It has been almost three years since the truck pulled out of our driveway in Canada for the last time and started on it's journey south. By the time we made it back to North America Lil' Red had travelled through 15 countries and countless, well... actually about 50,000km of highways, potholed backroads, and washboard dirt roads.  It was time for a little TLC. ARB Front Bumper and Intensity Lights Installation When our friends at ARB 4x4 USA heard that

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Update: After spending a year in South America and beating on our gear we wanted to give an update on how our stuff held up.  It is definitely a sign of good quality piece of gear when you use it every day (and use it hard) and it keeps in good shape. After 11 months of working in Vancouver we only have one more month to go before we step on a plane, jump into our truck, and hit

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Richard We have been using our simple plywood platform and Rubbermaid totes for the last 10 months on the road.  This worked fine (for the $60 it costs us) most of the time, but sometimes it got totally out of control organization-wise and nothing was ever easy to access.  Also, we realized that sometimes we really don’t want to haul everything out of the back of the truck just to make a snack or find

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"We all define home in different ways. To a lot of people it's a specific city; for others, it's their parents' house. But, for some, home is a red Toyota pickup and the person sitting next to you. Ashley & Richard are the overlanding duo that make up Desk to Glory. They hail from Vancouver, but you'll currently find them on the road, somewhere between Panama and Patagonia. That's all we'll say for now... for

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"CVT is not a faceless company from some place you have never heard of. We are a family-owned company. Live life to the fullest and pursue your passion for the outdoors with our Roof Top Tents" - CVT There are a few major players in the roof top tent game, but after one phone call to Bobby at Cascadia Vehicle Tents we were sold.  Yes, the tent is built very well and it is at

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We opted for a dual battery installation after we purchased our ARB 37 Quart Fridge Freezer and Samlex America 1000W Inverter SSW-1000-12A.  After some consideration we also decided to install an 85W Samlex Solar panel.  We hoped (and have been) spending up to a week on secluded beaches with no amenities except for what we bring in the truck.  The solar panel has provided enough energy (up to 50W midday so far) to keep the fridge

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Finally time for a quick catchup! We're already on the road heading south (stealing wi-fi in Florence, Oregon) but thought I should work on catching up this build a little bit! The new engine was dropped in about 5 weeks ago, was broken in, and then dropped off at Disturbed Industries for a valve adjust and oil change. Since we were cutting it really close to our departure date I left Ryan to complete the

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"Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson I'm not going to lie to you, some people might not find this post interesting.  Sad face.  For the rest of you out there who are interested in exhaust pipes, gauges, and fiberglass fenders this post is for you!  The next build post should be about the 22RE engine install so stay

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"Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it, and so it goes on flying anyway." - Mary Kay Ash Old Man Emu Suspension Install The original suspension in this truck was clapped out.  The rear springs sagged with the lightest load in the bed and the shocks could barely dampen the ride with the original tires.  Now that we're going to be running larger tires and hauling

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We leave on what will hopefully be an epic adventure in 75 days. We still need to: 1.  Rent out our condo.  (We are finalizing the details of hiring a property manager...) 2.  Save more money.  (An ongoing constant struggle between our bills and our savings account.) 3.  FINISH THE TRUCK.  (This feels like the big one right now.)   The above image from John Muirs "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive : A Manual

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Road trips are the best.  #obvious Road trips to pick up gear to take on our next road trip are even better. We took last Friday off and made the trip down from Vancouver to Seattle to pick up some gear that we had ordered through ARB.  We sent

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Disclaimer - Despite how it sounds in this post, we are truly grateful for our jobs.  We enjoy them most of the time.  We like our employers.  We like our co-workers.  We love our passions that have turned into second jobs and we'll continue to pursue nutrition and photography work while we travel  This decision is right for us right now.  It wasn't right for us 2 months ago and it may not be right

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http://vimeo.com/67620343 We finally got started on the build of our truck. The first thing to do was to gain a little clearance for our new tires.  We chose a small 4Crawler 1" body lift to do the trick.  The other thing I like about a body lift is the increased clearance between the drive train and body. Although the 4Crawler website looks like it was made in 1990 there are a ton of great parts

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"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien Well, this will obviously not our first time travelling.  You're going to see where we go next, but where have we been? Cuba This is the first time either of us stepped foot outside Canada or the US.  We flew to Cuba and went to a resort in Varadero.  We no likey resorts.  Never again... but we did love the Cuban culture, sun, and beaches.

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We just counted the days until our proposed departure date of October 1. 126!  Yes, that's only four months.  That shit cray. Okay... take a deep breath and think this through.  On the one hand we can't wait to leave.  We long for the freedom of the road, the simplicity of travelling day by day, and the adventure that follows. On the other hand, at first glance 126 days really doesn't seem like much time

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This is our new ride. Why did I end up choosing a Toyota Pickup for our journey?  Reliability was the key factor.  I've owned Toyotas in the past, seen them with 500,000+ km beat relentlessly in the Wadi Run desert, and knew that we'd be able to find parts anywhere if/when something does break. Originally, I was cruising Craigslist constantly hoping anything would come up in my budget.  In all fairness, I didn’t really have

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"How do geese know when to fly to the sun?  Who tells them the seasons?  How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on?  As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown." - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross The Plan: Drive down through the Western United States, along the Baja

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With a simple text message conversation our short-term life plans were about to change.  At least there isn’t going to be a divorce or babies…. Phew! I met Ashley  for our “life chat” at Trees Organic Coffee (2655 Arbutus) on April 13, 2013.  Our full-time day jobs combined with our part-time evening/weekend work became too much that afternoon.  Ash hit the wall hard, pushed through, and now had hit another wall.  It was time for

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