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Archive for January, 2010

Jan
18

“I hate Goodbyes”

Posted by Chris

I’m fighting away the tears as I write this….

The car is for sale!  Rationale being that we feel that she has at least one more rally in her and need someone who will take her on the next adventure.  It’s wrong to cage a wild animal after all!  Feel free to check out our little one here:

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It’s better to have loved and lost…

Jan
11

We’re Home!

Posted by Andrew

After 4 weeks of trials, tribulations, tears, trauma and triumph; we’re home!  We’ve had a fantastic time, even though the rally was changed dramatically the day before we left.  Due to the increased security concerns both before we left and also in late December, we decided against travelling further south than Morocco, and instead chose to see if she could make the round trip – all the way back to Devon!

In all, our trusty chariot has completed just over 8,000 kilometers, including many hundreds on what can only be described as tracks.  from off-roading to snow driving, we’ve really put the car through it’s paces and she came back as sweet as she left (although with a couple of additional “features”).  To say that we have fallen in love with her would be a bit over dramatic, but we are pretty fond of the old girl and how well she has served us.  We will however, be letting her go (most likely on ebay in a few days time) to a new home who will hopefully be kind and maybe even sometimes let her out to play off road.

As far as the ‘kilometre guesses’ went, we thought it fairest to put all names in a hat and draw out a winner for the stay at Bovey Castle.  The guesses that were made were for a different trip to the one we ended up doing, for which I apologise.  So without further ado, the winner is……

BECKY MOORE – Congratulations.

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All that’s left to say, is thanks for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed our blog and photos.  Feel free to check the same website later in the year, we might just be gearing up for another challenge ;-)

Chris and Pan

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Jan
02

Camels!

Posted by Chris

We’re in northern Morocco now.  We have been down through the high atlas mountains and to the Sahara, near the Algerian border.  The photo’s don’t really do the scenery justice, but then most people say that don’t they?

We forgot to mention in our blog yesterday, but some chaps offered us four camels for the pug.  We considered this offer, and even spoke to Brittany Ferries to see if we could transfer our ferry booking to a camel but they wouldn’t do it so we turned it down.

Four camels seemed like a fair price, but on reflection, we think we chose correctly.  The running costs of the pug are probably less….

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Jan
01

Off Roading

Posted by Andrew

Hello! We’ve spent the last few days driving on ‘Pistes’ across Morocco.  We have given the car hell of a battering and both of us are amazed that its still in one piece!  The sump guard is completely ruined and we have added a few large dents to the sump of the engine.  We have worked out one thing though, the car is not up to much on the sand.  We aren’t giving away too many details of our location or route at the moment as I hope you’ll understand. 

Morocco hasn’t let us down once, and the people are generally really nice and friendly.  Some of them are a little hard selling but most of them you can have a joke with which is excellent.  Beards are coming along well also – we know this as we get mistaken for locals ;-)

We will post some more photos in a couple of days when we are further north but for now, check out the following:

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Happy New Year to you all.