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Crossing the Uncrossable: A Tally of Those Who’ve Driven the Darien Gap

Posted July 17, 2017 12:00 PM by dstrohl

Driving around the world ain’t easy. Visas, funding, language barriers, supply management, and keeping the vehicle running all require resourcefulness and resilience. But even the hardiest of round-the-world drivers tend to stay away from the Darien Gap, leaving just a handful of expeditions that have driven from Central America to South America.

Take your pick of adventurers who’ve set out to drive every hemisphere and check their route. Some, like the Paris-to-New-York racers, Aloha Wanderwell, Elspeth Beard, the honeymooners in the 1962 Toyopet RK45 and Ben Carlin, didn’t even attempt South America. Others, including the Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition of 1940-1941, Heidi Hetzer, Dirk and Trudy Retger, the Bodeswells, the Van Ordens, Frank and Helen Schreider, Clarenore Stinnes, and the Zapp family (and probably countless others) ferried their way around the Gap.

The most treacherous 'driveable' terrain in the world has permitted just 12 journeys to day.

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07/25/2017 1:36 PM

It might be cheaper (and safer) to build a pontoon bridge down the coastline to bypass the Darien Gap altogether. It would still be a massive undertaking, and I don't think Panama will vote in favor at any rate.

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