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Where I've been

Malawi

As soon as I crossed the border there was a perfect new tarmac road, virtually no vehicles, but many people walking between villages. I had been riding all day so stopped in the town of Karonga, and...

Tanzania

Riding out of Rwanda was like being in England, perfect roads and well kept verges. The border crossing was easy, under an hour to leave Rwanda and enter Tanzania. The comparison to England ended at...

Rwanda

I took the remote western border from Uganda into Rwanda, high up in the mountains. For the first time in a while I was riding in heavy rain. The border crossing took about an hour, I was soaking wet...

Uganda

I crossed the border from Kenya and rode 50 miles to the city of Igana. People were staring at me much more, I speculated that Kenya had far more ‘Mzungus’ visiting that Uganda. I found a place to...

Bilharzia (tropical disease)

I arrived in Kampala feeling very unwell. My muscles were aching, I had back ache and felt unwell and rundown, with little energy. It was midday when I checked into a hostel and went straight to bed...

Kenya

I arrived in Kenya having had stomach ache for the previous 4 or 5 days, so put my trust in Jamleck, a pharmacist. He prescribed a colourful mixture of tablets, then tried to sell me a SIM card and...

Ethiopia

It took me 3 hours riding along a really bad road to get to the border, there were massive pot holes everywhere, many so big they stretched across the whole road. Once I arrived at the border getting...

Muday Charity Association

One Cool Ride combines my love of overland travel and Cool to be Kind, the organisation I’m a co-founder of, which supports Homeless people. Muday Charity, is located just outside Addis Ababa, the...

How I travel…

I like my routines, I feel good when the start and finish of the day go according to plan. I start riding early, and in hot countries where the temperature becomes unbearable before midday, very...

Sudan

I loved my time in Sudan. The people were so very friendly, possibly the friendliness of all the countries I’ve visited. This made Sudan a great experience; also one of my hardest challenges due to...

Egypt / Sudan Border (Abu Simbel to Wadi Halfa)

Crossing from Egypt into Sudan can be straightforward and relatively quick, if you follow a ‘tried and tested’ method. A few overlanders have tried their own way, which has resulted in frustration...

Egypt

Egypt is a big sandpit with a river running through it! I loved my time here: the people are so welcoming and helpful, I loved the food, I experienced unique sights and would recommend you visit if...

Sudan & Ethiopia Visas (Cairo Embassies)

Having heard a multitude of different experiences regarding getting the Sudan visa, I was nervous as I entered the embassy. It opens at 8am, and most people suggested getting there as early as...

Jordan / Egypt Border (Aqaba to Nuweiba)

There are two entry borders into Egypt from the east. One land border from Eilat, Israel to Taba, and one from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba, Egypt, which entails a nightly ferry down the Red Sea. There...

Do I get lonely?

In addition to ‘how much is your motorbike worth?’, one of the more common questions I get asked is ‘do I get lonely’?  I love traveling with my girlfriend or friends, and I also love travelling...

Jordan

I entered Jordan and was instantly welcomed. I have been in many Muslim countries, and without exception the welcome I get is amazingly friendly. After leaving the border many people came over to...

Palestine

I rode towards the Wall with anticipation. I wasn’t sure what the guards would say to me, or whether they would let me in with my motorbike. I chose a quiet crossing, there were a few cars in front...

Israel

Having shipped my motorbike from Greece to Haifa in northern Israel, I took a plane to Tel-Aviv, stayed a couple of days, and didn’t think much of the place, another city by the Mediterranean. Not as...

Shipping – Athens to Israel

There aren’t many options regarding shipping a motorbike from Europe to Egypt or Israel. Many people spoke of Grimaldi Shipping, they go from Italy to Alexandria, Egypt. However, I found Grimaldi...

Athens – Preparation for Africa

Ten days prior to arriving in Athens I contacted MITAS Tyres, unfortunately they didn’t have the tyres I wanted in Athens (MITAS E09). Gustavo and Rok, from MITAS got a special delivery to their...

MotoCamp, Bulgaria

Moto Camp is the perfect place to stop, rest and relax for bikers. Rooms, camping, food and drink, more than that, it is a meeting place for bikers. Whether you are on a quick European tour or at the...

Transnistria

Situated between Ukraine and Moldova, Transnistria is considered to be a part of Moldova, however it is an unrecognised state. It has a President, a population of 1/2 million and a military with 18...

Kyiv, Ukraine

I loved my time in this stunning and vibrant city. I spent over a week there exploring with my girlfriend Rachael. The old, classic metro was cheap and easy to navigate as it quickly took us around...

Ukraine Border

As I approached the border there were miles of lorries, vans and the odd car two abreast, stationary, queuing to get to the border. My instinct was to ride past and see what happens when I get to the...

Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. The beautiful old town is situated at the confluence of two rivers, where there is a historic fort and cathedral. Having seen many capital cites over...

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