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Bonjour à tous !
Nous sommes tellement en retard dans la publication de notre blog (8 mois d’arrièrés !) qu’il nous faut quand même vous tenir un peu au courant.
 
Nous avons quasiment terminé notre périple aux Amériques. Orlane s’étant attrapé un méchant virus, elle est déjà rentrée en France avec les enfants pour se reposer et manger du fromage,…

Viva Bolivia !

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La Bolivie : un pays que tout le monde connaît un peu de nom, et pourtant si difficile à situer correctement sur une carte. Mais c’est un endroit si plaisant que nous y sommes retournés 3 fois, et que nous avons envisagé de nous y installer ! Vous voulez savoir pourquoi ?
 

Tout d’abord, si vous connaissez la Bolivie…

So you live in a van.

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What’s it like to live in a van? I’ll tell you. Now.

 
My personal rock-bottom of our journey came in the town of Ajijíc, a charming town filled with American expats on Mexico’s Lake Chapala. After spending a first night in an expensive (450 pesos—almost $40) hotel because I was feeling sick, we went to Guadalajara and then returned…

Le Pérou, tout simplement

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Comme on l’entend souvent : c’est pas le Pérou ! Eh bien là oui, c’est le Pérou.
 
Venant de l’Equateur, nous arrivons à la frontière de bonne heure comme d’habitude, mais grande surprise pour nous, c’est une frontière ultra moderne qui nous attend, digne d’une américaine ! Super, on peut même laisser le véhicule en toute sécurité et aller avec…

Road knits II

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Llama-inspired street art in Copacabana at Lake Titicaca.

They are serious about llamas in this region of the world, and so I have stepped up my interest in llamas as well–by knitting with as many of them as I can. I never thought I’d knit a poncho, let alone wear one, but then again, I also never thought I’d travel…

EVENT: 2013 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous

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Big crew at this year’s Mtn Rendezvous!

My inaugural trip to the 2013 SoCal Desert Rendezvous, put on by the American Adventurist, started in Vegas picking up the awesome Maxtrax Toyota FJ from Ben at Outback Proven. Ben couldn’t make the trip this year, but graciously let me fly in and borrow the FJ for the event. Rendezvous is held…

Insta… Juan?

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A few months ago I started playing the Instagram game. So, inspired by Stephanie’s “Instavan” posts, here are a few square images.

Follow me on Instagram @juanbuhler.…

Bobby Miller Finally Races The Green!

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Green River Narrows Race –
A Veteran Racer’s Perspective on the First Time Racing the Green
By: Bobby Miller

Every year in early November, the infamous Green River Narrows Race (aka The Greatest Show in All of Sports) takes place, challenging the skills of the many paddlers that compete. The Green is a fantastic Class 5 run in itself and presents…

To Lima and beyond

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We ended up staying five nights in Lima, accomplishing important things like: showering, doing laundry, taking Milo to the vet, visiting the mechanic, SUSHI, and meeting our new friend Miguel and a bunch of other Westy owners. We also enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of The House Project, after struggling to find a place for all four of us–me, Juan, Milo,…

EVENT: NE Overland Rally 2013

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NE Overland Rally: Gathering of the Tribe in VT
 
Vermont Overland has hosted the NE Overland Rally for a number of years now, and the event has been the highlight of the overland calander in the NE. The Vermont Overland Trophy, after its inagural run…

Lima, or a bad start with a good ending

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We arrived in Lima late in the day, about 6PM or so. We were coming from Cañón del Pato, and were dirty, tired and dreaming of a hot shower. A few days earlier, our new friend Dean, a Texan who’s driving a big and awesome Unimog from the 70s with a one bedroom apartment in the back, told us that…

Northern Peru

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We have made really quick tracks across northern Peru to arrive in Lima two nights ago. The drive from Huanchaco on the coast to the capital was still filled with a lot of desert and shantytowns, but also mountains and canyons and interesting little towns.

