I was thinking about, and discussing, earlier By Any Means Necessary and I felt that I should look up some of the details of what such a journey would involve.
It turns out that the northernmost point of Alaska is a place called Barrow. If you look it up on Google Maps, it doesn’t even appear to be on the mainland — and I understand from some brief research that it has restricted access. The furthest north you could actually drive would be to a delightfully-named place called “Deadhorse” in Alaska.
Doesn’t the name alone just fill you with confidence?
The Pan-American highway apparently exists as a loose system of roads connecting North and South America that one could follow to get all the way down to the Southernmost tip: Ushuaia in Argentina. But there is a also a pesky gap in the network of about 60 miles between Panama and Colombia, where it is just rainforest.
Presuming that one was to drive the entire 48,000km (which isn’t really in the spirit of this adventure, but just for argument’s sake), and then hike through the rainforest, the journey would take roughly three months from start to finish.
That’s not so bad.
On the other hand, if one was to try and walk the entire way… At a steady rate of about eight hours a day, the journey would take more like 7 years.
None of this takes into account all the little things like wolves, bears, mountain lions, armed robbers and kidnappers, or any number of things that could kill you in the rainforest.
This isn’t to say that the adventure couldn’t be done — on paper, this shows that in theory
it is entirely possible, and not even that long a journey. If we made this a more flexible journey — so not just following the road, but going across country and rivers — I don’t know how much that would to the journey.
But I really should set up a Kickstarter project to fund the adventure.