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Title: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 03, 2014, 08:08:13 pm
well some of you may have followed my trip on FB.....seems like I'm under pressure to post a trip report by some of you...so here goes....piece by piece it will be work in progress
thing is it started like this...after some years in Botswana with my own business i decided to call it a day and start chasing some of my own personal dreams for a change...
long story short that day finally came at the end of March this year..
so being in-between things and with time on my hand i set about getting ready to ride.Unfortunately my regular pillion, my wife who also runs her own business could not join me due to her commitments.
in any case i felt some me time was due and i also just wanted to clear my head and just let the road talk to me
so with no fixed agendas or REAL plan i set off for Namibia knowing that each day will be taken as it comes....direction too....time line was non existent.... i have a wonderful wife and she knew i would be back when the time was right.....as far as i was concerned i needed to be in Cape Town only in July...so time was not my enemy on this trip
as i started getting the route in my head i knew i wanted to cover as much of Namibia as possible....its a great country to ride and i have had the privilege of riding there on and off since 1988
because i was going alone i made sure i had all the creature comforts ,stool,stove food and tools and pump with repair kit.....nice having a whole pannier dedicated to this....in most cases would have been my wife's
this is what i took with:
PASSPORT
3 man tent
inflatable mattress
small pillow
sleeping bag
blanket/groundsheet for front of tent......absolute winner
msi gas stove
pot/plate
tin cup
coffee
sugar
creamer
2 min noodles
Dry wors
salticrax
chips
energy bars
tin food few tins
spoon/knife set
small bag with dish wash
clothes wash
pegs
wash line ......absolute winner
towel
salt
toilet paper
medical aid kit
pump
tyre repair kit
leather-man
camera
detailed map of namibia
gps
gorilla tripod for selfies.....absolute winner
iPhone
and spare battery and chargers for above
zip ties
duct tape
two clothes one for dirt and one for dishes
torch for tent inside
torch for head outside
tabard insect repellent
water mostly 1.5l plastic bottle
warm pullover
5 of each underwear socks T-shirts.......could have taken 3 each
3 shorts .....could have taken two
track suit pants
1 long pair of slacks
sandals
and of course i rode in my Twat suit with boots





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Post by: Lem on June 03, 2014, 08:16:40 pm
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Post by: Heimer on June 03, 2014, 08:27:35 pm
3 man tent & a pomp

This could get interesting

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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 03, 2014, 08:31:07 pm
Ready and packed for early morning ride to Augrabies falls on the southern Namibian border almost 900 km to go
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Post by: Offshore on June 03, 2014, 08:47:51 pm
 :eek7: Nice Bike. :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 03, 2014, 08:50:01 pm
day one was a long tedious one tar and more boring tar but i made good ground as i was on a mission to get to the foot of Namibia...Augrabies falls always a good place to start and the plan was to go in via Onseepkans border post nice and small border with no issues and queue's

so made Augrabies with lots of time to get supplies for a braai and a few refreshments......but first day camping was nice and cold
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Lem on June 03, 2014, 08:50:57 pm
:eek7: Nice Bike. :thumleft:

and it must have been beautifully packed to have everything on the list in there.

and what a clean garage as well, I'd love to have those tiles in my living room  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 03, 2014, 08:58:38 pm
Just what I need to keep my mind on Bots and Nam for Aug/Sept ... and away from daily wahala.

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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Heimer on June 03, 2014, 09:01:36 pm
You are gonna get a mother of a post count if you keep posting one pic at a time.  8)

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 03, 2014, 09:08:51 pm
You are gonna get a mother of a post count if you keep posting one pic at a time.  8)



i agree and its more frustrating to me I'm trying to figure out my NEW  iMac the photos are too large to post its becoming a MOTHER OF A SHLEPP  so let me try getting the pics and story in a more easy workable solution and i will post later.....

any way thanks for the interest will post later again once i got on top of this damb new pc  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ALLEN I on June 03, 2014, 09:20:31 pm
Just what I need to keep my mind on Bots and Nam for Aug/Sept ... and away from daily wahala.

 :thumleft:

Now now Ian behave. Ok we are all waiting in anticipation.  :spitcoffee:
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Post by: wolfman on June 03, 2014, 10:08:27 pm
Lekker mother! Can't wait  O0
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Post by: Jondu on June 03, 2014, 10:13:28 pm
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Post by: Bring It On on June 03, 2014, 10:16:30 pm
Looking forward to the rest.
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Post by: Jors Troelie on June 04, 2014, 07:47:59 am
We are owed a nice long ride report. I can still remember your last Nam report when you used your inflatable matress as a floatation device for swimming.

Why did you take your rear seat along? I would normally remove it on a solo trip for extra packing space. Maybe you were hoping to pick up a blonde hitchhiker halfway between Walvisbaai & Solitaire.
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on June 04, 2014, 08:35:24 am
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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 09:16:28 am
We are owed a nice long ride report. I can still remember your last Nam report when you used your inflatable matress as a floatation device for swimming.

Why did you take your rear seat along? I would normally remove it on a solo trip for extra packing space. Maybe you were hoping to pick up a blonde hitchhiker halfway between Walvisbaai & Solitaire.

that trip river rafting on my mattress was unforgettable....i lost my wedding band in that river trying to stop by digging fingers into the sand....i have a before pic having it on and an after pic walking back upstream....no ring....

hahaha see my new pillion hitch hiker

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 09:31:17 am
Augrabies water fall is always something to see….the Orange river cutting its way to the coast relentlessly


the ride to Onseepkans from Augrabies was ok and it didn’t take me long to get back into the rhythm with the sand…no one passed me on the gravel to the border and i wouldn’t want it any other way a great start to my solo adventure


SWA sign you don’t see every day

the border crossing at Onseepkans was painless and pleasant i was the only person there…thats why i love to use that post to cross into Namibia


Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 09:43:27 am
as i said earlier i didn’t really have a clear plan for my trip i just wanted a break away ride and Namibia was my destination and with  time on my hands... so no pressure there…Its amazing how things just start to fall into place
as i crossed into the country i thought Fish River Canyon was a great place to start so headed up to Hobas to camp for the evening
Camping is relatively cheap and they have a small store for refreshments ….lots of time so i went to see the Canyon early next morning



Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 09:55:39 am
after viewing the Canyon i decided Ai Ais hot spring was a good place to chill and only some 60 odd km down the road….thats the joy of riding alone you need no debate with anyone and the days ride was set at only 60km
Ai Ais has great camping and ablutions also restaurant ,bar hot spring pool
life couldn’t be better and a great choice to stop over for the night



the bar had no Coke so had to settle for Spa Berry with my Rum…..had thoughts of Leo and the gang over my Rum and Spa Berry that evening

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 10:14:54 am
the next day i decided Luderitz was the place to go…but via the Orange river this has to be one of the most scenic rides
riding in this harsh landscape SA on the other side and this magnificent river next to you like a green oasis in the middle of no where

so up early as i knew it was going to be a long ride and the road next to the Orange can be twisty and hectic at times

so that days plan was from Ai Ais to Noordower to Rosh Pinah to Aus then on to Luderitz


the wild horses near Aus were the closest to the road i had ever seen on my trips



Kolmanskop ghost town just outside Luderitz was a thriving town back in the old days….to think they picked diamonds up off the ground….the trip to the place now a museum is well worth a visit and you will see pictures of folks lying on the ground searching for diamonds
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Post by: badballie on June 04, 2014, 10:26:28 am
Great trip Mother - subscribed
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 04, 2014, 10:36:54 am
This is so awesome! Namibia is my absolute favourite place!!

