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Join Team Maxing out on their global adventures. Their favorite expeditionary vehicle is a Land Rover Defender, and that is why they have owned six of them in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and North America. Their driving adventures have taken them through Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, and Australia.Team Maxing Out has Land Rover Addiction Disorder, and we hope that there is no cure. Team Maxing Out also suffers from Sailing Addiction Disorder, and you can follow their sailing adventures on Join them as they sail around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. Team Maxing Out chronicles their exploits during an eleven year circumnavigation. Experience their adventures as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea. Find out what it's like to sail through a global tsunami in Thailand. Dodge floating debris with them as they carefully navigate through tsunami debris crossing the Indian Ocean. Sail up the Kumai River in Borneo and visit the endangered Orangutans of Kalimantan. Explore the crystal clear waters of southern Turkey and sail through the Corinth Canal of Greece. Ride out a storm at sea as Exit Only sails from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands. Discover what it's like to sail on the ocean of your dreams.

Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

Twelve awesome ebooks from Captain Dave

Landroverman has written twelve eBooks that are available at the Positive Thinking Bookstore and that can be downloaded from Amazon. While you are out there exploring the world, push your mind in a positive direction with eBooks from Landroverman.

Overland Dreams

If you don't have a space shuttle, if you can't afford a yacht, if you don't like to fly, you can still make a trip around the world. You simply climb into your truck, start driving, and don't stop until you complete the trip. You'll need a couple of years and some Freedom Chips to finance the adventure, but you can make it happen. Travel with us around planet earth on Overland UNI, and before long you might decide to make your own trip. Our favorite vehicle for expeditionary travel is the Land Rover Defender. It truly is an Expeditionary Dream Machine.

Land Rover Defender

Expeditionary dream machines.

Endless persistence
Endless Persistence

Endless persistence gets the job done

I will live as if I am a great person
Nothing To Lose

Live as if you are great

What To Do In A Hole

Stop Digging

You Don't Need An Iron Will

I am willing to do whatever it takes

Appearances are deceiving
Limitations Appear Real

Appearances are deceiving

Overland 101

My first trip into the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia taught me the most important lesson of desert exploration that I ever learned: DON'T DO STUPID THINGS! The desert is unforgiving and doesn't treat fools lightly.The Expeditionary Sandbook summarizes everything you need to know in order to drive in sand. The Expeditionary Sandbook points you in the right direction and gives you the tools you need to make the trip. All you need is a truck and some deep desert sand to get started.

Expeditionary Sandbook

Don't do stupid things.

Security, survival, and stuff
Security, Survival And Stuff

I'll never be rich and famous!


Getting stuck is good!

Wandering But Not Lost

Living my life on purpose.

Grand Schemes
Grand Schemes

Rocking my world!

Negativity Not Allowed

Listen to the sound of your dreams.

Overland 202

Not all expeditionary navigational problems are created equal, and your approach to navigation varies with terrain, capability of the vehicle, and degree of access to the land. Limited access makes navigation more challenging, and unlimited access gives you hundreds of options when you plan your expedition. Situational awareness forms the foundation of successful expeditionary travel. If you are ready to learn how to do deep desert navigation, the The Expeditionary Handbook is for you.

Expeditionary Handbook
Expeditionary Handbook

Offroad Navigation.

Guilty of living my dreams
Guilty As Charged

Guilty of living my dreams.

List of dreams that happened by themselves
Dreams Don't Just Happen

Make your own list.

Great lives are built on great thoughts
Great Lives

Great thoughts.

The sound of silence
The Sound Of Silence

The Silence Challenge.

Do It Now

Now is the right time.

Overland 303

Travel with Team Maxing Out to the Hadida Meteor crater in the middle of the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. More than 400 years ago, a massive meteor struck and buried itself in the sand dunes creating large craters, vaporizing and melting sand. We decided to make an expedition to the Wabar meteor crater in our Land Rover Defenders. An expedition to Hadida is an awesome excercise in desert navigation as well as a test of your ability to drive in soft sand.

Hadida - Wabar meteor crater
Hadida Meteor Crater

Wabar Meteor Crater - Arabia.

