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by Gari M. Stroh

eBook Overland: A Mercedes-Benz Journey Through the Americas download ISBN: 1884886914
Author: Gari M. Stroh
Publisher: StarGroup International; 1st edition (September 5, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 223
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Overland-A Mercedes-Benz Journey Through The Americas-is a journey, a year-long road trip from Colorado to Argentina and back covering 34,000 miles through 17 countries.

Overland-A Mercedes-Benz Journey Through The Americas-is a journey, a year-long road trip from Colorado to Argentina and back covering 34,000 miles through 17 countries. Not only does OVERLAND describe the Overland-A Mercedes-Benz Journey Through The Americas-is a journey, a year-long road trip from Colorado to Argentina and back covering 34,000 miles through 17 countries.

Overland: A Mercedes-Benz Journey Through the Americas. A couple things struck me about their journey that could be teaching moments for anyone looking to do an overland adventure: 1) Make sure you have double the amount of money you 'think' you'll need 2) Pack light! Their advanced planning was good, but had they taken less 'stuff' with them, it would have been a lot less burdensome.

94 offers an adventure travel story about his yearlong road trip down the Pan-American Highway to Argentina from Colorado and back, logging 34,000 miles through 17 countries. StarGroup International, 2008. Offices & Services.

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Now we’re beginning the next stage of the journey. The guiding principle of this reporting is one we have developed-city by city, story by story, question by question, surprise by surprise-through our years of travel.

Now we’re beginning the next stage of the journey. The central premise is that the most positive and practical developments in this stage of American life are happening at the local and regional level-but that most Americans have barely heard of those developments except in the communities where they themselves live. Of course the paralysis and division of national politics matter.

Overland-A Mercedes-Benz Journey Through The Americas-is a journey, a year-long road trip from Colorado to Argentina and back covering 34,000 miles through 17 countries. On this incredible journey, the author and his vehicle are faced with military roadblocks, confusing border crossings, high altitude mountain passes and steamy jungles. Not only does OVERLAND describe the hardships, lonliness and daily challenges of being behind the wheel day after day, it also speaks of the wonderfull people met on the road and the incredible beauty of the world we live in.
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I thought this was a great read and a nice account of an amazing journey through Central and South America. A lot of adventurous people would probably jump at the opportunity to take such an adventure if only the right things 'lined' up in their lives. This is a great way to live through his experiences. What I really liked about his approach to travel, is that he just DID it. Did it alone, Didn't have a bunch of sponsors to please ...and didn't take everything including the kitchen sink. I think that adds more adventure to it. His writing style is brief and to the point. He points out numerous oddities as they present themselves and explores his feelings that occur while driving long distances alone. The run-on sentences, as another reviewer pointed out, don't bother me at all. In fact, I like the conversational style. I too would have liked to have seen a little more emotional detail in his writing. I think you could see more of that coming through at the end of his journal when he had time to reflect and measure against where he had been ...and could see the end in sight. At the point where he sends off his second girlfriend (or whoever she was??) at the Rio airport and heads towards the Amazon jungle, I think one begins to see him becoming more poetic about his emotions and connecting them to his experiences.

There is one passage in the book I particularly love, and agree with to a large degree, when he quotes Paul Theroux. I think is worth rewriting: "Travel is at its best a solitary experience: to see, to examine, to assess, you have to be alone and unencumbered. Other people can mislead you; they crowd your meandering impressions with their own. If they are companionable, they obstruct your view, and if they are boring they corrupt the silence with non-sequiturs, shattering your concentration; it's hard to see clearly or think straight in the company of other people; not only do I feel self-conscious, but the perceptions that are necessary to writing are difficult to manage when someone else is thinking out loud."

