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 AMERICAN ADVENTURE PART ELEVEN
For the umpteenth time we and our reliable Land Cruiser were on the road again. Leaving Salta due east, heavy weather overhead not long before rain set in. For almost two hours we trundled along the highway, headlights on, visibility poor. Can’t understand why so many drivers don’t turn their vehicle lights on everyday and all day in South America. Ironically it just makes one that much more visible especially the way these guys drive over here. Minding our business, relaxed and tranquil I notice the headlights of a vehicle in the rear view mirror approaching from behind at an alarming speed and out of the corner of my eye I realize there is another car approaching from the opposite direction. Hell man, we are on a collision course – it is amazing how quickly the mind calculates distance and speed – we’ve got a head on coming up. The guy from behind is not slowing, the oncoming vehicle flicking his lights in vain. Woosh!! the following vehicle careers past at a phenomenal speed, takes the gap and squeezes by the bullbar and disappears in the distance leaving a trail of spray behind. Boy!!! that was close, how close can it get? Thank goodness he made it. Heaven forbid he had collided with the Troopie’s bullbar – one can only imagine the dire consequences. More luck than wisdom. For the moment there is tension and annoyance, then tranquillity sets in again as we cruised along in the rainy misty weather.