It's remarkable to think that with the incredible industrialization and habitation of the US, that's it's still possible to cross coast-to-coast without using paved roads.
That was the mission of the Land Rover Expedition America team that reached the Pacific Ocean at Port Orford in Oregon on Wednesday August 21, 2013 after traveling more than 4300 miles in an epic 27 day journey.
The expedition used two Land Rover LR4 and the route followed the Trans-America Trail. It was the brainchild of Mississippi adventure motorcyclist Sam Correro, who accompanied the team part of the way.
The route followed the unpaved trails, forest trails, logging roads and existing passes that make up the Trans-America Trail. It was navigated by expedition leader Tom "TC" Collins, who used official Trans-America Trail maps and GPS navigation.
Upon arrivial at the Pacific Coast, Collins phoned Correro to announce the completion. "Sam Correro's 30 years of research and exploration allowed us to complete this journey," said Collins. "I hope our journey highlights what an amazing job he's done and brings the Trans-America Trail to prominence."
During the month-long the trip, the cars narrowly escaped flash floods in both New Mexico and Utah. In Oregon, the greatest challenge was in the last 48 hours when forest fires forced the closure of many trails.
"We thank the firefighters in Oregon who provided us with detailed advice on how to safely navigate around the fire zones. Without their assistance we would have not been able to reach our goal," said Collins.
This was the first documented crossing of the Trans-America Trail in a production SUV. The LR4s used were showroom stock, on factory all- season tires. The only additional equipment were dealer accessory winches and roof racks.
The vehicles performed experienced no mechanical issues, and the only repairs during the 27 days were several punctures on jagged rocks. Land Rover launched the expedition to highlight the adventures possible within the United States, and the ability of the Land Rover LR4.
For information on the Trans-America Trail, visit www.transamtrail.com
Land Rover reminds you to Tread Lightly: www.treadlightly.org