Category: Adventures

The Americas with Tubby Xplorer: Part 14

Introduction by Paul May of www.equipt1.com 

Jack Stuhler, the founder of Eezi-Awn, is an adventurous man and has spent his entire life exploring the African Continent. After driving from Johannesburg to the UK through the middle east in the early 1999, Jack set his sights on the Americas. He prepared a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Troopy by the name of Tubby for his journey and shipped it to South America. With his significant other, Margaret, their epic journey from Ushuaia to Dead Horse Alaska took over 18 months to complete in 2004/2005. They later returned south to Houston, and shipped Tubby home. Quite impressive for a couple in their 60s. Their adventures are an inspiration for us all.

Most places of historical interest are in the old city of Quito. Taking a taxi we soon dropped down towards the ‘Plaza de la Indepencia’ dominated by a somewhat grim cathedral on the south side and the ‘Palacio de Gobierno’ along the east side. There was unrest in the City. Folk were milling about the Presidential Offices. They wanted the President removed from office. Police presence was to be seen in all the ‘hoekies and noekies’ of the City centre. Strolling past the Palacio we wandered into one of the most stunning buildings Margaret and I have ever set eyes on – the ‘La Compania de Jesus’. This is a marvellous Jesuit church. It has a most ornate and richly sculptured façade and interior. Inside its multi faceted columns, ten-sided high altar plated with, it is said, two tons of gold foil complimented with gilded balconies.

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wollongong to Woolwich: China

In February 2011 my wife Kate and I set off on our motorbikes from Wollongong in Australia heading for Woolwich in south east London. In 5 months we covered about 21,000 km across 20 countries. Firstly we crossed the emptiness of the great Aussie outback and then negotiated the manic traffic of Bangkok, Kathmandu and Delhi. Next came the fabled and dangerous Karakoram Highway through the mountains of Pakistan, up and over the 4600 metre Khunjerab pass and into China. More rough roads through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan led us to Russia, through Ukraine and then the final 5,000 km push through Europe.  www.wollongongtowoolwich.co.uk

“Now we were safely out of Pakistan things should have started to get easier. Not here though, not for us. Here out in the far western provinces of China, still thousands of miles from the UK our adventure continued…..”

The first job once loaded up was to get some petrol for the bikes. We pulled up at the pump of the modern looking petrol station and waited for the attendant to come over. He made it clear that the bikes were not allowed to be filled from the pump and we should move over to the far corner of the petrol station. There was nothing over there but as we were getting no fuel at the pump we pushed the bikes across and waited. After a minute another attendant came out of the main building carrying a large aluminium kettle. Was this anything to do with us? Yes, it would appear it was. He filled it at the pump and walked towards us, indicating for us to remove our petrol caps. The spout of the kettle was too short so as he tried to fill my tank, petrol spilt all over my bike. Irritated, I told him to stop and after hunting around in the bin, I found a plastic drinks bottle which I cut open to use as a funnel. With this extra bit of high tech equipment, we soon filled up and hit the road.

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The Americas with Tubby Xplorer: Part 13

Introduction by Paul May of www.equipt1.com 

Jack Stuhler, the founder of Eezi-Awn, is an adventurous man and has spent his entire life exploring the African Continent. After driving from Johannesburg to the UK through the middle east in the early 1999, Jack set his sights on the Americas. He prepared a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Troopy by the name of Tubby for his journey and shipped it to South America. With his significant other, Margaret, their epic journey from Ushuaia to Dead Horse Alaska took over 18 months to complete in 2004/2005. They later returned south to Houston, and shipped Tubby home. Quite impressive for a couple in their 60s. Their adventures are an inspiration for us all.

After a short respite in South Africa to renew documents e.g. Carnet de Passage etc, catch up with family and friends it was time to leave, the South American Continent was beckoning us to continue our adventure. At sparrows we flew out of Johannesburg International Airport arriving in Buenos Aires mid afternoon of the same day – caught up time and grew younger to the tune of 5 hours (wishful thinking!!!).

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36 Hours of Adventure: Sedona

Not every overland adventure crosses a continent or even a county. Busy schedules often conspire to postpone extended travels, but that only opens the door for shorter excursions which can be no less challenging and fun. For the coming year, the Expedition Portal team will set out to prove that all you need is 36 hours to have a great escape. We encourage you to embark on your own 36 hours of adventure and share those experiences with us. How much fun can you fit in a day and a half?

36 Hours of Adventure: Sedona

Not just anyone can have an adventure these days. Long gone are the times when you could head out on the weekend with a few friends and a case of beers to enjoy the outdoors and escape the monotony of every day life. Today you have standards to uphold, requirements to meet, and gear lists to check off. If you want to have a proper trip you must pack an expensive truck full of gear, spend an extended period of time wandering through the wilderness, and cook incredible chef quality meals from your high-end camp kitchen. Not just any man with a weekend can do these things after all. You need to be serious, focused, and ready for anything, like these guys…

Okay, so are you ready to reach through your screen and punch me yet? Good, because what I describe above is complete garbage. You don’t need fancy gear, weeks of time, or a passport to have a great backcountry experience. In fact some of the best adventures happen with a few good friends and a weekend away from home, which is why are making a point to share more of our weekend getaways in a series called 36 Hours of Adventure. Contrary to popular belief, the Overland International team doesn’t spend its time polishing titanium cook boxes, stitching together leather saddlebags, or plotting to takeover the world using our green oval shaped death star.  We call a few friends, grab some food, and hit the trails for a night of camping, camaraderie, and laughter.

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