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This is the last stage of the journey. The Argentinian archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is a land of open plains where the wind and the mind can roam free. My thoughts are flying back with the head wind. I remember the day that it all started and I was filled with expectations and anxiety. I was concerned about my safety, doubted my ability and questioned my journey. The southern city of Ushuaia seemed to be an unreachable finish line, but I still steered my bike in that direction. From there it has been an exhausting and exhilarating ride, with expectations that continuously has kept flying forward with the tailwind to this spot.

I meet many fellow cycling tourers with the same destination as me. It is a fine feeling to unite on this last stretch of land. We all carry different emotions with us to the end and I feel them all. Joy for everything I have experienced, nostalgia for everything I have left behind, pride for everything I have accomplished, gratitude to everybody I have met, sadness for everything that will end and eagerness to see everybody at home. I carry all of these emotions as I am reaching the end of America and end of the all.

The plains of Tierra del Fuego narrow down between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. I ride between the two oceans and over the final mountain pass. Soon the outlines of Ushuaia appears by the southern coast of the continent. I never knew that I could reach this far. Now I want to reach a little bit further. A dirt road replaces the paved streets in the outskirts of the city and I continue to pedal to a national park. The last kilometers through the forest feels like raw energy. When there is no more landmass I instinctively ride up on a wooden walkway that leads out to sea. Eventually I have to stop. The road has come to an end and I am happy that I chose to ride it.

Peace

/Hanna

Comments

  1. Jörg Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 6:21 PM

    Dear! I am impressed!
    You rock!
    Curious what your next adventure ’s gona be…

    Lotta hugs and a little holding hands!

    Jörg

  2. hanna Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 7:19 PM

    Cheers Jörg, I am glad that you came with me on the blog for this adventure and I am curious about the next one too, but first I need to go home for a long time.

    I hope that you have many adventureous moments in your life as well
    .

  3. Marta Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 9:49 PM

    Hannah, what an amazing achievement,fascinating journey. Brave, bold and beautiful. I have been following your adventures in South America and you have been truly inspirational for me. Thank you for all you knowledge you freely have shared and encouragement I needed from a woman so fearless like you.

  4. Hanna Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 10:49 AM

    Thank you Marta, your words are too big and too kind. I am truly glad to have shared the Pan-American roads with you, even if we have been several countries apart.

    I am in no way fearless and have had the same doubts about cycling solo as I know you did. But we started anyway, lost the fear and gained an adventure.

    I wish you the best on the rest of your journey and write me if there is anything I can do or if you simply want to inspire me.

  5. raul diaz Monday, March 26, 2012, at 1:12 PM

    dear hanna, you are an inspiration for many! you certainly left a discrete but powerful message behind, lecturing by pure example and opening a path for generations to come. you were traveling with the magic of life, the greatest gift given to human kind: freedom and love.

    Big hug from Guadalajara.

    Raúl

  6. Loretta Monday, March 26, 2012, at 2:36 PM

    Beautiful Hanna,

    Creating a work of art as you experience life.

    Much Love,

    Loretta

  7. Armando Monday, March 26, 2012, at 4:59 PM

    Congratulations, felicidades Auguri… to Annita girl you are my hero, ha ha ha, send you hugs and kisses… give me five on hig… well done it

  8. Hanna Monday, March 26, 2012, at 7:16 PM

    Raúl, Loretta and Armando, you are all so sweet. Thank you for being there on my bike path in Guadalajara, Cholula and San Pedro. It was all my pleasure.

    Abrazos and high five

  9. Sam Welch Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 1:47 AM

    Hanna! Congratulations! Reading about the end of your journey from the warm comfort of home. It was such a joy to get to spend time with you in Trujilo. If you ever come back to the San Francisco area, please look me up!

    -Sam (& Ben sends his regards as well!)

  10. Hanna Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 10:34 AM

    Lovely to hear from you Sam and congratulations to you for finishing a long time ago. I do hope you are enjoying yourself on the rivers and roads of California. Will definitely look you up if I return.

    All the best to both of you until then.

  11. Ene Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 6:41 AM

    Hanna!

    Congratulations!
    What an amazing achievement! And fantastic photos!
    I have been following your journey !
    Greetings from all of us in Netherland

    Ene, Kaie and Henk

  12. hanna Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 5:49 AM

    Thank you Ene,

    I am glad to read that you have been following the journey from here. It has been a wonderful ride with so many beautiful views and I hope that you have experienced some of it in this window of words and photos.

    Greetings back from the entire Jakobson family, recently united again.

  13. Sven Schmid Friday, April 20, 2012, at 5:11 AM

    Hey Hanna, I am very happy that you arrived in Ushuaia safely, congratulations to your amazing accomplishment! Please let me know if you give any presentations about your trip, I would love to join it! I wish you all the best for your next projects!! Cheers from Munich, Sven

  14. Hanna Monday, April 23, 2012, at 2:16 AM

    Great to read you here Sven. I am very happy too and it has been a lovely ride. There are no presentations planned but you are off course welcome to come to Sweden any time.

    I hope your life in Munich is as fun as cycling.

  15. David Lewbin Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 4:49 PM

    Hi Hanna,

    I just today saw that this fantastic leg of the incredible journey you are on came to an end (and only because you ran out of road to ride cuz you rode to the end of the land. I am blessed to know you, inspired by you, and by your travels and wonderful photos. It was a pleasure to ride the coast of California with you. Come back and visit!

    May your wonders continue!
    Love,
    David

  16. hanna Friday, May 11, 2012, at 5:17 AM

    Hi David,

    Yes, the journey has come to an end and I look back with a longing to ride more roads in the future. Maybe I will return to California at some point and hopefully we will share those roads again.

    Thank you for all your kind words and all the best to you, from Sweden.

  17. Grace Johnson Friday, May 25, 2012, at 9:32 AM

    Hi Hanna,
    Congratulations on reaching Ushuaia!
    You write:
    “The road has come to an end and I am happy that I chose to ride it.”
    Very well put!
    Happy trails,
    Grace

  18. hanna Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 4:47 AM

    Thank you Grace and I wish you lots of happy cycling days, as I assume that you are still on the road and will stay there for a very long time. I will follow the trails in Sweden for now, spending some summer days in the bike seat.

  19. Thomas Friday, July 20, 2012, at 3:30 PM

    Hej Hanna,

    I found your homepage during searching for a new bike.
    I do not know your whole story, but alone the view of your fantastic pictures wakes up the yen to see distance places.

    Många hälsningar från Bremen, Tyskland

    Thomas

  20. hanna Friday, July 27, 2012, at 3:17 AM

    Hello Thomas,

    I am glad that you came by and hope that you will find yourself a nice bike that will take you to many distant and divine places.

    Tusen hälsningar tillbaka till Tyskland.

    /Hanna

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