3rd April 2011 by Helen
Manning the stand at the show

Manning the stand at the show

Overland Expo 2011

We’ve had a great time at the Overland Expo.  We’ve chatted to lots of people, gathering information, learning about other people’s trips, talking about our expedition, hopes and ambitions.  We’ve finally met people we’ve only spoken to by email before. 

I marvelled at Anna & Pablo’s home in which they have been travelling and living and working for eleven years as they work their way around the world.  Anna taught me how to make the macrame bracelets she makes to sell on the road.

Will (whom we were staying with near San Diego) turned up with his son Hunter.  Bill Davis, from Great Basin Rovers in Salt Lake, who helped us when we needed a new window and starter motor back in January, stopped by for a chat.

Writer Ann Lockley, whom we had only spoken to by email before, sourced us some new chairs (ours were beginning to fall apart) and a new auxilliary battery (ours was not holding its charge since our freezing escapades in Montana).  We were also given 20 litres of diesel (always welcome).

Friday was hot and sunny and without any wind.  Saturday and Sunday were cooler because there was a light wind.  Now, that might sound ideal to our English readers – but not in the Arizona desert.  We now have dust EVERYWHERE again, just like in Kazakhstan!!

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