Buya Ikhaya (Come Home)

Charlie and Rensche are coming home by riding motorbikes from London to Cape Town.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

So which way are we going?

I'm certain that this posting is going to be changing on a regular basis but our first thoughts on which route to take and why are as follows:

Route 1(Blue): Our first choice would be Uk, France, Germany, Poland and then through the eastern European countries and Turkey into Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa.

Route 2 (Green): Our second choice would be the same as Route 1 but cutting out Egypt if we find we can't afford the 800% Carnet and if Sudan does not get it's politics and rebels sorted out in time, then we will go from Jordan to Ethiopea via, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Djibouti.

Route 3 (Red): Our last choice which we have not yet investigated is heading down the western route: UK, France, Spain, Morroco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, DRC, Angola, Namibia, South Africa. The decision to take this route will depend on whether the current unrest in the Middle East escalates or subsides.

Getting directions!!!

As I had no clue about GPS's I decided to get hold of a cheap entry level basic one that I could used to find out exaclty what I wanted to progress to. After a bit of hunting I found the best for my needs was the Garmin Etrex Vista ( I bought one from some one at the Divvy Club for £120 and found a Touratech mounting cradle for sale on Ebay.

It worked well but it quickly became clear that it had too little memory to cover more that 500miles of road. So it has served it's purpose of getting me to experience the capabilities of GPS and to see what functionality I am looking for in them.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

The two F650's in their heyday

This is what the bikes looked like on our Pyrenees trip just before all the extra's were stripped off and the bikes were sold as bog standard Funduros