Jul 12 2010

Our new travelling companion…

Kobe, tortoise in Swahili, is a 1983 Land Cruiser HJ47 double cab conversion and is powered by Toyota’s infamous 2H 3980cc 6 cylinder diesel engine and a sluggish 4 speed gearbox.

We found him tucked away behind some modern machines in Nairobi and I’m sure any Land Cruiser lover would have scolded me if I left this classic to end up as a bush car again or being overworked on a farm.

So from now on south Dale will drive Mvubu behind Kobe and I. I’m sure he will adjust to the family life fairly quickly and enjoy seeing the rest of Africa while heading to SA. He’s had a fair bit of love already but I made sure Mvubu got his share too as I changed all the brake pads and did a little needed work on him too. Mvubu will also have a slower ride now too as old Kobe is 13 years his senior and missing that spritely spirit but still has the guts and gees to get through the toughest terrain.

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Jan 15 2010

adkins diet or afri diet?..

With the price of a whole beef fillet (under €3 per kg) being 75% of the cost of chicken who would think that the Adkins Diet was non existent in Africa! That said, a 650ml beer in Burkina costs €1 and by far the cheapest on our entire trip thus far…

One would only ever trust home scale, perhaps the pay scale at Boots for some, more than often the airline scales but you can be sure that the scales at a customs office in Africa has to be calibrated to closest 1000th of a gram. On entering Burkina we were excited to put the reliability of this scale to the test. This particular model, a shift weight scale with a max of 100kg scale, looked the part of a scientific apparatus and it was this specific apparatus that concluded that I, Kirk George Lynch, have broken the 100kg mark. Years of effort and comfortable living had kept me above the golden century for a very long time but now, after 3 months on the road, I not only broke through the mark I smashed it by 10kg’s. I am now on 90kg’s and back in form.

Fat boy of the past, racing snake of the future!

Oct 30 2009

everyone believes they have seen the best sunset…

We saw one of the best sunsets last night and it does tip the scale a little more than all the others we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Not because it was absolutely spectacular but because it silohuetted the Atlas mountains of Morocco, the first port of call in Africa. From Tarifa you can see the outline of the mountains clearly and on a wind free day they say you can see the houses too. We’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a wind free day today, 30 degree temps and cloud free skies, what a start and I bet if more Mud Island crew knew about this weather the place would have been over-run by northerners.. there is no local chippie though! Bought 1kg of sized prawns for €6 yesterday and feasted on them fresh from the skillet with garlic butter and lemon, eat your heart out Rick Stein… Just updated the Spain album with more pics but left off the prawns as you need to get here to experience that…

Oct 15 2009

satellite phone, Spanish omelette and Kudu biltong…

So ‘two days for one thousand’ is my motto today. Two more days left at work and a possible thousand off from tomorrow. What a feeling! So I brought in a bag of Kudu biltong to enjoy with a handful of people (no everyone enjoys biltong this far north), Esperanza made two great Spanish omelettes and Adrian popped down to Tesco and bought a few crusty bread rolls to enjoy with the 3* breakfast!

The satellite SIM card has been activated and the number etc can be accessed on the ‘Contact Us’ page on the blog or website. If you are unable to activate the website I’ll include the number on an email to all later today.

So, two days of work, two sleeps to departure and 2 years (possibly more) of adventure.. And of course the 2 of us!