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Mainland, Mexico: Camp Site List

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We spent a five months in Mexico, and the majority of it was all camping. This is a big list of places where we stayed on the main land — maybe too big! You can also check out our Baja Camp Site List to see all the places we stayed in Baja. We’ll try to help get these organized on…

The end of the road

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We have made it to Ushuaia! It is billed as ‘The Southernmost city in the world,’ although there is a small naval town, Puerto Williams, a bit farther south–across the Beagle Channel in Chile.

Milo looks out for dogs over the Beagle Channel

I only found out recently that Tierra del Fuego is an island. We crossed the Strait of…

How To: Getting Water in Mexico Part 2

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I wanted to quickly update my original post on getting water in Mexico.  Although water purification centers seemed to be everywhere in Baja, we’ve had a bit more difficulty finding them on the main land.  It’s not that they don’t exist, it’s just that the towns on the mainland are bigger and more crowded.  In addition, many of the purification…

TRIP 2 – Preparation

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TRIP 2 – Preparation
Well well well… I am dying to start the second trip of my motorbike overland travel. First things first, I have not decided yet the route to take and I am rethinking the overall route planning.
The new master plan should be:

South Africa (Cape Town), Namibia, Botswana (Gaborone)- (August 2013, three weeks)
Botswana (Gaborone), Zimbabwe…

Bordercrossing Honduras – Nicaragua with dog and foreign vehicle…

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Our crossing into Nicaragua was a bit unexpected. We planned to find another (free) campsite for a few days before crossing the border, but we were driving and searching and before we knew it, we were about 10 km from the border. It was 12h00 on a Monday when we said “let’s cross the border then”..
HONDURAS
Got our exit…

Namibia: Two Deserts, No Dessert

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Jan. 3-8, 2014

The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia was astoundingly painless. When we entered Namibia, we pushed our passports across the counter to the official, who took Darren’s and began filling out the requisite paperwork. The woman at the exit counter opposite, where there was no line, got up and took my passport in order to speed up…

Turkey – Istanbul, Dogbiscuit, Some Raki, And A Genius Idea

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Turkish Border Guard 101 – note the serious faces required
(Dogubayazit, Turkey)
We rolled over the border into Turkey, to great amusement for the Turkish border guards. My Iranian helpers disappeared in a flash. Most probably because they managed to break my number plate while pushing Boris over the border. Huseyn the friendly border guard (who just happened to of studied…

The XPCamper Build

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We’ve been living full time in our XPCamper now for 6 months!  This isn’t just stationary, plugged-in, on the grid camping — we’ve put over 15,000 miles on the rig as we explored Canada, Alaska, and Mexico.  My point is this: the rig is receiving a lot of wear and tear.  We’re popping the camper up and down at least…

Guatemala – El Salvador Bordercrossing With Dog and Foreign Car

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We are still traveling with John and Betti from the UK when we decide to cross the border into El Salvador. For some unknown reason it is not allowed to drive into the country with a Right Hand Drive Vehicle though, which is what John and Betti are driving.
We are doing our border-crossing research in Antigua and find out…

Budget: Baja, Mexico

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// We spent 43 days in Baja, Mexico and spent a total of $1,471.60.  That means that we spent on average $34.22 per day.
Our largest expense was food ($757), followed by transportation ($417), and then living expenses ($253 – almost all camping costs). We didn’t include insurance, which we got from bajabound.com — this insurance was good for 6…

The Race Home for Christmas

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Day: 255
KLMS: 40,539
With the Africa leg of our journey completed, it was now a race against time to fulfil our promise of being home by Christmas. We had decided that the best route home would be to catch a boat from Israel to Italy, using Grimaldi, a reliable Italian cargo company rather than trying to face the nightmare…

Merry Flippin Christmas – A Letter from Boris

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Dear Jonny,
What do you think your playing at mate?!
I’ve been faithfully carrying you around the Central Asian continent for 8 months now and how do you repay me? You get us stranded in Zahedan, Iran. The one country in the region where you can’t access any cash to buy your way out of trouble, and the one region…

12/11/2013 – 160 days/15248 miles

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I just made it to India, but am waiting on my bike. I’m having some serious motorcycle withdrawals and have almost considered renting one of these…

Other than that, I’m photoless, but here’s the story of how my shipping experience went out of Turkey…
 
I spent two days with the guys at the cargo area of the Istanbul airport.…

Disaster Strikes in Iran, The Nightmare before Xmas (in Zahedan) & The 6 Disciples of Boris

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I’m finally in Iran
(just over the border from Pakistan, Iran)
I received a friendly welcome from the Iranian border guards and was directed towards immigration and customs. They took my paperwork and told me to sit and wait. 2 hours later I was free to go. Well, free to go with an escort. They weren’t over just yet. Baluchistan…

Final budget summary – Africa

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After much work, we finally have put together a budget summary from our amazing adventure.  We hope that you find it helpful in planning your own African adventure.
As a reminder, our adventure was broken into 2 stages:
Stage I: Europe and North Africa, October 2012 – February 2013

Europe was expensive to travel through, with high fuel prices, 3…

Belize – Guatemala bordercrossing with dog and foreign car

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The bordercrossing between Belize and Guatemala was our first crossing that we did not do on a Sunday. It just happened that we were not ready to cross yet on Sunday, but did not want to wait almost a week either. We had always heard that crossing borders on Sundays is somehow easier, quieter, more relaxed. We were curious to…

Headed to Chile Country 14

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The next morning we heard there was a strike of the civil servants in Chile, not what you want to hear on the day you plan to cross the border to Chile. We drove the 20 km to the border area.

