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10 Ways To Be A Legend

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1. Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle

Photo courtesy of Total Motorcycle

I’m not talking about a Harley Davidson either. Save those for retirees, biker gangs and people having midlife crises. Nope, I’m talking about a real machine like the BMW 1200 GS pictured above that will get you into the wilderness and back. There’s a lot of things that a…

New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Buried 80 stories deep in the remote Chihuahuan Desert lies a subterranean dreamworld filled with fascinating rock formations that will leave you speechless. New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a system of over 300 limestone caves that descend from the surface through a multiple natural openings or though an elevator that drops 800 feet into the earth’s crust. There’s nothing…

Gear Review: Triple Aught Design Ranger Hoodie

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When Bryon and I received our Maya Rally sponsorship package from Triple Aught Design back in November, we had no idea what was inside. Like a fat kid going after cake, we dismantled the box and tore into the contents. Sure there were t-shirts and pants, but the pièce de résistance was packed away at the bottom of the box in clear…

Maya Rally Video Series

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By now, you’ve all probably read about the exploits of #teamASTRID (AKA me and Bryon Dorr of Exploring Elements) during the Maya Rally 2012. If you haven’t, you’ve got a lot of reading to do! We had an amazing experience in Mexico, from our trip across the border, to working with The Muskoka Foundation and Katie Clancy in Guanajuato, to competing…

Overland Expo: It’s About the People

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I’ve had the good fortune over the past two years to attend Overland Expo, an international event held in Flagstaff, AZ that educates and inspires people to get out and explore their world, either by motorbike or vehicle. OX is the largest event in North America for the do-it-yourself adventure traveler with skill classes for both adventure motorcyclists and four-wheel drive explorers,…

Cedar Mesa Utah and the Anasazi

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We hit the pavement on Utah State Route 24 after nearly 70 miles of offroad from Boulder, UT through Capitol Reef National Park on the Burr Trail and turned west going toward Lake Powell, Cedar Mesa Utah and the Anasazi Pueblo People. I’ve always been fascinated by the Anasazi, an ancient culture that thrived in the American Southwest for over…

Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park

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The one thing Astrid and I were looking forward to on the way to Overland Expo this year was a few days of exploring southern Utah with our friends Lou and Nancy of Only Dirt Roads (Instagram, Twitter). We’d been trying to get a trip together since last year when they rolled through the Bay Area; and we were finally…

The Giant Fish-Lizards of Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

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So, we have this friend named J. J lives, breathes and bleeds the state of Nevada. J likes bourbon and makes a mean Manhattan. J rides a motorcycle. J wears a black hat. J is one of the coolest cats I know. People should listen to J. When J found out the first stop on our cross-country road trip was…

Exploring Baja California’s Wine Country

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Just a two hour drive from the South Bay there is an incredibly fertile valley that produces some of the finest wines imaginable. Breathtaking views abound at every turn from tall mountains to rolling hills covered with vineyards year round. Wineries of every price point dot the landscape as far as you can see. In this valley you can go…

Gear Review: Goal Zero Guardian 12v Solar Recharging Kit

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For this month’s gear review, I’m testing out the:
Guardian 12v Solar Recharging Kit from Goal Zero!
If there’s one issue with remote travel by vehicle, it is energy consumption and management. Whether you’re exploring the desert, kicking back at a mountain lake, or camped out for the week at a remote beach in Baja, you need to be concerned…

Maya Rally 2012: The Kings of Maya!

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When we last left #teamASTRID on the Maya Rally 2012, we were in Palenque after successfully singing with mariachis, ziplining across Cañon del Sumidero and taking part in a unique fishing excursion! What will our road warriors be up to today?
Day 8: White Guy Dreadlocks and Mayan Temples!
After a quick breakfast of chorizo, eggs, cheese and tortillas, we…

Maya Rally 2012: Welcome to The Jungle!

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In the last Maya Rally 2012 post, we just finished up in Oaxaca eating grasshoppers, doing mezcal shots in the middle of the day and wrestling with luchadores, but to finish this rally, we needed to get on the road as quickly as possible. With 1314 km (816 miles) and 3 days left, we needed to put in some miles!…

Maya Rally 2012: Puro Oaxaca!

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When we last left our intrepid Maya Rally 2012 adventurers, we were in Senguio viewing the Monarch butterfly migration in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. We had over 650 km (403 miles) to get to Oaxaca that night, and we had two options to get there, one was to drive straight through Mexico City (Distrito Federal or D.F.) or drive…

Maya Rally 2012: Finally…On The Road!

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In the last installment we started the Maya Rally 2012 and had a blast racking up points in Guanajuato. As much as we would have loved to stay in this awesome city a little while longer, we knew we had to lay down some miles if we ever hoped to cross the finish line by December 20th. We packed up…

Maya Rally 2012: So it Begins

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The last two weeks of travel and volunteering were all leading up to the start of the Maya Rally 2012 in Guanajuato. We knew very little about the rally before agreeing to compete and the weeks leading up to the start of the rally didn’t exactly shed any light on the subject. We were left intentionally in the dark by…

Maya Rally 2012: Los Niños de Irapuato

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When we registered for the Maya Rally 2012, we had the choice of paying upwards of $400.00 in entrance fees or alternatively, sign up to volunteer for a week with the Muskoka Foundation, an organization that pairs overland travelers with projects on their route- all around the world. I first learned of the Muskoka Foundation when I was doing research…

Maya Rally 2012: Tequila and More!

