Hey girl. I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout you. You been thinkin’ ’bout me too?

We’ve had radio silence here for quite some time.  Our crew did have a pretty epic 15 minute drive down Pacific Coast Highway in Rob’s rented convertible red Camaro last weekend.  We didn’t think to snap any pictures at the time, but here’s an artist’s rendition:


Anyways, I read a little article this morning that reminded me of some of the glory of the trip and I thought others might appreciate it.
AS you can see from the chart, we managed to speed drive through quite a few of the strict speed limit states without indecent. The AZ ticket is really no surprise, but I now feel a much greater sense of pride at being ticketed in South Dakota!

The Strictest and Most Lenient States on Speeding

Overall Rank


State Reckless Penalties


Speeding Enforcement


1 Colorado T – 2 T – 10
T – 2 Arizona T – 10 T – 2
T – 2 Delaware 1 T – 23
T – 2 Illinois T – 8 T – 4
5 New Mexico T – 10 T – 4
6 Virginia T – 8 14
T – 7 Iowa T – 24 1
T – 7 Massachusetts T – 2 T – 31
9 Alabama T – 10 T – 15
10 District Of Columbia T – 15 T – 10
T – 11 Arkansas 4 T – 44
T – 11 California 5 T – 31
T – 11 Oregon T – 19 T – 7
T – 11 Washington T – 19 T – 7
15 West Virginia T – 6 T – 31
T – 16 Kansas T – 10 T – 26
T – 16 Maryland T – 27 T – 7
T – 18 Indiana T – 27 T – 10
T – 18 Missouri T – 41 T – 2
T – 18 North Carolina T – 15 T – 19
T – 21 Oklahoma T – 6 47
T – 21 Wyoming 14 T – 26
T – 23 Hawaii T – 24 T – 17
T – 23 New York T – 41 6
T – 25 Alaska T – 19 T – 23
T – 25 Louisiana 40 T – 10
T – 25 Maine T – 19 T – 23
T – 25 Vermont T – 15 T – 31
29 Idaho T – 15 T – 44
30 Tennessee T – 41 T – 15
T – 31 Connecticut T – 27 T – 31
T – 31 Georgia T – 27 T – 31
T – 31 Minnesota T – 27 T – 31
T – 31 Nevada T – 24 T – 38
T – 35 Florida T – 37 T – 26
T – 35 North Dakota T – 27 T – 38
T – 35 Rhode Island T – 27 T – 38
T – 38 Michigan T – 19 T – 48
T – 38 Wisconsin T – 45 T – 17
T – 40 Kentucky T – 45 T – 19
T – 40 Montana 36 T – 44
T – 40 Nebraska T – 37 T – 38
T – 40 New Jersey T – 37 T – 38
T – 40 Ohio T – 45 T – 19
T – 40 South Carolina T – 45 T – 19
46 New Hampshire T – 27 T – 48
T – 47 Mississippi T – 45 T – 26
T – 47 Pennsylvania T – 45 T – 26
T – 47 South Dakota T – 41 T – 38
T – 47 Utah T – 27 T – 50
51 Texas T – 45 T – 50


Our Pants Are Wet With Anticipation

Do you like adventure? Do you like competition? Do you like fighting ALS? Do you like seafood?

Well, all those and more are coming with the 2016 Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii. The PanAmerica Crew will be providing land support for Sailing for ALS once again.  In the previous race, we managed the drive all the way from LA to SF and back without a single speeding ticket. We won’t make that mistake again . . . er um, yes we will. No, it wasn’t a mistake. We will drive, we will not speed. Well, Gary probably will speed but not too much.  Nevermind.

Anyways, Sailing for ALS has a great sponsorship opportunity. We were thinking of doing a bake sale to come up with the money to paint the sail with a picture of Rob in his unicorn mask, but Matt ate all the chocolate chips. That means there is still a chance for you or someone you know to jump on this. Not only can the boat be plastered with your business logo (or the picture of Rob, if you prefer) it also comes with some pretty sweet perks like access to Thirsty’s home marina, the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, some sailing classes or pleasure cruising with Naos Yachts, and Trent will even read you the bedtime story of your choosing.

