July 13.15 – Donhou crosses a continent – Part 1
When our friend Alasdair asked us to make him a tough and versatile expedition bike we were only too happy to oblige. Long-time readers will remember seeing his classy British racing green machine on the site back in 2012. At the time Alasdair wanted the bike to explore South Korea, where he was living and working, and he was also kicking around the idea for a trip to Alaska.
In the intervening years Alasadair’s Donhou saw plenty of mileage around Korea, as well as a trip to Japan, and a few long-distance jaunts in the UK and Europe. At the end of 2014 he decided to take his Donhou on a fresh, trans-continental adventure – he was going to conquer South America.
Starting out in Argentina and exploring the stunningly scenic vistas of Patagonia, then heading into Chile and its breathtakingly beautiful Lake District (where we hope it rained slightly less than the English version!), before rolling into the otherworldly terrain of the Atacama desert in southern Bolivia.
Travelling with all of his belongings on the bike, including a tent, stove and all the accoutrements you’d expect for a three-month odyssey across a continent, Alasdair reckons he covered around 3,000 kilometres. The frame and fork we built for him carried Alasdair through it all without a hitch, with a couple of busted spokes and a bent mudguard the only mechanical issues he encountered.
We’ll be bringing you a full interview with Alasdair in the next couple of weeks so you can find out all about his trip, and maybe get some inspiration for your own bikepacking adventure.
Huge thanks to Alasdair Couch for use of his photographs, more of which can be found on his Flickr account.
Visit Alasdair’s excellent blog for more on this most recent trip, plus his other expeditions.