You Won The Jackpot

Winning the lottery of life.


Hunkered down.

Defender 130
Ozzie Defender 130

Finke River Gorge in Oz.

Semper Fidelis

Always keep the faith.

Say Yes To Life

Sand dreams some true.

Overland 404

When people think of Saudi Arabia, they usually think about endless expanses of sand and giant sand dunes. But there are other treasures in the Arabian Outback that are worth exploring. Until I went to Arabia, I thought that all volcanoes were black. That is not the case in Arabia.We decided to visit the white volcanoes of the Arabian shield just north of Medina. The volcanoes are in a no man's land with lava fields stretching for hundreds of miles. We would be foolish to make a solo trip to this area in the heat of summer. But if it's the cold month of December, if we have two spare tires and enough water to survive for a couple of weeks, and if we are willing to burn one of our spare tires to make a smoke signal in an emergency, then a solo trip is not crazy. Check out our solo trip to the White Volcanoes of the Arabia Shield.

White Volcanoes

White Volcanoes of Arabia

Look Before You Leap

Commit after a good look.

Defender in Alice Springs

Defender dreams come true.

No limit how good my life can become
No Limit

Turn off your TV set.

Getting Permission

Give yourself permission.


What Would Steve Do?

Overland 505

Central Arabia has a suprise in store for for those who dare to venture into the Arabian Outback. That surprise is granite outcrops that rise out of the desert floor like a whale breeching the surface of the ocean. Granite batholiths the size of a ten story building and bigger than a city block appear out of nowhere in the desert sands. Their other worldly appearance creates an Alien Wonderland for exploration in our Land Rover Defender.

Granite Dreams

Granite batholiths and bedouin wells.

My confession
My Confession

Land Rover Addiction Disorder

Man With A Plan

My plans are firmly set in jello.

Mind the Gap
When It's All Been Said And Done

Will I have said more than I have done?

Think Positive

A temporary inconvenience

There Are No Limits

Only Limiting Beliefs.

Overland 606

Each expedition into the Arabian desert is special for different reasons. Some trips are simply to get away from it all to experience the solitude and stark beauty of the Arabian shield. Other trips have a specific destination in mind, and the destination defines the adventure. The U.S. Geological Survey worked with the Saudi government to create a set of maps of the geology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. My favorite survey map is the Southern Nejd Quadrangle. A smorgasbord of sand dunes, wadis, granite fields, metamorphic mountain ranges, and archeological mysteries abound in this quadrangle. When I think of this area, the word "awesome" comes to mind. Take a trip with Team Maxing Out to the Tombs of Bir Zeen.

Tombs Of Bir Zeen

Tombs of the southern Nejd quadrangle.

Defining moments
A Defining Moment

Daring greatly.

Daktari Without Borders

Life without borders.

Daktari Safari

The power of a single idea.

Keep going forward
Keep Going Forward

Shed Limting Beliefs.

Please Don't Call 911

If I'm not back in ten years, call 911.

Overland 707

Travel with Team Maxing Out on the Darb Zubaidah from Iraq to Mecca. More than a thousand years ago, Queen Zubaidah from Iraq built an eighteen meter wide pilgrim road from Baghdad to Mecca. The road was called the Darb Zubaidah, and millions of pilgrims walked this road on their journey to perform Haj. We calculated the distance and felt we could complete the trip in a week in our Land Rover Defender 110 expeditionary vehicles. We carried enough fuel and water for the entire trip. Our Defender carried 430 liters of fuel in long range fuel tanks and thirteen jerry cans. We had two hundred liters of water and enough food to last for weeks. Climb into our times machines and drive the Darb Zubaidah.

Darb Zubaidah

Exploring the pilgrim road to Mecca.

What could you do if you could not fail
Do It Now

How would I act if I could not fail?

The Facts Of Life

How many lives do you get?

How Will I Ever Survive

Call 911 if not back in ten years.

The many faces of freedom
Free At Last

The many faces of freedom.

Ten Tons Of Books

eBooks without borders.

