Circumnavigating Africa in aid of Save The Children
Hi Spencer, What an adventure, should be made into a movie! Sorry to hear about your stolen gear, but glad you are safe.
Thinking of you and following your amazing journey, you are a star!
Belated birthday wishes to you Spencer. Keep up the good work and enjoy the rest of the trip.
Glenn & Antoinette
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Hi Spencer, still thinking of you, hope all is well.
Jax & Cabs
Hi Spencer,spoken to your Mum and Dad yesterday,keeping me up to date with your fantastic adventure!!! I am so impressed with what you are doing,well done and hope your bike is ok now.Realy looking forward to meet you after your return.Keep going strong Spencer,thinking of you daily.But before i sign off,i want you to know what a fantastic Mum and Dad you have!!
All the best for now,
Hey man, I met you in Luanda Angola in April 2010… I hope your journey north was trouble free and informative
Spencer Ian and I watched one of Joanna Lumley’s series on her trip along the Nile and it really came home to us as to what it must have been like for you on your own! We saw her on the ferry at Aswan and of course the deserts along the way. She has four, four by fours with her of course one expects that, but imagining you on your own we are full of admiration! Incredible, particularly as we only saw a very small part of what you have achieved already. Please keep going and keep safe. We look forward to seeing you home and well. All the best. Janice and Ian Frigard
Hi Spencer, keeping track of your progress and looks like things have been eventful to say the least. I hope things get a little easier for you from here on in. Take care and wishing you a safe and happy journey.
Hello Every One
I have made it to Kinshasha but bike needs some work on it as I took three days to get form Angola through the DRC on the most difficult terrain so far. A really, really tough section which hammered both the bike and me and I only just got into Kinshasha. Trying to sort out the problems as the bike is not turning over at all well!! However the up side is that I got some truely amazing footage on my new camera which was delivered to me by Al Mcleod, the STC In Country Director in Angola, on his return from leave. Hopefully you will be able to see some new pics on the Gallery section soon of the children at the STC Project in Angola, where I had a fantastic time with them, and some actors performing an educational play about AIDS and Child Abuse. They were exceptional and very dedicated to what they are doing. This has been both a difficult and rewarding section and by the way the total for the Fund raising, with off-line additions, is now over Â£22,000 so another Â£6,000 to the target. Thanks to all who have contributed and to the collectors in the UK.
Hey there Spencer,
Finally figured out the blog thing….thanks to Pernille. Sounds like your experiences have been mindblowingly eventful. So sorry about all the unpleasant times. I can’t imagine how tough it must be to deal with some of those vigilantes out there. Although on the upside, you have certainly encountered some extraordinarily kind and helpful individuals. Sorry to have missed you in Swaziland. Glad you got such a warm welcome from Ysa. That must have been a special time.
Hope the winds blows in your direction and gets you home safely. You are doing an amazing thing. Thinking of you and wishing you positive vibrations!!!!
HI Spencer, just read through the blog and looked at your progress. Power to you my friend! You really are amazing, and to think you are doing this for the children of the world! I hope you meet many of them on the way, and you remain safe for the rest of your journey home. I will keep watching your progress, and send you all the best thoughts and wishes possible-amandla!! Drive safe.
Hi Spencer, good news. My Leg is going to be heatlhd very fast, feel all right now and i’m waiting for Anneliese’s sign for takeoff to Kenia. Read about your problems. Very bad. But however, life’s going on. Please let me know if I can help you some way, some Money could be sent by Western Union or however. Have a good ride and take care of yourself.
Hello to All
Firstly I managed to retrieve most of my stolen items, with a little help from the police. However, no sign of cameras, and also lost the footage that was shot in Namibia and most painful of all, my diary, but then it could have been worse!
