Goodbye USA, bienvenidos en Mexico!
Safe full of Golf Putter
In Phoenix we had the opportunity to visit the PING golf factory. To see the high-tech manufacturing process from metal blocks to putter and golf clubs was unbelievable.
Karsten Solheim, the founder of the business started his client-orientated enterprise in a garage. Now the PING factory is huge employing about 800 people, many for decades already. A shop is not to be found here. The PING clubs and putters are exclusively manufactured on order after Golf Club Fittings.
As special highlight at the end of the tour we were allowed to enter a special vault. Here more than 3000 gold-plated and solid gold putters for all victorious professionals are being stored. What started as a token of appreciation has developed to the probably most valuable putter collection worldwide. In the seventies Karsten Solheim looked for an exceptional way to thank professional golf players for using a PING putter on their road to success. He decided to commemorate every victory by producing two gold-plated replicas of the wining putter. One was given to the winner of the tournament and the other was kept at the headquarters of the factory in Phoenix, Arizona. Both were engraved with the name of the golfer and of the tournament won.
For the victory of a Major Golf Tournament even two 24 carat gold putters valued at approximately 44’000 USD were produced. The collection grew fast as more and more professional golfers won their tournaments with PING putters.
Everything is possible in the USA!
With the necessary assertiveness and lots of patience.
Friends of ours wrote to us about their experiences in Australia and complained about the non-adherence to appointments and the poor quality of the repair works performed. We had to smirk and replied: Why don’t you come to North America, where you can top that.
Example: A former executive of ZF-Gear Factory told how relieved he was when he got transferred from South Africa to the USA, as he thought he would now find better working conditions than in the third-world-country. Far from it! The circumstances in the USA for him were worse than in Africa.
Example: We drove to a large RV supplier. The first time there I wanted to have a look when the hydraulic jacks of our truck were greased. A job that takes about 15 minutes. The workshop chief asked his 10 colleagues, if they would be able to squeeze the job in. No, we would have to come in the next day, as they were completely overloaded. The next morning the workshop chief came with his foreman to our vehicle. They were so sorry not to be able to help us as they were not familiar with this type of camper! It took them 24 hours to reach this conclusion.
Example: In Phoenix we furthered our golf playing practice on a golf driving range. During the curse of two weeks we trained taking turns: one day with pro and one day on our own. The Top Golf Centre is technically up to date. After a week we per accident saw an add in which the Centre offered an hourly special between 09:00 and 12:00 for a thrid of the price we had paid.
After inquiring we received the American answer that we did not specifically asked for the special. The second week we did not forget to ask for it. For us European orientated golfers a lot takes getting used to in this 3-story driving range. Every tee bay has three large TV screens on which all data, advertisements and soaps are being shown. This is okay.
The Centre is not playing soft background music, on the contrary it is rather loud. Service personnel were asking every 7 minutes if we needed something. Drinks and food are served. As we only played during the day, we did not experience how the Centre would change into a party place in the evenings.
IQ Test seatbelt
For the third time we saw something unbelievable for us in this safety conscious America. Standing at a robot looking at the car next to us we have several times seen how women let their dogs drive with them on their lap. Which is fine! Poor dogs, they were also fastened under the seat belt with their owners.
Border crossing USA/Mexico
We again crossed the border into Mexico at Tecate. We were still familiar with the border post from the previous year.
A young, very nice and good-looking female customs officer inspected our camper with Brigitte. She inspected the fridge and was fascinated by the large mirrors on the toilet door and on the fridge. As good wine is more expensive on the Baja and on the Mexican mainland than in the USA, we did some extensive shopping before and stored everything well. Our large stock of Swiss cheeses could also have led to some need of explanation if discovered. Brigitte got along well with the lady, also thanks to her Spanish and after a few minutes we were allowed to drive onto a reserved parking spot for the formalities.
We had already filled in, printed and payed the immigration form electronically. Our passports were swiftly stamped for 180 days stay.
Fot the TIP (temporary import permit for vehicles) we had to provide the ownership certificate, vehicle registration, copy of passports and tourist visa permit and a deposit payment of $ 400.
