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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...
Exterior Restoration

Exterior Restoration

VW T25 Syncro Restoration Project: Part 1: Bodywork and Painting: We bought our Syncro on what was near enough its 30th birthday. It began life in Dresden, Germany, where it served as a vehicle in their fire department. At the end of its service it was bought by an...
Are we in a hurry?

Are we in a hurry?

Greetings from Oaxaca with mole negro on my face. We landed at a comfortable place (overlanderoasis.com) a few days ago and have stayed longer than we intended. I think we were in a hurry. Or something. Last time I wrote here, we were crossing into Baja with the...
Borders, borders, borders!

Borders, borders, borders!

We were able to wrap up business and pleasure in the Verde Valley within good time. The weather was amazing for us, while we were there which allowed us to get a lot of work done. This visit had some highs and lows, losses and gains along the scale of human...
El Salvador

El Salvador

First we got a bit confused by a misinformation about a bordercrossing to El Salvador by a family from Quebec, who read on a blog about some low clearance bridge at our chosen aduana. Luckily we got a feedback from our friends Mike and Shannon who crossed a day before...
Alta goes to the spa (or the dogs)!

Alta goes to the spa (or the dogs)!

The slow car fast house momentum has ceased. We are pleasantly surprised to know that some of you noticed, and wrote us to check in.  Thanks for caring!  We packed up the dogs and headed Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco, Mexico) to meet up with Mom and hang out at the...
Arepas Boyacenses o Arepas de Boyacá

Arepas Boyacenses o Arepas de Boyacá

Haga click para ver el pase de diapositivas. Otro tipo de arepas diferentes a las venezolanas y a las de choclo, son las arepas típicas del departamento de Boyacá. Las hacen con una harina de maíz más fina que la harina Pan, pero también precocida. Lo mejor de todo es...
Saved by a Flat Iron

Saved by a Flat Iron

There’s a first time for everything. This morning was cold. Just about everything was frozen. When I went to start the bus, the gas pedal was as hard as a rock. I’ve never had this happen before. So, what freezes on a gas pedal? Nothing. After a little poking around...
Cruising around Baja!

Cruising around Baja!

I have been preparing the expose’s and forgot to post an update about where we are! We have been moving around Baja. Mostly headed North, but going slowly and really enjoying some exploration. After some fun in the water in Cabo Pulmo we went to La Ribera and had an...
Ecuador: por la ruta del sol

Ecuador: por la ruta del sol

Después de haber recorrido la sierra y parte de la selva de Ecuador, nos esperaba la playa. Habíamos decidido dejar la costa para diciembre por el clima y fue una buena elección: el sol nos acompaño a lo largo de todo el camino. Antes de meter los pies en la arena...
Driving into the Abyss

Driving into the Abyss

It’s an hour until sunset and we are late. We can see the truck ahead of us but the mountain fog is thick enough to mask the three other trucks in front. We’ve been averaging 20km/h for the past hour with a stream of continous traffic coming toward us. At 1700m, we...
Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Just outside of Zion on the way to Bryce Canyon is a tunnel. A long tunnel. A long unlit tunnel. A long unlit tunnel where we discovered our headlights didn’t work. Surprise! There was a little bit of panic as that little bit of daylight fades and the realization that...

First Impressions of Bolivia

The first several days in this country have me disoriented.  I feel some familiarity with it, as if we are back in Argentina with a dimension of Paraguay.  So far all the people we have encountered have not made any deep connecting points, just a simple “hello, how...