Last year, while I was preparing for the Mongol Rally, I was lucky to befriend Matt Sully. While we still have yet to meet in person, since my plans to participate in the Rally fell through, we have kept in touch through social media. Currently, Matt is planning an epic adventure called the Odyssey to Dakar.
The 15,000 mile road trip is set for 2017, and Matt is looking for people to join him on the road. Unlike most journeys of its kind, there’s no cost to join. Matt does map out expected costs on the website though, so those wishing to join have an idea of what they are getting into.
Matt, who participated in the Mongol Rally in 2014, has worked as a cartographer for the last twenty years and currently works for Exmoor National Park Authority and he loves it, as they give him seven weeks off a year to go travelling. He loves hiking in the mountains, driving to new places, and the ocean, though he admits he’s not a very good swimmer. So far, according to Trip Advisor, he’s traveled twenty percent of the globe.
Matt, tell us a bit about the route that those who participate will be taking.
Participants will be heading to Dakar, Senegal via The Northern Cape, Norway in the Arctic Circle via Europe and return. They will be travelling through twenty-four different countries, along the Atlantic Highway, over the Carpathian Mountains, Romania, drive the F1 circuit in Monte Carlo, drive down the Dades Gorge, Morocco through the Western Sahara desert and completing in Dakar, Senegal.
About how long will the journey take?
It’ll take around six to seven weeks to travel the 15,000 miles.
Why did you plan this adventure? What inspired you?
I have always loved to drive up over mountains and across deserts to new countries and locations. The thought of the never being there before, and if the car will make it, makes it all the more fulfilling when I succeed. This was sure when we drove to Mongolia back in 2014, fording the car in Mongolia getting through one cooling fan, two engines, and five punctures.
Will you be supporting any charities during Odyssey?
So do you think you have the metal and grit to join the whole rally for six weeks or just a portion of it? Please feel free to sign up. No deposit, no cost. You can keep up to date with Matt and his adventure on his website and Facebook. You may even see me joining the rally! #dakarodyssey
1 vehicle, 6 ferries, 24 countries, and over 15,000 miles in total.