Launched to explore the adventures available in the USA, the expedition used Land Rover LR4s (Discovery 4s), making it the first production car to traverse the entire trail.
The brainchild of Mississippi adventure motorcyclist Sam Correro, over 85% of the route is on unpaved trails, forest roads, farm roads and other dirt tracks. Talking about the vehicles, expedition leader Tom Collins said, 'The LR4 vehicles have been fantastic. They are stock, with only dealer accessory winches and roof racks. We did not have any mechanical issues and the only repairs required while crossing the country were a few tyre punctures.'
The expedition was led by Collins using Correro's maps and the Land Rover navigation system. Narrowly escaping flash floods in New Mexico and Utah, the greatest challenge came in the final 48 hours. Many of Oregon's forest trails had been forced to close due to forest fires and Collins had to map out alternate dirt trails, resulting in half a day's detour.
'We give our thanks to the firefighters in Oregon who provided us with detailed advice on how to drive around the fire zone safely. Without their assistance we would have not been able to reach our goal,' Collins said.
After weeks of dust, plains, mountains and desert, the Pacific Ocean at the finishing point at Port Orford, Oregon, was an awesome sight for the team on the trip.