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A 32-Year-Journey Around the World - With No End in Sight!

 
(see chronological sequence see: Statistics > "More information" and "The Journey's Chronological Sequence" and "Countries")
 

It began with a dream on the part of a Swiss couple, Emil and Liliana Schmid: to have a year free from schedules to explore the world, remote backroads, unique cultures and peoples, and the beauty of nature. The dream grew into an epic reality with the purchase of a Toyota LandCruiser FJ60 in 1982 and the couple's departure in October 1984. Destination: Montreal in Canada.

North and South America  -  1984-1988

One year soon proved insufficient for traveling throughout North America and Central America, and after two years, 98'000 km/61'000 miles and seven countries, even incidents with guerrillas and bandits could not deter them and their faithful vehicle.

They embarked on a 66'000 km/41'000 miles/10 countries circumnavigation of scenic and challenging South America. From Tierra del Fuego, their two year jaunt carried them through deserts, volcanoes, glaciers, swamps and the Amazon Jungle.

From Africa to "No Worries"  -  Australia 1989-1992

Their travel bugs still biting, Schmid's continued on to Africa, all 97'000 km/60'000 miles and 34 countries, with challenges from mud-choked roads to 200-meter/600 ft-high sand dunes and rewards like brilliant desert nights under the stars, the awakening jungle at dawn, and the diversity of traditions and customs.

After Africa's excitements, Australia was a welcome vacation as the Schmid's explored the deserted West, the rugged South, the green East, and the hot North, taking advantage of the adventures offered by the Outback tracks (39'000 km/24'000 miles).

Asia and the Middle East  -  1993-1995

The jump into Asia was a thrilling change: The stunning temples, sandy beaches and deep jungle, along with the kind people are memories of this region.

As they traveled to the Middle East, they were greeted with endless deserts, fascinating architecture, safe passage and deep Arab tradition.

Europe and entering the Guinness Book of Records  -  1996-1998

After traveling through 100'000 km/62'000 miles and 28 countries in Asia, the Schmid's crossed the Ural Mountains in 1995, returning to Europe. Their travels through this culturally rich continent lasted three years. From Gibraltar to the North Cape of Norway, they traveled through 45 countries and 84'000 km/52'000 miles. It was at the Vatican, the smallest state in the world, when in May 1997 they achieved a triple lead in the Guinness Book of Worldrecords: for the most countries, the most kilometers and the most years in a single car (www.guinnessworldrecords.com). Until now they visited 169 countries, driving >656'000 km/408'000 miles during over 26 years.

Arabia, Far East and Northern America  -  1999-2000

Europe could not hold the Schmid's any longer. In January 1999, they headed to Arabia for the third time - to the U.A.E. and Oman. This fascinating corner of the world was love at first sight for them already in 1994 and became one of their favorite regions. In Dubai, the speedometer of their LandCruiser reached on 16th March the 500'000th km/=310'690 miles. Mid 1999, they changed from the beauty of the desert of traditional Arabia to a subtropical lush green world: South Korea and Japan.

Their eleven weeks' journey through the hilly islands of Japan presented them with a still untamed nature. They appreciated the exceptional courtesy and friendliness of the people and their very safe passage through this Far East country.

On 9th September 1999, they landed on the North American continent where their epic journey began.
 
North America, South America and Caribbean Islands  -  2001-2004
 
With the goal to explore all 50 US states on the mainland of North America, they headed for the second time through this diverse continent, where the exceptional beauties of nature, the endless open land in the West and the "Indian Summer" in Atlantic Canada kept them for many months. Then, the longing for more exotic places overwhelmed them again. They embarked to the Caribbean Islands of Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. Those beautiful islands with their great hospitality, contagious joy for life, happy music and palm-fringed beaches made it easy to leave behind fond memories and the desire to return again.

In June 2002, the need for more "pepper in the soup" and "off the beaten track" adventures brought them back to the South American continent after having heard that there would now exist a jungle track connecting Northern Brazil to the three Guyana's, the only countries still missing on the American mainland. These small countries pushed their LandCruiser and themselves to the limits through incredibly muddy tracks and dense rain forest. The beautiful rewards were the cries of howler monkeys, calls of tropical birds, noises of unknown creatures and the luxury tropical vegetation. And not only once they found Jaguar tracks around their solitary camp in the morning.

Still infected by the travel bug and still obsessed by the desire to travel to the most possible of the 193 sovereign and 64 non-sovereign states and territories in the world, they pushed themselves into a new, even more difficult logistical adventure: "Cruising" the whole Caribbean with their LandCruiser. From May 2003 to December 2004, they hopped through these wonderful islands of Trinidad, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saint Kitts, Sint Maarten, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, fighting against strange laws for the temporary entry of their vehicle, learning to deal with dangers of hurricanes and simply enjoying the turquoise waters, powdery white palm fringed beaches and the multi cultural friendly and happy Caribbean people. In this exotic atmosphere, they were proud to celebrate two more milestones in their epic journey: On July 26th, 2004 they reached their 150th country – the island of Anguilla - which simultaneously became the last of their totally visited 17 Caribbean islands. And shortly after, on October 18th, 2004, the anniversary of being 20 years on the road took place in Saint Martin on the Netherlands-French Antilles. At the end of the year they left this unique beautiful region and returned to Guyana on the South American continent.
 
South America  -  2005

In the North of South America, a period of "rejuvenation" should have started for the Schmid's, because the past 20 years definitely demanded its tribute on their Toyota LandCruiser, which is understandable. But unfortunately, this vision has been smashed. Although most of the local Toyota distributors were more than generous when visiting their particular country, wishing their epic journey to continue, now for them it is logistically and also financially a nearly impossible task to upgrade their loyal companion to that level that it would be able to visit also the next '50 countries and 250'000 miles'. The global Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan until now inexplicably denied the support for their world record - although worldwide many Toyota distributors urged them to do so – despite that the vehicle got already fame in the Guinness Book of World Records, proving thus also its achievements regarding quality, reliability and durability which poses for TMC an enormous marketing potential - facts, competitors can only dream of! Why do they show deaf ears to these specialists working at the front?
But the Schmid's did not let them discourage from this knock down. Traveling and their longing for new adventures have become too much part of their life. With a big portion of optimism, they continued their journey from Georgetown/Guyana to French Guiana, where on 7.7.2005 their LandCruiser achieved its 600’000th km/(372'823 miles) in front of the post office in Cayenne. Shortly afterwards, on July 29th, 2005, the trio split up: The LandCruiser went on a two months long sea journey from French Guiana through France to Singapore and the Schmid's followed by air via the US-Hong Kong - Macao. New land was calling!
 
