- About the Expedition
- Journey Planning
- About the Vehicle
Before checking on accessible locations on the CD, we first needed to define where it was! This turned out to be challenging, more so for Central America and Mexico than USA.
There were inconsistencies in the published material and finally we used Google Earth to try to confirm the alignment of the CD ourselves, by looking into the natural flow of rivers and streams from their source to either the Pacific or Atlantic. But this took lots of time. Finally, we identified points where tracks or roads crossed the CD or, more importantly, we searched for sections of the CD where we might be able to drive along it.
By travelling during the dry winter months in Central America our prospects for an easier journey are enhanced. That section is scheduled from late January 2016, reaching the US border at the end of March. The second section, through the Rockies to reach Canada, requires different timing and cannot continue as a seamless extension to the Central America section.
Rabia will be garaged in the States for some months at that point. We will continue along the CD in USA during late July and August 2016. By that time, the snows will have gone from the high-level routes in the Rockies, especially west of Denver.
One interesting statistic concerning our journey through Central America and Mexico came as a surprise to us. The approximate length of the CD from the Darian Gap in Panama to the US border is 5850 Km. The 27 separate segments which appear to have usable tracks or roads which may give us access to follow the actual route of the CD (the green tracks on the map) total 522 Km or 9%. But some of these may turn out to be unsuitable for a single vehicle.