INDEPENDENCE DAY DRIVE – 2017
5 DAYS AND 4,500 MILES THROUGH 11 STATES
The Independence Drive 2017 is a celebration of American Freedom and the vast openness of the western and central United States. Key highlights included the Bonneville Salt Flats, Moab National Park, Mt. Rushmore, the Great Plains, the Badlands, and the highest paved road in North America at an elevation of over 14,200ft!
The blistering daily pace was matched only by the mesmerizing beauty of a rugged and vast landscape stretching to each horizon. Covering the area the size of a European country each day allowed me to explore back roads, hike mountains, take in open spaces and swim in the Mississippi: all in just a single extended weekend!
EURODRIVE – 2017
10 days and 6,400 miles THROUGH 15 COUNTRIES
A tour of Western Europe and a study in geography! By driving 6,400 miles in 10 days through 15 nation states I was able to observe both the pitfalls and benefits of the European Union's open border policy as well as develop an understanding of Europe's agricultural, industrial, and population distribution.
Leaving Amsterdan and driving directly to Lisbon over a 36 hour period, I witnessed the rapid change in flora as I traveled from a cool and wet north to a dry Mediterranean climate, a nearly perfect analog to our 2016 Lost Coast Drive of North America's western coast.
Many people tour Europe by plane or train, fewer are willing to drive between destinations. Most of Europe exists outside of the urban hubs typically visited by tourists. If one is willing to undertake a European driving adventure they will be treated to unique sites and sounds not available to traditional travelers. Italy's tremendous coastline of remote beaches known only to the locals. Remote Tuscan villas fed by spring water and enchanted with church bells and fireflies. France's vast wheat fields, comparable only to those of Washington's Palouse country. And of course the vast olive growing region of central Spain is on a scale unlike any I've seen in North America. All are much more easily visited by personal vehicle than Europe's famed, albeit limiting public transportation systems.
LOST COAST DRIVE – 2016
If road networks were considered wonders of the world, this would be one of them. Extending from Neah Bay, WA to Cabo San Lucas in Baja Sur, Mexico, this route traverses some of the most beautifully rugged territory on planet Earth. Due to tectonic uplift, much of the west coast is comprised of steep bluffs and amazing vistas unique to North America.
While lengthy at over 2600 miles each way, it is a once in a lifetime trip. Unlike many of our other trips, this one passes through a number of populated areas complete with campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, car repair, and other amenities.
MEXICO, GUATEMALA & BELIZE – 2015
14 Days and 8,200 miles THROUGH 4 COuntries
Mexico and Central America are known for their beaches, rainforest, and coffee. Most people fly in and out of this region to experience all that these places have to offer. A very few realize that much of Latin America has world class highway systems that parallel those of the European Union, in many cases far better in terms of engineering standards, signage, and the ability to enter and exit the highway.
We recommend traveling the Mexican Federal Highway system as much as possible. The system is, for the most part, meticulously maintained and easily navigable. Belize and Guatemala roads vary depending on where you are. We had the opportunity in Belize to leave the main drag and head out among the sugar cane fields. An experience that, although unplanned, was one of the highlights of the trip.