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John and Mandi

us --> van --> overland
7 yrs and 6 days - end of the road

Pan-American Highway 2015 - 2019

After having pushed out our launch date multiple times (those were not our best days), we started our trip May 2nd 2015.  We attended Overland Expo West and from there we wandered towards Alaska, via Canada, to start the Pan-American Highway.  We ambled our way down the west coast and visited with friends and family long neglected, crossed into Baja spending two months mostly sleeping and beaching, ferried over to mainland Mexico, and then continued south criss-crossing through Central and South America taking long pauses in places that called to us. Eventually, January 14th 2019, we reached Tierra del Fuego and switched our compass to North, ending in Uruguay March 18th 2019. Our van took 7 weeks to arrive in Jacksonville, we checked the budget and decided we weren't finished.

The next three years were spent wandering the Appalachians, more of Mexico and another big loop out west to hit all of the places we skipped during the beginning of our trip. Officially May 9th 2022 was the end of our journey as Mandi started a new job. While there may be a debate about what overlanding means, we are true believers in the benefits of long term travel, regardless of how it is done. If you find yourself on our website and you have any questions, please feel free to use our contact form or comment on a blog entry. We have bumbled through the entire process of saving, building out a van, selling everything, quitting our jobs, driving almost 100K miles, and the post travel blues. We are more than happy to answer any questions or to just be a sound board in what ever endeavor you are planning.

Yours in the struggle. - JaM

Pan-American Highway

Pan-American Highway

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