August 30, 2002 GMT
The run up...

One week before our planned departure date and the sense of anticipation is growing. All that's left to do is pick up some US$, courses of antibiotics and get our Iranian visas back from the Magic Carpet Co.

Oh, and for Adrian to put his bike back together and to re-build the 15ft wide hole in the side of his house. We are concerned that he has confused his planned conservatory with Crystal Palace.

The 'going away' party at Adrian's country seat went extremely well and certain individuals were sporting mysterious bruises the next day. A sure sign of a good night. Liam over-dosed on his own punch and disappeared rather earlier than expected and this unfortunately meant that his renowned version of YMCA in Cyrillic failed to materialise. The food and barbecue were excellent but Adrian's attempt to burn a hole to Australia with an absolute inferno of a bonfire was unsuccessful. Got a good start to my tan though...

And a huge thanks to Sue for putting on a wonderful farewell do on Friday night. Slightly unfortunate that the letters of the 'Bon Voyage' message stuck to the walls were mysteriously re-arranged into 'Go old git'. But I appreciated the sentiment nonetheless. Thanks to everyone who turned up and especially those who thoughtfully refrained from commenting on my ever so tasteful 'pimp' shirt.

Posted by Sean Kelly at August 30, 2002 10:23 AM GMT

Testing, testing, testing : 1, 2, 3, 4, ; 1, 2, 3, 4 : can you hear me alright at the back ?.

You don`t say whether you can remove these messages before other people can read them! I sure hope so. In case you can`t, this is just to prove I actually had a look at your Website and in addition I could even be the first person to send a comment. What comment? I hear you say.

Well, quite simply, be careful what you say in these reports - I shall be reading them !.

I already have a "bone to pick" with Liam about the "YMCA" . What`s that all about ?.

See you soon, Dad.

P.S. I think it a nuisance to have to type in my e-mail address each time before the message will "go".

Posted by: Dad on August 31, 2002 07:05 PM GMT

Good Luck guys!

It's great to hear that you've started your trip - have a safe journey. See you on the road some day.

Posted by: Fuzzy Duck on September 3, 2002 09:57 PM GMT

If it was me, I would go in a Land Rover. Probably a 110 with a normally aspirated diesel engine. You can take much more stuff and with a roof tent, can sleep at a comfortable distance from the bugs. Of course spares are relatively easy to find and maintenance... go to AArecovery/ dontgofarfromhome/ withoutatowrope/ mjk for more info.

Posted by: MJK on September 5, 2002 06:01 PM GMT

Glad you survived the first stage despite all the discouragement the weather could throw at you. Lets hope it will be "plain sailing" from now on.

Have a great time and take care both of you.

Sean`s M & D.

Posted by: Dad on September 10, 2002 07:41 PM GMT
Sorry, due to heavy form spamming, Comments are OFF.

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