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Introduction
THE EARTHROAMER HAS BEEN SOLD - STANDBY FOR ADVENTURES ON THE NEW ULYSSES TRUE BOAT!

Just before Christmas we were advised by Earthroamer that the vehicle has been sold.  We understand it was purchased by a US military veteran.

 

We are really pleased that our Earthroamer has gone to a good home and we are hoping to be able to find out what adventures it participates in during the next few years.

 

Watch this site for some of the adventures on the new Ulysses True boat – it is now being ferried to Tasmania.


Jan 6, 2009, 14:25

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OUR EARTHROAMER IS NOW FOR SALE AT A BARGAIN PRICE!

We have now delivered the Earthroamer to the Earthroamer company in Denver and we have decided to sell the vehicle.  As the Australian dollar is now around 60 cents, we are going to sell the vehicle at a bargain price in US dollars.

 

Contact Bill Swails at Earthroamer on office phone number +1 720 304 3174 or cell phone number +1 303 881 4498 for details.


Oct 28, 2008, 11:24

Route
FOLLOW OUR ROUTE
Click to follow our progress!
Apr 24, 2007, 16:41

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Monday 13 October 2008
Sad farewell to our Earthroamer
Oct 13, 2008, 16:15

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Sunday 12 October 2008
The last day travelling in our Earthroamer
Oct 12, 2008, 15:54

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Saturday 11 October 2008
Snow, sunshine and fog to Fort Collins
Oct 11, 2008, 14:56

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Friday 10 October 2008
Dry desert to snow covered hills
Oct 10, 2008, 12:53

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Thursday 9 October
From Peggy Sue to Ely
Oct 9, 2008, 11:44

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Wednesday 8 October 2008
On our way again at last in our Earthroamer
Oct 8, 2008, 11:20

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Tuesday 7 October 2008
Back to Los Angeles to wait for the Earthroamer
Oct 7, 2008, 10:45

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Monday 6 October 2008
Railway tunnels to Reno
Oct 6, 2008, 13:09

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Sunday 5 October 2008
We visit Peggy Fossett in Carmel
Oct 5, 2008, 12:24

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Saturday 4 October 2008
Earthroamer still held up in Customs
Oct 4, 2008, 12:03

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Returning our Earthroamer to Denver
Returning our Earthroamer to Denver
Oct 3, 2008, 12:06

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Wednesday 10 September 2008
What will we be doing with the Earthroamer
Sep 10, 2008, 11:21

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Stage 9 - Tuesday 26 August 2008 - Day 107
We have arrived - 40,361 kms!
Aug 26, 2008, 11:15

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Stage 9 - Friday 22 August 2008 - Day 106
Nearly to the Sydney Opera House and the end of the journey
Aug 22, 2008, 17:02

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Stage 9 - Thursday 21 August 2008 - Day 105
We successfully cross Australia from Shark Bay to Byron Bay
Aug 21, 2008, 12:17

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Stage 9 - Wednesday 20 August 2008 - Day 104
We cross the Darling Downs for the coast
Aug 20, 2008, 11:19

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Stage 9 - Tuesday 19 August 2008 - Day 103
Meeting the cattle drovers on the road to Roma
Aug 19, 2008, 13:23

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Stage 9 - Monday 18 August 2008 - Day 102
We cross the Cooper Creek to Quilpie
Aug 18, 2008, 12:02

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Stage 9 - Sunday 17 August 2008 - Day 101
South to the Birdsville Pub
Aug 17, 2008, 11:02

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Stage 9 - Saturday 16 August 2008 - Day 100
Into Queensland towards the Min Min Light Country
Aug 16, 2008, 12:29

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Stage 9 - Friday 15 August - Day 99
Departing Alice Springs and skirting the Simpson Desert
Aug 15, 2008, 11:31

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SPECIAL NOTICE - Arrival at the Sydney Opera House

Dick and Pip have planned to arrive at the Sydney Opera House forecourt at 11.00 am on Tuesday 26 August 2008, to be welcomed by former Premier Neville Wran.  All are welcome to come along to see the Earthroamer.