South East Asia, Far East  -  2005-2008
 
The exotic of South East Asia captured the Schmid's from the very first day again. On well known paths, they first crossed Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Then, on December 9th, 2005, they entered new land again: Cambodia, their 151st nation. They loved it at first sight: Angkor Wat, the rural life and especially the broad smiles of the people - everything was so strange, so new, so exciting. It was there where they experienced their first accident on their 21 years journey around the world: On their way to Vietnam, Mrs. Schmid was hit by a Cambodian car on Christmas Day 2005 at the Mekong ferry crossing. Result: Broken leg and a gypsum cast. Despite this handicap, they continued to Vietnam and Laos. And nearly, they made it also to Myanmar. But at the last moment, their visit was hampered by new rules applied from the Burmese authorities. But Myanmar is still on their wish list and not cancelled yet, just postponed. Back in Thailand, a new planning phase started. Because the condition of their LandCruiser deteriorated more and more, and because the possibility of overhauling it in East Malaysia's Sarawak popped up, they sent it without hesitation from Penang to Borneo. During the following three months, the car was taken apart completely, derusted and repaired. It was the first engine overhaul after 381'800 miles of driving. After a test drive through Brunei and Sabah in East Malaysia, the result showed to be enjoyable, allowing the Schmid's to continue confidently for an indefinite time to come. In the meantime, the car's permit to enter Indonesia arrived, thus they entered Kalimantan on November 18th. Indonesia is not only a huge and diverse country, the incredible number of islands require a lot of patience as well as the necessary existence of ferry connections. After they were able to visit nine islands during their first six months, they entered on May 15th, 2007, their 156th country Timor-Leste - a country still unspoiled and that was able to arouse their enthusiasm for one month. The tenth Indonesian island was visited for another two months after their re-entry.
 
A completely new world opened up at their next destination, Taiwan, although the entry for the car was finally only possible with a lot of luck. The following two months they experienced the hospitality of an exceptional friendly nation, and they enjoyed day by day the authentic Chinese culture and way of life. But soon after the downturn of their "luck for permits" arrived: Although the Schmid's tried for 16 months to get an authorization to visit the Philippines with their car, the failure happened due to a relatively small detail of the Filipino procedure of customs clearance. This was the reason for them to proceed to Hong Kong, their next destination - also considering a possibility of a visit to mainland China. Actually, this would have been possible at a certain price, if the approval process wouldn't have lasted for months. After two months of waiting in the megacity of Hong Kong, they grew tired of the bureaucracy, although the "accumulation of skyscrapers" was still thrilling and the Schmid's spent also Christmas 2007 and New Year's day there.
 
Oceania (Australia-Pacific)  -  2008-2010
 
The idea of the Schmid's to explore afterwards the Pacific islands with their own vehicle - similar to the Caribbean in the years of 2003 and 2004 - slowly began to take shape in Hong Kong. But again, the entrance into their first country in the Pacific - Papua New Guinea - was to be dropped after a long and persistent fight with the red tape. Certainly, also the criminal situation on scene played a major role that they abandoned rather sooner than later their idea. Hence, they shipped the car in February 2008 spontaneously from Hong Kong to New Zealand, their 159th country. During four months they criss-crossed 7'000 miles on the South and North Island and enjoyed the exciting beauties of nature, the emptiness and the relaxed and safe traveling. Then, the penetrating cold of the winter drove them to new horizons deeper into the Pacific, firstly to New Caledonia, afterwards to Vanuatu and Fiji and the Samoa's. Except of New Caledonia being French, the car permits for these independent South Pacific Islands were a huge and time consuming bureaucracy to overcome. But they enjoyed every moment in this relaxed paradises of the South Pacific, every island showing its special culture and way of life. The Samoa's especially captured their hearts. After a 9-days 'car-free' stay in the Cook Islands they reached their dream destination: French Polynesia. There, on Tahiti and Moorea, they spent nearly three months, where they could also celebrate their 25th Anniversary of 'exploring the world'. Their next destination was the Kingdom of Tonga, their 166th country. This tiny South Pacific state became the most critical health test for Mrs. Schmid during her epic journey. Due to a nasty dog bite and the negligent treatment in the hospital she almost lost her leg. Tonga was their last Pacific country for now. They left for South East Asia.
 
South East Asia, back to Oceania and back again to South East Asia  -  2010-2011
 
Back in Indonesia for the third time, they concentrated on the Island of Sumatra. Then, the Pacific was calling again. With much endurance they started their second attempt to visit Papua New Guinea with their own car and succeeded. Adventure and thrill was their constant companion during 1'102 miles/1'774 km. Papua New Guinea became one of their highlights in their 26 years journey around the world. They witnessed the Mount Hagen- and Goroka-Shows and a diversification of cultures and traditions unique in the world. With Papua New Guinea, they left once more the Pacific and returned to Asia. Also in a second attempt, the Philippines followed. During three months they explored six of the 7’107 islands and enjoyed the idyllic fishing villages with its peaceful life.
 
South Asia  -  2011
 
The world of the islands did not let them go yet. From the Philippines they shipped to Sri Lanka, their 169th country. While their car was still on high sea, they took the chance to visit the beautiful nature island of Socotra in Yemen for ten days, followed by a week full of contrasts in Dubai and Sharjah. The following three months were dedicated to the rich historic and Buddhist treasures in former Ceylon where they also experienced the colorful week long celebrations of “Vesak”, combining Buddha’s birth, enlightment and death. On May 26th, it was time to bid farewell to Sri Lanka and on June 22nd, 2011, also to “Australasia” (Australia / Pacific and Asia), where they spent the last six years and roamed 43'000 miles/70'000 km through 19 different new countries. The Indian Ocean and Africa called!
 
