After leaving the Deventer City Camping all the farewell activities were completed and my journey had really started. The goal was to reach the Bodensee by the weekend to meet my long time friend Marcel there. On the way I took the time to visit some sites.
It has already been more than a week since I left Amsterdam, so time for my first travelogue about this Amsterdam to Sydney adventure. And since most of the first days since I left were filled with farewell activities this one will be more of a personal kind.
One of the last accessories I wanted to add to Brutus was a solar panel, one that would fit on the large Zarges case which is installed on the roof rack. I found a 100 Watt panel which would fit the lid of the case nicely and which should be sufficient to keep the accessories battery charged and my refrigerator cooled. An EPSolar Tracer 10A 1215BN is selected as a charger. Continue reading “Installing a solar pannel”
Back in september last year I started operation winch repair after I broke the winch during an offroading event at the Land Cruiser Club. I cleaned and overhauled the which and electrical system but after reinstall the drum didn’t really turn. Brutus faced some other problems and went for repair for more than 3 months, winter arrived and the winch repair project went into hibernation. Yesterday was a somewhat cold but sunny day so I decided to solve the winch matters once and for all.
Brutus is finally back after more than three months of repair by the Land Cruiser specialist in Maasdijk, also costing much more than estimated. Still one or two repairs need to be done though. The repair definitely took to long and I can’t understand how someone can run a business lake that. But enough about that, let’s look forward to new adventures. Continue reading “An update on repairs and preparations”
Last weekend the Dutch Land Cruiser Club organised it’s yearly New Year Drive, this year in the province of Overijssel. I asked my friend Sander to be the navigator.
I’m happy tot introduce to you: Gordigear, my first sponsor for my Amsterdam to Sydney trip. Gordigear is an Australian manufacturer of expedition camping equipment, thus they know how to make proper products which are able to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. When I contacted them about my plans to drive from Amsterdam to Sydney they responded very exited.
I’m currently using their 140 cm wide Explorer roof top tent and at the start of my trip an additional Gumtree awning and mesh room will be fitted at their European office in Germany which I will be visiting.
Are you interested in supporting my trip from Amsterdam to Sydney? I created a page with some ideas how to do so.
Two and half years ago I had to leave my Yellow Monster behind in Namibia and today I finally got back my deposit for the Carnet de Passages en Douane. So what is this Carnet, why did it take so long to get the deposit back, and how did I get my exit stamp in Namibia? That’s what I’m going to share with you.
When planning a new journey I like to collect interesting sights in the countries I’m intended to visit. Articles in magazines, news items, documentaries, other travelogues and other sources of interest I put together in a Google My Maps map. Then when the time of departure is in sight I connect the points of interest together and create a route. Of course this route is often deviated from.
I wrote a tutorial on how to use 360° content on the travelogue as I experienced not everyone knows yet how to use this kind of content.
More 360° content will follow as I’m still working on documenting the North Cape trip I made last spring.