The Doomsday Ride -  Adventure travel with Caren Osten
According to the Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012. To mark the event, the Tour d’Afrique biking company has organized the first (and last?) ever Doomsday Ride on La Ruta Maya. The trip leaves San Jose (Costa Rica) on December 20th and will lead cyclists through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. There will be 28 riding days and 7 rest days, during which travelers will visit Mayan ruins, cycle through cloud forests, small villages and markets, pedal by volcanoes and waterfalls, and learn more about the mysteries of the Mayan calendar.

I was introduced to Tour d’Afrique Ltd., a Toronto based company, at an ATTA adventure travel conference last October in Lucerne and was instantly intrigued by its long distance cycling adventures. Named for its flagship ride that annually traverses the African continent from Cairo to Cape Town, Tour d’Afrique has six additional epic cycling tours, including destinations such as the Silk Route, a trans-Asia expedition between Istanbul and Shanghai or Beijing; and the Orient Express, crossing Europe from Paris to Istanbul.

But next up, the Doomsday ride…