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TWTexans headed to Overland Expo West July 24 - 26 2020

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Hey everybody,

A little group of us have been visiting the rapidly growing Overland Expo West in Flagstaff Arizona the last couple of years. It it has been rescheduled for July 24 - 26th.

What is it? Overland is a huge gathering of off-road adventure travel oriented enthusiasts and manufacturers. It's like going to the Houston Car Show I remember from the 90's, except its 100% overland geared. Huge overland vehicles like duece and halfs, half million dollar F450's, jeeps, overland trailers, hiking, biking, and camping gear, everything high end you can imagine, Land Rover Range Rover demo area with offroad course, daily lectures, nightly presentations hosted by fine liquers, and just lots of cool stuff that motorcycle guys would probably geek out over. There is a quite large motorcycle area and a surprisingly large number of adventure related manufacturers are showing up. Maybe 200 booths just for bikes. Last year saw Ducati with a 20 bike demo trailer giving 10 mile free test rides on every kind of Scrambler you can imagine. This is a big show, 10,000+ in a attendance, maybe 3/4 of them camping at the beautiful and expansive Fort Tuthill area. Imagine acres and acres and acres of exhibits, 10's of acres of private vehicles camping under tall pines, and a continuous adventure themed party.

Where is it? Overland takes place in Flagstaff. A lot of Texans don't really get what is in this area. Well, its a mountain ski town with a university situated at 7000 feet in a forest. 2 hrs north of Phoenix, 3 hrs southeast of Las Vegas. In July it is typically 81 during the day, 53 degrees at night. Within 20 miles of Flagstaff you have the trendy adobe town of Sedona, with red rocks, jeep tours, lots of granola, slide rock, etc...(its like Santa Fe) And to the north about an hour, Grand Canyon. Flag has a ski resort, snowbowl, that actually doesn't suck. A main square with quaint old hotels, trendy restaurants, and clubs and bars. Flag is a fun weekend in the base case. Overland is just icing. Its perfect with friends, or with a significant other. Tack on Vegas, or Sedona, or Phoenix and make a little vaca out of it.

And then... book a cheap flight from Texas to Phoenix (or Vegas). Rent a car or borrow one of my cars or bikes. Get yourself a motel, airbnb, or campsite. Come have fun. I'll be staying somewhere downtown close to the square. Grab a couple of friends and join us for a fun weekend. I'll probably add an extra day, and stay Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in Flagstaff.

Who's in?

Peter (in Phoenix)

Promo video:

 
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There's a lot to see. 3 days is barely enough. Here's an example video, from the Tacoma truck crew, some friends of Kodiak (Sean).


Recovery gear


Or maybe you're into trailers

 

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Hopefully by then all this Covid-19 stuff will be over and done with so the event doesn't get canceled like so many others :pray:
 
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