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Route A2: Djanet-Tamanrasset

Here´s one for you Chris S.

I´ve been reading your description of route A2 Djanet-Tamanrasset in your book. First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your efforts. Very well done indeed!

Now, I was wandering how feasible this route actually is on a motorcycle. You make it sound rather straight forward. However, we plan on doing A2, two-up on an Africa Twin. Do you think we´ll be doing a lot of pushing through the sand or can we pretty much get across?

Finally, how´s the road from El Oued through Illizi down to Djanet?

Keep up the good work!
GF
PS: From my previous Libya post, I gather the now notorious "Carte Grise" is nothing other than your Vehicle Registration certificate which is issued in your home country and which normally you must always carry with you, even at home, right?
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Right!

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Wrong.

The Carte Grise is not your UK reg doc. It is an International Certificate for Motor Vehicles in the same way that the you have a UK driving license and need an international driving license outside the EU.

You can get one from the RAC for four quid (tel 01454 208866). Presumably the AA do them as well.

You don't have to have one, but it helps.
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Just for fun,

Not all countries issue an "international" version of your ownership papers, e.g. Norway. So, you have to travel with your regular registration documents from home.

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Trust me, when they ask for a 'carte grise' - french slang for 'pink slip' or 'logbook' - in the Sahara (and at every border they do), the UK VRD or equivalent vehicle ownership papers is what they want to see - it is the 'passport' for your vehicle.
Like the IDP, which I've shown once in 20 years, the internatinal certificate is unknown (i'd never even heard if it), though if the details are in french, it could be handy.

Me, I highlight the vehicle's registration number and chassis number or 'VIN' with a marker pen - it is these numbers they are looking for, along with the other more easily read info like make, model and cc.

afn

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El Oued-Illizi-Djanet is beautiful and tarmac fully. As of 10 days ago there were military escorts for an eighty km stretch about 200km south of Hassi' but probably only a temporary thing.

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