Anyone driven the Pan-American Highway? All or part?

  • wellwell

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    Jan 09, 2015 6:20 PM GMT
    How was it? Beautiful, lackluster, dangerous, exhilarating??

    Did you drive S. to N., or vice versa?

  • bro4bro

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    Jan 09, 2015 8:39 PM GMT
    I recommend reading Road Fever, by Tim Cahill, one of the founding editors of Outside magazine. It's the chronicle of an attempt to set a world record for driving from the southern tip of South America to the north shore of Alaska.

    As it was written in 1991, it's a little dated. But I have a feeling a lot of the road hasn't changed much.

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  • wellwell

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    Jan 09, 2015 10:46 PM GMT
    Thanks, I'll check it out; any one else . . .?

    I'm planning on a drive (1 way trip) from Albuquerque to Rio; mostly, I'm concerned about safety and anti-USA sentiments . . .
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    Jan 09, 2015 11:15 PM GMT
    I have not.
    Strictly in the FWIW department: Recently, while in Costa Rica, I was told that some sections in CA are being improved to interstate-like condition in order to attract a new Disney park that is rumored to be in the siting process. Everyone not directly involved is horrified.
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 10, 2015 5:26 AM GMT
    Albuquerque to Rio? Damn! Can't decide if I should warn you not to attempt it or beg to go with you!

    I will point out that you won't be able to drive the whole way, because a section of the highway (across the Colombia - Panama border) has never been built. There is allegedly a car ferry, but I have no idea how reliable that is.

    You'll need to do a LOT of research on Mexico because some sections are VERY dangerous these days. Learn a few emergency evasive driving skills, and consider carrying a weapon (and know how to use it).

    No idea what route you're planning to take in South America, but once again you'll need to do a lot of research on road conditions, safety, etc when crossing from the west coast to the east.

    The problem will not be anti-American sentiment per se, but general mistrust of outsiders when traveling through out-of-the-way places (in drug producing regions they'll assume you're DEA or CIA), as well as the fact that you'll be viewed as a piggy bank on wheels - your shoes are probably worth more than the locals make in a month.
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    Jan 10, 2015 8:10 AM GMT
    BTW, I bought Suburbasaurus from some kids who said that they drove it to Guatemala and back twice. 85 Diesel suburban, 40 gallon tank, safari rack. Big, cheap, ugly, reliable. You wouldn't think twice about walking away from it if you had to. Probably few people would want to take it from you.

    At least, I haven't had much success trying to get rid of it on craigslist. I may have to pimp it up and keep driving it.