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1 month 2 weeks ago #252042 by Zuffen
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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #252196 by Mrsmackpaul
Zuffen the link works perfectly

For those of us not watching or following along on Facelessbook, Lang and Bev appear to be going great guns

Bean appears to be having some minor issues for a car that age but is going pretty good I feel

What a adventure

Paul

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1 month 1 week ago #252209 by cobbadog
I've been following them on Faceache too. I think the extreme high temps would test any car never mind the Bean n it's age. Bev n Lang have added carpet n insulation inside the cab to help with heat n noise. 

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1 month 1 day ago #252316 by Lang
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For those not on Facebook normally (me included) here is the last report at our greatest milestone in Calcutta.

Just a quick 5,000km in Australia at 60kmh to go.

Having now arrived in Calcutta we have a number of route choices.
The Burma/Myanmar border is now sealed to all crossing by the Indian Government. This means we can not proceed on Birtles route from Calcutta to Myanmar.
It is not the end of the world as Bev and I drove that route in preparation for the Bean journey 10 years ago. We bought a car in Calcutta and drove north into Assam and through the mountains into Manipur to Imphal. It was here that Birtles and Stollery started their horrendous month cutting a road through the Naga Hills into Burma. Birtle's track is now very closely followed by the very winding current road and we drove this to stand on the border at Moreh where they crossed in 1928.
Photos below of Bev and me at the Moreh foot crossing between India and Burma. Birtles drove through here in 1928 after beating the Naga Hills. They had never seen a car before Birtles and Stollery emerged from the bush half dead from dysentery and malnutrition.
There is no vehicle crossing in town now but the vehicle crossing is a short distance away with a WW2 portable Bailey Bridge still serving the limited traffic. Unfortunately this sole crossing is now sealed shut.
To read about our Birtles Calcutta to Burma trip in 2013 here is a link to our website story. next-horizon.org/expeditions/indian-expedition/
So, where to?
In 1927/28 Birtles was caught by the monsoon and flooded rivers after he arrived in Burma and was forced to load the Bean on a ship in Mergui and take it down the coast to Penang in Malaya. He then drove the short distance to Singapore before shipping to Darwin, Australia.
We have an opportunity to also ship to Penang from Calcutta and take the two day drive to Singapore before reloading on another ship for Darwin.
This option is economically irrational as we are entirely self funded with no corporate sponsor, press team or support crew. As well as the administrative debacle of entries and exits and reloading containers we can not justify well over $5000 for two days driving.
As a result we are now shipping direct to Singapore then on to Darwin to resume the last 5,000km of Francis Birtles trip from Darwin to Melbourne. There could be a 3 to 4 week (who knows?) transit time before we hit the road again in Australia. The Calcutta shipping people are working on it.
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1 month 1 day ago #252317 by Mrsmackpaul
I've following along on Facebook (after getting help with the link on this forum)

It has been a really good adventure to read along with

Paul

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1 month 22 hours ago #252319 by cobbadog
Same here Paul

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1 month 20 hours ago #252323 by V8Ian
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I don't do facebook, but I've enjoyed following your adventure here, Lang.
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3 weeks 4 days ago #252394 by Lang
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2 weeks 5 days ago - 2 weeks 5 days ago #252487 by Lang
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The bloody Indian paperwork has beaten us and the car missed the boat. It will now not arrive in Darwin until 29 July. I now have a month in Brisbane to annoy you all with random posts.

A little girl in Delhi just sent this video. As you can hear there were a lot of people standing around talking and some totally ignoring the fact we were doing an interview and asking me questions so my responses are a bit distracted.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #252488 by Zuffen
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I would think the most dangerous part of the journey would be the road trip[ from being loaded in he container to the ship.

I've experienced India truck drivers on their questionable roads.

It's been great to follow along on Facebook.

Francis would have been jealous of the reception you got everywhere you went.
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