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Behind the scenes

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During the trip we received a lot of questions through the site on the detail of the organisation of the trip.  How did we handle visas?  Detail of the car, which gear, how did we choose our route, and so…

Transvecto One – Video from the road

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Well I’m a man of my word.  As promised in the blog, here is the first of three videos documenting the transvecto journey.  ”Transvecto One” is a 15 minute sequence of nearly every shot filmed from a GoPro camera mounted…

Beginning of the End?

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Location: 36° 29′ 13″ S, 148° 07′ 34″ E (Snowy Mountains, New South Wales) Distance from Sydney: 405 km And so the final day is here.  When I planned this journey, I knew I wanted to drive back into Sydney.…

Home James, & don’t spare the horses

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Location: 33° 33′ 25″ S, 115° 01′ 50″ E (Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia) Distance from Sydney: 3,351 km Here’s a free tip for all those planning to ship your car to Australia by container: Don’t. Ship it to the moon…

Continent crossed

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Location: 1° 18′ 48″ N, 103° 51′ 34″ E (Singapore) Distance from Sydney: 6,323 kms Thousands of Australians a year travel to Thailand. 9 or so hours by plane transports them to somewhere exotic and different north of the equator.…

Not quite to plan

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The customs officer looked out of the window and wiped his brow. It was hot. Outside the lush jungle clicked and buzzed with tropical insects. On the desk in front of him was Magda’s paperwork. He looked back at me…

Middle Kingdom – Part 2

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After the smokey haze of the lowlands we were glad to be climbing into the mountains. These were the eastern reaches of the Himalayas, and we were headed to Juigaihou (or as we called it, GI Joe). A world heritage…

The Middle Kingdom

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Location:  26° 52′ 22″ North, 100° 14′ 06″ East (Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China) Distance from Sydney: 8,646km China. The Middle Kingdom. Home to the Giant Panda, the noodle, and about 1.3 billion people. It is impossible to approach China without…

Reaching the Peak

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Location:  47° 54′ 41″ N, 106° 58′ 53″ E, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Distance from Sydney:  10,126km So we’ve crossed Mongolia.  Like a mountain climber reaching the peak, Mongolia was our half way mark, timewise for me (3 months of a 6…

Enter Mongolia

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Location : 47 44′ 27″N, 96 50′ 17″E (Uliastay, Mongolia) Distance from Sydney: 10,597km A mini update, written just after arriving in Mongolia: I’m meant to be trying to finish off the Russian blog right now, but I want to…

Everything changes

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Location : 50° 43′ 35″N, 86° 18′ 28″E (Altai Republic, Russia) Distance from Sydney:  11,401km They say that if you put a frog in a pot of water and slowly boil it, the change of temperature is slow enough that…

A long day

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An insight into a day on the road where things don’t go as planned. Benn: 4am: I realise I am awake. Early hours of the morning, still dark outside our hotel room in Almaty, Kazakhstan. There is a car alarm…

Mother Russia

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Location: 49° 48′ 09″N 73° 05’23″E (Central Kazakhstan) Distance from Sydney: 12,129km Firstly, an apology. It has been quite some time since the last update. I did write a big fat juicy update almost a week ago, but shortly after…

The language barrier

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Position: 45° 021’ 51” North 36° 37’24” (Kerch, Ukraine) Distance from Sydney: 14,580km There is an episode of Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman’s “Long Way Round” where they pass through Ukraine (see here for a recap).  In it, they get…

Detour

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Location: 48 40′ 29″ N 26 34′ 18″ E (Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine) Distance to Sydney:  15,482km Originally we planned to travel through Turkey, cross the Black Sea into Russia at Sochi, and head north-east from there towards Kazakhstan.  However uncertainty around…

“Magda gone”

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Position: 41° 03’ 06” North 28° 59’21” (Istanbul) Distance from Sydney: 15,080km “Magda gone”. It was the text message that I had hoped I would never send.  It was midnight, in Istanbul, and I was sending the text message to…

Steering the course

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As kids, our family holidays always involved driving.  Escaping the Tasmanian winter, we would tow the pop-top camper van, and later the trailerable yacht to the warm climate of Queensland.  Dad would nearly always drive, and mum would navigate.  Navigating…

The Crisis Zone

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During the planning of the trip, Greece had always been part of the plan.  Neither of us had been there, and I’ve always been a fan of beaches/islands/very-large-cocktails.  However as the euro-zone crisis unfolded we kept a close eye on…

The best laid plans…

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Position: 37° 57′ 56″ N, 23° 43′ 46″ E.  Athens. Distance from Sydney:  15,448 km One of my favourite quotes (which I remind Andres of often, mostly when something is going wrong) is “If everything went exactly as planned, where…

Crossing the border

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I don’t know whether it is just me, but borders have always made me uneasy (and not just the squiggly ones you did on your school project in primary school, though they made me uneasy too, all that strictness and…

Bahn-storming Europe

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Position: 43 30′ 10″ north, 16 26′ 53″ east Distance from Sydney: 16,221 km Travelling does strange things to the passage of time (no, no, this isn’t an elaborate excuse around why it’s been two weeks before an update from…

And we’re off!

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Position: 50° 54′ 46″ north, 1° 50′ 50″ east Distance from Sydney: 17,534km So it’s Monday July 2nd, which means we should be crossing the channel on the way to France. And the good news is that we are, I’m…

Fuimonos!!

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Obviamente voy a escribir en español, por lo menos algunas partes (partly to piss you off Benn) y para realmente darle su toque mexicano a esto! Así que aquí vamos! Después de mucha espera aquí listo para despegar desde Cancún…

Let’s do this

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As a kid, I remember the arrival of Christmas. The closer it got, the more excited I became. The more excited I became the slower time would pass. And the slower time passed the more convinced I would become that…

Tracking Magda

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My obsession: Tracking Magda I’ve become obsessed.  Ever since the booking confirmation for the shipping of Magda to the UK arrived, and it mentioned the name of the ship, I’ve become an internet stalker continuously watching the ship’s progress like…

T minus one month

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To do: always most important last… It’s an exciting milestone tonight.  Exactly one month from departure.  One month until I fly out for London to find Magda at the docks, sort out the last of the preparations, find Andres and…

It all starts here.

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Trans vecto.   The drive. An idea, the desire not only to travel and see.  But to achieve something.  From A to B.  London to Sydney. Start the planning.  …