Follow the Hound
World Overland 4x4 Travel | The Worlds Longest Dog Walk | Ross, Dee and Frankie's Pan-American Adventure

 

Welcome to Follow the Hound, the overland adventures of Ross, Dee and Frankie; our (not-so) faithful hound.

We are traveling the world in our Toyota Land Cruiser 78, currently in Colombia, after a year and a half split between the USA, Mexico and Central America. We are on the Pan-Americas Highway,  heading South through Ecuador, Peru and Chile and eventually working our way down to Argentina.

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The Route

Our Overland Journey began with shipping our Land Cruiser from Antwerp, Belgium into Baltimore, USA in April 2016. We then drove south, through Virginia, Tenessee and Mississippi and into New Orleans, Lousiana.

Over the following months, we crossed the country further, through Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas and into the Rockies in Colorado. We continued north through Utah and to the Canadian Border in Wyoming before heading across to the west coast at Seattle. Finally, we completed our 6-month journey through the USA by driving south through Oregon and California, finally crossing into Mexico in San Felipe, Baja.

The following 6 months were spent exploring Baja California itself, before crossing into mainland Mexico, and driving through Guanajuato, San Miguel, and Mexico City. Finally South again, through Oaxaca, Palenque and up into the Yucatan.

Our last six months saw us exploring the small and wonderful nations of Central America, beginning in Belize, through Guatemala, El Salvador and into Honduras. Finally seeing out the rainy season in Costa Rica before finally entering Panama and shipping our vehicles to our current location here in Colombia.

The last 18 months have been spectacular and varied and given us incredible memories. As we continue south to our end goal of Usuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, we hope you will join us on this adventure of a lifetime!

The Journey So Far

The Vehicle

We Began overland travel some 5 years ago in a Land Rover Defender and had some incredible times living cheaply from the old plywood bed in the back. When it became obvious that we wanted to spend more than just a few months at a time on the road, we upgraded to a VW T25 Syncro, which we restored, converted and then drove all across Europe and Turkey. Unfortunately, the old 84 van struggled under the strain of the overland lifestyle and after one too many trip-stopping breakdowns, we regretfully decided to change once more and bought the 2001 Land Cruiser HZJ78 that we now call home.

The Cruiser is a 4.2L Non-Turbo Diesel, which we converted into a micro camper, with a pop top roof, and tiny interior living space, solar panels, a fridge, on board hot water and a million other upgrades. It handles just about any terrain there is and provides us with a comfortable bed and a cold beer at the end of a long journey (provided the gearbox holds out long enough!)

You can read more about the Troopy and the build here.

Toyota Land Cruiser Troopy

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Six things you miss about life before overlanding. 

Six things you miss about life before overlanding. 

Just in case you thought vehicle based travel was all fun and games, we thought we'd let you know some of the challenges of overlanding you might face if you choose this lifestyle. This is not to complain, to say I do not love this life, it is just to highlight a few...

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Costa Rican River Crossings

Costa Rican River Crossings

          Driving in Costa Rica during the rainy season was a challenge from the get-go. The torrential daily downpours, dirt roads and vast network of rivers made many of the roads in certain areas impassible or, at least severely dangerous, even in our kitted out...

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The Adventure is the Adversity

The Adventure is the Adversity

The unknown is something that you can only ever fear or embrace. The open road. The journey. Unrelenting tarmac, yourself, your few meager possessions and your ride. Nothing is more evocative of the freedom and myth of the American Dream. The romanticism of this...

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The 7 questions we’re always asked on the road

The 7 questions we’re always asked on the road

With our overland prepared, distinctive and branded Landcruiser, our happy faced hound dog, and what we hope appear as happy, friendly demeanors, we are approached by friendly strangers several times a day, wanting to know more about Overland Travel, our journey and...

