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USA – across

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From New Mexico northwards through the Great Plains to Detroit

New Mexico: In Alamogordo I received a somewhat devastating doctor’s note, and with a limp we set off northwards. But before we travelled to the vast plains east of the Rocky Mountains, which you should experience at least once in your life, we really wanted to experience some of the indigenous culture of the past. So we drove back into the mountainous hinterland, where the earth played with the elements and created a unique landscape before human settlement. The fires have calmed down in the meantime, but the many craters still bear witness to a fiery past. Where the rock once glowed, you can now descend into the lava caverns and marvel at frozen water. Read More

Worst case

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Arizona and New Mexico; back in the USA
We were welcomed into the USA in damp conditions, but we felt a little safer after the paramilitaries on the other side of the border fence had given us directions; rain or no rain. From Organ Pipe Cactus N.M., we were accompanied by low-hanging clouds and lots of raindrops in a northerly direction. This time we followed the well-maintained state roads, as we wanted to visit a Jeep workshop in Tucson. My trusted car mechanic in the Allgäu (Allrad Pauli) recommended replacing the rear wheel bearings, as the many illuminated indicator lights signalled some kind of disaster. So, don’t take any chances! Read More

…and the dear technology

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18 April 2024 / Alamogordo (New Mexico)
Installation of reversing camera with dashcam
We ordered the camera from 4wheelparts.com and had it sent to the KOA campsite in Alamogordo. This Brandmotion reversing camera is not available in retail outlets. Read More

Baja California Norte

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….our final spurt back to the USA
After the impressive drive out into the lagoon of Guerrero Negro and a relaxing night in the sand dunes of Soledad, we continued our journey northwards. Our idea was to reach the southern border of the USA in a week at the latest. But we wanted to, because things usually turn out differently than planned 😉 Read More

South turn…

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… Baja California Sur
We enjoyed La Paz to the full before heading further south. The agglomeration extended far into the nearby mountains. The houses became fewer and fewer, but the mountains of rubbish became bigger and bigger. Entire stretches of land were filled with rubbish or objects that had no further use were dumped in the countryside. It is a real shame that the local population disregard their wonderful landscape in this way. Read More

Baja California

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…back in Mexico
The decision was actually spot on; to head east while the west was drowning in rain and mud. Despite the uneasy feeling that we hadn’t been given enough at the border, we travelled through the vast expanses of the Colorado Delta, where vegetables are grown intensively or the whole thing is left to nature. That same day, we reached a small campsite on a branch of the Colorado River run by Don, a dropout from America. Don told us about the “green zone” of Mexico and explained the customs system and the border zone along the US-Mexican border. We were able to relax and enjoy the evening and were glad that everything went smoothly. Read More

Lap of honour….

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……through southern California
After standing at the border fence to Mexico, we wanted to make the most of the remaining “insurance days” (car) for the USA. So we decided to take an extra lap through southern California. At the top of our wish list was the Mojava National Preserve, where – according to our travel guide – there is almost nothing else to be found apart from lots of nature. Read More

Going to America…

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….back to the USA
It was wintry and there was already snow around Aesch; time for us to travel back to California. Our things were quickly packed and we were off to the airport early in the morning (4.30am!!), where we were to embark on a several-hour flight. Actually, everything went really well and we left the plane in Los Angeles with a great sense of adventure. But when we entered the USA, things came to a standstill! The immigration officer wouldn’t let us in and a short time later we were stuck in an immigration office for almost two hours. It was an uncertain time and we had all kinds of fears that we would not be able to re-enter the USA. The 6 months we had spent in the past year made the officials suspicious and the questioning on our part was correspondingly tedious. The immigration authorities couldn’t quite understand how we were financing our lives and were accordingly suspicious that we would be working somewhere and how in the USA. Read More

Holidays

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Yes, even long-term travellers need a break from the daily grind every now and then. So we decided to leave our Jeep in California for Christmas and New Year 2023/24 in Santa Paula and jetted off to Europe without further ado. The first birthday of our grandchild, whom we had never seen before, was a further incentive for the return journey. Read More

The wilderness around Los Angeles

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…from Joshua Tree National Park to the dream road “1” and back to Los Angeles.
For our second attempt at Joshua Tree N.P., we chose a side entrance, far from a well-maintained road. Although the Joshua trees are somewhat sparse on the south side, the vast landscape is very calming and the large stone fields and mountains are perfect for hiking. We found a great place to spend the night at one of the two campsites, where the rule is “first come – first served”, in the middle of strangely shaped boulders. For the other campsites, you have to book your pitch online in advance, or you have to leave the national park to connect to the internet. This leaving is a double-digit number of kilometres in the upper area; absolute nonsense! Read More