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2400 Miles on a 1982 Honda ?>

2400 Miles on a 1982 Honda

This year I had itchy feet to take on another challenge. I have been stagnant for quite a while in the travel department and needed to get out on the road again. With reality weighing in constantly, I knew I wouldn’t be able to completely escape as I did in 2007 for my big North America trip. I had customers that I needed to keep happy and my servers to keep online. A friend of mine on the East Coast,…

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MX1: BUILDING THE CAMPER & ROOF RACK ?>

MX1: BUILDING THE CAMPER & ROOF RACK

When I started planning my Alaska trip, which turned into a North America trip, I decided to get a camper shell. I found a used one online for $300. It was a dark blue and the clear coat was chipping off. It was also from an older Ranger, but still fit and worked for what I would need it for. To top if off the price wasn’t bad. Starting the overhaul of the camper all the windows and hardware were removed. I spend…

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MX1: Building to Explore Alaska ?>

MX1: Building to Explore Alaska

Exploring Alaska had been a dream of mine for years. I would spend my free time planning and looking at pictures from other adventurers for hours on end. My grandpa told me stories of an old high school friend who did the long trek years ago. Billy Thompson, the man based on my grandpa’s stories who did almost everything, barely managed to reach Alaska. The rough roads nearly destroyed his truck and camper. Breaking down, snapped leaf springs and botched repairs,…

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7 Years After a 22,000 Mile Adventure ?>

7 Years After a 22,000 Mile Adventure

This month marks 7 years after my biggest adventure to date, an overland journey from my home in Gilbert, Arizona to all four corners of the United States and Canada. The adventure spanned 10 weeks and 22,000 miles in my 2001 Ford Ranger. Quite ironically a friend (Jim of BackcountryVehicles.com) is currently on his own North American trip. Since I’m currently grounded, I want to reshare and relive the adventure. Day by day I’ll be posing stories from my notes from 7 years…

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Essential Preparation ?>

Essential Preparation

Excitement builds as you prepare to embark on your next adventure. Running through your mental checklist, you question if every little detail is in order; is fuel topped off, are tools packed away, is food and clothing loaded on board? Now with that aside, are you ready for what lingers down the road? Sidewall punctures, winch line breaking, getting stuck, border crossing, visas and that pesky carnet. Whether it be a weekend trip or a year long jaunt to a…

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