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The trip so far …

Written by Robin on Sunday, August 31, 2008

So, finally we’ve finished the first part of the trip. It’s been 6 weeks now and we’re a little tired. The road has been long and hot, and we haven’t taken the time to enjoy the people or places that made Central America dear to us the last time we were in this part of the world. This is a South American expedition, so the USA, Mexico, and Central America were, well, just in the way.

I don’t say this with regret though. As always, with eyes and minds open, little sparkles of the good stuff have helped us on our way.

Here are some highlights:
– A surprise reunion with some 15 year long lost friends of mine in Tucson, Arizona
– A wonderful and relaxing stay in Kino Bay, northern Mexico
– A not so wonderful repair to the fuel filler pipe, while trying to find the source of an 18 mpg to 12! mpg drop
– Another not so wonderful fabrication of a new rear shock support cross member
– A great stay at a sea turtle sanctuary in southern Mexico
– A wonderful family in El Salvador who put us up for the night
– Another wonderful stay with Steve and Jocelyn Broyles from sandcuiser.com in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
– And now, in Panama we’ve met up with a Mexican couple who are proving that South America can be driven on waste vegetable oil in their VW Eurovan.

Really though, I’m so glad that we’ve come down this way in the past. Driving through Central America like this is terrible – you see the dregs of the society. Sketchy border towns, transient people, livelihoods made and broken on highway traffic – it’s like a veil covering up the beautiful people and land that really makes these countries great places to visit.

We’re really excited for next week when we will unload the truck in Columbia and can start taking the time that these places deserve.

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Comment by Josh
October 13, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

Why is Panama City in Florida?

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