Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Final tweets from our journey......

Just got back to Cape Town after a long ride from Durban having spent a lovely Christmas with the in-laws in Umhlanga Rocks.

Just got our bikes back from BMW SA with a brand spanking new front wheel and hub, now if i can just find some new tyres.......

Our bikes have now gone into a container for shipping and we have arrived back in the UK to start working again, damn.

Our bikes have finally arrived back from Cape Town after 2 months. Now just awaiting the wrath of UK customs agency. I so miss riding.

Finally back on our bikes again after almost 3 months of waiting for shipping and customs clearance, what a pleasure :)

EDIT: And that was that, our adventure came to an end but our life moved on, we have since then had many more wonderful adventures, none more so than the birth of our little boy Rhys.........and the adventure continues

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Cape Town or bust, we've made it

Arrived in Cape Town on the 11th Dec to a warm welcome. Exactly 12003 miles covered.

Time to relax and reflect on the trip we have just completed. Its amaizing how most of the countries tie into each other, be it on the European or African continent. Parts of Ethiopia seem to remind me of southern Austria for instance. Also great to just spend time with the family and enjoy the comforts we all so take for granted. 

I would love to say that Cape Town is the best place to ride, but heavy winds and since being through most of Africa, this is not always true. Remember that the best rides don't only take into account the scenery, but also your experiences on the route, that's not to say the Cape Town is not brilliant in its own rights.

All the touristy boxes ticked and bikes checked into BMW for repairs and servicing, its time to head off to Durban for Christmas........
On the N1, just 20km from our destination
Arrived in Cape Town on the 11th Dec to a warm welcome. Exactly 12003 miles covered

Signal Hill
The 12 Apostles
Signal Hill once again from Camps Bay side of the mountain

'It sure is windy around here'

Monday, 13 December 2010

Tweets of the whole journey from day one

Overloaded. Overtired. Only 14931 miles to go to Cape Town. Let the trip begin. On a ferry to France.

In Brugge now enjoying a waffle. Then off to Germany to get a campsite

France done. Belgium done. Netherlands done. Berlin here we come, well maybe tomorrow. McDonalds will do for now.

Just 100 miles to Berlin. The driving on the autobahn is yet to improve. How do you judge a car in your mirror at double your speed?

In Berlin having a great time with friends new and old. Good time to explore the city for a few days.
Walking through Berlin soaking up the history and the sun

Thinking of getting a new bike for the load

Wow, what a history. We love Berlin.

BMW Berlin, you are the best, sorting out Delilah's bike tomorrow before we leave for Czech

Off to Prague in the morning, please let the weather be nice!!

In Czech just outside of Prague. Been eaten alive by mozis

Bye bye Prague

1000 miles done only 14000 to go

Ceske Krumlov is our next stop. Google it to see how beautiful it actually is

You've gotta love Ceske Krumlov. This is a view from our hotel terrace.

In Linz, Austria watching an opera on the river Danube. Brilliant sound

On the autobahn in Austria just having dipped back into Germany on our way to Milan

In the mountains of Italy camping for the night. In Milan by tomorrow afternoon

At Lake Garda about 160km from Milan, taking a quick dip and catching up on our tans

Now camping on Lake Como. Again being chowed by mozi's. Ouch!!!

Italian drivers!!! Aaaii carumba. Get me out of here.

Just been to the tower of Pisa. A must do!! Warning: by foot and nit by bike. Refer to my previous tweet.

Wet wet wet. I thought it was summer In Italy. We are soaked to the bones camping in the Cinque Terra area.

5hrs and 143km of mountain passes, without any rain. What more could you ask for. Camping on the coast just off Arenzano. Finally some r ...

Remember my last blog. The missing bike keys. Well ask and He shall provide. I got them back this morning. Woohoo

In Venice after a very different ride on new offroad biased tyres.

Thanks again Diego for all your help on this trip. Rent-a-Dream Milan rocks

@sum1els its about time, :-) see you in a bit, we are just sorting to leave in an hour or so as well

Leaving Italy For Egypt Via Vismar Ferry -,12.2410

Heading For Syria Today. Otherwise Nothing Much To See But Sea -,25.6975

Enjoying The Shade In Syria While In Port -,35.8677

Alexandria, hectic traffic but great seafood

Alexandria, what a hectic lifestyle. it's 1 o’clock in the morning and everyone is still up, and don't get me started on the driving, hectic!!!

