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    Trans-America Trail in a Stock Montero : Intro

    Be sure to read the Trip Intro - Part 1 Part 2 - Part 3

    Ever dreamed of taking a spontaneous adventure across America Off Road? Probably not. Chances are you spend the majority of your time and money building the ultimate capable truck. Have you ever wondered where a stock vehicle can take you? You may be surprised. This trip showed me what is possible and mostly that the biggest limitation is what you think and has little to do with the vehicle.

    Follow along our adventure as we buy a stock Montero "sight unseen" and travel over 3,500 miles off road on the Trans-America Trail.

    I had sold my beautiful expedition built 2013 Tacoma and was on the search for a replacement. I chose to buy a Mitsubishi Montero after weeks of researching Land Cruisers, FJ Cruiser, 4runners, Tundras and Monteros. However, clean and lowish mileage Monteros are difficult to find. This resulted in my search expanding to the entire US. I finally located this clean 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 20th Anniversary Edition in Atlanta, GA. My friend Joe jumped at the opportunity to come along and we flew out early Sunday morning.

    There was absolutely no plan except having an adventure while traveling back across country. After landing in Atlanta we took the Marta train from the airport to meet the seller at the Northern most stop. Both Joe and I were amazed at the massive contrast of wealth from skyscrapers to abandoned graffiti neighborhoods with burned houses. We finally arrived and met the Montero owner, walked around the truck and drove to the nearest ATM. Since banks are closed on Sunday I had to unload the local ATM, literally. The seller had fun counting hundreds and hundreds of bills!

    After receiving the title and keys we drove to our hotel and started brain storming on our cross country route. I mentioned to Joe that the Trans-America trail would get us back to Oregon. Since this sounded like the most difficult, expensive and complicated route he thought it was a great idea. We later coined the phrase "JoeTime" to describe such situations. I began downloading the GPS track to my Samsung tablet and topo maps for the trip. While many gigs of data were being downloaded on our free hotel snail-net we made a supply run. Walmart seemed like the most logical choice for survival gear which included food, water, basic camping supplies, tools and a shovel. Somehow we spent $400 on what felt like total crap supplies that would somehow need to make do. It had been a long day especially after crossing several time zones so we crashed out with anxious anticipation of the adventure to come.

    - By : Peter Stewart

    Read Part 1 : Sight Unseen

    Comments 3 Comments
    1. cam-shaft's Avatar
      cam-shaft -
      All sounds good, I know it is quite refreshing talking to older folks who have grown up traveling back-country in old 2 wheel drives because that is all they had....They just did whatever to gitout and create an adventure and an experience. Look forward to the rest of the story........
    1. slo6i's Avatar
      slo6i -
      I too look forward to the story!
    1. willie64's Avatar
      willie64 -
      I just can't understand why you guys drove through Arkansas and didn't go to Toad Suck