Friday, May 04, 2007

The Great Divide

North. A direction we haven't touched in months. The symbolic direction of return, completion, Home. Touch base and go. We have dipped our toes (mentally) in the Panama Canal, the great manmade wonder and incredible halfway point of our Central American adventure. There is however, one catch.

Günther, our noble steed, limped his way inches from the finish line. Stuck on blocks, his wheel bearing broken, he sat one mere hour away from our southernmost point. Fate, nonetheless, would have us reach the Canal in a Westfalia regardless.

It turns out we were destined to meet our Canadian doppelgängers. Same car, same dream, even the same unwanted transitional lenses (Shades McSpecs lives again). Amazing. From Montreal to the Panama Canal, they traversed much of the same ground as us and in similar style.

Riding in the backseat of Jason and Marie Claire's white westy, we simultaneously reached our mutual turnaround point. The day was rainy and grey, the mood reflective. There was a sense of turning around, of having completed something. Even without our real ride, the geographical accomplishment of trekking from the heights of Alaska to the tip of the Panama Canal was profound.

We now look forward to bringing the journey full circle. With much of the Caribbean coast left to explore and my most favorite brothers in the world about to join us, the road home will hopefully be just as rewarding.




Anonymous mursenary said...

i still read this joe! i just never comment. but i saw in your previous post about how you think no one reads this or cares anymore but i read it. just in chunks....i can't believe how far you guys went. so awesome. here's to a safe and happy return!

5/4/07, 3:03 PM  
Anonymous joey's maui mama said...

We toast you and salute you! Veni, vidi, vici!! You did it!! You guys are awesome!

The Amazing Journey has reached it's apex, and though we're very proud of you and excited for this great moment, we're glad you are turning your westy wheels toward home.
Much love, MOM

5/4/07, 4:34 PM  
Blogger The Abrahams said...


can't believe you made it. So what happening with Guther? is he going to make it?

I mean it... Don't come home.


5/5/07, 12:53 AM  
Blogger Melissa Bum said...

How long did it take to dig the hole to bury Gunther?

5/8/07, 9:09 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Congrats to you guys..I almost shed a tear for you guys..Joey you look pretty thin, I would expect you to be fat for being on a road trip..I am very proud of you both!

5/8/07, 11:53 AM  
Anonymous pat said...

above all else, i am more excited to know that there was some sucker out there with Shades McSpecs all along.

5/10/07, 10:49 AM  

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