D day is 17 May when we will set off from Wineham in West Sussex. First the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe . A slight diversion on the first night, when we visit our good friends Mike and Wendy at their lifestyle property in Villers en Ouche in Normandy. Next day we head north driving through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and up to Nordcapp, the most northern tip of Norway. Soon after we will cross the Russian border close to Murmansk. Our route will take us south, then east through Russia to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, back into Kazakhstan and Russia. Next we will cross Mongolia before returning into Russia. We have to stay in Russia, skirting China (too difficult as it is mandatory to be accompanied by a guide in China) all the way to Russia’s Far Eastern Coast and Vladivostok.
From here we will ship the Land Rover to Canada where it will be stored in Vancouver over winter. We will then fly back to the UK for a few weeks before returning to New Zealand for the Southern summer. Stage 2 will then begin in May 2019 when we continue from Canada to the US, Mexico, Central and then South America.