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Baku to Turkmenbashi – 3 days on a leaky boat

Baku to Turkmenbashi – 3 days on a leaky boat

I woke the day after we left Baku to a beautiful sunny day on the Caspian Sea. The cool sea air was refreshing. Optimistically I hoped that we would dock today, one day ahead of schedule. The first sign that things were going to be different was my mobile phone had lost any network connection. Contacting my guide onshore was going to be tricky. Everybody was slow to rise due to the night before’s vodka based celebrations. The boat...

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Boats, Borders and a Braking Boris

Boats, Borders and a Braking Boris

Hi everybody, I just wanted to say a quick hello. Technology challenges in ‘The Stans’ are making it difficult to update you on my progress. Since I left Tbilisi the days have been a blur. Boats (3 days on a leaky cargo boat), Borders (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Boris have been keeping me occupied. Don’t fret some blog updates are on their way once I can get a decent Internet connection. I’m...

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It’s time to get this show on the road!!

It’s time to get this show on the road!!

Hello Everybody, The time has finally come. I’m departing for Central Asia on my 9 month odyssey on Saturday 13th April 2013 at 11am. Boris has past his final checks. The lads at Overland Cruisers have worked overtime to get him ready after last weeks problems. I’m packing my stuff and finalising my paperwork. Vaccinations, check. Insurance, check. Visas, check. Equipment, check. Vehicle, check. Crazy nutter semi-prepared,...

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The Great Game Expedition Logo

The Great Game Expedition Logo

I’m proud to present my expedition logo. This was prepared for me by Kelly Churches at Hallowed Ground The logo represents a famous illustration titled ‘Save me from my friends’, which depicts the poor Afghan stuck between the Tsarist Bear and British Lion. Both whom were portraying themselves to be the Afghans best friend. It was all part of ‘The Great Game’ for control of Central Asia in the 1800’s....

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3 weeks till departure

3 weeks till departure

I’ve just reached 100 followers of my wordpress blog. So it’s a huge thank you to everybody from me. I depart in 3 weeks. I’m a little nervous as well as excited. There are still quite a few things to do. I’m in the middle of a spending spree as I try to acquire all the equipment I need. Boris still needs some work. My visas applications are schedule to be complete by April 8th and I’m planning to depart on...

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6 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Adventure Planning

6 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Adventure Planning

2012 was a massive year of learning, and preparing for 2013’s year of adventure. I started the year as an amateur expedition planner and by the end of the year I was a slighty more knowledgeable expedition planner. The width and breathe of the preparation has been a staggering learning curve. I thought I’d share a few of the key reflections and lessons I’ve learned. The good times Finding Boris my expedition vehicle was a...

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