Like half of the active posters here in this sub-forum we're a couple heading down the PanAmerican Highway for the duration of 2011. We left directly from San Francisco on 1/4/11 and expect the trip to take one year (15 months is the new estimate!).
Our names are Logan (27) and Brianna (25). We had been living and working in San Francisco for the last 4 years. We both learned quick that city living and cubicle work was not sustainable for either of us and started to save simultaneously for a major trip and relocation. Also, we are recently engaged and will be getting married in Costa Rica! This trip is our nontraditional honeymoon.
Brianna and Logan in Big Sur California
The Beast newly pieced together in San Francisco
Our equipment, a 2003 4x4 Tundra equipped with a 2007 Palomino Bronco 800. So far we love the setup. ExPo was a major help in the preparations and you can read more about them here: Tundra Preparation and Camper Preparation. Our theory on the equipment was KISS (keep it simple stupid). No lift, no off-road lights, no custom bumpers, as little bells and whistles possible. (Nothing against them, I had them all and more on my beloved Wrangler I sold to help finance the trip). Time will tell, but I am pleased to have this as our 4x4 camper all for under $19k.
Right now we are staying in San Diego and plan to enter into Mexico on 1/15. We hope to get a bit of distance between the border and us in the first day and stay at Coyote Cal's in Erendira, Baja California, 78 kilometers south of Ensenada. We are very excited for Baja. Talk safety all you want, we're both big fans of Mexico, having visited more than 10 times in the last 10 years.
Happy to answer any questions and receive suggestions. We'd also love to meet up with any fellow overland travelers while on the road.
Subscribe and enjoy the ride!
The Beast playing in the sand in Costa Rica