Having a supply vehicle takes some of the ADV out of though. Terrible conditions to ride under but it wasn't as life threatening as a solo endeavor.
Ed Culberson's trek should be reason enough to skip the Darien Gap and be practical. Take the short cut around.
It's not as though these ventures into the Darien produce a workable overland route for the future.
I don't think adventures like this need to have a purpose, like creating a rideable route through the Darien Gap. Very few endeavors like this have a tangible purpose; climbing K2 doesn't, hiking the PCT doesn't, riding a bike around the world doesn't. People do them because they want to challenge themselves, or shake up their lives, or just be able to mark it off as a personal accomplishment. And I don't think having a support vehicle made it any easier to haul and hoist their bikes across ravines, mountains and rivers.
These guys did something flat out amazing, without any equivocation.
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