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…

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…