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“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Ox Overland started as a team of guys that set out to retrace the historic Oregon Trail in their overland vehicles. As with most things in life what began as a once in a life time expedition evolved into a way of life for the Ham clan. Our small family will be the new evolution of Outlaw Xpeditons as we spend half a year traveling through South America in an attempt to explore the world and strengthen our family as we go. The plan is to ship our vehicle (Lexus GX470) and Trailer from Florida to Santos, Brazil where our journey will begin. From there we'll be making a giant horseshoe through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Equidor, Columbia then shipping back to L.A, and driving home to Portland OR. It's an ambitious goal especially with two young kids but we told ourselvs we'd never let family life slow us down or keep us from exploring the world so here we GO!!
2nd in command 1st on the scene
"The most important lesson a man can learn from history, is man does not learn from the lessons of history"
- Aldous Huxley
"Don't worry about a thing, cuz every little thing is gona be alright"
- Bob Marley
Marley Jean Hamasu
Comic relief/ Drama Queen
"Gotta get your life right, right and tight"
"Let me do it"
- Jaxon's subconscious
It seems for all explorers their vehicle becomes not just a mode of transportation but an expression of themselves. We are no different our modern day oxen are not only the power behind our wagon train but our homes and the machines in which we rely on. The modifications are infinite as we hone our rigs down to accommodate the terrain, the family and the time we spend out exploring the South America's backcountry. We have chosen carefully our mode of overland vehicle and taken the time to outfit and prepare for the adventure that awaits
2006 Lexus GX470 "Princess"
Engine: XSPower dual battery system, ARB dual compressor, SwitchPros Switch systems, snorkel, Cruiser Brothers LRA 33 gallon auxiliary fuel tank
Suspension: Old Man Emu PB-51's, Timbren bump stops, Souther Style Off-Road air bag delete kit, Icon UCA's w/delta joints, Falken AT3W 285/75/17
Exterior: Southern Style Off-Road front and rear bumpers rock sliders and flat rack, Warn Zeon 10-s WInch, WeBoost 4G-X cell signal booster, 4 gallons water rotopax, Heise front bumper lights, Eyourlife ditch light amazon ally lights, Lux rock lights
Interior: 10 USB outlets, Orange Box Fabrication rear window Molle panels, Blue Ridge Overland Gear Attic
Oregon Trail Off-Road Team
"Behind every great expedition there is a team humbled in their accomplishments and grateful for the experience."
It was trip like no other and I don't think a day goes by where we don't think about those precious days on the trail. We planned we prepped, took off down the Oregon Trail and conquered what we set out to do. We retrace the footsteps of the old Oregon Trail Pioneers and traveled some 4500 miles of dirt for 44 days and saw the country how they did now almost 200 years ago. It was a unique experience most will never experience in their lifetime and although we may never see the trail again together not one of us regrets the brotherhood we found along the trail.
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. the shadow is what we think of it: the tree is the real thing"
"Be ashamed to die until you have done something good for mankind"
"Be of good comfort, Mr. Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle by God's grace, in England, as I trust never shall be put out."
-Hugh Latimer, while being burned at the stake
"Courage is not the lack of fear, it is acting in spite of it"
- Mark Twain
"Without new experiences, somehting inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken"
- Frank Herbert
"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement"
- Will Rogers
"Dying ain't much of a living"
Carpe Diem -Seize the Day
"The biggest mistake one can make is putting off your dreams in hopes of buying them later"