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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,…
No matter how many legs it has, you might run into it.

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
The good and the bad, snowy peaks and Mongolian roads

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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“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,…
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. 

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. …
Replacing batteries in Patras, Greece on a 36 celsius day.  And cursing the VW engineering who put the battery under the passenger seat

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…
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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…
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, [...]

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,…
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 [...]

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…
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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!…
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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…

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