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 […]

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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 […]

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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 back. No more ticking, tocking or knocking, just […]

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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 […]

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The dreaded Pentastar tick makes a ruthless return

In late February 2017, I parked my Jeep at the dealer’s lot for the second time in three months. The tick, tick, tick of my Wrangler’s ill-fated Pentastar was back and louder than ever. Earlier in the week, I’d felt the engine shudder and heard the faint but familiar ticking fill the cabin. The dreaded […]

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Is less more? Why downsizing can the be right solution

The space in my trunk where a great big footlocker containing all my camping gear, tools, and other equipment now sits empty. Actually, I can’t remember the last time my trunk was empty that thing was always in there. Removing the foot locker was a difficult decision. Throughout my childhood, this same footlocker, packed with everything […]

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Overlanding? What makes the perfect rig?

Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.  Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries. Source: Wikipedia I’ve […]

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Taking a hike on Black Friday Shopping

This year’s Black Friday was different, but not because we decided to stay home. We’ve never taken part in Black Friday shopping and we weren’t about to start. Instead, with my family gathered for the holiday, we decided to do something together and take a hike on Black Friday, literally. At a little after 12:45 […]

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