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Title: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: Scrat on April 16, 2008, 02:34:45 pm
Well, my first ride report‚?¶.. first EPIC journey‚?¶. First of MANY!!

The Prep: Night before we leave‚?¶‚?¶

It all started in 2006 just after we did the Desert Run on our beloved XR500RE‚??s , we decided to do it again, but with a twist‚?¶.this time we do the whole round trip, on only the bikes. No support vehicle (this means no Cold Beer) and we extend the trip with one week and do our own run back 8) 8) 8)‚?¶..From Swakop, Solitaire, Sesriem, Betta, Rosh Pinah, and from there we will find out when we get there... Why can a plan like this fail?? >:D >:D

It took us a few months to all get bikes and do our Bike Licenses and so it all started falling into place. Only problem was my AT went back to the shop after the 2nd time it‚??s big end bearings died‚?¶. (Motorcycle Lab) and this after I‚??ve spend almost 10k to get the motor redone for this trip!!!! AAAAARRRRGGGHHH!!
This will still not stop me from doing this trip ‚?? got the bike back about 1week before we had to leave‚?¶.‚?ĚOk Boys, let‚??s do this!!!‚?Ě

Why does one always leave everything for the last evening and then realize what you still had to get for the trip‚?¶??? ??? ??? ??? ???

We prepped the bikes; all went fine ‚?? with a cold one ‚?? some good tunes in the background‚?¶.
Loki trying to look serious...
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Stefan "fiddling" again - we should have called him MR Fiddle!!
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Me, trying to figure out where to put all my stuff....
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Meet the Team:
Scrat - aka Gerrit (me) ‚?¶Red Heart Bunny (RD04 Africa Twin)
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Dr Dirt ‚?? aka Danie ‚?¶.. Dr Dirt (RD07 Africa Twin)
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Loki _CPT‚?? aka Quentin‚?¶ Gigolo (Transalp 600)
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Stefan ‚?¶.. Mr Moan a lot  (Husky SM610)
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Nelius‚?¶. Beamer man (only joined us in Kuruman) (BMW F650GS)
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Day 1 ‚?? Cape Town to Beauford-West

We all woke up early ‚?? music was roaring in the house and we had to do last minute shopping at the local spar‚?¶ as the other member (DR Dirt - Danie) was eagerly waiting in George for us to leave....
I got some pics from him on his solo trip - George to B-West....
Getting ready to leave George..and it's raining....
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Some pics of MeiringsPoort...
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He will be meeting us in Beauford.  :o :o :D There was a kind of electricity in the air and no, nothing related to Eskom‚??s load shedding!! ;D ;D ;D

Finally!!! We are off, stopped at the Shell at Canal Walk to fill up and DAMM!! The damm  South-Easter almost blew me over at the pumps!! Hectic!! Nothing will stop this trip!! With a rather chilly and Pumping S-E haunting us from the side we started.

Was quite a mission to get used to the luggage on the back ‚?? but soon it was easy riding‚?¶
We stopped in Worcester for a coffee‚?¶damm that beer would have been great now!!
The bikes still shining and the spirits high!!
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Seeing that we are only three on day one ‚?? that means 2x smokers and one non-smoker ‚?? we win‚?¶. We will stop every 60-70 km for a smoke break!! Cool ‚?? that‚??s a great idea!!
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What a nice day ‚?? not a lot of wind ‚?? heat is bearable ‚?? we stop once again for a smoke, spirits still high!!
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Road is a bit boring ‚?? but we keep ourselves entertained!!
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Last stop just after Leeu Gamka, Danie phones and says: ‚??where the hell are you?? I‚??ve been stuck at the Dros in B-West for far too long ‚?? the drinks are waiting!!!‚?Ě
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Right after that he sends a MMS...
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Now what type of motivation does one need to get Moving???

