and I witnessed lovely sights of the rugged west coast shores and incredible rock formations. Along the way I

CAPE LOOKOUT STATE PARK TO LINCOLN CITY KOA: 30 KMS 19.10.2016

The climb from Cape Lookout was a steep one and I gained an elevation of a 1000 ft in a little less than 7 kms. From the top of the

BARVIEW JETTY TO CAPE LOOKOUT STATE PARK: 42 KMS – 18.10.2016

Barview Jetty campground is nestled next to the beach and the waves made crashing sounds all night. It It rained all night while I was camping at the Barview Jetty.

CANNON BEACH TO BARVIEW JETTY CAMPGROUND – 17.10.2016  – 47 KMS

After bidding adieu to Jim and Angela, and locking their home, Keith and I departed from Cannon Beach. Keith was a much stronger rider and was far ahead of me

CANNON BEACH- PICTORIAL 16.10.2016

Cannon Beach is a lovely beach town with a laid-back atmosphere, lovely cafes, delicious ice cream, and generous, friendly people. I was  able to finally see Haystack Rock, which is

BAY CENTER TO ASTORIA, OREGON. 62 KMS  12.10.2016

              An early start at 9 am enabled me to observe the oyster fishing operations up close in Willapa Bay and also catch a

ASTORIA – THE TOWN IN PICTURES 13 – 15 OCTOBER 2016

Astoria is a beautiful and charming town uniquely settled along the mouth of the Columbia River on  the Pacific Coast. he city was named after John Jacob Astor, an investor from

HOQUIAM TO BAY CENTER KOA  80 KMS 11.10.2016

I started late from the motel in Hoquiam. It was 10.30 am and the sun was out quite brightly and its rays were sharp. The weather was cool and it

WILLABY TO HOQUIAM 62 KMS 10.10.2016

The weather was beginning to hold up and I was happy that I could be in the sun again. The rain and accompanying cold had chilled my bones and my

KALALOCH TO WILLABY CAMPGROUND  49 KMS 9.10.2016

By the 9th the weather had cleared and I made my way to Willaby campground which lies in the midst of Quinault rainforest. The Quinault are an indigenous people from

FORKS TO KALALOCH CAMPGROUND 60 KMS 7.10.2016

After a stormy night at Forks,  I began my ride to Kalaloch Campground. The clothes dry after a spin in the laundry felt good and smelt fresh. The day was

FAIRHOLME CAMPGROUND TO FORKS  47 KMS 6.10.2016

I rode out of Fairholme Campground towards Kalaloch Campground after eating a breakfast of oats, bread and cheese but was caught up heavy rain soon after and had to keep

VICTORIA CITY PICTORIAL

Victoria is a very charming city. The day I arrived, I checked into a very nice hotel called the James Bay Inn, as I wanted to treat myself to some

FULFORD HARDBOR – SCHWARTZ BAY TO VICTORIA CITY 45 KMS  30.09.2016

The ride from Salt spring town to the Fulford Harbor was very pretty though the first 7 kms meant climbing a steep hill. The descent was amazing as the road

SALT SPRING ISLAND PICTORIAL  28.09.2016

Salt Spring island was even more pretty than Gabriola and was filled with artists shops and cafes. I rode around the island which took me alsmost a whole day and

GABRIOLA ISLAND PICTORIAL

I spent two lovely days on sunny Gabriola before heading off to Salt Spring Island. On the ferry to Nanaimo , I met a man who made a deep impact

VANCOUVER TO NANAIMO TO GABRIOLA ISLAND 26.09.2016

It was only in casual conversation with a Canadian in Whitehorse that I got to know about the islands off Vancouver. The descriptions and later what I read about them

BANFF PICTORIAL

BANFF TO VANCOUVER :  742 kms

On 21 st September, winter came earlier by almost 4 weeks to Alberta, and it began to snow heavily. The forecast too did not look too promising and temperatures dropped

LAKE LOUISE CAMPGROUND TO BANFF 18.09.16  55 kms

The ride from Lake Louise to Banff was really memorable. Taka and I met at the cafe shop in the town and decided to ride together though I had to

