Brothers Nathan, Isaiah, and David Berg – natives of Starkweather, North Dakota – began a bicycle trip in Anchorage, Alaska on August 11, 2011 and finished in Ushuaia, Argentina (the southernmost city in the world) last Friday. A goal of their 15,000-mile journey, known as Bound South, is to raise awareness and $60,000 for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.
“Four years ago I led a bicycle trip across the United States with a nonprofit called Bike and Build. I fell in love with the rhythm of life on the road by bicycle and began dreaming of a longer, more rugged, and more adventurous undertaking,” said Isaiah Berg, 22. “I was passionate about Habitat for Humanity and soon began planning Bound South with my brothers.”
The brothers documented their journey across “Arctic tundra, Central American tropics, mountains, deserts, cityscapes and many other roads less traveled between Alaska and Argentina” on the blog http://boundsouth.org/.They traveled without support vehicles or assistants, riding alone with only the gear they could fit in their saddlebags. They did not prearrange stops or make hotel reservations.
“I am so lucky to have had the chance to meet a wide variety of people in such a short span of time. We’ve stayed with firefighters in Colombia, pastors in Mexico, and 80-year-old gauchos in Argentina. These chance meetings and relationships we such a blessing to us, and they augmented our trip in ways I couldn’t have imagined,” said Nathan Berg, 24. “We’ve seen some of the best natural beauty in the world, but this trip wouldn’t have been the same without the people that are found there.”
To date the brothers have raised $12,151 of their $60,000 goal; 100 percent of the funds raised go to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. The brothers plan to help build a Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity home.
“This is our dream and our vision. We pedaled across these proximate Americas and attempted to capture their stories,” said Isaiah Berg. “Our Pan-American bicycle expedition can build windows into the world and the walls of a single-family Habitat house.”
“These 3 inspiring young men will change the lives of a local family by contributing funds to sponsor a Habitat home,” said Rob Rich, Executive Director of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. “And as that family repays their mortgage, allowing Habitat to build more homes, the Berg brothers will be touching the lives of the families we will serve for the next 30 years. With such a great impact, we are happy to welcome the Berg brothers home.”
“I feel that I have grown significantly as a student, leader, and brother on this journey. You learn a lot about yourself, your comrades, and the world on an adventure of this scale; it gets ingrained in your legs,” said David Berg, 19. “The conversations and silence, trials and joys, and mountains and valleys of this experience will always be with me and my brothers.”
“We’re immensely honored and inspired by the Berg brothers’ determination, generosity, and vision,” said Leann Wolff, president of the board of directors for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. “They are incredible young men and phenomenal cyclists.”
The Berg brothers want to thank all those that helped them in their journey, specifically their family and friends for their support and love, their sponsors, Scheels and Paramount Sports, for gear assistance, and all the strangers who offered a helping hand between Alaska and Argentina.