Team Tuesday 2019: Rori & Tiffany

Does off-roading, exploring, and causing a little chaos spark joy in your life? Then you’ll relate to today’s Team Tuesday. Rori Lewis and Tiffany Walker are entering third year Rebelle territory this October, along with Tiffany’s TOTAL CHAOS equipped FJ. This team loves adventure, stretching past comfort zones into new territory, and learning new skills whenever, wherever. 

Another cool aspect? Like many others, Rori and Tiffany came together just for the Rebelle Rally. They met only twice before competing together as a team in 2017. And have been coming together every year since for the Rebelle Rally. Hailing from Hesperia, CA and Colorado Springs, CO, please welcome Team #154 Roads Less Traveled!

Rori is from Hesperia where she currently resides. As the Administrative Assistant at TOTAL CHAOS Fab, Rori gets up close and personal with all things off-road on a daily basis – and loves it. 

Going into year three, Rori is feeling prepared. She’s working out, eating, training, navigating as much as possible, and hitting the trails when she can – a little different approach for them this year when it comes to training.

She’s also going in stoked to be back with Tiffany. “It’s pretty amazing that someone would be willing to go back with me a third year. I know I can be a difficult person no matter how much my navigational skills improve each year. It’s hard to imagine doing it with anyone else!”

And she’s coming back to simply experience the Rebelle all over again.”The Rebelle is an amazing experience that I think all women should experience because you can learn a lot about yourself in eight days driving through Mother Nature shut off from the world. Not to mention it’s our third year competing, and we are hoping to be better than ever!”

Although she’s a bit nervous about “epically failing,” it’s because Rori has specific goals to reach in mind for this year. Something to combat her nerves? A picture of her dogs she’s not leaving home without! Along with peppered beef jerky for protein pick-me-up. 

Tiffany is originally from Topeka, Kansas and calls Colorado Springs home for 13 years. Tiffany occupation is in Child Advocacy and Employee Engagement..and she also just happend to hit the half-time mark – 50! So when she’s not working, she’s stretching herself in ways that might not be so comfortable. She also loves off-roading with her husband Tom, and is eager to apply her learnings from the past two years to this year’s rally.

How does she feel entering her third Rebelle? “Surprisingly calm. And more mentally prepared. I think the last-minute decision to participate this year didn’t allow for me to get in my head about things early on and approach this years’ competition much more methodically.”

Being a Kansas-to-Tennessee-to-Oregon-to-Colorado girl, Tiffany told us the dunes always make her nervous because she has little experience driving them. “Maybe I should say, it’s a healthy respect!”

Tiffany is looking forward to making up for last year’s difficulties this year, and leaning in to what she learned about herself, her teammate, and her rig.

Speaking of her rig, she’s bringing her very capable 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser. She’s been off-roading in the FJ for so many years, so it’s really become an extension of her. She knows her quirks…and the FJ knows Tiffany’s! Plus, she’s equipped with a Total Chaos 2″ Expedition series long travel kit and suspension. How can it get any better?!

Tiffany is not leaving home  without her memory foam pillow and her  XPed sleeping mat. We can confirm Tiffany is 100% correct when she states, “Sleep is the magic sauce!”

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Team Tuesday 2018: Rori & Tiffany

These two women did not know each other before the Rebelle, but after competing together in 2017, their newly formed bond is taking them on a second round of Rebelle! Please welcome back today’s Team Tuesday, Team Roads Less Travelled (RLT) Rori Lewis and Tiffany Walker!

After being the only “rookies” to place in the Top Ten last year, Office Assistant at TOTAL CHAOS and navigator Rori Lewis from Hesperia, CA, is excited to push herself to the NEXT LEVEL in 2018. Competing last year not only helped her confidence tremendously, it also taught her that when give 100%, you can overcome anything.

Rori also pointed out to us last year’s Rebelle was so challenging because it was all about the unknown. This year, she foresees its challenge will lie on being too hard on herself. Although she mentions that the Rebelle has helped with that, too.

“I know I can’t control everything, but it sure gets to me when I can’t. The Rebelle helps me with that. If I click the wrong blue flag, or don’t get at least half the points for a black, or if I tell Tiffany to take the wrong trail…any little mistake…it’s a constant reminder for over a week to just do my best, take my time, and know that T-Bird (Tiffany) won’t leave me in the middle of the desert if I make a mistake!”

