World Tour Cancelled

World Tour Cancelled

To all those that like to travel vicariously with Bridget and myself I apologise for the above heading, but it is unavoidable. The might of the united Russian Armed Forces, spreading terror and oppression, have caused such restrictions on free travel as to precipitate the cancelling of our tour. A minor inconvenience compared to the problems and suffering Putins' war is raining down on the people of Ukraine. To fully understand my reasons for cancelling the tour you really need to understand my motivation for travelling in the first place. In a word, Freedom. It is the capacity to be able to decide for myself in which direction I am going to travel, when I decide to travel, and in whatever manner I decide to travel. Not to have any person, or organisation, coercing me to go somewhere I have no wish to go, or preventing me from going where I desire. It is these parameters that provoked me on my...
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Countdown to Take-Off

Countdown to Take-Off

Psuedo travel over with, prepare for the real thing. For the past seven months, I have been acting as Club Manager for the MG Car Club but, clearly was making progress too fast and have been removed, because they were concerned about my health, or their own! So, I have dusted off Bridget and assessed what needs to be done to prepare her for another round-the-world tour. As can be seen in the above photo, she is sitting quite low on the rear suspension, so it will be new springs (the current ones are the originals and completed over 200,000 miles) and new hydroscopic shocks. Such modern upgrades! Also the front bumper (fender)anchor point welds have parted company so they will be rewelded. Other items include a brake system overhaul, check engine valves and seats and standard maintenance work. Regards the route, I really don't know. Most likely, is to follow the first leg of the original route planned for 2021 before...
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Pseudo Travelling

Pseudo Travelling

It's Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK. Had Bridget and I left as planned in June we would have been arriving in Vladavostok, Eastern Russia, this weekend and preparing for the ferry crossing to Japan in a weeks time. Instead I am working five days a week as the Club Manager for the MG Car Club in Abingdon and have only myself and the Covid pandemic to blame. I apologise therefore, for the lack of genuine travel reports and can only tell you of what had been planned on this first leg of this journey. As with most of my adventure runs it would have started routinely with a run across Europe to Turkey. I had planned to take in a few countries that I hadn't included on previous runs such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia. Then through Bulgaria and across the Turkish Border. From Istanbul I was going to follow the same route as I...
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JUNE 2022

JUNE 2022

  Since arriving back in the UK early in February, I have been finalising the plans for Bridget's Swansong Tour. Bridget is road ready, the route as finalised as I ever do, with the usual provisio that should the road to my left or right look more interesting then I shall follow it, and I have approached the embassies of many of the countries I shall travel through. I have kept one eye on Covid developments the whole time. Regrettably, I have had to face the fact that I am very unlikely to be able to enter many of the countries on route this year! Many borders are currently closed to leisure travellers, which is what they class me as, and those that will open before the end of the year will probably insist on a period of quarantine. A quick calculation of the number of border crossings on the planned route means quarantine at each would add 6 months to the...
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Winter Update

Winter Update

My winter sheltering is almost over. I know that originally I was going to stay in the Canary Islands until the end of March, but changed that to 1st March to give me plenty of time to prepare for the tour in June. Well, British Airways, who undertook to fly me to the islands and fly me back again, has changed that plan! I received an e-mail informing me that the return flight was cancelled; no alternative was offered or reason given. I contacted them and after listening to a recorded announcement assuring me amongst other things that I could " book with confidence", spoke to an operative who, after some prompting, transferred me to a flight scheduled to leave eight days early on the 20th February. One week later British Airways cancelled that flight too. This time they offered me no other flight in the e-mail and when I spoke to them was informed that they have "suspended the route for...
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