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Cowboys and Indians

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At last we arrived in Mumbai, the planned termination of our Indian adventure. Lo and behold, as we wound our way into town, we were pulled over by a cop. Indian cops are nothing more than common criminals, and this one fit the stereotype to a T. After pulling us over in thick Mumbai traffic he got off of his…

Trouble on the Pakistani Border

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After the Indian wedding we skipped town and headed for the deserts of Rajasthan. We made a pit stop at the Taj Mahal near Agra, a building said to be the most impressive ever built. It was impressive, I will say, and the attention to detail and scale were remarkable, but to say it is the most impressive building in…

The Big Fat Indian Wedding

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The Big Fat Indian Wedding

As seems to happen to us from time to time, we have fallen grossly behind on our blog. As the days and weeks pass, the interesting things keep piling up and eventually we become as we are now, struggling to catch up to the present. So much happened in Nepal that we couldn’t get ourselves…

LOST CIVILISATIONS

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It takes a bit of commitment to reach Tierradentro, one of Colombia’s most important archaeological sites, though it’s definitely worth it. The legend on our map calls the track we’re on a “Secondary Road (partially surfaced)” and the heavy rains, and the trucks hauling agricultural produce, have left it pockmarked, greasy and in need of the occasional bridge. Today is…

Welcome to the Jungle

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We stood at the water’s edge in our shorts and flip flops along with a horde of other Western and Asian tourists. Six massive elephants rested on their sides in the cool river water of the Rapti. Every day the elephant’s masters, or mahouts, brought them out to the water to be washed, and we were invited to help.
Claire stood before…

IS THIS COLOMBIA’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD?

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What does it mean when your friends recommend you drive the most dangerous road in Colombia? Find some new friends? Yes, quite possibly. The Devil’s Trampoline, also known as “adios mi vida” (goodbye my life) is supposedly a ‘must do journey…if a little hairy’. No kidding there!! You could be forgiven for thinking that the Devil’s Trampoline is a wacky…

The Oliver Family Visits the Yucatan

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After leaving the jungle in Palenque we started on the long trip to Playa del Carmen.  We had a few days before Ash’s parents were flying in and meeting us there, so we hopped in the truck and headed to the Gulf of Mexico side of the peninsula.  After an 8 hour driving day to Chichen-Itza (where we camped in…

THE LAND OF GREEN GOLD

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THEY LOVE TO LIE IN HAMMOCKS IN ECUADOR. THIS IS THE SEAFRONT AT SALANGO, WHERE THE LOCALS COME FOR AN ORGY OF HAMMOCK LYING.

The Smiling policeboy
You know you’ve acquired a certain age when the policemen look younger than yourself….but this is getting ridiculous. We’ve left northern Peru behind us, crossing the border into south-west Ecuador, and have entered…

FRANCE: RIDING THE ALPINE LINE

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We’re taking a short break from our trans-America trip (aah…what a lovely mountain of post!), so I’ve grabbed the opportunity to jump on the bike and head for the hills. The Alpine Line was the section of the Maginot Line intended to defend France’s south-eastern border with Italy. The line traverses the mountainous region of the Alpes Maritime and, apart…

The Kingdom in the Clouds

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Crossing India had consisted of two thousand kilometers of pancake flat driving on the worst roads in the world. Now the roads were well maintained, and within a few miles of crossing the border we began winding through foothills, and then climbing into the mountains. The terrain rapidly transitioned from low, hot plains to grassy valleys, to alpine meadows with crystal…

Fork Me: A Drive Across India – Part 2

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Every morning on our trans-India drive started out the same way; we awoke from fitful sleep by our talking phone alarm clock to the suffocating weight of reality pressing down on our chests. It was a terrible feeling, as if we had accidentally burned down the house with the entire family inside. We were…

Fork Me: A Drive Across India – Part 1

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The distance from Hampi, India, to the Nepalese border is 2,200 kilometers, approximately the distance from Phoenix to Seattle. The plan was to drive to Nepal for the short trekking season, and then return to India later to explore the North.
“It’s only 2,200 kilometers,” I reassuringly reported to Sheena. “We’ll be yodeling in the Himalayas in three days, tops.”…

Hampi Campers

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Hampi Campers

A few weeks back when we went to our friend Santhanam’s house for coffee I brought along my India map, and he offered his advice on the must-see destinations in South India. While we sipped on coffee in his bedroom we worked through the map. He highlighted several places on the map that I had never heard of.
“The…

The Onam Food Babies

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Over the course of a few days we crossed the subcontinent from the Indian Ocean west to the Arabian Sea. We left Pondicherry, first stopping in Madurai to celebrate the birthday of the elephant god Ganesh, and then to the hill station of Munnar to escape South India’s heat. The ground rose from the desert plains like a strange…

