Thanks for your comments on the car and videos and I'll pass on your best wishes to Belinda.
Our reasons for going with Pete are a bit of a long story.
On our first trip, in 2009, our (so called) guide left us high and dry with no support or assistance. If you've read the trip report, on my site, you will know that we were beset by problems from the outset and it didn't end very well.
As a result of this Belinda swore she would never do anything like that again.
However, at the LR Max show at Newark, we got talking to Pete and told him our tale of woe. It was purely down to his 'smooth charms' that he persuaded Belinda to go to Tunisia. As a result we had a brilliant time and Belinda was converted (partially).
On that trip we made some very good friends and we enjoyed Pete's company so much that, on the ferry back, we all, en mass, signed up to go to Morocco this March. It was meant to be a re-run/reunion of the Tunisia crew.
Unfortunately due to different commitments certain individuals had to drop out but it still left our good friends Nick & Karen and my brother and wife Alan & Morag.
With the memory of 2009 still sharp in her mind, the desire for backup and support is still a key consideration for Belinda. Even though our 'holiday' with Atlas Overland didn't start until Tarifa the guys drove with us down through Spain and gave great support when Belinda first started to fall ill. Alex, who works for Pete, stayed with us at the hospital, for several hours, offering support until it was obvious he could do no more.
As for the money, Pete is not back from Morocco yet to discuss it. But I hope to 'transfer' any balance to his October tour, or if that's not possible, I'll claim it back from the travel insurance. Either way we hope to travel with him again in October.
Would we travel in a small group of friends? Yes I'm sure we will, as time progresses. Certainly I do want to go to the Sahara with my brother (the original plan) and that won't be possible with Atlas because of the timing of school holidays.
I've built the disco for travel and there are wider plans than the trips offered by Pete. I desperately want to go to Iceland and we shall do some more touring of the UK and Europe. One day, who knows, even Mongolia could be on the cards.
Saying that we love the look of the Carpathian Trails tour and the Arctic Circle trip offered by Atlas.
In the short term if Belinda is only happy to travel with an organised tour, then that's what we'll do. Any travel is better than no travel