Like most people in this hobby, the San Juan Mountains of Colorado are a calling. Visiting the famous mountain passes is pretty much a requirement on any overlander’s checklist. Living in North Carolina though, it’s not quite as easy to make the trip, especially with work and family concerns. It’s a nearly three days drive out there and back before you even begin to spend any time at the destination. That’s where Appalachian Toyota Round-up (ATR) comes into play. Hosted every Labor Day weekend at Windrock Park in Tennessee, it is one of the east coast’s largest Toyota gatherings, and...
The biggest takeaways our team had was that even our more experienced drivers still learned a ton in the “entry” level class, and that our work Tundra is extremely capable despite it being so much bigger than the 4Runners. It’s also always impressive seeing what obstacles stock vehicle is capable of crossing. I was personally surprised at how much I learned the second time through the class, and I need to remember to practice two foot driving on obstacles.
If you are interested in taking a class, contact Mike Morrison at Overland Experts, firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you to Mike, Dan, Steve, Rob, and Tony for a great day, you guys are a top notch crew! We’re looking forward to taking more classes in the future!
The Georgia Traverse is an unofficial network of forest roads and rough trails that have been mapped together over the years to present a mainly off pavement trip traversing northern Georgia. It’s more of an Overlanding trip than a serious off-roading trip, but as we learned, there are still some challenges waiting for you along the journey.
Our plan was to see how much of the Traverse we could do in three days. We got a late start leaving the Charlotte region Thursday – myself in my 4Runner with my copilot Goldendoodle, and Alan in his Jeep with his Goldendoodle (yes, the dogs are brothers!), so we didn’t arrive at the Georgia border until late afternoon on the first day. We made our way down the first forest roads, and made camp at Sarah’s Creek, a remote campsite in the Chattahoochee National Forest.