Why I hike – Hint: sometimes it’s for tacos

For some people, hiking is nothing more than a long walk in the woods, through the desert over or across the plains. I’m one of these people. Even before I could walk I was hiking, I may have been strapped to my mother’s back, but I was hiking. I spent my childhood stomping around the Pembina…

Building stamina for the long walk

The week is over and my body is sore, cut and bruised. A thick callus covers my right heal, proof of every step of the 12 miles of trails I’d covered. To some, 12 miles may sound like a lot, to veteran hikers and backpackers it may sound like a drop in the bucket. For me, it’s simply progress….

On rust patrol, going to war on the red rot

4x4s are designed to take a beating; for this reason, most are still made from steel. Steel skid plates protect vulnerable parts like your engine and fuel tanks from rocks and other hazards. The problem with steel is, if left unprotected, it rusts. When the bare metal is exposed to the elements, that gritty-red rot we call…

Changes on the way

You may have noticed some changes around the Adventure Bent website lately. The blog is currently undergoing some renovations. Let’s call it spring cleaning if you will. Out with the old and in with the new. Along the way, you may experience some glitches and bugs. Sometimes changes can take some tweaking to get right….

Escaping the mundane, don’t forget to get out there

It’s easy to get caught in a state of mundanity. You start by making excuses for why you can’t do something. That’s exactly what I caught myself doing as Niecie asked me to take a walk with her at the wildlife refuge near Myrick Park today. My first thought was “I don’t feel like it,…

Lets talk about tools, the bush mechanic’s essentials

Breakdowns happen, and no amount of the preventative maintenance can completely rule them out. Broken axles, snapped wheel studs or bent tie rods can quickly stop you in your tracks. The right tools, a few spares and a little luck can shift the odds of getting back on the road in your favor. Until recently, I’ve…

Hiking White Tank Mountain

Back in January, Niecie’s family flew us down to Pheonix to see her grandparents. They’d recently retired and purchased a winter home in the community near Surprise on the west end of Pheonix. While there, Niecie and I snuck away to enjoy a short hike at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. It was a…

Four weeks with the Cherokee KL my first impressions

The Jeep Cherokee KL is one of the most polarizing, angry alligator looking mean mugging SUVs on the market today. And, surprisingly, it’s also among the most capable in its class. I was pretty excited to get behind the wheel of the controversial little Jeep. When the KL first hit the market in late 2013,…

Adventure Bent joins the Overland Bound community

For some time, I’ve been looking for a great overlanding community that I could connect with. I searched through the dozens of Overlanding forums, Facebook groups, subreddits and blogs, but hadn’t found one that I really liked Then, I discovered Overland Bound. It’s a community based on the simple guiding principle, “Overlanding is a movement. It’s…

The Wrangler is back with a new heart

Project Wrangler is back, complete with a new factory-built engine banging away quietly under the hood. My Jeep has a new heart. After almost three weeks of extensive engine repairs, Fiat Chrysler had finally authorized the new engine. Within days of receiving authorization, I had my Jeep was back. No more ticking, tocking or knocking,…

Is the Wrangler dead? Repairs threaten project’s future

No, the Wrangler isn’t dead, at least not yet, but Project Wrangler is on hold. It’ll stay in a state of suspended animation until I get my Jeep back from the dealer. The last two weeks it has undergone extensive engine repairs, thankfully all under warranty. The dealership has been great so far, but it’s a slow process…

The dreaded Pentastar tick makes a ruthless return

The Jeep is back at the dealer this week where it is undergoing open heart surgery for the second time in three months. The tick, tick, tick of my Jeep’s ill-fated Pentastar returned Monday, louder than ever. While out on an assignment for the paper Monday, I felt the engine shudder and heard the faint…