NOTES FROM THE ROAD



Fete de la Musique…


Paris streets alive with Music…


21 June 2018: Great weather for the annual Fete de la Musique and around the 10eme there was a festive party atmosphere in the streets as people of all ages enjoyed the day. While there were many larger free concerts around the city, the best part was the small groups playing diverse music in different corners of the neighborhood. The whole city seemed to be celebrating the start of summer well into the night…



Associations working with Refugees…


A day of information for volunteers…


20 June 2018: Around the place de la Republique today associations came together to share information and encourage more people to volunteer to help refugees as part of the program for the International Day for Refugees…



Paris 10eme…


Cafes and street culture…


15 June 2018: Another beautiful day to be out on the streets or cafe terraces of Paris 10eme. Spent a little time in a few favorite spots watching the crowd then back out to explore some more…



Paris 2eme…


Lively streets and street art…


14 June 2018: Nice weather brought out a crowd around the rue Montorgueil. Got to explore a bit and enjoy some of the random street art in the neighborhood …



Timeless Paris Streets…


Around the 10eme…


13 June 2018: Exploring favorite neighborhoods and discovering the timeless side of Paris with random street scenes that could easily belong to the last century. There is a continuity here that is very different from the desert, but it is a strong current of the eternal in an always ephemeral city …



Grey skies…


Turbulent skies over Paris today…


12 June 2018: Rainy day and grey skies again, but hoping for some good weather soon. Settling into the old neighborhood and reconnecting…



Paris Arrival…


Arriving to a wet and rainy day in the City of Light…


11 June 2018: Crossed the “pond” overnight, and woke up to as we touched down in Paris, where outside a steady rain left the city of light veiled in grey. Still, was great to be arriving back in Paris, and looking forward to reconnecting with good friends and familiar places here…



Around the Festival…


Jeep Playground, WWII-era Jeep display and more…


10 June 2018: The weekend was full of Jeep fun, from the “playground” obstacle course with an impassable mud-pit that succeeded in miring most Jeeps that attempted it to the historical “GI encampment” complete with reenactors and a wide assortment of historical Jeeps and equipment, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival had something for everyone. Vendors and sponsors supplemented the offering with a range of activities and plenty of great deals on Jeep-related items of all sorts. There was a great turn-out despite some spotty weather, and at the end of the weekend, everyone was already talking about next year…


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THIS MONTH:

Participating in the Jeep Invasion and the 8th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, June 8-10, in Butler, PA. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event to the original jeep, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler Pennsylvania. The event provides Jeep enthusiasts with on and off-road experiences that embrace the vehicle’s past and the lifestyle it now fosters. The family-friendly event is held at Coopers Lake Campground, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA every year with on-site off-road trails, a Jeep “playground” obstacle course, Jeep History exhibit, huge vendor area with 150+ companies and more…


COMING UP SOON:

Headed back to Paris to connect with friends and favorite places and lay some groundwork for upcoming projects…


Joining the folks from the New York Adventure Racing Association for a day of intensive navigation and strategy challenges at Fahnestock Rogaine state park in Cold Spring, NY. Participants will travel on foot through the vast acreage of Clarence Fahnestock State Park searching for checkpoints scattered in the woods over a wide area. With over 30 CPs of varying point values, participants have a time limit to collect as many points as possible, requiring strategic choices to determine which checkpoints to chase while making it back before the time cut-off…


Heading to DC Dirt Camp for a chance to learn how to ride the trails on two-wheels in July. DC Dirt Camp is a Dirt Bike School sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offering training at two locations outside Washington, DC, to prepare riders to hit the trails on small displacement, off-road bikes, as well as larger street-legal, dual sport and adventure bikes…


Participating in the Ladies Offroad Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, 2-5 August 2018. The Ladies Offroad Convention is an action-packed, interactive 4-day weekend educating, motivating, and guiding for ladies involved in all aspects of the offroad world. Presented by Charlene Bower and the Ladies Offroad Network, the event creates a space to learn more about offroad activities and share experiences with like-minded women from around the country…


Trail Guiding at the 10th annual Topless for Tatas Charity Wheeling event at Rausch Creek off-road park 11-13 August. TFT brings together off-roaders from all over to raise awareness about Breast Cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The annual event raises over $30,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation each year …


HISTORY OF THE BANTAM JEEP



Butler PA was home to the American Bantam Car Company, a central character in the invention, development and production of the very first Jeeps. The Bantam jeep was the prototype for what would eventually evolve into the World War II US Army Jeeps, the Willys MB and the Ford GPW. The Bantam prototype was called the Bantam Reconnaissance Car, or BRC, and the first one was driven from Butler PA to Camp Holabird, MD, where the Army tested it for 30 days. The Army liked what it saw, and wanted production of 75 vehicles per day. Unfortunately, Bantam could not meet that production schedule, and the Army gave Ford and Willys the Bantam’s blueprints to produce enough vehicles. Ford and Willys fulfilled the Army’s contracts for 600,000 Jeeps for World War II. While Bantam produced a total of 2,675 jeeps, it never produced another vehicle after that. Instead, Bantam produced ‘jeep’ cargo trailers, torpedo motors and other military use items until they closed in 1956.



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MORE NOTES FROM THE ROAD:
7-10 June – Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
1-6 June – Roadtrip to Bantam JeepFest
May – Wheelers Overland
16-30 April – New York
4-15 April – Sudan
29 March – 3 April – Egypt
22-28 March – Paris
16-21 March – Paris
1-15 March – New York
February – Coal Country
January – Vegas to Glamis Roadtrip
December – East Coast Roadtrip
16-30 November – Paris
1-15 November – Florida
October – Rausch Creek
18-30 September – Kyrgyzstan
1-17 September – Rebelle U
15-31 August – Arizona
8-14 August – TFT9
1-7 August – Serbia
July – NY and Serbia
June – NY and Paris
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