19-Mar-2005 -- This is a journey from Ulaanbaatar (UB) in Mongolia to Kirriemuir in Scotland, covering 110 degrees of longitude and visiting 15 CPs on the way. The story starts at 47°N 105°E. This is CP 15. The previous point is 60°N 10°E. This is the final episode.
I did not sleep well on the boat – I was worrying about customs at Newcastle – would they demand huge sums of tax and impound the car till I paid. I need not have worried – they were about to knock off and not interested in dealing with a “difficult” car import.
The question was postponed to Aberdeen next week.
From Newcastle I decided to show Erka Hadrian’s wall and visit the easiest point. We drove to Corbridge and wondered at the site of daffodils, picnickers and people wearing shorts; all very different from where we had been! The point is well documented already but we made our pilgrimage and then went to look at the most impressive part of the wall near Once Brewed. After that we headed north up the M74 and home.
The journey was about 10500km. We used about 1400 litres of fuel at a cost of 680 Euro and a mean fuel consumption of just under 8 km per litre. The journey took 21 days and we gained 8 hours during the travelling. We are both suffering from mild “car lag”. We visited 15 confluence points, of which 8 were "first complete visits".
• Summer would be better – camping, daylight and no snow.
• Avoid transit plates (if you can).
• Russia is not full of bandits – but the system is not user friendly.
• Lots of people are very helpful to idiots on a mission!
• If you want to do it – do it – no regrets and memories for a lifetime.