Joost Notenboom and Michiel Roodenburg, began their 18-month bicycle journey called ‘Cycle for Water’ on July 4, 2010 as part of their attempt to bring attention to the global water crisis. Starting from Deadhorse in Northern Alaska, the two Dutch friends are now en route to Ushuaia, the most southern tip of Argentina.
The whole journey will cover a distance of 30,000 km down South America. The mission is to take one bottle of icy Alaskan water from the Beaufort Sea down to the seas around Tierra del Fuego. This incredible adventure is through 16 countries and across more than 30.000 km of paved and unpaved roads, mountain passes, and dirt tracks.
The start of the trip has been above the Arctic Circle and other regions along the way will include the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness, the forests of the Northwest of Pacific, the desert of Baja, the rainforests of Central and South America, the Andes highlands of Peru and Bolivia, and the steppes of Patagonia.
This effort symbolizes the completion of the natural water cycle. Notenboom and Roodenburg hopes to raise awareness for the global water crisis where around 1 billion people all over the world are suffering without access to safe and clean drinking water.
This is the first ever awareness program to be done with sustainable bamboo bicycles. Thus the event also promotes and demonstrates that a lot of challenges can be overcome using sustainable solutions. The money raised through the efforts will be used for construction and maintenance of rope pumps, hand dug wells and rain catchment tanks in South America and Africa.