Blog 54 by Mick: Go West Young Man We weren’t even on the outskirts of Bure when the road turned to dirt, not the way we were going out of town anyway. For most overlanders, Bure would be a non-descript tiny town on the highway between Sudan and Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to the southeast. We,…

Blog 53 by Mick: Mud and Soap Operas Debark, our home for the evening, is the gateway to the Simien Mountains and is set up as a tourist town with plenty of cheap hotels and tourist guiding services of variable looking quality, it seemed all of whom had found us in our hotel during the previous…

Blog 52 by Tan: Beware the Singing Little Girls After all the excitement of Danakil we were happy to chill in Mekele until we’d caught up on sleep and were ready to hit the road again. Mekele was by far the nicest looking city we had encountered thus far in Ethiopia. There is a highly reliable…

Blog 51 by Tan: The Geologists’ Nirvana of the Danakil Depression – PART 2 After next to no sleep the previous night we crashed out in anticipation of another early start for our visit the Erta Ale volcano (pronounced like Air-ta Ah-leh). In the morning I woke up feeling good… too good even. Yep, we had…

Blog 50 by Tan: The Geologists’ Nirvana of the Danakil Depression – PART 1   The people who had previous expressed a keen interest in the geology tidbits offered up in this blog may come to regret such assertions. I am going to engage full geologist mode all up in this blog post as it seems…

Blog 49 by Mick: Where the Scum of Your Character Will Come to the Surface The 30-day limit put on our motorcycle importation permits was a real spanner in the works for us. When we arrived in Ethiopia, the customs guy had asked me how long we intended to stay, to which I had casually replied…

Blog 48 by Tan: Highway of the Devil’s Spawn We decided to ditch the tar and take the old dirt road through the Awash Valley en route to the tourist hub of Lalibela. It was a wise move that found us riding along rolling barren hills then across an almost desert scene. It made for some…

Blog 47 by Mick: Navel Gazing in Harar The ride from Jinka to Harar had exacted its toll, so it was a late start the next morning. We had ridden over 1500kms in the last five days and over two thirds of it was gravel or off-road of some description. We were in need of a…

Blog 46 by Mick: Taking the High Way, As Opposed To The Highway OMG!!!! A MAP!!! yep, we are getting better at this blog thing. Here is our route through Ethiopia. Brown is gravel/offroad, green is tar and pink is a car. this post goes from Yabello down the south to Harar in the east, a…

Blog 45 by Tan- The Land That Time Forgot After several unforgettable days of rigorous riding through the Turkana and Omo regions we somehow woke to find ourselves in a veritable haven in one of the most out of this world/time places. We had always planned to ride the east route of Turkana to Omorate but…