NOTES FROM THE ROAD



First Annual Wheelers Adventure…


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A great weekend with a great group…


21 May 2017: Got to share some skills this weekend, teaching land navigation to fellow overlanders during the first annual Wheelers Overland Adventure at Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area (AOAA) sponsored by Quadratec and Offroad Consulting. Roughly 120 vehicles turned out for the four-day wheeling and camping event that combined skills training with opportunities for trail runs and exploration as well as fun vehicle-based navigational scavenger hunts…



Fun with Georgia Mud…


On the trail in northern Georgia…


6 May 2017: Great opportunity to get some trail time in a right-hand drive Landrover out in the Georgia mud. We had chance to practice getting stuck and unstuck and do some more technical trails that combined mud ditches and winding steep climbs…



Leaving Djanet…


Beginning the journey back home…


24 April 2017: Has been a very fruitful journey working with a great Djanet-based team. Leaving today, but laid some solid groundwork for a return in the near future. The freedom and beauty of this corner of the Sahara is unparalleled…



A Final Day in the Desert…


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Enjoying a last day of desert freedom…


23 April 2017: Last day out in the desert today, and stretching out the return taking the “back” way over sand and rock rather than the highway until we are almost back to Djanet. So hard to say goodbye to this special place and such a great team. The skies have cleared again and looks like flight out will take off tomorrow…



Meeting with Local Nomads…


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Talking with herding families…


22 April 2017: We met with some of the nomad families that have been herding in this area for generations and spoke informally about their current concerns. While some areas of the UNESCO sites are blocked to nomadic herders, other lands are open and the families are able to graze their animals here. We were able to distribute some food to a few of the families and chat about their hopes for rain, as the sky darkened a bit…


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THIS MONTH:

Teaching navigational skills and talking about international overlanding at the First Annual Wheelers Overland Adventure, May 18-21 at Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area (AOAA) in eastern Pennsylvania. The four-day overland camping and wheeling event is sponsored by Quadratec and Offroad Consulting, and brings together a diverse group of overlanders for trail runs, skills instruction, and networking opportunities in a festival atmosphere with onsite camping and optional activities the whole family can enjoy…


COMING UP SOON:
summitLogoTaking part in the Sustainable Travel Summit, June 1-3, sponsored by Immersion Travel Mag. This conference brings together diverse groups working to connect local communities with travelers or otherwise promote sustainable travel, as well as international organizations like the UNDP, in a focused forum to share ideas and experiences…


Attending the OPTIC 2017 conference on outdoor travel and wildlife photography in New York City, June 4-7. This four day imaging conference and trade show is sponsored by B&H, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions…

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Headed to Paris in late June to reconnect and catch up with good friends and favorite places…

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Trail Guiding for the 9th annual Topless for Tatas Charity Wheeling Event at Rausch Creek off-road park 11-13 August. TFT brings together off-roaders from all over to raise awareness about Breast Cancer and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Last year’s event raised over $30,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation…


ABOUT AOAA

AOAA Trails is an extensive off-road trail system conveniently located in Eastern Pennsylvania. Named one of the top 10 destinations in the country for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes, the park has hundreds of miles of diverse trails on 6,500 acres and top-notch facilities. The coal lands in lower Northumberland County are leased by AOAA for the purposes of actively managing a family-friendly motorized and non-motorized recreation facility. AOAA officially opened in May of 2014 and in addition to recreation, the property has many unique environmental features, rich mining history, and varied terrain.


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