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Off the Grid Rally II Part II


This is a story about things not going to plan, and lessons re-learned. What you will not see in the video is days and days of kicking myself after we almost rolled our good friends Live Work Wander’s Syncro van. In the video what you do not see is all of the things that add up to the shot where it almost rolls. If you can, notice just how close that was. Without the counter weight of a couple of people, I fear the worst would have happened.

So what did we learn:

  1. I don’t care how many people are waiting, slow down. There was time pressure, we were in a hurry. We were going too fast. I’ve heard second hand the Camel Trophy racers used to say, getting out of a bad situation should take about asl long as boiling a cup of tea. The reason being, you want to take that long to think about it carefully.
  2. It doesn’t matter what obstacle is in your way, don’t take a bad line! There was a rock in the way, so we had the syncro turn uphill – BONEHEAD! Don’t do that. Bad things happen.
  3. If you have traction boards, consider using them. We had them, they should have come out earlier.
  4. I have to say it again – slow down.

It was a great day and we had a terrific time, and we learned some good lessons. I can’t wait for Off the Grid Rally 3!




Backwoods country bumpkin. Overland enthusiast and lover of the great outdoors.


  1. A consistent problem in most areas in most the areas we've been to.  Hiking here and there we always manage to collect a small bag.  Might be a good idea to connect to groups already involved in cleanup projects.  Like when in college my Rotaract club did a few pick ups of local reservation areas/ trails.

  2. We started camping with our children when they were infants almost 25 years ago. As soon as they were old enough, we made a game out of trash collection. As soon as we stopped to set camp, we would send them on a "treasure hunt" to collect as much trash as possible. This was a great way for them to occupy time while set camp and a release of their energy after sitting in the truck for hours of travel.  The reward was selected what to eat for dinner.  We did the same when we broke camp, and the winner could choose where to stop along the way to our next destination. Now even though they are both young adults and help set up camp we all clean up the camp when we arrive and leave, and the reward is knowing that the next camper might notice.  It has always amazed me how much litter there is to collect.