Just heard this from Libya --> Genoa. Go via Marseille or get yourself an undertank!
"Coming back on the ferry at Genoa we finally got off the ship at midnight
(docked at 9.45pm) and were then singled out by the customs - they went
straight for where our jerry cans were stored. Naturally they were full of
120 l of Libyan diesel. We were put in the sin bin area till all the cars
had been unloaded then had to follow the customs guy to their office.
Pigeon English, only told what was going on as we went along, so no idea
what was going to happen. Had our passports with them so we couldn't run
away. Asked for reg document for car, I was driving but Roger was selected
by the Customs man. Photocopied his passport etc, then asked us if we had a
lawyer!!!! - anyway said we could use one from Italy that the Customs would
pay for - faxed stuff to him, then eventually a guy appeared in the office -
not sure if he was the advocate (lawyer?). Eventually Roger had to sign 5
lots of paperwork (each page of 6) which included a statement all in Italian
- god knows what it said - something to do with 'Sequesting the Contraband'.
Hopefully that's the end of it - lost our jerry cans aswell though - worth
more than the diesel they took off us!!"
Also waypoint update for L2 soon - does not dip into Alg by the tree anymore...
And curry powder makes great radweld I am told...
Author of Adventure Motorcycling Handbook 5 and Sahara Overland II