Please check out the Sailing for ALS website or contact Captain Charly for more info.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Part 2

Well, here it is.  Our ice bucket challenge video is super official, that’s why it’a posted on the ALS Association’s youtube channel.  Either that, or the team over at the ALSA Golden West Chapter is extremely sleep deprived trying to keep up with this Ice Bucket Phenomenon and it’s leading to poor decision making.  Either way, enjoy it before they come to their senses.

We watched a bunch of IBC videos and it seemed pretty simple to make one of our own, but we may have messed it up a little bit.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Part 1

So a little over a year ago we thought we were doing really great things for ALS awareness by stuffing ourselves into a quite ridiculous looking Porsche and driving an obscene amount of miles all over North America. It turns out, that if we were smarter, we would have just come up with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge instead. We would have been a lot less tired and raised way more money, but hey, live and learn, right?

Anyways, if you’ve found us here and you’ve yet to make your donation to the fight against ALS, feel free to use the button to the right. It will take you to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. This chapter covers California and Hawaii, but a major chunk of the funds end up at the national level as well. A local chapter (especially one with the highest rating from charity navigator-which means the money goes where it’s supposed to) is, in our opinion, the most effective way to donate.

The four of us and all of our pit crew members have been challenged numerous times. You better believe we’ll continue donating, but we’re also working on a little video as well. We promise to try and keep it true to The Panamerica style you’ve come to love over the past year.

More chance for vomit, but less chance for speeding tickets!

You probably have a pretty good idea by now how all of this got started. (If not, look at pretty much any other page on this site.) We had an incredible adventure and managed to raise a lot of money for the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Now, the entire Panamerica Crew is lending its support to a new adventure called SailingForALS.

In about two weeks, our friends Charley and Fred kiss the California shore goodbye for a 13 (hopefully), 14 (possibly), or 15 (hopefully not) day trip from San Francisco to Hawaii.

In 2011, Gilles decided to take part in a grandiose sailing regatta called the TransPac that would take him from Los Angeles to Honolulu on a 40ft racing sailboat with some of his closest friends. Despite being unofficially labeled the “fastest floating wine cellar to cross the Pacific”, they placed second. Among this crew were two gents, Charles Devanneaux and Frederick Courouble, who continued on the following year to sail the Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii) on an even smaller boat as their own two-man crew. Gilles planned to be among those to welcome them to Hawaii, however, his disease had progressed more quickly than we could have imagined, and he was unable to travel any longer.

The igniting spark for the PanAmerica was anger towards a a car leasing company. SailingForALS is born from excellent memories between great friends who spent thirteen-and-a-half grueling days at sea trying to get to Hawaii (now you guys know why I wanted to circumnavigate the country in that Panamera in just under 14 days). SailingForALS was Charly’s idea: he wanted to honor his friend and raise money to help combat what seems to be a losing battle against a neurodegenerative disease. Charly doesn’t like to spend days in a car. He likes spending days at sea. So did my dad, and most often it was with him.

So here we are. A year after our road trip concluded, we’ve raised over $18,000 and we promise to get back to writing and distributing the videos to you guys. But first, all of us at the PanAmerica want you to follow two exquisitely fearless friends of ours cross the Pacific on their boat, aptly named “Thirsty”.

The ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter has now added Hawaii to it’s already large area that it serves, so we thought this could be a great way to bridge the Pacific gap. The boat has been plastered with ALS Association logos and the crew is ready to get on the water.

The guys leave on July 8th. We’ll be blogging, facebooking, and instatweeting from now until their arrival in Hawaii.

Please visit their site SailingforALS.com
Check out our facebook page: www.facebook.com/SailingForALS
Keep up with our tweets: @Sailing4ALS

A Celebrity, a Spaceman and a Welcome Home Party (Day 14 Update)

Our final morning was spent meeting the ALS Association Golden West team in San Francisco. While we were glad handing, they were working to get us a meeting with the master of all glad handing, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. He was charismatic to say the least. While he was signing our car, we were approached by an equally charismatic fellow. We didn’t catch his name, but we did dig his crazy outfit, and his uncomfortable confirmation to our question about his visiting from another planet.

