To a couple of little islanders such as us (England is barely half the size of the state of São Paulo, which itself constitutes less than 3% of Brazil), the Americas are unimaginably vast. Deciding how to ride around them entails making some difficult decisions, most of which we made and unmade on the road. Our original plan changed more times than we can remember, evolving with each new region we reached.

We’ve listed our overnight stops below, along with a series of Google maps on which we plotted our progress. We’ve also posted PDFs of our day-by-day route data, which may be of some limited use to other cyclists planning a similar trip.

 


2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
73 nights | 46 days of cycling | 4,473.06km | 24,775m of climb
download USA route data (PDF)map-USA-932click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

April 28 somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean
April 21-27 New York, NY
April 20 Rutherford, NJ
April 19 Princeton, NJ
April 18 Lambertville, NJ
April 17 French Creek State Park, PA
April 15-16 Lancaster, PA
April 14 Gettysburg, PA
April 13 Chambersburg, PA
April 12 Breezewood, PA
April 11 Somerset, PA
April 10 Connellsville, PA
April 6-9 Pittsburgh, PA
April 5 Steubenville, OH
April 4 Coshocton, OH
April 2-3 Columbus, OH
April 1 Cedarville, OH

March 30-31 Cincinnati, OH
March 29 Madison, IN
March 27-28 Louisville, KY
March 25-26 Bardstown, KY
March 24 Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
March 23 Bowling Green, KY
March 20-22 Nashville, TN
March 19 Hohenwald, TN
March 18 Colbert Ferry, Natchez Trace Parkway (milepost 327.3), AL
March 16-17 Tupelo, MS
March 15 Choctaw Lake, Tombigbee National Forest, MS
March 14 Meridian, MS
March 13 Laurel, MS
March 12 Poplarville, MS
March 11 Bay St Louis, MS
March 5-10 New Orleans, LA
March 4 Paulina, LA
March 3 Morgan City, LA

February 28 – March 2 Lafayette, LA
February 27 Mamou, LA
February 26 DeRidder, LA
February 25 Silsbee, TX
February 24 Shepherd, TX
February 23 Navasota, TX
February 22 Carmine, TX
February 17-21 Austin, TX
February 16 New Braunfels, TX
February 15 San Antonio, TX

 


 

MEXICO
112 nights | 68 days of cycling | 5,723.40km | 40,787m of climb
download Mexico route data (PDF)map-mexico-1024-716click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

February 14 Santiago, Nuevo León
February 13 Linares, Nuevo León
February 12 San Roberto, Nuevo León
February 10-11 Matahuela, San Luis Potosí
February 9 El Huizache, San Luis Potosí
February 7-8 San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
February 6 San Felipe, Guanajuato
February 3-5 Guanajuato, Guanajuato
February 1-2 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

January 28-31 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro de Arteaga
January 27 Tequisquiapan, Querétaro de Arteaga
January 26 Cadereyta de Montes, Querétaro de Arteaga
January 25 Pinal de Amoles, Querétaro de Arteaga
January 24 Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro de Arteaga
January 22-23 Xilitla, San Luis Potosí
January 21 Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo
January 20 Molango de Escamilla, Hidalgo
January 19 Metztitlán, Hidalgo
January 18 Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
January 4-17 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
January 3 San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, Puebla
January 1-2 Cuatro Veces Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla

2014

December 29-31 Cuatro Veces Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla
December 28 Tehuacán, Puebla
December 27 San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca, Oaxaca
December 26 Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca
December 23-25 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
December 22 San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Oaxaca
December 16-21 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
December 15 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca (Will)/San Agustinillo, Oaxaca (Ruth)
December 14 Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, Oaxaca (Will)/San Agustinillo, Oaxaca (Ruth)
December 13 Santiago La Galera (El Mirador), Oaxaca (Will)/San Agustinillo, Oaxaca (Ruth)
December 9-12 San Agustinillo, Oaxaca
December 8 Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca
December 7 Concepción Bamba, Oaxaca
December 6 Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, Oaxaca
December 5 Matías Romero, Oaxaca
December 4 Acayucan, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave
December 3 Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave
December 2 Heroica Cárdenas, Tabasco
December 1 Villahermosa, Tabasco

