Overlanding Africa in our old Land Rover is like driving a Harley-Davidson without the roar.
The unexpected benefit of buying an old Land Rover to travel Africa is its iconic nature. We thought it would be more African and thus nostalgic, but we had no idea. People walk up to us in parking lots, seek us out in public places, wave and hoot at us on the road, or just give a starry eyed look as we pass by.
Like any classic it must bring back memories of times past and experiences real or coveted.
Best I can tell it touches an adventurous and pioneer spirit where huge industrious people struck out to survive and thrive in a very harsh environment mostly alone.
Locals come up to us… “Where are you going”, “How is your adventure”, “That’s my dream car”, showing an interest in challenging the adventure of the unknown or the ‘bush’ of their ancestors.
The Landy must also bring back military memories as it has been used as a military vehicle around the world since before WW2. Though few would consider war an adventure, I guess there are similar feelings of survival and major personal challenge.
Seeing a Landy with a roof top tent definitely engenders a feeling of adventure… especially for Margrit and me.
It is an honor and privilege to drive this classic monument of the Adventures’ Club we all belong to.
By the way, how are your life’s adventures progressing? Maybe your present dream isn’t OVERLANDING with a purpose like us.
Maybe it is fishing with your son. Whatever it is, I hope you are creating reality and not just coveting the dream from your arm chair.
Make it happen!!
ENJOY THE DAY AND DO GOOD!!
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