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  • Africa (1)

    Encouner Overland expeditions from Great Britain to South Africa, Southbound, and South Africa to Great Britain, together with the layover in between the two expeditions.

    Flight to Cape Town and a few days playing the tourist before going to Namibia for a self drive safari.

  • Antarctica (1)

  • Asia (1)

    Two personal overland trips from Great Britain to Nepal in 1975 and 1977. The first with a Bedford box lorry, and the second with a Ford truck and a Bedford coach.

    Followed by an Encounter Overland Asian Expedition in a Bedford ex-military 4x4 as leader / driver with passengers.

    • Trip data - Trans Asia 1975 (0)

      Statistics and information about out Trans Asia 1975 trip

    • Trans Asia 1975 (9)

      This is the start of my overlanding adventure. Overland from Hatfield to Kathmandu, in our own Bedford Box lorry, in 1975. This gave me the travel bug.

    • Trans Asia 1977 (1)

      An overview of our second overland adventure to Asia, in 1977 with a Ford truck and Bedford 42 seater coach. The overall journey, split into three parts.

      • Trans Asia 1977 - Eastbound (4)

        The outward bound part of our overland journey to Nepal. In the truck and coach with a core team of Ivan, Pete, Chris, Annie, and Celia.

      • Trans Asia 1977 - Layover (0)

        Our layover in Kathmandu and our holiday to Darjeeling. Our group parts, and goes their various ways. Pete and Ivan stay on to sell the truck and get passengers for the return trip with the coach only.

      • Trans Asia 1977 - Westbound (0)

        Pete and Ivan's return trip to the UK in the Bedford coach with passengers.

    • Trans Asia 1978 (6)

      A story of promise, difficulty, adversity war, disappointment, resolution success and  triumphs. All on an Encounter Overland Trip from London to Kathmandu.

  • Australasia (0)

  • Europe (1)

    Holidays and short breaks in Europe. Overland travel through Europe as part of a trip is covered with the rest of the trip to the relevant continent. Holidays to Iceland and Norway among others. Trips into the Arctic. On land and sea. In summer and winter.

  • North America (1)

  • South America (0)

Iceland

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A collection of stories about my years of overland travel, holidays and short breaks, around the world.

 

This is the entrance to my new Travelogue

It covers a huge scope from 1m above sea level in the photo of Holiday Island beach, Maldives to 5681m at Gillman's Point (aka Gilman's), Kilimanjaro. Both are close to the equator, but totally different environments. There are more extremes inside. In fact, the range is greater than that as there is some underwater photography included, and a few aerial shots. There are even some photos from space, but I did not take those personally. Enjoy the adventure, navigating around the site.

 Maldives beach walk 500k

 The previous travelogue website was self built using code in either; Microsoft Expression and Microsoft Visual Studio both of which had the benefit of Silverlight and Deep Zoom. Layout is completely controlled by the code and has to be checked against various browsers and sizes. This version of the travelogue is built in a Content Management System, Joomla. Which frees up time to write rather than code. Joomla and the browser control the layout, based on a template. You, the reader chose what you want to read, or which pictures to look at, hopefully in an immersive and responsive way.

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Site refresh Easter 2021

I decided to give the site a bit of a refresh over Easter 2021 and install a new template and some additional functions. One of the things I didn't like about the old site was the delay in text appearing which probably meant some people left before the content appeared. This has been corrected now. 

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1962 Scotland

Holiday with my parents. England, Scotland, England

1964 Swanage, Studland.

Holiday with my parents to Swanage, Studland in England

1964 Swanage, Studland.

Holiday with my parents to Swanage, Studland in England

1966 Ireland

Holiday with my parents. England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England

20/07/1969 External event One Giant Leap For Mankind.

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind. Man lands on Moon Not me, just for context

20/07/1969 External event One Giant Leap For Mankind.

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind. Man lands on Moon Not me, just for context

June 1975 to October 1975 Trans Asia Trip

Overland trip in our own truck. England, Holland, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal.

1977 to 1978 Trans Asia Trip 2

1977 to 1978 Trans Asia Trip 2

1977 External event Laker Airways

The second low cost airline challenged the established market helping to bring cheaper flights to all. Airline founded by Sir Freddie Laker in 1966 and closed 1982

7 January 1978 – 11 February 1979 Iranian Revolution

Overthrow of the Shah. Hotels burnt down in the street we were staying

7 January 1978 – 11 February 1979 Iranian Revolution

Overthrow of the Shah. Hotels burnt down in the street we were staying

1978 Germany

27 April 1978 Military coup in Afganistan

Military coup, known as the Saur Revolution, started days after we cleared.

