Ness (Rascalis maximus)
The troublesome one indeed. Ness grew up in various places in the South Island, and is most at home in the New Zealand backcountry, surrounded by native bush, soaring mountains and the crystal clear alpine lakes of the Mainland. Hailing from a travelling family, she has adventured all over the world. She believes the best travelling experiences are the ones you don’t plan too much, the ones that start with a good idea, good people and develop into an amazing journey. She’s looking forward to seeing some of the wilder places of Europe, Asia and Africa, the places a wee bit off the beaten track, and meeting some lovely, friendly, fun people along the way. Ness has been dreaming of doing an independent overland trip down through Africa for many years after hearing stories about her Aunty Jude doing it back in the day.
Roles en route will include lead power-ballad singer, navigator, artistic food creation director, mud bog depth gauge, wildlife comentator (David Attenborough styles) and mosquito sacrifical lamb.
Brett (Rascalis ginga)
Hailing from the mighty valleys of Grovetown, this Malborough man is officially known as the fiery one, although often referred to as Bert.
Reknowned for his mischief, he has is heart set on making trouble all the way from London to Cape Town. His roles en route will include lead driver, official mechanic, chief border-crossing liaison manager, master ukulele player, bringer of calm and serenity and power-ballards side kick.
Brett was whisked away to Kenya when he was 5, and spent the next 5 years growing up on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Revisiting Kenyan old haunts and old friends will be a highlight of the trip. He is also looking forward to some exploring and adventuring, and putting Rodders through his paces.v
Rodders (Rascalis toyotaris)
Officially known as Rodney Milton Junior, or RMJ, Rodders is a sweet 1995 HDJ80 4.2L Turbo diesel Toymotor Landcruiser. We’re souping him up a bit, sussing out a few modifications to get him ready for the mother of all overland adventures….
To date we have given Rodders a good overhaul, fitted a snorkel, roof rack, roof tent, and are in the process of fitting a rear drawer system, amongst other things.
Rodders is named after Ness’s dad, Rodney Green. After Ness’s brother and sister both failed to name their children after him, we thought it was only fitting to do the honours, and name our truck Rodney Milton Junior. To date it hasn’t attracted the significant investment from its namesake that we had hoped for. Just kidding Dad!