When I think of how to start this whole blog thing, I contemplate how I should fill the space with words and pictures. Do I start at the beginning of my adventure or somewhere in the middle of it? Many of you know my personal story and of my adventures that have lead me to this point, so I’ll disperse with that part.
From this experience, my friend (Jennie Dufour) and I discussed the possibility of starting a company to do loops in Alaska. Indeed the premise or product has been done before, but there was something missing……
Spending the last few years working for Dragoman throughout the Middle East, Africa and South America, I realized what the North American travel market is missing: Overland Vehicles. Driving these former cement trucks (refurbished into overland adventure vehicles) throughout these developing countries creating a home base for our passengers is exactly what is missing in the North American market. All the adventure companies are running around with 15-passenger vans and trailers attached to the back of them. Why are they not building vehicles that can carry more passengers with virtually the same fuel mileage?
Don’t get me wrong, I loved my van when I worked with Trek America, but I was always in the driver’s seat, had enough leg space (as if that’s very difficult), the air-con or wind blowing in my face, and control of the music. No complaints on my end. But, the passengers were cramped up on bench seats that even a vertically challenged individual like myself could find uncomfortable traveling distances of up 400 miles in a day. The windows were big and visibility was good, but they don’t roll down and are tinted to the point of screwing up most pictures because your camera feels it’s too dark.