11,000km - 3 countries - 5 weeks
Originally concieved as a 3 month trip for my wife and some of her friends,
plans were changed when we found out we were pregnant. Stacey and I decided
to only do a six week segment in Patagonia and leave the rest to the
friends. Unfortunately, bad shipping information and mechanical breakdowns
forced us to detour to Ecuador to pick up the Land Rover and do the entire
Panamerican in five weeks.
retrospect, it was too expensive, too ambitious (and if pregnant - too
strenuous) to try and do a trip of this length in that amount of
time. At best, this could have been a handfull of great days separated
drives. Unfortunately, this was the expedition where everything went
wrong - and where we severely strained some friendships.
It's the kind of trip that tests a marriage and makes you think twice
about launching another expedition. But credit to Stacey for being such
a trooper, and despite some scares we welcomed a happy healthy baby boy
into the world six months later. As for expeditions, I have some ideas,
and we shall see...
For the reader, it’s a great case study of pitfalls that can be
avoided when planning an expedition (see Journal 4 - Lessons from Misadventure).