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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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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Six Things You Learn Travelling in a Group

Six Things You Learn Travelling in a Group

If I had to pick one question that I was probably asked most regularly, it would likely be: "wow four of your travel together! Do you not fight!?" My response is usually to laugh and say something non-committal like; "Well, we haven't killed each other yet!" Or "Well,...

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Our Time on Lake Atitlan

Our Time on 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 local family and attempt to blast...

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Guatemala – The Highlights

Guatemala – The Highlights

Guatemala was wonderful, for me, it was a true highlight of the trip, perfect weather, delightful locals and scenery and variety were hard to rival. We spent the best part of 5 weeks of our time here on Lake Atitlan, with two weeks of that time at a homestay,...

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Belize

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...

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The 15 Steps to Wash in the Wild

Step One: Walk 2km to the nearest village. Step Two: Fill containers with water from the well. Step Three: Walk 2km back to camp, carrying said water. Step Four: Chop Wood. Step Five: Start Fire. Step Six: Fill all available clean pots and pans with water. Step...
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The Best Hike in Europe? Sucha Bela – Slovakia

South of the High Tatras, nestled comfortably in the Slovensky Raj National Park lies Sucha Bela. A 15km trek, which winds up through a mountain gorge, over wooden bridges, up metal ladders and through the bed of the creek itself. Walking it is a thoroughly...
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Plage Blanc + the Atlantic Coast

After spending two days in the extreme heat of the desert and having two sleepless nights, we decided it was time to get back to the coastline. We were hoping that if we spent a few days in the tourist resort of Essaouira we would be able to get our locking wheel nut...
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North Morocco

I had travelled to Morocco before, so I thought I knew what to expect, but there is big difference between coming through the border on foot with a local, and coming through without a French or Arabic word in your vocabulary, in a big Land Rover. The first major...
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Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Part one; Dunes. There is nowhere in the world like this place. Huge cascading dunes rise 750 feet from the valley floor, framed by rolling greenery, mountain streams and all set against the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. You could be forgiven for thinking that you...
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Dread (A Misadventure in the Polish Lakes)

Once in a while something happens to you that is completely unexplainable. Arriving in the Polish Lake district a few day ago our small band of weary travellers was treated to one of the strangest experiences of our collective lives. We had arrived at our destination...
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