Update: After spending a year in South America and beating on our gear we wanted to give an update on how our stuff held up.  It is definitely a sign of good quality piece of gear when you use it every day (and use it hard) and it keeps in good shape. After 11 months of working in Vancouver we only have one more month to go before we step on a plane, jump into our truck, and hit

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If you're not hip to  Sackwear / Cruiser Shirts, here's the lowdown.  Tim McGrath (the brainchild behind the brand) has one of the nicest 40 series Land Cruisers I have ever seen.  He creates awesome designs based on real Cruisers and puts them onto (really comfortable) t-shirts.  You can keep up to date on the latest designs and see more images of his wicked Cruiser on his Instagram account @cruisershirts. "Sackwear was founded in 2005.

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By Ashley YES!  FINALLY!! We ran into the notorious "crooked cops" we had heard so much about throughout our travels in Mexico and Central America!  Before and during our travels we had been warned about Mexico and Honduras in particular, but to this point (6+ months on the road) had sailed through without any problems.  On our way to the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border we saw two cops on the side of the road who waved at

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So... we're flying home to Vancouver, BC on May 14.  What then?  Other than saving money for the next portion of the trip we plan on exploring our backyard in the Pacific Northwest as much as possible. We're also going to the 2014 NW Overland Rally! The rally is a family oriented event where overlanders, car campers, motorcycle riders, and kids of all ages come together.   Have fun, learn stuff, and meet new friends! Haven't

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We cruised from D&D Brewery on Lago Yojoa towards our tentative campground in the National Park just north of Tegucigalpa.  Once we got close and saw it was still before noon we decided to cruise straight for the border.  When things are going well we tend to just keep on going... especially if the proposed campground was just a stop off point after a long day of driving. After about 6 hours on the road

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After leaving the jungle in Palenque we started on the long trip to Playa del Carmen.  We had a few days before Ash's parents were flying in and meeting us there, so we hopped in the truck and headed to the Gulf of Mexico side of the peninsula.  After an 8 hour driving day to Chichen-Itza (where we camped in a hotel parking lot... epic) and another 2 1/2 hours the next day from Chichen-Itza

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We stopped at a great little campground (Rancho Camping San Nicolas) in San Cristobal de Las Casas where we met Shannon and Josh from The Next Adventures and Wilson, Sarah, and Ace who we have been meeting throughout different parts of mainland Mexico.  San Cristobal de Las Casas was our last little colonial town in Mexico with a really cool atmosphere.  More time would have been spent at the markets and in the seemingly unlimited

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Our plan after Mexico City was to head to the colonial town of Puebla to try the famous mole poblano and then continue on to hike the dormant volcano Ixtaccihuatl.  En route to Puebla we made a last minute decision to skip it because we were citied out and needed some nature ASAP.  Ash's nasal passages were blocked up with air pollution and we were craving some clean mountain air.  Instead of heading straight to

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After our trip to the amazing pyramids in Teotihuacan, we parked the truck at the RV park and hopped on a bus bound for Mexico City. The bus ride was about 45 minutes into town, and from there the metro took us to the Centro Historico of one of the largest cities in the world. We had heard stories about the traffic in Mexico City and how busy it was.  There have been restrictions placed

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The ruins of Teotihuacan were the first that we saw on our trip. Finished in 100AD, the Pyramid of the Sun towers over the site and is the third-largest pyramid in the world.  We haven't been to Egypt to see The Great Pyramid of Giza or to see the Great Pyramid of Cholua here in Mexco, but we're inclined to agree with Wikipedia on that fact based on how out of breath we were once

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The Muskoka Foundation in their own words: Mission Our vision is to create a fleet of hundreds of modern day explorers, who are traveling in developing communities around the world, leaving a wake of positive change. This network together can lead to a significant impact on the world we visit, reducing poverty, improving health and inspiring others to do the same. Company Overview Do Good As You Go is a network of volunteer experienced professionals,

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A 5 hour drive north from Patzcuaro took us to the Unesco World Heritage Site and colonial town of Guanajuato.  We had heard romantic musings from fellow overlanders about how much they loved this city.  We agreed.  It was so easy to stay, and we did, for close to three weeks. Don Quioxte striking a pose. Comex, the local paint store, must have been busy!  There was always somebody out painting (or repainting) the houses.

