I’ve only got a week until I embark for the 50th Easter Jeep Safari in Utah, and I’ve still got tons of work to do on my junky $600 Jeep. But there’s no turning back now; I’m going for it. Here’s the route I’m taking. If you live anywhere along it, I might need your help.

I bought a $600 Jeep Cherokee off Craigslist to show the world that you don’t have to be rich to go off-roading with the big-boys. While I have faith in my old Cherokee, I realize that something will inevitably go wrong, and I’ll break down along my 1,747 mile route to off-road Mecca.

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That’s why I’m posting the map of my route so you, the great readers of this fine website, can keep your loved ones off the roads as I drive through. And also to see if I can build a Jalopnik reader support system.

My copilot and I start our journey on Friday the 18th — eight days from now — at around 7am and drive through Chicago. We then head down across Missouri to the Kansas City area, where we’ll spend the night at my favorite fishing lake.

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On Saturday, we’ll make the trek along I-70 across Kansas, perhaps the most boring drive in America. We’ll overnight near Denver, and head to Moab on Sunday morning.

That’s the ideal (read: unlikely) schedule, but reality will likely bite me in the butt, and I’ll be stranded somewhere unfortunate trying to replace a bad sensor that’s impossible to reach without a million extensions and a u-joint socket.

With my luck, this will happen in the middle of Kansas—and I’ll end up actually arriving days after I anticipated. Or not at all.

So if I do break down, and you live nearby, feel free to give me a hand (by which I really mean “please help me!”). Follow me on Twitter to get updates on my location and on the status of my junker (which I’ve dubbed #projectswisscheese due to its “hole-y” nature).

This whole thing is probably a very bad idea, but I’m going for it. With your help, who knows, maybe I can pull it off.

Expect to see build updates very soon.

If you’d like to help, or if you just want to send hate mail, my email address is: david.tracy@jalopnik.com