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A stove with character

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The SVEA 123 (Courtesy Spiritburner.com) My first proper backpacking stove (not counting cans of Sterno here) was called a SVEA 123 (pronounced like a word: “Sveyah”). It was a lovely thing of solid brass that ran on white gas and…

Continental Divide vehicle report

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What sort of mischief can 1,600 uninterrupted miles of mixed corrugations, rocks, potholes, mud, and even some pavement wreak on a diverse group of four-wheel-drive vehicles? We found out on the recent Continental Divide trip organized by Rawhyde Adventures and…

How I Found My Passion In Life

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Posted by Jon Beardmore on May 27, 2014 in Public Speaking, Stories |  3 comments Since I’ve been back in London I’ve been keeping busy. Mostly with work but I have also been developing the next stage of ideas related…

Old and new OME

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  My FJ40 Land Cruiser has been riding on an Old Man Emu suspension for about eight years now. It’s OME’s standard kit for the FJ40, comprising a useful but easy-on-driveshaft-angle two-inch lift (which gave me enough room to install…

Some Big Changes!

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Hey everyone, hopefully your spring is going well and the weather starts to heat up a bit soon!   We’re roughly 2 months away from our departure date and have a few changes to announce: 1.)  We have found a 4th…

Ceramic knife . . . fail

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The one certain thing about any knife on earth is that it will eventually become dull with use. Since steel was first created by the accidental introduction of carbon into iron, knife makers have strived to balance several conflicting requirements,…

Land Rover’s invisible hood

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Very rarely am I left open-mouthed by a new automotive invention, but this one left me gobsmacked. Land Rover is experimenting with a system that employs a camera, mounted in the front bumper, which projects its image on a heads-up…

The Micro-Start XP-1

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It’s not often an experienced mechanic sounds giddy over the phone, but Dave Anderson sounded giddy when he called me from his Flagstaff, Arizona, shop, the Good Carma Garage (which really should be a radio program). “I just bought this…

March Madness

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Most of march is a blur…   I spent 2 weeks churning out a custom order of 8 table height stools.  Hadn’t had plans for converting the barstool into a chair but it actually translated over okay.  Also picked up…

A tale of two owner’s manuals

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My friend, master mechanic Bill Lee, sent me these photos. Ponder for a moment the difference between the owner’s manual for a 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser, 144 pages long, and the suite of manuals for a 2013 Lexus RX 450h,…

More Pics

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Since we’ve had lots of requests for more pictures…  It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks.  We’ve been trying to get lots of little things done and make the place feel more like home.  Probably not a bad idea…

Checking In Across the Pond

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I’m back from the dead folks!  Haaris has been working hard to update the site and I have to admit, I am genuinely impressed.  Hope you all like it.  My time across the ocean, in Helsinki has been flying by…

Some Hot Tunes for the Road

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Sorry that it has been so long since our last blog post, but Mike has been in Europe  and the two of us are working hard to graduate (not really, but we’ll pretend).   For the nice long drives we’ll…

Garage sweet home

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We’ve been formally living in the garage for about 2 weeks now…and we love it.  We’re far from finished, although we made a big push this last week before jen’s birthday so that we could actually host people here for…

Snowpocalyse

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Every few years it seems portland gets completely shut down by a light snowfall.  This might be the first year i was here to enjoy the whole thing.  Seems in the past i would always get the call when away…

Back Camping again

One of the great things about getting our bikes back was also getting our camping gear back, after spending so much of last year under canvas we were missing our wee tent. This weekend saw the Capper Rally take place, a…

The Home stretch

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Its been a rough week.  But totally worth it!  We finally gave up on getting a contractor out to finish our bathroom.   We fought it long and hard, but once the decision was made we rolled up our sleeves and…

Mar del Plata

As Stephanie will mention on the post she’s writing right now, we spent a couple of days in Mar del Plata. “Mardel”, as people here call it, has been the vacationing place of the Argentine middle class for a hundred…

Security Updates

So yeah, our truck got broken into… again.  Read about the first time here: A Christmas Miracle in Puerto Vallarta This time it was our drivers lock that got punched in and the cab that got ransacked.  It was in…

02/03/2014 – 214 days/19271 miles

I left Bangkok on the morning of the 2nd…election day. There have been protests and demonstrations throughout the city, but they haven’t posed much of a problem. For someone traveling through the area and wanting to mostly avoid them, the…

the curse of the bathroom

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The door install gave us vision of our finished home and we’ve been longing to move in ever since.  Sadly our bathroom has had other plans.  We’ve been working long days in hope of moving in, and had tentatively set…

Paint and Doors

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Oh, the beautiful doors.  We’ve been switching daily between working with the door open and freezing or shutting the door and working in near darkness.  No longer will we have to make that call. From the very beginning of our…