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Long Term Review: Honda XR 650

March 31st, 2015 What can be said about Honda’s XR650 that has not already been said many times over? Although arguably not the best bike out there, it is still one of the most versatile bikes available. Like the Swiss Army knife of motorcycles, it manages to always get the job done, no matter what that job is. We have had our Honda XR650 for over a year now, and it has been ridden hard and put away wet and dirty way too… read more »

Jeep presents this year’s concept trucks at the Easter Jeep Safari

March 30th, 2015 Every spring the off-roading world descends upon Moab, Utah to celebrate one of the most important brands in the global 4x4 segment––Jeep. Now in its 49th year, The Easter Jeep Safari event has a number of key events, the unveiling of Jeep’s latest concept trucks chief among them. This year Jeep’s designers pushed the envelope presenting trucks as forward thinking as we have seen in years. This fleet of seven Jeeps reach as far into the future as they do… read more »

Editor’s Letter: Has Crowd Funded Travel Jumped the Shark?

March 30th, 2015 I have always been an independent individual. I attribute it to my midwestern upbringing. My strong work ethic and sense of responsibility were hammered into me at a young age. I also remember standing in a beat up telephone booth in Barcelona, Spain when I was in my early twenties and telling my dad I had just about exhausted my travel funds. Hoping, okay hinting, for a generous gift to keep my travels rolling, his response was, “That’s a bummer.… read more »

Flying High For Kids

March 26th, 2015 I have two passions in life: Hot air ballooning and travel. I’m lucky enough to have my dream job of flying balloons in some of the world’s most beautiful places. Having always been an ambitious person, my all time goal was to drive around the world with a balloon and to fly in as many countries as possible. Not only that, but to do it for a good cause. After selling my balloon company in New Zealand at the age… read more »

Two Wheeled Nomad: Gigantic squiggles and serious giggles

March 25th, 2015 As our wee Cessna soared a dizzy height over the Peruvian desert, just a couple of hundred miles southeast of Lima, the dull pale sameness of the rocks and sand organised and changed form. Distinct white lines gradually evolved from tan and rust-red. Strips of white crisscrossed a desert so dry that it rains less than an inch every year. Banking equally hard to the right and then left, the landscape transformed as lines took shape in simple geometric designs: trapezoids,… read more »

Where is Your Sense of Adventure?

March 25th, 2015 I blame my Dad for my adventurous side. “Where’s your sense of adventure?” he would say to the doubters. He never had to say that to me. I was his little sidekick, sleeping under the sails on moonlit nights after calling my mom from south of the border somewhere to tell her that our afternoon sail got a bit extended. I scared him about to death up some mountain the time his dirt-bike broke down and I was ahead of… read more »

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Day-Use Permits Proposed for White Rim and Elephant Hill

March 23rd, 2015 If you had your ear to the ground this past week, you probably heard the collective grumbles as thousands of overlanders bemoaned the portent of more land access restrictions, this time in Utah along the White Rim and Elephant Hill trails. Utah is a frequent battleground for access issues and since these two areas are amongst the most popular in the state, the thought of losing them immediately raised hackles. The interesting twist this time around isn’t relative to mining… read more »

Vanajeros: First Contact, First Portraits.

March 23rd, 2015 We had turned off the highway miles ago, following what our Garmin claimed to be a road.  Piles of red dirt were tucked to the side of sandy path no wider than the van, waiting to be packed down—a project unfinished. We were still very new at this, having just left the U.S. yesterday morning, and we were the only gringos around for miles. A day in from the first border crossing of what would be eleven more in our… read more »

Field Tested: Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals

March 20th, 2015 Few things can crush an appetite as quickly as the words dehydrated food. I grew up in the 1970s in a family of hippy backpackers and remember well the first backpacker meals containing curious particulates of beef that tasted more like tree bark than anything bovine. While much has changed, and dehydrated meals are far more palatable, none are really––yummy. That is until now. No one would fault you if you hadn’t discovered Good To-Go meals as they just hit the scene last… read more »

Combat Flip Flops – Manufacturing Peace Through Trade

March 19th, 2015 Adventure can take on different forms. Whether it’s riding deep pow at your favorite mountain, exploring new backcountry terrain with bow in hand, or starting a business, it’s all about perspective. And for me, all of these things represent adventure. From 2003-2005, I deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan with 2d Ranger Battalion as a Company Fire Support Officer. In 2006, with the reality of a growing family, I separated from the military and continued to support the troops… read more »

Field Tested: Helle Odel

March 17th, 2015 Up until last year, I would have never considered myself––a knife guy. Then I was handed a Helle knife and that all started to change. There was something elegant about it that harkened to another time and place, something I couldn’t pinpoint. It felt old and new at the same time. After learning about the Helle brand I became an instant fan, and before I could find the first thing to part in two with its razor sharp edge, I… read more »

Five States, Five Trails, Five Days

March 17th, 2015 Motorcycle riders and travelers have always been the superstars I have looked up to.  My father had me riding a 50cc Honda before he even removed the training wheels off my bicycle.  I fondly remember seeing groups of Harleys rumble through our little one stoplight on the highway town I grew up in.  Leather clad, black machines, with weather worn riders with knives dangling from their belts would glare over at me sitting shotgun in a Chevy Scottsdale pickup emblazoned… read more »