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The Long Trip South

October 10th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Vanessa’s nephew Nate, and his lovely lady, Sarah as well as their pooch Grady are on their way to Tierra Del Fuego in a 1994 Dodge Cummins turbo Diesel. Check out this interview and think about the trip… this is something I would have dreamed about doing when I was younger…

Nate Larochelle and Sara Paul

Maine couple stops en route to Argentina
By KEVIN PIEPER kevinp@baxterbulletin.com
October 8, 2012

One thing Nate Larochelle and Sarah Paul of Saco, Maine, won’t sacrifice is a good-quality beer. Just about everything else is on the chopping block.
For the past two years, the couple has given up cable television, dining out, and paying for Internet service and rent, all to save for an 18-month road trip to Argentina.
“We still like a good beer,” Sarah said. “We didn’t want to go to Milwaukee’s Best, so we just cut back on the amount we drink.”
The couple, Nate, 29, and Sarah, 26, were in Lakeview last week getting work done on their 1996 4×4 Dodge Ram pickup in preparation for their trip. It seems a heavy-duty suspension is in order for South American roads.
After being stung by the traveling bug during a trip to Costa Rica a few years ago, the couple completely changed their lifestyle to finance the trip to Argentina.
At times, Sarah worked up to five jobs and Nate started a construction business. The couple purchased an Airstream trailer and lived rent-free on Nate’s parents’ property, saving every penny possible. Now, everything they own fits into their truck, which is essentially the couple’s home.
“We can go anywhere, anytime,” Nate said. “The freedom is amazing.”
The adventure
The couple, who began their adventure Sept. 18, changed their route after learning that Danny Gaston of Dodge Off Road in Lakeview was one of the few places in the United States that could do the suspension work needed to make the megatrip.
“Danny was just great to work with,” Nate said. “We operate on the basis that most people in the world are friendly, and we have found that to be especially true here in the South.”
The two plan to travel the Pan-American Highway to Ushuala, Argentina, the southern tip of South America. Other than that, they have no itinerary or special places they want to visit.
Traveling with Nate and Sarah is Brady, a shelter rescue dog. Another important member of the expedition is, of course, their truck.
“We’ve even named the truck,” Sarah said laughing. “It’s named ‘Truck’ and it’s a girl.”
Nate chimes in. “It can be moody at times,” he said. “She has good days and bad days.”
Everything the three need are in the truck. Nate customized the bed to hold a small roll-out refrigerator and made storage bins for clothes and sundry items. Their bed sits on top of the storage area.
“People always think we’re crazy at first, then you see their eyes (light up) and they start asking questions,” Sarah said. “After they think for a bit, they want to know all about the trip. We’re always getting asked, ‘Can we go?'”
The couple says they are already thinking about another trip after the Argentina jaunt — perhaps Africa or Mongolia. First things first, however. Once they make it to Ushuala, they’ll have a decision to make.
“We don’t know yet if we’ll drive back or ship the truck back,” Nate said.
“Or even if we’ll come back,” Sarah adds quickly. “You never know where the road will take you.”
Follow the couple’s trip at http://www.thelongwaysouth.org/

Check out their website… and yes sponsorship is available.


What an adventure!

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  1. cyndy consentino
    October 10th, 2012 at 22:21 | #1

    Dear Jorma,

    Read this yesterday, and was very impressed with this lovely, adventurous couple. This is truly the ways life should be lived!! I applaud their spirit of adventure. Please keep sure to keep us all updated on their travels.

    Be well,

  2. Bob Kelly
    October 11th, 2012 at 09:01 | #2

    great story..I read the story on line…Yes something that would have been a special trip back in time for sure,,Thought driving x country was an adventure.. this is the real deal.. and they have there priorities down.. room for Good ales and the dog,, who looks just like my Smokey, also a rescue… good stuff.. enjoy the journey.. safe travels to them..

  3. Tim from Philly
    October 11th, 2012 at 12:27 | #3

    sounds like fun. I think Nate is your nephew too, Jorma!

  4. Steve Singer
    October 11th, 2012 at 13:11 | #4

    Very cool! I’ve been to Esqul, Argentina in Patagonia several times. Try the Quilmas Bock Beer.

  5. Steve Singer
    October 11th, 2012 at 13:13 | #5

    Hey Tim from Philly- I’m in Philly & play bass. Looking for a guitarist to jam.


  6. Barbara Jacobs
    October 11th, 2012 at 23:48 | #6

    Well, this is certainly an adventure!

    I’ve been way down south that way, long ago.

    Listen kids, don’t forget to pack extra sunscreen.
    Also, have you checked on the restrictions for bringing your dog with you, and for traveling with your dog, down there?
    Don’t want to bum you out, but you may encounter, um, “officials” who will demand that you pay “taxes” for your doggie,
    along the way.

    Anthony Bourdain took (a more official, planned )trip there, as you can check out on “No Reservations”, his Travel Channel show.

  7. Angelo
    October 12th, 2012 at 17:41 | #7

    Be careful of highway and back road bandits. Don’t drink the water, And enjoy your trip of a lifetime.

  8. Kate Sullivan
    October 13th, 2012 at 14:01 | #8

    Okay, I’ve lived in the mountains of Guatemala for 2 1/2 years, traveled in C.A and South America and am fluent in Spanish. Hmmm………….is this road trip really necessary?? Signed: Debbie Downer
    Just saying’………..

  9. Tim from Philly
    October 13th, 2012 at 19:10 | #9

    Hey Steve. Wish I could but I really play very little.