Two people, a Mercedes G-Wagen, and their 23-year, 500,000 mile journey around the world

Two people, a Mercedes G-Wagen, and their 23-year, 500,000 mile journey
around the world


This Mercedes Benz G-Wagen, affectionately named Otto, has carried Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine on an incredible 500,000 mile journey around the world.

In 1989, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine climbed aboard their 1988 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel from Germany to Africa, where they planned to complete a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that would last 18-months.

Except the trip didn’t last 18-months, it has lasted 23 years, spanned more than 200 countries and the G-Wagen now has 800,000 kilometers, or 500,000 miles, on its odometer. That’s the equivalent of 20 times around the equator.

The trio have visited everywhere from Alaska to Zimbabwe by way of North Korea, the Sahara desert, Mount Everest and Siberia in an effort to drive around the globe. Sadly, Gunther’s wife Christine passed away in 2010, but he has continued to travel the world, as per her wishes.

In June this year, the Philippines became the 200th country visited, and the G-Wagen showed 799,783 kilometers on the clock.

At 74-years old, Gunther Holtorf is an inspiration, but for all his and Christine’s determination, they couldn’t have done it without Otto — the name given to their trusty G-Wagen.
holtorf-otto-odometer-350x348-cPowered by a 3.0 liter diesel engine, which produced around 85 horsepower when new, the 300GD was never fast, but it is very, very strong. Quite apart from reaching 500,000 miles, Gunther’s G-Class is continuously overweight, as he carries 500 kilograms (1100 pounds) of equipment on the roof, plus the car is his home — meaning it contains everything he needs to survive, from sleeping quarters to a shower.

He estimates the total laden weight to be 3,300 kilograms, or 7,275 pounds. Its style is also a far cry from many modern G-Class’s too

As reliable as the car is, things can go wrong, and more than half of that extra weight on the roof is made up of hard-to-find, genuine Mercedes spares, all of which he fits himself when the need arises.

When another 100,000 kilometers is about to pass, Otto returns to a Mercedes dealer in Europe, where the instrument binnacle is opened, and a new sixth digit is stuck next to the standard five-digit readout.

A 20-year old GPS unit, a traditional paper map and a diesel additive is about as technical as it gets, and don’t go looking for a website, Facebook page or Twitter feed on Gunther’s exploits either, as the adventure is strictly low-key.

Gunther Holtorf and his G-Wagen will finish their incredible journey next year, when the car will retire to the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

Take a look at this amazing slideshow made up of images taken by Gunther, on film with a pair of Leica cameras, and those by photographer David Lemke. It charts not only Gunther and Christine’s truly inspirational adventure, but the astonishing ability of the humble car too.

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What an amazing path Gunther & his wife Christine have traveled. They have shown us that life’s journey is about more than material possessions & money, it’s about feeding your soul.

Taking a look at your own life through a different lens,
what do you see?

Is it the life you had always hoped to have and live.

Are you following Your dreams or someone else’s?

Follow Your dreams and life will be most satisfying.

If you  find that you are following someone else’s dream your life unsatisfying & unfulfilled. 

You will become more successful, find your own inner peace and love, if you choose your own destiny and stop trying to please others around you.

We create our own happiness through our own thoughts, words and actions. If you are not doing what you love then life becomes unfulfilled, empty and stressful. 

Let ‘YOU’ decide what makes you feel happy, secure, loved and successful. Open yourself up to what ‘you’ truly believe …
and life will begin to flow. 

Your life is like a beautiful, still pond. When a pebble is thrown into your pond let the weight of the pebble be light, as there will be less ripples. – Bryan Hall 

May Gunther & Christine’s  story be inspirational to us all.

Live the life of your dreams and do what you love … success & happiness will follow.

If you would like some guidance on your path in becoming more successful, happy and living a more prosperous life, I would be glad to help you.  I provide one-on-one Life & Motivational Coaching. I can help you with any aspect of your life, from work, to family, to day-to-day, I would be honored to guide you on your journey. Please get in touch.

Much Love! Be well.

Bryan Hall Life Success Coach, Author, Motivational Expert, Spiritual Electrician 

How Much Is Your Time Worth?

How Much Is Your Time Worth?

A special ‘Thank You’ to  who published this wonderful article
on – July 24th, 2012

Another special ‘Thank You’ to OolaGuru for sharing this great article with us!

This is a guest post by Joel Runyon of Impossible HQ on OolaGuru.

Did you see the Justin Timberlake thriller In Time last year? Probably not. Nobody else did either. Well, I did, I guess. And while the movie wasn’t very good, it contained an interesting idea that I think relates to personal finance.

The movie’s plot revolves around a world where everyone is genetically engineered to live until they’re 25. After that, they have exactly one year left before they die. The amount of time they have left to live is displayed on their forearm and because of how limited of a resource it is, people use time as the method to barter and exchange things with each other. Time becomes a currency.Want a cheeseburger? That’s twenty minutes. Bus fare? Two hours. You get the picture.

