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Destinations: White Rim Trail

October 2nd, 2014 It’s one of the most popular trails in the entire southwestern U.S. and a must-do for any overlander. It’s also relatively short, easily driven in a single day, and flanked by dozens of other equally stunning natural attractions. It is of course, the famed White Rim trail near Moab, Utah.   Nestled within the Islands in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, the White Rim trail is an 80 mile maintained road skirting some of the region’s most striking… read more »

Personal Locator Beacons and Satellite Messengers

October 1st, 2014 October 4th, 1957 marks time as one of the most pivotal days in modern history. At exactly 19:28 GMT the earth rumbled underfoot as a boiling column of smoke pierced the atmosphere and entered the inky blackness beyond. The moments that followed this raucous exhibition culminated in a prolonged moment of silence. With the world hushed in anticipation, the bulk of aluminum, steel and vacuum tubes at the leading edge of that column of smoke returned a curious and almost… read more »

Ducati Scrambler: Adventure Redefined

September 30th, 2014 Audentes Fortuna Iuvat "Fortune Favors the Bold", the phrase bellowed from the lungs of Turnus as he charged against the Aeneas' Trojans in Virgil's Aeneid. The Italians are lauded throughout history for their brave and bold actions, and the resulting fortunes that come from those risks. As a brand, Ducati has always favored the bold, and released lustful objects since the 1950s, but the truly exceptional Ducati motorcycles started with the Mach 1, and from our perspective, have reached a pinnacle of desire with… read more »

The End of Sprinter Life?

September 30th, 2014 After four years on the road, Stevie, Tree, and Soleil have sold the Sprinter and are returning to the States. Their Sprinter has been their home through sixteen countries as they've wandered South America in search of adventure, meeting new friends, adopting new pets, getting married, and even having a baby. Their writings and imagery have been an inspiration to fellow travelers around the world. It’s true. We’re leaving South America. Tickets are bought. The van is gone. The Pan-American road… read more »

Field Tested: Cooper S/T MAXX

September 29th, 2014 When Cooper Tires unveiled the S/T MAXX three years ago they may have introduced one of the best all-around, commercial-grade traction tires ever. It features a 4–5 rib tread design, meaning the center blocks alternate between a 4-rib and 5-rib pattern. Cooper’s says this design randomizes the tread-block impacts with the roadway, which helps achieve the remarkably low noise for a tire in this class. This is absolutely true; my first drive on S/T MAXX treads in 2011 had me… read more »

Summer Gloving: Three of Our Favorite Summer Gloves

September 28th, 2014 It’s an almost interminable quest––the search for the perfect riding glove. Not only are every individual’s hands proportioned differently, every manufacturer has their own interpretation of the ideal shape and feature set. A quick search of the internet for motorcycle gloves produces an overwhelming number of options, even within just the summer glove segment. With a summer of riding behind us, we thought it was time to review three of our favorites of the summer.   Held Sambia $120 (ExPo… read more »

iOverlander: An App for the Overlander

September 27th, 2014 While the days of draping a paper map over your hood and thumbing through guidebooks are far from over, an increasing number of overlanders are relying on more sophisticated means of navigating and information sourcing. The latest such resource is iOverlander. A website and free iOS app available on the iTunes store, iOverlander was created to provide travelers with up to date information on where safely camp, eat, find supplies and other critical travel resources.   Created by Sam of… read more »

VW’s Tristar Concept

September 25th, 2014 The interwebs have been buzzing all week with the release of this outstandingly cool VW Tristar concept truck. Recently unveiled in Hanover at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, it was designed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original Syncro concept and it is quite a head turner.   Powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine that produces 201 hp and 331 pound-feet of torque, it has a seven speed transmission paired to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The tall stance… read more »

Jerome Jamboree XXIV

September 23rd, 2014 We set off from the safety of Prescott early in the morning to brave the steep, winding tarmac of Highway 89A over Mingus Mountain. The tantrum throwing, oil dripping Vanagon we've affectionately come to know as "Lana" was being uncharacteristically well behaved as we made the climb, caffeinated elixirs in hand (for lack of cup holders), toward Jerome, Arizona. Our destination: the 24th Jerome Jamboree put on by the folks at the Arizona Bus Club and hundreds of fellow Vdub aficionados. Some of our… read more »

Barlow Adventures: The Best Mod is Proper Training

September 22nd, 2014 Nestled amidst the red rocks and canyons of Sedona, Arizona sits a small building flanked by shiny Jeeps. What could be easily mistaken for a simple Jeep rental service is actually a comprehensive off-roading resource known as Barlow Adventures. Founded by Nena Barlow, her eponimously named company does rent Jeeps, but they also provide guided trips in Sedona, Moab, and on the Rubicon trail, as well as provide off-road driving instruction. Certified by the International 4wd Trainer Association, Nena and… read more »

The Trail of the Turtles: Thirty-five years of learning and mistakes

September 21st, 2014 It was 1969. I had been on the road for maybe five months, traveling through Eastern Europe to Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan, following the infamous “Hashish Trail.” (Yes, I had read Midnight Express.) My mode of transportation from Holland had been thumb, bus, and train, always looking out the window at places I wished I could have stopped to explore. Now I was sitting in the Pudding Shop in Istanbul, sipping a cup of Turkish coffee, the kind you almost… read more »

La Aduana: 2010 Conqueror Commander

September 19th, 2014 If you're anything like me, your heart stopped the second you saw this trailer cross your page. Here in the United States, this beautiful and amazing platform is the ultimate in unobtanium. Lightweight full metal construction? You got it. Heavy duty suspension and build quality? Absolutely. High ground clearance and impressive departure angles? Without a doubt. Full kitchen, hot and cold water, enclosed living space, bathroom, awning, and expanding roof? Hmmmmm... you bet! The only thing this trailer needs is a… read more »