They say the best things in life are free.

But you’ve got to invest in the skills and experiences that prepare you for the best things in life.

Elise Bent and Mercedes Lilienthal are doing just that. They are Team Free Range Dames—and they’re working their asses off to get to the Rebelle Rally in October.

What’s the Rebelle Rally, you ask? Hard to beat their own description:

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States.

Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 8 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and roadbook.

Here’s something I’ve said before: There is no ROI on vehicle mods. Unless you’re building meticulously bespoke, one-off custom vehicles for high-end clientele, you will never get back what you spent on your mods, let alone turn a profit.

Invest in experiences, on the other hand, and your whole world changes. You will meet people. You will share adventures together. You will find yourself where the rubber meets the road.

Modify your life.

Here’s something else I’ve said before: We’re all kinda wingin’ it. Reality has teeth and likes to bite. And the best laid plans of mice take a back seat to the hustle and grind in the moment.

The internet is really good at letting us curate our best, most successful selves—but success comes from showing up day in, day out, and pressing on regardless.

Every picture you see showing someone living the good life—living the dream—represents a fraction of a second where they were able to pause, reflect on their situation, and document it for posterity.

What you DON’T see are the countless hours behind the scenes, doing the grunt work. Dealing with the not-so-glamorous nuts-and-bolts of the affair. Looking fear and uncertainty straight in the eye—and making progress no matter what.

Mercedes and Elise have been running down this dream for months. Check out this episode of The Gearhead Project—and think about how you might help them get to the Rebelle Rally.

Note: The audio may not reflect the correct episode number or link. Brian lost count of episodes so we had to re-number them. 

You can learn more at
Here’s their GoFundMe page with more details:

See also, the Instagrams!

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