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Day 6: Pyramids and Tequila!
We hit the road on day six of the Maya Rally 2012 journey looking for pyramids! Not those overdone square or rectangular pyramids, mind you, but ROUND pyramids. Our camp host in Ezatlan told us of Guachimontones an area representative of the Teuchitlan architectural tradition. This pre-Columbian society came to power sometime between 200 BC…

Maya Rally 2012: Guaymas to Ezatlan

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Day 3: Los Mochis
On day three of the journey to the start of the Maya Rally 2012, we got in touch with a friend of our good buddy Luis to stay in Topolobampo for the evening before moving on further south. We rolled out of our hotel/ campground around 11:00 a.m. after a quick run through the neighborhood. After…

Maya Rally 2012: The Slog!

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Day 1:
We left Santa Cruz at zero dark thirty on Tuesday morning and even though we’ve been looking forward to this trip for months, we knew that this was going to be one of the hardest days on the itinerary. THE SLOG. You see, we needed to get to Tucson, AZ from Santa Cruz, CA- a distance of approximately…

Maya Rally 2012, The End Of The World As We Know It?

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If you know us or have followed this blog for a while, you know that we love adventure travel. Just this year, we’ve done the Mojave Road, California’s Lost Coast, and a three-day trek into the Northern California backcountry. I’ve been itching to get out and devour more adventure and we’ve been kicking around some ideas about the best way…

Tips and Tricks: Overland Vehicle Water Storage

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First off, let me say that there are tons of options for overland vehicle water storage and I’m not going to review all of them here. How you end up storing your water depends on a few different factors including; vehicle weight restrictions, storage capabilities either inside or outside your rig, and the cost of storage systems. Access to clean…

Trip Report: Northeastern California Backroads: Day 3

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On day three of our Northeastern California Backroads trip we awoke to an empty campground. Ed & Mary took off early, but they left us a great note to wish us well on our adventures. We typically wouldn’t do ANYTHING without at least having a cup of coffee and some breakfast, but we decided that we were going to head…

Trip Report: Northeastern California Backroads: Day 2

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It was a fantastic day as we began our descent out of Lassen National Forest, across Lake Almanor, and toward Susanville. At Susanville we caught US Hwy 395 north about 50 miles to the very small town of Ravendale. After coming out of the mountains, we were now in high desert landscapes as we headed north to the trailhead. Just…

Trip Report: Northeastern California Backroads: Day 1

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It had been way too long between trips and we needed a little mountain getaway. We did the Lost Coast in August and SoCal Mountain Rendezvous wasn’t until the beginning of October. I had to get away, STAT! I’d always wanted to drive the extreme northeast corner of California, an area I’ve never had the opportunity to explore before. In…

The Eastern Sierras, Bodie, and Sonora Pass

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After the 2012 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous, we weren’t quite ready to go home, so we left the San Bernardino National Forest and set our GPS for Highway 395, a long stretch of highway that runs on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The plan was to drive up to the Mammoth Lakes area and stay at Laurel Lakes,…

Trip Report: SoCal Mountain Rendezvous 2012

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What would cause an otherwise sane person to drive 430 miles for a weekend in the woods?
Well, if your idea of fun includes camping with like-minded adventurers, checking out people’s overland builds, drinking large amounts of adult beverages, sitting around a bonfire, eating tons of food prepped by Zach at Overland Gourmet, and getting some free gear, then I…

Exploring the Lost Coast of California: Day 3 & 4

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We couldn’t decide if we wanted to leave AW Way County Park the next day, so we did what all good adventurers would do, we decided over a swim in the river! It felt so good to be stationary for a bit that we just wanted it to last a little bit longer. After our swim and a quick blunch…

Exploring the Lost Coast of California: Day 2

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Our campsite at Usal Beach was quiet like it only can be in the fog. The only sounds that morning were the faint calls of sea birds and the roar of crashing waves. We started stirring as the filtered light began to make its way into the tent. Then, the elk show began for the day as the four, huge…

Exploring the Lost Coast of California: Day 1

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The Lost Coast…even the name conjures up impressions of high-adventure, drama and romance. In our book, it sounded like the perfect place to explore.
The mythical Lost Coast is an 80-mile stretch of rugged, unspoiled Northern California coastline that runs from roughly Westport, CA in the south to Ferndale, CA in the north. This journey by car will take you…

The Mojave Road, Day 3: 140 Miles the Hard Way

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Imagine…you’re sleeping away soundly in your rooftop tent, nestled snugly in your mummy bag, dreaming of dirt roads in all directions that never touch pavement, the temperature is just right to get some good rest…SCREECH, RATTLE, RATTLE, VROOOOOM! What the fu*k? I sat upright in the tent, trying to get to the zipper on my sleeping bag/ straight jacket so…