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According to the BlueRibbon Coalition over 100 miles of Moab trails are being threatened with road closures by the proposed Grand County Council Public Lands Initiative.

The initiative is open to public comment until the 31st of March. Check the link for more details on the issue and how to comment.

Link:
National Call To Action – Help Save Moab’s Trails | BlueRibbon Coalition.

Here’s another overlanding video from Down Under. YouTube user Ronny Dahl takes us to Murchison off-road adventure park in western Australia with a few friends. There are five trucks in the video. It’s interesting to see how each driver handles the obstacles a little differently. There’s some nice drone footage as well.

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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In case you haven’t heard, Overland Expo WEST 2015 will be May 15–17 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event plays host to 170+ classes, 180+ exhibitors, as well as food, films, happy hours, a BBQ, and, according to last year’s figures, about 8,000 people from around the world. Camping is available onsite, though you can also come for the day or weekend without pitching a tent.

What does all of this fun cost? Here’s how it breaks down, if you get your tickets in advance.

Entire weekend of camping, classes, and the event:
$285 per person, or $490 per couple (kids under 17 are free with couple rate)

Entire weekend of camping and the event, but no classes:
$90 per person, or $155 per couple (kids are free with couple rate)

Entire weekend, just the event, no camping or classes:
$55 per person, or $95 per couple (kids are free with couple rate)

Single day at the event, no camping or classes:
$25 per person, or $45 per couple (kids are free with couple rate)

Check the site for day-of pricing and other special deals.

Link:
Overland Expo WEST 2015
Schedule and Classes info

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

 

Here’s a nice Valentine’s Day surprise from Land Rover to four friends in New Zealand who decided, regretfully, to say goodbye to their jointly-owned Series Land Rover.

Thanks to our friend Greg from gadmachine for the tip!

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In this video some guys from the Australian 4×4 magazine 4WD Action head down to Tasmania for some overlanding and camping. The trails are wet and tough, and it’s fun to watch them slog their way through. This classic Aussie stuff.

Link:
Original video