After a quick drive through a nude pride parade, we’re pretty sure we set a record for the fastest drive from SF to LA. It was important for us to get back for our CPK catered welcome home party. We were glad to be welcomed!

Grrrr update dslfkjdas (Day 11 Update)

Grand Teton:
Big mountains, nice views, friendly family gave us bible and wanted to help us find Jesus Christ.
**Spoiler Alert — He was not located.

Big water fountain smells bad and was actually quite underwhelming. There was some semi-nude swimming and it was not the Crew member you probably expect it to be. Okay, well Rob was involved, but it was Gary that stripped down with him and popped into a stream filled with hot springs.

Done at a manmade lake. Probably the best actual view of the sun setting (over the water) that we had all trip. Wine. Bees.

Arrival in ID:
Late night arrival but met with an awesome spread of pizza and beer. The dog was so excited that he exploded. We all took Benadryl and went to sleep after a group dog poo clean up effort. (It was a big dog and a lot of feces.)

Everyone In Da Car Gettin’ Punched (Day 10 Update)

The Donuts
After a great night in Minni and an elementary school style sleep over at Eric’s, we made our way towards Mt Rushmore. The drive was going great for the first 45 minutes until we realized we were about 30 minutes past the stop we planned to meet with the guys at Focus Sales who hooked us up with all our GoPro and Sandisk gear for the trip. (At the time of this writing we now know that this was a sign of things to come. Sleep deprived, frustrated by a lack of internet access in this part of the country, annoyed with each other’s noises, smells and mere presence, please excuse the expected reduced frequency and wit in the forthcoming updates.)

We turned around and it was well worth it because there were donuts waiting for us. We spent some time chatting and taking pictures with the team and then got back on the road.

The Googleing
After passing what seemed to be a strangely large number of motor cycle trailers, Matt took to his phone and realized that it just so happened that we would be driving within 30 minutes of Sturgis South Dakota during bike week. Matt was very excited and very confused by the fact that Rob (the only other person awake at the time) did not share his enthusiasm. After about four seconds of Google image searching, Rob learned enough about Sturgis to decide that he was excited as well. So excited that he got pulled over. When the backseat passengers awoke they were glad to know that Rob got off with a warning and were told about the new planned detour, and once again, confusion set in due to their lack of response. More Googleing, more excitement and Matt got another speeding ticket.

The Fight
On the way to Sturgis Matt and Gary got into a fight.

The Greatest Detour of All Times
About five minutes after arriving in Sturgis, Matt and Gary made up. Sturgis truly is a magical place. We discretely opened our bottle of wine and watched the sunset of the Sturgis version of the Hollywood sign. Rob almost got us all killed when he started asking bikers to take him for a ride. Eventually a very nice biker lady actually contemplated it for a moment before her better judgment prevailed. Rob’s poor little heart was broken.

We wandered around taking in all the excitement while Rob sulked and at a custom shirt shop we lost Rob forever. A denim vest, emblazoned with an American flag and a bald eagle turned Rob into VIC.

Rob was never seen again.

The Presidential Pardon
If you are going to see Mt. Rushmore, we suggest you do it in the five minutes before the park closes and the fifteen minutes after it’s closed. You get really great parking, the restrooms are empty and the incredibly stoned Park Ranger is very friendly. Mt Rushmore was actually very impressive. You should go.

The most terrifying part of the trip came next. Driving down the winding mountain road towards Casper Wyoming in the most fearsome rainstorm we’ve ever experienced. When Gary got pulled over (yes the third time we’d been pulled over today) he was actually relieved that he got to stop the car and catch his breath. That was until the State Trooper told him that we were on a road with an immense, and mostly suicidal, deer population. The trooper let Gary off with a warning and at the same time we got another warning as we looked to the side of the road and saw two large deer no more than 50 ft from us. The rest of the drive off the mountain, the front seat saw the most intense concentration of the trip. And as front seat passenger and official animal spotter, it was the most intense concentration of Matt’s life.

We finally pulled into Casper and Rob . . . I mean Vic used his charm and his vest to get free breakfast coupons from the large and lovely night manager.