2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited: Nevada Road Trip, Part 1
February 12, 2015
Not too long ago, I decided to stop making excuses for not getting out and seeing the world. Opportunities to pack up and head out were surprisingly forthcoming. The most significant so far came courtesy of my buddies in the Edmunds photo and video crew.
Scott Jacobs and John Adolph invited me to tag along on a trip into western Nevada. This wasn't a fancy-pants vacation with rolling luggage and luxury accommodations. It was a journey that involved plenty of dirt roads, hiking boots and lots of trudging around in thorny brush. Besides three humans, there were also a pair of German Wirehaired Pointer Griffons that have graced our long-term updates in the past.
Leading up to our departure, I was under the impression that we were taking two vehicles. Oops. Just as we had the car packed to the roof with gear, I came to the realization that we're making the trip altogether in the Cherokee. Scott was in the back with the two dogs with a very sturdy Orvis seat cover not unlike this one to keep them from scratching the upholstery. The accommodations were tight back there, to say the least.
In my estimation, a road trip like this could be tackled easily with two adults, two kids and a small dog in the Cherokee. Any more than that and someone might be miserable. The good news was that I was able to stash all sorts of ancillary items into the many storage pockets: a beverage in the door, foul weather gear under the cargo floor, cigars under the front seat cushion. The under seat bin was also very handy when I needed to keep some beef jerky away from the dogs when we had to leave them in the car.
That pretty much sums up our cargo limitations on the trip. More on the trip to follow.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 11,597 Miles