VOTE 10 for The World by Road Expedition here http://tinyurl.com/ngavote!
Two and half years on the road, two trucks, 69 countries and more than 77,000 miles traversed, Steve Shoppman and Steve Bouey are the leaders of The World by Road Expedition which circumnavigated the globe both East to West AND North to South!
This is any traveler’s dream come true and that’s the amazing part of this adventure, the two Steve’s made their idea to travel around the world by truck into a reality…and it was more than what they ever imagined. With a lifetime of stories from the road, they’ve seen it all from Thai monks blessing their trucks to a snake charmer in Indonesia to a Congo rebel ambush from the most dangerous roads and most remote areas in the world. Read more about their adventures on National Geographic’s Adventure website (where you can also vote for them!).
I met the Steve’s in Bangkok through Couchsurfing when they were looking for more crew members. As soon as I heard about their trip, I was hooked. Once I finished volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park and with Sean Beary in Chang Mai, I flew to Hanoi to join the Expedition as an official crew member. Back then, they were only six months into their trip and I remember being in the trucks when they hit the 10,000 mile mark. In the short three weeks I was in the trucks with them, we rode from Vietnam to Cambodia and into Laos while they were waiting to get their Chinese visas. In that short time, there were tons of adventures that are only a drop in bucket of their two and half years of traveling. I remember driving all day on a supposed highway in Cambodia devastated with potholes only to see it disappear due to flooding. We saw gas pumps from tin cans, rebels with AK 47s on motorbikes, and the moon while on the top of their trucks in Southeast Asia. It seems surreal that after I said goodbye in Vang Vieng and then was finishing my Masters degree back in the states, they were still on the road literally driving around the world over the following two years.
Without a doubt, these guys deserve to be named the 2009 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year! Please help make that happen by voting 10 for them here http://tinyurl.com/ngavote. It only takes a couple of seconds. And it seems like most voters are also voting ‘1’ for the other entrants they’re not supporting so please take an extra couple of seconds to do that too.
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