Blog 63 by Tan: Day 1 on the Dirt – A Crash Course on the Congo Day 1 of proper (i.e. off road) riding 340km Kolwezi to… some place   The day’s ride. 340kms. Killed it.   After all the hype, and the hypertension about hitting the dirt, the first day’s ride wasn’t too bad at…

Blog 62 by Tan: The Route The crossing of Democratic Republic of Congo has taken on legendary status in African overlanding circles. By far the most well known Lubumbashi-Kinshasa crossing was done in a 4WD by a gutsy Belgian couple back in 2010. Tell you what, if our DRC report doesn’t do it for you, this…

Blog 61 by Tan: DRC – To the End of the Tar Our last day in Zambia started off in the typical fashion; cruisey and behind a schedule we never expected to stick to anyway. After a final treat of a laid back breakfast and a bunch of gas bagging with people curious of us and…

Blog 60 by Mick: Preparation, or is it Procrastination? We met our friendly detective, the ‘good cop’ half of the dynamic duo, a few minutes after sunrise, which was a few minutes before his shift started. We had concluded our negotiations with the hotel owners and collected the settlement cash late in the afternoon the previous…

Blog 59 by Tan: The Curious Case of the Bowlegged Bandit Talk about being kicked while you are down! To us it was immediately obvious; the robbery had all the hallmarks of an inside job and figured if we played things right we might be in with a chance of being reunited with at least some…

Blog 58 by Tan: A Reunion, A Concussion and a Case of Collusion Finding ourselves visiting with Caleb and Joanna was a fantastic and unexpected treat. As the diligent blog followers among you may recall, meeting this family was a pure matter of chance. And one that makes me realise my mum may have been wrong…

Blog 57 by Mick: Africa’s new “Hell Road” We had already gotten our passports stamped in Omorate when we left for Kenya. The day previous, we had gone in to town without luggage but still pretty burdened by the idea of crossing the bridge over the Omo River. When we had done this trip 7 weeks…

Blog 56 Update by Tan: Omo 10 months later: (yes we are 10 months behind in our blog and yes we are filled with shame) In the ten months since we were there things have changed quite a bit for the locals. I think we might even struggle to recognise the place. Just weeks after we…

Blog 56 by Tan: The Last Gasps of the Omo We woke up overjoyed to find that we hadn’t just dreamt we were at Dick and Donna’s; we were really there! Our bodies were aching from the riding and sun exposure and we were utterly exhausted, just like the first time we arrived nearly 7 weeks…

Blog 55 by Mick: Riding the Wild Side of the Omo With all the people about in the morning, we got away later that we would have liked. And we didn’t have any breakfast either, as everywhere we went there were eyes on us, so we hit the road and hoped we could find something in…