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Old 01-04-07, 01:39 PM
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South America. South to North?

I think there was a thread or comments about this recently, but I can't seem to find it. Anyway, I've been looking at touring journals pretty much all day today, specifically South America along the "Pan-Am Highway." I have noticed that almost all the tours have been from North to South and it got me wondering why. So, why is that? Wind is the only thing I can think of. Any other reason why?
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I'm guessing because the remote south is more of an obvious "goal" than the less remote north. However, I can't recall if you'd have a tailwind or a crosswind in southern Patagonia while heading south. (I wasn't really touring in southern Patagonia, though I spent a few days there.) As for the Pan-Am Highway, I would not want to do an entire tour along it. As part of other tours, I biked on small portions of the Pan-Am in Chile & Ecuador. While there was a decent shoulder along the Pan-Am in Chile, there was far too much traffic to make it enjoyable. I was only on it because it was the only south-north (yes, that's the general direction I was following) road for parts of my route. The riding off of the Pan-Am was consistently more enjoyable. I was basically going in an "S" pattern, i.e. east-west-east-west, because I wanted to see as much of the gorgeous "Region de los lagos" as possible, instead of trying to get as far from my starting point as I could.
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From Ushuaia I went North to Puerto Natales, the wind is unbelievable.
I travelled south down the Careterra Austral (Chile) and Route 40 in Argentina
Chiloe North and South bound
Pan -Am ...Puerto Montt to La Serena ... North

I met people going the opposite way in both directions. I didn't find a preferred direction.

Those doing the full Pan-Am , or end- to- end , from Prudhoe Bay seem to choose to start in the north to get the good weather for the start, usually in July.

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