Indian Ocean: Mauritius, Madagascar, Réunion  -  2011-2012
 
On June 22nd, 2011, they put foot on African soil for the second time, which they left on November 2nd, 1992, at Cape Town: To the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean that geographically belongs to Africa. While their companion still was braving the high seas, they visited the small peaceful island of Rodrigues, which belongs to Mauritius. Reunited on the main island with their LandCruiser, they criss-crossed the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” during three months and were especially captivated by the many beautiful casuarinas-lined public beaches and the endless sugar cane fields. Madagascar – a long cherished dream – was only an hour's flight away. After a time consuming bureaucratic struggle they got at last the go-ahead for a temporary admission of their LandCruiser into the 4th biggest island of the world, separated 80 millions years ago from the African mainland. The 9 days lasting difficult clearing bureaucracy of their vehicle and Liliana's pneumonia on her 70th birthday were soon forgotten. The laid-back nature, the colorful African way of life, people's life-affirming attitude, the picture book villages in the highlands, the artful rice terraces, the Baobab giants and over all the cute Lemurs were constant highlights. They savored their three months' stay to the very last day, driving during 148 driving hours 2'700 miles on Madagascar's sometimes difficult roads. Then a new horizon called – the French volcanic island of Réunion – Europe! What a different and more modern world, fascinating in another way: The stunning mountain scenery, the deep canyons and the volcanic moon landscape provoked "wow"-experiences at every turn. Here, they celebrated also three distinctive milestones: Emil's 70th birthday on February 24th 2012, the 10'000th travel day of their epic journey on March 3rd, 2012, and the Landcruiser's 25th container shipment on May 31, 2012. And it was also here that they decided to "rejuvenate" their car for the second time in Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
 
South East Asia  -  2012
 
After the longest LandCruiser’s sea-journey of 53 days, they were reunited on the island of Borneo on July 26th, 2012, – five days after its 30th birthday on high sea, which it had to celebrate lonely in its cage. It is marking also its entry into the old-timer age. There, in Miri/Sarawak, a new challenge was waiting for them: The 2nd rejuvenation of their car. With 67 days, the work has taken longer than expected. Thus, for climatically reasons, they had to cancel their next leg to still unknown regions in neighboring Indonesia. However they were very happy to see their “freedom machine” rejuvenated and in full brightness again exactly at their 28th travel anniversary on October 16th, 2012. It was the day their LandCruiser started its epic journey 1984 in its 1st container from Switzerland to Montreal in Canada. Now they were ready for new adventures. After the many years in the tropics, the Schmid’s were longing for desert sceneries again. Therefore, on October 25th, 2012, they shipped their loyal companion in its 26th container to the port of Jebel Ali near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Peninsula – a region still belonging to one of their most treasured parts of the world.
 
Middle East  -  2012-2013
 
On November 20th, 2012, the Schmid’s and their car set foot in the Middle East for the fourth time. They experienced the same overwhelming hospitality as already in 1994, 1996 and 1999. Punctually, on November 22nd, also their rejuvenated LandCruiser accomplished its 278th sea journey in Dubai’s port of Jebel Ali. Together they discovered once more Dubai the city of superlatives, of the tallest tower and the biggest artificial islands. However, first and foremost the Schmid’s were longing for the desert. They found their special place around the Liwa Oases at the edge of the Rub-al-Khali desert. The magic of the dunes with freely roaming camels and its untouched nature were a deep experience for the nature and solitude loving Schmid’s. It was also between red sand dunes that they celebrated Christmas 2012 under the starry canopy of the Arabian Desert together with Indian friends.
 
Unexpected fame achieved the Schmid's and their LandCruiser on December 27th, 2012, at the 1st Traveler’s Festival in Dubai when the Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, presented them a personal award. At the farewell dinner at a desert camp Mrs. Schmid contracted pneumonia confining her to a hotel bed during New Year’s celebration 2012/2013.
 
With five sponsored new petrol pumps, a new spring leaf and two new shock absorbers for their LandCruiser, the Schmid’s continued on January 28th, 2013, from the United Arab Emirates to the Omani Exclave of Musandam. It was uncharted waters for them. During one week they enjoyed the fjords and the spectacular rugged mountain scenery. Then, on February 5th, 2013, a high speed ferry took them from Musandam’s capital Khasab to Shinas in Oman proper. For the Schmid’s, it was their 230th sea journey; for their LandCruiser its 279th. It was in Muscat – Oman’s capital – that there was a happy reunion after 15 years with their best Swiss friends.
 
Oman kept them on the go for two months. The peaceful Arab life, the deep tradition, the ruggedness of the landscape combined with safety spurred their camping life. For 3’700 miles they cruised around coasts, wadis and desert down to the Yemeni border. Already on their first visit in 1994 Oman was “love at first sight”. Almost 20 years later, their feelings for the Sultanate still remained unchanged.
 
On February 2013 it was climatically time for the Schmid's to leave their beloved Arabia. New itineraries had to be made. They chose the Caucasus, reachable through Iran and Turkey. After 3’100 miles in the UAE, they took on April 28th, 2013, the ferry from the Emirate of Sharjah to Bandar Abbas in It was their 3rd visit to Iran. They enjoyed once more on old and new tracks during 2’100 miles the Islamic architecture and the legendary hospitality. On May 28th, 2013, they reached the Turkish border at Esendere. Since a very long time they experienced not only the retreat of a winter season, but also the awakening of a spring. It was a special joy for them to see all the splendor of the blooming wild flowers. There, they dropped their plan to visit also Iraqi Kurdistan from the Turkish side for the moment, due to the highly strung Turkish military checkpoints along the border. Instead they drove straight northwards through mostly unknown Eastern Anatolia. After another 600 miles they reached Georgia.
 
Caucasus  -  2013
 
Georgia, their 173rd country, welcomed the Schmid's on June 4th, 2013. It was a new world with orthodox churches, monasteries and rock caves, with rather reserved people, a strange language and a strange script. They explored the hidden gems of monasteries, but were especially attracted by the stunning, wild and mysterious mountain region of "Swaneti". There, on August 1st, 2013, they celebrated their 28th National Day far from home among fireflies and glow worms. But there was also a less happy moment when after three years Mrs. Schmid`s Laptop unexpectedly crashed.
 
Azerbaijan followed. Along the Great Caucasus they found sleepy mountain villages and beautiful scenery. They explored also Baku, the capital, and the lovely restored town of Säki. The more than 1'000 miles of mostly bad roads took its toll on the 12th and last day of their visit: They left their 174th country with a broken main spring leaf.
 
