shadows on the road - venezuelan refugee stream

The Venezuelan refugee stream

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Our overlanding down days faded away in the Colombian mountains. Driving at night it came a little unexpected, when the road suddenly started climbing. Our navigation app Maps.me shows us a lot of information, but not the altitude. What Maps.me also didn’t show us, is that we were following the Venezuelan refugee stream as well.. As soon as we got to higher elevations, we were more in our element in the mountains, the surroundings improved massively and the temperatures dropped. […]

colombian overlanding down days

Overlanding Down Days

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When we finally had Grisu back on the road again, we should have been happy. We were, but it also turned out to be a little be a down time. We felt a lot of precious time was wasted and within a few days some sad messages arrived from across the Atlantic. The “anger” of the process of shipping hadn’t been gone by retrieving our vehicle back, unfortunately. So these were definitely our overlanding down days of the trip so […]

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 […]

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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 […]