Aug 14, 2008, 10:50

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Saturday 2 August 2008
Visiting Museums before departing Alice Springs
Aug 2, 2008, 13:22

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Stage 8 - Friday 1 August - Day 98
We made it to “Sink A Tinny Downs” in Alice Springs
Aug 1, 2008, 12:59

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Stage 8 - Thursday 31 July 2008 - Day 97
Along Lasseter Highway to the Meteorite Craters
Jul 31, 2008, 13:52

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Stage 8 - Wednesday 30 July 2008 - Day 96
On the worst road in Australia to meet international movie personality Charlie Boorman
Jul 30, 2008, 12:49

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Stage 8 - Tuesday 29 July - Day 95
Further on the Central Road and pancakes at Giles
Jul 29, 2008, 14:55

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Stage 8 – Monday 28 July – Day 94

We re-discover the Poseidon Secret and travelled on the Great Central Road


Jul 28, 2008, 11:16

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Stage 8 - Sunday 27 July 2008 - Day 93
South through Australia's mining wealth to Leonora
Jul 27, 2008, 13:55

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Stage 8 - Saturday 26 July 2008 - Day 92
To Well 9 on the Canning Stock Route
Jul 26, 2008, 13:18

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Stage 8 - Friday 25 July 2008 - Day 91
Meekatharra to the Gunbarrel Highway
Jul 25, 2008, 12:25

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Stage 8 - Thursday 24 July 2008 - Day 90
We head east onto the red dirt roads
Jul 24, 2008, 13:31

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Stage 8 - Wednesday 23 July 2008 - Day 89
Driving through beautiful wildflowers to Shark Bay
Jul 23, 2008, 12:17

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Stage 8 – Tuesday 22 July 2008 – Day 88
Another day another country!
Jul 22, 2008, 10:15

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Stage 8 - Monday 21 July 2008 - Day 87
We leave Perth on Stage 8 – finally through the Australian bureaucracy
Jul 21, 2008, 15:08

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Update - Thursday 10 July 2008
The Earthroamer has arrived in Fremantle.
Jul 10, 2008, 12:02

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Update - Tuesday 17 June 2008
The Earthroamer has been loaded onto a flat-pack for shipping to Perth.
Jun 17, 2008, 15:23

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Stage 7 - Friday 30 May 2008
We find the fishermen's wharf
May 30, 2008, 14:20

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Japanese magazine article
Auto Camper  - Issue 8, August 2008
May 29, 2008, 15:58

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Stage 7 - Sunday 29 May 2008
Travelling on fantastic Japanese trains
May 29, 2008, 13:38

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Stage 7 - Wednesday 28 May – Day 86
We cross Japan in a day
May 28, 2008, 19:32

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Stage 7 - Monday 26 May 2008
We leave the Asian Continent
May 26, 2008, 10:47

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Stage 7 - Sunday 25 May 2008
We visit the Circus and Russky Island
May 25, 2008, 15:38

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Stage 7 - Saturday 24 May 2008
We returned to Vladivostok
May 24, 2008, 15:04

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Stage 7 - Friday 16 May 2008
We found the source of the Japanese cars
May 16, 2008, 11:18

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Stage 7 - Thursday 15 May 2008
A day of bureaucratic nightmares getting nowhere – the importance of checking the minute details of paperwork in Russia
May 15, 2008, 11:26

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Stage 7 - Wednesday 14 May 2008
The nightmare of getting out of Russia
May 14, 2008, 11:46

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Stage 7 - Tuesday 13 May 2008 - Day 85
We made it to Vladivostok
May 13, 2008, 17:08

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Stage 7 - Monday 12 May 2008 - Day 84
Overnight trains, Khabarovsk and a friendly truck driver.
May 12, 2008, 10:29

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Stage 7 - Sunday 11 May 2008 - Day 83
The end of the dirt - we hope?
May 11, 2008, 13:40

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Stage 7 - Saturday 10 May 2008 - Day 82
South to warmer latitudes
May 10, 2008, 13:36

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Stage 7 - Friday 9 May 2008 - Day 81
All welded up and some smoother gravel as well.
May 9, 2008, 12:27

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Stage 7 - Thursday 8 May 2008 - Day 80
403 kilometres along the road from Hell.
May 8, 2008, 18:00

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Stage 7 - Wednesday 7 May 2008 - Day 79
Good roads and bad roads, ice covered rivers and bushfires.
May 7, 2008, 10:29

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Stage 7 - Tuesday 6 May 2008 - Day 78
Driving beside the Siberian Railway.
May 6, 2008, 10:45

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Stage 7 - Monday 5 May 2008 - Day 77
A speedy transit through the Mongolian/Russian border.
May 5, 2008, 16:18

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Stage 7 - Sunday 4 May 2008 - Day 76
We leave Ulaan Baatar but have to return.
May 4, 2008, 10:26

