We met Ricky and Kathy in their Traveling tortuga when they where in Panama planng the trip acrosss to Columbia. They have since stayed on the road and are still at it. They shure show that it s never to late to hit the road in search for new adventures. Thats the way to go :) They travel in an 2007 Provan Tiger Motorhome built on Silverado Classic chassis that uses the 2006 Duramax engine
We left our home in Paso Robles, California nine years ago, on Halloween, 2001, and haven’t looked back since. We left that day on a motorcycle towing a small tent trailer. As we had always vacationed by motorcycle, this seemed logical to us, though it would have worked out better had we left home in spring instead of autumn.
After about three months of mostly cold weather we bought our first used motor home in Florida and have gone through a couple others along the way. During our first six years on the road, we traveled throughout the US, Canada and Mexico; visiting the ten provinces and two territories of Canada that you can drive to, much of Mexico and all but one of the states - and no, the missing one is neither Hawaii nor Alaska. As you will see on other pages of our site, we thoroughly enjoyed every day of that six years.
If you like, you can read about our travels during this period in our US & Canada and Mexico pages. Then, having met lots of folks doing far more adventurous things, we decided it was time to begin moving further afield. After what passes, with us, for lots of thought and research, we dropped everything, traveled cross country - actually from Guanajuato, Mexico to Columbia, South Carolina - in order to pick out a suitable rig and set out on a new adventure. You can read all about our choice by going to the Our Vehicle page.
In June 2007 we headed north for a second time to Alaska and Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories, all the way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the furthest north you can drive in the western hemisphere. We then began traveling south along the Pan American Highway; through Mexico and Central America and headed for South America.
We left the States in December 2007 and arrived in Cartagena, Colombia on June 1, 2008, beginning a tour of South America that took us down the spine of the Andes to Tierra del Fuego at the far southern tip of the western hemisphere, actually as far south as you can drive anywhere in the world, visiting six countries before we shipped our vehicle and flew ourselves home from Buenos Aires in June 2009. You can go directly to our South America or Central America pages to share these adventures with us.
Every Country, State, and Region we have visited has rewarded us with experiences and memories to last a lifetime and the pleasure just never seems to end. This life on the road that we’ve chosen has been everything we ever hoped it would be and there is no end in sight for us. After spending some time in the US, we shipped our rig to Europe in Spring 2010 to begin our exploration of that continent and you can go to our Europe page to see what we’re currently up to.
After that, who knows? Australia, New Zealand, Africa and a return to South America all beckon and who can say what else might be around that next turn in the road. There is so much to see and do in this always fascinating world we inhabit, and planning that far ahead just doesn’t seem to be our style. In this website we hope to share with you our successes and our difficulties, the good times and the hard times; all in the hope that you will not only enjoy our tale, but will take inspiration from it to expand your own horizons in whatever directions you may choose.
If you should have any questions about our life on the road or our travels, please send us an email; we’d be delighted to hear from you. In all of our time on the road, our motto has been “No Checklists, No Schedules”. Over time we learned that in following that simple rule we had become Travelers, not Tourists. Welcome Along!