Entries by Laurens

The Australian Tour

My last scouting/pre-riding experience in Tasmania was intended as preparation for my first Edelweiss tour of 2017 that would take us from Sydney To Melbourne and would also include the 5 days on Tasmania I explored in advance. I flew back into Sydney from Launceston, where the temperature was markedly higher than in Tasmania. There […]

Scouting Tasmania

Nearly a year since I left it behind, returning for a job with Edelweiss Bike Travel, I’m back in Australia. I’ll be guiding the “Australian Adventure Tour” that goes from Sydney to Melbourne and on to Tasmania; part of which I’ve done twice during my time in Australia. I’d been to Tasmania before, nut not […]

Winter Van Trip

Despite misty, cold weather forecasts, Jolien and me had planned to go on a little week-long roadtrip in my van for her end-of-the-year time off. After my return from Africa I had been busy with a work trip (not for Edelweiss this time) to Stockholm and London. It had left me with very little time […]

Fort Tafnidilt

We encountered this abandoned fort in Morocco last month, during one of our most extreme offroad days. It was quite interesting, and different from the european, industrial abandoned locations I usually visit, so I feel it deserves a dedicated post. When we arrived the sun was already  setting and only a silhouette was still visible. […]

To Africa: Dakhla – Casablanca, The End

I’m back home in Belgium, with perhaps a slightly melancholic feeling about the past month. I returned a bit sooner than anticipated, back to the cold and grey November winter months of Europe. Here’s what happened the past few days. Right as I finished the previous blogpost, I asked Lukas how far he was planning […]

To Africa: Tafraoute – Western Sahara

We came across the big, expensive Expedition Trucks parked at the Rocks. They cost about 30 times as much as our vehicle, but don’t seem to do much ore than drive 5km of gravel to the Rocks and stay on asphalt the rest of the time. The owners really didn’t seem to like us, as […]

To Africa: Ouzoud – Tafraoute

Having just arrived in Ouzoud, we opted to have another day exploring the surroundings and reorganize the truck. The oil drum that was installed in our secret compartment as extra fuel tank, isn’t really working out. The seal isn’t diesel-resistant and has leaked. We took the drum out and put it onto the roof. It […]

To Africa: Rabat – Ouzoud

Continuing my trip into North Africa, we took off from Ouezzane where we stayed at questionable “Hotel Rif”. Carlo and Max went for breakfast somewhere else and got offered some roses by their  waiter on this romantic date. We used them to decorate the truck, goes well with the outside color. On the way to […]

To Africa: Madrid – Ouezzane

Continuing on from Madrid, our plan was to take the ferry to Morocco the next day. A Spanish trucker told us there was a good truckstop at mile marker 288. We’d started driving very late, so by midnight we were all really looking forward to this mythical truckstop. It turned out alright, but the night […]

To Africa: Tubingen – Madrid

Back in September, when I came back from touring in Spain with Edelweiss, I met Lukas, a fellow tourguide in the hotel in Mieming, Austria. Lukas started together with me as a new tourguide this year, and though I hadn’t been on tour with him, I knew him from the training we did. Back then […]