November 30 Frontera, Tabasco
November 29 Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche
November 28 Champotón, Campeche
November 26-27 San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche
November 25 Hecelchakán, Campeche (Will)/Mérida, Yucatán (Ruth)
November 24 Muná, Yucatán
November 18-23 Mérida, Yucatán
November 17 Izamal, Yucatán
November 16 3km east of Chichén Itzá, Yucatán
November 15 Valladolid, Yucatán
November 14 Cobá, Quintana Roo
November 12-13 Tulum, Quintana Roo
November 11 Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo
November 10 Bacalar, Quintana Roo
November 8-9 Xpujil, Campeche
November 7 Centenario (Laguna Silvituc), Campeche
November 6 Francisco Escárcega, Campeche
November 5 Chablé, Tabasco
November 3-4 Palenque, Chiapas

October 30 – November 2 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
October 26-29 Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas

 


 

GUATEMALA
11 nights (Will) | 13 nights (Ruth) | 6 days of cycling | 444.34km | 7,041m of climb
download Guatemala route data (PDF)
map-guatemala-1020-765click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

October 25 La Mesilla, Huehuetenango
October 24 Huehuetenango, Huehuetenango (Will)/Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez (Ruth)
October 23 Santa Cruz del Quiché, El Quiché (Will)/El Jaibalito, Sololá (Ruth)
October 22 Tecpán Guatemala, Chimaltenango (Will)/El Jaibalito, Sololá (Ruth)
October 16-21 Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
October 15 Chiquimulilla, Santa Rosa (Will)/Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez (Ruth)
October 13-14 Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez (Ruth)

 


 

EL SALVADOR
8 nights (Will) | 5 days of cycling | 446.05km | 4,960m of climb
download El Salvador route data (PDF)
map-elsalvador-950-570click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

October 14 Concepción de Ataco, Ahuachapán (Will)
October 13 Acajutla, Sonsonate (Will)
October 10-12 Playa El Tunco, La Libertad (Will)
October 8-9 Alegría, Usulután (Will)
October 7 San Miguel, San Miguel (Will)

 


 

HONDURAS
1 night (Will) | 2 days of cycling | 131.91km | 762m of climb
download Honduras route data (PDF)
map-honduras-950-570click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

October 6 Nacaome, Valle (Will)

 


 

NICARAGUA
10 nights (Will) | 17 nights (Ruth) | 6 days of cycling | 457.61km | 3,018m of climb
download Nicaragua route data (PDF)
map-nicaragua-870-522click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

October 12 overnight bus, Managua to La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción in Guatemala (Ruth)
October 6-11 Granada, Granada (Ruth)
October 5 Somotillo, Chinandega (Will)/Granada, Granada (Ruth)
October 3-4 León, León
October 2 Masaya, Masaya (Will)/Granada, Granada (Ruth)

September 28 – October 1 Granada, Granada
September 27 Playa Santo Domingo (Isla de Ometepe), Rivas
September 26 Santa Cruz (Isla de Ometepe), Rivas

 


 

COSTA RICA
21 nights | 14 days of cycling | 1,059.99km | 10,540m of climb
download Costa Rica route data (PDF)
map-costarica-950-570click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

September 24-25 La Cruz, Guanacaste
September 22-23 Liberia, Guanacaste
September 21 Nicoya, Guanacaste
September 20 Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste
September 19 Nicoya, Guanacaste
September 18 8km north of Tilarán, Guanacaste
September 17 La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela
September 16 Naranjo, Alajuela (Will)/La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela (Ruth)
September 15 Orotina, Alajuela
September 13-14 Quepos, Puntarenas
September 12 Playa La Colonia, Uvita, Puntarenas
September 11 Palmar Norte, Puntarenas
September 10 Puerto Jiménez, Puntarenas
September 9 Carate, Puntarenas without bikes
September 7-8 Parque Nacional Corcovado, Puntarenas without bikes
September 6 Puerto Jiménez, Puntarenas
September 5 Ciudad Neily, Puntarenas