MORAINE LAKE: 16.09.2016

The night I arrived at Lake Louise, it began to rain and by the following morning it was chilly and overcast, having snowed in the peaks above. Nonetheless I was quite

BOW LAKE TO LAKE LOUISE: 40 KMS, 15.09.2016

The ride from Bow lake to Lake louise was light and easy going as the distance was not much. There were a few higher grades to encounter but it was

RAMPART CREEK HOSTEL TO BOW SUMMIT LAKE: 92 KMS 14.09.16

I left Rampart Creek Hostel quite early in the morning as I knew that it would be an extremely long day. A day stretching to 92 kms, the farthest I

WILCOX CREEK TO RAMPART CREEK HOSTEL: 36 KMS 14.09.2016

I climb over 2500 ft, took me to the incredible views of the mountains flanking the Alexandra river, named after a consort  of King Edward VII. Quite interesting. The mountain

BEAUTY CREEK HOSTEL TO WILCOX CREEK CAMPGROUND  20 kms : 13.09.2016

A climb of over 2000 ft in just 20 kms, this turned out to be one of the toughest climbs in the tour to this date and I managed only

JASPER TO BEAUTY CREEK HOSTEL: 87 KMS 12.09.2016

The temperature read as -3 deg C at 9 am on the day I set off on the famous Icefield Parkway. Thankfully, the skies were clear and the weather forecast

JASPER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 9.09.2016 to 10.10.2016

One of the reasons I chose to remain in Jasper is because i had bought a pass for the Jasper Folk Music Festival.  The Festival was held in the local

EXPLORING JASPER NATIONAL PARK 5.09.2016 to 8.09.2016

For the next 4 days, I explored Jasper National Park on my bike. But before that I chose to make myself a bit comfortable and moved into the Jasper Downtown

LUCERN CAMPGROUND TO JASPER: 36 KMS    4.09.2016

After a rainy day, on a cold but sunny morning, I set off for the picturesque and long awaited ride to the magical town of Jasper. By the time I

YELLOWHEAD HIGHWAY: MOUNT ROBSON TO LUCERN CAMPGROUND : 51 KMS  3.09.2016

The day after the hike to Berg Lake turned out to be misty and rainy and the mountains were shrouded in a thick cover of cloud. It would rain intermittently.

THE TRAIL TO BERG LAKE ; 28 KMS RETURN

The Berg Lake Trail is a world-renowned backcountry hiking trail.Gaining just under 800 metres in 23 kilometres, the trail traverses three biogeoclimatic zones. This trail takes hikers to some of

YELLOWHEAD HIGHWAY: TETE JAUNE TO MOUNT ROBSON 20 kms

This was a very short day for riding, but was a day with some spectacular views and my first brush with the Canadian Rockies., It began with a side trip

Yellowhead highway : McBride to Tete Jaune Cache 65 kms

McBride was a small town with a few houses, a nice cafe at the railway station, a PO and a mini mart where I managed to get some supplies like

TRAIN: SMITHERS TO MCBRIDE: 600 kms

Decided to take a train from Smithers to McBride, because of a host of factors. An early winter was approaching fast, and I wanted to spend considerable time exploring the

Smithers Pictorial: 25-08-16

Some images of the ranches around Smithers and a flower garden near the railway station. A beautiful friendly town with lovely cafes, a great library and some cheap fast food options like McDonald's. I really liked the streetside cafe called Bugwood Bean as they served up great coffee and muffins.

Yellowhead : Old Hazelton to Smithers – 75 Kms 24-08-16

As I got closer to Smithers on the hilly roads, and rode along the Bulkley river, I could see the valley opening up and forests of aspen and fir giving way to ranches and rolling farmlands, with grazing cows and horses. It was a pretty sight, though very different to the sights of dense forests and bears on the Cassiar!

