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Silver Travel Book Club - Book of the Month - September 2019

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Fossil wrote:

Fossil
21:46 23-Sep-19
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Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

The August thread is locked, so have I missed who won the prize for that month?

There is now a separate thread to announce winners Gill as people were still posting on threads after the competition was closed and complaints were received. This is the link to the thread.

Thanks for the info. @Fossil – I didn’t realise there was a separate thread for that.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

The August thread is locked, so have I missed who won the prize for that month?

There is now a separate thread to announce winners Gill as people were still posting on threads after the competition was closed and complaints were received. This is the link to the thread.
https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/forums/prizes-and-events/7588-silver-travel-book-club-monthly-prize-winners

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The August thread is locked, so have I missed who won the prize for that month?

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

The Last Overland team are over 10% of the way on their epic journey from Singapore to London, the reverse journey of the original First Overland expedition made more than 60 years ago.

Tim Slessor’s book First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover is this month’s Silver Travel Book Club read, and rather remarkably Tim is also in the current expedition, in one of the Land Rovers used in 1955.

They left Singapore on Sunday 25th August and plan a triumphant arrival in London 100 days later, after driving more than 16,000km across varied, challenging terrain.

You can follow The Last Overland’s progress on their website, on Twitter and on Facebook, and here’s how to win a copy of the First Overland book:

Tell us about your own overland journey, whether made independently or as part of an organised group. It needn’t be quite as extreme as the First Overland route, but what made your own experience so memorable?

Hello @Ozdevon and thanks for telling us about your own Overland trip, from Kathmandu to the UK in 1978. Three months, ‘so many memories, so many different countries and iconic sites.’ Which ones left the deepest impressions, I wonder? Would love to hear a little more about your epic Overland adventure.

The Last Overland team are making good progress on their quest to return one of the original Land Rovers used in the 1955 First Overland trek, from Singapore to London, and have just left Myanmar. Don’t forget you can follow their journey on Twitter or on Facebook.

This month’s Silver Travel Book Club book of the month is First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover, and here’s how to win a copy of the book:

Tell us about your own overland journey, whether made independently or as part of an organised group. It needn’t be quite as extreme as the First Overland route, but what made your own experience so memorable?

In 1978 I came to the UK overland from Kathmandu. It was an organised adventure taking about three months, mainly camping. It would be great to read “First Overland” to compare the two journeys. So many memories and we saw so many different countries, iconic sites etc that just opened your senses.

Travel broadens the mind…..but also the butt if you chose not to walk

I prefer overland on the slow lane, by walking! We have walked the West Highland Way this May in glorious weather and the most memorable thing was the wildlife and the fantastic highland views. Red squirrels in the distance up trees, and even a pine marten – the later an amazing sight at dusk, as we were in Crianlarich bouncing over the lawn, by our accommodation. The light on Loch Lomond as you clamber along the remoter eastern shore the full length.

When you walk overland on a long distance trail, and we have done Coast to Coast, Ridgeway, Pennine Way and others you feel you are crossing a country as our forebears must have done. The Ridgeway on a days walk seemed to go from Iron Age fort to fort, so the shelter at the end of a full day out in the countryside was at a natural high vantage safe haven! No doubt cattle and sheep were driven down these green lanes in the past to market, Roman centurions marched along Hadrians Wall where the Pennine Way joins for a section and the past is joined in the present journey.

And if you prefer to follow the team on their amazing Last Overland trip from Singapore to London on Facebook, here’s the link.

Here’s a glimpse of how the team are progressing:

4th September:
It’s the same old 1950s car, and the same old 1950s road in some places, but The Last Overland: Singapore to London Team have allowed themselves a few 21st century luxuries!

Dehydration is a serious problem out on the open road for months on end with no air-conditioning, particularly out here in South East Asia where it’s pushing 40 degrees. Getting a cold drink is essential to keeping this show on the road.

Luckily our mates at Dometic have kitted us out with awesome fridges, which keeps our water chilly even if we’re cooking! Thanks guys, we’re raising a beer to you out here (we’ve tucked a few of those in too of course…

3rd September:
“Oxford swerved, went into a bad skid, spun around, and ended the manoeuvre pointing in the wrong direction. When she had almost stopped, she leaned a bit, made up her mind and toppled right over.” Tim Slessor, First Overland, Thailand – February 1956.

Luckily, 63 years later Oxford has arrived in Bangkok the right way up! She and The Last Overland: Singapore to London team were treated like royalty, shepherded into town by the Land Rover Owners Club of Thailand and treated to lunch at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club .

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