Encounter Overland Asia 1978 - The start


 London to Kathmandu - Europe

Autumn 1978

It was a cold wet autumn morning in London. Was it? I don't actually remember the weather. I had driven the truck down from Wren Park the evening before and parked up. I stayed in the Company flat overnight. Then, bright and breezy took the truck the short distance to Old Brompton Road. All shiny orange, bold as brass, parked for everyone to see as the Expedition Members (EMs) slowly congregated, full of expectation and excitement, for the start of their trip of a lifetime, to Kathmandu, overland.

Ishikawa Diagram


Ishikawa Diagram

A Cause and Effect Diagram, also known as a Fishbone Diagram or Ishikawa Diagram, is a visual tool used to:

  • Identify and organize potential causes of a specific problem or effect.
  • Systematically analyze the root causes of an issue by visually representing the various factors that may contribute to it.

 This in turns links to Root Cause Analysis.

Root Cause Analysis

I have used Cause and Effect Diagrams and Root Cause Analysis many times in my career as a Commercial Manager / Quantity Surveyor in the Construction Industry. Sometimes as part of Contractual Claims preparation or defence, as it is essential to know the primary cause and the associated Contract Clauses upon which the whole stack of cards, or story, and  subsequent evaluation is based.

Another use is to to with company re-engineering, process engineering, and strategy development. Whichever of the names used, which is just a sense of scale and timing, the thoughts are similar, based it to two groups.

The first group is something is wrong and need to be put right. Hence you must find the root cause of the problem to be able to properly fix it. The strategy can then be developed to rectify the cause of the problem or problems not just looking at the symptoms and applying a sticking plaster. Sometimes the cause can be something as small as a simple process, which needs reworking and adjusting. Other times, the whole company needs to be re-engineered to save the company from its own demise.

The second group is similar, but different. There is no fault to find, but a direction needs to be found. A strategy for a change and development initiative. What does success look like? What is the mission and the associated mission statement. It could be a new company or a new product, or new project. It could be transformational change of a whole industry. Either way, the first steps are to find the things that will impact and influence the success or failure. Understanding the root and the influences is key to drafting a strategy which has any reasonable hope of success.

So what has all of the above to do with my travelogue?

The issue of the MICHELIN Man


Who is Bibendum?


Apparently Michelin Man, whose official name is BIBENDUM, has been promoting tires since 1894. I found more about Bibs here, a fascinating story of one of the most recognizable brand ambassadors in the world.

That however, is not our story.

We were camped out in the wild. I am not sure which Encounter Overland trip it was, or even which continent we were on. It was one of three, Europe, Asia, or Africa. So that narrows it down!



Revolution in Iran


How different can the experience of a country be in just a few short years. No visit to a palace this time.


London to Kathmandu - Asia starting with Turkey

Autumn 1978

Which way did we go? To be honest the breakdown managed to wipe out most of the memories of Turkey before it. Perhaps the photos will jog my memory.




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Repairs following hosting move


Spending some time this May repairing links and photos damaged in the move to the new website host. Particularly the articles transferred form the previous travelogue to this, the current Travel website. 

Change of host Sept 2023


Change of host Sept 2023


In the begining of August 2023 I transfered my sites, including this one from 123-reg to IONOS. It was meant to be a simple task. However, that was to to be the case. The reason for the move was primarily the hugh increase in price that 123-reg was applying regarding email boxes. Previously, the upto 500 of the boxes were included in the various hosting packages I had. Now they were going to charge for each mailbox based on size, and as far as I could make out, this was going to cost me nearly £2,000. This was not acceptable, and I did not get satisfactory answers from support. So I turned off all the auto renews and stated to move sites and domains accross to IONOS.

Travel data problems


Travel data problems

This is where it starts to get a little technical.

The site is built on a content management system, CMS, using Joomla. Joomla is moving forward and version 3.10.?? is being discontinued. Future developments are for version 4.??

Similarly, PHP 7 is being replaced with PHP 8.

Part of the migration is relatively simple, I have already changed to a new template which works on the new platforms.

However, some of the helper applications, which work within Joomla are not yet ready.

Fabrik is one of those applications, if fact a significant 'Joomla Custom Website Application Builder'.

Refresh 2021


Site refresh Easter 2021

I decided to give the site a bit of a refresh over Easter 2021 and install a new template and some additional functions. One of the things I didn't like about the old site was the delay in text appearing which probably meant some people left before the content appeared. This has been disabled now.