Not long after the call we reach B-West and true as bob ‚?? here he sits ‚?? drunk as a Skunk!! Bastard!! We have to catch up!! Hurry boys!!
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We later discover that the place we booked for the evening is yet another 20km out of B-West and none of us will be driving there!!  :o :o :o :o‚?¶‚?¶..what to do?? ??? ???
 AAAAH look at that, right opposite the Dros is a Hotel!!!  (don‚??t ask me what the name was‚?¶‚?¶or wait there‚??s the name on the pic‚?¶ Oasis Hotel)
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PERFECT!!! We can stay longer!! ‚??Another round Please!!‚?Ě >:D >:D >:D >:D
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Day 2 to follow soon.... ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: bmad on April 16, 2008, 02:55:11 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: malgat (RIP) on April 16, 2008, 02:56:30 pm
cool,,,,lights, camera ,,,action!!!!

a report with AT's in it

will be watching.....bring it on
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: GO GIRL on April 17, 2008, 10:11:34 am
C'mon Scrat surely you not finished yet??  ::)

Want to see the rest of the photos....

Great to have met another WD on the run, next time you guys do the whole route with me...??? :o
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 17, 2008, 10:29:42 am
No no- lots more coming!!
still another 12 days coming!!
still sorting out all the pics.... funny, one of the pics of Koes has a girl dancing on a bar???  ::) ::) ::) :o :o

hang in there will post day 3 today.....
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: GO GIRL on April 17, 2008, 10:34:49 am
OH NO dont tell me you were there with the 'awards ceremony'?  Very embarassing!!!:redface: :redface: :redface:
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 17, 2008, 10:47:27 am
If there is a bar - I will be there.... ;D ;D ;D and with that type of "commotion" in the bar   >:D >:D >:D >:D who could miss it?? ;) ;)
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: LOKI_CPT on April 17, 2008, 11:07:30 am
I will second that.... pitty they were so far and in between.
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 18, 2008, 11:58:12 am
 Day 2 ‚?? Beauford-West to Kuruman (Really the long way Round)

We woke up ‚?? feeling very sorry for ourselves, trying to figure out ‚??WHY!! WHY DO WE DO THIS TO ourselves!!!! ‚??  still having an aftertaste of garlic and rum‚?¶‚?¶..‚?Ě AArrrgghhh!! I wanna just die and never wake up again‚?¶..‚?Ě
Me hating myself....
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Stefan not feeling well.....
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But we had to get ready, a long day today!! :-[ :-[ :-[
 
We made it to Three Sisters, just‚?¶ now the hunger crept in and we were so busy with the food and cream soda that I forgot to take some pics!!

