This is a picture of my father’s truck being craned into a ship bound for Colombia. It was then and is now the fastest, cheapest ocean passage to the next continent. Back then it had its risks – our camper was impounded for three days before my father broke us out of a customs lot in Cartagena and went on the run for a week. But the intervening 30 years have made it worse. I hate to dig out the “research” I did before Gary and I embarked but it’s the elephant in the room. We decide to book passage from Balboa, Panama to Manta Ecuador instead. We’ll give up Colombia and Venezuela for a country where our Ford F350 and Avion will hopefully raise only eyebrows, not ransom demands.
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