Ravens on the Road: Overland Travel Adventure

Simon Raven in Vladivostok. photo by Chris Raven

Four overland adventures across the USA, Russia, Black Sea & South America

Driving the Trans-Siberian

by Chris Raven & Simon Raven

Ever had the desire to jump in your car and keep driving; to wave goodbye to routine and commitment, to drive into the unknown hungry for adventure? Well, that is precisely what overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a -30 degrees freezer. Not being petrol heads and having zero knowledge of the internal combustion engine, the brothers fired up their rusty Ford Sierra Sapphire and headed east. 

After clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia and the notorious Zilov Gap in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this insane journey by the skin of their teeth the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy of extreme road trip adventure.

Priding themselves in going it alone, Simon and Chris have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.

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In search of the Greater One-horned Rhino

Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park.

Chris Raven travels to India in his search for the Greater one-horned Rhino

By Chris Raven


After a long and bumpy bus journey from Guwhati, the capital of Assam, we arrive at the Kaziranga National Park. Our mission is to ride on top of an elephant and catch a glimpse of the greater one-horned rhino. Located on the banks of the River Brahmaputra, in the far north east corner of India, the Kaziranga National Park was first established in 1908 and is listed as a World Heritage Site. There are over two-thirds of the world’s one-horned Indian rhinos living here, and the park also has the highest density of tigers and large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, swamp deer and over 200 species of birds.

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Cat Deeley Photos (1998)

A collection of black & white and colour photographs of the celebrity TV presenter Cat Deeley. The photo shoots were taken in 1998 in London when Cat was a model at Storm and before she presented SMTV.

Photo Shoot at London Docklands, 1998.

Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven
Photo by Chris Raven