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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: MaxThePanda on February 19, 2014, 06:22:20 pm

Title: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 19, 2014, 06:22:20 pm
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Remember this? http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=133427.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=133427.0)

Well, The Midget is now a super-enthusiastic little biker fella - he's even been whinnying little high-pitched noises about the Amageza, delusional half man that he is - and he decided that we should schedule a lovely sand-riding bike trip around his annual surf trip (otherwise known as escape from servitude and the drudgery of looking after the 7 little dwarves he has sired recently) to Noup.

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Tom and I do what we're told, so we signed up. The Mechanical Camel is a stubborn creature and told us all to go drink his urine and waltzed off to engage in some kind of peculiar mind-altering experience in the Amazonian jungle. I don't even ask any more.

Where The Midget leads, we follow, so we fussed, we organised, we extracted ourselves from duties, engagements and things we should otherwise be doing, and got ready. Then the annoying little pipsqueak suddenly announced the surf would be arriving late and he wouldn't be riding any more, but we were welcome to pop in at Noup any time. Little Shit! Screw him and his half-genes, stunted little, dim whitted, knee-eye-level outlook on the world! Hope he drowned.

Anyway, Tom has a shiny new DRZ, to restore his faith in motorcycles after his traumic encounter with all things orange, so we tempted fate, and took ourselves off to the Orange River for a week of wilderness.

I can categorically say that:

1. It is farking hot up there this time of year.
2. We live in the most beautiful biking country in the world.
3. Refer to point 1.

My brain is still fried and I'm busy, so few words and just a little photo essay...

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 19, 2014, 06:24:00 pm
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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Ganjora on February 19, 2014, 09:11:08 pm
lovely.
haven't seen so much sky since i last did: road, sky,  road,  sky,  road,  sky,  road,  sky,  hospital...
tell me this doesn't end in 'hospital'.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: N[]vA on February 20, 2014, 12:17:50 am
stunning part of the country that
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: lj111 on February 20, 2014, 08:58:16 am
 :ricky:
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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Tommy Transalp on February 20, 2014, 09:02:55 am
lovely.
haven't seen so much sky since i last did: road, sky,  road,  sky,  road,  sky,  road,  sky,  hospital...
tell me this doesn't end in 'hospital'.
Hey Dave!..... maybe he doesn't smoke as much as you do! :pot:

Beautiful photo's! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 09:08:52 am
lovely.
haven't seen so much sky since i last did: road, sky,  road,  sky,  road,  sky,  road,  sky,  hospital...
tell me this doesn't end in 'hospital'.

Haha. Let's just say the consequences of that would have been far worse than the injury itself.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Dusty on February 20, 2014, 09:12:29 am
Please sir, could we have some more   :sip:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 09:18:43 am
I'm allergic to tar, so our route hit the trails straight out of Springbok. We were doing the Pela Orange River section first, grabbing fuel in Pofadder, then heading back along our route, via Vioolsdrift for more fuel and then into the Richtersveld.

We thought we were in splendid isolation, but at our first night's camp we had about five nocturnal visitors. Just friendly people from the neighbourhood checking us out and saying hi.

These two guys and their dogs arrived at about 5am for a long chin wag. It was time to get up.

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Pretty hounds!

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We're normally very recalcitrant about getting out of camp in the mornings, but the heat was so severe on this trip that we were setting an alarm for 5.30 and making the most of the mornings.

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So many people living in poor solitude - broken caravans and piles of junk, but the best views in the world.

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Having spent most of the first day driving to Springbok, it was our second afternoon before we got to the river. And what a river!

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 09:23:56 am
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We were now following winding sand tracks along the river and in and out of canyons. A tiny settlement called Goodhope had one spaza shop where I drank a litre of coke straight up.

The bikes were a hit.

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Tom's last minute tool tube fixing then collapsed. It's no fun fixing a bike on the side of the road in 40+deg heat!

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But this made it worth it:

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 09:27:23 am
I think this is night two. Another stunning river arrival... looks like Afghanistan!

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That ain't the sun in the background!

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We fortified the camp in case of visiting trolls.

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 09:30:51 am
Yellow bike, orange sky:

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We passed so many more isolated hamlets. Hard to imagine what kind of life people living out here lead?

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: cocky on February 20, 2014, 09:38:37 am
Another epic RR, I follow your reports with much interest.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Vis Arend on February 20, 2014, 10:11:04 am
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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: I&horse on February 20, 2014, 10:41:28 am
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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 01:35:39 pm
The riding was unbelievable. Every few hours I'd think again... "seriously, this is some of the best riding I've had!" Wide open spaces, sand, rocks, stunning scenery.

