Home Top

About OverLandBirds

Trip Start: Trip End: .

Author Archive | OverLandBirds

Sleeper…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Another ffing trucker from the SAME COMPANY !!!! in the bloody walmart car park. So there we are just thinking about turning in and he turns up. Parks right behind us. Engine running. Engine running illegally, i’ve checked. They are not allowed to idle in Florida. Its federal law.
Anyhow, we went to the toilet so I decided to ask…

Romy And Michelles High School Reunion…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Todays little job was to figure out where the grinding was coming from on the front right wheel.  I jacked up the car one corner at a time and checked the bearings. No problems there. Now I checked the front swivel pre-loads. very loose, it goes on the list as its a bigish job. Something saved for a campsite in…

Bedknobs and Broomsticks…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Another day on the beach so to speak although we’ve not actually seen the beach at all. We spent another day in the campsite squatting (not paying) in their carpark doing stuff on the car.
The inside of Matilda is a bit grubby so she’s had some insulation fitted to the cold windows and some new curtains. Mother made them…

Men in Black…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


OK so its not quite Men in Black but I couldn’t be bothered to think of something better.

A trip to the state park in Wilmington and a trip to the shop where you pay for camping. The gate said they close the campsite at 6pm….true. So it was no good for us as we wanted to go out for…

My Little Pony….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Another warm night staying with Stuart in his home. We were introduced to Eric, Dina and Tyler by Steve from the previous post. They introduced us to Stewart and magically we had somewhere to stay. They all came over to Stuarts and Dina brought home made soup and snacks. More importantly they came with wine….We had a evening of chatting…

Cabin in the Woods….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


A little detour to go to Doncaster. The Village/Town has no sign. We’re not sure its even called Doncaster however the map says it is. This is the only market we found along with a street name.

 

We managed to get into Washington to go see something we missed last time. That’s all we went to see. IT was…

Artic Blast….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Yes, it really is a film…..my mother has it on DVD. I avoided watching it.
Its been a cold night after the hospitality of others for the days after we arrived back in the USA. The snow has been falling and I’ve been watching people clear their driveways (see photo). The last two nights we’ve been in the car for…

Over the Hedge…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


The laptop is on good behaviour although when the engineer changed the motherboard he didn’t move over the CD card reader. So they are coming back on Friday. Muppet…
Last few days we’ve been working hard. Trying to get the house back in order. Spent 2 days cutting the hedge. I’m knackered. Four trips to the dump to get rid…

The Paperwork Explosion….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


You know that little piece of paper that you need for the car. You know, the Carnet de Passages En Douane. Well you don’t really need one but it makes it easier in some counties (and much harder in some).
Yet again we come back to get it refunded and they’ve changed the rules. Now they want additional proof that…

Home Alone….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


The Defender is parked up with some generous Americans and were are in the UK for all of 7 weeks. We’ve missed the family and we are back for Xmas.
A few updates on the gearbox. We’ve sold the damaged one to a guy in the states and will get back some of the core charge. Its only one bearing…

Christmas Vacation….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


SQUIRREL!Its December the first and Christmas is starting in NYC. The residents in the  apartment we are camping outside have been very interested in the car. Theres been speculation to what we are doing and why we are here. Ranging from “Making a film” and “selling Christmas trees”. We can hear every word outside the car when they are discussing…

Supersize Me…..

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


We are in NY and camping on Manhattan Island…I bet its the cheapest accommodation in NY. We found the queue to get in a bit much even on Thanksgiving at 2pm. The queue for the tunnel was mammoth. We couldn’t use the tunnel….damn !!! Gas bottle on roof = banned. So we had to drive to a bridge and pay…

American Hustle…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


some times you just want to scream and I know some of you know what I mean….
This morning the diff lock lamp was on ( don’t know if its in lock or not = bad ). The switch they broke was again broken. Not a good soldering job. I am unable to fix it and my second hand spare…

On the Road…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


So the garage did a efficient job getting us on our way. We left there about lunchtime Tuesday. A few problems with the diff-lock lever which I knew we would. Last time it took me ages to get it working in the correct position. Same this time. Mechanic knew what he was doing after I explained what I did last…

