How to plan an Overland Route!

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How to plan an Overland Route!

It’s a question I get asked over and over, how do you find places to go on trips?  It is a question you inevitably get to as you venture out on your own into the world of overlanding and adventure travel.  But okay I get it, how do I get started planning a trip?

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Come Adventure with Us part 2

Come Adventure with Us part 2

Have you ever wanted to throw caution to the wind, load up your 4x4 and go on a grand adventure, but then you sit back and have no idea where to start?

Come Adventure with Us!

Come Adventure with Us!

Have you ever wanted to throw caution to the wind, load up your 4x4 and go on a grand adventure, but then you sit back and have no idea where to start?

WE ARE MORE!

WE ARE MORE!

In the beginning, this thing called Overlanding USA was developed out of 2 strong passions, cars and the outdoors. Both things are still true today!

The movement called Overlanding here in the US has taken on a life of its own, there is always the great debate, what is it exactly? I am not much of a fan of labels, they are much too confining and can tend to lead to burnout in the activity as I have experienced many times in my life.

Overlanding can be many things, it is after all, just a term to describe a base activity. To see remote places and enjoy the journey along the way. Never does it confine you to just one mean the only constraint is the “journey” and “destination” something that can be accomplished by so many means.

With that being said, we are going to change things up a little bit here at OUSA and take Overland based travel to the extreme, extrapolating the term out to its utmost.

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The accepted definition of Overlanding is as follows, “Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.”

Now we pose a question, where does it say it has to be with a 4x4, or in a vehicle, or on wheels at all? To us Overlanding is just that a conjunction of 2 base words “Over-Land.” Overlanding is the blanket term that defines a style of travel not an activity and therein lies the point.

Overlanding to us is many things, its travel via 4x4, its travel via dirt bike, hiking, climbing, biking, and yes, even canoeing, as believe it or not, that water is still over land! Okay that one may be stretching it a little, but I like my canoe, sue me.

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My point is, to limit overland travel to just one type of socially accepted and inevitably trend defined activity is to be in-just to the term itself, only extracting a small amount of what it is truly capable of.

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If you follow along with us because you like our trucks, or you like to see us talk about mods, that will still be there, but if you follow along because you like to see people on adventure, like to daydream about what is possible and places you can go no matter what form that takes then you are going to love our new direction!

Welcome to the new and Improved Overlanding USA!

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Season 2 and the Utah Traverse

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Season 2 and the Utah Traverse

As overlanders we have a lot of different goals and quite honesty that is why the term is used so broadly.  Rock crawling, trail riding, camping with the family, or just to get as far away from everyone as possible, they are all reasons to drop the Overlanding term.

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As some of you guys know around a year ago we ventured into the realm of YouTube to follow the proverbial white rabbit of “making it as an overlander”  While what has transpired in the past year can be scene as mild success for some hacks that have no idea what to do with a camera. The main objective was always to grow as overlanders, off road navigators and as people.  

Through trials an tribulations, through mud and snow we have accomplished that goal, some winching required.  We have build overland rigs to travel the world and as a great man/woman once said you truly know your truck is ready when you take off the last thing you don't need, we have come to a point where we know what we want to do.  

Well what is that Ruston your yammering with no point. Okay okay, the point is we have found what we like to do and what we are good at.  Finding remote routes that take you to amazing places close to home that you can accomplish without a huge budget and 4 weeks of paid vacation from your job. Which brings me to the main point.  

As some may know we have been working really hard to bring you guys something different.  Finding that ohh so sweet combination of familiar and easy to get to with spectacular destinations, views and camp spots that can be achieved on a budget and on a time crunch.

Which leads us to Season 2 of our “Weekend Warrior" YouTube series.  We are going to spend 4 days over Labor Day weekend navigating the 600+ miles of the Utah Traverse route.  This amazing section of earth will take us from Colorado to St. George Utah, hitting places such as Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Grand Staircase, and Zion to name a few.  We will be producing a 4 part Youtube series and releasing them along with each videos GPS tracks as they come out starting this October.  

This will hopefully inspire you to get out and explore the vast expanses of wilderness this world has to offer!  

Hopefully season 2 will show you that everything and anything you dream of is possible.  

We will also let you in on a little secret about season 3, yes we already have it planned, yes it is going to be very different but what I can say is that we will be giving our home state of Alabama an overland route and experience that it has never before scene!

Stay Tuned!

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