Transglobal Expedition 2010-2012 – Overview

The Transglobal Expedition 2010-2013 is Paul’s second main overland expedition and Helen’s first.  Read here about our ambition (to circumnavigate the world overland), our education project and the charities we are promoting.

Preparation and planning began not long after Paul returned from his previous overland expedition to Mongolia at the end of 2007, about three years in total.  It encompassed everything from vehicle preparation, personal medical and practical driver training, to administrative tasks such as obtaining visas and carnet documents.  Further information and links are now under ‘Resources’.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
Lao-tzu

Our proposed route circumnavigating the world.

 

Our ambition

to circumnavigate the world (click to read more about the rules of circumnavigation)

Our intended route can be broadly broken down into four major legs, each with their own challenges:

Leg 1: Eastern Europe and Asia – completed October 2010

England, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Russia (Altai region), Mongolia, Russia (Siberia and Russian Far East)

As with all these things, what we thought would be the challenges, such as finding places to camp or stay in Europe without decimating our budget, proved mild compared to the ones we eventually faced.  We coped with the heat of the Kazakh and Mongolian summers and the cold of autumn in Siberia and the Russian Far East, as well as finding fuel and water where supplies were limited.  We grew accustomed to different foods and the effect these could have on the body.  But it was two serious breakdowns in Siberia that challenged our resources and mechanical skills, before we headed off to our second leg.

Leg 2: The North and Central Americas – completed October 2011

Alaska (Arctic Circle), Canada, United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama.

We arrived in Anchorage at the start of winter, with temperatures well below freezing.  Arctic sleeping bags helped us cope with the freezing conditions, but it was the cold of Montana (below 25 Centigrade) at night that challenged both us and our vehicle the most.  Soon it was time to adjust to the much warmer climate of Central America, although thankfully the mechanical challenges were …. well, less challenging.

Leg 3: South America – current location

Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile (Cape Horn), Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.

Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have delighted us with stunning scenery and friendly people everywhere – including the police who we were warned would cause us problems.   The world’s highest road (altitude sickness in a car – weird!), the world’s highest lake and some of the world’s most dense forests awaited us in the first few weeks in South America, followed by exploring the ancient civilizations of Peru, Bolivia, and northern Chile.  Then its full steam south through the Patagonian mountains to Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, before turning north through the desolate but beautiful central Argentinean plains to Buenos Aires.

Leg 4: Africa and Middle East to Western Europe

South Africa (Cape of Good Hope), Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, Portugal (Cabo de Sao Vicente), Spain, France, England.

This is bound to be an adventure in itself, as we visit the wild and beautiful desert and coastlines of Namibia, wind our way north through the game parks of Botswana and Zambia, and then head for the lush central African rain forests at about the time of the rainy season!  Then, heading north west, we’ll meet the hardest challenge of all – the Libyan and Sahara Deserts, crossing the vast north African sea of sand before arriving in Morocco and a somewhat saner trundle through Europe and home!

All subject to wars, pestilence and politics along the way!!

Our project

to support education in primary schools (click to read more)

Our charities

chosen because they are tackling global issues locally (click to read more)

Landy's Adventures is the education arm of the expedition, enabling pupils to follow the adventures of Landy and his mate Landy Bear.
Landy’s Adventures is the education arm of the expedition, enabling pupils to follow the adventures of Landy and his mate Landy Bear.