Hit the road.

Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to head south and just drive until you run out of continent? Maybe not, considering how many overlanding videos there are these days—but have you ever wondered how they got started? And how they keep the dream alive?

You’re going to want to get to know Tim and Kelsey.

Ain’t no mountain high enough – Tim & Kelsey | image: Dirt Sunrise

Why Tim & Kelsey?

Because they’re kindred spirits drawn together through shared interests in the great outdoors. They kinda sorta met completely at random. Call it an Overland Expo Love Story. But check this out.

Around the time I was getting into Monteros, I came across a blog where this dude was sharing stories of his adventures right here in Arizona. He seemed to have his own schedule. There would be nothing new for weeks on end, and then—BAM!—a multi-part series on a trip out to an abandoned observatory on a desolate mountain out in the desert.

The next trip report might cover a week criss-crossing a river—with water in it—(a special treat here in Arizona) or a road trip on an old motorcycle—or exploring random backroads in an air-cooled 911 he rebuilt in his driveway with Kelsey—or telling the friendly park ranger it’s okay all the campsites were full, he was just pointing the Goose (his 95 Land Cruiser) over that intimidating pile of rocks to dip his toes in the river on his lunch break.

It didn’t matter where he went or how he went there. The man’s got a way with words that, combined with the geographical proximity, resonated. His was one of my favorite blogs to read.

Next thing I know, he and Kelsey are chopping the roof off Goose and talking about Mexico.

And then they “just drove off” into Mexico one day.

This adventurist life

It ain’t easy. Or maybe it is? It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll, but maybe if go all in long enough, you get enough momentum that things just work. Dreams really do come true.

Tim and Kelsey were on my list of people to ask about being in the super issue, but I didn’t ask because, at the time, I figured they were living out of a Toyota Land Cruiser somewhere in South America—which tends to make 2-hour long VoIP calls tricky if you know what I mean.

Imagine my surprise when Tim replied to one of my Facebook posts expressing interest in being involved. Turns out they were planning on being back in Arizona for a few weeks to get some work done before heading back to Peru and continuing their journey south.

How’s that for momentum? I’m excited to FINALLY meet these two in person.

How do they do it?

That’s what we’re gonna find out!

On the surface, it often looks like others have had it all figured out since they were kids. Some have! But that’s not to say it’s easy. The world is full of voices pulling us in every direction imaginable.

If you’ve been hearing the call of adventure, if you need to know where that road goes—but you’re not sure if you could handle it—I think you’re going to really like this one.

For now, check out Tim and Kelsey’s adventures over on Dirt Sunrise. You can also find them on YouTube and Instagram.

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