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The six week mark: 5000 miles down 15,000 more to go…

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Before we started the trip we divided it into 3 parts. Mexico and Central America part 1, Columbia to Argentina part 2 and Brazil part 3.

Well part one is slowly coming to an end. We are in Puerto Limon, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, organizing the shipping of the car across the Darien Gap ( 80 miles of impassable jungle controlled by the Columbian drug lords) to Columbia.

I hate to get all sentimental but so far the trip has been everything I expected and so much more. It feels like we have been on the road for a year now and it has been an absolute blur, but I have to admit I absolutely love traveling like this. To be able to go where ever you want when ever you want, in the safety and comfort of your own car really is fantastic. Driving through the beautiful countryside with the sunroof open, wind in your face, avoiding thousands of potholes and random animals on the road. I cant think of a better way to spend a day.

To be honest though, before we left Austin we were incredibly nervous, and the magnitude of the trip itself was hard for us to even comprehend. 15 countries 20,000 miles, 6 months on the road; it is a huge undertaking. I still remember how nervous I was crossing the Mexican border by myself on the first day.

But since then we have been to so many amazing places and met so many nice people along the way, that have been willing to help us with what ever we have needed. Even the border officials who are notorious hard asses have been really cool. One lady at the Honduran Border was feeding us cookies while we filled out the forms for the car, others were shaking our hands or giving us high fives and pulling out maps to show us the best spots for us to check out in their country.

The highlights so far:
• Driving through the Mexican deserts all alone in the middle of nowhere, having the road to myself; no one else around for miles.
• Puerto Escondido’s and the huge waves of the Mexican pacific coast.
• The beautiful colonial town of Antigua and the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala. I had no expectations of Guatemala but it has been the most surprising country so far. A beautiful place, incredibly friendly people and lots to see and do. Hiking the volcano was definitely one of the best experiences of my life.
• Incredible scuba diving in Rotan Honduras, beautiful white sand beaches and great food.
• Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica, the peaceful beaches and amazing sunsets. In fact every place we have been to here has been great. Costa Rica really is stunning; beautiful country side and lots of strange wild animals, birds, iguana etc. We even get to wake up at 5am every morning to the sound of Howler monkeys screaming at the top of there lungs.

I have to say there is something so fun and beautiful about the randomness of life. You don’t always end up exactly where you intended but its often those unplanned situations and places that are the most rewarding and that you remember the most.

Posted by hayden111 17:44 Archived in Costa Rica

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Ok I am caught up now. Waiting to hear if you got to Columbia.

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