Where are you heading?
We moved out of our house in Denver on October 31, 2017. We drove our belongings to Arizona, where we are both originally from and spent the next three weeks preparing for the trip. On November 21, 2017 on a rare rainy AZ morning we set off to Mexico. Our ultimate goal is to get to Ushuaia, which is the southernmost city in the world. You can follow our journey by visiting our route page here.
How did you save enough money to do this type of trip?
About two years prior to our departure we started to dream about this trip. We asked ourselves what it would take to plan and prepare for a trip such as this and the bottom line is that the only “real” obstacle was money. We weren’t positive at the time that we would actually commit to this trip, but we knew that if we didn’t save, the trip was definitely not going to happen. If you want to read more about the actually “money saving tactics” we used to save for this trip, visit our savings page here.
What kind of modifications have you made to the 4Runner?
We upgraded to Sway-a-way Coil-overs on the front, and the rear has HD long travel springs on the rear. The tires are Cooper Discoverer S/T MAXX; we like these tires for their highway manners and aggressive off-road handling. We built a custom rear bumper with a spare tire, gas and propane, plus a table for cooking. We have a Tepui roof tent, full interior drawers, and an Edgestar refrigerator. For more details, check out our 4Runner Equipment page! For our power needs, we built in a dual battery and 100W solar system. For information and DIY ideas, check out our Dual Battery and Solar page.
How will you get from Panama to Colombia?
We get this question a lot and there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not you can actually drive from Panama to Colombia. The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads from Alaska to Argentina, a distance of about 30,000 miles, but there is about a 100 mile interruption known as the Darien Gap between Central and South America. There is currently no road through this part, so we put Ol’ Blue in a container and shipped it to Cartagena. You can find a detailed account of our experience, here.
Are you scared of being robbed or killed?
Bad things happen everywhere…period. We will of course take extra precaution while on this journey, but that’s mostly due to the fact that our current home is our car. You have to be smart when you travel and to never let your guard down, but as we have experienced so far, a smile and a demonstration of respect goes a long way. Imagine that!
What do you plan to do once you are done with this trip?
No idea, but we are loving this journey that we are on and best of all, we have no regrets!
What inspired you to take a trip like this?
We were both really inspired by the blog Ruined Adventures. They did a two year journey in their 1987 Toyota 4Runner and their journey made us believe that we could do it too; thank you guys! We have also been inspired along the way by other overlanders. It’s truly an amazing community of genuine and adventurous people.