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Title: Living the Dream Solo Around the World Trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 10, 2015, 04:09:55 pm
The Living the dream idea started when I was about 15 years old in 1965. I always looked at the Suikerbos Rand Mountains from our farm which is about 6 km away like the bird fly and wondered what was lying behind them. The wonder became too big and one day I took my horse and did a river crossing through the Klip River and I also took a big Crescent plyers along that we used to fix the fences with. When I came to a fence I would just loosen the wires (irresponsible young lad) until I reached the Suikerbos Rand mountains. There was a proper fence with a board behind which read ďSouth African defence force missile testing site, do not enterĒ. I duly cut the fence and went all the way to the top until I could see what was on the other side of the mountain. From there it never stopped and I always wanted to see what was lying on the other side of the next hill. The horse was eventually sold and with the money I bought a bike and many trips followed. So yesterday I left for my solo ďliving the dream around the world tourĒ to see what is lying behind the next hill. I am hoping to do it in two stages. The first stage will be from Johannesburg through Africa and then over into Europe at Italy and then over the Alps to England. The first stage will be about 20 000km. By the end of the European summer I will come back to RSA. Five months later after the European winter I will go back to England for stage two. If I get a sponsor I will do the remaining 70 000km in one go. If I do not get a sponsor then I will do it in stages every year. Stage 2 will be through Eastern Europe to Croatia and from there through places like India, Mongolia then through Russia as far East as possible then over to Alaska by boat. From Alaska to Canada, North America and then all the South American countries. Then by boat to Cape Town and then the last piece to Johannesburg. See map below for Africa leg of the trip.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Herklaas on May 10, 2015, 04:31:25 pm
 :sip: Schalk, be assured, you would not be riding alone, ons sal jou volg en ondersteun, go for it!!!! :3some:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Sharingroads on May 10, 2015, 04:35:55 pm
Have a AWESOME trip.
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Post by: gwild on May 10, 2015, 04:44:45 pm
Go for it live the dream
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Post by: Draadwerk on May 10, 2015, 04:47:04 pm
I think we should arrange that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman meet you in London. They should take note of how one really does a long way up and over the next hill trip.  Awesome man. I am so jealous of you.

Please enjoy every moment and keep us updated. 👍😄
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Post by: Casting from Turd on May 10, 2015, 04:55:23 pm
Ji sjis.

Sies man, I hope you have an awesome trip and make memories for a life time
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 10, 2015, 04:57:46 pm
The send off yesterday
Photo1 My friends and family saying good bye
Photo2 My wife and two sons Juan and Francois and their girlfriends Ilandi & Letisia
Photo3 Some of my friends who came riding along a bit
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Casting from Turd on May 10, 2015, 05:01:26 pm
With a face like that you gonna be safe the whole trip!   
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Post by: Coxwain on May 10, 2015, 05:19:16 pm
I HATE GUYS LIKE YOU !!!  :eek7: :eek7:

Ohhh  how I would love to be able to do a trip like this and live the dream  :'( :'( :'(

Have a blast and ride safe , I will certainly be following this with great interest. (Just got myself a XT 660R so I'm very interested to see how the bike performs on an ultra long trip like this)
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Post by: Saddle Up on May 10, 2015, 05:20:14 pm
Alle voorspoed op jou reis.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Offshore on May 10, 2015, 05:21:27 pm
Ride safe. :ricky: :sip:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 10, 2015, 05:59:27 pm
The first day was very cool. After the send-off I stopped at Kranskop Wimpy to have a cup of coffee.  At Polokwane I had the best steak ever at Amarula Pub and Grill and had a chat with the owner Jan Besteman. From here I hid the road to Macado. As I only had 2 hours sleep the previous night due to the fact that I had to get everything ready for the trip, I started to feel sleepy. I stopped at a garage for a coffee to wake up a bit. As I was sitting on the stairs of the garage a guy with a F800 BMW came in and introduced him. We decided to ride together for a while up to the toll gate. We went through the most beautiful corners and landscape and I would have loved to have taken some photos. At Musina I booked in at Musina Shipping a company that belong to Helen Campbell. I met her last year in Namakwa land in the Springbok caravan park when my wife and I went to see the flowers. This morning I went with her daughter Wendy to ride Quad bikes in the Limpopo riverbed and can this chick ride. She grew up with bikes and they lend me the 4x4 quad and we had the most amazing ride. So tomorrow I will be in in Zim where I will meet up with a Geek guy named Elias who is also traveling around the world and he is already on the road for 2 years. We might ride together for a day or two. So all in all I had a great and event full time so far.
1st and 2nd photo the guy I rode with for a while
3rd photo The African sun setting over the continent that I love
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: skydiver on May 10, 2015, 06:41:37 pm
Ry veilig Schalk.
Dis jammer ek het nie geweet dat jy deur Polokwane ry nie, want ek sou beslis 'n ent (tot in Makhado) saam met jou gery het.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Sprocketbek on May 10, 2015, 08:05:26 pm
Sterkte met die reis Schalk!

