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“Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place that it’s drawn to. I don’t suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway.”

Those are the words of Ian Hibell, one of the greats of the bike touring world. Perhaps his most famous trip on two wheels came in the early 1970s when he and two friends hacked their way through the Darien Gap – a swampy strip of land between Panama and Columbia – and eventually went on to claim the title of first person to cycle from the southern tip of South America to Alaska.

Over the next 4 decades he covered over 250,000km before being hit and killed in Greece in 2008. Photo from flickr under the CC license, by backintheworld

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