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  • #61
    Hi All,


    I imagine everyone has tons of questions about the whole expedition, so I'm doing an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit.com right now.

    Come on over and ask me absolutely anything about the expedition.

    It's all on the table - safety, money, health, budget, visas, route, people, animals, the Jeep.


    You ask it, I'll answer it.


    Go here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/commen..._said_i_would/




    -Dan


    -Dan
    Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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    • #62
      Very cool! I can’t wait to get your book off amazon!

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      • #63
        Did you have any safety concerns? I know several of those countries basically have no government and are pretty much lawless.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by Explorerinil View Post
          Did you have any safety concerns? I know several of those countries basically have no government and are pretty much lawless.
          Nothing major, no. I never had a gun in my face, never saw violence, was never threatened.
          In fact, I never heard a single gunshot for the entire time I was on the continent.

          Also, there really are only one or two countries that have "basically no government and a lawless", and only in very isolated regions of those countries.
          The very vast majority of countries have police and military that are just as professional as what we have in our own countries.

          -Dan
          Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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          • #65
            Hi All,

            I'm moving around North America displaying the Jeep and giving presentations and talks about what I've done.


            This weekend I'm at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler County, Pennsylvania. It's been great to meet so many people that have followed, and even a ton of people that had no idea what Overlanding is, but are stoked to get out there and have adventures.

            Last night I took the Jeep into downtown Butler, PA for the "Jeep Invasion" where they shut down the city with a ton of cool Jeeps on display. It was a great night, and the Jeep stood out like a sore thumb with the roof up.


            I'm at Bantam all weekend, come on by and say hello!

            -Dan

            Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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            • #66
              Hi All,





              I'm touring the US this summer, speaking at shows, talking about what I did, telling stories and showing off the Jeep.


              I'm on the scheudle at all of the below to speak, display, etc.


              Let me know if there is another show you think I should go to.





              Please stop by the Jeep and say hello!





              I keep adding new shows to my schedule for the summer - the current list looks like this.

              If you know of a show you think I should be attending/presenting at, please let me know!

              Big Sky Overland Rally
              near Missoula, Montana
              July 26-28

              Rocky Mountain Overland Rally
              Gunnison, Colorado
              August 1-4

              Toledo Jeep Festival
              Toledo, Ohio
              August 9-11

              Jeep Jam
              Wilmington, Ohio
              August 16-19

              Appalachian Rendezvous
              Uwharrie, North Carolina
              September 12-15

              Overland Expo EAST
              Arrington, Virginia
              October 11-13

              Virginia Root Top Tent Rally
              Gladstone, Virginia
              October 18-20

              -Dan
              Africa circumnavigation in a Jeep Wrangler @ The Road Chose Me (previously Alaska->Argentina in a TJ)
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              • #67
                Hi Everyone,

                After a huge amount of work I'm proud to announce I've published my second major book, documenting my entire expedition around Africa.

                'The Road Chose Me Volume 2: Three years and 54,000 miles around Africa' is available now in paperback and eBook format.

                Amazon (Paperback and eBook): https://amzn.to/3pnVKu6

                Apple Books (eBook): https://apple.co/34GYBXd

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                This book documents my entire three year African expedition from start to finish. It covers the preparation, the adventures, the characters I met, the misadventures, the logistics, touches on politics and my loneliness and so, so much more.
                At 375 pages it’s 50% bigger than my first book, and it has been an enormous amount of work to bring this to life!

                INTRODUCTION
                (From the book)

                Bumping along a gravel road in Guatemala with my friend Kate I clearly remember discussing overland travel and what it might mean for my life. Two continuous years exploring foreign countries was substantially bigger than anything I had attempted before. To be perfectly honest, I still wasn’t sure it was for me.

                “There are really only two options,” I said.
                “Either this Alaska to Argentina drive satisfies my urge and I’ll never do this kind of thing again, or I’ll be addicted for life.”

                The fact this book exists tells you which way that went.

                When I set out to drive from Alaska to Argentina I didn’t know what to expect. I knew almost nothing about border crossings, bribery or if I could learn another language. My plan was to go until I didn’t enjoy it any more, then do something else with my life. This meant I didn’t feel any pressure. If my little Jeep got stolen or destroyed I could simply walk away. I hadn’t made any promises, and virtually nobody outside my family knew of The Road Chose Me.

                The Africa expedition was very different from the start. I began planning and dreaming fully aware of what I was getting into. I knew how disciplined I would have to be while saving money, and how difficult it would be to leave my comfortable life behind. I knew the depths of loneliness that were in front of me, and how hard it would be to push through my fears and doubts. To put it simply, I knew exactly what I was signing myself up for – or at least I thought I did.

                I again quit my job and sold everything I wasn’t taking, and I promised a lot of people I would complete the lap around Africa. Once I committed, I was all in. There would be no turning back or stopping early this time. I knew an expedition all the way around Africa would be an enormous adventure, and it turned out to be a thousand times more than even I dreamed possible.

                Africa and her people taught me so much and I feel a great responsibility to do their story justice. After three months I thought I knew everything. Then after twelve months I realized that was all garbage and I had a new perspective. This learning process was continuous as I tried to keep my eyes and ears open to the world I was experiencing.

                Like volume one, this book contains more than just tales of adventure, but also the lifelong lessons I will never forget. Fair warning, some lessons are controversial and will be difficult for readers in the developed world. I learned volumes about how the world views and treats Africa, making it impossible not to touch on politics. To be perfectly honest, most of what I learned makes me sick to my stomach. I hope you will keep an open mind as you make this journey of discovery with me.

                Throughout the expedition the endless kindness and warmth of the African people was a constant. Without their love and encouragement my dream wouldn’t have been possible.

                So much is outside my control while on these expeditions I often feel as if I’m on a roller coaster, taking the unexpected twists and turns as they come. All I can do is plant a smile on my face, hold on and enjoy the ride. So strap yourself in as we embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

                -Dan

                Also available, as a companion to the written account of the journey is a 75 page full color photography book from the expedition.

                In this book I have a double-page spread from each of the 35 countries I visited, showing the stunning landscapes, wildlife, people and wild places I visited.

                '999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose me' is available as a full-color photography book:


                Amazon (printed color book): https://amzn.to/2H93IUH

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