The 175th country of the Schmid`s became Armenia, the poorest of the Caucasus states that before 1991 still was a Soviet Republic. They entered it on July 2nd, 2013. Once more the script and language changed and the communication was by sign language only. They could not stop marvel at the many ancient churches and monasteries with their stunning reliefs, many built on dramatic locations and belonging to the UNESCO world heritage sites. The friendliness of the people added to their enjoyment. There was a big downside though: The miserable road conditions with which they had to cope for 800 miles.
 
It would not be the Schmid`s if they were not including also the two renegade and from the International Community not recognized states lying at their doorsteps: Nagorno Karabakh (ex Azerbaijan) and Abkhazia (ex Georgia). The third self-declared country of South Ossetia was out of their reach from Georgia due to the very expensive and complicated double-entry visa from Russia. Nagorno Karabakh that neither introduced own car license plates nor own money (both annexed from Armenia) surprised them with its cleanliness and peaceful way of life, with treasures of monasteries and a 2000 year old plane tree. Depressing however were the traces of the war fought with neighboring Azerbaijan along the later agreed ceasefire line. For many miles they saw nothing else than bombarded and destroyed villages. Their LandCruiser suffered damage also in this country: The rear shaft had to be replaced.
 
On August 5th, 2013, the Schmid`s entered Abkhazia (ex Georgia). This self-proclaimed country was ill-fated for them. First, they got stuck in the capital Sukhumi due to the LandCruiser`s worn out ignition coil. Then for the first time in their almost 29 year's journey around the world, in an unattended moment the camera bag with their two Panasonic cameras and their passports were stolen from inside their car. Luckily, the passports showed up again, not so their cameras with the shots. What saddened them the most was the lost photo of the 700`000.0th km that they could celebrate on August 9th, in this country. Despite of this negative experience they speak positive of Abkhazia. They were taken by the great friendliness of the people and the different attentions extended to them. Hadn't they be lulled into a false security feeling, the theft wouldn't had happened, they argued.
 
Back in Georgia, on August 14th, 2013, they boarded in Poti the "Vilnius Seaways" ferry to the Ukraine, but not before buying a temporary Nikon replacement camera. During two days, they enjoyed the quiet water of the Black Sea, a comfortable cabin and good food on the "longest railway ferry" that - like the Schmid`s - made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
 
East Europe: Ukraine Moldova  -  2013
 
Entering the Ukraine, the Schmid`s set geographically for the first time foot again on European soil since January 28th, 1999. They were charmed with the historic forts, golden-domed Russian churches and their splendid interiors. In rural dominated Moldova, the second "European" country, there was a script they could finally read again. But it could not really convince them. Bordering Transnistria (ex Moldova), the next self-proclaimed country on their way, was more to their taste: Little traffic, wide tree-lined avenues, huge parks, monumental squares - the Soviet touch was evident everywhere. After three days, they complied with the registration rules and stayed ten. Soon local TV picked them up: Once more their LandCruiser drew attention. On September 4th, 2013, they returned to the Ukraine via Moldova. The border crossing Moldova-Ukraine became their 500th!
 
After 35 days and 618 miles, cold and rain in the Ukraine chased the Schmid`s already away from Europe. They gave a miss to the still unvisited countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Turkish North Cyprus. In the port of Odessa, on September 20th, 2013, they put their LandCruiser into its 27th container to Cape Verde - the starting point of their second Africa adventure. With a two weeks stopover in the United Arab Emirates where they bought new cameras replacing those stolen in Abkhazia, a new laptop for the one crashed in Georgia and Toyota spare parts for their LandCruiser they continued via Morocco to Praia, the capital of the Cape Verde archipelago on the island of Santiago.
 
West and Southern Africa  -  2013-2014
 
On October 26th, 2013, the freighter with their container on board arrived on time in Cape Verde. Their 180th country however tried the Schmid’s patience sorely. For 25 days they hovered between hope and fear. Often they were on the edge of despair because they never knew if they will succeed to have their LandCruiser released from the port. But November 21st, was the day: Finally their “freedom machine” could leave the port and they were free to explore the archipelago. They criss-crossed the main island of Santiago on its cobbled roads, visited the palm-lined beaches in the North, the mountain scenery in the interior and the colourful markets. Day by day they loved the easy going island life, the cheerfulness of the people and the African lifestyle more.
 
The neighbour island Fogo was the Schmid’s next destination. New scenery was waiting for them. For days they strolled around the perfectly formed volcano, along the high crater walls and between bizarre lava formations. After ten days they took on the stormy Atlantic and set foot on Brava, the third, smallest and westernmost of the southern islands (Leeward Islands – Ilhas de Sotavento). It was December 23rd, 2013. They encountered a still ideal world. There were neither parking meters nor traffic lights, however dreamy bays and picture book villages. Amidst this relaxing setting they celebrated Christmas 2013.
 
Back on the main island of Santiago the Schmid’s were looking desperately for a way to reach the Northern Islands (Windward Islands – Ilhas de Barlavento). Despite the warning to get eventually stuck for weeks on the island of São Nicolau due to the lack of transport, they seized on February 28th, 2014, their first possibility. They were greeted by the Mayor of the little port city of Tarrafal and were two nights guests of his Municipality. Their 4th island was “love at first sight”. The vastness and virgin landscape, the deserted wild shorelines, the quaint mountain villages – much remembered them of the Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula. On this island they experienced also their third overwhelming carnival on their epic journey (apart from Guyana and Grenada in the Caribbean).
 
Two weeks after their arrival on São Nicolau good luck was with the Schmid’s when unexpectedly and unscheduled a freighter-ferry appeared that took them to their 5th island of São Vicente. They were charmed by the “Riviera of Cape Verde”, its colonial buildings and picturesque alleys. Although São Vicente is the eight smallest of all the 10 Cape Verdian Islands, it offered them once more authentic fishing villages, deserted bays and rugged mountains, but also a dramatic uninhabited eastern coastline with white sand dunes. It was also the place where their LandCruiser left Cape Verde in its 28th container after 159 days, 1’184 miles and 109.4 driving hours with destination Namibia.
 
The 6th, 2nd biggest and last Capeverdian island of the Schmid’s was Santo Antão. The most dramatic mountain scenery, the artful terraced steep slopes and the narrow valleys surprised them at every turn. They immersed for two weeks into this fabulous mountainous landscape. Santo Antão was the “highlight” of their 7-months’ car journey through the Cape Verde archipelago, which they left on May 15th, 2014, after exactly 220 days.
 
