16 December 2020 20:19
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Our "World Tour" has pressed the pause button for a few days. On our way south we stopped off in Switzerland. There we have to take our Axor for its technical test required every two years by the road authorities.
We would have liked to do without it, but we have no doubts our truck will pass the test; because when we stopped at the Mannheim Truck & Bus Center, we had the squeaking brakes adjusted and the steering shaft replaced. That was all the mechanics had to do.
Since June, we have driven almost 13,000 kilometres through ten countries, mainly on good metalled roads. But when we were driving on gravel tracks through the endless forests of Scandinavia, we had a feeling of adventure. On rare occasions were able to drive off-road, for example in the Błędów Desert in Poland – a foretaste of the stretch through the Middle East and Africa.
Although the last few months weren't a real challenge for our Axor, we wish to emphasise that it continues to be a reliable companion that took us safely and comfortably to the "northern end of the world". Before we left, Mike set the "Trip" on the on-board computer to zero. Now this computer shows an average speed of 50 kilometres per hour and fuel consumption of 25 litres per 100 kilometres.
For most of the route, our Goodyear off-road tyres were really a compromise. But for the rough terrain that lies ahead of us, they are vital. We are glad of the Axor's single tyres. They allow us to let a lot of air out of the tyres, for a maximum of traction and comfort on bad roads. With double tyres, that would be difficult, because the tyres would rub against each other and damage each other's sidewalls.
In view of the current corona situation, we have come to appreciate our truck and our way of travelling more than ever. Once the supplies of food and the diesel and water tanks have been replenished, we have a range of about 2500 kilometres or 14 days away from civilisation. That's a good feeling for the months to come.
A one-of-a-kind journey.
For eleven months, Andrea and Mike Kammermann were on the “4‑Xtremes” tour with their Axor. Now they are on an even greater adventure. The pair from Switzerland will be on the road for three years and the RoadStars community will again be joining them on the trip! Always be up-to-date and don’t miss any of the breathtaking destinations that our adventurous couple are heading for.
You can find all the parts from the “4-Xtremes – The World Tour” series here.
Photos & video: Alexander Tempel