Guys plan epic 15,000km journey in Nissan Micra

PANCONTINENTAL ROAD TRIP: Steve Madden will depart next month on a fundraising road trip from England to Mongolia in a Nissan Micra.
PANCONTINENTAL ROAD TRIP: Steve Madden will depart next month on a fundraising road trip from England to Mongolia in a Nissan Micra. Nicky Moffat

FROM England to Mongolia by road in a hatchback.

That's Curtis Island worker Steve Madden's vision, and he's planning to do it in a one litre Nissan Micra.

Mr Madden, 26, and his team of Brisbane friends will depart London next month on a 15,000km journey through more than 16 nation states to Ulanbataar, capital of Mongolia.

The trip will be unassisted, and will pass through countries with diverse legal and cultural requirements, including Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.

But the challenge of co-ordinating visas and other logistics is fun for the engineer, whose main motivation is his need for a more difficult goal in his life.

"Every holiday I've had has been a landmark challenge," he said. "This is the biggest challenge we could think of."

The trip will be a "feral, unsupported adventuring chaos", according to the team's website, and will form part of the pancontinental adventure challenge event, Mongol Rally 2014.

"I'm hoping it all comes together," Mr Madden said. "I'm pretty excited about it."

The trip will raise cash for Cool Earth, a charity which works with indigenous communities to protect threatened rainforest, and for Bowel Cancer Australia.

So what kind of person would dream up a trip like this?

"I play a lot of sport. I'm a hyperactive, don't sleep kind of guy," he said.

A mechanical engineeer, he will join an all-engineer cast of teammates, who met at university in Brisbane.

"We all did engineering, but that doesn't mean I can fix a car," he said.

Mr Madden said donations and in-kind contributions toward the trip would be gratefully accepted.


Topics:  adventure curtis island editors picks holiday travel

He gave his teen lover 'a joint' before bed

MARIJUANA: Dad denies smoking marijuana in front of his kids.

Gladstone man warned over smoking a joint with his teen lover.

He 'appeared' to wet his pants before police arrived

James Bell outside Gladstone Courthouse.

MAN appeared to have urinated himself.

Hanson backlash has major parties working to regain support

HELP US: Pauline Hanson stopped in Gladstone after being invited by business owners struggling with the economic downturn.

Job insecurity is seen to be a driving factor for One Nation Party

Local Partners

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Coles to pay new owner of Tannum servo $320K

UP FOR GRABS: Expressions of interest in Tannum's new service station, which will house the new Coles Express, closed this month.

INVESTORS bid for new Tannum service station under construction.

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June