www.harris.gb.net report upon a challenging project to drive from Durban, RSA back to the UK. Please see our blog pages and share our excitement about the Azalai and our trip. Regards RicH
May 2011 - December 2011 Durban to Torquay by Azalai Land Rover
June 2012: Please note that due to the very low bandwidth of African internet - it proved difficult to update our blog. We posted 'live' updates via Twitter and pledged to update the blog on our return. Sorry - it's just the way it was! Luckily there was always good old fashioned pen and paper to record events. Please keep checking back as I strive to catch-up!….. Thanks to Ken Evans and all at Bridge Civil Engineering for their encouragement and support - really appreciated guys. Thanks to OEC International for making sure everything was spot on for departure - we know we picked the right company for the job - nice doing business with you and see you for the post-trek refit! Thanks to the IPF,Fast Track Agency and Land Rover Experience - for what was probably the most useful training we've completed to date - 2 days at Eastnor following the RGSDriver Training Syllabus. Special thanks to Mike Chambers, Lead Instructor and absolutely brilliant trainer. Thanks to Alan Harris who fantastically asked if all presents for his 70th Birthday could be donations to Motivation. He really is the best Dad! Over £800 was raised! Thanks too to all who donated and made it such a fun evening.
Thanks to Alan Humphries for sponsoring our flights. Alan is Rachel's sister Lisa's other-half. He also happens to be the first Irishman to walk to the North Pole. It means a lot to us to have his support. Please do check out his book here.
If you would like to support the Indlovu Trans-Africa Drive then please do contact us for details of sponsorship opportunities. Alternatively donations to the expedition costs can easily be made by clicking the button above (i.e. see below if you wish to donate to the charity Moitivation.org.uk)Thank you!
"We hope to include our motivation, planning and the journey itself as this project grows from fledgling pub-talk to fulfilment of an impossible dream. Richard broke his neck playing rugby in 1986 and is dependent upon a Trekinetic off-road wheelchair and crutches for mobility, but recent advances in self care (Peristeen) and the import of the incredible Azalai Land Rover Camper conversion make the adventure possible. Read more here.... All that’s needed now is our commitment and belief – and quite probably a little luck and goodwill!” RicH and Rachel
(Above Michael Palin, President of the RGS)
Rachel and Richard are lucky enough to meet lots of helpful people at the Royal Geographical Society's Explore 2010 event in Kensington. If you have an interest in the World around us then please do consider joining this great society. See blog for update
The Indlovu Drive 2011
Welcome to www.harris.gb.net, the website and BLOGof disabled traveller, Richard Harris and the account of his journey across Africa overland.
About our logo: the wheel links with www.motivation.org.uk the splendid and apt charity which we are supporting - Please take some time to check out their site
Why the Bull and Cow Elephants? The Carruthers Guide to 'The Wildlife of Southern Africa' says of Loxodonta Africana (Indlovu Zulu) "....Rough grey skin, often coloured by dust or mud.. Complex social life. Drinks daily if possible." 'Nuff said - if you Overland you'll understand.
Thanks to David Squibb and all at Kinetsu World Express for getting us through the outward shipping. Thanks to Shaun Pillay in the Durban Office for sorting us out at the other end.
Thanks to Hayes Opticians - it was great to see you guys and thanks for your support.