Fast forward some years (about 12 years ago)………. We were still riding bikes, also racing, going to the snow, going bush in our 4WD Ute (had a few Desert trips under our belt) ………It’s about now that Frankie starts talking about driving through Africa. The interest to “drive back home” to Germany continues, but rapidly develops into a mild obsession. It doesn’t matter what he says, it was clear to me (back then) that he would make this trip happen one day.
We have been on many trips, remote and other adventures. This is yet another, Frankie’s plan and I am lucky to be coming along for the ride.
Having done various 4WD trips around Australia over the last 15 years, and previously, some extensive backpacking through Asia, plus European travels; Cape Town to Cairo was starting to float to the top of the bucket list of must do Road Trips. Following many years of toying with the idea, various things starting to fall into place, and we became more and more serious about the trip around 2010.
In June 2011, whilst on route to Cape York, we bumped into Anita & Roger (http://www.nichtswieweg.ch), an inspirational Swiss couple who were on their second big Overland trip in their Land Rover. Talking to them got the juices flowing; and when we returned from the Cape a month later, the Africa trip moved from dreamtime into the planning phase. In January 2012 we then meet up with Sabine & Burkhard (http://www.pistenkuh.de), a German couple who, at that stage, had been on the road for almost eight years, predominantly in Africa. Having a few days with them really started to firm things up; and when Marianne and Stan (http://tincaninafrica.com), two fellow Australian Land Rover Club members, headed off on their big adventure in early 2012, shipping from Melbourne to Cape Town our mind was made up and we set our departure date for August 2013.