Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jeep Momma's Overland Adventure Journal

Day 1: Saturday, October 11

The day I had been waiting for finally arrived. I loaded up my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, gave a heart wrenching, tear-filled goodbye to my two boys, and then headed out for my Adams Extreme Off Road Adventure. 

Earlier this summer I met fellow Jeeper Neil on social media, where we began planning our epic 'bucket list' adventure to traverse America across the TransAmerica Trail. 
The original plan was to meet in Virginia at the Overland Expo East. Neil making the trip driving his 1980 Grand Wagoneer, Maggie May. However like any good adventure we needed to adapt.

Neil had spent two solid weeks in the garage, working 14 to 16 hour days trying to fix a once working Maggie May. The deadline had come and pass and he needed to hit the road. So Plan B was his friends Land Rover for the first half of the trip. Then back to Colorado to finish fixing up Maggie May to  take her on the West Coast part of the trip.


The night before I hit the road, Neil was already headed East. Around 1am he blew a tire on the Land Rover. New tires weren't available for 4 days. So it was on to Plan C. 

Before I even got out of Maryland, we decided I pick up Neil just outside St. Louis, Missouri and we do the first half of the adventure in my Jeep Wrangler. 

As I drove through West Virginia, I came across a fellow Maryland Jeeper Joe, GetMudy. A quick selfie with Joe and it was back on the road to Neil. Fourteen long hours later I finally arrived. 




Sunday morning we unloaded all my gear and downsized to fit Neil, his dog and his gear into my Jeep. Instead of car camping we are tent camping for the first part of the adventure. 

Always looking for a silver lining, we decided to hit some sites not originally on the agenda. We stopped by the St. Louis Arch, camped in Illinois, then hit the road for Ohio.







A great meal of sausage, rice and fresh green beans! 






It was time to get back to Plan A. Unfortunately we missed
the Overland Expo East, but were able to take the tour of L.T. Wright Knives


Live YouTube Video from LT Wright Knives.

Tour with LT Wright coming later today!


We had a whole State Park to ourselves, Salt Fork State Park in Ohio. We did some primitive camping, toured the Kennedy Stone House and took a short hike to a cavern.





This adventure will be amazing and life changing. I am already learning the hard skill of adapting. I am also turning negatives into positives and looking for the silver lining.  

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