Tag Archives: Adventures

How I Pack Carry-On Only For A 10-Day African Safari

It should take about 23 hours door to door from my apartment in Los Angeles to the driver’s seat of a loaner truck in Johannesburg. Then, I’m going deep into creature country to look at the region’s magnificent animals. It’s a long journey to pack light for, but here’s how I make it work.

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How I Made My Cheap SUV Perfect For Sleeping, Camping, And Off-Roading

You don’t need to spend $50,000 to have a legit overland SUV you can off-road in all day and sleep in at night. You don’t even need to drop $10,000. I’m about $5,000 into my 1998 Mitsubishi Montero so far; here’s how I’ve got this budget-friendly rig set up without sacrificing too much comfort or safety.

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Why Big Bear in California is One of My Favorite Places to Drive

Big Bear Lake is a popular vacation spot for the hordes of human beings who live in Los Angeles, which means the joint can get pretty jammed up. But if you time it right, there are endless excellent roads and dirt trails to drive on while you enjoy the clean air you can only waft 5,000 feet above sea level. Here’s why…

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How To Accidentally Put 90,000 Miles On A Used Supercar

After finally saving up for his dream car, a first-generation Acura NSX, Fred Plan wasn’t about to let it sit idle in some garage. He ended up putting a whole lot more mileage on the car than he’d planned, but his story’s a great example of “if you treat a car right, it’ll be good to you right back.”

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Listen To Four Cool Dudes Talk Off-Road Adventure And Amazing Used Cars

Acclaimed car nerds Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez, Jeff Glucker, Chris Hayes and myself sat down around a few microphones to talk about off-road adventures, Freddy’s insane car collection and a few other bits of automotive news. Enjoy it right here right now!

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I’m Turning This Tiny Dirt Bike Into The Ultimate All-Purpose Motorcycle

Of course the headline is hyperbolic; we should all have vast fleets of wheels for every possible activity. But that’s not always realistic, and a bike that can do a little bit of everything has a lot of appeal. That’s what I’m trying to build with my latest project: this single-cylinder dirt bike.

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Mad Max Meets NASCAR: My Brutal 800 Mile Drive Across A Mexican Wasteland

Six men are driving 1,500 horses across a Mexican wasteland. On a tight schedule to make town, they’ll cut though plenty of danger, dust and drinking before the week’s out. It’s not a John Wayne movie, it’s a Baja prerun—the drive ahead of a huge off-road race. If you think the west isn’t wild anymore, this will change your mind.

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A Shop Is Charging This Guy $48,000 For Towing His Old Jeep

Joel Ramer and his girlfriend got stuck off-roading this old Jeep Cherokee on a powerline road in Walpole, Massachusetts last week. Seems egregious that he was arrested for trespassing and disturbing the peace, but the $48,000 recovery charge is downright offensive.

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Google Software Engineer Lives In A Van To Avoid San Francisco Rent

An educated full-time employee of a extremely high-paying company would rather live in a ten-year-old van in his office parking lot than pay San Francisco rent. How’s your apartment hunt going?

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Driving The $100,000 Mobile Home Your Fabulous Wife And Redneck Cousin Can Agree On

I woke up naked and freezing, stretched around a heater like some desperate, heat-starved lizard with a headache so strong I was sure I’d been put to sleep by a frying pan to the face. A typical morning—until I noticed the Rocky Mountains instead of my Babes & Big Rigs calendar in the window. Welcome to van life.

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