My name is Paul Mandala and this is my first solo long distance bike ride. I started my Pan American Highway bike tour trip in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on July 2nd 2013. My goal is to explore the world from my self contained two wheeled world. Alaska and Canada provide the ultimate natural test both mentally and physically. It has challenging climbs, lonely roads, and rewarding natural beauty and people. I start off unsure of myself but find myself along the open road. I love to ride, take pictures, and meet people. I feel truly alive with the thrill of adventure around every corner.