Month: September 2011

Fatman-Overlands’ Latest Recruits

Alert as always!

Fatman-Overland has recruited another two members!

The Princess Twiglet

The Princess Twiglet

Twiglet North will be replacing the sadly deceased Sarge (who gave his life (or at least his stuffing) for us in the DRC) to undertake guarding duties. She also brings other skills to her new role such as: Licking, Tail-wagging, Rolling over and begging to be rubbed (also useful in tripping people up) and general staring at things.

She admits to being new at this “travelling” thing but has already been to Wales (which was wet and cold) where she was introduced to the fun of living in a tent which she took to like a duck to water, to Holland where she managed to gatecrash a wedding and France where she was able to truly appreciate the many finer things in life!

She also says that if any of our readers see us anywhere she would love a stroke (and also a treat!) 🙂

The second new team member is Delta ‘Da D-Man’ North who is joining us as our new customer liaison officer. The skills he brings are the sad cocker spaniel eyes, semi-lethal tail wags and the almost unmatched ability to trail water all over the place after drinking it. Like his ‘sister’ Twiglet he has been to France where he managed to see the sea for the first time and declared it ‘slightly too salty’ for his taste! He is looking forward to tasting lots of water in lots of exotic places and then depositing it wherever it might be needed.

Da D-Man

Da D-Man

Enjoy the adventure people!

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Exped 3 – The search starts

Ok so we have settled back in after our Africa 2010 adventure. Life is more or less back to normal, one of the bikes (the Transalp) is fixed and back running again. The BMW, unfortunately and inexplicably, got to the UK more damaged than when we crated it up in South Africa and we are working out whether it is better to pay out the money to fix it or to put it out of its and our misery (BMW please note – when you market a bike as a big expedition bike please make sure it can actually stand up to an expedition!).

Anyway we are now thinking about the future and have decided that we want to invest in a four-wheeled vehicle for long-distance touring. Obviously we are only in the initial stages of planning for this, our main idea is to get a 4×4 and slowly kit it out in phases and use shorter tours (i.e. of the UK/Europe etc.) to test the setup and see what works and what doesn’t. This vehicle will become fatman-overlands’ “EXPED 3” (Exped 1 & 2 are the bikes – which we shall be keeping unless the fatman decides to undertake a Viking sacrifice on the BMW!) . We are uncertain whether Exped 3 will be our final, totally kitted out expedition vehicle or just a test bed but one thing we do know is that we are going to have fun trying things out with it. 🙂

In addition to describing the planning, purchase and fitting out of Exped 3, we will also use the blog to document our progress and to give our views on the equipment we have chosen.

As we said we are only in the first stages of thinking about the vehicle but already 4 vehicle types have become our main areas of investigation. These are:

  1. Toyota Landcruiser Model 75/78 – This would be our ideal expedition vehicle especially if it was fitted with the 4.2l diesel engine but these are incredibly difficult (and expensive) to find in the UK.
  2. Landrover Defender 110 – Yes we know many of you are shaking their heads at the mention of a Landrover but they do undertake long expeditions and some of them also make it back 🙂 – Besides which we both have a soft spot for the Landies.
  3. Toyota Hilux Surf Generation 3 – These are older (1990s) import only (from Japan) vehicles. The generation 3’s are based on the landcruiser chassis and have a lot to recommend them – the main downside is their age.
  4. Toyota Hilux Double Cab – An unusual option maybe but we know (from personal experience) that they are more than capable of long distance expeditions. More than that they are tough, very very tough – we know of one that made it through Angola with broken rear leaf springs – try that in a chelsea taxi!

So what we are presently doing is investigating each of these: price, availability, cost of spares and equipment etc. We will keep you informed of our progress (if we manage to make any)

Until then happy adventuring!

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