Dan Grec has spent the previous three years driving the street journey of a lifetime in a Jeep® Wrangler.
Beginning in 2016, Grec, an overlander (which is described as somebody who’s a self-reliant traveler who ventures to distant locations), drove his personalized 2011 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Four-door 53,500 miles by 35 international locations in Africa, starting in Morocco, all the way down to South Africa, then again north to Egypt.
Alongside the way in which, as he explored Africa, visited distant locations and met fascinating individuals, his Wrangler was as much as the problem.
“I needed to get to distant lakes, rivers and seashores and the Wrangler carried out brilliantly,” mentioned Grec, an Australian who most not too long ago has been dwelling in Canada and labored as a pc software program engineer and saved his cash earlier than buying and selling his desk job to journey and discover. “I drove it all over the place that I needed to go. It by no means stopped. It by no means refused to drive over one thing.”
Grec not too long ago shared his experiences with FCA workers throughout a return go to to the corporate’s Auburn Hills headquarters, bringing him full circle as he visited earlier than leaving for Africa.
Grec’s go to to Auburn Hills allowed him to satisfy with Jeep engineers and to share his experiences from driving his present Wrangler round Africa, in addition to a earlier journey in a two-door Wrangler from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina.
For his most up-to-date journey, he took an ordinary Wrangler with a inventory driveline, inventory engine, inventory Rubicon axle and added various tenting modifications, corresponding to a pop-up roof, a fridge, photo voltaic panels and batteries, together with a lifted suspension and larger tires and wheels. This gave him each dwelling lodging and the flexibility to discover deep off the overwhelmed path.
“This Wrangler was flawless all through 53,500 miles,” he mentioned. “It by no means as soon as let me down. It by no means as soon as left me stranded on the aspect of the street … so in that regard it was unbelievable.”
He did must are likely to regular upkeep alongside the way in which with oil modifications, tire rotations, altering brake pads and tending to regular put on and tear.
Alongside this journey on winding mountain passes, by thick brush, throughout our bodies of water and a variety of street surfaces, he was usually welcomed by the locals.
“Individuals suppose it’s harmful, however truly 99% of the individuals there are actually pleasant and actually form,” mentioned Grec, who mentioned his largest takeaway from Africa was how form individuals could be everywhere in the world. “I used to be blown away by the generosity of the individuals that may come as much as me and provide me assist and help for no cause, simply because they’re pleasant individuals.”
Grec is now again in North America and nonetheless driving his Wrangler.
He’s visiting varied Jeep festivals to speak about his journey, exhibit his personalized Wrangler and focus on his guide “999 Days Round Africa: The Street Selected Me,” which he wrote about his journey and consists of various pictures of his Wrangler in picturesque places.
“The Jeep actually offers perspective and scale to the place I’m in,” mentioned Grec. “It’s a fish-out-of-water story the place this contemporary car is exploring by distant Africa. She’s the nice trying one, I’m simply the photographer.”
And after touring tens of 1000’s of miles, what’s the subsequent journey for Grec?
“To be completely sincere, I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I don’t have a plan. I’m nonetheless digesting this one, however I’ll undoubtedly hold you posted. I’m sure there’s one thing within the works.”
To learn extra about Grec’s journey round Africa, and to view pictures and movies from his journey, go to his web site theroadchoseme.com .