In 2010, Paul and his wife Helen sold almost all of their possessions, quit their jobs, and embarked on an insane attempt to drive a true 80,000 mile circumnavigation of the world overland in the 16 year old Defender they bought on eBay for £6,000.
It started with a world map on the dining room wall and plans for a leisurely 3 month trip, and turned into a four and a half year epic adventure on four continents.
It was always the plan to take the road less travelled, and the route they took wound its way through some of the most remote and inhospitable environments on the planet. They crossed eight of the world’s largest deserts, and roamed from the Arctic Circle to the most southern city of Ushuaia in southernmost Argentina, hitting many of the ‘hottest, coldest, highest, lowest’ points on earth.
Among their many exploits are killing a horse in an RTA in Siberia; being shot at in a forest in Far Eastern Russia; an encounter with drug runners in Colombia; repairing a water pump failure in the Gobi desert; breaking the rear axle in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile; sleeping with tarantulas; and being attacked by ferocious baboons in Botswana. Oh, and being declared a Saint in Ecuador!
Their photo-rich book of the adventure ‘Sights and Insights’, won Bob Books ‘Book of the Year’ in 2012.
Paul’s seminar last year at AO`15 gave an illustrated overview of the expedition, and offer advice on preparation, vehicle choice, security, storage, costs, raising money while travelling, health etc.
This year at AO`16 he’ll be give two talks:-
Saturday 11:00 A Little Bit of Danger and a Whole Lot of Fun – stories of adventure on roads less travelled.
Sunday 14:00 Would you like some salt with that?! – Insights on preparing and equipping yourself and your vehicle for recovery, and the options and approaches available in a range of Overlanding situations, whether it’s in a remote desert, a vast salt pan, or a muddy riverbed.
He will be displaying the expedition vehicle all weekend, and there’ll be some fun stuff to test your overlanding problem solving skills on, and get your hands dirty with too.
An overview of their Going Overland Trans-global Expedition – www.goingoverland.com