At the end of the road.
The road stops at the Darién Gap. To continue his journey from Alaska to Argentina, Dylan Wickrama builds a raft, powered by his BMW R 1150 GS, and starts his adventure in the Pacific. The Sri Lankan's story spellbinds very many people. Now a documentary film is going to be produced - using crowdfunding.
Life sometimes invents stories that are more incredible than any Hollywood film maker could ever think up. One such life story is that of Dylan Wickrama. It is about a boy who often looked out to sea from his native Sri Lanka and passionately longed to know what lies beyond the horizon. It was unlikely that he would ever find out. Because Dylan grew up in poor circumstances. His father was killed by a burglar when Dylan was not even six years old. He had to grow up, and bear responsibility, much too fast. Years later he received the opportunity to discover the world he hitherto only knew from the journals that were passed around the village. On his BMW R1150 GS "Bruce" he travelled more than 210,000 km on four continents over a period of three years. But the real adventure begins at the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia.
Dylan's tale on the big screen.
It all begins at the Darién Gap.
Dylan Wickrama is on the Pan-American Highway, America's main transport artery that stretches across the entire continent from Alaska all the way to Tierra del Fuego. Between Panama and Colombia there is a famous gap known as 'the Darién Gap'. Whoever crosses it must struggle through dense tropical jungle and flooded swampland. There are dangers lurking behind every bush. Not only wild animals, but guerilla fighters, rebels and drug smugglers since the Darién Gap is a notorious hotspot for drug trafficking.
Not a place where a motorcyclist travelling alone belongs. Dylan has landed in a cul de sac and is stuck. During his involuntary stay, he befriends several people and eventually finds supporters for his idea: a 'cruise' on the hazardous Pacific Ocean covering 700 kilometres. However, this is not sailing as Dylan understands the word. Especially since the Sri of Lankan has no sailing experience whatsoever.
700 kilometres through rough seas