They are actually filming it here so i'm sure my normal habit of using film titles is allowed in this case. However i'm not sure that anything we have done recently is related to the title which is what we normally go for.
Been almost all camp sites so far and not much adventure so we are hoping someone might come down and help us change that. We don't like going too far off the beaten track on our own.
Bits Sandy in the Sahara. We went for a bit of a walk up the dunes. WE walked up the BIG one. You gotta do it once. Erg Chebbi.
If you want to see how big the dune is...This is people on the top. Its not an easy walk but taking your time and having a rest and pack lunch at the top is three hours. Walking to the top is 90 mins for the unfit from the hotel. We took 4 litres of water which was plenty.
A German guy made some art in the dessert.....Hannsjörg Voth was him. We did not pay the 20€ fee each to go inside. You only need to pay this since somebody ("stupid American") fell down the steps and tried to sue the Artist (allegedly as we've been told this by a third party).
We've also been to what has to be one of the best camps in Morocco. Toilets immaculate.
More on FB and Instagram almost daily.
Just a quick post to let you know we are still alive although we are updating the Facebook and Instagram accounts more frequently nowadays.
We took the opportunity to relieve the boredom on the boat. I hate boats. I'd not make it across the Atlantic on one. I almost lose the will to live at an hour. Luckily on the Aswan to Wadi Halfa trip i was asleep most of the time. The Marie Celeste must had had someone like me on board. I would go "postal" quite quickly.
We are here in Morocco and we've spent 3 days on one campsite so far with the "Thou Shall Travel Slowly " rule. Allocated rule number #15.
Rule #14 has been allocated to:-
Thou Shall only Drink Alcohol in a Place of Relative Safety.
What are these ladies selling? They are all nicely dressed...theres one in every track end into the fields. Maybe they deal in Bananas & plums?
First, don't get used to it. Blogging will not be every day. Ever....lol. Even Casey tried it and he didn't succeed. IF you don;t know who that is, he's on YouTube.
Few More Photos. Random. Picture of Taurus the Austrian Army truck with Martin the Swiss Driver.
Henning defacing my sticker, My next round the world vehicle, a boat ship thing? Some SatNavs to avoid the tolls and cameras and to track the route, Some signs for Michellin central where #BFGoodrich are. Me doing washing and me pissing about.
I lost three pages of typed blog due a dodgy WiFi connection. Was not impressed to say the least. Welcome to being back on the road Nelly I hear you say. Hour and an half in a supermarket carpark wasted. LOL. So sorry its taken so long but this is the 5th attempt at least. McDonalds is pointless with 100Kb/s and costing 5€ for each attempt. They are a bit busier than before. Go back in the blog to early days to see the historic early French McDonalds....they are now the same as UK i.e. Packed !
We left Henning and his hospitality and along with his lovely wife and daughter we had a great time. I think Julie was "played out" as the little girl monopolised her a great deal. It was great catching up although i'm not sure we talked about anything new. Same stories and same stuff as we used to talk about before. It was a little like old times and we will miss our travelling buddy.
After Denmark it was Germany and we got away with the class 3 toll on the bridge again and got class 2. What a relief.
Now we were in Germany where we drove North to South passing four, in total speed cameras. Upon entering France there was 4 in the first 10km. I've looked at the stats and the accident rates between Germany and France are similar. So what are they for? Maybe the French are so bad at driving that it would be 100 times higher without? Anyhow its a pain in the bottom. Nobody can actually tell me the speed limit for a Motor Home in France, not even the police. Do we come under the truck limits being over 3500Kg or don't we. Are we a Van? Are we a Truck? The web sites contradict each other on the verdict so the result is we drive about 10Km under what we imagine the speed limit might be for us. Sometimes ridiculously slow even on the Motorways where we do know there is a minimum speed. That is well publicised. Whats that french saying "Such is life"?
