Team Overland Journal

Overland Journal fields its mountain bike team at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo race

Nathan: Team Overland Journal
Nathan on his first lap of three, wearing the Merino wool Overland Journal jersey.

As part of the Overland Journal subscriber survey, we ask about our readers other interests beyond overland adventure travel, and not surprisingly, 74% of our readers are also MTB enthusiasts.  This fits well with our own passion for mountain biking and adventure cycling, and the idea of an Overland Journal sponsored team was born.

Our 5-person team:
Nathan Kroeker
Katrina Loperman
Mike McMaude
Micki Mckay
Steve Reynolds

Solo Rider:
Christophe Noel

The 24 Hours of Pueblo is an endurance event coordinated by Epic Rides, and the nature of the event requires everyone to have some type of camping set-up, which ranged from huge RVs to ground tents.  We were happy with the number of attendees that were either subscribers or had heard of Overland Journal. Tim Huber, a Charter Subscriber said hello.  He was riding for Team Molasses, because, if you are slower than their team, you are. . .
Tim Huber: Overland Journal

Christophe rode the event solo, and managed six laps.
Christophe
Katrina, sporting one of the new Jerseys
Katrina

Even an E-Camper was in attendance. These are cool little trucks
E-Camper

A few nice BMWs
F800 GS: Overland Journal
Overall, the team did great, and finished in 18th place for the 5-person mixed category.  Great Job!

Prime-time Television Episode Features Overland Journal

Overland Journal was selected by Pangolin Pictures and the SPEED Channel for their prime-time television series Dangerous Drives, which will be broadcast to 78 million households worldwide.

Overland Journal will be featured in episode 12, which was produced in December 2009, and documents the testing procedures Overland Journal staff use to evaluate vehicles and equipment. “Overland Journal has a reputation of conducting the most exhaustive and abusive equipment testing in the industry, which piqued SPEED Channel’s interest in following along on one of our trips” says Scott Brady. For the testing, Overland Journal’s Publisher, Scott Brady and Senior Photographer, Sinuhe Xavier traveled through 500 miles of Utah backcountry testing American Expedition Vehicle’s (AEV) Brute and new Hemi powered Jeep Unlimited in the worst snow condition recorded in 40 years. The route ascended to over 8,000 feet, where the team encountered 40 inches of snow at the summit, requiring winching and progress at times measured in feet per hour.

In addition to testing the AEV trucks, Scott and his team were evaluating tents from Nemo Equipment, clothing from Arcteryx. Exofficio and Mountain Khaki, Lightforce lighting, BFGoodrich tires, ARB suspension components and rack/awning combination, and recovery equipment from Viking Offroad and Warn. Scott’s vehicle was the popular Overland JK, built by the Jeep Skunkworks team with components from AEV, ARB, Adventure Trailers, Equipt Expedition Outfitters and Mobil1.AEV Trucks | The Overland JK | Sinuhe\'s trusty Land Rover

Correction: Ortlieb Luggage Source

In the Fall issue of Overland Journal, we conducted a comprehensive soft-luggage test.  One of the products featured was the Ortlieb Motorcycle Panniers. The manufacture was correctly listed, but the sole-source for purchase was not included.

The Orlieb panniers can only be purchased at:

Aerostitch: and can be ordered at 800-222-1994 or www.aerostich.com

The retail price is $187.00

Arizona Land Rover Rally

Overland Journal was pleased to participate in the second annual Arizona Land Rover Rally, which was held in Gold Canyon, just east of Phoenix.  The event was particularly fun for me, as I have been a member of the Arizona Land Rover Owners (AZLRO) in years past, and having just purchased another Discovery, I was able to reconnect with the club and old friends.

The event was held over two days, with easy-to-moderate trail runs held in the Florence Junction area and surrounding mountains.  Over 60 vehicles were lined up on Saturday morning.

Nice license plate!

For the days trail run, I worked with Graham Jackson from Overland Training to conduct the beginners 4wd run, where we traveled the Box Canyon trail.  This is a very scenic route, and I was encouraged by how clean the area was on the whole.  I had stopped traveling in this area because of the trash and vandalism, but I am pleased to say that things are significantly better now.

On the trail, we drove the Overland Journal project Discovery I, which had recently been upfitted with several HD steering components and rear suspension links from Rover Tracks.  I am continually impressed by this Land Rover, and its performance on the trail.

The route was rated as a 2.5 on the 5 scale, and had just enough challenge to keep things exciting.

A student with his LR3.  These vehicles are impressive in stock form
 

Box Canyon is a beautiful trail, and provides access to remote camping and connection points to longer overland routes into the Superstition Mountains

Box Canyon changes significantly from year to year, as the summer rains reshape the canyon bottom.  This year, the trail was the easiest I had seen, but fortunately, there is just enough challenge to make for a great test of all of the new components we have fitted to this pinnacle overlander.

The day ended with a dinner and prize raffle.  A big thanks to the AZLRO for their hard work and for putting on such a classy and fun event!

 

 

Overland Journal departs for the Trans-America Trail

Over a period of 12 years, Sam Correro pieced together one of the greatest overland adventures in the Continental United States.  The Trans-America Trail is not a light adventure, but (nearly) a coast-to-coast expedition from Tennessee to the Pacific Ocean, with over 90% of the route off-highway. We are talking nearly 5,000 miles of the most beautiful and remote areas of the country, including the high-mountain passes of Colorado, Moab Utah, the deserts of Nevada and into the lush mountains of Oregon, finally finishing with a small track that drops to the sands of the Pacific Ocean. 

Scott Brady (Publisher) and Brian Dearmon (ADV Motorcycle Editor) will be riding the Colorado to Oregon sections in a pair of modified adventure motorcycles.  Scott will be riding a KTM 950 Adventure and Brian will be riding a BMW F650 GS (Featured in the Summer and Winter 07 issues).  Both have been fitted with aggressive Continental TKC80 tires, soft bags and redundant navigation systems.  Brian and Scott have been on several long overland routes in Arizona in preparation for this adventure.

Their trek will start in mid-July from the EarthRoamer headquarters in Denver, Colorado.  The team will post several updates to this blog throughout their journey. In addition, the team will be tracking their progress in real-time with a SPOT personal tracker- click here to see where the team is located (from 7/10-8/1/08)

Scott’s KTM, ready to go…
KTM950