Opinion/Educational/Humor

Opinion/Educational/Humor

My Overland Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore was completed in 1941 as a way to not only promote tourism to the local area but pay tribute to some of our country’s greatest leaders. I thought it would be interesting to explore my own conceptual “Overland Mount Rushmore” of the four fellow overlanders that I enjoy following. So let’s take a […]

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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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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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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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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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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Opportunity, Reflection, and Ambition

As the year winds down I’ve been taking the time to do two things.  First, reflect upon 2017 (spoiler alert – awesome year).  Second, look ahead to 2018 (no spoilers, you’ll just have to keep reading). One of my all time photos from my 2017 adventures.Tanto National Forest, Arizona I like to think of myself […]

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You need to go read this article – Now!

I’ve made it a point to keep the content here on the ECOA blog my own.  Part of that is just because this is my own little slice of the digital world.  Also because I don’t have the funds currently to pay anyone else to contribute to the site.  As such, the job of content […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

My Aussie Locker story

There was a 500 foot cliff to my right.  That same cliff swept across in front of me.  To my left was an escarpment of unknown height.  All the GPS was telling was, “Turn left here.”  Alone, with no spotter, in unfamiliar territory, I had only one option.  I couldn’t go back.  I couldn’t go […]

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In defense of “overlanding”

Overland Expo East 2017 is just around the corner.  This week I’ll be leaving for two weeks in North Carolina.  First I’ll be dropping down to Uwharrie National Forest for the annual American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous.  Then the following weekend I’ll be in Asheville for Overland Expo East.  With such a high profile event like […]

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ECOA BLOG POST #100!!! — A look back at the origins of ECOA

In the fall of 2014 I was faced with a pretty tough decision regarding what to do with my life.  I had recently lost my job and had my plans to finish a doctorate degree in education derailed.  I had a lot of swirling emotions to deal with that ran the gamut from anger to […]

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What do fortitude, courage, adversity, and perseverance have to do with overlanding?

Growing up I played a lot of Scrabble.   Kind of ironic given I’m dyslexic and a terrible speller (thank you inventor of spell check).  Despite that I really enjoy the game.  I think without the hours upon hours of playing the game I would be a much worse speller than I am now.  Not […]

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No Highways Tour
Opinion/Educational/Humor

Five minutes of fame – Good Day PA interview video clip

I’d say I got my fifteen minutes of fame this week, but I’m about ten minutes short.  On Tuesday the local news station’s mid-day local interest show did an Author Spotlight section on me and my No Highways Tour book series. Just in case you weren’t sure where you were, they put a 4′ tall […]

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No Highways Tour
Opinion/Educational/Humor

Another hard choice

I often describe myself as a, “philosopher poet with an insatiable case of wanderlust” (at least I do on facebook).  It’s succinct and sums me up nicely.  I often get asked what exactly I mean by that.  Well, the wanderlust should be pretty evident.  I love to travel.  I’m not content sitting idle for long. […]

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Good Day PA!

Sorry for not posting a blog post last week.  I had a few too many irons in the fire and the article I was working on never made it past the draft phase.  That said, two of the irons paid off.  First, Saturday’s wrenching party was a success.  I now have a new rear cargo […]

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No Highways Tour
Opinion/Educational/Humor

ECOA & NHT Online Store

In case you’ve missed the teaser posts on the ECOA Instagram, yes there is a online store in the works for ECOA and NHT merchandise.  Things like the NHT books, stickers, patches, and a few other things will be available.  I’ll also be offering up package deals with some pretty solid discounts. Anyway, the bulk […]

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No Highways Tour
Opinion/Educational/Humor

Crowdfunding NHT and ECOA in 2017

In the past I have used crowdfunding as a way to fund the No Highways Tour book trips through pre-selling the books.  It’s a bit of a gamble on both ends.  For starters, the reader has to take a gamble that I’m going to follow-through on the trip.  They also have to take a gamble […]

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Jeep Tech
Opinion/Educational/Humor
Product Review

In-Depth Look – AtoZ Fabrication

AtoZ Fabrication came on board in 2015 as the first Corporate Partner of the annual “No Highways Tour.”  The 2004 Wrangler Unlimited I drive is outfitted with a set of their heavy duty rocker guards, heavy front bumper with grill and winch hoops, and one of their heavy duty rear bumpers with swing-out tire carrier. […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

The ECOA Overlander Buyer’s Guide

Last week I penned a rather heavy handed and long winded defense of the “built not bought” creed.  I did that because the creed, and those who followed it, had been senselessly mocked.  By no means was it intended to be taken as a subversive counter attack at those that “buy not build.” As I […]

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Exploring the creed of “Built not Bought”

WARNING: What follows is a longwinded essay on the concept of “built not bought” as it applies to the overland community.  It is an indirect response to an article posted on another blog.  It is not meant as an attack which is why it is indirect and why no names are named.  If you’ve read […]

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