Ek is seker jy sal ons op hoogte hou, sien uit daarna om dit te volg  :ricky:  ;D
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Hondsekierie on May 10, 2015, 08:17:30 pm
Voorspoedige reis Schalk, dis voorwaar enige avonturier se droom om te doen wat jy hier aangepak het.

Hopelik is al jou punctures klaar uit die pad :biggrin:  Ek volg hier verder
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: TWE-TWE on May 10, 2015, 08:29:40 pm
Mooi ry Schalk!!
Jy is n groot inspirasie!!!! :ricky:
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Post by: BradT on May 10, 2015, 08:48:59 pm
All the best for your trip.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Jakkals on May 10, 2015, 08:49:43 pm
Veilig ry en geniet elke oomblik daarvan Schalk, jy doen iets waarvan ek net kan droom om te doen.

Ons ry saam met jou. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on May 10, 2015, 09:15:15 pm
Lekker ry and be careful out there. We follow along right here.

 8)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 10, 2015, 10:11:15 pm
Mooi ry Schalk!!
Jy is n groot inspirasie!!!! :ricky:

En jy is 'n inspirasie vir my met julle "pink trees"
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 10, 2015, 10:15:19 pm
Voorspoedige reis Schalk, dis voorwaar enige avonturier se droom om te doen wat jy hier aangepak het.

Hopelik is al jou punctures klaar uit die pad :biggrin:  Ek volg hier verder
Nog nie een puncture gehad in 550km nie. Groete aan Minxy
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 10, 2015, 10:26:13 pm
This trip is not just about me and my around the world trip. It is about you too, about your dreams as well that has not come to pass. So come and journey with me and make this your dream as well, even if it has not materialize in 50 years. "Live the dream"
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Post by: BliknÍrs on May 11, 2015, 06:34:03 am
 :thumleft:
Mooi ry Schalk!
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Post by: woody1 on May 11, 2015, 06:48:41 am
Lekker ry Schalk.
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Post by: Man from Nam on May 11, 2015, 09:11:05 am
Sterkte Schalk jy is baie gelukkig om jou droom so te kan beleef. Jy moet elke oomblik daarvan geniet ons sal met 'n groot sooibrand die RR dophou.
Veilig ry en geniet dit!!
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Post by: Knucklhead on May 11, 2015, 09:23:06 am
nice one  :sip:
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Post by: Phillip Flap on May 11, 2015, 09:45:09 am
Live the dream.....
Veilige kilometers....
Maak memories!!!

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Post by: Morph on May 11, 2015, 09:52:06 am
Geniet dit Schalk!!

Veilige myle!!
 :ricky:
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Post by: EtienneXplore on May 11, 2015, 10:16:53 am
Great!!

gaan jou elke move volg!

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: King Louis on May 11, 2015, 03:49:28 pm
Cool, enjoy and stay safe.... :ricky:
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Post by: troos on May 11, 2015, 08:20:58 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Teapot on May 11, 2015, 08:47:07 pm
Fuckin A!!!
Definite sub.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: TWE-TWE on May 11, 2015, 09:14:59 pm
This trip is not just about me and my around the world trip. It is about you too, about your dreams as well that has not come to pass. So come and journey with me and make this your dream as well, even if it has not materialize in 50 years. "Live the dream"

....Awesome Schalk... :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Minxy on May 11, 2015, 10:20:37 pm
Voorspoedige reis Schalk, dis voorwaar enige avonturier se droom om te doen wat jy hier aangepak het.

