One of my favorite things to do in between my expeditions is to follow the sites of those in the midst of theirs. Traveling families have always intrigued me. Having sometimes found it difficult to coordinate the desires of my one traveling companion and me, I can’t imagine what it’s like with multiple family members! Therefore, I was particularly impressed when I came upon a network of families traversing the world – in their own ways, on their own routes, yet connected by common dreams, realities, and writings.
Most of you are familiar with Overland Expo - but do you know that it's already been 4 years since the first event in 2009?
Things have changed quite a bit in the Overland world since...
The original Range Rover is the only vehicle to ever be displayed in the Louvre as a work of art, and this very well may be the swan song of that model– the 1995 Range Rover Classic. It's rare to find one of these vehicles in near prisine shape, and it's clear that this vehicle has been pampered and maintained. This particular specimin only has 77,421 miles, with a near perfect interior and exterior it isn't cheap at $14,900– but these vehicles are becoming harder and harder to find in this kind of shape.
Note to self: never pack cases of bottled water in the trailer ever again.
We had a busy morning today, somehow managing to squeeze in Carruther's Cabin, Rock Springs, (Bert G. Smith's) Stone Cabin, Government Holes, a few detours, and a drive down to Mitchell Caverns in before lunch. At the caverns we were joined by Lou in a well-equipped 2001 Discovery. The Mule continues to perform admirably despite Wal-Mart tires and no suspension. Today we had it flexing down moguls, up rocks, and through ruts with little more than a third "bump" to signal its presence.
Don't forget to check out the complete write-up of the Grand Cherokee here!
The Land Rover Defender is Dead.
Well, it has been since 1997 in America– and due to strict EU vehicle regulations, it's beginning to die elsewhere. The concept for it's replacement, the DC100, very well may be a fantastic vehicle when it finally reaches production, arguably a better vehicle in many ways than it's predecessor; but there's no chance it will be the same vehicle. From what I've seen, there's only one other vehicle that remotely comes close to the versatility and capability that we've come to expect from Land Rover's utility model– The Jeep Wrangler, specifically, The Unlimited.
The Mojave Road: Day 1
With no time left to wash off the BorregoFest mud, we caught up to a small group from Expedition Portal at Avi Casino this morning: Kurt in a ZJ, Richard in a Tundra, and Brock in a shiny new 4Runner. Our task: the Mojave Road, with visits to a generous number of side attractions over the 4-day trek. After introductions and a few group photos we set off on the first leg of our journey.
Since I had been asked to help out with navigation on this trip I figured it was time to move out of the dark ages. So, I picked up a copy of Overland Navigator and a RAM mount for my netbook. Keeping with the trend over the last few weeks, everything arrived just in time to install the day before our depature. Despite my forgetting to bring a copy of the manual, and a whopping 60-second test run with the software that consisted of "oh look, there's the parking lot!", the setup proved both intuitive and easy to use on the move.
Today on Stuff, and Things we're having a hat extravaganza, and we're exited because these wonderful hats are currently being made in in Peru! Yes, check the hat you're currently wearing, it may be made in Peru as well, but it's not hand-knitted by the nicest couple you'll ever meet that's been driving around the world for over two years in their Land Rover Defender. Paul and Helen Crittenden sell these hats that they make in their downtime wherever they happen to be in the world for a reasonable $20 US (including shipping!). It's one of the ways they help to maintain their fantastic Going Overland Expedition. Try finding a handmade hat for under $20 shipped to your door, especially one with a story like this! It's a fantastic way to directly support good people, on a great adventure.
Haven't you ever just wanted to pack up, buy a Royal Enfield and head off into the Himalayas? These guys did!Another great submission from the Expedition Portal Video Contest!