Road Trip… 2014.

After a few weeks of great visits with friends and family in
Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, it’s time for “Road Trip 2014.”No surprise, like my 2011 and 2012 road trips, I will be heading West again this time!
I love the American Southwest and want to explore more off the beaten path in 2014!  This trip will be in my Tacoma with ARE cap, which should make exploring the trails of the Southwest easier than in Bertha the Bigfoot Truck Camper.  That’s not to say that Bertha has been sent out to pasture, no way… she is just enjoying an extended vacation in a secure storage unit for a few more months!

For “Road Trip 2014” I really tried to pack as light as possible and still have the necessary equipment to be as “off the grid” as possible when camping!  I have limited solar capability, enough food and water for a week or two in the sticks.  But let’s be honest, I am probably not going to be more than a half day drive from a small town, no matter where I wander in the lower 48.  I wanted all equipment to fit in the bed of the Tacoma, so nothing will be on the roof rack, at least that’s how I departed Kentucky anyway… who know’s what I may bring back on the roof, maybe a stuffed moose head would look good on the farm… maybe not!  In any case, this is a great opportunity to explore Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and then Maybe up the West Coast?  I don’t have a set agenda, other than plans to visit some family and friends along the way… first visit…. family in Oklahoma!

Above, just about all my equipment for “Road Trip 2014” packed and ready to fit in the bed of the Tacoma.  Believe it or not, I still have room to sleep in the bed, when the gear is properly stacked and that includes the kayak too!  It’s not a lot of room, but enough for a good night’s rest!  With all gear onboard, a full tank of gas and me in the driver’s seat, the Tacoma weighed-in at 5050 pounds.  Not bad, with a GVWR of 5500 pounds, I still have about 400 pounds to spare!  No one can call me a
Phat-Azz this trip!

Above, the Tacoma in Bertha’s parking spot, all packed up and ready to go for
“Road Trip 2014.”

Above, before departure, I needed a proper cup of coffee!  After trying may different coffee making solutions over the years, to include 12 volt coffee makers and campfire percolators to name a few,  I have finally settled on a small coffee grinder and an MSR filter.  Grind your beans the way you like, pour hot water over the MSR filter and presto…. a great cup of coffee!  Coffee always makes departure more enjoyable!

Above, departing the “Farm” for “Road Trip 2014.”  The weather was perfect… a great sign of things to come I’m sure!

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.