 


 

PANAMA
14 nights | 7 days of cycling | 649.03km | 6,275m of climb
download Panama route data (PDF)
map-panama-950-570click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

September 3-4 San José de David, Chiriquí
September 1-2 Lajas Adentro, Chiriquí

August 31 Soná, Veraguas
August 30 Natá de los Caballeros, Coclé
August 29 El Palmar, Panamá Oeste
August 26-28 Panamá, Panamá
August 22-25 on board Stahlratte in the Caribbean Sea & Comarca Guna Yala (Archipiélago de San Blas)

 


 

COLOMBIA
57 nights | 25 days of cycling | 2,100.86km | 30,527m of climb
download Colombia route data (PDF)
map-colombia-728-546click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

August 19-21 Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar
August 17-18 Santiago de Tolú, Sucre
August 16 Montería, Córdoba
August 15 Caucasia, Antioquia
August 14 Valdivia, Antioquia
August 13 Don Matías, Antioquia
August 9-12 Medellín, Antioquia
August 2-8 Bogotá, Distrito Capital without bikes

July 31 – August 1 Medellín, Antioquia
July 30 La Pintada, Antioquia
July 28-29 Manizales, Caldas
July 27 Fresno, Tolima (Will)/Manizales, Caldas (Ruth)
July 25-26 Manizales, Caldas
July 23-24 El Rosario (Hacienda Venecia), Caldas
July 22 Pereira, Risaralda
July 20-21 Salento, Quindío
July 19 Armenia, Quindío
July 18 Guadalajara de Buga, Valle del Cauca
July 14-17 Santiago de Cali, Valle del Cauca
July 11-13 Popayán, Cauca
July 10 El Mármol (Km 86.4, Ruta 20-02), Huila (Will)/Popayán, Cauca (Ruth)
July 8-9 San Agustín, Huila
July 7 San Juan de Villalobos, Cauca
July 3-6 Mocoa, Putumayo
July 2 Sibundoy, Putumayo

June 27 – July 1 San Juan de Pasto, Nariño
June 26 Ipiales, Nariño

 


 

ECUADOR
30 nights | 19 days of cycling | 1,475.13km | 26,592m of climb
download Ecuador route data (PDF)
map-ecuador-820-615click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

June 25 San Gabriel, Carchi
June 23-24 Ibarra, Imbabura
June 22 Cayambe, Pichincha
June 15-21 Quito, Pichincha
June 14 Latacunga, Cotopaxi
June 12-13 Chugchilán, Cotopaxi
June 11 Tigua, Cotopaxi
June 10 Latacunga, Cotopaxi
June 8-9 Baños de Agua Santa, Tungurahua
June 7 Puyo, Pastaza
June 5-6 Macas, Morona Santiago
June 4 Santiago de Méndez, Morona Santiago
June 3 San Juan Bosco, Morona Santiago
June 2 Gualaquiza, Morona Santiago
June 1 Zamora, Zamora Chinchipe

May 30-31 Loja, Loja
May 29 Catamayo, Loja (Will)/Loja (Ruth)
May 28 El Naranjo, Loja (Will)/Loja (Ruth)
May 27 Macará, Loja

 


 

PERU (AGAIN)
88 nights | 41 days of cycling | 3,086.73km | 31,081m of climb
download Peru route data (PDF)
map-peru-940-705click here to view in Google Maps, with notes
note: two-digit codes after place names denote regions; click here for a key

