Dana Brown grew up in New England and spent his time in the backcountry or on the coastal islands camping, hiking, and fishing. After a three-year stint in college Dana yearned for adventure and a challenge and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a reconnaissance specialist. For 12 years Dana trained and deployed around the world. It was during a deployment to Afghanistan that Dana stumbled upon the Long Way Around series and discovered adventure motorcycling. Upon returning home he picked up an old 2000 Suzuki RM 250 dirt bike and a 2007 Yamaha XT225 dual sport and started to develop and hone his on and off-road riding skills in the mountains and deserts of Colorado. When Dana left the military in 2016, he purchased a 2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 and started to go on several long-distance off-road adventures on the Colorado and New Mexico Back Country Discovery Routes, significant portions of the Continental Divide Trail, and the Colorado and Utah sections of the Trans America Trail. At around the same time Dana went back to college to finish his degree and started a blog about adventure motorcycling.
Fast forward to today and after a brief stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota Dana now calls Charleston, South Carolina home. He continues to write in his blog and is very passionate about adventure motorcycle riding and has helped the segment grow quite a bit in coastal South Carolina. Over the last two years Dana transitioned from his KLR workhorse to a 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 and finally to his current 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro. These days when he’s not chasing around his four-year-old son he’s riding the Tiger on adventures into the southern Appalachian Mountains or helping maintain and promote the South Carolina Adventure Route. Recently, Dana completed his third BDR by riding the Mid Atlantic Back Country Discovery Route and discussed his trip on the Throttled Adventures podcast. To keep up with Dana and his adventures follow him on Instagram or Facebook as well as his online blog.