He quits his job, goes on the road in a ’73 Citroen and wants to move to Alaska

This story was told long ago. there was a time in the life of Laura Ferriabout 15 years ago, when a mature dream, This was not a sudden disclosure, but a long lasting product. Then He quit his regular job, went out of his way to travel the streets of America in 1973 in a Citron Mehry model., He traveled thousands of kilometers and made an ambitious plan: trip to alaska,

The game doesn’t have a fixed date yet, but Laura gathers information, examines the map and analyzes how to avoid the dangerous The Darien Gap, which divides Colombia from Panama, a region considered nearly impassable, He has already obtained a visa to enter the United States and it remains only for him to give the green light to Canada.

After more than a decade of traveling alone to various destinations in South America, Ferry found a mate. Olga will be your co-pilot on your trip to Alaska, However, she clarifies, “I have never traveled alone. It’s something physical, but everything that accompanies you is incredible, from the ideas to the good nature of people.

The meeting was accidental. In 2019, Laura went to Iruya in the province of Salta to begin writing her second book. i already published ‘Adventures in Mahari’ And wanted to continue sharing my experiences on the road.

“There I met Olga in a hostel. She came from a very different life, she had a supermarket in Santa Fe’s Gobarnador Crespo town. She was a widow for two years,” she says. The next month they traveled to Bolivia together of and there an unbreakable friendship sealed, “Sometimes life puts things in your way that are like gifts.”

But this is not the story of two adventurers walking down the street, but the story of Revo Citroen Mehari Modelo 1973, ,I didn’t even think about doing what I was doing when I bought it, I liked it because it was red and black, and I’m from ’59 (N. de R. the year of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution). It was the epitome of adventure. At first I called them red and black, but then I started calling them revolutionaries. Today people know him as Revo”, says Laura.

ferry through latin america
ferry through latin america

It all started 15 years ago in his hometown of Necochia. “I was looking for a smaller car because at that time I was pursuing another career in Mar del Plata and my kids were studying in La Plata. There were 125 kilometers that he had to travel and he wanted a smaller car to come And go. The budget gave me a Renault 12 or a Dodge, but they had a lot to do. And I thought: if I like my whole life Mahari. So I started looking for him and after a long time I found him, or he found me, two kilometers from my house”, in the center of Nekoche.

After some time something clicked in his soul. In 2012 he resigned from his job in the Directorate of Schools and went on an adventure. “I know I did Over 120,000 kms. it’s been 14 years and i went to peruBut my trips are almost never linear, I go to towns, if I have to go back, I come back—Laura—says. Ever since I became the master of my time, I have already lost the notion of being lost. The first time I got lost, in Cordoba, I cried. And then I said: but if the earth is my home how will I be lost! Where there is a way, I will find you somewhere. I don’t use GPS or anything like that, I keep asking,

Revo’s odometer isn’t enough. On the previous trip, already with Olga as co-pilot, He traveled 23,000 km, crossed 15 provinces and crossed National Route 40 from north to south.Including six sections of gravel. The question is inevitable: how did the small car behave? “It breaks because it’s an old car.”

And he adds: “If Olga were there, I’d say the best thing that comes up is to call a 0800 tow truck. Nor does insurance give you much crane for that model. But I learned that someone Even discomfort is resolved calmly, by sitting, looking around. You will always find the solution or the tip of the solution.”

He then tells an anecdote that he lived in Peru, when he was climbing the Abra Malga, a 4,700-meter high way from Machu Picchu. ,There I broke the ignition flywheel, which is the part that contains the marks. And in Peru they don’t know what platinum is Because for many years they have cars with electronic ignition which were brought from Japan. And yet which was also resolved,

Laura and Revo are a partnership that is possible only when you look at existence from another lens. “I think it’s an attitude that a person takes when faced with difficulties. At first, don’t get discouraged. Later when the problem is solved someone says: ‘It’s what happened at last’, It gives you a disposition that is very useful for life”, he assured.