My bike was misbehaving and luckily Danie bought me a Facet fuel pump in B-West the day before, changing the fuel pump with sweat dripping down and feeling very fragile. In the back of my mind thinking; ‚??we just did about 70km, I‚??m almost dead, I‚??m working on my bike‚?¶.and we still have 600km or more to do?!!!?? ???...and it is‚?¶GOSH!! IT‚??S ALMOST 12:00!!!  :o :o :oWe need to get going!!!‚?Ě
We hiding behind the bikes in the shade, changing the Fuel pump...
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Almost in Victoria West, having a smoke - the road is long and Hot and still i smell that Rum and Garlic!! :-X :-X :-X
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In Victoria west  we had to fiddle with the fuel pump AGAIN‚?¶ as it was doing all strange kind of things‚?¶ still feeling fragile too‚?¶
3hours later we left again ‚?? off to Britstown‚?¶.
we stop for another smoke and some hot water :-\ :-\ :-\ :'( :'(....
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The road we just came from....
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The road still ahead..
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Is it a Bird?? Or a Plane??......
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Looks like rain ahead....
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And imagine that‚?¶.We have our first rain‚?¶. After such a hot day.  Who wouldn‚??t mind a little cold shower‚?¶..
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Still a bit shy of getting wet.....
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We are tired and bored with a headache still lingering in the back of our heads, but there's always time for a laugh
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Aah damm, :o :o :o :o I left my maps at home‚?¶where to from here ??? ??? ??? ???‚?? need to ‚??phone a friend‚?Ě  ::) ::)‚?? ok fine ‚?? we off to Prieska.. cool.
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We get to Prieska and the locals O0 O0.. tell us that the dirt road we were planning on taking is a MESS!!! Aaah no!!!  :o :o what now ‚?? what‚??s the best road to Kuruman?? ‚?¶..  :-\ :-\Mental note to self‚?¶‚?¶Please invest in a GPS before the next trip!!
Ok so we head off again, it‚??s now just past 18:00, the road ahead does not look to promising... :-\ :-\
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and we are heading  to‚?¶mmm‚?¶ what was that place called again?? I think it was Groblersdal?? Or was it Groblershoop?? Well they said it was this way...
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You must be joking!!! >:( >:( >:( How far to Kuruman????? :o :o :o :o
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Song humming in my head:‚?Ě on the road again‚?¶llaaaallalalalllaaaaa‚?Ě it‚??s getting dark and I know we have still a VERY long road to go‚?¶‚?¶. We get to Groblershoop, a local there is amazed that we want to go to Kuruman, ‚??Ma julle ry mos nou verkeerd‚?¶..‚?Ě WE KNOW THAT BY NOW!!!   >:( >:( >:(And by now it‚??s almost 20:00 en we are where???  ??? ???
Ok outjies, let‚??s just get to Upington and then to Kuruman‚?¶. I know it‚??s madness‚?¶.but that‚??s why we on this trip ‚?¶remember??  8) 8)
We leave for Upington‚?¶.. about 40km before Upington we meet the lightning we have been seeing for more than an hour‚?¶. We struggle to stay on the bikes with wind bashing from the side, I could have sworn it was hail‚?¶ but it was just HUGE drops of rain!! We finally stop at the first garage in Upington, we all here and safe‚?¶it‚??s now just after midnight!! What are we doing?? we are MAD!!!
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Wet and TIRED, this is the best coffee ever!
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 After a coffee we hit the road  again, after minimum smoke breaks we get to red sands lodge, it is now 02:30 and our mate (Nelius) has been waiting the whole evening ‚?? made sure there is a plate of food and cold beer waiting!!!  I‚??ve never tasted beer this good!! 
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Totally exhausted we set up the tents and pass out.
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Day 3 coming soon... 8) 8)
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: GO GIRL on April 21, 2008, 01:09:10 pm
C mon Scrat I want to see the alt routes you took as opposed to ours I'm undercover blonde  ::) ::) and I managed to get the pics posted :D ;D
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: LOKI_CPT on April 21, 2008, 01:28:20 pm
What Scrat fails to mention on this day is....... We were suppose to do only 620 odd km, but ended up doing close on 950km...... :angryfire: but that was  ok....we still drink and ride together, mates forever
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 21, 2008, 01:29:31 pm
Hey - busy with Kuruman to Molopo as we speak, and hopefully the Molopo to Koes this evening!!
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 21, 2008, 04:06:02 pm
Day 3 ‚?? Kuruman to Molopo

Aah ‚?? it‚??s 7:30 damm, and it‚??s raining, reminds me of Cape Town ‚?? turn around and sleep some more‚?¶.wait!! the Desert run starts today ‚?? yes we did make it to Kuruman!! It was no dream!!
Hey ya all ‚?? wake up!! Time for coffee. We pack up and start loading the bikes.
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OOPS, damm grass is wet!!! :o :o :o
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Please don't start!! can't we just rest a bit more!!!!???? :'( :'( :'(
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Off we were to Kuruman to fill up and start the trip ‚?? all five of us!!
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We get to Hotazel where the tar end and big commotion going on, all the damm quads and hooligans doing their tricks for the local amusement ‚?¶. So we decided to mingle with the locals in search of some cold beer‚?¶.
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These people are too friendly
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‚?? not long, after Quentin (aka Gigolo) started flirting with (I think the only young ‚?? maybe to young local) we decide to head off.
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No I know gravel roads ‚?? but it‚??s been a while since I‚??ve seen roads in this condition, felt like a rollercoaster without wheels. It was just Horrible!!

We made it to Van Zylsrust, and it was a scorching  36 degrees!! We were all taking strain.
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Time to recap‚?¶. Ok Stefan is still fiddling with his husky, nothing broken or lost , just his 10l container moving around the whole time.
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Loki was also fine, no problems, my AT was behaving, but damm ‚??thirsty‚?Ě ‚?? :'( :'(
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Nelius was looking for a cold beer and Danie lost half of his front fender when he hit a dip and his fender got stuck on his crash bars.  Not too bad ‚?? seeing we have done about 1400km already..
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We found the hidden pub behind the hotel ‚?? ice cold Miller‚??s ‚??
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Some more dust and heat ‚?? I almost lost one of the bolt securing my cluster ‚?? just stopped in time ‚?? smoke breaks worked fine now ‚?? every 60km we stop for some warm water and a smoke,  the last one just before Molopo. Danie left his Oakley‚??s on the back of his bike while helping a guy with a flat tire and only realized a bit to late ‚?? he rushed back and well, I have to say, well done to Oakley lenses, not even a scratch, seeing that a 4x4 just went over them as Danie got to the last stop, but the frame did not survive, looked more like a pasta spoon.
 :-\ sorry no pics of the road.. :-\

