Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
Reason for taking this trip:
Travel travel travel, we love traveling by land, and we wanted to see how far we could go
Why did you decide to drive?:
For the love of driving and the opportunity to drive
What type of car are you driving?:
1992 Toyota pickup 4x4, "Woody"
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?:
Mike has been building this truck for an adventure for 12 years, one detail at a time. The drivetrain is stock, but due to rust most of the body has been rebuilt with alterations. The suspension is beefed up, custom skid plates, racks, rollbar, exhaust, bumpers, log siding, locking gas cap, seats, stereo, tinted windows, pop riveted license plate, small safe, and we removed the rear window from the cab to connect the front and back spaces. We also made a last minute decision to buy the original size tires and leave the larger ones at home. This was a good decision as the handing and fuel economy is much better, it's cheap and easy to replace damaged tires, and it also draws much less attention.
How did you save up or finance your trip?:
It was the opposite for us, saving up was done years ago, it was the time away from work that took years to organize, we are both self employed.
How long do you plan on traveling?:
Where do you plan on driving? :
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?:
We started by only driving to Mexico, then it's been one more country at a time. Now we are looking at shipping from Panama to Columbia. So it's been baby steps, Mexico got the most concerns, now everyone is pumped for us.
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?:
English, French, and minimum Spanish. We may take a class if we can sit still for long enough, otherwise our 12 sentences are getting better everyday.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?:
El Tunco, El Salvador, this is where we made good friends, explored the beach and caves, and had a great time surfing.
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?:
Popping three tires in 30 seconds on dagger sharp cut down bamboo stumps
What was the worst border crossing?:
Mexico to Guatemala, we didn't get a vehicle transit upon entering Mexico.... It took two days, two different borders, 5 transitadors, and many tips to resolve our mistake.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?:
We have repeatedly thanked Woody, toyotas are very common in Latin America and we blend in like locals. Make sure you get all the required paper work at every boarder and that all the info is correct, VIN number! Passports numbers ... Wether they do it intentionally or not they copy the information incorrectly and give you many problems down the road. We discovered the app "maps.me" in El Salvador, it was a nice relief after only using maps and no GPS or data (especially in cities!!!!!).
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 08:37