Archive for the ‘driving’ Category

We didn’t get anywhere near Mongolia.  We couldn’t donate the car to the charity.  I hope the best for the great people I met along the way, but it really is terrible that I had to junk it due to the engine failing.  We’ll still make donations to the charities and such, just heavy-hearted that the engine exploded […]

The panda’s growl has worsened, I fear.  With any luck, we’ll find a place tomorrow morning to take a look and discern whether this is engine related or simply a mere leak in the exhaust system.  I think we all feel better when we’re pushing it to its limit at  80 mph on the autobahn and it […]



Yesterday was exhausting, I suspect, at this early point, that this is developing as an ongoing theme. Left London via rail, due to construction on the line, we then had to take a bus to Alton.  Picked-up the car, Jason saved the day by knowing how to drive stick and being able to adjust to driving on the […]

grinding away


After the red-eye to London, I took the tube to Waterloo Station and the train to Aston, met-up with Peter who had been so extremely helpful through this process, he sold me the Panda and started my lesson on driving a manual transmission in the UK.  I cannot adequately describe the potential harm he faced for hours– […]

I must admit that despite eight months of planning, I feel under somewhat under-prepared. Some of these sources of concern are understandable, like the part about driving a car with a manual transmission across Europe and most of Asia without any previous experience driving stick.  I had hoped to learn in Cleveland and had found a […]