Uli “Apollo” Lobo
Our 2000 Toyota 4Runner came to us in 2010. After much research, Erik concluded that this would be the best vehicle for our adventure. We decided that he needed a name since he was going to be as much a part of the journey as we are. “Uli” is short for “Ulises,” the Spanish equivalent of “Ulysses,” the great traveler of Homer’s Odyssey and James Joyce’s Ulysses. “Lobo” is the Spanish word for “wolf,” which is appropriate since he is gray and, as a 4Runner, will be steady on his feet in rough terrains. “Apollo” is his call sign in the same vein as pilots have call signs or nicknames. “Apollo” was chosen for a couple of reasons: the Greek god Apollo was the god of light, the sun, music, and the arts, among other things; one of NASA’s greatest programs for space exploration was named Apollo; also, it was the call sign of our favorite character on the updated “Battlestar Galactica” TV series, which Erik was a big fan of.