Travel Adventures 2015

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Dave and Laurel Godwin are planning another iconic road trip, to be known as the Pan-American Highway Adventure 2015. The Pan-American Highway runs 48,000 km between Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, but Dave is not proposing to drive the whole route to the letter.

The current plan is to ship the MGs to Santiago, Chile, then drive down to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, and then up the West Coast of South America to Colombia, ship the cars across the Darien Gap to Panama, drive through Central America and the U.S.A. to Vancouver, British Columbia.

The route is now determined! The Adventurers will gather in Santiago on January 5, 2015 and, with skill and luck, reach the U.S. border at Douglas, AZ by April 8. That portion of the trek has been pretty well laid out, but the schedule and route to Vancouver, BC is still in the planning stage.

South America

The MGs will be stored in Vancouver for the winter and the Adventurers will return in the summer of 2016 to drive the Canadian Highway to New Brunswick, with a detour to the MG 2016 Event in mid-June in Louisville, KY followed by Route 66 to Los Angeles, and then ship the cars home. Participants will be responsible for the health of their own cars, and can join and leave the trip at will. So, you can do a clockwise Circuit of South America, or you can do South and Central America and ship out of Los Angeles. If you want to only do the U.S.A. section, feel free to join the caravan there.

In South America, preliminary planning has us visiting eight of the top ten sites in Argentina and Bolivia, with detailed visits to major sites in Peru, and brief visits to sites in Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia. Unfortunately, the majority of the initial 1800km of the route will be on gravel roads. Crossing the Darien Gap will cost close to $1000 per car and take almost a week...perhaps time to jet off to the Galapagos Islands, an Amazon Jungle Camp, or Cuba for a well-earned rest? Central America will be more “Third World,” with conditions much the same as in central Africa. The roads are apparently all sealed and the Mayan Indian culture and Mexican beaches could be the main attractions here. The U.S.A. and Canada will be a breeze!

Dave will be contacting MG/Classic Car Clubs along the route, especially in the U.S.A. So, are you ready for a real adventure?

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