Married in 1980 we had both travelled before we met. Me overland to India. Chris overland from Singapore, after working in New Zealand for 18 months and finally been given 24 hours to leave after repeated attempts to extend her visa.
We both vowed to travel again, once we were able and whilst we have recently made short trips to Peru, Sri Lanka, Nepal(Mick) and Vietnam (Chris) this has simply fuelled our desire to travel (without having to rush round in 2 weeks).
Then in August 2007, returning from Slovenia with our caravan, we met Jeff & Jean and was the first time we had seen a Landcruiser with a tent on the roof. Over a few beers they told us about their two trips to South Africa, down either side of the continent (see Gonewandering.co.uk) and their plans to ship the Landcruiser to the point of South America and drive to Alaska.
So it was set! by the time we had left we had given ourselves 4 years t be on the Road to India and beyond.
Then, in October 2007, we made a quick trip to Morocco for a last attempt to get some sun (after 2 wet weeks in Spain in April and a mostly wet caravan trip across Europe). Chris wanted to be intrepid and travel round by bus and Grand Taxi, but thinking this would soon fade, when we had to wait for hours, or have trouble finding accommodation, I hired a car instead.
Ending up in the Hotel Panorama in Azrou (one of the few places we could get a beer during Ramadan) we met up with Dave and Sue (over a beer). They had hired a guide for a walk the following day and invited us to join them. Before starting, Dave confirmed the rules to the guide - no walking on roads and back by 4pm.
It was an enjoyable walk until, at 4pm precisely, we arrived at a road, with a sign that said 'Azrou 4k'. After the toys had been firmly thrown from the pram Dave sat on the bank and said 'It's 4 o'clock, that's a road and I have finished'. As he said it, a Grand taxi stopped just down the road to drop someone off (or pick someone up, I'm not sure), our guide flagged it down and the driver promised to be back in 5 minutes.
So Chris got her trip in a Grand Taxi. During the short trip Sue recounted a recent 6 hour trip in a Grand Taxi, wedged in with 3 other people so she could not sit straight and after taking a drink from her water bottle, the large woman next to her took the bottle, drained it and threw it out of the window. When we arrived in Azrou I said 'OK, are you satisfied now that you have been Intrepid for 10 minutes'