Hopelik is al jou punctures klaar uit die pad :biggrin:  Ek volg hier verder
Nog nie een puncture gehad in 550km nie. Groete aan Minxy

:)

Hope your trip is lekker so far! And hope you don't jinx yourself with those punctures hehe  :biggrin:
Have fun out there and take care of yourself! Safe journey!  :ricky:
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Post by: frans1 on May 11, 2015, 10:37:12 pm
Geniet die trip. Ek ry saam!
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Post by: VaalBaas on May 11, 2015, 10:50:14 pm
Papwiele is minors, maar 3 op een dag kan nogal jou moed breek :lol8:

Veilig en lekker toer, ons is maar hier  :thumleft:
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Post by: T Rex on May 12, 2015, 05:15:47 am
Geniet dit Schalk.

Ek volg hierdie met groot belangstelling  :thumleft:
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Post by: boere on May 12, 2015, 05:23:59 am
Veilig ry en geniet jou trip :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: TornadoF5 on May 12, 2015, 12:06:56 pm
Where is Schalk we waiting?
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Post by: RobC on May 12, 2015, 12:08:51 pm
All the best and may you have a wonderful adventure!
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Post by: adamktm on May 12, 2015, 01:48:22 pm
Amazing adventure!!! Sub  :sip:
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Post by: Onetime on May 12, 2015, 06:46:21 pm
Lekker :ricky:
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Post by: dirtyXT on May 14, 2015, 08:18:04 pm
Safe travels!
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Post by: Tom van Brits on May 14, 2015, 10:50:59 pm
Geniet elke oomblik Schalk, ek sien uit na jou terugvoer!
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Post by: imo on May 15, 2015, 12:42:37 am
sub
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Post by: subie on May 15, 2015, 05:23:55 am
Sit vanoggend en dink "waar is jy nou"
Voorspoed en veilige paaie  :thumleft:
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Post by: Philemon on May 15, 2015, 08:04:21 am
sub
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Post by: Crossed-up on May 15, 2015, 09:06:53 am
All the best, Schalk, and have a brilliant journey!
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Post by: Happyfeet on May 15, 2015, 09:30:04 am
Baie voorspoed met jou trip. Glo dit sal wonderlik wees. Geniet elke oomblik.

Hint: Pel van my wat vir 3 jaar deur die wereld gery het, het gevind as hy sy fiets se cover oorsit is daar baie minder nuuskieriges en is sy fiets veilier wanneer hy dit alleen moet los (veral in Afrika).

Baie sterkte!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: UrbanNomad on May 15, 2015, 09:56:14 am

Lucky bastard, wish I was riding along! ! have a awesome trip will follow with interest.
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Post by: Coxwain on May 15, 2015, 10:26:57 am
errrr .....calling Schalk ....calling Schalk .....come in Schalk .......How about an update  :thumleft:
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Post by: gser on May 15, 2015, 05:40:03 pm

 Whats up dock
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 15, 2015, 06:14:49 pm
Hi guys and girls I am at Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique. First time I have internet. Will put the trip so far and some phodies on tomorrow. Little tied right now with many a thousand potholes behind me and have seen 4 truck accidents in 3 days. Done 625km today from Gorongosa.
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Post by: gser on May 15, 2015, 06:21:08 pm
 Bly om van jou te hoor.
 
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Post by: T Rex on May 15, 2015, 06:59:48 pm
Hi guys and girls I am at Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique. First time I have internet. Will put the trip so far and some phodies on tomorrow. Little tied right now with many a thousand potholes behind me and have seen 4 truck accidents in 3 days. Done 625km today from Gorongosa.

Enjoy !!

Riding first , posting second  :thumleft:
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Post by: Vossie72 on May 15, 2015, 07:32:36 pm
Geniet elke oomblik.  En versigitg ry.
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Post by: Skim on May 16, 2015, 09:10:51 am
AI!!!

