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Last update: Monday, September 05, 2005

162 Days in the East


Actual / Planned Progress

February 2001


January 2001

Yemen backpacked...and more.

December 2000

SUPRISE: We're heading back for Yemen...only we,ve left our camper at home in the Netherlands and packed our gear in two backpacks...and FLY to avoid the problematic border crossings with Saudi-Arabia and Yemen with their burocratic rules, visa problems and border closure because of the recent outbreak of the Rift Valley Virus.

November 2000

Via Syria to Turkey back up to Greece.... And thinking how we can change our plans for the comming months.

October 2000

Turkey-Syria-Yordan, with Petra as one of our most beautiful experiences, and Aquaba as our most Southern point of destination.

September 2000

Iran and the first real experience of the middle east...

August 2000

On the road via Italy to Greece and Turkey.

July 2000

29 July: Farewell party at "De Lucht" restaurant. Saying byebye
to our family, friends and sponsors.
Last little things like cleaning the house etc
See text
In the news: Eindhovens Dagblad newspaper
Instruct our webmasters Ard & Marlous
Get maintenance instructions from the Nissan dealer
Get Carnet de Passage
Collect visum for the UAE

June 2000

Collect visum for Iran
Testdrive went well ; Car handles perfectly!.
In the news : Auto Totaal, a weekly car magazin for Eindhoven

May 2000

Installation of Long Ranger diesel tank (See provisions section)
Installation of Old Man EMU leafsprings
Globetrotters weekend in Holland (e-mail us for info)
Installation of
T15 TJM Bullbar
In the news : Outdoor magazin may 2000 issue
In the news : Brabants Dagblad newspaper

April 2000

Installation of Siemens Solar cells
Installation of dieselfilter
Installation of
AirTec snorkel
AJV Air suspension

March 2000

Finally got to see the 125L dieseltank.
Our webmasters :
Ard en Marlous <giechel> who will  be updating this page from 1 august till 1 februari 2001.
Our 4th sponsor has joined.
"De Lucht" in Bruchem
Added a
dutch version of our website
Continuing the
Arranged document for an ADAC
Carnet de Passage
Contacting possible new
Thinking about a few minor
interior modifications

February 2000

Another sponsor has joined: "J.A. Lucas" in Almelo
Eqypt to our route
Finally found a diesel fuel tank ! See
Found a supplier for solar cells and air suspension
Found a home for our
cats for 6 months
Looking for a webmaster when we're on the road
Started an Arabic language course  :-)
Investigated the insurance part of our trip. (See

January 2000

Rescheduled our plans to start the the trip at the 1st of august 2000.
Announced the sabbatical to our employers. (See
work section)
Our first sponsor : "
Sibex" in Rosmalen.
Realised that our diesel fuel capacity is not sufficient, started preps for installing a bigger fuel tank.
Started the Visa hunt :-) See

December 1999

First release of this webpage

November 1999

Started building this webpage

October 1999

First preleminary (financial) plans for a 6 month trip in the first half of 2001

September 1999

Starting with small preparations

August 1999

First thoughts of making a trip to the Middle-East with our camper.

June 1999

Announced our plans with family and close friends, date however still uncertain about the where and when.

June 1999

Joined a dutch globe trotter weekend at the Veluwe
(Contact us for details)

Nov 1998

First idea for making a long trip, timeframe somewhere in 2001.