Grinfinch
Itineraries
Grinfinch

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Itineraries

Topographic maps and a few numbers about the Andean Traverse and the Silk Road accurate routes.

The spirit of those two routes was still the same : travel slow, explore by yourself and leave no trace. This ethic defined the way I experienced very different places and cultures. I started letting unknown people drive me wherever they were heading to, getting lost on purpose, going with the flow and adjusting the overall direction with only a thumb up. Then, I followed my own path by the less traveled tracks behind handlebars, reaching remote and lonesome corners and pushing my confort zone further away. Moreover, I wanted to prove with those numbers that a valuable trip wasn't a matter of money, neither a frozen form.

The Andean Traverse.

We have ridden on bikes or hitchhiked with them most of the red route. However, we took a bus from Buenos Aires to start pedaling in Bahía Blanca. For our first side trip, we hitchhiked a loop around Araucania. For the second one, we hitchhiked and took buses from Lima to rent a car in Bogota for a roadtrip through Colombia.

Administration

6 countries

39  stamps
0  visas
  6  currencies
  3  languages

Duration

382 days

From  Wed. 21 Nov. 18
To  Sat. 7 Dec. 19

Accomodation

381 nights

204  wildcamps
128  homestays
31  hostels
18  transports
83  showers

Budget

6 077 eu

2 478 eu  food
1 495 eu  transport
184 eu  accomodation
996 eu  equipment
924 eu  paperwork

Distance

34 202 km

1 171 km  hiking
13 329 km  riding
6 195 km  hitchhiking  111  times
3 919 km  by car  4  time
12 664 km  by bus  103  time
16 km  by train  1  time
198 km  by boat  6  time
2 planes

Location

3 timezones

Northernmost  Tayrona National Park, Colombia
11° 17′ 00″ N - 74° 11′ 00″ W
Southernmost  Puerto Almanza, Argentina
54° 52′ 12″ S - 67° 33′ 50″ W
Westernmost  Talara, Peru
4° 35′ 00″ S - 81° 16′ 0″ W
Easternmost  Buenos Aires, Argentina
34° 35′ 59″ S - 58° 22′ 55″ W

The Silk Road.

We have hitchhiked most of the red route but buses we took here and there. However, we had to take a first plane between Iran and Uzbekistan because our Turkmenian visa was denied. Then, a second one between Kazakhstan and China because the border was momentarily closed. At last, we took the Trans Siberian train between Irkutsk and Moscow.

Administration

25 countries

29  stamps
5  visas
  13  currencies
  27  languages

Duration

366 days

From  Thu. 8 Oct. 15
To  Fri. 7 Oct. 16

Accomodation

365 nights

215  wildcamps
98  homestays
46  hostels
6  transports
135  showers

Budget

3 555 eu

987 eu  food
724 eu  transport
220 eu  accomodation
16 eu  equipment
1 608 eu  paperwork

Distance

53 969 km

4 363 km  hiking
83 km  riding
39 076 km  hitchhiking  859  times
4 526 km  by bus  77  time
5 891 km  by train  4  time
30 km  by boat  8  time
2 planes

Location

8 timezones

Northernmost  St Petersburg, Russia
59° 56′ 15″ N - 30° 18′ 31″ E
Southernmost  Bandar Abbas, Iran
27° 11′ 11″ N - 56° 16′ 38″ E
Westernmost  Rennes, France
48° 06′ 53″ N - 1° 40′ 46″ W
Easternmost  Beijing, China
39° 54′ 24″ N - 116° 23′ 51″ E