Desk to Glory is Ashley and Richard Giordano and their unbelievable Toyota truck. You could know them, their travelogue been an inspiration to vehicular vacationers for just a few years now. Their story is like so many others shared by people and alike. Bored with doing this, no matter it’s we’re all doing within the capitalist rat race, they merely stop. Purchased a truck. Purchased a tent. Offered their stuff and hit the highway. They drove from Vancouver south, for seven months, lastly parking the truck in Costa Rica. Ashley and Richard knew they needed to drive all the best way to Argentina, in order that they mothballed the Toyota, flew dwelling, labored and saved for a 12 months, then returned to their mission, picked up the truck once more in Colombia and continued the journey. They’re again in Canada now, getting ready for his or her subsequent overlanding journey.
Yr, make, and mannequin?
1990 Toyota Pickup Prolonged Cab. 22RE engine, 5-speed handbook transmission, four-wheel-drive.
Does the car have a reputation?
We name it “Little Pink.”
How did you get it?
On the time of our journey prep, we owned a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado four×four. Though that truck had by no means allow us to down we nonetheless had extra religion that a 1990 Toyota Pickup with a 22RE would take us far off the crushed monitor and again with fewer points and have the components availability all through Central/South America when points did pop up. Fortunately, I occurred to have this challenge Toyota truck sitting within the weeds in my dad’s yard. Effectively…okay. On the time it wasn’t mine, however I knew it was the right truck for the job, so it…grew to become mine.
How have you ever modified it?
Primarily, I attempted to depart the truck as inventory as doable. I changed the leaf springs and shocks with beefy Previous Man Emu components, however shied away from a customized strong axle swap (which might significantly improve off-road functionality). The little 2.4L 22RE was rebuilt as an alternative of swapping in one thing extra highly effective. Bumpers and rock sliders have been added for off-road safety and in addition to guard from the loopy (or so they appear to me) Latin American drivers. The specialty mods have been reserved to enhance our camp life. We added a second battery (an Optima Yellowtop), a Samlex America 85W photo voltaic panel, and a 12V ARB fridge. That mixed with our CVT rooftop tent spherical out the most important additions. We tried to maintain every thing so simple as doable to keep away from pointless issues on the highway. The Ok.I.S.S., Hold It Easy Silly, ideology was the principle thought for the construct as a result of I actually needed to benefit from the journey as an alternative of continually fixing the truck.
What number of international locations have you ever visited?
Little Pink took us by 15 international locations (United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina). Little Pink additionally took us west throughout Canada, again dwelling to British Columbia.
Was this a full-time residing state of affairs?
We lived out of the truck full-time for 2 years whereas we traveled by the above international locations. Presently, the truck is stripped down and we’re planning for Little Pink 2.zero.
What are the professionals to residing out of a truck?
For us, residing out of our little truck was completely important to touring by the Americas with the liberty that we needed. Couldn’t do it some other manner.
Something get tiresome about truck life?
Effectively, there are many issues we sit up for after we keep in a home, hostel, or different everlasting constructing construction. Operating sizzling water, or any operating water by any means, is to not be taken with no consideration. Showers, doing dishes with heat water, and never having to continuously monitor how a lot water we have now left is pure luxurious. Additionally, we love having the ability to sprawl out our belongings and lay on a sofa with out having to return all of our possessions to their particular cupboard space. We don’t want this consolation on a regular basis, however each every so often it’s good to have the indulgence of dwelling, even for a day or two.