About Us

MacBurger & Diesel
Altai Mountains, 2012 PDA Photography

We are Jonathan Murphy and James MacKay, respectively.  In 2012 we completed the Mongol Rally  as 2 of the 3 members of team The Mustache Ride. We drove a Vauxhall Astra 11,000 miles from Goodwood, UK, to Ulaan Baatur, Mongolia. It was the best time of our lives. Within a few days of crossing the finish line, we began brainstorming on what massive, epic road trip to undertake next.  We looked to the Western Hemisphere.

On August 22, 2014, James left Debert, Nova Scotia to meet Jonathan in Redlands, California.  After a few days of preparation, we drove south into Mexico with the ultimate goal being Ushuaia, Argentina:  the southernmost city in the world, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, and a great place to catch a boat to Antarctica.  This blog describes what happened to us (and our wheels) along the way.

In the spirit of the Mongol Rally – that is, driving a low-powered and “economical” car – we drove a vehicle grossly unsuitable for the obstacles ahead of us, a 2007 Pontiac Wave hatchback.  From the factory, the 1.6-liter Wave produced approximately 100 horsepower, and our car had nearly 100,000 miles on it at the outset.  The only modification was the removal of its back seats


Since the conclusion of the PARTy we’ve had a couple smaller-scale adventures that we’ve posted, written a few throwback articles, and we’re currently undertaking a six-week long vaguely counterclockwise run of Southeast Asia.
Along with our regular blog posts here, we’ll be posting quicker updates through our Twitter account, @DistanceFNormal, and posting videos to our YouTube channel.  You can reach us through email via distancefromnormal@gmail.com.

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