Finding Fitz Roy:
A Motorcycle Adventure Down the Americas

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.

Halfway through the trip, just outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, she was hit by a truck who rode across the highway in front of her. She spent a week in the hospital, 2+ months in a wheelchair, and 11 months recovering. On June 8, 2018, she left San Pedro Sula after fixing her motorcycle, and hit the road again. 

The motorcycle journey will cover over 14,500+ miles through 18 different countries—USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile— carrying nothing more than two saddlebags of gear for sleeping outside and camera equipment.

Trip Details

Finding Fitz Roy
A Motorcycle Adventure Down the Americas
By Lone Rucksack

Departure Date: April 29th, 2017 from Washington DC

Distance: Roughly 14,500 miles— from Washington, DC to Fitz Roy, Argentina (Patagonia)

Countries: 18 countries

Estimated End Date: Spring 2020

The Bike
Suzuki tu250x

The Route

14,500+ miles.
18 countries.
One Lone Rucksack.

Current Progress

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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. In 2017 she set off on a motorcycle journey from Washington, DC to Patagonia, Argentina, but was hit by a truck while traveling in Honduras. Undeterred, she spent 7 months recovering (2 months in a wheelchair) and hit the road again. In the summer of 2018, one year later, she’ll continue the trip where she was hit in San Pedro Sula.

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. 

“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid I haven’t been alive enough.”⁣

—Mr. Nobody

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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
Rumpl Blanket

MSR Pocket Rocket
GSI Outdoors Teapot
Sodo Torch

Technical Clothing
Patagonia Baselayer Pants
Ahnu Sugarpine Boots

Epic Wipes
Surefire Defender Flashlight
Petzl Headlamp
Bear Mace
Osprey 35 Daypack
Osprey 55 Backpacking Pack
Quick Dry Towel

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

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