November 05, 2010 GMT
FRANCE 03.11.10 - 08.11.10

october 2010 pics006.JPG

According to the French, every decent person should speak their language... well, our french contains of: citroen, renault, baguette and sante...
Sorry, completely forgot about PEUGEOT...

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 03:05 PM GMT
November 09, 2010 GMT
SPAIN 08.11.10 - 02.12.10

It's sunny but cold and windy as we're hitting spanish border South of Argeles. The road is twisted and strong winds almost blow us of the bike. Still, it's fun!
With every Kilometre its getting warmer though...
Not really interested in big cities we still manage to take a few pics at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona before we continue our ride south.

our AT at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 08:05 PM GMT
December 03, 2010 GMT
MOROCCO 02.12.10 - 06.01.11

We've choosen the fast ferry from Tarifa to Tangier City against all odds. Apparently the Customs in the Tangier City port would try to extort some money on the arrival and we were told that the procedure would take anything from 2 to 4 hours, deppending on the "bakschich" given.
Strong winds let the waves rise up to 2 Metres in the Street of Gibraltar and, both of us, didn't like the idea much of travelling 3 hours on a slow boat to morocco considering the weather conditions.
Great surprise, Tangier port is a clean place and the procedures are very straight forward! No payments whatsoever and 30 minutes later we're able to ride through the Customs gate. Very easy border crossing in fact!

Jane with our hosts at the Aicha Hotel in the Todra Gorge

morocco1030.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 06:19 PM GMT
January 10, 2011 GMT
MAURETANIA 06.01.11 - 18.01.11

Taking the direct route through the Nomansland gives us the advantage of being the First at the Mauretanian side for Passport control and Customs. Half an hour later we're ready to go!

welcome to mauretania


mauri005.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 08:59 PM GMT
January 20, 2011 GMT
MALI 18.01.11 - 10.02.11

We arrive early at the very quiet border in Gogui, get the passports stamped and proceed for the Customs to Nioro. It only takes few minutes to stamp our carnet and we're free to go. No one is asking for "presents" or any fees.
As we're crossing the border everything seems to be more easy than in Mauretania. There is petrol in every small town, one can buy vegetables in the market and even beer is freely available.

at the fetish market in bamako


at the fetish market in bamako.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 07:30 PM GMT
February 12, 2011 GMT
NIGER 10.02.11 - 19.02.11

Arriving at a border in the dark is never a pleasure but arriving at the Niger border after sunset seems like a nightmare. Well, we had no choice but to cross the border. The security situation in this part of Mali is more than questionable after the disastrous rescue attempt of the 2 french hostages and the police wouldn't like us to camp anywhere near them... At least the procedures on Mali side don't take long - go with god but GO to Niger!
Its a 30km ride to the Niger Immigration. Here, even its dark and the border closes anytime soon, they want to play some games with us.
We need to produce almost all papers I can think of; and this 3 times! I guess the officers really want to find a problem. As it appears that all our papers are OK, I'm asked to pay 15EU stamp fee! Smile on my side is the only thing the question produces... surely no payment!


mali003.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 05:01 PM GMT
February 22, 2011 GMT
NIGERIA 19.02.11 - 28.02.11

we just stopped here for coffee.JPG

Our heads are full of horror stories about Nigeria as we’re riding towards the border, corrupt policemen, nail boards, dash, uncountable check posts, violence outbreaks etc.
From the first day on in Nigeria all this stories prove not to be true for us!
At the border all the procedures are correct, the police officers friendly with no one asking us for money. Instead they’re wishing us a good trip through Nigeria!

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 03:46 PM GMT
March 02, 2011 GMT
CAMEROUN 28.02.11 - 25.03.11

at the cameroun border

cameroun border .JPG


From the first moment on in Cameroon it is apparent to us that the Cameroonians like to drink… well; this is after our data have been recorded into 4 different books by 4 different immigration officers. We can see the first bar just across the Customs office, followed by many more.
It’s true that, directly at the gate to Cameroon, the road literally disappears. For about 2 Kilometers it is gravel road, and then it turns to a 1 lane jungle track. Consisting of nothing else but red soil, the conditions of this track greatly depend on the weather situation. We’ve been warned many times about this Ekok-Mamfe road and even advised to consider shipping the bike from Calabar to Douala instead.
We’ve been terrified. All the worries for no reason as it turned out. The track was dry and relatively easy to ride. Again, the biggest danger is the traffic on this route.
Almost exclusively there are Peugeot cars from the 70ties. Totally overloaded, with the jerry cans sticking out sideward, they are shooting around blind curves without any ability to stop or even to slow down. Several times these jerry cans just miss our mirror and handle bar…

