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Honda Odyssey Camper Van Conversion

Minivan Camper Conversion For some time now I’ve been wanting to travel out west. For this I wanted a vehicle that would allow me to sleep inside, carry a variety of outdoor equipment, camera gear, and get decent gas mileage. Initially I was considering a Sprinter, Promaster, or Ford Transit to convert. All of these models offer a high roof option that allows you to stand up inside the van as well as offering a generous amount of interior space. Unfortunately, this extra height meant that it couldn't fit into my garage. If I chose this option, I'd be forced to store the vehicle when not in use adding extra costs and logistics. I really wanted a vehicle that could serve as a daily driver and function as a weekend or longer camper. Working as a freelance digital marketing and SEO consultant, I have the freedom to work remotely. I…

Backpacking

Klean Kanteen Review

I've had my Klean Kanteen Wide 40 oz. single wall water bottle since 2008. It's not sexy, it's not expensive, and it's not the item that most gear heads would ever brag about. But it is reliable, durable, and trustworthy.…

Cycling

Searching For the Perfect Mountain Bike Grip

  Handlebar grips serve two main functions: comfort and control. Both functions are closely related to each other. A well-designed handlebar grip provides sufficient friction to prevent your hand from slipping.  The surface should also allow for easy changes in…

Three Foot Passing Laws and Mutual Respect

Recently a Facebook group member posted an angry response to how bike clothing manufacturer, VOmax Apparel responded to a comment on one of their Facebook ads. This particular group is a private group for former cycling industry members.  The member…

Tom Ritchey Road Logic Review

  Tom Ritchey is best known for building mountain bikes and mountain bike components. He was at the birth of mountain biking way back in the 70's. Tom however also has a lengthy history in road bikes. After all, Tom…

Kayaking

Beaver Island Water Trail

  Beaver Island is an amazing sea kayak destination. With the addition of the new Beaver Island Water Trail, it just gets better! It’s rather special to me since it is where I had my first sea kayak lessons. Being…

Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 31st Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI…
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