323 The Saharacast

Firstly, NO I shall not be launching into a long-winded plea for acceptance over how long it has been since the last podcast. Other shit distracted me, as is always the case when someone doesn’t do something. A lot of other shit, in this case.

I don’t know if any of you remember this, but in April me and my most singularly epic Volvo Bette (pronounced ‘Betty’ because she’s a stubborn and moody old bitch and therefore named after Bette Davis) went on the Rust2Sahara trip with the Rust2Rome Pioneers group. It was, as I am sure you can imagine, a pretty fucking epic experience.

After a couple of surprise detours, via Belfast for example, and the Pendine Sands in Wales, and some straight ahead burns down the motorways of Spain, we crossed into Morocco and there the really amazing stuff really began. We dodged camels, lost track of where the road was entirely, jumped sand dunes, clambered over the top of the Atlas mountains on a tiny goat track, visited a Bond villain lair in an extinct volcano, lost suspension, oil filters and exhausts and suffered punctures.

We had to ask random mechanics at the side of the road to help us out, welding bits of the cars back together with fags in their mouths and no more than a pair of sunglasses to shield their eyes. We ran out of petrol so badly we ended up having to siphon between cars to get to the next town, and over the CBs we planned and executed a pit stop to swap a battery from one car to another, jump start them and resume our 100mph dash to Tangiers port that an F1 team would have been proud of.

In short, it was absolutely fucking amazing.

Tracklisting

01. Dionne Warwick – Do You Know the Way to San José? (00.23)
02. Pavement – Half a Canyon (06.00)
03. DTHPDL – Summer (14.39)
04. Ella Fitzgerald – Caravan (1957 version) (18.40)
05. Donovan – Sun (22.52)
06. Hans Klammer – Voyager 1 (30.11)
07. Jonnie Common – Keep Refrigerated (36.27)
08. Maria Muldaur – Midnight at the Oasis (45.44)
09. R.E.M. – Low Desert (49.43)
10. Unknown – Ger’s Birthday Serenade (58.27)
11. Cherifa – Maysh Yiwin May Tshawrth? (1.01.05)