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North in South America
By Antony Jeffries - (contact)

Getting to the start

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Training ride (the only one!)

I was looking to fly to Venezuela and then cycle south from there. This would have been the shortest flight distance from the UK and the cheapest option at about £450. But whilst searching for an even greater travel bargain I came across a ship leaving Portugal on Nov 16th and sailing to Antarctica! This option needed checking out, as how many people get the chance to go there? And what a photo that would be, me and the bike on the ice!

I've since found out that about 30,000 people a year go to Antarctica, so it's not such a unique thing to do after all. Anyway, it's too good an opportunity to miss, so I've put a £4,000 hole in my budget and booked the 36 day sea passage. This is doubly mad because I don't like sailing, I get sea sick so easily. It also means I'll have to have two sets of clothes, one for the cruise and one for the six months on the bike. I'll probably dump or DHL the excess back to my parents house from Ushuaia. And realistically, it's unlikely I'll get that photo of me and the bike on the ice. Too dodgy trying to get a loaded bike into an inflatable powered raft, down a rope ladder thrown over the side of a ship (health and safety rules I'm sure would be quoted). And it might make the following 6 months cycling a tad more difficult if my bike ends up at the bottom of the Southern Ocean!

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Ready to board, Lisbon

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Disembarking after five weeks onboard ship


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