Sometimes, we are presented with opportunities that we would be stupid to walk away from.
When the dust had settled after David duChemin’s accident in Italy and it became clear that so many prayers were answered regarding his recovery, I started flirting with the idea of taking Jessie, his right hand drive Defender 90, back home to him. The idea was out of reach, I thought. Sure, I had met David, but I doubted he would remember or care about who I was. And then there was the whole delivery of Jessie thing. David had outfitted the Defender for overland travel, sold or stored most of his worldly possessions, and moved what was left into a vehicle with only a 92 inch wheelbase. To think that he would trust me with what was left of his “stuff” was kind of unthinkable.
I took the shot though. I reached out to David with a vague plan and a promise to deliver. To my astonishment, he agreed! I spent several weeks arranging the ever-moving puzzle pieces. The goal was for a expeditious trip that was also cost-effective. I secured a truck, a trailer, some local volunteer photographers and friends – with immaculate driving records, mind you – and now it is go time.
My buddy Matthew Druin and I will be documenting the trip via our blogs and, of course, twitter. We’ll use the hashtag #jessietrip to track our progress. Join us. Keep us company. Keep us awake!
As a long time Land Rover fanatic and an almost successful photographer, this is an opportunity, a little mini adventure that I just couldn’t walk away from.