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Old 11 Dec 2001
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Help with London to Cape Town on Bikes

Two lads, planning to bike London to Cape Town, Oct 2002 - anyone in London who fancies a or two to help with first hand accounts etc would be gratefully received. Have read all the books, doing mechanics courses etc but access to / situation / potential situation in Sudan especially appreciated. Many thanks - contact Paddy on +44 (0)7771 968 846
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Someone on this forum did mention going through the NE corner of DRCongo from CAR to Uganda as a way of avoiding Sudan. Needn't be certain death it seems, although elsewhere DRC seems to have gone 'tribal'.

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Yo guys,

We're planning exactly the same trip, leaving at the same moment (from Belgium). Would be cool to get in touch. I'm once in while in London for work (working for Cable & Wireless ;-) and would like to accept the -invite ;-)

Drop me a mail at gert.duson@cw.com

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Also planning the same route via:
Westelijke Sahara

on an XT600Z leaving OCTOBER! or around.

Would be nice to get some info for you, please drop me a line at frank@scid.nl


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To P Devink and Gertd.

If you're after info as far as Libya-Algeria-Niger then (Mali/Burkina/Ivory coast/Ghana/Togo or Benin), then I'm happy to help, and will be around Tamanrasset approx start November.

Gertd, I am based 'en Brussel' at the moment?!

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I'm thinking about doing the same trip starting october or november from Munich. I'm still uncertain about the route, maybe Tunisia-Libya-Egypt-Sudan(?)-Ethopia-...-SA. Due to my riding skills, I'll do it by a light bike like a XT 350 and I'll take my time for the trip. Anybody who's interested in accompanying me, mail to:

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Sudan should be no problem.

Am in Addis now and have met overlabnd trucks full of Brits who got visas in Cairo as well as independent travellers who had no hassles at all. You must get a registration document that must be stamped by officials in various towns. Otherwise no sweat.

Roads are reasonable I beleive. Must get convoy in Egypt and import a pain. Keep out of the south of Sudan.

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My friend and I completed a similar journey last year on two Lamas we borrowed from a Lama farm in Dorset. Unfortunately, Sami, the male died 90 miles into the Sahara which was upsetting although he did provide a welcome meal and some tough but not inedible biltong for the rest of the journey. Would be happy to meet up and share experiences, photos and my brothel map which I designed on route - there are 271 brothels between Algeciras and Cape Town...astonishing I know! Don't know all of them but can give insight into a few dozen.

Drop us an email: at link above

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Hey we can form a convoy !! I am currently living in Mali and will be wrapping up here in october, too, planning to leave from here immediately after the rains, so probably end-october, too. I am also on an xt600z and my first plan is just to get to the red sea, will see thereafter. contact me at hdaun@yatela.com
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