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 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!

Journey So Far

The Vehicle

We Begun this lifestyle 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, solar panels, a fridge, on board hot water and a million other upgrades. You can read more about the

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

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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,...

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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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El Salvador

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,...

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Auschwitz

Auschwitz I We stand beneath the infamous entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp, about to enter the site of the darkest part of human history. An overweight man coughs and spits on the floor. A group of schoolchildren laugh and giggle. I dont even try to hide...

Macedonia

  Back in high-spirits, we headed across to Macedonia, knowing that as it was the first non-EU country we were visiting and the first that my insurance did not cover, and it was a Sunday, so we were expecting to find the border crossing difficult and lengthy....

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,...

Wieliczka Salt Mines

Descending the first 433 wooden stairs into the Wieliczka salt mines is a disorientating experience, the winding, neverending descent making you dizzy as it continues down into the abyss. You reach the bottom and enter a huge log-lined cavern, from where you carry on...

Wild Boars and Canoeing (A real adventure in the Polish lakes)

Sometimes, everything just happens around you at once. It starts, always, with a long drive. Today, it ended sitting atop a pier in a remote part of the Polish Masurian Lake district, watching the milky way and being overwhelmed by the cacophony of wild Boar mating...

Exploring The Ruins of a Soviet Prison.

The Murru Prison Quarry was established in 1938 under the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. The prisoners spent long hours mining Limestone creating the unique lunar landscape that surrounds the prison today. Once left to ruin, the quarry and half of the prison...

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