Monday, May 6, 2013

1978 Jeep Expedition of the Americas - Jeep Song

The 1978 Jeep Expedition of the Americas was an ambitious 21,000 mile trip from the southern tip of South America to uppermost tip of Alaska. Mark Smith and his team of partners took stock Jeep CJ-7 and Wagoneers to accomplish this feat. But why did they do it? They were not sponsored by any company and put up their own money for the expedition. A five month excursion. The resounding message in this clip was "for the thrill of it." They put their Yankee ingenuity and Jeep equipment to the test, especially when crossing the wild Darien Gap. These explorers did it so they could enjoy the adventure for its own sake. They did it all for the pure joy and adventure of just doing it.

A song at the 16:14 mark carries the message though of this amazing adventure:

There’s a spot that finds its way
into a special kind of man
that lights a fire deep in his soul
that tells him “yes you can.”

He can get out from behind his desk
And go try something new
Driving up the side of the world
Is just the thing to do.

Cause he’s driven by a dream
A rainbow is his guide
He get’s his strength from mother earth
And a billion starry lights

He’s driven by a dream
Crossing rivers, climbing trees
To turn the heartaches and the joys
Into treasured … memories.

This spark becomes a torch
And is passed from man to man
You can see it in their faces
As they go lend a hand

Each step makes him taller
And fills his heart with pride
When your driving up the side of the world
You take it all in stride