"Where are you going next?"
This is often the first question that gets asked by friends, co-workers and clients after we arrive back from one of our adventures. This question is also asked, sometimes with much less enthusiasm, by family.
There is often more than one answer to this question - while David and Adam have enjoyed some memorable adventures together, they each have embarked upon "solo projects" with other friends and family members. Most recently, Adam and his daughter Sophie conquered the Canadian Arctic, while earlier in the year David and his wife Anne traveled to Peru to trek on the Inka Trail.
However, it's now time to talk about getting the band back together (apologies to the Blues Brothers).
Back we go to August, 2014 and a small three star hotel in Istanbul. We had just arrived in Turkey after a rather hasty 1:00 am departure from Southern Russia, fresh from Mount Elbrus where we had been climbing just a few hours before. A quick shower, a meal , a few toasts of vodka and before we knew it we were in Turkey.
After collapsing, exhausted, into our own rooms and enjoying our first sleep (alone) in a real bed in a week, the email came in (we will not divulge which Flatlander sent the email and which one received it) - the header said "9 of South America's Most Legit Road Trips". One click, and we had the basis for our next trip, before the last one was even finished.
The idea of making our next adventure a road trip seemed like a natural evolution - we have embarked upon our previous trips to climb mountains, but the summit is often overshadowed by experiences and events that are more related to the people we have met and the places we have visited. To try and combine these experiences was to be our next challenge - and hopefully we have succeeded.
After a lot of planning, our adventure began to take shape about a year ago - South America is a vast continent with very different geography, cultures and political climates. Priorities included spending time in Patagonia, as well as in Ecuador, and after that our route began to fall into place.
In the coming months, we'll fill you in on the specifics of the trip, our trusty steed Manuel, and the trials and tribulations of getting a vehicle from Canada to South America.
When we are on the road, we will post here regularly, and also maintain a daily log of our travels on our Facebook page.
In the meantime, Adam is busy learning how to say "My shaved monkey will pay" in Spanish.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain