Land Rover

An archaeologist's rig? (part 15)

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Nope, but this one could do the job. Don’t know the year but this Landy has all the bells and whistles. It seats eight, opens up, folds down, spins, pushes and pulls stuff, bounces, and has a long wheel-base (127 or 130 inches?). It is rigged for safari viewing (check out the small hatch above the front seat!).

I was so pleased. I pointed it out to Mr Nixon who was nonplussed. He said he used to have one (for like 20 years!) but prefers a Toyota Land Cruiser. “Rovers break down.”

Sheesh. Don’t you just hate it when practicality outruns nostalgia?


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We parked our Cruiser down the line (the tan one on the left) from this olive-colored Rover while visiting Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Here you can see the long wheel base and the pop-top for viewing.

If you are a pastor, church leader, or educator who is interested in leading a trip to the lands of the Bible, let me hear from you. I partner with faith-based groups to craft and deliver outdoor academic experiences. Leaders receive the same perks that other agencies offer, at competitive prices, and without the self-serving interests that often derail pilgrim priorities. And by the way, we use busses not Rovers.

An archaeologist's rig? (part 11)

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Hiding behind the camo is a 1990-issue Land Rover. She helps to keep the city of Rome free from the bad guys. The nearby soldier was protective at first but once he realized I was a true Rover aficionado, he warmed up. Bravo to Italian security!


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We have many travel experiences to Bible Lands planned in 2019 (see list here). These are often organized on behalf of educational institutions or for church groups. If you are a leader who is interested in crafting a unique travel opportunity for your organization or if you are an individual who would like to join a group, shoot me an email at markziese@gmail.com.

An archaeologist's rig? (part 9)

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Spotted this Land Rover-Santana on the road to Pereje, Spain (another shot here). Don't you love the original "green machine"? Much nicer than the white one I saw a few miles back (see here). Classic color, classic lines. Woop! Woop!

Buen caminó!


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Speaking of old classics: try Athens! Join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean experience in October, 2018. We'll be cruising aboard the luxurious Celebrity Reflection. See the link here for details. Onboard lectures will provide focus as we visit the ports of Malta, Rhodes, Santorini, and, of course, Athens among others. An optional add-on visit to Rome is possible on either end of the trip.

An archaeologist's rig? (part 6)

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I happened across this Santana 2500 sitting on a street in Nájera, Spain. The Santana is a Spanish-made Rover (Defender) with its own particular line of evolutionary development. 

She is a little dented up, but has much potential. Sweet!

Buen caminó!


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Join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean experience in October, 2018. We'll be cruising aboard the luxurious Celebrity Reflection. See the link here for details. Onboard lectures will provide focus as we visit the ports of Malta, Rhodes, Santorini, and Athens among others. An optional add-on visit to Rome is possible on either end of the trip.

An archaeologist's rig? (part 3)

To be perfectly honest, I don't remember where I saw this "Safari Lunchbox." It was somewhere in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during our 2004 season at Tell Jalul. I'm thinking it was used by one of those companies that takes dudes for desert rides. 

It is a shame that its last paint-job was applied with a nylon brush. 

The bones of this Landy are still good under all those dings and dents and missing lamps. You can tell by the way the hood proudly sports the spare. 

More musing on knobby-tyred vehicles used by archaeologists is found here.

My rig (of dreams)

Some people come to the site of Bethany-by-the-Jordan to find a religious experience. I found my dream truck there. The Series Land Rover is the toughest, most versatile vehicle on the road. You can break it down (and probably will) with a 10mm wrench, one screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. 

By the way, you know why the British are terrible at making computers?

They can't get them to leak oil.