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05-24-2012, 12:59 PM
Have been lurking away here for a year or two as we've been preparing for a 6 month trip London UK - Sydney AU. 4 weeks out from departure and I guess it's our turn to share (this is like show and tell).
The vehicle is currently enroute to London in the bowels of a car carrier somewhere in the Atlantic, and we will be setting off from London early July to drive overland through to Bangkok, where she'll be shipped to Fremantle (Western Australia) to cross the continent back into Sydney about Dec 15. You can follow the updates at http://transvecto.com
Will pop in a post here from time to time too.
05-24-2012, 11:49 PM
Welcome to ExPo, Benn! It will be fascinating to compare your journey in 2012 with the "First Overland" Land Rover expedition in 1956, even though their route went south through Iran, Pakistan, India to Singapore, while your trip goes though Russia, Mongolia, And China to Thailand.
Benn's choice of vehicle is modern, too: a VW Touareg. From Benn's web site:
"Preparation for the trip has included all terrain tyres (mainly for Mongolia), full size spare wheel carrier, nav unit with GPS maps for Europe, Asia as well as Australia, a few bits and pieces for security, a mechanical going over, Ross-Tech diagnostic tool, spare parts and a crash course in mechanics for me (tho I’m desperately hoping nothing forces me to prove it…) An Autohome Maggiolina roof tent will be fitted in the UK, and fridge will round it out. For now."
06-20-2012, 12:50 AM
Hi all, have just posted the latest update, which can be found here: | transvecto.com Let's do this (http://transvecto.com/2012/06/20/lets-do-this/)
06-20-2012, 02:20 PM
wow this will be a fun trip; I guess your vehicle is from australia? I was going to ask how difficult it was to get thru the RTA to bring a vehicle in to australia.
06-20-2012, 10:46 PM
This adventure is going to be AMAZING! Your blog looks great.
Thanks for posting a link here on EXPO. We'll be looking forward to updates!
Take care. ~Ben
06-21-2012, 04:47 AM
Very Awesome best of luck to you!
07-02-2012, 08:18 AM
I hope God keeps your tires always at the right direction.
Looking forward for your news
07-03-2012, 01:23 PM
another update here, the trip is started! And we're off! (http://transvecto.com/2012/07/03/an-were-off/)
Thanks for the great feedback all.
07-15-2012, 09:15 PM
Another update as we cross Europe: http://transvecto.com/2012/07/16/bahn-storming-europe/
07-26-2012, 05:57 PM
Another update to the blog, from Greece. Into Turkey tomorrow.
08-05-2012, 10:23 PM
Couple of updates in the blog, across Turkey.
08-17-2012, 04:18 PM
2 more updates:
To date we've done 10,500kms in just over 6 weeks, crossed 14 countries, and are heading across Russia currently, bound for Kazakhstan.
09-24-2012, 12:32 AM
Looks like I haven't updated this in a while. We've now crossed Mongolia, and are heading south for China. Some quick links to most recent updates on the blog.
09-25-2012, 02:31 PM
I'm also like the camel riding during my trip. It is a great tour for you and I think I'm jealous.
Such a nice places and good attractions. Keep it up and have a nice journey.
11-01-2012, 03:56 PM
We've now crossed China, passing 4,700m in the process. The car is still dieseling along like a little legend, with only a particulate filter playing up after a week of slow mountain driving. Blog entries here for those interested:
The Middle Kingdom | trans vecto (http://transvecto.com/2012/10/21/the-middle-kingdom/)
Middle Kingdom – Part 2 | trans vecto (http://transvecto.com/2012/11/02/middle-kingdom-part-2/)
12-22-2012, 09:22 PM
Final update - we've now made it back to Sydney from London, final blog post is below
Beginning of the End? | trans vecto (http://transvecto.com/2012/12/15/beginning-of-the-end/)
Thanks for all those who've followed commented and advised!
01-18-2013, 12:23 AM
A final post - Below is the first of three short films we are making of our journey. Transvecto One (http://vimeo.com/57576605) follows the driving, from England to Australia, from the perspective of a GoPro camera mounted on the dashboard of our vehicle.
It took us 6 months to drive it, now you can do it in 15 minutes.
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