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Julia  Albu (81), and her faithful 21-year-old Toyota Conquest (Tracy) took a solo trip to London. Together they took on the continents of Africa and Europe in a grand tour from Cape Town to London where Julia’s daughter lives.

The trip took a year and they saw 11 countries in Africa and even more in Europe. A roadtrip of 40 000 kilometres in total. “I loved each and every country I visited. I will forever cherish the memories of my trip. I would say the favourite experience and countries were Ethiopia and Sudan”, said Julia. Between the car’s age of 21 and Julia at 81 years old, they had a combined age of 102 years. Julia kept all her fuel slips, but is yet to calculate and add the sum total.

An eastern route through Africa was planned and taken. Julia also had supportive sponsors and charities that joined the cause, and a blog site was launched to document the journey. Her next adventure: to tackle another epic journey but hopefully not in her brand-new Toyota Yaris Sport that Julia’s just received courtesy of Toyota South Africa.