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How Much Preparation is Enough?

Written by Robin on Monday, March 24, 2008

We had the “I’m nervous about how much we have to do before we go” debate again last night.

It’s t minus 3 months, 8 days and counting before we head south for South America. That’s a millennium to me. It’s right around the corner for Raenelle.

Ok, she’s right, the work that I want to happen on the truck has some real time and effort associated with it. I mean, I’m talking about rebuilding the front end – and in our world that doesn’t mean ball joints, diff seals, and brakes. It means we’re re-designing the fenders, hood, front grill, front body mounts, and all of the engine bay mounting systems.

Of course, we still have to do the ball joints, diff seals, and brakes.

But you know that’s my stuff, and I’ve got it sorted. I have my plan, and I’m sticking to it. And anyways, if it doesn’t get done, then big deal. The truck runs fine, and all this stuff is more of a hobby luxury that will make our trip just a bit more comfortable. I admit, comfort does count for something.

Now what about the other stuff? Maps, immunization, health insurance, history books, clothing, on and on. Again, big deal. Where are we going anyways? I mean, it’s not like its the Antarctic where poor preparation can mean freezing to death. Whatever we have by July 1st will be good enough, and we’ll go.

I read a great beginning to a trip into Mexico today – it started with the original plan falling flat on it’s face – they’d planned on a motorcycle trip and at the last moment couldn’t take it. So instead they jumped into their so called underprepared FJ45 troopie and were off. They threw in their fridge, some sleeping bags and a tent, and a bunch of stuff into a few $15 dollar action packer plastic totes. And they’re going to have a great time, full of adventure.

And so will we. No matter how much we get done, it’s going to be an exciting trip. We’re working hard to save, plan, and organize. But we know that the time to leave will come and off we’ll go, and like I’ve said before, we’ll be faced with life in the raw, a real expedition.

Further Reading on South America 2008:
Comment by Dean Lapham
March 31, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

I am really impressed with the coordination and planning. Seems like some of the logistics skills in 1993 rubbed off on Robin. I love your site. Great pictures, good things to read. I esp like the photos of the truck going over that wood bridge. I am really glad to see you doing so well and still exploring the world.

Dean Lapham
Redondo Beach, CA
UWP 93

July 5, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

I totally agree!, But hey, we left totally unprepared LOL… One advice though, before getting to Brazil or Bolivia, get your Yellow Fever shots… Ball-joints, diff seals, brakes, all that shit can be dealt with on the road….

Comment by Jason Michaels
July 9, 2008 @ 7:26 am

Greetings! I’m embarking upon a similar build myself. Not as detailed (my LR already has an aluminum body) but the basic premise is the same. Long range expedition vehicle, purpose built. I’m stuck on the dash design right now and would greatly appreciate some more detailed photos if you would be so kind to share them.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Comment by mike pierson
August 26, 2008 @ 10:08 am

Hi, I am leaving on a similar trip, also in Landcruiser. See you out there!


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