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What routes would qualify as a worthwhile overland in the USA?
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What routes would qualify as a worthwhile overland in the USA?
depends on he person, for example if you were to ask Pedro..his overland is from his house to Jay's once a year as he spends the remaining 364 days in the making of the Posseurmobile
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Old April 28th, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Wouldn't it be called Inlanding then?
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I dunno man, I would think that the alcan 5000 (competitive or just drive and follow it) would be as cool as you could get.
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I dunno man, I would think that the alcan 5000 (competitive or just drive and follow it) would be as cool as you could get.

Did the ALCAN multiple times... unless you take the norther route it is pretty tame . Before 94 (i think) a lot of it was gravel. They paved the whole thing for the 50th anniversary party. I have ridden or driven it about 7 times between the lower 48 and Alaska. Do it in the winter and it is a whole new ball game (did it once in a 2wd Dakota with chains.......).

The most interesting North American Ride I have read is the Route De Norte. Which was featured in the Overland Journal in the Summer 2008 issue. On the cover of that publication was a series truck from New York. The route takes you to James bay via the Trans-Taiga Road.

I actually looked at this route for a possible hunting trip (Caribou) but I need a lot of prep work for the truck before I take it on such a trip....
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Continental Divide trail, TransAmerica Trail (though I think the TAT is for motorcycles only) there is also the Trans-Labrador Highway in Canada too.
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There are thousands of miles of unpaved, limited maintenance, no maintenance, get out the winch and shovels roads in the US. Obviously the less populated west is better for getting away from the crowds. I did a great 6 day trip through southeast Oregon a few years ago through the Steens mountains and Alvord desert, camping in a different remote spot each night, driving through amazing territory each day.
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I dunno man, I would think that the alcan 5000 (competitive or just drive and follow it) would be as cool as you could get.

I just looked up the ALCAN 5000. Looks pretty cool, thought at first you where talking about the ALCAN...
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I guess I should clarify what I mean by overlanding (short of Pedro's meticulously planned monthly pilgrimage to HH ). I guess in some ways I always imagined Overlanding to include participating in local culture and meeting new people.

Maybe Camel-Trophy style bushwhacking and winching is ok, but I can only imagine that would be fun for a short distance or to get rid of necessary obstacles...After a certain point, to me, the activity crosses the line from being a "journey" to an "off-road excursion".
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Ed,

I've done the TAT in a bike years ago, we quit at Yellowstone.

That route is indeed doable in a Defender ( wide trails, and when facing a narrow creek crossing, there are options within a mile ).

You will mingle with the locals ( as some parts do touch private property and will indeed be recommended to ask permission from the Land Owner )
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I guess I should clarify what I mean by overlanding (short of Pedro's meticulously planned monthly pilgrimage to HH ). I guess in some ways I always imagined Overlanding to include participating in local culture and meeting new people.

Maybe Camel-Trophy style bushwhacking and winching is ok, but I can only imagine that would be fun for a short distance or to get rid of necessary obstacles...After a certain point, to me, the activity crosses the line from being a "journey" to an "off-road excursion".
There are some nice hoods in Wahington, Baltimore, and Harlem that you might want to drive through. Plenty of culture, not sure about the bush wacking and winching though.
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depends on he person, for example if you were to ask Pedro..his overland is from his house to Jay's once a year as he spends the remaining 364 days in the making of the Posseurmobile
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I guess I should clarify what I mean by overlanding (short of Pedro's meticulously planned monthly pilgrimage to HH ). I guess in some ways I always imagined Overlanding to include participating in local culture and meeting new people.

Maybe Camel-Trophy style bushwhacking and winching is ok, but I can only imagine that would be fun for a short distance or to get rid of necessary obstacles...After a certain point, to me, the activity crosses the line from being a "journey" to an "off-road excursion".
Both of you can kiss it... I've been to 12 of the last 13 HH.

As for your question... Ask Charles. I remembered a conversation we had with Loic several years ago about the same subject.
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Check this:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=docking+pilot

This was bikes, but it is all truck-able.
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Check this:

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Tony,

I am actually planning to go out to Alvord desert and Owyhees end of the summer with a bunch of other rovers from the Pacific Coast Rover Club.

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There are thousands of miles of unpaved, limited maintenance, no maintenance, get out the winch and shovels roads in the US. Obviously the less populated west is better for getting away from the crowds. I did a great 6 day trip through southeast Oregon a few years ago through the Steens mountains and Alvord desert, camping in a different remote spot each night, driving through amazing territory each day.
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Ed -

Are you really thinking about doing something like these trips?

(Once you get your D-90 recovered from the sunken container deep in the mid-atlantic )
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The TAT is on my todo list. I have bought the maps/routes for Tenn at least, maybe another. I figured give the first section a try and see how I like it. Not going to happen this year for sure.
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As for your question... Ask Charles. I remembered a conversation we had with Loic several years ago about the same subject.
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The TAT is on my todo list. I have bought the maps/routes for Tenn at least, maybe another. I figured give the first section a try and see how I like it. Not going to happen this year for sure.
That's the one... http://www.transamtrail.com/
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Ed -

Are you really thinking about doing something like these trips?

(Once you get your D-90 recovered from the sunken container deep in the mid-atlantic )
Yes, I would love to take off a week or two and do one of these trips, especially with a convoy of other Rover owners.

As far as the deep sea recovery goes, I would definitely trust the Defender to survive it better than any other car out there (crossing fingers)

The TAT looks cool! It's an 8.5 hour drive to the start. The TAT site says 600 miles to Mississippi, which means that one could do the Tennessee bit in a week there and back starting from NOVA. Two weeks could get one much further...
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Yup I totally agree. It gets harder when you have a family and especially when the kids get older and have other interests and schedules conflict.

This is why I am building my trailer. I hope to finish it up this fall, and see if I can get a trip going for early next year. Although I had the same plan last year

I have a neighbor with a land cruiser interested in doing the first stretch too Ed, and a few others (jeep guys) that might be too. I think the key is take 2 weeks off, but don't expect to get more than you think you can in one, and just play it by ear. For me it's not about a challenging drive, but about seeing more of the country at a leisurely pace.

Jeff, I'll have to spend some time on Christian's site, thanks for the link. At a quick glance it looks awesome!
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I did Route 66 from Chicago to LA back in college with two buddies in a Firebird!

The part of that trip that I would love to do over again in the Rover is New Mexico - round Las Cruces, up past White Sands, and on to Albuquerque, although this time with two Jerrycans full of diesel, two of H2O, a tent, and lots of desert crossings
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