January Updates

The clock is ticking! We’re getting closer to launch date, July 14th, and we still have a lot to do…

Biggest news is that we have found our latest team mate, Mallory Brown. Mallory is the owner of a Michigan-based one-for-one clothing company, World Clothes Line, which donates an item of clothing to a third-world village for every item purchased. She leads all of the clothings drops herself, and has traveled extensively over the past few years (although this is her first rally!).

Good news is that progress is being made–we’re having bi-weekly Skype meetings from our respective locations around the globe, all of us have applied for and been granted second passports (to help with visa applications and to use as a backup passport), and our route and timing options have all but been decided upon. Lefty is being renovated and upgraded, and we are currently on a mission to find our next vehicle, Righty. We have secured our first major sponsor, and have a few more coming soon.

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Pics of “Lefty”

Here are some shots of our recently purchased 1998 Subaru Forester–half of the duo that’s going to (hopefully) get us to the tip of Africa. We’ll be taking her in for a once-over soon, and then proceed on to fixing any bits that need fixing, and customizing the inside and outside to suit the journey.

Progress so far…

Wow…it’s already December. That means that we only have seven full months left in which to prepare everything…

As one might imagine, preparing for an epic journey such as this is no walk in the park–no siree. We’re at least lucky that everyone involved has prior rally experience, so we have a grasp on what we have to do and how we can do it.

What have we done so far? Well, we’ve gotten this site up, have a pretty good idea of the route we’re going to take, have a lunch date, and have even purchased our first vehicle! That’s right, Shoebaru Left–the first of our pair of Shoebarus–has been acquired and is resting up in her new home of Richmond, Virginia.

What do we still have on our plate? So much that it makes my brain hurt whenever I try to comprehend the massiveness of the “stuff-we-gotta-do”. I was going to write down everything, but I fear it will take up most of the rest of the night, and it’s dinnertime, so I’ll leave that for later (read: never).

Will post pictures soon…

Here we go again…

A team of experienced ralliers is coming together to undergo the adventure of a lifetime: London, England to Cape Town, South Africa in two vehicles of somewhat dubious quality. As most of you already know, expect stories of woe, hilarity, anger, despair, bribery, border crossings, and much, much more. All of the ups and downs you’d expect along with driving across a large chunk of the globe.

Sure, we’ll be putting our lives at risk the better part of every day for nearly three months, but hey–it’s for charity!