News from the road
News from the road
One day we decided to travel. One day we decided to visit all world. One day we bought the UMM to go with us. We wanted to go back to Africa and explore it more. It took 5 years to be ready. Meanwhile, we changed the country where we were living in, got new jobs, bought a new flat, sold the new flat and Marzena got older : ) But Africa needs to wait – we want to explore the New World first –
a trip through 3 Americas is going to begin. Stay tunned.
We were now in Maya realm, well only at its gates because it stretches to the whole of the Yucatán peninsula, the Mexican states of Chiapas, Belize, Guatemala and even Honduras. But time will come for everything. For the first contact with this civilization, we choose the archaeological site in Palenque. Before we got there […]
We continue our journey east, towards the Gulf of Mexico. The first goal was Tuxpan, where we would meet Ze Paulo, our friend from work in Poland. Arrived to Tuxpan and driving along the promenade towards the campground, we were stopped by municipal police. We were about to be accused of driving a heavy truck […]
For several months, Sergio, threatened that his time to rest was approaching and he would finally rest! The true expedition would start in Mexico and end in Argentina. In contrast to Canada and United States, which were largely planned by Marzena, a Polish woman, this meant that we had to see EVERYTHING that we could […]
We’re going to Tuxpan Vera Cruz, on the east coast. On the way, we drove through Barranca del Cobre, Copper Canyon. It is bigger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. We stopped in Durango for the night. The rain did not leave us, but at least it wasn’t cold. In the evening we visited the […]
Greetings from Mexico. The border crossing between the States and Mexico went smoothly. Marzena didn’t even need to leave the car to get her visa done. The car had its inspection done in just a few minutes. The food in the fridge was of no interest to the nice police lady. She was more interested […]
Going west, after parting with Andrea and Thomas, such shapes loomed on the horizon, letting us know what awaited us. Monument Valley. The place is known for the western movies, which were shot there; about 100 of them (westerns and not only). The entire area belongs to the Navajo Indian Tribal Park. However, before we […]
We run away from the heat of Nevada and headed up to the next state, Utah. The name of the state probably comes from the names of indigenous Americans – Ute Indians. There are two theories for the origin of the word: the first says that it comes from the dialect Ute, meaning “people of […]
Death Valley. We arrived to our chosen overnight camp, on the side of a mountain leading to the valley, just after dark. It was one of the worst nights that Marzena had ever experienced. It wasn’t cold, the sky was beautiful with stars all around and we got the last spot available! How lucky can […]
After the luxuries of San Francisco we returned to our normal routine. Our next was to make a loop east, up to Colorado. The dates were tight because back in Oregon we agreed with Andrea and Thomas to visit Utah’s parks together. Driving east of San Francisco, we had to cross the Sierra Nevada, part […]
So far, Oregon wins from all the states visited. It has an ocean coast, good food, (an important feature for Sergio), volcanoes and, most important to Marzena, it has mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts and a unique forest. But first things first. After the luxuries of visiting Sarah and Andrew, we had to get back to […]
Destiny is a mix of chance and luck. That’s the only way to explain ending up at the same campground that Andrew and Sarah choose! We rarely camp in state parks or national park campgrounds. Only when in need of a nice shower and that happens only when the dust on our body can be […]
We did not make reservation for the ferry in Victoria on the Vancouver Island. Why should we? We have time. And what if we like it so much and decided to stay longer?! Three hours before the planned ferry we arrived and were informed that on the 10:30 ferry there was a 30% chance of […]
We reached the western end of Canada. The time difference is 8h back compared to Portugal. We camped in a campsite about 10 km from the center and prepare to explore the city. We started by visiting VanDusen Botanical Garden and China Town. Then we had to try Asian food. Had to start with sushi, […]
And again in Canada. Had, once again, no problems crossing the border. Fires and smoke, unfortunately, knows no boundaries. Everything was smoky. We pass through Kootenay National Park, we witnessed active fires and the destruction that it leaves behind. Almost the whole park was closed. We were only able to choose a small hike in […]
The coldest park is, of course, the Glacier National Park. At the beginning of the park’s existence, in the 1910s, there were about 80 of them. Currently, there are only 36. They are melting. The predictions say that they should all be gone in 2030. So, let’s hurry to see this beautiful corner of our […]
Leaving Yellowstone heading north we found ourselves in Montana. We had a lot to drive, because the state of Montana is bigger than then Poland. We stayed for a night near Butte. Found a nice place in a forest clearance that is also very popular with the locals. The spot was named by them as […]
It’s time to visit the Yogi Bear. You just have to remember not to leave the picnic baskets unattended. It’s just a cartoon, but the message is real. Everywhere there is information that we are in a bear country and tips on how to behave. Well, bears will not only come be for food, but […]
Before we got to Yellowstone, we had another mountain range to cross. The views were wonderful and for the first time we were 10,000 feet, or almost 3000 m, high. The car faced the hardships of the mountain with courage, but couldn’t hide the deep discomfort and slowly crept forward. In the middle of the […]
Even such a reliable car as a 30-year UMM, needs some attention from the owner, a loyal fan of the brand.
