Archive for January, 2011

  • <p>Today, we spent all day fixing the Land Rover and preparing it for the long journey back home. We drove about 10.000 Km during the rally and will drive almost the same distance back. We checked the gear box and differential oils, tightened all the bolts, fixed a broken electric wire, took off a broken diff guard, took off a half ripped off CB radio antenna, greased the cardan hinges, removed a few shovels of Sahara sand from the interior [...]

    via SMS – Jan. 31, 20:53 PM

    Today, we spent all day fixing the Land Rover and preparing it for the long journey back home. We drove about 10.000 Km during the rally and will drive almost the same distance back. We checked the gear box and differential oils, tightened all the bolts, fixed a broken electric wire, took off a broken diff guard, took off a half ripped off CB radio antenna, greased the cardan hinges, removed a few shovels of Sahara sand from the interior [...]

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  • <p>We made it!!!!</p>
<p>A few moments ago, Mathijs, Christoph and the Orange Land Rover crossed the finish line in Bamako! We are excited and happy. A huge success for us and for everybody who was involved in this project.</p>
<p>We would like to thank Matin Kiefer and Marko Bill for preparing the Land Rover so well, Mama and Papa Bangert for their huge support. The whole Slee family for their help and support. Chiho, we’d like to thank for her hard work [...]

    via SMS – Jan. 30, 16:37 PM

    We made it!!!!

    A few moments ago, Mathijs, Christoph and the Orange Land Rover crossed the finish line in Bamako! We are excited and happy. A huge success for us and for everybody who was involved in this project.

    We would like to thank Matin Kiefer and Marko Bill for preparing the Land Rover so well, Mama and Papa Bangert for their huge support. The whole Slee family for their help and support. Chiho, we’d like to thank for her hard work [...]

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  • <p>We arrived in Diema, just 340 km from Bamako.</p>
<p>The Land Rover magically fixed itself and ran as normal today.</p>
<p>The rally route went through the dry and dusty landscape today, that is typical for the sahel.</p>
<p>Things went really well and we found all the waypoints.</p>
<p>Now, we are working on the car and we just managed to get the magnetic cut off switch off from the fuel injection. Thanks to a 24 mm spanner that we had specially modified today at a [...]

    via SMS – Jan. 29, 19:57 PM

    We arrived in Diema, just 340 km from Bamako.

    The Land Rover magically fixed itself and ran as normal today.

    The rally route went through the dry and dusty landscape today, that is typical for the sahel.

    Things went really well and we found all the waypoints.

    Now, we are working on the car and we just managed to get the magnetic cut off switch off from the fuel injection. Thanks to a 24 mm spanner that we had specially modified today at a [...]

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  • <p>Yesterday border no problem, although it took a long time, very hot, we measured 37 ˚C.</p>
<p>And then, 30 km before Kayes, the engine stopped. We got it running again and managed 40 km/h in 5th gear. Then it stopped again and a Polish team stopped and gave us a bottle of diesel cleaner from Ukraine, some good old fashioned cold war stuff. So we started again and slowly continued and after 20 km it already run better. We think it’s [...]

    via SMS – Jan. 29, 13:22 PM

    Yesterday border no problem, although it took a long time, very hot, we measured 37 ˚C.

    And then, 30 km before Kayes, the engine stopped. We got it running again and managed 40 km/h in 5th gear. Then it stopped again and a Polish team stopped and gave us a bottle of diesel cleaner from Ukraine, some good old fashioned cold war stuff. So we started again and slowly continued and after 20 km it already run better. We think it’s [...]

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  • <p>Yesterday, we drove from Lac Rose to Parc National du Niokolo-Koba.
We arrived in the middle of the park at around 12 at night, after driving an hour in the dark over dusty sand tracks. This morning, we saw that there actually a river past our campsite runs full of hippos and crocs (not the shoes).</p>
<p>In the last stage yesterday, we noticed lack of power at higher revs, so this night we changed the diesel filter, but it didn’t improve, so [...]

    via SMS – Jan. 28, 13:37 PM

    Yesterday, we drove from Lac Rose to Parc National du Niokolo-Koba. We arrived in the middle of the park at around 12 at night, after driving an hour in the dark over dusty sand tracks. This morning, we saw that there actually a river past our campsite runs full of hippos and crocs (not the shoes).

    In the last stage yesterday, we noticed lack of power at higher revs, so this night we changed the diesel filter, but it didn’t improve, so [...]

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  • <p>We arrived at the Lac Rose, just outside of Dakar. It is here where the final stage of the famous Dakar Rally used to take place and where the race ended when it was still held in Africa.</p>
<p>We will leave the coast tomorrow and will go inland towards the Niokolo National Park.
Another early start at 6:00 AM.</p>

    via SMS – Jan. 27, 00:30 AM

    We arrived at the Lac Rose, just outside of Dakar. It is here where the final stage of the famous Dakar Rally used to take place and where the race ended when it was still held in Africa.

    We will leave the coast tomorrow and will go inland towards the Niokolo National Park. Another early start at 6:00 AM.

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  • <p>We are at the border between Mauritania and Senegal.</p>
<p>Another extremely slow border crossing.
This time, there was even a bribe involved.
“Sorry there is o receipt for the 10 Euro you just paid,we ran out of paper….”</p>
<p>Things are going well otherwise, the car is great and we are doing pretty well and find all the waypoints.</p>

    via SMS – Jan. 26, 13:33 PM

    We are at the border between Mauritania and Senegal.

    Another extremely slow border crossing. This time, there was even a bribe involved. “Sorry there is o receipt for the 10 Euro you just paid,we ran out of paper….”

    Things are going well otherwise, the car is great and we are doing pretty well and find all the waypoints.

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  • <p>We are in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania.</p>
<p>After several days of camping in the desert and on the beach, we are grateful for a shower at last. First, we had the Land Rover washed though. First things first.</p>
<p>The car is running really well, no problems. The rally follows an incredibly beautiful and fun to drive route through the desert.</p>
<p>Tomorrow, we will leave Mauritania and enter Senegal.</p>

    via SMS – Jan. 25, 18:23 PM

    We are in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania.

    After several days of camping in the desert and on the beach, we are grateful for a shower at last. First, we had the Land Rover washed though. First things first.

    The car is running really well, no problems. The rally follows an incredibly beautiful and fun to drive route through the desert.

    Tomorrow, we will leave Mauritania and enter Senegal.

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    Photos from Jan. 22–23

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    Photos from Jan. 20–21

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