London to Prague

Trip Start Apr 07, 2007
Trip End Dec 2007

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Hi all
Well what a week it has been! We are finally on the truck but it has been really hard to say goodbye to everyone, especially Kenny's family. It is has been hard enough coming away but it is really cold turkey being out of contact with everyone as well. So hi and lots of hugs to everyone!
We are now on our second night on the trip and are currently writing this from a bush camp in Germany. Last night was a camping ground in Belgium just north of Brussels and it was so cold that ice formed on the was freezing in the tent as well!


The group seem to be good so far - no major issues. We left London on Saturday morning bright and early and were all nervous and excited as we took off down through central London everyone was stopping and staring to see what on earth this big orange machine was!
The ferry from Dover to Calais was calm although a number of people were feeling rather sea sick. Jo managed to stay ok though - which makes a change.

We have done a lot of driving the past few days so have spent a lot of time on the truck. 500 km today alone! That doesn't sound very much but this fancy dream of an overland machine is an ex tipper truck and can only do 70 km per hour.....not very fast on the autobahns!  The truck is definitely a truck. It vibrates badly and is very noisy, lots of windows but badly ventilated - either too hot or too cold and that is here - wait till we get to the hot places!
Food so far is very basic - spaghetti bolognese and tuna and rice the last 2 nights and oats for brekkie. We were supposed to get supplies today but as it is Easter Sunday nothing is open.


300 km tomorrow will get us to Prague for lunch - where we are on dinner duty so may not see much of Prague tomorrow and we are  there for 2 nights - which will be great as we can leave the tent up rather than breaking camp at 6am for breakfast duty the following day - we may get a slight lie in!
We are both enjoying ourselves but it is still a shock to the system and is going to take some time to get used to it. Night one was rough so hoping night 2 will be better. At least we will be able to sleep in the truck as we go but that means we miss the scenery (not a great loss so far as it has been motorways pretty much all the way)
Tonight we spent nearly an hour driving around looking for a suitable place for the bush camp, rather than staying at a camp site - they had decided that they wanted us to experience it before we get top the wilds.
We also spent time today looking at an 8 wheel drive truck that the company want to buy to do a Siberia trip. Must admit it was a novelty as we hadn't been truck shopping before - it was all very military and commando stuff. A German trucking magazine journalist was there to do an article on us so if any one is picking up a  German trucking magazine in the next few weeks keep your eyes peeled.

Update coming into Prague
Our driver Ian took out a Czech border sign whilst reversing and almost created an international incident. We spent over 2 hours waiting for the transport police to decide that it was their fault - the sign was 1 metre lower than it said it was.... Check out the chip out of the corner of the sign above Ian's head - hardly a major damage but still enough to agitate the border guys.....and we are still in Europe......

So that's it for the time being - will try and add more as soon as we can.

Love Jo & Kenny
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