Even situations that most of us would regard as outright hardships, Rogers considers them with great fondness. Like the time they had to rescue the professional rescue squad in Iceland.

"These are some of the most-capable and best-equipped four-wheel-drive people in the world, but they got stuck in a snowdrift as they were escorting us through the mountains," he recalls. "So there we were helping to dig out these guys' huge four-wheel-drive truck in the middle of a snow storm. It was the damnedest thing you ever saw."

Of course, even Rogers' sense of adventure has its limitations, most notably his strong aversion to being shot at.

"For Paige, the scariest moment was the night we were stopped by a general on the front lines of a war zone in Angola and forced to spend the night in the camp with his troops," Rogers says. "For me, it was in the eastern India province of Manipur where the chief of police didn't want to let us continue because he had too many of his men killed on the road ahead. I was so scared I didn't even tell Paige, and every time we went around a curve or saw a couple of guys standing by the side of the road I figured 'oh, man, this is it.'"

Whether it was those "life flashing before your eyes" moments or the sum total of their experiences, both Rogers and Parker say the 1101-day road trip had a truly profound effect on their lives.

"When I walked through my front door after three years my first thought was 'I gotta get rid of all this stuff,'" says Rogers. "I want to simplify my life. I don't need a new painting. I don't need to go out on the town. None of those things most people think are important really matter much to me anymore."

New Adventure
The couple has taken shorter road trips in the GLK since their return home, but big plans are currently on hold as the pair embark on what many believe may be the biggest adventure of them all: parenthood. Still, let there be no doubt that Rogers' wanderlust is alive and well.

"Without a doubt my biggest disappointment about the whole adventure is that it's over," Rogers says. "Even though I'm back in New York, every time I see a travel story in a newspaper or magazine I think 'gosh, why aren't I there seeing and experiencing that myself?'"