After one hour we entered Mexico with all required documents. Having read of 4-hour crossings at the same border post, we were happy with our result.
spectacular view Colorado National Park
In Wyoming and Utah, too, the cold weather caught up with us.
insider's tip - The Rim Rock Drive
solid wood or veneer?
campsite near Moab
Goosenecks State Park
view from our campsite
Canyonlands National Park
Mexican Hat, an impressive rock formation
Usery Mountain Regional Park near Phoenix
Topgolf with climate-controlled playing bays, food and drink menu, TV and music.
Karsten Solheim, golf-equipment designer
PING Gold Putter Vault
A familiar image on a parking lot of a shopping mall.
even such vehicles cross our paths
Hotel Encuentro Guadalupe - rooms with a view
We were spoiled in the restaurant.
Sunset in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Yves and Cornelia, Switzerland: www.adventure4life.ch
12.2018 La Paz, Mexico
Josef and Josie, Switzerland: 12.2018 Mulege, Mexico
Norman (England) and Emilia (Costa Rica) from Panama:
11.2018 Mulege, Mexico
Martin and Eva, Switzerland
Cyrill and Marion, Switzerland
Christian and Anita, Switzerland
Bernd and Heike, Germany
Rudolf and Lisabeth, Switzerland
Jolanda and Marcel, Switzerland
Glen and Roberta, USA
Manuela and Werner, DE travel the world in stages.
Christl and Werner, DE
Karin and Manfred, Germany - on their journey around the world since 2013
Marc and Mathias, Switzerland
Thomas and Stefan, Switzerland
Felix and Christine, Switzerland
Fredi and Vreni
Monika and Fritz from Austria on their journey since 2001
Martina and Hermann
Marie, Fabrice, Saimara and Serenn on their adventure tour.
Anna Maria and Gerald on their one-year Panamerica Tour.
Freddy und Ritia - life dream travelling the world
Doris and Manfred with Bremach on the road.
Jörg and Barbara are travelling around the world.
Lieve and Dirk
Sonja and Norbert (GER)
Conny and Tommy: www.mantoco.com
Schami and Rita: www.niggs.ch
Peter and Gabi: www.pegasus-unterwegs.ch
Mirella and Grigu (CH): www.tracks4africa.ch
Again New Zealanders
Henry and Ute (D): Namibia (NAM) 08.2012 www.hus-film.de
Coen and Mirjam (NL): Bankrut (TH) 07.2012
Akili Family (F)
Lorenz and Gisela (CH): Otres Beach / Sihanoukville (KH) 05.2012 http://logi.gotdns.ch
Frank and Kristiane (GER): Khao Lak / Bang Niang (TH) 01.2012 www.fraenk-shui.de
Stephan and Petra (GER): Khao Lak / Bang Niang (TH) 01.2012 www.tvware.eu
Florian and Bianca (A): Khao Lak / Bang Niang (TH) 01.2012 www.expedreisen.at
Bruno (CH): Khao Lak / Bang Niang (TH) 01.2012
Kölbi and Christa (CH): Khao Lak / Bang Niang (TH) 01.2012 www.chrigikoelbi.ch
Heinz (CH): Pai (TH) 12.2011 www.heinz-buechler.ch
Hans and Nancy with Vausto (NL): Golmud (CN) 10.2011
David and Claudia (CH): Ulaanbaatar (MNL) 08.09.2011
Martin (AU): Ulaanbaatar (MNL) 08.09.2011
Heiko (GER): Ulaanbaatar (MNL) 08.09.2011
Heiko (GER): Ulaanbaatar (MNL) 08.09.2011
Dieter with Bayola (GER): Ulaanbaatar (MNL) 08.2011
Lutz with Gianna (GER): Mongol Els (MNL) 08.2011
Voyage (MNL): Khovd (MNL) 07.2011
This year riding with his bike 4400km on gravel road.