On July 16th, after 22 years, the Schmid’s set foot on the African continent with their car for the second time, which they crossed at that time from North (Tanger in Morocco) to South (Cape Town in South Africa) in four years (=1'388 days) and 63’000 miles, and which they left on November 2nd, 1992, on a freighter to Fremantle in Australia. After an odyssey of 80 days their LandCruiser arrived finally from the Cape Verde islands at the port of Walvis Bay in NamibiaAngola.
 
Angola was also the country where on October 16th, 2014, the Schmid’s were ready to celebrate another milestone of their epic journey: Their 30th anniversary on the road. However, there was nothing to celebrate on that special day. The loss of a wheel – due to a broken shaft – on the eve of their anniversary that made them almost somersault and the following repair along the road on the anniversary day itself left no room for enjoyment. But they were thankful that they survived and were able to continue their “epic” journey. After a small belated celebration with new friends the Schmid’s left Angola after 26 days and 2’317 miles and returned to Namibia.
 
Back in Namibia another incident occurred: Ms. Schmid sustained an injury on her back (sacroiliac joint dislocated) that first had to be cured before thinking of new adventures. Thus it happened that they celebrated Christmas 2014 on a campground in Namibia at 100°F [38°C] under a deep blue sky and also heralded there the start of the New Year 2015.
 
Southern and East Africa  -  2015-2016
 
Beginning of 2015 Ms. Schmid was fit again and the wheels of their LandCruiser restarted rolling. On January 22th, 2015, South Africa welcomed the Schmid’s at Vioolsdrif for the eighth time with a temperature of 104°F [40°C]. Their previous seven entries took place between November 3rd, 1991, and November 2nd, 1992. It was not a good eighth beginning. After only 2’312 miles [3’720km], respectively 93.2 driving hours since the loss of a wheel in Angola at the eve of their 30th anniversary on the road, it happened anew on January 24th, 2015, on the way to the Cederberg Mountains. They got stuck in the middle of the road; their last spare shaft was built in. From that moment an enormous psychological stress began for the Schmid’s, because they never knew when the third time strikes. At this very difficult time the “LandCruiser Club Southern Africa” came as a ‘knight in shining armor’ to their rescue. It donated them a complete used axle housing, repaired the heavily dented fender and took over all the workshop costs in Capetown. The Schmid’s contributed four new shock absorbers and the repair of a front leaf spring. On February 23rd, 2015, their LandCruiser was in good shape again.
 
With renewed confidence in their loyal buddy, the Schmid’s continued their “easy going” journey in South Africa. They reached the most southerly point, Cape Agulhas, on February 28th, 2015, – the first time was on March 5th, 1992. Coincidentally they camped on the same site in Struisbaai. The 8’394 nights in between have been spent on 2’305 other places. Afterwards they crisscrossed the country towards the north. What they most enjoyed were their safaris in the game parks, the endless steppes and the landscape around the Drakensberg. Equipped with four new tires, on April 7th, 2015, the Schmid’s arrived at the border of the Kingdom of Lesotho, which they visited for the first time on October 5th, 1992, by then their country No. 56 on their epic journey. Despite of new tarmac roads they still found the traditional life with donkeys and horses being the main means of transport and herdsmen moving with their sheep and cattle. Under a striking blue sky, their LandCruiser climbed mountain passes of nearly 10’000 feet altitude [~3’000 meters), nine alone within 200 miles [320km]. Splendid mountain scenery, gorges, waterfalls, dams and traditional villages were their constant companions. On April 15th, after 8 days, 488 miles [786km] and 550 photos they left the kingdom for the ninth visit of South Africa.
 
The approaching winter in the South forced the Schmid’s to accelerate their move to the north. Therefore already on April 23rd, they entered the Kingdom of Swaziland. It was their second visit, their first being on September 12th, 1992, by then country No. 55. Their most exciting moment was at the “Hlane National Park” in the northeast when at the Ndlovu pond they spotted eleven (!) rhinos at once. Swaziland ended for the Schmid’s on April 28th, 2015, at Jeppe’s Reef after 228 miles [367km] and 300 photos.
 
Once more and for the last time (10th), the Schmid’s drove into South Africa. There, at Haenertsburg near Polokwane, the regulator that they bought on May 1st, 1989, in Biskra/Algeria stopped its function after 9'508 days, 325’626 miles [524'044km] and 15'225.6 driving hours. After they finally found a new working one, they ventured to ford the Limpopo border river at Pontdrift over to Botswana. It was still carrying considerable water. 4x4 pistes lead through the unfenced northern game reserve of Tuli with many wild animal spottings. A surprise of a special kind waited for the Schmid’s in Francistown. After 13 years they met their world traveler friends Gisela and Eddi from Germany again. Then, the Schmid’s were craving for adventure again. They found their 4x4 challenge in the sandy and rocky bush track to Kubu Island with its spectacular Baobab trees, rising from a dried-out salt sea (the trees cannot be compared with the Madagaskar Baobabs!). It was the highlight of their 704 miles [1'133km] / 33½ driving hour journey in Botswana, which ended at Ramokgwebane on June 8th, 2015.
 
Due to the political situation, the Schmid’s entered Zimbabwe with mixed feelings. After the many desert landscapes, the lush green and the floral splendor were a wonderful change for them. They liked the city of Bulawayo so much that they stayed two weeks. They enjoyed the luxury supply of goods at supermarkets, found two spare rims for their LandCruiser and made the annual update for the Guinness Book 2016. This time, the Schmid’s concentrated on Zimbabwe’s east: Nyanga, Vumba and the Chimanimani mountains. However it did not grab them. Many tourist installations were not functioning anymore. The more they were fond of the peaceful people. Even the 31 police checks that stopped them were friendly and only out for a chat. Not one was looking to get some additional income. Zimbabwe ended for the Schmid’s with a relaxing five days at the farm of their traveler fellow Bettina in Marondera, who they met in 1991 in Harare during their first Africa crossing. On July 6th, 2015, they left Robert Mugabe’s territory after 28 days / 893 miles [1’437km] and 41½ driving hours.
 
