Long Post: It’s been a month since we packed up and moved to Idaho. Leaving our jobs, friends, church, and our house behind was one of the most challenging things we’ve done since me and @hanikan.markiewicz have been together. Tulsa has been nothing but good to us, but we felt like our season there was over and it was time for something new. Idaho was the first time doors started opening when we entertained the idea of moving somewhere. So far it’s been great. We have met great people, seen some amazing places, and already feel like a part of the community here. Thank you to everyone back home who has been supportive of making this move. And thanks to all our new friends for making us feel at home, in a place where we have never even visited before. It’s means so much to us.
This picture was captured with my film camera very early day two of our drive. After sleeping for about 3 hours in a $50 motel in Casper, we got back on the road while the sun was still down. About 2 hours into our morning drive the sun came up and we had to pull over to capture the sunrise. The pink skies coupled with the white snow on the ground was one of the most amazing sights I’ve seen. At his moment it felt like everything was worth it, and I felt at peace with whatever we would encounter next. If you read this whole thing, thank you and leave me a 💩emoji in the comments. .
Shout out to @bfgoodrichtires for making such quality shoes for our setup. A total of 8 315/75/17 KO2 AT's are ready to keep us on track for our adventure. 3500+ miles so far on mud, sand, snow, rain, rocks, river basins, still looking good and performing better. Thanks BFG 👍
Of course any good trip has to start with a low. I can hear it now from my group of friends "See, this is why we can't have nice things". I may have said that he can conquer anything but I didn't say he was indestructible as I have learned since taking ownership. Two steps forward one step back.
After a wicked cold front and storm turning from rain to sleet to freezing conditions I had made it to my stop for the night. This morning conditions on the road were sub par to say the least and as such driving was slow going. But leave it to other forces to interfere with an already stressful morning and things go wrong. While crossing a bridge the car in front of me began to swerve, slowing my speed as best I could without loosing control was going well until the other cars course decided to make its way back into my lane and that's when the unavoidable happened with as much grace as I could finesse I slowly slammed my pride and joy into the now stopped vehicle in front of me.
And it's in these kind of moments you curse as loud as you can but when things are out of your control you can't be mad as the results could've been much less in your favor.
While waiting for a cop to come get a report and after making sure everybody was ok, I pulled off the side of the road and pulled out some of my creature comforts and made myself something warm to eat and watched as car after car came swerving down the bridge only to just riding the edge of loosing control and finding a groove. One unlucky truck ended up slamming his front end into the curb and destroying his rim. He skidded to the side of the road and I watched him fumble around while trying to figure out what to do. I offered some assistance and got his truck lifted up with a hi-lift Jack and got him back on the road. That's plus one for me road karma gods, now just let me get to Baja with all 4 wheels still rolling.... #fzj80#landtank#ontheroadagain
Yesterday began a new chapter. After nearly ten months of work I have set off on what is meant to be a year long road trip. Back in March of last year I bought into an investment into my well being and a continued search for who I am and where I am going with this life I have been given. I found my 1993 Toyota Landcruiser with the intentions of using it as my home between the contract work I fill the rest of my time with. After many months of blood and sweat I have built a vehicle that I think can conquer anything, arrive in style, and live comfortably in any of the amazing views it can climb to. This Instagram is the chronicle of this journey and the many lessons I have yet to learn.... #fzj80#toyota#landcruiser#expeditionready#roadtrip#overland#neverstopexploring#optoutside
1800 miles (~400 off road) and not a single hiccup. I always flirt with selling it and getting something newer, but just can’t. It’s not the most modern, probably needs all the rubber suspension bits replaced and could use way more power; but it has loads of character, is totally dependable...and just really damn fun.
New shoes for the Land Crooz... I probably shouldn’t have forced that rhyme.
Anyway, I got 65k from the old KM2 muds. These are about 1.2” wider (285/75R16) since they don’t make the KO2 in 255/85R16. Thanks to @jeepin_idaho @the4x4podcast and others for the feedback on these over the past few years since they became available.