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From Alaska, to Denali, to the Yukon, to the Cassiar, to Jasper and Banff, to the Idaho Panhandle, to the Columbia River Gorge, to Portland, to Bend, to Crater Lake, to the California Coast, to the Baja, to mainland Mexico, to Guadalajara, to the mountains and butterfly sanctuaries, to Valle de Bravo, to Taxco, to Oaxaca, to Chiapas, to Lago Atitlan, to Guatemala City, to Bógota, to Mocoa, to Pasto, to Quito, to Cuenca, to Loja, to Trujillo, to Huaraz, to Lima, to Arequipa, to Lago Salinas, to Tacna, to Arica, to Santiago, to Temuco, to San Bariloche de los Andes, to Futaléufu, to the Carreterra Austral, to El Calafate, to Las Torres, to Punta Arenas, to Tierra del Fuego, to Ushuaia.

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  1. Carsten #

    Watch out for heavy traffic on Rt. 1 in CA. the shoulder is rather non-existant in many parts of CA. My guess is it won’t be nearly as heavy when you’re heading through than it is now- weekday mornings are also great times for this hwy as most traffic is from local vacationers. i’m sure all this is a minor concern in a truly one of a kind trip. of course local bike shops will be able to point you in good directions and there are many of them along the way through CA. Good luck!

    July 27, 2011
    • Isaiah Berg #

      Thank you Carsten; we might very well move eastward to seek out some backroads and less traveled country on our way south. We’ll still hit the major cities as we travel; we’re looking to do Habitat builds with most of the major affiliates along our route!

      July 27, 2011
  2. Trevor Nibbi #

    Not so sure about this. While there are sections (likely down South) that will have heavy traffic in the summer, Highway 1 is most consistently a 2 lane road with a decent shoulder, and has a well maintained network “bike route” bypasses for these sections. Just don’t want you guys to miss out on what is in my opinion one of the most beautiful roads in America. But of course, it all depends on the Habitat locations.

    Real proud of you guys- site looks great!

    July 28, 2011
    • Isaiah Berg #

      Thanks Trevor. We’ll likely start on Highway 1 somewhere in Oregon, and will only take it as long as its safe and relatively quiet.

      July 30, 2011
      • Steve Berg (of the CA Bergs) #

        We just drove from the Bay Area to / from the Southern Oregon coast on Hwy 101.

        There was a good amount of bike traffic and had me thinking of you guys. There seemed to be a pretty good bike lane on the shoulder for most of it. The shoulder get’s tight in a few places, but I expect it will be easy going compared to what you’ve been seeing thus far.

        I imagine you’ll jump on Hwy 1 where it starts at Leggett, CA and follow the coast when 101 cuts’s inland. It’s been a long time since I’ve driven that part of Hwy 1, so I can’t comment beyond to say that it’s pretty.

        Let me know when you have a better idea of when you’ll reach CA.

        August 22, 2011
  3. Michelle #

    How exciting!! My sister and brother-in-law took a similar trip in 2009 on a tandem bicycle and had an amazing journey. You guys will have them beat by a few thousand miles though, they started in MN. 🙂 Check out their blog at http://www.ericandchristie.blogspot.com/ , you might pick up some good tips or places to stop along your route. Have a great adventure!

    July 30, 2011
  4. Diane Moxness #

    Isiah, Anson says you’re in Anchorage. We’ve got lots of room if you need a place to stay while you’re in town. We live downtown near the bike path. Diane (Anson’s Mother-Unit)

    August 3, 2011
    • Diane,

      We leave for Anchorage in 12 hours; so we are not there yet! Thank you for your kind offer. We will be staying with my aunt in Eagle River, but will contact you perhaps to get a meal while we are there.

      August 4, 2011
  5. robert buechler #

    We will be watching and praying. Peace in the Lord Jesus Christ! Pastor Rob, Debbie, and Rachael

    August 4, 2011
  6. Chris Alden #

    They just stopped in for a water refill here at Hatcher Pass Polaris in Willow Ak., about 60 miles north of Anchorage. Nice guys wished them good luck and a safe journey.

    August 12, 2011
  7. Wish I were 20 years younger, would loved to have joined you.

    August 14, 2011
  8. Nick and Michele Iverson #

    I am glad you guys are doing well! We are really enjoying your journey with you on your blog! Love all the pictures, stay safe!!!

    August 21, 2011
  9. Tony Rall #

    Note that US Hwy 1 is on the east coast.

    In Oregon, your best coastal route looks to be US 101 – which continues on to Calif. CA 1 starts in Leggett – and you can pretty much stay on that until San Luis Obispo (with using some side streets south of Santa Cruz to avoid the freeway section there).