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So yeah, our truck got broken into... again.  Read about the first time here: A Christmas Miracle in Puerto Vallarta This time it was our drivers lock that got punched in and the cab that got ransacked.  It was in a nice neighbourhood in Leon where this apparently never happens.  This night a handful of cars got broken into while we were all in the backyard enjoying a family BBQ.  Good thing the BBQ was more

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We weren't mentally prepared for the freezing temperatures of Patzcuaro's 7000 foot elevation at night.  We also weren't prepared for how amazing the food would be in this little mountain town. We reached Patzcuaro after a 6 hour drive from Guadalajara, around Lake Chapala, and through Morelia.  We had originally planned to stay at the lake, but the soggy campground and lack of atmosphere made us push on for another 4-5 hours to Patzcuaro.  It

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Our last stop before heading inland was Chacala.  We didn't have time when originally passing by to check out this town, but made sure to stay here for a night before driving east.  The grass campground on the beach surrounded by palm trees was awesome.  The sunset and the fresh caught/cooked fish dinner beachside were a nice farewell to the coast. Sometimes the weather sucks.  It happens.  This time it happened while we were spending

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So what do you do on the road during a holiday?  You invite your new friends over for a party, that's what. Richard's mom had rented us a little apartment in PV for a few days over Christmas so we had somewhere  to host other travellers.  We bought a piñata, some tequila, made our now famous German potato salad (okay, not famous at all, but still tasty) and invited Sam and Erica from Song of the

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December 23, 2013 - 9:00 p.m. The night watchman arrived by surprise at our door.  He rattled off a string of sentences in Spanish, which Richard interpreted as "follow me!" with a big smile on his face.  So together Richard and the night watchman walked up the dark main road away from our apartment.  After about 1/2 a km Richard started to get nervous.  He was in a foreign country, with no cash in his

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Lo De Marcos is a sleepy little coastal Mexican town (pop. 2000) that we would have driven right past if it were not for the fact that Ash’s Auntie Barbie was housesitting there.  We were just a little north of town so we popped in for a few days to visit.  Fortunately we were able to stay in the house and enjoy running water, laundry, hot showers, electricity… and great company! For the first time

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We arrived in Mazatlan fresh off the boat, and with no map we made our way through town to the Zona Dorada (The Golden Zone) in which the RV parks are located.  After some tediously uninteresting and un-blogpost worthy activities such as laundry and unpacking, we strolled through the local area, checked out the beach, and looked for a good place to eat dinner.  A local tour operator advised us that there was a great

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It took four weeks for us to get to the very southern tip of Baja after crossing at Tijuana into northern Mexico.  We had crossed back and fourth from the Pacific side to the Cortez side of the peninsula multiple times.  We had driven on dirt, sand, good roads, bad roads, no roads, free roads, and toll roads, but to get to Land's End we would have to park the truck and hop in a

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By Ashley After a long day of driving around the port city of La Paz attempting to find a Fed Ex (and failing, just missing their open business hours by about 15 minutes), we decided to get the hell out of there and move on to Todos Santos.  Located on the southwest side of the Baja peninsula, Todos Santos is about an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas.  We were tired.  We were frustrated. 

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It may sound weird to our friends and family back home who are dealing with the rain, snow, and sleet right now… but we were beached out and, as John Muir would say, the mountains are calling. There is a 30km stretch of ever winding paved road heading west from the coastal town of Loreto that ends at the San Javier mission.  This mission is one of the best-preserved missions in Baja.  The main cobblestone

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From the palm-filled oasis of San Ignacio, we continued to Guerrero Negro, a town on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula.  The drive, as it always seems to be in Baja, was spectacular.  As we drove through Guerrero Negro, we realized that this was probably a town to drive through while continuing onto our next destination.  Boy, were we glad we made a lunch stop for fish tacos, though!  The owner the legit looking

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Before the race even started I knew I wanted to come back to Baja for the 2014 Tecate Score Baja 1000 race.  The atmosphere the night preceding the race was full of anticipation as we chatted with others who had been to races in the past.  They shared stories, photos, and videos. The morning of the race started with the wind picking up near Gonzaga Bay.  Our little rooftop tent was getting really hammered by

