Archive for March, 2014

“You’re driving to Belize?” What?

Posted: March 31, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

I thought Belize was an island ! It’s in South America right? When and where are you going to put your truck on the ship?” These are just a few of the crazy questions I get daily when I we tell people we are moving to Belize. Not everyone but many don’t know where Belize is. But, I bet you many Belizeans could look at a map and show you where New York, DC or Los Angeles is. So to make the story sweeter after telling them about Belize, I’ll add that you have to drive through Mexico to get there. Then the conversation gets real dicey. But that’s another story in itself and you’ll have to stay tuned to enjoy our drive through Mexico. So for now lets talk about Belize and our drive.

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It’s about 2,700 miles to our final destination of Placencia, Belize C.A. from Augusta, Ga, USA. I googled it, lol. Says it takes 47 hours. Google must think I’m a driving machine, but that ain’t happening. We plan to take about 2 or 3 weeks, taking out time seeing all the sites. New Orleans, Houston, Villahermosa, Oaxaca and more. Beside our Rovers don’t roll that fast. But we do want to get to Belize in time to see the whale sharks and enjoy the chocolate festival.     http://www.chocolatefestivalofbelize.com/toledo.html

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The Placencia Peninsula presents a microcosm of the best Belize has to offer. Over twelve miles of untrammeled golden beaches look out onto scores of enchanting cayes (pronounced keys). The world’s second largest barrier reef sits just off shore and beyond that more  pristine atolls. It’s an ideal base for amazing diving and snorkeling – including our famous whale sharks, as well as world-class fly fishing and trolling. But marine attractions are only half the story. Across the Placencia Lagoon lay all the wonders of the southern mainland. The majestic Maya Mountains, cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers and the inspiring cities of the ancient Maya.

Located in the  Stann Creek District, this small fishing village we find so enchanting and are looking forward to calling Placencia home. There are no traffic lights, no franchises such as McDonald, Starbucks etc. and we’ll have to drive 4 hours north to go to Wal-Mart in Mexico. Sounds like our kinda place. It’s laid back pace, friendly people, culture, flora and fauna, we’re looking  forward to getting to know. Additionally we’re looking forward to discovering the Toledo District in the far south as it’s more remote, virtually undiscovered and rarely visited by tourist ( no offense to the people of Punta Gorda ) but we are fascinated by this region of Belize. So stay tuned and enjoy, and if you’ve ever taken a seriously long road trip, we’d love to hear about it.

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Our journey starts Wednesday morning 2 April.

 

 

 

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If it ain’t broken don’t fix it. Well kinda…….

Posted: March 24, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

We own Land Rovers! Discovery II’s as a matter of fact. We use them hard, like they were meant to be. Stuff gets worn out fast, much quicker than a suburban mall cruiser. A typical day for us could require fording water, climbing mountainous switch backs, using our winches and more. We certainly don’t do  miles and miles of stop and go traffic, but the traffic we have often do involves crossing streams, performing rescue and recovery operations, and transporting NGO’s officials, family and friends.

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Discovery owners know there are some issues that need to be addressed if you plan to use these vehicles like they were intended. So one thing of many that we’ve done is replace the front drive shaft with a heavy-duty one. Nope, the old one was not broken, but we just decided to make it better.

Relax, every little thing gonna be alright.

Posted: March 4, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

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No plan, no clock, no train,  no plane or traffic. Just the sky, the ocean, a little shade and sand under my feet. These are the days in Central America when you dwell back on your life and ask, what was all the fuss all about? Working to pay the mortgage/rent, going to school, juggling a career, family, retirement, what is it all about in the end. All that you’ve worked for, all that you’ve done, would you have done it any differently to get to just where you are at the moment. Is it worth it in the end? Do you need all the stuff, or do you do you find out that it’s  just family, friends, memories and the relationships in life that all really matter. When it really comes down to it, relax, everything is gonna be alright.