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DRIVING AROUND THE WORLD

 

Jan and Leoné Vorster are driving around the world in a Land Rover Forward Control Series 2B. Up to October 2017, they have crossed 6 continents, through 111 countries, for 346 000 km in over 9 years actually on the road (excluding home visits). That is the short version. For the full story, read the rest of this site.

 

Their experiences include: overturned in Tanzania & British Columbia; ambushed by Somali bandits in Kenya; detained, for 3 days, by Ethiopian border guards, also by Russian soldiers on the Mongolian border; escorted by armed guards in Kenya, Yemen & Egypt; attacked by thugs in Poland; vehicle held for ransom by Mongolian border guards; stopped more than 70 times by correct Russian police & several times by corrupt Kazakh police; arrested & detained by police in Nepal; stopped & questioned, as terrorist suspects, by the FBI in Washington DC; reached highs by driving at over 4600m in Tajikistan & in Bolivia (on “The most dangerous road in the world”); and lows, below sea level, at the Dead Sea (visited by Jordanian soldiers at 2 a.m.) & Death Valley, California; drove large detours to visit the Geographic centres of 5 continents; reached the Southernmost point on earth, by wheels, at Moat in Tierra del Fuego, but was prevented by armed oil field guards to drive the last few km to the Arctic ocean at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; intercepted by Colombian soldiers, guarding a massacred village, on a remote bush track in Guajira, but allowed to proceed to Punta Gallinas, the Northernmost point of South America; marooned on a sand bar by incoming tide after driving down a river to the Southernmost point of North America in Azuero, Panama; appreciated the archeology in the Middle East, Cambodia, Peru & Mexico; marveled at US technology; invited by friendly Americans; enjoyed the food in Sakartvelo (Georgia),  Armenia & Iran;

 

Who says being retired must be boring!

 
The photos below relate to the above.
 
Overturned in Tanzania                                    and British Columbia
 
Breakdown in Shifta bandit territory, Kenia        Sat phone causes detention on Ethiopia border.
 
In Russian army holding cell on Mongolian border.
 
Guarded by Yemeni Militia                and Egyptian Police
 
Aftermath of attack in Lublin, Poland            Saved by Oleocapsicum.
 
Questioned by the FBI in Washington DC, as suspected terrorists, due to the propane cylinders on the back of Dipli and his, to Americans, very unusual appearance. We were also visited on other occasions by local police cruisers, after citizens had reported "a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot"!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Highs:
 Over 4600m between Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan                On the "most dangerous road in the world", Bolivia.
 
Lows:
Leoné floating on the Dead Sea, Jordan.            Jan in Death Valley, California
  
Centres:

 Centre of Europe, North of Vilnius, Lithuania.

 
Centre of Asia in Kyzil, Republic of Tuva.        Centre of Australia (in the middle of nowhere).
 
Centre of South America, Cuiaba, Brazil.    Centre of North America, Rugby, North Dakota.
 
Extremities:
Southernmost by wheels, Moat, Tierra del Fuego.            Oil field guards prevent access to Arctic Ocean, Alaska.
 
Punta Gallinas, Guajira peninsula, Colombia.        Azuero peninsula, Panama.
Northernmost point of South America.                 Southernmost point of North America.
 
Archeology
 
 
 Leoné & Jan at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
 
 
 Can you spot Leoné at all that remains of the largest Roman temple ever built?
Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek, Lebanon
 
 
   
 Aerial view of lines in desert at Nazca, Peru        Inca gold
  
 Maya pyramid at Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico                 Maya  Jade mask
 
 US Technology:
'Very Large Array' radio telescope, New Mexico    "Fat man" (A-bomb used on Nagasaki)
 
Friendly Americans:
Tim, Dianne and Ari, New Mexico                                    Mike and Janice, Virginia
                                                         and many others!
 
Food:
 
 
 Armenian food!
 
 
 
 
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