Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

GearJunkie Goes RVing: New Section Explores Life on the Road

This month, GearJunkie launches a major series with Go RVing to explore the people, places, and gear of recreational vehicles. We hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Campers know that a lot hinges on the weather. As the GearJunkie team made its way to north-central Minnesota for a weekend of mountain biking, campfires, and tall tales, our eyes drifted to the clouds building over the aspen and pine forests.

We found an old access road among the crystal-clear gravel pit lakes of Cuyuna and set to work. We pulled out the tents and sleeping bags just as the first drops splattered heavily on the summer leaves. It was going to be a wet weekend.


But the weather had a lesson in store for us. As we opened an awning on the demo Winnebago Revel RV and set up lawn chairs under the relative shelter, beers cracked open. Just as expected, the stories flowed well into the night. And even as rain fell heavily from the sky, that campfire surged to life safely out of reach of the camper.

For one weekend, a diehard group of campers became RVers. And given that it happened to be a very wet weekend, we were all thankful.

The GearJunkie crew had a home base for cooking, staying dry, and organizing our work gear (yes, we worked!) even in the soaking rain. We saw firsthand the value RVs bring, especially when your life on the road intersects your work life in a very real way.


Go RVing: Vehicle for a Life of Exploration

In the next month, GearJunkie will share a series of articles exploring the world of RVs in Out of Office, presented by Go RVing.

But we won’t just focus on the gear. We’ll have profiles of RVers who shape the culture of life in a highly mobile community. We’ll share some of the best locations to visit with your RV (or van, truck, or car and tent!). And of course, we’ll have the gear.

And when we say gear, we mean in-depth articles about subjects like electronics for your RV and communications solutions for life off the grid.

So buckle up and join us for the ride. We hope you enjoy it.


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