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We drove south from San Felipe assuming that we were going to stop in Puertecitos for a few days before continuing to Gonzaga.  When we arrived at Puertocitos to find less than optimal campgrounds (more like campground-junkyard combos on the beach) for almost $30/night we decided to press on to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga. Gonzaga welcomed us with white sandy beaches, warm water, and $5/night camping.   There was also a 5ft high jump on a

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We headed out early and took highway MX3 from Ensenada towards San Felipe. The windy and potholed road took a few hours, but the scenery was epic once again.  We climbed the mountains through Oso Negro, paralleling part of the Baja 1000 racecourse, stopped at a couple of military border checkpoints, and pulled into San Felipe in the early afternoon. We stayed at Kiki’s campground for a few nights.  We had okay wifi, great beaches,

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It has been just over 4 weeks since we departed on our journey from Vancouver, BC and made our way down to Baja, Mexico.  We left the safety of our downtown condo, secure 9-5 jobs, our friends, family, and our fairly normal North American lives.  In a mere 4 weeks, our lives have drastically changed in every possible way – and we’re loving every minute of it.  You may wonder what life on the road

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Fish Tacos.  (R:  My mouth is watering right now just reading this.) Day three (we didn’t move from the beach on day two) in Mexico had us on a hunt for fish tacos, baja style.  So far Mexico is all about the food and we don’t really see that changing anytime soon. Once again we were lucky to be travelling with Song of the Road. Erica had heard of a place called Tacos El Fenix

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There was one thing we couldn't get out of our mind... Lobster burritos.   Erica from Song of the Road had been talking about lobster tacos and lobster burritos the last time we had seen them and we just couldn't stop thinking about them.  All that stood between us and this mouth-watering garlic butter covered goodness was the Mexican border. After filling up the truck with genuine USA 91 octane (and only creating a small

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After our adventures in the mountains at the SoCal Mountain Rendezvous, we had the great pleasure of being hosted by Mike and Dana (parents of Erica from Song of the Road).  They were so generous and warm, we felt lucky to have spent some great times swapping travel stories, eating many delicious dinners, and drinking countless bottles of fabulous wine.  Mike and Dana – if you are reading this… thank you again so much for

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 “I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” - Steve McQueen We planned on meeting up with Song of the Road in Orange County.  We when got in touch with them on Friday morning they said they were on their way to the 2013 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous put on by American Adventurist.  Since we were relatively close in Santa Barbara we detoured slightly East to the San

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 "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." - William Butler Yeats Pismo Beach was another town we almost didn't stop in, but were so glad that we did!  You know it's going to be a good place to stay when it costs $10 to camp on the beach at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. We pulled onto the hard packed sand of the beach and headed south to the camping area.

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"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up - that we will begin to love each day to the fuller, as if it was the only we had." - Klisabeth Kübler-Ross It's Monday.  You've been counting down the hours all weekend until you get to sit down at your desk and get to work!

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 "If you want to influence your family,you can lead the way through your own actions. They are not going to change their worldview by something you repost on Facebook, but when they see you following through on your big dreams, they can’t help but notice." -  Chris Guillebeau We are holding a used camera drive with the Muskoka Foundation to support their photography workshops for children in need of a creative outlet!  We'll bring the

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"Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it, and so it goes on flying anyway." - Mary Kay Ash Old Man Emu Suspension Install The original suspension in this truck was clapped out.  The rear springs sagged with the lightest load in the bed and the shocks could barely dampen the ride with the original tires.  Now that we're going to be running larger tires and hauling

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We leave on what will hopefully be an epic adventure in 75 days. We still need to: 1.  Rent out our condo.  (We are finalizing the details of hiring a property manager...) 2.  Save more money.  (An ongoing constant struggle between our bills and our savings account.) 3.  FINISH THE TRUCK.  (This feels like the big one right now.)   The above image from John Muirs "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive : A Manual

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Road trips are the best.  #obvious Road trips to pick up gear to take on our next road trip are even better. We took last Friday off and made the trip down from Vancouver to Seattle to pick up some gear that we had ordered through ARB.  We sent

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Disclaimer - Despite how it sounds in this post, we are truly grateful for our jobs.  We enjoy them most of the time.  We like our employers.  We like our co-workers.  We love our passions that have turned into second jobs and we'll continue to pursue nutrition and photography work while we travel  This decision is right for us right now.  It wasn't right for us 2 months ago and it may not be right

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