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CA To PA In A 1973 Jeep CJ-5

Posted in Events on April 1, 2012
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America is a great country, but you’re not going to experience it sitting at your desk, surfing Facebook, or watching TV from the couch. Four-wheeling is in our blood here at 4WOR, but adventures of any sort fuel us, so when I got the harebrained idea to drive my ’73 CJ-5 fresh from the junkyard across America and back I knew I had to do it.

It started with a Jeep I found in a trash heap last April. I knew I had to have it when the VIN tag revealed it was built the same month and year I was born. The Jeep was pretty rusty and dirty, but complete so I drug it home and got to fixing it up (see last month’s story “Project Lemon Pie”). About that time I was reading a book about two guys who drove a Jeep around the world back in the ’70s. The next thing I knew I was convincing the guys at Quadratec to get involved in my lunacy by tracking my progress across America on their website.

This book was the impetus of the whole fiasco. Written by Will Perish and Perk Perkins, it describes their two-year adventure around the world in a CJ-5 starting in 1975. I figured if they could encircle the globe in a Jeep 35 years ago I could easily drive across America in a 35-plus-year-old Jeep today. (Find the book at

By the time the trip came together it was the end of July, and the Jeep had barely driven around the block on a testdrive. Nonetheless I loaded up my sleeping bag, tent, camera gear, and some tools and hit the road.

I started at Morro Bay, California, next to the Pacific Ocean on July 28. I had to be in Pennsylvania by August 6 for a trail ride with the Quadratec crew at the Topless for Tata’s trail ride in Rausche Creek OHV park. The furthest the Jeep had gone under its own power was 20 miles.
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