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Stage 7 - Ulaan Baatar - Friday 2 May & Saturday 3 May
Lay days in Ulaan Baatar.
May 3, 2008, 09:41

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Stage 7 - Thursday 1 May 2008 - Day 75
From the Old Capital to the Capital of Mongolia
May 1, 2008, 09:43

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Stage 7 - Wednesday 30 April 2008 - Day 74
We visit the capital of the world and stroke the Turtle Rock
Apr 30, 2008, 09:53

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Stage 7 - Tuesday 29 April 2008 - Day 73
Further across the Gobi to high altitude goldfields
Apr 29, 2008, 10:38

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Stage 7 - Monday 28 April 2008 - Day 72
The Day of the Worst Roads 
Apr 28, 2008, 12:08

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Stage 7 - Sunday 27 April 2008 - Day 71
On our way again - a candlelit dinner for two
Apr 27, 2008, 14:28

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Update - Friday 25 April 2008

We are planning to leave tomorrow morning from Sydney to fly to Korea, then Ulaan Baatar, and then to Hovd, getting there Sunday afternoon, 27 April.  Hopefully we will start on Stage 7 on Monday 28 April.

 

We will endeavour to update our diary every day with photographs using the Iridium phone, and we will be using the absolute latest technology for our position reporting.  It is a small unit that has been designed, invented and made by a group of brilliant engineers in New Zealand.  It is the size of a cigar packet and sits on our dashboard.  It will transmit our position, altitude, heading and ground speed back to our website.  This will take place every 30 minutes.  If you would like further information on the Spider Tracks unit, look here: http://www.spidertracks.com/

 

We welcome any comments and suggestions on our Guest Book.


Apr 25, 2008, 11:36

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The Earthroamer is fixed! - Tuesday 11 March 2008

The technician from Ford in Ulaan Baatar, Munkhjargal went to Khovd last week and fixed the F550.  Amazingly the technician and his helpers removed the automatic transmission without any jack or special tools and replaced the main crank shaft oil seal.  They also changed the turbo charger and the PCM (powertrain control module).  It appears the PCM has been reprogrammed and the machine is running really well.  The technician conducted test driving of a couple of hours to make sure everything is running ok.

 

We are of course delighted that the vehicle is going again.  At the present time we plan to return back to Ulaan Baatar on 27 April 2008 and then head on across the Gobi Desert to Ulaan Baatar up into Russia and to Vladivostok.


Mar 11, 2008, 15:44

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Great News! - Thursday 28 February 2008

It appears that the awaited part has arrived from Ford in America and a technician is going to be sent to Khovd at the end of this week.  Hopefully we will have some good news to say that the vehicle is working again 100%!

Feb 28, 2008, 10:39

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Tuesday 12 February 2008
The latest information from Ford Korea is the required part (powertrain control module - PCM) is on the way to Wagner Ford in Mongolia and will be delivered this week. Wagner will then send a technician to Khovd next week, hoping that the car will be repaired next week.
Feb 12, 2008, 12:44

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Tuesday 22 January 2008
Latest information from Ford in Korea is that the faulty turbo charger was replaced.  Wagner (the mechanics working on the Earthroamer in Mongolia) have decided to replace the powertrain control module (PCM) based on their diagnosis since the PCM does not supply power to the system properly.  In addition, Ford Korea have informed Wagner to inspect the fuel filter and air cooler etc. for contamination and to reprogram the PCM to adopt high altitude driving circumstance.  Wagner has placed an order for the PCM last week and it will be delivered to them at the end of January.
Feb 5, 2008, 10:42

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Thursday 10 January 2008

We have just heard from Baagii in Mongolia that he sent a team of mechanics to Khovd to work on the Earthroamer.  So far they have the turbocharger working at about 80% and they are trying to get it to work 100%!

 

When the work is completed they will either drive the car back to Olgii to put it in a secure shed, or cover it up with tarpaulins in the hotel yard at Khovd. 

 

We will keep everyone posted.

 

By the way, thanks for all the positive comments in the Guestbook.


