Hello and welcome to our web-blog-thing about our overland travels in Cuthbert the Truck.
We are getting lots of questions about our truck, travels and plans. OK, we thought, we’ll join the 21st Century world of inter-webbery to update anyone who is curious.
So what’s it about???
Well… it’s about us, travelling around in our camper-truck: our planning, our routes, our adventures and particularly our trusty-truck (better known to his friends as Cuthbert).
Cuthbert is a big, blue, off-road camper-van, on an Iveco Daily 4×4 chassis. It was converted for us by Bocklet in Germany, based on their Dakar 630 model (see nice header picture above 🙂 ).
How did we get to overland travels?
In December 2013 after 5 years working in Doha, Qatar, we went back to UK to spend January getting Cuthbert registered in UK and fitting him out with our kit (an operation that was carefully coordinated around a tour of UK and some fabulous hospitality from our family and friends). In Feb/Mar ‘14 we did a short Europe trip to test the new truck (see Europe Blog), an exercise which would obviously not have been complete without a thorough checking of the heating and insulation with a bit of ski-time in the Alps.
By April ’14 we were ready for the first ‘proper’ adventure: an amazing year touring the not-so-dodgy bits of Africa. We explored, sampled a few local wines and beers, watched a few animals, saw some nice scenery and reported the adventures on these very inter-web pages (click Africa Blog). We spent summer 2015 back in Europe, then in October 2015 sailed with Cuthbert to Montevideo for a wander around the Americas. In 2017, the story continues by the magic of inter-webbery, see: South America Blog .
Bored yet? If so, then move swiftly on to a more exciting website. Alternatively, read on…..
What ‘floats your boat’?
We have tried to make the stuff interesting from 3 main perspectives:
- If you are planning an overland travels like ours, you may want to peruse ‘Choosing the Truck’ and ‘Practical Info’
- If you are a techie-geek and want to know more about Cuthbert, his specification, kit and technical issues, and preparing for overland travels you may be captivated by ‘The Truck- Technical Stuff’ and ‘Modifications and Repairs’
- If you are just curious about our adventures on the road, then take a wander into the ‘Europe Blog’, ‘Africa Blog’ and ‘South America Blog‘ pages.
On the road with limited access to 21st century communications, the update frequency of the site is likely to be patchy, but we will add material when we can. As will be evident as you read on, our web-page creation skills are also ‘a work in progress’, but we are learning as we go along!
Where are Cuthbert’s followers????
At the end of the first year of this website, we are gob-smacked to see that our overland travels site received… wait for it… over 170,000 visits and over 880,000 ‘hits’ from 98 countries around the world! Wowser!!! As they say… it’s a ‘global village’ out there! Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to have a look at our stuff (these hits can’t all be from our families 🙂 ) and particular thanks to everyone who has contacted us by Facebook and email via the Contact Page. If you feel the urge to drop us a line, we’d be really chuffed to hear from you.