Two Years on the Road in a Mercedes Benz 1961
Driving alone hundreds of miles every day, trying to reach an unknown destination before the sun goes down, day after day… Sound exciting? Indeed, but it might be more than that. It is challenging, risky and requires meticulous planning and nerves of steel. The Colombian photographer and artist Ana Lucia …
Driving alone hundreds of miles every day, trying to reach an unknown destination before the sun goes down, day after day… Sound exciting? Indeed, but it might be more than that. It is challenging, risky and requires meticulous planning and nerves of steel.
The Colombian photographer and artist Ana Lucia Perez drove in solo from the tip of South America, Ushuaia, Argentina to the end north of the continent, Fairbanks, Alaska. What did it take her to accomplish this amazing journey? Two years, 100,000 kilometers and driving—from beginning to end— the incredible Panamerican road.
Lucana as she is also known, customized her beloved Merce, a Mercedez Benz Ponton 180b and made it a truly travel caravan. She adapted it with cameras, refrigerator, electric supply, and even a place to sleep when needed.
During her unforgettable journey through the entire American continent, she had spare parts to change and repair about every single piece of her car; windshield (which broke twice), gas pump, carburetor, distributor, starter, everything broke and had to be replaced!
As she said, keeping the car in good shape and herself in good health was the most challenging part of this adventure, especially when you are driving a car that is more than 50 years old. Thus, what started as a photography experience ended up being a mechanical challenge for the most part.
After two years on the road and a handful of wonderful stories and characters that came across her adventurous path, Lucana succeeded and brought Merce back to the starting point in Medellin, Colombia. Discipline, toughness, and a lasting determination were the main ingredients that helped her to accomplish her dream. With America in her pocket, you might be wondering, what is Lucana going to do next? She is planing similar trips on the eastern continents with her beloved Merce, of course.
Check out some great pictures of Merce and the America’s wonderful landscape. Enjoy it!