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Jun 2, 2012
Wichita, KS
Hello everyone,
My name is Miguel, I am 23 years old, a citizen of Spain and I will soon be starting a solo expedition from the United States to the southernmost tip of Argentina. I am a Mercedes gearhead, but for this expedition –being on a tight budget- I have bought is a 1994 FJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser, which I will soon start modifying as a living cell for my travels.

For the longest time I have been lurking the IH8MUD forums for a while, trying to decide on the expedition rig –classic FJ60 vs. FJ80 discussions-, and I think I have picked wisely. In a whiff of idealism I wanted to travel in my 1984 W123 Mercedes wagon, but the poor turd proved too rusty to be anywhere near safe on bumpy roads!

Since I graduated college, I started writing a blog called "This European Life", where I narrate my travels and my thoughts on where life takes me. I call it an open travelogue because I am always looking to meet fellow travelers wherever I go!

It is a pleasure and an honor to be part of this community of offroaders and adventurers –yes, there is a grassroots National Geographic feel to it-, and I hope to meet many of you wherever my wheels take me!
Nice pics Miguel! You have a good eye and great writing style. Look me up if you pass through Houston.
Nice pics Miguel! You have a good eye and great writing style. Look me up if you pass through Houston.

Wow, cool! I most definitely might stop by. A friend of mine needs a transmission for his Jaguar and I also need to test the "overlander".

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I always feel awkward about asking for money from others, but this is the time to do it: I have officially started fundraising through the Indigogo platform. Take a look at the many perks that I will be awarding!

PanAm Prep: Fundraising

The Mercedes has been fantastic for these last thousand miles. I am currently writing from San Luis Potosí in Mexico, and here's everything that has happened so far!

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: And I Will Drive One Thousand Miles

If you want to see ALL the pictures other than the ones on the blog, scroll to the bottom of the post to gain access to the exclusive online album!
There will be an update to the blog very soon. I just opened the Export section for those who would like me to send them some stuff along the way, anything from coffee to car parts. I would like to raise as much money as possible to fund a trip to Cuba and take a look at their classic jalopies, including a mysterious 300SL Gullwing that lies somewhere in the Eastern part of the island...


This may actually turn into a very serious business trip. If I manage to find a buyer (do you know anyone?), I may be able to save it and get it out with enough persistence and maybe some bribes. This thing just cannot sit there and rust to death. There are other treasures that I will document as well, but, for now, I estimate I will need $400-$500 to hop over and stay for enough time and run all over looking for automotive curiosities.

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