Skip to comments.A true World Cup journey: One manís drive from San Francisco to Brazil
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 didnt 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. Im like, You know what? Im driving Old Nellie down to Brazil. It looks like the Dutch cant 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 hasnt 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 Panamas Darién National Park), and then navigating the Andes through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
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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.
Hope he brought a tent and a sleeping bag. Only 1/3 of the facilities for the WC have been completed.
Well, it became clear he's not exactly very road-wise when he somehow ended in Baja California...
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
The cost of gasoline alone must be a fortune........................
I think the 1/3 is what’s been completed on the Olympics.
He’s taking the Scenic Route.......................
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.