When Alex Chacon decided to travel halfway around the world, he didn't choose to do so like your average tourist. Rather, he decided to travel by motorcycle as a unique way to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. A biomedical sciences graduate from the University of Texas, Chacon initiated the trip as a way to fulfill his traveling dreams before beginning his doctoral studies. Throughout the journey, Chacon documented everything through photo and video. In addition to a personal adventure, the project, which has been dubbed a Modern Motorcycle Diaries, also raises awareness and funding for non-profit organization Children of Uganda.
The expedition began in El Paso, Texas, where Chacon packed up his bike and hit the road going south. He drove all the way through South America, finally reaching Ushuaia, Argentina, which is known as the southernmost city in the world. He then turned north, heading up through the United States, all the way to Alaska, and then back home to Texas. The incredibly intense expedition took place across 503 days, covering 82,459 miles and 22 countries in North and South America. Chacon says, “I drove solo halfway around the world, through interstates, highways, dirt roads, no roads, mud, rivers, through hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, rain, hail, sun shine, snow, ice roads you name it and I made it back!” To see some of his coverage, check out the video below.