The Record - Nick Sanders has created a new world record journey called ‘The Pan American Double'. Never attempted before at speed, the route will start from Prudhoe Bay in the north of Alaska and go south, the full length of the mighty Americas to Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina...and then, back again....from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay.
This will be a total distance of nearly 50 000 kms crossing 13 countries, TWICE.
The Route - Largely following the Pan American Highway the route is known as the world’s longest continuous highway (breaking only at the Darien Gap). There are no rest breaks in this ride other than a 90 minute flight between Panama and Bogota. This is widely regarded as the ultimate long distance record attempt.
The Rider - Nick is the most experienced long distance record breaking motorcyclist in the world. He has ridden around the world 7 times, once in 31 days and also in 19 days to become the fastest motorcycle circumnavigator in the world. He has already ridden the length of the Americas 5 times. Nick has motorcycled across 100 countries.
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By the time you read this, Nick Sanders will be 10 days away from becoming the only person ever to complete three complete and consecutive transits of the total 15 000 mile length of the Americas – that’s the very top of Alaska to the very bottom of South America in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, three times non-stop, two of the legs in a world record time of around 46 days. This may never be repeated and for very good reason. Nick Sanders explains why...
The first part is completed. I was 8 hours ahead of the record until 297 kms to go and the final frontier at the Argentine border San Sebastien on Tierra del Fuego, which closed at 22.00 and didn't reopen until 09.00 the next day. I lost the advantage and trailed in a few hours behind.
The exit from Cost Rica is quick and easy. After getting passport stamped, the next office checks my motoring documentation whilst the adjacent room signs me off but with a suspended permission and so allowing me to return. Something the Guatemalien authorities failed to do.
I stand at the customs window in El Salvador. Suddenly I am asleep. My legs give way and that jolts me back awake. It's like having strings attached to you in the way marionettes are jerked to life. I look around and catch a few smirks.
A short distance from the Guatemalan border an army vehicle stops me and six soldiers get out, all ordered to search my bike and have me hand over my paperwork. Without saying anything they search the open pannier when the man I presume is in charge asks me if I am carrying drugs or guns.
Left Camargo at sunrise. Here it is a sudden change from dark to light in minutes. In the country the pace starts slow but in the cities it seems super charged at all times. Mexico’s economy is growing at 5% year on year, a remarkably steady rate and especially in view of its present security issues and it shows
It’s like space travel, moving so quickly across America. I am in Dennys in Benson Arizona. A very pleasant man called Brandon, who moves carefully across the restaurant displays a number of bodily and facial tics. He appears normal, but maybe isn’t.
I leave Paul's place south of Calgary at 5.30am after getting in at 1am. After about 3 hours sleep I wake up shaking. I wasn't nervous just sleep hormones confused. Paul has been a super support and I leave quickly and without fuss.
At 5.15 this morning, exactly 24 hours after leaving Prudhoe I had ridden 900 miles. The early section to the Atigun Pass was dirt with gravel then tarred until Coldfoot. After that it was dirt until 85 miles before Fairbanks. Ice Cut, Gobblers Knob, Oil Spill Hill, Chicken Run and Beaver Slide are all part of the historic legend of the Ice Road Truckers.
Blog 1 - 05/06/2011
Just arrived at the Prudhoe Bay Hotel, again. It’s getting familiar. I cannot believe how I recognise where to get gas, the start of the Dalton Highway and the hotel in such an obscure place. To world bikers Prudhoe, or more correctly, Deadhorse, is known as the northern start of the Pan Americas, the most northerly point accessible by road in North America.