Day 20 – Arriving at Overland Expo West 

May 11, Thurs

On Thursday morning, we took our time getting ready to go. Once we had packed up our stuff, filled up with water, dumped our tanks, bought groceries and fuelled the vehicle, we were ready to go.

New location very close and easy to get to,  but actually getting into the main area with registration, vendors and the Overland Theater was a little bit of a challenge.  

We arrived before the actual check-in time, so hung out with folks and chatted. Checked in. 

We were in the Showcase Vehicle section. At the old location, the Featured Vehicle section was between the vendors and the campground.  This time we were past the vendors and few visitors came over this time.  That was ok with us since we weren’t selling anything. For those individuals needing traffic,  it was a challenge.

Our assigned spot was too small for the length of our vehicle. The campsites were just regular parking spaces. Giving us two of them didn’t help. The area organizer did a great job of rearranging the assigned spots so that we were all able to fit.

We were camped next to Bevan & Clare Walsh, a really nice Australian couple and their modified ambulance. We had been camped near them during the Overland Expo East in October.

Terri Ann Wakeman and her Irish Wolfhound, O’Reilly, were close by. Since we have owned Irish Wolfhounds in the past, I always enjoy spending time with them both.

She was selling her book, The Essential Guide to Overland Travel in the Exhibitors Tent.

We set up our camper, talked with our neighbors, and then headed out to check out the new venue before the Instructors meeting that afternoon. 

We always enjoy watching the Vendors get set up and with the new location, it required a little more imagination to picture what it would look like by Friday.
We saw the Land Rover test track. The pavilion was up, but they were still finishing their preparations.

We found our class location at the Hands-On Demo area. There were a couple of guys putting out chairs.

There were a few Food Trucks preparing for the crowds. I really hoped that we would be able to get a wood-fired pizza later.

We attending the meeting in the Overland Theater building. There was quite a bit of echo, but the technology was up and running with a minimum of delay.

We wandered around the Vendor area talking with friends. It was great to see Lance and Michelle from Earthcruiser.

Marc Wassman from XP Camper hadn’t arrived yet, but a happy customer was there already.

It was a long day and we didn’t finally get to bed until quite late. Our first class started at 11:00.

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