The Atlantic Rising expedition around the edge of the Atlantic Ocean has made it to Mexico thanks to the expedition’s latest sponsor Wallenius Wilhelmsen. Team member Lynn Morris explained, 'Everyone overlanding between Colombia and Central America has to take a ship to get around the notorious Darien Gap. A piece of jungle with ravines crossed by only a few expeditions including the Army's Darien Gap crossing in Range Rovers in 1970.'
She continued, 'Initially we planned to ship the car to Panama and continue from there but several Central American countries don’t allow right hand vehicles. Rather than spend months fighting bureaucracy we decided to take our Land Rover by ship to Mexico.' The team spent a week negotiating the lengthy export procedures in Cartagena, Colombia and boarded a ro-ro for Veracruz in Mexico. And they are now negotiating the Land Rover’s release from customs the other end. Lynn said, 'It is strange to see our Defender 110 on the ship’s ramp along side diggers, lorries and various industrial machinery.'
From Mexico the team are heading for the US and Canada. Along the way visiting schools in their educational network and talking to students about climate change.
The expedition, which is following what could be the new coastline of the Atlantic in 100 years, is supported by Land Rover and the Royal Geographical Society. For more information about the journey, photos and videos see www.atlanticrising.org. click here for Atlantic Rising