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My first impression was just: Wow! Hats off! What an impressive book... I can already now say that it is, along with Doris Kearns Goodwin's Pulitzer Price winning book on FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt, t...
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Dot is one of the most amazing "road" friends we made while overlanding through Africa, and whatever we were doing she brought a tremendous sense of humor to the situation ... started laughing out ...
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Going Home to Africa

One Woman's quest to return home, driving from Europe to Zimbabwe.

BlueBelle ... my new friend

BlueBelle ... my new friend

Finally, here is an introduction to BlueBelle my new friend with whom I intend to drive home to Zimbabwe ... InShaAllah (god willing) as they say in Arabic.

As per my last blog here are the details of the van, whom I have affectionately called BlueBelle.

MAKE:       Ford

MODEL:     Transit 190 LWB

YEAR:        1998

ENGINE:     2496cc - Diesel (Heavy Oil)

She started out life working for a church as a disability and community vehicle and at some time she was a general runabout van for someone who didn't really look after her.  She came to me from a dealer East of London. 

She was really dirty inside and stank of oil (I think they used oil to shine up the floors and mats but the smell was awful) so the first job was to clean her out inside, which took 3 passes.  Next it was important to remove the back seats which I don't need and the front had 2 passenger seats, so those needed to go too so that I can replace them and the driver's seat (also in bad condition) with 2 swivel captain seats.  I also needed to remove the rear disability lift which blocked the entire back door but also clangs and bangs with every bump and weighs a ton.

While I didn't really want a van with windows (being that they are both a security risk, let in too much sun and wall space is important for storage) but as not everything was possible it was important to work on the windows.  I decided to put film on the windows, a) to reduce the sunlight coming into the van which makes it even hotter inside and b) to improve the privacy so that anyone looking inside was able to see as litle as possible.  I have lots to do!

So below is a brief overview video of BlueBelle.

I'll keep you posted on the upgrades and new bits as I do them.

Thanks for continuing to read, comment, follow and share - it's great to know that you're out there.

 

 

 

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The Van ... unicorn or donkey

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About Dot

Dot is Zimbabwean born and raised and after having lived in Europe for 20 years she decided to return home but uniquely she decided to drive  through Africa to get there.

She achieved her dream by driving 20,000kms through 18 West African countries over 8.5 months on her own for most of the journey.  Her book of the same title will soon be launched,and you can find out more about Dot or subscribe to the Blog for more.

 

Kusasa Scholarship Fund

Alongside my journey I've decided to raise funds for scholarships for girl's education in Zimbabwe, find out more about that here, to contribute to the Scholarship Fund please do so here.