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Volcan Momotombo

Volcan Momotombo

It has been rare during our time here in Central America that we have relaxed the somewhat strict set of rules we have constructed for ourselves to maintain safety in this lifestyle. Amongst the most strict of these is to never drive after dark and to make sure that...

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Punta Sal – Honduras

Punta Sal – Honduras

There has yet to be an instance on this trip, (and I hope there will not be again) in which I find myself as close to giving up on the whole thing as I was on that particular night, overlanding honduras, a small distance from Puntal Sal and the Janette Kawas National...

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A few things about us

IN NUMBERS:

Nights on the Road

KM Driven

Hound Escapes

Countries Visited

Here are a few of the 

Locations we’ve visited:

USA

The USA defined the first 6 months of our Pan-American Adventure. We visited 17 states over 6 months, seeing some incredible places and meeting some awesome people along the way….

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Central America

Central America was a defining time for us, a multitude of stunning and vibrant countries, rich and rewarding and challenging in places, these countries showcased everything that Overland travel should be about…

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EUROPE

The Old stomping ground, our home continent, and the setting for our first three overland trips. We are lucky enough to have visited nearly every country in Europe, and have some great stories to tell…

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Blast from the past:

The Vistula Spit.

The Curonian Spit is a strange land formation extending on one side from Lithuania to Kaliningrad,...

The Curonian Spit

As is typical of the nonchalance of an unplanned, meandering traveler such as myself, arriving at...

Find the Hound.

To those who know our hound, it will come as no surprise to know that once again, he ran away....

Slovenia and Hungary

Slovenia Having spent a little time with the family and topping up the bank balance, we are on the...

Top 10 Driving Experiences

Having driven many miles in many countries we thought it time to look back and put down a list of...

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El Salvador

“Are you not worried?”, my mum said over Skype. “Not really, it's always fine” I replied, “You talk to people, they tell you not to drive this road, don’t drive after dark, there are bandits with AK47s here on Sundays and so on”. Reflecting later on our conversation,...

Six Things You Learn Travelling in a Group

We decided to travel in a group during this trip and if I had to pick one question that I was probably asked most regularly, it would likely be: "wow! Four of you travel together! Do you not fight!?" My response is usually to laugh and say something non-committal...

Our Time on Lake Atitlan

We decided to visit Lake Atitlan! The huge and spectacular Lago Atitlan was quickly to become our home away from home. We had been on a quick time limit to reach the town of San Pedro. As we were booked in for a few weeks of Spanish lessons, where we would stay with a...

Overland Guatemala – The Highlights

Think you might want to overland Guatemala? Here's a post highlighting our favourite parts about time driving through this amazing country! Guatemala was wonderful, for me, it was a true highlight of the trip, perfect weather, delightful locals and scenery and variety...

Belize

Borders, Barges and Belkin. Our week in Belize. Entering Belize was a little complicated; initially helpful border officials and the shift in national language from Spanish to English meant us progressing at lightning pace until it became time to clear the dog and his...

We’re back!

The trip that we set out on and the trip that we had envisioned were bound to be different. There was, however, no way we could have predicted the way that this trip has actually gone so far. The level of breakdowns and other problems that we faced in the US alone was...

Monochrome Memories: USA

Our journey across the United States took us 179 days. Over 12000 Miles. 700 gallons of fuel. 3 gearboxes. Having now spent 3 months enjoying everything Mexico has to offer and with time to reflect on our time there I wanted to take those numbers and reduce them down...

Guanajuato, Pueblo Magico, Mexico

Pulling into the obscure labyrinth of streets in this historic city was an otherworldly experience. The warren of tunnels and overhanging buildings rendered our GPS immediately useless and within minutes we were gleefully lost. We later learned that the tunnels were...

Six Things You Learn Visiting Home During a Long Term Trip.

One of the (admittedly few) curses of long term travel, is the overall inability to spend much, if any time with family and friends. This year, having been away for nine months, I was lucky enough to get a flight back to the UK to spend ten days with good friends,...

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