Well, I finally finished the final piece of my overland expo series. The people of Overland Expo are what really made it extraordinary. They came from all over the world for the love of travel and sharing. I met people from almost every continent and a good number of people who have traveled the world. There was even a select few who have circumvented the globe twice.
What made the people truly amazing was the way they intermingled and connected with each other. They were real, they were passionate and they were friendly. There were many social groups within the overland community as a whole also. The motorcyclist, the Jeep drivers, Tacoma drivers, Landrover enthusiasts, ect. But! introduce some craft beers in a central tent and they all came together and talked about their adventures. Continue reading “Overland Expo East Part 3, the People:”
Good day friends.
I’m sorry about the long delay between posts lately. I have been working diligently on a very important manner regarding the upcoming expedition. While traveling home from the overland Expo earlier this month I had a lot of time to really think hard about things. My focus was on this journey and what it was going to look like. After a long and emotional ride home I came to the indisputable decision that this trip had to be something bigger than me. Although it essence it is still my journey to find a deeper version of myself I had to do something for others along the way.
I am incorporating a side mission of bringing Awareness to Veteran and First Responder Suicide. Continue reading “Introduction to a Worthy Cause”
We are on a constant path of becoming. What we are becoming is based on the choices we make. You have the power to choose what and who you are becoming. It’s not determined by your past, no one else can choose it for you. It’s your responsibility, your life is in your own hands to choose where it goes and what it will become. Many people don’t want this responsibility, most people want to hand it over to someone else and play the victim but that too is a choice. It’s time to stop blaming someone or something else because our life isn’t working the way we want it to. We must let go of our self-destructive patterns.
Your thoughts become words that manifest actions which in turn create our reality. Continue reading “Freedom of Choice”
On the first day of the Expo, I began walking through the vendor area and found all kinds of really cool gear I never knew I needed. Well, at least, at that moment I needed it. I did rethink a lot of the gear and, although it is really cool and useful, I knew I didn’t need it right now.
On the top of my list to look at were rooftop tents and an overland trailer. Like I’ve mentioned before, I am so done with sleeping on the ground when I don’t have to. Sleeping in a hammock every night while traveling with a dog, and at times, 3 kids just isn’t practical either. So a roof top tent fits in with my picture of traveling, giving me the camping feel, but with more sleeping comfort.
There are an unbelievable number of different companies out there putting out rooftop tents. I personally plan to
Continue reading “Overland Expo Experience Part 2: “The Equipment Trap””
The Overland Expo 2017 East was held in Asheville, NC on the Biltmore Estate this past weekend (Sept 29-Oct 1). It was a 9.5hr drive from NJ filled with spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. I took Interstate 81 for most of the trip. A majority of the driving was done in Virginia, but I also spent time in Tennessee before arriving in the area of Asheville, NC. There were blinking moments in Delaware and Maryland too.
I got a late start on Wednesday 9-27, so I decided to find a place to camp before it got dark. I looked for free camping online in the area of Wytheville, VA. Freecampsites.net informed me of an abandoned picnic site on top of Walker Mt. Unfortunately, this turned
Continue reading “Overland Expo Experience Part 1: “The Journey the Experience””
Ok, I’m all packed up and ready to hit the road tomorrow morning for Asheville, NC. I’ll be posting on Instagram and twitter along with a detailed blog after the weekend, so follow me get instant updates of exciting new products and rigs out there.
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without insistence that they satisfy you.” – Wayne Dyer
When my first son, Dustin, was born and I held him in my arms for the first time my entire being was flooded with love toward him. I was filled with a joy that Continue reading “Unconditional Love”
Overland Expo East is next weekend, Sept 29- Oct 1. I’m gearing up and preparing for an awesome 3 days of meeting new and exciting people while getting new knowledge in a field of travel I am fairly new to. I’ll be traveling with my buddy Nash (dog) and going light. We are planning to be there early on Thur morning in hopes to get a good camp site and start meeting new people.
I’m really pumped about this and I know it will provide me with a big jump on getting my expedition moving.
What is this site about?
I am setting out on a journey of discovery and adventure. I am currently planning a 2018 overland expedition of the 49 US states (I’m planning on 50% or more of the trip to be done off-road (non paved or improved roadways/trails). This will be one continual journey that I am allotting 3-5 months to complete. Some of the journey I expect to being doing with just my loyal dog Nash but my children will be joining me for many of the adventurous areas. I am still working on which vehicle to take but have narrowed it down to a Toyota Tacoma TRD, or Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. I will also be pulling a light weight expedition trailer custom-built by Dan Pugh at Falls Fabrication in Akron OH.
Where do you find your bliss? Is it in playing ball, traveling, painting, or helping others? Where do you open up and find enjoyment in all things? That’s where you may find your bliss. Seek it, discover it. When you find it you will find a purpose, your life will be on fire and you can harness that into an amazing energy.
Find your bliss and change your world.