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Pre-Departure Trips, Preparation & News

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6 - 9 April 2009

Peterborough, UK

GPS: N 5233.474', W 015.858'
This week was a very significant one for us. We took our Land Rover to the specialist 4x4 centre in Peterborough, Footloose 4x4, with whom we made contact a few months ago. The managing director, Paul, has a wealth of overlanding experience across six continents, and has all the expertise we need to prepare the car mechanically and to fully equip us with everything we need for our trip.

Neil took the week off work and had the opportunity to work alongside the mechanic, Graeme, getting his hands dirty and putting what he has learnt on his mechanics course into practice. To say he has been in his element is an understatement. To say that he missed his vocation - perhaps more accurate.

Upon dismantling the wheel axel sub-assembly and various engine components, there were perhaps more things needing attention that we had envisaged. But the main thing is that they are being sorted now and that we will set off will complete confidence in our truck.

We are extremely grateful to the Footloose team for their expertise, relaxed and friendly attitude and their flexibility. We know that we are in safe hands and would whole-heartedly recommend their services to anyone else in our position.

It was also great to spend time with Karl and Holly this week, who kindly put us up in their lovely new home near Peterborough. Neil enjoyed perfecting his bowling skills but Karl, you are still the bowling champion! We are really grateful for the warm hospitality and might well be taking them up on that again as we nip up to Peterborough to check on Mpudi's progress.


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