Gertie Returns From China With Matt & Ellen
For those who have travelled on her, Gertie has just returned from her final overland trip and she has hung her wheels up for retirement.
After fifteen years of faithful service, having travelled countless journeys around South America, Africa and Asia, she is being decommissioned - posh word for scrapped.
He last tour of duty was an epic. She left the UK for Morocco in 2008 and did a summer's season on Family Overlands. (see picture on right)
In 2009 she headed off to Africa and over the last few years has travelled the length of Africa before heading up the Nile to Istanbul in march 2012. From there she headed to Beinijng and back a journey of over 24000 kms and finally arrived back in the UK 3 days before Christmas
But part of her will go back into service, because in 4 months time, her re-commissioned body will be hoisted onto a modern Mercedes Artego chassis which will head out to South America for its first epic journey. Like a phoenix rising from the fire, she will re-emerge shiny and new, (well something like it)
Her last trip with Matt and Ellen
Congratulations to Matt & Ellen on completing one of the toughest Central Asian runs ever. Gertie did her final run from Beijing starting on 9th September and finishing in Istanbul on 13th December. Cold and drafty was their comment, but despite travelling through some of the world's remotest mountains and deserts in weather that Ranulph Fiennes would be proud of.
A Dragoman wedding and then off to South America
After returning from beijing, matt and Ellen now head off to the USA for their wedding in january. Good luck to them both. Instead of a honeymoon, their head off to lead a trip from Rio to Ushuaia and then up to Cartagena, so anyone want to join them on their honeymoon, check out this link
Good luck to them both.