Todays job was boxing in some pipework and wiring that goes from the kitchen area, across behind the seats to the diesel heater then under the passenger seat to the waste water tank.  The pipework and cabling is neat in tubes, just needs cosmetic covering up. Under the passenger seat […]

NV200: Boxing in, and Toilet roll cupboard

We wanted a Heki Midi – but once we got the van we thought it was too big, so in the end got a Heki air quad, 400×400 installation with fixed ventilation. But having never installed before, we knew this would be a challenge! Firstly, I made a frame out of […]

NV200: Fitting skylight

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The 240v electric requirements are quite simple for us as we seldom use 240v.  Most of the time we run on gas/12v – and everything we carry runs on 12v or USB.  So 240v is simply for a mains battery charger and a single socket that we can use for […]

NV200: 240v Electrics

Well, the first job was to remove the bulkhead.  Easy peasy.  Or so we thought.  But hey ho, nothing will be straight forward so we may as well start now! The mesh bulkhead was in 3 parts bolted with 13mm hex and T40 torx bolts – so easy enough to […]

NV200: Removing bulkhead

240v Electrics Idea The 240v electrics are quite simple on this van, as they aren’t really needed.  But, we want it just to operate a 240v battery charger and a single 240v socket just for a single 1/2kw electric heater in the winter.  So nothing major. Now simply, you need […]

240v Electrics

See HERE for trip index This trip is slightly different to our previous Asia trip as my parents should have been joining us for the first 4 weeks (see later). As they are (cough) 70+ we’ve had to take that into consideration in terms of locations and timings, with the […]

Asia 2016: Siem Reap

Well, following on from our 2015-2016 plans, how did we do? Hmmm.  Not hugely well.  Totally my parents fault, mainly my mother, whose selective hearing meant she thought we were talking about a return to Cambodia and Thailand in 2016 – despite saying 2017 and even in our previous plan […]

2016, 2017 and 2018 adventure plans…..

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Unbelievable. Sad.  Saying bye bye to friend that has given us so much and made so many adventures possible 🙁 After 10 years to the day, 70,000 miles, and countless nights of unbelievable adventures, travels, touring and excitement, the van is leaving us and going to a new home and new owners who […]

The van is no more! :(

Blimey, good job our plans are fluid 🙂 We’ve always wanted to go back to SE Asia as on our 4 month backpacking trip we feel like we rushed bits.  So we’d planned to go back to Thailand and Cambodia in a year or three. Ankor complex (Siem Reap – […]

Change of plan, back to SE Asia…

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This is a nice bike ride through quiet country lanes all the way to Castle Combe – and directly to the racetrack!  Ideal for a day out if the motorsport is on.  As we did it for the motorsport, we did out and […]

Melksham-Lacock-Castle Combe – 44km (22km each way) bike route

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This route is a bit off road, brideway and muddy roads, hybrid bike needed as a minimum.  Once leaving Melksham on Forest Road, then heading on bridleway/track through the lovely Spy Park, and then across the top near Bowdon, but then kinking right […]

Melksham, Spy Park, Corsham, Lacock 40km mountain bike ride

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This is a nice bike ride through country lanes via Lacock Atworth and Holt, and easily extendable to Corsham if you want to do a few more miles.  Starting in Melksham, and stopping at the Old Ham Tree in Holt for an excellent […]

Melksham, Lacock Corsham (ish), Atworth, Holt 33km bike ride

When we started this blog a long long time ago, it was all about our campervan exploits and touring.  But, as we found we like to mix our adventures with Backpacking (which we NEED to do more of) and Cycle touring, as well as local walking and cycling. So, our […]

New Site Logo :)

Our other bike trip index here We all know, LEJOG stands for “Lands End to John O’Groats” – the standard cycle trip.  But, we’re cheating, and for us, LEJOG is “Lands End to Jones’ Own Garden”.  So in effect, the first part (ish) of the route, but from Lands End […]

2015 LEJOG Cycle route and plan

For full Wiltshire route index see HERE This route is tough.  Some really challenging terrain, slippery chalky mud and just mud!  The first time we tried this route, Mel ended up in A&E and needed 20 stitches…  That said, its not hugely technically challenging, just slow muddy paths, fields, and climbs.  […]

Melksham, Seend, Devizes, Bromham, 41km difficult mountain bike ride