On the road again –
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way…
On the road again –
Well I just can’t wait to get on the road again….
Sprinter Life is back on the road. We’re FREEEEEEEEE!
We packed up the van with all the important stuff and headed for Lima. This begins a 3 month road trip adventure that will span Stevie’s 2nd Trimester.
Our 8 hour drive south was filled with plenty of great South American sights that reminded me why I love being a nomad!
These next two shots are classic.
On this first one you have to look carefully to fully see and appreciate what is going on. This guys is cutting through 4 lanes of busy traffic on his bike. There is a custom built platform on the front. On the platform rides and un-tethered baby stroller complete with infant. On the back rides Mom, saddleback style. Only in Peru !
Here is another great custom built bicycle shot. These guys are urban recyclers. They scavenge through trash looking for items to fix and resell. Here they are backing up traffic for half a mile by taking up a full lane on a busy highway near downtown Lima. They didn’t seemed too fussed about it. Looks like they’ve found some bootie… mattresses, microwave, TV, a fan… plus I’m pretty sure that’s the Tasmanian Devil strapped to the front.
Anyway, the drive was easy until we entered the outskirts of Lima. We immediately got lost. Below Stevie tries to get directions from a cop. We had already been pulled over earlier in the day and received a full shake down, (cops trying to extort bribes, which we refused to pay), but this guy was ok. However his directions were useless. Somehow he failed to notice the big white van behind him and thought Stevie was traveling by foot, so he gave us a restricted bus route that isn’t open to general traffic.
These interactions are usually 50/50, and this one in particular netted zero results. After cruising through some bad neighborhoods we finally found a cab and hired it to lead us to Mira Flores where there is a popular overlanders hostel.
We arrived to find our good friends from Lost World Expedition taking up the best parking spot (as always). I was going to complain, but then Luis cooked us up a wicked BBQ. He gets a pass this time. We love those guys!
So what’s our plan???
We’ll be here in Lima for a week. We’re excited to check out the city, plus Stevie has a prenatal doctors appointment.
After that, we’ll fly to the USA for 3 weeks. I will have 2 surgeries, one on each ear. Stevie will have a baby shower.
Then we fly back and drive to Southern Peru to visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.
Then we plan to cross the border into Bolivia and explore a new country.
Although we’ve received several “raised eyebrows” about the fact that we’ll be traveling and living in van for the next few months of the pregnancy, honestly we feel absolutely great about it. Stevie is feeling solid, and what better way to introduce our child to the nomadic lifestyle!
After Bolivia we’ll head back up to Huanchaco where our apartment awaits us. We’re still working on the plan of where to have the baby, but it will be somewhere in South America. Lots of variables and decisions to make on that front, but for now we plan to enjoy life on the road during the second trimester. That’s the update!