Ever since I was a small child, I've been imagining what I'd would buy if I found a million dollars just laying on the ground. It was a game of sorts, and one my friends and I played often. I'd imagine at around 8 years of age, I'd likely have bought a multitude of Pokemon cards, around 13 though—it started changing into motorcycles, cars, and trucks. The older I became, and the more involved I became in the real world, it started changing from what I would buy, into where I would go, what I'd do, and how I'd get there. The game was slowly becoming an escape from every day life, one that was solidly planted in those warm, gushy childhood memories, it was an escape from a world that, with every passing day, turned more and more serious.
Day 36 to 38 – to Mendoza
26 to 28 April Kms travelled – 8,468
Idris and I are OK, but some big decisions need to be made now about the trip. I´ve lost more time rather than making some up, so I have to return to my wish list of things to do and reprioritise. Feeling a bit down about that – but there is so much to see and do, I can´t possibly fit everything in. Tough choices ahead!
If you hung around the Overland Journal booth at this years Overland Expo, you might have seen something you'll never see again—a couple being married by a group of Camel Trophy Veterans along with their Camel Trophy Land Rover Defender 110!
We're continuing our Land Cruiser Prado build with more of what I do best, watching people work, and taking photos. If you don't remember in part one [link] we had a bit of trouble installing an ARB Deluxe Bullbar, and ended up needing to make a few small modifications to make it fit. In addition, we fitted a set of IPF lights in an "Aussie Style" configuration, and installed a Warn M8000 winch, with synthetic line.
Today we're going to be talking about tires and suspension.
If you're looking for a new set of lights for your vehicle, and even remotely considering Lightforce's Genesis HID offering—you need to take a look at this charity auction. It's being put on by ConserVentures (the people behind Overland Expo) for the benefit of Elvis Munis, a 24-year-old student and conservationist from Tanzania who is riding his bicycle around the world. His journey, aptly named, "Chile to Kili" will take him from Chile to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania covering thousands of miles in hopes to raise $100,000 to send ten young Tanzanians to college. You can check out the adventures of Elvis on his website chiletokili.com [link]
Days 23 to 24 - Punta Arenas, Chile
13 to 14 April Kms travelled – 3,723
I have gone quiet, sorry about that. And particularly sorry that some of you avid followers have grown a little concerned about my absence from this blog. There are a few reasons, however.
I´m now entering one of the hardest stretches of the trip in terms of the riding, and a period when internet access is at best limited. I´ve also agreed to do some writing for the media about this part of the journey in a bid to extend readership and help boost my fundraising for Unicef.
A small charity that has managed to have a disproportionate impact on the North American camping and RVing community is Charlie Curry’s “Tents for Troops” (T4T).This tiny Castle Rock, Washington-based non-profit advocacy group has managed to establish a nationwide network of over 200 RV parks and campgrounds that provide free camping for active military and their families (including reserves). The free camping initiative, which was spearheaded by Curry as a way of saying "Thank You" for the sacrifices borne by military families, is now in its second year.
If you're in North America...stop reading immediately. Actually don't, I lied, please continue reading.
Land Rover has just announced a new "Special Edition" Defender—the XTec and I'm pretty sure it's one of the best looking yet (Camel Trophy, and maybe G4 Challenge vehicles aside, of course.) Aside from the more rugged Goodyear MTR tires, it's really just a special interior and a fancy paint job, but it's a nice paint job, and my favorite part is that they offer it in both utility, as well as station wagon models. The utility model, which has painted steel panels instead of windows, has added benefits of security for the global traveler.
Still haven't voted in Expedition Portal Video Contest? We're adding even more free prizes just for simply voting! In addition to the Jeep hats, and the re-designed Expedition Portal T-Shirts you can now win 1 of 10 Overland Journal prize-packs containing three great back-issues. Don't forget to share this and send it to your friends!
and then...VOTE HERE [link]