Rasa is an experienced off-road driver and overlander, who has been driving and co-driving her 2004 Toyota Tacoma with precision and speed all over the desert southwest for almost 20 years (mostly while looking for historic airplane crash sites). She is an aerospace engineer and program management leader who has been wrenching on this truck alongside her husband since it was brand new.
LeeWhay is an experienced world-traveler, and is an expert at reading maps and navigating best routes through unfamiliar territory; she is equally comfortable with map/plotter/compass as she is with GPS for route- and checkpoint-finding. LeeWhay is an excellent off-road driver herself, and an invaluable asset to Rasa when spotting and marshalling are needed in the toughest terrain.
Rasa and LeeWhay met a decade ago and have been traveling and overlanding together (along with their signifiant others) ever since. 2021 Rebelle Rally was the first time they had ever partnered in the same vehicle together. The rally deepened their friendship and their trust in one another, brought them loads of laughter and fun, and at the finish line, they keep saying, “heck yeah let’s do this again!” This will be their third time competing in the Rebelle Rally.
PHXTaco is the HoneyBadgersRally trusty steed: a 2004 FirstGen Toyota Tacoma, clocking in at 300,000+ miles on the odometer! This truck has been built for and exercised almost weekly on desert and mountain adventures, and is in constant refinement mode in its Phoenix, Arizona home garage.
Jiffy Lube of Sacramento
Toyota Vintage Trucks
Wanderlust is strong in me. Animals bring me joy.
Physical Therapist / homesteader
"Solvitur ambulando" is a Latin phrase which means "it is solved by walking" and is used to refer to a problem which is solved by a practical experiment. It is often attributed to Saint Augustine.
I am new to chickens and have 15 hens in my flock. Well, I think they are all hens, time will tell...
In 2021, we said, "this is a once in a lifetime experience" In 2022, we said, "we can improve on last year, let's do this one more time." In 2023, Rasa says, "I signed us up again." The Rebelle Rally is such a unique competition. There is just something about it that makes you want to come back time and time again. The people, the spectacular scenery, the camaraderie, the challenge, and the teamwork. It's addictive!
Older couples (in their 80's and 90's) who look at each other with fondness after so many years. People who grow and preserve their own food.
It's hard to pick just one. In my 20's, exploring New Zealand with two girlfriends in a camper van. In my 30's, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In my 40's, being locked down in Morocco for 6 months during the beginning of the pandemic. And now, almost 50, starting our homestead / farmstead / orchard from scratch.
Never daunted by challenges. Everything is figure-out-able. Except for how to bring an adventure cat on the rally... Still working on that!
Director of Program Management
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. -Dolly Parton
Our First Gen Tacoma was recognized as one of the best Toyotas at Overland Expo West this year!
The Rebelle Rally is where 100+ amazing women get to showcase their skills, their grit, their endurance, and their teamwork. Partnerships and friendships grow within and across teams as we share this amazing competition experience. We had to come back, and see how much more we could grow together, and how much more we could accomplish.
People who give their time and energy as mentors, coaches, and team-builders.
Wool/Shift/Dust (Silo series on Apple TV+) by Hugh Howey
All of Naomi Novik’s books
Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Dolly Parton’s America podcast
It started as a Sunday drive. A fun little winter day trip to Arizona's Verde River the hard way. Just a few flurries expected. On that chilly late afternoon, on the steep side of a canyon, 25 difficult miles from pavement and people, our Tacoma's spindle knuckle catastrophically broke (you know, the thing that holds the wheel on). The cold and dark hike out to our rescuing friend whose truck couldn't quite make it all the way in to us, our return 2 days later to field-repair the truck on that snowy shelf road, and our race to get out before the incoming storm dumped its 40 inches of snow -- THAT was the adventure of a lifetime. It's also why our spindles and knuckles now have Total Chaos gussets welded in place!