Didier and Barbara (CH): Ulan Baatar (MNL) 07.2011
Toni and Nelly (CH): Lake Baikal (RUS) 06.2011
Alex and Chris (GE): Olchon Island (RUS) 06.2011
Karl (G), the driver with 23 passangers from Roteltour. Kiev (UA) 05.2011
Heiner and Bigi with Grey Bull
Saalfelden (A) 04.2011
Steph and Jeannine (CH): Salta (AR) 07.2010
Brian and Andrea (NZ): Salta (AR) 07.2010
Henk and Marianne (NL): Salta (AR) 06.2010
Reto and Michéle (CH): Salta (AR) 05.2010
Gerhard and Greti (A): Salta (AR) 05.2010
Mike and Mary (GB): Salta (AR) 05.2010
Andi and Sandra (CH): Villa Gral. Belgrano (AR) 03.04.2010
Peter, Petra and Alessandra (CH): Cafayate (AR) 14.03.2010
Alessandra (CH): Cafayate (AR) 14.03.2010
Juan Jose and Ana Sofia (CO): Cafayate (AR) 13.03.2010
Roland and Corinna (CH): Salta (AR) 07.03.2010
Michel and Claire-Lise (CH): Salta 03.03.2010
Ronald and Rini (NL): Salta (AR) 14.02.2010
Hiaso (JP): San Pedro de Atacama (CL) 10.02.2010
Travelling for 6 month in South America.
Pierre and Ineke (CH): San Pedro de Atacama (CL) 09.02.2010
After 6 years of travelling now they are going home.
Peter and Eva (DE): Putre (CL) 22.01.2010
Dieter and Dagmar (GE): Cuenca (EC) 04.11.2009
Are travelling since 2001.
John and Sharon (USA): Ingapirca (EC) 01.11.2009
Gary and Karla (USA): Ingapirca (EC) 01.11.2009
Rolf and Bettina (DE): Armenia (CO) 23.09.2009
Volkmar and Gudrun (DE): Ciudad Bolivar (VE) 24.07.2009
Uwe and Marita (DE): Ciudad Bolivar (VE) 24.07.2009
Hans and Bente (DE): Samaipata (BO) 23.05.2009
Gerhard and Siegrid (AT): Salta 11.05.2009
Alexander, Elke, Norea and Matteo (AT): Salta (AR) 10.05.2009
Resu and Katja (CH): Salta (AR) 24.04.2009
Jos and Elly (BE): Salta (AR) 18.04.2009
Peter and Esther (CH): Villa General Belgrano (AR) 26.03.2009
Ulli and Barbara (DE): Villa General Belgrano (AR) 23.02.2009
Volker and Margot (DE): Villa General Belgrano (AR) 24.01.2009
Olivier (BE): Villa General Belgrano (AR) 24.01.2009
José and Claude (FR): Cafayate (AR) 23.12.2008
Armin and Marisol (CH): Cachi 17.12.2008
Edwin and Helga (DE): Cachi (AR) 16.12.2008
Steven and Terri (USA): Cachi (AR) 12.12.2008
Renato and Nicol (CH): Salta (AR) 03.12.2008
Jupp and Doro (DE): Salta (AR) 03.12.2008
Wolfgang and Mona (AT): Foz do Iguaçu (BR) 23.11.2008
Thierry (CH): Foz do Iguaçu (BR) 20.11.2008
Franz and Vreni (CH): Olivença (BR) 25.09.2008
Bianchi und Hilda (BR): Natal (BR) 16.09.2008
Stephan and Daniela (AT): Saalfelden (AT) 02.05.2008
Walter and Bettina (DE): Laguna Los Lobos (AR) 28.03.2008
Heiko and Karla (USA/DE): Laguna Los Lobos (AR) 28.03.2008
Peter and Isabella (DE): Buenos Aires (AR) 18.03.2008
Klaus and Rosi (DE): Villa Belgrano 31.01.2008
Karl (AT) and Marianne (CH): Villa Belgrano (AR) 31.01.2008
Jochen und Walli (GE) are travelling since 1999: Montevideo (UY) 09.01.2008
Hendrik and Annemie (BE): Salta (AR) 10.11.2007
Ady (CH): Salta (AR) 10.11.2007
Ivo, Irene and Nika (CH) are travelling USA, Canada, Argentina and Australia: Salta (AR) 17.10.2007
Damien, Sophie, Yann, Pauline (BE): Cusco (PE) 14.08.2007
