Aussie Adventurer Lives in 2011 Jeep Wrangler for 999 Days While Exploring Africa

And racked up a thrilling 53,726 miles along the way.

Despite what your local Jeep Wrangler owner with a 6-inch lift kit and angry-eye grille might lead you to believe, there's more to the iconic 4x4 platform than aesthetics. There's a reason millions of people—including, y'know, the military—have chosen Jeeps for all sorts of rough-and-tumble tasks. No-one's a better example of that than Dan Grec, who has all but literally driven the wheels off his 2011 Wrangler while circumnavigating the entire African continent.

Grec's known within the adventurer community for his on-a-whim overlanding journeys which have taken him through over 50 countries—17 while driving from Alaska to Argentina in a TJ-style Wrangler and another 35 on his route through Africa. The latter is his most recent expedition, in which he traveled 53,726 miles over nearly three years.

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The native Aussie has fitted a plethora of modifications to his Wrangler Rubicon for said trips, although most of them are geared toward comfort and on-the-road living. As far as mechanicals go, the Jeep is mostly stock with a 3.8-liter Pentastar V-6 and six-speed manual transmission. A Rugged Ridge underbody skidplate protects the powertrain from obstacles while a subtle AEV suspension lift gives 2.5 inches of additional clearance.

Dan Grec / The Road Chose Me

Rest assured, there's plenty of gear inside and out to make the Wrangler more livable. An Ursa Minor J30 pop-up roof allows for more overall space and can be easily folded down to keep the Jeep's already-iffy aerodynamics in check. Custom-built cabinets round out the vehicle's mini-kitchen, which also features a single-burner Coleman cooktop and 35-liter Dometic CFX-35 fridge. Finally, an ARB 1250 awning provides shelter outside where you'll also find an MSR Dromedary shower kit.

Collectively, Grec did a swell enough job outfitting his Jeep to live in it for 999 days—although not without a bit of drama here and there.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Well, crap. Swipe right for the full photo story. After 45,000 miles through 30 countries, the plan has gone sideways. I planned and dreamed of this adventure for so long, but I never thought this would happen. Attempting to find a remote hot spring on the shores of Lake Albert in Uganda, I stop to take a photo. The hand brake has needed adjustment for a very long time, and I pull it as hard as I can and leave the jeep in first gear. I sit for a second and the Jeep does not move, so I feel confident it will be fine. I'm about ten steps away when the engine rolls over, and everything moves fast. I run after it but it moves too fast, with the front drivers side rocketing down into the the rock wall on the left, which kicks the Jeep over onto the passenger side. It all happens in less than ten seconds, and I stare in shock before sitting on the ground for a while trying to soak in what I've done. Eventually a crew of locals materialize, and by using the winch and with their help I get it back on the wheels where I can assess the damage, which miraculously is fairly minor. I don't normally like to attribute things to luck, because it implies there was no hard work or planning that went into the good result. In this case, I am extremely lucky! @warnindustries #goprepared #Uganda #TheRoadChoseMe #TourThePlanet #NeverStopExploring #KeepItWild #lifeontheroad #inspravel #OverlandEmpire #OverlandAfrica #OverlandJeep #OverlandingLife #Overland #Overlanding #roadtrip #jeepadventure #jeep #OIIIIIIIO #jeeplife #jeeplifestyle #AdventureMobile #jpfreek #camping_lifestyle #wanderout #theoutbound #lovethisglobe #serialtraveler #livefolk #passionpassport #lifeofadventure

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You can find the Jeep's extensive build sheet on Grec's website, theroadchoseme.com. He's also got a nearly endless amount of road-trip documentation there, including cost analysis and how long he spent in each nation. And if you're looking for an exceptionally well-put-together video detailing Grec and his travels, Outside Online has you covered. 



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There’s nothing like re-creating a great photo. Photo 1: Expedition Africa: 53,500 miles, 999 days, 35 countries. Photo 2: Expedition Pan-American: 40,000 miles, 667 days, 16 countries. Next expedition - Anything is possible! Where do you think I should go, and what should I drive? #TheRoadChoseMe #TourThePlanet #TravelStoke #NeverStopExploring #KeepItWild #lifeontheroad #inspravel #OverlandEmpire #OverlandAfrica #OverlandJeep #OverlandingLife #Overland #Overlanding #roadtrip #jeepadventure #jeep #OIIIIIIIO #jeeplife #jeeplifestyle #AdventureMobile #jpfreek #camping_lifestyle #wanderout #theoutbound #lovethisglobe #TravelGram #LoveToTravel #SimplyAdventure #instaTravel #vagabondpix

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