Since 2008, three brothers from a family farm in Starkweather, ND dreamed of a rugged Pan-American bike expedition to benefit Habitat for Humanity. In August 2011, this dream became a reality. In May 2012, they returned home from Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego and began the next chapter of their lives, forever changed by what they accomplished together.
Our goal was twofold. We fundraised enough money to co-sponsor a home with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. We also hoped to document a powerful journey across Arctic tundra, Central American tropics, mountains, deserts, cityscapes and many other roads less traveled between Alaska and Argentina.
Many charity rides spend a great deal on various amenities and promotional efforts. We wanted something different. Bound South was a rugged journey of reflection, a fully self-supported trek across some of the most inhospitable places in the Americas. Supporting our cause allows you to become a part of our story. Every dollar you donate will go directly to Habitat for Humanity to continue their good work.
Real adventure was the spark for this journey. Our desire to help others sustained it. We are forever Bound South.
Isaiah Berg is the middle son in the Berg family, sandwiched between his older brother Nathan and younger brother David. Like his brothers, Isaiah was born and raised on a family farm in rural Starkweather, ND.
Isaiah graduated from Dartmouth College in June of 2011 with a degree in Geography and Economics. During his time at Dartmouth, Isaiah was a leader in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the Dartmouth Cycling Team, the Navigators, and other activities. He relished the privileges of a liberal arts education and will always draw great pleasure from reading and writing.
After his freshman year at Dartmouth, Isaiah worked as a Trip Leader for Bike and Build, leading dozens of riders across the northern United States on bicycle to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing. That experience was the inspiration for Bound South, the Pan-American bicycle expedition that he shared with his brothers. Since Bound South, Isaiah has been commissioned as an officer of the United States Marine Corps.
Nathan Berg is the eldest son in the Berg family. He grew up on a family farm a few miles away from Starkweather, ND. Nathan attended elementary school and graduated high school from Starkweather’s public school.
Nathan moved to Fargo to attend North Dakota State University. He graduated from NDSU with a Music Education degree, specializing in choral music. Throughout his education at NDSU, Nathan was actively involved in several musical ensembles. Nathan took advantage of myriad opportunities that strengthened his appreciation for his community and the university.
Outside of school he has pursued interests in swing-dancing and photography. His gift for photography will help capture the story of Bound South. Nathan is excited be a part of a journey like Bound South that is also supporting Habitat for Humanity. Following the trip, Nathan is working in education and on the family farm.
David Berg is the youngest son in the Berg family. David was born in Cando, ND and raised on a family farm near Starkweather, ND. Like his brother, Isaiah, he attended Oak Grove Lutheran High School and lived with his grandparents in Fargo, ND. He graduated in May of 2011.
David cherished his time at Oak Grove. Surrounded by the Oak Grove community, he excelled in many aspects of student life. He was elected Student Body President and served in a variety of capacities on campus. He was deeply involved in athletics—soccer, basketball, and track—and music—choir, musical productions, and worship band—while at Oak Grove. Academically, David was blessed with a number of extraordinary teachers and enjoyed his studies.
Early on in his high school career, David became involved in several leadership organizations including Students Today Leaders Forever and Fill the Dome. He also started Cadence Mobile DJs, a thriving mobile DJ service in the Fargo-Moorhead area, with his cousin Paul.
What draws him to this expedition is his passion for making a difference, the outdoors, and the adventure itself. He thoroughly enjoys photography and hopes to capture the beautiful journey from Alaska to Argentina.
David is now attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.