Story by Jack Stuhler with an introduction by Paul May,
Jack Stuhler, the founder of Eezi-Awn, is an adventurous man and has spent his entire life exploring the African Continent. After driving from Johannesburg to the UK through the middle east in the early 1999, Jack set his sights on the Americas. He prepared a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Troopy by the name of Tubby for his journey and shipped it to South America. With his significant other, Margaret, their epic journey from Ushuaia to Dead Horse Alaska took over 18 months to complete in 2004/2005. They later returned south to Houston, and shipped Tubby home. Quite impressive for a couple in their 60s. Their adventures are an inspiration for us all.
THE AMERICAS WITH TUBBY XPLORER SOUTH AMERICA PART TEN
Exiting Arequipa it was time to move back up to the Altiplano. A surprise at the top - the Andes covered in snow – should have expected it when we drove west four days ago – ominous, inclement weather overhead followed us en route to Arequipa. Quite a sight as we ventured onwards towards Juliaca, a one night stop and then made our way steadily south towards Puno and Lake Titicaca. At this altitude 3,800m the Land Cruiser sounding as if it was going to drop a valve, clatters like hell – unbearable at first but we soon got used to this most disturbing phenomenon of the engine labouring in the rarefied atmosphere. Plus the fact when it came to start up in the mornings, the engine had to be cranked at least two or three times before it fired into action belching smoke from the exhaust – worse than any old steam engine. “Smokes like a Trooper” - excuse the pun and for those uninitiated our Toyota Landcruiser model reference is ‘FJ75 Troopie’.