Lekker man - geniet die trip!! Wees veilig en hou ons op hoogte!!
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Post by: Dakar fan on May 16, 2015, 11:00:45 am
Lekker man, lekker. Kan nie wag om saam te ry nie.
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Post by: YamaV on May 16, 2015, 11:25:05 am
Lekker ry Schalk!
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Post by: Bens on May 16, 2015, 04:24:46 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 12:51:51 pm
Day 3 Monday-day 4 Tuesday
The next day I went through the border in to Zimbabwe. It took me 2 hours to get through. Thousands of Zimbabweans going home and I belief it is not the Xenophobia but it is like this every day. I arrived at Masvingo after dark too late for camping and stayed at an African guest house for R300-00. The next morning I made my way to Mutare and met up with Elias the Creek guy who is traveling around the world. He came with me and I pitched my tent at the municipal camp site. I was the only visitor there and the cost was R120-00. From there Elias and I went to the Portuguese club and had a chat. He is a very interesting young guy. He had been traveling the Asian countries for 2 years and then went home to make some more money. Then he started this trip and came down Africa on the west side all the way to RSA. He is now on his way back up in Africa on the East side.
Photo 1 Beautiful Zim
          2 Bike fell over while loading
          3 It seems scrap metal has no value in Zim as they just leave all their recks next to the road
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 12:58:42 pm
Photo 1 Had a nice chat with Amos while filling up
          2 South Africa can learn from Zim no toll money for bikes
          3 Toll gate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 01:05:41 pm
Photo 1 Mutare is really clean
          2 Elias the Creek guy who is traveling around the world
          3 My last Wimpy for the trip
          4 Coffee ala Zim Wimpy
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 01:24:52 pm
Day 5 Wednesday
I got up early at 6 am and went for a shower. In true African tradition only the cold water worked and I had to go to the ladies as the menís facilities was not operational any more. The camp site is really beautiful but I think the wash facilities stopped after independence (see photos). I then went  for probably my last Wimpy breakfast as Africa donít have fast food out lets, only spaza shops next to the road. I got to the border and cleared customs and everything only to find out that the bridge had been blocked since 6 Oíclock that morning after a truck was parked on an uphill and ran down by itself and jacked knifed right across the bridge between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. I crawled through under the truck and went and cleared everything on the Mozambique side. I then came back and wanted to ride down a very steep down slope to the riverbed and cross that way to Mozambique but the border officials would have none of that. Needless to say it was a 4 hour wait before a huge crane and tow truck cleared the way. More is nog Ďn dag in Africa and by now it was 2 pm. I then pushed a bit on the 300km and got to Parque Nacional de  Gorongosa  at sunset. The last stretch was just potholes and I scraped my bash plate in one pothole in the town of Chmoio. The thumper handled the potholes very well as long as you had bit of speed.  Some of the holes were really deep and the problem is that oncoming traffic sometimes swerves in to your lane in order to avoid potholes in their lane. So you have to watch for potholes as well as oncoming traffic and what makes it worse is that the shade of the trees in the late afternoon makes the potholes even more invisible. I remember the same road 5 years back was in perfect condition. I arrived at van Zylís and booked into one of their tents and private bath room for R200-00 per knight. I had a nice braai that knight by myself and went to bed at about 11pm.

 Photo  1 The truck that jacked knifed right across the bridge between Zim and Moz
            2 The truck that jacked knifed right across the bridge between Zim and Moz
            3 Bike waiting for me for more than 4 hours while border is closed
            4 My company for 4 hours
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 01:36:03 pm
Photo 1 A bridge on the way to Corongosa
          2 In the middle of no where on our 3 km walk this little spaza shop
          3 Thick grass that we had to walk through in order to get to the mountain and forest
          4 Forest where the bird was
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Post by: TornadoF5 on May 17, 2015, 01:52:35 pm
Schalk keep it coming dude! This is lekker glad you back online and safe  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 03:14:19 pm
Day 7 Friday
I left early for the 624km trip to the Cahora Bassa Dam. It was very hot sometimes 38 c and I poured cold water on my back tyre every time I stopped for petrol as I am running knobblies. I saw the 4th truck accident in 3 days with this one the driver being killed, I did not check at the other oneís if the driver made it. I made it to the Ugezi Tiger Lodge just before sunset. What a beautiful area. Tomorrow I will explore the area a bit. The road coming here again was heavily potholed and it is quite tiring to dodge them over long distances.

