New decals from Overland Journal

After featuring Brian DeArmon’s BMW F650GS build in a few issues of the journal, we had a high volume of requests from subscribers that we offer the same decal for purchase that he used on the tank.  So we’re glad to announce that we now have these decals available on our online store.  These are transparent decals with black lettering, and would be perfect for a window or on a light-colored vehicle (such as white or silver).  The cost is $4 for one, or $7 for two (plus S&H).

In addition, we have lowered the price on our small oval decals to $4 or $7 for one or two, respectively.

$10 Sample Issue is launched

Because Overland Journal has decided to not distribute on newstands (due to the high amount of waste), we wanted to offer a low-cost alternative for customers to sample a copy of the journal.  Periodically we will change which issue is being offered at the promotional price.

This $10 promotion is only available for addresses within the United States.  Shipping, handling, and tax included.  We are starting out by offering the Summer 2009 issue at this reduced rate, but in the future it will be a selection from our recent issues based on supply.

Lois on the Loose… with a sharpie!

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure to attend some dual-sport motorcyle training courses taught by Tom Collins and Lois Pryce at the Overland Expo in Prescott Valley, AZ.  I am very new to adventure motorcycling (and even motorcycling in general) having just purchased my very first bike less than a month ago: Suzuki DR200.  It has been the perfect bike for me to learn on, and Lois even enjoyed borrowing it a few times when teaching her classes.

I was very inspired hearing presentations by Tom, Lois and others who shared their experiences of world travel.  It was also wonderful receiving practical advice about real-world situations and being able to practice on the dirt in a closed-course.

We helped Lois to sell some of her books all weekend at the event: Lois on the Loose, and her most recent Red Tape and White Knuckles.  Of course many people were asking her to sign their copies of her book.  I asked her if she had ever signed a motorcycle, to which she answered, “no.”  So I had her sign my bike with a black permanent marker!!

Now I will proudly ride the “Lois edition” DR200 as I head out on my own adventures.    =)

Photos by Bruce Douglas and Chuck Nordstrom

New shop for Overland Journal

Over the past several weeks, we at Overland Journal (along with some volunteer help) have been working hard to move into our new office/shop.  It is approximately 300 sq ft of office space, and 1200 sq ft of garage with a 12ft roll-up door.  A huge thanks to Chris, Nathan, Christophe and Ralph for a long day of hard work moving everything over to the new shop.  We moved approximately 500 boxes of magazines that day.  Weighing in at 27 lbs each, that is a total of 13,500 lbs — or the equivalent of an Earthroamer XV-LT.  In addition we moved a few thousand pounds of miscellaneous vehicle & adventure gear.  There have been countless trips moving over the remaining office furniture and other miscellaneous garage items.  More news to come in the upcoming months on how this progresses.

Overland Journal visits the Anheuser-Busch Brewery

On many of my adventures in the American Southwest, I have come across innumerable shiny, small, cylindrical artifacts.  Some are inscribed with the words ‘Bud Light,’ while others are simply emblazoned ‘Budweiser.’  So I took it upon myself to make a journey in hopes to find the source of these most peculiar relics.

Careful decryption of aforementioned objects pointed me in the direction of St. Louis, Missouri.  So it was there I traveled.  Upon entering the facility, I encountered what could possibly be a new course offering for Overland Training:

Venturing further into the building I found what might just be the source of these special artifacts that decorate the backcountry:

Seeing the word ‘packaging’ was a great clue to unraveling this mystery.  Perhaps these relics are merely vessels to contain some sort of liquid…  Then I turned the corner and hit the jackpot.  A sign boasting an output of 1,950 12oz cans per minute!!

After making this great discovery, I noticed that they had some fine specimens on display:

And not only did this place produce cans, but they also had a fine array of overlanding vehicles.

The earliest method for transporting the artifacts across the country:

The first motorized hauler of said relics:

Anheuser-Busch has tight security, lest someone should want to steal the delicious beverages they produce:

We’re not sure if that’s an ARB bull bar on the front, or if they ran over a walker:

This diesel powered overlanding super-bus is great for those long-distance journeys.  It has 3 living rooms, 27 fridges, and 5 bathrooms:

This rig is known as the Sportsmobeer: