On The Road Again…

On the road again –
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway

We’re the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way…

On the road again –
Well I just can’t wait to get on the road again….

Sprinter Life is back on the road. We’re FREEEEEEEEE!

We packed up the van with all the important stuff and headed for Lima. This begins a 3 month road trip adventure that will span Stevie’s 2nd Trimester.

Our 8 hour drive south was filled with plenty of great South American sights that reminded me why I love being a nomad!

These next two shots are classic.

On this first one you have to look carefully to fully see and appreciate what is going on. This guys is cutting through 4 lanes of busy traffic on his bike. There is a custom built platform on the front. On the platform rides and un-tethered baby stroller complete with infant. On the back rides Mom, saddleback style. Only in Peru !

Here is another great custom built bicycle shot. These guys are urban recyclers. They scavenge through trash looking for items to fix and resell. Here they are backing up traffic for half a mile by taking up a full lane on a busy highway near downtown Lima. They didn’t seemed too fussed about it. Looks like they’ve found some bootie… mattresses, microwave, TV, a fan… plus I’m pretty sure that’s the Tasmanian Devil strapped to the front.

Anyway, the drive was easy until we entered the outskirts of Lima. We immediately got lost. Below Stevie tries to get directions from a cop. We had already been pulled over earlier in the day and received a full shake down, (cops trying to extort bribes, which we refused to pay), but this guy was ok. However his directions were useless.  Somehow he failed to notice the big white van behind him and thought Stevie was traveling by foot, so he gave us a restricted bus route that isn’t open to general traffic. 

These interactions are usually 50/50, and this one in particular netted zero results. After cruising through some bad neighborhoods we finally found a cab and hired it to lead us to Mira Flores where there is a popular overlanders hostel.

We arrived to find our good friends from Lost World Expedition taking up the best parking spot (as always). I was going to complain, but then Luis cooked us up a wicked BBQ. He gets a pass this time. We love those guys!

So what’s our plan???

We’ll be here in Lima for a week. We’re excited to check out the city, plus Stevie has a prenatal doctors appointment.

After that, we’ll fly to the USA for 3 weeks. I will have 2 surgeries, one on each ear. Stevie will have a baby shower.

Then we fly back and drive to Southern Peru to visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.

Then we plan to cross the border into Bolivia and explore a new country.

Although we’ve received several “raised eyebrows” about the fact that we’ll be traveling and living in van for the next few months of the pregnancy, honestly we feel absolutely great about it. Stevie is feeling solid, and what better way to introduce our child to the nomadic lifestyle!

After Bolivia we’ll head back up to Huanchaco where our apartment awaits us. We’re still working on the plan of where to have the baby, but it will be somewhere in South America. Lots of variables and decisions to make on that front, but for now we plan to enjoy life on the road during the second trimester. That’s the update!




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  1. You said “Titicaca”. HA HA

  2. Chris Bg says:

    woooo kikiiiiiiii!!!!!!!

  3. Joseph Rufra says:

    is that a euphorbia cacti in the pic, or a giant trichocereus? bummer(yeah, i know its not a trichocereus)

  4. Alexis Schafer says:

    kiki!!!!!! I ♥ Kiki!

  5. Judy Shuman says:

    ” Happy Day Sweetie!” ~

  6. Yay Kiki!! I miss you!! Vote with me that Mom and Dad have their precious bundle in Hood River! I hear it is beautiful there in the summer/early fall! xxx

  7. Anonymous says:

    Man! I remember Lima traffic being insane! I think we found out later that there are a ridiculous number of auto-ped accidents there… daily!

  8. John Rich says:

    Sounds like a solid plan Tree. Best of luck with the surgeries. Did you find any takers for Mongo?


  9. Frank Cody Bartos-Ortiz says:

    Great shot! Your an artist with that camera! Keep it up!

  10. Valerie Anderson says:

    you gonna rally on the Urubamba River?

  11. David Leher says:

    The dog should write a book!

  12. PURE INSPIRATION! You all rock!!! And for the “raised eyebrows” AKA naysayers — http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=naysayer — view the glass half full or completely full, spilling over with love for life. If you need anything, let us know!

    • Thanks buddy. Can’t wait to see our kids play together one day my friend! Hope you are well up in Costa. We’re thinking about you guys.

  13. I DARE you to surf Lima!

    Okay, not really. I don’t think you could take enough antibiotics to guarantee your safety. The trashed beach and filthy water there just made me sad… hopefully, somebody will figure out a way to clean it up one day.

    • I would be out there in a second, but I can’t surf right now due to my ear problems. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

      Where are you guys going next? It sounds like you’re heading up Brazil. Are you going all the way back to the top?

  14. Andrew McConnell says:

    Awesome Post, I have been lurking on here for a while, following your travels and glad to see Mongo is well.
    We have 4 dogs, French Bulldogs and travel by RV.
    Stay Safe.


  15. another great Kiki pic!

  16. Ivan Prates says:

    Where are you going now?

    • how are you my friend. We’re heading to Bolivia, but then most likely back to Peru to have the baby. Sorry, but no Brazil for us yet. We’ll get there soon though and when we do, we can’t wait to see you! TREE

  17. Liz Ancona Libman says:

    Such a great shot!!!

  18. Sarah Lechago says:

    Too bad! I’ll be in Brazil again in late June to early July

  19. mamatuyas says:

    I’m SO glad you are going to Machu Picchu – it is absolutely incredible. You will get to see it in all its original structural glory (except the thatch roofs, painted stucco walls, and gold-plated rooms of course). Thank god the Spaniards never found it – they dismantled every native structure they found to use the stones to build their much inferior buildings, (do a blog on the Inca earthquake-proof buiidings!). But Machu Picchu was hidden and therefore preserved. Because it is remote, MP also shows you how beautifully the Peruano people built in harmony with nature. Swirling mists rising up out of the river valley, peaks reaching to the clouds, and each building a love song to their gods (of the river, mountains, winds, heavens) – amazing.

    I also liked visiting Amantani Island in Lake Titicaca (like stepping back in time) – but life IS primitive there, and I got sick eating the food. Be careful Pregnant Ones. Love you.

    • We are so excited!! I really want to go to Amantani Island too. Maybe I should pack my own food. I can’t risk food poisoning. I’m a little concerned about the altitude in Bolivia too….I need to research how that will affect the jumping bean. Can’t wait to see you!

  20. Great Plans!
    Did you figure out what you are going to do with Mongo? Or is he along for the ride right now.. Also, are you going to get some custom ear plugs after the surgeries and what is the wait time to get out on the water?
    Have fun, cheers- be safe

    • Hey Tim,
      Mongo is staying with a friend of ours in Huanchaco.
      I’m looking at 6 weeks out of the water. For ear plugs I’m thinking Docs.

      We fly to the states in a few days. Should be a fun trip.

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