FINDING FITZ ROY

14,000+ miles. 
18 countries. 
One Lone Rucksack. 

 


Driven by Curiosity. Fueled by Adventure.

Lone Rucksack documents explorer Dani Bradford— a dirtbag solo adventurer and storyteller. In 2015, Dani completed a 4,500 mile+ cycling journey through 15 countries from Portugal to the Republic of Georgia. Her most recent project, #FindingFitzRoy, documents her motorcycle journey down the Americas— from Washington, DC to Patagonia. Learn more about Dani here

 

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 “... you know something is happening that will change you, and you don't want it to, but you can't stop it. And you know, for the first time, for the very first time, that there will now be a before and an after, a was and a will be. And that you will never again quite be the same person you were.”⁣ ― Jennifer Donnelly⁣ ⁣ The rain pouring down the windows, cool air streaming through the small crack we left open to the world, we move the bed against the window and pretend we are outside.  “You're under no obligation to be who people think you are. Change, grow, rearrange yourself. Free and beautiful things always bloom and spark with no holding back.”⁣ ― Charlotte Eriksson⁣ ⁣ Laughing on the death road while riding hard and getting soaked in waterfalls and eating oreos and spending time with other amazing humans in the spectacular mountains in Bolivia, arriving at the end of the road completely covered in dust. We drank beers as the light faded and kittens played at our feet and I remembered something small but important— despite who we think we are and what we think we should be doing at any given moment adventure is out there— it’s always out there waiting to embrace us.
 “I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid I haven’t been alive enough.” ⁣ —Mr. Nobody ⁣ ⁣ Beautiful weekends in #Medellín ⁣  @ismael_campo  “For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.”⁣ ― Rebecca Solnit⁣ ⁣ The softest of blues rimming the mountains in the distance, the edges of dry earth crumbling at the ends of the canyon, the air dry and always, always, waiting.  @misadventures_of_sarah
 “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”⁣ ―Anais Nin⁣ ⁣ Following an ancient road to ruins, meditating in the river, talking about crystals… made my whole week to be part of this adventure trio.  @the.life.of.maga  “Getting lost was not a matter of geography so much as identity, a passionate desire, even an urgent need, to become no one and anyone, to shake off the shackles that remind you who you are, who others think you are.”⁣ ― Rebecca Solnit⁣ ⁣ Canyon exploring. Dust all over the pants. Toothy grin all day long.  @long_rode_home
 “Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”⁣ ― Roman Payne⁣ ⁣ Cerro adventures and healing knee injuries with @eliaspkfr #adventura #discoversouthamerica #medellin  “We're all building our world, right now, in real time. Let's build it better.”⁣ ―Lindy West⁣ ⁣ Venturing outside La Paz to explore the Valle de La Luna, and spotting some viscacha along the way— a chinchilla-type rodent native to South America.  @misadventures_of_sarah
 “Run to the fire, don’t hide from it.” —Meg Whitman  “Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.” ⁣ ―Ernest Barbaric⁣ ⁣ The alapacas surrounded the hammocks, desperate for the tiny bowls of feed we carried down to the garden.  @misadventures_of_sarah
 “Movement is fundamental to the Universe.” ―Anupama Garg  “Dreams, after all, are insubstantial things, like mist itself.” ―Stephen King
 “The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.”⁣ ― Rebecca Solnit⁣ ⁣ Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and all the way back again. It took three days to get to this flight from the coast in Ecuador, crossing borders and cramming my luggage into tiny mototaxis, but seeing the lights of Lima spread below the moon heading home to Medellín made it all worth it.  Ahoy there fellow adventurers- from the chilly mountains of La Paz with my incredible friend, Sarah Webb of @long_rode_home. If you’re looking for your next micro-adventure (or a killer gift) we’ve teamed up to launch  the Medellin Adventure project— and to celebrate, I’m offering a few slots as buy one get one free! ⁣ ⁣ It’s the ultimate long weekend experience in Medellin, Colombia in February 2020 (and an alternate to the traditional Valentine’s Day). Come visit me for 4 nights, explore Medellin, train daily in Muay Thai with my black belt trainer Edgardo Hernandéz @edgardo.mma, eating amazing food, cycle to markets and miradors with adventure cyclist Sarah Webb, hike, and practice parkour and breakdancing with the best Venezuelan athletes in the city. And the best thing, if you can snag one of the BOGO spots, you can bring a friend for free. ⁣ ⁣ Limited space available, link in bio!
 “The key to being a warrior is not to be afraid of who you are.” ―Tom Spanbauer  “We see in order to move; we move in order to see.”⁣ ―William Gibson⁣ ⁣ Anywhere in the city the teleférico lines can be seen in an endless, silent march. I could ride the teleferico all day— up cliffs and across ridges, through valleys over rivers until, finally, entering the dark mouths of the station buildings, only to be flung out into space once again. It’s an incredible perspective, the cars and people and laundry and dogs, so close sometimes you can see the red stripes in a t-shirt, so far away sometimes they almost disappear, small shadows on the landscape below, disappearing into the crevices of the mountainous city.

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