|Ruth on her way to Sioma Falls, Western Province, Zambia|
|This photo got us a fine (opps!). Ruth on the Victoria Falls Bridge|
She was named by her previous owners after Ruth Mallory, the wife of George Mallory, a mountaineer who died in 1924 while climbing Mount Everest; Ruth was considered as a loyal, dependable and loving wife, always waiting patiently for her husband to return safely from his various adventures. These are the same qualities considered important for a 4X4 in Africa.
In the time that we have had Ruth she has undergone some major “plastic surgery”, including new suspension, fixing the 4wd hubs, the inclusion of a roof tent, “tyre cover” braai”, an inverter and car fridge, four new mud-terrain tyres, new spotlights, a snorkel, window tinting (or eyelash tinting, hehe!) and a rear differential. She has also had some major mechanical work done to ensure she can get us to Ethiopia.
|Ruth with her roof tent, mud-terrain tyres, tyre cover braai|
|Ruth fitted with her snorkel|
|BF Goodrich Mud Terrain Tyre|
|New Ironman suspension, shipped all the way from Australia!|
Ruth has already taken us through some pretty tough terrain such as Chobe National Park in Botswana and the rocky roads of the Skeleton Coast Park in Namibia; she has driven through Southern Africa’s searing heat and taken on angry elephants in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (actually she sped backwards but still kept her passengers safe). So we trust Ruth to get us to our destination.
|Ruth before most of her additions and work, but I just love how tough she looks in|
this photo taken in Etosha National Park, Namibia
|In the Okavango Delta|
|Ruth looking tough on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia (And also the lead up|
to getting her new tyres)
Ruth will be available to others who would like to do an overland trip in Africa from late September 2012 in Addis Ababa. Please go to Overland Ruth: http://overlandruth.blogspot.com/