There is just about one month left before we are heading off to the Sahara. We have managed to get a couple more sponsors for our adventure.
First out was Thomas at Flobergshagen Electormechanic Services. He has gone over our rather weak 20 year old flywheels and remagnetized them so that they can cope with all the extra strain were putting on the electrical system. The battery needs to recieve a healthy charge when we will be running auxillary lighting and excessive charging of electrical gizmos like mobile and satellite phones, GPS, CB-radios, intercoms, satellite trackers and cameras. Go visit his website and check out his services!
A big thanks to Markus at Oljeskiftekspressen for supplying us with all the two stroke oil we are going to need to get to Guinea-Bissau. 18 liters of Agip synthetic two stroke oil, to be exact.
Markus has also been of invaluable help in planning our trip. As a former participant of the Budapest-Bamako Rally he definately knows the ins and out of a sand dune in general, and the Budapest-Bamako route in particular.
Go visit his shop at N59° 56′ 6.7734″, E10° 44′ 38.4576″ if you need to change your oil or some new tyres for your car. (If you’re riding a Vespa, I’d expect Markus to tell you to do it yourself..)
We are bringing a satellite phone along with us. Anyone should be able to reach us on this number where ever we are: +88216 52076631. It will be connected to our intercoms, so that in case we get a call while riding we can stop and recieve the call. Unfortunately the bluetooth handsfree does not work with the sat.phone, so we cannot do any actual talking while riding. Anyway, sending SMS’s is a lot more sensible given the ridiculously high rate of NOK 30,- per minute to call us on the sat.phone. You can also send SMS’s to us for free using this link.
You will also be able to track our progress on this map. As we are not in the Sahara yet, there is nothing there, but the tracker will update our position every 10 minutes or so once we get going.