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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
Six years ago when I set out on my Pan-American Expedition I had never heard of Overlanding. I had no idea hundreds, maybe even thousands of people are driving and riding around the world right now, living their dreams.
Spending time with seasoned Overlanders Vince and Maryline in Panama and Ecuador changed my life.
I wanted to be like them. I wanted it bad.
In 2011 I sold my beloved Jeep Wrangler, flew to North America and signed up for a desk job.
Within months my trip felt like a dream. I had to look at my own pictures and read my own blog to convince myself it was real.
Often I wake in my apartment disoriented and mumbling Spanish, trying to remember where I’d setup my tent for the night.
To this day I’m not 100% sure I actually drove to Argentina.
I mean, that’s crazy!
While I struggled to re-assimilate, Vince and Maryline concluded their round-the-world journey, shipping to Africa and driving North on the West Coast.
Vince wrote in French, so I was following along using Google Translate. The poorly translated sentences added to the impact they had on me.
I will never forget one update from Vince, one that I’ve been thinking and dreaming about ever since.
There is something about the earth here.
I can feel it in my bones…….this is where I come from.
…Africa is where I come from.
Two years on the road from Alaska to Argentina taught me more than I ever could have imagined. It taught me a lot about exploring and living out of a vehicle, what I’d want in a future rig, and where I want to explore next. It taught me the exhilaration of exploration in a foreign country, learning a new language and meeting all kinds of different people.
More than anything else, my adventure taught me I want to keep exploring new countries and continents, and I want to do it with my own vehicle.
After years of planning and dreaming, the time has come for me to set out on my next Overland adventure:
Two years circumnavigating the African continent.
I’m bursting with excitement to announce I’ve partnered with with JPFreek Adventure Magazine as the exclusive media outlet for the details of my 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK build and preparation, then as the home of the Jeep-related videos, photos and stories from my travels. As I write about my days in Africa here on The Road Chose Me, I will work with JPFreek to show more details about how the Jeep really is another member of the team along with any interesting stories, issues and fixes.
See the trip announcement in the latest issue of JPFreek Adventure Magazine.
I’m more passionate than ever before about helping other people get on the road to live their dreams, so I’ll be documenting all the details and logistics information needed to trace my steps on WikiOverland, the Encyclopedia of Overland Travel
I hope you’ll join me for the ride