If you’re going to blow a brake line, your driveway is the place to do it, sadly that was the only convenient occurrence of my still ongoing brake overhaul. It was a crisp October Saturday morning when the 16 year old brake line decided it had finally had enough. After realizing what had happened, I slowly backed the Wrangler to the top of the driveway, shut her down and chocked the wheels. A few weeks went by and I was finally able to order a new set of lines, along with front pads and rotors, and a new master cylinder. Then, the septic tank failed at the house, winter came, and the TJ proceeded to get covered in snow until the spring.
Today is my thirtieth birthday – a day that I’ve spent most of my adult life dreading. The closer today got, the less comfortable I became with the idea of my age starting with a “3” again. It hasn’t done that for 27 years, and frankly, I don’t remember being three. Even though I’ve done quite a few awesome things in my life, I found myself concentrating on all of the things that I haven’t done. I decided to not let thirty get me down any longer – because like most things – thirty is what I make of it.
As my friend James and I began our journey to Pennsylvania to retrieve the broken Jeep we had left there the day before; we agreed that, as a group, we’ve gotten a bit lax with our trail repair kits. We usually have pretty good luck when we venture out to Rausch Creek Off Road Park, but the last trip was not one of those luck filled ones. Looking back on it, I’m surprised that this was the first time we’ve had to leave a Jeep behind, to spend the night at the park. The day had started off great – up before 6am, a beautiful sunrise, and excited anticipation for what the day would bring. Continue reading
I’ll admit it; I often get carried away. I’ll get an idea in my head and start a cycle of researching, list making, budgeting, day dreaming, and planning; then reality kicks in and I’m usually left frustrated, and disappointed. My wife bought me a subscription to Overland Journal for my birthday last fall – and now a few issues in; I want to build an overland rig and drive around the world.
About a year and a half after purchasing the Wrangler, and dealing with a number of suspension and steering issues; I found myself researching tires, much sooner than I thought I’d need to. Continue reading
My iPhone 3GS and I have been pretty good friends for the last two years, mostly thanks to two hardware accessories that help us get along during different types of adventures; from hiking in the Andes, to my everyday commute to work. Specifically, I’m referring to the OtterBox Defender Case, and the ProClip USA mount system.
One of the first modifications I made to the TJ was the addition of a CB radio. I wanted to take her off road, and my Jeepin’ buddies suggested that I get one so we could all stay in contact on the trail.
I became a fan of Jeep vehicles before I ever fantasized about driving, or even owning one. They were different, and clearly reminiscent of my toy trucks that I loved so much. As I got older, my love for them grew, and in May of 2007 I became a Jeep owner.