Welcome to Latitude14!

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Latitude14 is a website about overland travel.

In this fast-moving world, too often our journeys are simply a race from Point A to Point B. At such speed how can we ever know who or what exists along the way? From time to time, we should endeavour to slow the ticking clock, to voyage beyond the blur, to think of nothing more than the journey as being our object. We should, at least, allow ourselves a moment to explore the places in between. 

Formerly the director of a family company managing a fleet of offshore survey ships, at the turn of the Millennium I cut loose to pursue my love of travel. I first caught the overland bug way back in 1988, when I ventured into Southern Algeria’s Hoggar Mountains in my Land Rover Defender 110. It was to be the trigger for a number of subsequent trips. In fact, Africa has often featured in my travels and my writing. To date, my overland travels, by both 4x4 and motorcycle, have covered some 170,000 kilometres. 

In 2017, Christine and I completed our longest overland journey yet, from the southern shores of Argentina, to Inuvik, in northern Canada. Along the way we confronted bears and eccentric expats, suffered the effects of soroche and witnessed the scars from Pinochet’s golpe de estado. By necessity we camped in the gardens of a sex motel and a Chinese restaurant, on roundabouts and extinct volcanoes, in a lay-by beside the Arctic Circle and on an island amidst the earth’s highest salt flat. In Patagonia, we pursued the trail of two infamous Western outlaws and, in Bolivia, reflected on the schoolhouse where arguably the world’s foremost revolutionary was executed. Often, we gazed in wonder at mountain peaks and into the depths of canyons. Occasionally we dodged condors, rheas and an amorous elk. In Villa General Belgrano we rummaged for traces of the former crew of the battlecruiser the Admiral Graf Spee and, in Silverton, challenged the local sheriff, whilst armed only with a dirty butter knife and a jar of cut-price mayonnaise.

Short Stories From A Long Continent, due to be published in the winter of 2018, is testament to why the trans-Americas remains one of the world’s classic overland routes.

From time to time I’ll be updating the ARTICLES page with fresh stories, so be sure to check it out. After you’ve had a look round, why not venture over to the Latitude14 Facebook page, where I’m developing a photo gallery entitled “Overlanding - images from the road”. To get there, click the Facebook icon at the top right of the header.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the website. And perhaps we’ll meet out on the road. 

Safe travels, James Mar