Hello, we are Ruth and John and this is our web site dedicated to our year long trip in our Landrover. Its a work in progress!

Prior to this trip we had both been inventing and developing products with a small group of engineers in Cambridge, UK, which was fun - see http://www.cambridge-design.co.uk. However, now that our ages have reached a combined average of 30 we decided to take a break and an adventure before real life caught up with us irreparably.

So we have bought a Landrover Defender 110, installed a bed, some curtains and a fully stocked bookshelf and have set off on a journey that will take us from Cambridge to Birmingham. Via Europe, the Western Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Xinxiang and Tibet in China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh, SE Asia and finally Australia on a grand tour of extended family before heading home via Hong Kong and anywhere else we missed on the way out!

Although the organisation has been a headache at times, we expect that this will be the trip of our lifetimes and we hope that you will enjoy sharing it with us. Please leave comments and better still come out and join us at some point. It is a big car and we can move some of the guidebooks to make room.


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15 Sunday, 20 June 2010 19:23
frances and duncan
How is Australia??

We have just celebrated Duncan's ..th birthday!! and managed to have Rob and family and Kirsty and family together for the first time since babies were born. A great occasion. We await news of your return, it can't be to long now I think..

Take care, much love, f & d xx
14 Monday, 24 May 2010 19:24
guy & Arlo & Molly
Hey John,
Got an email from Helen and she told me you were travelling and gave me the link. sounds like an awesome trip. would love to hear more when you get back and of course to meet Ruth.
Keep safe and continue having fun
all the best
13 Sunday, 02 May 2010 17:01
Dunstable Downs will seem along way from Nepal - but is probably the nearest Paragliding in the UK!
See you soon (ish)
12 Sunday, 18 April 2010 06:26
Duncan ( and frankie)
Hi both, any chance of a lift on your way back. love reading about your exploits makes me realise I have hardly seen india in 30 years of visits. As you now reealise Indian vehicles are rated by Hornpower not Horsepower. I am stuck in punjab because of Volacno in Iceland!! what a small world. Hope Aussie goes well- wide open spaces etc and you have a great time.
11 Monday, 29 March 2010 12:36
frankie and duncan
We have just caught up with your latest photos and 'tales of the unexpected'!! Do hope you are now both fit and healthy and more relaxed since your time in India. Soon to reach Fremantle, I believe and a different pace of life. 'Spect Auntie Ali will bring you up to date with family news and perhaps we'll get to chat to you over a phone!! Much love to you both xxx
10 Saturday, 13 March 2010 11:24
Hey we are the family you got talking to in Cameron highlands.....
John found the art shop in Kl, thanks for the advise, enjoy the rest of your trip.
Enjoying Vietnam,
John,Nicki,Michael&Emmaline(Em)Tregembo :) x
9 Sunday, 14 February 2010 10:43
Uncle Kenneth
Fascinated by your adventures & especially thinking of you today - happy birthday!!
8 Monday, 12 October 2009 15:44
Frankie and Duncan
Dear Ruth and John,

Wow, we have just caught up with your news, what fantastic photos and what a tale to tell so far. You are having a trip of a lifetime and it probably FEELS like a lifetime!!! John, you are certainly looking more like a caveman these days, only just recognisable!! Duncan and I are just back from a week's holiday in south Spain and enjoyed some hot weather and sunshine... I was relaxing after the busy but wonderful week of Aran's birth, and the very full year of 'happenings'!!!!

John, Granny Ord is in good form and I gather from Ali, that your parents are too.

Have a great trip through China, we certainly did, although not in a landyvan!

Much love to you both,

Auntie Frankie xx
7 Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:15
David Shaw - Former owner of Land Rover P990KAC send his greetings
Hi there both - Glad to see that the old bus has at last come into its own - a bit different from my weekly suburban runs to Sainsbury in South London. I will keep an eye on your web and progress - it looks very exciting. Speak again and hope she keeps running well for you


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6 Monday, 05 October 2009 09:36
Rachel Nicholls
Hi Ruth & John,hope it is all going well & that you want to come home once you have finished your wonderful trip.xx
5 Saturday, 03 October 2009 14:27
Ruth and John
Just a note - we will likely be out of phone and email range for a little over a month as we travel across China and the Himilaya. we will update as soon as we can, so mums... don't worry... no news is good news!! much love x
4 Friday, 02 October 2009 10:26
Ruth and John
Hi... we are safe and well in tashkent uzbekistan. will update with a THIRD new blog to bring us up to date in a few days! Love to you all, thanks for the comments. Its nice to know we haven't been forgotten :)
3 Wednesday, 30 September 2009 11:48
Frankie and Duncan
Hi there, hope all still going well. Anderson news is Baby Aran Anderson was born on 23rs Sept. All well and he rushed into the world only just waiting for his mum and dad to reach hospital!!! View facebook. much love to you both, take care, xx f & d
2 Monday, 21 September 2009 17:09
Jacky Wilson
Hi Ruth and John,
I am following your travels with great interest.I was glad to hear all your documentation arrived and sorry to hear you are unable to visit Iran due to visa problems.We were hoping to go there this autumn but have put the trip on hold for the present. I took your parents to the airport on Saturday to catch their flight to Portugal I hope they are enjoying the break. Next week your mother and I are off to Cornwall for a break and will visit the Eden project. Safe onward journey. Jacky(auntie)
1 Sunday, 13 September 2009 17:21
Aunti Ali
Hi, I've found you at last! I spent yesterday with Caspar, parents and grandparents - blue skies in sunshine in England, just amazing - and train tomorrow to visit his great-grandmother, and probably your parents John. Safe travels to you both. I'll be thinking of you.

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