Canyon camping alongside the river below

Juan had been looking forward to driving through the…

EVENT: Vermont Overland Trophy 2013

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VOT 2013: That Mud Tastes Like Maple Syrup!
This was the inaugural Vermont Overland Trophy and I was asked by Alex of Columbia Overland to join his team to help with photography, social media, navigation and physical challenges. I drove up from Maryland in the Sportsmobile…

Adios Ecuador, Hola Peru

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It was hard to leave Ecuador. All across the country, we found ourselves impressed with the people, the infrastructure, and the progressive mindset legible in all of the government propaganda. As you drive through the country, you see signs equating health care with freedom, technology with progress, patria with equality, water and forests with life. Ecuador is also one of…

Instavan IV

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Catching up on the square frames via Instagram…

Waiting out Panama City

Leaving Panama City

Cartagena, Colombia

Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

Medellín, Colombia

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Grilling

Pasto, Colombia

Trying to get to Quito

First views of Quito

From our hosts’ rooftop in Quito
We’re wrapping up two wonderful weeks in Quito and heading south (always, always south) tomorrow. A…

Que Quito

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A lot of overlanders seem to experience mechanical problems in Quito. I’m guessing this has something to do with the high altitudes (almost 3000m), the steep roads, and the gorgeous Ecuadorean countryside, which makes you want to push the limits of your vehicle. But all told, Quito is not a bad place to find yourself stuck for a few days…or…

SNAPSHOT: Washington DC Shutdown

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10/5-10/6 2013
I decided that I needed to see for myself what the government shutdown looked like in DC. I’m always looking to get good photos and find creative ways to get in a workout. All this lead to driving to downtown Washington and going for a running photo safari around the National Mall and surrounding monuments. I ended up…

Arriving in style in Quito

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Catholicism has lots of stories that go like this: Some figure of the Virgin Mary, some saint, or even Jesus is being transported between towns. At some point, the horses, oxen or whatever animal that were pulling the cart carrying the figure refuse to continue. There’s no way to make them move. In some stories the driver, possessed by who…

Road knits

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We are now in Quito. I’m not going to go into details about how we got here (on the back of a flatbed). I’m not going to detail the outpouring of help that Juan tapped into via the local VW community (one of whose ambassadors is now hosting us at his wonderful flat and where I am busily making pozole…

One year (a post with graphs)

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Since as a few days ago it has been a year that we left San Francisco, I thought it was time for a post with graphs.
These are all the places where we got gasoline. It shows all the places where we’ve been nicely.

We drove about 16,800 miles so far, or about 45 miles per day on average (Stephanie…

Easy Ecuador

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We spent our last night in Colombia with this view.

divine inspiration

This is the Santuario de Las Lajas, just on the border of Ecuador and Colombia, near Ipiales. It’s not a new church (built between 1916 and 1949) but it is a pretty amazing sight. We parked the van in the parking lot and walked down, then swept up…

Highs, lows, deserts and rains

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First off, I want to say thanks to everyone who has read and commented all around on my last post, Traveling While Asian. I was a little unsure of posting something so different from our usual stuff, but due to the great response, I’m going to post more non-photo based essays. I also still would like to write something more…

Traveling while Asian

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Yesterday marked one year since we left San Francisco. It’s hard to talk about the past year without going on forever or lapsing into boring generalizations. The first three months are the most exciting, when you are figuring things out and everything is a ‘first,’: first time making tacos in the van, first time sleeping in the main square, first…

Rolling through

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Colombia continues to be very good to us, with beautiful mountains, pleasant weather, great people, and relaxed times. The agricultural strikes restricted our movement a little, but we clearly didn’t mind, hanging out in San Gil and Barichara, waiting out the strikes and our colds.

…catching up on laundry

When we’d heard that the roads had been cleared, we headed…

Ecce Homo

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Sadly, not this one:

Instead, we went to the Convento Ecce Homo, on the edge of the valley, near Villa de Leyva. This place was founded in 1620, and we found it very interesting, and with very pleasant grounds. I’d say that as much as the clergy living there claimed to be making sacrifices and not giving in to the…

One year of Milo

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Dear San Francisco Animal Care and Control,
One year ago today, we adopted Milo. Nine days later, we headed south with him, driving in our Volkswagen camper down through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, until today, here in Colombia.
Here is some of our first year with our new best friend.

Leaving his beloved Heather at…

Only in a VW

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We arrived in San Gil when it was already dark, after driving through the beautiful Chicamocha Canyon. Since Colombia feels extremely safe, we have reverted to our Mexico mindset, so we just parked on the main square to spend the night.

Urban camping again!

It was Saturday night, and the van was really popular with the people strolling around the…