Monthly Archives: May 2014

The trip in statistics

map of our route

map of our route as featured on the side of Lara – the red line from the permanent (?!) marker had to be replaced many, many times as it keeps fading when people trace it…

(For a more detailed route, check the individual country maps on their respective pages under the ‘Countries‘ menu. There we have the Google map of our route and you can zoom in to see where exactly we drove. Or for an overview on a world map have a look at our tripline.)

So, we made it and over the past few months we had many people asking many questions regarding kilometers, budget and dates (the calendar variety, not the edible ones). So we’ve done our best to answer all and satisfy your curiosity.

We’ll start with the most important one – how many kilometers did we drive and who won the bet? We had 24 people take a wild guess at the ultimate number of kilometers driven. Here they are in ascending order …

  • Jessie – 23,000
  • Gillian – 24,414
  • Theo de Badts – 26,354.7
  • Jens – 29,000
  • Hans and Dini – 29,653
  • Bron Larner and Seane – 30,001
  • Nico – 31,945
  • Sandra – 32,000
  • Annie de Badts – 32,500
  • Riet – 33,111
  • Todd – 33,824
  • Peter – 33,940
  • Niels – 34,000
  • Helmuth & Eugenie – 35,000
  • Mark Porter – 36.724,3
  • Regine – 34,946
  • Mick Weir – 43,782               38,000-ish if you were in a Toyota but you’ll have to take the long way round a few hazards…;-)
  • Karen Staudte – 44,444
  • John Leyland – 45,000
  • Tara – 47,480
  • Tanya Vautier – 52,626          with plenty of additional adventure kms via foot, paddle, bike or beast along the way
  • Tim McInerny – 56,476
  • Joel Day – 100,000
  • Sally Leyland – 100,000


odometer finish

odometer finish

odometer start

odometer start











And (drum roll please…) our total was 52,499km from our starting point in the port of Kuala Lumpur to our final destination in Penshurst – a small village south of London where Jon’s sister lives which is almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian. This means Tanya won with her guess of 52,626km. Nice guess Tanya, only 127km out and spot on about the plenty of additional adventure kilometers via foot, paddle, bike or beast we also did – we have your prize here at home, brought with us from an exotic location and we’ll have to find a way to get it to you!

We managed to drive this distance in 301 days, making it an average of 174km per day through 27 countries crossing 33 borders (just under half of these countries are European – the section we drove in just over 3 weeks…).

Our longest day (in kilometers) was already made in Thailand: 669km on Jon’s birthday, and we even managed to catch up for lunch with friends (Guy & Cheryl) coming the other way! We did come close to breaking that record in Europe with 664km driving from Slovenia to Stuttgart in one day and another 647km from Stuttgart to Paris the next. Here’s the totals for each country with China easily standing out as the country where we drove most kilometers, and we only drove south to north…

kilometers driven per country

kilometers driven per country

There was a reasonably good correlation between the kilometers driven and time spent per country – Jon kept a relentless pace and there was no slacking off, after all you don’t get to do this kind of trip very often…

number of days in each country, the green is the number of days we spent the second time in that country

number of days in each country, where we visited a country twice, we have shown the split

Some more random statistics of our trip:

  • 0 punctures! (we can certainly recommend BF Goodrich tyres)
  • 1 breakdown (Mongolia)
  • 6,031 litres of diesel (if we had flown direct, we would have used ~1,000 litres)
  • 11.5 liters per 100km on average (equivalent to 24.6 mpg)
  • 2 police fines ($25 ea) – no prizes for guessing who got these…
  • 2 stomach upsets for Jude
  • 1 stomach upset for Jon
  • 1 attempted break in
  • 0 actual break-ins
  • 8% of the trip in rain
  • 23% of the trip on ‘bad’ roads
  • most southerly point: Singapore
  • most easterly point: Beijing
  • most northerly point: Lake Baikal
  • most westerly point: London
  • 22,580 photos taken (a mere average of 75 a day for 301 days straight…)
  • 1480 video clips taken (Jon is very keen to start editing…)
  • countless acts of generosity from strangers
  • dozens of new friends made

Not everything will be disclosed here. We may have had the odd argument, but who’s counting?

‘On road’ costs of $100/day (quite incredibly on budget….)

On road costs means everything we spent during the 301 days traveling, including diesel, accommodation, food, tourist attraction fees (yep, also our advanced diving course), Lara repairs and even replacing our camera after Jude dropped it.

There are of course some additional costs involved in a trip like this (Lara preparation, shipping to and from Australia, carnet de passage for Lara, insurances, medical preparation, visas, satphone, GPS, camera etc etc etc), but those were not made during the 301 days we were out there and are not included in the ‘on road’ costs.

This is the breakdown of where our hard earned money was spent on the trip:

what did we spent our money on...

what did we spent our money on (%)…

France had the most expensive tolls, tourist attractions were most expensive in China, food was most expensive in Kazakhstan, accommodation was most expensive in Uzbekistan and diesel was most expensive in Turkey and cheapest in Iran.

This blog now contains 99 posts, has 167 subscribers and has had more than 40,000 views – thanks everybody! Our most viewed blog post was ‘The dream becomes a nightmare‘, where we wrote about our break-down in Mongolia. Our most active ‘commenter’ was Regine, closely followed by Phil Tudhope and Peter Hosie. To complete the top 5 we can add Annie & Theo and Jude’s sister Sandra from our Dutch audience. Together you all commented more than 600 times – thanks for every single one of them!

But when all is said and done, the statistics are incidental – unless we had blown the budget, which would have been a whole other matter! The trip was about fulfilling a shared dream, challenging ourselves, encouraging one another when we doubted the path, and sharing the highs and lows over the most incredible 10 months we have ever had.

one of 22,580 photos...

one of 22,580 photos…

This is not quite the end of the road for the blog, as we would like to share with you the administrative fun that was returning home.