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Trip Statistics: Canada to Panama

Written by Robin on Sunday, August 31, 2008

Here are some stats for our trip to date:

Distance travelled: 9,201 km (5,689 miles)
Total Fuel Burned: 1,414 L (363 USgal)
Avg Fuel Economy: 15.5 L/100 km (15.7 mpg)
Total Cost of Fuel to Date: $1,435 USD
Avg Fuel Cost/km: $0.145 USD/km
Avg Tank Range (90 L Tank): 585 km (365 miles)
Max Tank Range: 685 km (428 miles)

Trip Cost/Day for USA, MX, C.A. not including pre-trip prep costs: $135 USD
Trip Cost/Day for C.A. only: $97 USD

Both of the above trip costs are travel heavy and we’ve spent more time than usual in hotels due to long driving days. The trip budget is for $100/day average, which we will just be able to meet especially factoring in shipping to Colombia and home to Vancouver from (likely) Chile.

We’ve stayed in 13 hotels, 10 camp spots, and been housed with 2 different friends.

We’ve repaired:
– a broken wiper
– a broken window
– a broken fuel filler pipe
– a broken shock cross member
– a broken driver side mirror

We’ve lost/had stolen:
– video camera (poor judgement with door locks…)
– a pair of Raenelle’s capri pants (bad laundromat service)

– $500 taken by an ATM in Panama City (records indicate that the machine gave us the money, but it didn’t)
– $230 taken by an ATM in Cartagena, Colombia (identical situation as above)

We have 450 photos on our hard drive. Robin has taken 8 of them, Raenelle has taken 442 of them.

We’ve been stopped by 8 police, and paid 1 bribe.

We’ve had 1 fight, 5 spats, and there have been about 4 silent treatments.

Raenelle tries to make Robin smile at least once per daylight hour, and he tries to keep a stone face an equal number of times.

It rains about 100 to 300 mm per night, especially here in Panama.

Further Reading on South America 2008:
Comment by Brady
September 2, 2008 @ 11:07 am

Always the engineer….

Comment by Doug
September 2, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

I had to laugh at this one. I think it’s ’cause I know you so well to know how much you’re loving this!!!

Keep your chins up. Can’t wait to hear more.

Comment by Teeny
September 3, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

Raenelle, You are so lovely! I commend your stick-to-itiveness. I hope the thought of the huge smile that dons my face every time I read this blog can make up for some of Robin’s straight lipped demeanor. ~Cx

Comment by Miriam
September 4, 2008 @ 10:47 am


A little birdy (Jehan) reminded me that today is your Birday. So on behalf of the whole office we would like to wish you all the best on your 31st!!

People here have been thinking about you. Nathan mentioned that he visited your site a while ago to see how you are progressing on your adventure and Stacie just asked for your email address the other day. So you are missed and remembered over here!

All the best on you adventures. Miss you much!

Signed: All of us from the office

Comment by Brady
September 4, 2008 @ 11:28 am

Happy Birthday Raenelle!!!

Comment by Janet
September 5, 2008 @ 9:57 am

Hi Raenelle! Hi Robin! It’s a treat to hear about your adventures, the places you visit and the people you meet. Hope all goes well in S. America – and happy birthday Raenelle! What a cool place to celebrate another year on the planet.
: )

Comment by Barbara Tello
May 18, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

Hi, I’ve been reading your posts and really enjoying them…Congratulations!
I was wondering how you crossed from Panama to Colombia, how much did it cost?
We want to do a similar trip next year from Oaxaca, Mexico to the Chilean Patagonia and we have started our research stage as it seems we need to do many things before departure. Your blog is a great resource… Thanks

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