BRCK Expedition

Through Mozambique and Malawi

Before we left Nairobi, 2 weeks ago, I though that a 500km day on a motorcycle was a long time. Now I just ask, “well, what will we do in the afternoon then?” We left Harare, where the Arensen’s had hosted us for two nights in their lovely home, for a bit of a long…
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SKELETONS OF CIVILIZATION

We had a long 17 hour day on the road yesterday. We did this to compensate for over 10 hours lost fixing the Land Rover in Johannesburg. We started at 4:30 in the morning and stopped at around 10p.m. But that has become normal.  Covering over 820km a day is something we have stopped noticing…
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Dashing back

Paul and I flew down to Johannesburg on Monday and spent some time helping prepare for when the team arrived.  We looked for mechanics shops for all the vehicles, I had some meetings and Paul prepared for Maker Faire. Now we get to join the guys as we dash back up to Nairobi!  I have…
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BRCK at Maker Faire Africa: From Prototype to Production

We’ve been excited to show up at Maker Faire Africa (old site) in Johannesburg for quite a few months, so actually being there yesterday was a big deal for us. Especially as we had driven 4,400km to be here and it was our primary goal for the journey. The BRCK table certainly drew our fair…
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Expedition Technology – Part II

Thanks goodness for BRCK.  Unfortunately this will be my last expedition post this trip. I’ve had to leave the guys early to make a dash north to sort out some business. If it weren’t for BRCK I’d still be in Livingstone. When the news came that I had to come back to Nairobi, we knew…
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Expedition Technology – Part I

Along this trip, we are really putting the BRCK to the test. We are trying as hard as we can to dog-food this thing in the most extreme environments to see where it falls down and where it stands up. Here is just a snippet of what we’ve learn’t so far. Some of it reinforces…
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Experiencing connectivity across African borders

One of the challenges while traveling across Africa is connectivity. The experience of getting connected is often quite slow and unpredictable, especially when you are transiting through countries with places to be before  dark. Yesterday was a case in point.  We were trying to get an MTN Line in Zambia so that we could connect…
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Chasing the Sun (Days 3 and 4)

Catching up on a few updates at once here, you can read about Day 2 of our trip here. It’s 6am in Lusaka, Zambia as I write this. The last two days have been a blur as we covered over 1,700 kilometers from Dodoma to Lusaka in what can only be considered as marathon sessions…
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