Transporter…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


After a under-informed weekend we were told early morning that our worse fear was realised, the box was still in Chicago….well…
I need not tell you I was upset and possibly nearly in tears. The money that this would have cost to rectify isn’t worth mentioning. This was a major fcukup. After calling Alice at DHL (who’s been great) we…

The Clearing….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


An update….The box has moved a bit and we’ve found out we might be able to clear the customs ourselves without using a broker. Saving a grand sum of $201usd. We will still need to pay a $9usd fee and the duty at 2.5%
We need to wait for some paperwork and then we need to figure out how we…

Failure to Launch…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


We’ve been let down a bit by the gearbox people and even though they got me a box though the repair bench early they failed to get the delivery arranged so its being collected today (Tuesday). It seems though it might not be here till Wednesday next week. They say it “might” be Monday. Monday I can live with as long…

Grindhouse 2…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


It looks as though its the gearbox. New one on order from the UK. EXPENSIVE when you include shipping and fitting. Our budget is knackered for sure. This is a $3000usd problem.
We think the box should be here next Friday. We are luckily near a freinds house in Ohio. More importantly they are happy for us to crash here…

Grindhouse…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Problems in Walmart….grinding sound on idle and when moving coming from the rear of the bell housing. My thoughts are input bearing on gearbox. A big job to take it out involving stripping the entire box.
So its either Gearbox or Clutch which are almost knackered. We can move but should we ? Looking for help from the helpful Land Rover…

Wall Street….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


I’ve just read an article in the New York Times (I know!) and its about another group of overlanders getting people to pay for their trip well this got me thinking…..Any takers on paying £1 a month to read our blog. That’s £12 per year….If we can get the 800 regular readers paying then we can live on the road…

Ice Age…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Its a bit cold in Utah and Colorado. It must have been at most -5c last night and well under freezing. For the first time we camped in Walmart.
We’re on our way to some other overlanders near Denver. Kiwipanamerica no less. Last time we saw them they were in Bolivia.
Its been snowing on and off on the road…

Convoy…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Here we are back on the road proper. Long distances to cover interspersed with fantastic National Parks. Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef.  At least at this end of the road it is broken up with good things, not sure about later on.Its been cold and they forecast snow last night in Bryce Canyon. We opted to carry on out of…

Waterworld…..

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


No we didn’t got to Sea World or the Zoo. We’ve been there before. We are in San Diego. We came here for the British Car Day. We we followed into the car park, when we were scoping out the venue on the day before, by a Ladder Fire Truck….Guess where we’ve been sleeping….Number 1 District Fire Station in Downtown…

Leaving Las Vegas….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Finally leaving Las Vegas slightly poorer than we arrived. This is the first time we’ve lost in Vegas. Not much and we are still up on lifetime gambling. A lot up. We camped in the hotel car park where we’d stayed with Mum. The last night we got a room via hotels.com and showered. You never know how long it…

Viva Las Vegas….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


We really had a good time at the Land Rover (Southern California and San Diego) weekend. I did some talks and they had a collection for us ! Totally out of the blue we got a pile of Dollars for “Gas Money”. We got tee-shirts and all sorts of free stuff. I’m wearing one now ! All my old shirts…

LA Story…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


“””Oh shit! Open season on the L.A. freeway!”””One of my favorite quotes from the masterpiece of LA Story…..
True to form its almost that bad on the highway here. I don’t like LA but today we’ve been to few places we’ve not been to before and its actually not that bad, in parts. Some little places in West Hollywood and…

Texas Chainsaw Massacre….

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


Let it be known that if I say “American(s)” I mean USA citizens from this day forward.We made it into Texas,,only just,,, as the Colombia bridge crossing at Laredo is about as organised as a student rally..The Mexico immigration is on the “way in” side of the road so you need to go round to there to get your deposit…

Maximum Risk…

Read the original post and follow OverLandBirds's overland adventures on their website: OverLandBirds on tour - A drive around the world in a Land Rover Defender 110 - News & Blog.


We are finally leaving the campsite and on our way to the USA. We should be there in a few days to meet Mum.Another piece of good news is we’ve sorted our auto insurance for the USA. We have been dealing with the ex-pat department at AIG Insurance. Dealing directly with the underwriter so this is much easier than the…