Nearly two months ago we set off from the Expedition Overland hanger in Bozeman, Montana with our sights set on the Arctic Ocean, which borders the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
Last year we joined the Expedition Overland Crew for Season 4 of ‘The Great Pursuit.’ Trips took us through the Sonoran region of Mexico, British Columbia, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. Around Christmastime the crew gathered in Bozeman, Montana to brainstorm for 2020.
Expedition Overland’s Solo Series was born out of our collective brainstorming session. The premise: One vehicle. One team.
Richard came up with the brilliant idea of a road trip north to Tuktoyaktuk. We had seen plenty of folks tackling the route in the summer, and it looked like quite the adventure. Why not try it in the wintertime?
After four weeks on the road (and numerous delays!) we’re happy to report that we arrived back home at the end of March. We recently sat down with Clay and Rachelle of Expedition Overland to recap some of our experiences in Canadian Arctic.
The Solo series is set to air on YouTube on May 22. We can’t wait to share our latest adventure with you!
Check Out the Show Notes Below.
8:42 – Backstory: Why We Sold Everything and Hit the Road in 2013
14:00 – Expedition Overland’s Solo Series
16:53 – Why We Chose To Undertake Trip to Tuktoyaktuk in the Winter
18:00 – Cold Temperatures
21:00 – General Trip Preparation
21:10 – Camping in the Wintertime
22:21 – Learning to Relinquish Control
23:46 – Vehicle Maintenance/Preparation: 2016 Toyota Tacoma
26:38 – Webasto Heater
28:13 – Tires and Road Conditions
30:32 – Unexpected Border Challenges
33:37 – Q&A : Did You Have to Re-Fill Your Diesel Tank to Fuel the Heater?
34:52 – How Much Snow Did You See Up There At This Time of Year?
36:36 – The Incredible Distance from Montana to Tuktoyaktuk (9600 km)
37:18 – How Did You Keep Your Water Thawed?
38:25 – How Much Daylight Was Up There At This Time of Year?
39:03 – Did You Use Snow Chains?
39:35 – Isn’t This Safer to do With Two Vehicles?
40:50 – How Did You Grow As A Couple During This Trip?
44:20 – What Did You Cook for Meals?
47:43 – What Was The Most Listened To Song of the Trip?
49:00 – How Did You Deal With Hygiene In The Cold/Snow?
51:50 – Did You Have To Use Maxtrax For Yourself? Did You Ever Get Stuck?
54:21 – What’s One Thing You Would Have Done Differently?
56:46 – What’s More Fun – A Trip By Yourselves or With a Group?