On Wednesday 20th June Sam Tucker (One Man many Paths) and Alf Chappell (Just Around The Corner) flew from Dalaman to Fairbanks in Alaska to begin the ultimate road trip, cycling from Alaska to Argentina, an adventure that covers two continents.

Click on the link below if you missed our article in June.

One Man Many Paths – the next adventure

Where are Sam and Alf now?

Since their journey began, Sam and Alf have travelled from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, via Fairbanks and Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, to Smithers in British Columbia, a journey of 1,863 miles. That’s 167 hours of cycling!

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

We’re in regular contact with Sam and Alf to follow their adventure – and what an amazing adventure it is.

Here are some of the highlights of their journey.

Prudhoe Bay to Whitehorse, Yukon

It took just over a month for Sam and Alf to cycle from Prudhoe Bay, via Delta Junction to Whitehorse in the Yukon, Canada. Sam kept in touch with regular updates so we’re going to let him tell some of the story himself…

Messages from Sam

23 June 2018: “Hey Lyn. Made it to Alaska but was long flight over, 50 hours in the end and the bikes didn’t come on the flight from Seattle to Fairbanks. They said to go back two hours later and only one bike was there so we had to go back next day to pick up the other one”

“We are staying in a motor home outside the house of a guy called Michael and his family. We found it on Warmshowers website. Absolutely lovely people, fantastic.”

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip
Sam and Alf with Michael whose camper van was home for their first night in Alaska

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

“We will set off tomorrow to Prudhoe Bay”

6 July 2018: “Hey Lyn. Made it to Prudhoe Bay, 500 miles in 11 days. One hugely tough road. No tar, just gravel. In Prudhoe Bay we camped next to the Arctic Sea. We nearly lost the tents with the Arctic winds and rain. But we saw an artic fox, a grizzly bear and Mustang caribou. The wildlife on the Dalton Highway is amazing”

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip
The Arctic Circle sign – 200 miles north of Fairbanks
Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip
Sam and Alf left temperatures of 20 degrees in Fairbanks. It’s a bit colder in Prudhoe Bay which is 750 miles further North.

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip
Mustang caribou along the Dalton Highway

“Next we’re heading to Whitehorse Canada. 600 miles in 10 days.”

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

21 July 2018: “A good morning Lyn. We have made it to Whitehorse in 12 days. It’s been an amazing trip but we’ve been caught in all weather; rain, wind and sun, but most days rain – ha ha ha!.”

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“We stayed in a place called Destruction Bay, which is supposed to have the biggest population of grizzly bears in North America. We had to camp behind electric fences but didn’t see any bears. Then yesterday, we were wild camping in a place called Stoney Creek. There were wild berries growing there, which are bears main food, and you guessed it,  this morning Alf woke up to find a huge bear next to our camp – stood upright on its hind legs! Alf froze but luckily the bear went off. Lucky days ha ha ha but so sad he didn’t have the camera at the time. But we saw fox and a coyote just sitting in grass amazing.”

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

“We’ll start the next part of the journey into British Columbia in a couple of days after resting and resupplying

A bit more about the journey

Sam and Alf are mainly wild camping so carry their tents and provisions with them. Sam had his bike weighed at a weigh station and it was a total of 50 KG so it’s quite a weight to pedal. The keep their food provisions to a minimum and buy as they go from petrol stations. They take water from creeks and sterilize it with an ultra-violet Steri pen.

They have met plenty of people along the way who have also given them water and snacks.  They’re developing quite a following with the people they meet who are also sending us photographs and updates about sightings. Sometimes there are long periods when Sam and Alf have no internet connection.

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip
Brian de Regt ran into Sam and Alf on the way up to Prudhoe Bay!
Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip
Trina Colcord posted this photo after making sure Sam and Alf got through the road construction near Dead Horse safely.

Along the way, there have been incidents, some more serious than others including helping to fight a forest fire in Tekoota where 27 homes were destroyed by the flames, being chased by a black bear whilst riding their bikes and, on a lighter note, Alf having his shoes stolen from outside the shower at the only camp site they have stayed at.

Sights and scenery

Have a look at the most amazing sights and scenery Sam and Alf are experiencing every day.

Sign Post Forest is Watson Lake’s most famous attraction. Travelers from around the world have been bringing signposts from their hometowns to the Sign Post Forest since 1942 and continue to do so today.

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

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Riding with a cause

Don’t forget that Sam, who has a huge heart, is also riding for a cause. He is helping as many needy causes as he can along the way. Where he comes across homeless and extremely poor people, children in need and sick or injured animals  (and any other worthy cause he comes across along the way) he will do what he can to help.

Meet Mikey

Mikey is one of the over 500,000 homeless people in the USA. He lives on the streets of Whitehorse, and although he receives welfare, he is desperate to work. He has an old bike and he plans to cycle and walk to heinous Junction, a journey of 150 miles in his search for a job. Sam and Alf gave him a t-shirt, some money and tobacco.

Alaska to Argentina – the ultimate road trip

How can you help?

If you would like to sponsor Sam on this incredible journey, you can make a donation via Paypal. All monies raised will be used to help the needy.

Follow the adventure

Visit and LIKE the One Man Many Paths Facebook Page  for more photographs and regular updates.

Visit and LIKE the Just Around The Corner Facebook Page

Subscribe to Sam’s YouTube channel for video updates of his progress.

We leave Sam and Alf in British Columbia. Stay safe until the next update…

Featured photograph: Sam and Alf pictured with Kevin from France

 

 

 

 

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