About This Site

This website records the overlanding and other travels of Nina and Rob Blackwell and covers a period from March 2009 to the present. The images above are just a taste of the photographic record of our travels. Click here to see all of our travel photos.

Most of the travel recorded here has been vehicle based, and undertaken as overlanding adventures. Over the years we have had a number of vehicles and we have grouped our travels into Adventures based on the vehicle used.

Below you will find a summary of each of the different adventures and links to detailed pages about those adventures.

Clicking here will take you to a consolidated map of all out adventures. Each marker on the map represents a 'camping' spot where we spent at least one night, and the different adventures are represented by different colors.

Finally we hope and plan that the adventures are not yet over.

Hence when we are exgaged in yet another adventure the section below entitled The Latest News will have summaries of the latest posts from which readers can link to the current adventure and all posts related to that adventure.

Our Adventures

Asia 2020 and 2023

At long last we are about to restart the Asia trip that was aborted by COVID19 in 2020.

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We will end 2019 with a cruise to the Antarctic aboard the Greg Mortimer. This is a new ship, having just completed its maiden voyage and is named after a famous (in Australia at least) mountaineer and antarctic traveler. ..... click to see more.


Our 2019 Australian adventure was sufficently successful that we are now living back in Australia, planning a new travel vehicle and some more Australian based exploration. The new vehicle is currently undergoing some modification and preparations and sometime in 2nd quarter of 2023 we will be able to do our first trials.

Stay tuned .. once it is in our hands we will give you a tour and run down.

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The Americas

This is the earliest adventure recorded on this website and started in March of 2009. At the time we were novices at this overlanding thing and really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. As it turned out .... read more

Around the World

Our longest overlanding adventure occupying approximately 5 years and taking us around the world from the far East of Canada, across North America, the Pacific Ocean to Eastern Russia, then through the Asian continent to explore Europe and then finally .... read more

Travels with our Earthroamer

After completing our The Americas adventure we mistakenly believed that we would not undertake any more vehicle based travel outside North America and with that mind set, in 2011 just after OverlandExpo, we purchased a used 2008 Earthroamer. However as plans .... read more

Motorcycle Adventures

In 2015 on our annual return to the US, I Robert, decided to get myself a motorcycle license (my first ever experiences with motos) and a year later (again on our annual return to the US) I bought my first motorcycle a 2011 BMW1200 GS. That same year that motorcycle presented me with a broken leg and thats why we did not return to Europe that year. It was probably inevitable .... click this link to read more.

The Latest News

Home (Sydney, Australia)

Journal entry for Friday 7th Apr, 2023 (day 45, miles 0)

Todays flight was scheduled for 20:15 so we had plenty of time on our hands. But the neighborhood around the hotel was a wierd mix of industrial, low income housing, agricultural and other stuff, so not encouraging to explore. In addition it was hot (36°C) again. So we contented ourselve relaxing mostly in the hotel.

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Bangkok Layover (Bangkok, Thailand)

Journal entry for Thursday 6th Apr, 2023 (day 44, miles 0)

Today could have been called a "day of waiting", a not unusual situation when travelling. The task today was to fly from Paro, Bhutan to an airport hotel in Bangkok to be in a position to catch a late afternoon flight to Sydney tomorrow. Because the flight was international we had to be at the airport at least 3 hours before flight time. Thus we left the hotel at 9:00am, arrived at the airport 9:20am (Paro is a small town and traffic is/was light). The airport is small with few flights and small planes, so by 9:45 we were checked in, through immigration and security and just waiting. Of course the flight was delayed to 12:15.

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Tshechu Paro (Paro, Bhutan)

Journal entry for Wednesday 5th Apr, 2023 (day 43, miles 0)

As I hinted a few days back Paro is currently hosting a festival called Tshechu which is being held in the grounds of Rinpung Dzong (the local traditional fort). The name "Tschechu" means "tenth day" as the festival is held on the 10th day of a month according to their Lunar calendar (It seems not all lunar calendars are the same). As this second link will indicate there are infact many Tshechu festivals in Bhutan many more than one per month, each in a different town. But it seems that the Tschechu in Paro and Thimphu are the largest. Each festival lasts for 4 days with a fixed schedule of events. On the last day of the festival (tomorrow when we will not be here) a large painting (98ft x 148ft) is unfurled.

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A day around the town (Paro, Bhutan)

Journal entry for Tuesday 4th Apr, 2023 (day 42, miles 0)

There was no organized sightseeing today. It was a day to recover from yesterdays climb and to spend the little energy we had just generally looking around the town of Paro and taking photographs of random but interesting things; such as meat lying on the counter in the butcher's shop, Rob getting a haircut, a man fixing the road with a hand trowel, a horse parked in the middle of the road.

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A Successful Finale (Paro, Bhutan)

Journal entry for Monday 3rd Apr, 2023 (day 41, miles 0)

The Tigers Nest or Taksang is a monastry built on the face of a cliff overlooking the Paro Valley and the only accessible route to it is by a walking track that involves a climb of approximately 600 meters/ 2000 feet. It is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Bhutan. It has been a goal (and perhaps for Nina even the focus of this trip) and a concern ever since we added Bhutan to this trip as an alternative to Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Why a concern? Because we were not sure whether the walking track was within our capability. Well today was the day and Nina got all the way to the Monastry and I got as far as the highest point on the track.

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