Hi everyone, just thought I would raise the profile of these two guys from Adelaide. On the 30th Of October they are heading west on an odyssey of epic proportions. Madness comes in many forms, some of us express this madness and attempt to ride hills that no man or woman should ever attempt. These two guys are getting serious with their expression, not only are they riding across the Nullarbor to Perth, they are then heading west to where the sun sets and land begins again. Yes they are going to ride from South Africa to Sweden on recumbent trike's. I work with one of the crazy buggers and have been trying to talk him out of it for months, even showing him pictures of African roads from twenty years ago and telling stories of horror in darkest Africa only raised an eyebrow.
I read a Lonely Planet Guide to Africa and decided I did not want to go there, even to see the wildlife. Can be mugged for basic cameras which signify wealth to the many unemployed. In the process can be killed, Many murders and the number of reported rapes horrific. Many diseases, some being easily spread. Perhaps you could buy him a guide book.
What a great adventure...where do I sign up!
I was also once a Scout and loved it - learnt many skills that have been with me for life.
They are in for a wonderful adventure and will have the time of their lives - I wish them all the best.
@Heather...don't believe everything you read in Lonely Planet. I have been to Africa (Zimbabwe & South Africa) a couple of times. They are wonderful places full of wonderful people. Yes, many of the locals are very poor and you are best not to flash your Canon Digital SLR around or you could lose it. But on the whole I felt safe - no worse than walking through Adelaide at night. I met some wonderful people and had some great adventures (including a bungee jump at Victoria Falls). As it mentions on the Crazy Guys website, it is all about taking calculated risks. Carpe Diem.
Just read the part of trying to talk them out of it! Why?
I cycled across the Africa four times unsupported (East to West and North to South), true I had some issues,. But generally safer than my experience in India!
My wife and I also cycled from London to Sydney (unsupported), we had the same comments as mentioned above concerning that! True theses things do happen, but it's all about calculated risk and minimising it where possible
I would dare not seriously talk someone out of a trip like this, I guess it was more to make sure that they are prepared for where they are going. The dangerous parts will typically be city's and larger towns but shit can happen anywhere. When did you do your African trips Baron?