I often see posts here on r/overlanding that Overlanding is "just car camping" or "the more expensive version of road tripping". I disagree. There a
I often see posts here on r/overlanding that Overlanding is “just car camping” or “the more expensive version of road tripping”. I disagree. There are many thousands of people out there having monster adventures around the globe and loving it.
I planned and dreamed of driving across the Simpson Desert in Australia for many years, and after a lot of hard work we made the trip successfully. There are a few different route options, and hoping to be as remote as possible (and not see anyone else), we crossed The Madigan Line, following the route taken by the famous explorer in 1939 across the desert. There is absolutely nothing and nobody out there – no bore holes for water, no buildings. Just a dirt and sand track through the bushy scrub that crosses all the 1,300+ sand dunes that run north/south.
This required a huge amount of planning and preparation, and I carried 250L of fuel (65Gal), 75L of drinking water (20Gal), and enough food to last us at least 10 days. We also had a mandatory sand flag to avoid collisions on the top of dunes, a mandatory CB Radio, a sat communicator, a ton of recovery gear, spares and tools.
Not everything went to plan, though of course that’s when the adventure begins.
I put together this YouTube video of our crossing where I try my best to convey the sense of isolation and remoteness.
For anyone just getting into it, please don’t listen to the nay-sayers or the bitter people that tell you Overlanding is nothing but marketing hype.