Photo 1 I stopped here for a chicken breakfast
         2  Beautiful moz
         3 4th truck accident this one fatal
         4 38 degrees on the bike
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 03:29:20 pm
Day 8 and 9 Saturday and Sunday
Saturday I took a rest and caught up on Face Book and the Wilddog forum as it was the first time that I had internet since leaving home.
Today Sunday I had a nice breakfast as it is included in the rate of R300/day here at Ungezi Tiger Lodge on the banks of the Cohora Bassa Dam. Breakfast consisted of boere wors, bacon, eggs and Portuguese rolls and jam. I used my own Rooibos tea bags as they only have the normal Ricoffee. After breakfast I went to draw money on top of the mountain at a small shopping centre. From there I went to see the Dam wall. The surrounding area is just too beautiful with literally thousands of Boab trees. I have already reserved the TV on the veranda for 2 Oíclock when the Moto GP will be broadcast live. Tomorrow it will be off to Malawi.


Photo 1 Beautiful Boabs by the 1000
          2 More Boabs
          3 Some monument and it is already painted but not like ours
          4 Cohoro Bassa dam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 03:35:32 pm
Photo 1  Yours truly
          2  Dam
          3  Dam wall
          4  Kids crossing the dam by dug out
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Post by: T Rex on May 17, 2015, 03:44:26 pm
Thanks Schalk .

Safe riding  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: cheesy on May 17, 2015, 03:55:44 pm
God speed and keep safe, Tx for the reports.
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Post by: SchalkL on May 17, 2015, 04:27:33 pm
Dankie vir die deel Schalk, ek volg elke post met 'n hunkering na waar jy is  :thumleft:
Vir interesantheid, watse "tegnologie" gebruik jy om fotos te neem en te post?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 04:33:27 pm
Dankie vir die deel Schalk, ek volg elke post met 'n hunkering na waar jy is  :thumleft:
Vir interesantheid, watse "tegnologie" gebruik jy om fotos te neem en te post?

Geen tegnologie nie ek laai dit net op my rekenaar af en maak dit kleiner en pos dit op WD
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Post by: oldmannorman on May 17, 2015, 04:33:57 pm
 :sip: Thanks
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2015, 04:36:19 pm
Hi Guys and Girls I am off to Malawi tomorrow wil answer al questions when I have internet again. Hope you guys enjoy the phodies and write up.
Till next time
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Post by: Crossed-up on May 17, 2015, 04:45:20 pm
Keep in touch. All the best.
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Post by: Coxwain on May 17, 2015, 05:27:24 pm
Lekker  Schalk ...keep it coming  :thumleft:
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Post by: Ilan-san on May 17, 2015, 07:53:46 pm
Sub
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Post by: Herklaas on May 17, 2015, 08:40:42 pm
 :sip: Ek ry saam.
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Post by: frans1 on May 17, 2015, 10:18:41 pm
Thank for sharing!   Enjoy and be safe
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Post by: Minxy on May 18, 2015, 08:06:08 am
Beautiful pictures, can't wait for more!  :thumleft:
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Post by: HB 9 on May 18, 2015, 08:18:54 am
Veilig reis! Ongelooflike trip sover...  :thumleft:
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Post by: chicco on May 18, 2015, 08:26:20 am
God speed Schalk.  :sip:

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Post by: cruizaman on May 20, 2015, 09:21:03 pm
Voorspoedige reis Schalk! Jy leef die droom namens baie van ons. Geniet jou verslag baie en sien uit na die res.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on May 21, 2015, 02:27:35 am
Lekker new helmet for the trip, ne?

