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Top Things You Need to Know about Overlanding

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Overlanding is a very entertaining activity – and this is one of the reasons why it keeps growing in popularity over the years. More and more people are considering overlanding adventures, not only because of the challenging aspect but also because they get to explore the world. 

What is overlanding?

This article will show you the beginnings of this phenomenon, respectively its history, worthy overlanding routes, as well as the skills and basic gear required for it. Let’s get to it!

Overlanding and Its Origins

The term “overlanding” comes from Australia. It used to refer to driving long distances across the Outback, until later when its meaning changed. It started being used by road construction crews when they opened up the landscapes of Australia. 

Overlanding is a type of adventure that focuses on the journey, rather than the destination. It can go through both cities and off-road trails, with the overlanders using camping as a form of accommodation. It is done by using a van or an off-road vehicle because you need a strong car to be able to deal with this adventure. It isn’t for everyone, but it will give you memories that you will never forget. 

However, overlanding shouldn’t be confused with off-roading. Off-roading happens on unsurfaced roads or no roads, which is different from overlanding. The latter doesn’t focus on the type of road. Unlike overlanding, though, off-roading focuses on the destination. 

Overlanding – The History

Believe it or not, but the first overlanding trip originates from back in the 13th century. It wasn’t the type of adventure that we know it today, but it was still a form of overloading. The first form was used by Marco Polo, during his trip from Venice to the Court of Kublai Khan. 

The term was used when farmers in Australia had to move their cattle by traveling across long distances. Then, the meaning changed when the workers built highways to open the Outback – these roads are still used in Australia by overlanders.

Although Australia and South-Africa are known to have been explored by using self-contained vehicles, one of the first suitable vehicles can be traced to the U.S., in 1903. It was George A. Wyman who went on a trip from San Francisco to New York by riding a motorized bicycle. Sadly, after going 3,800 miles in 50 days, the engine broke, making him pedal. 

The Popularity Growth of Overlanding

Overlanding grew in popularity as the years passed, thanks to the improvement of technology. Considering some people are able to work from their laptops, all they have to do is bring their laptop on the trip and they’ll be able to work even during an overlanding trip. They only need an Internet connection. 

Not to mention that people love how cheap it can be to overland nowadays – you can simply camp and you don’t need to spend money on expensive accommodation. Conversely, you can also go in a larger group, either with friends or your family, which makes it much easier in case there are issues with the car. Bringing your pets is also possible as long as you have enough food for them and good conditions. 

Make sure you have all the legal permits to go abroad, not only for yourself but also for the pets. Overlanding is amazing in this respect, because you don’t have to worry about being rejected from an accommodation because of your pet. You can settle for camping. 

Favorite Routes for Overlanders

There are many routes that you can pick for your overlanding trip, but it seems that many people have their favorite roads. One of these is the Silk Road, which can be found in the Eurasian continent. The route will go from China to Rome or Paris, and many other European areas. 

If you’re a European, you might also love going from Budapest or London and all the way towards Singapore. The Rubicon trail is yet another favorite route for overlanders, which is located in the Sierra Nevada area of California. Other routes are the Pan American Highway, the Cape Town to Cairo route and Australia. 

Things that You Need for Overlanding

Before you go overlanding, you need to plan for the trip. First of all, you need to decide the route, as well as your budget and the time you’re going to spend on the road. Everything must be well-thought. 

Another important aspect is picking the right car. Keep in mind that you can’t go with a small, casual car. You need an off-road one or a van to deal with the unexpected. In addition, you must know the car’s limits before you do anything that might put yourself in danger. 

You also need some special gear for the trip, which will keep you safe and help you recover your vehicle in case there are any problems on the road. You are going to need:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Shovel
  • Light truck or better tires
  • A tool kit suitable for your car
  • A full-size spare tire
  • Car spares that suit the vehicle
  • Drivetrain fluids
  • Jumper cables
  • Front and rear recovery points
  • Jack
  • Spare key

Another thing to bear in mind is that you will need some specific skills for proper overlanding. You must know the local road rules to avoid fines and keep yourself safe. You should also understand hand signs in case you’re being told to stop. And don’t expect flashing lights to mean the same thing wherever you go. It may mean something else in a different country. 

