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18 months around South America in 4x4 called Kermit.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP @DPGWYNEDD

AN adventurous couple and a green 4x4 vehicle called Kermit are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Gwyn Swift and his partner Linzi Allcock packed up the green Land Rover Overlander last month and shipped it to South America.

The couple will join Kermit in Chile in a couple of weeks time and will spend 18 months driving around the vast continent.

It is the continuation of a journey which began last year when they travelled through Central America.

"We did that in a Land Rover, a 36-year-old former Brecon Beacons ambulance, we called Dougal.

"Unfortunately he suffered many breakdowns so we decided to retire Dougal and obtain and refurbish a newer one. Kermit is a hardly-run in 20 year old vehicle," said Gwyn, a 28-year-old forensic scientists from Penisarwaun near Caernarfon.

The couple, who describe themselves as The Overlanders, plan to visit Brazil for next February''s Carnival, the Galapagos islands and, after driving all the way to Ushaia at the southern tip hope to make a trip to Antarctica.

Linzi, a lawyer currently working in the Middle East, added: "This is no normal student gap year trip as we have been travelling since 2007 independently, and as a couple since 2010. We go to places that most people would never find and do things that would terrify the average traveller.

"We have now decided to conquer our final continent - South America. We plan on driving through and visiting the sites of all 23 countries on a 18 month road trip."

" The couple hope to repeat their adventures from last year's trip in Central America which saw them spend a spell in jail in Mexico and the results of a knife attack in Nicaragua.

Gwyn and Linzi also saw a volcano erupt and met some of the kindest people on earth.

"The trip starts in Santiago, Chile and we'll head off clockwise. We have a few set things to do and dates to do them but for most of the time we'll head off at our own pace," said Gwyn.

. ? TO follow Gwyn and Linzi''s adventure visit theoverlanders.co.uk

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Gwyn Swift's 4x4 Kermit (main) and at the wheel (centre), the old vehicle Dougal (left) and a snap from the last trip to Venezuela (right)
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:May 27, 2014
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