Pan American highway. Darien Gap.

maasai 101

Village Elder
#1

In 1971, by agreement of all North and South American countries, it was agreed that all countries would work towards completing their respective sections of the Pan american highway.

Thus the USA took on the challenge of completing a road through the Darien Gap.
In 1974, the USA gave up.

The Darién Gap crosses 10,000 square miles of untamed jungle shared by Panama and Colombia. It’s wet to the point of swampy in areas. Where it’s not too wet to drive, guerrilla groups operate in the jungle.
Both countries try to block tourists from entering, since the dangers are too great. There is no road, and it’s doubtful that even a four-wheel drive could get through the jungle-swamp. Well prepared hikers have trouble.

Disease, dangerous animals, deadly insects, gunfire…
To this day, the Darien Gap is so impassable that *viruses* prevalent in South American have not crossed to North America or vice-versa.

A team of adventurers in a Land Rover succeeded in 1960 to drive through though.. Their purpose was to promote the idea of completing the Pan-American Highway. 1960: Trans Darien Expedition

Another group did it again 1971. in both cases, it took them 5 months JUST to cross the Darien Gap. And there seem to be other similarities to their travel - namely that they did a lot of pushing and pulling to get the vehicle through. 1971/72: Range Rover Darien Gap - Range Rover Classic.

The 1971 expedition was a British Army expedition, comprising a crew from the 17th/21st Lancers led by explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, using British Range Rovers to travel from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego. The Darien Gap busted NINE back axles in the Range Rovers, leading Rover Ltd to parachute in replacements and an engineer; and to completely redesign the back axle. Some of the story is told here: Range Rover Darien Gap.

With each of the vehicles, also walked a crew of eight Engineers who were responsible
for the digging, laying ladders, cutting trees, winching etc to keep the Range Rover's moving through.
1972 Range Rover Darien Gap 2.jpg
The expedition had radio contact with the two bases outside the Darien Gap. The Army Air Corps had a Beaver aircraft for supply of petrol, mail, supply materials needed in the jungle. The goods were dropped with parachutes from the plane at places market by smoke signal, flares or balloons in the forest. The overall fuel consumption was approximately 1 mile per gallon and the average distance a day through the Darien Gap were only 2 miles. 1972 Range Rover Darien Gap 2.jpg 1972 Land-Rover Darien Gap.jpg
1972 Range Rover Darien Gap 1.jpg 1972 Range Rover Darien Gap Floating.jpg 1972 Range Rover Jungle Swamp Tyres.jpg

Before the expedition hit the Colombian border, they found the wrecks of the Chevrolet Corvairs from the American expedition in 1962 strewn across the jungle! The mission with the Chevrolet-led expedition named "Daring the Darien" was to drive 3 Corvairs to the border of South America, and the boundary stone at the border between Panama and Colombia marks the beginning of South America.

All did not make it.

Despite the Americans having made a propaganda short film of their "succesful" exploits with saloon Chevrolet. :D:D:D:D:D:DThe cars have been found strewn across the jungle.


Pan-American Highway is by no means a “highway” for much of its route. It turns into a dirt road going through most Latin America towns, and doesn’t get much better out of town once you get to Guatemala, the condition of the highway is the least of your worries.




 
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maasai 101

Village Elder
#4
range rover mambo byad! that car could go anywhere - when it was a rugged machine. nowadays ni status symbol.
" The water went over the bonnet and the engine was rapidly switched off. Now the vehicle was like a dam and the water raised to above the roof height surprisingly fast. After several attempting, the crew managed to fasten a hand driven winch to the Range Rover and slowly drew the car out of the now flooded river. During the drying process, there were pumped water out of the cylinders and oil was changed. The Range Rover started and was on the track again !!!"
http://www.range-rover-classic.com/Home/range-rover-darien-gap
 

Meria Mata

Elder Statesman
#5
" The water went over the bonnet and the engine was rapidly switched off. Now the vehicle was like a dam and the water raised to above the roof height surprisingly fast. After several attempting, the crew managed to fasten a hand driven winch to the Range Rover and slowly drew the car out of the now flooded river. During the drying process, there were pumped water out of the cylinders and oil was changed. The Range Rover started and was on the track again !!!"
http://www.range-rover-classic.com/Home/range-rover-darien-gap
beauty of gari za zamani, yasiku hizi ikukunywa maji you replace the whole engine, meffi kabisa
 

1776

Village Sponsor
#6
" The water went over the bonnet and the engine was rapidly switched off. Now the vehicle was like a dam and the water raised to above the roof height surprisingly fast. After several attempting, the crew managed to fasten a hand driven winch to the Range Rover and slowly drew the car out of the now flooded river. During the drying process, there were pumped water out of the cylinders and oil was changed. The Range Rover started and was on the track again !!!"
http://www.range-rover-classic.com/Home/range-rover-darien-gap
beauty of gari za zamani, yasiku hizi ikukunywa maji you replace the whole engine, meffi kabisa
beast mode! electronics kind of ruined mechanics.
 

maasai 101

Village Elder
#7
beauty of gari za zamani, yasiku hizi ikukunywa maji you replace the whole engine, meffi kabisa
Yeah true......nakumbuka zamani tukienda sudan. Gari ikiingiza maji kwa engine as long as no sand got in, it was all easy.
Just put the truck in maybe 5th gear and while the ignition is still off, unavuta truck for a few kilometres, the cylinders push out the water.
Next is without even being towed truck inaguruma.....safari inaendelea.....
 

Meria Mata

Elder Statesman
#8
Yeah true......nakumbuka zamani tukienda sudan. Gari ikiingiza maji kwa engine as long as no sand got in, it was all easy.
Just put the truck in maybe 5th gear and while the ignition is still off, unavuta truck for a few kilometres, the cylinders push out the water.
Next is without even being towed truck inaguruma.....safari inaendelea.....
this days kila kitu ni sensor, ile hunibore kabisa niya accelerator, ilitoa all the fun ukigurumisha gari mara ya kwanza.
 

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