Can't wait for the rest!!

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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 10:37:04 am
in Luderitz i decided a break from camping was in order so decided to back pack it and ended up in the old Backpackers i have stayed on a few occasions
was nice change had my own room beats a tent any day….
Nice room at the Backpackers ...Next day i took a rest day to walk around the town and down to Shark island also took a ride out to Diaz Cross as it was the only place i could get a decent Coffee and Cake….hehehehe

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 10:54:21 am
people asked me a lot how did you take the selfie pics if you were on a solo trip….
well i took my trusty Gorilla tripod a great tool it can stick to about anything and then you got ten seconds to run like hell….it often made me laugh trying to get the correct shot
also the camera i used was a Sony cybershot with wifi
i could send pics to my Iphone and down load if i found a wifi connection
also used an App on my Iphone were i could take pictures remotely using wifi from my camera….all cool gizmos if you travelling alone

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Post by: Pistonpete on June 04, 2014, 11:25:57 am
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Post by: Jacobsroodt on June 04, 2014, 11:55:50 am
Another sub. I took my wife and 3 young sons to Nam June last year to tour the southern parts in two weeks. They speak fondly of the trip. Enjoy! :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 12:32:41 pm

after the rest day in Luderitz i headed back inland to Aus about 120km of tar road...left Luderitz in heavy mist
From Aus i took the dirt to Helmeringhausen ...this is a very scenic section of road....was looking forward to my visit to the hotel as they make great toasted sandwiches there….from there i bought some supplies i.e. braai pack and refreshments as i was heading for a farmers camp i had stayed at many times before some 50km from Helmeringhausen direction Sesriem called Aubures


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Post by: Pietcoke on June 04, 2014, 12:50:42 pm
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Post by: Frannarossi on June 04, 2014, 12:56:12 pm
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Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 12:57:55 pm
its a crazy place we live in …about 40km north of Helmeringhausen i come across a young couple in a sedan rent a car….definitely not made for those roads…..in fact the roads i noticed were substantially worse than my previous visits….very sandy ….very rocky and badly corrugated
 especially this particular section…..so here is this young couple late twenties i recon in their Hertz rent a car standing stranded on the side of the road with two rims buckled and flat in the middle of no where ….MMMMM

so i stop to assist ….out comes the pump repair kit etc after a while of using the wheel spanner as a hammer to try bend the rim we were going nowhere slowly….some RSA tourists pull up all rigged
now whats the odds
as they get out of the vehicle i notice its my good friends from Cape Town with whom i often ride Harleys….they been on a tour of Namibia……really i ask what are the chances of that encounter….was so Cool to see Rigardt and Maddie
Rigardts mate was rigged properly sand in no time we had the young couple on the road again hopefully they knew to take it easy and get off those roads asap

what is the chances of bumping into old friends in the middle of the desert road?


 
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 01:20:03 pm
i been camping a number of years at this camp site Aubures it was no different this time and i had the whole place to myself
that evening supper was an awesome braai pack and a few refreshments i had picked up in town before
the stars were crystal clear and i saw in the night sky the satellites racing around as if on some mission to nowhere they looked like travelling stars on a busy highway even saw a shooting star to top it all…sitting alone in the desert under the stars is something hard to describe…but it was soul food for me….something i will remember for a long time
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Post by: woody1 on June 04, 2014, 01:26:23 pm
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Post by: Kerritz on June 04, 2014, 01:32:49 pm
Ek het gevolg op Vleisbroek maar ek volg sommer weer ook hier!  :3some:
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Post by: JMOL on June 04, 2014, 01:33:52 pm
Nice - I'll take the pillion's seat - Thanks  :thumleft:

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 01:37:16 pm
next day after Aubures Camp headed to Betta then Sesriem and finally decided Solitaire would be where i would camp for the night

just for the record bikes are not allowed into the Dunes or park of Sossusvlie and because i have been there a few times it didn’t bother me…but if you haven’t its worth a visit…you will just have to leave your bike at reception and get a lift into the park with a 4x4
Stopped at Betta for breakfast nice little shop and they have fuel

Just after Betta was chugging along enjoying the scenery and this movement in front caught my eye and it was a 'mother' of a cobra crossing the road .....me and snakes not big mates but i couldnt resist taking a pic
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: KiloBravo on June 04, 2014, 01:43:29 pm
Lyk so Lekker.

Lyk so Reg.

Wens ek was ook daar.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 01:53:17 pm
Solitaire made famous for its Apple pie by old Moose…shame he passed away this past January from a heart attack
has grown into a nice outpost has great facilities i even got wifi….camping and ablutions are good there is a nice pub and restaurant
 for which you will pay as they are in the middle on nowhere and the cost of getting supplies to Solitaire shows in the pricing….none the less i had a great stay over in Solitaire and had some apple pie in tribute to the legacy that old Moose had left

Mooses Apple pie

My home Camping at Solitaire

Solitaire good place for a stay over while on tour of Namibia
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on June 04, 2014, 01:55:00 pm
Lekker Mother ............  :thumleft:

How did you spot that "geelslang" (mother in law) in the grass ............. ???
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Post by: Kerritz on June 04, 2014, 02:02:05 pm
Jy het moer baie nice pics geneem Chris......maar ek laaik die een kwaai!  :deal:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 02:15:59 pm
the great food in Solitaire….i really didn’t go hungry on this trip in fact i ate really well…



by this time my route i wished to take had started unfolding in my head and i wanted to head north to Epupa falls then across west to Katima Mulilo at the end of the Caprivi strip….just to say i did South to North and East to West and because i can hehehehe

so after Solitaire i always knew i was going to go say hi to my Mate who lives in Windhoek and sat the same time have the rear tyre replaced as it had half wear on it by the time i left home and not wanting to waste tread i opted to replace it in Windhoek
also at this stage the roads were not in great condition and my ESA suspension setting was not working…headlight globe had popped and ABS although deactivated for the dirt was showing a problem…so popping into Windhoek was not a bad idea i could visit my mate and have my bike seen to

Solitaire to Windhoek via C26 very very nice mountain pass


rear tyre was starting to look tired and was never going to make the trip but this i knew from the start


in Windhoek i stayed a few days with my mate David


took the bike in for a bit of attention

by the next afternoon got my GS back as good as new…the ESA just needed reset and a stone had cut the wire on the rear ABS but this was now fixed also new headlamp and rear TKC ready for the road to Epupa…

