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From Norway’s North Cape to Africa’s South Cape – by motorbike, again!

 

You may remember Nora from the podcast we did with her for her last adventure. Well, it’s only been eight months since Nora returned from her baptism-of-fire Amsterdam to Bali journey, but she’s already well on the way to planning her next epic trip. And this time she’ll travel due south…

“I landed back in Europe on 29th of June 2017 so I’ve had time to reflect on how my first overland journey has affected me. I started work again in December and I notice that I am more confident not only in life but also in my business relations. I know what I can and cannot do. I know who I am and I will not apologise for it, even though it gets me into trouble sometimes.
 
But I can’t sit still for long… My new adventure is gonna be epic!

“I will ride from the Netherlands up to the North Cape in Norway then turn around and go as far south as I possibly can, cross the African continent and visit the South Cape in South Africa.”

This time I will not go alone, but with my new boyfriend. We met while on the last trip and we both love adventure motorcycle riding so instead of tagging along on somebody else’s journey we decided to plan a new trip together.
 
We chose Africa because it is one of the roughest, fastest evolving places. A real test for our adventure skills and maybe also our relationship. Although I don’t doubt any of those. I’ve been fascinated with Africa since my first visit to South Africa in 2012. Crossing the entire continent is a dream come true and having Cape Town as a destination is the cherry on top of the pie. I love that place!
 
I feel Africa is one of the hardest places to travel. The infrastructure is vastly growing and expanding, but there is still a lot to improve.

“I want to see the Africa of the sad stories for myself and hopefully discover that there are also happy stories to tell and live the adventure.”

The biggest difference between this trip and my last is, of course, that I will not be going alone anymore. It’s going to be a huge change and I hope it will allow me, us to explore even more remote areas and take some more risks.

“Because we will be together we can go further from civilisation without compromising safety.”

I hope to ride more offroad because of this and I hope to capture more culture and local people on my videos.

I’m looking forward to seeing every single place on the route! Just think about the route real quick – we’ll be driving from Scandinavia, the richest and safest places in Europe, through rugged East Europe to Egypt diving into Africa with places like Ethiopia and Rwanda. All these places will have their place in this journey. They will all teach me something different.

“I can’t choose between the fjords, the volcanos, the gorillas or the beaches. I’m looking forward to all of them.”

I’m not even especially worried about any of the more notorious places on the map. We will be following the East Coast of Africa, which is relatively safe and stable. But this is Africa, so you never know what will happen. Isn’t that the exciting part of it all?!

Image by @walkinshawphotography

I plan ahead by about three days :) I just need to know two things: is the country safe enough to travel through based on stories of other travelers, and do I require a visa and where can I get that? Otherwise, I know I will roughly travel at 50k/h and spend €50 per day so I know how long I’ll be gone and how much money I need.

“All you need for such a journey is the right mindset, all the skills you need you can pick up along the way.”

All you need for such a journey is the right mindset, all the skills you need you can pick up along the way. As long as you are open to ask and learn. As long as you are willing to fail, to crash, to fall and to get up again. As long as you look at the bright side of things, trust strangers but keep your wits. As long as you have faith that everything will be alright, you will be alright. And you will have the most amazing experience of your life!
 
Nora’s top tips for other women planning a similar kind of trip
 
  1. Don’t let going alone stop you, it’s actually easier to travel solo as a woman then as a man.
  2. Don’t get bogged down in the details, it will work itself out. And if it hasn’t then it will if you just give it more time.
  3. Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, go.
 
To all you women out there who have gone out of their comfort zone this year, be proud of yourself! Your idea of adventure might not be the same as mine, but we are not the same. So stop comparing yourself with others and do what you want to do, don’t let anyone stop you!”
 
Find out more about Nora’s adventures and follow her journey at Adventurism.tv
 
Feeling inspired? Join of these trips and have your own adventure.
 
  1. Ride a Connemara pony (or bike) around Ireland
  2. Experience the nomadic way of life in Mongolia
  3. Travel India by train
  4. Trek Turkey’s 300-mile Lycian Way
  5. Ride the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok
  6. Have an all-American road trip adventure on Route 66
  7. Road trip through the eastern national parks of the USA
  8. Vagabond around the world
  9. Go Greek Island hopping
  10. Tour southern Europe