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post #1 of 20 Old 11-12-2015, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Month Long Trans American Trail Trip (May 2016)

I am a college senior at York College of Pennsylvania. It has always been a dream of mine to drive across country via dirt roads and until recently I had no clue it was still possible. A few months back I came across a thread on this forum who had driven the Trans American Trail with his girlfriend and blogged the whole way across. To say the least it inspired me to do something similar. Recently I had an internship at Sony pictures back home in Los Angeles, and when I had down time, I created a blog website along with an Instagram “Freedom From Routine”. I’ve always been a firm believer that routine is the enemy of time; that if you get caught in a routine you’ll wake up one day and realize your 85 years old wondering where the hell all your time went. I realized this at a young age, but until recently it had never “clicked”.

My mom works for the Airlines, and when ever she would bring me to the airport for a flight, 9 times out of 10 when she had to choose between departures and arrivals she would go down to arrivals; where she goes every day to work. It was almost like she was in auto pilot mode. When I would bring this up, she would admit that she just goes into auto pilot when ever she goes to the airport. I think its important to do something different with your time. Whether that be something as small as leaving earlier for work and taking at new road or saving up quitting your job for a year and traveling around experiencing the simpler things in life.

Ive been planning this trip for a few months now and it is coming up super fast. I will be taking a month long expedition type trip across the country on the TAT, a dirt trail that runs from Nashville to Oregon then heading down Highway 1 back home to LA. My two buddies and I are currently building a small off-road trailer to pull behind my jeep so that i have a place to sleep and put all my stuff. When I have service or internet I plan on blogging the trip on my website in my signature and posting up on my Instagram page along the way. If you'd like to help support my trip give me a follow on my IG page http://www.instagram.com/freedom_from_routine/

Also If any of you guys have done this trail or have any advice for me in any way. Id appreciate all the help i could get!
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-13-2015, 03:15 PM
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Been done and well covered. Do it , enjoy it. Don't waste time patting yourself on the back. Blogging about it =SNORE
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Sounds awesome, can't wait to see how it goes.

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Been done and well covered. Do it , enjoy it. Don't waste time patting yourself on the back. Blogging about it =SNORE
Yeah thats how i got the idea. I enjoy blogging. Its nice to be able to read back on my experiences later down the road. Its more for my family than strangers who could care less anyways. Either way I'm stoked for it.

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Nonsense! Go for it... I followed a fellow Jeepers blog as he hiked the AT. It was awesome to be ale to follow along, even if only in spirit.

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Best of luck! Enjoy I would look into a SPOT GPS locator. They allow you to send a message to family and or friends to let them know you are ok as well as a message that you are physically ok however you need emergency help. It also will let you send a message for emediate emergency assistance, and if you are inactive for a set period of time it can automatically send a distress message. I have friends that have one for there week, or two, backpacking trips and mountain climbing trips. They carry a ham radio as well.
Just a couple thoughts to ease moms mind.
We know how they can be, even when you 43!

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Best of luck! Enjoy I would look into a SPOT GPS locator. They allow you to send a message to family and or friends to let them know you are ok as well as a message that you are physically ok however you need emergency help. It also will let you send a message for emediate emergency assistance, and if you are inactive for a set period of time it can automatically send a distress message. I have friends that have one for there week, or two, backpacking trips and mountain climbing trips. They carry a ham radio as well.
Just a couple thoughts to ease moms mind.
We know how they can be, even when you 43!
Haha yeah that may be a good idea. Definitely will look into one of them

It sure is coming up quick and its killing me!

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Will be looking for the blog. I wanted to do that trip for several years now. However my health will not allow it. I will experience it through you. I hope to see many photos.
Best of luck and God speed.

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The road less traveled is life well lived. Sounds great and have fun.
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Will be looking for the blog. I wanted to do that trip for several years now. However my health will not allow it. I will experience it through you. I hope to see many photos.
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When are you going? I'd be interested in the route and knowing when you go as I'd follow your progress. And how is the trailer coming along? (I've got one in my signature.)

I think it's a great idea to go out and explore. Once you get older life gets in the way, let me tell you. So do it!


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When are you going? I'd be interested in the route and knowing when you go as I'd follow your progress. And how is the trailer coming along? (I've got one in my signature.)

I think it's a great idea to go out and explore. Once you get older life gets in the way, let me tell you. So do it!
I graduate May 14th so probably May 20th or so ill leave. The route runs the southern section basically Tennessee and straight West then diagonal up to Oregon.

The trailer is coming along only get to work on it once a week usually Saturday or Sunday so its a pretty slow build. but i just got the 35's on her and some of the braces up for the tub. Heres what she looks like after tonight!

Just looked at your trailer looks SWEET!!! You did a great job.
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^Sweet trailer you have going on... and on 35s!

Be sure to update this thread when you start your trip.


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Thanks! Will do!

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Almost time .... Hows it going ? Ready yet ? Hows the trailer ? I'm going to start mine soon, but I don't plan anything as heavy duty as yours, I want mine as light as possible, so its easy to pull on the beach..

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