START DATE OF TRIP: 31st AUGUST 2006
END OF TRIP DATE: 23rd JULY 2008
Follow our trip overland through Iran to Asia and back via China and the Stans in our
110 landrover defender.
We decided on a web page as a means of sharing maximum information with future overlanders, and in the hope of meeting up with other vehicles to share certain parts of the route for safety reasons- particularly Zahedan (Iran) to Multan (Pakistan) road.
HOW IT STARTED
Whilst in western Turkey 2005 we decided to hire a car and do a bit of sight seeing– we ended up 15kms away from the Syrian border and only stopped because we were in a rental car. Driving a tinny fiat rental car up a sheer mountain track was probably not included in the insurance policy- but we had a ball!
It was during this trip that we met a couple in their vintage Mercedes convertible, who were part of a rally driving to Oz, and a French family in an old land cruiser with a roof tent who were on their way back from Iran. They fuelled our imagination and started us on our new lifestyle.
When we got back to the UK we started to search for our own vehicle and found Nessie.
We left her at the garage to get some preliminary work done whilst we set off on a previously organized trip to Asia and Australia.
On our return we completed Nessie and went for a 3 month trial run to Turkey with a few highlights along the way such as; the classic Slovenian police officer, who pulled us over and told us off for driving to the speed limit?!
Being woken by the sound of our tent ladder scraping on the stones of a beach in Greece and feeling the back of the vehicle dip, we initially thought that some one had climbed onto Nessie but when we looked out of the tents side vents, we spotted a LARGE cat walking away! It had been tempted by our rubbish bag which was hanging off our working light that night to stop wild dogs shredding it– we hadn’t thought about big cats– who would?!
And finally, picture the scene: We are up a mountain track, miles from anywhere, snow on the hills, when, just as the other half is about to drop his boxers for a bush shower, round the corner appears an old man with his donkey chain. I don’t know who got the bigger surprise, the donkeys or the other half!!
So here we are now, returned from Turkey with a reviewed vehicle and ready to start our trip back toward Asia via Iran, Pakistan and India. We are trying to get permission to drive through Burma to Thailand but so far have been told, politely, to get lost.
See top tips page for information on driving into Burma.
We read some other web diaries as part of our research but found that, at times, we came away with more questions than answers such as ; Is fuel readily available on that particular road? Why did it take 8 hours to drive only 150km’s? Where can I find a western food shop? Can I bush camp and if not where can I camp and how much will it cost? Are there safety issues in that area?
We have tried to answer these questions and have highlighted problems and worries we have had, so when you see a long script, it means we have had a bad/good day that we feel may be relevant to future overlanders.
We’ve also tried to minimize the descriptions of gorgeous temples, great people and stunning hills as this is what you buy a guide book for, but occasionally slip with details or silly stories for the sake of family and friends.
Enjoy the ride.
ROSE AND DAVE
Baluchistan region PAKISTAN