May 26 Las Lomas, 20
May 24-25 Piura, 20
May 22-23 Trujillo, 13
May 21 Chuquicara, 02
May 19-20 Caraz, 02
May 17-18 Huaraz, 02
May 16 Yanama, 02 (Will)/Huaraz, 02 (Ruth)
May 15 Chacas, 02 (Will)/Huaraz, 02 (Ruth)
May 14 Parque Nacional Huascarán (Will)/Huaraz, 02 (Ruth)
May 10-13 Huaraz, 02
May 9 Huallanca, 02
May 8 La Unión, 10
May 7 Chavinillo, 10
May 5-6 Huánuco, 10
May 4 Yanacancha (Cerro de Pasco), 19
May 3 Junín, 12
May 1-2 La Florida, 12

April 29-30 Oxapampa, 19
April 28 San Luís de Shuaro, 12
April 25-27 Nueva Italia (Pampa Hermosa), 12
April 21-24 La Florida, 12
April 19-20 Huancayo, 12
April 18 Izcuchaca, 09
April 17 Mayocc, 09 (Will)/Ayacucho, 05 (Ruth)
April 15-16 Ayacucho, 05
April 14 overnight bus, Cusco to Ayacucho
April 13 Cusco, 08
April 12 Pisac, 08
April 9-11 Ollantaytambo, 08
April 8 Aguas Calientes, 08 without bikes
April 6-7 Huarocondo, 08

March 31 – April 5 Cusco, 08
March 30 Sicuani, 08
March 29 Ayaviri, 21
March 28 Lampa, 21
March 26-27 Puno, 21
March 25 Ilave, 21

 


 

BOLIVIA
12 nights | 3 days of cycling | 169.02km | 1,668m of climb
download Bolivia route data (PDF)
map-bolivia-1050-630click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

March 22-24 Copacabana, L
March 21 Huarina, L (Will)/Nuestra Señora de La Paz, L (Ruth)
March 13-20 Nuestra Señora de La Paz, L

 


 

PERU
see above for statistics & a map

March 12 overnight bus, Arequipa to Nuestra Señora de La Paz in Bolivia
March 11 Arequipa, 04
March 7-10 Lima without bikes
March 3-6 Arequipa, 04
March 2 Llahuar, 04 without bikes
March 1 Cabanaconde, 04 without bikes

February 28 Yanque, 04 without bikes
February 22-27 Arequipa, 04
February 21 San José, 04
February 19-20 Punta de Bombón, 04
February 18 Ilo, 18
February 17 Boca del Río, 23
February 16 Tacna, 23

 


 

CHILE (AGAIN)
27 nights | 13 days of cycling | 1,077.68km | 10,154m of climb
download Chile route data (PDF)
map-chilenorth-840-630click here to view in Google Maps, with notes
note: Roman numerals after place names denote regions; click here for a key

February 12-15 Arica, XV
February 11 Cuya, XV
February 10 Huara, I
February 7-9 Iquique, I
February 6 Playa Ike-Ike, I
February 4-5 Tocopilla, II
February 3 Hornitos, II

January 31 – February 2 Antofagasta, II
January 30 Calama, II
January 27-29 San Pedro de Atacama, II
January 26 Km 110, Ruta 27, II (Will)/San Pedro de Atacama, II (Ruth)

 


 

ARGENTINA (AGAIN)
100 nights | 42 days of cycling | 3,919.06km | 19,958m of climb
download Argentina route data (PDF)
map-argentina-1035-690click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

January 24-25 Jama, JY
January 21-23 Susques, JY
January 20 Santuario de Tres Pozos, JY
January 18-19 Purmamarca, JY
January 17 Humahuaca, JY
January 14-16 La Quiaca, JY
January 13 Abra Pampa, JY
January 11-12 Humahuaca, JY
January 10 Tilcara, JY
January 9 San Salvador de Jujuy, JY
January 5-8 Salta, SA
January 4 La Viña, SA
January 1-3 Cafayate, SA

2013

December 31 Cafayate, SA
December 30 Santa María, CT
December 29 Hualfin, CT
December 28 Belén, CT
December 27 Salicas (San Blas de los Sauces), LR
December 23-26 Chilecito, LR
December 22 Villa Unión, LR
December 21 Parque Nacional Talampaya, LR
December 20 Parque Provincial Ischigualasto (Valle de la Luna), SJ
December 17-19 San Agustín de Valle Fértil, SJ
December 16 14km north of Marayes, SJ
December 15 Vallecito, SJ
December 14 Villa Media Agua, SJ
December 12-13 Mendoza, MZ

