WOW! Is the only I can explain it! The venue in Flagstaff Az. was huge, it just kept on going… Everything outdoor related with Overland travel. Bikes, jeeps, Earth Roamers, even a Tesla😳 I’ll break up the pics by category. Bike and bike related, Van, 4×4, and the “big boys” expedition vehicles.
There was also WTF…..
Then there are the travelers, because that’s what makes a gathering like this so special. I met up with old friends and even made some new ones. Simon and Lisa Thomas, Sam Manicom, Tiffany Coats, Tim Nortier and Ted Simon all had great presentations about life on the road. They are a huge part of why I do what I do(all be it on a MUCH smaller scale)
The vendors are what make the world go around for us travelers, they get us the gear we need. Pete and Ashley from Mosko Moto, Erik Stephens from Twisted Throttle, Ty from VanWife, Harold from Giant Loop, Jeremy from AltRider were just a few of the hundreds on hand.
I’d totally suggest getting to at least one Overland Expo to see it for the spectacle that it is. There will be another on the east coast in North Carolina in late September or October. This event is getting bigger every year so there will only be more to see next year.
Made it back to Colorado for a bit then off to see what the Overland expo is all about. Anyone heading that way?
I left Joes place in San Diego early last week, headed through Arizona and into New Mexico stopping a couple nights for some boondocking in the desert. I did the “old 666” (US 191 ) from Clifton to Alpine in the van but will go back on the bike enroute to the Overland in Flagstaff. It’s an amazing road! Also picked up my 4th Airmail Arrow😁
Now I’m cabin sitting for a friend just outside Estes Park. It’s looking into the RMNP with Elk, deer and the occasional wild turkey walking through the yard almost daily. Rough life 😉☺️ The riding up there is pretty good too!
I’m getting to hang out with all the friends I made last summer. Tana& Brady (Tana is training for the GS Giants women’s team) Pete with his “Blinkys mountain riders” ,Tirza and Stacey with her new husband Michael and family. It’s so good to stay in touch with friends!🤘🤘
If you haven’t got your tickets for the Overland expo yet, they are going fast and always sell out before the event. You can look for my big blue van or if yo see a gnome in a kilt😊Stop by to say hi. Here is the link https://www.overlandexpo.com/tickets-west
Oh yeh, the map is my route from June 2018 to Easter Sunday , over 20,000 on the van and about 8000 on the bike.
My plans took a turn this past week, but it’s all good.
I got a call from Sherry that she was broke down in eastern Arizona while on an Ironbutt practice ride. I had been staying with old Air Force friends in El Paso so I headed north to help out my former host.( last June Sherry hosted me as I passed through SoCal) We got her bike towed to her mechanic outside of Laughlin Nv. where they fixed the bike (it was bad gas) and welded on a trailer hitch to “Belle”
On the way back to Sherry’s house we met up with Shawn and Adele from shawncowles.com as they made their way from Key West to Ushuaia Argentina on DRZ 400’s. All packed up with Mosko Moto luggage. It’s great to see travelers doing what they love!
Yesterday we loaded up her pup Blondie for a day ride through the mountains and desert. It turned out to be a 200+ mile day because of washed out roads up in Idlewild. We made our way through the crowds in Joshua Tree NM for a late lunch in 29 Palms and a very windy ride back down the hill to Sherry’s house in Banning.
It’s very freeing to change plans on the fly. Something I’ve had trouble with in the past being in logistics where you had to be at a certain place and a set time. Meeting up with friends and making new ones is a great thing if you can give up a bit of control sometimes and just let it happen ❤️
I took a few days riding across Texas after picking up my bike in Austin from Alex at Konflict suspension for a LOOOONG overdue service on the Touratech Shock. Thanks for squeezing me in before your trip to the Sonoran Rally.
Stopping at the Fort Davis Mountains State Park for 3 nights I was pleasantly surprised that I qualify for a Texas State Park Veterans Pass that got my entire reservation reimbursed. THANK YOU TEXAS!
Camp is an easy set up in the Yamahauler, just unload the bike and put the screen in the window for added ventilation, that’s pretty much it.
My first riding day started a few min before sunrise on top of the lookout in the park, I rolled up with 1 min before sunrise and was greeted to a spectacular view!
First stop was gas in the town of Ft Davis then south to the Mexican border town of Presidio Texas (about 80 miles). From there, the highway follows the Rio Grand River into the Big Bend NP almost 100 miles away. The views were not what I was expecting! It reminded me of Utah, Arizona or Southern California but definitely not Texas ! There was talk of a “super bloom” of bluebonnets but sadly I didn’t see much more then along the sides of the road.. The outstanding views I rode through more than made up for it though. By the time I made it back to camp, I had just over 300 miles, a respectable day in the saddle.
Day two of riding started slower, it was about a 80’ish mile loop out to the Observatory high atop the Ft Davis Mountains and then back to town another way. Passing a family of Javelina along the way. Lunch was back in the park at the Indian lodge’s Black bear diner. Good food at a bargain. I stopped at the Ft Davis National monument in town, it’s the historic sight of the original fort. One of my Air Force buddy’s helped restore a few of the artifacts. It was very well done. The fort was mainly manned by the “Buffalo Soldiers “ so lots of history there.
Having traversed Texas several times North-South and East-West, I had never seen anything that looks like the areas I rode through in those 3 days, everyone needs to spend some time down there. It’s trualy amazing!
Tana and Brady have re-vamped their You Tube page ( formally Colorado ADVlogs) as they get ready for Tana’s shot to qualify for the GS Trophy international women’s team. They also have a Go fund me page to help raise some funds. Tana and Brady both have an adventurous spirit with hearts of gold that are living the ADV life whenever and wherever they can. They hosted me last summer before I went ride across Utah. Like, share and donate if you can!
GO FUND ME LINK
MEERKAT MEDIA WEBSITE
MEERKAT MEDIA YOUTUBE LINK
At the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham Alabama is Long Haul Paul Pellands 1st Super Tenere. It has 170,000+ miles as he chased a cure for his Multaple Sclorsis. Check out his website here https://www.longhaulpaul.com
Paul has since put 130,000+ on Tenere #2 and last fall Yamaha gave him a new Star Venture that he’s tearing up the miles on. He has more than 300,000 miles by now toward the 1 Million mile goal he’s set for himself. GEAUX PAUL GEAUX!!!!