Archives > November 2007

Motors Suck

As you can probably guess by the title, we are no longer riding mopeds. After being stranded in the desert a couple times and getting fed up with hearing the sound of the motors all day, we decided to sell the mopeds. We thought about what would be the next mode of transport for us while we hitched our way down to Dakar, Senegal from Dakhla, Morocco. When we arrived we had discarded the ideas of bigger motors or horse carts. The plan was to build a comfortable machine that we could pedal together. We also wanted it to have the ability to carry enough food and water to get us through long distances. There were many different design possibilities some of which we attempted to build. In the end the parts available to us for the construction dictated the design. The Frankentrike or Franky-T as we call it was born on March 21st, the spring equinox. We are certain that we will have to deal with regular maintenance but we know now that pedalling is the best way for us to travel. We only hope that the inferior African bike parts will surprise us with their durability. Once again, the adventure continues…

A Day in the Life – Europe

Pitter, patter, pitter, patter. We hate waking up to the sound of rain pelting our home, a two and a half man tent decorated with graffiti and an alien waving the peace sign with both hands. This morning is going to be a slow one so we stretch out a little and discuss our plans for the day. When it rains in the morning like this we always take it slow in the hopes that the sun will come out before we pack up. It doesn't seem to be stopping so we make a dash out to answer nature's call and grab the breakfast that we bought last night. Yum, we love starting our day with yoghurt, muesli and a fresh banana. Well, there's no putting it off any longer so we pack up our stuff wet and strap it to the bikes. On the upside, we're not being attacked by millions of tiny insects like we were in Sweden.


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