paperwork bureaucracy and a patience test to collect my vehicle in colombia after shipping

Paperwork, bureaucracy and a patience test

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After a lot of back and forth about the shipping options we agreed with Einmalrundum to book the flat rack. We confirmed with the agent (Tea) that we’d been in contact with and we received the instructions on how to proceed. It was a relief having made a decision, but we weren’t completely confident, knowing some horror-stories from fellow overlanders. Not that we would have had many other options, since almost every company or agent we contacted didn’t respond (sufficiently). […]

shipped once around the darien gap with a flat rack

“Once-around” the Darien Gap

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All the options described before have some larger drawbacks. And for a long time (months) we’ve tried to organise this without these major drawbacks, a bit naive probably. In the end we did ship in a way not described in the previous blog, but some of the drawbacks still applied. We ended up booking a flat-rack, which is essentially a container without walls & roof and therefore not the size restrictions. Reason; We were within the 1cm range of fitting […]

shipped with plan f-

Plan F- Across the Darien Gap

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The whole Pan American Highway stretches from Alaska to southern Argentina. Most people who are driving it, have their own variation. And this is how it should be, there are too many different routes possible, which is also part of what makes it so amazing. So do we have our own way, basically from British Columbia to Chile, and from there.. who knows.. But regardless of your route, everybody faces one mutual problem, roughly halfway down. The Darien Gap, where […]

Grisu our Mercedes van in the Canadian snow

Grisu – Our Mercedes van

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Introducing Grisu, who is a Mercedes van, but a rather special unit. He left the Mercedes factory in 1991 as a regular Mercedes T1 310, but has straight away been converted into a 4×4 by an Austrian company called Oberaigner. Back in the day, this was done on customer request, mainly for firetrucks and ambulances in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In each of those countries, there was one company cooperating with Mercedes to converted the brand new rwd vans to […]