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 02:23:22 pm
hahahaha thanks for all the comments and follow its great to share but hard work putting the report together especially when I'm working on my iMac very different from windows so I'm learning as i go

yes Carrots like that pic lots too.....took many i thought i had the time and when i liked a spot i would stop and take pics to remind me one day of this awesome ride i took and all alone i wanted to bring back and share those memories with my friends and family....took over 700 pictures and was lucky to get some really nice shots....its been great to share

but now I'm going to take a break...catch u all soon :biggrin:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Gérrard on June 04, 2014, 02:24:47 pm
Mooi trip  :thumleft: En lekker om te sien die Namibiers het ook goeie smaak  :biggrin:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 04, 2014, 02:26:24 pm
Lekker Mother ............  :thumleft:

How did you spot that "geelslang" (mother in law) in the grass ............. ???

i nearly rode over it crossing the road just after Betta.....it was a moer of a snake so i had to turn around and get a pic.....trust me i don't know who was most afraid when i went to take the pic i even closed my visor incase......hehehe
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Post by: robin800gs on June 04, 2014, 02:59:32 pm
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Post by: briv on June 04, 2014, 03:16:57 pm
Ai nou verlang ek kwaai, I camped on that same spot in solitaire 25th April this year... Lekker M :thumleft:
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Post by: subie on June 04, 2014, 03:17:26 pm
Very nice Mother. Also followed your trip on facebook   :thumleft:
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Post by: weskus on June 04, 2014, 03:19:44 pm
Daar is nou maar eenmaal iets mooi aan 'n gepakte GSA en Landrover... nice, keep it coming Mother :thumleft:
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Post by: BEN TAP on June 04, 2014, 03:41:52 pm
Mooi RR mother eks skoon jaloers
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Post by: GIDEON on June 04, 2014, 03:56:35 pm
Baie nice  :thumleft:
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Post by: Jors Troelie on June 04, 2014, 04:37:49 pm
I agree with all the comments, it brings back fond memories. I will definitely follow the full report.
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Post by: Malibu on June 04, 2014, 04:44:50 pm
 :bounce: :compress: :bounce:

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Post by: 10Klr on June 04, 2014, 04:45:57 pm
Wife and I are planning a trip there for next year.  Loving it  :thumleft:
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Post by: ButchH on June 04, 2014, 05:13:38 pm
Wow  nice   :thumleft:  gooi nog  :deal:
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Post by: EATMYKTM. on June 04, 2014, 05:22:56 pm
Nice one Mother
Will be adding this to my Namibia File...
Thanks
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Lem on June 04, 2014, 05:26:58 pm
you know, I now love reading this, and can't wait for the rest

for the whole while you were away the forum was dominated by topics such of the as fear while riding, shitloads of BMW bashing, loads of people yearning to rather be camelmen & grease monkeys again on bikes dating out of the 70's, just to be perceived as true adventurers or true bikers again.

What I like about you & your reports is that you just don't give a fuck about these " damduikers"

You just did your planning, without overpreparing, packed & went. You rode your big&heavy touring bike (which you chose above something smaller) over a moer of a long distance over various degrees of terrain, every day for as long & far as you wanted to. And you came home, safely.

That is my take on adventure riding.

Looking forward to the rest of your report  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: tau on June 04, 2014, 05:38:11 pm
Lekker Oom. Snaaks ek het op my onlangse trip ook op Solitaire my planne begin formuleer. Daai oom by BMW in Windhoek is baie hulpvaardig en lief vir die bikes.


Mooi trip  :thumleft: En lekker om te sien die Namibiers het ook goeie smaak  :biggrin:


Daai GSA het Dubai nommerplaat en hulle sukkel met earth leakage...... :imaposer:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: punisher on June 04, 2014, 06:04:46 pm
blerry nice report laddie   thank you for sharing
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Post by: lj111 on June 04, 2014, 06:14:16 pm
Sub :ricky:

Thanks Mother :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: KiloBravo on June 04, 2014, 06:23:10 pm
you know, I now love reading this, and can't wait for the rest

for the whole while you were away the forum was dominated by topics such of the as fear while riding, shitloads of BMW bashing, loads of people yearning to rather be camelmen & grease monkeys again on bikes dating out of the 70's, just to be perceived as true adventurers or true bikers again.

What I like about you & your reports is that you just don't give a fuck about these " damduikers"

You just did your planning, without overpreparing, packed & went. You rode your big&heavy touring bike (which you chose above something smaller) over a moer of a long distance over various degrees of terrain, every day for as long & far as you wanted to. And you came home, safely.

That is my take on adventure riding.

Looking forward to the rest of your report  :thumleft:

Well Said. My thoughts exactly
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: JMOL on June 04, 2014, 07:38:43 pm
you know, I now love reading this, and can't wait for the rest

for the whole while you were away the forum was dominated by topics such of the as fear while riding, shitloads of BMW bashing, loads of people yearning to rather be camelmen & grease monkeys again on bikes dating out of the 70's, just to be perceived as true adventurers or true bikers again.

What I like about you & your reports is that you just don't give a fuck about these " damduikers"

You just did your planning, without overpreparing, packed & went. You rode your big&heavy touring bike (which you chose above something smaller) over a moer of a long distance over various degrees of terrain, every day for as long & far as you wanted to. And you came home, safely.

That is my take on adventure riding.

Looking forward to the rest of your report  :thumleft:

Well Said. My thoughts exactly

+ 10000  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Dorsland on June 04, 2014, 08:20:43 pm
Lekker RR M, I was wondering what had happened to you.  Aubures Camp looks like Sesriem camp did 25 years ago before it got so commercialised.  You gare going to get back with one helluva clean head, ready for new stuff ...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: 4 Kays on June 04, 2014, 08:43:32 pm
So enjoying your RR, fantastic style and photo's ...what can I say  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Pepe on June 04, 2014, 09:10:37 pm
Lekker RR. Dankie.
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Post by: cruizaman on June 04, 2014, 09:12:00 pm
Nice report, I'm enjoying every moment as I dream of a Namibia trip. Don't know if I will do it solo, though.

Great seeing that David van Breda is also a friend of yours, come to think of it I remember him posting on FB on the trip. How is he and when is he getting the knot tied?

