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What has happen to the adventurism with Defender owners.

Discussion in 'Expeditions' started by mikescuba, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. mikescuba

    mikescuba Well-Known Member

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    No one seems to be planning any trips to places like Morocco or even Portugal. What's happen, or am I looking in the wrong place.
     
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    You're not wrong Mike. For a forum with 115,000 members you would expect a bit more expedition activity.

    Maybe they're all using Alas overland or trailmasters as I have had only one taker (thank you James & Sarah) for the trips I have offered here in the past.

    For this year I am joining 'Spanish4x4.com' for a weeks offroading 24th to 31st May. Feel free to join us.
     
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    SCANDINAVIA in May
    ICELAND in September
    USA in 2018 to see the old beast off.

    Why own a defender if you don't let it off the lead???

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    South Africa/Namibia/Botswana in August - anyone else!!.
     
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    Why is adventurism exclusive to Defender owners? Or does driving an uncomfortable, unreliable vehicle add something to the illusion?
     
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    Well on my last trip the 80 series cracked its front axle and support bracket and a few days earlier lost all its ATF fluid and had to be left for a while in a remote location so it was lucky my Defender was there to assist.
     
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    Hi Mike,
    I'm up for another trip somewhere. Been a tad busy of late, but the old motor is still in good shape and ready to go again.
    Cheers
    Adam
     
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    I've travelled to many places, but now I've had enough, there are plenty of places in the UK I haven't been, where beer is available or cheaper. The police and everyone else doesn't need bribing. I can understand a menu and what people are saying. If all else fails I can call the RAC, or an ambulance...
     
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    I go to the Pyrenees at least twice a year.
    This year I also have Corsica & Morocco planned.
    .Marc
     
  10. mikescuba

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    I would like to do the Morocco Atlantic side at some point. or failing that Spain/Portugal. Are you tied to any specific dates.
     
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    I had thought of the Pyrenees, do you go solo or in an organised tour.
     
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    I have always gone solo.........I'm a Yorkshire man you know.:)Too tight to pay someone else to guide.
    Marc
     
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    i've often dreamed of touring europe

    it seems the best thing is to go with a pre planed company who organises these

    would be an ambition of mine to take a trip like this

    alas though would have to have my dogs with me , that's another question and nightmare concerning dog passports

    one day and live in hope
     
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    I'd love to go with others,but living here in France,freinds I have with interest in off roading are either in the UK or always seem to have work comitments.
    I suppose I'm lucky,as I'm self employed,so,when I want to go,I just pack the truck & off I go.
    Marc.
     
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    Stuart
    There is no problem taking your dogs,it's very straight forward going through customs with them.
    Everywhere in Europe is much more dog freindly the the UK.So you can take them on all campsites,most hotels & restaurants.
    Just go for it.
    Marc.
     
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    cheers

    being a widower they've become great company

    seeing i now own a D3 feel that it will be capable in doing the european off road events

    been researching through the advice etc in what i need to do ref the dogs etc and there passports

    got a decent tent so that doesn't bother me, also as there's quite a bit of room on the disco feel it would be any hardship to kip in there overnight

    has been an ambition for so many years , the kids are all grown up and married so it's just me and the dogs

    would be just a fantastic adventure and one that i know i must do, its only the funds that hold me back

    imagine a trip across europe would be at least 5k
     
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    Hi Stuart
    I'd say you could have a great European trip for a fraction of that.
    Especialy if your camping.
    Marc
     
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    been looking through so many different companies

    it would be fine with me to rough it for the entire trip

    hopefully stopping off so could at least have a shower here or there , making me feel human again

    don't know how much prep the disco would need maybe a raised snorkel and sump guards

    would be such a great trip, pleasing myself and having a great laugh along the way
     
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    Off road prep would depend on which routes you were looking to do.
    I have done routes all over Northern Portugal, Spain & Pyrenees that you could easily do in a Disco 3 with no mods at all.
    Have a look at,Picos de Europa.Bardenas Reales,& Val d Arran.
    That is a great trip in itself.
    Marc
     
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    Once you have your doggy passport its no problem. My friend used to take his dog to Morocco every year. He wouldn't go without him. The dog used to keep all the Moroccans away. Best security you can have.
     
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