Rori’s favorite memory from last year was the very last checkpoint before headed back to basecamp. Winds were at an all-time high in Glamis, and the day was brutal. After plotting wrong, they met up with Team Wild Grace, where navigator Sedona checked her point and they realized they were just south of where they needed to be. With time creeping up quickly, Rori and Tiffany decided to go for it and Wild and Grace stayed behind. RLT came around the trees and there was the checkpoint! They were hoping to see Team Wild Grace pull up right behind them, and sure enough, they saw them coming down the road towards the checkpoint. So they were all able to ring in the score of the final checkpoint of the final day together as the rally officially came to a close.

Tiffany residess in Colorado Springs CO, where she’s in Marketing and Communications for Compassion International. She can’t wait to get back in the dirt with Rori, as last year was full of discoveries for both of them. They discovered they’re incredibly compatible, they’re much better at their respective rally “jobs” than they though they’d be and well…who doesn’t want a week of adventure, challenge, fun, and competition with like-minded women all rolled into one?!

When we asked Tiffany what makes the Rebelle so challenging, she stated it’s the surprises – they’re literally around every corner!

Tiffany is a planner and scheduler. During the Rebelle, in every minute of every hour for 10 hours a day you are making decisions based on the next “surprise” thrown your way. Tiffany said you just can’t plan for those relentless, challenging circumstances, which as a planner, Tiffany found difficult. But obviously she got through it as her team scored in the Top Ten!

“Rori and I had set a stretch goal of ‘trying’ for the Top 10. We ended up in 7th place and were the only rookies completely new to rallying to make the Top 10. This year, we’re setting our sights higher and are shooting for the podium. We know it’s a high goal, but in the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you BECOME by achieving your goals.’ So here we go…!”

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Team Tuesday: Rori & Tiffany

Gotta love it when things just fall into place. Since our inaugural event last October, we’ve seen countless teams come together for the Rebelle, and it’s something we love to watch unfold. Today is no exception. With nothing more than perfect timing, Rori Lewis and Tiffany Walker were connected through a mutual contact just for the Rebelle, and from there a team was born. Please welcome Team Roads Less Traveled (RLT) on today’s Team Tuesday!

Rori Lewis was raised in Hesperia, CA (“good old High Desert and tumbleweeds!”) where she currently lives today with her husband and dog. Having been in the off-road world with dirt bikes and trucks for a long time, Rori’s position working as Administrative Assistant at TOTAL CHAOS fits in perfectly with her lifestyle in the dirt! And when she’s not out having fun out in the great outdoors, she has an artistic side – loving to paint, draw, and style hair (Rori happens to also be a licensed cosmetologist!)

Looking for a new and next level challenge, Rori has known for awhile an upcoming big adventure was calling….and the Rebelle Rally answered. She’s always been good at physical sports and this is the opposite end of the spectrum for her – which is exactly what she wants. With a life motto of “Live life for you. In the end it is you and only you who decides your happiness,” Rori’s Rebelle journey this October couldn’t have happened without a little help from her circle – as we all know, support can go a long way when taking on something you’ve never done.

“I have the most amazing husband and family. Nothing short of the best cheerleading/motivating/encouraging/supportive group of people I’ve ever known. And I can’t wait to find out what I’m actually capable of handling in different situations during the Rebelle, and meeting so many amazing women taking the same journey I am.”

Tiffany Walker is originally from Topeka, Kansas, and now lives in Colorado Springs, CO where she works for Compassion International in Colorado Springs – advocating for children in poverty around 25 countries. And when she’s not working to make a difference in the world, you’ll find her off-roading, hiking, reading and playing volleyball. Her idea of a perfect day? On a hike next to a stream in the mountains with her husband and dogs…or a great novel on a rainy day!

With travels over the globe under her belt (best trip ever – London + Paris with her sisters!), Tiffany is looking forward to some time spent in the American West during the Rebelle. Seeing the iconic landscapes and testing her skills and endurance along the way are incredibly appealing to Tiffany, who loves the opportunity to unplug during the rally, listen to her head and heart, and come out stronger and more focused on the other side.

“I want to challenge myself and write an exciting new chapter for my story. I believe the skill and perseverance the Rebelle requires will help me to reach a better understanding of who I am and who I want to become. I also want to show other women they can do anything they put their minds to. Don’t wait ‘until’…(time, money, energy or otherwise). Just Do It!”

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