On July 6th, 2015, the Schmid’s entered Mozambique at Espungabeira. It was new land – the first since Angola, 9 months ago – and became their 182th country on their epic world journey. From the beginning, their enthusiasm for this nation was somehow limited the more that they skipped the main attraction, the palm-lined beaches in the South. However they took pleasure in the traditional African villages that spread everywhere and the Cahora Bassa Dam – one of the big reservoirs in the world – where they camped among gigantic Baobab trees. A special experience for the Schmid’s was the encounter with a migrated Swiss family, Monika and Christoph, who in seven hard-working years succeeded step by step to transform pure bush into a prosperous fruit and cattle farm and build a neat mansion. A campsite is also attached (turnoff: S 18°05’07” E 33°11’06”). Mozambique remained however a country where the Schmid’s could not really warm up. Therefore on July 20th, 2015, after only 14 days / 836 miles [1’346km] and 36½ driving hours they already reached the border to Malawi in Dedza.
 
In Malawi, country No. 50 on the Schmid’s first visit in 1991, they were amazed by the many bicycle taxis – a novelty for them. They found romantic corners with white sandy beaches along Lake Malawi, watched the fishermen sailing with their colorful boats to their fishing grounds and enjoyed the wonderful sunsets. They felt at ease and were happy until that fateful July 31st, 2015, at the camping of the Safari Beach Lodge near Nkhotakota. For the first time in their over 30 years epic journey they looked into two gun barrels pointed at them when the bandits surprised them in their sleep at midnight. With a crowbar they destroyed their window grills and broke the windows. The shot that they fired into the car miraculously only grazed Mr. Schmid’s forearm. When leaving their car, they managed surprisingly to escape. The Schmid’s felt very lucky that things did not turn out worse: They were alive! This traumatic event and the psychological stress however did not deter them from continuing their travels. After some emergency repair on their LandCruiser they proceeded with their adventure along Lake Malawi. On September 6th, 2015, they left the country after 751 miles [1’209km] / 38.4 driving hours for Tanzania.
 
Tanzania was more or less a transit country for the Schmid’s. Having visited the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks already in 1991 - by then country No. 46 - another safari was out of question for them due to the astronomical entry fees for foreigners. What they enjoyed were the tropical scenery with lush tea and banana plantations right after their border crossing at Mmwandenga, the lovely Baobab forest near Mikumi, the cuisine of the Tan-Swiss Camp nearby and the region around the Usambara Mountains (Lushoto). What they didn’t like were the awful road conditions between Mbeya and Iringa with heavy truck traffic between Dar es Salaam and Zambia, the notorious speed controls before and after each village with zero tolerance limit, the reckless bus drivers, the countless annoying humps and the frequent all-day power cuts. Therefore they did not make use of their visa until the last day, but left the country already after 20 days, 1’085 miles [1’746km] and 51 driving hours at the Namanga border for Kenya.
 
Following the new regulations starting September 1st, 2015, the Schmid’s entered Kenya on September 7th, 2015, with an E-Visa (was only temporarily working). They were surprised by the almost inexistent police controls, but bugged by the myriads of humps and rumble strips. Once in Kenya’s capital Nairobi a bureaucratic steeplechase began. They had to apply for the Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan visa. Ethiopia was the most difficult as one has to apply in the country of residence. Exceptionally the Schmid’s however got it in Nairobi as they were regarded as “Nobles” due to their Guinness Book Record. Nairobi was also the place where Ms. Schmid’s bad hearing was treated, where the broken spring leafs from Tanzania were replaced and where their LandCruiser got a new battery. But Nairobi was also the place where Ms. Schmid got bitten the second time by a dog – the first time with quite some complications was on December 14th, 2009, in Tonga. An infection of the wounds delayed their onward journey to Ethiopia, their 183rd country.
 
On October 21st, 2015, Ms. Schmid was fit again for their onward journey to Ethiopia. In Nanyuki the Schmid’s crossed the equator for the 24th time by road. With it, they left the southern hemisphere where they roamed around since July 1st, 2014. On October 25th, they entered Ethiopia. It was the 516th border crossing in their 31 years of traveling and their 183rd country where they changed for the 25th time from the left hand side to the right hand side to drive on the road. Although the Schmid’s were aware of the hassles in Ethiopia, it hit them hard: Children throwing stones if they did not stop, constant begging and being constantly surrounded by a crowd dampened very soon their enthusiasm for this otherwise beautiful country. Despite of that, they were determined to visit the main attractions. They liked Harar in eastern Ethiopia with its historic fortified old city and its Arab atmosphere at first sight. Despite of being only about 60 miles [100km] short of the self-proclaimed new state of Somaliland, which expensive visa they obtained in Nairobi, they renounced to this new country due to the English travel advisories warning of attacks against Westerners and kidnappings by the terror group “al-Shabaab”. In the capital Addis Ababa the Schmid’s had to renew their already expired Djibouti visa. Here they also gave an interview for a 13-minute "You Tube"-video. Then it was time for their sidetrip to  Djibouti.
 
In Djibouti, their 184th country, the Schmid’s found all the amenities they missed in Ethiopia: Gasoline was available everywhere, water was flowing from the tap, electricity was rarely cut and the supply of European goods was working. They even found a “Leader Price” – a French supermarket! They were very fond of the turquoise “Le Goubet” Bay with its black volcanic islands and the salty Lake Assal, lying 509 ft. [155m] below sea level, marking the lowest point in Africa. Themselves a kind of “nomads”, the Schmid’s admired the Afar tribe, which put up their tents in the inhospitable region around Djibouti. After 9 days, they returned to Ethiopia. There they were fascinated by the 1’000 years old architectural wonder of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lalibela was their climax of Ethiopia, the country with its own calendar, its own time, an own script and 80 languages. They left the country on December 9th, 2015, at the border post of Metama where they crossed into Sudan.
 
Sudan was again a new territory for the Schmid’s. It was their 185th country, where they felt at ease immediately. The desert offered them solitude and the setting they like; the people were friendly, but reluctant. They visited the ruins of ancient Kingdoms and the Pyramids of the Royal Cemetery of Meroë and bush camped between red sand dunes. In Khartoum, at the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile, they celebrated Christmas 2015 and in the Nubian Desert, they celebrated New Year 2016. It was on January 8th, 2016, in the port city of Suakin at the Red Sea, where the Schmid’s said good-bye to Sudan after 30 days and 1’085 miles [1’746km], and likewise also to their second Africa journey, where their LandCruiser carried them 19’330 miles [31’109km] through 15 countries. Equipped with a 3-days transit visa from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum, on January 8th, 2016, they boarded the ferry to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and transited the approx. 930 miles [1’500km] to the United Arab Emirates border.
 
