|North to Alaska|
I thought his would be right up my alley but then I saw the questions they asked.
Who’s with you in the car?I might just be in trouble here. I'm going solo on this adventure.
What snacks are in the cooler?Definitely in trouble. I haven't even thought about this yet.
|Adding jerry cans to the|
One thing I have been focusing on is gear.
This is interesting because when I reflect on past roadtrips and what made them memorable - the equipment had little to do with it. The best trips have been spontaneous and simple. Riding in the back of a pickup truck to a music festival in Malawi, borrowing a completely underpowered compact car to see temples in India - these trips didn't involve extensive planning or preparation, at least on my part.
Yet when it came time to design my own perfect roadtrip, gear was a primary focus.
I enjoy fiddling fiddling with gear. Everything I own has been modified in some way.
That tendency has been unleased on my trip planning with a vengeance. Modifying my vehicle, customizing electronics, choosing the survival and comfort gear I will carry - these things have taken time away from traveling. Time will tell if it was worth it.
|Tearing apart the interior for the 4th time|
The vehicle itself is an older 4wd with a mechanical Diesel engine. I have a hi-lift jack and some basic recovery gear along with two spare tires, an air compressor and some basic spare parts. I have the tools on board to disassemble most of the things that might need disassembling.
|Packed and ready to roll|
If things turn out just right - all this material junk and time spent on gear will enable an uninhibited and free-wheeling journey.
Like the equipment, the location is really just a means to an end. While I'm planning to travel through Mexico, Central and South America, if I lived in the other hemisphere I'd be planning for Africa or Asia. I love Latin America but it is just the setting.
To me the perfect roadtrip is one where spontaneity rules. It is flippant around the beaten path. There are mishaps. The top or the windows are often down. New friends are made and old ones made better. Cultural boundaries are crossed.
I have no idea how to design a trip like that.