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Vidarr
9/3/2019 12:59 EST

Looking for partners who want to ride the Pan-American Highway to South America (preferably with others on motorcycles). If you are doing the trip with a car, bus, whatever, I am still interested in partnering up.

Whether or not I find partners, I am making the trip, and even if you are only riding/driving a portion of the trip, you would be welcome for that section, of course. The plan is to leave from the Detroit area with Mexico City as the first, major destination, but this is very flexible (other than leaving from Detroit). I am willing to detour in order to join up with others.

I have friends in several of the countries along the way. I am a USA citizen, from Michigan but, I can speak Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese pretty good. I currently live in Brazil (for 5 years).

If you are interested, message me and I will fill you in on all the details and answer any questions. I am friendly and get along well with all types of people.

Thanks

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Royboy
9/6/2019 13:01 EST

I have considered making that ride but there are some logistics that appeared to me to be a problem. The most serious of those problems being plans for crossing or bypassing the Darian Gap, between Panama and Colombia. As you probably already know, there is no highway through parts of Central America. The Darian National park at the Darian Gap is coast to coast and hundreds of miles long. Logistically I think you'd have to bypass that area by shipping your vehicles.. on the Pacific or the Atlantic coasts.

The distance between the port at Panama City and the port at Buena Ventura (near Cali Colombia) is roughly 600 nautical miles. And between those two cities, there arent any real roads anywhere near the coast, nor are there other Ports that I am aware of.

You may be able to bypass the Darian Gap more easily on the Atlantic coast. But the cost of shipping the vehicles and then flying from one port to the other seems like it might be a bit costly.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not poo-pooing your trip. I am just not sure how to do that.

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Vidarr
9/8/2019 18:19 EST

There are several options for crossing the Darién Gap. The ferry is not too expensive -- especially on motorcycle.

The option I like, is taking this sailboat that regularly travels this way and takes motorcycles onboard. It stops along islands on the way for beach parties and is kind of a vacation in itself, but is another good way to cross the gap.

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