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<p>Despair.  Agony.  Devastation.  Mind numbing depression. We boarded the plane in São Paulo expecting the worst.</p>
<p>We quizzed our veteran overland friends on the homecoming and transition process. The general consensus was bleak.  We just spent 15 months living out our wildest dream and the hangover from that sustained high was sure to be severe.</p>
<p>For the last three years our mission, mantra, purpose could be summed up in five letters: <strong>PAN AM</strong>.  Once you board that plane, it’s all over.</p>
<p>We left a lot of ourselves out there on the road less traveled.  Our egos and identities would be in dire need of substance.  Like the first days on the PanAm we would be green and vulnerable.</p>
<p>Yet   <a href="http://panamnotes.com/2012/05/28-days-later/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a></p>

28 Days Later

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Despair.  Agony.  Devastation.  Mind numbing depression. We boarded the plane in São Paulo expecting the worst. Returning to life? We quizzed our veteran overland friends on the homecoming and transition…
<p>Initiating reintegration procedures now. This may take a few weeks. Please standby.</p>
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Please Standby

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Initiating reintegration procedures now. This may take a few weeks. Please standby. Giants vs. Dodgers to get this transition started right Tacos and margaritas, our kind of homecoming "You don't…
<p>The Seven Lakes Drive would be our last dance with the Beast and we set out to choreograph a graceful exit. Logan geared up with a rod and fishing license. I shuffled through our pile of unread books and picked some favorites, more than ready to forget myself in someone else’s adventures.</p>
<p>There would be no more kidding ourselves about <em>the end. </em> This was it and it filled us both with a deeply unsettling heartache. A final dirt road venture would be our coup de grace.</p>
<p>This was our kind of PanAm perfection, deserted roads, lonely landscapes, crystal clear lake water, sunshine, and a roaring fire each night. Wide open space filled only with our quiet thoughts and the occasional   <a href="http://panamnotes.com/2012/03/trout-therapy/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a></p>

Trout Therapy

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The Seven Lakes Drive would be our last dance with the Beast and we set out to choreograph a graceful exit. Logan geared up with a rod and fishing license.…
<p>Although we’re currently set up in Bariloche on the edge of the Argentine Lakes District, our minds are elsewhere. The million dollar question: <em>What’s next? </em> We still have the better part of a month to go on the road but our home life is rumbling toward us like a Bolivian semi barreling down a one-lane.</p>
<p>Thanks to Carl and Heather, we’ve been rescued from <strong>the soul crushing fiasco</strong> that is vehicle shipping. We hand over the keys in just a couple weeks and they’ll begin their PanAm journey north.  15 months ago we happily downsized our lives from a one-bedroom apartment to a truck camper. There is no storage unit back home, now we must figure out how to fit   <a href="http://panamnotes.com/2012/03/the-next-life/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a></p>

The Next Life

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Although we’re currently set up in Bariloche on the edge of the Argentine Lakes District, our minds are elsewhere. The million dollar question: What’s next?  We still have the better…
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Kicked off the Carretera Austral

Unbeknownst to us, protests were raging and roadblocks were going up in Chile’s Aysen region. We were heading into the capital, Coyhaique, the only reliable place to refuel on the…
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Health and Medication

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Overland advice series, 10 of 10. Neither of us are medical professionals. What follows are our amateur observations. Consult your doctor before making a decision. Malaria The majority of Westerners…
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A Damn Fine Road

Now on the Pacific slope the first thing we notice is that everything is a brilliant green.  Coming from the Argentine side, where endless golden plains stretch out in all…
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Wind Break

Continuing north, El Chalten was in our sights. The town was quickly put together in 1985 by the Argentinean government in an effort to beat Chile to the land claim.…
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Castellano

Overland Advice Series, part 9 of 10: Spend a long weekend in Puerto Vallarta and it’s easy to believe you’ve mastered the Spanish language. The reality is you know how…
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Southwest Patagonia

Northbound on RN 40, Argentina’s granite spires and snowcapped peaks grow more prominent emerging from the arid plains stretching endlessly east. These mountains were the destination for Yvon Chouinard’s famous…
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Torres del Paine

We crossed to Punta Arenas, Chile via a rough seas ferry to meet up with our friend Espen. Over a few beers and a fine dinner we grilled him on…
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Victory Lap

Planning, saving, and executing over the last three years meant we had one solitary focus. Now having reached the terminus of the PanAmerican Highway, we suddenly find ourselves without a…
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Camping in the Bush

Overlander advice, 7 of 10: Our first bush camp was on the tip of Baja.  We heard from a several experienced boondockers about Playa Tecalote.  This beach had no services,…
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Searching for an End

The day we left San Francisco we didn’t know there was a Ushuaia. We didn’t know about Route 3, Tierra del Fuego, or what lay at the end of the…
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Why Overland

In place of this Sunday‘s “How-To” we present “Why“ Camped out on the Southernmost shore, Tierra del Fuego. Head on over to Lost World Expedition and read about how 9…
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Tasty Treat

When it came time to decide on gifts for our family upon their arrival in Buenos Aires we were firmly decided we wanted to share an experience. For months we…
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A Home for the Holidays

With overstuffed bags and plenty of anticipation we boarded the commuter train to Buenos Aires. The $0.31 (US), 45 minute trip to the city felt excruciatingly endless, we just couldn’t…

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