Loyal

Loyal’s first trip to Marocco

My name is Loyal. I have worked as a System Engineer at LuK gmbh & Co AG for the last seven years. During that time I worked on a number of projects, however my “baby” has been the dry double clutch system for the Ford Fiesta and Focus. Working on this high volume project has been all-consuming, and I made the decision that once the project was in stable production, it was time to do something different.

I have always enjoyed traveling and general adventure. During high school, I enjoyed backpacking, hiking, skiing and sailing. After graduating high school, I spent a couple weeks backpacking through the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, camping and hiking in Wyoming and Colorado, and rafting down the Colorado river. I then studied General Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado, where I continued to feed my addiction for outdoor adventure.

After graduating college, I had the fortune of being unemployed. After a month or so of humbugging, I was offered a chance to crew on a trip from the Turks and Caicos through the Caribbean Islands ending at Petit Saint Vincent. This was a life changing trip for me. As it reinforced my love for the outdoors as well as kindled my interest in foreign cultures and peoples. However, at some point in time, I had to return to reality. And so it was, that in January of 2006 I began my work as a test engineer at LuK in Wooster, Ohio. 9 Months later, I landed in Germany for a 2 year training assignment in System Integration Engineering.

Well, the 2 years flew by. I travelled extensively throughout western Europe, frequenting Austria and Switzerland. And it also became apparent that my “training” was not finished. So I signed up for another year. And another. And another. The whole time continuing to travel, not just within Europe, but also to Northern Africa (Egypt and Morocco) and Japan.

Living in Germany also reunited me with my passion for running, especially trail running. The hallmark run being the Trans-Alpine run. A Stage-Run starting in southern Germany and ending 8 days later in northern Italy. Again, an amazing experience. Since then, I have completed marathons, half-marathons, and multiple multi-day stage and trail races.

At the heart of traveling, love for the outdoors and running lies my need for adventure and experience. In my first blog in 2006, I introduced myself as an experience junkie. So, it is now that I depart, with my experience junkie wife, on another adventure. This experience will be by land, in a Land Rover, around the African continent.