Yellowhead Highway / 16 – Kitwanga Junction to Old Hazelton – 60 Kms

This was an interesting day. To ride on a busy highway with a lot of commercial traffic and a narrow shoulder was quite an experience. I was glad to see the village of Hazelton and decided to explore a bit more and ride to Old Hazelton which was 7 kms to the left past the Info center. Along the way, i crossed the gorgeous canyon on the Hagwilget bridge.

Cassiar Highway: Bonus Lake to Kitwanga – 77 Kms

It was a warm sunny day to start with but by the end of the day it was overcast. We were headed to Kitwanga, to a RV park / campground. We spent some time on the Cranberry river filling water and some local Indians came driving by to check if we were salmon fishing!

Cassiar Highway: Meziadin Junction to Bonus Lake Rec Site –  76 Kms

The fabulous ride from Meziadin junction to Bonus lake rec site with Jenny and Curtis was highlighted by the side road to the fish ladder on the Nass river. Curtis found the path to the fish ladder on his GPS navigation map and led us to it, on a really rough road, some 2 kms from the main highway.

Stewart Town: A Pictorial

I spent 2 days in Stewart, a charming town with a lot of history, pretty homes, heritage churches and quaint cafes and vintage shops.

Cassiar Highway: Bell 2 to Meziadin Junction – 92 Kms 13-08-16

At Bell 2 I met with Curtis and Jenny again. We had last met at Whitehorse. It was simply great to get to know them better and they have become good buddies! We spent the next few days cycling together to Meziadin Junction, Stewart - Hyder and then Kitwanga. The ride from Bell 2 to Meziadin Junction was very eventful.

Cassiar Highway: Bob Quinn To Bell 2 – 47 Kms 10-08-16

The ride to Bell 2 was very scenic and one of the finest on the Cassiar. An experience of riding alongside massive mountains, gleaming glaciers, riveting rivers and lush forest lakes is beautiful. And after taking the curve from Bob Quinn, the landscape changes to all this! Rode along the amazing Ningunsaw river. The day was a rainy one, so the peaks of most mountains were in the mist or clouds. But the greenery of the vegetation - the willows, trees and flowers was too beautiful!

Iskut: Camp At Lake Eddontenajon

I camped for an extra day at Iskut as i was waiting for the PO to open. From Watson lake I had sent a parcel of food and it arrived there on Monday morning. In the meantime, I camped by the beautiful Eddontenajon lake in a valley of mountains.

Cassiar Highway: Kinsakan Lake to Bob Quinn Air Strip – 64 Kms 9-08-16

After spending a splendid night at Boya lake, I made my way towards Dease lake but little did I know that little less than 20 mins later I would be struggling against one of the strongest headwinds I had ever encountered on this journey. It took me over 2 hours to just reach Good Hope lake where I stopped for awhile to enjoy a breakfast of hot dog and coffee.

Cassiar Highway: Iskut to Kinaskan Lake – 44 Kms 9-08-16

The ride to Kinaskan Lake Provincial park was uneventful except for a great lunch at Tatogga resort and quite a headwind after that, which helped to digest the Chicken burger! By the time I arrived at Kinaskan Lake, it was raining, damp and dull. The campsite was quite well organised and I was able to find a spot under a nice clump of cedar trees.

Cassiar Highway: Boya Lake To Simmons Lake – 52 Kms 3-08-16

After spending a splendid night at Boya lake, I made my way towards Dease lake but little did I know that little less than 20 mins later I would be struggling against one of the strongest headwinds I had ever encountered on this journey. It took me over 2 hours to just reach Good Hope lake where I stopped for awhile to enjoy a breakfast of hot dog and coffee.

Cassiar Highway: Junction 37 to Boya Lake – 88 Kms

2 kms from Junction 37, I entered British Columbia- and the signpost calls it the The Best Place on Earth. The Cassiar highway runs South along the Cassiar and Coast mountains and is one of the most remote and wild main highways of Western Canada

Watson Lake to Junction 37: 22 kms

I rode back to Junction 37 after refilling with food and nutritive bars and 2 days of rest! Camped at: Junction 37 Services. 10 CAD. No showers , no laundry. It was a clean, uncrowded campground, very basic, but had free wifi at the office and a very friendly caretaker.

