It sounds like you are gearing up for a fascinating trip. I think you
will enjoy the following sites!
Around-the-World 2001 - "57 countries - 87,000km - 12 months" - "The
collected journals of a guy and three women who drove around the world
by Land Rover. No sponsors, no "mission" - just a good long drive to
see the sights."
Read about Jim Stone's travels around the world
"This is the story of a Latin woman, her gringo husband, and the whole
wide world. Amanda & Richard Ligato decided to leave their hum-drum
everyday routine and set out beyond their world where life felt a
little too guaranteed, insured, and sealed for their own protection.
Leaving behind all the mind numbing comforts of home and the security
of the familiar they embarked on a three year overland trip in their
1970's hippie-van with the goal of discovering first-hand how others
find joy in life."
The experience changed them forever.
"Upon completing their expedition the couple settled in Southern
Africa where they compiled a book chronicling their most outrageous
travel tales and the lessons learned on this incredible journey. The
new authors have just released their book, Wide-Eyed Wanderers, A
Befuddling Journey From the Rat Race to the Roads of Latin America and
"With the lessons from the road in their rucksacks the Ligatos
continue to avoid falling back into the rut of everyday life. They
are planning a new journey, one that involves an even simpler mode of
travel, two wheels, no motor, and complete exposure."
Read "Driving around the world for charity." 12 May 2005
See the Oxford 2 Oxford website
"On the 5th May 2004, we, Tim Nicholson and Joanne Bowlt, set off from
Oxford, England, to drive to Oxford, New Zealand, in a fifty year old
Morris Oxford. Our 1954 classic British car, called Florence, has
steered clear of camels in the deserts of North Africa, avoided
Elephants and holy cows on the monsoon potholed roads of India,
survived Singapore super-efficiency and dodged Australian kamikaze
Kangaroos and erratic Emus on route to New Zealand. After nine sea
crossings and 17,000 miles of driving we arrived in Oxford, New
Zealand, on 13th February 2005."
Marie's World Tour
"Mariesworldtour.com was a live, online virtual trip, that followed
traveler Marie Javins as she traveled around the world in 2001 without
using (almost) any airplanes! You could interact with Marie (and each
other) through this website, and give her advice as she went. The
links below show how you could participate.
See links for About the trip:
The planned route
Nuts & Bolts - budget, FAQ, etc.
Sponsors and other people helping out
"Using cargo ships, trains, buses, donkeys, camels and sailboats, I'm
going to circumnavigate the world alone in 2001, without getting on a
single airplane. Traveling by surface transport means I'll be visiting
small untouristed villages instead of city-hopping along a set
"The World By Road - Around the World Travel Expedition."
Why Are We Doing This? - "The idea for this trip has been long in the
making and driven by converging interests and ideas about what it
means to truly travel. We have been traveling avidly for the last 8
years, which has served to fuel our passion to see more of the world.
We believe the contemporary culture we live and work in, a culture
that permeates throughout the world through globalization, is an
exceptionally small part of the world in which we live. It is our
belief that curiosity, true adventure and the need for authentic
experience are desires most of us hold in common."
The Big Picture - "As The World by Road Expedition circles the globe,
not only will we be satisfying these desires, but we will also be
striving to develop and cultivate a genuine perspective of the world
in which we live. In order to achieve these goals, we will be
interacting with aid organizations throughout our travels and
promoting the efforts of these organizations from a ground level
prospective. Additionally, we will pursue adventure - from the
mountains to the rivers to the seas, along the way immersing ourselves
in as much culture and world customs as possible."
How to Get From Point A to B - "With the constraints of timetables and
the short reach mass transit has to less touched and off the beaten
path corners of the globe, we decided the only true way to see the
world is on the ground in a 4x4. Further inspired by Harold Stephens
and Al, the 1965 team who first traveled the world by road, we will be
circling the globe on the ground meeting local people and showing you
the world from an unfiltered view, border to border."
An excerpt from "AROUND THE WORLD BY KART! - "They said we were crazy
to try - but we?ve already traveled 10,000 miles!" By William Glen
"DRIVE a kart around the world? Man, you?re nuts! You?ll never make it!"
"This was the almost universal reaction that greeted my announced
intention to circle the globe on a four-wheeled beetle smaller than
many a baby carriage. Now, 10,000 miles later, I like to think the
scoffers have been silenced."
"Who Needs a Road? The story of the longest and last motor journey
ever made around the world." by Harold Stephens & Albert Podell
"Who Needs a Road? is a true story of two men who in the 1960's drove
around the world in a Toyota Land Cruiser. A best seller at the time
but long out of print, this rollicking adventure is now available for
the first time in paperback.
"Three Men in a Hupp - Around the World by Automobile, 1910-1912," by
James A. Ward. http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?book_id=3460
"In late 1910, three American adventurers set off on a remarkable
around-the-world journey by automobile. Sponsored by the Hupp Motor
Car Corporation, the trip was intended to publicize the durability of
the Hupmobile and help stimulate export sales."
"The car was first driven from Detroit to San Francisco - a very
difficult journey in its own right in 1910. From San Francisco, the
car and its drivers took a steamship to Hawaii, and from there to
Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania, unloading and touring at
each port of call. The men and their machine spent the next five weeks
attempting to drive through the Philippines, and then pushed on to
Japan and China, where they managed to stay one step ahead of the
Chinese revolution. They then drove across India, and from there,
sailed to Egypt, brining the first automobile ever to be seen in that
country. Next, the Hupmobilists sailed to Italy. In Rome, the
adventurers met Pope Pius X, and then drove north to Germany and
France. They crossed the English Channel to Folkstone, toured England,
and then ferried from Liverpool to Ireland. They returned to New York
in time for the 1912 auto show."
"In the end, the Hupmobile was driven 41,000 miles and transported by
steamship another 28,000. A new world was dawning, both for
transportation and for American business enterprise."
Harold Stephen's website
Also see "Harold Stephens - A Modern Day Marco Polo."
You might want to peruse the Go Nomad website for travel ideas
I hope these references are helpful! I don't know if the individual
you are thinking of is contained within one of these sites. If not,
you might need to clarify with some more specifics.
around the world in a truck
driving around the world