Jan 10, 2008, 13:06

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Wednesday 7 November
We are now back in Sydney awaiting news on the repair of the Earthroamer. We will most likely not be going back to Mongolia until the end of April or early May to continue the journey.
Nov 7, 2007, 10:49

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Tuesday 30 October
We stay in a Ger and see wild Mongolian horses
Oct 31, 2007, 09:50

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Monday 29 October
Update from Ulaan Baatar
Oct 30, 2007, 15:36

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Sunday 28 October
We have flown to Ulaan Baatar
Oct 29, 2007, 11:51

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Friday 26 October

Being towed 122 km over a high pass in freezing conditions with slipping tyres and virtually no traction


Oct 26, 2007, 16:16

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Stage 6 - Day 70 - Broken down in Mongolia, Thursday 25 October
Broken down again - but now in remote Mongolia
Oct 25, 2007, 16:43

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Stage 6 - Day 69
Rough roads to Khovd City, Mongolia
Oct 25, 2007, 11:44

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Stage 6 - Day 68
Through the border at lightning speed and now in Mongolia
Oct 24, 2007, 11:44

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Stage 6 - Day 67
Through a snowstorm towards the Mongolian border
Oct 23, 2007, 13:41

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Stage 6 - Day 66
At last we turn east towards Mongolia – but more mechanical problems plague us?
Oct 22, 2007, 13:01

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Stage 6 - Day 65
North to Russia – after being stopped by a TV crew!
Oct 21, 2007, 12:04

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Stage 6 - Day 64
From Taldyqorghan to Zhangistobe
Oct 20, 2007, 10:39

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Stage 6 - Day 63
We are on our way again – Almaty north, hopefully to Mongolia and Siberia
Oct 19, 2007, 09:43

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Disaster in Kazakhstan – 49 days since breakdown

Oct 18, 2007, 11:06

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The Engine is going – 46 days since the breakdown

Oct 14, 2007, 21:55

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44 days since the Earthroamer broke down

Oct 12, 2007, 13:52

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36 days since the breakdown

Oct 4, 2007, 16:30

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30 days since the breakdown

Sep 28, 2007, 12:39

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28 days since our breakdown

Sep 26, 2007, 10:46

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Waiting in Sydney

Sep 19, 2007, 17:16

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They have the parts - at last

Sep 13, 2007, 10:52

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One week and still waiting

Sep 11, 2007, 11:54

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Have we been let down by DHL?

Sep 9, 2007, 09:39

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STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
I've just spoken to Chris Noel - the Ford man in Dubai.  He tells me that Zhenya is going well with the inspection of the engine.  They are hoping to know within a few hours whether it can be fixed in Almaty or whether some parts will be needed. Hopefully we will be able to get going in a few days.  We will keep everyone posted.
Sep 4, 2007, 17:10

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A day in the mountains

Sep 3, 2007, 12:41

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The Earthroamer under repair

Sep 2, 2007, 12:36

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Five hours as a truckie in Kazakhstan by Dick Smith

Sep 1, 2007, 23:21

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Where were we?

Sep 1, 2007, 20:54

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Hope springs

Sep 1, 2007, 19:01

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Still going nowhere

Aug 31, 2007, 10:44

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A flat bed truck arrives

Aug 30, 2007, 20:57

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The Ongoing Story

Aug 30, 2007, 13:05

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Start of Stage 6 - Problems with the Earthroamer
We've broken down! You might be able to help!
Aug 29, 2007, 15:22

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The Battery Saga - by Dick

Jul 15, 2007, 09:52

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SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND ALMATY

Jul 14, 2007, 23:10

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Stage 5 - Day 62
To Almaty - the last day of Stage 5
Jul 14, 2007, 23:00

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Stage 5 - Day 61
From Green Pastures to Brown Plains
Jul 13, 2007, 22:28

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Stage 5 - Astana
Our last day in Astana
Jul 12, 2007, 21:20

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Stage 5 - Day 60
To the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana
Jul 11, 2007, 15:05

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Stage 5 - Day 59
An oasis in Kazakhstan
Jul 10, 2007, 17:21

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Stage 5 - Day 58
Kazakhstan - a new country for both of us
Jul 9, 2007, 22:32

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Stage 5 - Day 57
Our third continent – we are now in Asia
Jul 8, 2007, 22:18

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Stage 5 - Day 56
Towards the Ural Mountains
Jul 7, 2007, 12:07

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Stage 5 - Day 55
Bumpy roads and friendly Russians
Jul 6, 2007, 11:37

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Stage 5 - Day 54
Heading East towards Kazakhstan
Jul 5, 2007, 21:14

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STAGE 5! - From Moscow to Almaty in Kazakhstan
The Day Before We Start From Moscow (Hopefully)
Jul 4, 2007, 21:00

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Stage 4 - Day 53 (part 2)
Moscow
May 28, 2007, 22:30

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Stage 4 - Day 53 (part 1)
We made it to Moscow
May 28, 2007, 13:01

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Stage 4 - Day 52 (part 2)
Headed Towards Moscow
May 27, 2007, 14:12

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Stage 4 - Day 52 (part 1)
Enjoying St Petersburg
May 27, 2007, 13:00

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Stage 4 - Day 51
Russian roads into St Petersburg
May 25, 2007, 12:59

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Stage 4 - Day 50
Estonia, Helsinki and through the border into Russia
May 24, 2007, 12:59

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Stage 4 - Day 49
To Helsinki and across to Estonia
May 23, 2007, 10:06

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Stage 4 - Day 48
Exploring Stockholm
May 22, 2007, 10:06

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Stage 4 - Day 47
From Oslo into Sweden
May 21, 2007, 10:05

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Stage 4 - Day 46
A wonderful Gathering of friends near Oslo
May 20, 2007, 10:04

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Stage 4 - Day 45
To Stavanger, Norway and through 30 tunnels
May 19, 2007, 15:29

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Stage 4 - Day 44
On the road again from Scotland to Newcastle & onto the North Sea
May 18, 2007, 09:50

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STAGE 4! - From Orchil Castle in Scotland to Moscow, Russia.

May 18, 2007, 09:02

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Stage 3 - Day 43
Inverness to Orchil Castle near Perth in Scotland
Nov 23, 2006, 13:48

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Stage 3 - Day 42
To John O’Groats and Dunnet Head, the northern tip of Scotland
Nov 22, 2006, 13:47

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Stage 3 - Day 41
Loch Lomond to Fort William and on to Evanton
Nov 21, 2006, 13:45

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Stage 3 - Day 40
Crossed into Scotland near Gretna Green and headed towards Loch Lomond
Nov 20, 2006, 13:44

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Stage 3 - Day 39
Anderton Boat Lift near Manchester to Lake Windermere
Nov 19, 2006, 13:43

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Stage 3 - Day 38
Mount Snowdon to Liverpool
Nov 18, 2006, 11:20

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Stage 3 - Day 37
Iron Bridge Gorge and into Wales to Bets-y-coed
Nov 17, 2006, 10:48

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Stage 3 - Day 36
From Cornwall to Bristol and on to Telford
Nov 16, 2006, 09:44

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Stage 3 - Day 35
Down to Lizard Point and Lands End, the southern tip of England
Nov 15, 2006, 09:21

Fuel and other costs
Fuel Costs
This is a summary of the fuel costs in various countries for the Earthroamer
Nov 14, 2006, 16:12

Fuel and other costs
Shipping Costs
This is a summary of the shipping costs for transporting the Earthroamer from one continent to another.
Nov 14, 2006, 11:18

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Stage 3 - Day 34
Back in our Earthroamer now in the United Kingdom. We drove from the storage shed in Salisbury south west to Bodmin
Nov 14, 2006, 09:12

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STAGE 3! - From Lands End in Cornwell to John O'Groats in Scotland.

Nov 14, 2006, 02:11

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Stage 2 - Day 33
We made it into New York
Sep 17, 2006, 09:29

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Stage 2 - Day 32
We travelled on the train into Washington DC
Sep 16, 2006, 11:45

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Stage 2 - Day 31
An enjoyable but illegal drive through Washington DC
Sep 15, 2006, 11:44

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Stage 2 - Day 30
Searching for Dick’s landing place near the Potomac River
Sep 14, 2006, 11:43

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Stage 2 - Day 29
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway and finding the route Dick flew in 1982
Sep 13, 2006, 11:42

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Stage 2 - Day 28
Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway
Sep 12, 2006, 11:24

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Stage 2 - Day 27
Smoky Mountains were very smoky
Sep 11, 2006, 17:15

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Stage 2 - Day 26
Day in Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 10, 2006, 10:57

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Stage 2 - Day 25
Country music and gridiron in Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 9, 2006, 14:54

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Stage 2 - Day 24
To Graceland, Memphis Tennessee
Sep 8, 2006, 12:24

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Stage 2 - Day 23
Across the Texas Pan Handle into Oklahoma
Sep 7, 2006, 12:14

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Stage 2 - Day 22
The big explosion on Route 66
Sep 6, 2006, 10:34

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Stage 2 - Day 21
Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley
Sep 5, 2006, 15:28

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Stage 2 - Day 20
Further west to the Four Corner Country
Sep 4, 2006, 10:14

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Stage 2 - Day 19
Exploring the old gold mining area of Southern Colorado
Sep 3, 2006, 12:09

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Stage 2 - Day 18
Further west to the wealthy mining town of Silverton
Sep 2, 2006, 10:21

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Stage 2 - Day 17
Heading in the wrong direction – into the Rocky Mountains
Sep 1, 2006, 16:14

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Stage 1 - Day 16
Cheyenne to Denver - the last day of the first stage of our around the world trip
May 24, 2006, 16:22

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Stage 1 - Day 15
A day of following trains from Green River to Cheyenne Wyoming
May 23, 2006, 12:06

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Stage 1 - Day 14
Grand Teton National Park, along the Snake River to the trains of the Union Pacific
May 22, 2006, 10:04

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Stage 1 - Day 13
Our first day in the Grand Teton National Park
May 21, 2006, 11:34

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Stage 1 - Day 12
Exploring more of Yellowstone National Park
May 20, 2006, 15:32

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Stage 1 - Day 11
From the Mozzies of Hebgen Lake to the sulphur smells of Mammoth Hot Springs
May 19, 2006, 16:24

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Stage 1 - Day 10
From Great Falls to Yellowstone National Park
May 18, 2006, 09:46

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Short break!

Dick and Pip have left the Earthroamer in Great Falls and headed to Wichita to buy a new aircraft!! They will be back on the road again on Thursday 18 May and we will hear more from them in a day or two.


May 17, 2006, 10:09

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Stage 1 - Day 9
From the railway yard in Shelby, Montana to the Missouri River and the Great Falls airport
May 16, 2006, 16:16

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Stage 1 - Day 8
From the windy plains of Canada to the Glacial Mountains of the United States
May 15, 2006, 13:13

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Stage 1 - Day 7
Edmonton to Calgary, Canada
May 14, 2006, 15:35

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Stage 1 - Day 6
Rich farming land from Grande Prairie to Edmonton
May 13, 2006, 15:33

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Stage 1 - Day 5
To The End of the Alaskan Highway at Dawson Creek
May 12, 2006, 15:31

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Stage 1 - Day 4
Sign Post Forest to green forests of Fort Nelson
May 11, 2006, 11:43

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Stage 1 - Day 3
Haines Junction to Whitehorse and almost to Watson Lake
May 10, 2006, 16:04

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Stage 1 - Day 2
We crossed the border from Alaska into Canada
May 9, 2006, 13:17

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Stage 1 - Day 1
It is the first day of our great adventure
May 8, 2006, 12:59

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Précis
This is a précis of our ‘Delivery Trip’. That is, to pick up the Earthroamer in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver, and then drive it to the Ferry Terminal at Tacoma in Washington State.
Mar 30, 2006, 16:50

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Day 6
Seattle
Mar 30, 2006, 16:12

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Day 5
Washington State
Mar 29, 2006, 17:00

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Day 4
The 45th Parallel
Mar 28, 2006, 16:55

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Day 3
Salt Lake City
Mar 27, 2006, 16:21

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Day 2
Colorado River
Mar 26, 2006, 16:00

The Delivery Trip
The Delivery Trip - Day 1
Departing Denver
Mar 25, 2006, 17:26

Route
Where are we going? Click here to have a closer look at the proposed route

Mar 20, 2006, 10:46

Photo's
Picking up the Earthroamer
See photo's of Dick picking up the vehicle
Mar 18, 2006, 17:33

The Vehicle
The Vehicle
Why did we choose an Earth Roamer?
Mar 17, 2006, 12:11

Introduction
The Smith’s overland adventures

Dick and Pip Smith, Australian adventurers, have flown around the world by both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.  Dick and Pip have visited the North Pole together, and Dick has visited the South Pole.  He is the first person to fly a helicopter solo around the world, and Pip is the first woman to fly around the world in a helicopter.

 

The Smiths have now decided to drive around the world.

 

The plan is to depart Anchorage, Alaska, in May 2006 and head in a number of stages to New York.  They will ship their vehicle by sea to England and then drive from England to Vladivostok, over possibly a two year period.

 

From Vladivostok they plan to ship the vehicle to Perth and drive to Steep Point (the western most point in Australia) and across the Australian deserts to Byron Bay (the eastern most point).  The Smiths will then drive down to their home in Sydney.

 

They plan to do a distance equivalent to the diameter of the Earth at the equator. That is 21,600 nautical miles, 24,901.55 statute miles or 40,075.16 kilometers.

 

Dick and Pip will be regularly filing a diary on their trip, and Pip will be taking photographs similar in quality to the ones in her book, Above the World.

 

I hope you can join us on our overland trip of discovery.


Mar 17, 2006, 00:43