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(Jan. 26, 2015) -- A look back at Ringwood, N.J., resident, Ernst Jahn and his wife, Edith's, journey through Central and South America in a Volkswagen camper in 1965. They created a lifetime full of memories.

1965 camper van roadtrip across the Americas

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — The following article was culled by North Jersey from the Suburban Trends archives of 45 years ago. Ernst wrote the book, “Pan American Highway Guide” after he and his wife Edith took a 28,000-mile trip through Central and South America in a Volkswagen camper, North Jersey noted.

In December 1965, Ernst Jahn decided that he would give up the world of engineering to become a traveler. He made plans for a unique journey, purchased a Volkswagen camper, and was on his way to adventure. Ernst and Edith took a seven-month tour along the Pan-American Highway and among other things became the first North American tourists in a decade to drive overland all the way from the United States to Brazil, North Jersey explained.

The Jahns had visited 21 countries and traveled 27,888 miles in their Volkswagen camper by the end of their odyssey, according to North Jersey. Despite the length of their journey, it reportedly wasn’t all that expensive, North Jersey reported.

To read the full story by North Jersey, click here.

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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