Two Women Begin 30,000Km Cycle Across the Americas

Antonia Staacke (25) and Laura Moeller (26) are cycling 30,000km from Argentina to Alaska. The German duo began from Ushuaia, the southernmost city of Argentina, on Oct. 19. They will pedal along the west coast of the Americas until Alaska. They expect to take about a year.

Staacke and Moeller are amateur cyclists and endurance athletes, but “We have never done anything that extreme before,” they admit on their website. “We are also not 100% sure if our plans are going to work. We’re not really good at fixing bike mechanicals and we’re on a very small budget.”

The girls pause for a break in front of the mountains



So far, they have made it across the border into Chile. They have chosen not to have a public online tracker for safety reasons. 

Camping for the night



The first few weeks of the journey have not been easy. From the airport in Ushuaia, they assembled their bikes and started cycling. Their first stop was Tierra del Fuego National Park, to drink in the long-anticipated scenery. However, as the days wore on, the headwinds became far stronger than they had anticipated. Staccke started to suffer from knee pain. 

Pausing on the bike to take in the view of a lake



They have not set a strict itinerary. They have a rough plan and route but will remain flexible. So far, the hospitality has been a highlight. In Argentina, they found hosts in most towns. One night, they slept in the basement of a local bakery. One host even took them to a yoga class to help them recover from the first week of cycling.

However, they are also carrying a tent and gear and plan to camp most of the time. They have small amounts of food in their panniers but will restock frequently along the way. You can follow their journey here.

cycling along an empty highway


Rebecca McPhee

Rebecca McPhee is a freelance writer for ExplorersWeb.

Rebecca has been writing about open water sports, adventure travel, and marine science for three years. Prior to that, Rebecca worked as an Editorial Assistant at Taylor and Francis, and a Wildlife Officer for ORCA.

Based in the UK Rebecca is a science teacher and volunteers for a number of marine charities. She enjoys open water swimming, hiking, diving, and traveling.