Well that’s diff-erent, Is my LSD bad?

Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Like when your limited slip differential mysteriously goes out without warning. This is what we discovered last week after it began making the characteristic clunk and chatter of an LSD on the way out. I had the Jeep up on jack stands swapping to swap out the old rear…

Forget the night life, New Orleans is about the food

Everyone comes to New Orleans for a different reason. Whether it’s the architecture, the rich history or the nightlife, I’d wager it’s the food that keeps people coming back year after year. Our exploration of The Big Easy’s rich culinary history began our first night in the city when Niecie led us to a little…

A wild welcome to New Orleans

It’s mating season at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo, as we and too many children so unfortunately discovered during our visit Monday, Aug. 14. A pair of particularly frisky baboons and hump happy otters either had parents shielded their children’s eyes or pointing and laughing. I felt sorry for all the parents who would inevitably…

Server Interruptions — Update

Over the last week, we have experienced serious problems with our web host Go Daddy. After several hours working to trim the fat on Adventure Bent blog and countless tests. We have determined the root cause of the problem was Go Daddy’s servers themselves. We apologize for any interruptions to service, disappearing posts or missing comments. We…

Eating up the miles — Day 2 on the road to The Big Easy

We’re back on the road again today eating up the miles on the way south to The Big Easy. We’ve got just under 530 miles to go today to reach our camp in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park outside Jackson, Mississippi. This whirlwind journey will take us another 7.5 hours closer to New Orleans and ever…

On the road to The Big Easy — Day one

We left this morning in a state of blurry-eyed excitement. Our trip today would take us 7.5 hours closer to our final destination New Orleans. We’ve been teasing this trip ever since Niecie decided on our vacation destination last fall and after months of planning, we’re finally underway. This trip, much like our trip Westward…

Got air? Our review of the Viair 88P portable compressor

So you’re in the market for a new portable air compressor. Maybe you need something to air up your tires after a long day on the trails. Maybe you just need something to top up your tires every now and then. In either case, Viair’s 88P and 85P portable air compressors offer compelling performance, solid…

Why is Overlanding in the U.S. so expensive?

Over the last few months, I’ve been following an interesting trend in the U.S. overlanding communities. Heavily overbuilt rigs with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment strapped to them, and I can’t help but think how unnecessary all that is. I’m not saying that the heavy steel bumpers, big 35-inch tires and roof-top tents…

Niecie’s new Adventuremobile

When life gives you lemons, you don’t make lemonade, you buy a Jeep and run over those stupid fruit and say, “to hell with lemonade.” Joking aside, the last few weeks haven’t been the easiest for Niecie. About three weeks ago she totaled her car in an accident while on her way to visit her mother….

The shakedown approach to camping prep

It’s something we do far too often. Hours from home, we arrive at our secluded campsite only to discover we’ve forgotten something important. It’s more than an inconvenience, it’s often uncomfortable. Forget the fuel for the stove and you’ll be relegated to cold Tuna or PB&J sandwiches. Forget something more important like the tent stakes…

Our Adventuremobile

Meet our Adventuremobile, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. We picked up the Jeep back in March 2016, with a little over 50,000 miles. For what we were getting, it was a steal… or so we thought, we’re still finding problems a year later. Those problems haven’t prevented us from taking this vehicle to some…

Finding the adventurer in all of us

Another year has passed with this crazy, nature-loving adventurer. I’m still here, I still don’t like hiking, and I still want to go on more adventures. Tobias asked me to write a few words about this last year and the next year to come. Since I am new to blogging and I’m not sure how…