Hello Africa tell me how you doing?
The words from DR Alban keeps popping in my head as we ride the last few kís into Upington, a small town in the North West of South Africa after a damn hot day sitting on tar. Itís the start of our 6 month trip up into Africa and itís slowly starting to grow on me that itís actually happening. If all works out we will try and get to Germany to leave the bikes there. If we do not make it and love this too much we will leave the bikes in whatever African country we can store them and go back home to try and beg money from friends and family to go again.
It does not matter this is the start of a continues trip that hopefully in years to come will take us around the world.
Mr and Mrs Livingstone
Itís been a long year of planning and getting things organised for the businesses and to make sure they can work without us. The planning for the trip was the least of the issues. It is unbelievable how difficult it is to just close the door and walk away from your way of life as you know it and to let things go. We do not have kids and I thought it surely had to be easier for us, just close the door, say good bye to the old Staffie and leave. Not te hell, we are so tied down in our daily grind and business it takes effort to let it go and trust all will go well while away eating dust.
Apart from that hoping nobody gets injured or a bike decide to call it a day while on the trip and ends it prematurely. Sitting here next to the Orange River at Sakkieís place in Upington sipping a cold Carling beer the worries are fading fast, whatís the worst that can happen anyway?
We left East London our home town in the rain with Dreyer and Lincha and Carina friends that decided to ride with us for a short distance. We were still waiting for our passports that were with some African embassies. Lesotho borders around Lundeans neck was a good second alternative on our way up to Namibia to kill some time and one of my favourite places to ride, the scenery is spectacular and offers some of the best riding in SA.
On our way to Vioolsdrift on the North West border of South Africa and Namibia we stayed over at Riemvasmaak near Upington, it is one the nicest places to stay around there. The road into Riemvasmaak will put a smile on any biker and it is so isolated you can skinny dip and drink beers in the pool the entire day. The stay over at Riemvasmaak added a nice start to our trip.
We will meet up with our other friends that will do this trip with us, Harold and Linda at Ruacana in Namibia just before December where we want to enter Angola, they insist they want to work till near death instead of leaving earlier, not even a cheap wine bribe worked.