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La Penita Market

La Penita Market

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...
Rincon De Guayabitos

Rincon De Guayabitos

We love Rincon De Guayabitos.  So do the Mexicans.  Tourists from the inland cities poured into Guayabitos and covered the beaches, surrounded the taco stands, and cranked up the volume on every stereo system they could find. The busy atmosphere made for a fun,...
Finishing the Toyota Build!

Finishing the Toyota Build!

Finally time for a quick catchup! We’re already on the road heading south (stealing wi-fi in Florence, Oregon) but thought I should work on catching up this build a little bit! The new engine was dropped in about 5 weeks ago, was broken in, and then dropped off at...
CruiserFest 2013

CruiserFest 2013

What From planning a cruiser expedition to adventure photography, hone your skills or learn something new at one of our Land Cruiser skills classes. Visit the first ever Land Cruiser Heritage Museum – an extensive collection of iconic Land Cruisers. The Cruisers on...
Our Previous Wanderings

Our Previous Wanderings

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien Well, this will obviously not our first time travelling.  You’re going to see where we go next, but where have we been? Cuba This is the first time either of us stepped foot outside Canada or the US.  We flew...
Our “New” Ride

Our “New” Ride

This is our new ride. Why did I end up choosing a Toyota Pickup for our journey?  Reliability was the key factor.  I’ve owned Toyotas in the past, seen them with 500,000+ km beat relentlessly in the Wadi Run desert, and knew that we’d be able to find parts anywhere...
Inside or outside?

Inside or outside?

Campement Djidjack, Palmarin, Senegal, We were sitting behind our car, watching the birds at the birdbath, reading, and listening to the sounds of nature. Then, our campsite was not so quiet any longer. In came more overlanders. Not just one couple, but two couples...

Watch that first step…

Holy smokes the past two weeks have been rough.  Roughly twelve months ago, we decided that we would hit the road approximately January 29th, 2012.  Oh, that's cute…well it's nice to have goals, isn't it? Read more...

Adventure Planning HQ

Most ‘young?’ people, when their parents/in-laws go away on holiday for a month would be breaking out the sound system and advertising 28 days of non-stop parties. Not us loser travel-type geeks… we have transformed the lounge into ‘Adventure...
Suspension Attention

Suspension Attention

WARNING:  this post will be long, boring, and possibly confusing…This is for the nerds out there that enjoy the vehicle specifics of trip preparation.  Proceed with caution. When I originally bought the 4runner it was in surprisingly great shape for a 24 year old...

Travel Sovereigns

My grandad is one of the main inspirations for our 800 days adventure. Over the years, he travelled extensively and took me on my first official adventure in 1993 to the Nepal Himalaya where we climbed three high valleys, including Everest Base camp. When my grandad...
Our dirty little secret…

Our dirty little secret…

It's official, we're leaving Texas and we will be moving in January.  There, I've said it out loud and it feels pretty good to get that off my chest.  Today I turned in my official letter of resignation and it's very hard to express my thoughts and...
Bee Bee Mods

Bee Bee Mods

For the last couple of months there has been a bit of a lull in the car preparation whilst we concentrated on other areas of our trip planning; this is all about to change.The spare bedroom at my parents house is already full of car part boxes and over the coming...
Car Booty

Car Booty

With our first 800 days charity partner project secured, our adventure has now taken on an altruistic slant, one which we hope to build upon with the introduction of more charities worldwide to which we can donate our time and resources. To the outsider, this makes...
Bargain Hunting at REI

Bargain Hunting at REI

Hello my name is Brenton, and I'm a gear-aholic…. I like to walk around REI aimlessly looking at what's the latest camping gizmo. The next thing I know, I'm at home testing out the new stove that I didn't know I needed (I currently own 5 stoves),...