Panamericana 2006 update: almost the end of the road

It's been a fun ride (even from the comfort of an Internet connection, but the cross-continental biodiesel drive from Alaska to the southern tip of South America is just about over. Here are the last few diary entries from the Panamericana 2006 team (previous updates are here). There should be one more coming.
May 15 and 16 – Driving through Ecuador with a military escort means the team is not able to travel as fast as they would like. So they shift their schedule back 10 hours and realize they may not break the record (by which I assume they mean the quickest drive down the length of the continents). They are greeted by cheering supporters in Peru and get a flat tire in downtown Lima (but they keep driving on it)

May 17 through 19 – The days start to blend into one another (the team hasn't been regularly writing daily updates for a while anyway). The team is closing in on the end and, with regret, have to pass up the offer of a free hotel stay. They're still intent on breaking the record and so participate in their scheduled media events and wait patiently at the border crossings while really just wanting to be on the road. They make it to Santiago, Chile an hour ahead of schedule and new tires are put on and tune-ups are made before the vehicles set out for Argentina. About 3,500 km left to go.

May 20 – The cars are running well, the drivers are feeling energetic and the storm at the Straight of Magellan washes the cars with salt water as they cross on the ferry. Only 300 km left to go.

[Source: Panamericana 2006]

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