Reflections

Essays and articles focused on experiences, ideas and impressions:

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WHEELERS OVERLAND ADVENTURE

(Recap of the 2017 event)

The First Annual Wheelers Overland Adventure, sponsored by Quadratec and Offroad Consulting combined a schedule of classes, trail runs and challenges that participants could mix and match according to their individual interests… [read]




SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ROAD

(Essay on why we roadtrip)

A roadtrip is always a little magical. No matter how many we take, each one is new and different. The challenges and pleasures will be unique, though the heightened sense of awareness and serendipity of chance encounters is familiar … [read]




VIDEO: REBELLES IN THE SAND

(Video recap of Rebelle ladies weekend at Glamis)

A diverse group of women came together at the Imperial Sand Dunes to train, share information, and get to know one another in an informal weekend event organized by Nena Barlow of Barlow Adventures and Rebelle Rally founder Emily Miller … [read]




STORYBOARD: TOPLESS FOR TATAS 2015

(Photos from the 7th annual TFT event)

USnomads joined the fun at Rausch Creek where a record 700 Jeeps took part in this year’s Topless for Tatas event raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Guided a great group of people on the 101/Green trails, introducing them to the varied terrain … [read]




STORYBOARD: THE CHALLENGE OF MOAB

(Photo essay on Moab adventure weekend)

Sampling Moab’s famed Jeep trails with the Barlow Adventures group over an intense three-day weekend of fun and challenging driving on a variety of rugged desert terrain types including layered rock, sandy washes, dunes and the classic sandstone fins… [read]




GAZELLES: THE DESERT’S FIRST CHALLENGE

(On Becoming a Gazelle, Part Two)

The second installment in a series of personal reflections on our experience in the Rallye Aiche des Gazelles–Putting our skills to the test in Morocco on the first day out in the desert, known as the “Prologue,” there are a few surprises… [read]




GAZELLES: THE LONG ROAD TO THE RALLY

(On Becoming a Gazelle, Part One )

The first installment in a series of reflections detailing our personal experiences during the 24th edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles — our journey to the starting line in Morocco… [read]




REPORT: GAZELLE RALLY 2014 RECAP

(Day-by-day reports on the 2014 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles)

In March 2014, Team 171 USnomads did the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco. The highlights of the event are featured in this day-by-day recap which includes descriptions of each leg of the race, daily reports from the field, the team’s tracks, video coverage of the event and more … [read]




FEATURE: LESSONS FROM THE RUBICON

(An adventure on one of the toughest Jeep trails in the USA)

A trip down the iconic Jeep trail builds confidence, boosts endurance and leaves a lasting impression.The four day there-and-back journey with the Barlow Adventures team would be the ultimate Jeep challenge… [read]




STORYBOARD: TIERRA DEL SOL DESERT RUN

(Photo essay on dunes expedition in Mexico)

A photo storyboard highlighting some of the challenges posed during a multi-day off-road run through the dunes of Desierto de Altar in Mexico with Tierra del Sol. The annual trip offered plenty of opportunities to get intimate with sand … [read]




ESSAY: ART ON WHEELS

(American car culture and the iconic Jeep)

Team US Nomads will be driving a lighly modified Jeep Wrangler during the 2014 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. While the choice of vehicle for a desert crossing is based on capabilities and technical considerations, we can’t help but take a moment to reflect on the esthetics… [read]




STORYBOARD: FINDING OUR OWN WAY

(Photo essay on land nav in Anza Borrego)

A photo storyboard featuring Team USnomads and some lessons learned during a recent training exercise in Anza Borrego. Putting the driving and navigating together in a real desert environment, the team completed an independent land navigation simulation as part of the preparation for the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles 2014… [read]




ESSAY: TWO FRIENDS, A JEEP AND A DREAM

(How we came to go to the Gazelle Rally)

We just seem to love “road trips.” The excitement of laying out the maps, loading up the Jeep, and heading out to discover something new has brought us together before. In 2010 we criss-crossed the United States in a marathon drive that covered over 10,000 miles and encompassed 25 states in 46 days… [read]





ESSAY: A LESSON IN TEAMWORK

(A snapshot from our “Great American Roadtrip”)

We had a lot of (mis)adventures during our six-week road trip across America that offer up “lessons” as we prepare for the Gazelle Rally. One of the more important ones is about “teamwork” and “communication” in the field… [read]



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