2wheels2africa.com Resurrected!

Apologies to our faithful readers for the incredibly long holiday we have taken from blogging and keeping you all updated about our exploits. As I, Jeremy, write this I’m currently I’m the United Arab Emirates waiting for a visa for Nigeria to rejoin Keith and the bikes, I guess that takes some explaining! So here goes.

Keith was back home for a month in July and I was supposed to spend a month in August back in Europe before we were both going to resume travelling. Unfortunately sometimes things don’t go according to plan and after getting a new visa for Nigeria from Dublin I had to get my passport couriered back to me in the UK. This is where the plan fell apart as my passport with all my precious stamps and my expensive visa for Nigeria along with my plane ticket was lost by FedEx!!!! You can imagine my frustration and the uncertainty of the next couple weeks was a killer.

In the end I escaped the UK for 10 days on a cheap flight to California on my other passport while my Irish passport was being replaced. The time I had there was relaxing and allowed me to think a bit more about the remainder of the year, so as soon as I had a new passport I was on a plane to Afghanistan to spend a little time with my parents who live there.

Greetings from California
Greetings from California
Chilling out on the beach in California
Chilling out on the beach in California
Jeremy in Afghan gear
Jeremy in Afghan gear

After an all too short time at “home” it was off to Yemen to spent a few weeks travelling around with Richo, the mad Aussie who patched me up in Ghana after my accident!

Richo in Yemen
Richo in Yemen

More bloggage about both these places will follow with pics on the site.

During all of this time I was caught up in an internal battle about what to do with the remainder of the year. To either return to Africa and push for Cape Town or to fly the bike to Dubai and cross over into Iran and ride back to Europe via Turkey… Much too and frooing occurred with a couple turn arounds, before like a politician, I finally settled on a decision to rejoin Keith and ride to South Africa together.

So here I am applying for another visa to Nigeria hoping to rejoin Keith and the bikes by the start of December with a goal of reaching Cape Town sometime in January. Rather optimistic perhaps, but achievable and I’ve got to go back to work and earn some dollars for the next trip!

Meanwhile back at Drill Ranch Keith has been busy plugging away helping run the place and generally being indispensable. I’ll let him fill you all in on his activities in the last few months in another blog post.

Rabat and Sponsorship

Just a quick post from Rabat, we arrived this evening after stopping overnight in Chefchaouen last night. We are going to get our Mauritanian visas here tomorrow hopefully! Keith will put another update post on here with some more details of where and what we have seen.

I just wanted to let everyone following this blog know that we are trying to raise a bit of money for a couple of charities to try and make a difference in Africa as well as just have a bit of an adventure in Africa! The sponsorship page is now fully online and you can see links to it on the top and on the right of every page on this site.

There are two charities we are trying to raise money for and we hope to raise a total of around ten grand split across both charities if you all dig deep in your pockets. Unfortunately there is no easy way to sponsor both charities with a single donation so it would be great if you could either split your donation across both or chose the one that is a bit behind the other!

As we are both seeing here in Morocco, your pounds, euro and dollars go a lot further and even a donation of 10 pounds can make a huge difference over here.

The just giving website is secure and it will even claim back the tax if you are a UK taxpayer! So what are you waiting for?

To those who have donated already we want to say a big thanks for your support.

Look for further updates on the site over the next few days as Morocco has an abundance of internet cafes for about 50p an hour – a godsend for two techies without their laptops!

New York and Charity: Water

This being my first blog post I feel I must highlight the fact. It’s actually my first blog post ever. Jeremy has been a bit more prolific in that regard he’s also been instrumental in making our online travel diary notions a reality. Very much appreciated Jez!

We’re going to keep this site updated with photos and stories from our trip as we make progress through it. For now we’re in preparation mode and gearing up for what will surely be the journey of a lifetime. The two of us took a trip to New York recently. We stayed with Chris, a friend of ours, in downtown Manhattan and had a really amazing weekend. Drinking Manhattans in Manhattan was pretty sweet if maybe not a little on the cheesy side but hey they’re a tasty number! It was my first time visiting New York. It’s everything everyone says it is and somehow more. For anyone who’s not been I’d highly recommend it.

While in New York we hooked up with Scott and the folks from Charity: Water. These people help communities in Africa build fresh water wells and teach them how to keep them up and running. They’re helping from a very basic level and doing fantastic work. Water is the source of life after all and without it or a quality supply of it a lot of people are dying unnecessarily. During this ensuing adventure we’re going to try and raise awareness for certain projects in Africa and hopefully do some good for ongoing aid work being carried out there. Together we know quite a few people and hopefully our online presence will get the message out to others.