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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

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 on.  To keep the blog interesting to most, I left the...
Transvecto One – Video from the road

Transvecto One – Video from the road

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 on the dashboard of Magda, from London to...
Beginning of the End?

Beginning of the End?

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. I could have had Magda shipped...
Continent crossed

Continent crossed

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. The food is spicy and cheap, the...
Not quite to plan

Not quite to plan

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 with a pained expression: “What colour is your car?”...
Middle Kingdom – Part 2

Middle Kingdom – Part 2

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 park, this national park was a series of waterfalls...
The Middle Kingdom

The Middle Kingdom

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 pre-concieved...
Reaching the Peak

Reaching the Peak

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 month journey), and also the...
Enter Mongolia

Enter Mongolia

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 talk about Mongolia instead. It’s our second...
Everything changes

Everything changes

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 the frog won’t realise it’s being cooked, and will die...
A long day

A long day

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 squealing in the distance. I suddenly get that momentary sick...
Mother Russia

Mother Russia

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 completing it, the laptop died, never...
The language barrier

The language barrier

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 invited to a house for dinner,...
Detour

Detour

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”

“Magda gone”

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 Andres as I stood on the empty street...
Steering the course

Steering the course

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 cities...
The Crisis Zone

The Crisis Zone

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 developments.  Mass protests,...
The best laid plans…

The best laid plans…

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 would the adventure be”.  I like this...
Crossing the border

Crossing the border

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 hemming in no doubt).  But even returning to home with...

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