Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Why is Africa Calling?

Why is Africa calling Me?
Well the calling has been a long time! Its been calling me since watching TV back in the late 1960's the show was called  Daktari (TV Series 1966–1969) with the cross eye lion etc.
I have been to Africa before BUT it was not the true Africa that I saw on Daktari! It was North Africa, sand and scorpion's.
No Big cats, Elephant's etc.




I'm looking forward to seeing them! (until one is chasing Me!)












Monday, 26 December 2011

Africa is Calling.


Well Africa is calling Me back and its almost time to pack up the bags (wait the bags are still being made) and head off to see the wild of Africa, the roads, the People, and the wild life.

To be camping again in wild camp site's on the way down to Cape Town.

Its hard to make and do all the list of things to do before the departure.
After 2 years of planning and saving it's almost time to start.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Well its Christmas Day and Nice and Sunny, Only two weeks to go before Flying out to Africa?
O' No its time to start packing up!
Today I have been putting all the clothes that i'm taking into a box and checking of my list? (Ha list? I have just put in all the clothes that I think i'll need, and think about it for a few weeks)
Next is to go with the cycle spares.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Taupo Times

Well I have to say a Big THANK YOU to Libby O'Brien (reporter with Taupo Times) for a good write up about my trip to Africa in only a few weeks.



This is the full page with photo of Me, But to read click on the page below.





Just click on above to read in full.

I also have to say thank you to Topgear Cycles (Mark, Ted, Joe, and team) for all the help so far, all the last minuets things that I have been ordering this week.

For all the people reading this from outside of Taupo. This weeks Taupo Times (Tuesday 20/12/11)  newspaper had a half page write up.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Mirror's?? I'm looking in to it.

Well training for Africa is going along (not so good having time away etc).
But some things are going well my new tent is in one of my bags and is very easy to put up, its a http://www.hilleberg.com/home/products/staika/staika.php

So tent Yes, one thing off the list. More going to be added.

Bicycle set up, well late last night Warren was around and we designed up a small front bag to fit onto my small front carrier (Nitto M12) and i'm in testing about a mount for a Mirror to be mounted off the same carrier, the plan is to run it on the right hand side when we are riding on the left side of the road and to switch it over to the left when we are riding on the right side of the road.
So far its good BUT a friend (Ted) came up fast and in my blind spot?
So i'm looking into to the Mirror about Mirror's
It time to eat and go for a ride again... and to look into a Mirror again...

Update after Sunday training ride..
Well after an adjustment the Mirror is working out good, just going to make up a new mounting and move the mirror out 20 to 30mm.


As for my left knee! at last almost pain free, Today I droped my saddle 5mm's and the charge is great.
I'm thanking that a may have to look into tyre's for Africa more, I like my Road tyres (that is in photo) so it the offroad tyre's?