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This video made by YouTube user Robbie Bircher‘s dad back in 1989, offers a rare glimpse of basically stock trucks navigating one of America’s most difficult 4×4 routes, the Rubicon Trail. Along for the ride are a couple of Jeep CJs, a Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, and an International Scout.

The pace of the video is slow but you feel like you’re there. And thankfully it’s been stabilized so you don’t have to sit through any camera shake. Really good stuff.

Here’s a beautifully shot video from Ronny Dahl documenting a trip he and a couple of friends took along the western Australian, north of Perth. They start at a place called Sandy Cape and head south through coastal national parks to end at Wedge Island.

Very nicely done…

This English couple has written a photo book about their 5-month trip, north to south, through Africa. To do it they bought an 80-series Land Cruiser which they named “Indlovu,” the unstoppable elephant.

They’re currently pre-selling their book on Kickstarter.

Link:
Indlovu on Kickstarter

YouTube user Ronny Dahl offers this video of off-roading in southwestern Australia’s Yeagarup Dunes and Callcup Hill. It features lots of Land Cruiser 70-series utes, water crossings and, of course, dunes and beach driving. Good fun and a beautiful spot.

Links:
4-Wheeling in Western Australia
Ronny Dahl’s YouTube Channel

 

It’s refreshing to see a video from the Middle East that’s about the people and the land, instead of the turmoil. Modern Motorcycle Diaries takes us aboard their KTM 990 on a trip through Oman. It looks beautiful.

Links:
Modern Motorcycle Diaries

Save this one for when you have some time. It’s an hour and ten minutes of overlanding action as three mates head up the wild east coast of Australia’s northern Cape York Peninsula.

When I say wild, I do mean wild. They’ve gotten permission to drive much of it along the beach and have to take tides into account when rounding rocky points and crossing rivers. That and, of course, avoiding the crocodiles while doing a bit of night fishing. It looks like a lot of fun.

5,000 miles across the USA in an old GMC conversion van? Sure—if it looks this good and has the camp vibes to match. You have go-van.com, an online magazine about van culture, to thank for bringing you along for the ride.

Link:
go-van.com

This video by Gavin Foreman and (his American girlfriend?) Wilms offers a first-hand overview of the western Australia’s remote Canning Stock Route. Watching the video is like traveling with knowledgeable friends. They cover the flora (aka bush tucka), fauna, aboriginal art, history, and dangers of this old stock route. It’s very well done.

Links:
Wikipedia: Canning Stock Route

This is the real deal. Five women, all friends, all French, decide to cross the Himalayas by motorcycle. They arrive in India, get on their Royal Enfields, and then things get tough: crazy traffic, altitude sickness, rockslides, military checkpoints, and fatigue. The people are friendly though and the landscapes are gorgeous. You really have to admire these women’s grit.

The video is in three episodes. Find episodes two and three after the jump.

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There are many famous overlanding routes: Australia’s Canning Stock Route, for example, or Russia’s Trans-Siberian Highway. But what if you’re looking for an epic off-road journey a little closer to home? Well, a man named Sam Corerro has spent about twelve years scouting an all-dirt route across the United States for you. He calls it the Trans-America Trail.

The Trans-America Trail (TAT) makes it way 5,000 miles from southeastern Tennessee to the Oregon coast. It is meant to be driven from east to west, and was designed for dual-sport bikes, though it was recently tackled by Land Rover fielding its LR4 (see video above or Gear Patrol link below).

The route was laid out as to provide adequate fuel stops for non-desert-tank motorcycles and technical riding on every section of the trail. The Tennessee starting point was chosen on account of there being no continuous dirt any further east.

How satisfying ride across the U.S. on nothing but dirt.

If you’d like to learn more, check the links below. Scott Brady from the Overland Journal has made the trip and posted a descriptive write-up.

Links:
Trans-America Trail website
Scot Brady Rides the Transamerica Trail
Gear Patrol