As Old Man Winter blankets fall color with fluffy crystalline flakes, our thoughts gravitate to snow runs, sipping coffee by a warm fire in a rustic mountain cabin, and for many of us, Christmas. If this vision finds you reaching for your keys and a thermos of steamy joe, we suggest you turn your wheels toward historic Georgetown, California, and join Overland Journal for the 3rd annual El Dorado Jeepherders Christmas Toy Drive. After dropping off toys at the Jeepers… read more »Kawasaki’s Versys-X 300 Might Just Be What Adventure Riding Needed
If you’re looking to travel overland by motorcycle, the options have never been more plentiful, but they’ve never been more expensive either. And as the adventure segment continues to grow, the bikes also continue to grow. It’s not unusual to see a 500-pound unloaded machine with a seat height fit for only a giraffe gracing the Starbucks parking lot. With a huge segment of riders not skilled enough—or quite simply not tall enough—to handle the massively tall and heavy adventure… read more »Finding Adventure with Defenders, Snowboards, and Sailboats
As four-wheel drive enthusiasts, we tend to focus on the vehicle aspects of overlanding most. We review various accessories, discuss the merits of different trucks and suv's, and of course showcase some the many great trails you can take them on, but not every adventure should confined to the driver's seat. It's important to remember that getting out and experiencing the world around you is the most important part of any trip, and you should seek out new experiences whenever possible. In Forrest Shearer's case,… read more »Colossal 2016
There are 4 different weather websites that I frequent to obtain the most accurate prediction of the skies before heading out on a journey. Not that one has proven to be more accurate than the others, but somehow I seem to favor the one showing signs of clearer skies. As if 3 of the 4 predictions are wrong and there really is a glimpse of sunlight to be had for Colossal 2016. It’s something I can irrationally average in my… read more »The Widening World of Mountain Bike Wheels
If you’re thinking of shopping for your first mountain bike, or the first in many years, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed with choices. There are so many options on the market it boggles the mind, and I’m not talking about materials, suspension formats, or components, I’m simply referring to wheel sizes. Only 15 years ago all mountain bikes rolled on 26-inch wheels. Today the available sizes include 26, 27.5 and 29-inch wheels fitted with your choice of skinny,… read more »Is the Scrambler Bubble About to Burst?
For those of you who read Expedition Portal with any regularity, you probably know I don’t venture too far out on the spindly ends of the op-ed branch. Strong opinions are fun and make for great kindling for the comment box, but I am not generally predisposed to contentious editorials. It’s just not my style. However, I think I have an opinion to share. It was about ten years ago when I saw my first modern motorcycle built in the… read more »