Eight months ago we threw too many clothes in a suitcase and flew to North Carolina for our first ever Overland Exposition – OvEx East, 2016.
Western North Carolina and the lushly forested Blue Ridge mountains were new landscapes for us, and we loved every minute – reconnecting with old friends, and making lots and lots of new ones. Asheville is a temple to good food and beer, and the Biltmore Estate is a distinctly unique venue for a bunch of tent-bound off-road hooligans. There were Land Rovers to drive, and adventure bikes to ogle.
As instructors, we shared our experience planning and driving our first self-drive safari in Botswana and Namibia with two groups of very engaged students, and we learned a lot from far more experienced Africa hands like Sam Manicom and Pete Sweetser.
Steve will be back at Overland Expo West next week with the same program. OvEx West takes place in Flagstaff, AZ – a vastly different landscape than North Carolina, but we anticipate the spirit of the event will be much the same.
We’ll look forward to meeting new friends, and learning much more.
That learning part is extra important because the big news is that this summer we are preparing to really drift.
We are headed back to Africa, but this time for longer than five weeks. Julie won a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Botswana for 2017-2018. We leave for Botswana the first part of July and will live there through next summer.
Of course, our not-so-secret plan is to spend as much time as we can exploring Africa by 4×4 and sharing those experiences right here on mtdrift.com.
Be sure to stay tuned for more, as things are about to get interesting!