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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On the Road, Campeche, MexicoRocketing down the highway, drops of rain nipped at the tops of my legs. I leaned forward into the wind, as if propelling the motorcycle forward through force of will. The road wound through hills in front of me, enormous dark storm clouds gathering behind. I had been outrunning the storm […]
Week Ending 6.11.17 Miles Ridden: 672 // Total Miles Ridden: 4062ZihuatanejoThe moon was high in the sky, a small yellow orb in the distance, matching the yellow lights that shone on the opposite shore. I could hear the sound of the waves crashing below as I descended the steep concrete staircase from my apartment overlooking […]
Week Ending 6.05.17 Miles Ridden: 470 // Total Miles Ridden: 3390Puerto VallartaI zipped around a bus that had been making frequent stops, following the river that wound up the road in the distance, passing small shops and a Tortilleria, where fresh tortillas were being made by a silver machine. All of a sudden, I was […]
“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
Wilderness Badass Tech Baselayer
Patagonia Baselayer Pants
Northface Primaloft Jacket
Arc’teryx Soft Shell Jacket
Columbia Heat Gear Shell
Ahnu Sugarpine Boots
Surefire Defender Flashlight
Osprey 35 Daypack
Osprey 55 Backpacking Pack
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