For years, every time we saw a photo of a pretty place or someone recommended a location, we put a pin on a Google map. Over time, that map got pretty big and was peppered with pins. As coordinating our trip grew closer, we also started extensively using iOverlander.com to find wild camp spots on public land and interesting back country points of interest. Our Google map really started to become the basis for our travel plans, but it was only accessible with internet access.
We found a nice GPS based, free app for our GPS enabled iPad that would show our GPS location on downloaded maps called Maps.me. The really sweet breakthrough was when we exported our Google map pins and imported the file into Maps.me. What we have now is an iPad that has all of our pins with their text descriptions overlaid on a road map with our GPS location. We have found it to be an awesome way of navigating to our specific points of interest way off the beaten path with no cell coverage.
We have been finding some great camp spots as a result and we have been avoiding organized campgrounds. One benefit of several of the wild camping locations have been beautiful, crystal clear snow melt streams that we use to top off our water supply. The jerry cans for our drinking water have worked really well and we are glad we went that route over an installed RV water tank. We are also really happy that we spent the money on the Seagull filter that allows us to purify stream water without worry of pathogens.
We have been putting a lot of miles on the truck now and it has been doing well. As we have headed north, the pavement has ended and we are now on dirt / gravel / mud tracks as we head toward the Arctic Circle on the Dempster highway in the Yukon. Road conditions seem decent but very weather dependent. A little rain on the road quickly makes a mess of the truck. As the roads have gotten rougher, we have discovered that it is really helpful to cover the jerry can and fuel tank caps with plastic bags and rubber bands. It saves a lot of time while fueling and keeps the whole fueling area dirt / mud free.
Speaking of mud and dust, our shower double functioning as an entry mud room has been working really well for us. It’s nice to have an area to come into the habitat and take off our shoes without tracking dust and mud into the habitat. It’s easy to just sweep up or wipe up the shower pan to get rid of all the grime later. It’s really helped keep the interior of the habitat clean and taking off our shoes has become normal practice.