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
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".