Richard and Ashley with Desk to Glory joined us live at the NW Overland Rally in Plain, WA. USA. Our first live, in-person interview, and what fun! Learning about their decision to make a life change, selling most of their belongings in October of 2013 and hitting the road five months later. They explained a number of realities in going from idea, to taking the physical actions and doing it. You don’t absolutely need every question answered; you don’t need every piece of gear purchased, or vehicle upgrades done; it’s a matter of getting the big items taken care of and going.
Something we hear often rang true with Richard and Ashley, “you’ll figure it out” and “everything will work out and be fine”. Their two part interview is packed with value and inspiration! They mention several great resources and books by other experienced overland travelers (see notes below for links). You should immediately follow @DesktoGlory on social media to keep up with these two amazing overlanders. For more information on their overlanding travels, check out their blog at http://desktoglory.com/blog you will find SO much information from British Columbia to Ushuaia (the most southern city in the world).
Vehicle (Little Red): 1990 Toyota Pickup 22RE / 5 Speed
Fuel Capacity : 16 gallons providing an approximate range of 400 kilometers (248 miles).
An extra 5 gallons for extra long stretches of road.
Water Capacity - 5 gallon container with extra 1+ gallon jugs used on long stretches of road.
Clothes Washing: Laundromats and Hand Washing
Shower: Solar Shower and wet wipes
Solar: 85 watt solar panel / NEW Toyota Tundra will have +/- 200 watts of solar
Batteries: 55 ah house battery / NEW Toyota Tundra 115 ah Fullriver battery
Refrigerator: 37 liter Dometic / NEW Toyota Tundra 50 Liter Dometic
Top Pieces of Travel Gear: Dometic fridge
Gear Removed: Annex for the roof-top tent and a Dutch Oven
Favorite Places: Baja Mexico, Bolivia and Patagonia El Chaltén in the Fitzroy Range
Favorite Recipes: changed based on location, lot’s of variety (Mangos in Mexico)
Home on the Highway James and Lauren
Life Remotely eBook: Don’t Go There. It’s Not Safe. You’ll Die
Rational advice for overlanding Mexico & Central America
Volunteer Organization: Muskoka Foundation