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Nate and Sarah were born and raised in the small town Saco, Maine, USA. We attended college in Boston, MA where we caught the traveling bug and have been addicted ever since. After our brief stint with the corporate world we decided, never again! The Long Way South is our website for our Pan-American journey, and the porthole for a life full of travel.

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End of the World

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The ferry spit us out onto the other side of the Strait of Magellan, where we drove along the flatland watching the golden grass sway, all while trying to keep the truck under control from the powerful gusts of wind. …

Patagonia in”spire”s

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We bid farewell to our new friends and hopped into the truck, ready for yet another border crossing.  No more than ten minutes after we entered the aduana building, we were leaving Chile, both of us stamped out of the…

Ruta 7- The Careterra Austral

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After disembarking the ferry, we skirted North up the coastline towards Parque Pumalin, Chile’s largest private park founded by Doug Tompkins, former owner of The North Face.  It didn’t take long for the nicely paved road to turn to bumpy…

Chile’s Lake District & Chiloé

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Another border crossing under our belts, we followed along the switchback road to the Pacific yet again.  We bounced South along the coast for a few days before returning inland.  We were ready to gain some headway, so we hopped…

Nuevos Amigos & Mucho Vino

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Since crossing into Chile, we have been loving the frequent “real” grocery stores.  We spent more money on food and cheap wine at the grocery store than we had in weeks in Peru!  However, we were ready to hit the…

My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 2

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After camping in the mud for a night in Cusco and stocking up on snacks for our hike up Machu Picchu, we packed the truck once again and made our way to Ollantaytambo.  There, we planned to take the train…

My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 1

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When I asked Nate what we should title this blog post, he immediately shot back, “My mom is tougher than yours!”  Offended, I retaliated the most mature way I know how… “Oh yeah?? I’m gonna tell her you said that!”…

Meandering Northern Peru

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When crossing the border from Ecuador, things immediately feel different.  You are overwhelmed with the sites of poverty, trash and abandoned mud huts.  There are miles of wind blown sand dunes as far as the eye can see and loads…

Where’s Brady??

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At this point in our travels, you are all probably wondering where our rambunctious, playful and loving pup, Brady, is. Here is the DL. When we decided to go home for the summer and leave our truck in Costa Rica…

Baños, Beer and Boobies

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Although loving the wintery weather in Cotopaxi, we were ready for the temperate climate of Baños.  Baños is a small tourist town famous for it’s thermal pools.  Although we didn’t visit the pools, we explored much of what Baños has…

Grand Markets and Mountains

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Papers in hand, we were ready for our tenth border crossing.  In a matter of fifteen minutes, all three of us were officially “checked out” of Colombia and on our way to Ecuador.  Just as easily as we left Colombia,…

Tatacoa to Las Lajas

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After a two day drive from Zipaquira, we ended up in the mysteriously beautiful Desierto Tatacoa.  Stopping for a roadside lunch of strawberries and ham & cheese sandwiches, we enjoyed the dry, warm air and talked about where we would…

Don’t Go “Braking” My Heart

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Leaving Villa de Leyva was a bittersweet feeling.  On one hand, we were leaving such a relaxed town and the beautiful Hostel Renacer but on the other hand, we were in for more adventure.  Browsing the map, we spotted a…

Colombia’s Gem

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We woke up to a beautiful morning in the town of Villa de Leyva, Colombia.  We had just spent about a week driving to get as far away from Cartagena as possible and needed to relax. We put the coffee…

The Devil Drives a Corolla

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As we drove off the scales I could see it…real roads! I could almost taste that sweet dirty pavement.  Just one last person/police officer to talk to and Truck was a free girl!  Of course the officer wanted to ask…

The Great Shipping Debacle (part 2)

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After an hour and a half flight, we stepped off the airplane into Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena, Colombia.  This was the first time since we started this trip that we had crossed a border without driving through it. …

The Great Shipping Debacle (part 1)

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The biggest hurdle for people who want to drive the Pan American highway is the Darien Gap.  The Darien Gap is a roadless, 100mi section of some of the harshest jungle and swampland on earth separating Panama from Columbia . …

The Calm Before the Storm

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With shipping the truck heavy on our minds, we booked it to Panama.  The border was about three hours away from where we were staying so we woke up early to get a head start- but not before stopping at…

Schmugglin’ Schmucks

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We had twenty four hours to pack our bags, weigh them to make sure they didn’t exceed the airline weight limit, drop Brady off at Nate’s parents house to be “doggy sat” for the next two months and wake up…

Work Hard, Play Hard

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It blows my mind that we have been home for seven weeks!! In looking back at our pictures, we have been busy little bees for the last month and a half.  After our first weekend back, we dove head first…

Our First Weekend Back

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It was an odd feeling pulling back into our hometown.  For the first time in our lives, it felt a little foreign to us.  This was the longest we had ever been away and driving back into town late that…

Flying Home

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Our alarm went off at 2:30 am on the dot.  I was awake for a good hour before that because I couldn’t sleep.  My mind was racing, I couldn’t believe we were leaving our paradise and flying home.  We packed…