Tom's DRZ was behaving faultlessly - thanks in no small part, I think, to the fan he'd installed at the last minute, just a day before leaving. Seems painful memories of broken bikes and missed adventures only last so long...

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Dirt highways like this felt like tar, such a change were they from the off-piste.

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We'd seen no signs at all of 'civilisation'. Did I mention it was oven hot? My Aussie-designed Dri Rider mesh rally jacket was on fire like I'd looked it in a microwave for 30 minutes. My helmet was a sauna pit. But we were making pace, and came upon a farm at, I think, Klein Pella.

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Largest date farm in the southern hemisphere, apparently. More importantly - a guest house with beer and a swimming pool. Hours passed, we passed out under the trees and a disturbing new pattern of no photos began. Seriously, it was too hot to think of taking them.

We left around 4 - according to our new pattern of ride from first light until 12 or 1 and then rest up four hours. First, a quick check at the farm, and then out into the mountain desserts again.

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 01:43:41 pm
This afternoon was one of the highlights of the trip. It cooled a little as we approached the town of Pella. A wind came up from the east, in our faces as we rode out towards Pofadder and a refuel. The tracks criss-cross and meander across the open veld, and are very sandy. It's simply a case of follow a general direction on the GPS and ride where you like. I hunkered down and twisted the KTM's ear. Hard. I don't like to ride at the limit often on tours - one is far from medical help, the bike is laden, and accidents mar holidays - as I found out to my chagrin at the end of our Angola adventure last year. But I make exceptions.

After an hour of exhilarating blasting across the plains, now within sight of the main road, I stopped to sniff the air. My lens drank in the visual feast brought on by the cool air.

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 01:56:17 pm
After a break, we saddled up for 30km of tar to Pofadder, and on turning on the main road I immediately realised I had a puncture. Nail straight in through the base of one of the knobs of my new E09. That tyre may be tough, but no tyre stops an inch of straight steel. I was tired and it was late, so I blew in a can of foam, and cruised in to town.

Pofadder is a charming dump, currently enlivened by 130 Spanish engineers building a massive solar plant. We slumped, stupefied and helpless at an outdoor resto/bar eating pizza and shovelling liquid into our stomaches. The heat was leaving its mark, and after 3 days of riding we were both finished. The tyre scotched any plans of leaving town that night, so we rented a room in a B&B and passed out.

My interest in taking pictures was taking a beating in the sauna in my riding gear. I don't have a single one of Pofadder - maybe Tom will chip in. Because of the tyre change and a late breakfast we didn't get away until 10 or so, and what followed was a truly horrible dash back across the tar and dirt to more-or-less where we started the Orange trail, so that we could continue in the opposite direction.

I was a grumpy sod, and honestly I think I had mild heat stroke. Stopping was impossible - it must have been 45deg - the only option was to keep on going.

After six straight hours, we approached the mountains again, and the clouds started to build. We heard thunder in the distance, even though the air still felt like a hairdryer on full blast.

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But the vistas were breath-taking.

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Still the clouds rolled in, and now I couldn't not stop to get the camera out.

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 01:57:51 pm
Just more, brilliant, wild, dramatic sky.

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 02:03:22 pm
We were now well into the mountains, and heading down a track towards the river.

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Shamefully I don't have photos of this track. The riding was - once again - sensational, probably surpassing anything on the trip so far. The road eventually just becomes a track through the canyon, down a river bed. The bikes bounced over small boulders and drop-offs, the kind of stuff they were made for.

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At one point I waited for Tom, and he didn't appear. Half an hour passed and I went back, but there was no sign of him where we'd last made contact. I retraced my steps, then finished the trail - still no sign of him. Had he lost it off into the bushes and crashed, hidden from view? The mind can play tricks in an hour of missing your riding partner... especially in the impending dark, with thunder rolling in, in utter, complete, isolated wilderness.

Turned out he'd left his backpack when we stopped, and gone back for it. But you can lose each other easily in this kind of terrain. It was dark when we found each other again, each already contemplating a night alone huddled under a bivvy. And he had the rum.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Crossed-up on February 20, 2014, 02:03:57 pm
Absolutely exceptional photos!  That landscape is beyond amazing.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Garfield on February 20, 2014, 02:04:54 pm
Wow!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 20, 2014, 02:13:45 pm
It poured - but not as much as 100km away, where it completely destroyed the track we were planning to take through the Richterseveld. We went for breakfast down by the river, to wash away the previous day's dirt... and a beautiful river it is indeed in the morning light!

