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Ruta 3

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Our trip did not end at the end of the road, we now had to make our way back up to Buenos Aires (3000 km north), and catch our flight home in two weeks. What a gruelling schedule. We pushed…

Tierra del Fuego

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Getting to the southern tip of Argentina has been our end goal since we set out. We have been so fixated on it, that now that it was in sight, we were somewhat overwhelming. I don’t think either one of…

Flashback

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Paul and I are now back in Canada, and yes I have been slacking on the blog. There are several more entries in the works with details and photos of the rest of our trip south and back north. For…

Carretera Austral

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After gorging ourselves and becoming acquainted with the Argentinian Malbec and Torrontes, we crossed into Chile just north of Temuco. We headed to the city to get some money, food and car parts. When taking out money, I usually search…

Steak and naps

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Entering Argentina has been an abrupt change. Toilets are somewhat reliably flushing. for the most part, power outlets work (though they annoyingly have different fittings). It is a very precious thing to go from a country with fewer amenities to…

Bolivia

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Right from our very first day in Bolivia, there were many surprises. Our lack of research strikes again. We crossed the border from Puno near Copacabana on the edge of Lago Titicaca. The Bolivian side of the lake was clean,…

Southern Peru

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Sorry to disappoint everyone, but we didn’t go to Machu Picchu. If we were to have gone there, it might look something like this So here’s the deal, seven years ago I came to Peru and backpacked from the south…

Northern Peru

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It has been a while since we have posted anything on here, and we have now been in Peru for a couple of weeks. So much has happened, and there is a lot to talk about. Starting with our first…

Ecuador

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We are trying to make some time in our trip, and unfortunately that means we are going to have to skip seeing some places along the way. When we set off this year we were a month later than expected…

Colombia

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People back home have lots of ideas about Colombia. When we told our friends and family about our plan to drive the pan-American, Colombia topped the list of countries they were worried about in terms of safety and security. It…

LSD

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So, I am learning a lot about trucks. Driving a 1989 Trooper has helped me to gain a pretty broad Spanish vocabulary of truck parts, and meet lots of mechanics along the way. Just after entering Panama, Phyllis started to…

Panama

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Once in Panama we both got the obligatory Central American travel sickness involving sweats, and many many trips to the bathroom. Our travel plans for the country were interrupted a little bit with the recovery process, but we did manage…

Costa Rica

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I had always assumed that a place like Costa Rica, which is incredibly developed for tourism, would be fairly predictable to travel. It is good to know that a place like this can still surprise you. Costa Rica has wild…

On the Road Again

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Reunited with Phyllis in Costa Rica, we are super stoked to be back on the road. Paul and I flew down from the west coast and were expecting to find the truck in ruins. We were setting ourselves up for…

Life in the Pemberton valley

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It has been quite a while since we flew back home to BC from Costa Rica, and left Phyllis there to weather the wettest months of the year. Paul and I are all moved back into our wall tent and…

Going home

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We set out on the Pan-American trip knowing that we would have to complete it in two sections. We work six months out of the year, and do not have enough money to skip a fire season, so the only…

Nicaragua

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Crossed the border at Las Manos, where there were many truckers, but no major problems. Though we were through in less than two hours, this was probably the most hectic of borders to date. We headed to the colonial city…

Honduras

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So, our habit of doing very little reliable research about a place before going there kind of bit us in the ass. Susie (the trusted navigator) decided that the border town in Guatemala woule be a good place to crash…

Guatemala

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It has now been 25 days since we crossed into Guatemala. Our Guatemalan experience was full of ups and downs, starting with the very first day. We rolled into Tikal hoping to head to the ruins. When we got to…

Belize

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We crossed into Belize just over a week ago and have seen a large section of its south and its west. It is shocking how different Belize is from Mexico. Immediately, we saw much more linguistic and ethnic diversity than…

Chiapas

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Paul and I have been traveling for the past little while in the Mexican state of Chiapas. We are seeing lots of amazing vistas, incredible mountains, and learning about the politicized Indigenous groups that inhabit the region. From what I…

About Mezcal

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So Paul and I tend to focus our travels on eating and drinking. I figure there is no better way to take in a place than to taste and drink locally produced and in-season dishes and drinks. When we first…

From Baja to mainland

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I can’t believe this is our first post since we have been on Mainland Mexico. We have both been neglecting the blog since there has been so much to see and do, but finally, here is an update of the…

Baja

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We crossed into Mexico without incident at Tijuana after we finished up with our errands in San Diego. We ended up with a couple of new boards (6’8” fish for Paul and a 7’2” hybrid for Susan) to fill the…