J.D.’s note: The sci-fi geek in me can’t help but point out that this sounds a lotlike Logan’s Run.
OolaGuru Comment: Did any of you ever see the movie, “In Time” featuring Justin Timberlake?  The movie relates to personal finance and, in short, the people in the movie were all genetically engineered to live until they’re 25. After that, they have exactly one year left before they die. The amount of time they have left to live is displayed on their forearm and because of how limited of a resource it is, people use time as the method to barter and exchange things with each other.  But what if we could see how much time we had left?  Would our time be worth it?  Thanks to this excerpt from J.D Roth (, he gives us his opinion…

“… If you can get past some overly-cheesy acting moments from Justin Timberlake, the movie makes an interesting point about the importance of valuing your time. While it’s easy to waste five minutes here and there in your day-to-day life without realizing it, in the movie people are actually aware of just how much time they have left. It’s marked on their forearm after all, and they weigh all of their decisions on whether or not the trade-off is literally worth their time.

Interestingly, the most successful people I’ve met in Real Life treat time with the exact same care. They value their time more than anything. More than their Stuff. More than whatever is in their bank account or 401(k). Time is the most precious resource because once you spend it, you can’t get it back.

When you value your time, you begin to evaluate your decisions through a completely different lens.

Take the choice between two very similar jobs. Maybe at one you can make $40,000 working down the street from your house, and at the other you can make $50,000 by working somewhere that’s half an hour away. Most people would think it’d be a no-brainer to take the $50,000 job simply because of the pay increase. After all, everybody has a commute, right ? Besides, it’s $10,000, and we all know that more money is better, right?

Well, maybe.

Let’s do the math. If you have a 30 minute commute, every day you’ll spend about an hour in the car (five hours every week).

With 50 weeks in the year (assuming you take your 2 weeks of vacation that most Americans don’t take advantage of), you’ll spend around 250 hours every year in the car — just over ten days — not counting any traffic delays you might have.

If you value your time at $25/hour (~$50,000/year salary), over the course of the year you’ll be spending $6250 worth of your time commuting, most likely being stressed that whole time. When you add the wear and tear on your vehicle, the trade-off begins to sound very different than it did at first.

This isn’t even factoring that the average American spends almost $4,155 a year on gas alone. Even if you only can attribute 60% of your gas costs to work, that’s still $2,493 in gas you’re spending just to appease the $50,000/year job requirements (namely, showing up).

However, if you took the job closer to home, you would save $6,250 in the value of your time as well as $2,493 in gas over the course of the year. So, while the perceived pay gap is $10,000 at first, the actual pay gap between jobs when accounting for the value of your time and added gas would be about $1,257/year. This $1,257 is 2.5% of your $50,000 salary. With that in mind, the question becomes much, much different. (And keep in mind that we still haven’t discussed the opportunities to create additional revenue from the 250 extra hours you’ll have every year!)

Are you wiling to take a 2.5% pay cut to spend more time at home? To do more of the things you enjoy while spending less time getting being stressed? Or, to put it another way: Is a year’s worth of time, stress, and sanity worth $1,257?

Obviously there are some other factors that we still haven’t accounted for.

  • Even if you worked closer to home, it would take some time to get to work.
  • Do both jobs offer the same opportunities down the road?
  • Are they both equally compelling career options?

The comparison isn’t perfect, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to make you think. How do you spend a currency like time, one that isn’t measured in dollars and cents?

I’m not saying you should throw away your car and quit your job tomorrow. But if you begin to factor in items that might seem less tangible than money, you might start to make decisions based around the quality of your overall life experience, not just the numbers that show up on your bank statement every month.

Joel Runyon spends his time  pushing his limits, telling a great story with his life by pursuing the impossible. You can download his first manifesto on living a great story, IMPOSSIBLE, for free.Follow him on twitter.

Bryan Hall Comment … What decisions can you make Today that will increase the quality of your life?

Could you take 3 minutes Today to call a loved one and tell them you are thinking about them & you love them?

How about taking a couple of minutes Today to send a mental note of Gratitude to someone you wish you would have ‘thanked’ in person for something nice they did or said. 

Would you be late for something Today if you took a few extra minutes to hold the door for someone & say ‘Hello’?

What amount of time did you spend Today on quality not quantity? These things may not make your bank account grow, but I guarantee your heart will swell with an enormous amount of Gratitude, Love & Self-Pride. Once you begin to fill your Life with an abundance of Generosity from the Heart … Your Life Will Begin To Flow. 

Thanks for being here! Be well.

Bryan Hall Life Success Coach, Author, Motivational Expert, Spiritual Electrician

Why Not?


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