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Tour De Zack: San Francisco to South America by Bicycle

Click for full size. 12,650 km done. 500 km to go… (as of 04/02/2013)

The Tour De Zack has been split into 7 stages.  See the MAP.  To find out where Zack is at the moment, you can check the ZackTracker and the latest entries of The Great Blog of Zack.  If you are joining us late and want to catch up, Zack will be compiling photos and links to blog entries as he completes each stage, which you can find by clicking on the links below.


On the 14th of December, 2011, Zack and his trusty bike Tony set out on the Tour De Zack, a cycling trip from San Francisco to South America via over 12,000 kilometers, ten countries, and two continents.  The Tour De Zack will end somewhere in Colombia, the first country of South America, and Zack expects to arrive there when he gets there.  There is no schedule, no self-imposed deadline, and there is certainly no rush.  This tour could take months, or it could take years.  So make yourself another cup of coffee and get comfortable, because we are in for a long ride!

It is possible that the tour will be extended down to Argentina, maybe even Antarctica, depending on many different factors, not the least of which is how Zack’s butt feels after months of riding.  Money, and weather are two other big ones. (Have you seen the weather report for next week Monday?!)

It is also possible that this tour will be abruptly interrupted for reasons known or unknown.  For example, Zack may have to help a nice man sail his boat across the Pacific in April 2012, or Zack may have to appear on the TV show The Amazing Race in May, or Zack might need to play the young Harrison Ford in the man’s next movie.  You never know with Zack.

One thing that we do know: Tony and Zack are going to make a great team.  One is a well-oiled, finely honed cycling machine and the other is a pretty decent bicycle.

UPDATE:  On the 7th of June, 2012 (whilst Zack was lounging in a hammock in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico) Zack received an email from the Australian Government informing him that he had been granted Permanent Residency.  This was fantastic news, but there was one condition:  To accept his permanent residency he would have to enter the country before the 4th of April 2013.  Though far in the future, this date was a deadline and would force Zack to make some sort of “plan”.  Zack discusses this at the end of Stage 4.


Orange. Not Gold. The “Golden” Gate Bridge

STAGE 1: The USA (AKA Operation WRONG WAY!)

STAGE 2: Baja California, Mexico (AKA Operation Fish Tacos)

STAGE 3: La Paz to Mexico City (AKA Operation: Tequila! Tequila!)

STAGE 4: Southern Mexico (AKA Operation: Glorious Ruination!)

 STAGE 5: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras

STAGE 6: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

STAGE 7: Colombia and The Darién

  • Crossing the Darien gap on the Pacific Side to Buenaventura and then riding the 550km to Medellin, Colombia
  • This stage is underway.


Zack and Tony have been helped by many, many people along the way.  This list is a small tribute to their awesomeness.

Bike Buddies

Zack and Tony aren’t to only ones riding.  They have met plenty of other awesome travelers traveling by bicycle.  Here’s a list

Tour de Zack: Stage 1: USA (AKA Operation WRONG WAY!)

<— Back to Tour de Zack Page Stage Summary On the 25th of November, 2011, Zack and his trusty bicycle Tony left San Diego, CA, USA and headed the wrong way, north, towards San Francisco.  They cycled over 500km north to Lompoc, a town in between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, before getting a train …

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On the road from Bahia de Gonzaga to Coco's Corner

Tour de Zack: Stage 2: Baja California (AKA Operation: Fish Tacos!)

<— Back to Tour de Zack Page Stage 2 Summary On January 2nd, 2012  Zack and Tony left San Diego and crossed the border into Mexico to begin the approimately 1500 km journey down the Baja California Peninsula.  5 and a half weeks later they arrived in La Paz, at the southern end of the …

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Click on the runner to see Stage 3 photos

Tour de Zack: Stage 3: Western Mexico AKA Operation: Tequila! Tequila!

<— Back to Tour de Zack Page   Stage 3 Summary On February 11th, 2012  Zack and Tony hopped on a ferry in La Paz, Baja California Sur and crossed the Sea of  Cortes to land in Topolobampa and began a 2500 km convoluted journey across Westen Mexico to Mexico City.  It would take them …

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Tour de Zack: Stage 4: Southern Mexico AKA Operation: Glorious Ruination!!!

Stage 4 Summary: The longest stage of the Tour de Zack y Tony, Stage 4 AKA Operation Glorious Ruination!!! carved a sinuous 3,000 km path from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen passing through the southern Mexican States of Mexico, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan. The final stage in Mexico, one …

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Going over the pass near Sacapula in Guatemala.

Tour de Zack: Stage 5: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras AKA Operation: Jungle Boogie!

Stage 5 Summary: Stage 5 of the Tour de Zack y Tony took the tour into Central America carving an 1800km serpentine path through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The main theme of this stage was one of perseverance.  The 2 month long journey to the border of Nicaragua put both our bodies and our …

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Tour de Zack: Stage 6: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama AKA Operation: Enduring Freedom!

Stage 6 Summary: The penultimate stage of the Tour de Zack y Tony took our heroes from the border of Honduras through the countries of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama to the docks of Panama City.  It was a 1,859 km stage that lasted 62 Days. Looking back at this stage, Zack can see a …

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I bow down to you all!

The THANK YOU! list

No great adventure, or rewarding travel experience is possible without the kindness, support and generosity of family, friends, and indeed, complete strangers.  In order to pay a small tribute to all these wonderful people, I present to all this list of people who have helped me on my journey from San Francisco to Colombia.  Also, …

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Bike Buddies

The following is a running list of the other intrepid touring cyclists that Zack and Tony have befriended along the way on the Tour de Zack.  Names in Bold indicate cyclists that Zack and Tony have actually ridden with. Format: Name of Cyclist (Nationality) Where they were coming from/going to Blog/website Where I met them …

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