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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”unknown

We are Bruce & Rebecca and The Yellow Van. We had been married for 15 years, living ordinary professional couple lives, but, for the last 10 of which, we had cultivated a dream (frequently feeding it with good bottles of wine) to take time out for an epic road-trip. In the summer of 2014, we turned the dream into reality, giving up our “good” jobs, getting rid of most of our accumulated stuff (putting the rest in storage), renting out our house in Oxford and moving into our converted yellow VW T4 – “The Yellow Van”. In October 2014 we shipped the van from London to Montevideo, Uruguay, for the start of our overland adventure in Latin America. You can see where we’ve been on our route map page and read our postcards home, accompanied by lots of photos. There are more frequently posted Facebook updates here. We are also doing occasional blogs on some themes of the trip (such as wine tasting, rock climbing, …) under the heading topics. Having been all the way south to “the end of the world” (Tierra del Fuego) and on to Antarctica, our original idea was to drive all the way to Mexico, but we slowed down as we travelled and took our time to enjoy what we were seeing and experiencing. Over time, it became less about going somewhere and more about being somewhere. So we finished our driving trip with a long exploration of Colombia and returned to the UK from Cartagena in January 2017.  The picture above was taken in front of the Torres del Paine in the far south of Chile in January 2015.

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  1. Wow nice site. I especially like the header image on the home page. Looks very much like ribblehead viaduct taken near the station inn? One of my very regular haunts. We are just in Chiloe sat in a cafe and are about attempt to see penguins for the fourth time. Did you get upcondor wall? Our blog Addy is chickenandlobster.com

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    • Hi Neil, glad you found us! Yes, it is Ribblehead – a favoured spot and destination for a (very brief) try out trip in the van. Yes, Bruce had a good day on the wall the day after you guys headed off. He says to tell you the route’s called The Carsten Route (for your logbook). Lovely to have had a sociable day’s cragging with you guys. Thanks for introducing yourselves and enjoy the rest of your travels. See you on a Yorkshire crag one day! Rebecca

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    Volcano! Hope you’re many miles from the ash cloud as pics look dramatic on BBC news. We’re making progress with work exit and off to Düsseldorf show end August to spec & buy vehicle. Luckily have comp tickets to Uruguay/Argentina mid October for a month long fly drive then back to Europe to collect 4×4 Sprinter or Ducato shipping to Halifax early next year. Happy days ahead hopefully bump into you both when in USA provided the wheels don’t fall off whatever we end up driving! Regards from London or should we say Republic of England if Scots have their way in the elections next month! Sage driving you two ~ D&Mx

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