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The Journey Continues…

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thank you so much for all the messages of support, I’m truly touched that so many people are not only enjoying my blog, but willing me to continue. And a special message to Andrew (and those who followed his call) – I think a small prayer was answered. What are the chances of riding through Dakar and meeting someone from the Zebra Bar I met last week? He put me in touch with a campsite, with showers, kitchen, wifi and very cheap. This has removed a big headache as it was getting expensive staying on in Dakar to sort myself out.

The end result is – I’ve hatched a cunning plan…

The African journey will end when I fly back to London and sort out my passport. It will also be an opportunity to fix up the bike and a few other broken parts. Then I have to try to organise some IT/Website work to take back on the road with me. I’ve already had one kind follower offer me work but I’ll need more, so if you need a website or help with anything IT related, please get in touch. I’ll also look at getting some casual work – fruit picking etc. I need to do this to top up my funds so that I can continue my trip.

But now for the exciting part, Africa will end, at least for the time being. From London I will head into Europe, exact countries not yet sorted but I’m thinking something like: Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India.

OK flight is being sorted, I should be in London in a few days!

more then…

The final destination of course is the Karakorum Highway and onto Everest Base Camp.

Some plan, but when I first began this trip this was always my ultimate goal. It will happen folks, so get your maps out and let’s have some feedback on my choices before we finalise the route.

 

5 Comments
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Delighted to hear that!! Great news

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Wrap up warm for London. Your onward route is a pragmatic solution, I was concerned about you travelling solo through central Africa.

Maggie Gaestel
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

The best of luck to you from the US. Rooting for you all the way. Can’t wait till you are back on the road.

Andrew
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

‘Ey up, Derek!
Yer a big softee just cause tha cannat stand th’eat!
Bad attempt at ‘Yokshir’.
Glad you’ve hatched a cunning plan. Baldrick mebbe??
I should say stay safe in London! Where will you stay?
The call to prayer is a usual and compassionate response to a brother or sister or anyone in trouble, viz., Comic Relief last night. Maybe you were lucky to be in Africa!!!
I’m pleased to know you Derek, to appreciate the obstacles you’ve had and to see how brilliantly outré fighting back! Well done!
Keep us all informed about life in London and where you stay.
One thing you’re missing today – pottery with Ruth et al.
On that note………….
God bless you, my Friend.
Andrew

Derek
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Woohooo I’m in London. First hot shower in weeks and the amazing Mr Tim Cullis is looking after me!!
Thanks all, I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate how you’ve helped me stay positive!
Good wifi signal, so I’ll get around to doing some decent kit reviews and load up the trip map while I’m here.
Time for a bit of a rest, sort the passport out and get myself organised for the next leg…

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