Cédric (Canada)
riding from Montréal, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina

cedric-1280
Cédric’s been blazing along at a fair old clip. When we met him at our hostel, four months after he hit the road, he was already 8,000km closer to Patagonia, a speedy pace even before you discover that he took a month off in Mexico. His bike’s set-up has doubtless helped: a Kona Sutra, it’s equipped with 27-inch wheels and unusually thin 1.25in tyres. A gentle fellow with an unruly mop of hair, Cédric had ridden with Felix (see below) for a spell further north, before the two of them collided again in Costa Rica and decided to join forces once more. We met the day before they were due to set off on their final North American leg to Panama City, from where they’re planning to fly to Medellín and continue south through Colombia.
San José de David, Chiriquí, Panama
3 September 2014

 


 

Felix (Germany)
riding from Guadalajara, Mexico to Ushuaia, Argentina, then back north again

felix-1280
Shirtless in the baking heat, Felix had ridden from his hostel in David to a camping store on the outskirts of the city in search of a groundsheet. He didn’t find one – but he did find us in the car park, newly arrived in town and trying to make sense of its geography. A chatty fellow with impeccable English, Felix started in Guadalajara and is heading to Patagonia, whereupon – like Justin (see below), whom we’d met a few hours earlier – he was planning to turn around and ride back north again. He’s riding just the bike for such a trip: a sturdy, sensible Fahrradmanufaktur TX-1000 with daring 29-inch wheels (Schmidt dynamo hub at the front, Rohloff Speedhub at the rear). Having started riding with a Brazilian pal and then spent some time cycling alone, he was travelling with Cédric when our paths crossed.
San José de David, Chiriquí, Panama
3 September 2014

 


 

Rei (Japan)
riding from Alaska, USA to Ushuaia, Argentina

rei-1280
You might run into a Japanese guy down the road, Justin told us as we eased down the highway. Less than a kilometre later, we caught sight of Rei pulling into a roadside stall for a late breakfast. Rei’s English is patchy and his Spanish minimal; both, needless to say, are better than our Japanese. Despite the language barrier and Rei’s charming shyness, we did manage to learn that he’s riding the Alaska-Patagonia route and started around the same time as us (July 2013). Suspension forks on his gleaming orange mountain bike make it hard for him to run a front rack, which may be why he’s carrying an unholy amount of kit on his back in a gigantic rucksack. We daren’t imagine the damage it must be doing to his posture.
between Juay & San Juan Cerrillos, Chiriquí, Panama
3 September 2014

 


 

Justin (UK/Spain/Mexico)
riding from Guadalajara, Mexico to Ushuaia, Argentina and back again

justin-1280
Justin Moreno’s name speaks to his twin heritage: his first name is from his British mother, while his surname is surely a gift from his Spanish father. A rangy, mellow chap who chooses his words with care, he’s rambling south from his adopted home of Guadalajara to Patagonia; ‘until the end of the road’, as he put it, on no fixed schedule and with no particular route in mind. By trade, he’s an artist (his shoes were spattered with paint), and is stopping along the route and working for a spell when the mood takes him. Most people who get to Ushuaia then fly back to wherever they call home, but Justin’s planning on cycling back to Mexico through Brazil. He doesn’t have a website dedicated to his travels, though he does have one for his art; click here to visit it.
between Juay & San Juan Cerrillos, Chiriquí, Panama
3 September 2014