Getting Started

It’s a great conversation starter: I’m doing an 8,000km / 5,000mi amateur rally in Jan 2018. The two most popular questions:

  • Why do you want to do it?
  • How did you find out about it?

Why: I want to see if I enjoy the adventurer experience – it may become more of a lifestyle.

How: Sometime in the mid-2000s, work colleagues shared that they had seen this interesting, low budget amateur adventure rally and I’ve wanted to do it ever since.

Fast forward to 2017 and I have the means and flexibility to participate, it’s time to give it a go! I’ve submitted my entry and am in the early stages of preparation. I’m reading through some recommended books (Four-by-four driving and Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide by Tom Sheppard that I got from their US distributor [exploringoverland.com] along with Sahara Overland by Chris Scott that I bought back in 2007 and have been carrying around as I’ve moved) and am researching vehicle choices, leaning towards a 90s era Toyota 4Runner.

One of the logistics challenges is that I live in the USA now. The decision of what to buy is closely tied up with where – US or Europe. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, notably purchasing remotely means it’s hard for me to evaluate the vehicle and get it ready vs. purchasing locally and having the extra cost and effort of shipping.

After much um’ing and ah’ing, I settled on purchasing locally, mostly because this way I get to be properly hands on in the selection and preparation of the vehicle and I will also do a few off road driving courses and excursions before the actual rally in order to develop my skills.

Sometime over the coming month I will be making the purchase (I hope), watch this space!

Image Credit: I’m a noob by Andrew who published this photo under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license and I found via a Google image search.

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