I’m a little late in writing this, since I have been on the road for a month and a half now, but then again I've always been known for my great procrastination. The idea of riding the Americas was planted in my head by none other then Scott Brady. We were having a beer at the Raven in Prescott one night when he suggested it, and the idea stuck. At first it seemed like too much for me to really consider, but it crossed my mind at least once a day and slowly grew. I now write this in the indoor courtyard of the Hostel Fatima in Bogota, Colombia, waiting for my bike to arrive by plane.
My only issue with the Dodge Power Wagon is that it's called the Power Wagon. It's not really a wagon is it?
It's more of pick-up truck I'd say.
Luckily, I've solved the issue all-together - I found a Power Wagon. You can check it out on eBay Motors here [link].
I've spent my fair share of time behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler TJ (1997-2006). When you combine the short wheelbase, excellent approach, departure and breakover angles, and the availability of locking differentials in the Rubicon model; They're fantastically capable vehicles in technical terrain. Although for Overland use the TJ has always been overlooked due to the lack of sufficient storage space. This was solved with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited LJ, and subsequent JK models. However, there's still a vast majority of people that are invested in a TJ who wish to start modifying their vehicles for long distance travel.
The Unimog is known for it's intense capability, portal axles, as well as locking differentials. But where do they test all of this? Curious? Check out this video of a Unimog at it's official test track in Germany!
When it comes to the SUV and 4x4 market, Land Rover has traditionally created some of the most interesting, and iconic advertisements. No Road - Except for Land Rover is a fantastic example.
There's been a huge influx of insane Russian 4x4 videos on the web.Rightly so! there are some crazy vehicles there and why has it taken to long for us to see them! Who doesn't want a 4wd van on 54's?
These guys just did 1500 KM across the frozen Siberian tundra to ride a Ural motorbike to the only town in the world sitting on the Arctic Circle.
via West County Explorers Club: I’m happy to report that an excellent new map of the United States has been published, so excellent in fact, that it received the highest honor in American mapmaking: the “Best of Show” award at the annual Cartography and Geographic Information Society competition.
But why should we care about paper maps in this day and age? I love seeing my location constantly updated on a scrolling electronic map as much as the next guy (probably more so). But I think we lose something too in our narrowly focused driving directions and map searches, and that’s a holistic understanding of the geography around us.
Well-designed, paper maps facilitate just that. The more information they convey, the deeper the understanding. That said, bringing thousands of discrete pieces of information into a balanced, comprehensible whole is no easy feat. Rare is the map that is both readable and informationally dense.
This map, however, pulls it off. It shows landforms in shaded relief. It indicates which parts of country are forested. It clearly shows rivers, urban boundaries, time zones, national parks, relative elevations, as well as other physical features like the Pacific Crest Trail. It also locates culturally important sites like the Burning Man Festival and Wrigley Field. It even names individual mountain ranges. It’s packed with information but the overall visual impression is soothing, calm and eminently readable.
The Ford Bronco is the definition of a classic American 4x4. With it's simple, tough construction and V8 power, it's always been a popular vehicle to take off the highway. The problem is that it's become hard to find one that hasn't been modified extensively, or has succumbed to the rust due to it's all steel construction. This 1969 'California Car' is an excellent example of a nearly factory original Bronco. It's nearly stock for you to upgrade or restore how you please. Located in Santa Monica, California it's currently at $6100 with the reserve not met.