It’s Time For #GLAadventure To Conquer Americas



Europe, Africa all done! It’s time for #GLAadventure to conquer another continent America. From coast to coast drive starting in New York and ending in San Francisco, to the journey through Central America from Mexico to Panama.

The drive gets underway with Siddharth Vinayak Patankar and Dhruv Behl in North America and with Ouseph Chacko and Dhruv Behl in Central America.

In Pictures: 10 Surreal Places of North America That Will Blow Your Mind | #GLAadventure’s Verdict: Central America Will Not Disappoint You

2015
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In October #GLAadventure was ready to hit the road again after a break, during which the cars were travelling from Casablanca in Africa to New York in North America.

It was also time for the world to view the Great Overland Adventure, as the series was gearing up to go on-air. But a series of this scale needed a grand launch and what better way than go full screen at 70mm!

Watch: #GLAadventure's Red Caret Screening
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#GLAadventure’s excited team catches the episode at the airport, even as they gear up to take on the third continent.

Watch: The American Diary Of #GLAadventure’s Team Starts
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New country and a grand beginning! There’s no bigger American icon than the muscle car. And when talking of the pony car, the one that invariably comes to mind is the machine with the wild horse on the grille – the Mustang! On #GLAadventure’s third day in New York, the team tries their hands on the Mustang. #GLAadventure drives the famous 66 Mustang GT 350 convertible and a ‘67 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible.

In Pictures: #GLAadventure's Top Picks of Must Sees and Must Dos
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That's how team #GLAadventure celebrates the completion of 20,000km at the Land of Lincoln – Illinois. It’s the 8th state of the US which team #GLAadventure is about to enter.

Quick fact: Illinois is a midwestern state bordering Indiana in the east and the Mississippi River in the west. The place is nicknamed "the Prairie State.”

Read More: #GLAadventure Discovering the Beauty of Indiana
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“Experience at Grand Canyon is like living on the edge and it must be seen to be appreciated and cannot be described in words or pictures,” team #GLAadventure.

Over 270 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon is a must see! Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than 1 million acres of land and receives close to 5 million visitors each year, team #GLAadventure decides to explore this grand beauty in a helicopter.

Watch: #GLAadventure is All Set to Soar Over the Grand Canyon
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Fast and furious! ‘The sheer thrill of driving one of these mean machines is some experience.’ #GLAadventure driver Dhruv Behl takes a NASCAR stock car for a spin around the Las Vegas Speedway.

The team is enrolled for the 8-lap experience. The team starts off with a short classroom session of dos and don’ts. The first challenge for the team is to actually get into the car - Since the body is merely a shell, there are no doors. So the team has to get inside through the windows like the NASCAR regulars would.

Read: #GLAadventure’s once in a lifetime experience at Las Vegas
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San Francisco is a city on the tip of a peninsula and is commonly known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. At the renowned Golden Gate #GLAadventure ends their North American part of the drive! Next destination for the team is Central America.

Before saying goodbye to the cars, the team also explores the famous Lombard Street and Federal Prison at Alcatraz Island.

In Pictures: 10 Surreal Places of North America That Will Blow Your Mind
2016
As the cars make their way to Mexico, the team reunites for the Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi. Here all the drivers of #GLAadventure meet and interact with fans including the winners of the 'Been There, Done That' #GLAadventure web Contest. The team shares their experiences about the adventure so far.
As the cars make their way to Mexico, the team reunites for the Auto Expo 2016  in Delhi. Here all the drivers of #GLAadventure meet and interact with fans including the winners of the 'Been There, Done That' #GLAadventure web Contest. The team shares their experiences about the adventure so far.

Watch: #GLAadventure's Experience At 2016 Auto Expo  
Having crossed the North American continent towards the end of of 2015, the #GLAadventure in the new year heads further south – and, as the names of places get harder to pronounce, the locations get ever more exotic. First stop for the team is Chihuahua City, the capital of Chihuahua State, a little over 500 kilometres south of the US-Mexico border. The tourism departments of Chihuahua and Chiapas states provided the team security through some parts of their journey – essentially to ensure that #GLAadventure’s rather conspicuous machines don’t attract any untoward attention. On the teams travel plan is a visit to the following places - San Luis Potosi, Teatro de la Paz and Museo Nacional de la Mascara, Lucha Libre wrestling gym and last but not the least - San Cristobal’s famous coffee museum.
Having crossed the North American continent towards the end of of 2015, the #GLAadventure in the new year heads further south – and, as the names of places get harder to pronounce, the locations get ever more exotic.  First stop for the team is Chihuahua City, the capital of Chihuahua State, a little over 500 kilometres south of the US-Mexico border.

The tourism departments of Chihuahua and Chiapas states provided the team security through some parts of their journey – essentially to ensure that #GLAadventure’s rather conspicuous machines don’t attract any untoward attention.

On the teams travel plan is a visit to the following places - San Luis Potosi, Teatro de la Paz and Museo Nacional de la Mascara, Lucha Libre wrestling gym and last but not the least - San Cristobal’s famous coffee museum.

Read About #GLAadventure’s Mexico Tour    
Antigua in Guatemala is known as the best-preserved Spanish colonial city in Central America. Here the team meets the legendary Car Collector - Mario Sueiras. As a Guatemalan businessman - car savoring, acquisition and restoring have been Mario Sueiras's hobby for over 50 years. With 92 units in his possession, and counting, he enthusiastically shows team #GLAadventure his impressive collection. “Our visit to Mario Sueiras's home is certainly one of the highlights of our entire trip. A longer visit to Guatemala is most definitely required,” opines team #GLAadventure. Visit to Antigua is also a highlight because of the fascinating history it is associated with. The place is built 1,530.17 m above sea level in an earthquake-prone region.
Antigua in Guatemala is known as the best-preserved Spanish colonial city in Central America. Here the team meets the legendary Car Collector - Mario Sueiras. As a Guatemalan businessman - car savoring, acquisition and restoring have been Mario Sueiras's hobby for over 50 years. With 92 units in his possession, and counting, he enthusiastically shows team #GLAadventure his impressive collection.