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Then it was off to Vioolsdrift to cross the border for fuel. And loiter in Felix's pool for four hours. The heat had taken most of what I had left at this point, so sadly I have very few pictures of the last two days.

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Seriously, if you haven't seen this area, you owe it to yourself. But try in winter. We were riding with 3 litre camelbacks and up to another 7 litres on the bikes, and sometimes it still wasn't enough.

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To get the best out of it, you also need up to 500km worth of fuel, and you're a long way from help, so bear that in mind. It was a hard trip, but an absolutely unforgettable one.

I leave you with one final picture, this time from the Richtersveld, which we rode through on our way back to Springbok. I can only thank the gods, the stars and the big celestial bunny in the sky that we are lucky enough to have experiences such as these.

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Go see the slideshow in Flickr for the full-screen experience...

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: pietas on February 20, 2014, 02:40:22 pm
Wow! Wow! Wow!

And thank you for sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: cheesy on February 20, 2014, 04:43:01 pm
The photographs and the composition thereof is just brilliant :)
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Sandban(g)k on February 20, 2014, 05:22:04 pm
Wow wow wow!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Klein Torkar on February 20, 2014, 09:08:14 pm
You  made me update the Bucket list.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on February 20, 2014, 10:24:03 pm
Stunning photo's ... I had no idea!

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: jimjim on February 21, 2014, 11:03:11 am
Another very lekker ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Beserker on February 21, 2014, 12:17:27 pm
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I am inexorably drawn to the desert and it's splendour.

Your pics does it justice  -  I did tell you it was hot, hey!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Malibu on February 21, 2014, 01:07:42 pm
Your stories are exceptional, allowing us to traipse along with you on your trips, which is a true gift in a writer and story teller...

but that ability is a mere shadow of your true gift, to present us with photo's that are mind-numbingly breathtaking...

You sure do amazing RR's! 
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on February 21, 2014, 04:05:22 pm
Humbling comments - thank you!

* And Dave 'Beserker' Gouws, thanks for the tracks ;) Lovely...
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: wolfman on February 22, 2014, 05:08:09 pm
Absolute fantastik!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: KarooKid on February 23, 2014, 07:25:01 am
Would love to do that ride, and take pictures like that when I'm big!!!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: DirtyHarry on February 23, 2014, 07:32:25 am
Nice trippie Panda. I do visit that area quite often, either in my 4x4 or on the bike. It's like being in Namibia on home soil. Space and solitude.
I have never been there in summer, I wonder why  ;)
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Roulof on February 23, 2014, 10:20:08 pm
Wow! Wow! Wow!

And thank you for sharing  :thumleft:

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Rooi Wolf on February 24, 2014, 12:56:17 am
We traversed this area last year September. Serenity and beauty in abundance with tracks to drool over and scenery to inspire the soull..

Great RR!!


Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: DRAZIL on February 24, 2014, 08:36:49 am
stunning photos,awesome ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Beserker on February 24, 2014, 09:13:41 am
* And Dave 'Beserker' Gouws, thanks for the tracks ;) Lovely...

Anytime, you make them look so good through your lens....
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Rynet on February 27, 2014, 06:13:43 am
Beautiful photos  :drif: Thanks MaxPanda I always enjoy your Ride reports so much  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: COLES on February 27, 2014, 08:46:42 am

The Captain was present  great photo,s well done fellows 
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Jaakmh on February 27, 2014, 10:02:04 pm
Well done to, once again, a wonderful RR.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: jeff on February 28, 2014, 07:47:05 am
Wow , nice photos , looks like you guys had an epic ride. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 01, 2014, 08:08:50 am
Youre an artist with these reports.

This one made me sad. I live in another riding heaven, but those views....make me pine for my homeland, Africa.  :'(

BRING ON THE AMAGEZA!!!  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: ALLEN I on March 01, 2014, 04:22:10 pm
Wow those skies are amazing, excellent photies, thanks for sharing them. Wow, great am lost for words.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on March 05, 2014, 11:30:44 am
Youre an artist with these reports.

