On Friday 13th December 2019, Boris Johnson swept into Downing Street with a decisive majority, crushing all hope of a second referendum or soft Brexit. It heralded the end of Freedom of Movement for UK citizens in the whole of the EU Schengen Visa Free Zone. The 90/180 rule would seriously limit our ability to travel for extended periods within the 26 countries currently members of Schengen.
“I’ve had enough of Britain. Let’s go to Mongolia!” I said to Mark.
I wasn’t joking.
On Monday 13th January 2020, the day after Mark’s birthday, we put down a deposit on The Beast. It was a shame that Sterling had dropped so much as we enter our new golden era of British Introversion Independence, otherwise it would have been a much sweeter deal.
The Beast is a Volvo N10, 6 x 4-wheel-drive, ex-army truck. Here is a link to her specification.
We intended to convert her into our new home, ready for our travels outside the EU and Schengen in 2021, although a few things conspired against us.
Before even collecting her in March 2020, our journey was eventful. Follow our progress as we work out how to get an unregistered Belgian truck, bought in The Netherlands back home to the UK when we were in Italy and Mark’s LGV licence expired in four months previously because, “We won’t be needing that, will we?!”
And then in March 2020, the world went into lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic…
Blogs About The Beast
A. The Purchase
In St Lucia on my 40th birthday, a local told us, “I wish I had a French passport, like they do on some other Caribbean islands, then I would be able to travel freely, wherever I want.” Effectively, he couldn’t leave the island. To travel almost anywhereContinue reading “Our Brexit Busting Plan”
‘Let he who is without carbon footprint cast the first stone’ If you follow my blog, you will know that the environment is high on our agenda. Travelling overland in a caravan or motorhome is already more eco-friendly than most methods of living, travel or holidaying. MarkContinue reading “Carbon Footprints & The Beast”
With the election of Boris Johnson and the prospect of Brexit becoming inevitable, we formulated a Brexit Busting plan. “Let’s go to Mongolia!” With Big Blue & Kismet, we truly did courageously split our infinitives and ‘Boldly Go Where No Van Has Gone Before’ – across theContinue reading “The Birth of The Beast – How To Source & Spec. an Overland Truck”
Decision made; we found the vehicle of our dreams; paid the deposit; specified a few extras that we wanted the dealer to install before we collected her… All that remains is to get her home.
Monday: Staffal – Pont St Martin As part of our Brexit-Busting plan to abandon Europe for Mongolia, Mark and I have bought a 24.5 tonne truck to convert into our new home. She is a Volvo N10. She is HUGE, so we named her The Beast. WeContinue reading “Collecting The Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 1 – Staffal to Rotterdam”
Tuesday: Rotterdam – Calais (By Accident) Mark was in Rotterdam. This was following THE most ill-fated, 26-hour overland journey from high in the Italian Alps to The Low Countries to collect The Beast, a 30-year old ex-army truck that is to become our new, all-terrain mobile home.Continue reading “Collecting the Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 2 – Rotterdam to Bournemouth”
B. The Conversion
Everyone knows Wayne. On our way to Romania, we stopped at a campsite in rural Hungary. The owner was British. He knew Wayne. One evening, as we were watching Ben Fogle’s documentary Harbour Lives on TV, Wayne popped up on our screen.Continue reading “Building The Beast: Expedition Truck Conversion Stage 1 – Insulation”
Mark and I have finally finished converting The Beast into our new home. To see how we did it, check out this animated slideshow on YouTube. If you want to come and see The Beast for yourself, she is on show thisContinue reading “Converting an Expedition Truck Slideshow”
C. Have A Look Around The Finished Product!
You might notice that I have been rather quiet of late and this is the reason. We have sold our main residence and packed up our life once again to hit the road in The Beast, our newly converted expedition truck. Due to Covid travel restrictions, our destination currently looks more Manchester than Mongolia, butContinue reading “A Preview of The Beast: Our New Expedition Truck!”
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