April 1-3, adventure travelers arrived and participated in the 3rd Annual Overland Expo in Amado, Arizona. The event drew several thousand overlanders and the curious to see what types of equipment and vehicles are useful for extreme back road travel. Of course, there were 4×4 vehicles and adventure motorcycles, and the big earth cruisers—plenty of vehicles and gear to set the dreams in motion.
Below are some of the interviews I produced from the event.
Usually a listener, I offered to cover Overland Expo for Side Stand Up, an online motorcycle radio program. Producer and Host Tom Lowdermilk took me up on my offer. Here is the segment of the April 19 broadcast. It provides a good overview of the event.
Roseann Hanson, director of the Overland Expo event, talks about the event, its history, and relationship to ConserVentures, a non-profit organization dedicated to volunteerism through exploration.
Ara Gureghian has a huge following through his web site, The Oasis of My Soul. For seven years, he has been wandering the western USA with his companion dog, Spirit. Ara gave classes on one-pot cooking and traveling without refrigeration.
Nicole Espinosa, RuggedRider.com, is a single mom with a passion for dual sport motorcycling. She conceptualized a luggage type rack for dual sports and started manufacturing the product. She describes the wild ride it has been.
Anybody who has ever wanted to travel by motorcycle has probably read Ted Simon’s book, Jupiter’s Travels. Ted rode around the world on an old Triumph at age 42 and then again on a BMW at age 70. He proves you’re never too old for an adventure.
Carla King, aka Miss Adventuring is a travel writer, publisher and publishing consultant with plenty of adventures to tell. She has ridden around the USA, Europe, Morocco, India and China–usually on a Ural with a sidecar. Her travel books are a delight to read.
Eric Hougen came from an apparel construction background, which gave him an upper hand to starting his motorcycle luggage business. He’s producing about 15,000 bags a year. And, a fine product they are. Here, Eric talks about Wolfman Luggage and how it all started.
Rawhyde Adventures, a sponsor for Overland Expo, brought the full line of BMW GS motorcycles for giving instruction in off-road motorcycling. Let’s listen in for a couple of moments as instructors give pointers on “how to” techniques.