A a life- changing journey In the previous issue, we followed christie and his crew from Stellenbosch to Egypt via Somalia. Reunited with their 1998 Land Rover defender 300 Tdi ( drover) and 1965 Land Rover Series II ( Green Machine), they continue their
Drover and Green Machine had taken the slow ferry up Lake Nasser to Sudan. As soon as they arrived, we hit the road. The political situation in the country made a crossing from east to west impossible, so we decided to head south towards Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
An abandoned railway track heading south towards the desert and Abu Hamad marked our route. Locals warned that the stretch between railway station four and six would consist of thick sand. With that in mind, we arrived at station four as the sun was setting and decided to camp rather than push ahead. As the desert sky became dark and strewn with stars, absolute silence fell over the empty landscape.
We set off again at the break of dawn, unaware of what lay ahead for us. The rapidly thickening sand soon forced us to drive on the railway track. Positioning the vehicles on the narrow track was difficult but we didn’t dare deviate, maintaining this balancing act for about 20 km.
The BF Goodrich All Terrain Tyres behaved well on the track, even with a couple of screws and nails lodged in them.