 :thumleft:
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Post by: NoRush on May 21, 2015, 03:38:28 am
Voorspoedige reis, dankie dat jy jou passie met ons deel.  :sip:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 22, 2015, 02:31:07 pm
Update 22/05/15
Monday I left Cohora Bassa Dam and travelled on part of the potholed road again before turning left on the Tete road going to the Malawian border. At the Zobue border I crossed into Malawi and all the staff was very friendly and only the 3rd party insurance which is compulsory was a bit on the stiff side for our SA Rand .A private vendor would sell you these 3rd party insurances. As I wanted to make Monkey Bay I pushed a bit but close to sunset I started to ride into huge swamps of green muggies. This is at the bottom part of Lake Malawi and the lake is 700km long and at places 700m deep. It took about 5 minutes before the visor is so clogged up that you cannot see any more. At the boomed road block I ask the policeman for a cloth but he took my helmet and cleaned it himself and when he handed it back he said to me ďwelcome to MalawiĒ These people are so unbelievable here and they are the people who are being killed in our country because they have more initiative. After another 5 minutes it was the same story and I stopped and used water from my water bottle and wiped it with mealie leaves but the stuff is so sticky that you battle to clean it. This procedure was repeated every so often. And by now it was dark and even my light was dim due to it being covered as well. Even my jeans and jacket was covered in the sticky green stuff. It took me about 2 hours in the dark to cover 100km. When I reached the out skirts of Monkey bay I stopped to look for a camp site on the GPS. I was tied by now and had more than 500km behind me for the day plus some pot holes plus the border crossing and muggies. Then like a miracle and identical to what happened 5 years ago when Juan and I approached Lake Malawi a local guy came out of the dark and asked me if I need accommodation. He said there is a South African lady who owns a lodge a couple of km away on Lake Malawi. He then ran in front of my bike in the dark to go and show me where the place is. (All this still identical to what happen 5 years ago when Juan and I approached Senga Bay at Lake Malawi) I had no place to load him on my bike and he came across a bicycle taxi and rented that to speed things up a bit. As we came into Muleke Ecological Lodge a friendly English lady came out and showed me her rooms. It was only about R120-00 per night (dinner is extra). She already had dinner ready and invited me to the open air dining area with the dining room table slanted to one side in the river sand. Around the table were a German couple from Germany and a Portuguese guy and his German girlfriend who is doing charity work in Maputo and a young girl from the Nederland. All of them came there with public transport (minibus taxis like in RSA) After dinner everybody went to bed except the old lady and she then told me her life story. She lost a million rand on a business deal and had to start all over again. She is also an advocate and was practising until the previous year. She also adopted a kid from a mixed married couple who died off HIV in South Africa. The kid is also HIV but his count is very low as she keeps him on medication. He is very bright and speaks 5 languages including Afrikaans. There are still good people in this world. The next morning I only saw what a beautiful place it was. Tuesday I took a ride to Cape Maclear and this is also so beautiful. I saw the Fish Eagle who with three attempts tried to catch a fish. The fish was jumping by their hundred above the water for some reason. Wednesday I made my way here to the Steps camp site which also has a hotel next door just north of Sengabay and is on Livingstonia beach. The bathrooms in the camp site are the cleanest so far since I have been in Africa. There are some Boab trees in the camp site with a full time watchman. I pitched my tent close to the beach with a clear view over the lake. There was a guy from Langebaan in a tent and also a British couple of my age with an old Bedford overland ex-army stock vehicle. They invited me for dinner and a glass of wine as he has a wine cellar in his truck and being a wine lover I hastily accepted their offer as there is no wine in Africa. He is a real proud British old chap and we had a lovely evening together sorting out all the world problems. He retired in 2011 from the British Army and build this overland 4x4 vehicle and every year he and his wife come and do a stretch through Africa and then leave it in Zambia with friends when they return for the European summer. The next morning while I was making breakfast and while I waited for the kettle to boil I was busy with the GPS a big male baboon grabbed the sugar of the table just millimetres away from me. Thursday I took the road to Lilongwe to sort all my phone and camera problems out. It was a lovely winding road and with no luggage it was a pleasure to do the 120km there and back. The only problem is that petrol cost R20/litre here. My fairly new Sony Camera packed up and it is a sin not to be able take photos of this lovely area. My I phone also packed up and so no music, no camera. In Lilongwe I went to Game (all the SA shops are in one complex) to buy a new camera. Shoprite is also there and I was looking for an I phone store when I saw a white lady in a take away place busy on her I phone. I approached her and ask her if she has got internet and if she would be so kind as too look for an I phone store on her phone. She told me there is no I phone store in Lilongwe but I should go to a shop called Consumer Electronics and she gave me directions. It turned out she is from Brisbane in Australia and is a nurse doing a 6 month contract here. We chatted about Australia as I have travelled quite a large part of that country. After that I went to Consumer Electronics to have my I phone sorted out. I arrived there to find the shop locked for lunch. I then went next door to an African Restaurant and order a toasted sandwich of the Menu. After about 20 minutes the lady came back to tell me the food is old. I gave that one up and went to sit outside the electronic shop. At about 2.30pm the Pakistani owners arrived and my 4 year old I phone was fixed very efficiently.  I then went to the new Shoprite and bought some meat there for my braai. There were some managers from South Africa and we chatted about their new store and my trip. After I got back to the camp site an overland truck with 6 visitors and a driver arrived. They quickly pitched their tents and started braai just metres away from my tent. Doing a braai myself with the locally made charcoal I just could not get the fire going. I then went over to the over landers and ask them if I could use there fire as well. It was a pleasant night and I chatted to a retired German chap who worked in China for the last 30 years building factories for his German company. So today it is internet day where you buy a card from the hotel to get there hot spot internet but you can only buy 200 megabyte at a time. So sorry guys no photos as the camera was broken and internet too small for photos. Tomorrow it is off to Livingstonia to the mushroom camp over 500km away. I hope I will make it up the 22km mountain dirt road pass as it quite a bit like the Sani pass.  
I will try and answer every ones comments next time if possible.
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Post by: BLK on May 22, 2015, 02:50:23 pm
Another legend in the making.Thks for sharing your tale.I look forward to the rest.May you be safe


