Introducing ‘Rodrigo’, our faithful travel companion. Rodrigo is a 2004 Toyota 4Runner with a 4.7 liter V8 that cranks out 235 horsepower. He has an automatic transmission and is fitted with air conditioning and stereo for our comfort. We added a 300W inverter to charge our electrical appliances on the road.
We named the car ‘Rodrigo’ in honour of the most underestimated achievement in American travel history. Rodrigo de Triana, born in 1469 in Spain, travelled with Columbus on board of La Pinta. He was the first one to see America, but Columbus later said “Yes, but I saw something late yesterday evening already but I was not sure it was land”. So poor Rodrigo did not get any credit or reward.
We have a roof top tent from Cascadia Tents that comfortably sleeps 2 on top of the car. You can climb into the tent on an aluminium ladder that folds up and fits easily in the trunk.
Rodrigo has already travelled 170,000 kilometers. We took him in for a full maintenance at the Toyota dealer in Richmond, BC and he has been running smooth since then!