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(18.01.2012) Operation Desert Storm (repost with updated pics and video)

A new day, and still one day ahead of the pack, and Sahara is calling. We all felt that we had come so far, but would find that the easiest part was behind us and that there would be no … Continue reading

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(17.01.12) Bamako By Vespa in Purgatory (Part 3 – The Kasbah Dinner)

Our hosts looked like a gang of thugs right out of a Indiana Jones movie, as did the entire setting. Dressed in villains attire, some with hunting rifles over their shoulder and some with hunting falcons, speaking in a tongue … Continue reading

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(17.01.12) Bamako By Vespa in Purgatory (Part 2 – The Sahara)

  Closing up on Rissani, we were riding in to the sunset, on windy roads, deep down in canyons, over hilltops, through picturesque villages… We felt like road warriors from Mad Max. Although half beat, we were twice exhilarated. There … Continue reading

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(16.01.12) Bamako By Vespa in Purgatory (Part 1 – The Atlas)

Today was a day we were all looking forward to, and one we were also a bit concerned about. We’ve heard that the Atlas is spectacular, a real nature’s  wonder. We had also been warned that the road could occasionally … Continue reading

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(15.01.12) Morocco – introduction to African driving 101

The hotel receptionist told us that there would be a swift ten minute border crossing into morocco from Ceuta (a spanish enclave on the African continent). Great we all agreed, lets take it slow in the morning – our protocol … Continue reading

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(14.01.12) First day – first stage of climatization – first reality check

The last order of business before getting into the saddle was to sort out the not so intuitive Scala Rider* intercom – a routine which was to be repeated several times every single day for the remainder of the adventure. … Continue reading

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(13.01.12) Count down to zero

12 Hours until rolling out of the warehouse in Spain. Joachim and Adrien is spending the night at Adriens house as they have to get up at two in the morning to make the flight, Magnus is spending the last … Continue reading

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2 breakdowns on day 1

90 km, 9 hrs = avg speed of 10/kmh, but we are first o-ha. 30 min into our first day, Joahim had hos first break down. His spark plug cap had come undone. Problem identified and fixed in a jiffy, … Continue reading

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Dubbed on Hungarian TV

A surprise, but a good one (never been dubbed before). Fast forward to about 2:50 or watch all of it. Watch it here

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Attempted Coup in Guinea-Bissau?

The press can’t seem to agree whether the recent gun fights between different fractions of the army was an attempted coup in the president’s absence (he was seeking medical treatment abroad), or if this was a quarral due to disagreements … Continue reading

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