Nacho’s Ark

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By the time we reached Pondicherry, we figured we had our system down. We’d drive into town and ask at the police station where it would be safe to camp. With all of the recent high profile rape cases here in India, this was no place to mess around. I’m squeamish, after all, and my worst nightmares revolve around me…

La Penita Market

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La Penita Market 8am-Noon every Thursday
We were told by more than one person that we had to go check out the market in La Penita.  By 8am the vendors will be fully set up, but it won’t be too busy.
As Roy Orbison sang, “Anything you need, you got it!”
The market has anything you could need or want.…

Santanam

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It is no secret that India has given us stage fright. We’ve learned quickly that any sort of personal space or blending in with the masses is far from realistic. Over the last two years we’ve grown accustomed to being foreigners, but now for the first time we feel like E.T.
Chennai was a serious eye opener. It was a…

Cars Honked, Cows Ate Trash, and People Stared

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Nacho arrived in Chennai Port aboard a mighty container ship after having floated from Bangkok to Singapore, and then across the Indian Ocean to India’s Central-East coast. The logical procession of events would have had Nacho unloaded from the ship so that we could be on our way, but in India logic has no place.
Our shipping agents were right…

Baja California Summary – 39 Days In Paradise For $1386

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You need three things to spend 39 days adventuring through Baja California:
1.  The AAA Map for Baja
This map showed all of the small places that a lot of other maps didn’t.  The scale is perfect for scouting your route, discussing potential campsites with people you meet along the way, and navigating your way south.
2.  Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping and/or Traveler’s Guide to Camping Mexico’s Baja…

India Overload

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Our plane landed in Chennai in the dark and we exited the airport into a calamitous mess of bodies. Touts hurried from passenger to passenger trying to round up business for the taxis. We were swept up in the chaos and found ourselves cramming into the back of an old Ambassador with a velvet headliner and ornamental drapes hanging…

So you live in a van.

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What’s it like to live in a van? I’ll tell you. Now.

 
My personal rock-bottom of our journey came in the town of Ajijíc, a charming town filled with American expats on Mexico’s Lake Chapala. After spending a first night in an expensive (450 pesos—almost $40) hotel because I was feeling sick, we went to Guadalajara and then returned…

The Lost Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving morning and I’m sure the first thing on everyone’s mind when they wake up is, “I wonder what Nacho is doing today?” The truth is, this is the first time in our lives that we decided not to celebrate Thanksgiving. But don’t despair! We spent the day, and the last few for that matter, in the home of…

India or Bust

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It’s a bright morning in Bangkok, and a beam of light reflects in just such a way from the rooftop of the drug factory across the way as to awaken me from my bear-like hibernation. We’ve been living in this apartment just down the street from the Bang Chak Skytrain station for a month, and we’ve finally accomplished everything that…

The Rally Crashers

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One thing we’ve come to appreciate about our Southeast Asian friends is their ability to coerce us into doing unusual activities that we would never otherwise do. This subtle trickery is achieved through nonchalance and a sprinkling of urgency, such as the time that TengTsen Khoo made us appear on The Apprentice, unclean, unshaven, and in my case, in desperate need…

Nacho’s New Heart

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The forklift driver carefully maneuvered the arm in front of Nacho’s sliding door. The engine hung idly from a chain as the driver used the controls to square up the arm with the opening in the side of the van. Just then the skies opened up and Bangkok was engulfed in a thunderous downpour. Water immediately gushed from the middle…

Last Stop Angkor Wat

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“It is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all of the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.”
-Antonio de Madalena, 1586 – one of the first Westerners to visit Angkor Wat.
Today…

Northern Peru

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We have made really quick tracks across northern Peru to arrive in Lima two nights ago. The drive from Huanchaco on the coast to the capital was still filled with a lot of desert and shantytowns, but also mountains and canyons and interesting little towns.

Canyon camping alongside the river below

Juan had been looking forward to driving through the…

One Dolla Chia

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In Cambodia’s west-central jungles lie the ruins of an ancient Khmer kingdom, at the center of which sits the impressive site of Angkor Wat. There are innumerable ruins of palaces, temples, and royal buildings immediately surrounding Angkor Wat, but it was an outpost an hour off to the northeast that initially caught our attention. We had heard stories of ruins…

The Killing Fields

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WARNING: This blog post contains graphic content. We highly encourage you to read it for your own education, but be aware that you will probably find it disturbing.
There is a high school in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia, known as S21. The facility is no longer used as a school on account of the blackness that fell upon it in…

One year (a post with graphs)

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Since as a few days ago it has been a year that we left San Francisco, I thought it was time for a post with graphs.
These are all the places where we got gasoline. It shows all the places where we’ve been nicely.

We drove about 16,800 miles so far, or about 45 miles per day on average (Stephanie…