The whole idea started via a friend of mine, Frankie who offered to sell me his van to take to Cote d'Ivoire. Thankfully Frankie is a very good friend, as he discovered (after I agreed to buy his van) that the chassis was twisted, he backed out of the deal refusing to sell it to me. However, I was left wondering how to return to Cote d'Ivoire.
My utility room has become a dumping ground for donations going to Cote d'Ivoire. Some of these donations have been around for 5 years or so, despite taking endless luggage on previous trips of things the centre needs. Suitcases that take bicycles or fridges haven't yet been invented as far as I am aware!
|Found Franki in Schijndel, NL|
So I found Franki, a Mercedes Sprinter 211CDI van with 7 seats and a big roof rack on top in the Netherlands. Two weeks ago I flew to Brussels, rented a car and made a 5 hour round trip to see Franki and put a deposit down. Luckily, Frankie the friend was there to meet me & help me decide if the van was as good as the dealer said it was, the dealer was called Frank!
|Bottrop boys helping get Franki ready!|
|Franki parked up in Dijon for a night|
This is going to be a whole new adventure but I probably won't have time to be able to keep posting on here whilst driving south; hence Franki has a Facebook page www.facebook.com/FrankiGoesTo