It’s essential to know the basics of overlanding before you go on your trip. You will be able to explore the world and create unforgettable memories. If you think you can deal with the responsibilities, then overlanding will be amazing for you. You’ll get to connect with nature in a way you couldn’t before. 

Understand all the basics and ask questions if you’re unsure what to do. You can also ask other overlanders for advice.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Tales From Hollywood With Gary Springer Part 2

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This is part 2. You can watch part 1 here.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Gary Springer about his son Nick who got Spinal meningitis at 14, went on to be a Paralympian and who died in 2021. We also talk about “Beyond The Raging Sea”, the gripping account of two athletes who embarked on the World’s Toughest Row- 3000 miles across the Atlantic- takes a harrowing turn, mirroring the ordeal of refugees crossing dangerous sea.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Gary Springer

Rommel Gopez and the Hotel Edison have also added billboards that are in front of the lobby to let guests know what is happening.

I am so grateful to my guest Gary Springer.

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

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Team USA Launches Epic Journey to Paris in Big Apple

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It was a profound moment in sports.

In April, 100 athletes from all over the U.S. gathered for an epic  three-day media event with the goal of shining a light on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States at 100 days out from Paris 2024.

“We want to win the medal count,” USOPC  Rocky Harris stated.

So many great moments were witnessed including the packed gymnastics panel moderated by Hoda Kotb with Evita Griskenas, Kayla DiCello, Suni Lee, Yul Moldauer,  and Brody Malone.

The evolution of the Paralympic Movement Panel showcased  Beatrice Lavette (Para Equestrian), Calahan Young (Goalball), Jamal Hill (Para Swimming), Steve Serio (Wheelchair Basketball), Ezra Frech (Para T&F), and Justin Phongsavanh (Para T&F).

An incredibly moving Mental Health Panel had the crowd listening to Jess Bartley (USOPC), Perry Baker (Rugby), Nicky Nieves (Sitting Volleyball), Jaleen Roberts (Para T&F), Nevin Harrison (Canoe),  and Ilona Maher (Rugby).

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland said Monday.

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland was quoted stating.

The 2024 Summer Games are now less than just 100 days away. Paris is prepping to host its first Olympics in 100 years with venues being built at some of the city’s most famous sites.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

For more information on Team USA, please visit HERE.

 

 

 

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and LA28 Announce New Guild Initiative

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 Guild, the leader in opportunity creation for America’s workforce, today announced a historic partnership with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild will serve as an Official Education, Skilling & Career Mobility Provider of Team USA and LA28, providing a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Team USA athletes to receive education and career development opportunities with personalized one-on-one coaching to support athletes in building competitive careers alongside their athletic achievements.

With athletes dedicating so much of their time to training and traveling for competitions, they often have to put their athletic ambitions ahead of education and career development. At the point when an athlete transitions from their elite athletic career, it’s common that they find themselves out of pace with their non-athlete peers professionally, and needing to come up to speed to compete on a whole new playing field. Guild’s partnership delivers a more seamless transition from competition to long-term education and career planning, and Guild’s tailored approach ensures Team USA athletes are set up for long-term success.

Team USA athletes who have met defined eligibility requirements as members of Team USA in the last 10 years can use Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform™ to access a learning marketplace of flexible, tuition-free education and skilling programs. And, just as they rely on the guidance of their coaches and support systems in their athletic training, athletes will have access to personalized one-on-one coaching to support them across their entire education and career journey. Purdue Global is the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network, and eCornell is the preferred provider of professional education.

