Welcome to Desert Travels; a resource around the book about my early travels in the Sahara in the 1980s. You can buy DT for the price of a coffee off amazon uk, com and all the rest. The 2015 paperback reprint (left) is also now on amazon, or sells post-free in the UK with my parallel book, The Street Riding Years.
Desert Travels was originally published in 1996. It covered the first six of my forty-odd Sahara trips, starting as a clueless 21-year-old on a Yamaha XT500. The book finishes about eight years later, following a fractious ride from Algeria to Mauritania via Timbuktu, just before nomadic rebellions swept the central Sahara in the early 1990s. Much of what I learned on those journeys found its way into my guidebooks, like Adventure Motorcycling Handbook and Sahara Overland.
But most of Desert Travels describes my ‘Sahara Motorcycle Tour‘ of 1989. I scraped together five guys to follow me and a cantankerous Land Rover support vehicle (left) for a month deep into the Algerian Sahara. Like it says on the back cover: five set off, only one came back riding.