My interest in longdistance motorbiking arose many
years ago, perhaps already in my childhood. But before going far
afield, I just want to mention that this trip was prompted by the
invitation to a wedding in Cape Town, planned for March 2006.
weeks before the trip, my contract with a medical service company,
which during nearly 10 years I had helped to build up, ended. So
I was free and it seemed clear for me that this was the moment to
get closer to making a big dream reality: - off to Cape Town, by
motorbike to the wedding!
That the goal would be Africa was on one hand prompted
by the wedding; on the other hand fall is the ideal time for beginning
such a trip: still warm enough in Europe and and yet not so hot
any more in the Sahara. Also the days are not too short as in winter.
At first I had to get information about the countries and above
all: information about the travel routes, and to decide, if it was
feasible. Which countries are politically safe, which routes are
useable at which time, the possibility of getting provisions for
yourself, etc.The next point was to evaluate the organisatory steps
and the cost of the whole trip, draft a plan and a rough timetable
to see whether 8 weeks of preparation would be enough. They were
enough! In fact because of previous knowledge and the availability
of most parts of the (already tested) materials, incl. motorbike.
It was a lot of work, but it was worth the effort!