Back in the early 90's I spent a full 6 months in S. American traveling much of the 'Gringo Trail' that Gari took and staying with locals and families I met. I did it on a shoestring. It was a tremendous experience, one that I think every adventurous person should attempt in whatever capacity or time frame they can. It's way more adventurous than European travel. I could really relate to many of his experiences. The "Gringo Trail' is an imaginary route which essentially rings the perimeter of South America. That's where the hottest sites exist, including: Maccu Piccu, Southern Peru, The Andes, and, the beaches of Brazil. Most travelers take this route with a few off-shoots. Back then, there REALLY were dangers in the Shining Path (Peru), Cartels of Columbia, and Brazil was just 'starting' to get it together. But just like Gari indicates in his book, at just about every point when it is the most needed, a kind stranger comes from nowhere to help out or guides ya safely back on the right track. I really liked that Gari outlined his experiences cutting across the Amazonian HWY because that is something that is NOT on the Gringo trail and, frankly, most travelers will never get to experience just do to the remoteness and potential dangers of it.

Back in the 90s there weren't that many foreigners traveling the Gringo Trail. Mostly Australians, Britts, quite a few Isreali's (which always travel in large groups), and a smattering of Germans and N. Europeans (in that order). Definitely no Asians at that point. Some but few Americans. In keeping with Paul Therouxs' philosophy, I always traveled alone because, in addition to what he wrote, having a travel partner means having a convenient 'crutch' to lean on. Let me stress this: the single traveler will indeed meet WAY more local people, learn the language FAST, be invited to more family dinners and parties, have the ability to detour on a whim to explore new experiences. And ...ALWAYS meet girls! And I can't stress that last point enough.

In fact, that is one area in Gari's travel accounts that surprised me the most. Back in the day, and I'm sure it's still true today, a clean-cut guy, especially an American traveling alone, could hardly NOT meet local girls. I'm talking high-quality, smart, really good looking girls, from good families that were eligible gals if you know what I mean. Sometimes they would just come right up and ask you the usual questions and ask you to a party. The difficulty was deciding which ones were keepers and when it was time to move on. I knew guys traveling in pairs or small groups and none ever had any luck. And to be honest, while I think traveling by car (and I've done it in other areas) allows a person access certain remote areas others may not get to, it also creates a cocoon of sorts and isolates the traveler. Traveling by local bus (forget trains in S. America except possibly Peru), or hitch hiking, puts the traveler right smack dab in the trenches and forces ya to navigate THEIR society ...and meet more locals. Plus, you don't have the baggage of worrying about where to store your vehicle or what might happen to it. You still get all the border crossing 'excitement' and so much more. Such a traveler can concentrate on integrating with locals. I would venture to say that I had quite a number more unusual and exhilarating experiences with way many more locals that Gari did ...and I would re-meet American travelers (guys or gals traveling in groups) elsewhere on the Gringo trail months later who never met or spent time with locals or dated ....and they marveled at the experiences I had. I was really surprised that Gari met up with a couple fellow American girls who I can imagine were girlfriends of sorts. Holy cow, just think of all the fun Brazilian girls he could have gotten to know! My point here is; Gari was able to share a slice of his experiences and they were great, but, just about any traveler could have a deep and meaningful time (maybe moreso) by taking regular public transportation.

So, even though Gari or Paul Theroux didn't say it, I'm going to ...traveling alone is a kick-ass way to meet locals and, especially, girls, which leads to parties ....meeting their friends ...and becoming deeply integrated into the local culture. Then, you suddenly create a network of people offering to have ya stay at their place with their families and friends. I think the entire 4-5 months I was in Brazil I only stayed at hotels, which I paid for, for no more than one week!! Friends would literally call up relatives or friends in cities you were planning to visit and make arrangements. They would take you to the beach with them, you'd get offers from other friends and so on. For me, it was really nerve wracking that I would be seeing one really nice girl, then meet another one and spend a lot of emotional energy trying to figure out what to do next. That's how it was non-stop for 6 months.

Something else that other reviewers have picked up and rightly commented about that I think is worth exploring. That is when Gari became overwhelmed and returned to the USA to take a break and gain his energy back. He then returned some months later to LaPaz to resume his journey. First of all, unless one has traveled intensively for 5 months or more alone, I don't think one can appreciate how difficult it is to keep up the positive emotional energy it takes. 5 months seems to be the cut-off for me. Places like the dry, dusty Altiplano in the northern Andes, and LaPaz really can take a toll on ya. Maybe that's where having a companion would do some good. But, at some point most people begin to feel a sense of worthlessness, or wasted opportunity. As nice as it sounds to be care-free and seeing the world for months, western society has ingrained into most of us a sense of productivity ...that we must produce, produce something! The feeling of being stagnant and not moving forward is a very difficult one and eats away at ya. I've felt it and I have talked to other travelers who have experienced it as well. So, I can relate to what he went through. Also, while traveling alone has it's merits, having a good partner is a balancing act and can have its merits as well. It can be a hollow feeling to experience amazing situations day in and day out but not have anyone to share it with. Gari explores that as well.

