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Bike recovered, it’s all back on!

Wow, what a roller coaster the last 3 days has been. I’d found replacement bike, almost picked it up and nearly cancelled the old bike’s documents. Then on Wednesday night, I got a call from the Police to say that they have recovered my bike. You can’t believe my relief.

The thieving reprobates had parked the bike a few neighbourhoods away and left it too ‘cool off’. They do this in case the bike has a tracker that leads the police to their evil lair. Whilst the bike was cooling off, another thieving reprobate tried to steal it! Fortunately a member of the public saw this happening and called 999. The police came immediately and almost caught the punk. They then checked up on the vehicle and noticed that it had been reported stolen, which is when they called me. Ironically, it was reprobate #2 that lead to my bike being recovered.

Fortunately there is no major damage apart from a broken ignition barrel and stolen panniers. BMW have repaired the barrel and Bernie from Stahlkoffer has sent replacement panniers overnight.

With Adrian’s crash last week and my (2) thefts, we are quite happy that we have used up all of our bad luck before we have even left! Touch wood, it should now be plain sailing all the way down to Cape Town.

Both bikes are now recovered and repaired, but we have pushed back the leave date to Sunday 16 October as there are a few loose ends to tie up.

P.s. I’d like to thank everyone for all the support over the last 3 days, it’s been incredible.

Vaccinations

Essential vaccinations for the African Continent:

  • Yellow Fever – the only one you HAVE to get.
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitus A
  • Hepatitus B (a course of 3 jabs)
  • Diptheria
  • Tetanis
  • Polio
  • Rabies (a course of 3 jabs)
  • Meningitis
  • Anti-malaria tablets – not a vaccine, but essential nonetheless

An International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis will be issued to you, which you will need to present at border crossings and possibly during some visa applications. A Yellow fever certificate is the most commonly requested.

All vaccinations except rabies can be done by the NHS. Costs vary between different NHS clinics, but the only one we needed to pay for was Yellow Fever – currently £50. The NHS will also prescribe the anti-malarial tablets.

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio are given in one shot.

The cheapest rabies vaccines we found are given by 1st Contact Travel Clinic in London. £20 per shot and you need a course for 3 shots over one month. The rabies shot wont stop you getting rabies, but will allow you 24 hours to seek treatment which will prevent you getting the disease.  Worth the expense in our opinion!

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Disclaimer – We are not medical experts and this information should be treated as such. Please do you own research as we can’t be held responsible for this information!

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