Monday, 16 November 2015

Our Long Drive Home - Episode 5 - China

The long awaited Episode 5 that shows Mike and Jess as they leave the car behind in Ulaanbaatar, and start to make their way down through China as their adventure to Australia continues.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Our Long Drive Home - Episode 4

This is the forth episode of Our Long Drive Home, watching Jess and Mike drive through the crazy Mongolian wilderness to the capital Ulaanbaatar.

Hope you enjoy x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Our Long Drive Home - Episode 3

This is the third episode of Our Long Drive Home for you to watch.

Going from Uzbekistan to the Mongolian border.

Hope you enjoy x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Our Long Drive Home - Episode 2

So we have the second episode of Our Long Drive Home for you to watch.

Going from Romania to Uzbekistan.

Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Our Long Drive Home - Episode 1

So we thought we had better start to upload our videos to our blog. We currently have 3 episodes completed and we are working on episode 4 now.

Please enjoy Episode 1 of Our Long Drive Home.

It goes without saying that we hope you enjoy this episode as well as those to come soon.


Mike and Jess x

Monday, 9 December 2013

Arriving Home

When we booked our flight to Australia we then had a vague idea what time we would be arriving into Sydney, and noting that it coincided with the beginning of Australian Summer time we organised a BBQ for Sunday Dec 1st 2013 and had pledged to be in Sydney for it.

Even after my sleepless night in A&E we were too close to let this mishap get the better of us, and after the doctors finally let me go in the morning we heading back to Mike's Aunt and Uncles to pack up our things and make our way down to Bronte beach.

Of course in true form we get some calls from our friends saying that it had started raining over in the Eastern Suburbs and Bronte Beach.

So, unfortunately we had to cancel the BBQ, but with our spirits still riding high we made a few phone calls and relocated everyone to the new venue in Bondi Beach. North Bondi RLS has an awesome view of Bondi, great food and cheap beer.  After a big trip, and arriving back home, what more could you ask for.

Before we made our way to the Eastern Suburbs we did a quick detour and drove down to say hello to the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Nothing like ending your trip with a view of Sydney's beautiful harbour there in front of you.

After sitting down for a while and letting the last six months of our trip finally sink in we finally got back in the car and made our over the hill towards Bondi.

We were feeling a whole lot of emotions, sad that the trip is over, happy to be back home and seeing friends and loved ones. As we pulled up to the bar we started to see a lot of familiar faces and places.

The sun was shining and the beers flowed, we were swamped with huge smiles and hugs from everyone. We swapped stories and caught up with everyone until we shared together a beautiful Bondi sunset. We couldn't have asked for a better last day of our trip.

It feels sad to say its all over, but this stage of the adventure has unfortunately come to an end. However, now we have the time to reflect about the last 6 months, put together all the footage from our trip and start to figure out what to do next.

Its good to be home.

 We would love to thank everyone for all of your support over the last six months during the planning stages of our trip, arriving in the UK to get everything sorted back in June, to the sponsors and everyone who donated towards our charities and to everyone who has read and followed our blog along the way.

We really hope you enjoyed reading our adventure as it unfolded and the ups and downs we had along the way.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Rain, Beers and A Night In A&E

We woke pretty early to the sound of torrential rain belting down onto our tent.

Having the tent on top of the car has been a real gem as several times where we have parked up for the night it has flooded and if we were on the ground we most certainly have been washed away.

We were both egging each other with who was going to go out first and assess just how bad it was outside and check it our belongings we stupidly left out were still there.

I of course pulled the short straw and flew down the ladder and sheltered under then tent.  The rain was getting heavier so we decided to make a move now before it got tricky.

We had originally planned to spend a night around Port Stephens for our last night but due to mother nature not playing nice we gave them a call Mike's aunt and uncle to see if they would have us for two nights instead.

Fortunately they seemed ok with us gatecrashing a day early but we still arrived at their house feeling very sorry for ourselves. However they were so happy to see us we soon cheered up, slumped on their comfy sofa with the biggest cup of tea in hand or in Mike's case, beer!

After camping all the way from Darwin for a month and basically living in the tent and car we realised that we hadn't sat on a sofa in very long time and it took a lot of persuading for us to finally be moved. But with full bellies and slightly fuzzy heads we headed off to bed.

The following morning the sun was shining and we had a productive day ahead of us, mainly cleaning out the car.

But first up we went to watch Mike's cousin Dom play in his soccer match for the Central Coast Mariners.  It was a tense game with a nail biting second half.  Unfortunately they lost, but it was awesome to see Dom play again.

Once the game was over and the car was good as new we sat down and thought a delicious Thai takeaway would be the bee's knees after a long day.

We opened up the starters which seemed to be going down well until my throat started to feel funny.  I instantly knew that they had been cooked in peanut oil. Ever since I was little I have been severely allergic to all nuts, especially peanuts.

So we jumped in the car and made our way to A&E.  I was pretty angry at myself for not double checking properly if the food was cooked in peanut oil, especially as I was in hospital before we went away on our trip for the same thing.

After a few hours in A&E they decided to keep me in over night so they could monitor me. How we got through the entire of South East Asia without this happening I'll never know, and I'll never live down the fact that the first time it happens is within kilometres of Sydney Harbour Bridge.