An uneventful departure from Pasto, though a place I was not sad to see behind me. Given that the roads to get there were so great, the town itself was a bit of a let-down. While out for a walk the evening before I was approached by a few unfortunate souls separately, who while walking the ground (though somewhat unsteadily) were clearly travelling at a much greater altitude in their minds. The visible police presence during the evening only added to a seedy sense to the place. Ah well – back on the road.
In my fourth year of engineering school I decided to do an independent study project. This meant I would choose a problem, and then engineer a solution to it while reporting my progress to my academic advisor. Initially I felt inclined to improve the aerodynamics of a rotating bicycle wheel; a problem that keeps us all awake at night, I'm sure. At the last minute, my advisor mentioned that an off-grid ranch near Flagstaff wanted to switch their power supply from a diesel generator to a hybrid of solar and wind power. They just needed a sucker to design the system for them. Wait a minute, I was a sucker, I thought. This would be perfect for me! I chose the ranch project and walked out of my advisor's office with a stack of books.
It's Monday. Monday sucks. We all know this. However, we've taken it upon us to play the devil on your shoulder and convince you to quit your job and start traveling the word. Surprisingly, with the lure of wearing ties, and 401K's, it's actually quite difficult to get someone to do that these days. Luckily right now on the Expedition Portal Classifieds, there's a way to make it even easier. Forum member Juris has listed a 1988 Mitsubishi L300, or better known as the Delica, and conveniently it's already located in South America so you can just fly in and start your adventure from the moment you land. The vehicle looks surprisingly well outfitted and in good shape for it's age. According to Juris, it's perfect for traveling with a partner, but not much more.
I haven't been able to figure out why the Nissan Frontier pick-up hasn't achieved the same level of popularity as it's brother-from-another-mother, the Toyota Tacoma. Not only is the vehicle cheaper, and in my opinion better looking, it's just as durable as well. That's why I was foaming at the mouth when Brent and Karen Sloan's 2005 Nissan Frontier pulled into AT Overland a week or so ago to have a flippac installed on their truck. This might just be the best Nissan Frontier overland vehicle I've seen so far.
Here's your chance to win a fully-outfitted 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that's been outfitted with some of the best parts the industry has to offer. Bilstein is having a contest which ends soon, where they'll be giving away the Jeep you see above, and an all-expenses paid trip to SEMA 2012! For the full details on the contest, check out Bilstein's website and enter here. [link]
...Because nothing beats a free Jeep, and Vegas!
Without a doubt Triple Aught Design is one of the premier technical and performance gear specialists in the world, with users ranging from various special forces teams the world over, to a good number of overlanders, it says something about the versatility of their products. Let's face it, we're all a bit envious of the gear they design and create right here in the United States. Luckily, we were able to score a sneak peak of the gear they'll be releasing for Fall 2012, including some new products like the Collared Ranger, Ares 270 Half-zip, Huntsman 200 Henley and the Vesper Sweater. Check it out.
Earlier today Land Rover released an updated version of it's entry model, the LR2. While it isn't a complete re-design, the 2013 model features a more powerful and fuel efficient 240hp 2-liter turbocharged engine, borrowed from the award-winning Range Rover Evoque, replacing the 3.2 liter inline six. The interior has also been redesigned with an entirely new dashboard layout and center console. The refreshed LR2 integrates more popular features from Evoque such as the 'Say What You See' voice command system, an updated Terrain Response system, and an available rear view camera with 'Hitch Assist.'
Heading off some 100kms south of Quito, Ecuador´s capital, this day was all about making some progress in the journey. And progress was easily made in those areas where the road was running with two or three lanes, but slower when it dropped back into one lane traffic – as it seemed to do on a regular basis. Almost like the contractors rebuilding the Pan American Highway were just interested in working on the easy bits, but where the road required some more detailed civil engineering work, they left those bits for later, and sought out another easy bit further on. I guess it will all get done eventually.
It is pretty safe to assume that most people watch TV shows because they like drama. Mad Men is full of it.
To compensate for the lack of passion in their actual life, they turn to their favorite TV show to get it instead.
The same scenario applies to cars. Some people need to have a troublesome vehicle just so they can re-create some sort of artificial adrenaline rush.
And just like a tv series they must get back to it every week and spend hours looking at it while they could be out there doing real-life adventures instead!