Finding Fitz Roy
A Motorcycle Adventure from North to South

Lone Rucksack Dani Bradford

On April 29th, 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 14,500+ 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.

Trip Details


Finding Fitz Roy
A Motorcycle Adventure from North to South
By Lone Rucksack

Departure Date: April 29th, 2017 from Washington DC
Estimated End Date: End of September/October
Distance: Roughly 14,500 miles— from Washington, DC to Fitz Roy, Argentina (Patagonia)
Countries: 18 countries

The Route

14,500+ miles.

18 countries.

One Lone Rucksack.


Current Progress

  • Finding Fitz Roy

About Dani Bradford

Lone Rucksack documents the escapades of Dani Bradford, a dirtbag solo adventurer and digital storyteller who has traveled extensively across the globe.

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. 

She’s had work published in National Geographic and Hello Giggles, is a Wilderness First Responder, fire-building expert, and sleeps outside more often than in. Read more about Dani here

Why This Trip?

For the last several years I’ve given presentations on ‘Women Traveling Solo’ at local REIs on the East Coast, in conjunction with Hostelling International, sharing my own adventures over the past 6 years. Even with all my experience in the outdoors, and traveling alone as a woman, 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 with bad boy icons like James Dean and Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. I’ve always loved motorcycles, and biking, so I embark into the unknown on a new two wheeled adventure 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. 

“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

Gear List

The Bike
2016 Suzuki tu250x

The Bags
Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag
Giant Loop Tank Bag

Shelter + Sleeping
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2
Big Agnes Q Core Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Bald Mountain 18 Sleeping Bag

Cooking
MSR Pocket Rocket
GSI Outdoors Teapot
Sodo Torch

Technical Clothing
Patagonia Baselayer Pants
Ahnu Sugarpine Boots

Gear
Epic Wipes
Surefire Defender Flashlight
Petzl Headlamp
Bear Mace
Osprey 35 Daypack
Osprey 55 Backpacking Pack
Quick Dry Towel
Nalgene
Camelbak
P-cord

Electronic Equipment
Laptop
Sony a7s with 40-70 lens, 18-24 lens, 70-200 lens
Lightweight Tripod

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