Romanian Radu Păltineanu has completed the tour of the two Americas on bicycle, arriving on Tuesday in Ushuaia, ‘the end of the world’.
Radu Păltineanu is a Romanian cyclist and blogger passionate about traveling. He wanted to run the Americas from north to south in a project he called #Cycletheamericas, antena3.ro informs.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I have succeeded! Today at 21:51h I arrived in Ushuaia, the end of my American expedition, thus uniting the two extremes of the Americas on a bicycle. More specifically, from Deadhorse in northern Alaska to Ushuaia, in the south of the Tierra del Fuego, in the first Romanian adventure of its kind. I conclude this expedition with 34,554 km of pedaling and another 4,100 km of sailing along the Amazon River, miles across all continental countries and territories of North and South America: Alaska (USA) – Canada – USA – Mexico – Guatemala – Belize – El Salvador – Honduras – Nicaragua – Costa Rica – Panama – Colombia – Venezuela – Brazil – Guyana – Surinam – French Guiana – Peru – Ecuador – Bolivia – Argentina – Paraguay – Uruguay and Chile,” Paltineanu wrote on Facebook.
A software engineer with studies completed in Canada, a country where he emigrated with his family from Piatra-Neamt, Radu Paltineanu, left on August 5, 2015 from Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
“I began my American expedition on August 5, 2015, in the Alaskan Tundra, then descending alongside the Rocky Mountains, Canada and the United States. Then followed the Chihuahua desert, the Mexican Central Plateau, the ascension to the highest volcano in North America, Orizaba (5,636 m), the southern Mexican and Guatemalan jungle, the Central American volcanoes and the infernal heat of the Tropics.
From Colombia, I headed east, starting to jiggle across the entire South American continent. I travelled across the Savannah, and the Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Guyana Jungle, Amazonia, and to the Whimper Hill (6,268 m) from the Chimborazo Massif in Ecuador. Then I travelled across the desert on the Peruvian coast, where I sometimes pedaled at more than 4,500 m altitude, the infernal heat in northern Argentina and Paraguay and finally the endless steppe of Patagonia. I can say with a hand on my heart: wow, what an amazing journey!
Besides the places I’ve travelled, this adventure also had a profound cultural and human impact on me, being possible only with the help of many people who opened their hearts and homes and welcomed and helped me. So, I want to thank from my heart all those who have followed me throughout these years and have supported me with donations. It was only thanks to you that this experience has been possible. With tears in my eyes, thank you!
I also want to thank the guys from CROSSBIKE.RO, Samsung Romania and Evolio and all those who have given me logistical support.
Other continents and adventures will follow, not before returning to Romania, for an indefinite period, to take care of the book and the documentary, because, I think, this adventure deserves to be told. I hug you all and I hope to see you soon,” Radu Paltineanu wrote.
photo: Radu Paltineanu, Facebook