    August 30, 2011
  10. Boys, I am your mom’s cousin Anna from Velva. I teach 2nd grade in Minot and thanks to Aunt Ardis, I will be doing a continuous geography unit with my students titled ‘Where in the World are Mrs. Hansen’s cousins?’ We will plot on a map where you are approximately once a week. I will be showing some of your pictures and information if that is all right with you. It will be great for the children to see your progress. Good luck and God Bless the three of you.

    August 30, 2011
    • Anna, thank you. That’s wonderful. Be sure to look at our first collection of photos here!

      August 30, 2011
  11. What would you like if we send a package?
    Leave it to us and you are liable to get 144 ping pong balls!
    Mark & Karen

    August 31, 2011
    • We happily accept baked goods, snacks, or anything tasty with a lot of calories!

      September 2, 2011
  12. Janet Albers #

    We would love to meet you–even host you when you arrive in Portland, Oregon. Actually, you may be coming down the Columbia Gorge which would be even closer to where we live. You met our son and his family in Cantwell, Alaska.

    Janet Albers

    September 24, 2011
  13. Jim and Elizabeth Berg #

    Mrs. Albers, yes, we hope you have a chance to meet the boys on their way through. I just now listened to the 9:46 audioblog of their rest day in Cantwell…I think you would agree that we both would have rejoiced in the message your son gave that morning and the hospitality shown by the body of believers. I am thinking that ride into Cantwell was a “defining moment” for this trip. Please feel invited to visit and stay with us here on the farm in NE North Dakota.

    Jim Berg

    September 25, 2011
  14. Had a wonderful lunch at Red Robin in the Spokane Valley Mall on Saturday, October 8 with the ‘boundsouth’ boys. It was wonderful to renew my acquaintance with them. Nathan and Isaiah had been in Rosalia as toddlers and I had met David on an Oak Grove choir tour two years ago. The are truly inspirational young men. Jim and Eliz have done a great job of parenting. They were heading south through the rolling hills of Whitman County’s wheat country on their way to Walla Walla and then Portland. God bless them on their journey.

    October 9, 2011
  15. Janet Albers #

    We are about 15 miles from the Columbia Gorge. If you ride from Bend to Portland, we would be right on the route as you would presumably be going “over” Mt. Hood. We would like to at least be able to say “hi” if we can cross paths with you–maybe even dinner out at an “all you can eat” place in Portland. And as I mentioned before, we would be happy to host you overnight. Our son-in-law is the pastor of a small church near where we live, but he and his family will be out of town on vacation this coming weekend. Our address is Boring–that could add some interest to your travelogue.🙂

    October 11, 2011
  16. Mark Berg #

    Hi guys, I hope you’ll stop by here in Walnut Creek, Ca. Beds, showers, laundry facilities, and lots of food awaits. Everyone out here would love to see you, please let us know when you expect to be in the area.

    October 13, 2011
  17. Gents, Greetings from Buff3y. You are making tremendous progress. It seems a while ago now that we met in Canada. I’m now in San Diego and traveling at a somewhat more sedate pace. Keep up the fine pedaling and safe travels southwards.

    November 27, 2011
    • Buff3y, great to hear from you. You never did say, was that hotel stay in Hazeltons as cozy and clean as it was made out to be? Thanks. Where will the road take you from San Diego?

      November 28, 2011
  18. Larry Flohaug #

    Fascinating adventure! I wish I were 40 years younger! When you get close to the Panamá Canal give me a call (Panamá cell: 6681-8446) and lunch is on me!

    North Dakota farm boy retired in Panamá,

    Larry

    December 5, 2011
  19. Amanda #

    “Rural areas” of Central America? I insist you make a side trip to Managua if it’s not on your schedule!

    December 7, 2011
  20. Merry Christmas Boys! Always thinking of you guys..Keeping you in my Prayers 🙂

    December 28, 2011
  21. Happy New Year from Mrs. Hansen’s 2nd graders in Minot, ND.
    How are you doing? Are you having fun? Where are you today? How many miles have you traveled since you started? Is the food good there? How hot is it there, it is supposed to get into the 50’s here in Minot on Thursday. That sure is warm for January. Are you getting a sun burn?
    The kids’ favorite photo so far was seeing the Grinch….they hope you liked him as much as they do.
    We started back at school today from our vacation. We all had a good Christmas and we are glad to see that you did too. We sure enjoy reading about your adventures. Thank you for keeping us up to date.
    Take care and have lots of fun!!!
    Mrs. Hansen and her 2nd graders🙂

    January 3, 2012

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