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All photos: Josh Ashcroft

We’d been planning to visit the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on our way home from our summer sailing trip. Then in Portland we had the good fortune to run into someone that had actually been there. Amazingly, he recognized our truck from this blog and flagged us down to say hello. To make the most of the chance meeting, we got together for a coffee and swapped travel stories. He said he’d been to the dunes not two weeks before and that they were definitely worth a visit. And he bought us coffee. Thanks again, Josh!

It turns out that the Oregon Dunes are largest coastal sand dunes in North America. They stretch along 40 miles of coast, cover 5,900 acres, and crest to 500 ft. You can camp there. What’s more you can get out and explore this coastal park in your 4×4, motorcycle, or ATV. And we wanted to do just that.

A couple of days later we were in Florence, Oregon, at the northern end of the dunes. (Coos Bay marks the southern end.) We had our orange flag mounted and we were ready to hit the sand. And this is where it becomes a Reader Rides story because, despite my airing down the tires, the truck was packed to the gills and just too heavy to make it up any of the inclines without getting bogged down. Rather than get stuck a half hour before sunset with our summer’s worth of supplies, we packed it in and headed to Coos Bay for the night.

So let me tell you about Josh’s trip. It was hosted by Northwest Overland and featured training by 4×4 veteran, Bill Burke. They covered driving skills, tackling inclines, winch and Pull Pall recovery, and field repair by the looks of it. A lifted Tacoma snapped both its CV joints. But it also looks like they had a great time.

And Josh was kind enough to provide these fantastic photos, more of which, after the jump.

Links:
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area site
General map including camping, parking, trailheads, etc. (pdf)
Detailed map of riding areas and campsites (pdf)

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The guys at Touratech compare the KTM 990 to the the new KTM 1150. They do a good job of comparing the two bikes and the off-road footage is excellent.

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There was a great post by Sinuhe Xavier on Expedition Portal last month called Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry. The short story is Sinuhe and his buddy go scouting through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and the place flash floods on account of heavy rain.

The even shorter story: the photos are amazing. Check it out.

Link: Risk and Reward in the Utah Backcountry

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If you follow this blog, you’ve probably seen our good friend, Greg. He and Natalie and I trucked through the Sierras together, following in Mark Twain’s footsteps. He also joined us on the California Backcountry Discovery Trail last year. You may even have seen his nicely modified Mitsubishi Montero on this blog.

Well now Greg has started his own blog. It’s called gadmachine. Besides having a penchant for adventure, Greg’s a great writer and an excellent photographer. I think you’ll enjoy his site.

Check out his first trip post about exploring California’s Lost Coast. Here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2. Or read more of this post to see some of my favorite photos from Greg’s Lost Coast trip.

Link: gadmachine

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The folks over at Relic Run have a nice idea going. They get together and hit the trails with their 1970s-vintage-or-older vehicles and gear, and have a good time. If you want to join them, you’ll have to leave your Hill Descent Control and Active Trac 4-wheel-drive at home.

I guess that means me. My pushing-twenty-year old truck is old, but not old enough. Still, I applaud them. Here’s to keeping it simple.

Link: Relic Run FAQ

The other day I posted about the Africa Twin and its 25-year history. Today I have some vintage video for you of both the 650 and 750 versions of the bike in its glory days.

The first two videos are in French but the appeal is universal. Same goes for the last one of a Africa Twin 750 starting up. Read the rest of this entry »

This video nicely illustrates how picking the right line can make all the difference.

South African off-roader, Andrew St. Pierre White, takes a stock Land Rover Discovery on what he states is Southern Africa’s most difficult road, Baboons Pass in Lesotho.

He does the trip with friends in two well-prepared Defender 110s. By the looks of it, it’s not for the faint of heart. Will his stock Discovery make it through without a scratch?

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In 1993 three friends from New Zealand set out from Morocco on what would become an eight-year, eleven-part adventure through Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and Mongolia.

In their travels they saw the whole of human experience: war, corruption, but also great festivals, amazing desert cities, and friendly people of all creeds and colors.

These four videos detail their trip. By all evidence, it was epic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Speaking of Unimogs, Matt at Expedition Portal wrote a great post the other day about the latest iterations of the iconic line. There are some great wallpaper images there as well. See the post here: The Unimog Grows Up.