London to Sydney Overland Maps - 1

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London to Sydney Overland Maps - 1

In April 2012, I joined an EOE Overland truck (or rather 'Madventure Overland' as the company has strangely renamed itself) to embark on a 7 month overland journey from London, England to Sydney, Australia. (See the full route on the map below.) Starting in London, and continuing every driving day since then, I have been recording the route that the Madventure Overland truck has taken, using my Garmin GPSmap60Cx GPS receiver. In Kathmandu there was a 2 week break in the journey. The route maps below show the journey up to that point.

To see the day's route for any of the drive days, click on one of the 'Map' links below. The map page will open in a new browser window, and you can choose to overlay the route on a Google map, a terrain view, or on a cloud-free satellite photograph. You can then zoom in to see the exact path that the truck has taken. Note that there will be a gap in the coverage where the truck passed through a tunnel or similar. For a daily elevation, distance, time or speed profile, plus details of the totals reached for each day, click on one of the 'Report' links below.

DateCountryRoute
Notes
Route
Map
Route
Report
Distance
(km)
Apr 07th 2012UK/BelgiumLondon - AalstMap Report409
Apr 08th 2012Belgium/GermanyAalst - ErfurtMap Report677
Apr 09th 2012Germany/CzechErfurt - PragueMap Report381
Apr 11th 2012Czech/AustriaPrague - WienMap Report352
Apr 13th 2012Austria/HungaryWien - BudapestMap Report258
Apr 15th 2012Hungary/RomaniaBudapest - VidrasauMap Report581
Apr 16th 2012RomaniaVidrasau - BucharestMap Report425
Apr 18th 2012Romania/BulgariaBucharest - Veliko TurnovoMap Report235
Apr 20th 2012Bulgaria/TurkeyVeliko Turnovo - CorluMap Report422
Apr 21st 2012TurkeyCorlu - IstanbulMap Report115
DateCountryRoute
Notes
Route
Map
Route
Report
Distance
(km)
Apr 24th 2012TurkeyIstanbul - EceabatMap Report351
Apr 25th 2012TurkeyEceabat - DikiliMap Report256
Apr 26th 2012TurkeyDikili - SelcukMap Report196
Apr 29th 2012TurkeySelcuk - GolhisarMap Report352
Apr 30th 2012TurkeyGolhisar - FethiyeMap Report184
May 03rd 2012TurkeyFethiye - Antalya KorfeziMap Report242
May 06th 2012TurkeyAntalya Korfezi - AksarayMap Report603
May 07th 2012TurkeyAksaray - GoremeMap Report143
May 10th 2012TurkeyGoreme - NarliMap Report368
May 11th 2012TurkeyNarli - Nemrut DageMap Report247
DateCountryRoute
Notes
Route
Map
Route
Report
Distance
(km)
May 12th 2012TurkeyNemrut Dage - TatvanMap Report439
May 13th 2012TurkeyTatvan - DogubayazitMap Report268
May 14th 2012Turkey/IranDogubayazit - N38.630 E045.237Map Report191
May 15th 2012IranN38.630 E045.237 - TabrizMap Report130
May 16th 2012IranTabriz - Babak CastleMap Report185
May 17th 2012IranBabak Castle - NaminMap Report285
May 18th 2012IranNamin - MasulehMap Report277
May 20th 2012IranMasuleh - SarafjaganMap Report448
May 21st 2012IranSarafjagan - EsfahanMap Report263
May 24th 2012IranEsfahan - PersepolisMap Report477
DateCountryRoute
Notes
Route
Map
Route
Report
Distance
(km)
May 25th 2012IranPersepolis - YazdMap Report433
Jun 09th 2012IndiaAmritsar - DharamsalaMap Report208
Jun 12th 2012IndiaDharamsala - AmbalaMap Report378
Jun 13th 2012IndiaAmbala - DelhiMap Report200
Jun 16th 2012IndiaDelhi - JaipurMap Report268
Jun 18th 2012IndiaJaipur - AgraMap Report250
Jun 20th 2012IndiaAgra - VaranasiMap Report618
Jun 23th 2012India/NepalVaranasi - ButwalMap Report365
Jun 24th 2012India/NepalButwal - ChitwanMap Report149
Jun 26th 2012India/NepalChitwan - PokharaMap Report150
Jun 29th 2012India/NepalPokhara - KathmanduMap Report207
DateCountryRoute
Notes
Route
Map
Route
Report
Distance
(km)

The above distances add up to a total truck distance of 12986 km, though this total may be a 100 or so kilometres short, due to a few short missing sections where batteries had to be changed or the GPS receiver turned itself off un-noticed once or twice. Lets say a total of 14,000 was travelled by me in the truck from London to Kathmandu. The section from Yazd to Amritsar was not recorded, so the distance for that is not included in the total.

Other Notes: Some explanation is required for the rather strange route, and the various sections that had to be flown over. Initially, we had intended to drive all the way from London to Singapore by truck, then a boat to Bali, a flight to Darwin, and complete the final leg of the trip to Sydney by land. However, as is often the case on lenghty Overland journeys, political events overtook us and made this route impossible. For the first upset, the Pakistan High Commission in London quite arbitrarily refused visas for some of the passengers that would allow them to enter Pakistan via the Iran land border. Other people on the truck were issued these visas by the London office, but 7 of the passengers were refused. No reason was given for this unequal treatment by the Pakistanis. It would have been possible for the 7 to get a Pakistan visa for entry via air to Islamabad, but the people concerned all felt that this was too expensive for little obvious benefit, so declined the offer and flew from Yazd to Tehran, then from Tehran via Abu Dhabi to New Delhi, India. Whilst waiting for the truck to arrive from Pakistan, 5 of us had a 10 day side-trip through the mountains of the lower Himalaya, meeting the truck again in Amritsar.

The second upset came when the Chinese government refused to issue visas to any British or Austrian citizens that would permit entry to Tibet. The Chinese were annoyed at the recent visit by H.H. the Dalai Lama to Britain, where he met the Prime Minister David Cameron, and others. No doubt they also do not want foreigners to see the current mood of the Tibetan people, or witness the measures taken to keep the Tibetan people under control, so visas for this area have been refused. This has meant a big change in our Overland journey. The truck was left in Kathmandu, and the passengers had to fly from there to Beijing. The rest of the journey, as far as Darwin, is now to be done on public transport, and there will be no camping until Darwin. To lighten the load as we carry all our belongings on bus and train, I have had to post my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and thermal clothing to meet us in Darwin.

Route of London to Sydney Overland Expedition.All .gpx files featured on this page are available for personal licensing - this means that you can purchase them for your own uses. Please Contact Me for prices and details. All photos from the journey can eventually be seen at my GnomePlanet stock travel photography website, but this may take a while, so why not check out the Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia, and India travel photos that are already there. Route Reports come courtesy of uTrack - the online GPX track report generator.