Our journey starts in Asunción, Paraguay on May 21, 2013. Abe, Levi and Michael will be finishing their studies at Goshen College with a three-week class, Anabaptist-Mennonite History, in Paraguay. Matthew Helmuth, currently working in Oregon, will meet us at the end of the class.
We will be biking most of the days on our estimated ten-month journey, but will stop for about six weeks at Hacienda Ilitio near Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador. We will be volunteering on this hacienda through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. As another way of documenting what we experience along the way and doing some informal research, we plan on talking to Anabaptist groups and contributing to the Global Anabaptist Wiki.
Much of our time will be spent with hosts along the way, who connected with us from church, college and friends. But we will overwhelmingly be relying on the support of many people yet unknown to us along our trail. The pace and open nature of bike touring necessitates stepping outside of our comfort zones and getting to know people, and we all treasure this aspect of hitting the road. We also plan on doing some camping.
The countries which we will travel through, in order, are: Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and the United States.