March 26, 2012 (El Fecht, Morocco) - The first of two Marathon Legs in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles has just come to a close, and Team #107 from the U.S., Amy Lerner and Tricia Reina, are holding solid in seventh position overall. The sister duo, new to off-road after completing the 2011 Gazelle, is impressing organizers and competitors with a strong performance since the initial Prologue stage on Wednesday. Piloting the AEV modified Jeep Rubicon, Lerner successfully nailed the difficult checkpoints in the famed Erg Chebbi Dunes, the largest dunes in Morocco.
There have been a few instances lately where I've been criticized for being a Harley-Davidson enthusiast in my workplace. In fact, I've only found out about the coolest motorcycle riding leather ever in the entire world because a certain someone that I work with suggested I purchase one to wear on my Harley. Little does he know that it will match my motorcycle perfectly, and make me at least 2.6 times cooler than I already am. The UD Replicas Stormtrooper Suit ($1150) can also play double-duty as an insanely cool street bike leather as well; only if the helmet was actually approved for road use.
So why did we choose this video to highlight our contest? Was it the exotic location? Was it the entertaining shenanigans happening throughout the video? No.
March 21st, 2012 (Erfoud, Morocco) - Competitors in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles began the anticipated Prologue stage today deep in the deserts of Morocco near the town of Erfoud. The Prologue is an essential stage of the rally, as it allows competitors to test their skills and learn the new terrain of the desert without accumulating penalty points. With the official start of the rally March 22nd, spirits were high as teams were eager to tackle the Sahara terrain in their rally competition vehicles.
F8 & 40 Years
“A Photographers Life On The Road”
I’m writing my column this month from the road, again. Team Equipt is on day 13 into our two month expedition and are now in Antigua, Guatemala. Our gracious hosts, James and Angela Brown of No Limit Expeditions, has allowed us to spread out in their beautiful la hacienda and take over the internet connection needed to write and upload The Sojournal.
Our trip this year has been labeled “Expedition Mundo Maya” in honor of the Mayan calendar coming to an end December 21, 2012. This will mark the end of the Maya Long Count, a 5,125 year cycle of time that began on August 11, 3114 B.C.
Anyone curious to know who just turned 81 years old? Why it's none other than this 'Explorer of the Universe' William Shatner!
I know what you're thinking, this is totally random for Expedition Portal? I don't really think it is, Shatner was the face of Star Trek for many of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's, and at least I felt that Star Trek was all about exploration, "To boldly go where no man has gone before". He's also likely encouraged millions to travel through his Priceline advertisements!
If you have been searching the world over for a no-expenses spared 40-series Toyota Land Cruiser, and having no luck. We may have just found what you've been searching for. This 1982 Land Cruiser is claiming to be the finest BJ43 in existence today, even finer than the vehicles at Toyota's own museum. After it was imported a few years back from New Zealand the vehicle underwent a complete body-off-frame restoration where everything was sandblasted, and every nut and bolt was re-plated, or replaced.
Ever since we saw the Subaru XV Crosstrek had it's debut in Frankfurt last year - we've been eagerly anticipating it's North American launch. Why are we so exited about the new XV Crosstrek? In addition to the rugged, agressive styling that we find easy on the eyes it boasts an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance. For comparison, the new Toyota Land Cruiser offers a marginally better 8.9 inches before it's scraping the rocks. Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system comes as standard, as does the 33mpg EPA highway rating from the 2.0 liter boxer engine.
As we continue to sit and watch as American SUV's diminish into nothing more than a mere crossover; Chevrolet decided to continue down that river today by showing their new 2013 TrailBlazer. Adding that they have "No Plans" to bring it into America, the country that gave birth to the company, and also kept their doors open. The vehicle was shown in it's final production form ahead of the Bangkok International Motorshow in Thailand this week, sporting BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires and the availability of two small displacement 'Duramax' diesel engines. The seven seat vehicle will be based on a mid-sized body-on-frame truck design and is expected to be a hit throughout Southeast Asia.