History DOES Repeat Itself

1959 – June-September

As a freshly minted college graduate I went to Europe, bought a Vespa Scooter and explored the continent – UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy – a trip of almost 10,000 Kilometers.

This is a Vespa – picture taken in Cape Town on 6 November 2018 – with the exception of the luggage compartment on the back, this is what I rode in 1959.

Everyone thought I was a bit crazy, of course, and they may have been right – riding the Vespa in a downpour on the slick streets of Stuttgart – cobblestones, trolley tracks and HUGE trucks wasn’t the smartest thing I’d ever done. It’s still close to the record of not-smart things I’ve done in the subsequent almost-60 years…..but what an incredible experience. That European trip really kicked off my life of adventure and exploration.

Fast Forward 59 years to fall 2018 – September to Mid November

10,000 KM throughout Southern Africa – in a Toyota 4 x 4 Twin Cab (got smart enough to seek protection from the rain 59 years later)

Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa – different continent but a similar scenario

This is 2018’s route – the long line is the flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia and the dots are each night along the way.

A more detailed map of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho (both within South Africa – Swaziland also shares it’s Eastern border with Mozambique).

This is the much-improved ride – 4 x 4 was useful and used. Fortunately none of the stream crossings were deep enough tor the snorkel to be required.

A few more nights on the road, and on November 16th I fly from Johannesburg to Chile for the “next leg” (and another vehicle) for a month in Patagonia.

Author: George Basch

George Basch (aka Curious George) has circled the globe as an Adventurer, Explorer, Photographer and a Creative Entrepreneurial Businessman. He’s been on all seven continents, and in more countries than he’s taken the time to count, and is still going strong as an explorer / adventurer after celebrating his 81st birthday in March 2018. Click here to read more about George

2 thoughts on “History DOES Repeat Itself

  1. Thanks for the update. As I write this, I’m starting to pack for Outdoor Retailer tomorrow. It won’t be the same without you. Can’t wait to catch-up at the next show and hear even more about your adventures in Africa, South America, and Antarctica.

  2. Have a wonderful and productive time at OR, Kraig, and say “Hi” to all my friends (and give them my “excuse” for missing the Winter Show. A special “hi” to Dave, Sam and also to Greg and Diane at adidas

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