Also, for the traveler considering such an adventure, hotels, food, bus tickets and so on, can be incredibly inexpensive in the N. Andes. I stayed in a number of hotels in the Andes and often negotiated week-long deals for $3 and $4 per night! And these generally would have a private bath, or shared with only one other room (no per floor bathrooms). People tend to think it is very dangerous there, and yes, some pick-pocketing might happen, (I was mugged in Rio), but also, there are many, many other positive experiences that more than make up for a bad experience. And the really funny thing is that South Americans generally feel that the USA is an even more dangerous place ...and some cities probably are.

One other aspect of Gari's story that I really liked was how he interweaved the features of his G-Wagon SUV into the story. That was one of the main reasons I read it. Truthfully, I would actually liked to have had MORE vehicle details interjected into his story. Not that I'm in to G-Wagons (I'm not), but he had to depend on it and therefore it became an important character in the adventure. The Gelandewagon by Mercedes (technically a partnership with Steyr-Puch of Austria) can be a wallet-busting luxury SUV costing well into six figures! It's the best of the best for those who have the money. However, Gari's is an older, stripped-down 1985 example with roll-up windows and minimal creature comforts. You can find similar examples on Ebay for less than a lightly used minivan. But being basic like it was means less to fail. It was probably the perfect vehicle for such an adventure. I was impressed with his knowledge of the machine and ability to do the maintenance and troubleshooting. I truly liked how he dropped various features of the G-wagon into the story and how those features provided an advantage other vehicles might not possess. I strongly believe one could substitute the G-Wagon with a number of other similar vehicles which I think would also get the job done, from a $4,000 Land Rover Discovery TDI, to a solid-axle K5 Chevrolet Blazer (diesel ..although they are pretty thirsty), or something like Pajero/Montero, Toyota p/u, ....or even a low-down $5,000 Jeep Cherokee diesel would probably have made that trip just fine ...although Gari would probably argue otherwise. Not taking anything away from the Gelandewagon, but with the right skills and tools, there are many tough SUV's out there that can take a lot of punishment and are easier on the wallet.

So, to wrap this all up, I really appreciated Gari's recounting of his amazing experiences. If you are into overland adventures or are motivated to experience South America, this would be a fun book to read.
I had read a review of this book in Overland Journal ([...]) so it looked like it was worth purchasing. Mr. Stroh's travels through South America are well described and entertaining. His choice of a M-B G-Wagon was a good one ans the vehicle served his purposes well. As the reviewer in Overland Journal pointed out, as a member of Stroh brewing family, he had a lot of "flexibility" with this trip and he certainly didn't talk about any dish washing jobs he neded to take on along the way to pay for fuel filter replacements if you catch my drift.

If you've ever considered pursuing a trip of this magnitude, reading this book will certainly give you more perspective on what to expect.
Great book of adventure and south American exploration. The book is written in a very easy to read fashion that enables the read to feel like they are just along for the ride. The straight forward thoughts and emotions transcend the easy going nature of the traveling life style and the earning for the open road.
A real experience of travel though Mexico, Central America and into South America. Informative with the ins and outs by overland travel from the USA, a great solo journey where you see the kindness from those with the least offer the most support and help in real everyday life.
If your interested in what may happen to you on an overland journey from North America down to South America then this book will have some helpful points and interesting stories. That said, this book could have been so much more.

The writing style is not very exciting. The paragraphs just seem to be lines taken out of a journal and not really told in a exciting type of way. The photos would have really helped this book if they had been put on the proper pages instead of lumping them all together to save on printing costs.

Most of the photos are also not very exciting, and are printed too small.

I would have given 3 stars for better layout, 4 stars for better photos and 5 stars for better writing. I will give the author 5 stars for doing what he did, and will envy him from now until the end of time, unless of course I do it myself.