Eldo's Voyage across the Atlantic Ocean

Eldo safe in her container. She is traveling by sea from Colon Panama 🇵🇦 to Antwarp Belgium 🇧🇪!!! One week later she will embark on another ship to........

Panamanian Plastic Pooch

ELDOG of the Day... Panamanian Plastic Pooch It's been difficult to get to know the people of Panama. Not sure if we are giving off a vibe or if it's just the personality of the region. It's been just as difficult to get the…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Along the coast south of Veracruz and Anton Lizardo, we found a free place to boondock right on the beach. But first we wanted to score some clean purified water ice to have for our sunset happy hour. The boy at the closest tienda said the…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Sometimes just too many rainy, muddy roads and towns to recall. After a rainy day in Durango and heading toward Mexico City, found ourselves shortcutting it through Sombreretillo and Fresnillo hoping to find a room or hotel to get out of the…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Driving through busy Durango on a rainy day. Why not stop to get some dark front window tint? Oh, why you are at it, why not upgrade front and back stereo speakers. In and out in well under an hour and got a great deal. Now if I can only find…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Turned on to a dirt road from Federal Highway 15D and drove through the small town Celistino and further toward the beach. The beach side of the road had an assortment of odd little "resorts" and "RV" parks. Everything look locked up and abandoned.…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

A free boondock camp spot right on the ocean. Didn't see many people the first day, but funny to watch a parade of yellow cabs drive up and down the beach. We found out later it was much smoother to drive down the beach instead of the road.…

Somewhere in Panama - YouTube

For overlanders traversing the PanAmerican Highway, Panama is end of the drivable road. If going on to Colombia and all points south, the Darien Gap poses an impassable gap of swamp and forest between Panama and Colombia. The only real option…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Just another day on the road making lunch, dodging tuc-tucs and having fun.

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Our beachfront free boondock campsite near Campeche. Elizabeth gets full credit for spying a fence break and small hidden trail from highway to beach. We were completely hidden from the road. One of the few times we deployed our army surplus…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Ladies and gentlemen... meet Willis.... The idea of Road Dog of The Day was inspired by our loving guard dog "Willis". He kept Eldo safe, and her tires well peed on. All road dogs are now named Willis in his honor.

Somewhere in Belize - YouTube

Freshly across the border and heading down our first random backroad of Belize. We crossed the river in a hand crank ferry with several local trucks and busses. We convoyed with them for awhile before another tempting side road had us turn…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Puerto Morelos became our first extended stay home since beginning life on the road. We stayed here 10 days in a simple but comfortable house with air conditioning, kitchen, shower, and amazing reliable internet. A quiet and friendly town…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Happy traveler!! Sadly, the coastal resorts along Highway 307 south of Playa del Carmen make accessing the surf a bit challenging. We found both refuge and access at Chamico's Restaurant where we were allowed to camp on their beautiful beach…

Somewhere in Belize - YouTube

Altun Ha Mayan ruins in north-central Belize. We followed a few small genric "Ruins" signs along the Old Northern Highway and found this amazing site. Primarily occupied from 900 B.C to A.D. 1000. Over 800 pieces of jade have been found here.…

Somewhere in Belize - YouTube

Spent the night at a eccentric but friendly beach hostel in Hopkins Belize. Sun just up and already a hot and muggy morning. Packing our supplies for an isolated week alone on an island 8 miles off shore to take care of a huge pet pig. Met…

Somewhere in Belize - YouTube

Handline fishing in the clear shallow water. It was nearly impossible to find a nice rod and reel anywhere in Mexico or Belize. We found some line and small hooks at a hardware store. We smoothed down a piece of grey driftwood, wrapped some…

Somewhere in Belize - YouTube

A young spotted eagle ray digging with it's snout in the protected shallow water near the dock. We were caretaking a small private island off the coast of Hopkins Belize and pet sitting a large uncastrated pig. The days were long, hot, and…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Turned on to a dirt road from Federal Highway 15D and drove through the small town Celistino and further toward the beach. The beach side of the road had an assortment of odd little "resorts" and "RV" parks. Everything look locked up and abandoned.…

2-22-2018 Panama City, Panama

Wow, these last couple days have been a whirlwind. I am now in Panama City and have been here for awhile now. Feeling so fortunate to have this great deal with hotels here so have been enjoying the luxuries of a nice hotel right in the downtown…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

