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Old February 25th, 2015, 08:59 AM
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Old February 25th, 2015, 09:29 AM
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Old February 25th, 2015, 09:42 AM
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Old February 25th, 2015, 10:54 AM
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Happy Birthday. You book idea is a good one and sounds like a fun read. I'd buy it. Good things!
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Old February 25th, 2015, 11:36 AM
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Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes.

Money has been tight so I did not get out as much this last year as I usually do but there were a couple of 2 week plus trips slid in between the shorter ones.

The 302 in my Dormobile blew a head gasket in Northern Nevada last spring but with lots of water I got her back home to Flagstaff. All she needed was a slight head shave and new gaskets. During the summer I gave up on leaking front freewheel hubs and replaced them with 24 spline fixed hubs. That's all the work the Dormie needed during the year.

I'm already putting together a trip hope to make list for 2015. I have 3 multi week trips on my list so far. Overland Expo doesn't count for me because it is only a half hour from my house. At this time there may possibly be 4 Land Rover Dormobiles attending, including my own.

As many of you know I am writing a book tentatively titled "The Essential Guide to Overland Travel in North America". In the book I assume the reader could be anything from an arm chair wanna be to a seasoned weekend off road expert who wants to take longer trips. And I make no assumptions about the kind of vehicle the reader may end up with.

So far I have completed the following chapters:
- Introduction
- Overlanding and dreams
- Pet considerations
- Communications
- Cooking
- Drinking water
- trail etiquette
- Safety is about attitude
- First aid
- Camp sites (who thought it would take over 7000 words to tell someone about things to look for when selecting a camp spot?)
- trip maintenance
- driving
- After the trip

Right new I am rewriting the chapter on choosing a vehicle. A little over 9000 words into the chapter I decided I was wondering around in the subject providing advice in no logical order. So as of yesterday I'm about 2 pages into a total rewrite. An interesting chapter when you don't know if the reader's idea of the ideal overlanding vehicle is a small tricked out 4X4 loaded for ground camping or a full size 6X6 off road RV with satellite TV.

Chapters currently under construction and in various stages of being completed:
- Geography and history as they relate to North American overlanding
- Treading lightly (The whole book has a strong emphasis on leave no trace style travel and camping and minimizing impact to wildlife)
- Trip Planning
- Vehicle set up
- packing your vehicle
- camping gear
- clothing
- pretrip vehicle preparation
- being weather wise
- vehicle recovery

As you can see there is still a lot to write. I have had a some of the chapters reviewed by others and will be looking for experienced long distance overland travelers to review chapters to provide their insight and thoughts for improvement.

This book will be very different than anything I have seen so far. It is focused solely on overland travel in The US and Canada, using gear that is available locally.

For much of the book I focus on "why to" instead of "what to" on the assumption that every situation is somewhat unique and if someone understands why doing X is a good idea when faced with Y, they can better adapt a solution to fit their specific situation.

I have concluded that any specific gear recommendations I make may not be optimum of every overlanding situation and will be obsolete when next year's models of gear comes out. So with few exceptions I focus primarily on the attributes that constitute good gear so that the reader knows what to look for. For instance, for camp cooking gear I focus on thermal properties of different common cookware metals and differences in finishes so the reader would know what to look for when choosing a pot or pan.

Anyway the writing the book is keeping me busy both at home and in camp sites both last year and this year.

That's my update for this last year of my life. I hope to have the book published before my next birthday rolls around

Thanks all for your birthday wishes!
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Happy Birthday Teriann

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