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Old 07-28-2012, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Two people, one car and a 23-year, 500,000 mile journey around the world

In 1989, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine climbed aboard their 1988 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel from Germany to Africa, where they planned to complete a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that would last 18-months.

Except the trip didn't last 18-months, it has lasted 23 years, spanned more than 200 countries and the G-Wagen now has 800,000 kilometers, or 500,000 miles, on its odometer. That's the equivalent of 20 times around the equator.

Two people take 23-year, 500,000 mile journey around the world - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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Nice story!
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: N26.03 W80.11
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That's a really cool story. But now I want to know how they earned money to do this for so long or if they were already wealthy people and decided to do some a bit "eclectic".
I want to do this, but on a boat. Someday....
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:54 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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jim rogers has done stuff liek that

i think keeping the same car would be more burdensome than its worth.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:21 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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i think keeping the same car would be more burdensome than its worth.
Certainly would be troublesome to ship 'Otto' back to Europe every 100,000 km

As reliable as the car is, things can go wrong, and more than half of that extra weight on the roof is made up of hard-to-find, genuine Mercedes spares, all of which he fits himself when the need arises.
When another 100,000 kilometers is about to pass, Otto returns to a Mercedes dealer in Europe, where the instrument binnacle is opened, and a new sixth digit is stuck next to the standard five-digit readout.


No wonder it has taken 23 yrs... a label maker would be a useful piece of technology and save thousands of dollars in shipping costs.

G-wagon looks to be a good choice for 1989, but now you better find a Toyota Diesel equivalent (not available in USA). The world (except USA) somewhat revolves around Toyota these days.

Seems to be lots of Pegasus' in places I have been lately.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:00 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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it would have been like 10 times cheaper for him to just rent or take a taxi everywhere. can't believe the article actually focuses on the car. crap like this gives people the wrong impression of long term world travel. it's disgusting.

and 500,000 miles over 23 years isn't that much. prolly over half the commuters in the US have driven more than that in that time.
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