Jan 2, 2021 will be 50 years old An epic road trip from Toronto to Mexico and Las Vegas, made by best friends Eric Whitehead from Gilford and Murray Jupe

Her adventure journal is documented in her self-published book Then There Was One: The Ultimate 70s Road Trip, which captures the essence of the era in the raw, all-narrative story

In 1971, Whitehead, 19, and Jupe, 20, lived in Toronto. They went to high school together and planned the trip two years ago, originally with two other friends.But as time passed and circumstances changed, the four became -Mann trip to two

Europe seemed like a good idea, but with limited resources and concerns about weather conditions, the couple opted for a road trip instead

After much deliberation and budgeting, they bought a used car for $ 500, packed a tent, and drove south to Acapulco, Mexico, then northwest through Texas to Las Vegas

It was the first time the couple was out of the country without their parents.During their travels, they met many unique people and experienced life to the fullest: camping in the desert, launch of Apollo 14 in Florida, witnessing a near-fatal accident , Celebration of Jupes 21 Vegas Style Birthday – Some Experiences That Have Shaped the People They Are Today

They share their shock and frustration with some of the racist individuals they encounter in the southern states and in Mexico

‘I believe there is a simple formula in relationships with the Mexican people, if you treat them with the respect they deserve (and they deserve a great deal of respect) and treat them with kindness, they will almost become their life for you I honestly wish Canadians were more like that, ”read an excerpt from Whitehead dated February 7, 1971

“It (the racism) was just sick,” described Whitehead, who said the trip taught him a lot about tolerance towards others

“We were two young people who didn’t know much about life, to be honest, and we learned an incredible amount about life in general,” Jupe mused

Back then, communication wasn’t as instantaneous as it is now, and the only time they could get in touch with family and friends at home was by phone call or email

After months of traveling together, a Tiff threw a wrench into Whitehead and Jupe’s plans, leaving Whitehead alone in Vegas while Jupe flew to B.C. halfway

“If you put two people together in a tent for months, something is going to go wrong,” said Jupe

“What was important when we were in Vegas? Wasn’t really important in life Our friendship outweighed hostility”

It wasn’t until seven years after the trip that the two happened to see each other while driving in Toronto. They reconnected and have been best friends ever since

“And that’s one of the greatest lessons in life that we hold onto anger and resentment,” said Jupe, who says it’s not worth it. “We leaned on and helped one another, and that’s friendship “

After all these years, Jupe and Whitehead remain best friends
Jupe and his wife Karen, who live in Mississauga, feel “adopted” by Whitehead and his family and celebrate every holiday and special event together (except this year thanks to COVID-19)

Whitehead has lived in Gilford for 36 years with his wife, also known as Karen, Whitehead said it was the road trip with Jupe that sparked his love and passion for travel, the first of many books written by Whitehead has published about his travels

Before the book was published in 2010, Whitehead brought out and read the old diary every year on the anniversary of the trip, and over the years the pages deteriorated, which led him to officially publish them in a book

Would you make the trip again?
In a heartbeat it was the most memorable experience, but they don’t think it would be possible these days with COVID, heightened security restrictions and everything

He and his wife have explored Canada for the past several years, encouraging others to do the same

To learn more about the book and to see some of Whitehead’s other travel works, visit https: // wwwdas roadtripbookcom /

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