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Old November 18th, 2015, 02:55 PM
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Progress on new overlanding book

As many of you know I am in the process of writing a book about overland travel in The United States and Canada. I am happy to say that on 17 November I completed writing the last chapter. The chapter was emailed to my first reviewer that afternoon. FINALLY!

The book is tentatively titled “The Essential Guide to Overland Travel in the United States and Canada”. This is a how-to book that specifically covers what you need to know while traveling through these two countries as well as choosing vehicles and gear that are available in Canada and the United States. Wherever possible I go into the why-to so that the reader can make an intelligent decision when faced with real life situations. Throughout the book I emphasize traveling in harmony with nature and leave no trace behind traveling and camping. I firmly believe that we should do not harm as we travel and if anything leave the path behind us a little better than it was before we passed through.

The next steps are to gather images, make drawings to illustrate the book, and to start flowing the chapters which are each in their own document into a single book document. I currently expect to publish the book in 2016.

Here is a link to a web page that has a draft of the table of contents

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Old November 18th, 2015, 02:56 PM
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Old November 18th, 2015, 03:25 PM
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Awesome looking forward to seeing the book to purchase.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 03:33 PM
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I'll need a copy to go next to my "Vehicle Dependent Expedition Guide" by Tom Sheppard.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 03:43 PM
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That is great! You should sell autographed copies here!
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Is there any way to ensure that Jeep owners can't find this book? It would be nice for the land access you describe to remain permissible.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 04:07 PM
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I'll need a copy to go next to my "Vehicle Dependent Expedition Guide" by Tom Sheppard.
Having read his book I can say that mine will be more readable as it is in more of an informal discussion style. I only cover gear available for sale in North America and the only border crossing is the US Canadian border. I don't deal with visiting different cultures beyond tribal lands and assume potable water and food is readily available. If you are overlanding in Europe or North Africa Tom's is your book. For US and Canadian travel I think I have the more relevant book. But we will see what the reader's think.

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Is there any way to ensure that Jeep owners can't find this book? It would be nice for the land access you describe to remain permissible.
My hope is that Jeep owners and yahoos that tare up the trails and trash the camp sites read the book and take it to heart. (I am not saying Jeep drivers do that, but you brought them up as a class) I think a lot of people cause environmental problems because they do not realize what they are doing and just don't think.
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Old November 18th, 2015, 04:18 PM
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I was being mean. I have this notion of actually exploring the remote US once i get a chance to actually live there again. I just want it to remain unspoiled. I'm sure your book will contribute to that.
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Can you add in the prologue the difference between overlanding and car camping please?
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If you do it it's overlanding, if I do it it's car camping.
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That great, you should sell autographed copies here!
If it comes autographed, then it will earn a higher spot on the shelf. I'll put it on the shelf next to my autographed copies of Robert Young Pelton's "Comeback Alive" and "World's Most Dangerous Places"

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My hope is that Jeep owners and yahoos that tare up the trails and trash the camp sites read the book and take it to heart. (I am not saying Jeep drivers do that, but you brought them up as a class) I think a lot of people cause environmental problems because they do not realize what they are doing and just don't think.
I think some of the Jeepers just don't give a sh**. They seem to specialize in destruction.
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Well done TerriAnn. Looking forward reading it, even though I'm likely behind Jim in the getting to do this myself department.
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Can you add in the prologue the difference between overlanding and car camping please?

driving around with a tent on your roof and a couple of gas cans strapped to a tire carrier is not "overlanding".
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Can you add in the prologue the difference between overlanding and car camping please?
As long as you are out there traveling, camping and exploring the world around you I don't think it matters what you call it. Though sometimes I think people who call themselves overlanders tend to be just be a tiny bit pretentious.

I think most people consider overlanding as a journey where you stop to camp one or two nights before going on. The goal is the journey. Camping is what you do each night before continuing on the journey.

Camping would be when camping is the goal or purpose of the trip. You drive out, camp then drive home.
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I asked the question in humor, but clearly to some, the debate is serious.

Im off the topic. Best of luck with your book.
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Looking forward to the read. I note that you don't yet have a section on taking your cat ... I'd be happy to consult on this section although it would be car camping centric advise! ;-)
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Looking forward to the read. I note that you don't yet have a section on taking your cat ... I'd be happy to consult on this section although it would be car camping centric advise! ;-)
I'm allergic to cats so don't know enough about camping with them to write about it. On the other hand I have seen more people traveling with parrots than with cats.

But I have traveled extensively with a dog.


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I'm allergic to cats so don't know enough about camping with them to write about it. On the other hand I have seen more people traveling with parrots than with cats.

But I have traveled extensively with a dog.


Using the dog to push start the truck? ingenious! :-)
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Using the dog to push start the truck? ingenious! :-)
Better that that, she's my alternate driver


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