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Canada to Mexico 2005

In September of 2005, Aaron Kobilis (myself), Eric Goetz and Tim Cripps (along with 7 other riders that joined for portions of the trip) cycled 1,955 miles in 22 days from Vancouver, Canada to Mexicali, Mexico. Total ride time: 137 hours, 3 minutes. Our journey took us along parts of the Pacific Coast, through several National and State Parks (including the Redwoods, Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree), through the cool forests of Oregon, and the arid deserts of Southern California. There are so many experiences to share, so many lessons learned. I hope I can share them with my friends and family in person, but if you'd like to learn more about our life-changing journey, you can do so by reading our journals and viewing our photos. Thanks again for your support, and stay tuned for the next adventure, whatever it may be.

Aaron's Journal | Eric's Journal | Tim's Journal | Our Photos


Phase 1: Sept 7-11
1. 66m to Anacortes, WA
2. 85m to Silverdale, WA
3. 78m to Elma, WA
4. 82m to Castle Rock, WA
5. 60m to Portland, OR
Phase 2: Sept 13-21
6. 120m to Junction City, OR
7. 78m to Winchester Bay. OR
8. 86m to Humbug Mt, OR
9. 92m to Crescent City, CA
10. 79m to Eureka, CA
11. 79m to Benbow, CA
12. 78m to Little River, CA
13. 78m to Jenner, CA
14. 89m to San Francisco, CA
Phase 3: Sept 23-30
15. 90 to Aptos, CA
16. 87m to Lucia, CA
17. 85m to San Luis Obispo, CA
18. 80m to New Cuyama, CA
19. 101m to Palmdale, CA
20. 125m to Yucca Valley, CA
21. 80m to Mecca, CA
22. 80m to Mexicali, Mexico

Trip Background

In May of 2004, I was hired to photograph several pro road-bike races, one of which was a large national race – The USPRO in Philadelphia, PA. Although I had been recreationally involved in off-road cycling for about 12 years, seeing these races and meeting the riders stirred an intense interest in on-road cycling. During the Tour de France, I worked with Team CSC (from my office back in DC) to provide live updates of their progress throughout the 3 week race. This experience peaked my interest even further. Around the same time, I got back in touch with my friend Eric Goetz, a fellow art director who has been heavily into road cycling and touring for many years. During a discussion about one of his many long distance trips, I brought up the idea of cycling the entire West Coast of the United States. Eric then had the idea to raise the bar: the tour would start in Canada and end in Mexico... 3 countries, 3 weeks, 1800 miles. The plan was in effect.