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Why am I writing this blog?

I have chosen to start this blog and document my year-long road trip from Alaska to Antarctica. After having spent most of my adult life pursuing education and career, this trip will be my OneGreatAdventure.  I will drive about 40,000 km in a 2000 Jeep Wrangler,...
And We’re Off!!!!

And We’re Off!!!!

Brendan says we were 19 days late – I say we left when we were ready – Tynan time I suppose but here we are – 1000 km from home, enjoying the autumn colors in British Columbia and making our way north to Alaska. We loved Whistler, reminded us of Vail or Aspen in...
One More Night!

One More Night!

Adventure! One more night and we’ll be on the road again. First, we’re using the “Autobahn“ to cover the distance to the meeting point with our Swiss friends on a small campsite in the South-Eastern corner of Germany, bordering Poland and the Czech Republic as fast as...

Intro

Dreams! It all began somewhere in Australia’s Western Desert: … the campfire casting shadows across the bush and zillions of stars above us (most surely with the help of a good bottle of Australian redwine) sparked the dream to start travelling in our own...
The Journey Begins!

The Journey Begins!

What a whirlwind couple of days it has been! Here’s a recap: Ike works 12 hour shifts as a reminder why he’s happy to resign from his job Bethany spends an entire week alternating between watching season one of game of thrones and packing the apartment...
The Earth Speeds Up

The Earth Speeds Up

The Earth must have sped up?      There is no other plausible explanation! It’s the only way that time could be flying by at the dizzying rate it seems to be… It feels like all our waking hours are spent getting the multitude of chores completed prior to departure. ...
We zijn online!

We zijn online!

Vandaag is een bijzondere dag, want over precies 1 jaar hopen wij te vertrekken! We kijken erg uit naar onze reis van het zuidelijkste puntje van Zuid Afrika naar het noordelijkste puntje van Noorwegen, via West Afrika. De komende maanden hebben we hard nodig om...
Departure – TRIP 1

Departure – TRIP 1

Packing everything up Here we go, finally I am at the airport CDG in Paris waiting to take the flight to Dubai and than to Cape Town . The last weekend has been very busy with the last minute shopping and organization. Yesterday I have checked the air thicket and I...
Saying goodbye and moving on……

Saying goodbye and moving on……

The last few weeks have been a blur and much harder than I had anticipated. I worked up to the Friday before we planned to leave which in retrospect, I would not recommend to anyone doing a trip like this. I have been struggling with major insomnia and anxiety. All of...
Next Step

Next Step

Currently we are 10 days into the trip and enjoying it, we have done around 2,000 miles and the car has averaged around 35 mpg, no problems yet fingers crossed. Overall, Germany we drove through quickly, maybe we should have visited more sites, but plan to revisit on...
Putting everything together

Putting everything together

We collected Visas, Carnet de Passage, International Drivers Licenses, Renewal of RSA Driving Licenses that we were waiting for, making 10 fold of photocopies of EVERYTHING, etc.etc. Then we had to pay final Telkom Bills, Municipal bills, cancel ADT, pack the last...
Waiting

Waiting

We’ve carved away the biggest parts of our to-do list. Now we’re facing four months of staring at its stringy carcass, and I, at least, am longing to pick the bones clean. Thematically appropriate image. CC, attr. Patries71. Most of the items that remain are mundane...

It’s Time for a Life Chat

With a simple text message conversation our short-term life plans were about to change.  At least there isn’t going to be a divorce or babies…. Phew! I met Ashley  for our “life chat” at Trees Organic Coffee (2655 Arbutus) on April 13, 2013.  Our full-time day jobs...
Terreinrijden

Terreinrijden

Ja ja, ons eerste bericht op deze gloednieuwe site. Nog een paar weken en dan gaat het grote avontuur beginnen. Een half jaar reizen door Zuidelijk en Oostelijk Afrika; een ware droom die uitkomt. Maar voor het zover is moeten er nog wel wat voorbereidingen worden...

Expedition Latest

The Expedition has passed Christmas and the Silly Season with not much to report. Reason being that all marketing departments are off and it seems only end of January get the wheels turning. So in the mean time CHUMMER has had a new power steering pump replaced and...
Departure is Delayed!!

Departure is Delayed!!

It’s bloodly difficult to go on an overland vehicle journey when your vehicle is not ready to go. What do you do when you have a major fail in your preparation? Hang your head in your hands? Get angry? Kick something? Accept it as part of the process and continue...