May 9 – 10
We always stay at the Flagstaff KOA for the two nights before Overland Expo. It gives us a chance to stock up on supplies, dump our tanks, fill up with water and fuel, do any needed repairs, wash laundry and clean the camper.
It also becomes a great place to meet up with friends new and old before the Expo.
Plus there are lots of interesting vehicles there, too.
This year we stopped in town and picked up a few things before heading to the campground.
Our usual spot had changed quite a bit since our last visit, so we drove around trying out different campsites before finally settling on one.
We took a few walks around the campground checking out the changes and the vehicles.
We had a laid back evening.
On Wednesday, we had a slow start to our morning. Then I started laundry.
Fortunately, there weren’t any other people in the laundry room when I arrived. I was able to get all the laundry started at once. About half of the dryers were out of order. Some of the dryers were occupied. At least the prices were pretty reasonable. The Santa Fe KOA was almost twice the price.
We took a walk around onve the laundry was done.
We met Laura & Hassan from Grumpy Nomad. They had quite an amazing trailer. They had gone to Overland Expo East and because of that experience, were now attending Overland Expo West.
We met a really nice woman from NC who had also gone to Overland Expo East. She picked up her travel trailer in Colorado and was going to Overland Expo West for her first time.
The friends from Alberta that we met at the Santa Fe KOA camped next door to us. It was great to see them again.
It turns out that our neighbors on the other side were also from Alberta.
In the late afternoon, we went out to the new Gear & Beer and Cool Ride Party in downtown Flagstaff. We took an Uber down and back so that we didn’t have to worry if we had a drink or two.
We started at Peace Surplus which is on Historic Route 66.
The next stops were Aspen Sports, Mountain Sports and Babbitts Backcountry.
There were a number of Overlanding vehicles of various kinds parked along San Francisco St for the Cool Ride Contest. I took photos of a few of them.
I loved the Overland Scooter.
I’m always a fan of Pinzgauers.
I’m glad we had a chance to visit the local active gear shops. I expect we will be visiting them again next year.
After wandering around the area checking out the downtown area, we stopped for dinner at Karma, a great Sushi and Japanese restaurant.
The tuna three ways appetizer was incredible.
After a little more walking around, we called Uber and got a ride back to the campground.
We made an early night of it. Off to Overland Expo tomorrow.