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Zambia

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Leaving Livingstone on Friday (greetings to all our US friends as it was also the 4th of July) was the beginning of a bit of a road trip on tarmac. We headed north towards Lusaka, passing small villages bustling with…

Worth it at Victoria Falls

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We couldn’t get this close to Victoria Falls without making the most of it could we? From our near border campsite last night we took the road first to Zimbabwe, the side from which the views of Victoria Falls are…

Chobe

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Our day pass into Chobe certainly didn’t disappoint. Right from the start there was wildlife everywhere. First were the small herd of warthog, unusually close to the road and slow to run away. Miles and miles of evidence of elephants…

On the move

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After a week of fitting the new parts we’d brought back and catching up on laundry and some internet research for the next stage of our journey we were ready to hit the road again. Although we ended up spending…

The long haul back ‘home’ to Landy

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The journey from England to Botswana was long – four flights with stops in Dubai, Johannesburg and Gabarone before we would get to Maun. All was seeming to go reasonably to plan until we tried to book in for our…

back to Okavango

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Finally it was time to leave Moremi again, from where we headed back to Maun, had lunch, did some basic grocery shopping and checked out some of the stores where we need to get some extra supplies (new deep cycle…

hello Botswana

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Our first impressions of Botswana are more long straight tree-lined roads, flat for as far as the eye can see. This time the roads come with some seriously deep potholes, more crazy goats, even more obstinate donkeys and some near…

last night in Namibia

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From leaving Kamanjab on Wednesday morning it was pretty much a straight tarmac roads all the way to Windhoek again. We almost ran over a 5 foot long snake sunning itself in the road as we left town but it…

Kaokoland

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On our way up to Kaokoland we checked our average fuel consumption over rough ground and tarmac and calculated that with our main diesel tank and small wing tank as well as all of our jerry cans filled we could…

Youth Culture

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A rare occurrence, I was reading the Sky Airlines in-flight magazine as I flew from Punta Arenas to La Serena, when I noticed the majority of the significant events being advertised for the South American countries served by Sky Airlines…

The last ten days ….

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… we have been occupied in Puerto Natales, getting ready for Paul to visit England during June and sourcing and ordering the parts needed for Landy’s repairs.  The weather has been mostly overcast so we haven’t had the opportunity to…

Crane Day

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Heart in mouth time The bad news yesterday was that the recovery truck couldn’t recover Landy as it was not possible to winch him back on to the road.  So the challenge increased to having to use a crane to…

Axle woes

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Driving in Torres del Paine National Park After being lulled to sleep by the wind crashing through the trees and mercilessly rocking our Landy below us it turned out to be a fairly warm night.  This happy state continued this…

Closing in on Torres del Paine

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camping in Torres del Paine After returning to El Calafate we took advantage of the excellent local laundry to get our duvet jackets washed and post some postcards. This morning (Tuesday) we packed up and headed out of town, following…

Starry starry ….. morning?

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Perito Merino Glacier We awoke and arose to stars in the sky – not how I normally like to view them, I much prefer to admire the stars before I go to sleep!  Still, it did give us the rare…

A mild case of piles

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Landy gets his front diff piles from the welder. Well, the works’ done – the big hammer sorted out the steering rod.  Paul fitted the diff back in place, put the wheels back on, etc, etc.  On Wednesday we took…

It never rains but it pours in El Calafate

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When we arrived at the campsite on Sunday afternoon we checked it was OK to do servicing and maintenance work on our truck.  We were encouraged to see evidence that others before us had done the same.  We were less…

Through the Rainbow

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It had been a relatively quiet night.  Nestled in the hollow of the campsite we would have been protected from the strength of the Patagonian winds – except overnight there were none!  Typical!! The plan for today was to leave…

Good luck, bad luck – who knows?

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After an extremely restless night in which the car, tent and us inside, were buffeted and rocked by the legendary Patagonian high winds, the local farmer came along just as we were packing up this morning and told us we…

The straight road

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On the road to …… Leaving the Cave of Hands our next main destination will be the Perito Merino calving glacier near El Calafate, detouring on the way via nearby El Chalten to see the mountain scenery that makes this…

Cave of Hands

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Cave of Hands First job this morning was to take advantage of being in town and stock up on some food.  The small supermarket just about had what we needed and we were soon out on the road again. Our…

Is there anything more frustrating ….

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… than someone taking over reading your book?  There I was, happily reading my copy of Margaret Attwood’s “The Blind Assassin” when Paul starts flicking through the opening chapter.  At first I thought nothing of it: I usually read his…

What a difference a road makes!

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Kicking up some dust. It was a cold morning, with evidence that temperatures had dropped below freezing overnight.  However, the sun soon warmed us and the land and we set off from our campsite, marvelling at the rugged yet beautiful…

Bronzed mountains

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Carretera Austral scenery After our exploration of the southernmost part of the Carretera Austral, down as far as Puerto Yunguy, we headed back up to Cochrane again for the night.  Leaving Cochrane today we pointed north again and then quickly…

Little ripples

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On the Carretera Austral The Carretera Austral continued to please us by being in a much better condition than we had come to expect from previous travellers.  Sure, there are points where the corrugations get distinctly worse, notably on the…

We’ve made it!!!

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We have reached our second antipodal point, with a massive cheer. We left Cochrane around mid-morning.  Reading our map suggested it should not be too long a drive, although the narrow winding roads made it difficult to get a good…

Moving targets

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Way back in the spring of 2010, when we were planning our ‘final’ circumnavigation route we used Google maps to locate two points exactly opposite each other to be our antipodal points.  One was in north eastern Mongolia, the other…

Toyota attachment point

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Toyota attached! “Toyota attachment point” I was reminded of this sticker today, usually seen on the back of a Land Rover, as we pulled up in front of an old Toyota truck, heavily laden with straw bales for animal feed…

Closer still ….

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…. to our second antipodean point that is.  We have reached Cochrane, a small town of perhaps 1,000 people.  Next stop – our second antipodean point.  It seems we have been looking forward to this for so long.  It’ll be…