Watson Lake Pictorial

Watson lake is a small community town of 450 people. It played an important historical role during the construction of the Alaska Canada highway ( Alcan) in the 1940s. Its famous for its Signpost forest which is a huge collection of signposts put up by travellers from all over the world. It was first started by a American GI in 1942 during the construction of the highway!

Fireweed Turns to Cotton In Fall

In mid to late summer fireweed begins blooming in the middle of the stalk, with each successive flower blooming just above the one before it. As the last flowers are blooming at the top of the stalk, the earliest blooms seed and turn to cotton, as seen below. When the fireweed turns to cotton, Alaskans say there are about six weeks until winter begins. I took this video sometime ago and it sure seems to be right. Jaspers mountains got snow last night!

Big Creek Campground to Watson Lake – 66 Kms 31-07-16

In Big Creek, I met a very nice Canadian of German origin - Jan, who is a mining expert and even had a website quite similar to mine - miningquest.com! We shared a great evening and had breakfast together.

Continental Divide to Big Creek Campground – 65 kms 30-07-16

This was a beautiful ride across the continental divide. The road, was very hilly, and took dramatic turns and climbs, with excellent views of the Swift river valley below and the Lower Lillard mountains. For miles and miles, far beyond, as far as the eyes could see, there were only forests of spruce, alpine fir and balsam.

Smart River to Continental Divide – 58 Kms 29/07/16

The day promised to be a long one as the elevation gain to the continental divide lodge and campground was supposed to be over 2000 ft. There were two major hills that had to be negotiated, one of them being exceptionally steep. This was just before I descended a few hundred feet to the Continental Divide lodge.

Teslin to Smart River – 64 Kms 28/07/16

From Teslin I cycled towards Watson Lake which was still quite a distance away. I cycled until about 7 pm, till I found a nice spot to camp by the Smart River. Along the way I met a man from Belarus who was settled in Alaska. He was riding with his son across the alcan highway.

Wolf Sighting Video – Road to Whitehorse

While riding to Whitehorse I came across this lone young wolf on the highway. He was so intrigued by my presence, it was quite interesting to hear him howl. Wondering what he was trying to communicate!

Bear Sighting Video – Road to Haines Junction

On the way to Haines Junction I had spotted a black bear. Here’s the video!

Johnsons Crossing to Teslin – 52 Kms 27/07/16

Camped at Teslin at a campground. I had met Peter at Jakes corner and we had ridden together for 2 days and camped at Johnson's crossing as well. Peter carried on at Teslin and did not want to stop, so had coffee together and I hope to see him at Vancouver.

Marsh Lake to Johnsons Crossing – 88 Kms

When I left his lovely home, Peter asked me to tell him which places cinnamon roll was better - Jakes Corner or Johnsons Crossing! I stopped at Jakes Corner, had a heavy meal of a burger, coke and a massive cinnamon roll and then 40 kms later stopped to camp at

Whitehorse to Marsh Lake – 40 Kms

After resting in Whitehorse for almost 3 days, I had chosen to take it easy on my ride the following day. I had contacted Peter a warmshowers host and he had offered to host me for a night. I was there by 2 pm and was awe struck by the beauty of Marsh lake and the wonderful log cabin Peter has made.

Whitehorse Pictorial

Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and has 27000 residents which comprises 90% of the population of the Yukon. It is settled by the Yukon river and is named after its white rapids. The city had some great cafes and bakeries. It also has a great bike shop ( I heard) and a very good outdoor store on the main street called Coast Mountain( did some shopping here).

Stony Creek to Whitehorse – 64 Kms 20/07/16

It had rained all night and I had to pack a wet tent. After retrieving my bear food bag from the trees, and having a few oatmeal bars, I set off for Whitehorse. It was a cloudy and damp day with intermittent rain. There was a gradual ascent all along but the landscapes as always were spectacular.

