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Overland Classifieds :: Total Chaos 2015 Toyota Tacoma

Perhaps you’ve recently received the call from your favorite performance parts company, outdoor retailer, or vehicle manufacturer, receiving the news that due to delays in the supply chain, the items you want need! won’t be available for months. You’re looking for something unique—something that’s turn-key and ready for summer. Something built for travel. Total Chaos’…

Overland Classifieds :: 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

There’s something special about a clean, classic Toyota that has been well-cared for by several generations of vehicle lovers. This Sky Blue 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has been in this owner’s family for nearly 30 years but is aging gracefully. The vintage Washington State license plate is indeed from the same year, as are…

Expedición de las Américas: Crossing the Darién Gap in 1979

Photography by Mark A. Smith Off-Roading Inc.   Amidst a steaming, mosquito-filled jungle, Mark Smith wrestles with the steering wheel of his orange Jeep CJ-7, bouncing over rocks, damp earth, and the roots of tall ceiba trees. The skin beneath his white-brimmed hat is drenched with sweat, and several weeks’ worth of unshaven silver beard…

Travelling the Incense Route with Barbara Toy

Photography from Barbara Toy’s A Fool Strikes Oil and Travelling the Incense Route   “I travelled for the love of travelling. All too often these days people say they’re going to cross something like the Sahara Desert and all they want to do is get to the other side as fast as they can. That’s…

Jeopardy and a Jeep: Africa Conquered by Two Women Professors

Words By Ashley Giordano, photos from Jeopardy and a Jeep by Dorothy Rogers   During the summer of 1954, two American college professors named Dorothy Rogers and Louise Ostberg pulled their Willys Wagon into a mechanic shop in Tripoli, Libya. They had arrived from the North African desert, where they battled endless flats and ruined…

What the Dempster Highway Taught Us About Slow Travel

Words by Ashley Giordano, Photography by Richard Giordano   A comedy of errors saw us attempting to fill our empty diesel tank in the parking lot of the Eagle Plains Hotel on a toe-numbing, nose-hair freezing spring evening in the Yukon. I’m shuffling back and forth in my down hut boots while Richard struggles in…

The 1958 Women’s Overland Himalayan Expedition

After traveling 8,000 miles over six weeks through Western Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, overland adventuresses Anne Davies, Eve Sims, and Antonia Deacock found themselves in Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s drawing room, poring over a large-scale map of the Himalayas laid on a soft white carpet. The “Inner Line,” a…

Road to Mekong: Interview with Jai Bharathi

On the back cover of her book, Road to Mekong, Jai Bharathi stands in a black motorcycle jacket, one foot propped up on the footpeg of her Bajaj Dominar 400 motorbike. Her look is casual, but Jai is anything but. This woman is a force. From the South Indian city of Hyderabad, Jai’s first experience…

All Things Kenya | Interview With Dos and Wamuyu Kariuki of Throttle Adventures

It’s an emotional time for Dos and Wamuyu of Throttle Adventures. Like many overland travellers, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into their travel plans. After two years, five continents, 24 countries, four months of quarantine in Managua, Nicaragua, two bikes in a shipping container, and COVID-19 restrictions lifting just enough, the couple is set to…

Overlanders Share Their Favorite Apps

Mobile apps are designed to improve our lives and provide us with readily available information. This is especially helpful while travelling. Hundreds of new apps are popping up left, right, and centre, so we connected with our fellow overlanders to help narrow down the search. Google Maps, iOverlander, and Maps.me were crowd favorites, and nearly…

International Women’s Day 2020

“Like most people, I have let my dreams lay dormant, finding every excuse not to take the first step, whether it be money, time, or inevitable responsibilities. In pursuing this trek, I want to prove that people have more agency than they think—that they have more power over their path than society may lead them…

From the Vault: Desk to Glory – Chile

The Carretera Austral (otherwise known as Chile’s Route 7 and translated as “Southern Road”) is a highway that runs from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins over a span of 1,240 kilometres through Northern Patagonia. In 1976, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (What a guy! Check out this Wikipedia article for his messy history) ordered the army to commence construction of…