NOTES FROM THE ROAD


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Last Day of Wheelers Adventure…


Time to pack up and head out…


20 May 2018: The sun came back out for the final day of the Wheelers Overland Adventure at AOAA, as folks packed up their tents and hit the trails one more time before heading for home. Overall the second year of this event has built on the first, with a great turnout and lots of fun for both returning wheelers and first time attendees. Looking forward to next year’s Adventure…



Righting a Roll at Wheelers…


Winching scenarios…


19 May 2018: Enjoying Offroad Consulting’s advanced winching class despite the rain, then teaching the Navigation 201 Skills for Overlanding course where we got into some serious route planning and navigational scenarios…



Navigation 101 for Wheelers…


Sharing map skills…


18 May 2018: Teaching Navigation 101 Map and Compass class this morning to an enthusiastic group at the Wheelers Overland Adventure before everyone hit the trails for the afternoon…



Wheelers Overland Begins…


Checking in for the Adventure…


17 May 2018: Day one of the Wheelers Overland Adventure at AOAA in Coal Township PA, bringing folks together for a great weekend of skill sharpening, wheeling and fun…



Preparing some Maps…


Navigation Training…


16 May 2018: Preparing some maps and updating the content of the navigation classes for this year’s Wheelers Overland Adventure at AOAA. Looking forward to getting out there again and sharing some skills with others in the east coast overlanding community…



Around the Lake…


A favorite local spot…


6 May 2018: Out enjoying a break in the rain at a favorite old spot by the Lake. This area has seen so much change over the years and is currently being developed for non-motorized recreation after being sort of “abandoned” and overgrown for quite a while. The “clean up” phase of the project is almost complete and a new loop trail finally makes it possible to circle the lake …


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THIS MONTH:

Teaching navigational skills and talking about international overlanding at the second annual Wheelers Overland Adventure, May 17-20 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:

Participating in the Jeep Invasion and the 8th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, June 8-10, in Butler, PA. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event to the original jeep, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler Pennsylvania. The event provides Jeep enthusiasts with on and off-road experiences that embrace the vehicle’s past and the lifestyle it now fosters. The family-friendly event is held at Coopers Lake Campground, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA every year with on-site off-road trails, a Jeep “playground” obstacle course, Jeep History exhibit, huge vendor area with 150+ companies and more…


Headed back to Paris to connect with friends and favorite places and lay some groundwork for upcoming projects…


Heading to DC Dirt Camp for a chance to learn how to ride the trails on two-wheels in July. DC Dirt Camp is a Dirt Bike School sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offering training at two locations outside Washington, DC, to prepare riders to hit the trails on small displacement, off-road bikes, as well as larger street-legal, dual sport and adventure bikes…


Participating in the Ladies Offroad Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, 2-5 August 2018. The Ladies Offroad Convention is an action-packed, interactive 4-day weekend educating, motivating, and guiding for ladies involved in all aspects of the offroad world. Presented by Charlene Bower and the Ladies Offroad Network, the event creates a space to learn more about offroad activities and share experiences with like-minded women from around the country…


Trail Guiding at the 10th 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. The annual event raises over $30,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation each year …


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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MORE NOTES FROM THE ROAD:
16-30 April – New York
4-15 April – Sudan
29 March – 3 April – Egypt
22-28 March – Paris
16-21 March – Paris
1-15 March – New York
February – Coal Country
January – Vegas to Glamis Roadtrip
December – East Coast Roadtrip
16-30 November – Paris
1-15 November – Florida
October – Rausch Creek
18-30 September – Kyrgyzstan
1-17 September – Rebelle U
15-31 August – Arizona
8-14 August – TFT9
1-7 August – Serbia
July – NY and Serbia
June – NY and Paris
May – Wheelers Overland
22-30 April – Algeria
15-21 April – Algeria
8-14 April – Algeria
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ALGERIA SCOUTING

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