Her downhill speed was 80km/h and her comfortable cruise control was a ample 60km/h (hand throttle engaged). Time was not an issue for me... I had four months to cover Southern Africa before heading North to Europe.
Her homemade rooftop tent was unique and offered a panoramic view of ones surroundings as you lay under the stars.
The open roads took time, especially when a head wind blew. Her tubed 7.50x16 tyres hummed along the gravel and tar roads. New cars whizzed past, a few hooting a hello. Conversation between the passengers was limited due to the grinding overdrive and tractor-like engine. Contemplation of the journey occupied each passenger.
In 1999, my attempt to keep an internet diary was limited due to internet access and a decent photo scanner but the memories are still vivid including the smell of EP90 oil dripping constantly from the gearbox (that smell still makes me shiver!). Thankfully a few memories were recorded on video camera (which had a dead microphone) so all that remains is me talking about my trip...
You can read more via my very first overland website - excuse the lack of high resolution photos: To Africa and Beyond