Fortunately, I was able to return to Ushuaia in time for Iohan Gueorguiev’s Memorial.
It took Iohan more than a lifetime to reach Ushuaia. He probably always felt his life was to travel the world, that feeling of someone who doesn’t feel neither here nor there, the certainty that the world is so small, that staying still in one place is the worst of luck. Despite that feeling. In 2014 he started pedaling from Alaska down through highways, roads and trails trying to reach Ushuaia (Argentina), the famous city at the “End of the World”.
He caught thousands of followers’ attention, who saw their dreams come true in someone else’s body, as he was one of those people who do what few dare to, those who carry glory on their shoulders but with the humility of those who live fulfilling their dreams every day, one pedal stroke at a time.
While in El Chaltén (Argentina), the pandemic took him back almost to his starting point. Probably, that day he felt his life was ending, because to stay still was to die while being alive. His life’s dream was only 1,000 miles away, but the virus that took over the world, took him back to Canada living the nightmares of those who cannot sleep.
Iohan’s ashes, thanks to some of his friends’ efforts, finally arrived in Argentina at the beginning of 2023. Initially, the idea was to send them to El Chaltén, so they could travel by bicycle, the stretch of the “route” missing from his journey, as an act of life over death, as a tribute, as the resignation the living seek to fulfill the designs of the dead.
Unfortunately, that tour didn’t come to fruition for multiple reasons, including a new variant of the virus, but I did carry his license plate and some of his gear, all the way down.
On February 11th, in Tierra del Fuego’s National Park, a group of Iohan’s friends freed his ashes on the waters of the Beagle Channel, at the point where the Pan-American Highway finishes, where “civilization” ends, where the young cyclist wanted to arrive to embark on new paths, because not even the end of the world was enough for this adventurer.
Finally, some inert ashes (charged with Iohan’s incomparable energy), fell on the icy waters and left to give an eternal tour around the globe.