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The Pan American Highway stretches approximately 30,000 miles from Prudhoe Bay, AK to Ushuaia, Argentina. We plan on driving almost all of it except for the 62 mile stretch of jungle between Panama and Columbia known as the Darien Gap, and the Haul Rd to Prudhoe Bay. Why are we doing this? Why not?

Trip Start: 2012-08-01 Trip End: .

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From Costa Rica heat to Montana snow!

The last few months

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Its been two and half months since we left Suzie in Costa Rica.  Two and half months that have flown by, yet the seven months we spent in Central America…
Beautiful Baja beaches

A First World Whirlwind

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Beautiful Baja beaches We left Suzie three and half weeks ago, it feels like two and half months. Being back in the land of overplenty has been overwhelming.  Although life…
Lake and Volcano Arenal

Headed Home

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As many of our blog and facebook followers know, we have decided to return to the States for the summer to work and visit family and friends in order to…
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Beaches and Bands

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As the all too familiar bass line of Bob Marley’s “One Love” filled the evening air, the young woman immediately to my right, head crowned with brown dreadlocks, raised her…

The Guifiti Challenge

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The bottle looked innocent enough, merely herbs floating in a clear liquid.  Taking four shots in a row should be as easy.  Not easy when the four shots are part…

The Banana Republic

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  Honduras smells like sweet, sugary smoke.  Miles upon miles of banana plantations and sugar cane fields stretch across the eastern Caribbean coast rimmed by mountains densely carpeted with jungle. …
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Soaking in Guatemala

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San Pedro from Indian Nose After over a month of playing house in San Pedro, it was time for us to hit the road again, but not before getting together…
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Moving Day

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We arrived in San Pedro on December 19th, a mere two days before the end of the world (aka the end of the 13th baktun of the Mayan calendar) and…
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The Road

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It snakes in front of us, curving and winding, its brown contrasting vividly with the lush green around it.  We catch the glint of sunshine on metal high above us…
Fierce guard puppy

Senor Lopez

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A figure strode deliberately  down the hill toward us, the machete hanging from his belt to his shins swinging ominously back and forth.  We were deep into the Mountain Pine…
Load up!

Ragamuffin Mon!

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Sailboat, don’t mind if I do. Snorkeling with nurse sharks, sting rays, and thousands of other fish, don’t mind if I do.  Shrimp ceviche, don’t mind if I do.  Free-flowing…
Our eyes open almost simultaneously around 7:30 (a straight up miracle for those who know me well) and we are ready for another day.  Every morning water is boiling first thing for tea and coffee.  Really difficult breakfast choices are … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/11/23/the-rhythm-of-the-road/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=230&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

The Rhythm of the Road

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Our eyes open almost simultaneously around 7:30 (a straight up miracle for those who know me well) and we are ready for another day.  Every morning water is boiling first…
The night that Suzie sprang a leak was a very unfortunate night.  We were sleeping soundly on the beach at Barra de Nexpa after a day of driving the windy highway 200 on the Michoacan coast. It had been cloudy … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/11/06/anunfortunateseriesofevents/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=188&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

An Unfortunate Series of Events

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The night that Suzie sprang a leak was a very unfortunate night.  We were sleeping soundly on the beach at Barra de Nexpa after a day of driving the windy…
We locked eyes across the counter, neither of us blinking.  A bead of sweat slowly trickled down my brow cooled briefly by the coolness wafting from the air conditioned office.  Scorn and indignation radiated from every pore of my body. … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/10/31/the-crossing/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=177&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

The Crossing

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We locked eyes across the counter, neither of us blinking.  A bead of sweat slowly trickled down my brow cooled briefly by the coolness wafting from the air conditioned office.  …
Topes, tacos, Tecate, travelers, and tore up roads, these are the 5 T’s of Baja that we quickly learned in our first week in Mexico.  Number one, topes.  These invention of the Mexican devil, known as Mexican highway 1,  are … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/10/23/the-5-ts/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=165&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

The 5 T’s

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Ahhh, Baja Topes, tacos, Tecate, travelers, and tore up roads, these are the 5 T’s of Baja that we quickly learned in our first week in Mexico.  Number one, topes. …
His body perfectly positioned in front of the door, with unblinking bright blue eyes he followed my every move.  ‘I know exactly what you are up to, and you will not get away with it,’ those unescapable eyes seemed to … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/10/11/on-the-road-again/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=152&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

On the Road Again

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His body perfectly positioned in front of the door, with unblinking bright blue eyes he followed my every move.  ‘I know exactly what you are up to, and you will…
This will be a long, technical post geared more towards those individuals who like turning wrenches and are skilled at it.  Ken has done all the mechanical work on the truck and the camper except for a very few things. … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/10/01/truck-and-camper-modification/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=135&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

Truck and Camper Modification

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This will be a long, technical post geared more towards those individuals who like turning wrenches and are skilled at it.  Ken has done all the mechanical work on the…
“Hey Sam, how’s it going?”  My standard greeting to my best friend Sam was not returned with the usual, “I’m good, what are doing?” response, I instead heard, “I’m volunteering at The Rising Sun Bistro (a local restaurant) as a … <a href="http://30forthirty.org/2012/09/28/interlude-impossible/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=30forthirty.org&blog=38744731&post=128&subd=aktoar&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">

Interlude Impossible

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“Hey Sam, how’s it going?”  My standard greeting to my best friend Sam was not returned with the usual, “I’m good, what are doing?” response, I instead heard, “I’m volunteering…

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