A proper preparation is part of the fun preparing for a long trip. The lack of it the reason for most excuses around the camp fire at night. 

I needed quite a lot practice in riding in sand, mud, over stones and through bush, especially when the bike is laden with all the equipment one is going to take with. 

That was a good excuse and motivation to do quite a number of long trips with bike. My trips were:

1. Quite a number of Sunday rides into the Waterberg.

2. Eastern Free State and Golden Gate, April 2007

3. Zimbabwe, April 2007

4. Botswana, June 2007

5. The Lowveld, October 2007

6. Cape Town - Namibia - Botswana, November / December 2007