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10 Ways To Be A Legend

10 Ways To Be A Legend

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...
New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park

New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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...
Maya Rally Video Series

Maya Rally Video Series

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...
Overland Expo: It’s About the People

Overland Expo: It’s About the People

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...
Cedar Mesa Utah and the Anasazi

Cedar Mesa Utah and the Anasazi

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...
Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park

Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park

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...
Exploring Baja California’s Wine Country

Exploring Baja California’s Wine Country

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...
Gear Review: Goal Zero Guardian 12v Solar Recharging Kit

Gear Review: Goal Zero Guardian 12v Solar Recharging Kit

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...
Maya Rally 2012: The Kings of Maya!

Maya Rally 2012: The Kings of Maya!

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...
Maya Rally 2012: Welcome to The Jungle!

Maya Rally 2012: Welcome to The Jungle!

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...
Maya Rally 2012: Puro Oaxaca!

Maya Rally 2012: Puro Oaxaca!

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...
Maya Rally 2012: Finally…On The Road!

Maya Rally 2012: Finally…On The Road!

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...
Maya Rally 2012: So it Begins

Maya Rally 2012: So it Begins

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...
Maya Rally 2012: Tequila and More!

Maya Rally 2012: Tequila and More!

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...
Maya Rally 2012: Guaymas to Ezatlan

Maya Rally 2012: Guaymas to Ezatlan

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....
Maya Rally 2012: The Slog!

Maya Rally 2012: The Slog!

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...