Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
103Trip End Jun 24, 2006
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Miles travelled: 48133
On the road again, for the final push towards Rio. We had a couple of nights along the way, just finding random campsites to stay. Overlanding is a full-participation experience, where everything is self-contained in the truck but a lot of work needs to be done each time we set up camp. A day (or a few hours) in the life of overlanding:
- Do a "shop" where each cook team (6 people) shops for ingredients for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The budget is 50 cents per person for bkfst, $1 for lunch, and $2 for dinner. Most of the time we can get stuff from a "supermarket", but sometimes they're not so super
- Pull into camp (usually after getting lost, getting turned around, and asking a few people for directions)
- Tents get pulled off the roof rack
- Bags unloaded from back locker
- If there's threat of rain, unroll and set up a canopy extending off the side of the truck
- Two steel tables are extracted and set up
- Two cookers (4 burners total) are extracted and put on the tables
- Two propane canisters are hooked up to the stoves
- Cooking lights are mounted and connected
- Everyone puts up their individual tents
- After people are done getting stuff out of bags, they are reloaded into back locker
- Chopping boards, pots & pans are unloaded from the locker
- "Gray boxes" are unloaded, containing:
Spices & sauces
Cups, plates & bowls
Bulk food (flour, sugar, canned veggies, etc.)
The relevant cook group's ingredients that they bought for the meals
- Hand-wash bowls (2) and dishwashing bowls (3) are filled with water, soap, & disinfectant, and set out
- Cook group begins food preparation
- About 90 min
- After the meal, everyone helps with clean-up, washing up the dishes and "flapping" them to dry.
- Gray boxes are reloaded and replaced into the truck
- Before going to bed, tables, chairs, and cookers are chained together to prevent disappearances.
To break camp, reverse the whole process.
In addition, there are personal chores that each person might want to do, such as hand-washing some clothes, writing in their journal, organizing their belongings, sweeping/cleaning their tent, etc.
All of this takes quite a bit of time and effort, especially tiring after an already long drive day. But, I guess that's just part of the "experience."