Our Little Travelling
Ron and Viv Moon
After spending 20 years in the Australian Army, Viv and I have been
writing guidebooks on Australia as well as writing for a wide range of
magazines. For 15 years Ron was the editor of 4x4 Australia magazine
and is now their Editor-at-Large, which is something like an escaped
prisoner, but in this case we've just escaped the office and the deadlines.
can see more about who we are and what we do at: www.guidebooks.com.au .
details on our stretched Nissan Patrol check out the 'Our Vehicle'
page on this website.
There is more than just us in our little group
heading across the wilds of Africa though. We've convinced a couple
of friends to join us on this great adventure.
Neil and Helen Cocks
Neil and Helen have been travelling the remote areas of Australia
for many years and there would be few more experienced desert travellers
in the country. Neil is a retired surveyor so we'll be able to stay
on track with his skills and experience.
Their well set up Ford F250 has
been tested and proven in cross country trips in the Tanami, Little Sandy
and Great Sandy Deserts (to name just a few) as well as elsewhere in outback
Australia. Accessories and mods to the Ford include:
Warn 15,000lb winch
ARB Air Locker front and rear diff locks
Rhodes Automotive canopy and
Outback storage system
LRA fuel tank and water tank
Kaymar rear step and tyre carrier
Fred hails from Carson City in Nevada
in the USA and we met him while he was travelling around Australia in
2005/2006. He's travelled extensively in Central and North America and
possibly to a few places he hasn't told us about ... yet!
With Fred's vast
electronic knowledge and gear along with his experience at long distance
travel we'll be able to fix, repair or get around most things along the
way. Fred has a very well set up GMC Sierra pick-up and amongst
a long list of accessories the vehicle is fitted with a commercial coffee
roaster, grinder and cappuccino machines.
A custom made offroad trailer
which features a Track Trailer ( www.tracktrailer.com.au )
independent coil suspension and a full alloy box carries the coffee
beans amongst the other supplies.
Other accessories and mods to the Sierra
Custom built steel bulbar (doubles for compressed air storage)
Body Builder's canopy
3000 watt inverter
Ultra violet water purification system
Premier power welder
Mile Marker hydraulic winch
60-litre Engel Fridge
Black Widow storage drawers
Edge Products 'plug and play' chip upgrade
for engine management
Offroad Engineering Throttle Controller
Banks 4" Exhaust
X Vision night vision goggles
Maggiolina rooftop camper