This one made me sad. I live in another riding heaven, but those views....make me pine for my homeland, Africa.  :'(

BRING ON THE AMAGEZA!!!  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:

Bring, indeed! But I'm glad that it's still 8 months away!!  :laughing4:

So you're committed to coming now??
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 05, 2014, 05:20:21 pm
Ja I will be there. Just got to find the money.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: SteveD on March 05, 2014, 05:50:05 pm
Your stories are exceptional, allowing us to traipse along with you on your trips, which is a true gift in a writer and story teller...
but that ability is a mere shadow of your true gift, to present us with photo's that are mind-numbingly breathtaking...
You sure do amazing RR's! 

What she said, you are a poet, with camera and words.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Beserker on March 06, 2014, 08:15:56 am
Ja I will be there. Just got to find the money.

Take care of the luxuries, the necessities will take of themselves  ::)
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 06, 2014, 09:38:08 am
Awesome pics & RR!!

Thanks for sharing!!

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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on March 06, 2014, 11:06:23 am
Ja I will be there. Just got to find the money.

Take care of the luxuries, the necessities will take of themselves  ::)

Beware the forked tongue of the Beserker. He will lead you to financial wrack and ruin!





Or just close your eyes and follow along merrily.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Beserker on March 06, 2014, 11:52:07 am
Take care of the luxuries, the necessities will take of themselves  ::)
Beware the forked tongue of the Beserker. He will lead you to financial wrack and ruin!





Or just close your eyes and follow along merrily.

Issssss your plassssstic on it'ssssss way?
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on March 06, 2014, 03:48:34 pm
Take care of the luxuries, the necessities will take of themselves  ::)
Beware the forked tongue of the Beserker. He will lead you to financial wrack and ruin!





Or just close your eyes and follow along merrily.

Issssss your plassssstic on it'ssssss way?

Apparently you just won't believe how difficult it is to find bubble wrap in Bloemfontein... but... yes!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: dw1 on March 06, 2014, 08:05:28 pm
Fantastic RR and the best pictures ever. (The full screen Pics on flickr is stunning

that area just begs to be explored. Thanks for sharing it.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 06, 2014, 02:45:23 pm
In two days the full Angola crew board SA8645 to Upington to re-run this route, and much, much more. The bikes are skulking at Time Freight awaiting our arrival!

Judging from our track record, it's likely to be a shambles. One of the bikes has a broken petrol tank, one of our members is a walking disaster zone of some description every time he goes near a bike, one of our members has become obsessed with camp cooking (I'm packing protein bars), and then we have... the Midget!

Quite clearly we've all forgotten how hot it is this time of year. I wanted to go to Lesotho, but they said it rains. Hold on to your knickers, desert, here we come!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: tau on December 06, 2014, 03:47:27 pm
We met in 2009 at the pont at Sendelingdrift, don't know if you remember. I was on a yellow GS1200 with only a topbox doing a two day gravel CPT-NAm-CPT. Since I have been on most of the routes depicted in this report, however none of my photo's are of this quality.

Enjoy.

Be Safe.

And remember the days you are stuck at work.
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Offshore on December 06, 2014, 05:50:42 pm
 Fantastic Photos, thanks for sharing.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on December 06, 2014, 06:07:05 pm
Hey John! Yeah of course - I was with my brother that day. It's such a great riding area...

Seeya on the road again sometime!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Mr Zog on December 09, 2014, 09:01:44 am
Have another fantastic adventure Ian  :thumleft:


and yes, Lesotho is firkin wet at the moment, and very chilly up high too...  :deal:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: isiTututu on June 13, 2017, 08:56:12 am
This has to be the very essence of what draws us out of the quagmire of taxes, politics, bills, and everything else that smothers the life out of us!

How can anyone not be uplifted just by knowing that this sort of reality is out there.....  and even more so by the anticipation of the next episode! It will be a privilege  ;)
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Piet on June 13, 2017, 09:07:33 am
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Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: bud500 on June 13, 2017, 11:03:51 am
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Better late than never... :deal:
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Piet on June 13, 2017, 11:09:56 am
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Better late than never... :deal:
:imaposer: I didn't even see the date! "bookmark" might have been more apt!
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: isiTututu on June 13, 2017, 01:12:02 pm
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Better late than never... :deal:
:imaposer: I didn't even see the date! "bookmark" might have been more apt!

Some things are timeless, and besides, there's no harm in subscribing early for the next episode  ;)
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: Poenabul on June 15, 2017, 11:16:49 am
Beautiful photo's 
Title: Re: Orange Desert Sky
Post by: MaxThePanda on June 26, 2017, 07:43:07 am
.....  and even more so by the anticipation of the next episode! It will be a privilege  ;)

Simply can not fucking wait!!!