Two up on two wheels hacia el sur (finally)
I’ve been wanting to go south on two wheels ever since we got back from South America almost three years ago. Can it really be that long ago? Seems like a lifetime ago, but that’s a whole ‘nother tale. Exploring the remaining parts of South America and all of Central America feels like unfinished business. So, early this summer I came up with a plot to take Now Voyager to Central America during the holidays and sprung it on KR. I was half expecting her to say “have a good time,” but of course she said, “Great! When do we go?” “Sometime in December,” I replied and that was pretty much the extent of our planning for this trip.
Well, guess what? December’s here and we’re a couple of days from shoving off.
Preparation is concentrated on getting our house and business in order. LACI is now a burgeoning little enterprise that’s going …(hold your breath as this is really true) global. Ian H. and I recently spent a week in Berlin setting up the European leg of our Global Innovation Network (GIN – shaken, not stirred of course). When we get back its off to Mexico City with the Mayor, Washington DC to the ARPA-E Summit, and eventually the Far East with Mayor again in the Fall. Anyway, the good news is that one is never really disconnected in our world no matter how far you go or in what way. Which means one can always pull on the Oars of Commerce.
Getting our house in order has taken on new meaning around Corona Adobe, aka our Bed & Wine. Karen is working hard to be an Inn Keeper and has booked Corona for Christmas, New Years and much of January. Most of this will take place while we’re away, which adds a whole other level of complexity. We’re also renting out Little Big Sur this season which has necessitated a whole range of repairs and refurbishments. LBS now represents the ultimate in luxury camping:)
Getting Now Voyager ready consisted of buying a spare set of tires, changing his oil, and buying new maps for the Garmin. Done. Paperwork consisted of a temporary m/c permit for Mexico, some m/c insurance, an int’l drivers license for grins and copies of all documents that someone might want to take a look at. Done. I didn’t even have time to wash the guy.
Good to hear from you, Merry Christmas to you and KR….Have a wonderful road trip, post pics so we can travel a long with you.
“Squirt” cute eh?
Debbie and Dennis
What a great update. Thanks.
689 miles in a day?!? 88 miles in an hour?!? And KR is still willing to head off with you again? I’d have to say that she defines the term “supportive spouse.” Looking forward to seeing pictures from the trip. Have a great time (as if you two ever have any other kind, no matter what the circumstances!).
Merry Christmas and happy new year to you both.
Hola Fred………wishing you a happy and wild holiday ride.
Hi Fred & KR,
Here we are in Nice on the French Côte d’Azur waiting for UPS to deliver a $2 part for our hot water heating system. (Cost $100 to get it here from Maine.) With any luck we’ll be in Monte Carlo tomorrow and on to Italy to spend Christmas somewhere. Winter has arrived here. Maybe there will be some sun as we head south into Italy, but there has already been snow in Istanbul where we will hang out until the 15,000-foot passes along the Afgan border are open. There are days when we wish we were on a beach in Baja, but this is the fun part of driving around the world, so we don’t want to miss it,—I think?
Gary & Monika
The Turtle Expedition, Unltd.
Valla con Dios! Me gustaría que cielo despejado y desconocidos amables con sus viajes al sur.
Tisha & Gregorio
I’m jealous. I’d like to drive around the world no matter when, how or in what:)) It’s tough weather here in PV as well. Sunny. About 75-80. Nice breeze in the morning and afternoon. It took me 2 weeks to get over a cold I got in Berlin in November. Safe travels. fw
Via con Dios, Amigos
Merry Christmas and all the best for KR and Fred and all us following their adventures.
What a great reward for all your hard work, Fred. You’re an inspiration, for sure.
Fantastically interesting trip report. Can’t wait until further adventures are available. GO BABIES!!!
Feliz Viaje y Happy New Year. We love your trip report.
Happy New Year Fred and KR! Lookin’ good and ready! Love Guatemala!