Haines Junction to Stony Creek – 90 kms

The ride from Haines Junction to Whitehorse, was broken at Stony Creek, a lovely creek that I discovered quite late in the evening around 8 pm, after a teacher on his way back to Haines stopped and told me about it. He also offered strawberries which were delicious!

Kluane Lake to Haines Junction – 80 Kms 18/07/16

I was looking forward to the ride to Haines Junction. I had read it was a pretty town and I left the campground at 10 am. It was windy, a strong headwind from the East, buffeted only when climbing. As soon as I left from the campsite I saw a beautiful mudland which I had to cross.

Kluane River East Area to Cottonwood RV Park, Kluane Lake – 70 Kms 16/07/16

The following morning, I headed towards Destruction Bay, via Burwash Landing where I visited the Kluane Museum. It was small but very well curated with an excellent collection of native art and craft, from clothing to woodcraft, tools and weapons and jewellery.

Yukon Discovery Lodgings to Kluane River Rest Area – 90 Kms 15/07/16

This was a very long day of cycling. Again a partly cloudy and sunny day with a headwind in some sections. The Kluane river was fast and majestic. The highlight of the day was the picturesque Pickhandle Lake. It was simply gorgeous.

Beaver Creek to Yukon Discovery Lodgings – 53 Kms 14/07/16

It was a warm sunny day when I left Beaver Creek. The highway was quiet and the Alaskan range was awe inspiring! The lakes and the endless forests kept me going all day. Rode over the White river which was amazing!

Delta Junction to Beaver Creek

The Alaska State House served up great breakfast before I set off on my ride to Tok which was 150 kms away. That night I would have to camp wild so I ensured I had enough food. Along the way I had some amazing views of rivers and met with John at Tok.

Fairbanks to Delta Junction

It was a cold and rainy morning when I begun cycling on the Richardson highway towards my next destination which was to be Beaver Creek at the US Canada border.

Dalton Highway: Yukon River to Fairbanks

It was a cold morning when I cycled on from the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway. There was a steep decline and in the distance I could see the road climbing steeply again. I filled my water bottles at Fish Creek, a clear water stream,cold and fresh.

Dalton Highway – Yukon River

The Yukon river is the longest watercourse in Alaska and Canada. It starts in British Columbia, Canada and empties in the Bering sea, running for 3190 kms. It was the most important waterway during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1800s and also very important strategically during the construction of the Alaskan highway.

Dalton Highway – Arctic Circle

The journey to the Arctic Circle took me past Gobblers Knob from where the entire Brooks range and the Koyukuk river is visible for miles.

The Ride South to the Arctic Circle

I had started out at Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay in Alaska and was now 400 kms to the South , headed towards the Arctic Circle. A few years ago I would have never imagined that my legs would be pedalling hard at this latitude, and now I was just a few kms from the symbolic summit-the Arctic Circle.

Coldfoot Station

Coldfoot station is that oasis of delight in the middle of an extremely dangerous and remote highway. The heart of Coldfoot is the Trucker's Cafe. It's a place to eat, drink and take a well deserved break. It serves up delicious food from hamburgers to steaks to amazing pies.

Chandalar Shelf

Descending Atigun Pass

Ascscending Atigun Pass

At Galbraith Lake I met Stephen Lowry who works for a land surveyor company and turned or to be a gem of a guy. He helped me to traverse

Path to Argentina

The seeds of the path to Argentina found root in the gravel roads of the Far North, 30000 kms away, in the Arctic at Prudhoe Bay. I began my long and exciting journey on the 21st of June for two reasons. It was my fathers birthday and summer solstice day as well.

Preface

The year was 2011, and was just back, inspired and triumphant, after cycling on one of the highest motorable roads in the world ( Manali – Khardung La). I was reading an article on transcontinental cycling in a magazine specializing in bicycling when I came across a

Training & Preparation

I am sharing this for the uninitiated. Experienced touring cyclists who have been riding for years, may just roll up their eyes when they read this article, but touring in India is so nascent that I think this will be a good perspective!

The Bike

Read all about the Customised Bike that I will use for the Journey across the World to America