OVERLAND ADVENTURE 2020: PART 2
Four Wheeler|May 2021
Exploring the Gold King Mine and more of Arizona’s historic backcountry
Jered Korfhage

They drove over 17,000 collective miles from 14 different states to experience the Arizona backcountry. They came in vehicles new and old wearing badges from Ford, Jeep, Toyota, Ram, Lexus, Land Rover, and Chevrolet and left the pavement in the rearview glass. They journeyed across more than 200 miles of dirt; camped in rooftop tents, truck beds, and trailers; and enjoyed both scenic vistas and regional history in the company of like-minded travelers. If you’re just joining us, this is the second half of Four Wheeler’s 2020 Overland Adventure.

One of a Kind Adventure

It all began with a call to adventure pushed out across Four Wheeler’s website and social media outlets. From the stacks of applications submitted through fourwheeler.com, we selected 20 overland rigs of various sizes, makes, and models to join us on our expedition. Each vehicle was required to have true four-wheel drive and bear unique sleeping accommodations, among other requirements. We crafted an adventure you likely would not experience by simply heading off into the backcountry on your own. Not only did our route traverse the awe-inspiring mountains, wend through narrow canyons, and explore the thick forests of central Arizona, the trip was led by a celebrated pillar of the off-road community

Nena Barlow is known for her lifetime of 4x4 experience, recognition as an International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers’ Association Master Trainer, and also for her shining attitude on the trail—and she returned as the professional guide leading the way on Overland Adventure. Nena’s infallible enthusiasm, extensive knowledge of the American Southwest, and acclaimed 4x4 acumen are only a handful of the reasons we selected her to lead the 2020 Overland Adventure. Alongside handling many of the nuances of the expedition, Nena kept the group engaged and informed using her Rugged Radio as we traveled, calling out turns, pointing out roadside wildlife along the way, and inserting well-placed humor.

Hold on, there’s more! After each exciting day on the trail, Overland Adventure made sure to top off the fun at night with a fresh-cooked backcountry dining experience. This year, in addition to the two smokin’-hot meals included with registration, participants were invited to take part in the first-ever Overland Adventure Camp Chef Showcase—an exhibition with one rule: Show off your favorite campsite culinary creation.

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