This is a trip report for last summer's vacation. I had to not post much about it because I wrote a story of TLCA's Toyota Trails, and it ran this month... May/June 2010. So this is what I turned in to them....
It’s always good to have a Plan B.
After a couple of years off-roading in my 1974 FJ40, the family was tired of the 10 hours of round trip driving in it to get anywhere I wanted to be so it was time to go to Plan B.
Upgrading my daily driver, a 2002 Tacoma double cab. After one trip to the Coal Miner Cruiser Classic in it with only sliders and a skid plate, I knew I enjoyed the “plush” ride and reliability of the Taco over the sore back and prayers required to take the Land Cruiser.
As I researched the Taco’s upgrades, the sites that most interested me were expedition type travels, taking an off the track road that leads somewhere other than back to the start. So I now had a goal. After dragging along a friend 800 miles away, we started building and planning a three-week trip along the Continental Divide. He searched out and bought a 2002 extended cab Tacoma after his wife said they couldn’t scratch up her FJ Cruiser.
The start in Watkins Glen, NY