Andy & Torch

Andy Reistetter

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
When did you start your travels?

I will start on October 15th in St. Louis
Reason for taking this trip
This is a “Journey to Olympic Golf,” a professional (golf promotion) personal (find Olympic Spirit within) endeavor driving from St. Louis (where golf was last played in the Olympics in 1904) to Rio de Janeiro (where golf will be played again in the 2016 Summer Olympics).
Why did you decide to drive?
I want to intimately experience all the countries in Mexico, Central & South America. To see if my 1992 Infiniti M30 could make it so I can donate it in Rio and fly back.
What type of car are you driving?
1992 Infiniti M30 convertible (white with black top)
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?
How did you save up or finance your trip?
Not sure, just inspired to do it, finances always take care of themselves if my heart is in the right place.
How long do you plan on traveling?
Three (3) months
Where do you plan on driving?
St. Louis to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, then Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, boat to Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru. Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil.
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?
You are crazy! But they already knew I am a golf nut and inspiration seeker.
Did you speak Spanish before you left your home country?  
No hablo español. Nada en absoluto, ni un poquito, ni una palabra. No habrá clases, pero esperan aprender en el curso de mis viajes. Tres meses, todos los países de habla hispana!
Do you have a favorite place or country that you have visited during your trip?
I have not left yet though thinking the Andes Mountains will be a special place for an Andy.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?
Come with me!
Would you do it again?

Most definitely I don’t know but will probably be YES, no time for regrets in life!

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 18:55

Thurs 11/7/13 Leaving Mexico City headed to Guatemala City

Any one nearby or recently cross into Guatemala?