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Ok we are almost on the road...
This thread will be where we provide quick updates..of course you can find more info on our site Disabled Explorers - Home

Also you can track us on our SPOT Share page and see where we are!

I hope you all enjoy the trip with us since without your support none of this could have happened....THANKS.
 

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Service, Service, Service that is the name of the game

Earnhardt’s Toyota of Mesa is supporting us in a huge way. I called service consultant Jay McHone on Thursday to say that my sway bar link had broken and took out the CV boot in a shakedown run. He got me in for a look within an hour, got the parts ordered from Los Angles and then introduced me to another service consultant named Mark who would help me on Sat (today). Jay had weekend vacation plans but wanted to make sure the Continental Divide Expedition got on the road as soon as possible.

So here I am sitting in the waiting lounge for my FJ Cruiser so we can get to Las Vegas for our first dinner Meet & Greet with the 702fjcrew. The plan is to meet at the Shelby Cafe 7pm in case you are in the area, to check for the lastest info click here. The only comfort is that all the folks here are working hard to make things happen!
 

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Best of luck to you guys, hope all runs smoothly.

I'll keep an eye on your progress, have fun.
 

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Woohoo.......hopefully you got all the "breaking stuff" done in advance of the trip!
 

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Good luck guys!! I look forward to seeing the thread unflold. I would love to do something like this one day. You think I could do the Appalacian Trail in the FJ?:)
+1, , Don't know, but it would be fun to try. Sounds like a plot might be unfolding. hmmm?
 

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Well Earnhardt's did a terrific job getting the FJ up & running...
After a quick dash home to pack food we hit the highway!
That's right we are in motion and you can follow our progress on SPOT if you click the link above or check our homepage Disabled Explorers - Home

Oh and on the way out of town we did a quick stop at a semi-truck scale....6440 lbs with passengers, full tank & gear...ouch!
 

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CDE Day 1 Phoenix to Las Vegas

As I mentioned in my previous post, Earnhardts was amazingly cool to get me out of town very quickly, thanks to all the folks there. Of course as I was heading out of town all the comments about my BlueJ being the 10 ton beast of the AZFJ clan were starting to ring in my head. So a quick side shot off the freeway got me on a semi-truck scale and at least next to all those rigs I felt slim & svelt. But at least I knew the Hoover Dam could handle the weight, and the 702FJcrew had no problem accepted another Voodoo Blue into their group.

Well the slip says it all , 6440 lbs! Ok so maybe I do need to look at something more than just changing from the Budbuilt steel skids to the Rasta aluminum. But what do I give up? Roof top tent? Awning? Fridge? Hah I will give up a fake leg before I give up the fridge! Well post expedition I will have to look at the big picture and figure out what to do.

Ok here is my artistic picture of the cloudy high desert. Hey I am trying to learn!



This is my son and you can see the new bridge being built at Hoover Dam. I have to say that it is a mega project, but I think there will be a loss of charm when folks aren't forced to experience the Art Deco glory of the place. I understand the need for speed but I hope people will still take the time to check out Hoover after the bridge is built.



After dropping off Veronica my wife & Martín my son at the Excalibur so they could walk around and get the full Vegas expereince and take in the show KA, I met up with the 702fjcrew. Here is a pic of the all Voodoo welcome party I had!



And a close up of this great bunch of people. I can't wait to come back and run some trails with all of the Las Vegas folks. Art is the gentleman in the red shirt who was kind enough to be waiting and watching for me. Julian is the gentleman in the black shirt who gave up his lunch hour to hang out and Bruce is the gentleman in the creme shirt who came into town from the cooler elevations with his wife just to meet up with me. That show what an outstanding group Las Vegas has! Yes those are copies of Overland Journal our title sponsor that each person has griped with affection. Great magazine that will be a collectors item in the years to come.



Thanks to eveyone who is making this trip possible and tomorrow I look forward to Salt Lake City!
 

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CDE Day 2 Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

The morning started off nicely with a relaxing breakfast then off to the airport to drop off Veronica my wife. Fast dash out of town found me and Martín looking over some promising desert we need to return to. North of Vegas to the Arizona strip has some great landscape and we will come back here before too long.

