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Peter Hargreaves

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San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Peter Hargreaves

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Jersey

In 2014 my wife ,Anne, & I having been married for 30 years .in celebration,(desperation) undertook the Tour d' Afrique , on the basis that if we deferred the trip we might never go. We completed some 4,700 kilometres through Sudan, Ethiopia & Kenya, when just over the border into Tanzania I was hit by a truck resulting in 6 cracked ribs & unconsciousness, which meant I was forced to withdraw from the ride. I have decided to join the 2017 TDA in Arusha , where my TDA ended in 2014 . So assuming (fingers crossed) I complete the journey to Cape Town this will complete my personal TDA . Anne hopes to join us at Victoria Falls & ride from there to Cape Town. .

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Lisa Parsons

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San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Lisa Parsons

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

United States

This is my big 50 this year and I wanted to go big! I love mt. biking and bike touring preferably on dirt! I've been mountain biking since 1988. I've mt. bike toured in Peru and Mongolia. I did a two month solo tour in New Zealand. My husband, David Delfiner, will be joining me for part of the trip (he has to work). Besides mt. biking we like to climb, hike and whitewater raft. I currently work as a paramedic near Seattle Washington. I've also been working in nonprofit conservation and conservation photography. We also host Earthcorps.org internationals and hope to visit some of them on this trip! The only downside to this tour is leaving our two best mt. bike fur buddies at home. I'm looking forward to another great adventure.

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David Delfiner

Rider

San Jose to Tegucigalpa

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David Delfiner

Rider
San Jose to Tegucigalpa

United States

I love the outdoors and adventure. Also traveling internationally. Looking forward to what's next.

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Robert Keyes

Rider

San Jose to Antigua

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Robert Keyes

Rider
San Jose to Antigua

Canada

Good ole' boy from Alberta.

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Oliver Blackwood

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Oliver Blackwood

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

United Kingdom

Hello :) I am a Canadian (who will be using his British passport on this trip) who is currently living in London, UK. I enjoy most team sports and on my own I tend to be swimming, cycling or running. To collect the funds for trips like this I work as a software engineer. I enjoy the job because it is always interesting work and the people I work with are great. I really enjoy travel, especially if I am able to be active while doing it. This includes hiking and riding, this will be the longest ride I have taken part in to date. I am really looking forward to this trip.

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Marek Poplawski

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Marek Poplawski

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Canada

Hi, I’m Marek from Canada and this will be my third tour with TDA. I started cycling in 2014, and signed on for my first trip with TDA in 2015, through Africa. I cycled 10500km of the over 12000km trip. It was an incredible experience; definitely a trip of a lifetime. Then in 2016, I completed five hard weeks of cycling, through the mountainous terrain of Central America, with stops in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. I climbed 41061m in elevation, and cycled the total distance of the tour, 2600km. In doing so, I achieved the illustrious TDA EFI designation; meaning I rode Every F#&!ing Inch of the journey! It was challenging mentally, physically, and tested one’s endurance and equipment. I’m happy to say that my bike and I, met all the demands of that test. The experience was incredible, and I will treasure the memories forever. Now I look forward to meeting the people on the Bamboo Road tour, and making new memories.

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Jan De Bock

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Jan De Bock

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Belgium

Just a nice guy ☺

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San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Michel Hendrix

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Michel Hendrix

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Netherlands

I am 68 years old and in summertime I do cycling together with my wife and friends in winter speed skating. In 2014 I was participant 0f TDA from Nairobi to Cape Town. I enjoyed it very much, all those impressions and the nice people I have met on the Tour. Cycling through some beautiful countries of central America will be my next goal.

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Samira Jamily

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Samira Jamily

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Canada

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Luiz Henrique Ferreira

Rider

Antigua to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Luiz Henrique Ferreira

Rider
Antigua to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Brazil

Entrepreneur, 36.

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Rob Seeley

Rider

San Jose to Antigua

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Rob Seeley

Rider
San Jose to Antigua

Canada

Living in Fernie, British Columbia. Enjoy mountain biking and road biking in the summer, skiing in the winter. Looking forward to riding in the Central American mountains, meeting new people and sharpening up my Spanglish.

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Canada

If doing this trip once has others questioning your sanity, doing it twice must confirm its missing. As this is my second time leading this wild, beautiful, and challenging trip, you could say I've fallen hard for the old trade route. My goals this time around, are getting fewer people lost, and finally discovering the fabled peanut butter merchants of Central Asia ;)

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Jodi Scott

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Jodi Scott

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Canada

Hi I'm Jodi and I'll be the medic on tour

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Cristiano Werneck

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Cristiano Werneck

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Brian Hoeniger

Rider

San Jose to Antigua

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Brian Hoeniger

Rider
San Jose to Antigua

Canada

“There are few experiences in life that compare to riding my bike through beautiful landscapes in faraway lands.”

The circumstances that led to me becoming TDAs accountant date back almost 35 years. In 1985, after studying Africa in University, my then girlfriend and now wife were hired by Henry Gold, to work for CPAR, a small humanitarian NGO he was leading at the time, on a medical famine relief project in Ethiopia. I spent 12 years with CPAR before becoming Executive Director (and Accountant) for a sports non-profit - the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). In mid-2007, I convinced Henry, who had founded TDA in 2002, that I was the numbers oriented guy to do the job. Today I work for TDA about 70% of the time while also serving as PDGA International Director.

