Aug 26 2009

7 weeks, 3 days and counting…

With under 2 months to go and Mvubu ready to roll we really only have a few things to take care of. First being Dale’s Schengen visa.. Man what a pain. Between VFS (the designated visa service company for a Spanish Schengen) and the Spanish Consulate things are not moving very quickly. As they say, on a SA passport best to get to France for a day or two and secure a year or even two visa now. Once that is sorted Dale has the task of arranging the Moroccan visa.. Holding thumbs for that!! How great it is to have a British passport!

The final big task is moving out of the house. We’ve managed to secure a garage on an ongoing lease so have a storage facility for the bits and bobs (mainly my bikes and other crap) and it is loads cheaper than any other storage option which is a big bonus. We move out of the house in exactly a months time so the clock is ticking. Thereafter it is saying our farewells, finishing up at work and hitting the A3 to Portsmouth.

Mvubu is in tip top form and nerves are starting to show. A few consoling words and he perks right up and has a sip of his super power juice and all is forgotten.. He mentioned he was sick and tired of the M25 traffic on Saturday, while on our way back home and all he wants is desert, mud and dirt roads.. ‘Enough of this prissy tarred smooth malarky and road works. Give me grit, grime, mud, moose, washboards, 70 degree sand, rocky climbs and full double tank of power juice and we’ll be ready to rock n roll..’. Well, that was enough for me. My confidence levels shot through the roof. His new heavy duty clutch must have picked him right up and gave him the real kahunas four months before his fourteenth birthday. My boy’s growing up!

Apart from that, the prep continues. I’ve been working on getting all the waypoints and tracks collected and converted into Points Of Interest. Updating various map sources and loading audiobooks and music on iTunes. Bags are pretty much packed and hopefully all we’ll need to do is stuff them in the back, jump in and drive off..

If the weather holds out this weekend I’ll take some updated pics of Mvubu and post them and attempt to pack the car up to check where all the goodies will have a good home. Till then.. Salani kahle.

Aug 5 2009


Time is ticking by slowly for me. I am currently on my annual 6-week summer holiday break. Usually I would be relishing in the fact that I have no work to do for the next 6 weeks but instead I am wishing that I were at work so that time would fly by and the departure date for our African adventure would get here more rapidly. I have been following many blogs of various people who are currently travelling through Africa and they are most certainly whetting my appetite for adventure. I have been busying myself packing boxes…anything in the house that is not of use such as board games, extra crockery sets, picture frames, books etc. Kirk and I have already packed our ‘expedition clothing’ into the bags that we are going to be taking with us. It is an added bonus for me to see how many more items of clothing I can fit into my bag…an advantage of being a girl and being allocated the same size bag as Kirk who is, to a certain degree, bigger and taller than me!   We are taking Mvubu to Paul in Peterborough next Saturday to do a crash course in mechanics and for Paul to advise us on what equipment is crucial for the trip and what needs to stay in England. Mvubu will be spending the week at Footloose 4×4 so that he can be fitted with a new heavy-duty clutch. He is hopefully going to be the picture of health when we get him back and will be ready to take us into and beyond the great continent.