“To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed, and to surround yourself with the things and the people that make you happy – this is success!” – Sasha Azevedo
On the fourth day of the New Year I want to wish all of you a wonderful, blessed and exciting new year!
On my previous two long distance tours with the KLR my first port of call in Germany was in Möhringen. Anne and Archie Rebstock are old friends of many tours in Southern Africa. We now had the privilege of spending New Year with them. But something was missing. My KLR. On my previous two visits I arrived there on the trusty old KLR.
At the moment I am busy with a huge struggle. It is decision time. My head tells me to complete what I couldn’t do during the 2008 trip: Russia, Siberia and Mongolia. My heart tells me there is no continent more wonderful, more fascinating and more testing to travel through than Africa. I miss the Nubian desert, the Sudanese people. And I’ve got South African friends that would love to join me on a ride to the pyramids of Giza.
Adding to the conflicting arguments is the cost of getting the KLR back to South Africa after riding through Russia / Siberia. Ulan Bataar is really on the other side of the world. One possibility that crossed my mind is to leave the KLR behind in Mongolia after completing the trip. But is it fair to this trusty travelling companion that carried me through many a desert? Must I perhaps try to find a sponsor to assist in bringing back the bike? Is there really anything to gain for an advertiser to say his company aided in bringing back a KLR with far more than 100 000 km on the clock to SA?
As in the past I would love to hear what you think. Write me your comments. Let us start brain storming to get all those brilliant ideas together of which I am not capable 🙂
Have a look again at the quote with which I started this post. I was privileged to spend quality time with real adventurers like Jolandie Rust. A quote of her that I loved: Even if I have to crawl then I will crawl, but I am going around Africa!
Let us start crawling for all our different dreams!