“Guild’s vision for a future of work that works for everyone aligns with LA28’s commitment to supporting the whole athlete, from their performance to their total well-being,” said Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer. “As we prepare for the LA28 Games, we’re thrilled to partner with Guild to provide tools and opportunities to positively impact Team USA athletes.”

“As an athlete, I’ve dedicated the majority of my life to reach this moment in my career and my education has remained a key pillar and priority throughout my training,” said Daniella Ramirez, Paris-bound Team USA Artistic Swimmer. “It’s incredible that through this program, Guild will make opportunities available to current and future Team USA athletes who are also driven by their educational pursuits and might otherwise have to sacrifice one or the other.”

“Guild, the USOPC, and LA28 share a fundamental belief that career pathways and access to education are key to the holistic development of athletes. We are proud to be a partner in offering Team USA Athletes something they truly deserve — access to tuition-free education and career support opportunities,” said Bijal Shah, Guild’s CEO. “At Guild, we recognize that talent is everywhere — but opportunity is not. We must afford talent the opportunity to rise, and no one understands that better than Team USA. We’re excited to be by their side to help them achieve their career goals.”

Guild’s differentiated solution meets the various needs of the diverse Team USA athlete community. The variety of offerings in its learning marketplace include programs like Purdue Global’s Bachelor’s in Health Information Management or Organizational Management and Master’s in Management and Leadership. With these programs, athletes can advance the skills they developed in sports and further their career opportunities through programs that build upon credentials to go further faster.

“The USOPC and LA28 are committed to advocating for Team USA athletes – as they prepare to represent the United States on the global stage, and in transition to careers after retiring from competition.” said Carrie White, USOPC Vice President of Athlete Development and Engagement. “As part of that commitment, we recognize the responsibility of providing the Team USA athlete community access to education that meets their ambition and supports them well beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild has a proven record of driving outcomes and long-term success for those it serves and the initial reaction from Team USA athletes to this education and career development opportunity has been incredibly positive. We are excited to share it with the entire athlete community.”

Purdue Global is proud to join Guild as the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network.

“Purdue Global welcomes Team USA athletes to move forward in their career by earning a degree they can be proud of from our catalog of offerings,” said Frank Dooley, Chancellor at Purdue Global. “Our team is uniquely qualified to assist Team USA at all stages of their athletic and professional careers.”

eCornell is supporting Guild’s partnership as the preferred provider of professional education of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network. With over 200 certificate programs — all designed to address today’s most in-demand skills, athletes can choose a program that fits their interests to advance their careers. Additionally, all certificate programs are developed by Cornell’s renowned faculty and can be completed online, on the athletes’ schedules.

“eCornell is honored to be a part of Team USA athletes’ professional growth and development outside of their field of competition,” said Paul Krause, Executive Director of eCornell. “Our short-form certificate programs are designed to build skills in real time, applying to where the athletes are today and stacking to support their goals tomorrow.”

You can learn more about Guild’s partnership with Team USA here and see how it will come to life over the next four years here.

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Team USA Olympic & Paralympic Athletes Light Up the Empire State Building for 100-Day Countdown

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Red, white and blue came together in the most thrilling way on April 17 when the Empire State Building hosted a lighting ceremony with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians including Evita Griskenas, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Jessica Long, Nick Mayhugh, Blake Haxton, Daniela Moroz, Hans Henken, Cheryl Reeve, and Matthew Stutzman.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Evita Griskenas attends as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

The Empire State Building hosted a lighting ceremony with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians including Evita Griskenas, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Jessica Long, Nick Mayhugh, Blake Haxton, Daniela Moroz, Hans Henken, Cheryl Reeve, and Matthew Stutzman who flipped the famous light switch.

