Why is this road in America considered to be the ultimate road trip?
Stretching almost 19,000 miles from the southern tip of Argentina to the top of Alaska, the Pan-American Highway is known as the world’s longest continuous road. Except it isn’t.
A strip of swamp-ridden tropical forest on the border of Colombia and Panama blocks the passage from South to Central America. Though the notorious Darién Gap spans just 60 miles, but it’s so tough to traverse that few ever dare. Repeated attempts to complete the highway have failed.
Six members of the Armed Forces recently attempted to become the first motorcyclists to ride the full length of the highway but, due to security considerations at the Darién Gap, had to be airlifted across. Undaunted, they are still pushing on to Alaska. The world record attempt to complete the highway may be over, but the adventure is still on.
The team were following in the footsteps of an iconic expedition from 1971, when Colonel John Blashford-Snell, a Royal Engineers officer, led a team of men and women across the backwater along with two Range Rovers, cutting their route with machetes.
No one has got a vehicle across since, and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon. Would you be up for the challenge?
Follow the expedition’s progress on facebook.com/TransAmericasExpedition