Sam rode up to Nepal, where Birgit flew out to join him for two months, riding on the back of the bike. It was a test, in more ways than one and by the end, Sam invited her to accompany him to South America. By the time Sam had ridden back overland to Germany Birgit had made up her mind. She told him: "I'll come with you, but I want to do Africa first and on my own bike". Birgit duly acquired a BMW of her own, an old 1971 R 60/5 twin, and learned to ride it. Knowing how tough the roads were in Egypt and Sudan, Sam thought it best for them to ship their bikes from Europe to Mombassa in Kenya (half way down the east coast of Africa) and continue south from there. Sam enjoyed the mixture of revisiting places he'd been before, and going to pastures new. He was immensely impressed by Birgit's bravery and skill on the bike, especially since, as a short girl, she could only just touch the ground on tiptoe. "The first dirt road she ever encountered in her life was in the dark, in Africa! For a novice, she was phenomenal on the dirt and gravel".