Middle East  -  2016
 
With the entry into the United Arab Emirates, the Schmid’s set foot for the 5th time in one of their favorite regions. After only a few days however, they caught a nasty flu, which paralyzed them for quite some time. They recovered in an affordable Apartment Hotel in the Emirate of Ajman, met old and new friends, organized the visas for Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and applied for their 11th passport at the Swiss Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Shortly before leaving the UAE, they received their new certificate from the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ office in Dubai, updated by March 14th, 2016, stating 449'780 miles [723’852km] through 185 countries.
 
On April 10th, 2016, the Schmid’s left the Arabian Peninsula and crossed the Persian Golf once more by ferry from the UAE to Iran. It was already their 4th visit to Iran, but this time only meant for crossing to Central Asia. They were surprised by the big numbers of European tour groups that arrived shortly after the end of the boycott and were glad to have explored all the glorious cities and attractions in quieter times. But there were still some sights around Kerman they wanted to see: The “Kaluts” sandcastles in the Dasht-e-Loot Desert, the Bagh-e-Shahzde Gardens in Mahan and the Arg-e-Rayen Adobe citadel in Rayen. Then a nerve-racking time started for the Schmid’s, waiting for their Turkmenistan transit visa to be granted. During an entire week, they phoned day by day with the Turkmenistan Consul in Abu Dhabi, where they applied for the visas on April 6th. When they almost gave up hope, on May 1st, the miracle occurred. Immediately they hit the road to the Iranian border town of Mashhad. The impressive ‘Imam Reza Shrine Complex’ in Mashhad with its golden towers, domes and minarets were the culmination of their 2016 journey to Iran.
 
Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine  -  2016
 
Punctually at the start of their 5-day-transit-visa, the Schmid’s entered Turkmenistan on May 5th, 2016. It was their second visit after 1995. The capital Ashgabat greeted them with an incredible splendor of marble and glass palaces, golden statues, more fountains than Las Vegas and manicured parks. They called it “The white city of marble and gold”. What they did not like were the prohibition of taking pictures and the large police presence. The limited transit visa forced them to carry on. Most of the following 400 miles [650km] through the Karakum Desert were a real grind for their LandCruiser. Deep holes, tar break offs and bumps prevented it to drive more than 12 to 20 miles/h [20-30km/h]. Unforgettable was their camping night at the “Darvaza Gas Crater” in the desert. Its unique play of bursting flames and the glowing crater rim in the pitch dark night were the perfect backdrop for the Schmid’s 47th wedding day.
 
Uzbekistan was next for the Schmid’s. The hassle with the Uzbek customs at the borders of Dashoguz and Oybeck was a nightmare. But once in the country itself, the Schmid’s relaxed. Life was easy-going, people were friendly and they found themselves in the heart of the legendary Silk Road. Despite of being their 2nd visit to Uzbekistan, they were again rapt with the beauty of the jewels of the medieval cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand with their beautifully tiled madrassas, mosques, and mausoleums.
 
On Mai 31st, 2016, the Schmid’s entered Tajikistan. It was new territory and their 186th country. Since Sudan, their last new country, the Schmid’s traveled 174 days, 218 driving hours and 5’763 miles [9’274km] through six different states and have changed from the African to the Asian continent. Tajikistan greeted them with a breathtaking mountain scenery, with peaks up to 24’590 ft. [7’495m] height and spring in full bloom. Tajikistan became a country of extremes for them. They made detours to the ‘7 Lakes’ and camped at beautiful Iskanderkul Lake in the Fann Mountains in the northern province of Sughd. The biggest challenge, however, was the nearly 600 miles [1’000km] long legendary Pamir Highway in the autonomous province of “Badakhshan”. There, the Schmid’s had to cope with extremely bad roads, an overheating problem of their 34 years old LandCruiser and constant worries of acute mountain sickness at altitudes over 15’000 ft. [4’600m]. But all survived it all and were rewarded along the Panj River with gorges, a harsh and wild landscape and views to hidden little oases on the Afghanistan side. Later, on the high mountain ranges, new snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers surprised them around every corner. With a 13 days expired car permit, which generally is issued only for 14 days, they reached the Kyzyl-Art border crossing to Kyrgyzstan at 14’320 ft. [4’366m] altitude. No argument, no fine – thus the Schmid’s left the Pamir Highway and Tajikistan itself on June 27th, 2016, after totally 1’141 miles [1’837km] and 81 driving hours with a sense of sadness, knowing that this mountainous country became one of their favorite places during their nearly 32-years epic journey around the world.
 
Kyrgyzstan, after 1995 like Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan before a second visit for the Schmid’s, brought them first from Sary-Tash in the south over the 11’860 ft. [3’615m] high Taldyk Pass and lush green valleys with white yurts, herds of sheep and horses of the nomadic people to the city of Osh, where, due to the ongoing overheating of their LandCruiser, they let clean its carburetor and radiator by a Swiss workshop. The continuation of their 375 miles [600km] long journey to the capital Bishkek was pure joy. They crossed bizarre canyons and reservoirs embedded into bleak mountains and camped among flower bushes under sparkling night skies. Lake Toktogul was a special place for the Schmid’s: There, they camped in 1995 at a lonely little bay. They found the path to the lake shore again, but it was impassable. Kyrgyzstan’s mountain scenery continued to delight them. They climbed up to the 10’446 ft. [3’184m] high Ala-Bel Pass and the 1.6 miles [2.6km] long Too Schuu Tunnel on an altitude of 10’500 ft. [3’200m], used also by a herd of horses to reach the other tunnel side.
 
Reaching the capital Bishkek, the Schmid’s were confronted with new challenges: Flying in spare parts from the USA and the Russian visa. The very first time in their traveling history they had to send their passports by courier to Switzerland. Thus, their Russian visa became the most time-consuming and most expensive entry permit ever: US$500 pp for 3 months/2 entries. They exited this mountainous Central Asian country to Kazakhstan on August 9th, 2016, with their brand new 11th passport, which they could collect at their Consulate in Bishkek.
 
