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PostSubject: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:35 am

Hi all,

We just found this site through the hubb so we thought we would share our trip, 100% agree there needs to be a dedicated 4x4 overland site,

We are currently travelling from the UK to Oz, so far we have travelled through 22 countries about 21,000 miles, for 8 months through EU, Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and are currently in India, where we will ship to Malaysia. We will spend a few months in SE doing a loop from Malaysia. We will then head through Indonesia where we would like to do a lot of diving, and hopefully make it over to Borneo & Sulawesi before heading to Oz and saving for our next trip.

Our biggest hurdles so have been:
1) New Rad going in Turkey - Cost a fortune to have shipped and imported
2) Not getting an Iranian Visa, this meant we had to re route quickly through Central Asia
3) Crossing Northern Pakistan & the KKH

Please feel free to browse our blog and photos:

Blog: http://myoverlandadventure.com/
Pictures: http://myoverlandadventure.com/photos/

Any questions, feel free to ask,

Martin & Nicole


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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:41 am

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:01 pm

M & N ... how sweet! Enough of the jokes, that's as good as it gets with me, welcome to the forum. cheers

I for one will be following progress, anything to get away from the murky grey skies of an English February. If you are passing though Malaysia then I can think of no better folk to contact than Land Rover Owners Club Malaysia. Yes, I realise you have a 'cruiser, but they are not blinkered so can see the good in all 4x4's. Much as I know they love their Land Rovers, for them it's not so much about what you you drive, it's about the social scene.

Their website is www.lrom.com - Alyna Tai is the one to contact, she'll see you right whether it's meeting up, advice on where to visit or simply point you in the right direction for spares/repairs. Been there five times now and every visit they will go out of their way to help - great people, check 'em out.

Just viewed their website and as if to confirm what I've been saying ... Land Rover Owners Club of Malaysia is open to all lovers of Land Rovers. You do not need to own a Land Rover to join and other 4x4's are welcome. Monthly meeting are held in KL. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:02 pm

Thanks Tom for the info, we will contact them and see if they would like to take us off road somewhere.

We just landed in Malaysia, we have to wait a few days for the car, before exploring.

Our latest update below:

http://myoverlandadventure.com/india-part-6-kerala-tamil-nadu/

P.s if you can recommend places to see, in SE Asia, please let us know
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PostSubject: places to go se asia   Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:27 am

Hi Guys.
We have driven around south east asia in our landy all most all of it and had a great time.
have a look at our web page and it has all our gps points and tips for the best off tourist routes.

we think alayna from LROM is in south africa on one of there world EXTREME DRIVING TRIPS. she is normaly only away for two months at a time, unless they have changed thier dates.

have a great time in asia

safe travels

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:17 pm

Cheers Dave for the info, your site is great, so much information, we are also planning on travelling on to South America, after Oz,

We could probably do with some help planning,

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PostSubject: Updates   Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:23 pm

We are currently in Northern Thailand (Sukhothai), heading towards the Mae Hong Son Loop, from there we should be crossing in to Laos shortly.

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:33 pm

Hi Guys will follow your adventures have a good trip,, thumbsup ,,if your ever down my way pop in and say hi.
and if theres anything you need check out the website,,,tug.

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:31 pm

Hi all,

We are currently in Cambodia, on our way to Angkor Wat, in a couple days :-)

Our latest updates below:

Thailand - Waterfalls & Tigers

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:07 pm

Very jealous! No bawling

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:39 am

What an epic journey, keep safe and welcome to the forum

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sun May 22, 2011 1:18 pm

Hi All

We are currently in Java, heading towards Bali, before backtracking over to Borneo, 4- 5 months before we hit Oz and start our planning for South to North America!

For us to be able to continue to South America, we are looking for a little sponsorship, to help us complete the trip.
The things we really need to complete our trip to South America are new tyres, full service of the car, new tent, new gps, other camping gear, even new clothes; not to forget money for shipping.

If anyone could help out i.e if you have any contacts that could help us get a few sponsors ? Or point us in the right direction? It would be really appreciated.

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Indonesia - North Sumatra

Indonesia - West Sumatra

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:26 pm

As you are currently seeking tyres, perhaps now is the time to contact folk like Silverstone or Dunlop to get a set gratis by way of a sponsorship deal, or at the very least a hefty discount? If you don't ask ...

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:20 pm

Hi All,
We are currently in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia, we have been a bit lazy with updating our blog, mainly as there is so much to do, such a fantastic country!

So far we have travelled right across Indonesia, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sulawesi, with Flores and Timor left before crossing to Timor Leste and shipping to Australia.

We have found Indonesia to be remarkable, such diversity, everything from teeming coral reefs, orang-utan filled jungles to smoking volcanoes, and a myriad of religions and cultures; probably our favourite place on our trip. Not many overlanders seem to travel to Indonesia, but we would 100% recommend it, sure there are a lot of ferries to catch, but I guess that just adds to the experience!

A few updates below,
Sulawesi
Lombok
Lombok – Diving the Gilis
Java

Let us know your reading and leave us a comment,

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:01 pm

Hi All,

We have finally left Indonesia after 5 months, we're currently in Dili, Timor Leste preparing the vehicle for shipping to Oz, where we will spend 6-9 months touring,

Given the cost of things in Australia, it looks like we will be trying to work as we go round to keeps costs to a bare minimum, and allow us to ship to South America next year,

We have managed to get a couple of Sponsors GT Radial (Komodo MT Tyres) and MaxTrax, however we are still looking for some other bits and pieces especially a front bumper....

Some photos from Indonesia,

Sumatra







Java







Lombok








Sulawesi











Togean Islands



Flores










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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:08 pm

Wow! clapping

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:05 am


Great pictures! Looks like a great time.

That spider looks savage. & The Landcruisers new boots look good. thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:47 pm

Its been a while since we’ve posted on the forum, but here’s a few updates since arriving in Australia:

The Savannah Way

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The Beginning of the End

We are currently in Cairns, given its starting to rain we have decided to head down the east, and on to the west in the new year.

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PostSubject: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:20 pm

wow.......this is a great idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:09 pm

excellent pics.. :shock: ...you have a good eye,,and a good camera,,,,,thanks for sharing ..... thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:24 pm

Yep, great photos. Particularly liked the Pakistani lake 'ferry', different to say the least. affraid




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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:24 am

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Yep, great photos. Particularly liked the Pakistani lake 'ferry', different to say the least. affraid




I could not cope with that! affraid I would drive 200 miles east and find a bridge........

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:02 am

One fish jumping next to that barge and the ripples would be enough to tip it over - not good. No

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:14 pm

It was definitely the scariest moment on our trip, especially when a few people got off the boat and it started leaning to one side, so much the planks of wood under the car were scraping the water!!

some pics from Fraser island, Fraser Island Photos

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PostSubject: Re: Nicole & Martin - Overland Adventure - UK - OZ   Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:37 am

Paradise ... Fraser Island, not the 'ferry'! affraid

As they say, "memories are made of this".

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