I've also been a TDA client 7 times now and these journeys have all had their magical moments. Spinning through Iran - pinch me, I'm dreaming!, across Turkey - where east meets west, down Chile's remote Carretera Austral, and into the canyonlands of the American southwest, to name a few. Completing the Tour d'Afrique and winning a couple of race stages is another. Eating super fresh Octopus ceviche and a massive Shrimp cocktail in the town of San Felipe while scouting Baja California. And of course, meeting TDAs amazing clients from around the world and the "salt of the earth" local people along the way.

On a macro level, TDA is a spirited little company that seizes the day and refuses to accept the words "no can do". This anything is possible attitude enables TDA to provide intrepid travel experiences of a lifetime from the best seat in the house - your bicycle, and people like you and me to break through their personal barriers.

On a micro level, toiling as company accountant is way more entertaining and challenging, transacting as we do in a myriad of major and obscure currencies, than most positions in the seemingly humdrum field of financial management.

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Paul Davison

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Paul Davison

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Canada

62 years old, retired engineer. Coming back for another instalment of South America. Not a fast rider, but a persistant one.

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Peter Hargreaves

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Peter Hargreaves

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

Jersey

In 2014 my wife ,Anne, & I having been married for 30 years .in celebration,(desperation) undertook the Tour d' Afrique , on the basis that if we deferred the trip we might never go. We completed some 4,700 kilometres through Sudan, Ethiopia & Kenya, when just over the border into Tanzania I was hit by a truck resulting in 6 cracked ribs & unconsciousness, which meant I was forced to withdraw from the ride. I have decided to join the 2017 TDA in Arusha , where my TDA ended in 2014 . So assuming (fingers crossed) I complete the journey to Cape Town this will complete my personal TDA . Anne hopes to join us at Victoria Falls & ride from there to Cape Town. .

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Lisa Parsons

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Lisa Parsons

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

United States

This is my big 50 this year and I wanted to go big! I love mt. biking and bike touring preferably on dirt! I've been mountain biking since 1988. I've mt. bike toured in Peru and Mongolia. I did a two month solo tour in New Zealand. My husband, David Delfiner, will be joining me for part of the trip (he has to work). Besides mt. biking we like to climb, hike and whitewater raft. I currently work as a paramedic near Seattle Washington. I've also been working in nonprofit conservation and conservation photography. We also host Earthcorps.org internationals and hope to visit some of them on this trip! The only downside to this tour is leaving our two best mt. bike fur buddies at home. I'm looking forward to another great adventure.

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David Delfiner

Rider

San Jose to Tegucigalpa

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David Delfiner

Rider
San Jose to Tegucigalpa

United States

I love the outdoors and adventure. Also traveling internationally. Looking forward to what's next.

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Robert Keyes

Rider

San Jose to Antigua

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Robert Keyes

Rider
San Jose to Antigua

Canada

Good ole' boy from Alberta.

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Oliver Blackwood

Rider

San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

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Oliver Blackwood

Rider
San Jose to Belize (Caye Caulker)

United Kingdom

Hello :) I am a Canadian (who will be using his British passport on this trip) who is currently living in London, UK. I enjoy most team sports and on my own I tend to be swimming, cycling or running. To collect the funds for trips like this I work as a software engineer. I enjoy the job because it is always interesting work and the people I work with are great. I really enjoy travel, especially if I am able to be active while doing it. This includes hiking and riding, this will be the longest ride I have taken part in to date. I am really looking forward to this trip.

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"The most challenging trip I have ever done, but also the most rewarding. Riding through incredible scenery, seeing close up how another part of the world lives, eating massive amounts of food, ending each day worn out but oh so satisfied, spending time with an incredible group of people - what else is there to say !?"

OVERVIEW RUTA MAYA 2016


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • RUTA MAYA
  • RAINFOREST RUMBLE
  • MESOAMERICAN MOSAIC
  • VOLCANOES & TEMPLES
  • SAN JOSE TO BELIZE (CAYE CAULKER)
  • SAN JOSE TO TEGUCIGALPA
  • TEGUCIGALPA TO ANTIGUA
  • ANTIGUA TO BELIZE (CAYE CAULKER)
  • NOV 13 TO DEC 17
  • NOV 13 TO NOV 25
  • NOV 27 TO DEC 5
  • DEC 7 TO DEC 17
  • USD 6700
  • USD 3100
  • USD 2400
  • USD 2400
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • FULL TOUR
    • RUTA MAYA
    • SAN JOSE TO BELIZE (CAYE CAULKER)
    • NOV 13 TO DEC 17
    • 6700 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 1
    • RAINFOREST RUMBLE
    • SAN JOSE TO TEGUCIGALPA
    • Nov 13 - Nov 25
    • 3100 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 2
    • MESOAMERICAN MOSAIC
    • TEGUCIGALPA TO ANTIGUA
    • Nov 27 - Dec 5
    • 2400 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 3
    • VOLCANOES & TEMPLES
    • ANTIGUA TO BELIZE (CAYE CAULKER)
    • Dec 7 - Dec 17
    • 2400 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$300 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

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