2016 - A new year and some firm travel plans in place.
Here we are at the start of 2016 and the future looks bright for all of us!
So, what are our travel plans for this year? .....
Departure date : 29th May (departing from Basse-Normandie, France)
Duration : 3 - 4 months, 23 countries, approx 25000km
Max. Height : 4655m (Pamir Highway)
Min. Height : - 132m (Karagiye Depression)
Trustee steed to carry us on our journey : BMW 1150 GS
Route : France, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Western Kazakhstan, Western Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan - incl. the main highlight of our trip... a crossing of the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan, the world's second highest road at just over 4600m.
Our return route will include Eastern Kyrgyzstan, Eastern Kazakhstan, St. Petersbourg Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and of course finish back in Basse-Normandie, France.
We're looking forward to exploring ever changing landscapes and immersing ourselves in a variety of local cultures. (We'll update our blog and photo album when possible so you can catch-up with us en-route).
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(from: The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost)
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Below: Original Home Page from 2007 (a lot has changed since then!)
Having owned three Land Rovers previously, back in February 2004 Darren bought an ex Camel Trophy Land Rover Defender 110. Before long the Camel was like a member of the family. In fact, it became (and often still is) a bone of contention that Darren doles out more love and attention (and money) on the Camel than he does on me.
I don't know why but, there is something about a Land Rover that takes over a man's psyche and indeed, his life, like no other vehicle can. For a man, owning a Land Rover is less of a hobby and more of an obsession. I decided to go along the "If you can't beat them join them" route and joined Darren on some challenging off-roading excursions. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have now grown very fond of the old Beast (the Camel that is!)
We decided to adopt the logo, on the side of the vehicle, as our own motto/philosophy to live by... "One Life, Live it". And so began our dreams and plans of expeditions and trips we would complete with our faithful Camel.
If you would like to know a little background about our vehicle or about the Camel Trophy event please click on the relevant page.
We had hoped our first expedition would be to re-trace the steps of the 1998 Camel Trophy Event in Tierra del Fuego, South America. Our Camel was actually made, by Land Rover, to be a Workshop Support Vehicle for this event and was therefore kitted out accordingly. However, for several reasons this trip has been postponed a number of times and has now been 'shelved'. (Not cancelled though I hasten to add. We will make that expedition one day). And so plans for our first expedition changed somewhat and we decided on NW Africa.
This was a fantastic experience which gave us the desire, confidence and determination to continue travelling. We were already planning our next expedition, while on our return journey, before arriving home.
We are looking forward to many more adventures with our Camel and to updating this website with tales of our travels.