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Return Trip

Our return to Canada took about 3 weeks, and involved some long days of driving interspersed with a few days of relaxing in new places, including the Guatemalan highlands and a couple of days in El Salvador. It is strange to be home after about 4.5 months on the road …

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Return Trip

Oregon & Washington, USA - January 21, 2004
We arrived in Oregon late in the evening, and set off early the following morning. We travelled up through the eastern region of Oregon which took us past many large lakes, mountains and sparse forests. Most of the region was covered in snow and it was really beautiful. We travelled through central Washington state and […]

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California, USA - January 19, 2004
We spent almost another full day in Vegas checking out some more hotels and casinos, before heading to the small town of Beatty near Death Valley for the night. We have officially given up on camping, and are staying in motels along the way now. The following day, we continued our journey north, through Death […]

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - January 17, 2004
We arrived in Las Vegas after dark, and we went straight to the strip to check out what was happening in town. After walking around for a couple of hours, we started searching for a cheap hotel. And we searched and searched and searched. Unfortunately, we had arrived in town on a weekend (Friday), and […]

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New Mexico & Arizona, USA - January 15, 2004
We drove through southwestern New Mexico and camped overnight in the Gila National Forest. It rained all night, and when we packed up the tent in the morning, the mattress inside got a bit wet. The Technitop tent folds up, which is great for conserving rooftop space, but it also means that if the sides […]

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Texas, Estados Unidos (USA) - January 13, 2004
Well, we made it to Texas late in the afternoon and spent some time at a parts store trying to figure out whether our batteries were really fried, or whether there was a chance they could be salvaged. The charge test indicated that the batteries were fine, but we’re not convinced. We hummed and haahed […]

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Palma Sola, Mexico - January 9, 2004
We reached Mexico early in the morning, and travelled through a slow, windy road through southern Chiapas towards a tollroad. Welcome back to Mexico! The roads here are terribly slow and there are speed bumps ‘topes’ in every small town that the highway passes through … which drives us absolutely crazy! We’ve decided to travel […]

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Todos Santos, Guatemalan Highlands - January 7, 2004
We eagerly set off for Todos Santos high high high off in the Guatemala highlands. We were eager to get away from the tourist trap places and head off to the small town that we randomly picked off the map. We drove up and up and up to about 3,700m elevation. We took a wrong […]

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Panajachel, Guatemala - January 5, 2004
In the morning, we went to the town of Chichicastenango for their huge Sunday market. The market was a traditional indian market with lots of different stalls selling textiles, masks, clothing, food and carved handicrafts. We spent a few hours walking around the market and then made our way to Panajachel – a small town […]

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Antigua, Guatemala - January 3, 2004
We entered Guatemala in the morning and met a friendly man, George, at the border. George has lived in California for over 20 years, but is originally El Salvadoran. We crossed the border together, since we were both importing our vehicles into Guatemala and had to go through the same paperwork process at the border. […]

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El Salvador - January 2, 2004
We made great distance on New Year’s day – since it is such a big holiday here in Central America, all the stores and restaurants were closed, and nobody was out driving on the streets and highways. We had the whole highway to ourselves most of the way, and we were able to go a […]

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Granada, Nicaragua - December 31, 2003
We decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Granada – the small town that we visited in November. New Year’s is a huge celebration here in Central America, and we didn’t want to be stuck in southern Honduras overnight, so we stopped at Granada – a place where we knew we could park the truck […]

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