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08-21-2019 07:47 AM
Grecy My summer is rolling on, showing the Jeep and telling stories. It's a little surreal meeting people who have been following me the whole time, though also great fun.

THIS WEEKEND (Aug 23/24) I'm showing the Jeep and speaking at the Great Smokey Mountain Jeep Invasion in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The Jeep will be on display inside the convention center where I'll be giving tours and telling stories.

As a special guest of the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association I am presenting my African Adventure from 4pm-5pm on both Friday and Saturday.
I'll be speaking in classroom #1.



See you there!

-Dan
07-16-2019 06:37 PM
SanDiegoCJ There's a Off Road Expo at the Pomona Fairgrounds in Pomona, Ca. Sept. 28-29.

https://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca
07-16-2019 04:47 PM
Grecy
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Originally Posted by MDMIKE View Post
There is a Jeep show in Ocean City, MD that brings in a pretty good crowd. Its Aug 22 - 25.

The All Breeds Jeep Show in York PA is also a big show, but its next weekend (July 19-21).

I will be honest, I am mentioning these 2 because I will be at both and I would love to catch up with you and chat about your adventure.
Thanks for the suggestions!

I can't make the one in York PA, but I'm looking into the one in Ocean City now!

If I can make it, I'll add it to the list of shows on my website

Cheers,
-Dan
07-14-2019 05:51 PM
MDMIKE There is a Jeep show in Ocean City, MD that brings in a pretty good crowd. Its Aug 22 - 25.

The All Breeds Jeep Show in York PA is also a big show, but its next weekend (July 19-21).

I will be honest, I am mentioning these 2 because I will be at both and I would love to catch up with you and chat about your adventure.
07-14-2019 05:38 PM
Grecy 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
06-28-2019 01:04 PM
Spork Found this the other day via some other channel based out of PA talking to you about your Jeep. Already made it to the Lesotho episode. Thanks for documenting your trip.
06-08-2019 05:50 AM
Grecy 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
05-21-2019 04:27 PM
Grecy 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
05-12-2019 08:49 AM
95stepside I got my dad your first book for Christmas and he really liked it, so I guess I found his gift for next Christmas lol
05-12-2019 05:23 AM
Grecy Thanks guys.

The Jeep has arrived in North America, and now I'm on a mission.

I'm presenting, showing the Jeep and speaking on panels at Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ next weekend (17th, 18th, 19th May).

I will also be at many other Overland/4x4 shows over the summer, the full list is here: Touring Overland Shows in 2019 | The Road Chose Me

Let me know if there is a show you think I should go to that isn't on the list currently.

..

Also, after months of work (It started back in Nairobi, Kenya), I have published my coffee table photography book of Africa!
With 77 full color pages containing a double-page spread on every country, info on the Jeep, the expedition and some fun numbers and quirks too. Each country is a blend of people, landscapes, wildlife and daily life the parts of Africa that I will never forget.
The Jeep and I make the odd appearance too.

It's available now on Amazon!: https://amzn.to/2H93IUH



-Dan
05-10-2019 01:09 PM
denverd1 Dan, congrats. quite the adventure
05-10-2019 08:21 AM
Juztyn00 Been following along, It looks like it's been an Epic Journey, definitely a different view of Africa then most media outlets.. What's the plan now? Are you going to continue on looking for wild new lands or are you going to take a break and sleep in a place with four walls for a bit?
05-10-2019 04:50 AM
Grecy
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Originally Posted by Realsquash View Post
I'm curious why you didn't venture inland too far - just too remote/nothingness or was it a security thing? You have giant balls, so I wouldn't think that would be the issue! Congrats on the journey, I enjoyed reading about most of it.
Inland is Chad, Central African Republic, Interior of DRC, Algeria.

Those are virtually all ISIS hot spots right now, not to be messed with.

-Dan
05-09-2019 07:07 AM
paulevans76 Glad I bumped into this thread again. I spent some time working in Nigeria and Angola 5-6 years ago, and following your journey really captures and brings back what it felt like there. Thanks man, and congrats on your journey! Look forward to the next.
05-08-2019 08:05 AM
KarlVP What an epic adventure. I truly enjoyed following you along the way.
05-08-2019 05:14 AM
Realsquash I'm curious why you didn't venture inland too far - just too remote/nothingness or was it a security thing? You have giant balls, so I wouldn't think that would be the issue! Congrats on the journey, I enjoyed reading about most of it.
05-08-2019 05:11 AM
Grecy Hi Everyone,

After the most insane paperwork run-around and bureaucracy of my life, I managed to drive the Jeep into a 20 foot shipping container and seal the door.

Immediately I felt like I was separated from a good friend, a really strange feeling.

After 999 days, I hopped on a plane, and the Jeep is crossing the mighty North Atlantic.





You can read about the insanity here: Africa Ends | The Road Chose Me

I'm still in disbelief that it's over.

More updates to come, including tons of info on costs, what I would do differently, how the Jeep performed, etc. etc.

