Fall Color Run: Nov 1-3, 2019

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Going back in time, and getting back to basics.

The 2019 Fall Color Run will be the 4th year in a row that we’ve set out on this autumnal pilgrimage. And this year, we’re inviting you to go back in time with us, and get back to basics. As much as we love gear, and all the cool, modern, sophisticated tech-gadgets that overlanding has become obsessed with, sometimes it’s just a good idea to focus on the basics.

This 3 day, 2 night tag-along through the rolling hills and lower-appalachian mountains of Eastern Tennessee is a 3-4 hour drive from the Greater Atlanta area, and includes several #GOXPLOR highlights…

  • Catoosa Wildlife Management Area.
  • Driving through Old Tunnel 24, aka: “Nemo Tunnel”.
  • Hiking through Old Tunnel 22.
  • Lots of gravel-travel, a few creek crossings, and some moderate rock crawling.
  • Workshop: Intro to Land Nav with Map & Compass presented by SARCRAFT.
Bridge over Daddy’s Creek; one of the many amazing scenes along this year’s Fall Color Run.
Photo Credit: Fran Buster, via Google Maps, circa October 2017.

For the sake of group safety/security as well as upholding our commitment to responsible trail use and conservation, we will not be revealing the route publicly. Participants will receive a detailed itinerary for the weekend after registration and payment via email.

Accomodations: We will be bush camping in a very densely wooded, remote, and rugged area with little/no cell phone signal, no offshore power, etc. Grass is often quite high, and the ticks and chiggers are usually present, so come prepared.

Single Vehicle Registration Fee: $50.00, 25 spots available.

Registration includes admission for one vehicle, PSO Guide service, limited recovery (as needed), SARCRAFT Workshop, Bonfire, and camping for two nights; maximum 2 tents or 1 trailer per camping site. If you need additional space for your party, please indicate so in the comments section during registration and a team member will follow up with you to discuss.

A limited supply of two-way handheld radios are available for a $20 rental deposit which will be refunded upon returning radio at the end of the trip.

So pack your camping gear and cameras, fuel up your rig, and lets #GOXPLOR together! But hurry; there are only 25 vehicles allowed on this trip.

FREQUENT QUESTIONS?

Who is Peach State Overland?
Peach State Overland is a production of GOXPLOR Outdoors, which is comprised of a 5-member expedition adventure team and overland guide service operated by team members of the Peach State Overland video series on YouTube. Since 2014, they have produced 35+ webisodes documenting their adventures, including their 2016 expedition #PSO2Moab, their 2017 expedition #PSO2OBX, the 1st Annual Red Clay Rally, their 2019 expedition #PSO2NovaScotia, and their annual #PSO2CureALS Charity Rides. They’ve logged an estimated 75,000+ miles of adventures combined, across the United States and Canada, and now you have the chance to join them.

What is the Fall Color Run all about?
The Fall Color Run is a vehicle-based adventure through backroads and byways that include photo opportunities of breathtaking overlooks, waterfalls, and backcountry scenery. You bring your vehicle and camping gear, and we guide you through the weekend.

I’ve never been overlanding before; should I sign up?
Yes, we love introducing new people to overlanding. Just think of it as a road trip, mixed in with some glamping, good friends, good food, camp fires, and an experience that you’ll never forget. Trips like this one are perfect opportunities to dip your toe in the “overlanding” pond.

How does a Guided Tag-along Work?
A guided tag-along operates much like a military convoy. We all drive in a single line as a group. Peach State Overland will provide a lead vehicle, a Sweeper/Tail vehicle, and sometimes depending on the convoy size, a Marshall vehicle. Each PSO vehicle has a specific role in helping the convoy safely traverse through the route, always looking out for each other during the entire trip. Communication is managed using GMRS/FRS radios. Handheld radios are available for rental if you do not have your own.

Do I need to have experience using 4WD?
No, we’ll help walk you through your time with us. Guests with very little or no off road driving experience should expect to leave feeling confident in their new skill set.

Can I drive a stock 4WD vehicle?
Yes, we encourage stock rigs. These trips should be the testing ground for discovering a need for equipment or testing what you already have. If you have a specific question about whether your vehicle is capable of handling the terrain for this event, please contact us directly before registering.

My vehicle is AWD, is that the same thing? 
No. AWD is absolutely NOT the same as 4WD. We highly encourage true, 4-Lo equipped vehicles over AWD vehicles for off road and overland applications. While AWD technology has vastly improved and is quite impressive in on-road applications, it often suffers and/or becomes a liability offroad. If you have a specific question about whether your vehicle is capable of handling the terrain for this event, please contact us directly before registering.

I have a full-size truck, will it fit?
Yes… but… based on your vehicle’s width you might leave with some scratches, bumps and bruises. There are a few tights spots. If you’re not comfortable with bumps, bruises, and tree stripes, this isn’t the trip for you.

What about trailers; can I pull a trailer on this trip? 
Smaller, off-grid/offroad/overland style trailers are welcome, as long as the trailer is 5 x 10 or smaller. We do not recommend pulling anything larger than 5 x 10, nor anything that that you wouldn’t want to get scratched. We also recommend only trailers with high ground clearance, 3500# or higher rated axles, and larger wheels/tires to accomodate for the rougher backroads. In other words, this isn’t suitable for grandma’s RV or a rental unit.

Is there power available at camp? 
No shore power available on this one. BYOP! 🙂

What do I need to pack?
Each guest will receive a comprehensive packing list prior to the trip. The basics: a tent, some food, water, a camera, and an appetite for adventure.

Are my passengers free?
Yes! If they can legally ride in your vehicle, they’re included. But, we are asking guests to limit their group to two tents, or one trailer.

What about Kids? And Pets?
This is absolutely a family-friendly, pet-friendly atmosphere and event. We only ask that pets be leashed, and kids too… if necessary. 😉 Please note, for safety reasons, we do restrict the workshops (if/when offered) to participants ages 10 & up; children ages 9 and under will not be permitted to attend. DaddyBadger (Dan) usually keeps frozen treats in his Dual Zone Dometic Fridge/Freezer, and he loves to give them away to kids who are well behaved.

What’s the Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations received before 11:59 PM on Monday, October 28, 2019 will be refunded 50%. Cancellations received after that point will not be refunded. Peach State Overland reserves the right to cancel or alter any trip or event at any time, for any reason. Peach State Overland will determine if any refund is due if this action occurs.

Preview of “Nemo Tunnel”

2 Comments on “Fall Color Run: Nov 1-3, 2019”

  1. Would a stock 2017 4Runner Limited be ok for this event? I want to get into overlanding, but haven’t started on the mods yet. Thanks!

    1. Hi Tony, yep your 4Runner would do great on the trails that we have outline for this event. There is one trail where you will get to choose to take it or bypass it (which just means you get to drive through Nemo Tunnel twice), but we have seen multiple stock height vehicles do it before so it is possible with some minor skid plate scrapes. We hope you sign up and join us!

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