American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 80



There ’ s something special about building from the ground up . But the barrel is where it all begins .
80 transport. Within the middle of the last century, four-wheel-drive vehicles like Jeeps and Land Rovers have made overland travel exciting and affordable to many. In 1949, Colonel Leblanc drove his brand new 80-inch Series I Land Rover from the United Kingdom to Abyssinia. That same year, the Automobile Association of South Africa published a travel guide titled Trans-African Highways, A Route Book of the Main Trunk Roads in Africa. The first edition included sections on choice of vehicle, choice of starting time, petrol supplies, water, provisions, equipment, rules of the road, government officials and rest houses. These were serious folks who were engaged in serious and often dangerous overlanding adventures. These early treks were the beginning of overlanding in Europe and Africa. An early Overlander, Barbra Toy, soloed overland journeys in a Land Rover, including a trip from Tangier to Baghdad (1950-1941), and London to Singapore (1955-19566). Overlanding has increased in the past couple of decades and is getting ever more popular in large part by the capabilities of the vehicles, and even some of the creature comforts they can offer those who like the idea of an adventure but with a shower, comfortable bed, and a flushable toilet. Not every overlander drives a Jeep or Land Rover. Jason Ramos is a professional aerial delivered firefighter - a smokejumper - and the owner of Product Research Gear. As a business entrepreneur he travels all over the United States, Baja Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and other places in search of innovative products to test and profile. Years ago, Ramos purchased a Sportsmobile (Class B) van not only as a means of travel, but as a place to and water sources. Many of the first cross- consentient routes established by early “Overlanders,” like Len Beadell, became the roads and highways used by travelers today. But overlanding isn’t unique to the Australians or the Outback. Called by many names, the migration of people in search of better land, better living, exploration, and adventure has been around since the beginning of time. Overlanding isn’t new, only the methods and the means have changed. The Children of Israel roamed the wilderness in search of a Promised Land, the early settlers and pilgrims “overwatered” and “overlanded” in search of liberty and freedom, and Lewis and Clark and ea ɱ́ɽ͕ѡ)ɥѥЁ͕ɍٕɔ)ѕȁ݅䁽%аݼ)9Ց́ѡЁ܁啅́՝Ё)Ʌ5ͥɅѥɽɅ)Mɥɽ́ѡ ɥɅЁѡ)ѡ͔ݡЁѡ9Ѡ)MѠɥѥ̸Mѡ)Ё9ѥٔɥɕ́ɕٕɕ)ɕ͕Ё9٥ѡ́Ʌѥ])͍ѥ́Ʌ́ɝՔѡݡ)܁́ѡ́ɱ䁵Ʌѥѡ͕)Ѽɕѡݡ($=ٕɱѽ䁥́ЁаЁ)Ёٕɔѡͥи%ӊéɥ͕)ݡѡɅѥ)ݕѡѕѠͥ镐())d= e9