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  #16  
Old 29 Apr 2003
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hiya, off to Moroc for a month at the start of Sept, would be good to ride thru Spain and down thru to southern Moroc with a few other bikes before we leave each other. I'll keep checking these posts. cheers.
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Hi,

I too am going to go exploring Morrocco for the month of September travelling from Turkey during August(solo). Got to do the Atlas - main reason I'm going!. If anyone wants a riding partner or to meet up on the way, drop me a line!
Cheers,
Steve
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Hi Steve,
Myself and a mate are planning a trip from London to Capetown leaving in october, I might see you on the track. What are you riding??, i am on a White KTM 640,
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Folks,

After a lonely 2 month ride round Spain/Portugal this last few months - my notions of leaving for Africa (potential longer periods by yourself) (London to Cape town) from Sept/Oct have been dented and so am in need of a in London to revive the dream with a few other people who are also planning such a trip/find definite potential travel companions through dodgier parts at least. I ride a Ktm adventurer 2002....anyone about/leaving around this time to ride & drink with?

Cheers
Ben
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Quite a bunch of you out there planning to leave for West Afrika in September.

We leave here on September 21st to travel around in West Afrika for 7 months with a LR Discovery. The first leg should be something like Spain, Morocco, Mauritania (somebody fancies the ride to Choum and further to Atar?), Mali, ... . Not really fixed. Depending on the pace and preferences at the time.

I guess we'll meet on the road so once in while isn't it? Maybe in Antwerp before...

Rob
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Good day to you all again,

I have been a while away from here due to a bit unforeseen circumstances but back now - but I'm glad to see the number of reactions of people wanting to do something similar.

I also see that some people have sent me an e-mail, what I will do is make a sort of overview of people planning to do the same and send you all an e-mail, because I lose a lil bit the oversight (hey, I'm just a simple guy, don't make things to complicated for me ;-)) - Skonte has done already a bit the same thing by e-mail (tnx Skonte and you can get a reply soon!)

So, who is all about to do the same thing (and please correct things when I'm wrong - and forgive me that I start with myself on top):

1. Jef Imans (Antwerp, Belgium)
BMW F650
Tour: up to Angola via West-Africa
Planning to leave begin september (but might leave already begin august with first some extra touring in Europe)

2. Mark aka MJC (London, UK)
unknown bike
Up to South Africa via West-Africa
Planning to leave begin october

3. Ronnie Skarner aka Skonte (Sweden)
Yamaha XJ900S Diversion
Mauritania - Timbuktu - Ivory - Senegal
Planning to leave beginnig of september

4. Gazza aka Galloping Gazza
KTM 640
London-Capetown
Planning to leave beginning of october

5. Lewis Miller (?) aka POB/London
XT600 3AJ or an XR650L
Maroc - Mauretania - Timbuktu - Niger
Planning to leave beginning of october

6. Brian Greaney (Lagos, Nigeria)
Has done similar trip already - so very handy for practical information ;-)

7. Tyler (Dublin?)
no bike yet (?)
Trip to Africa (flexible)
Planning begin september but flexible

8. Patchlewis (London, UK)
unknown bike
Morrocco and back
Planning to leave begin september for 1 month

9. Steve aka StevieG (Oxford, UK)
unknown bike
Morrocco coming from Turkey via Atlas
August in Turkey, Morrocco in Septmeber (?)

10. Ben aka benbo (London, UK)
Ktm adventurer 2002
London - Capetown
Not sure about planning...?

11. Robbert (Gent, Belgium) - yes! finally another Belgian guy!!
Landrover Discovery
West-Africa for 7 months (flexible?)
Planning to leave September 21st (the only one with a pretty fixed date it seems ;-))


So as you can see, quite a list with not always same plans but at least same intrests. I will send this mail as well to the ones that have somehow made their email known, if you prefer not to receive any further e-mails around the subject, just let me (and the others) know...

Talk to you later, folks

Jef
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Someone I forgot to mention but who sent me an -email:

Steve Harland
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Morrocco for one month
Planning begin of september

The list keeps getting longer ;-)

Jef
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Forget the last message - stupid me - Steve is StevieG

Boy boy, things ARE getting already to complicated for me ;-)

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Gazza,

regarding your question re Congo-Brazaville, I personnaly found it a very nice country with very friendly people, also during our trip through the jungle we, apart fro ma few exceptions, only met nice people and even the officials weren't too bad.

Congo (ex-Zaire) for the moment is another story, fro mwhat I hear for the moment I would DEFINITELY stay out of it, but this probably nothing new; Te regions of Kinshasa are relaively safe but once you go furter east or north I would consider it a no-go...

Congo-Brazaville however is nice and still relatively pure (i.e. tourists ar evirtually unknown); you still see sometimes a bit the remains of the war that went on over there, but it does not give any problems, and white people are in general treated with a lot of hospitality.

Good luck anyway, and if you need specific info about Congo-Brazaville (especially Pointe Noire) just let me know.

Jef
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Hi Jef (& everyone else),

Yeah I like confusing people with that one!!

There are a few more of us talking about an African trip on this forum:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/001057.html

However I think we're mosting talking Morocco. We're meeting up at the HU reunion coming up 28/29 June, so if anyone wants to come along and talk over plans?...

PS I ride a Dommie by the way.
Cheers, Steve

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hi jif
so i will do france egypt via eastern europe,then to turkey,so if you want to ride in europe or meet me some where,i will start to go from france around 10 august,then i will go to italy,austria,hungary,romania,and so on,
hope we can meet some where,
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Hi folks,

My planned trip will be; leaving Sweden 8 sept heading directly south to Marocco(Atlas)-Mauritania(Nema)-Mali(Timbuktu)-Burkina-Ghana(coast)-Ivory(coast)-Guinea(forrest)-Senegal-Gambia?-Mauritania(Adrar)-Marocco(Atlas) and back home on an offroad-modified Yam XJ900S Diversion end of november.
Visas for Mauritania, Mali and Burkina received, applying for Ghana this week.

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plans are getting more and more detailed for everybody...

Who of you will be at the get-together in UK end of June? I'll be there, so would be nice to meet up over there...

Following Skonte's message: who of you does apply for visas before departure and who tries to get them locally? And who of you uses a Carnet de Passage?

Jef
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I though of getting most of the visas on the road. I'm not sure about an Algerian visa for the return trip. It seems that there are only Transit visas availble right now.

Mauritania needs a close watch since the events this weekend, but I guess it will be ok in a few weeks (fingers crossed).

Chao
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Jef,

There isn't a lot of choice on the carnet for much of Africa - most African countries REQUIRE it - and you can't get in without it.

We'll be talking about it at the HU UK Meeting if you have any questions.

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