Post Date Jun 19

When is this road trip happening?

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You may have noticed that the countdown on our blog has reached zero and we still haven’t announced a start date for a trip. There are a few reasons this has happened.

  1. Our car is not ready. Some of the air suspension parts took longer to get ahold of than we thought and some needed to be custom made. We probably could have had it done on time, but there was no need because of reasons 2 and 3.
  2. We were waiting to see what happened in Ukraine with the hopes that we might still be able to go there. It is clear now that we won’t be able to go anytime soon.
  3. While we were waiting for parts and on the situation in Ukraine we decided to go ahead with our long time dream of importing cars from Japan. This process took much longer than expected and we need to sell the cars before we can take a trip to Europe.

The result of all of this is that we are very busy dealing with our cars from Japan, and our Lada is making progress towards being done in the meantime. We are tentatively planning on picking up our Lada in September and taking a shorter version of our original road trip.

In the meantime I will be posting updates on our cars from Japan for those interested. Bird and I have posted some write ups on another blog already, so I’ll repost them here.

Thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement on both Restoroadtrip and our Japanese Import dream.

Post Date Mar 16

Things You Can’t Plan For

When we started planning this trip a big part of the idea was to go to Russia and Ukraine and meet with car groups there. We discovered the Lada through the car clubs in these places and they have inspired the customization of our Lada. So of course we have been watching the situation between Russia and Ukraine very carefully in the past few months.

We have decided to postpone our trip and leave in early June instead of early May. We still might have to change the route of our trip, but this at least gives us a chance at being able to go everywhere we want to go. Not being able to meet the people who inspired us is unfortunate, but our thoughts are with those whose lives are affected. We sincerely hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to the situation.

Post Date Feb 23

Packing for a Road Trip on Another Continent


When you’re planning a road trip for over a month in a small sedan that’s likely to break down you have to pack carefully. We have fragile camera equipment, tools and of course clothes to worry about. We think we have a pretty solid strategy so far. Here’s what we’ve come up with: Read More

Post Date Feb 7


Gear: Choosing a Camera

Now that I’ve got my backpack figured out, I need to find a camera. Here are my basic requirements:

  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Lightweight
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • APS-C or larger sensor
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots RAW
  • Quick and accurate autofocus
  • GPS capable

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Post Date Jan 21


Gear: Choosing a Backpack

I found several bags I liked at REI and had pretty much decided on a North Face commuter style bag, but then an employee asked me if I needed any help. I told him I was looking for a backpack. And then came the question: “What are you going to use it for?” I think this is the first time I’ve described our trip to a total stranger. I explained that we were planning an epic European road trip and I needed a backpack that I could carry around all day. I showed him the list of things I thought I would need to fit.

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