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The Inconvenience of a Unimog Broken Throttle Cable

There are days when the sun is shining, Mowgli is purring along a busy road, meandering along the south of Spain and all is good in the world. All of a sudden, the engine stalls as you decelerate for a roundabout, a rolling bump start, left foot braking, right foot holding the revs on the …

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7 Reasons to Visit The Rock of Gibraltar as an Overlander

Gibraltar is anything but a typical destination for the adventurous overlander. Wild camping is not tolerated and there are no off road driving opportunities. Taking your own vehicle onto the rock may result in you queueing as if you were at some African border and once you’re across the airport runway separating the rock from …

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Roasted Chestnut Fiesta and Not A Game of Conkers in Sight

Late October in northern Portugal and it’s chestnut harvest season. Not the chestnuts we British use to play conkers. No. we’re talking about the horse chestnuts that are a delicious roast nut feast. So when in Portugal, why not go along to the local roasted chestnut fiesta? As we drove through the Parque Natural de …

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Camino de Santiago de Compostela: Mowgli Style

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, often known as the Way of St James, is a pilgrimage route that criss crosses Europe and northern Spain, culminating in Galicia and the tomb of St James. Legend has it that St James was carried by boat from Jerusalem to Northern Spain. In October 1987 the route was …

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Wild Camping Locations in Northern Spain

We’ve challenged ourselves to reach Tarifa via Portugal using only wild camping locations. So long as we can keep getting water top ups, we’ll even be able to do our laundry. We’ve now been in Spain for 10 nights and we’re about to cross into northeast Portugal. In this time, we’ve travelled along the north …

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The Spectacular Picos de Europa: Mountains, Lakes & Vultures

The spectacular Picos de Europa National Park is probably the lesser visited, little brother of the Pyrenees but they are amazing. These jagged, deeply fissured mountains straddle Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León regions of northern Spain and offer a wealth of walking opportunities. Tiny villages are dotted throughout the area, each with their own …

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Alcoholic Beverages of Cantabria: Drink like a local

Anyone that knows me also knows I quite like a tipple from time to time. With a week or two in Cantabria, and having fully recovered from my time at sea, I didn’t need an excuse to indulge, for research purposes of course! In my role with Mowgli Adventures as chief alcohol related investigative journalist, …

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A Stroll Around Cangas de Onis but Don’t Spend a Week

Cangas de Onis is a small town located on the boundary of the Picos de Europa National Park. The town is set in a deep valley between the rivers of Sella and Guena and not surprisingly it benefits from a more than a picturesque location. It’s a little on the touristy side, although while we …

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