Van Life: The Strangers I Met on the Road From Montana to Oregon

If the theme of my last Connected States column was about friends on the road, this one is about strangers. Those people who you never would have met if you hadn’t ventured from the nest. On the road through Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, I was lucky enough to meet some rather wonderful unfamiliars, some of whom really… »10/13/15 1:03pm10/13/15 1:03pm

A Wailing Six at Willow 13

Speed is an addiction. Speed will take your time, your money, and your sanity. Speed leaves grown men dazed, mumbling incoherently about the importance of every tenth of every second. Speed is a cruel temptress, luring us in with glimpses of what could be, inflating egos and inspiring (false) confidence in talents and… »7/14/15 10:44am7/14/15 10:44am

Kokopelli - A Step Over The Line

As much as I like to think of myself as an overlander I’m not, not really. Most of my adventures are day trips or at most weekend trips and i’m hardly ever traveling from one place to the next or over great distance as much as I would like to. Being married with a young family has tempered my dreams from Ushuaia to… »5/30/15 12:33pm5/30/15 12:33pm

I'm Going To Drive In The Mille Miglia!

Those of you who may have noticed me eating a bowl of dry cat food and milk this morning may come to the reasonable conclusion that I’m pretty distracted. This time it’s not because I drank more of that blue liquid I found behind the furnace, it’s because tomorrow I leave for Italy and the Mille Miglia. And I’m very… »5/11/15 10:00pm5/11/15 10:00pm

Mercedes Pop-Top Camper Makes Living In A Van Look Tastefully Fancy

Tired of finally getting a potential mate to come home with you, only to be shut down when they realize you live in a crappy van? Sucks, doesn't it. You need a Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo; it's got the vagabondy swagger of a classic top-popper, with a three-pointed star to on the grille to prove you live on wheels by… »7/10/14 12:14pm7/10/14 12:14pm