-Dan
04-28-2019 03:08 PM
paragon
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Originally Posted by Grecy View Post
Hi All,

After almost three years, 35 countries and over 53,000 miles, I have driven right around Africa, and arrived at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt!

I am absolutely ecstatic!!



Read the full story: Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza | The Road Chose Me

Now only the final hurdle remains - shipping the Jeep out of Egypt!

-Dan
Congrats, Dan.
04-28-2019 02:51 PM
Grecy Hi All,

After almost three years, 35 countries and over 53,000 miles, I have driven right around Africa, and arrived at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt!

I am absolutely ecstatic!!



Read the full story: Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza | The Road Chose Me

Now only the final hurdle remains - shipping the Jeep out of Egypt!

-Dan
04-16-2019 07:49 AM
Roc Doc
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Originally Posted by Grecy View Post
I don't plan like that at all, it would make the trip too difficult and overwhelming. Then when your plan goes to crap (it will), you'll feel all kinds of stress about it not working.

When I drove AK-Argentina I found something around a month to be a good amount of time per country, and that's roughly what I figured for Africa - but nothing was planned or locked in.
Obviously it's less in the tiny countries (Togo, Benin) and more in the massive ones (South Africa, Namibia), or just the countries I loved and wanted to stay longer (Zimbabwe, Mali).

Usually for me after 2 weeks I fall into the groove of a country, after 3 weeks I've seen a really good amount, and then before my 1 month Visa expires I'm ready for the next country.

-Dan
Yeah, for sure. Longest trip I took was 33 days under the border. Traveled the full length of Baja, over to Mazatlan via ferry, and eventually ended up in Belize trying to out run a string of hurricanes. This back in the mid-80's. We didn't really have much of an itinerary, just would get up in the morning to surf and then take it from there. If the surf went flat or we got the itch to move on we did, nobody ever complained IIRC, four dudes just living the beach life.
04-15-2019 02:06 PM
Grecy Hi All,

I have driven the length of Sudan, exploring the desert and wild camping every single night.




Tons more photos on my website.

Now after crossing the most expensive, complicated and convoluted border of my life, I have driven into Egypt. The 35th and final African country on this expedition!





All the details on the border crossing and madness here: Into Egypt | The Road Chose Me

I'm loving this place already!

-Dan
03-26-2019 02:41 PM
Grecy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roc Doc View Post
Dan, did you plan 5 days in Uganda, 4 days in DRC, 6 days in Egypt, etc. or do you just keep pushing on each day?
I don't plan like that at all, it would make the trip too difficult and overwhelming. Then when your plan goes to crap (it will), you'll feel all kinds of stress about it not working.

When I drove AK-Argentina I found something around a month to be a good amount of time per country, and that's roughly what I figured for Africa - but nothing was planned or locked in.
Obviously it's less in the tiny countries (Togo, Benin) and more in the massive ones (South Africa, Namibia), or just the countries I loved and wanted to stay longer (Zimbabwe, Mali).

Usually for me after 2 weeks I fall into the groove of a country, after 3 weeks I've seen a really good amount, and then before my 1 month Visa expires I'm ready for the next country.

-Dan
03-26-2019 02:38 PM
Grecy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yota Up View Post
How did your jeep's engine do at that high elevation of 14k?
It was down on power for sure, but otherwise didn't show any signs of being unhappy. It fired right up even after a very chilly night, didn't smoke at all, etc.

On the steepest uphills I though about dropping into low range because it almost didn't have enough power in regular 1st to actually climb.

-Dan
03-25-2019 05:54 PM
Roc Doc
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grecy View Post
Hi All,

I drove back over the horrendous road and into Ethiopia, and after driving the Jeep to over 14,080 ft. in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, I was happy to make it out of that country safely and without incident.

In all my expeditions around the world, Ethiopia is the only country I have ever felt unsafe in, and certainly very unwelcome.
It's a beautiful place, but it has some serious problems right now. Unfortunately I feel like I can't recommend a visit, which is really sad.



You can read about the mountains here
http://theroadchoseme.com/the-simien-mountains-part-1
and here
http://theroadchoseme.com/the-simien-mountains-part-2

And now I have driven into African country number 34, Sudan!

The border was time consuming, but more-or-less what I have come to accept as normal. Dropping out of the mountains the temperature skyrocketed well over 110F.
Border crossing story here: Ethiopia Ends / Into Sudan | The Road Chose Me

For the first night I just wild camped off the road. Everyone says it's insanely safe here, and I have felt welcome right from the get-go.


Now in Sudan, I just paid $0.35/gal for gas - easily the cheapest I have ever paid on the continent, and in my life. It's nice to get a whole tank for $7 !

People here are insanely friendly, and now I'm looking forward to wild camping out in the desert!


Full story about what Sudan feels like here: To Khartoum | The Road Chose Me

I can't believe I only have one more border to cross. After almost three years on the road it's going to be very surreal to "finish".

-Dan
Dan, did you plan 5 days in Uganda, 4 days in DRC, 6 days in Egypt, etc. or do you just keep pushing on each day?
03-25-2019 05:47 PM
Yota Up How did your jeep's engine do at that high elevation of 14k?
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