Notes from the Road Archive

8-12 OCT 2016

Final week of rally prep, navigation practice and scouting in Nevada… [read]

1-7 OCT 2016

Sable the Rebelle Rally Jeep is ready to roll and we are enroute for Reno… [read]

26-30 SEP 2016

Team Engage #124 gearing up for the upcoming Rebelle Rally event… [read]

19-25 SEP 2016

Getting hardcore land nav workout at Orienteering event… [read]

12-18 SEP 2016

Training continues in the dunes with a realistic night recovery scenario… [read]

5-11 SEP 2016

Driving a navigational simulation that mirrors a rally day… [read]

29 AUG – 4 SEP 2016

Working on precision nav and driving skills with maps and plotting… [read]

23-28 AUGUST 2016

Training for speed in the desert with the Rod Hall Drive crew… [read]

15-22 AUGUST 2016

Team Engage is official and training in Reno for the Rebelle Rally… [read]

8-14 AUGUST 2016

Trail guiding for the 8th Annual Topless For Tatas event at Rausch Creek… [read]

1-7 AUGUST 2016

On the trail in southern Serbia, exploring a loop from Golija to Kapaonik… [read]

JULY 2016

Some time in Serbia with friends helping out for the annual plum harvest… [read]

JUNE 2016

Expedition to Mongolia in support of the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project… [read]

16-31 MAY 2016

A brief stopover for Overland Expo West then on to Mongolia Expedition… [read]

1-15 MAY 2016

A short visit in Paris where tensions mount and people are angry… [read]

APRIL 2016

Mission specific training with OEX for the Mongolia expedition… [read]

MARCH 2016

Enjoying some outdoor time on LI while preparing the next project… [read]


Glamis Rebelle ladies weekend and exploring Anza Borrego… [read]


Arizona and the border, scouting El Camino del Diablo… [read]


Some time at home, maps and planning for the upcoming year… [read]


New York city and a night with the Gazelle organization… [read]

15-31 OCT 2015

Moab training with Bill Burke and solo expedition into the Maze… [read]

1-14 OCT 2015

Enjoying the trails and back country roads at Vermont Overland Rally… [read]


Back to Paris for some time to reconnect with friends… [read]


700 Jeeps join 7th annual Topless for Tatas event at Rausch Creek… [read]

JULY 2015

Another incredible journey on the Rubicon trail with Barlow Adventures… [read]

JUNE 2015

Road trip to PA and record-setting Jeep Invasion at Bantam Festival… [read]

MAY 2015

Arizona camping, jeeping and teaching at Overland Expo West… [read]

APRIL 2015

Checking out the trails at Rausch Creek after winter melt… [read]

MARCH 2015

Training with master trainer Bill Burke in Uwharrie, NC… [read]


Saying goodbye to Paris and heading back to NY… [read]


Scouting the Sahara across Mauritania, special report… [read]

15-31 DECEMBER 2014

Solo road trip from Las Vegas, Nevada to Death Valley in California… [read]

1-14 DECEMBER 2014

Exploring the deserts of the southwest and working out in the dunes… [read]


Back to the familiar streets of Paris for some planning and time with friends… [read]


Overland Expo East, Vermont Overland and Rausch Creek trails… [read]


Moab Jeep trails with Barlow Adventures and trail time at Rausch Creek… [read]


Topless for Tatas Charity Wheeling event at Rausch Creek, and fun on the trails… [read]

JULY 2014

Summer Jeep fun with good friends at the Wharton State Forest, NJ… [read]

JUNE 2014

Jeeping across Pennsylvania from the trails at Rausch Creek to the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler… [read]

MAY 2014

A quick trip to Arizona to enjoy the backcountry around Sedona and checkout this year’s Overland Expo West… [read]

APRIL 2014

The journey back from the Gazelle Rally in Morocco, getting re-acquainted with the trails at Rausch Creek… [read]

29 MAR 2014


THE FINISH LINE. Team 171 USnomads reaches the beach at Essaouira for the ceremonial finish… [read]

28 MAR 2014

THE ROAD TO ESSAOURIA: Teams left the desert heading west, toward the coast for the Rally’s ceremonial end… [read]

27 MAR 2014


LEG 6: FOUM ZGUID LOOP. The final segment of the competition takes teams on a relatively short loop south… [read]

26 MAR 2014

LEG 5: THE SECOND MARATHON, DAY TWO. Another long day today, as teams work their way across Chegaga… [read]

25 MAR 2014

LEG 5: THE SECOND MARATHON, DAY ONE. Teams head into some of the most difficult terrain they will face… [read]

24 MAR 2014

LEG 4: THE FIRST MARATHON, DAY TWO. The long segment ends, bringing teams to a new bivouac at Tinfou… [read]

23 MAR 2014

LEG 4: THE FIRST MARATHON, DAY ONE. Start of two-day segment where teams camp in desert alone… [read]

22 MAR 2014

LEG 3: THE DUNES OF MERZOUGA. The Gazelles face the intimidating heights of the famed Erg Chebbi… [read]

21 MAR 2014

LEG 2: NEJAKH NORTH LOOP. The teams loop north today, in the area of Errachida then return to base… [read]

20 MAR 2014

LEG 1: NEJAKH SOUTH LOOP. The first day of the real competition begins as teams head south into the desert… [read]

19 MAR 2014

PROLOGUE: Calibration of odometers in the morning, followed by a sample of the competition course… [read]

18 MAR 2014

The Gazelles continue the drive from the port of Tangiers to Erfoud… [read]

17 MAR 2014

Getting Ready to Roll: Teams use the day on the ferry to prepare their maps, and practice plotting… [read]

16 MAR 2014

On the Road to Morocco: The Gazelles continue the drive from France to Spain, where they load onto the ferry… [read]

15 MAR 2014


The Grand Depart: The ceremonial start of the 24th edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in front of the Eiffel tower at place Trocadero… [read]

14 MAR 2014

Becoming Gazelles: The team goes for “technical verification” day, the Jeep gets “stickered” and they are given their official Gazelle Rally vests… [read]

8 – 13 MAR 2014

Final countdown to the Rally this week, as we gather last minute supplies, make sure the Jeep is ready, and spend some time with friends… [read]

1 – 7 MAR 2014

The adventure begins with packing for the rally and travel to Paris, where we visit the Jeep and sort details… [read]

22 – 28 FEB 2014

Back to the dunes with Barlow Jeep School, intensive driving, work on precise navigation, prep of the Jeep, and the team gets set to go … [read]

15 – 21 FEB 2014

The team’s doing more work on land nav in sand and the 2014 Gazelle Rally team roster is live on the Rally site… [read]

8 – 14 FEB 2014

Team training in southern California, land navigation simulation at Johnson Valley and in the Imperial Sand Dunes … [read]

1 – 7 FEB 2014

With about a month to go before the start of the 24th edition of the Rally, Team 171 USnomads is getting ready… [read]

17-31 JAN 2014

Preparations for the 2014 edition of the Rally are underway, route for the 2014 course released… [read]

1-17 JAN 2014

Moonlight run to Mexico with Tierra del Sol, more official Gazelle training in the Imperial Sand Dunes and Ocotillo Wells… [read]


Exploring unfamiliar trails in Florida’s Ocala National Forest, the team gets together in Paris to work on navigation concepts, accurate plotting and map and compass skills… [read]



Intensive training in the heart of the Imperial Sand Dunes with Barlow Jeep School, checking out Arizona desert trails… [read]


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