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Tales of my first time Trans Asia 1975

My Grand Tour

 

 

This is a collection of stories about my very first experience of 'overland travel'. As a traveller as opposed to a tourist or holiday maker. It also includes the subsequent trips of a similar nature.Collectively, I call them my Grand Tour.

 

 My Grand Tour is not the traditional Grand Tour of Europe preferred by certain English young gentlemen. It served as an educational rite of passsage for the wealthy. This was part of my education.

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My Grand Tour Timeline

June 1975 to October 1975 Trans Asia Trip 1 Eastbound

Overland trip in our own truck. England, Holland, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal.

1975 - 1 Trans Asia Trip 1 EB - England, Europe

Depart from England

1975 - 1 Trans Asia Trip 1 EB - England, Europe

Depart from England

1975 - 14 End Trans Asia Trip 1 EB Trans Asia Trip 1 WB - Flight home and arrival

26/09/1977 External event Laker Airways

The second low cost airline challenged the established market helping to bring cheaper flights to all. Airline founded by Sir Freddie Laker in 1966 and closed 1982. Skytrain was inaugurated between London Gatwick and New York JFK on 26 September in 1977

26/09/1977 External event Laker Airways

The second low cost airline challenged the established market helping to bring cheaper flights to all. Airline founded by Sir Freddie Laker in 1966 and closed 1982. Skytrain was inaugurated between London Gatwick and New York JFK on 26 September in 1977

1977 to 1978 - Trans Asia Trip 2 EB Trans Asia Trip 2 Eastbound

1977 - 11 Trans Asia Trip 2 EB - India - Asia

The roads of Connaught Place, New Delhi disappear as rainwater fills above kerb height when the monsoon breaks, with the slightest breeze to send everybody running to shelter.

1977 - 11 Trans Asia Trip 2 EB - India - Asia

The roads of Connaught Place, New Delhi disappear as rainwater fills above kerb height when the monsoon breaks, with the slightest breeze to send everybody running to shelter.

1977 - 12 Trans Asia Trip 2 EB - Nepal - Asia

Christmas Day 1977 in the Himalayan hills. Hopping for a white Christmas but in fact it was T-shirt and shorts in the garden of our Pokhara hotel.

1978 - A3 Kathmandu layover - Holiday to Dhaka

CANCELLED - Find out why!

1978 - A3 Kathmandu layover - Holiday to Dhaka

CANCELLED - Find out why!

1978 - Trans Asia Trip 3 WB Trans Asia Trip 3 Westbound

1978 - 1 Trans Asia Trip 3 WB - Nepal - Asia

The girls travel on eastbound whilst Pete and I return in the coach with passengers.

1978 - 1 Trans Asia Trip 3 WB - Nepal - Asia

The girls travel on eastbound whilst Pete and I return in the coach with passengers.

1978 - 4 Trans Asia Trip 3 WB - Afghanistan - Asia

Though Afghanistan and into Iran only just before the Afghanistan Coup on 27–28 April 1978.

27 April 1978 Military coup in Afganistan

Military coup, known as the Saur Revolution, started days after we cleared.

27 April 1978 Military coup in Afganistan

Military coup, known as the Saur Revolution, started days after we cleared.

1978 - 7 Trans Asia Trip 3 WB - Greece - Europe

This time we drove all the way to Athens

1978 - Germany Germany

Back to Germany on public transport, to meetup with some of the passengers.

1978 - Germany Germany

Back to Germany on public transport, to meetup with some of the passengers.

1978 - Holland Holland

From Germany to Amsterdam, Holland on public transport, to meetup with one of the passengers, and his girlfriend, who was not one of our passengers.

1978 - USA USA - North America

From Amsterdam to Boston, a new route for Pan-Am. Lone hitchhiking in North East USA. Massachusetts, New York, Toronto, Canada Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey

1978 - USA USA - North America

From Amsterdam to Boston, a new route for Pan-Am. Lone hitchhiking in North East USA. Massachusetts, New York, Toronto, Canada Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey

1978 - EO Trans Asia Trip 4 EB Encounter Overland Trans Asia Expedition

1978 - EO 5 EO Trans Asia Trip 4 EB - Turkey - Europe and Asia

A very eventful time in Eastern Turkey, and a touch cold as well

1978 - EO 5 EO Trans Asia Trip 4 EB - Turkey - Europe and Asia

A very eventful time in Eastern Turkey, and a touch cold as well

7 January 1978 – 11 February 1979 Iranian Revolution

Overthrow of the Shah. Hotels burnt down in the street we were staying

1978 - EO 6 EO Trans Asia Trip 4 EB - Iran - Asia

Into a war zone with tanks on the streets and hotels ablaze.

1978 - EO 6 EO Trans Asia Trip 4 EB - Iran - Asia

Into a war zone with tanks on the streets and hotels ablaze.

December 1978 External event The Dakar Rally

The first Paris to Dakar rally held

December 1978 External event The Dakar Rally

The first Paris to Dakar rally held

1979 - EO SA 01

1979 - EO SA 02

1979 - EO SA 02

1979 - EO SA 03

1979 - EO SA 04

1979 - EO SA 04

1979 - EO SA 05

1979 - EO SA 06

1979 - EO SA 06

1979 - EO SA 07

1979 - EO SA 08

1979 - EO SA 08

1979 - EO SA 09

1979 - EO SA 10

1979 - EO SA 10

1979 - EO NB 01 Trans Africa EO NB - South Africa - Africa

Another group on our way north with a full complement. In fact there was an extra person sat on a box in the isle. Just for a short part of the way.

1979 - EO NB 01 Trans Africa EO NB - South Africa - Africa

Another group on our way north with a full complement. In fact there was an extra person sat on a box in the isle. Just for a short part of the way.

1979 - EO NB 02 Trans Africa EO NB - Swaziland - Africa

Not normally part of the northbound trip, but with the direct root closed by war, Swaziland is the place to fly from for the next part of the trip.

1979 - EO NB 03 Trans Africa EO NB - Zambia - Africa

Fly from Swaziland to Zambia, with a change of truck, we were now set up for the rest of the trip north

1979 - EO NB 03 Trans Africa EO NB - Zambia - Africa

Fly from Swaziland to Zambia, with a change of truck, we were now set up for the rest of the trip north

1979 - EO NB 15 Trans Africa EO NB - France - Europe

The race through France to get home.

1979 - EO NB 15 Trans Africa EO NB - France - Europe

The race through France to get home.

1979 - EO NB 17

1979 - EO NB 17

1979 - EO NB 18

1979 - EO NB 19

1979 - EO NB 19

1979 - EO NB 20

1980 External Event The Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy began in 1980 with a transit of the Trans Amazonian Highway

1980 External Event The Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy began in 1980 with a transit of the Trans Amazonian Highway

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