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That's a huge time commitment but it would be worth it to see the country from that perspective. I don't think I could disappear from life for that long but I could do like two weeks and see how far I could tag along!

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I agree. I "could" do it all as one but it would be easier to do it maybe from Tennessee to Utah and do the Utah to the West coast part another time.

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To this day, I still remember opening up my August 2004 issue of National Geographic Adventure and reading the story of a couple driving a new Jeep Rubicon from Canada to Mexico with much of it being off road. National Geographic Adventure Mag.: Canada-to-Mexico Dirt Road Trip

It was that article that got me to thinking about buying a vehicle and, after a few years and many, many visits to dealerships and auto shows to look at Jeeps, Land Rover Discoveries, and Xterras . . . I purchased an FJ Cruiser.

There was another similar article in the April 2007 issue. Road Trip: Canada to Mexico - National Geographic Adventure Magazine

I am just as much if not more interested in a Canada to Mexico or Mexico to Canada trip and could easily see doing this trip multiple times, maybe once up thru Cali, Oregon, and Wash, once up through AZ, NV and ID and so on. That would be far fewer miles and no less exciting.

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I would love to do this
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I need to start researching those NORTH - SOUTH routes. Stuff takes alot of keyboard time. Wish I were getting paid for this.

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And here I'm trying to find time to wheel for a weekend...

Looks awesome to say the least. Wish i had the time.


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Call it a mid-life thing.

I've been thinking alot as of late of all the things I've said to myself that I wanted to experience, attempt or learn how to do and I decided that you only get one go-around. I'm willing to sacrifice some late life confort for some fun right now. Started the year out with skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and snowmobiling. Add in a nice used dirt bike for some trail and sand dune fun. Maybe mix in some whitewater kayaking instruction, plenty of mountain biking, whitewater rafting, dune surfing, skydiving, ride in a WWII fighter, Dusy Ershim trail, Pismo, and as much other trail time as I can fit in . . . to 2013 that is. We'll see how it goes. At least if I don't make squat this year my taxes will be lower . . . unless Obama has anything to say about it.

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Re: Trans-america trail

Woodsman, this is an epic trail and the adventure motorbike crowd has know about this for quite some time... Never done in one rip but I know a crew that did it in two trips on big dual sport motorbikes... Lots of planning and extensive equipment transportation

Take a look at this forum and this is a pretty typical ride report thread The Trans America Trail does me - ADVrider

I would love to do on bike but would settle with a 4x4 run... The older I get the more I realize it's a young carefree mans sport
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Thanks and, yes, I am familiar with ADV. Bikes would be awesome but 4 x 4 is my mode for now. I have thought often about the Kawasaki 650 dual sport as it seems to be a widely accepted and reliable platform these days. The BMWs are uber awesome but just too much coin. My Kawi 450 is so light I can easily carry on a hitch carrier with the FJ ( I could bring it along) whereas a 650 is about 200 lbs heavier.

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A little off topic from the Trans-America but here are some articles about Canada to Mexico runs.

Border to Border - 2009 All Dirt off road Jeep Trek From Mexico to Canada Part 2 | Miscellaneous Blog & Opinions at Four Wheeler Magazine

http://www.mex2can.com/article/National%20Geo.pdf

http://www.mex2can.com/article/J_Can.PDF

4x4 Colorado Adventure - Off-Road Magazine

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