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Sep. 9th, 2004 @ 08:07 pm (no subject)
Next years trip of a life time?

I would like to drive to the southern tip of South America and back. I calculated I would need about $13,000 and it would likely be a 3 month trip.

I would want at least one other 4x4 with a winch travelling with me.

I would take my camera, have a friend with a writing skills come a long, and maybe turn it into a book.

I would want a shell for the back of the truck and a lumber rack that I would hook a mesh to for holding spare gas and water. And I would want a second spare tire.

I think I have everything else I would need.

Who wants to go with me? Leaving about this time next year.
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From:supergirl_04
Date:September 10th, 2004 03:36 am (UTC)
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*pout* I want to go.

But I doubt I can take three months off next fall (but then again, who knows....and maybe I'll buy an SUV this fall)
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From:adameros
Date:September 10th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Hehehe... Now wouldn't THAT be a christmas vacation for Isabell to talk about at school? :-)
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From:soshesays
Date:September 10th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
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I would seriously be interested in going, but there is virtually no way I'll be able to save up the money between now and then. If you want to wait for me to win the lottery ...
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From:adameros
Date:September 10th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
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That was how much "I" would need, $6000 of it being truck payments and modifications to my truck. You would need to chip in for gas, cover your own food, and what ever other camping type stuff.
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From:adameros
Date:September 10th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
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And I think I might already have the money for my part, if I liquidate assets. I still have the $14,000 engagement ring I need to sell (I expect to get about 50%-75% of the value). Plus about $3,000-$5,000 in stock.

Start saving your pennies. South America is calling. :-)
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From:soshesays
Date:September 10th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
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That's still a couple thousand. Hmm. I might be able to do it if I took a break during spring semester and worked my ass off, which I'm probably going to do anyway.

Where would you be starting the trip from?
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From:adameros
Date:September 10th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Well... As I live in Portland, and my truck is in Portland. I'm thining I would start in Portland. 2 Days to Mexico. A week to get through Mexico, and from then on out, I'm not sure what the time frames would be.
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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:September 10th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
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I've heard it's pretty tough to do now-a-days, some of the roads through central america are impassable due to both road conditions and political reasons.
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From:adameros
Date:September 10th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Political? Hmmm... I was reading a journal of someone who did it a year ago, I think, and yeah they definately needed 4x4's, but they said the only hard part at borders and stuff was waiting inline for their visa's to be stamped.
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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:September 10th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Weird, don't know why I haven't been getting LJ comments . . .
Anyway, I think it's still not possilbe to drive the Darien Gap, but you can ship your vehicle from Panama.
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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:September 10th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)

On further research

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Ah, looks like it IS possible (though not easy) these days, my bad.
Things to think about (I'm sure you've thought of these, but humor me):
1. What kind of vehicle will you be driving. Not just what vehicle will handle those conditions but which ones you can get parts for and find mechanics to work on. Older vehicles may be better. Complex electronics are bad, etc etc
2. If you're serious about writing a book, your chances are going to be slim unless you can find some sort of unique spin to put on your trip. Travelogues are a dime a dozen these days unless you're the "first" to do something, or have an interesting back story etc etc
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From:pushshove
Date:September 10th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I read a book about this. A non-fiction book. I'll bring it with me when we go to Booneville. Its about this guy who gets Ford to sponsor his trip from Tierra del Fuego, the southern most tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay Alaska. In like forty two days.
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From:adameros
Date:September 10th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Remember our winter is their summer.