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An overland expo???
It is so strange that until we started traveling in our own vehicle we had never even heard the term "overlander". Now we had not only adopted this title but we were now going to an expo dedicated to people like us. That is, the slightly insane who decide to travel the world in their own vehicle, exploring new places, braving the elements, camping in a variety of locations , and inevitably spending a lot of time in mechanic service centers.
The Overland Expo in Flagstaff was just that, an expo of vendors showing their products, vehicles and other items related to "overland" life. There were rooftop tents, trailers that folded out to a whole campsite, basic vehicles like Priscilla and the larger more luxurious $2oo.000 plus vehicles. Products like portable toilets, grills, recovery gear, solar options, first aid kits, travel adventure books, and every thing related to motorcycles.
In addition there were a lot of talks, educational sessions, and forums for gathering information. Jackie even did a driving course on a really complex track. She gets an A+ for bravery.
For us, the most beneficial part was meeting fellow travelers and sharing stories. It also gave us a chance to look at possibilities for future vehicles. As much as we hate it, at some point we will have to replace Priscilla. And the biggest highlight, of course was spending time with Jackie and Matt.
We also picked out our favorite vehicles at the expo. Guess which one we each picked from the photos below.
There was also a kids event tent. They completed a variety of activities some of which Keira took part in. Her favorite part did not even take place at the expo itself. In the park where the expo was held, there was an adventure/zipline course. Keira did the kids course which involved zippiness, walking across ladders, logs, and crawling through tunnels all suspended about 15 ft above the ground. She had to wear a safety harness and had to clip herself in and out as she moved through the course. She was so brave and did an incredible job.
We also got our first sponsors at the Expo- "Go Tread." They are a tool designed to provide the traction needed to get vehicles going again when in a sticky situation. We have also used them since as a leveling tool when camping in Priscilla. Looking forward to testing their performance further. see Gotread.com
The Expo definitely got us eager to travel again.
Just a place to keep our mates informed on where we are at, and what we are up to.