Looking forward to the rest!
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Post by: SchalkL on June 04, 2014, 09:28:41 pm
Mother's  love afair with BMW's started a long time ago and this was our christening of the first BMW in our mids in 2000.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-momgsQlWgmg/U49x_NS9s5I/AAAAAAAAFx0/rEaDLhFtMMU/w1047-h785-no/1.jpg)

We also decided to test the subframe:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PRJirtp288Q/U49x_MgASMI/AAAAAAAAFx4/Ac86MJfj57k/w1047-h785-no/2.jpg)

Lekke trip Chris, we MUST get together some time.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: nielvn on June 04, 2014, 09:51:42 pm
Eish how I miss a Namibia trip now......... great RR, makes you want to ride. :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Jondu on June 04, 2014, 10:00:51 pm
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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ALLEN I on June 04, 2014, 11:15:24 pm
Enjoying the   :ricky: great RR waiting for more input.   :ricky: 
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: DirtRebell on June 05, 2014, 08:28:48 am
Another great report from you, Mother (feels wierd to call you mother...  :laughing4: )

BMW 1200GSA - R150k
Cost of Nam Trip - R20k
Lekker Camera & Tripod - R5k
Some of your 10 second poses - Absolutely priceless  :thumleft: :spitcoffee:


PS. The ones where your warm your hads and hanging clothes comes to mind...?
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 08:31:44 am
Another great report from you, Mother (feels wierd to call you mother...  :laughing4: )

BMW 1200GSA - R150k
Cost of Nam Trip - R20k
Lekker Camera & Tripod - R5k
Some of your 10 second poses - Absolutely priceless  :thumleft: :spitcoffee:


PS. The ones where your warm your hads and hanging clothes comes to mind...?

hahahahaha had a good laugh now.....thanks for that
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 08:37:59 am
morning.....im still figuring out how to take my route from gps to iMac to share but i have a app i use on iPad called MapD a great travelling App and this morning i followed the route i did for you to see there is a bit to come still

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 10:04:50 am
so after hanging out with David in Windhoek a few days and with my Gs back as good as new i headed off back to the coast via the Komas Hoogland pass or the C28…many who have done the Desert run will know this well….beautiful scenic ride from the Mountains to the Desert…..it was great seeing my mate and it was also great getting back into the saddle…as always i stopped for a pic of the spook house

spook house on C28

a point to note when touring through the mountains make sure you keep left on the bling rises as you are not the only person using the roads….i noticed a few farmers going balls to the wall and just as well i made a point to stay well left on blind rises….had i not there would have been some close calls

also as i said earlier you need a touch of sand riding experience as the roads in Nam are going a bit south like here back home….

i had two close calls on my trip….the first one was this day coming down a steep pass and into a hairpin bend full of thick thick sand….having to brake and turn sharply in the thick sand had me all over the place….my heart in my mouth…..needless to say with my talent..hehehehe and lady luck ….close but no hitting the deck

the previous night we had braaied at Davids place and he was kind to pack me a lunch box…..so cool to have such good mates that care about you….
i had a lunch box of left over meat zip tied biker style and oumas leka home made guava for the road…life couldn’t have been better

around mid day i stopped for lunch in the desert under the only tree i could find next to the road and sat down to eat my padkos

not one car passed me in the desert….its really amazing the personal space you find yourself in in such an isolated place….i really felt i was in the best place in the world

instead of heading directly for Swakopmund i headed to Walvis bay behind the dunes as i wanted to stop by Dune 7 with which i have a personal connection…it was great and i was the only one there off to the side was a new quad bike place and i see they now have signs saying no riding of bikes or sand boarding at Dune 7…..back a few years ago my mate Shaun and i rode our bikes to the top…they used to let us play there…i wondered why they had stopped the fun….i always thought Dune 7 was demarcated to enjoy…..anyway times they have changed….glad i had the experience when it was open to the public

Dune 7

from Dune 7 i headed for Swakopmund and my plan was to bed down at the Municipal bungalows…i opted for one of the fisherman huts….perfect for me alone and for such a dusty trip

fisherman huts in Swakopmund
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on June 05, 2014, 10:20:40 am
Mother ............ snap on the lunch photo under the tree.........allthough not the same one ............... only thing mine was not with the bike  ..............  :(

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 10:21:58 am
Having a wonderful frustrating time with telekoms ADSL line so for the rest of the story ...a little patience please...

Thanks

Have to smile at the comments .....thanks for trip down memory lane Schalk and Lem so skerp soos n Lem had me smiling
Nice to share with guys who appreciate this.... :biggrin:
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on June 05, 2014, 10:36:03 am
It seems we all use the same tree!! :thumleft:

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/Amanda%20Namibia/Nam0342.jpg)

(http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/chrislouw/2000-17.jpg)

Mother your and Tau's RRs have given me this urge/need to just pack up and go!!

Sorry for the high jack.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ALLEN I on June 05, 2014, 10:46:40 am
Enjoying the ride  :ricky: take all the time you need. Ok wheres the rest   :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 10:52:36 am
Swakopmund
the nice thing about being on a solo ride and no time limit i decided to take another rest day and check out the town a bit…also enjoyed the no camping bit..hehe

also catch up with some wifi comms to the family it was well worth it


met a fellow biker and off road enthusiast Ben


in Swakop it was the first day of the German festival

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Kerritz on June 05, 2014, 11:59:50 am
Ben lyk amper amper soos 'n jonger Chris.....ChrisL dit is!  :3some:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Frannarossi on June 05, 2014, 12:01:40 pm
Bliksem dis 'n lekker report die!Kom ons pak en ry Chris....
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 06:36:24 pm
from Swakopmund the plan was to head up the coast and camp at Mile 108…having done this before i wanted to do it again…there is some thing to be said for camping on the beach..watching the sun set over the ocean….so i was looking forward to that experience
got an early start and headed North towards Henties bay just north of Henties came across this Ship wreck lying close to the beach

as i only had just over 160km to cover for the day i took my time riding the salt road …also stopped at Cape Cross


the seals of Cape Cross


at Cape Cross there is a lodge in the middle on nowhere so i decided lots of time to kill so had lunch…if you in this area well worth the stop


camping Mile 108


true to form i was the only soul camping on the beach…it was great having the place all to my self…the office reception being far from the camp site i felt totally alone and in my element ….there wasn’t much wind although i did prepare for it and tied everything down…..walked on the beach a bit sat on my chair feeding salticrax to the seagulls and watching the sun set over the ocean was an awesome way to pass the time….even had time for a power nap….life was good at mile 108….one other thing i always had signal in most places of Namibia so was always able to let my family know i was ok



Cost of Camping at Mile 108- R100.00 plus R10.00 for a shower….cost to my memory bank and experience…..priceless



the previous night i had used a brick to put on top of the empty tent bag so it does not blow away….mmmmmm after packing and ready to pull away front wheel goes up the brick no momentum my foot too short …bike is over at and angle i just can’t hold it….down it goes…took a pic so you back home can appreciate a good giggle at me for being so careless


next morning before i got under way i had my ten buck shower
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 06:59:20 pm
After Mile 108
next morning i wanted to try for the Skeleton coast park….i had heard they don’t allow motorcycles in…but i was optimistic i would try my luck….plan B being a retreat of some 40 odd km then taking the sandy section around the Brandberg to Uis but i was hoping this was not an option as i had done this road before…this time i wanted to go into the Park as i had never been…also just go check out Torra bay as i often looked at this area on the map…plan was to continue on to Palmwag and carry on to a place called Ongongo (hot spring) near Warmquelle and camp at the spring for the night…info thanks to my bud in Windhoek

the Entrance to the Skeleton Coast Park


from the Entrance back to Mile 108 was 38km if i couldn’t negotiate to pass through


lucky me….i managed to convince the gate keeper to let me in…it took about half an hour of explaining i wasn’t a quad bike or a plastic bike as described in his brief…because it clearly stated no motorcycles allowed into the park…it was open to interpretation so after half an hour of convincing the man my bike was a car on two wheels…registered and all…not a play thing to go breaking up the land….he was kind to let me in…..whooo hoo was nice to ride a new place and i knew i would be responsible and not let him down

inside the park a wreck now i understand why its called the skeleton coast….hard harsh place….if you survived the wreck the desert killed you


an old oil rig from the pioneer days lies dead in the desert


not one single person except me for miles and miles….