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 06:04 PM GMT
March 28, 2011 GMT
GABON 25.03.11 - 11.04.11

one more time at the equator

one more time at the equator.JPG

Across the bridge, on the Gabon side, everything seems more modern at first. Well, there is a Laptop in that wooden shack but no electricity within 500kmís. No Customs at the border either, we need to ride some 30 kís to get the carnet stamped.
The road conditions are truly impressive; itís like being transformed back to Spain! Perfect tar, gorgeous curves and fantastic scenery! Dense jungle, awesome villages and lots of bush meat along the road. There are crocs, gazelles, rats and monkeys; all of them ready to take away and cook!
Shortly after the Equator the gorgeous asphalt disappears and I need all the senses for the potholes. Sad enough as the track follows the Ogoue River and the bamboo forms beautiful tunnels. Jane will show me the pics laterÖ

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 02:00 PM GMT
April 14, 2011 GMT
CONGO 11.04.11 - 21.04.11

the fun begins right after the border


the fun begins right after the border.JPG

We’re parking the bike right in front of the wooden barrier, which is apparently the border of Congo. No signs, no banners, no sign. Nobody is around. We have to have a look around the village in order to find the officials. We find the immigration guy chewing on a piece of chicken and flushing it down with a bottle of beer among other villagers. Slowly he gives up the piece of meat, wipes his hands on his jogging pants and shows us to follow him to his office. During the inspection of our passports he develops great interest in our money bags. Partly pretending to check up on our visas he’d squint in the direction of the neck pouch asking what is in there. I quickly get the point and try to avoid showing my purse. Well, we have a camera and here are the batteries. Oh yeah, a ball pen! Not getting any further with us stupid tourists he now needs to be more precise: “You need to give me some money” he’d demand! As I’m offering him my nicest smile asking him why we would have to pay a stamp fee, he just passes the passports to us wishing us a safe ride…
After three more stations at the border including Police, Customs and Gendarmerie we’re free to go.

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 12:53 PM GMT
April 22, 2011 GMT
DRC (former ZAIRE) 21.04.11 - 28.04.11

no space for the passenger


no space for the passenger.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 04:37 PM GMT
May 05, 2011 GMT
ANGOLA 28.04.11 - 07.05.11

you'd almost need a boat

youd almost need a boat.JPG

At the Angolan side of the Matadi border post there are some more books to fill our data in. While the sweat is slowly soaking my clothes I’m asking myself why can’t they just copy all this data themselves? As soon as I’m ready with one there will be another one waiting for me! Leaving the work for me the immigration officers are bored off their heads. I’m definitely not in the mood to answer them all the personal questions they’d shoot at me, any kind of small talk would only extend our time at the border…
The Customs are happy to fill in the Carnet even though Angola isn’t listed on its back side. To us it seems like they know what they’re doing.
Nobody wants to have a look in our panniers and we’re happily off.

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 05:26 PM GMT
May 10, 2011 GMT
NAMIBIA 07.05.11 - 11.06.11

The luxury of a developed world strikes us as soon as we're hitting the border!
There are roads in perfect condition, ATM's, shopping malls, internet and many effordable places to stay overnight. From one day to another everything isn't a problem anymore. Suddenly we're able to get money on the first ATM machine, buy nice food in a supermarket and have a good night sleep in clean sheets...
No wonder we just want to enjoy the luxury and relax for 1 week in Tsumeb before deciding what to do in Namibia.

a tour through the Etosha National Park


namibia006.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 10:58 AM GMT
June 16, 2011 GMT
SOUTH AFRICA 11.06.11 - 02.08.11

half of the tour "around africa" is done, we made it to cape point after 25000km through the black continent


south africa014.JPG


The first question we’re confronted with while at the South African border is „What do you have?“ Having no clue what to answer we just say: “nothing”. Apparently that’s the right answer. We can pass and nobody is interested in our (not paid) road tax.
Its 10th of June, bright blue sky and no signs of the rain which was bothering us the last few days. Despite the sun shining down on us it is mid winter in this part of the World and we’re freezing badly. Our cloth bags are almost empty as we’re wearing several layers of shirts and jumpers. At the few petrol stations along the way we’d try to stop shivering while having a hot mug of coffee.

