If you haven't noticed (maybe because you're too busy reading Expedition Portal) it's getting ridiculously hot outside. This makes me unhappy for several reasons: 1.) It's so hot that I can't wear my usual MK OMP's. 2.) I don't like heat. 3.) Because I'm a fan of wearing long pants, my legs are very, very white (but getting better.) Luckily, Mountain Khaki's has a solution that pleases me, the Granite Creek Convertible Pant ($89.95) features the same bomber construction the rest of the MK line has, in addition to being able to convert the pants into shorts when its so hot outside, that nothing else will do. Instead of using the usual heavy-duty canvas, they've constructed the Granite Creek Convertible Pant from brushed nylon that has been treated with Scotchgard for additional stain and water repellency. In addition to providing SPF 50+ sun protection, they have plenty of pockets for gear, and a super secret security pocket.
As planned it was back into the city centre for me for a day of wandering and sightseeing in another blazing 26 degrees. Strolling down Florida street in the heart of the pedestrian zone, the city seemed so very familiar. Funny how the place grows on you so quickly. I'm not sure whether it was my body language, or perhaps the fact that I was simply feeling so comfortable in the surroundings, but none of the vendors on the street bothered to tout Tango shows and various other tourist trips to me at all.
Then again, perhaps it was because I was in need of a laundry day!
via West County Explorers Club: There’s a new fridge on the market from Basecamp. It can chill its contents from between 0˚ and 45˚ and is available in two versions, a 42-quart ($790) and a 63-quart size ($860). It features a wireless, digital readout showing the fridge’s internal temperature and the vehicle’s battery voltage. After the vehicle has been parked for while, the fridge will cut out in order to save the vehicle’s battery. Just when it does so is adjustable via three selectable settings. There’s also an internal LED light and an open lid alarm.
There’s no word on how it stacks up to the industry standard bearers like National Luna and ARB — its priced below both of them — but here’s a link to the Overland Journal fridge review from a couple of years ago so you can compare notes.
Still zero kms travelled and, you guessed it, still no bike! Each day brings different news about Idris´ journey, but not Idris itself. I am trying to remain philosophical about the delays, it being all part of the journey, and it certainly has been a boon being able to spend some time on arrival in Buenos Aires to kick back and down shift after the mad dash to wind up work and get my stuff together for the trip. But I'm ready to hit the road now – though I will refrain from doing so with my fist! Yo no soy tonto!
Looking for a quick way to loose $200,000 to US Customs? This "1985" Land Rover "Defender" has been "rebuilt to new." Honestly? A two-hundred-thousand dollar Defender? I get that the seller, is trying to make some money—but it's no secret that there are way too many illegally imported Defenders in the United States. Now back to the vehicle, the "1985" Land Rover "Defender" 130 is listed as having only 200 miles, with a completely re-trimed leather and alacantra interior, and new 20 inch custom alloy wheels. The price is only $200,000, and is listed on eBay Motors in the USA. I wonder if it comes with a free pass through customs.
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24 & 25 March Kms travelled – 0
Saturday and now recovered from the flight over, with the sun shining and a new city beckons, so time to stretch those legs and follow the tourist trail. The train from Dakar Motos into the city took around 20 minutes, and at a cost of A$1.80 return was pretty cheap too. Arriving at Buenos Aires' main Retiro station, without the use of map or guide, I strode out in what seemed the direction of the centre determined to pick up what I could from my own observations and wandering – reading the travel guide would come later.
We all know that American Expedition Vehicles does some pretty killer stuff. But you have to ask yourself, when they're not stuffing a 6.4 liter HEMI into a Jeep Wrangler, or making some crazy suspension system, what keeps these guys busy? Apparently it's collaborating with Benchmade and making a special edition AEV knife for all of the AEV nuts in the world (for the record, I am one.) Seriously though, there are some action packed features pumped into this knife. Based on the 581 Barrage ($245), and the 585 Mini Barrage ($135), both knives have the legendary AXIS spring assisted opening system that shoots the stainless steel blade out quicker than you can think. Alright guys, you're not fooling us, you've somehow stuffed a V8 into this bad boy haven't you?