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Exterior Restoration

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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…
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Saved by a Flat Iron

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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…
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Driving into the Abyss

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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…
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Bryce Canyon

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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…
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On the Road in Nicaragua

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 The highways were funded by the US so we had familiar road lines and good, pothole free roads! Celebration! Cows are in abundance and take over full lanes, especially around 8:00am. Rambo had a coating of manure to prove…
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Blues and Hickory – The South (Part One)

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“How y’all doin’ today?” This friendly southern greeting was music to our ears at the end of our first week on the road. Don’t get me wrong- driving through the Atlantic Provinces and North Eastern States was beautiful, with the…
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Mais où sont-ils ?

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Bonjour ! Vu le nombre de questions que nous recevons sur notre site web ou par email (où êtes-vous, vous allez où, vous rentrez quand ?), je pense qu’on vous doit bien un éclaircissement. Oui, nous avons bien quitté l’Amérique…
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Spearfishing the Cresta del Gallo

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Sometimes it all comes together just before it all falls apart. I found the spot where the pargo were lurking and was lining up shots but couldn’t seem to land one. I had two shots on good respectable fish that…
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CO 1 – 2 Days 12 Kilometers

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We had really been looking forward to Colombia. Right now, we just want to get the hell out of here.We were behind schedule when we crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia. It was Saturday and we had an…
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VZ 11 – Bittersweet Goodbye

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Leaving Venezuela is bittersweet. We never planned on sticking around, we even thought long and hard about a way to get around the country, but we have come to really appreciate Venezuelas affordability and the freedom that provides. The affordability…
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VZ 10 – Vacation

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We have tried to keep a straight course through Venezuela and avoid any wandering around. Our purpose here is to pass through and get to Colombia where we plan to do a small amount of exploring, mostly in regard to…
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VZ 9 – The Cost of Living

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The simple answer to how is it possible to spend three years living and traveling in Mexico and South America without a job or any real source of income is : Very carefully.We cook our own food and we…
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VZ 8 – Love Motels

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Our first experience with “Love Motels” was in Mexico when we were on the road and could not find a place to stay for the night. As a last resort, we pulled up to the gate of an “hourly” motel…
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VZ 7 – Ve “no hay” zuela

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It’s hard not to notice that there are a few things missing in Venezuela. We Stopped in at a Makro store (like Costco) to see about some supplies and couldn’t help but notice a lot of bare shelves. Its easy…
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Polyfunctional

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combi |ˈkɒmbi| noun a machine or appliance with two or more functions The morning ritual –  breakfast, coffee, valve adjustment, shower. You don’t so much drive a kombi as live with one. Its a relationship that requires something from both…
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VZ 6 – Chaos in Caracas

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At least we hd a good nights sleep and a nice breakfast before attempting to drive through Caracas. The Kombi overheated and dumped oil on the way in at 850 meters elevation and again on the way out at 1100.…
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VZ 5 – Lost in La Cruz

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We’ve paid more for camping in the past so we didn’t feel too bad about sleeping in the car outside the room last night. The hotel was just a bit too dubious. At least we had a place to plug…
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VZ 4 – El Gigante

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We are starting to get a feel for Venezuela and we like it. There’s good food to be found and the people seem to be pretty cool.We spent a fair amount of time today driving in circles through the…
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VZ 3 – 5 Cents Further

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Venezuela Totally Unexpected.Another 5 cents worth of fuel finds us a few hundred kilometers deeper into the country. For about 12 bucks we’re staying in a resort outside of Ciudad Guayana. The only time we’ve paid less for a…
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VZ 2 – The Grand Savannah

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I honestly expected a little different from Santa Elena del Uairen. After all, it’s the jumping off point for trips to Salto Angel (Angel Falls, for you gringos) and expeditions into Venezuelas savannah. Its a relatively clean place and has…
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VZ 1 – Scoring Some Currency

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Venezuela Other than having to drive 15 km into Santa Elena to get insurance and then head back to the border with proof, entering Venezuela was pretty painless. The biggest challenge is negotiating the VZ currency. After extensive searching, we…
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Confession Time

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We first drove our Kombi into Brazil in june of 2011 with permission for 6 months. As the six months came to a close, we tried everything possible to legalize the car in Brazil but without luck. So in mid…

Mise à jour

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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…
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A Lift at Last

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After a few weeks without access to any weights, we finally found a functional gym in Boa Vista. This place was overcrowded with machines but we made some room and got our lift on. Just about time we got going…

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