We got to the lodge, the pool was a haven‚?¶. Revitalized the body and there was more than enough stock in the bar to revitalize the rest!!  :P :P :P :P
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Some more pics of the campsite....
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Met some crazy bikers (Kenny and Neil & kie) camping next to us ‚?? nice people.  We all posed for a picture with Simon from Bike SA ‚?? now that‚??s a Crazy biker ‚?? good soul!
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We setup our tents right next to the pool area!! VIP camping...
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The bar made sure there‚??s enough entertainment ‚?? NOPE, no pole dancers ‚?? but Quentin did try to get on the legendary Saddle at the top of bar ‚??
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but when he heard he can only get on it if he leaves his clothes on the bar ‚?? he decided to go for the barber chair at the bottom of the bar. It sure was a comfy chair.
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Relaxing outside the crazy bar for a bit..
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The rum was flowing and the way to the tent was a long walk, the dip in the pool might have been part of that bothersome sidestep I picked up in the bar‚?¶. :D :D :D :D
more pictures was taken but cannot be shown here as the ‚??Hoederman dans‚?Ě  was just one of the many ‚??plays‚?Ě we had that evening. >:D >:D >:D
nuff said......... >:D >:D >:D


Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Trailrider on April 21, 2008, 09:13:00 pm
Excellent report! Keep it coming ;D
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: letsgofishing on April 22, 2008, 08:27:02 am
Great report and pics so far Scrat - more please!
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Ama ride ride on April 22, 2008, 08:36:44 am
Lekker jolly so ver....ek sê
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: IceCreamMan on April 22, 2008, 08:39:24 am
Lekker man

looking forward to the rest of it
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: bradleys on April 23, 2008, 02:02:24 pm
Howzit scrat met you on the desert run,iwas with the medics,ridding the beta 525.Glad to see that you all got home safe.Ihave done 11 runs and really enjoy the ride. O0
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 23, 2008, 04:15:45 pm
Hey Bradleys!!

we barely made it back :'( :'( :-\ :-\ - but all to follow in the rest of the report!!
11 runs, ok you win!! next time you should join us on the trip back!! it was awesome! ;D ;D ;D

How did the Beta behave??
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: briv on April 23, 2008, 07:04:53 pm
Hey Scrat lekker trip.. saw your bike at buurmans place LTC (Leon) just before your trip ;). He mentioned that some other oke put the engine together and there was some stuff put back not so lekker. ;)
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 24, 2008, 11:40:02 am
Hey Scrat lekker trip.. saw your bike at buurmans place LTC (Leon) just before your trip ;). He mentioned that some other oke put the engine together and there was some stuff put back not so lekker. ;)

 :'( :'( :'( Yip, knowing all that, i still had to do the trip!!  8) 8) 8) Mind over matter..... was quite challenging not knowing when the bike will die. :-\ :-\ :-\....but it was still a GREAT. trip!!...

Will post the next day today ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on April 25, 2008, 04:18:35 pm
Day 4 ‚?? Molopo to Koes (Border Post Problems)


I think we either have lost all liver functions or our livers are adapting to the harsh circumstances‚?¶. I‚??ll go for option 2.. we got up early again and decided not to take the sandy route today as we still have another 4000km to do ‚?? let‚??s go easy for now‚?¶. 8) 8) 8)

We headed off after a ‚??coffee kapitaal‚?Ě The road from Molopo to Rietfontein border has been tarred not to long ago and soon we found ourselves on a vast salt pan ‚?? this opt for a Photo shoot‚?¶
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waaaassss hy :P :P...waa is hy...daaaarrrss HY!!!  :P :P :P
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We were here..... 8) 8)
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it was almost 10:00 and we could feel the sun trying to drain any liquid out of our bodies, a few good laughs....
and siggas, some more warm water and we headed to the border.... :o :o :o