Tonight the grand landmark will shine in America’s colors and will sparkle to celebrate the 100-Day countdown to the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Paris.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Matthew Stutzman attends as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

After the ceremony, the athletes toured the Observatory Experience – which was recently named the #1 attraction in the U.S. in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” for the second consecutive year – and posed for photos on the building’s 86th floor and 102nd floor Observatories.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: (L-R) Hans Henken, Matthew Stutzman, Daniela Moroz, Evita Griskenas, Jessica Long, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Gene Sykes, Blake Haxton, Nick Mayhugh, and Cheryl Reeve attend as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Founded in 1894, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.com.

 

 

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Through the Ages: Why Vintage Sports Fashion Still Shines

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No matter how many trends come and go daily in the world of sports fashion, vintage sports apparel seems to remain a constant among sports enthusiasts and vintage sports fashion lovers. Because there’s a certain charm in vintage apparel that no one can get over them. Be it the cultural significance of these sports apparel or just their style, they just simply look charming and classic. That’s why everybody loves to don those charming vintage sports sweatshirts and retro tees. No matter how many new and stylish trends may have come into the world of fashion; even modern fashion lovers just can’t help resist those charming and classic vintage sports apparel. 

So, in this article, just to give you an idea about the iconicness of vintage sports fashion, we’re going to discuss why vintage sports fashion still shines and stands out among many stylish and designer sports clothes options. So let’s dive in.

Reasons Why Vintage Sports Fashion Still Shines

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  • Nostalgia in Every Stitch

One of the biggest reasons why vintage sports fashion still shines today even after decades is because of the nostalgia attached to this sports apparel. From all those groundbreaking victories to the memorable matches of those golden vintage days, vintage sportswear like Ohio state clothing has seen it all happen. These vintage sports clothes hold all the memories and significant historical changes weaved in their threads which makes them all the first pick for all sports lovers. Everybody not only loves to wear vintage sportswear because of the memories they hold but also because of the cultural and historical changes that this sportswear has witnessed.

  • Timeless Aesthetics and Iconic Logos

The aesthetics of vintage sports apparel speak for itself. These clothes just don’t make you look fashionable but also give you and your outfits a whole different vibe. Not only that but the timeless look of this vintage sportswear also makes it easy for you to blend these sports styles with your trendy fashionable looks. Besides the timeless aesthetic of vintage sports apparel, what really makes them stand out is their iconic logos. These iconic logos are like the life of every vintage sports apparel. Not just that but vintage sports fashion lovers and sports enthusiasts also love to wear these iconic logos to pay homage to the athletic spirit and sensational sports styles of those golden old days.

  • Quality Craftsmanship and Durability

The quality of those vintage sports apparel is something you just can’t question about. Back in the day, these clothes were made to not just stay the test of time but also look and feel comfortable while playing. That’s why the craftsmanship and quality of these vintage sports apparel can’t be questioned about. Not only that but we all wear these vintage sports apparel even after decades and all of this sportswear looks and feels fabulous, that in itself is a huge example of how good the quality and craftsmanship of those good old vintage sportswear is.

  • Unique Limited Editions and Rarity

Another reason why vintage sports fashion still shines even after such a long time is because of its exclusivity. After all, we all love to have items and clothes that are rare because they just make us feel like we own some sort of luxury. So, when it comes to vintage sports apparel, they have a lot of fans and enthusiasts who are always trying to get their hands on these coveted pieces. Not only that but some of these vintage sportswear or sports sneakers were launched as limited editions even back in the day which again makes it difficult and expensive to get some of these pieces.

  • Celebrity Endorsements and Cultural Significance

One of the main reasons why vintage sports fashion is still so much loved is because of the celebrities that are associated with them. For instance, we all remember that iconic Bulls jersey of Michael Jordan. Even though it’s just a mere jersey; ever since Michael Jordan wore it on the field all of a sudden it also became his fan’s favorite. That’s the reason why that simple jersey is so much loved even today.

No matter how many trends come and go in the world of sports fashion, vintage sports apparel isn’t going anywhere. The fans of sports and fashion lovers will never let the charm of vintage sports apparel fade. Perhaps that’s the biggest reason why vintage sportswear still shines even today!



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