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Howzit from Zambia

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Howdy folks.  Just a quick update.  I’ve fallen quite far behind on this whole blogging business and have quite a bit of catching up to do but will get through it all eventually.  The last month or two has been full of all sorts so will hopefully get it all down but it does take time and now after just…

A good day in Tanzania

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I’m sitting here writing this blog entry with a cold beer and salted crisps on the table in front of me and it gets better; we have onions, rolls and boereworse too. Some of you may recognize the three magical ingredients as the essential constituents of boereworse rolls. Oh yes tonight there will be a feast.
The day didn’t start…

Turmi Ethiopian (Old Years eve)

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I’m sitting at a “first world” lodge sipping, or rather gulping down on a very cold local beer. Its been really hot today and I have been riding hard so I’m dehydrated and the beer has had an instant effect. I feel good and am writing this well lubricated. Today`s riding has been intense. Long fast loose gravel roads and…

Sudan

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With the exception of having to wait for almost a week for our bikes in bloody Wadi Halfa, the rest of Sudan was more of a fast paced exercise to catch up on lost time.  We clocked up a record 530km in the last day across the desert and that included a border crossing over into Ethiopia as well. Not…

A Christmas Mission To Ethiopia

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As you may know my stomach was not well for some time in Egypt and Wadi Halfa. The antibiotics worked brilliantly and was 100% recovered within 36 hours of taking them, and eating like a horse. So with this new found vitality we have decided to make for Ethiopia and try to get there for Christmas eve.
This little mission…

Sudan. The Change

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I feel inspiration to write a blog again. The lack of enthusiasm in Egypt has been reversed by the sudden and refreshing change entering Sudan. What a breath of fresh air. The people here are so generous, even though money must be a struggle. I am generalizing here, because we are stuck in in Wadi Halfa so I have only…

Egypt

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There, there, there.  Easy now maan.  We’ve finally arrived in the dusty little town of  Wadi Halfa, Sudan but we’re still not moving.  At least after this there are no more ferries to catch so hopefully we can get a move on. Egypt however has been quite mix of all sorts and I rate we’ve checked quite a few boxes…

Just a couple of JDs.

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One of the coolest currency names I’ve heard of so far.  The Jordanian Dinar is about one to one with the Euro and not surprisingly, we managed to spend a few.  With the ideas of Lebanon and Israel now decided against, a good amount of time was spent in Jordan enjoying what it had to offer.  No sign of Mr…

Welcome to Syria

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Was pretty much how we we greeted most of the time. “Welcome! Welcome!” I rate it was genuine as tourists are somewhat scarce these days. The only time we found it a bit contradictory was coming through the border when they were rummaging through all of our luggage looking for some sort of contraband. I can guarantee you that they…

Turkish Delight

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Well, not really when starting out but eventually we got to where we needed to be and really enjoyed Turkey.  So much so that we actually dug our heels in towards the end quite a bit.  It was the first real border crossing where all our docs were properly scrutinised.  I don’t think our passports had been checked at all…

Welcome to Syria

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At the Syrian borders all the prats must be grouped together for the job of custom inspections. These guys basically empty all of your belongings onto a table and then go through them. About 4 or 5 prats do it simultaneously, which makes it difficult to keep an eye on your belongings. For my stuff special interest was paid…