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Off into the sunset…

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For the past couple of weeks we’ve been catching up with family and friends in New Zealand, preparing resumes and planning our next move—so sadly I think this will be our last post…

It’s taken us over a year and a half to drive 50,000 kilometers on the Pan American Highway. Marlin, the little red battler, our unbeatable 1991 VW Golf is safely parked and our Joydrive to South America has been completed.

It has been an awesome adventure, we’ve met some exceptional people and seen some equally remarkable things. We have at times been completely outside of our comfort zone and our understanding of this world has grown considerably.

We would like to thank everybody who helped us along the way, anyone who shared in our Joydrive online and the host of generous, helpful and friendly people that have coloured our roadtrip with their goodness. We couldn’t have imagined a more amazing adventure!

If you are driving to Latin America and have questions, feel free to contact us or check out our site Drive the Americas for great tips and advice for driving the Pan American Highway.

The point breaks in Chile are legendary – bonfire rumors of long lefts, icy waters and uncrowded waves had both of us excited about our prospects as we rolled into Pichilemu, home to the world’s largest collection of left hand point breaks. Kels had hooked us up with a sweet camp spot, it was low season, we were with friends and there were waves to be had.

The point was roaring, I rented a 4 x 3 full-suit, got some pointers from a local and jumped in off the rocks at Punta de Lobos. It can be a bit of a tricky paddle, you have to time it between the sets or you run the risk of getting pushed back onto the rocks. Adrenaline kept me paddling until I was out of harm’s way, but after about 5 minutes I was slowing down and soon I could barely move my arms. It was then that I realised that I hadn’t been in a full wetsuit for years and that I was very unfit.

When we came back the next day the swell was gone, leaving no indication of the thundering lefts of the previous day. But I was happy, I’d caught a couple waves and we were lucky enough to see Punta de Lobos on a good day, the water is cold but the locals are friendly and the waves are world class.

we are here

we are here

Drive around the world…

The other day our road trip hit 40,000 kilometers which is the circumference of the earth at the equator. I think when we get to Ushuaia we’ll be nearer to 50,000 and Marlin, our trusty little VW Golf, will earn his final flag driving the Pan American Highway to South America.

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I have been meaning to post about this for awhile…

When we were in Puerto Escondido I happened to stumble across a blog about another couple driving to South America from the US. Curious to see how they were finding it I decided to send an email and oddly enough it turned out that Chris and Kristin happened to be in Puerto Ecsondido at the same time. We met for drinks and, as they say, the rest is history.

Since then we have met up a few times and are already cooking us some interesting ideas together. I highly recommend checking out their site, The Darien Plan, and their really cool car (at times when Marlin is acting up we both find ourselves admiring “Cabello”). It is full of great info and some really well-edited videos (we are jealous Kristin!)