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Hot News - May 2005   (May 8, 2005)

Website statistics: In April we were able to welcome on our website 18'392 visitors
                                from 104 different countries  who did 369'774 hits
                                (March = 23'420 visitors - 111 countries - 371'793 hits)


The water pump, radiator and differential are repaired, the mattress and car seats got new covers,
the inside of the car is clean from all the mess of a mouse, which joined us as stowaway in Sint
Maarten and left here in Guyana, so we are ready to embark for new adventures, but not towards
Venezuela due to the fact that Toyota de Venezuela withdrew their support for an engine overhaul
a couple of days ago for no reason and with no plausible comment. Soon there will be a detailed
report about it in “Ups and downs with: TOYOTA”. Taking into consideration that from Sint
Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles we chose to ship to Venezuela via Guyana only because of this
assistance, we are, of course, deeply disappointed. Nevertheless, our journey around the world
goes on, with the good old engine close to 600’000 km on the odometer, with a body which
urgently needs attention and a big portion of (risky?) optimism!

We took the opportunity of our extented stay to recover firstly the data from our computer crash
and to put secondly additional reports (Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent, Las Vegas)
and pictures (Flashbacks of our World Trip, Yemen) online in the internet. One day, we had the
unexpected visit of traveler fellow: Gunilla and Wilfried Gosslau with their MAN! Coming from
Venezuela and on their way through the three Guyana’s towards Belem in Northeastern Brazil, they
already heard in Boa Vista that we got stuck here in Georgetown. For us, it was a lovely change.
Not only had we the chance to admire for the first time such a luxury motor home, but also to talk –
since August 2001 (!) – to same minded people and exchange experiences and information. To
have been “off-the-beaten-track” since April 1995, which of course was very challenging,
exciting and rewarding, contacts with other car travelers went missing.

April 24, 2005: Under Toyota Encounters you will find in several continuations the story of our
“relationship” with Toyota in general. It started buying our LandCruiser FJ60 in May 1982 and is
still continuing. Not only our 23-year old car went through many adventures in its
“375’000-miles-career” as “the most traveled vehicle” through 150 different countries, but also we
had amazing experiences with its “creator”, the Japanese Toyota Motor Corporation and their
worldwide distributors. We want to record here these ups and downs, believing that many interested
people will get so astonished to ask: “Is this really possible?


On October 18th, 2004, we celebrated our 20th anniversary "on the road" in
St. Martin/St. Maarten in the Caribbean, after having driven through 150 countries.
Please visit  BBC Caribbean's Website  and read our story of 31.7.04
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA?
(after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)




Rupununi Savannah
(Sept. + Dec. 2002)


Iwokrama Forest
(Dec. 2002)


Capital Georgetown"
(Jan. + Febr. 2003 + Jan. - April 2005)


+ added from our Carribean "cruise":

          St. Vincent & die Grenadinen    (Sept. 2003)

+ added from our Carribean "cruise":

          Grenada    (Aug. 2003)

+ new added from our Carribean "cruise":

          Trinidad & Tobago    (June - July 2003)

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

          Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

          Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ new Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

          Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 84 - April 97)

+ new Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:

          Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with Toyota Companies since 1982


External links in German only to  www.ernstmaissen.ch:

Suriname-French Guiana    (March - May 2003)


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