Overland from UK to Australia

Ollie and Jenny dropped by on route to Australia! Travelling in a well equipped Land Rover Defender 200Tdi, they are part of a growing band of people taking a career break, escaping the rat race and travelling huge distances. There is a real sense of freedom travelling and living from a vehicle that offers both transport and accommodation. Ollie and Jenny joined us for 3 days camping in our garden for some relaxation; sightseeing; wildlife watching; and meeting the locals. We had a BBQ the first evening which was a great opportunity to hear about their plans and route for their remarkable journey.

Ollie & Jenny relaxing in garden

Garden BBQ in Ojdula

Ollie enjoying a drink!

The Vrancea is an ideal introduction to the vast forests and mountain ranges of the Eastern Carpathians within Transylvania. The weather was wonderful and the views endless. This also gave Ollie and Jenny an ideal opportunity to test their Land Rover off tarmac and give their winch a dusting off too!

Dave giving Ollie a refresher on recovery techniques

Ollie winching out

Driving through the Vrancea

Ollie & Jenny driving through the Vrancea

No trip here seems complete without a wildlife watch. Where else in Europe can you drive into the mountains settle into a hide and watch wild bears! Ollie and Jenny decided on an overnight stay in a bear hide with makeshift beds, and with a full moon this meant that viewing could go on round the clock throughout night. We could never have wished to see so much and were treated to viewings of two bears, five wild boar and a fox. At one point during the night four wild boar grouped together and charged a bear at speed. The bear sensibly decided that making a run for cover was the best option under the circumstances! Unfortunately, with only moonlight available we couldn't catch much of the action on camera.

Ollie wildlife watching in the Vrancea

Ollie was determined not to fall asleep before seeing a bear and his patience paid off. The job of the person on watch was to wake and tell the others when something interesting was happening!

Jenny wildlife watching from hide in the Vrancea

Wildlife watching in the Vrancea

It was fascinating to see how much equipment could be packed into one Defender. Ollie and Jenny's journey may take two years to complete, so everything is designed for compact and long term living. A roof tent on top, cooker and kitchen utensils within along with spare parts and boxes that contained just about everything required day to day. They even had an on-board shower connected to their own water supply.

Dave, Ollie & Jenny relaxing in garden

Ollie demonstrating inbuilt shower unit

Jenny in Land Rover

One of the highlights of travelling is to meet local people to see how they live and to exchange experiences. Ollie and Jenny were welcomed by my neighbour Pista baci. He was on good form and Ollie and Jenny had a great time meeting his animals and sampling home made wine and Palinka.

Jenny, Ollie, Dave, Pista & Laura

Pista bacsi & Laura

Jenny with lamb

They even had the good luck to witness a wedding procession passing in front of our gates!

Ollie and Jenny have completed approximately 3000 miles so far, so before leaving David gave their vehicle an inspection before their onward journey.

Dave performing maintenance work on Ollie & Jenny's Defender

Ollie and Jenny continue their journey to Australia!