2016 was full of adventure on the road less traveled! I’ve now lived the nomadic North American overland lifestyle for over 5 years, with glimmers of change in the air, as international flights have already been booked, and the possibility of a home base on the east coat to launch adventures further afield from materialize. While I still struggle every day to create positive financials, relationships, friendships and an adventure balance in life, which is both fulfilling and sustainable, it is all worth it to live life on my own terms.
A HUGE thanks has to go out to all the people and companies who believe in the life of adventure, and all that we do here at Exploring Elements. In 2016 by far the biggest supporters where Garmin/DeLorme and Ninkasi (Team Total Domination). Without the support of these amazing companies it would be hard to keep this site alive. Remember to support quality companies with your hard earned dollars!
I put my home on wheels up FOR SALE this year, the EEXP, with no new adventure partner found for this incredible overland adventuremobile just yet. I also sold my KTM 640 Adv, and purchased a KTM 950 Adv, which I’ve already ridden over 6,000 miles. I’ve got lots of foreign adventure plans, new 4-wheeled adventuremobile build ideas and 2-wheeled adventures in the planning stages for 2017.
The photos and links here should give you a pretty solid recap of all the happenings here with Exploring Elements in 2016. I’ve already got lots of big adventures, more in-depth gear reviews and I’m sure a few surprises for us all to enjoy in the works for 2017. Check out the Exploring Elements SCHEDULE to stay up to date with what we’re up to.
2016 was full of adventures, shows and events across America. While the travel was plentiful, I put in far fewer road miles than years past, and still yearn for more international travels. I will fully admit that with 5 years of roaming across North America I still have MANY places to visit and experiences to have, with a to do list that just keeps getting longer, as I take in the diverse sights and sounds that this continent has to offer.
So much gear, so little time! I love putting outdoor, adventure and off-road vehicle equipment to the real world test of life on the road. I got to share a bunch of interesting in-depth reviews in 2016, and highlight a few more in the LIFE OF ADVENTURE: Holiday Gift Guide. I was also able to give you an industry inside look at the latest in outdoor gear at BEST OF: Summer OR Show 2016 & Winter Outdoor Retailer 2016.
Adventure Sports Gear Reviews:
Overland Travel Gear Reviews:
Camera Gear Reviews:
There is so much to discover on our travels, online and through others. I learned a lot from all of the above in 2016, and tried to absorb as much knowledge and experience form the world around me as possible.
Our favorite colorful contributor Bobby “The Dogg” Miller checked in with some awesome tales of whitewater action in 2016: From Wreck to Redemption, A DOGG TALE: Putting the Party in the Braap!, A RIVER ON FIRE: First Annual Cuyahoga Falls Race, THE FIERY CRUCIBLE: First Descent of Shannondale Falls.
In 2016 I was also lucky enough to get the opportunity to create quality content for companies, online outlets, magazines and events such as: Ninkasi, DeLorme, Garmin, Buckstop, Maxtrax, AT Overland Equipment, Adventure Driven, Jackcovers, Icon Raiden, Autoweek, Canoe & Kayak, Outdoor X4, Tread, Diesel World, Gear Junkie, Santa Cruz Paddlefest, Northwest Overland Rally, Northern Nights Music Festival and Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival.
Remember that you can help keep the #LifeOfAdventure rolling down the road, and the quality content coming on this website, by purchasing Exploring Elements gear from the STORE, purchasing products on Amazon through THIS link or by buying us a cold one or tank of gas by making a Paypal donation HERE.
Thanks for following along on the journey! A special thanks goes out to all the new and old friends who made this year one for the record books. I look forward to being inspired by you all, and hopefully providing some inspiration, in 2017.
Cheers, Bryon Dorr