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A true World Cup journey: One manís drive from San Francisco to Brazil
SI ^ | May 30, 2014 | Grant Wahl

Posted on 05/30/2014 8:36:51 AM PDT by C19fan

If you go on Google Maps and ask for driving directions from San Francisco to Salvador, Brazil, you get a discouraging response: “Sorry, we could not calculate directions from “San Francisco, CA” to “Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.”

But that didn’t stop Ben Oude Kamphuis, a hardcore Dutch soccer fan and Hulk Hogan look-alike, from hopping into his orange 1955 Chevy truck, Old Nellie, and going on the road trip of a lifetime to the World Cup.

“The whole experience has been mind-blowing,” Oude Kamphuis, 52, told me via Skype recently from a pit stop in Urcos, Peru. “It all started four years ago when the Dutch lost in the [World Cup] final to Spain. That was the third time I cried, the third time we lost in the final. I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m driving Old Nellie down to Brazil. It looks like the Dutch can’t get it together, so I might as well go myself.’”

On January 15, Oude Kamphuis took time off from his job working with disabled children and adults in a San Francisco city gardening program and turned the key on Old Nellie. He hasn’t stopped driving since, making his way down Baja California, taking a Mexican ferry from La Paz to Mazatlán, wending through Mexico and Central America, sending his car on a boat from Colón, Panama to Cartagena, Colombia (since there are no roads in Panama’s Darién National Park), and then navigating the Andes through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

(Excerpt) Read more at soccer.si.com ...


TOPICS: Sports; Travel
KEYWORDS: brazil; cup; soccer
I would luv to road trip like that. I am glad the guy made it safe to Brazil.
1 posted on 05/30/2014 8:36:51 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
If you go on Google Maps and ask for driving directions from San Francisco to Salvador, Brazil, you get a discouraging response: “Sorry, we could not calculate directions from “San Francisco, CA” to “Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.”

He needed directions of some sort. Becuase if he's currently in Peru then that's clear on the other side of the continent from where the games are, and there are a few minor things like the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest between him and the soccer venues.

2 posted on 05/30/2014 8:40:48 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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Hope he brought a tent and a sleeping bag. Only 1/3 of the facilities for the WC have been completed.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 8:55:00 AM PDT by AU72
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To: DoodleDawg
He needed directions of some sort. Becuase if he's currently in Peru then that's clear on the other side of the continent from where the games are, and there are a few minor things like the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest between him and the soccer venues

Well, it became clear he's not exactly very road-wise when he somehow ended in Baja California...

4 posted on 05/30/2014 9:03:35 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: C19fan

He had a better plan than this guy:

Man trying to dribble soccer ball to World Cup in Brazil dies after being hit by truck in Oregon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3019746/posts


5 posted on 05/30/2014 9:13:50 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: C19fan

The cost of gasoline alone must be a fortune........................


6 posted on 05/30/2014 9:15:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: AU72

I think the 1/3 is what’s been completed on the Olympics.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 9:15:48 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: DoodleDawg

He’s taking the Scenic Route.......................


8 posted on 05/30/2014 9:16:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: dfwgator; Berlin_Freeper; Scoutmaster

soccer ping


9 posted on 05/30/2014 1:03:12 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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I remember way back in 1994 a soccer fan from Brazil actually shipped over a Brazilian-made Volkswagen Transporter van to follow around the Brazilian soccer team. That must have cost a fortune to do that.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 2:53:26 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: BeadCounter

Thanks.


11 posted on 05/31/2014 11:11:39 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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