Author: Dean

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 8

Heads up, there were some technical difficulties with this episode. Did my best to clean it up, but a few spots were still glitchy. The rest I chopped out so if you hear a few rough edits this has been equal parts apology and warning. Dan Grec is BACK. Actually, he never left. This week’s […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 7

It wouldn’t be a season of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast without perennial guest Dan – The Real Deal – Grec of The Road Chose me. He’s been on every season so far and he’s back to share some of his knowledge and experience when it comes to tire pressure management – even if we […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 6

“Can you hear me now?” Remember those ads? Well this podcast might as well start off with that tagline because it’s all about overland communications. Joining us once again is John Fury of Fury Training Concepts and he is going to share some of his radio knowledge with us. He is a licensed HAM (Amateur […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 5

Arguably one of my favorite topics, Navigation is something I love to talk about. However this podcast isn’t just about me. It’s about tapping into a wide range of people from across the spectrum of adventure travelers. For this episode I am joined by Mandy and Irma of the Hemispheres United Rebelle Rally Team. For […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 4

Although number three on the list of 10 Essentials, Recovery is more like a second #2. Just like first aid is essential care for your body, recovery is essential care for your vehicle. In this episode Ted from Overland Experts joins me to discuss – at length – some of the essential aspects of recovery. […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 3

Picking up from last week’s episode on Training, we look at what is often the most important essential: Safety and First Aid. However, as we will find out, training is a valuable component to both safety and first aid which si why this is #2 on our list of 10 Essentials. Our special guest this […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 2

In this episode we kick off the first of our 10 Essentials. This essential is the bedrock foundation for all the ones that follow it. You’ll hear me say time and time again throughout this season that I am a broken record and will always come back to: Training. Training is the best investment you […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 1

Let’s start the new year off right with a fresh season of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast. In this episode we not only kick off the “Back to Basics” theme of the new season but lay the foundation for the next ten episodes which will cover the “10 Essentials” for overland travel. This season is […]

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Coming soon…

In a few days Season 3 of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast will go live on all popular podcast platforms (Apple, Google, Audible, etc). This season will be a rundown of my “10 Essentials for Overland Travel” talk. Each topic will get its own episode and each episode will have its own guest (or two). […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Back to Basics 2: On the essence of travel

For the last few months I have been driving a bone stock 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. There was a brief period of adjustment since prior to that I had been driving a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 330,000+ miles on it. Both of these Jeeps fall in the shadow of my 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited […]

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Trip Report

A Rally, a Trail Ride, and a Video

A Weekend on the Trail Earlier this month I set out on a two-day weekend adventure with some friends. We set off over the mountains from central Virginia with plans to snake our way into West Virginia via nothing but back roads and forest service roads. This end of Virginia is dominated by Jefferson and […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Overland in the Time of Quarantine

Needless to 2020 has been a near total wash when it comes to overland adventure travel. Every major event and most minor events have been canceled. Any events managing to survive the chopping block outright found themselves a nerfed capacity. Travelers themselves were either stuck at home or relegated to short trips in their own […]

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Update on Videos

Last month I announce the ECOA YouTube channel. Sadly, shortly after it went live, my new camera broke and I have been unable to film any additional videos. Seriously, sometimes I just can’t catch a break. That said, the channel is up and running and as soon as my camera comes back from the Canon […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

A response from Backcountry Discovery Routes Board of Directors

I like to update everyone who read my open letter to the Backcountry Discovery Route Board of Directors. They reached out to me earlier today and facilitated a conference call between their board and myself. I’ll start by saying I was a little bit nervous. While I wanted to bring attention to what had happened, […]

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An Open Letter to the BDR Board of Directors

Dear Backcountry Discovery Route Board of Directors, I am a longtime fan of the Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) Series. Over the years I have logged countless miles along many of the routes. Some of my favorite travel memories in recent history are from traveling portions of the Utah (UTBDR) and Arizona (AZBDR) routes. I was […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 12

Time to wrap up season 2 of the podcast. I think the 12 episode format works well for keeping things organized. It’s also a good time for a little bit of a break while I work on another project. What is that project, well you’ll have to listen to find out. Other Podcasts worth Listening […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 11

Rounding out the trifecta of No Highways Tours is the 2017 trip where nothing went according to plan. Despite a broken tooth, a 2 day detour getting lost in Tonto National Forest, and more than a few closed sites along the way, I wouldn’t change a thing! I also learned a lot and those experiences […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 10

Picking up with the theme of the last episode, this time I take a look back at some lessons learned during the 2016 No Highways Tour. It started off with an overly ambitious plan, had a major false start, and a few mechanical woes. In the end it was still worth it! You can purchase […]

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Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 9

Facebook recently popped up one of those “on this day” reminders. It showed me a photo of the cargo box Jim and I built just before I left on the 2015 No Highways Tour. I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share some of my thoughts and emotions […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Videos & Patreon

I went and did a thing. I bought a new camera. I’ve been teasing for far too long that I will be getting into video production, and I just got another step closer to that day. What’s happening with the blog and podcast? So here’s how it’s going to work. Things here on the ECOA […]

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