We fell into the long queue, scorching sun by now ‚?¶ all went well, paperwork in order, I went trough first, then Loki, As Stefan was passing the gate we heard the UNTHINKABLE ..., ???
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We heard:‚?¶‚?ĚMr Pretorius, Silver BMW motorbike??‚?Ě  ??? ??? roaring over all the buzzing going on at the gate‚?¶. Again we heard it‚?¶. Yip, that was our Nelius!!!  :o :o :o :o Aaag damm, what now?? ‚??Ah, sir? Do you know that your bike‚??s license has EXPIRED Dec 2007??‚?Ě :o :o :o ‚?¶AAAAGGG FOK!!! Nelius jou ASS!! ::) ::) ::) (he was named Mr. Responsible the first 2 days, now that changed to Ass!!)  What now???...first option ‚??you can cross the gate, but the bike can‚??t‚?Ě ‚?? not an option ‚?? ‚??2nd  you can pay a fine and maybe we can get you across, but you might be stopped at the Namibian side too and pay a fine there too‚?Ě ‚?? we‚??ll take the last option‚?¶  :-\ :-\ :-\
Nelius surounded by Police...I wonder why....
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1h20min later Nelius came through the gate ‚?? joining the dehydrated team that has been waiting in ‚??no-man‚??s land‚?Ě
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We had no problems at the Namibian gate and soon we were off to Aroab, we know there are some sosaties and Cold Beer!! Or Maybe MORE!!!  :P :P :P ;D ;D ;D

‚?? The first thing you notice is the condition of the road!!! Magtag, feels like the tar road just before the borderpost, and soon have a nice cruising speed of 110/120km.  8) 8)
We get there, Pay our Road Tax...
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 have the best biltong sosaties prepared by the locals
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and we find the bar, aaah ‚?? here we need to stay for a while. Too hot to ride now, any excuse will work now.
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We start the long 148km stretch to Koes, with a smoke stop every 60km,
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Loki feeling the NEED......
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one of the stops Loki discoverers that his right indicator broke loose, he‚??s just to glad that it‚??s still there and working!!
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A long dusty road and we get to Koes ‚?? we are early and decided to see if the hotel‚??s rum tastes the same as everywhere else‚??s‚?¶ while sitting in the VIP section
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we see a lush patch of grass and decide to pitch our tents there,
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soon we are organized
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and we head back to the hotel for some Springbok Pie and more Captain Morgan‚?¶.. :P :P
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and then it's time to relax.... pics of us in the 'VIP" section....
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And our friendly neighbor from Molopo...explaining to us Who the hell killed Kenny!!!!
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And best of all was Go Girl accepting her Award in the BAR!!! XXX giving a bit of Moral support
(Sorry Go Girl...... >:D >:D >:Djust had to let this one slip trough)
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After a Great day we all headed back across the road to our tents and some laughs and fun....and one pic was taken....one nightmares are made of......
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Koes to Windhoek next.....sorry for the delay....dammm work is driving me mad >:( >:(
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: GO GIRL on April 30, 2008, 12:14:19 am
Scrat work really is keeping you 'tied up' cmon lets see the rest of you pics u guys shud have joined me on my route ;D

No prob with pic as you said when a theres gal on the 'table' you are there ;D :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: GreenMachine on April 30, 2008, 04:18:18 am
Now that was lekker to read and watch.

More pleez....
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: GIDEON on May 01, 2008, 02:36:06 pm
Africa Twins RULE
Awesome trip
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!!20 March-4 April-UPDATED!!
Post by: Scrat on May 12, 2008, 01:06:45 pm
Sorry for the late updates - was waiting to get all the pictures of the trip together - don't want to miss anything... :)

