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Starting with the original London-Sydney Marathon in 1968 driving 10,000 miles in 10 days the bug for overland travel (at a much slower pace!) bit hard. We've driven throughout much of southern and east Africa in a tD5 Defender, then changed to the recent Puma version and first drove Cape Agulhas in South Africa to North Cape, Norway in 2009/10. Now engaged on another long one from Ushuaia, Patagonia to Deadhorse, Alaska over 18 months. The two of us travel alone for much of the time but inevitably meet other overlanders along the way and much enjoy swopping stories, info, fun times and others.We live in Cape Town, South Africa. Is there a nicer city to call home?

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The last leg of Pan America Overland — Halifax, Canada

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Due to unforeseen circumstances this blog entry was delayed and only finalized in Cape Town after our arrival back home at the end of our long trip. Nevertheless, we hope those of you who have followed our progress and sent messages…

The long haul across north America — Mississauga, Canada

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We imagine that many who have been reading our earlier blog entries must have recently wondered if we had sunk without trace after getting back to Fairbanks in Alaska from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean coast. After all Prudhoe…

Beautiful British Columbia — Smithers, Canada

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SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA 3rd June 2013 N54° 49.711′ W127° 11.883’ No wonder the British Columbian have “Beautiful British Columbia” on their vehicle licence plates. This province is just that. After our brief and, as it turned out, unnecessary return…

From “Oh Wow!” Oregon & Washington to beautiful BC — Victoria, Canada

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15th May 2013 N48° 24.598’ W123° 19.869’ After Medford we wanted to drop by at Crater Lake, about 100 kms NW of Medford along the appropriately named Crater Lake Highway. Everyone who knew that part of Oregon told us it was…

Utah, Nevada, California & Oregon — Medford, OR

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MEDFORD, OREGON, USA 27th April 2013 N42° 19.410’ W122° 52.155’ No, we didn’t drive over a cliff into the Pacific, the cops didn’t arrest us and lock us up, and so far at least we haven’t suffered any crippling medical emergency.…

The US of A where big is beautiful — Bryce, UT

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Bryce, UT Where I stayed Foster’s Bryce Canyon Motel JUST OUTSIDE BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH, USA 29th March 2013 N37° 41.836’ W112° 11.085’ “WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES” said the sign at the US border post in Tecate. This…

Baja California – beautiful but a bit brrrrr! — La Paz, Mexico

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La Paz, Mexico LA PAZ, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO 26th February 2013 N24° 09.546′ W110° 19.101’ Rosscos Hostel in San Cristobal de las Casas was inclined to be noisy at night due to them having no rules concerning noise from…

Yucatan and Chiapas — San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico Where I stayed <divclass=”” style=”padding-bottom:7px”> Rossco Backpackers Hostel San Cristobal de las Casas (San Cristobal de las Casas hotels) SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, MEXICO 8th February 2013 N16° 44.564′ W92° 38.370’ The run…

Big Guatemala to little Belize — Placencia, Belize

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Placencia, Belize Where I stayed <divclass=”” style=”padding-bottom:7px”> Lydia’s Guesthouse Placencia (Placencia hotels) PLACENCIA, BELIZE 27th January 2013 N16° 31.241′ W88° 22.155’ Were we glad to get out of Guatemala City! Without being unkind, it really is a horrid place. If…

Honduras & Guatemala – kindred countries? — Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Guatemala City, Guatemala 16th January 2013 N14° 37.944′ W90° 30.775’ There are few opportunities to camp in Honduras and later we found the same in Guatemala, so we stayed at the Los Arcos Hotel in Esteli (N13 05.625 W86 21.354).…

Nicaragua – little but likeable. Very. — Leon, Nicaragua

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Leon, Nicaragua LEON, NICARAGUA 31st December 2012 N12° 26.031’ W86° 52.722’ Los Malinches campsite at Junquillal definitely rates as one of our top favourites, not least of all due to its charming and gentle owner Manuel who has owned the…

Something different this time — Leon, Nicaragua

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Leon, Nicaragua Where I stayed <divclass=”” style=”padding-bottom:7px”> Hotel Austria Leon (Leon hotels) We have been asked a few times about the vehicle we are driving on this trip along with its equipment. So what follows is not about where we…

