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A five month trip from Canada to CA got shortened to two and a bit months instead due to the famous *health issues*.  Got the green light from the doc and pimped my ride within 2 weeks and hit the road. One month Mexico and 5-6 weeks Guatemala then back to Ontario for the end of April.  This is a basic test drive of the big one coming up in the foreseeable future.

Hometown: 
Ottawa, Ontario
When did you start your travels?: 
02/10/2016
Reason for taking this trip: 
Life is just too damn short
Why did you decide to drive?: 
Did route 66 last Spring with a Westy and got the bug (pun intended)
Are you also taking along pets?: 
No
Are you also taking along children?: 
No
What type of car are you driving?: 
pimped out soccer mom, cheerio infested stick figured 2004 Honda Odyssey, code name Golden Eye
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?: 
Dual battery, shocks, struts, brakes, put some good Michelins on, blanked the rear/side windows, jammed a modified Ikea futon with 1.5 inch memory foam. Interior LED lighting, 800 W inverter, 12V cooler and oscillating fan
How did you save up or finance your trip?: 
Bought Apple and Facebook options 3 years ago and with the Cdn dollar tanking, did okay on the exchange 3 years later.
How long do you plan on traveling?: 
2.some odd months
Where do you plan on driving? : 
Straight to Mexico, 2 weeks through mexico, 5-6 weeks Guatemala and another 2 weeks through Mexico (different route) on the way back
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?: 
Didn`t you just have an operation? What is something happens? Can I go?
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?: 
English, french, an insulting grasp of swiss german and 3 sessions of Spanish night school over the past 10 years. Got up to 51% on Duolingo before heading out
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?: 
Some no name guatemalan hick town I spend the night in soon after crossing the border. A family let me stay in there court yard (classier name than chicken free range). In the morning I felt like Santa since I have been carrying 10 kg of clothing to give to the have nots or have very little. The mothers (3 or 4 sisters) started pulling clothes out of my bag and each time they held it up, they said a kids name (they were 21 kids involved here). They were happy, I was happy and a 3 kid mother in Orleans, Ontario is happy.
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?: 
left blinker on does not mean they are turning left, they are letting you pass (still your risk). Saw prisoners get released form jail after years of detention, they were 2 camps parked on the opposite sidewalks, family and friends of the prisoner on one side and the family and friends of those affected by the criminals on the other. A bit tense since one has to walk past this place in order to get the the camp site.
What was the worst border crossing?: 
not this trip but years ago between Algeciras, Spain and Gibraltor. I was on my touring bike with only my bathing suit, t-shirt and towel (went to Gibraltor for the official I was there penis trip, in order to count, one has to have a beer and watch a football match) On the way back into Spain, the guy asks if I had anything to declare, by now I am t-short less and beer happy. So I declared the sand in the crack of my ass. Luckily I said it fast and he did not understand me. Never again, deal with these officials in a respectful many at all times. I was a young punk at the time. Older and wiser now but will never forget that hot afternoon in Spain
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?: 
You will meet fellow overlanders, the hard core to the light core. Bottom line they are just like you. Dress like you, look like you.
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