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In just its second year at this location, the Vermont Overland Rally has become one of the Northeast’s premier overlanding events. Host, Peter Vollers owns the 77 acres that serve as ground zero for the four-day festivity. The surrounding forests and valleys are home to some of the best Class-4 roads in the country. Vollers has helped maintain and map out the vast network of tracks and is quick to provide information necessary to navigate all of the back-road goodness.

As long as you’re riding between the old stone-walls you’re on public roads believe it or not.

“As long as you’re riding between the old stone-walls” says Vollers, a real estate lawyer who knows all of the local legalities, “you’re on public roads believe it or not.”

These ancient stone walls—a New England icon—are everywhere in the backwoods of Vermont. We check the map, form a plan and tear off to the trails. They are muddy, rugged and best of all, fun. We push the bikes through some of the hardest riding they’ve ever done and they handle it like champs. Rian rode his XR650L and Greg brought his custom DR350 (featured in Issue 027).

The line-up of overland vehicles is impressive. From Subaru Justys to Range Rover classics to Jeep Comanches – the range is far and wide. And let’s not forget the Pinzgauer and the squad of unimogs. Anything and everything is welcome here.

The Vermont Overland Rally is technically held in Vollers yard, but he doesn’t mind entertaining and heartily welcoming the more than 250 people that attend each year. Complete with food trucks (wood-fired pizza), live entertainment, craft-beer taps, overlanding work-shops and goat-yoga, (don’t ask) the VOR is becoming a monumental celebration in the world of off-road adventure.


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