Cathy Falconer and Derek Greidanus
Hoping to drive from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina over 2 years, with our dog.
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
When did you start your travels?:
Reason for taking this trip:
To see more of the world.
Why did you decide to drive?:
We like the freedom afforded to us having our own vehicle and it also allowed us to bring our dog along.
Are you also taking along pets?:
Are you also taking along children?:
What type of car are you driving?:
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel QC, LB with an 8 foot cabover Alaskan camper.
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?:
Yes. We added a 220 litre fuel tank, extra fuel filtration, new bumpers, some security features and extended breather tubes for the transfer case and differentials. We did a 2 inch front lift and rear suspension airbags.
How did you save up or finance your trip?:
We are renting out our home in Alberta which funds part of the trip. For the rest we are dipping into our life time savings. We already owned the truck and camper.
How long do you plan on traveling?:
Where do you plan on driving? :
We have made it to Panama now and are hoping to make it all the way to Ushuaia. From there we will likely either ship from Buenos Aires, or possibly somewhere north of that, to the east coast of Canada and finish our trip with a drive across our own country.
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?:
We felt a high level of support from all of our family and friends.
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?:
Derek speaks English, Dutch, a bit of French and German. I speak English and a small amount of French. We are both working on learning Spanish. We used Duolingo while at home and did a week of Spanish school in Guatemala prior to this trip and we try and speak with locals when we get the chance.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?:
So far, it has all been amazing. We have loved so many places that it is hard to choose just one.
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?:
I can't really think of anything at the moment.....maybe Soursop Fruit?
What was the worst border crossing?:
Exiting Nicaragua was very confusing, but so far we have found the borders to not be too difficult. Normally the officials will point you to where you need to go next if you ask. On average we have spent about 2 hours for each crossing. We did get grilled pretty hard leaving Canada into the States but beyond that crossings have been amiable albeit sometimes a bit confusing.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?:
Keep your route flexible, do your research and be prepared, be friendly and respectful, an open smile can go a long way.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 16:01