 


 

CHILE (BRIEFLY, WITHOUT BIKES)
see above for statistics
map-chilesouth-850-510click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

December 10-11 Valparaíso, V without bikes
December 6-9 Santiago, RM without bikes

 


 

ARGENTINA
see above for statistics & a map

December 3-5 Mendoza, MZ

November 30 – December 2 Maipú, MZ
November 29 La Paz, MZ
November 28 San Luis, SL
November 27 Villa Mercedes, SL
November 26 Sampacho, CD
November 24-25 General Deheza, CD
November 23 Villa María, CD
November 22 Marcos Juárez, CD
November 19-21 Rosario, SF
November 18 Pergamino, BA
November 16-17 San Antonio de Areco, BA
November 12-15 Buenos Aires
November 11 El Calafate, SC without bikes
November 7-10 El Chaltén & around, SC without bikes
November 5-6 El Calafate, SC without bikes

October 12 – November 4 Buenos Aires

 


 

URUGUAY
15 nights | 9 days of cycling | 676.66km | 5,108m of climb
download Uruguay route data (PDF)
map-uruguay-1050-630click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

October 5-11 Montevideo
October 4 Piriápolis, Maldonado
October 3 Villa Serrana, Lavalleja
October 2 Minas, Lavalleja
October 1 José Pedro Varela, Lavalleja

September 30 Quebrada de los Cuervos, Treinta y Tres
September 28-29 Estancia Paz (Pinos de la Quebrada), Treinta y Tres
September 27 Treinta y Tres

 


 

BRAZIL
79 nights | 38 days of cycling | 2,792.48km | 23,489m of climb
download Brazil route data (PDF)
map-brazil-1010-606click here to view in Google Maps, with notes

September 26 Jaguarão, RS
September 25 Pelotas, RS
September 23-24 São Lourenço do Sul, RS
September 22 Camaquã, RS
September 17-21 Porto Alegre, RS
September 16 Gramado, RS
September 15 São Francisco de Paula, RS
September 12-14 Praia Grande, SC
September 10-11 Bairro de São Pedro, Urussanga, SC
September 9 Urussanga, SC
September 7-8 Bom Jardim da Serra, SC
September 4-6 Urubici, SC
September 3 Bom Retiro, SC
September 2 Rancho Queimado, SC
September 1 Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, SC

August 30-31 Costa de Dentro, Ilha de Santa Catarina, SC
August 28-29 Lagoa da Conceição, Ilha de Santa Catarina, SC
August 27 Jurerê, Ilha de Santa Catarina, SC
August 26 Florianópolis, Ilha de Santa Catarina, SC
August 25 São José, SC
August 24 Bairro Itapocu, near Barra Velha, SC
August 23 São Bento do Sul, SC
August 22 Curitiba, PR
August 21 overnight bus, Foz do Iguaçu to Curitiba without bikes
August 19-20 Foz do Iguaçu, PR without bikes
August 15-18 Curitiba, PR
August 14 Guaraqueçaba, PR
August 12-13 Boqueirão Sul, Ilha Comprida, SP
August 11 Miracatu, SP
August 10 Itanhaém, SP
August 7-9 Santos, SP
August 5-6 Bertioga, SP
August 4 Juquehy, SP
August 3 Praia de Santiago, near São Sebastião, SP
August 1-2 Pedra do Sino, Ilhabela, SP

July 31 Praia do Sapê, near Ubatuba, SP
July 29-30 Praia da Almada, near Ubatuba, SP
July 27-28 Paratí, RJ
July 23-26 Abraão, Ilha Grande, RJ
July 22 Angra dos Reis, RJ
July 21 Coroa Grande, RJ
July 10-20 Rio de Janeiro, RJ