We went to the Millau bridge and went under and past rather than pay the toll. The photos are better from under it anyhow and budgets don't bend to 14€ for nothing. Random photos below. So a Great British Design meets something by Norman Foster.....hehe.
We managed to visit Andorra and get another flag on the truck and some cheap Vodka. Andorra is tax free so anything with tax on it is cheap. Mainly Alcohol, Cigarettes and Fuel. So 1.09€ for Diesel and a bottle of Bison Grass (i forget the name) Vodka which is twenty something in ASDA at home is 8€ in Andorra. You can only get 3 litres. We got stopped on the way out and checked, well asked what we had. Oh and one other thing. Denmark have a soft border and we got stopped. So whats all this fuss about us having one?
We are now in Spain and the weather is superb. We like Spain more as the driving is easier and the roads better. We've met a couple of English and a Swiss overlander. Hi to Martin and in his truck Taurus. We've paid for a couple of campsites and tonight is 15€ which is the limit for us. The last one was 12.50€ which was good. I don't mind spending 12.50€ for a shower and a campsite. Problem was no WiFi. This one at 15 has and so the blog.
We've only had one failure on the truck in the form of a blown USB socket which luckily I had a spare. We are almost all USB charge now so loosing two of the 6 sockets we have was bad. We're even on the look out for a USB charging toothbrush. Not that we use it much. We need to get back into the routine.
'Henrietta made it to Denmark and has another flag. We came here on a surprise visit to see Henning. It was a very BIG surprise. Henning came home from work and we were sat outside his apartment. A few cryptic facebook messages and it suddenly dawned on him we were outside and not on our way to Africa. We are actually still on a way but with this little detour. 550 miles and a 34 Euro each way on the bridge. Luckily we got class 2 for the camper-van otherwise its nearly 80 Euro each way! That would have be enough to reconsider the visit and turn round.
Still learning how to use the new camera so the selfies are rubbish. Some shots in Copenhagen and of the expensive bridge. The trip to Ikea Sweden for an free "Family Card" tea is cancelled as that's nearly 100 Euro return so the free tea and that extra overlandstickers Sweden flag doesn't quite add up in trip budget terms.
So that's it. The end of the first blog entry for the new trip. I'm sure they will get better...maybe not.
I'm sorry to say that my beloved #Crocs are no more. The company has just shut its last manufacturing facility in Italy. I wept a little when I heard this news and am in fact devastated! If #Craghoppers went the same way i'm not sure i could carry on being an #overlander. Its not enough that my famous Craghoppers blue fleece is on its "last legs", the burn marks from the many nights of camp fires, oil stains from the days under the truck. For my loved Crocs to be vanishing is unacceptable. I have one pair in reserve but before long they will be worn out too. What should i do. My wife, as they do, has tried to move me over to Birkinstock's but i'm not a Pringle jumper wearing "golfer" so that is just out of the question. I'm too old for flip-flops, I've tried them, they just look wrong on a middle aged man. Should i grow dreadlocks next? So whats a man to do? I think i might cancel the trip......
Using the diagram(s) showing the six way switch.
Get to the back of the six way. Find the two red wires.
Get to the back of the six way. Find the Blue Wire
Get to the back of the six way. Find the Brown Wire
Get to the back of the six way. Find the Brown/White Wire
Cut off the six way. Completely remove it.
Tape up the Red/Brown Wire (you can still feed this with a switch and live to make the convoy light at the rear work) Might be good for a work light??
Extend the Brown wire to behind the speedo (LIVE)
Extend the Blue wire to behind the speedo (POS2)
Connect the two Red wires and extend to behind the speedo (POS1)
Behind the speedo and steering column – Fit new switch.
Connect the wires above to new switch in correct positions
Running the 3 extended wires can be done behind the black plastic dash tray with the main loom. I just used some 2.5 which is plenty big enough. Overkill really
You really need Yellow crimps for this.
Everything is still fused as originally.
If you swap to LEDs at any point drop the fuse ratings to half.
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