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December 2011 4xForward

Posted in Features on December 1, 2011
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Happy happy joy joy, I’m going wheeling! Isn’t that the feeling most of you get when it’s time to break free of the day-to-day drudgery and get out in the real world? I’m so excited to go I could bust a gut. While I do a lot of wheeling for the job and love doing it, there’s nothing like just going for fun.

Now that the Ultimate Adventure is over for the year I actually am going to take some time away from work and go funwheeling. While it’s true that I have the best job in the world and get to go wheeling for work, it just doesn’t happen often enough for me. Except for the Ultimate Adventure and an occasional event where I snag a rig to drive, I rarely sneak away and just have fun wheeling. But that is my New Year’s resolution (in August), just to wheel for fun at least once a month.

Think I can swing it? Like you, I can’t afford the time or the money to go on weeklong trips often, but I figure that if I can go on a weekend trip at least once a month, that can save my sanity and be relaxing, even if I’m upside-down in a roll. By camping out and eating manifold burritos and lukewarm Top Ramen, I can cut costs to the bone for the gas I’ll need. Maybe I’ll even buy a Samurai to get the best combo of mileage and simplicity. Or maybe I’ll do a DED (Dirt Every Day) Tour, where the buy-in is minimal so the cost to benefit ratio is golden. Anything to get me in the dirt is good, and I am looking forward to it.

Some of you wheel every day as part of your job too, and I salute you and envy you. I know work is work, but the actual joy of wheeling can’t be explained better than by doing it. I have written before that wheeling rejuvenates me so I can work harder so I can wheel more. It’s a cycle I sure don’t want to break!

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