I turned left onto a sandy road between two competing coco-loco vendors. Minutes later I was parked on this red beach. The waves were strong and the water was perfectly blue. An hour later I was enjoying an icy cold Coca Cola while pool lounging…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate the first time in a hotel weeks after crossing the Mexican border. Settling in for the night as a wonderful thunderstorm blows in over the hills. The neighborhood on the hill behind us had a lot of…

Somewhere in Mexico - YouTube

Mexico is a huge country. 300 to 400 mile driving days were common during my 45 days in Mexico. A quick glimpse into Eldo in her full highway glory. Google Maps providing the best way to get somewhere else, but I only use that as a suggestion.…

Somewhere in Arizona... YouTube

When the opportunity to roof ride comes up, of course you take it.

Somewhere in California - YouTube

Checked with the Harbor Master in hopes to sleep in the marina for one night. It wasn't possible so we just hung out with the seals for awhile before finding a safe boondock spot just around the corner. The town was a bit creepy, but sometimes…

Somewhere in California -YouTube

Fleeing the deadly heat of Death Valley we drove straight through to the California Pacific Coast. Half a day later, we were still sopping wet with sweat when the ocean appeared before us. We got out of Eldo, prepared to face more blast furnace…

Somewhere in Arizona - YouTube

A week prior, we visited the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was beautiful but packed with fellow tourists. When we visited the more remote North Rim, we headed way off road and bounced our way to this isolated overlook and settled in for…

Somewhere in Utah - YouTube

Wow! Just a random find while driving a random back road. Never be afraid to make a right turn even when the GPS tells you to keep straight. There are no wrong turns when travel is in your heart.

Somewhere in Utah - YouTube

We were tired and the transmission had done enough hot climbing for the day. Parked on an amazing overlook, the sky was so big and the storms were surrounding us. The wind so fierce, it woke us upp in the midnight darkness. The Jeep was rocking…

Somewhere in Utah - YouTube

A back road somewhere in Utah.... looking for some open ground to boondock for the night.... sometimes there's too much to choose from.

Somewhere in North Carolina - YouTube

Met a nice local man who told us not to leave North Carolina before we saw some waterfalls. We didn't even think to look before. Wouldn't you know it... not only did we find this beauty, but I almost crawled inside... just because I could.…

Somewhere in North Carolina - YouTube

Ducks and chickens make good pets. Maybe next year Mark gets his pet pig..... stay tuned.

Somewhere in North Carolina - YouTube

The world is my playground! May every day have moments of pure joy.

Somewhere in Panama - YouTube

Holed up in Panama City while deciding where to ship Eldo. Quotes from the shipping brokers are a little slow in coming during the holiday week. A few nights of luxury in a nice hotel, enjoying some rare air conditioning and reliable wifi.…

Somewhere in Costa Rica - YouTube

Howler Monkeys and a flock of parrots greeted us at daybreak. Probably a dozen parrots flew in and out of the tree. Most of them were in pairs with their mates. Rarely did we see a single parrot flying alone the entire drive through Costa…

Somewhere in North Carolina - YouTube

In the early days of life on the road. Found a beautiful overlook on The Blue Ridge Parkway. Backed Eldo up to enjoy the view, cooked dinner, and used the heat exchanger hot shower for the first time. The air was so cool and the water so hot…

Somewhere in Panama - YouTube

Took the exhibit tour at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. No, I'm not really piloting a cargo ship through the Panama Canal. Although I did get a bit sea sick and had to deal with some sea legs on the way out of the simulator.

Somewhere in Costa Rica - YouTube

The iOverlander app is a valuable travel tool. Imagine finding a beachfront campground complete with toilets, showers, kitchen, and wifi for $10 a night.

Somewhere in Costa Rica - YouTube

Waking up in the back of Eldo, looking out the hatchback window. Paid $10 night to sleep here and use the bathrooms, showers, kitchen, and wifi. Came for a night, and stayed for 4. Our $40 oceanfront home.....

Somewhere in Panama - YouTube

How often in life do you get to watch the Panama Canal locks and dams in action? We bought the affordable tour tickets and didn't have to wait long before the boats and ships were rising and falling by. There was some exciting play by play…