We overpaid on shipping to America, because we shipped from Thailand, and at 11th hour notice, they hiked up the cost, which ended up around $4000US. As a result of the depletion of funds, we are reconsidering our route into Africa again, as we are running out of money and time, the alternative for us is to ship to Spain, and then drive down to Morroco and Western Sahara, before heading back.
In the US, security was tight, such that we couldn't unpack the container at the port, it had to be trucked out to a yard for unpacking, which did add about $600US to the cost (included above). Once in the yard though, there was no customs, no inspection, no anything... but this may have been a unique experience...
Our map was just made using adobe flash writer.
Thanks, and good luck with your trip,
Nick and the Lone Wolf team