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The first rule of desert travel is never go alone.

Green Rover is breaking this rule by making a solo one-hundred kilometer trip off road into Volcano Land.

Why did we break the rule?

First, it was the middle of the Arabian winter, and there was zero chance that we would die of thirst as long as we stayed with our vehicle. We had two-hundred liters of water in the car, and we could have lasted a month without outside help if the Defender had broken down.

Second, approximately every twenty kilometers along the desert track, there was an isolated Bedouin family living in a camel hair tent, and if we needed help, we could hike back to the last set of tents to get assistance. There was zero risk of hyperthermia or dehydration at that time of year.

Third, if we needed assistance, we could start a fire and burn a spare tire sending up a billowing black smoke signal for all to see. Every Bedouin for miles around would come to see what was causing the smoke.

Fourth, our vehicle was in excellent condition with two spare tires and we had plenty of fuel in reserve.

Fifth, I speak Arabic, and I worked at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. Bedouins all over Arabia had friends and relatives operated on at our hospital, and it's likely the local people would have an extremely positive attitude toward us because we worked there.

The trip turned out great. We enjoyed the volcanoes, the lava tubes, and the stark beauty all around.

The biggest risk on this trip is problems with the tires. The sharp volcanic rock is not only abrasive, it also can cut through the sidewalls.

One of our friends who made the same trip sustained four flat tires, and he had to wait while someone drove to a small town to purchase replacements.

We gave ourselves permission to venture alone off-road in this sparsely populated patch of desert. Although this undertaking was not without risk, the risk appeared manageable, and we had reasonable contingency plans in the event of a problem.

Getting permission to live your dreams is hard, especially when you feel like you need permission from other people.

Fortunately, the only permission you really need is from the person you see when you look in the mirror.

If the person in the mirror says it's ok, then you have all the permission necessary to live your dreams.

Dr. Dave

Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

See what it's like for a family to sail around the world on a small catamaran

Captain Save Our Souls

Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.

Red Sea Blues

Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.

Red Sea Chronicles Trailer

If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 1 - When Flying Fish Attack

Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 2 - Pirate Alley

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 3 - Aden, Yemen

Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 4- Gate of Sorrows and Sandstorms

After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.

Red Sea Chronicles

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.