Archive for February, 2011

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    All Pictures from the 2011 Rally!

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  • <p>We arrived safely in Daun in Germany late last night and were greeted by a cool banner at the town’s entrance welcoming us home.</p>
<p>Martin Kiefer and Mama and Papa Bangert were there to celebrate with us at the kitchen table and we were asked to tell our best stories from our adventure.</p>
<p>We woke this morning to the sounds of rain and the gray sky made us miss Africa already.</p>
<p>Mathijs + Christoph</p>

    Greeting from Daun

    We arrived safely in Daun in Germany late last night and were greeted by a cool banner at the town’s entrance welcoming us home.

    Martin Kiefer and Mama and Papa Bangert were there to celebrate with us at the kitchen table and we were asked to tell our best stories from our adventure.

    We woke this morning to the sounds of rain and the gray sky made us miss Africa already.

    Mathijs + Christoph

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  • <p>We are back in Europe. There was no buffet on the ferry, but the food was included in the fare and they had a lousy and loud Moroccan two man band to compensate for the lack of buffet, so no complains. We are on the French autoroute, on our way to Germany.</p>
<p>Christoph + Mahijs</p>

    via SMS – Feb. 10, 12:09 PM

    We are back in Europe. There was no buffet on the ferry, but the food was included in the fare and they had a lousy and loud Moroccan two man band to compensate for the lack of buffet, so no complains. We are on the French autoroute, on our way to Germany.

    Christoph + Mahijs

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  • <p>We are in Tanger-Med, a brand new sea port 40 Km east of the city of Tanger in Morocco. In a few hours our ferry to Sete in France will leave and we will say good bye to the African continent.</p>
<p>We were completely and thoroughly searched before departing from morocco and we had to unload the entire car, which took almost an hour. They were very interested in our handicraft souvenirs from Mali and asked if we had been to [...]

    via SMS – Feb. 8, 17:26 PM

    We are in Tanger-Med, a brand new sea port 40 Km east of the city of Tanger in Morocco. In a few hours our ferry to Sete in France will leave and we will say good bye to the African continent.

    We were completely and thoroughly searched before departing from morocco and we had to unload the entire car, which took almost an hour. They were very interested in our handicraft souvenirs from Mali and asked if we had been to [...]

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  • <p>Today we are spending the night in Assilah, a small town on the coast just south of Tanger.</p>
<p>We bought our tickets for the ferry already and will leave Tanger tomorrow night. Our arrival in Sete in southern France should be on the 10th in the morning, so we hope to be back in Germany at some time on the 11th. We are looking forward to the two nights and one day long romantic cruise on the Mediterranean.
We heard rumors of [...]

    via SMS – Feb. 7, 21:26 PM

    Today we are spending the night in Assilah, a small town on the coast just south of Tanger.

    We bought our tickets for the ferry already and will leave Tanger tomorrow night. Our arrival in Sete in southern France should be on the 10th in the morning, so we hope to be back in Germany at some time on the 11th. We are looking forward to the two nights and one day long romantic cruise on the Mediterranean. We heard rumors of [...]

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  • <p>We made it to a little town called Imintanoute. it is located between Agadir and Marakesh.
Another long day on the road, no problems.</p>
<p>The engine is eating a considerable amount of oil, so we have to fill up the engine oil regularly.</p>
<p>Today we picked up a roof top tent at the airport in Agadir. Our rally friends from Ireland decided to abandon their Mitsubishi Pajero at the airport and fly home. they were ahead of us on their way home and [...]

    via SMS – Feb. 7, 00:05 AM

    We made it to a little town called Imintanoute. it is located between Agadir and Marakesh. Another long day on the road, no problems.

    The engine is eating a considerable amount of oil, so we have to fill up the engine oil regularly.

    Today we picked up a roof top tent at the airport in Agadir. Our rally friends from Ireland decided to abandon their Mitsubishi Pajero at the airport and fly home. they were ahead of us on their way home and [...]

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  • <p>We just arrived in Tarfaya in Morocco. A short while ago, we crossed the disputed border between Western Sahara and Morocco. In this little town where we are spending the night Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was stationed as a pilot for the French mail service and it’s here that he wrote his famous book ‘le petit prince’. Tomorrow we’ll visit his abandoned house. We had a long, long, beautiful but eventless day on the road passing sand dunes, camels and the [...]

    via SMS – Feb. 5, 20:15 PM

    We just arrived in Tarfaya in Morocco. A short while ago, we crossed the disputed border between Western Sahara and Morocco. In this little town where we are spending the night Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was stationed as a pilot for the French mail service and it’s here that he wrote his famous book ‘le petit prince’. Tomorrow we’ll visit his abandoned house. We had a long, long, beautiful but eventless day on the road passing sand dunes, camels and the [...]

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  • <p>We just arrived in a nameless place 80 Kilometers north of the border between Mauritania and Western Sahara. We took the perfect tarmac road that follows the coast north from Noakchott to Nouadhibou today. All day there was a persistent sand storm raging, shaking the poor little Land Rover to it’s core. Sand dunes were covering parts of the road. You even find sand between your teeth at the end of a day like this. There is a surprisingly good [...]

    Feb. 4, 22:04 PM

    We just arrived in a nameless place 80 Kilometers north of the border between Mauritania and Western Sahara. We took the perfect tarmac road that follows the coast north from Noakchott to Nouadhibou today. All day there was a persistent sand storm raging, shaking the poor little Land Rover to it’s core. Sand dunes were covering parts of the road. You even find sand between your teeth at the end of a day like this. There is a surprisingly good [...]

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  • <p>We just arrived in Noakchott, the capital of Mauritania, completely exhausted.
We drove more than 800 Km today, a huge distance on an African road.
We passed about 25 police checkpoints today.
Each time we had to stop, hand over a so called “fiche”, a photocopy with all our information on it, politely decline the persistent request for a “present” and drive on.</p>
<p>Tomorrow we’ll follow the cost up north towards Nouadhibou.</p>
<p>Mathijs + Christoph</p>

    via SMS – Feb. 3, 23:25 PM

    We just arrived in Noakchott, the capital of Mauritania, completely exhausted. We drove more than 800 Km today, a huge distance on an African road. We passed about 25 police checkpoints today. Each time we had to stop, hand over a so called “fiche”, a photocopy with all our information on it, politely decline the persistent request for a “present” and drive on.

    Tomorrow we’ll follow the cost up north towards Nouadhibou.

    Mathijs + Christoph

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  • <p>Today, we left Bamako and started our long journey back home.</p>
<p>We just arrived in Ayoune in Mauritania and had dinner at a sketchy road side food stall. Cold fried chicken and chips. We are staying in the only hotel in town, a rather basic affair, but OK. A hot and not very eventful day on a good  tarmac road today. The border crossing was easy, just a small and quick bribe to get the Malian exit stamp.</p>
<p>Tomorrow we’ll hopefully make [...]

    via SMS – Feb. 2, 20:34 PM

    Today, we left Bamako and started our long journey back home.

    We just arrived in Ayoune in Mauritania and had dinner at a sketchy road side food stall. Cold fried chicken and chips. We are staying in the only hotel in town, a rather basic affair, but OK. A hot and not very eventful day on a good  tarmac road today. The border crossing was easy, just a small and quick bribe to get the Malian exit stamp.

    Tomorrow we’ll hopefully make [...]

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