Great explanation Lance:clap:I agree completely .....
There are actually 2 things going on here...
Expedition style wheeling
Real Expeditions have a goal or a purpose to the other that recreation...I am currently on the Continental Divide Expedition and it has 3 goals:
1) Follow the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico
2) Do so on dirt as much as possible in the time we have (if more time was aval we could improve the route to be both closer to the CD and on more dirt
3) Demostrate to other handicap folks that they can get outdoors also and to inspire & enable them to do so
Expedition style wheeling has more to do with the build direction you take...
1) closer to stock for reliability and ease of access for replacement parts on long or remote journeys
2) Build for long distance travel & comfort over many days
3) Not taking on any obsticle just because it is there but more thinking in terms of keeping your rig running since you are "dependant" on it
4) Self suficent (sp?) basic tools, parts & recovery gear and the knowledge to use them since you will be remote
5) Camping, lots of camping
So since most folks won't travel with a goal or purpose that is why I say "overlanding" is a better term, but we all like the term "expedition" so that is what we use.
After my trip is over (22 days on the trail) I plan to talk about lessons learned, gear reviews, thoughts on wgt, storage, mileage, spare parts, and most important - habits that you need when traveling for an extended time while dependant on your rig.
But for now you can follow our journey as we progress southbound.