Winter 2016-17 – West and South Africa Morocco to South Africa overland with Oasis Overland, a UK company. This is a tour using big trucks, camping and cooking our own food. Almost all visas are obtained on the road. The trip starts in London, we fly to Gibraltar and then drive through Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Namibia and end in Cape Town South Africa. I then hope to stay for 1-2 months to finish seeing more of South Africa and add as many countries as I can – Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles???
January 2018 – 2020 – Europe.
Schengen Visa issues. Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Note that four non-EU states – Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein – members. Within the EU, only the UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus are outside Schengen.
2018: Jan-April: Sicily, Italy, south France, Atlantic Coast France
April–July: United Kingdom, Ireland. West Highland Way May
July-October: Scandinavia: Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
October-January 2019: Belarus, Moldavia, Ukraine, Balkans, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia
2019: February-April: Greece, Italy,
May-July: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iran (reverse)
Aug-October: N Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic
November-December: Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey
Spring/Summer 2020 – USA (Midwest, New England, Great Lakes) & Canada (Quebec, Labrador/Newfoundland, Nova Scotia)
Drive Midwest-NE USA: N Dakota, S Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Chicago, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New England.
Drive Quebec/Labrador/Newfoundland, Nova Scotia: Gaspe Peninsula, Baie-Comeau, Hwy 369 to Labrador City, across Labrador, Newfoundland, ferry to Nova Scotia, all of Nova Scotia except Cape Breton.
Drive home: New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Canada.
Alternate Driving Route: Down West coast USA to San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Colorado Plateau, New Mexico (Gila), New Orleans, Mid West.
2021: East Africa: Cairo to Cape Town Overland
2022: Australia Overland
2023: Drive from Australia via Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China to Pakistan and India (Ladakh in August, Kashmir). Overland
1. S America
a. NW Argentina and Salto area: Quebrada del Toro – a gorge that winds NW from Salto through lush forest into polychromatic rock landscape of high-altitude desert. Tren a las Nubes (train to the clouds) – one of world’s highest railways, from Salto to La Polvorilla viaduct (4220m) and back – but renting a car gives more freedom as goes alongside track and past track’s end.
c. Guyanas (do at end of Caribbean?)
2. India: Ladakh, Kashmir, seven NW states // Pakistan: Enter at Lahore, exit Korakorum to Kashgar.
3. Armenia, Georgia, Azerbajan, Turkmenistan (via Caspian – 5 day transit visa – exit Ashbagat), Iran
4. Turkey, Iraq Kurdistan
5. More Africa: East Africa, North Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia
7. South Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Is, Vanuatu, Fiji, Western and American Samoa, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Micronesia,
8. Kalimantan, Sumatra Indonesia,
9. Caribbean: Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis
US – Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands
UK – British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Anguilla
France – Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy
Kingdom of the Netherlands – Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten, Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba)
10. Japan: Hokkaido, mountains and north Honshu