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Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 27, 2013

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Here we go again, another road trip

Its back with Oasis again, who I did another trip in Africa with back in 2011

I have booked my flights to Rio, with a early arrival, just to see what Rio has to offer and check out the beach (there is a rumour they have some of the smallest bikinis here, so in the name of reseach I will have to check them out

There is also the famous copacabana beach to check out (by accounts its 4 Km long)

I'll have a couple of days to have my usual wandering around

I have bought a few replament and new things for this trip (stuff I never took on any of my other trips, but if I had they would have been handy)

A small mallet (for tent pegs, (there was never one on the trips)

A folding saw (they said they would buy a saw, and an axe, they never did)

A new head torch, (mine seemed to get 'lost' because they were better than others)

A new Maglite torch (and this is going to stay on my belt)

A knife sharpener (fed up with blunt knives)

My own mug (fed up with small mugs, if you are going to have a coffee, may as well have a decent sized one

A small flask, (for the times we cant have hot water)

Packets of decent coffee (they always buy the cheapest brands)


(Just on another note and I'll ask everyone I send these updates to,)

Do I send out too many updates ?
Would you prefer less updates ?
Do I post to many photo's ?
Do I go 'in depth' too much ?
Are you happy with the way I tell about my trips/travels ?

The reason I ask is I get so few comments from everyone I send updates to (I would like everyone to post at least one comment)


We got just over a month to go now

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greekcypriot on

I love the way you write everything down like a diary Derrick. Don't change anything. Your photos are great too, and you can add as many as you wish. The more the better.Not many write while on a trip and this is a great achievement. I for example cannot write while I am on the trip and this is not good but of course I don't have the time to do so because I am between meetings mostly. What you are doing and the way you present everything is like we are there with you. You are travelling us, and honestly I look forward to receiving your updates once again. I was so sorry that suddenly you returned home on this last trip! So, go for it, don't worry at all. People are waiting.....just imagine how many more followers you are going to have on this new trip again. Feel free to write as many entries as you wish. Those who find them too many they can easily stop receiving!

derrick241 on

Thanks for the comment, I'll see what (if ) others have to say

I try and say things as it happens and as I see it

With photos its easy with a digital camera to take lots of photos

Bob Cowan on

The blogs suddenly stopped coming , it is like getting a real life book of someone we know doing stuff we wish we could , now you have my new addy , keep em coming and pics , have a great time and think of us all sitting at home , as if

derrick241 on

I think they are still going, maybe just to an old email address, sorry Bob

Linda Bird on

PLEASE KEEP ME UPDATED WITH ALL AND ANY COMMENTS YOU HAVE.... your travels are amazing, and as i don't get to travel, i shall live vicariously through your travels.

derrick241 on

Thank you Linda, I hope you enjoy the blog and the trip, I shall post entries and photos as soon as I can, please enjoy and comment

Jim on

Just carry on regardless...... Seriously don't change a thing- as greekcypriot says , it worked as it was, and we feel we are there with you most of the time
Good luck with it.

derrick241 on

Thanks Jim, nice to know you will be with me on the trip, if not in body, but spirit

I hope to do the trip justice

daryl on

Looking forward to this as much as all your others. You tell it as it is without holding any punches. Wish,I was there with you and in many ways I am as you bring your trips to life.. Pack an extra blanky for,Rodney because its winter and very,very,cold down South ...certainly cold here in Oz. Have a wonderful time

derrick241 on

Thanks Daryl, glad you like 'my style' of writing the blog, dont worry you will be with me and Rodney on the rip

Anne on

Well hope you enjoy your trip ,
Dont change the way you write your blog as it is enjoyable to read it make me feel i am there with you ,
But i will say dont forget Rodney and take him out with you ,
Look forward to reading your blog ,

derrick241 on

Hi AnneI
l do my best (as usual,) and show more of the roads I travel,

well I guess the consensus is to 'dont panic and carry on'

If everyone likes the style of my blog, who am I to argue ?

I know you will be following the blog

Peggy on

Hi Derrick
Except for the saw, we take pretty much the same items. Love your storytelling. Don't change a thing.

derrick241 on

Thanks Peggy,
Only taking the saw because every trip there hasnt been one,ires most times)

Glad you like the blog

Tim Makins on

You're taking coffee to Brazil??? Here's an idea: buy one of those little Italian aluminium coffee makers
and make some decent coffee on the campfire or gas stove.

Oh, and don't forget what a heap of crap those Oasis tents are, and that you will be expected to share. Maybe a visit here would be a good idea:

derrick241 on

Hi Tim
Nice to hear from you, where have you been, where are you ?
Yes the coffee is pretty awful on any overland trip (I'll have a look at the links you sent me)
I was considering a pop up tent, but I dont mind sharing (sometimes)

Prayaan India on

Hi.. Interesting begning of your blog..Well I sew that u have replaced so many stuff. Coffee mug got bigger this time. Well i have seen that tea/coffee lover never compromise with their thing. Again same brand of coffee.. i tasted it and its good and strong too.. my type :) I want you to post pictures and write in detail aswell becoz its being interesting to reading your blog and Your way of writing blog is really very interesting.

derrick241 on

Thanks Deepti
Everyone that replies to this first entry will get all my updates as soon as I post them
Those that dont give a comment I assume dont want any updates (I shall delete them from the address and update list)

IanC on

You can spam me Derrick - always interested to hear your stories :-)

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