Category: Journal

Overloaded: a dangerous oversight, or a necessary evil?

I’ve been thinking about weight a lot lately. No, not my body weight, though I could gain to trade a few pounds of fat for muscle. I’m talking about vehicle weights, specifically gross vehicle weight ratings. “The gross vehicle weight rating, or gross vehicle mass is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified […]

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Escaping the slump, a return to the trails

To be honest, this year hasn’t turned out quite how I might have liked. Many of my trips, upgrades and personal goals have been put on hold for one reason or another. I’d like to make excuses for all of these things, but life is full of changes, and sometimes they can knock you on […]

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Join the Adventure Bent Community on Facebook

A few weeks back we launched the Adventure Bent Community on Facebook. It’s a place for the wonderstruck adventurers out there; a watering hole for all those people who love to travel, hike, camp, off-road, overland or just explore the world. We created the community because we wanted a place for our readers to discuss and […]

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four-wheel drive the new vs. the old

In principle, four-wheel drive is a pretty simple concept. Power from the engine is sent through the transmission to a transfer case that sends power to the front and rear wheels. In the last couple years, traction control, antilock brakes and stability control programs have become integrated into modern four-wheel drive vehicles, vastly improving their […]

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10 Amazing pics from our Audubon experience

Do you love spending a day at the zoo? Like escaping the summer heat at the aquarium? Or, do you have an obsession with animals of the creepy crawly variety? If any of these apply to you, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Audubon Nature Institute during your next visit to The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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