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Adventure Awaits At The Overland Expo

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On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Salamone

Adventure Awaits At The Overland Expo

Prepare to be covered in dust and mud whilst shaking with sheer anticipation. The 2011 Overland Expo is set to go down April 1-3 in Amado, Arizona. For the vast majority of us, who have no clue where that is, Amado is a small desert town 30 minutes south of Tucson along Interstate 19. For those of us who believe in true navigation, Amado is at latitude/longitude: 31.70 N/111.07 W, elevation 3090 feet. The Expo is an international event that educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world by bike or other vehicles. OX, as attendees affectionately call it, includes an adventure vehicle exhibition, workshops, classes, roundtable programs, and an exciting travel film festival. If you’re into exploring the unknown, cutting-edge auto technology, artsy films, camping, or even happy hour you will enjoy this event.

Visitors have two ways to experience the show: purchasing a simple Day Pass ticket which costs $15, or spending significantly more and buying a spot on the all-inclusive Overland Experience which runs $260 for a single ticket. The price difference reflects the many features that a regular Day Pass does not include. For example, by participating in the Overland Experience visitors get unlimited workshops, free camping on-site, daycare, BBQ attendance, happy hour drink tickets, and gift bags. Additionally, there is a modest discount if two people buy the Overland Experience.

Other than walking around and enjoying the wacky outdoorsman vehicles on display, the most exciting aspect of OX are the workshops and tutorial classes. Land Rover is sponsoring a new on-site overland driving course. Also, RawHyde Adventures and BMW will host the BMW Academy on Adventure Motorcycle Skills which includes a demo. Other classes focus on Overland Skills, Food & Cooking, Logistics & Organizing, the Art of Travel, Health & Housekeeping, Kids & Families, Communications & Navigation, Safety & Security, and perhaps most important Maintenance.

Returning for 2011 will be the second Austin Vince Adventure Travel Film Festival, a perfect event to follow happy hour. The Festival includes 40 new films and slideshows which are open to everyone. Day Passes and Overland Experience tickets are on sale now. In case you aren’t 100% sold, check out the Overland Expo 60-second clips on the event’s website. Each video covers a workshop or class held during OX in 60 seconds. After watching a video on controlling the fear of international toilet use you will probably feel more compelled to purchase the full Overland Experience.

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