2018 - Australia to Africa  

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Well here we are back in the US for a short visit while our wandering vehicle, La Tortuga, is off cruising again.  We prefer to fly, but he’s a cruiser; this time enjoying a 31 day repositioning cruise from Australia to South Africa.  That guy.  All too soon, or so it seems, we’ll be back on an airplane and on our way to pick him up at the port in Durban to begin another adventure.  Among other activities, we’ve found some time to put together a brief summary of our year in Australia, which you can read at Out, Back, and Beyond.

We didn’t want to leave Australia without seeing Canberra, with its many wonderful museums.  We only spent three days there, which is not nearly enough, but we saw a lot, including the Australian War Memorial where we were mesmerized by this work of Aboriginal art in the entry lobby.  The memorial is every bit the match of it’s counterpart in Auckland, as the ANZACs do a wonderful job of remembering their fallen soldiers.  Our last two months in Australia were a whirlwind of sights and experiences and we’ve met the most wonderful new friends.  you can read about it in, Autumn Leaves.   

This is our ninth message from our year in Australia and you can find them all by using the  Australasia drop down menu above — we don’t like that word either, but Australia & New Zealand is just too long.  We also hope you'll be sure to visit the Photo Gallery from OZ on our photo page.  Plenty of nice pictures for you to enjoy over there.

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Last year, while our Tiger was on his way to Oz, we enjoyed every minute of our ten week visit to New Zealand.  We spent their Autumn with the Kiwis, with April and May corresponding to October and November in the northern hemisphere.  We enjoyed amazing fall colors all the way through our visit and were very happy to be touring NZ in the shoulder season.  We’ve posted four messages from our time in New Zealand along with a bunch of beautiful photos on our Photo Site.   For anyone interested, we’ve also written up our experience in renting a van for our New Zealand tour.

In 2016, with our Tiger back in the US after a two year tour of Latin America and six years of travel in Europe, we completed a comprehensive program of maintenance and refurbishment of La Tortuga's living quarters and running gear.  At over 180,000 miles (290,000 km), our 2007 Chevy Tiger had continued to serve us extremely well, but as we looked ahead to what we hoped to be another four or five years of overseas travel, we felt some preparation was called for.  You can read about the refurbishment of the living quarters and systems of our Tiger by going to 2016 Tiger Refit 1, and a full report on the mechanical work can be found in 2016 Tiger Refit 2.

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To access any of our stories from the road, just go to the top of any page of this site and use the drop down menus.  For Europe you can also go to our alphabetized Country Index under the Europe heading.

If you are primarily interested in pictures, you can go straight to our Photo Home Page or use the Photo Albums Menu at the top of any page.  Two different routes to the same destination. 

In 2010, our Tiger arrived in Belgium on April 1 and we began our European tour with a month in that beautiful country.  Each year from then through 2015 we spent around eight months in Europe.  For an informational wrap-up on the ins and outs of traveling in Europe in a motorhome, go to our Europe by Motorhome page and read all about budgetary and other considerations involved in our journeys.  We have six full seasons of expense information for you to peruse.  Despite varying fuel costs and exchange rates we continued to be able to travel throughout Europe within the budget we set when we began.  

In 2009 we completed our first trip to Central and South America in fine style.  We had a wonderful experience and will enjoy reliving the memories of places seen, people met and lessons learned for a long, long time.  We feel very fortunate to have been able to accomplish most of the goals we set for ourselves on that journey.  From Colombia in the north to Patagonia in the south, South America opened itself up for us in a wonderful way, and the countries of Central America were amazing in their color and diversity.  You can go to our South America or Central America pages to enjoy our stories and photos from these wonderful places.

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Our first six years of full timing (2001 to 2007) were spent in North America.  To check on our early stories from those years and our ongoing travels in North America, visit our US & Canada and Mexico pages. 

 As you have time, we hope you’ll explore the rest of our site, including the Our Vehicle pages, which continue to expand with added technical information as it comes to mind.  Our Information section also continues to grow with articles on Shipping,  Safety & Security and Storing your Vehicle.  You can also find connecting links to other travelers’ sites you might enjoy on our Links Page

You can access our photos in many ways: from any narrative page, from the Photo Album Menu, or directly from each of the main regional home pages; Europe, South America, Central America, MexicoUnited States & Canada or Australasia.  For photos of our vehicle, go either to the Our Vehicle page, or directly to Tiger Photos in the Photo Album Menu.

Finally, for fellow travelers, we’ve posted detailed Camping Logs for Central America, South America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.  You can visit these pages to see where we’ve stayed and to get detailed information on fuel costs, exchange rates, propane availability and other information for each country we’ve visited.

We hope you enjoy our travels, and your own as well! 

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“Your road is everything that a road ought to be… and yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them.

~ Mark Twain

"Once again we are reminded that our travels are made up of encounters, not only with things that can be read about and planned beforehand, but with those serendipitous kinds of things that just happen for no good reason.  One thing leads to another, to another, to another, and there is nothing that says the first experience has to have been planned - or even be a positive thing in and of itself.  The very wandering nature of our travel leads us to the meetings and encounters and experiences that together form the fabric of our memories"

~ Rick Howe

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