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Hey Everyone,

My name is Dan Grec, I previously drove a TJ 40,000 miles from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina. (Summary and details of the trip on my website: The Road Chose Me)

It's been a long time in the making, and I'm bursting with excitement to announce my next Overland adventure:

Two years circumnavigating the African continent in my 2007 JKUR with custom diesel conversion, camper setup and more.



The Jeep build and all the details for preparation will be covered exclusively at JPFreek Adventure Magazine.

Checkout the latest issue for the trip announcement and details of the build: http://currentissue.jpfreek.com/publ...i=261662&p=116
Also I've got an announcement on my website with my personal feelings and thoughts: http://theroadchoseme.com/new-jeep-new-adventure-africa

I'll be posting regular updates on the build and the trip here too

I hope you'll join me for the ride.

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I think I would rather see you trek through Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico...

That's were I would want to go...
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On a serious note, how are you prepared to deal with an encounter with terrorist? Are you armed or do you have "contractors" driving with you?
I won't be armed, too difficult to cross borders and seriously, seriously illegal.

No "contractors", no support vehicle or staff or anything like that.

Just me and a Jeep.

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I won't be armed, too difficult to cross borders and seriously, seriously illegal.

No "contractors", no support vehicle or staff or anything like that.

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Tienes testículos muy amplios. Dan, I've driven to the Osa Peninsula from Belize City. The border guards at the Guatemala border taught me to be very aware that they actually stamp my passport. The trick they do is to distract you, "play" like they stamp your passport and as soon as you cross they contact a policia by radio and tell them you don't have proper passport. Then the money haggling starts. Spent a little time in Honduras in the late 70's and yes, very corrupt. Good luck to you Dan. Ve con Dios.
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Aaaaaaand, guess who will be armed. All the bad guys. Kinda how it usually works out.

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I think what you're doing is crazy yet sounds like a real adventure. Good for you! Good luck and enjoy it!
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I think I would rather see you trek through Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico...

That's were I would want to go...
I've done that trek, in an RV. My Jeep isn't comfy enough to even enjoy eight hours behind the wheel going from NC to PA lol.
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I think its BS that he is not going through somalia, south sudan, chad.

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I think its BS that he is not going through somalia, south sudan, chad.
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I think its BS that he is not going through somalia, south sudan, chad.
My route on that map is very provisional, depending on ebola, border crossings, visas, political situations, etc. etc.

Right now I'm focusing on North West Africa, the East is so far away I have not done a lot of research yet, and will wait until much later to do it.

It does look like South and North Sudan are on the list right now.

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My route on that map is very provisional, depending on ebola, border crossings, visas, political situations, etc. etc.

Right now I'm focusing on North West Africa, the East is so far away I have not done a lot of research yet, and will wait until much later to do it.

It does look like South and North Sudan are on the list right now.

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Good luck on your trip. Will you have the ability to update this thread as you go along your 2 year journey?

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Good luck on your trip. Will you have the ability to update this thread as you go along your 2 year journey?
Yes. I'm told finding internet in bigger cities will be no problem, though when I'm out in the sticks it will be patchy at best.

So likely I'll be online every 2-3 weeks when I'm in a bigger city resupplying with food, diesel and drinking water.

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Good for you, I for one am glad your posting here. I have a brother in-law who runs a guest ranch and farm in Mozambique with his wife, he is also a successful contract field geologist working for mining companies and goes "in the bush" alone throughout central Africa looking for gold, diamonds, graphite and such and based in Herrari(sp?). We talk on Skype and he uses a satellite phone. Highly recommend them. PM me for contact if you wish.
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When you make it to Liberia, would you do me a favor and look up a Mr. Benjamin Potts. He offered me $8,000,000 last year via email just for sending him $500.00 to get it out of the bank he owns. Tell him I changed my mind and will give him the money. I'll give you enough to finish your trek if you give me your bank account number so I'll know where to deposit it. Thanks.
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I read a lot about how easy the Trailgator is to install, so I made a video to demonstrate.


Super easy.

Also, that's my new YouTube Channel, where I'll be posting my around Africa expedition.

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I read a lot about how easy the Trailgator is to install, so I made a video to demonstrate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFanXnnGYg

Super easy.

Also, that's my new YouTube Channel, where I'll be posting my around Africa expedition.

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Holy fuck! Make sure that you take that accent and sideburns with you. Those are straight up tits and are worthy companions on this daring adventure.

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Hey Everyone,

I've been hard at work building my Jeep over the last months.
I'm in the middle of an 8,000 mile road trip before the 80,000 mile road trip of my dreams.

The reasoning and rationale for everything I’ve done, and will do, is now online in the new edition of JPFreek Magazine.
Check it out to understand my madness.

Reg cut the roll bar for me (I was too scared to do it myself)


I put heat and sound insulation in the entire Jeep. Let's see if it keep out those 130F+ days in Africa


I built lightweight cabinets using plastic connectors, aluminum tube and plywood.


The finished product which can be converted into a sleeping platform, including Dometic CFX-35 Fridge - which has been amazing.


Tons more pictures on my site: http://theroadchoseme.com/jeep-build-phase-1-complete

The whole story, pictures and reasoning for it all are in the new edition of JPFreek Magazine


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P.S. The V6 gas engine is out, and the diesel conversion is well underway!

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Having been there I would recommend a visit to Morocco for the foods alone.

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Having been there I would recommend a visit to Morocco for the foods alone.
Morocco will be my point of entry into Africa - I'm very much looking forward to the food, and I'm told it's a relatively "soft" introduction to Africa, which will be nice to get my feet under me. A little like Baja was a "soft" introduction to Mexico and all of Latin America for me when I drove down.

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BAHAHAHA, you crack me up.

The sideburns come and go, the accent I'm stuck with.

I'll be posting lots more videos soon, so you'll have your update.

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BAHAHAHA, you crack me up.

The sideburns come and go, the accent I'm stuck with.

I'll be posting lots more videos soon, so you'll have your update.

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Digging it. And that hair..silky soft as it looks?
You're a comedian!

Ahh, well, I'm actually living in my tent while the diesel conversion is progressing, and swimming in a lake every day doesn't make for the silkiest hair on this earth.

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