The first trip, from Prudhoe Bay, AK, to Cape Spear, Newfoundland, including a stop in Detroit, began in April 2011. It took 26 days and spanned 7,800 miles (12,480 km). While in the Motor City, Miller visited with Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo and Quality Metal Crafters, manufacturer of American Expedition Vehicle conversion packages for SUVs.

Journeys across Antarctica and South America are in the works. They steer clear of countries the U.S. government deems as unsafe for foreign travelers. 

Miller’s three sons and wife have joined him on some of the trips as well as other outings.

“I love adventure, especially with my kids,” Miller says. “Five years ago, our family theme was ‘The year of 100 adventures.’ We did 100 hikes, bike rides and family trips. It really brought us together.”

He saw E7 as a great way to spend time with the family, see the world, grow as an individual, expand his children’s horizons and “calibrate how blessed we are.”

With Brady charting the courses, it was up to Miller to supply the vehicles. But the models they needed, two ’12 VDJ78s and a ’13 VDJ79 fitted with 202-hp 4.5L turbodiesel V-8s, were not sold in the U.S.

“At the time, that engine was only available in the body style we needed in Australia and New Zealand,” Miller says. “We had to form companies there to get the vehicles purchased, registered and exported to the U.S.”

The two VDJ78s have traveled every mile the team has driven so far. The VDJ79 replaced a model with a straight 6-cyl. engine after North American and European excursions. “The V-6 just couldn’t keep up with the V-8s,” Miller says.

“The Land Cruiser is specifically designed to operate in extreme environments, so it would be entirely feasible to do all but the most technical sections with a stock vehicle,” Brady says.

However, to create what he calls “dream vehicles” providing optimal performance, safety and security, the team added heavy-duty suspensions, aftermarket shocks and springs, custom bumpers, dual batteries, auxiliary fuel tanks, roof racks, a heavy-duty winch, larger tires and an array of high-powered lights.

On the inside, the vehicles feature custom-made storage systems, sleeping platforms, a refrigerator and an auxiliary heater that services both the engine block and interior.

Miller shares logistics, vehicle and equipment specifications and resources along the routes with other aspiring world travelers. He doesn’t disclose the cost of E7, calling it a “personal endeavor.”

Aside from helping Miller’s team identify and acquire the vehicles, Toyota was not heavily involved in the project.

“They pointed us in the right direction and helped connect with the right people to get the vehicles that we needed,” Miller says. “When they heard about our plans they just said, ‘It’s a Land Cruiser, it’s built to do that.’ It’s not like they were amazed or spellbound.”