Think about!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain, 1835-1910

Motivation to travel - especially by bicycle
I am very often asked why I do this trip. Well, I normally say that I have got a driving heart. Deep inside, I felt driven to explore foreign countries, their nature, cultures and languages. Doing this by my own strength makes me much more receptive and gives me satisfaction and joy every day. Travelling, especially by bicycle, to me, means to be confronted every day with a new challenge which provokes me to react and makes my personality grow. I could say it is a school of life that works by not simply choosing the path of least resistance.

Why the Panamericana
Crossing the two American continents and experiencing all the different climes as well as catching sight of all the scenery is my vision of a perfect trip. Furthermore in 2008 I was travelling through South America for four months, and also I have sufficient knowledge of the two languages spoken along the Panamericana. This is why I felt even more attracted to ride along this famous road.

My background
I come from the German part of Switzerland. After my college time in Aarau at NKSA I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences North Western Switzerland and worked after that for two years at the Institute for Power Engineering 'ITFE' where I developed the cooling circuit of a turbo generator for Alstom with CFD.

Spare time and interests
I love jogging and cycling with friends as well as swimming, juggling and Aerobic. I enjoy both the silence of nature where I can experience wildlife but also being among people to share life. I am interested in biographies, the culture and history of peoples and in what's going on in the world. Beside that because of my professional background I am interested in sustainable energies which is the area in that I would like to work after this trip.
Also I love drinking coffee ;-) and last but not least, trying to keep in constant relationship with my Creator, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is very important to me.

Why recumbent bicycles?

On a recumbent bike your eyes are pointed to the countryside and not to the ground primarily. Another great advantage and crucial point for our decision to choose recumbents is that you don't feel any pain neither on your bottom nor in your hands even after riding for a week in succession. Also your upper body is mostly relaxed. Beside that we often say: A special project needs a special bike too.
Also, when planning this trip we were strongly inspired by Pius and Stefan of to choose recumbents. They recommended this type of bicycles and it proved to be right.