Bernhard and Audrey (BE): Cusco (PE) 14.08.2007
Frank and Andrea (DE): Cusco (PE) 04.08.2007
Walter and Christa (GE): Ruinas de Raqchi (PE) 03.08.2007
Sophie, Panja and Greig (NZ): La Paz (BO) 22.07.2007
Peter and Ruth (CH): La Paz (BO) 18.07.2007
Marcel and Marie (CH): La Paz (BO) 18.07.2007
Jürgen and Yves (DE): La Paz (BO) 09.07.2007
Stefan and Anita (AT): Salta (AR) 18.06.2007
Oli and Pamela (CH): Salta (AR) 10.06.2007
Fabrice, Valerie, Florence and Vincent (FR): Salta (AR) 17.06.2007
Claude und Erika (CH) travelling since 7 years: Salta (AR) 02.06.2007
Helmut and Rosemarie (DE): Salta (AR) 21.05.2007
Jürgen and Kerstin (GE): Termas Geometricas (CL) 30.03.2007
Klaus and Ursula (GE) are travelling since 2004: El Bolson (AR) 06.03.2007
Karl and Kora (GE) are travelling since 5 years in South America: Ventisquero Colgante (CL) 15.02.2007
Bruno and Renate (CH): Puente Lago Gral Carrera (CL) 02.02.2007
Roli from Vienna (AT): Chile Chico (CL) 02.02.2007
Hans, Doris and Marcelo (AT): Chile Chico (CL) 02.02.2007
Hartmut and Tessie (GE): Los Antiguos (AR) 31.01.2007
Tiziano and Silvana (IT): Los Antiguos (AR) 31.01.2007
Michael and Sabine (GER): El Chalten (AR) 20.01.2007
Albert and Evelyne (NL): El Chálten (AR) 27.01.2007
are travelling since more than 10 years...
Martin and Katja (CH): Ushuaia (AR) 03.01.2007
Paul, Gill with Eliot (GB) are travelling since 12 years: Ushuaia (AR) 02.01.2007
Mike and René (USA): San Sebastian (AR) 28.12.2006
Erik and Martina (GB): Laguna Armaga (CL) 16.12.2006
Rainer and Gisela (GER): El Calafate (AR) 10.12.2006
Rudi and Maria (AT): Península Valdés (AR) 25.11.2006
Konstantin and Brigit (CH): Península Valdés (AR) 24.11.2006
Marcel and Ruth (CH): Península Valdés (AR) 23.11.2006
Sigi and Sissi (DE): Península Valdés (AR) 20.11.2006
Peter and Romy (CH): S.C. Bariloche (AR) 15.11.2006
Ricardo (CL): RN 40 bei Cha Malal (AR) 19.10.2006
Peter and Susanna (CH): San Pedro de Atacama (CL) 07.08.2006
Freddy and Rita (GE) since 2004 on world tour: Salta (AR) 05.07.2006
Wolfgang and Ilona (GE) since 11 years on world tour: Salta (AR) 06.06.2006
Uwe and Giggi (DE): Salta (AR) 06.06.2006
Richard and Catherine (BE) since 1993 on world tour: Salta (AR) 19.06.2006 (Foto from Marocco 1993)
Walter and Marion (GE) since August 2004 on worldtour: Salta (AR) 05.06.2006
Johan and Diane (NL) since January 06 in South America: Cafayate (AR) 30.05.2006
Ute (GE) is renting Unimogs and guiding journeys in South America: Cafayate (AR) 29.05.2006
Hanspeter and Esther (CH) on their trip with Yussuf: Termas Fiambala (AR) 24.05.2006
Kurt and Dania (CH/IE) travvelling with bikes: NP Talampaya (AR) 14.05.2006
Joachim and Uta (GE) from Feuerland to Alaska in 9 month: NP Talampaya (AR) 15.05.2006
Christian and Betina (GE/AR) since 02/2005 on tour with their project: Mendoza (AR) 06.05.2006
Thomas and Claudia and her 3 kids, travelled 2 years in South America (AT): Mendoza (AR) 08.05.2006
Juergen and Isa (GE): Buenos Aires (AR) 19.04.2006