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Closest to the Moon

Closest to the Moon

Physically speaking, we’re doing some ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in Ecuador. We enter from Peru across miles and miles of banana low-land. Then we climb up-high. We get lots of cheese and chocolate, and spend a night closest to the moon. After that, we do a quick swing off a...
Far-west with Whales

Far-west with Whales

The coastal route doesn’t showcase the best of north Peru for the tourist; much more excitement on the Andean route. Loads to see there. But we got that tick last year and boy, is it a sloooow way to go! So this time, after arriving in south Peru from Brazil, crossing...
Story Boxes… the big update!

Story Boxes… the big update!

So we’ve been a bit slack on the blog updates recently…. not our fault… we blame the location really! You see, it’s all down to this fab beach-camp.  We’ve been doing a bit of pottering about, cleaning and maintenance on Cuthbert,...
Reaching the Northern tip of Cape York

Reaching the Northern tip of Cape York

We reached the tip of Cape York Peninsula 5 weeks from when we did the Bloomfield Track, and it took us just 4.5 days to return to Mareeba. When we got to Bamaga, we went even just a little bit further North by taking a ferry to Thursday Island (without Blu). ...
Lockhart River and Chili Beach

Lockhart River and Chili Beach

As I write this we are almost finished with what we are doing of Cape York. So I think it’s okay to say that Lockhart River and Chili Beach were my favourite destinations on Cape York, and I already wish we’d spent longer there.  Lockhart River is an...
Peru: Battles and Mines

Peru: Battles and Mines

So is it all Incas and llamas in Peru? Well, okay… there are quite a lot of Inca sites and there are quite a few wandering llamas. But there’s other stuff too…. Honest! For our third entry to Peru, we crossed the Brazilian Amazon into the (rather similar looking)...
Lakefield (Rinyirru) National Park

Lakefield (Rinyirru) National Park

Had we asked at the National Parks office in Cooktown about driving through Lakefield (Rinyirru) National Park in Blu apparently we might have been told that it wasn’t possible. Near Lockhart and again at Weipa we met another bus that’s travelling Cape...
Cairns to Cooktown in Blu bus

Cairns to Cooktown in Blu bus

I’ve already written about how well Blu bus soldiered through the Bloomfield track, which was part of the section Cairns to Cooktown (doable also via bitumen for those without a suitable vehicle) but here’s what else we did.  We stopped 2 nights at...
Amazon-ing Overlanding

Amazon-ing Overlanding

The Amazon: awesome, exciting, wildlife, adventure, river eco-zone? Or hot, humid, over-bearing, mud-ridden, insect-infested swamp? The Amazon jungle has been all of these things to us (and more) over the last few months. With highs and lows. Most recently we cut...
Guyana: Rupununi

Guyana: Rupununi

Every now and then, overlanding travel throws up not just a gem, but a surprising gem. A kind of “Well! Who knew???” moment. In south Guyana we have such a moment. After the minor disaster that was our short-lived attempt to reach Kaieteur, in the Guyana...
Success on the Bloomfield Track

Success on the Bloomfield Track

Despite my last post, where I expressed my worries about proceeding on the way to Cape York, we did the Bloomfield Track without any problems. In reality I simply wish I hadn’t spoken to those 2 couples who, having just completed Cape York and done Bloomfield...
Guyana: Tolls and TV Stardom

Guyana: Tolls and TV Stardom

Driving into a new country you inevitably find yourself comparing it to the one you have just left. What’s different? What’s the same? Is the food (or more importantly, the beer) any better or worse? We really enjoyed our time in Suriname with the drone and the jungle...
As far North as we can go!

As far North as we can go!

Now we are North of Cairns and we aim to travel as far North as we can. We hope that will be at least Bamaga. Many people who know the route have said we’ll be fine, some even say we’ll be fine to get to Cape York. Some say we shouldn’t do any of it,...
So… Suriname!

So… Suriname!

Suriname, Suriname… where exactly is that? Near Vietnam? Nope. Next door to Ghana? Errr, no. It’s on the north coast of South America, above Brazil, snuggled comfortably between French Guiana and Guyana. It’s in the northern Amazon basin, so it’s hot, humid and – at...