Victory Lap

Planning, saving, and executing over the last three years meant we had one solitary focus. Now having reached the terminus of the PanAmerican Highway, we suddenly find ourselves without a mission. An eerie yearning pulls at us when we head out each morning. The sun even rises out of the wrong window. For the first time in 13 months we are headed North.

Headed somewhere

Our plan from here is to explore western Patagonia, making our way home over the next two months. The immediate future holds backpacking Torres del Paine, traversing up Chile’s Carretera Austral, hiking around Fitz Roy, watching over the Moreno Glacier, and trout fishing the Lake District. Overlanding Patagonia, our victory lap, in itself is a journey of a lifetime.

A map of the southern cone

The idea from the beginning was to return to the US and land new lucrative careers in the mountain state of our choosing. The picture is still vivid but a 10% jobless rate and economic outlook act as our grey cloud. None-the-less, the real world start-date marches closer. Thankfully two years ago, almost as an afterthought, we earmarked a portion of our savings as a ‘life relocation fund.’

Our first few months back stateside we plan on embarking on a US-wide tour. We’re coming to a neighborhood near your. Well everywhere except Loveland, where Logan’s sister-in-law has repeatedly stated that she will call the cops if she sees a camper in her neighborhood.

Leaving Tierra del Fuego via ferry

The more distant future is full of unknowns. We’ve made a plan A (overland Africa in four years), plan B (through-hike the Appalachian Trail in two), plan C (gainfully employed for life), all the way through Z (Antarctica next season). About the only thing we know now is that we will be returning to the US, probably somewhere in the middle, for as long as she’ll keep us.

We’re at an end and need to recharge the mind and wallet. The Beast is not. Carl and Heather of Seattle are taking her on another lap around the world. The Beast was born to roam free.

So it is the Patagonian frontier where we will ride out the autumn of our trip. From there our desires are simple: family, friends, and living in the known world in a home without wheels. At least for a little while.

Patagonia campsite

Better together

6 thoughts on “Victory Lap

  1. We know how you feel. We are back for a year or two to save up after 4 years on americas great loop (by boat) and are saving up for the PamAmerica trip (by truck camper).

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Make sure we’re on your US loop itinerary! And heck, Africa in four years sounds about right for us too!

    Dave and Ann

  3. I hope you keep updated on the Beast’s whereabouts. Maybe one day I’ll be able to take her off someone’s hands and go on my own journey. :)

  4. Exciting news. Congrats on selling the Beast. As for you guys, I’m sure your adventures will continue! We’ve enjoyed following your trip and thanks for all the great advice in our own planning. We hope to ship from South America to Africa in a few years after our own PanAm drive so perhaps we’ll meet up there. In the meantime, if you’re ever in Portland, or make sure to get in touch….we’d love to meet up for a drink to hear more advice or offer you a place to crash for a few days.
    Keep enjoying,
    Jim & Rhonda

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