Costa Rica – east to west — Junquillal, Costa Rica

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Junquillal, Costa Rica LOS MALINCHES, JUNQUILLAL, COSTA RICA N10° 10.489′ W85° 49.000’ 19th December 2012   We stayed at Hostel Gaia in Boquete (N8 46.402 W82 25.948) and a very nice place it was too with a couple of comfy…

Goodbye south America, Hello central America — Boquete, Panama

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Goodbye south America, Hello central America – Boquete, Panama Boquete, Panama Where I stayed Hostal Gaia (Boquete hotels) What I did Hills and rivers above the town BOQUETE, PANAMA 24th November 2012 N 8° 46.402′ W 82° 25.948’ Yep, we…

The wild north of Colombia — Taganga, Colombia

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The wild north of Colombia – Taganga, Colombia Taganga, Colombia TAGANGA, COLOMBIA 22nd October 2012 N11° 15.964′ W74° 11.228’ Wow, we have been really remiss at not updating this blog. The reason? A combination of plain laziness and failure to…

The wild north of Colombia — Taganga, Colombia

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The wild north of Colombia – Taganga, Colombia Taganga, Colombia TAGANGA, COLOMBIA 22nd October 2012 N11° 15.964′ W74° 11.228’ Wow, we have been really remiss at not updating this blog. The reason? A combination of plain laziness and failure to…

Ecuador to Colombia — Guatape, Colombia

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Ecuador to Colombia – Guatape, Colombia Guatape, Colombia Where I stayed Hostel El Encuentro Guatape (Guatape hotels) What I did El Penol or La Piedra EL CUENTRO HOSTAL ,GUATAPE, COLOMBIA 27th September 2012 N6° 13.704′ W75° 09.330’ We sat with…

Ecuador around and about – sierras to sea — Quito, Ecuador

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Ecuador around and about – sierras to sea – Quito, Ecuador Quito, Ecuador Where I stayed Hostal La Casona de Mario Quito (Quito hotels) QUITO, ECUADOR 4th September 2012 S0 12.436 W78 29.127 We left Marc and Sue at Pequeno…

Ecuador, beautiful Ecuador — Banos, Ecuador

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Ecuador, beautiful Ecuador – Banos, Ecuador Banos, Ecuador Where I stayed Hosteria Pequeno Paraiso Banos (Banos hotels) What I did Tarabitas – spectacular cable cars across the gorge BANOS, ECUADOR 9th August 2012 S 1° 24.126′ W 78° 17.278’ It…

From Peru to Ecuador – the rough way — Vilcabamba, Ecuador

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From Peru to Ecuador – the rough way – Vilcabamba, Ecuador Vilcabamba, Ecuador Where I stayed Hosteria Izhcayluma Vilcabamba (Vilcabamba hotels) VILCABAMBA, ECUADOR 25th July 2012 S 4° 16.688′ W 79° 13.440’ In a perverse way it was a little…

Disaster strikes-but we are over it — Lima, Peru

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Disaster strikes-but we are over it – Lima, Peru Lima, Peru Where I stayed Hitchhikers Backpackers Lima Hostel(aka. Hitchhikers B&B Backpackers Hostel) (Lima hotels) LIMA, PERU 11th July 2012 S12⁰ 07.351´ W77⁰ 02.171´ Well, I guess there was a statistical…

Crazy Bolivia – ups and downs, mainly ups — Copacabana, Bolivia

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Crazy Bolivia – ups and downs, mainly ups – Copacabana, Bolivia Copacabana, Bolivia Where I stayed Ecolodge Copacabana (Copacabana hotels) What I did Stunning sunsets over Lago Titicaca COPACABANA, LAKE TITICACA, BOLIVIA 16° 10.756’S 69° 05.965’W 21st June 2012 We…

Many contrasts – fantastic to awful — Sucre, Bolivia

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Many contrasts – fantastic to awful – Sucre, Bolivia Sucre, Bolivia Where I stayed # Pachamama Hostel Sucre (Sucre hotels) What I did Recoleta Mirador and the Franciscan Convent SUCRE, BOLIVIA 14th June 2012 We had a great time relaxing…

Probably our last entry from Argentina — Salta, Argentina

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Probably our last entry from Argentina – Salta, Argentina Salta, Argentina Where I stayed 7 (Siete) Duendes Hostel Salta (Salta hotels) What I did The Cathedral, Inca child mummies exhibit, Iglesia san Francisco, San Bernardo Convent, Teleferico cable car SALTA,…