Mike and the Troopie

To drive from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina in my Australian 1981 Toyota Fj45 Landcruiser Troopie

Hometown: 
Melbourne, Australia
When did you start your travels?: 
09/13/2017
Reason for taking this trip: 
I drove around Australia 2 years ago which is the worlds longest continuous highway and thought that I should attempt the worlds longest.
Why did you decide to drive?: 
I love a good road trip in my old car and this is the ultimate road trip.
Are you also taking along pets?: 
No
Are you also taking along children?: 
No
What type of car are you driving?: 
A 1981 Toyota Landcruiser FJ45 Troop Carrier (Australian Right Hand Drive)
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?: 
Added a second fuel tank so that i could go 600 miles without refueling. Second battery and lots of USB ports
How did you save up or finance your trip?: 
I put away all my extra savings for 9 months
How long do you plan on traveling?: 
4 months
Where do you plan on driving? : 
From Alaska to Argentina via the Pan American Highway with a few detours along the way
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?: 
My parents thought i was an idiot but my mates thought it was an awesome adventure.
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?: 
English and i speak Indonesian, French and German extremely badly. Hoping to pick up a bit of Spanish along the way.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?: 
So far the winner is the road from Jasper to Banff in Canada. It was amazing!
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?: 
I did a shot of whisky with a real, amputated human toe in it in Canada.
What was the worst border crossing?: 
USA to Mexico. Spent 5 hours trying to sort out my cars paperwork and still ended back in the USA are having been into Mexico briefly 3 times already in the one day.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?: 
Do lots of reading into boarder crossings and what to expect. Talk to people who have done it before as they have so many good gems of advice that you will never find on line.
Michael Slo