On the desert road in Egypt heading towards Luxor

Sorry for the lack of updates but seems that having lost the usefulness of my Iphone has temporarily incapacitated our communications

Currently in Aswan, Egypt after a beautiful days rest on (and in) the Nile waiting for our ferry crossing tomorrow to Wadi Halfa, Sudan

Blogs are nearly up to date, just a few days behind now, so keep checking the site for updates.

Thanks again to all who are donating to this wonderful cause. For details please check our site at

In Sudan today after a rather interesting ferry trip. All well just waiting for vehicles to arrive

Still stuck in Wady Halfa waiting for the vehicles to clear. How bored can you get?

At Karima in Sudan checking out the pyramids heading for Khartoum

In Ethiopia at the moment. Really enjoying this beautiful country

Having some lunch on Lake Tana before heading to Addis Ababa

In Addis Ababa. Just had breakfast. Got to sort out tyre burst on the 800 today

Sorry for lack of blog updates. Many to follow as Ethiopia has a ban on blogspot website for some reason

Currently in Moyale Ethiopia wasting to cross over to Kenya. Ready to tackle the dreaded road to Marsabit

Finished the Mojale to Marcebit road with fairly minimal damage to the bikes

Currently at Jungle Junction in Nairobi. Relaxing and sorting a few things on the bikes

Now out of Nairobi well on our way to Uganda. Sleeping about 20m from feeding hippos. Awesome

Just survived a heavy storm on the While Nile in Uganda, Ooooh camping is going to be interesting.......

White river rafting in the morning i guess.......nice one. Might be the last time as they will be damming the Nile up shortly

At Town View Hotel in Mubende, after a hectic ride from Kampala. Africa’s worst road

Just visited our Compassion sponsor kids deep in the mountains, it was brilliant, think we've had enough of off-roading on the bikes now.

Heading off to Rwanda this morning after the bikes get a quick jetwash from last nights activities in the mud.

In Rwanda having some lunch before passing on to Tanzania. What lovely people

Still in Tanzania having just fixed Delilah’s bike after spills on the sand. Hope to head into Malawi on Monday

Gotta love the Chinese. Free camping and water in their roadworks site compound just north of Tunduma, Tanzania. Off to Malawi in the mo ...

Currently sitting on the beach of Lake Malawi waiting to get the rear shock of the 800gs fixed with no assistance from BMW thanks very much

Lake Malawi. Not the worst place in the world to be stuck waiting for spares

Crossed over to Zambia today. Good to be moving again. Heading for Lusaka in the morning. That’s one whole country completed on a broken bike

In Lusaka after another long but very beautiful and twisty drive. Perfect for the bikes, even one with a busted shock.

Not seen the falls yet but in Livingstone for a few days before leaving for Namibia

Just posted 4 new blog updates for those following.

Andre is now heading south, so he should reach SA in 2 days....that's the end of a good trip for him. We head to Namibia tomorrow....maybe.

Crossed the border into Namibia today. Staying in the trees with the elephants and buffalo below. Sweet

Note to self. Do not stay in a tree house during a really rough and violent thunder storm. It was pretty hair raising

Boerewors and eggs again for breakfast. How could you possibly go back to eating cereal. Only 250km from getting my bike fixed now. Woohoo.

Just 1 more sleep till my bike gets fixed, its been 3500km and 2,5 countries crossed with no rear shock absorber, my butt will be so relieved

BMW Windhoek fixed our bikes and gave us a R1200GS to use while we waited. Not sure Delilah wants to give it back as the rear seat is awesome

Just been sandboarding in the Namib Desert. Awesome. Off to Walvis Bay in the morning

Just finished a bike run with the bikers club of Walvis Bay. Now heading for Sossusvlei. pity about the sand roads to get there, great fun ...

Been and done Sossulsvlei, brilliant place to visit but my camera broke due to fine sand, damn. Heading on down to SA over the next few days.

Hard days riding yesterday. Almost 500km in 40 deg heat with quarter of the riding on slow offroad. Exhausting

Not our hottest day but 43deg is pretty hot. Chilling out in springbok at the moment

Lindsay Elms @uk2za · 8 Dec 2010
11500miles and we have finally made it to our home country. Just 6 more days till our final destination

Friday, 10 December 2010

Clanwilliam is where its at.......

