2022 Four Wheeler Overland Adventure presented by Jeep: Part 2

After traveling through the dirt from Goffs, California, and camping just outside of Twentynine Palms, Overland Adventure participants were awake and ready for another incredible day of exploration.

What is Overland Adventure?

Overland Adventure Presented by Jeep was an epic four-day, three-night expedition through the awe-inspiring Mojave Desert—and it began with a search for participants. Applications accepted for two weeks and open to anyone driving a 4×4 that meets the strict list of requirements set by Quad bike team. From the overwhelming list of entries, 12 vehicles were invited to participate in the 2022 Overland Adventure.

Attendees included representatives from Jeep, American Adventure Lab, Bubba Rope, Falken Tire, Midland Radio, onX Offroad, Radflo Suspension Technology and Warn Industries. These incredible companies not only sponsored the 2022 Overland Adventure, each brought their own 4×4 well-equipped for overland travel.

Adam Schalow’s 1994 Jeep Cherokee is powered by an OM617 Mercedes-Benz turbodiesel engine.

Although participants in the Overland Adventure did not prepare for combat in the North African campaign, the terrain covered during the expedition would give us a glimpse of some of what soldiers encountered when training in the desert years ago. At the helm of the 2022 Overland Adventure was MotorTrends Truck & Off-Road Group Chief Content Officer, host of The Truck Show Podcast, and desert historian extraordinaire, Sean P. Holman. Sean’s dedication to all things 4×4, knowledge of local history and brilliant leadership on the trail (and when broadcasting on Midland radio) were integral parts of the Overland Adventure.

James and Molly Tester on the trails in their 2001 Isuzu VehiCross.

Joshua Tree

Overland Adventure participants embarked on a journey into Joshua Tree National Park that many do not get to experience. Instead of entering through the park’s paved roads, the group traversed dirt paths leading into the park. Passing mining relics and sweeping vistas, there was plenty of awe-inspiring scenery on tap. Rocky terrain sometimes required careful line choices and challenged both driver and vehicle.

Enter Joshua Tree National Park through a less popular gate.

Tank Museum

After navigating Joshua Tree National Park, participants were treated to a dose of history in the form of the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum. Tanks as well as many other pieces of American history were displayed on the grounds of the museum.

Roy and Eric Wallace in their 1964 Jeep M-677, approach the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum.

Threatening weather

With dark storm clouds billowing to the north, the group followed gravel tracks south of the museum and chased the sunset. Hilly terrain provided views of deep canyons and across the desert as thunderheads brewed. No rain fell on the participants, but careful eyes saw rainbows against the evening sky.

Lindsey and Doug Hyland’s 1969 International Harvester Scout II navigates the desert trails.

Making camp

The trails led to a secluded desert alcove surrounded by jagged rocks and Ocotillo plants. The proverbial chariots circled up for another night under the stars in anticipation of the next day’s adventure.

Mike Fissell represented Midland at the Overland Adventure with his 2021 Jeep Gladiator.
Nick and Vicki Savatgy represented Bubba Rope during the Overland Adventure in their Nissan van conversion.
Brit Mansell showed off many of the innovations from the American Adventure Lab with his Jeep Wrangler 392 Rubicon.
Tyler Hoover, Jeep Gladiator brand manager, piloted the Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Farout Concept. With a two-inch Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, 37-inch Falken mud tires, a sweet AT Overland Equipment Habitat Truck Topper and many more exciting goodies, the rig showed just how capable the Jeep Gladiator is for extended play in the dirt.
Doug Fletcher of Falken Tire ran a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited shod with some of the company’s latest Wildpeak R/T tires. These new Falken meats are well composed on the tarmac, combining qualities of off-road and mud terrain tires, while offering the durability we needed when traveling through the Mojave Desert.
Andy Lilienthal of Warn Industries steers his 1992 JDM Mitsubishi Pajero and Dinoot trailer through the trails.
Nick Psomas and Kimberly Martin represented Radflo Suspension Technology and the ’21 Chevy Colorado ZR2 the pair drove showed off some of the company’s latest 2.5-inch coil-overs and piggyback rear shocks.
Brad Parker’s 2006 Sportsmobile cruises through the desert.
Marco Hernandez, known to social media as @OVRLNDX, travels a lot with his Jeep Wrangler 392 and trailer from Patriot Campers. If you see Marco in camp, chances are there’s something delicious simmering in his kitchen.
Jason Riggs in his 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel equipped with a MetalCloak suspension, Go Fast Campers tent and 38-inch mud terrain.
Chad and Keri Keller in their 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
Kelsea Dockham and Tim Sutton in their 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave.
Bob Evans and his 1988 FJ62.
onX Offroad’s Andy Zielinski and Lance Fisher worked the controls on the company’s Jeep Gladiator, making sure everyone was up to speed on all the features of the incredible onX Offroad navigation app. The app was available to all Overland Adventure participants and allowed individuals to track progress through the backcountry, observe land use boundaries, mark waypoints and more.
Mike Shaffer wasn’t afraid to get air in his stronghold Tacoma.
Colin Visage and Steve Copley rock the trails in their 2008 Range Rover Sport.
Blair Anglin’s 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
Meandering through the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.
Meghan and Phil Cooper relax next to their Ford F-250.

Sources

  • American Adventure Lab; americanadventurelab.com
  • Bubba Gear; bubbarope.com
  • The Falcon; falkentire.com
  • Jeep; jeep.com
  • Midlands; midlandusa.com
  • OnX Offroad; onxmaps.com
  • Radflo; raflo.com
  • Warn; warn.com

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