i had to go see what Torra bay looked like ten km detour from the turn to exit the Park

when i got to the other side of the park the gate keeper Whitey was very friendly we took a few pics together and i promised to mail him….so one day if you do this trip ask for Whitey and let him show you the pics i took…hehehe
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Post by: goblin on June 05, 2014, 07:05:14 pm
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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 07:33:49 pm
ok so after leaving the Skeleton Coast Park
i headed for Palmwag……i mentioned earlier i had two close calls on my trip well this section was where the second incident happened
for most part of my trip i was riding well within my limits to conserve myself and my bike and my solo experience….ie if you want a nice trip take it easy
well i thought easy on the open dirt roads was 100 max 110km….mmmm
about 20km before Palmwag a nice sweeping bend to the right…there had been millions of these bends on this trip……or so i though…clearly not the stones very loose just above a very hard road surface…next minute there goes the front end….that electric moment when adrenalin kicks in and thank goodness i was in my kit …down went the right foot at about 100km and i was back up….man o man my heart in my throat…..needless to say i slowed it down a bit …..thats the thing with all the dirt roads they can easily deceive you

at Palmwag i refuelled and headed to the lodge feeling i deserved a bite and refreshment also managed to catch up with family and friends on their wifi for an extra 25 bucks

fuel at Palmwag


Palmwag lodge an oasis in the dry land


after Palmwag i still had 80km to go to get to my over night spot by the Spring at Ongongo so i got moving

Ongongo was a small piece of paradise…thanks David for the referral and definitely worth camping at


home sweet home at Ongongo



the warm spring in the desert



of course had to go for a swim in the warm cristal clear pool



that evening it was noodles for dinner

Leaving Ongongo the next day 6 km of track back to the main road


Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 05, 2014, 07:38:58 pm
man its a long story to upload pics.....and my connection is frustratingly slow...will post again later
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Post by: Gertjie Grondpad on June 05, 2014, 07:56:14 pm
WOW!! baie goeie RR, mooi storielyn en fotos en soos iemand gesê het; dit lyk na ons ouens se idee van 'n motorfiets avontuur - dit voel amper of ek saam gery het deur daardie mooi land - veilige myle "Mother" - 'n mens kan sien jy is baie ge-organiseerd - ek sou laaaik om saam te kon ry.........
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Dirt Junkie on June 05, 2014, 07:57:04 pm
RR's like these make me want to just ride, really enjoying it thanks for sharing
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Post by: JMOL on June 05, 2014, 07:58:15 pm
man its a long story to upload pics.....and my connection is frustratingly slow...will post again later

Don't worry - we'll wait  :deal:   :biggrin:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Karoo Rider on June 05, 2014, 08:23:55 pm
Ai ek moes nou nooit dié RR raakgesien het nie - nou dwaal die ou verstandjie darem ver vanaand!
Brilliant RR - please keep it coming!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: SmuGS on June 05, 2014, 08:47:43 pm
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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Offshore on June 05, 2014, 08:59:34 pm
Great RR and very cool Photos . I did this trip tree Years ago and at the entrance of Palmwag I came across this. Must have been an exhausted Traveller that collapsed at the Entrance.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 05, 2014, 10:12:46 pm
What are the road conditions like in the Skeleton Park ...?

No leeches in the water at Ongongo i hope ...?
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Three Dawg on June 05, 2014, 11:08:30 pm
Lovin' this, more please! :thumleft:

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Vis Arend on June 06, 2014, 05:25:15 am
Very nice RR and great pics, thanks for sharing Mother.   :thumleft:

The last time we visited Namibia we also noticed that the roads are in a bad condition compared to our previous visits.  It seems like the days of the Namibian gravel highways are something of the past.  Just the way we like it.   :biggrin:


Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 06, 2014, 06:38:12 am
I am loving this!!

We did a very similar route in November 2012 - through the Skeleton Coast park as well - they never gave us any hassle about the bikes - just made sure they weren't plastics or quads...!

Also stayed at Ondongo - it was 47.5deg when we were there - heatstroke territory!!

Keep it coming!!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Bill p on June 06, 2014, 07:48:15 am
Yerra Mother this is now a lekker RR. Actually feel like we are riding with you.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: DirtRebell on June 06, 2014, 08:54:05 am
Hel 'n man kan net nie van van die thread wegbly nie.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 10:22:24 am
Ongongo to Epupa


after camping on noodles and warm bottled water stopped early next morning to get refreshments at this cute shop

the day from Ongongo to Epupa was around 300km of dirt mixed terrain the pass just north of  Sesfontein was in a bad condition lots of washes and it was slow going i got to one hill and it was very very steep lots of loose stones and they had recently been working on it it seems…stood up and hit it in second gear there was no room for error…if you stalled its fall over time and go back down to try again…lucky i have a little bit of conscious competence  hehehe and made the hairy accent  without incident…reminded me a lot of the last section at the top of sani pass

a piece of the bad section just after Sesfontein



nice roads


Himba lady lots of these folks in this part of Namibia


after a 100 or so km i got to the town of Opuwa….like nagmal in Koppies was hectic with locals all in your face trying to sell you something….i filled up with Fuel bought my self a sandwich at the shop and headed to the outskirts of town just to have peace and quiet and eat without a following


from Opuwa to Epupa Falls is 180km the dirt not too bad but as in most parts of Namibia you had to pay attention…for locals when passing villages….for wild animals….saw lots of springbok……for bad roads and washes…..pay attention was the name of the game

lots of Boabab trees


as you arrive at Epupa Falls you see this mass of trees by the river and it looks like a beautiful Oasis in the middle of the desert

Epupa falls lodge where i camped


the guy that owns Palmwag owns the lodge at Epupa and due to always having friendly folk at Palmwag i headed to his lodge to camp…it was a good idea….meals were good….nice bar ….wifi and again friendly folks…the Manager Udo and his wife Thelma were great hosts and made me feel very welcome…..even on the first night they had a bus load of tourists…they masse space for me…was so nice there i took an extra day



my Rest Day at Epupa i spent doing some washing lazing around the pool..chatting to other visitors and taking a hike along the river