Well the title of the post says it all. After arriving in the town and doing a bit of wondering, we got some suppies for a braai and headed over to the dam to camp, and what a braai it was. 
I erected the tent without the waterproof layer and got the hammock set up between 2 trees. After dinner and a rather chilled afternoon, i noticed 2 bikers had arrived at the rather empty campsite, funny enough it was an 800GS like mine and a similar 650GS like Delilah's, albeit the Dakar version.
We went over and met up with Jan, his wife Annemie (who was driving their backup vehicle) and Christiaan. We sat and chatted until late about our adventure thus far and about the trip that they were on which was a bit of a weekend getaway into the Cederberg mountains. Thanks again to Jan for the tyres i later picked up from him, they really helped.

Here kitty kitty kitty
Just finished the best braai we've have ever had, sitting on the dam in Clanwilliam. So close to home now.

Last leg, best get a move on

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Finally our last country........

Excuse the pictures from here on in as our camera has literally bit the dust in Namibia. These are snapshots from our trusty helmet cam.

SA, a welcome site.......well almost, its customs
11500miles and we have finally made it to our home country. Just 6 more days till our final destination

Our arrival in SA at the Vioolsdrif border was actually quite emotional for me, we've been travelling the whole of east and north Africa for so long and now finally we reached our home land. This crossing was pretty painless, well other than they did not want to stamp Delilahs second passport as she had requested. We were soon on our way again, heading south toward Springbok, one of those towns I would not have thought of heading to but a great place to stop none the less, and brilliant landscapes as well, even after all we've seen and still something new.

Our little bit of paradise
We decided to stay at the Springbok caravan park for 2 nights, making full use of the time we still had left over. We managed to get everything done that we needed to and even met an Aussie couple and their daughter doing a similar trip although covering the route a lot more thoroughly. They tend to travel one year then work one year, in all, I think they covered 120000 km down to Cape Town over 3 or 4 years of riding, ouch.

The road is loooong, with many a winding trail, that leads us ......
Heading south once again and being assured that all the roads were easy enough for Delilahs bike to cope with, we made our way for the coast. Its a pretty long and sometimes boring road but when you've been riding for so long and the landscapes just keep on changing, you just tend to appreciate even the littlest of things.

Now, that we're here, shall we just head back north again.....Pleeeaaase!!

Through the 'rocky mountains' we go

Just you, your bike and the long road ahead

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

.....Namibia concluded

Ok, i'll move on back
The afternoon after Sossulsvlei we headed for the pool, it was baking in the desert, then made our way to Hammerstein Lodge, a great stopover and they have loads of wildlife too including 2 cheetahs, a leopard, 3 karakals and a pet springbok called Daisy.

As this was just a stopover we headed off the next morning towards Keetmanshoop, Delilah was still struggling with the bad gravel roads, especially when they got sandy. It turned out to be a mammoth day, covering almost 500km in 43 deg heat, a quarter or which was off road. To top it all off, our main camera had stopped functioning in Sossulvlei (stupid micro sand particles) which means that all of our pics from now are either from the helmet cam or from others that were with us at the time.

Quiver tree forest
The campsite Quiver tree camp was brilliant, just 15km of dirt road to reach it and such a lot to do and see while there. Its located about 17km from Keetmanshoop centre and well worth the visit. Just as we got there, they started feeding their 7 cheetahs, it was amazing, standing just a few meters from feeding cheetahs. The quiver tree are also something to be seen, they were used by the San people to store their arrows (hence quiver).

After our evening swim, while retiring to our campsite, Delilah noticed some red grease leaking from her newly fixed headbearings, this was worrying as we still had an offroad trek to Fish River canyon in the morning, which we eventually cancelled as the gravel roads are just too unpredictable, maybe next time. This meant that the next day would see us arriving in South Africa, actually on schedule.............

Stay your distance boet

Playground of the gods

Vang hom Fluffie

Is that a bar I see in the distance

You've done me proud buddy

Our campsite for the night

Karakal in chill mode

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Sossulsvlei - yet another desert

Sossulsvlei, wow, if you are in the area then definitely a place to visit. The roads are not too bad but definitely worth having a 4wd as you won't be able to drive around the dunes in a normal car. Again, let me let the pictures speak for themselves.

Our humble resting spot

What more would you want in the desert
Ok, maybe a pool would do, it was 40deg Celsius you know
Hold on, don't go
Ok, you win, those horns are massive
Why run, i nearly missed you
Talk about rutting, i wish we could get in here with our bikes
Ok maybe a Land Rover is the way to go
Feed away little buddy
Ooooooo that's hot
Giants in the Namib desert
Not one of the giants
Run all you like buddy, i got you now
Daily early morning exercise, nice
Now that's dead
That's all folks, for Sossulvlei anyway