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The Big Turn Around

The Big Turn Around

Flexibility… the key to overlanding! Way back in May we left Chile into Bolivia, then on to Brazil, back to Bolivia, then to Peru. Now here we are in Ecuador and we’re making a big turn-around, heading some 3,000 km back southwards. It’s not the most logical of...
Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage

As computer, smart phones, malls and fast food is taking over the world tradition is slowly but surely is fading just about everywhere. I know, our generation was looked at the same way as we look at the next one.  The generation gap is not a new thing and holding the...
Laundry

Laundry

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the third day in a row it’s all-rightish. Now if you think laundry in the North American...
Galapagos

Galapagos

“I’ve seen enough boobies for today” Things you thought you’d never hear your husband say  But fair cop… these are the red and blue footed avian varieties of boobies, indigenous to the Galapagos Islands and we had indeed seen rather a lot of them on that particular...
Coasting North

Coasting North

Back at sea-level! Yehhy! We do love the mountains, but life at over 12,000 ft can provide a few wobbles in your physiology. It’s a welcome change to now have the soothing sound of rolling waves and the smell of the salty sea air. The drive from Cusco down to the...
First impressions Colombia

First impressions Colombia

Lets see some first impressions about Colombia. Based on other overlander impressions Colombia supposed to be ‘even cheaper’ than Ecuador. It is, sort of, but hold on with that thought for a second. If you need THINGS, which we don’t generally,...
Ecoparque Rayos del Sol

Ecoparque Rayos del Sol

I really cannot plan beforehand for how long we are going to stay in any given campground. There are gazillion of reasons which will determine the length of stay. This is the case of Ecoparque Rayos del Sol too. The hosts are extremely nice local people, the location...
Anniversary

Anniversary

It’s been exactly three years since HOBOtrail kicked off. That time I never thought about more than one maybe one-and-half years on the road. That’s the average Panamerican travel length. It’s been thirty-six months since then and we barely made it...
Ipiales to Popayan

Ipiales to Popayan

It took nine hours to grind 358 km today. That’s pretty much 40 km/h rolling speed in average. Most of the time we were alone on the road, I wouldn’t say that there was much traffic on this route, occasionally a truck or bus, not too many personal...

Ecuador to Colombia

Finally we left the Finca Sommerwind campground somehow after a long stay, there were few lazy moments and nice slices of German cakes there. The drive towards the border was kind of slow, dust carried by the wind in the desert landscape with lots of roadworks...
S’more Otavalo

S’more Otavalo

I took a bunch of photos this Saturday in Otavalo. any surprise there? My camera comes with a 250,000 clicks guarantee by the manufacturer so that would be let’s say 10,000 photos per country roughly. Why would I hold back the shutter? I know beforehand that I...
Just another day

Just another day

Just another day on the road today ended up differently than planned. Supposed to drive out to a volcanic lagoon, but a quick stop in Otavalo turned into a  few hours stay and that was that for the day. It’s time to move on I guess. Sometimes I wonder...
Finca Sommerwind

Finca Sommerwind

This German expat family owned finca is one of those places in Latin America where overlanders will find a complete setup for comfortable overstay, rest, clean up, fix up, laundry, do all those small things in and around the vehicle what was left uncared of for days,...
Let’s eat again

Let’s eat again

This is the street food of Ecuador, not the one from fancy restaurants. We go to the local mercado or small eateries on the streets, sit between simple people. These places are small sometimes only few tables, the food is not a la carte, you just sit down and say...
Test drive

Test drive

We had a test drive today and seems that the Sprinter is in good shape to continue in a day or two the trip. Thanks for all who had an input, ideas, I really appreciate it. So where we were at? Um, yeah we went to the mercado. It gets some use to it after shopping for...
What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

I learned a few interesting things with the last post. The major thing I learned is that if we ever need to boost our reach, the formula is to say something mildly negative about Ecuador and let people who live in Cuenca see it. Our reach more than doubled. Thanks! If...

The Gordian Knot

The first , older, technician arrived at about 9 AM. He pulled out a scanner and hooked it up. In less then 10 minutes it was clear that he is pressing buttons on the scanner aimlessly. The last Sprinter model listed on the screen was a 2006. Half an hour later he...
Walk the dog

Walk the dog

With frustration running high took the dog and a camera to a small hike up on the dusty hill above the campground. A dog walk is always good for the mind. The view was nice from up there with Laguna Yahuarcocha in the valley and volcano Imbabura in the distance. Blaze...