Fritz and Trisha

Name and age

Fritz 54 and Trisha 43


Manhattan Beach CA

When did you start your travels?

We left the house on 1/20/2013 and drove a whole 5 miles to my mom's the real trip began 2/2/13

Reason for taking this trip

There are so many, but mainly because we aren't getting any younger and want to live our dreams while we still can.
Why did you decide to drive? The destination isn't as important as the journey, and a truck (Moby) makes the journey that much easier.

Are you also taking along pets?

Haole aka Snuggles (8 year old pit mix) and Kona aka Killer (2 year old lab/huskey)

What type of car are you driving?

2000 Ford Excursion Diesel

Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?

Yes... we built a bed in the back, added solar pannels and a roof rack, an awning and a fridge.

How did you save up or finance your trip?

We started saving and made a budget and then realized it would take two years of contiued work etc so we sold the house and took off instead.

How long do you plan on traveling?

18 months to 2 years... longer if we can afford it.

Where do you plan on driving?  

Down the west coast of the Americas and back up the east cost with a couple of detours in land in South America... we really want to hit all 24 countries.

What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?

Your crazy but can we come too?

Did you speak Spanish before you left your home country?

Trisha is fluent in Spanish, Fritz speaks a language that has yet to be identified.  He will study Spanish in Guatemala until he at least can get by if he gets lost.

Do you have a favorite place or country that you have visited during your trip?  

Not yet... I really want to go to Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana because so few people do, but the logistics might be beyond our means.

What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?

We will let you know...

What was the worst border crossing?

None so far

Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?

Yes... you will be killed, robbed and tourtured if you don't go.

Would you do it again?  

We will see.

Do you have a blog or a website describing your trip?