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 10:31:12 am
the mass of trees you see on arriving at Epupa falls the Oasis in the dry land

sorry forgot to upload pic

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 10:32:57 am
gonna try wrap it up today
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 10:49:56 am
so after doing close on 4000km to get here and an incredible ride with tons of good memories….home started calling me
but i wanted to do the Caprivi strip….how many of us can say we done that in our lives and i only been there once before

so on the last evening of my stay i started getting my mind in play for the nearly 3000km trip home via the Caprivi and Botswana
there is petrol available in Epupa but on the black market the guy was wanting R18.50 a litre……mmmmm no
i had last fuelled in Opuwa some 180km away and looking at the Map i had around 220km of gravel to Ruacana…..no problem

so bright and early next morning i set out to Ruacana and by 11.30 i had got through the hectic bad section between Kunene lodge and Ruacana…..also the last of the gravel roads right by Ruacana falls

still a long way to go if i wanted to make Rundu for the evening

Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 11:16:36 am
the run for home

Epupa falls to Ruacana was about 220km of gravel and the rest of the home trip was tar roads

end of the gravel


i took this picture for some of us that did National service…will say nothing about it just post it here and you can think your own thought as i did when i saw it

just outside Oshakati where i spent some time in my youth many many years ago


more familiar places

passed about 6 or seven road blocks en route to Rundu and the law were always friendly being on the bike they always wanted to know about bikes top speed and where i was from ….i took the time out to have a friendly chat and at times it was a nice break from the long straight roads


there is not much option on places to stay in this section of Namibia and i was really in no mood to camp on the side of the road so i pushed for Rundu riding the last 140km in the dark….not a clever move but i took it very slow and it took ages…inspite of this i had a close call with a dog and an owl….so i don’t recommend riding in Africa after dark

Rundu
the place i stayed the next morning…budget accommodation R250.00 for the night…i had done just over 900km the day…was nice and tired



not bad for R250.00 a night
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 11:27:15 am
my ride for home first day from Epupa to Rundu
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Draadwerk on June 06, 2014, 11:45:53 am
Mother, very nice RR. I sent you a PM- please give us more details on your camera- I like the idea that you can trigger a camera from a distance away via your iphone...
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 11:47:14 am
Day two of my homeward bound trip
Rundu to Katima Mulilo through the Caprivi then into Botswana at Ngoma bridge border post to Botswana to Kasane then Nata and Francistown…..looong days ride but i was ok with it i had had an awesome trip and was keen to see my family….

leaving Rundu for Katima early the morning


entering the Caprivi


signs says Elephant i still thought …mmmm sure


finally got to Katima



then Ngoma bridge border to Botswana


in Botswana around Kasane i saw lots of Elephant
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 11:53:55 am
as you can imagine the ride from Rundu to Katima to Francistown was a long one plus a border crossing so just after Nata to Francistown about 120km to go i had to ride in the dark again....now that is definitely not recommended so please avoid at all cost.....cattle and donkeys right on the roads edge....going was slow until i got a piggy back with a bus riding 100km an hour.....my thoughts were i hang back about 15 meters if any one was going to smack a cow it would be the bus.....
any way i finally got to Francistown and got a weekend rate at the Nest lodge for 400 bucks.....wont do that again in a hurry...

my ride for the day over 1100km....
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 12:06:19 pm
so as you can see i had an interesting trip home ....hehe

a trip to remember in total for sure...i feel blessed to have been able to do it...to have the means and health to do it...for my wonderful family and friends who support me ...for every thing i have done in my life i am grateful to God for without His grace i could do none of this

thank you for letting me share my trip and story with you its been great!
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Lem on June 06, 2014, 12:20:57 pm

a trip to remember in total for sure...i feel blessed to have been able to do it...to have the means and health to do it...for my wonderful family and friends who support me ...for every thing i have done in my life i am grateful to God for without His grace i could do none of this

thank you for letting me share my trip and story with you its been great!

and that is why you are blessed as you are  :thumleft: May there be many more!

a trip to remember, but for us plebs ;) a read to remember as well!

Thank you for also sharing your experience & knowledge with us wrt doing proper trips. I will know where to ask about routes & planning when it's my turn to explore the greater bits of Southern Africa. You obviously packed well & the bike was neatly loaded on all the pics.

hope there will be many more of these trips & reports from coming your pen  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: badballie on June 06, 2014, 12:54:55 pm
Thanks for sharing Mother - awesome trip
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Kerritz on June 06, 2014, 01:22:49 pm
 :hello2: :headbang: :salut:

Dankie vir die deel Chris.

Wanneer reel jy weer bietjie 'n nuwejaars bash?
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: GIDEON on June 06, 2014, 01:25:38 pm
Die was nou baie lekker.
Begin sommer weer van vr af vr die 3rde keer.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Leo on June 06, 2014, 01:29:32 pm
Thanks for sharing Mother - awesome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Stanley from Oz on June 06, 2014, 01:43:26 pm
A really good report and it looks like you really had a good time.I plan to do part of your trip but in reverse, in about two months time. Really good to see what the country will be like and the road conditions. Thanks again.   
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Post by: punisher on June 06, 2014, 02:14:14 pm
hentie has bay named after him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


wonderfull trip you did there man ,  thank you for sharing your adventure
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 06, 2014, 02:18:25 pm
Thanks again Mother!

We are planning a trip in September next year in a similar vein (again) - it's great to get some different pics than what I have!

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Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:07:29 pm
:hello2: :headbang: :salut:

Dankie vir die deel Chris.

Wanneer reel jy weer bietjie 'n nuwejaars bash?

Hahaha thanks Carrots maar dis nou iemand anders se beurt om die Nuwe jaar ding te doen ek het dit al vyf agtereenvolgende jare dit gedoen...nou die jong ouens se beurt ;-)
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:08:46 pm
Thanks all for the positive comments and feed back if you have any questions will try answer
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: DirtyHarry on June 06, 2014, 03:23:33 pm
Lovely trip Mother  :thumleft:
I've been to all of these places and it brings back good memories.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on June 06, 2014, 03:38:55 pm
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and writing about a fantastic trip ............. :thumleft:
This report of yours kept me and ChrisL this morning for about half an hour on the telephone ...............  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 06, 2014, 03:39:57 pm
Thanks for this great RR, we plan to do precisely this part of Nam in reverse in aug so perfect timing.

 8)
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:40:36 pm
What are the road conditions like in the Skeleton Park ...?

No leeches in the water at Ongongo i hope ...?

