Richard We have been using our simple plywood platform and Rubbermaid totes for the last 10 months on the road.  This worked fine (for the $60 it costs us) most of the time, but sometimes it got totally out of control organization-wise and nothing was ever easy to access.  Also, we realized that sometimes we really don’t want to haul everything out of the back of the truck just to make a snack or find

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As the truck was now in order and our hotel room was becoming much too comfortable, we set off for the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.  Who could resist the tropical beaches, warm breezes, and fresh seafood?  We were pumped to start the journey. We blasted out of San Jose, only missing one or two turns as we got used to our GPS again.  Our spirits were high.  We’re doing this!  As usual I said

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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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We love Rincon De Guayabitos.  So do the Mexicans.  Tourists from the inland cities poured into Guayabitos and covered the beaches, surrounded the taco stands, and cranked up the volume on every stereo system they could find. The busy atmosphere made for a fun, bustling, and easy town to be in.  Oh yeah, once again the food was fantastic.  Our daily walk down the main drag netted us a giant fresh jugo verde (green juice)

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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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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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Our final task in Baja was to get on the ferry and head to the mainland. Essentially there are two options here.  Baja Ferries or the TMC Ferry.  Baja Ferries is the classic passenger ferry and TMC is the trucker's ferry.  Since TMC allows you to stay with your vehicle for the 18 hour passage we decided to go with them. We pulled in to the ferry terminal and took a quick left into the

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You need four things to spend 39 days adventuring through Baja California: 1.  The AAA Map for Baja California This map showed all of the small places that a lot of other maps didn't.  The scale is perfect for scouting your route, discussing potential campsites with people you meet along the way, and navigating your way south. 2.  Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping and/or Traveler's Guide to Camping Mexico's Baja by Mike and Terri Church This is

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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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 "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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  After the mountains of Yosemite it was time for us to head back to the coast.  We put in a moderately long day of driving and ended up in Monterey at the Veterans Memorial Park camground.  This campground is right in the middle of the city, but felt like it was in the middle of nowhere.  Unfortunately we ended up with some heavy duty fog at low elevations... but we had some sights (other

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It's probably obvious that we're on a budget.  We also want to experience as much as we can on this said budget.  This is how we did it in San Francisco. 9AM :  Golden Gate Bridge - FREE We took the last exit before the bridge and drove to the second viewpoint.  Perfect photo op if you crop the rest of the tourists out of your photo. 10AM :  Parking near Fort Mason - FREE

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Finally time for a quick catchup! We're already on the road heading south (stealing wi-fi in Florence, Oregon) but thought I should work on catching up this build a little bit! The new engine was dropped in about 5 weeks ago, was broken in, and then dropped off at Disturbed Industries for a valve adjust and oil change. Since we were cutting it really close to our departure date I left Ryan to complete the

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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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"Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson I'm not going to lie to you, some people might not find this post interesting.  Sad face.  For the rest of you out there who are interested in exhaust pipes, gauges, and fiberglass fenders this post is for you!  The next build post should be about the 22RE engine install so stay

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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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http://vimeo.com/67620343 We finally got started on the build of our truck. The first thing to do was to gain a little clearance for our new tires.  We chose a small 4Crawler 1" body lift to do the trick.  The other thing I like about a body lift is the increased clearance between the drive train and body. Although the 4Crawler website looks like it was made in 1990 there are a ton of great parts

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"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien Well, this will obviously not our first time travelling.  You're going to see where we go next, but where have we been? Cuba This is the first time either of us stepped foot outside Canada or the US.  We flew to Cuba and went to a resort in Varadero.  We no likey resorts.  Never again... but we did love the Cuban culture, sun, and beaches.

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This is our new ride. Why did I end up choosing a Toyota Pickup for our journey?  Reliability was the key factor.  I've owned Toyotas in the past, seen them with 500,000+ km beat relentlessly in the Wadi Run desert, and knew that we'd be able to find parts anywhere if/when something does break. Originally, I was cruising Craigslist constantly hoping anything would come up in my budget.  In all fairness, I didn’t really have

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"How do geese know when to fly to the sun?  Who tells them the seasons?  How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on?  As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown." - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross The Plan: Drive down through the Western United States, along the Baja

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With a simple text message conversation our short-term life plans were about to change.  At least there isn’t going to be a divorce or babies…. Phew! I met Ashley  for our “life chat” at Trees Organic Coffee (2655 Arbutus) on April 13, 2013.  Our full-time day jobs combined with our part-time evening/weekend work became too much that afternoon.  Ash hit the wall hard, pushed through, and now had hit another wall.  It was time for

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