Day 5 ‚?? Koes to Windhoek

We decided the night before that we want to get an early start today‚?¶ 550km ‚?? give or take to Windhoek‚?¶well we did, it was still dark and as we were busy packing up we started hearing the rooster and birds getting some life‚?¶..
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We headed off into the crisp morning air, a light breeze, just enough to get the dust off the road, mmm nothing like that early morning smell‚?¶.I wonder what is in store for us today!! ::) ::) ::)
The first 50km was great!! The road was perfect, and had these small hills, UP then DOWN,  :P :P right after each other, was like one of the best roller coaster rides ever, and the best is; You are in control of it!!  ;D ;D
We soon got to our first smoke stop and it was great being in front of the ‚??big‚?Ě dust cloud!!
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Go-Girl and XXX hurrying past us‚?¶
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The road was great ‚?? twisting through the mountains, yip a few quads had to be overtaken, just hate the dust those things kick up!! After about 140km or so we reached Gochas, we had to fill up and we were greeted by these crawling creatures  - no wonder why they call this Gochas (goggas) here‚??s some pics of them!!
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This is also a glimpse back to 2006 when we did the DR with the XR500RE‚??s same spot we just upgraded the bikes, me and Dr Dirt‚??s past and present.
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About 15km form Gochas we reached the Auob Lodge, Man we were starving by then and THIRSTY!! We took opportunity to have a feast at the buffet breakfast, washed down with a cold draft!! The pool just looked so inviting as the sun was burning the landscape beyond these walls‚?¶. :o :o
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We reached the end of the gravel road for today  at Stampriet and was taking strain in the scorching heat! Not a lot of shade around here. We decided to take the tar road to Windhoek as we started having issues with our air filters ‚?? we headed off on the long stretch to Windhoek and soon had to stop just after the T-junction past Mariental. There are no words to describe the heat at this stage.
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We were having a few jokes and realized that we have to make a plan to get Nelius‚??s License disk sorted or he will get more fines!  :-[ :-[ :-[
See if you can spot the moodlification‚?¶. ;) ;) ;)
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We stopped at the Kalahari Bar halfway to Windhoek and tested the cold beers. Yip they were GREAT!!! 
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Yet again having some fun and entertaining ourselves ‚?? must be the sun burning our head as there is not a lot of shade!!
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Just as we were entering  the mountains before Windhoek we stopped again for a smoke, just notice how green everything is!! AMAZING!!
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What is it with people having this great road and space and then decide to leave one of the great DS bikes on the trailer? Just  SAD man!! :o :o :o
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By this stage I could here a really weird sound coming from my AT‚??s engine‚?¶. ??? ??? ::) Hey almost in Windhoek!! As we reached Arebbusch Lodge, we just decided to head for the bar and leave the troubling bike for tomorrow!! 8) 8)
A hot shower and the last clean clothes some more beers and soon we were ready for Joe‚??s Beerhouse!!! Some decent food waited for us!  We took a taxi as we knew what was waiting for us!! No risk trying to stay on two wheels!!
Here‚??s some pics of Joe‚??s‚?¶.
Aaah - Cheers!!!
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And what we had for dinner... :o :o :o
Nelius went for Bushman's Fire (or something like that...)
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Loki and Stefan decided to do the Bushman Sosatie - Loki is REALLY looking forward to this meal!!
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And me and Dr Dirt went for the Kudu Knuckle.... :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
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Now for a few Jagger's
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I'm glad we took the taxi!!!  :D :D
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And yet again a great ending to a superb day!! ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D

Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert!!! - 20 March- 4 April
Post by: Scrat on May 12, 2008, 03:24:22 pm
Day 6 ‚??Windhoek-Swakopmund


We woke up, our tents was setup right in front of the reception, nice soft grass‚?¶. Dr Dirt quickly arranged some coffee from the restaurant, and we had it delivered by a waiter!!  Imagine that!! Now that is service!!
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We started packing up, I started my bike and yet again a frightening noise from the motor, just sound more and more like bearings!! And it‚??s a rough day today!! I don‚??t want to but I don‚??t think it‚??s a good idea to try and ride today and get stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere without support :-[ :-[ :-[‚?¶.. so the decision was made to get the bike on a trailer and fix it in Swakkopmund. :'( :'(
Now ‚?? we need to find an open trailer and make some friends QUICKLY!!
We got a lift with Neil, Kenny and Kie, our friendly neighbors from Molopo..
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It was a sad moment for me but then again, thinking of being stuck in the back of a bakkie with cold beer and music‚?¶. >:D >:D >:D Not to Bad‚?¶‚?¶   ;) ;)

