About Me

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 was in a reconnaissance unit that utilized the Stryker. This vehicle is an eight wheeled light armored personnel carrier. While I only spent 5 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.

My Stryker before going on a raid in Iraq

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.

Back in 2016 when I first picked up my 2011 KLR 650

So what’s life like for me now? Well I’m getting used to dad life as I help my wife raise our 3 year old son whose in that toddler raptor stage while developing my freelance writing skills on my favorite hobby, adventure motorcycling. In the last eight years that I’ve been an adventure motorcyclist I’ve ridden some amazing routes such as the Colorado and New Mexico Back Country Discovery Routes as well as sections of the Trans America Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. My most recent trip 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 Mid Atlantic Back Country Discovery Route.

Riding my 2014 Triumph Tiger through the backwoods of South Carolina