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10 Ways To Be A Legend

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1. Learn How to Ride a MotorcyclePhoto courtesy of Total MotorcycleI’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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…