Top Ten Epic Bike Rides

Pacific Coast Highway
 (Ingram Publishing)

We're not just talking about California's Highway 1, and Oregon and Washington's Route 101. Even adding the barren stretches of the Alaskan highways and the long road through British Columbia wouldn't complete the picture. We're talking about the whole Pacific Coast Highway running from Alaska down through the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the length of the Andes to its terminus at Puerto Montt in southern Chile. With Panama's impassable Darién gap the only built-in obstacle to tip-to-tip cycling, Alaska-to-Tierra del Fuego devotees will want to tackle the tough, southern Chilean back roads and Argentinean Patagonian pampa to claim full coastal credit. That said, stopping short does nothing to diminish the impact of this odyssey.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 5 Feb 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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