After finishing my weekend at Overland Expo, talking with so many people about their journey, thoughts of travel and of this community, I heard many consistencies in their stories and how our year long journey is so similar, but honestly very different as well.
Overlanding for a few is a lifestyle. It’s something we wake to every morning. It’s our means of travel, our destinations and most importantly our discoveries.
Unlike the vast majority of people who consider themselves “overlanders,” planning multi-day or -week long adventures, we don’t have a destination at all. Though words like nomads or vagabonds might come to mind, this is not us.
With a hope and desire to see new vistas, discover forgotten roads and find a special camp under the stars we travel this way on purpose. Our journey starts at the end of a paved road. It’s finding the unknown, the out of the way place. It’s planning for the unexpected and being realistic when we should consider a different route. It’s not about danger, it’s about balance.
Seeing groups in their large vehicles, capable of going almost anywhere, I look at our rig and think how lucky we are to have this amazing combination that too can get us almost anywhere. By some standards, our choice wouldn’t even be on the radar. It’s too small, some consider incapable, and may even be insane to tow something for thousands of miles. But we live outside, not inside. When it’s cold, we layer up. When it’s windy, we move to the other side of Teardrop. And when the road gets steep and bumpy? Well, Teardrop is right there behind Jeep.
After six months, Margaret and I have discovered so many wonderful things along our path. Some of the kindest people in Tennessee. The largest bunch of Turnip greens I’ve seen and only $3.50 USD. Antelop, Deer, Elk, Bison, Armadillo, endless streams of waterfowl, butterflies and insects all over. Dark sky in Big Bend and incredible winds at Mormon Lake. These are but a few recent discoveries and we have just begun our journey.
So are Teardrop and Jeep the perfect duo? Who’s to say, but for us it’s exceptional combination. More importantly it’s our home.