I hate spending hours sitting in front of my computer, but I love spending hours sitting in front of a steering wheel. I get the feeling that many of you share this with me, otherwise you’d be reading Keyboarders Monthly and not this rag. Driving is fun, whether it’s an evening cruise in your truck, a day on the trail in your Jeep or buggy, or a month-long adventure in your built expedition vehicle. I love those trips that give you a chance to ignore the daily grind and really enjoy life behind the wheel exploring new places, trying to surmount obstacles, or just listening to the engine growl and muddies howl as you rip down the road.
When I was put in charge of 4WOR I made a conscious decision to incorporate two things, tech and adventure. This month is all about those two things. I have rounded up a bunch of off-road adventure trips to get your wanderlust all hot and bothered, and then thrown in some updates on a handful of project vehicles we have in the works for even more adventures.
Why is it that I like these adventures away from home? I don’t really know, as I’m pretty much a creature of habit at home. Every day I get up, make a cup of coffee, and sit at that damn desk and type. I eat lunch, type more, then walk the dogs. I eat dinner, go to sleep, and repeat the next day. I am comfortable in that daily ritual, but it’s also a life-sucking, soul-crushing existence. It’s the work part of the job.
So when I get a chance to pack my duffle bag, throw it in the truck, and set sail for unknown territories, I jump at it. I think I get it from my parents and grandparents who, though they ran a family farm, were always looking for new adventures away from the cows and crops. It’s not that they didn’t like farming; it’s that they loved traveling and exploring. It’s the same for me I guess. I love my job at this magazine. It’s a pretty awesome gig. But every job becomes work some days, and when you need a refresh the best way to do it is an off road adventure.
I have a few dream trips I want to do. Alaska to Florida in an open-topped 4x4. Siberia to Wales in a Russian UAZ van. Around the world in some fun off-road machine. The Trans-America trail on dirt. Border to border and coast to coast all in one trip. One truck to every state in the lower 48. What are your dream trips? Maybe it’s time to turn off the computer and go do them.