- About the Expedition
- Journey Planning
- About the Vehicle
Among the outstanding geographical features of our world, one often escapes the recognition it deserves. The Great Divide, or Continental Divide, of the North and South American continents stretches as one continuous feature, almost from Pole to Pole.
No other continent or major land mass has anything like it. The alignment is broadly set in place by the spine of mountains linked through the Andes, the Sierra Madre Occidental, and the US and Canadian Rockies. The exact alignment forms the division between the watersheds of the two continents into the Pacific to the West, or to the Atlantic (including the Caribbean) to the East. Although not always at high altitude the CD defines the line where falling water eventually flows to one of two oceans. In this respect, it is as precise as the Equator, dividing two hemispheres, but less easy to identify.
By good luck, three of our earlier journeys had followed the CD through Alaska and Canada to the US border, and also most of the route through South America. Bridging the CD’s remaining gap from Panama to Canada, through Central America, Mexico and USA began to draw us in to another expedition.
Our intention is to make the journey a more precise affair, researching destinations on the CD that are accessible to us. (The red points on the map). More interestingly, as part of that research, we wanted to find out which sections of the CD we could actually travel along. (The green routes on the map)