Cape Town to Dakar

Adventuring together for years, this Belgian couple decided to take their travels to the next level.

They decided to ship their Ural Gear Up to Cape Town South Africa and ride over 10,000km up the Western Coast to Dakar.  Let the adventure begin!

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Packing prep for months on the road.

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Bike being crated and prepped to ship from Belgium to Cape Town.

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Their last photo at home before heading off.

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Bike arrived safe and sound, now let's ride!

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Field breakfast, the sidecar makes for the perfect prep area while off the grid.

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Gas stop at the local village.

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UDF (Ural Delay Factor) is very real, especially when traveling abroad :)  Prepare for the occasional crowds!

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To make their way up the Congo River they hitched a ride with the local fishermen.

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Upon arrival they realized there was no crane available to unload their bike.  The boat crew quickly jumped to action and had the bike back on solid ground in record time.

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The Gear Up's on-demand 2 wheel drive was perfect for the African roads and mountain trails.

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All smiles after finding a quick detour!

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Success!  After nearly 4 months on the road they successfully pulled into Dakar.  Their bike traveled over 10,000km (6,000 miles), most of them off-road through every type of terrain imaginable.

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Next stop Marrakesh Morocco!

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Visiting Cappadocia

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This week Mihai and his family visit Cappadocia in central Turkey.  With an ideal climate and sprawling landscapes, this is one of the world's most popular places for hot air ballooning.

Mihai's son, Vlad, with the perfect view of Turkey from the 2,000 feet above.

Cappadocia is home to Turkey's "fairy chimneys", pointed rocks formed from volcanic ash that rained across the region millions of years ago.  Today, many consider these rocks good luck with some measuring over 130 feet tall!

After the balloon ride they were off to visit friends and scout for tomorrow's adventure!

Caucasus Mountains

Photos by Mihai Barbu

Mihai rode his 2WD Gear Up with his favorite co-pilots to explore the Caucasus Mountains, Black Sea beaches and some of the world's most breathtaking back roads.

The trip started, like most, with a few hours of highway. Their sidecar was packed camping gear, spare tire, 2 passengers and his son's toy sword; after all, you never know what you might encounter.

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Soon Mihai and his co-pilots arrived in Ushguli, Georgia.  Ushguli is Europe's highest village sitting at 7,190ft. It's home to just over 200 residents who brave 6 months of snow a year.

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The adventure continued as they quickly discovered some amazing mountain roads just outside the village.

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Charge! Mihai and his son Vlad tackling puddles with 2WD.

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These mountains are rarely visited by tourists, making the trip free of lines and kiosks.  It's just the ride and pristine views.

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The roads winding through the Caucasus range can be difficult to navigate but luckily they're in relatively decent shape.

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Afternoon picnic before setting up camp, drying off after puddle jumping.

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Day 1 in the books!  Time for a well deserved night under the stars.

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