Raquel and David with Lost For Days join us with an inspiring story from an unexpected discovery in Alaska. On a ten day vacation, talking with other travelers, the idea of overlanding long-term was exactly what David was looking for. After a lengthy two day period, Raquel was in! Whistle; their 1998 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser joined the party with a fresh engine and transmission rebuild, along with a few other vital organs replaced. David and Raquel spent the better half of eight months getting Whistle ready for her big overland trip from California to South America.
In this two part episode, Raquel and David share their first hand experiences, tips and the most epic story of a biggest challenge overcome we’ve ever heard. Raquel also shares her favorite overlander recipe. You’ll want to hang on to your seat and strap into a five point harness for this one!
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWf07bj3rK4tvDya2VaPzTg
Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Landcruiser 100 Series LC
Fuel Capacity: 65 gallons / for approximately 700 miles
Water Capacity: 15 gallons
Washing: Hand Washing, Laundromats and trying not too dirty clothes to fast
Shower: Water pump, hose and a spritzer
Solar: Two 100 watt removable panels
Batteries: One Duralast Platinum 900 CCA and a second Optima deep cycle with 750 CCA
Travel Stove / Cooktop: Camp Chef Everest Stove
Top Pieces of Gear: 40 gallon Auxiliary fuel tank
Gear Removed: Recreation gear and clothing
Favorite Places: Acatenango volcano hike watching Volcan de Fuego, in Antigua Guatemala and the Misol Ha waterfall in Mexico.
Favorite Overlanding Recipe: “ATE” Avocado, Tomato, Egg: make guacamole paste with avocado, salt and pepper. Slice a tomato and fry an egg. Spread the guacamole on toast, place a sliced tomato, then a fried egg on the top = yumm!
Navigation: iOverlander, MapsMe, Google Maps
Communication: CB Radio, Cell phone and a Garmin inReach
Best Tip: You have to do it, start small if needed, keep it simple and pack light. Be thoughtful on the fuel economy of your vehicle.