When you want to travel the world, you’re likely to want to take a tour

In 2018, a British-Mexican man called Antonio “Antonio” Ziptrek became the first person to ride the world’s longest bikepacking route without a trailer, with a trip that took him from California to the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Ziptreks journey is the first of its kind in the world and took him to all corners of the world.

He said he was excited about taking a trip without a tour but also had some reservations about riding in a trailer.

“I wanted to have the freedom to explore my own world,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“My biggest concern was how long I would have to ride.”

His trip took him all over Mexico, from the Gulf of Mexico to the northern tip of South America.

His trip was not without its ups and downs, however.

After taking a detour in the Gulf, he was unable to find a boat to take him back to his home in Southern California.

“The boat was really hard to find and I didn’t even have my cell phone with me so I couldn’t call my family,” he said.

“It was pretty scary, and when you’re riding on a trailer it’s hard to think of any other way to go.”

But Ziptrews adventure did inspire others to try and make their own journey without a hitch.

After reading about his journey, a Mexican cycling community decided to start a project called the Ecotours Chiapascana.

“We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and we’re really excited about what it’s going to be like for people to start doing this,” said Cristian Zipperes, a co-founder of the project and a mechanic for the local cycling group.

Zippes team, called Ecotour, was able to secure funding from the British Government and he hopes to have it up and running by the end of the year.

The project is already looking for volunteers to help it start a route from Buenos Aires to Chiapagas.

The journey is not without challenges, however, and one that Zippreks team is working to overcome.

“There are many challenges and we’ve seen many of them in the past,” he shared.

“People come and they are really good but we need to have a lot of support from the community, we need lots of volunteers, and we need a lot more support from people who are experienced cyclists.”

For the latest in bikepacking, follow The Verge’s ride on our Mexico-based tour.

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