No leeches...and the Road in the park is normal gravel sand road .....no salt road....one section close to the turn off to the exit was quiet sandy

Beautiful piece of solitude this section was ....made me feel i was alone in the world...
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:41:26 pm
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and writing about a fantastic trip ............. :thumleft:
This report of yours kept me and ChrisL this morning for about half an hour on the telephone ...............  :thumleft:

Haha nice man...
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Heimer on June 06, 2014, 03:45:53 pm
Did you club one  :peepwall:

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy222/chrisv-album/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20Chriss%20iMac/namibia%202014/DSC00523.jpg)
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:49:23 pm
Got asked what Camera...
Used a Sony Cybershot with Wifi Exmor R model
DSC-WX80

And the app from itunes in the pic below works with iphone5
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:50:04 pm
Got asked what Camera...
Used a Sony Cybershot with Wifi Exmor R model
DSC-WX80

And the app from itunes in the pic below works with iphone5
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 06, 2014, 03:51:07 pm
Did you club one  :peepwall:



No was trying to find a little furry white one.....but nothing ;-)
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: BLK on June 06, 2014, 04:45:31 pm
An awesome RR.I can't wait to tour that country properly.Was there a long time ago.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

 :)
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 06, 2014, 05:14:19 pm
What are the road conditions like in the Skeleton Park ...?

No leeches in the water at Ongongo i hope ...?

No leeches...and the Road in the park is normal gravel sand road .....no salt road....one section close to the turn off to the exit was quiet sandy

Beautiful piece of solitude this section was ....made me feel i was alone in the world...

Thanks Mother we will certainly have to amend our Nam trip to do the SC as I have always wanted to see that part of the West coast.

Appreciated.    :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Flatout on June 06, 2014, 09:17:32 pm
Mother jy't iets gedoen wat die meeste van ons net van kan droom. Dankie dat jy die moeite gedoen het om dit te pos.
Dis ouens soos jy wat 'n besoek aan die forum die moeite werd maak. Hoop ek  kry ook nog die geleentheid om so 'n wye draai deur daai mooi land te gaan gooi.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on June 06, 2014, 09:37:29 pm
Mother ........ how many days took it from leaving home till you arrived there again ..............  Sorry for asking this because I lost counting the days .............. ;) There's a reason for asking this .......... ;D
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Bokveld on June 06, 2014, 09:50:28 pm
    Dit was nou lekker.Dankie Mother vir n puik RR.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Man from Nam on June 06, 2014, 10:34:56 pm
Dit was nou nice RR deur die mooiste dele van ons land.
Baie mooi fotos, dankie vir die deel
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 07, 2014, 08:51:02 am
Mother ........ how many days took it from leaving home till you arrived there again ..............  Sorry for asking this because I lost counting the days .............. ;) There's a reason for asking this .......... ;D

Took me 18 days
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Kykdaar on June 07, 2014, 03:49:50 pm
Great RR :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Oshkosh on June 07, 2014, 04:12:01 pm
Great RR!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ButchH on June 07, 2014, 09:04:29 pm
Is that it  ??? going to have to find some thing else to do
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 09, 2014, 02:09:49 pm
Well thanks to the limit on photobucket there ended the photo's on my report so having spent the whole morning to get photos reloaded......$&@$&


These are the Elephants i saw on my way home through Botswana
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 09, 2014, 02:13:44 pm
Mmmmm if anyone noticed the photos are a bit different its cause i had to reload using another program thanks to the limit on photobucket....well long painful lesson learnt.....
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ALLEN I on June 09, 2014, 02:53:18 pm
Out standing. thanks for sharing the RR, as Ian said we doing more or less the same route in october/ september so the ride was appreciated, except for the fact that our asses are even "jukking" more to get going    :ricky:   :ricky:   :ricky:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Bacchus2 on June 09, 2014, 03:14:48 pm
Nice ride report en fotos  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Frannarossi on June 09, 2014, 04:11:42 pm
Excellent RR.Well done :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: frans1 on June 09, 2014, 04:38:37 pm
Hi Mother.  This is a very good RR. Well done
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 11, 2014, 08:43:14 am
Hi Mother.  This is a very good RR. Well done

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 13, 2014, 12:25:15 pm
Was going through my pics and found some nice ones to just ramdomly add to this report hope u dont mind....
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 13, 2014, 12:30:45 pm
These are some additional pics that i like that didn't go into the report thought you wouldn't mind me sharing
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 13, 2014, 12:39:38 pm
Last few....
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Man from Nam on June 13, 2014, 01:06:42 pm
What a nice RR and fabulous photies, thanks for sharing :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 13, 2014, 01:25:16 pm
Mother, if I had to pick just one of your great photo's, and you were twisting my arm with a cold one ... it would be the two Gemsbokke looking back at you ... withoutadoubt.

 8)
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: trevo on June 13, 2014, 02:03:29 pm
Must be moved to "Roll of honor" reports  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Jondu on June 13, 2014, 09:42:05 pm
nice man.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: bud500 on June 13, 2014, 11:03:02 pm
Great report Mother. Thanks for making the effort to compile it.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: GeoED on June 14, 2014, 01:03:17 pm
WOW WOW WOW!!!!

 :'(

Awesome report, awesome trip!! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Hothed on June 14, 2014, 11:44:21 pm
Hi Mother…..am about to do a short trip to Namibia….and I will take the C13 from Ausengher to Luderitz…..can you remember the condition of the C13 …. are there any sand areas on this road. i am not experienced in sand and am going solo, so would not like a sandy surprise on this route….would really appreciate your assessment of this stretch…….
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Madala on June 15, 2014, 08:48:24 am
Great trip, report and photos! Thanks for sharing.you've put in serious effort!
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 15, 2014, 05:53:15 pm
Hi Mother…..am about to do a short trip to Namibia….and I will take the C13 from Ausengher to Luderitz…..can you remember the condition of the C13 …. are there any sand areas on this road. i am not experienced in sand and am going solo, so would not like a sandy surprise on this route….would really appreciate your assessment of this stretch…….

hi i found the C13 between Aus and Helmeringhausen to be no too bad....the worst section with corrugations and patches of sand was as the midway point between Helmeringhausen and Betta on the C27

as i said earlier ....generally i found the roads in worse condition than i ever did before....so brushing up on the sand riding is not a bad thing
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 15, 2014, 05:56:33 pm
ps...

 thanks for all the feedback .... its nice to see folks appreciate the effort in getting reports on the web....was a great experience  to share.....i recommend anyone who has not been to Namibia to certainly put it on their list of things to do


safe riding

M
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: BMWPE on June 15, 2014, 06:59:10 pm
 :salut:
great report
thank you
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Stanley from Oz on June 16, 2014, 02:29:52 pm
You photos are very good. You have set a high standard for others to follow.
When you rode from Ai-Ais down and around to Rosh Pinah, did you alter your tyre pressure from dirt to sand. For the dirt what pressure were you using and how low did you go with the sand. I'll be riding with a similar weight and bike to you on this section in September so would be very interested to know.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 16, 2014, 05:43:44 pm
You photos are very good. You have set a high standard for others to follow.
When you rode from Ai-Ais down and around to Rosh Pinah, did you alter your tyre pressure from dirt to sand. For the dirt what pressure were you using and how low did you go with the sand. I'll be riding with a similar weight and bike to you on this section in September so would be very interested to know.

thanks i just took lots of pics as i had the time....