The merely 15 days visa-free stay in Kazakhstan did not allow big movements for the Schmid’s. But things went smoothly (with the exception of the occasional occurring engine problem). In Almaty, the former Kazakh capital, they got the Mongolian visa within ten minutes. That left them enough time for a detour to the Charyn Canyon. The play of colors and shadows at sunset and sunrise, the cute ground squirrels and the encounter with same-minded travelers were the highlights for the Schmid’s before they tackled the 870 miles [1’400km] long marathon of nasty roads towards the Russian Shemonaika/Mikhaylovka border. As a welcomed change from the monotonous steppe they cherished the monumental cemeteries and the city of Oskemen (formerly Ust-Kamenogorsk) with its striking two mosques, its lovely Christ-Orthodox church and relaxing river promenade. Their short visit to Kazakhstan ended on August 21st, 2016 with a flat tire on the customs premises, their 185th on their epic journey.
 
Entering Russia the Schmid’s realized that the country had not changed much since their first visit from September 1st to 27th, 1995, at least in Siberia. Again they drove past huge wheat and sunflower fields, almost endless open uninhabited spaces, dense forests, pristine lakes, authentic rural villages with its lovely wooden houses and striking churches. There was just one thing they did not like: The side roads they took were partly in a pretty bad shape. Yet they still made a side tour from Gorno-Altaysk to the much praised Lake Teletskoe. On their way back the front pillars of their LandCruiser broke and had to be welded provisionally in Gorno-Altaysk. But this was not all: Later, on the “Chuysky Tract”, the 325 miles [525km] long highway to Mongolia, a wobbling of 4 to 6 inches [10-15cm] of the right front wheel forced them to return once more to Gorno-Altaysk, the capital of the Altai Republic.
 
From this moment things became difficult for the Schmid’s. Their biggest problem was the insurmountable language barrier. All attempts to find a willing workshop to do the repair failed. Self do, self have! Mr. Schmid dismantled the front axle himself and ordered new knuckle bearings at Toyota Russia in Moscow. Two weeks later, they were on the road again and tackled the 345 miles [550km] along the beautiful Altai-Region towards Mongolia, their 187th country. There, the rumors regarding a recently newly introduced deposit for cars older than 10 years got confirmed. This new law, together with already freezing winter temperatures and their currently too weakened LandCruiser for the bone-jarring corrugated Mongolian tracks, made them heavy-heartedly turn back. They needed to make a new assessment. After careful consideration, they decided to grant their LandCruiser a 3rd rejuvenation at the same place as the previous two in 2006 and 2012 in Miri in Sarawak/East-Malaysia. They chose Odessa in the Ukraine as a shipping port, because freight costs were cheaper from there than from Vladivostok, while the road distances to the ports were more or less alike.
 
Until there still an arduous journey was laying ahead of the world travelers: 3'100 miles [5'000km] through the approaching Siberian winter. Snow storms, freezing temperatures, leaking doors with icy winds constantly blowing inside and a little effective heater were life of hardship, the Schmid’s had to cope with every day. After 1'334 miles [2'147km] and 7 days tough time, on October 27th, 2016, they reached the Urenga Pass and crossed the Ural for the second time on their journey around the world. The first time was on July 2nd, 1995. Only 178 miles [286km] on European soil, in the city of Ufa, the differential crashed. Luck had it that since December 11th, 2006, they carried along a used one from Jakarta in Indonesia during 80'683 miles [129'846km], which fitted and which the Toyota workshop in Ufa replaced in record time. Always under the pressure of their expiring visa, they had to cope with 1'100 miles [<1'800km] more wintry roads to reach in 8 days the Ukrainean border. They made it! On their last day, on November 11th, at 11am, they crossed into the Ukraine at the Krupets/Kyaterinivka border post after having driven 3'391 miles [6'423km] on Russian roads.
 
In the Ukraine special surprises were waiting for the Schmid”s. Members of the "Offroadmaster 4x4 Club” spoilt them with gifts and invitations and the BSA agency, the representative of the Evergreen Shipping Line, smoothend the way for a "relaxed" shipment. It was their second shipment from this port. On September 22nd, 2013, their destination was then the Cape Verde Islands. On December 1st, 2016, they said good-bye to their LandCruiser that startet its sea journey in its 29th container to Bintulu in Malaysian Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Thereafter the Schmid’s wanted just one thing: To escape the cold! On December 10th, within 24 hours they landed from -7° in the Ukraine at 31° in Bangkok in Thailand. They flew firstly with FlyDubai to Dubai, where they could continue on an Airbus A380 of Emirates. Three days later they received the bad news, that their container would be delayed for one month due to a harbor strike in Piraeus/Greece. They decided to use this time to explore Myanmar as backpackers.
 
South East Asia  - 2017
 
In Myanmar, the land of the thousand pagodas, the wealth of stunning sites kept fascinating the Schmid’s at every turn. They celebrated the New Year 2017 within the golden towers of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon) and crisscrossed former Burma by overland- and mini-busses, shared taxis, by truck, trains, boat and plane. Together with thousands of pilgrims, they visited the “Golden Rock” – an important Buddhist temple. They explored the rich cultural sites of Bago and experienced the fishermen's life at serene Inle Lake, crossed by train the spectacular Gotaik viaduct (335 ft. high) [102m], explored Mandalay with its longest pedestrian teak bridge (3'967 ft.) [1'209m] and Bagan, the town of over 2’200 pagodas. But what the Schmid’s enjoyed most was their 14 hours nostalgic boat trip down the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan on the not touristy government vessel. It recalled their 21 days' adventure in March 1991 on the River Congo in Africa (then Zaire - today DR Congo) and their river trip from Manaus to Porto Velho in the Amazon basin in Brazil in March 1988. On January 22nd, after 28 days, the Schmid’s left Myanmar with 2'000 photos and a beautiful experience richer.
 
It was January 26th, 2017, at the port of Bintulu in Sarawak/East Malaysia when the Schmid’s met their LandCruiser again after its 56 days sea journey from Odessa in the Ukraine. Its 3rd overhaul in 125 miles [200km] distant Miri started on February 6th, 2017. They guess that after 2 – 3 months they will be back on the road towards Indonesia.
 
Miri/Sarawak, 2/26/2017