In the Footsteps of the Romans

After sorting the second new alternator, we headed south for our Tunisia ferry. The drive to Salerno was uneventful (making it somewhat eventful for us), and we enjoyed a delicious last (Italian) supper of pizza, gnocchi, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, limoncello, beer, and wine. It was a wonderful way to say “ciao” to Italia!

So, then there was the 24-hour ferry to Tunis, for which we hadn’t booked cabins to save a bit of money.…

We have the Shoebarus!

Very exciting news!  The Southampton port authorities and our delightful port agent John successfully exterminated the Virginian spiders (or as Joe likes to say, the Southampton spiders who crawled into the container to escape the British rain)!   We retrieved the Shoebarus on Tuesday and have been staying with teammate Ann and her lovely parents ever since.

Unfortunately, Wednesday brought another radiator failure on the side of a roundabout. …

Visa Magic

In celebration of the receipt of our Libyan visas, here are a few random DC embassy tips for your next off-the-beaten-path journey:

  • Have a question or concern relating to a visa application? Need to push the entry restrictions? No, they won’t answer the phone. Duh. Go in person.
  • Too bad most consular divisions are only open when traffic is at its worst (9AM-11AM Monday through Wednesday is a popular choice).

The Darkness of An Impenetrable Night

“I turned to the wilderness really, not to Mr. Kurtz, who, I was ready to admit, was as good as buried. And for a moment it seemed to me as if I also was buried in a vast grave full of unspeakable secrets. I felt an intolerable weight oppressing my breast, the smell of the damp earth, the unseen presence of victorious corruption, the darkness of an impenetrable night.” – Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Paul Theroux read and reread (and reread and reread) Heart of Darkness while traveling across the African continent as memorialized in Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town.…

Updates (& Packing)

We spent the weekend putting the final touches on the cars and packing them up for shipment to the United Kingdom. Very exciting!

We’re bringing a lot of automotive supplies, so we’re keeping a “clean car” and a “dirty car”. Our goal is to keep all the smelly automotive parts, fluids, tools, tires, etc. separate from the kitchenware, chairs, bedding, and fun bits of Americana (Old Glory tiki torches, anyone?).…