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February 1st, 2011 | Asia

Back in the Box…!!

I arrived at the Super Express warehouse shortly before midday, having unpacked and repacked my gear the previous evening… Santos and his team of assistants were there to meet me, and within minutes, we had the Big Fella on the base pallet and ready to be dis-assembled… After a few initial grumbles, he subsided into […]

January 31st, 2011 | Asia

Back to Dubai…

Another gray day dawned over Fujairah… The Big Fella stood in a pool of water that was draining very slowly into an adjoining section of the walkway where he had been parked… It had rained on and off during the night, the rain beating an irregular tattoo on the corrugated iron roof above me… I […]

January 29th, 2011 | Asia

Charging into Sharjah…

Time, in the greater scheme of things, was running out for me… While checking through my documents, I suddenly realised that my Indian visa expired on the 19th of February… That was less than three weeks away…!! I had never intended to spend much time in India anyway, as I had heard that if the […]

January 20th, 2011 | Asia

Lowdown from Lima…

The Lima Oasis is a crescent shaped area that lies far south of Abu Dhabi, and close to the Saudi Arabian Border… Wherever in this endless sea of sand you’d like to draw that particular line…!! Very few people I spoke to could agree exactly where the border lay, and even fewer of them cared… […]

January 19th, 2011 | Asia

The Rainbow Sheikh and the Road to Liwa…

I was at Doha International Airport at 4.45am, ready for a long day… At 10.00am I touched down in Abu Dhabi, and an hour later arrived at the Wrigley’s house… An hour after that, I was packed and loaded and ready to ride to the Liwa Oasis… The entire gulf area was shrouded in thick […]

January 15th, 2011 | Asia

Thwarted Again…!!

The first sign you will no doubt notice on entering the Saudi Embassy in Abu Dhabi, is one that your eyes will be drawn to often while you wait to be served, although I use the term “served” with reservation…!! The sign, in bold red letters, reads: “Warning: Trafficking of Drugs: Penalty = Death. You […]