“Our visit to Mario Sueiras's home is certainly one of the highlights of our entire trip. A longer visit to Guatemala is most definitely required,” opines team #GLAadventure.

Visit to Antigua is also a highlight because of the fascinating history it is associated with. The place is built 1,530.17 m above sea level in an earthquake-prone region.

In Pictures: #GLAadventure Explore The Spectacular Guatemala  
#GLAadventure at Guatemala to Comayagua, Honduras border crossing – 8.5 hours already gone and the team is still waiting to get access in the new country. This border crossing has beaten all #GLAadventure border crossing records. Given the team’s position at the borders, this is what is on #GLAadventure’s state of mind – “It's easier to go to the moon then to cross the Central America border by road with camera equipment.”
#GLAadventure at Guatemala to Comayagua, Honduras border crossing – 8.5 hours already gone and the team is still waiting to get access in the new country. This border crossing has beaten all #GLAadventure border crossing records.

Given the team’s position at the borders, this is what is on #GLAadventure’s state of mind – “It's easier to go to the moon then to cross the Central America border by road with camera equipment.”

Watch: #GLAadventure’s Border Crossing Adventures
In Nicaragua, team #GLAadventure does what every thrill seeker will do here – Volcano Boarding at Cerro Negro. It is an active volcano just outside Leon, Nicaragua. After about an hour's hike to the peak, riders strap themselves in and then slide down the side of the volcano. For your knowledge – Cerro Negro is a very new volcano; it is the youngest in Central America.
In Nicaragua, team #GLAadventure does what every thrill seeker will do here – Volcano Boarding at Cerro Negro. It is an active volcano just outside Leon, Nicaragua. After about an hour's hike to the peak, riders strap themselves in and then slide down the side of the volcano.

For your knowledge – Cerro Negro is a very new volcano; it is the youngest in Central America.

Watch: All About #GLAadventure’s Volcano Boarding Experience
As per the new law of Costa Rica, enacted on the day #GLAadventure reaches its borders, RHD (Right Hand Drive) cars are not allowed into the country. Team #GLAadventure is clueless about this law; as a result team gets a real shock at the border. Next day, #GLAadventure decides to truck their car to Panama border and hire some rental cars for their drive in Costa Rica. Just one hour after procuring the cars, the cars were broken into, in a crowded parking lot in Liberia Costa Rica. Bad News – Team’s camera bag and sound equipment is stolen. The camera bag had #GLAadventure’s camera man's passport. As things in Costa Rica is getting quiet stressful, team #GLAadventure decides to go and explore the best of Caribbean in Puerto Viejo. Here the team pays a visit to Sloth Sanctuary; it basically strives towards improvement in sloth research and conservation and is being run by one big family.
As per the new law of Costa Rica, enacted on the day #GLAadventure reaches its borders, RHD (Right Hand Drive) cars are not allowed into the country. Team #GLAadventure is clueless about this law; as a result team gets a real shock at the border.

Next day, #GLAadventure decides to truck their car to Panama border and hire some rental cars for their drive in Costa Rica. Just one hour after procuring the cars, the cars were broken into, in a crowded parking lot in Liberia Costa Rica.

Bad News – Team’s camera bag and sound equipment is stolen. The camera bag had #GLAadventure’s camera man's passport.

As things in Costa Rica is getting quiet stressful, team #GLAadventure decides to go and explore the best of Caribbean in Puerto Viejo. Here the team pays a visit to Sloth Sanctuary; it basically strives towards improvement in sloth research and conservation and is being run by one big family.

Watch: #GLAadventure’s Tough Journey In Costa Rica
At Panama Border, the paperwork to clear #GLAadventure’s cars couldn’t be completed. Eventually, the team decides to truck the cars all the way to Panama – and send them straight to the freight forwarders to ship them to Brisbane for #GLAadventure’s next leg. “Sure, we may have been down a wallet, a passport, and some equipment, but what we gained is a lifetime of experience in just a couple of weeks. And that’s priceless,” notes team #GLAadventure. Team takes rental cars to explore Panama City and decides to wrap the Central American part of #GLAadventure journey at the great Panama Canal - known as the ‘Crossroads of the Americas,’ and is the geographical point where North America meets South America and where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet, in this famous canal.
At Panama Border, the paperwork to clear #GLAadventure’s cars couldn’t be completed. Eventually, the team decides to truck the cars all the way to Panama – and send them straight to the freight forwarders to ship them to Brisbane for #GLAadventure’s next leg.

“Sure, we may have been down a wallet, a passport, and some equipment, but what we gained is a lifetime of experience in just a couple of weeks. And that’s priceless,” notes team #GLAadventure.

Team takes rental cars to explore Panama City and decides to wrap the Central American part of #GLAadventure journey at the great Panama Canal - known as the ‘Crossroads of the Americas,’ and is the geographical point where North America meets South America and where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet, in this famous canal.

Read About #GLAadventure’s Journey In Panama
The road has been around since 1941 and includes a stretch that’s Australia’s longest straight road (and second longest in the world).More
Explore Cerro Negro, which is the youngest volcano in Central America, and one that’s also the most active in the region.More