Here‚??s some pics from my ‚??Solo Bakkie Trip‚?Ě ‚?¶into the Khomas Hochland
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Stefan waiting at the Spookhuis for the rest...
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As we passed the famous ‚??SpookHuis‚?Ě I felt sadness creeping back in me :'( :'( :'( ‚?? I wish I could stop and check it out‚?¶
Well at least the rest of the group stopped and took a whole lot of pics ‚?? they did say that a funny eerie feeling was present the whole time they were there and there was this suspicious white horse staying close to the house.. :o :o :o :o
Die Spookhuis
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I made it to the halfway point in the back of the bakkie,  where some more locally produced sosaties, Boerewors Rolls and the best Drafts was waiting. :P :P
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My "backup" team...
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At least i can say my bike was here.... :'( :'( :'(
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View from the top....Halfway stop- the road waiting for us...
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The way we came from
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After a while I was getting worried about the rest of my team, they were taking awfully long.. hope they are ok!!
Finally they arrived and YES, something did happen‚?¶ :o :o :o
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my exhausted friends..
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With all the rain the road was really hectic at some parts ‚?? it‚??s at one of these bends that Dr Dirt had a little encounter with a ditch. His bike had a scratch or two but he apparently made a good ‚??swan dive‚?Ě down the hill‚?¶..he did not get hurt but was a bit shaken ‚?? here is some pics of the spot, notice the sharp decent in the hill where he took his tumble ‚?¶‚?¶  ::) ::)
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We soon decided to start heading to swakop as we still have about 170km ahead on these namib highways.
I, once again got settled in the back of the bakkie with a cold beer and watched the rest of the team get ready and gear up for the last stretch.
I took a few pics of the scenery on the way to swakop, the rains sure have changed the desert to an awesome colorful landscape
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Some more rain coming......
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Here is some pictures of the team having  a break in one of the many river beds.
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Notice the change in scenery the closer we get to the coast....
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Here's a pic of the team just before Swakopmund...they made it!!!
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I arrived in swakop and quickly sorted out the accommodation, unloaded my bike and gear, got a lift to town and stocked up for the arrival of the rest of the team‚?¶. ;D ;D ;D
The boys arrived and were greeted with very potent rum‚?¶sorry my hand slipped‚?¶.. ;) ;) ;) ;)
The rum surely went down well as soon as the team was reunited!!
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Soon the booze was finished and it was time to clean up and head to town for some food and more of that "stuff" pirates sing about‚?¶. ;) ;)
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: bmad on May 13, 2008, 07:12:57 am
Finally!!!  >:D >:D
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: Scrat on May 13, 2008, 09:49:46 am
Day 7-9  ‚??Swakopmund time to rest (Or NOT)

Day of the living dead may describe how we felt the first morning in swakop‚?¶..  :sad3: :sad3: :sad3:
i spend most of the time working on my bike while the rest explored town ‚?? got some KFC, more beer, and gave good moral support. :wav:
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A look at the A-Frame houses we stayed in..
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We had all the time in the world, :headbang: :headbang: this was also a good time to search for a Laundromat and the bike shops, everyone did a bit of maintenance on the bike as we wanted to go to dune 7 the next day.
We did some exploring..The Jetty was first..
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We ended up at the Lighthouse
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I finally got my bike to a point where I stopped worrying :-[ :-[ (or maybe just gave up)  8) 8) but I have to stress that my problem with lack of power and no speed past 120km/h was caused by a clogged fuel filter!! Aaai!!  >:( >:(


Well, for the next few days we explored dune 7, seen some of the best sunsets in a long time, had the best pizza and pastas at Napolitana‚??s, depleted the rum stock at Gundergrantz/Swakopmund Lodge, got VIP membership at  El Cubana, met a whole lot of locals and we had the time of our lives!! Away from all the responsibilities back home...just a time to unwind and relax...
Here are some pics
Dune 7....
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Some of the best sunsets....
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Wonder if we could swim to this boat....... ??? ???
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We had to use the braai-grid we've been carrying for more that 2000km!!!
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and what goes best with a braai??
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and then you start feeling Silly :evil: :evil: :evil:
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And get creative ideas..see what happens when you leave your friends alone with isolation tape....
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finally time to eat!! ;D ;D
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Should i stay or should i go now......
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Let me IN!!!  >:D I wanna go to sleep!!
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Our last evening at Tiger Reef, feeling sad, but also very excited about the route back to Cape Town..and this was just before the thunder storm.... Jip, can you believe it??? we were in the middle of a thunder storm and it's no joy trying to keep the bike steady on those salt roads of swakop when wet!!!  :o :o :o :o
Nelius,
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One of Nelius's Buddy's currently doing some work in Swakop
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Dr Dirt
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Stefan
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Loki
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And me
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Nice group photo before the rain started......
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We sure had an awesome time in Swakopmund.....
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: Scrat on May 13, 2008, 12:35:35 pm
Day 10  ‚??Swakopmund to Solitaire

