After more than a year of looking for a suitable international overlander, I found it in Canmore, Alberta.

2002 Toyota Tacoma on the banks of Kama Bay, Lake Superior, east of Nipigon, Ontario (2019.01.17)

2002 Toyota Tacoma on the banks of Kama Bay, Lake Superior, east of Nipigon, Ontario (2019.01.17)

My requirements for an overland vehicle are for a simple, basic, strong, honest machine, that will reliably carry me to where I want to go for the next 10 years or so.

After my experience with electronic gremlins on my BMW motorcycle at the end of my 2008/09 trip to South America, I knew I wanted as few of onboard computers as possible. I need to be able to maintain the vehicle myself and to give a proper bush mechanic an honest chance of fixing it, if and when needed, no matter where I am in the world.

So from the start, I knew I would be challenged to find an older low mileage vehicle, that had a good reputation for reliability, that was well maintained, had not been abused, had not modified in any meaningful way, was in good condition.

Frustrated with my search, I started looking at importing a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) or a vehicle from the UK. But they are right-hand drive vehicles, and many countries don’t allow the import of these beasts, even on a temporary basis. I would encounter enough road blocks and detours on my planned adventure without adding to them before I started.

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