Have now been in Luanda for five days and have had a great reception. Firstly the road from the Angolan border through to Huambo and then onto Luanda proved to be one of the highlights of my journey so far. It was the most incredible drive on the roughest road yet, well it was not a road, more a river with potholes the size of cars. The sides of the road being littered with abandoned Russian tanks. It took twelve hours to cover 420 kms which included a fall down a bank plus the bike, but no injuries. The bright red mud left puddles that were almost fluorescent orange, flanked by the greenest land that I have ever seen, back dropped by a bright red sky. Huambo, mid-way between the border and Luanda, was once touted as the future capital of Angola but in 1993 a vicious 52 day siege and bombing led to the city being reduced to a pile of rubble. Signs of recovery are there but most of the buildings are just shells full of bullet holes. Many have no fronts but are inhabited, so you can see people leading their daily domestic lives. Despite this Angolans are extremely friendly and the welcome from everyone has been extraordinary. They are very proud of their country, and rightly so, as it is stunning. All National Parks were devastated during the war but at present thay have ‘Operation Noah’s Ark’ and are airlifting and road hauling 500 elephants, 200 zebras etc. to try to bring tourism back to life. ‘Save the Children’ in Huambo and in Luanda have been nothing short of wonderful. They have assisted in every way possible and provided me with accommodation in a guest house next to the HQ. STC has a very large project in Angola, about 70 staff, running orphanages, creches, AIDS clinics and education centres. I have visited several of these and became a teacher again. These children have almost nothing and yet they have happy, smiling faces and are incredibly lively. Some photos will be posted on the Gallery shortly. I was invited to the British Ambassador’s Residence for lunch and also met the Angolan Minister for Health and was interviewd on radio and TV. Angola has been a memorable and heart warming experience and once again I must thank The BHC in Namibia for expediting my entry into this wonderful country as without help I would still be sitting on the border. Thanks to Al Mcleod and Fabrice Beutler, STC in Luanda, and to all who made me so welcome. Next stop is DRC.
P.S. Carl, who I first met way back in Eygpt, and who is making his way around Africa by any means possible has kept in touch en route over the last few thousand klms. He was with me when we had our gear stolen at the border in no man’s land and his camera, his prize possession, was stolen. He is also on a very tight budget and there is no way he can replace his valuables. It is probable that he will now not complete his expedition. A great pity.
Hi Spencer, sorry to hear about your crappy time, hope things are going better for you now? We all have bad times (having some ourselves just now) but you have to keep going and remember lots of people are very proud of you and you are in our thoughts. Take care, Jax and Cabs.
Hello again Spencer,
Thank you for your call at the weekend,it was very good to hear you again.
I am trying to arrange time off to come down and see you
Hope all is better for you
Andy and Sam
Great to hear you are still going strong, Spencer, was a tad concerned when there was no blog for a while. All is good back here, youv’e missed some fairly wet weather! Good to see you’ve raised almost Â£20k already on your fund raising page.
We’re all thinking of you here at Dexterity in Ashford, take care.
Hi Spencer .. hope you’ll have been able to pick up our email correspondence with your Dad earlier this afternoon and that you’ve had a good and event free ride from Lubango to Huambo. Glad you have been in touch with Fabrice in Luanda and you can look forward to resting up with Save the Children when you get there. Sorry to hear that you have had a rough time down south and about the robbery. Also sorry that I’ll probably miss you as I’m now in London and not returning to Luanda until the (very early) morning of Saturday 10th April. Anyway, hope you link with Adelino in Huambo, safe onward travels and call us if you need support! Very best wishes … Al (McLeod), Country Director, Save the Children Angola.
Greetings to all. I’m not a very happy Easter Bunny as once again I have had a confrontation with some less than pleasant individuals just across the Namibian/Angolan border who stole my cash,cards,cameras, film and documents from my ’secure’ room in a pension. Not a very nice experience and the upshot is that I am now travelling ‘on empty’ on the way to Luanda where I hope I will be able to get some help from the BHC there. It is about 850 miles and the road is not the best as you can imagine. I have borrowed just enough money from Carl, a Canadian, who has been travelling the same road by bus, and other means possible, who was in the same border towm. I just have to hope that I can make Luanda and get things organised otherwise stuck in the bundu. I must say that this latest upset has depressed and shaken me again and it seems as if I cannot relax for a moment. I’m finding the trip tougher by the day and feel exhausted as I have to keep constant vigilance. It is also impossible to find a place to put one’s head for a night’s sleep. A small room with dirty mattress, no electricity nor running water costs $50!!! If there is anyone out there who is reading this in Angola and can help let me know via the web as I can pick up messages on my Blackberry if I’m lucky.
Hey spence we just did another trip, belgium, germany, lux, belgium, france. 900 miles in 4 days. The Nurberg ring is quite something. Ride hard. Keith
I’ll be on the road for a few weeks yet but will join you for the meal and beers in Wales.
All the best Spencer
Hi Spencer, lovely to get your text message, behind you all the way big fella. looking forward to a slap up meal and quite a few beers on your safe return.