Alaska-Bound: The First 10 Days

Alaska, here we come! It didn’t take long to get used to converting miles to kilometers and quickly assessing bridge heights in meters. We’ve had some must-do stops planned along the way so we can absorb as much of British Columbia as possible while moving systematically toward our goal destination. Here’s a quick recap of the food & fun from the first ten days of the trip.

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Dear Bend: We’re sorry we ever doubted you.

Dear Bend, Oregon: We’re sorry we ever doubted your prowess as a magnet for the adventurer, the athlete, or the foodie. We apologize that during our previous prime-time summer visits, we found your city too laden with tourists, too inauthentic in the sameness of its neighborhoods, too flat in its diversity, too filled with traffic for a city that seems it ought to carry a small-town vibe. While everyone raved about your accessibility to stellar trails, mountain biking, skiing, running and paddling, we saw unfortunate city sprawl, master-planned subdivisions with copycat homes, and tourists. Lots of tourists. We had almost entirely written off Bend as an outdoor city on our short list of cool places to potentially live. But, initial impressions, while still steeped in truth, are still worth questioning.

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The M1083 Cab in a Nutshell

We’ve posted a lot about our expedition vehicle’s cabin and gear garage, but the cab itself seems to have been relegated to proverbial red-headed stepchild status. To those of you who’ve been asking, “What about the cab?” This one’s for you. It’s the least exciting part of our overland adventure truck to look at, to be sure, but the M1083 holds a few gems in its compact cab-over body. From the central tire inflation system that allows us to change tire pressure at the touch of a button, to the stellar little military heating system that keeps us warm & toasty, the simplicity of the M1083 shell warranted its own post today.

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