Speaking of cool desert stuff, we spotted a dirt road that led off to this cool structure. It was a nice chance to explain to Martín about the pre-GPS days. And that is you only clue to what it is other that the sign says "human life could be lost if this device is tampered with"....email us if you need more clues!



The drive up to Utah also held plenty of interesting site and my desire to return here for future Disabled Explorers events just kept growing. As I noticed the occasionaly odd dirt road leading up to a mountain saddle I knew that the difference between an "Overlander" and many 4wd folks is that instead of excitment at seeing a bumch of basketweave OHV trails to the horizon I was repeatedly enticed to leave the asphalt to follow that solitary track that might have been last traveled by a rumbling wagonload of mine ore 100 yrs before. It was the need to be alone and remote that drew me, not the desire to climb a hill or jump a ridge.

Before long we were in Salt Lake and had picked up my older son Nathan at the airport. This was great for me as I now have another driver (and a good one at that) so I can film and take notes. We made our way over to Tres Hombres and proved to be Tres "solo" Hombres as we ate alone. Oh well that is the downside of hitting town on a holiday weekend for a Meet & Greet. But I now have another reason to return, to meet all the great SLC folks.



With a quick look at the map we were off to Sunset Campground and were actually able to set up camp just after sunset. What more could we ask for? Oh yeah, our first drit road! Here is a picture of us stopped to air down.



And I got to use my super cool new Extreme Outback Onboard Air setup to dust off the camera, video & computer this evening. That is one of the reasons I wanted this system and just one of the many uses I will be using it for on this trip and years to come. You can tell it is solid and very well made. Be sure to talk with Sierra Expeditions if you want a setup like this or have any onboard air questions.

Keep following our adventure on the SPOT share page and watch for more updates.
 

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wish I had time to show you my area of this great country . hope you have time to see a covered bridge or stop in philly to see the liberty bell.
I'm sure that if you had the time you could stop and see all the members. Each of us showing you something neat thats close to home. Looks like you'll be passing my area on the 14 to 15 of July live just outside of philly. have fun at the curve
I will be watching you here and on the other site.
 

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That is one fine fine looking rig, Lance! I am so proud that you are in an FJ!!!
 

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Great trip and story Lance, safe travels buddy :cheers:
 

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Nothing like sunrise at Sunset.



Great view out over Salt Lake City as we came out of the mountains.



I remembered at the last minute that we would pass near Ogden which is the home of Tread Lightly! Since we are huge fans of the Tread Lightly program and spread the word every chance we get it seemed worth a phone call to see if they would let us pay a visit. This is the very cool building they have, Odgen seems to have a high number of very cool buildings in the downtown area.



Tracy & Monica were very gracious to us even though we dropped in with such short notice. After we picked up some more handouts to give at the FJ Summit we even talked them into a picture with us.



After that is was long long hours of highway driving through land I really want to return to. Of course just before we crossed into Canada I was entralled to see Tobacco Valley. As a long time cigar smoker this seemed like a cool place. Little did I know that it was all just a ruse by the local mosquito mafia to draw out silly folks for a blood letting festival. We barely got this picture before running back to the FJ!



After that we met Mike on the Canadian side of the border, found a nice campground in the dark and crashed for the night.
 

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What a day to have as the actual first day of the Continental Divide Expedition, it was all real now! Border crossing, Glaciers, dirt roads, and hiking to hidden lakes.



After a quick break of camp at Dorr Road we stopped at the beach to see what why we should return, Canada is calling me back!



Then a dash to the border and some fun talking with US Customs, especially when they ask about the poop can before opening it for inspection, lucky for them it was still virgin. Mike was ask a few extra questions based soley on his association with me. You can see him still chatting in this picture.



As we finally hit dirt we were struck by indications of recent fire damage to the area. Things looked to be growing back nicely.



And just in time for lunch we made it to Polebridge. As a pastry lover I had been looking forward to this middle-of-nowhere place after reading all the trip reports. It well lives up to the hype, excellent everything!



They even keep a little bit of emergecy gas around.



And we found the Disabled Explorers Dog, but we had no room in the vehicles to adopt him. However he seemed to be doing well there Adapting & Overcoming.



Before to long we were in Glacier and saw plenty of snow and road construction.



And even with all the tourist it is still worth seeing as an overlander. Crowded parking lots & all.
 
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