Boundless Biker

A bicycle journey across the Americas

About

Welcome to Boundless Biker

I am Alex, and I am currently on the road somewhere in between Prudhoe Bay, in Alaska and Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, in Argentina.

Untitled 2 copyAs a teenager, I have already been inspired by Heinz Helfgen’s travelogue entitled “Ich radle um die Welt” [trans: I am cycling around the world]. Since then, a long-distance bicycle journey has been one of my biggest dreams. This, I reckon, is one of the myriad of reasons why I am where I am right now – cycling the great Pan-American Highway.

The Pan-American Highway (aka “Panamericana”) is one of those epic trips that measures about 30,000 kilometres, cuts across different climates and exigent terrains, and traverses several unique cultures.

I have always been an avid traveler and cyclist. But this personal project is bigger than anything I have ever done before. Certainly, daring a dream is easy. But going the whole hog is the hardest part. Eventually, I had the courage to take charge of my dream; transforming it from a mere constant itch into finally, a reality.

I traded my fast-paced, career-oriented life in South-East Asia for a simple one on the road with nothing but my bike and very few essentials. I left a comfortable job and an intriguing environment with great friends in search for the unknown. People keep saying that there is magic beyond your comfort zone, and that is what I intend to find out.

Life on the road is, by no means, an easy feat. There are situations when the saddle bites my butt or gravity makes the climbs seem rather vertical. I often question myself why the heck I am doing this. However, for me it is obvious that traveling on a bicycle is one of the most (if not the most) rewarding means of transportation. A perfect balance between physical exercise and uncomplicated daily progress while leaving enough room to clear your mind and to experience nature and people. Even JFK once said: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”  🙂

This blog is meant to be a journal to record my journey for keen friends and family (or really, anyone curious about my trip). I would like to share my thoughts, interesting experiences, and the pictures I snap along the way. I would be more than happy if this website also inspires others to follow their dreams or at least bring bicycle touring closer to those who have not yet been exposed to the awesome stuff you can do with bikes.

Last but not least, I would like to express my great appreciation to all those who encouraged me to go on this trip when I first told them about it. Also, a big thanks to other adventurists whose blogs and websites have tremendously helped me motivate myself and plan this trip.

You can reach me by leaving a message on the blog via the Contact page.

Cheers

Alex