HELLO + WELCOME as we make our way overland from Sydney to London, via the bumpy roads of Africa.
It’s Kirsty behind the keyboard today. Let’s get to it.
FILMING THE EXPEDITION
We have been thinking about how we would like to go about writing when we reach Africa. From what we can tell, we will have regular 3G access so getting content online shouldn’t be too tricky. Albiet we are a little apprehensive about the upload speeds!
At this stage we are thinking we would like to continue with a Wrap Up and have that summarise what’s been happening and how we’ve been kickn’.
We’d also like to introduce a more detailed ‘travel tales’ set of posts. That actually tell the day to day stories of the trip. i.e. We drove from blah to blah-dee-blah and saw a big blahh-dee-blah. We have watched others do this and it seems it work quite well.
Also, up our sleeve we have the idea to film the African leg of the expedition and turn it into a rough and ready documentary after the journey is over. That, however, is a long term vision and getting our hands on a quality video camera would cost quite a few bucks that aren’t in the budget.
Would you be interested to watch a doco of the two of us attempting to cross Africa?
Let us know what you reckon.
TROOPY ON A BOAT
Our Troopy is in it’s very own 20-foot container sailing towards Durban in South Africa. It’s possible for us to track the ship as it progresses.
We’ve watched it reach port in Melbourne, make it’s way around Western Australia and right now it’s sitting in Singapore. We will be very happy to see it start making a beeline for Southern Africa!
SUPPORTER ANNOUNCEMENT: BLACKWOLF
We are excited to announce that BlackWolf have been inspired to get behind the expedition.
The tent is perfection and has it’s own tiny carry bag. However I was nervous about the sleeping bags as our thoughts are to replace our doona and blanket in the pop-top of the Troopy with two high quality sleeping bags that pat down with less fuss. So they will be a daily used fixture in the rig.
I’m a bit finicky when it comes to sleeping bags – the shape, the fabric and the feel. All that polyester and tight feet and shuffling sounds are Annoying. Capital A, most definitely intended. But, low and behold the bags are perfection and ticked all the right boxes. They seem really good and it will be SO nice to be warm on cold nights. Can’t wait to spend a night under the stars in one!
The waiting around has had us fidgety. There’s been plenty to ‘fill’ our time with but we’ve both been feeling a bit ‘mehh’ and really just want to get the show on the road. It’s time for Africa.
Now that we are 11 days from flying off it’s all starting to feel a bit surreal.
QUEENSLAND ROAD TRIP
To put a bit of our time to use we jumped in our little hatchback and hit the road North. We wanted to be somewhere nice to celebrate our five year anniversary (made extra special by the fact we are recently engaged) and to squeeze in a visit with some of Gareth’s family in Queensland.
^ Celebrating our anniversary on an equestrian farm in the hinterland of Byron Bay
^ The ‘awful’ view from our cottage in Byron Bay hinterland. This was our first stay with an AirBNB.
^ The man can cook!
^ Wherever we go we seem to attract dogs. This fellow was filthy as he had been rolling around in horse manure and he chased a stick like it was nobody’s business! So gorgeous.
^ And on our way back South we spent a couple of nights babysitting our son at his foster home. Clearly he is living an incredibly tough life. And no, this photo is not set up!
INTERVIEWED BY HEMA MAPS
We have been stoked to feature as Australian Explorers by the incredible Hema Maps on their website. We loved chatting about the expedition and how we are feeling about hitting the next stage in Africa.
It’s pretty awesome to be able to share our little overlanding expedition far and wide. It is our hope that we might inspire others out there to chase what’s important to them. You can read the interview by clicking here.
That’s us all wrapped up. There are just 10 days until we fly out.
As always, THANK you for sharing this exciting expedition with us. It has been a dream of ours for years. The feeling that the African leg is about to kick-off is quite an extraordinary sensation, intensified by the fact we have all of you along for the ride in spirit.
Leave us a comment in the comment section below! We’ll be reading and we would really like to know what you think about us filming the journey to make a documentary.