Year: 2016

Opinion/Educational/Humor

Wrapping up 2016 and looking ahead to 2017

Thank you.  Thank you all for taking an interest in what I’m going with ECOA and the No Highways Tour series.  Thank you for the words of encouragement and the feedback.  Thank you to everyone who stopped at said at at events like MAOF and Expo.  Thank you for all the comments on Facebook, Instagram, […]

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Overland 101
Overland Tech

Tire Basics and the Tire Selection Process

This week we’re going to look at the tire selection process I used to pick the new tires for the LJ. While the actual shapes, sizes, and configurations vary from tire to tire,all tires share common elements to their construction.When talking about tires here is a quick guide to what is what on a tire.All […]

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Overland Tech

Tires, tires, and more tires

A few weeks ago I outlined my recommendations for the first ten things you should do before setting out on your first overland adventure (part 1; part 2). On that list was tires. In that vein I’ll to a multi-part series looking at tire tech a little more in depth Tires are one of the […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Irons in the fire

Sadly I do not have a long detailed post for the blog this week.  I do have a few irons in the fire.  One will be a major announcement here soon about the newest ECOA/NHT corporate partner.  Can’t wait to share those details with you all once all the ducks are in a row. In […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Being Prepared – First Aid Kits and other emergency supplies

If you’re anything like me you like to be prepared.  Chances are you have the basics covered.  You have a small first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.  You have a knife or a pocket tool on hand.  You’ve even taken a CPR and First Aid class a time or two.  If you’re also like […]

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Overland 101

Preparing for your first overland adventure [Part 2]

In part one I started discussing a breakdown of how to prepare for your first overland adventure. Camping on the 2015 No Highways Tour in Acadia National Park in Maine In part two we will build off those first five items and by the time we’re done it will be time to load up and […]

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Overland 101

Preparing for your first overland adventure [Part 1]

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is something along the lines of, “What do I need to go on an overland adventure?”  This is usually from someone who is new to the 4×4 world and is eager, yet cautious, to get out there. Adventure begins where the pavement ends…Are you ready?If not, […]

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Event Report

[Event Report] Disconnected Offroad “Rock the Clock” 2016

Last fall I was able to tag along and hit the trails for the first “Rock the Clock” event with Disconnected Offroad as a passenger. Nick making his way over the rolling hills at the intersection of Trails #1 & #2 When they started planning this year’s event I was approached to be a trail […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Educate, Encourage, and Inspire

Piggybacking off last week’s post exploring the budget minded aspect of the ECOA mission statement, this week I want to unpack the phrase, “To Educate, Encourage, and Inspire.” since it is the main part of the mission. The mission of East Coast Overland Adventures is to:Educate, encourage, and inspire other adventurers in the overlanding community. […]

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Overland 101

A budget minded approach to overlanding

From the ECOA mission statement: “A goal of ECOA is to take a budget minded approach to the overland lifestyle by advocating for wisely spent money on appropriate upgrades, money saved through DIY projects, and put the focus on the experience rather than the gear.” Overlanding on a limited budgetCampsite = FreeTent = FreeJeep = […]

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Event Report

[Album] American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous – Saturday’s Potluck and Raffle

As mentioned before, Saturday I spent some time on the fire roads in Uwharrie National Forest.  That was a pretty intense day, but still lots of fun.  Once back on site at the UORTC I checked out some of the setups around camp and got ready for the evening’s potluck and raffle. Uwharrie Off-Road Training […]

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Event Report

[Album] American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous – Friday Trail Ride

The Friday of the 2016 Appalachain Rendezvous was spent with the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center staff on some of their private trails.  All in all it was a good day on some tight twisty forest trails. Getting ready to roll out.Not the guide this time around, but as far front as I could get. Started […]

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Event Report

[Album] Photos from the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA

Earlier I shared photos from my two week trip down to NC.  Here is the first of three extensive photo galleries from the trip. Overlanding US Military Style This one is from the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.  It was a very cool place to stop and see a bit of US history and […]

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Event Report

[Trip/Event Report] Two weeks in North Carolina for the 2016 Appalachian Rendezvous and Overland Expo East

Wednesday morning I woke up, kicked the Jeep in drive, and pointed it south.  The plan was to spend two weeks in North Carolina for the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous in Uwharrie National Forest followed by Overland Expo East in Asheville.  Last year I had attended both events and had a great time.  This year […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

2016 Fall Events Trip

About this time last year I embarked on the “Fall Three Week Swing.”  I spend two weeks in North Carolina attending the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous and Overland Expo East followed by a weekend in New England attending the Vermont Overland Rally. One of these days I’ll get a new rear window…… or switch to […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Situational Awareness – A lesson on why you should never lower your guard

Just because you’ve been down a road before doesn’t mean you can lower your guard.  Situational awareness is one of the paramount skills for any overlander.  Paying attention to your surroundings can often mean the difference between a good day and a bad day, or in some cases even life or death. Luckily my most […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Looking ahead to 2017

 This is just a brief heads up as to what you can expect in 2017 from ECOA. This logo would make a pretty cool patch wouldn’t it. If you’re interested in seeing what’s just over the horizon for ECOA, read on… New Website Coming January 1st 2017 will be a brand new ECOA website.  Currently […]

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Jeep Tech
Overland Tech
Phase 3

Large Capacity Fuel Tank: the GenRight Off Road Safari Tank

The biggest limiting factor of any overland adventure is not time or money.  The one universal thing that limits all trips is fuel capacity.  It doesn’t matter how shiny your titanium spork is.  It doesn’t matter how comfy your roof-top-tent is.  It doesn’t matter how knobby your tires are or how many LED’s are bolted […]

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Event Report

[Event Report] 2016 Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival

Had I been a good boy I would have been 100% packed and ready to go by the time it was time to leave Thursday morning.  I would have gotten a full night’s sleep, taken a shower, eaten a healthy breakfast, and taken the dog for a walk.  But I wasn’t packed.  I did’t get […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Upcoming events and why I go [MAOF, VOR, OE:E]

Sprinkled throughout the year are a number of shows and events that I plan on attending.  This year alone I’ve already attended Overland Expo West (May), the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival (June), and the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep show (July).  Coming up this weekend is the Carlisle All Truck Nationals Show followed by the Mid-Atlantic Overland […]

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