la bestia blanda

It was love at first sight. I had spent many procrastinating hours browsing the one-of-a-kind Expedition Portal for the right truck for my trip. There are many options for sure, but not many that are workable if one has a limited budget. Of course I would love to join the global Landy movement or rely on a trusted G class Mercedes, but those were out of reach. An easy-to-fix Toyota then, I decided, one that’s broken in without having suffered abuse. In early September 2014 I spotted her: a grey 1991 Toyota FJ80 Land Cruiser with just over 130,000 miles. She had already had a 3″ lift, an ARB bull bar, a winch and a snorkel. I flew to Jacksonville, FL to pick her up and drove her all the way back to D.C. without any issues. Relief! Paso a paso, paisa Rudy, a genius of a car mechanic working for Iron Mike’s Garage in Rockville, MD changed her main seal and a few other parts, installed additional Hella lights and some security gimmicks (which shall remain secret…) and made sure that she’s in good shape. Meanwhile, I built a platform to sleep on which also maximizes storage space. Is she fast? No. But is she strong? Absolutely. And is she thirsty? Heck, yeah! She’s my bestia blanda.



9 thoughts on “la bestia blanda

  1. hallo ,lieber Daniel ,
    gestern habe ich von Heinrich Deine webside-adresse bekommen ! Ich finde es gaaaanz toll , was Du Dir vorgenommen hast , und ich wünsche Dir gutes Gelingen ! Die Bilder sind beeindruckend , und ich werde Dich weiter “verfolgen” !
    Alles Liebe
    Christiane aus Lauterbach

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    • Das ist ja klasse, Christiane. Ich sitze hier in Cody (Wyoming) beim Fruehstueck und freue mich, dass Du aus der Ferne mit dabei bist. Sei fest gedrueckt! Daniel


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  3. Hallo Daniel,
    Du hast sicherlich nichts dagegen, dass ich Dich begleite. Wao, it is terrific what you planed and set into realty now. I never dreamed of like you, but in my time
    all had been a little different. Ahora, ya no te preocpes que no tienes un fusil para matar un oso. Buen viaje. Sabes que soy. Te he encontrado una vez
    en Lüneburg con tu viejo Mercedes. Otra vez: buen viaje, dos vezes valen mas que una vez. Harm

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    • Grossartig, Harm! Ich freue mich sehr, dass Ihr ebenfalls dabei seid. Natuerlich erinnere ich mich an Euch! Ja, das mit den Baeren geht auch ohne Gewalt :). Bislang habe ich erst einen gesehen. Letztes Jahr ist eine junge Schweizerin von einem angefallen und getoetet worden, wo ich vor vier Naechten uebernachtet habe, aber da ich im Auto schlafe, ist die Gefahr minimal… Bleibt dabei und schreibt beizeiten wieder ‘mal!. Alles Gute ~ D.


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