Overland 808

Team Maxing Out conquers a sand ramp in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia and then studies the petroglyphs of the Rock Wall Journal. The ancient people who created the Rock Wall Journal were not simple-minded cavemen waiting to evolve into real human beings. These highly intelligent people had an appreciation for the natural world in which they were immersed. They displayed their focus on the natural world with stylized drawings that are still pleasing to modern eyes. Although they had a limited palate and only a few tools with which to work, they created unforgettable panels of rock art. Visit the Rock Wall Journal.

The Rock Wall Journal
The Rock Wall Journal

Petroglyphs of the Arabian Shield.

Taking The Cure

Good-bye Depression.

Enter The Zone

No fear no limits Zone.

Life Is A Test

I am willing to do whatever it takes.

My Positive Bucket List
My Positive Bucket List

My bucket list of great ideas.

Fill Your Mental Fuel Tanks

Defeat depression.

Overland 909

I like people in the outback. They are more than good mates; they are real people. What you see is what you get without apologies. Political correctness hasn't made it's way to the outback, and I hope it doesn't make a beachhead anytime soon. I would rather have a robust outback adventure any day of the week than tip toe through the tulips of the politically correct in large cities. The outback is what it is, and I hope it stays rough around the edges. It is one of last vestiges of freedom in the down under world called Oz. Check out our Ozzie Outback Murals.

Ozzie outback murals
Ozzie Outback Murals

G'day mate!

Failure Is Impossible

What would you do?

Taste Of Freedom

Nothing else will do!

Not For Sale

When plans don't work out.

Enough Faith

A speck of faith moves mountains.

Your Focus Expands

Be careful what you think.

Overland 1000

For the past six decades, I have been an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doer of Dreams. Everything that I do, I do on purpose, and when things don't work out, I keep on keeping on. I don't know if I will ever be rich and famous, but I know that I will live my dreams. And given the choice between riches, fame, and dreams, I will take my dreams without hesitation.

Unstoppable Doer of Dreams

Single-minded purpose.

The Meaning of life
The Meaning Of Life

Making positive reframes.

Life is a laboratory for testing our limitations
Test Your Limitations

The laboratory of life.

Meet The Crew Of Exit Only - Team Maxing Out
Captain Dave

Dave Abbott - Captain Dave sailed around the world with his family on his Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. Captain Dave has owned six Land Rover Defender expeditionary vehicles and one FJ 40 that he has driven through Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, New Zealand, and Australia. He is planning a driving trip around the world in a Defender 110 Land Rover.

Donna Abbott

Donna Abbott - First Mate - Donna earned her stripes the old fashioned way by enduring the rigors of passage making for the thrill of exploring exotic ports across the globe. If Donna could travel full time, she would. There's no place on planet earth that she does not want to visit. She has explored more countries than two people could count on all their fingers and toes. Air travel is her least favorite method of travel. But if you put her on board Exit Only or behind the wheel of a Defender 110, she will go anywhere.

Wendy Abbott

Wendy Abbott - Mate - Wendy is a veteran of dozens of adventures around the world. She sailed halfway around the world on board Exit Only from Florida to New Zealand. She drives Defender 110 Land Rovers like a professional and has tens of thousand of miles under her belt on her adventures on land and sea. When not adventuring, she works as a doctor.


David Abbott - Mate - David shot over 170 hours of footage on the voyage from Australia to Florida. He then produced the Red Sea Chronicles. In addition to the narrating the film, David scored, performed, and recorded the soundtrack for the project. David sails catamarans like a mad man, and drives Defender 110 Land Rovers until the wheels fall off or he is out of gas. He is a good mate on land and sea.

Sarah Abbott

Sarah Abbott - Mate - Sarah is an adventurer and offshore sailor with a trip from Australia to the Med under her belt. She sailed through Pirate Alley, up the Red Sea, and into cinematic glory in the Red Sea Chronicles. She loves life on the high seas, and is ready for another sailing voyage with Team Maxing Out. Her fresh and enthusiastic perspective on cruising helped make the Red Sea Chronicles so special. Sarah grew up in France and is fluent in French. When not adventuring, she works as a physician's assistant.

Save A Tree Bookstore

Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.