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A Bed for Bubbles

A Bed for Bubbles

After reaching out to every Egyptian contact we could find, we realized we were not going to track down a friend-approved mechanic in Aswan. Our only chance was in Cairo, and even there we would be looking for right-hand-drive parts for an Australian Model Land...
Crossing to Khartoum

Crossing to Khartoum

Previous border crossings had taken some finesse and patience. It seems those crossings were just the warm up for Sudan. We arrived at 7AM and had to fend of money changers and beggars on the Ethiopian side for two hours until Ethiopian customs showed up for work...

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...

The Drive North – RN3, Argentina

Driving north from Ushuaia on RN3 was really just an exercise in keeping ourselves entertained.  3,094 kilometers to Buenos Aires in five days isn’t really that bad, but the straight roads, relentless headwinds, and never changing scenery meant we had to keep...
La Paz

La Paz

Approaching La Paz we have a mixed impression. The city sits in a spectacularly steep sided valley surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. Nice. But we also see a blanket of ‘clag’ hanging over its skyline. Not nice. Emission standards still have some way to go...
Suiting Up

Suiting Up

After getting passed the equator it was time to start thinking about our planned “gap” in the trip. I had agreed to join Ross with the caveat that I needed to go on a North American wedding tour in July and this seemed to correspond with Ross’s need to renew health...
Botswana

Botswana

Charles and I were excited to be heading to Botswana, the two nights we had spent there coming from Zambia were amazing; lots of wild life, great people; so crossing the border we felt a slight feeling of trepidation! The border was fairly disorganised, much like...
Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar

For some reason, I felt nervous. Even though this is our 20th country…and that probably means at least 19 border crossings, so there is nothing to be afraid, right? Maybe its genetic imprinting, from the time i was a little boy I’ve thought of borders as a...

Expense Report: Morocco

The RTW trip we are currently on can be done for less money but we are choosing to take the middle road. We offer these expense reports as a baseline for others to plan with. We spent a total of $2,176.77 on living expenses and $3,557.62 or one-time expenses. We spent...
Cuenca

Cuenca

Having Big White liberated from port we rearranged the interior of the van from shipping state to travel, which took some four hours. With all the possibilities of theft in ports the van was heavily secured inside and outside with a better safe than sorry thought....
Copa Air

Copa Air

With Big White in port waiting to be loaded to the Zenith Leader (NYK) vehicle carrier RoRo ship it was time to buy the tickets for the Guayaquil flight. It was way more expensive than expected. After having the flight booked I sent off a booking for Blaze to Copa...
That vehicle shipping thing

That vehicle shipping thing

The major overlander story coming out from Panama is usually regarding to vehicle shipping, dog shipping and flying down to Cartagena. As there is no way they will build a road through the Darien Gap, the interests of shipping companies and the Canal are too high, the...
Panama Canal Railway

Panama Canal Railway

Panama seems to be about two things, the Canal and the Banks these days. But its said that the Canal would have not been possible to build without the Panama Railway, which played a major role in the construction of the canal. The railway was built by the Americans...