While awaiting delivery of our campervan, we decided to learn more about overlanding at Overland Expo taking place in Flagstaff, Arizona. Think of Overland Expo as a gathering for people who want to explore the world in some form of motorized vehicle – motorcycle, 4-wheel-drive, camper, truck or jeep. In the sailing world, Overland Expo is equivalent to a boat show. In the tech world, the expo is like attending Google i/o or Dreamforce.
Luckily for us, experienced overlanders and friends, Chris & Chris, showed us the ropes and introduced us to the community.
Driving courses and classes using attendee vehicles made the experience dynamic and fun. New friends Dan & Ann braved the obstacles to learn and demonstrate marshalling skills.
Many of the driving instructors participated in Camel Trophy events back in the day. Deemed the Olympics of 4×4, Daphne Greene and Jim Swett delivered outstanding instruction.
Checking out attendee rigs at the expo kept the wheels turning on how to outfit our rig.
The 4×4 Land Rover course proved to be fun – especially in the provided SUVs.
Jonathan and Roseanne Hanson created an amazing, fun, informative event. Duncan loved the tool class taught by Jonathan.
After four full on days and nights attending classes, making new friends, investigating gear, perusing rigs and watching the premier of Expedition 65, exploring Flagstaff, minds overflowed with ideas and feet called for a break.
For three weeks and 2,000 miles, we overlanded – okay it was a rental car on freeways – our way to and from the event. Check out a few photos from stops at Pinnacles National Park, Pebble Beach, Flagstaff, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs and Kings Canyon.
Bring on Overland Expo 2018!