im a bit of a lazy rider ....fortunately been riding sand for years so i very seldom drop the tyre pressure....i just ride with the bike a bit snaky also the rate the road goes from gravel to sand and back to gravel is so often i would rather not have pressure punctures......anyway that was my logic

as for the tyre pressure i was riding 2.2 in front and 2.8 at the rear and was using TKC tyres
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 17, 2014, 07:06:09 am
Hi Mother…..am about to do a short trip to Namibia….and I will take the C13 from Ausengher to Luderitz…..can you remember the condition of the C13 …. are there any sand areas on this road. i am not experienced in sand and am going solo, so would not like a sandy surprise on this route….would really appreciate your assessment of this stretch…….

hi i found the C13 between Aus and Helmeringhausen to be no too bad....the worst section with corrugations and patches of sand was as the midway point between Helmeringhausen and Betta on the C27

as i said earlier ....generally i found the roads in worse condition than i ever did before....so brushing up on the sand riding is not a bad thing

The sand on the C13 is OK - just keep your wits about you and you will be fine. Watch out for the "driffies" (sand drifts in the water wash-aways) across the road - every drift has sand in it, but they are normally no more han 4 or so meters across - easy at 60kmh. Take your time getting used to the road conditions and you will love it!!
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Red-J on June 18, 2014, 05:43:37 pm
Mother, I resize my pictures using the default Mac preview program. I copy the pics I want to post into a folder, select them all and open with Preview. Then using the Tools drop down tab you can select Adjust Size - Custom. I normally use 1280 x 768. Once resized, close the program and it will automatically save the files with the new size.

Hope this helps.

Great pics and RR by the way!
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 18, 2014, 09:27:46 pm
Mother, I resize my pictures using the default Mac preview program. I copy the pics I want to post into a folder, select them all and open with Preview. Then using the Tools drop down tab you can select Adjust Size - Custom. I normally use 1280 x 768. Once resized, close the program and it will automatically save the files with the new size.

Hope this helps.

Great pics and RR by the way!
Thanks for the tip appreciate Red-J
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Wayne Duck on June 19, 2014, 09:48:03 am
Very good trip and trip report Mother, Thanks!

Besides being up north and in Angola during 1982/3 during my national service, I also moved to and lived in Windhoek from 1996 to 2001 - was a great five years and managed to get out and see a lot of the country, although not on a bike (had a very young family then!).
I'm planning a long trip through Nam (probably leave next year) so your's, and all the other ride reports like Vis Arend's, are being saved and used as the basis for my plans  :thumleft:

Would you mind putting up some info like distances between fuel availability along the route that you took? My bike would need more frequent re-fueling than yours!

Cheers
Wayne
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 24, 2014, 05:06:55 pm
Very good trip and trip report Mother, Thanks!

Besides being up north and in Angola during 1982/3 during my national service, I also moved to and lived in Windhoek from 1996 to 2001 - was a great five years and managed to get out and see a lot of the country, although not on a bike (had a very young family then!).
I'm planning a long trip through Nam (probably leave next year) so your's, and all the other ride reports like Vis Arend's, are being saved and used as the basis for my plans  :thumleft:

Would you mind putting up some info like distances between fuel availability along the route that you took? My bike would need more frequent re-fueling than yours!

Cheers
Wayne

Hi sorry for delay been bit busy
If u have 200 km range u should be good in most of the places...there is petrol... but i would then carry 5 litres back up....having said this the problem area of the route i took for u is going to be the Henties to Palmwag section through the Skeleton coast park
See attached pic and the other area is from Opuwa to Epupa and back to Ruacana over 400 km and i did this on a tank....there is petrol available in Epupa on black market around 18 bucks a litre hope this helps u with planning your ride
Good luck and enjoy
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Wayne Duck on June 24, 2014, 05:30:43 pm
Thank you for the info  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Gee S on June 25, 2014, 03:11:04 pm
Great Report Mother. Thanks for sharing.
I did a little bit of Nam last year to the Nam Bash and went solo from Ais Ais via Warm baths and Onseepkaans. Since then I have had this yearning to do a proper Namibia trip. Your report has now made it a burning desire. :ricky:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 30, 2014, 04:02:28 pm
Great Report Mother. Thanks for sharing.
I did a little bit of Nam last year to the Nam Bash and went solo from Ais Ais via Warm baths and Onseepkaans. Since then I have had this yearning to do a proper Namibia trip. Your report has now made it a burning desire. :ricky:

Hehehe glad i could awaken that flame again...enjoy
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2015, 11:24:20 am
Baie nice trip, ek het dit nou geniet!
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: tankgirl on June 29, 2015, 06:05:48 pm
brilliant! just one trip and i'm also hooked on namibia ;D
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on June 29, 2015, 07:47:36 pm
brilliant! just one trip and i'm also hooked on namibia ;D

It's an addiction a nice one to have...😜
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Poena on August 05, 2015, 12:10:50 pm
Nice reading
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Black_Hawk on August 05, 2015, 01:05:45 pm
Thank you for all the time and effort that you've put into this RR. Very well written and nice photo's.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Noneking on August 06, 2015, 08:00:57 am
Lekker hieraan gelees!
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Warren Ellwood on August 06, 2015, 10:42:40 am
I've really enjoyed this, thank you for taking the time to write it and also post all the awesome photos.

Got to get there, it's becoming a big itch, and all the great RR's on here like this one do nothing but make it more itchy.



Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 06, 2015, 02:37:43 pm
Just reread the whole RR instead of working - cannot wait to get back - leaving in 10 weeks tomorrow, unfortunately not on the bike this time, but with my wife unlike last time!!

Great read - best you go on another trip so that you can write another RR!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on August 10, 2015, 09:27:14 am
 :thumleft:f

Always nice to read that folks enjoyed following the RR

Namibia is truely a great biking experience and for sure you will be richer for the experience... Enjoy and be safe
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: Mother on July 26, 2017, 02:33:31 pm
Glad i didn't use f%&kbucket on this post i can at least one day reflect back on my trips in my old age home
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: nielvn on August 09, 2017, 09:02:35 pm
wow great RR
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: landieman on August 13, 2017, 06:10:05 am
Brilliant :thumleft: :thumleft: thanks for sharing a epicRR
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: johanp on September 07, 2017, 02:10:12 pm
Very nice read, thanks for sharing.

We're off to Luderitz in exactly 2 weeks. I can't wait and after reading this and seeing the photos I'm even more excited.
Title: Re: My 'Mother' of a Solo ride to Namibia
Post by: SchalkL on September 07, 2017, 10:08:20 pm
Chris, kom ons ry vroeg volgende die selfde roete as die Honda Quest trip - tot by Kunene, dan na Caprivi strip - Vic Falls en af deur Botswana.
Alles roetes wat jy alreeds gery het ek weet - ek soek maatjie  :peepwall:

Ek verlang na die goeie ou dae toe ek 50kg ligter was  :eek7:
--- By jou huis in Bots. ----
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