Well, we’re in the United States. They let us in and our car 🙂 Border police were not particularly interested in us. Just asked the standard question of what we are doing here, whether we have family in the USA, etc. They did not even look in the fridge. The first miracle of nature that […]
Water, water, water. There is water everywhere in Canada. It is not known whether this is a land with a large number of lakes or the other way around. In Poland there is a region named the land of a thousand lakes (Masuria), Canada should be named the land of a million lakes. It is […]
Planning is not our specialty. We know where we want to go, at least we think we do, allowing ourselves time to reach it. Anyway, the planned route also changes under the influence of people we meet along the way. The most important date for Canadians was approaching, and we had to decide where we […]
Following along the Saint Lawrence river we crossed the border of another province without even noticing it. We’re already in Ontario. After experiencing a overcrowded Montreal, we concluded that big cities were not for us. So we decided to bypass Ottawa, the capital, and head to Niagara Falls. But before we got there a lot […]
15-20, 24-28 June 2018 1500 km It is enough to cross the border into Quebec to immediately feel the differences – everyone around speaks French, all signs are in French, KFC is now PFK and can only be recognized by the logotype. Well, we were told that we would find Quebeckers not to be as […]
12-15 and 20-24 June 2018 2ooo km The weather since the beginning of our trip was not the best but so far we had managed. But in New Brunswick it was too much – rain, wind, cold – made it almost impossible to camp and explore. We fled to the next province for a moment […]
9-12 June 2018 585 km From Nova Scotia we took off to Island of Prince Edward by ferry. A small, mainly agricultural island with a great history, Charlottetown Conference took place here, and … a fictional figure known all around the world, well at least in Poland. The previous post was an announcement of what […]
Who will guess where we are now? First person who will respond correctly, will get a postcard from us 🙂
28.05.2018 – 9.06.2018 3.034 KM Halifax welcomed us with the sun. We had our last meal on board and went ashore. We booked a stay in a student house in the city centre, the cheapest option 🙂 Super conditions. In Halifax, we spent 3 days visiting the city, picking up the car from customs clearance […]
Crossing the Atlantic took us 7 days. The weather was good, it did not sway too much. Container ship had only 12 passengers, experienced travelers (except us :). Przeprawa przez Atlantyk zajęła nam 7 dni. Pogoda sprzyjała, nie kołysało za bardzo. Kontenerowiec miał tylko 12 pasażerów, sami doświadczeni podróżnicy (oprócz nas :).
We spent a couple of days visiting Liverpool. W oczekiwaniu na statek spędzilismy w Liverpoolu parę dni.
So our first stage is now done. We arrived to Liverpool and dropped UMM in the port. Now we have to wait till day 21 to set sail to Halifax. All went well except for the time in France when the wiper rods gaine a life of their own and just took off! During this […]
The UMM 4×4 design is derived from a prototype created by the French engineering firm Cournil, called Entrepreneur. The Cournil Entrepreneur’s building rights were acquired by the Portuguese company União Metalo-Mecânica, part of the Mocar group and were renamed as UMM. They became known for their durability, especially when in the Paris-Dakar rally the team […]
So it is decided. In May, we will start our trip. First steps are predicted. It will start in Portugal, then 21st of May the three of us will cross Atlantic starting in Liverpool and heading to Halifax, Canada. From there, anything can happen. Please keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned.