Thursday, February 22, 2018

Welcome to the Land Roamer's blog!

I created this blog to keep my family and friends informed about the Land Roamer’s 
preparation, planning for the trip and later to keep in touch during my overland adventures.

You all know of "Land Rovers" and of "Land Cruisers", but who has heard of a "Land Roamer"?
Having had both a Land Rover and a Land Cruiser, I decided that I would call my 
4x4 camper-truck, a Brimont Brutt (more info here) "Land Roamer".

To roam: "To travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area. It suggests wandering freely
 and often far afield."  Etymology: Middle English, 14th century, Merriam-Webster.  

"Live for the JOURNEY, not the Destination!"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On 13th February 2018, the Land Roamer left my home village: St Cergue

The sun rose on a new day,
A few hours later, the Land Roamer left St Cergue... 
It went (only) as far as Morges, to load it where I had worked during the last few months.

On the 14th, finally (!), it was driven out of the workshop, ready to start the trip!

First overnight stop was near Bern

and drove out of Switzerland (see flag on left side of photo), into Lichstenstein

The next 4-5 days, driving through Eastern Europe at 80 km/hour were driven with lots of rain...
NOT enjoyable...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Photo opp - 13 January 2018 at Morges

Had a bit of sunshine during this cloudy winter, time to take a few pictures of the Land Roamer which is almost ready to go...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

=> East, South, North, East and... I'll be back home !

Starting in Geneva, my trip Around The World will follow the Silk Road, Asia, Australia, South-Central-North America and back to Europe!
... There is no set itinerary and no fixed schedule...

Departure date is planned for Janury 2018.
Duration is undefined : 4 to 8 years, so many variables...

I want to maximise driving overland and to minimize distances over oceans...

It was label Around the World, May 17, 2015

Monday, May 15, 2017

Be patient...

I have been so busy working on the truck that my blog is not up to date…

There is a year’s of work to post. 

Patience, I’ll do this asap, once I have started the trip...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aluminium storage boxes

I drove to Bern to pick up 2 custom made aluminium storage boxes.
        I had a little bit of luck today... They barely fitted inside the car!

Curious to know where they will go? - Patience, wait and see...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Emergency SOS !

As I intend to drive (sometime solo) to remote places, way out of reach of mobile telephone networks, I thought that it would be wise to invest in a nifty piece of modern technology. I received today...

The DELORME inReach, a 2-Way Messaging | SOS | Tracking | GPS | Weather Forecasts

This device is an essential two-way messaging device that works in the backcountry, or anywhere cell phones don’t. Whether by land, sea or air, you’ll have a reliable connection to friends – or help – when and where you need it. Use inReach SE to send and receive messages, trigger an SOS, get weather forecasts or share your journey with others. inReach can can used on its own or paired with a smartphone, and it’s rugged, waterproof and ready for anything!

Operating on Iridium, the world’s most reliable satellite network with 100% global coverage, you can go anywhere with confidence that you’ll never be lost or out of reach.

More info here!

A global two-way connection offers true peace of mind:
Pairs with Smartphones

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Top cupboards

Here are a few pictures of how I build the top cupboards. They are not very big/large, but will be handy to store little things in separate compartments.

Work in progress, rear storage space:

Side cupboards:
Using contact cement to glue finishing material inside cupboard


All done !  Rear

Monday, October 10, 2016

Paint drama...

I had left a plastic can of paint towards the front of the truck, which was parked on the incline of my driveway.

This is what I discovered next morning...