Questions fall from the notebook. Ferry says that in the beginning she was a visionary woman on the street. “At first I had all kinds of spare parts, but what I didn’t have would break. He had everything like tools. And then none of it worked. So I stopped leading because everything is resolved and everything is achieved. Most unusual things have happened to me. I have obtained parts at places where a Citron . Not there”, she says, happy.

Route 40 in Argentina
Route 40 in Argentina

He then narrates his experience on his return from Chile, at the height of the Colorado River.resisted oil cooler, “I’m not going to tell you I was in a hurry because the car in the back says Slow, but I was driving miles to be with my mother at parties. I broke an oil cooler. And yet I got a Found a radiator from the car that was lying around.”

How much do you put into it? “On a paved road, without hills, without wind and without rain, that is, on a smooth side, the car is good enough, It can go up to 80. But I am 60 or 65. does not go overIf I have to pass a harvester, that’s the only thing that happens”, insists Ferry.

She acknowledges that this is not a humble vehicle. But after 15 years on the road, he’s gotten used to it. “It’s a tough car with bell brakes. It’s 600 cubic centimeters. The best thing about it is to handle potholes and boulders because it has a suspension that’s great. There’s no 4×4 that can match it.” I’ve got into the river that connects Iruya to San Isidro in Salta, between the stones, it’s impressive,

In course of time, the bourgeois custom of spending the night inside the house was also taken away. The Revo doubles as a bedroom. ,I have slept in the car for many years, At first I went to a hostel or hotel, but then I realized I could sleep peacefully if I threw a mattress in the back, so I turned it into a small motorhome, a jug with a burner, There were utensils, crockery, cleaning supplies. clothes,” he explains.

And he adds: “We slept with Olga in the middle of Puna, in Casabino, Jujuy, with the temperature below minus 9 degrees. The water, olive oil and wet wipes were frozen in the morning, and we had no problems with our thermal bags and blankets in the back. That’s because the car is fiberglass and canvas.So there is a small microclimate inside”.

Your arrival in Peru
Your arrival in Peru

Citroen Mehari model ’73 has a tank with a capacity of 30 liters. “But I never fill it up because since the tank isn’t breathable, it’s not like modern tanks that have a small vent where it sinks. Sometimes I put 22 or 23 liters in it—Laura Explains-. I have an approved drum of 25 liters and I want to see if I can make the tank bigger and add another 20 liters.

Experience and the argument that, after all, everything is resolved, did not allow him to be afraid of a lack of fuel. “It has rarely happened to me that I have run out of gas. It is always found. In smaller towns, especially in the north, people sell you petrol. In Peru and Bolivia they sell on the street, Of course, I too have overcome this mistrust and insecurity. If anyone has any doubts then things will not go well. It seems that there is a thing to draw a little…”

Revo no longer pays patents, but is required to perform vehicle technical verification every year. These days he’s getting ready when it’s time for him to move on Alaska, Necochea. 14,000 kms from, This is no small matter.

The purpose is clear. The question is how did they come to visit Alaska in Mahry. Ferry tells the story, a series of almost accidental events. They had completed the Route 40 journey and being only 680 kilometers from Ushuaia, they decided to visit it.,

“We crossed and as we were arriving we saw Haruwen Inn, which is at kilometer 3,005 of Route 3. We entered because we liked it. They were going to give us a certificate of reaching the end of the world. And The man told us that he would seal us. He put half the American ticket on us and said, ‘You have to go to Alaska to get the other half.’ We looked at each other and started playing with that idea, We were already having conversations that we wanted to continue,” Laura says and it sounds simple.

Less and less is missing to get Mehri’s engine started. Ferry says she resumed her teaching job after returning from Peru and is now retired. That, in economic terms, allows you to move more freely. In addition, he sells some of his books along the way and rents out his house in Necochia, which gives him “a small income”. same, clarify “Traveling Like This Costs You Far Less Than Home”,

He assures that he has never had sponsors, although many people who find out about his adventures send things to him. As in the case of a company that gave him shock absorbers or the insurer of his city, “which gave me several months.” Next year, in 2023, Revo will celebrate 50 years of service, “We look forward to being on the road,” Ferry says. Wishes will be fulfilled.


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