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March 2017: That Makes A Year

March 2017: That makes a year

March 2017 makes twelve months, a year on the road. On the 2nd of April 2016 I arrived in New York. Now I’m stuck in southern Colombia with a broken van. This is just my standard month summary post. There will be a larger “one-year-on-the-road” post coming up soon.

The Good

  • The van made it three times across the Andes without mayor problems (the generator dying had nothing to do with the mountains).
  • Loads of great hikes

The Bad

  • I only missed the Mocoa flood wiping away the town by half a day
  • Van breaking down on the Trampolina de la Muerta, barely being able to make it to a campsite
  • Bogota was wet, gray and insanely expensive
  • My phone dying was a pain, since I use it for navigation, music and communication.
  • The rain… so much rain…

The Unforgettable

  • Driving for 5 hours to get past 60km of single lane unpaved mountain road (Trampolina de la Muerte)

The Stats

  • No days: 31 (406 total)
  • No. km: 3449 (46059 total)
  • Countries: Colombia
  • No. Border crossings: 0
  • No. of places stayed at: 18 (17 campsites, 1 hostel)
  • Hikes: 89 km height difference 4225 m
  • Books: 3
  • Movies: 0
  • New Beers: 4
  • Photos: 908
  • Weather:
    • Days: warmest 30 coldest 13, average 22
    • Nights: warmest 22, coldest 10, average 17

The countries are bigger again. March was the first month since August where I did not cross a border but on the other hand I drove much more than I have in a long time. It’s also clearly colder in the mountains. It’s more jeans and sweater weather. Less shorts and T-Shirts.
Daily costs for March

  • Camp sites: 4 Euro per night (plan was 10)
  • Food: 6 Euro per day (plan was 6)
  • Fun: 2 Euro per day (plan was 5)
  • Total: 12 Euro per day (plan was 21)

Camping has been so so cheap. I like Colombia!
Overall driving (12 months):

  • Distance: 46059 (plan was 45815)
  • Fuel costs: 62 cents/l (plan was 62 cents/l)
  • Efficiency: 11.0 km/l (plan was 11 km/l)

Other costs:

  • New phone 110 EUR
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