Not having had a lot of sleep the night before as it was our farewell to Swakop, we finally started packing up. It took a few hours what normally took like 30min. but by 12:00 we were ready, we really had to leave NOW!! Or we will have to stay another day and we can‚??t do that ‚?? still a long way to go.
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Nelius, unfortunately had to stay behind and leave his bike with a friend in Swakop and fly back to JHB as there was some problems at work. Not knowing what an adventure he will miss, we waved goodbye and headed of to Walvis Bay. We stopped at the KFC for our last decent take away food for a while.
We could see rainclouds in the distance, but why would we worry, this is the desert, it does not rain in the desert!!
About 40km into the Namib we decided to stop at this Cool rock, really can‚??t remember the name of this place.
Time to take pics again ‚?? still wondering if we can‚??t just sleep for a bit ‚?¶.really tired now‚?¶.
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Stefan....aka Monkey Boy
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Lord of the Rock
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Storm clouds ahead..... :o :o :o
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Not to far away we met up with the storm clouds we have been seeing since we left Walvis, it was really great just having this cool rain washing the tiredness off you!! Also weird having a thunderstorm in the desert!! Amazingly the road was still great, no mud, no slippery patches. Just wet.
As we got out of the rain we had to stop for a smoke or two, here are some pics of the area about 100km from Walvis, this is supposed to be a desert??
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The storm we just went through...
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Dr Dirt had a fan.....they keep following us around!!! He could go stand anywhere, this gogga will follow him!!NO FREE RIDES DUDE!!! >:( >:(
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We had to get going as the rain was heading this way, soon we entered the Kuiseb Pass and I‚??ve been here a few time before and never have I seen it this green, velvety soft green, and at the bottom of the pass, water in the kuiseb river!! What an amazing sight!! Some more pictures‚?¶
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Soon we headed out to the plains again and it was starting to get late so we need to start hurrying up, still a long way to go, I think, as I do not have a map or anything these buddies of mine are following me on blind faith‚?¶‚?¶.  :-\ :-\
We hit some more rain and was really getting wet now, this afternoon‚??s shower was GREAT, but this is getting a bit of a problem now!! The tent, sleeping bag, everything is going to be wet by the time we get to Solitaire!! The road started getting a bit muddy at the water crossings. We got to a patch about 40 km just before Solitaire  and stopped for that long awaited smoke!!
The road we just came from...
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from another angle...(This is one of my favorite pics....)
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Flowers everywhere ... smells like Ceres in spring!!!
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The road ahead.....More Rain...... :o :o :o
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The rain was on our tail and we rushed off again, AGAIN into some more rain!!! and into the early evening. I could feel the huge raindrops falling, and it was really getting dark now!! Where the hell is Solitaire ??!!!
We finally made it just after dark, stopped at the Solitaire Lodge, and decided to get a room in the Lodge as no one was really looking forward to setting up tents in mud and sleep in a wet sleeping bag‚?¶. Ya we still are a bit spoiled!!  Just as we unloaded the bikes another storm broke out and we were really ‚??pleased‚?Ě with our dry and warm rooms!!
Great rooms and we had some time left to explore the dinner buffet!! Aah, a warm bed, full tummy, hot shower, glad to be at our destination and totally exhausted. One by one we passed out with a smile.
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: Scrat on May 13, 2008, 12:55:21 pm
More days to follow........sorry for the delay.... :P :P :P
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: GO GIRL on May 22, 2008, 02:48:06 pm
Hey Scrat you gotta admit that was a grt DR and the scenery and the cameraderie out ther was just amazing..... 8)

Its great to go thru those pics and share the emotions of that specific time and place GRT reporting ;D
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: Ballies on May 23, 2008, 07:53:40 am
nice fotos. Ek was lanklaas daar gewees.  8)
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: Gryshond on May 23, 2008, 08:34:25 am
Great Report.
Title: Re: A Fun Desert Run and a WET Namib Desert! - 20/03-4/04 - Updated!!
Post by: JourneyMan on May 24, 2008, 06:37:06 pm
Sad that the Molopo/Rietfontein road has been tarred.  :sad: Was a good stretch of dirt intermixing sandish, hard dirt, twisting and straight dirt.

All the way to Rietfontein?