American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 82

JAY DOBYNS live. Single, nomadic, if not a little eccentric, Ramos “created” a vehicle that supports his life and lifestyle to a tee, equipped for roads less traveled and at times no roads at all. Two-wheel drive and outfitted with motion detection devices, high-resolution cameras, thermal imaging, communications capability, you can imagine. I’ve traveled solo for decades - and I’ve buried my rig in sand, mud, and snow more often than you can imagine to get to that secret spot. When I do happen to get my almost 6-ton van stuck, I use various specialized recovery gear - from a Pull-Pal land anchor to traction gear like Maxtrax. The fact that my rig is only two- wheel drive speaks to the capability of my Sportsmobile. With those tools and a little old-fashioned patience, I am rewarded with something most don’t understand - true freedom and the rare beauty of utter solitude in remote and wild places, and of course to do so, I’ve outfitted with motion detection devices, high-resolution cameras, thermal imaging, communications capability, winches,.” The folks at Overland Journal describe overlanding as “self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where ‘the journey’ is the primary goal.” Typically, but not exclusively, it’s accommodated by mechanized off- highway capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is “the ability to go where I want, do what I want and stay as long as I want is a special kind of freedom...” 82 winches, on–board portable generators, and even several solar panels as the main source of power – back up to the backup, if you will. The rig is a thing of beauty and its redundancies are off the chart; it’s a marvel to be admired and envied. “I love the idea of self-sufficiency,” Ramos told us, “the ability to go where I want, do what I want and stay as long as I want is a special kind of freedom. I’ve traversed deserts, mountains, and some of the most arduous back country