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 09:00 PM GMT
August 02, 2011 GMT
MOZAMBIQUE 02.08.11 - 26.08.11

welcome to mozambique


welcome to mozambique.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 04:25 PM GMT
August 27, 2011 GMT
ZIMBABWE 26.08.11 - 05.09.11

us at the victoria falls


us at the victoria falls.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 09:25 AM GMT
September 06, 2011 GMT
ZAMBIA 05.09.11 - 23.09.11

We’re crossing into Zambia on the famous Zambezi Bridge. There are several counters to pass. The procedures are somehow confusing but one thing is clear: on every counter I’d be asked for $$$. Visa fees, carbon tax, insurance, road toll…


entering zambia.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 01:20 PM GMT
September 23, 2011 GMT
MALAWI 23.09.11 - 02.10.11

everyone wants a photo


everyone wants a photo.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 12:31 PM GMT
October 08, 2011 GMT
TANZANIA 02.10.11 - 25.10.11

jane with mama tukuyu


jane with mama tukuyu.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 10:27 AM GMT
October 28, 2011 GMT
KENYA 25.10.11 - 05.12.11

jane bargaining for an ostrich egg


jane_bargaining_for_an_ostrich_egg.JPG

This time there is no excuses for not paying the road tax. Kenyan border officials know very well what they’re doing. They confront us with printed law. It’s 20$ for the bike for 1 month and 50$ for 3 months… 20 bucks are just enough we decide, even though we’re planning on staying longer than a month. Other than this no discussions and pretty quick progress at the border.
Perfect tarmac all the way to Nairobi with increasing number of vehicles. In Nairobi then a total chaos. Traffic jam all the way through the city limits. Luckily we can reach Jungle Junction before dark and find a spot for our tent in Chris’ garden.

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 04:15 PM GMT
November 21, 2011 GMT
OUR WORST NIGHTMARES

This chapter we'll dedicate to the experiences we do want to forget as they truly were not pleasant. At the same time it should act as a warning to fellow travellers. Ofcourse everyone is making his own experiences so dont blame us if you've seen it differently.

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 07:29 AM GMT
December 05, 2011 GMT
ETHIOPIA 05.12.11 - 24.12.11

ethiopia001.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 06:13 PM GMT
December 29, 2011 GMT
SUDAN 24.12.11 - 18.01.12

entering Sudan on Christmas Day!


sudan003.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 06:18 PM GMT
January 25, 2012 GMT
EGYPT 18.01.12 - 16.02.12

fixing the 3rd number plate on our journey. after 2 years of riding with filipino plate and 2 years with german plate we're forced to switch to egyptian one.


egypt002.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 12:38 PM GMT
February 17, 2012 GMT
JORDAN 17.02.12 - 24.03.12

jordan006.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 12:14 PM GMT
March 26, 2012 GMT
ISRAEL 24.03.12 - 02.04.12

the first and only sign "Israel" in Jordan is located right at the border...

israel0001.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 12:07 PM GMT
April 05, 2012 GMT
GREECE 05.04.12 - 14.04.12
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 02:47 PM GMT
April 16, 2012 GMT
ITALY 15.04.12 - 23.04.12
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 09:55 AM GMT
June 30, 2012 GMT
15. Africa Twin Meeting Lissburg 07-10.06.12

AT treffen 20120005.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 03:00 PM GMT
November 03, 2014 GMT
OUR NEW TRANSPORT

Surely not tired of motorbike riding... just trying some other means of transport!

FIRST TRIP WITH THE BEAST
iveco blog1.JPG

MORE...
Posted by Darius Skrzypiec at 05:24 PM GMT
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

  • South Africa: Nov 13-16
  • Thailand: Jan 9-11, 2015
  • NEW! USA Virginia: Apr 9-12
  • NEW! HUMM Morocco: May 13-16
  • Germany: May 14-17
  • Canada Ontario: Jun 18-21
  • Ireland: June 26-28
  • Colorado: July 17-19 TBC
  • Canada West: Aug 20-23
  • USA California: Sep 24-27
  • Aus Queensland: Sep 24-27
  • USA North Carolina: Oct 8-11
  • Aus Perth: Oct 9-11
  • Germany: Oct 22-25

See all events

 

Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!


Circle to Circle by Brian and Shirley Rix.

Circle to Circle - a journey through the Americas and beyond. by Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix

"Well written, funny and informative."
"Thoroughly entertaining!"
Available NOW from the authors' website!

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

Story and photos copyright ©

Sorry, you need a Javascript enabled browser to get the email address and dates. You can contact Horizons Unlimited at the link below. Please be sure to tell us WHICH blog writer you wish to contact.

All Rights Reserved.

Contact the author:

Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

Hosted by: Horizons Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!