Well your probably wondering whose the person that’s leading this adventure and what does Stryker ADV even mean..well to find out look no further,
My names Dana and I’m currently a resident in the Charleston area of South Carolina. I’m a veteran that served 12 years in the United States Army and spent quite a bit of time on adventure safari’s over in Iraq, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, and Jordan. During my time in the Army I spent a few years in a reconnaissance unit that utilized the Stryker. The Stryker is an eight wheeled light armored personnel carrier that can carry 12 guys into harms way and bring them home again. While I only spent a few years on Stryker’s I have developed a deep love and fondness for them considering the beating they can take and how they keep on rolling.
As for the ADV or adventure side well I was a Coast Guard brat growing up and as an only child I had quite the upbringing in coastal towns in New England. Growing up I was a huge fan of the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping in the back country of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. This love for outdoor activities helped lead to the military where I learned and developed many different skills such as land navigation, survival, and wilderness first aid.
So, what’s life like for me now? Well, I’m getting used to dad life as I raise my 5-year-old son who’s in that toddler raptor stage while developing my freelance writing skills on my favorite hobby, adventure motorcycling. In the last 8 years that I’ve been an adventure motorcyclist I’ve ridden some amazing routes such as the Colorado, Mid Atlantic, New Mexico Back Country Discovery Routes as well as sections of the Trans America Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. My longest trip to date was an epic cross-country ride from Minnesota to South Carolina where half of my time was spent on dirt and gravel along with some back country roads. As I look towards the future, I’m hoping to explore the Appalachians in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina as well taking a shot at the Northeast Back Country Discovery Route.