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Adventure-Overland: Transafrica - Panamericana and next?

Discussion in 'Overland Adventures & Expeditions - in Progress' started by Surfy, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Surfy

    Surfy New Member

    I will start the panamericana in the next days. This time without an specific time frame, or route plans. I will decide during the day - what I will do on the next day. I`m 40 now and always dreamed about an extended or big trip. There is no timeframe who looks perfect for something like that. In the early 20`s I had not enough money. Later the career don't called for an break. With 40 both doesn't looks better, to be honest. But sometimes we have to risk something.

    Time is the most valuable what we have - why not risking something - to take time for ourself? We don't know if we are able to travel that way when we are retired. So I did quit my job and will start in the next days.

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    Here you can follow my journey:

    http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

    Like on our transafrica - I will report in SMS Style over my two-way satellite-Messenger - till I have an Internet connection to upload larger text and pictures. I hope to write on a daily base - but when travelling extended and without an exact schedule, this may be hard to write that often.

    For the Transafrica I was well prepared, had a tight schedule, a booked car shipping homewards - I love the freedom who comes with the new trip!

    My funds are not very high, but for overlanding you (should) not need much money. No Hotels, not much restaurant food, wild camping - helps to save money.

    I will try too to keep you updated here. I hope to meet up with some travelers from here, and with members on my way up. Give me a note, if you see that I will cross your area!!

    Surfy
     
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    Surfy New Member

    Now I`m since some days in Ushuaia, and are waiting for the arrival of my container who hopefully contains my car...


    I did feel the limitations of the live as Packpacker, who have to book Tours or use the official Bus-Lines. I miss the travelling liberty we have as self driving overlanders, to stop where we want, to rest where we want, to light a fire an enjoying the nature....

    Unfortunately not just the Hotels and Hostels are fully booked, also the rental cars aren't available. I`m happy that I was able to book an Hotel, bevor for the last Rooms was sold for over 2500 USD/Week - here is high season.

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    More pictures and more detailed experiences you can find in the travel blog and diary:

    http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

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  3. Surfy

    Surfy New Member

    There are some new updates in the Blog - here just some short notes.


    It is very relaxed to have enough time during traveling. I was a full week in Ushuaia, did a lot of trips, but also some days where I just walk through the city and relax. But I still miss my car - and hope that he arrive soon.

    I did meet many interesting people, and start to get a feeling for traveling alone.

    The catch of the day (out of the aquarium for shure). These Kingcrabs are.... Very tasty!

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    The animals you will not miss, if you visit Ushuaia

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    an amazing szenery seen on an booked 4x4 trip

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    another perspective of Ushuaia

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    The diary and a lot more of pictures you will find here: http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

    4x4tripping
     
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  4. Surfy

    Surfy New Member

    At the next day I found a beautiful dirttrack. After 10 miles i did meet a Police car - which I did query about my Route-plan. "You can try" - thats sounds again like a challenge. So I did follow the track.

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    Looks I should start to navigate not only with the offline satellite Images on my IPad. I have too offline track & terrainmaps which Shows sometimes a bit more about the route...

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    Also with near 300 hp I did miss some power after leaving 3500m height in the andes. These steep hills are easyer to climb with Speed, but I had to use 4lo - and sometimes i had to go back and to try another path - also with 2 difflocks & muddies.

    Since hours i didnt see a house or Person - an absolutely beautiful area and track!!

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    Beautiful Colors who you can also see in Iceland.

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    From the geysers I would have expected a little more, the Hotpod facilities seemed a little unkempt - and the water was for me wimps definitely too cold. So off to the mountains - the track will ultimately lead somewhere.

    At a junction, I chose the way further into the mountains - but after another 20km, I discovered that the other track lead deep into a valley - what attracted me magically. So let's turn around and return.

    During a short Navigation break some offroaders did meet up. The Offroad Club from Calama. We had a nice Chat, but they told me that my track will have a dead end, and it will be hard to climb up again under this conditions as a single car.

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    To drive back the same route - Sound great to me - it was such a great ride!

    More you will find at the blog as usual: Adventure-Overland

    Surfy
     

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