The Ride to Rio: Bicycling from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro

An acquaintance of mine remarked that he sold his bicycle in Seattle a few months ago to some guy who explained, "I'm going to ride it to South America."

"Okay," my acquaintance said, probably with some degree of skepticism.

But it's a real project, and they head out soon!

Ride to Rio

: Four riders who "share a thirst for being stupid and finding adventure" bicycling through twelve countries and finishing in Rio with very sore butts.

Comments (10)
  1. SimonRev says:

    Am I the only one thinking:  If I were going to bike to Rio, I don't think I would do it on a used bike purchased from (what appears to be) a stranger.

  2. rev says:

    if you like longboarding, check out these guys' videos – they went from peru to bolivia on skateboards.

  3. Décio says:

    I don't mean to nitpick but it's spelled "Janeiro" not "Janiero". Greetings from Brazil.

    [Obrigado. -Raymond]
  4. David says:

    It's actually not possible to travel by land all the way.  There are no roads in the Darien Gap, between Panama and Colombia.

  5. Rob says:

    @David – is that according to Apple Maps? :-)

  6. Nawak says:

    And yet, the only thing I'll remember from the video is the use of "it' s hidden wonders" instead of "its hidden wonders"…

    Well, not exactly true but it always makes my brain pause for a second when I see this kind of mistakes.

    More on topic, a friend' s father did travel around the globe with his bike. It seems that he at least did it twice:

    I don' t know how people find the energy to do things like that…

  7. Chris says:

    Having once crossed the Darien Gap on foot, I can't imagine trying to huff a bike and a bunch of gear through it.  The trails are often very narrow in places and occasionally involve climbing some rather large rocks.

  8. Gabe says:

    I'm pretty sure the first all-wheeled crossing of the Darien Gap was 40 years ago on a road bike.

    I can't imagine they'll make very good time, though. They're expecting to cover an average of 55mi per day, but on that kind of terrain I think they'll be lucky to hit 10% of that.

    At least Colombia is safe again so they won't need an armed escort!

  9. James Schend says:

    @David: You could probably get through the Darien Gap without *too* much trouble on a mountain bike, but considering the terrain and dangers involved, I sure as heck would hire a ferry to boat me around. I'm sure that's what they're doing.

    If they attempt it, this project is suddenly a *lot* more impressive. Crossing the Darien Gap safely overland would be, IMO, more impressive than the rest of the bike trip combined.

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