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Five Years of Overland Expo

With just under a week to go before Overland Expo East 2019 I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at all the Overland Expos I have attended over the last five years. In total I’ve been to seven so far and this fall marks my eighth total. I’ve been […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 7

Ever have one of those moments where things don’t go according to plan? Well that’s been the story of this podcast for the last month or so. For some reason things weren’t publishing properly from the blog to the iTunes Podcast library. However <knock on wood> everything seems to work now. Mentioned in this Episode: […]

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Event Report

American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous

There is one event every year that I go to that is for me. I know that might sound selfish, but it’s true. It is hands-down my favorite event for a number of reasons. I enjoy it so much I think you would to. Read on for why you should add an American Adventurist Rendezvous […]

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Trip Report

A Tail of Two Tours

One of the perks of the job is networking with other industry professionals. Occasionally this means opportunities come my way that are too good to pass up. Luckily I’m not a selfish person and I would like to share some of those opportunities with you. In this case, while in Ohio, I had the opportunity […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 6

Picking up where we left off last week, Dan Grec and I discuss trip finances. We cover tips on saving money before the trip, as well as ways to save money while traveling. Mentioned in this Episode: The Road Chose Me Blog Page The Road Chose Me on Instagram The Road Chose Me on Facebook […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 5

The time has come for the very first guest of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast. I know I’ve drug my feet a little, but I promise it’s been worth it. Mentioned in this Episode: The Road Chose Me Blog Page The Road Chose Me on Instagram The Road Chose Me on Facebook Dan Grec’s Author […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 4

Have you ever been afraid of missing out on something. Whether it’s trying to fit too much into too little time, leaving the real world behind for some time away, or even making sacrifices to live a life counter to the norm it’s a real struggle. It’s also something I don’t think people talk about […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 3

In the first episode we looked at the foundations of a podcast. Last week we examined my own origin story. Part of that story is the No Highways Tour. I thought I’d pull back the curtain and give you some tips and tricks that I use when planning a long-distance trip that covers multiple states […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 2

All superheroes have an origin story. They shape and influence the character and actions of the superhero throughout their life. I am by no means a superhero but I do have an origin story. There are moments in my life that have shaped me into the person I am today.

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 1, Episode 1

Well, it’s finally happened. After a few setbacks, some distractions and delays, and even a few technical difficulties, Episode 1 is finally live. Check it out via the embedded player below and stay tuned for Episode 2 next week! Huge thanks to LT Wright Knives for helping make this podcast happen. Check them out via […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

ECOA is Back!

The ECOA blog is back… sort of. Still a few things that need tweaked (mostly cosmetic stuff), but for the most part the site should be working. You’ll also notice a few new secotions. First, new for the second half of 2019 is a revival of the Patron Support Team. This will go a long […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

ECOA is about to get a facelift!

Over the next few days the East Coast Overland Adventures website will be undergoing a major comprehensive overhaul.  This will be an inside out teardown and rebuild of our digital home.  This will not only increase functionality of the blog but it will also add some new features to the site.  What are those features? Well, you’ll […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Back to Basics

I recently returned home from managing the Overland Demo Area at the 9th Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival.  It was a modest display, but between my trailer, Dan’s Africa Jeep, and Eric’s Postal Scrambler and Bantam Trailer we did a solid job of representing the overland adventure lifestyle to the Jeep community. During the event […]

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Trip Report

[Trip Report] 2 events, 14 states, 14 days, and 5,000 miles

Earlier this month I left on a two week trip that turned out to be a lot crazier than I expected.  In total I covered nearly 5,000 miles over two weeks and hit a total of 14 states.  The first of the events was the first ECOA Overland Skills Weekend at James River State Park […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

[Status Update] Overland Skills Weekend, Overland Expo West, and the LS Swap

By the time you read this I will already be on the road headed to Virginia for the first Overland Skills Weekend hosted by ECOA and Overland Experts.  As soon as it’s wrapped up I’ll be making a marathon dash westbound to Flagstaff, Arizona for Overland Expo West.  Sadly I will be doing it all […]

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Event Report

[Event Report] L.T. Wright Knives 2019 Pout House Campout [Raccoon Creek State Park, PA]

Many people view “sponsorships” as either a sellout or a way to just get free stuff.  However, when I arrange a Corporate Partnership with a company one of the things I always stress is that it’s a two-way street.  This past weekend was an opportunity to work with longtime partner L.T. Wright Knives and assist […]

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Event Report

[Event Report] 2019 Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (Cosby, TN)

I was finally able to make it to Tennessee for the Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (SMOR).  This is an event I have been wanting to make since it’s inaugural event but there always seemed to be a conflict. Home, for the weekend at least, just outside Great Smoky Mountain National Park.It’s good to be out […]

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Product Review

[Product Review] The ARB Maximum Performance Portable Air Supply

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, tire pressure management is an essential skill for every overland adventure enthusiast.  It’s one of my ‘Ten Essentials‘ and I’ve even written a stand alone article on it.  Needless to say, when looking ahead to the 2019 season I knew I needed to up my tire […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Has overlanding become the next form of off-road cosplay?

With Overland Expo just a few weeks away my thoughts have turned westward with wide eyes.  Having missed Expo West last year I made a promise to myself I wouldn’t miss it this year. Overland Expo West, it’s like Boy Scout summer camp only with Jeeps and Skottles Having been to both Overland Expo West […]

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Event Report

2019 Overland Skills Weekends

From day one the mission of ECOA has been built on the cornerstone of education.  This is a reflection of my own professional past working in academics as well as my personal desire to share my knowledge and experience with those around me. Over the last four years I have attended large events like Overland […]

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