Two year circumnaviagtion of Africa in my 2007 JKUR - The Road Chose Me - Page 16 - JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum
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Hi All,

I've been super-busy lately moving through Kenya.

Without a front driveshaft I managed to slide into a ditch, and had to pull out the winch for the 2nd time in a couple of weeks.

Story here: To Lake Naivasha | The Road Chose Me

The I spent time in the Masi Mara National Park - WOW, WOW, WOW, so many lions I stopped taking photos!
Yep - I get close to the action - this is five male cheetahs out hunting

And this big guy

More here: Masai Mara National Park Part 1 | The Road Chose Me
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Masai Mara National Park Part 2 | The Road Chose Me

I replaced the CV Joint on the driveshaft with a HD unit from Terraflex designed for the high-angles of my lift, so I'm really happy to have 4x4 back:

More details here: Nairobi Jobs | The Road Chose Me

And now I'm driving North to Ethiopia, along the shores of the extremely remote Lake Turkana - easily the most isolated I have been in all of East Africa. I love it!


More: To Lake Turkana | The Road Chose Me
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Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana | The Road Chose Me

-Dan

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Was wondering what you were up to after parking the Jeep on it's side. It's been a while.

Now I see what you've been up to. Amazing.

And great job of JPFreek Adventure Magazine to hook you up with parts. That's awesome.

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Hi All,

After taking the extremely remote Lake Turkana route up into Ethiopia, I immediately bumped into these guys

This is the first country I have seen civilains with AKs (or really any guns) and suddenly they are everywhere.

After all this time on the continent, I finally got to hold one too. Much smaller and lighter than I expected. It was loaded while I was playing with it too.


More here: Into Ethiopia | The Road Chose Me

I made a stop at a Mursi village before driving myself into a huge gas shortage that is impacting all of Ethiopia. I manage to find some, and a few times I buy from the black market out of containers. It does the trick, the Jeep doesn't seem to complain no matter what I put in the tank



More here: The Mursi People | The Road Chose Me

After swinging through the capital of Addis Abba to pickup a couple more visas I have driven into the seldom-visted country of Djibouti, and I immidiately feel like I have driven onto another planet.
This is like nothing I've ever seen before






More here: Lake Abbe Part 1 | The Road Chose Me
and here: Lake Abbe Part 2 | The Road Chose Me

Although I'm getting close to the end, it feels like there is still a lifetime of adventure in front of me.

Next I go back into Ethiopia before pushing through Sudan and into Egypt, the final destination!

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Hi All,

I drove back over the horrendous road and into Ethiopia, and after driving the Jeep to over 14,080 ft. in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, I was happy to make it out of that country safely and without incident.

In all my expeditions around the world, Ethiopia is the only country I have ever felt unsafe in, and certainly very unwelcome.
It's a beautiful place, but it has some serious problems right now. Unfortunately I feel like I can't recommend a visit, which is really sad.



You can read about the mountains here
http://theroadchoseme.com/the-simien-mountains-part-1
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http://theroadchoseme.com/the-simien-mountains-part-2

And now I have driven into African country number 34, Sudan!

The border was time consuming, but more-or-less what I have come to accept as normal. Dropping out of the mountains the temperature skyrocketed well over 110F.
Border crossing story here: Ethiopia Ends / Into Sudan | The Road Chose Me

For the first night I just wild camped off the road. Everyone says it's insanely safe here, and I have felt welcome right from the get-go.


Now in Sudan, I just paid $0.35/gal for gas - easily the cheapest I have ever paid on the continent, and in my life. It's nice to get a whole tank for $7 !

People here are insanely friendly, and now I'm looking forward to wild camping out in the desert!


Full story about what Sudan feels like here: To Khartoum | The Road Chose Me

I can't believe I only have one more border to cross. After almost three years on the road it's going to be very surreal to "finish".

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Not going to lie Dan, Iím going to be slightly upset when your adventure ends. Are you coming back to Canada? Is the Jeep? Or are you going to do something else while you are over there?

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Not going to lie Dan, Iím going to be slightly upset when your adventure ends. Are you coming back to Canada? Is the Jeep? Or are you going to do something else while you are over there?
As much as I'd love to drive across Central Asia and the 'stans, my bank account is not on board with that plan!

I'm coming back to North America, and I'm bringing the Jeep with me.
I plan to display it and talk at a number of Overland/4x4/Jeep shows this coming summer.
After that I'll base myself in the Yukon again for adventures around Yukon and Alaska. The mountains are calling me back !

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Hi All,

I have driven the length of Sudan, exploring the desert and wild camping every single night.




Tons more photos on my website.

Now after crossing the most expensive, complicated and convoluted border of my life, I have driven into Egypt. The 35th and final African country on this expedition!





All the details on the border crossing and madness here: Into Egypt | The Road Chose Me

I'm loving this place already!

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What are the pyramid things?

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I think too much of a pressure variant between Earth and outer-space... lack of oxygen... something like that.
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What are the pyramid things?
Ya, what the hell. All those shows I've seen on tv telling me how hard it was to make the pyramids. I could knock out one of those in a weekend.

Oooor, are those for midgets?

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Can we take a moment and notice two things.
1. His 2 year trip became three.
2. Contrary to all the predictions, he hs omly one country left to die in.
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found them, they are called Nubian pyramids.

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