Greetings from Botswana’s Second City! Francistown is a bustling mining community about 30 miles from the Zimbabwe border, and a four-hour drive north of our home base of Gaborone.
*Yes, that spelling is a sad, Doug-prompted joke.
Life in the city - it can wear on you.
One of our first orders of business in Botswana was to collect the 2001 5-door Mitsubishi Pajero “Exceed” (North American market Montero) we purchased from the outgoing Fulbright Scholar. Remarkably enough, he had stored the Mitsu only 300 meters or so (switching to metric now) from our hotel on the very same street -…
Touchdown - Botswana.
The A stands for “alternate”.
I sold my R53 last week. Let’s remember some fun things we did:
And by “we” I mean me and the trusty XJ.
Welp, looks like it’s just going to be me on this trip, which is weird, since Julie and I go everywhere together.
Here’s some news.
There’s been a fair amount of talk around these parts lately about searching for new vehicles that will scratch our overlandy itch, myself included. As I reported earlier, our
ohgodbearingdownwiththerelentlessspeedofabullettrain pending long term move to Botswana this summer has pushed this question front and center…
Over the last few weeks I have binged on four seasons of Australia’s most well-known outdoor adventure travel show - All 4 Adventure. Equal parts overlanding, off-roading, “bush-bashing”, boating, ATV-ing, camping, fishing, nature documentary, history program, wild-animal wrestling, and culinary arts, A4A is really…
Beyond the most famous mountain ranges like the Absarokas, the Beartooths, the Bitterroots, and the peaks of Glacier National Park in the Lewis Range, there are over 100 lesser-known ranges, large and small, spread throughout the Treasure State.
There are a lot reasons to be wary about yesterday’s election outcome regardless of your political affiliation. But one that’s important to us over here at O&E is the question of public lands, and our access to them.
I’m starting tentatively to shop around for a replacement for my XJ. It’s getting tired, and more than a little worn out. At nearly 220,000 miles, realistically I’m either going to have to replace everything on it or jump ship.
I consider myself a pretty simple guy (yeah, go ahead with the jokes...), especially when it comes to automobiles.