About the Adventure
On May 6th, 2017, Dani Bradford (aka Lone Rucksack) left Washington, DC on a motorcycle headed south through North America, through Central America, through South America, ending in Patagonia at Fitz Roy.
She’ll be traveling over 18,000+ miles for 5+ months, through 18 different countries—USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile— with nothing more than two saddlebags of gear for sleeping outside and camera equipment.
Finding Fitz Roy
A Motorcycle Adventure from North to South
By Lone Rucksack
Departure Date: May 6th, 2017 from Washington DC
Estimated End Date: End of September/October, at the iconic mountain, Fitz Roy, in Southern Patagonia
Distance: Roughly 18,192 miles— from Washington, DC to the village of El Chaltén in Argentina (Southern Patagonia)
Countries: 18 countries
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HondurasA white pickup passed on the highway, a man hanging out the window talking at me, gesturing wildly, as if it were reasonable to think I could hear him. I sighed. Now I’d have to stop and check the bike to be absolutely certain nothing was wrong. I slowed the bike down and pulled onto […]
Finding Fitz Roy Motorcycle Adventure // Week Ending 7.02.17 // Miles Ridden: 382San Ignacio, BelizeIt was only 33 miles to the 1,000 ft waterfall in San Ignacio, but it would take over an hour to get there. I had already ridden 25 miles, and upon reaching a junction in the road I asked a guy […]
Bacalar, MexicoCalling it hot was an understatement— a drop of water dripped from the end of my side braid onto the floor, my canvas riding jacket so wet with sweat it was almost impossible to take it off. My bike was finally packed— two trips upstairs to the dorm room, a trip to the front […]
“The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.” —Walker Percy
About Dani Bradford
In 2015, Dani completed a 4,500 mile+ cycling journey through 15 countries from Portugal to the Republic of Georgia. She has trekked across Northern Ethiopia, lived in Cape Town and South America, swam in Victoria Falls, traveled upriver in rural Albania, traversed jungle in Peru, shot video in Indonesia, and photographed fishing villages in Senegal.
Dani is a Wilderness First Responder, former National Geographic creative, Wilderness Badass Ambassador, fire-building expert, and sleeps outside more often than in.
Why This Trip?
For the last several years I’ve given presentations on ‘Women Traveling Solo’ at local REIs on the East Coast, sharing my own adventures in solo travel. Even with all my experience in the outdoors, I’ve still found a measure of caution, doubt, and fear is often given to women who explore the world on their own.
I grew up idolizing bad boy icons like James Dean and Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. I’ve always loved motorcycles, engines, and adventure, so I embark into the unknown on a new two wheeled expedition headed south. I hope to be part of the next generation, where little girls grow up with many women (and cultures) being represented in the outdoors. Let’s be inclusive, let’s share content that represents the world in its entirety and all the amazing cultures and people in it. Let’s eliminate the doubt and fear for all explorers, and embrace the unknown together.
Will you join me?
2016 Suzuki tu250x
Shelter + Sleeping
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2
Big Agnes Q Core Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Bald Mountain 18 Sleeping Bag
MSR Pocket Rocket
GSI Outdoors Teapot
Vanson Mota Motorcycle Jacket
Patagonia Baselayer Pants
Northface Primaloft Jacket
Arc’teryx Soft Shell Jacket
Ahnu Sugarpine Boots
Surefire Defender Flashlight
Osprey 35 Daypack
Quick Dry Towel
Wander Outfitters USB Power Bank
Sony a7s with FE/4 24-70 lens, f/4 10-18 lens, FE/4 70-200 lens
GoPro 4 Black