I red thru the America's trek in the TJ. Pretty massive trip. Could you explain what you mean when you worded the following statement? "....This kind of trip is much more realistic that most people realize, I want to show them that...."
was realistic the word you were going-for , there?
You're right, I suppose I meant "do-able" or "achievable".
I drove a bone-stock $6000 TJ from Alaksa to Argentina, didn't speak Spanish and set off with $10k in the bank.
I think that's do-able for a lot of people living in Canada and the US.
I met tons of families driving with kids, and if you have house payments hopefully you can rent it out to cover the mortgage. I don't have either of those, and obviously they complicate things a bit, but then again, I wouldn't want to go if it was easy.
I honestly believe this kind of trip is much more do-able than most people realize, and it's seriously booming in popularity. There is a Facebook group for Pan-Am travelers that has 1,700 members, almost all of who have done it, or are doing it right now.
Also, I notice your course planning is by-passing the only place ( well, Morocco would be cool; not William S. Bourroughs era cool but I like Falafel and Tabouli so...
) I have ever desired visiting on the African continent; Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Is there a reason for not trekking thru & near this amazing area closer to the Ship graveyard and where the desert comes-down and meets the sea? seems like a no-brainer for an 'Overlander' passage unless it is because of PIRATES!
My route map is very provisional right now, dependent on ebola, visas, political situations and everything else. I'm really focusing on the North-West right now - I can't decide if I'll go through all the little countries (that have Ebola right now) or cut across Mali and skip almost all of them.
Also the Angola visa is a pain. No solution to that yet.
I absolutely want to spend time on the skeleton coast - Actually right now I think Namibia is my #1 country - I'm really excited about everything it has, and it's relatively safe/easy.
Hopefully I can team up with some other Overlanders and get seriously remote on the Skeleton coast.
<edit: I meant to include that you should kiss-up to Chrysler/Fiat because you sound like you're building one of this years concept Jeeps.....wouldn't this be precisely what you are aiming for?
Yes, I was impressed when I saw the Africa concept as it's extremely close to what I've been planning/designing for 2+ years now. I would have love to see it at Overland Expo this year, but I couldn't make it.