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Confessions From The Americas Expedition

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On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone

Confessions From The Americas Expedition

Hot off the presses, Jeep just released a telling interview from the Americas 2011 Expedition. In case you haven’t been following on Twitter or, more specifically, on the expedition team’s SPOT GPS transmitter, the Americas Expedition is a father and son duo making a 25,000 mile road trip across the Western Hemisphere. Renato Costanzo and Renato Jack Costanzo left Miami in June and intend to reach a final destination of Argentina in their totally juiced 2011 red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Among other notoriously appropriate features for expeditions, the Costanzo’s Jeep includes a roof tent, trailer, attached bicycles, safari rack, an incredible amount of headlights, snorkel, and roo bar.

Seeing a great opportunity for publicity, Jeep caught up with the Brazilian tag team in Missoula, Montana after biting off a sobering 3,500 miles into the total route—which seems to be mostly comprised of skydiving activities and skeptical onlookers. Before heading south for winter, the Expedition plans to visit Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. One can only imagine, and possibly shudder, at the prospect of paying for 25,000 miles worth of gas in a Wrangler.

Assuming they average 17 mpg, which is unlikely because of all the awesome attachments they need (trailer, bikes, etc.), and pay $4.00 per gallon, an optimistic bill for total gas used will be around $6000. Yikes! But, what this trip lacks in economic practicality it makes up for in glory—after all, this is a cross-continental expedition.

Here’s what the Americas 2011 Expedition had to say:

Q: Tell us how the journey’s been so far.

A: Our primary activity along the way has been skydiving. We have visited Chaco Canyon, New Mexico and Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

Q: Tell us about the skydiving and mountain biking adventures along the route.

A: We have jumped in Deland, Florida; Houston, Texas; Moab, Utah; Star, Idaho; and Eden North; and in Alberta, Canada. We’ve had only one opportunity to use the mountain bikes. That was in Mesa Verde around the camp area where we were parked.

Q: What have been the obstacles and challenges you and your son have had to overcome?

A: Except for having to change a windshield and repair the new one after three days (because of rocks kicked up by the cars in front of us) we have had no problems so far.

Q: What has been the reaction of the people you’ve visited along the way?

A: Everywhere we go, from gas stations to restaurants and drop zones, people have approached us. The Jeep Wrangler 4×4 with the roof tent, trailer, and the bicycles on top of it is just too much for anyone to let go without asking something. When we show them the map and extent of the expedition, the most common question is “Really? Is it possible?”

Q: What has been the most awe inspiring part of the journey so far?

A: I think we will have to get back to Mesa Verde National Park and learn more about the Anasazi people. Arriving at the cliffs and seeing the ancient ruins and how they constructed them so many centuries ago is unforgettable.

Visit www.americas2011.com for more info.

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dwalter | 3:19PM (Fri, Jul 29, 2011)

What an awesome road trip! I'm jealous.

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