Ok, exploring the lower 48 is everyday for RVers. Many go to Canada to visit or through it on their way to Alaska. Fewer go to Mexico, though thousands do venture south of the border. Fewer yet RV through Central America to Panama. A few RVers I know have RVed in Europe, some shipping their own RV overseas, others renting one or doing an exchange. But how many do you know - or have heard of - that have rented an RV in China and taken it to the base of Mt. Everest?
Harriet and Dr. John Halkyard, authors of 99 Days to Panama, did just that two years ago. What an adventure that was! They were interviewed by the Houston Press about their journey. They drove their rented motorhome "on the gravel Tea-Horse road, with its sheer, 2,000-foot plunges alongside, all the way up to altitudes of 17,000 feet and all the way to Lhasa and the very foot of Mt. Everest." The Halkyards assumed that because it was a road, it would be passable. Sometimes it was barely passable, other times they got delayed.
I've met Harriet and John through the RV Authors' Co-op and shared a booth with them at some RV events. Their book, 99 Days to Panama, is a combination lovely coffee-table book and how-to book about taking your RV to Panama. They had many adventures and came back with wonderful photos. They encourage people to consider RVing there. They would not say the same about their most recent trip. In the article, Harriet says that RVing in Lhasa is "not for the average guy." Harriet and John are certainly not your average RVers, but we can enjoy reading about their adventures. See the Houston Press article for photos and more detail. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak