Want to drive around the world? You can find inspiration, learn how to do it and even pick out your mode of transportation at Mormon Lake this weekend.
From Friday through Sunday, the Overland Expo, in just its second year in northern Arizona, will be the temporary home of motorized adventure travelers from across the Southwest and the globe. A number of travelers who have just crossed the border of Mexico on their North American expeditions will be in attendance. Saturday night, a keynote English couple will celebrate 10 years of non-stop traveling on their motorcycles.
A day pass will gain visitors access to films, slide shows and demos on adventure equipment and skill building courses. There are 140 different exhibitors and 85 classes to choose from.
The 6,000 people expected to be in attendance will get a shot at driving a new Land Rover or a BMW motorcycle.
Roseann Hanson, an expo organizer, says that the expo is all about do-it-yourself adventure travel. And while some of the courses may look like something out of the X Games, Hanson says that overlanding is all about conservation.
As an example, she says that the expo would teach a Flagstaff resident how to drive around the Grand Canyon region for two weeks and be self-sufficient.
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"This is about using your vehicle or your motorcycle to get out," Hanson said. "We teach conservation driving. It's all very important to the ethics of what we do. We're not trying to go out and test the limits of our vehicles."
Instead, she says overlanding is about the journey, discovery and camping in wild places.
If you go ...
What: Overland Expo, an event geared toward educating the public about exploring the world by vehicle or bike
Where: Mormon Lake
When: Friday through Sunday
Cost: Children under the age of 16 are free. Day passes are $20 at the gate or $40 for a family.
For more information, visit www.overlandexpo.com.