Mercury Marine and Quicksilver have partnered to send four U.S. military veterans to do something that’s never been achieved on record — ride motorcycles from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of South America.
The 19,000-mile trip will take four months to complete.
The two Brunswick Corp.-owned companies partnered with Where the Road Ends on the veterans' journey from Deadhorse, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina. The ride will be the subject of a feature-length documentary filmed and produced by combat veterans.
"Unlike other documentary filmmaking projects or expeditionary travel, our team will be providing updates during preparation, on our mission and as we complete the documentary — basically bringing viewers along for the ride through Facebook, Instagram and YouTube," said Wayne Mitchell, operations officer for WTRE, in a statement. "Conquering the mission is the goal, but also raising awareness for combat veteran causes by partnering with the Lone Survivor Foundation is very important to the entire team."
The team will conquer subzero temperatures, scorching heat and miles of untamed jungle. The WTRE team will leave Alaska in November to ensure they arrive at the Darien Gap during Central America's dry season.
The Darien Gap is more than 100 miles of jungle between Panama and Colombia that will require help from locals to navigate waterways to complete the passage.
"We are excited to be a part of this great project and look forward to watching the journey unfold," said Megan Meyer, Mercury Marine marketing specialist, aftermarket P&A. "Our Quicksilver products are perfect for the rigorous environments that the riders will encounter and we can't wait to start this adventure together."