27 April 1978 Military coup in Afganistan

Military coup, known as the Saur Revolution, started days after we cleared.

1978 Holland

1978 USA and Canada

Lone hitchhiking in North East USA Massachusetts, New York, Toronto, Canada Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey

1978 USA and Canada

Lone hitchhiking in North East USA Massachusetts, New York, Toronto, Canada Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey

December 1978 External event The Dakar Rally

The first Paris to Dakar rally held

December 1978 External event The Dakar Rally

The first Paris to Dakar rally held

1980 External Event The Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy began in 1980 with a transit of the Trans Amazonian Highway

1980 External Event The Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy began in 1980 with a transit of the Trans Amazonian Highway

June 1984 External event Virgin Atlantic starts

Virgin takes off from Gatwick starting a regular connection to New York (Newark)

June 1984 External event Virgin Atlantic starts

Virgin takes off from Gatwick starting a regular connection to New York (Newark)

1985 St Lucia

1987 Iceland

Specialist package holiday

1987 Iceland

Specialist package holiday

1988 USSR

Package holiday

1989 USA

California

1989 USA

California

1991 Canada

British Columbia and Victoria

06/08/1991 External Event WWW World Wide Web commences

On August 6, 1991, Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators.

06/08/1991 External Event WWW World Wide Web commences

On August 6, 1991, Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators.

21 March 2003 External Event RMS Queen Mary 2 launched

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is the largest transatlantic ocean liner ever built

2003 Iceland

Fly drive holiday

2003 Iceland

Fly drive holiday

23/06/2005 Bath Spa

2005 Ironbridge, England

Holiday at Landmark Trust property

2005 Ironbridge, England

Holiday at Landmark Trust property

7/5/2006 Mauritius

Package fly hotel holiday at Legends Hotel

7/7/2007 to 13/7/2007 Maldives

Package holiday

7/7/2007 to 13/7/2007 Maldives

Package holiday

2009 Devon, England

Holiday at Manor House Hotel

05/07/2010 to 23/07/2010 Canada and Alaska

Inside passage cruise with Princess Cruises followed by land holiday.

05/07/2010 to 23/07/2010 Canada and Alaska

Inside passage cruise with Princess Cruises followed by land holiday.

20/09/2010 Bay of Biscay Whale Watching

Short break on P&O Ferries.

28/11/2011 Bath Spa, England

28/11/2011 Bath Spa, England

15/1/2012 to 26/1/2012 Norway Coastal Voyage

Hurtigruten Classic round trip from Bergen to Kirkenes and return to Bergen

12/08/2012 Ynys-Hir, Wales

Short break

12/08/2012 Ynys-Hir, Wales

Short break

25/09/2013 Canons Ashby

Holiday in Landmark Trust property

4/12/2013 to 5/12/2013 Bath Spa

Short break to Bath Spa

4/12/2013 to 5/12/2013 Bath Spa

Short break to Bath Spa

2014 Devon

4/2/2015 to 11/2/2015 Arctic

Holiday to the Norwegian Arctic at sea on Hurtigruten and on land in Tromso

4/2/2015 to 11/2/2015 Arctic

Holiday to the Norwegian Arctic at sea on Hurtigruten and on land in Tromso

9/6/2016 Cruising Norwegian Fjords

A scheduled holiday with P&O Cruises on board Arcadia

26 July 2016 External Event First solar power circumnavigation flight

The first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power

26 July 2016 External Event First solar power circumnavigation flight

The first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power

25/10/2016 to 18/11/2016 Namibia 2016

Father and son photo road trip around Namibia with a precursor of a brief stay in Cape Town. The Cape Town element based around a single plush hotel, and the Namibian part as a self drive, touring, multi location safari.

21/11/2016 to 25/11/2016 Bath Spa

A Grade I listed, Landmark Trust property, Marshal Wade's House at 14 Abbey Church Yard, Bath. Adjacent to the Abbey and Roman Baths, and the Christmas Market.

21/11/2016 to 25/11/2016 Bath Spa

A Grade I listed, Landmark Trust property, Marshal Wade's House at 14 Abbey Church Yard, Bath. Adjacent to the Abbey and Roman Baths, and the Christmas Market.