As humans, it would be ridiculous for us to think that everything will happen as we’ve planned it; as overland travelers, even more so. It would also be silly for us to not go with the flow of change, surprise, and disappointment. Rather, we will accept it for what it is and alter our plan to best fit our needs. Some of the best experiences come from the things we did not plan for or expect! Thus, it should not be a surprise that before we have even left our trip has been delayed.
Our priority is our Jeep! It will be our lifeline and home. We have spent almost two years researching our vehicle options, hashing and rehashing the pro’s and con’s of taking our own vehicle to make sure we are making the decision that is best for us. As it turns out, our decision to take our own Jeep is not the popular decision, but it is the right choice for us. We want to make sure that it is the best it can be for Africa and beyond. One of the hold ups for us has been axles. The axles that come stock on our Jeep may not be the best choice considering the roads we will consistently see, that we will be pulling a trailer and that we are adding some extra weight with the swap out of our engine to a diesel. Who knew that axles would the be the one item that would hold us up for months!
Our original departure plan was for our Jeep to be shipping off to Africa this week. The new departure plan is slated for early March. This will give us some additional time to work out some other details that we would have figured out on the fly, as well as some extra time with family and friends.
Jared will soon be speaking to the details of change to the Jeep to satisfy all you gear heads out there!