For six-time Overland Expo alumni and teachers Shannon and Brenton Cooper, adventurers’ most powerful tools begin with a P: Persistence. Politeness. Patience. “Those three,” Brenton says, “you can accomplish anything, any crappy situation, you’re going to be able to wait it out. After doing Overland Expo teaching, especially the Border Crossings class, we added a fourth P: Planning—or Preparation, either one.”
LESS IS BEST // Unnecessary add-ons can cause issues when you need to make a quick fix off-road, so keep it simple with your overlanding bike.
SHOCK VALUE // Improper suspension can lead to epic off-road adventures, but mean disaster on the road. Make sure your vehicle can handle the pavement as much as a rocky trail.
You, too, can learn the stuff of epic questing at Overland Expo EAST. From September 27 to October 2, the event settles onto more than a dozen Biltmore Estate acres along the French Broad River. Hundreds of experts and been-there, done-that explorers converge from the world over to teach 140-plus programs, alongside 150 exhibitors and an anticipated crowd of 3,000.
In addition to interactive classes, the Expo features Land Rover and motorcycle demos, specialized gear, and Happy Hours. Fees range from a $15 Sunday-only pass to $95 for the weekend to the Overland Experience Package for $375 per vehicle ($325 for a motorcycle).
“There wasn’t anything like it in North America, where the focus was on do-it-yourself adventure, using either your vehicle or a motorcycle,” says founder-director Roseann Hanson. “We combined the trade-show element to sort of get an industry thing going, along with the educational part.”
Camping’s available, but the Expos—Overland Expo WEST is in Arizona next May—limit the number and size of travel trailers. “It’s more about the smaller vehicles and motorcycles,” roughly half and half, she says.
ROUGH RIDERS // This September, join 3,000 overland adventure seekers and experts at the Overland Expo EAST, where you can learn the ins and outs of long-distance road travel. For details and registration, visit overlandexpo.com. For more on Brenton and Shannon Cooper, see “Over and Out.”