First you arrive at the Peru immigration building and pull in and park in the lot.

At the front…

Exchange Rates, Petrol Prices and Road conditions in Africa

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At this stage we would like to share some statistics of the countries we visited.
Starting with Sudan. It was a pleasure to fill the vehicle with Petrol. At R4.20 per liter it reminded us of South Africa 12 years ago. Petrol stations are everywhere but power cuts and availability is a problem. The exchange rate was 7.1 Sudanese Pound…

5500 km south to Santiago in 21 days. Part 1

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Then we sadly said goodbye to our gang as we all parted ways in Guayaquil and Quito. We checked back into our home in Quito the Casa Helbling again. The next day we picked up the parts for Lulu from Rick’s Motorsport Electric http://ricksmotorsportelectrics.com that Tim and Glenda had kindly delivered.

Daniel replaced my stator and got Lulu running again.…

How To: Getting Water in Mexico

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The XPCamper is quite amazing in that it holds a massive 70 gallons of fresh water.  Before we crossed the border into Mexico, we filled it up to the top.  How long does 70 gallons of water last you in Mexico?  I estimate that we used about 75 gallons of water the first 30 days in Mexico (about 2.5 gallons per…

Dual Battery Installation

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We opted to install a second battery after we purchased our ARB 12V 37qt Fridge/Freezer and Samlex 1000W inverter.  After some consideration we also decided to install an 85W Samlex Solar panel.  We hoped (and have been) spending up to a week on secluded beaches with no amenities except for what we bring in the truck.  The solar panel has…

Route Through Tanzania

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Here is the route of my trip from Arusha across to Lake Tanganyika and down to Malawi (you can move the map around by clicking and holding)
Nairobi (blue) to Arusha (red) – 170 miles (5 hours, great road, border crossing easy)
Arusha to Tabora (green) – 392 miles (they were doing road works near Arusha, good tar to Singida…

Mexico – Belize bordercrossing with a dog

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We crossed the border between Mexico and Belize on a Sunday. Before being able to cross the Belizean border with a dog, there are quite a few hoops to jump through though.
The first thing you need to do is contact the BAHA – the Belize Agricultural Health Authority for an import permit for your dog. If you forget to…

The Badlands of Baluchistan, A Braking Boris & Holidaying in Quetta

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Bahawalpur Estate where the BBQ was held
(Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Armed with my Iranian visa I set off for the border. Seven smooth days with no problems, then I’d be out of the region’s trouble spots and safely in Iran enjoying the famed hospitality I’d heard so much about.
My first stop on the tour of Southern Pakistan was the city…

Southern Malawi

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Another Border: Mozambique to Malawi
Three days of relaxation in Cahora Bassa left us ill-prepared for the drive to Blantyre. Much of the route from Cahora Bassa to the Malawi border is one of Mozambique’s major arterial roads. This is not something that could be deduced from its condition, which deteriorated rapidly once we had passed Tete. First there was…

An Outback in the Outback

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If you’ve been a fan of Central Overland for a while, then you know I can be a bit cynical about over-baked trucks and SUVs. Having every possible widget on the finest possible platform is simply not imperative to overland travel. (I hope you’ll humor me by ignoring the fact that I drive a Slee-built Land Cruiser.)
This video will…

Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

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On my return to Islamabad I had the chance to catch up with a Jon Boone. Jon is working in Islamabad as a journalist for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Jon had been based in Afghanistan for a number of years and was now covering Pakistan. My arrival was just as the Pakistan Taliban announced a new leader, in…

Rock Auto To The Rescue

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By Scott
Before starting our trip to South America, I spent a couple months and a couple thousand dollars getting El Tigre ready for the journey. Most of that money was spent at RockAuto.com. Despite their barebones website, their prices, speed of delivery, and customer support is excellent (by the way, we are not sponsored by anyone).

Oops

They recently…

Border crossings completed

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We have been working hard at adding useful information.
All border crossings that we took have now been added to the blog.  Please have a look at the “Border Crossings” tab for all the information.
Hope that is helpful!…

Dharamsala & Amritsar – Crazy Borders, Spiritual Hills & Golden Temples

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A Paraglider about to land
(Bir, India)
It was another beautiful sunny start to the morning drive, west towards Dharamsala. Along the way I stopped at Bir. This is a famous location for the paragliding fraternity. As I got closer to the drop zone I could see hundreds of paragliders up in the sky. I stopped to watch as they…