Welcome to Sporadic Sojourns. This is the place where we (Scott and Rachael Bryson) will be chronicling all of our favorite adventures. The Adventure du Jour is Driving the Pan American Highway from the top of Canada in Tuktoyaktuk to the bottom of Argentina in Ushuaia! We are driving a Toyota Tacoma named The Joan Wilder. We hope you enjoy following along as we explore the Americas!
I think I fell in love with traveling when I was 19 and my dad took my best friend and me on a road trip through Baja California in a cab-over camper. We barely made it down there because California was experiencing a massive flood. I remember seeing the off-ramps of I-5 leading to nothing but water as we headed south. Dad did his best to keep his sanity while we (with the exception of Dad) were mooning over surfer boys and dancing in questionable cantinas. It only took about 20 years for him to recover enough from that trip to travel with me again… Anyhow, I picked up a travel bug early in my life and have been unable to shake it (not that I try very hard).
This road trip is going to involve many border crossings. More than I am able to count at this point since our route will be evolving as we head south. For the time being though, all of our borders will be Mexican state borders.
We spent two weeks in Chico taking our time re-tooling The Joan and fortifying ourselves for the long southern leg of our journey. We camped out in the backyard of our house enjoying the company of friends and soaking up the final days of California summer.
Finally, we have begun our reentry into polite society. After 92 days on the road, we have landed in the welcoming embrace of Scott’s Auntie Jo and Uncle Dennis in Park City, Utah. For a time, we can go to sleep without deploying our tent, run an errand in the truck without packing up the …