thks
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:16:28 pm
UPDATE 23/05/15
Last night I met up with a Swiss guy and his wife in the camping ground, they are Italian speaking Swiss. They were on their way home and are also going to leave their 4x4 in Lilongwe today in order to return to Switzerland. He has also got a bike at home and has invited me to come and stay with them when I come over the Alps from Italy. He said we would then go and ride the Alps together, what a blessing. Last night I made some two minute noodles but after that the driver of the overland truck invited me to help myself to their local fish and potatoes. An hour later I ran to the toilet with a not so good stomach. I know they bought the fish locally and I am now sure it was one of those fliesí jobs. This morning I left the Steps camp at Senga Bay and my intention was to get to Livingstonia but I left a little late as the water in the camp was off, I then went to shower at the hotel next door as it belongs to the same owner. On the way after I filled petrol this afternoon I saw a sign Ngala Beach Lodge with a Wi Fi sign and decided to pull in and see as I am still 300km from Livingstonia. As it is a lovely area I decided to camp for the night at 8$ US. See photos. So tomorrows ride to Livinstonia should be no problem. Will try and upload photos little bit of a groot gesukkel. Till I have WI Fi again cheery how like my dad use to say.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:37:21 pm
At Steps camp site Livingstonia beach Senga bay
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:40:21 pm
At Steps camp site Livingstonia beach Senga bay
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Post by: kanaalaapxt660 on May 23, 2015, 07:44:42 pm
Nice photos safe riding

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:46:16 pm
Photo  1 Truck accident no 5 for the trip
Photo  2 Wooden bridge going north
Photo  3 Campsite at Ngala Beach Lodge
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:48:50 pm
Campsite at Ngala Beach Lodge
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Post by: subie on May 23, 2015, 07:51:02 pm
Thank you Schalk  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:51:45 pm
Campsite at Ngala Beach Lodge
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:55:06 pm
Campsite at Ngala Beach Lodge
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2015, 07:57:42 pm
Campsite at Ngala Beach Lodge
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Post by: Offshore on May 23, 2015, 08:02:38 pm
Ry veilig Ouboet.  :ricky:
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Post by: RobC on May 23, 2015, 08:08:48 pm
Great to see the progress. :thumleft:
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Post by: RigDog on May 23, 2015, 10:11:15 pm
Absolutely incredible! Hope it stays that way mate. Safe travels, and look forward to your next 'wi-fi' zone!
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Post by: JFE on May 24, 2015, 06:45:55 am
Saw you plan to cross Sudan, safe travels man don't think I would have done Sudan / Somalia. God be with you all the way.
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on May 24, 2015, 07:07:21 am
Awesome Schalk.  Ek ry van nou af saam.  :sip:
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Post by: woody1 on May 24, 2015, 08:06:19 am
Dankie vir die update. Lekker en veilig ry Schalk
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Post by: Happyfeet on May 24, 2015, 01:00:02 pm
Dankie vir die terugvoering. Ek geniet dag se nuus. Baie sterkte en veilig ry!
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Post by: HB 9 on May 24, 2015, 02:27:48 pm
 :thumleft: Veilig reis aan jou avontuur!  :thumleft:
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Post by: gwild on May 24, 2015, 04:58:51 pm
Awesome keep it coming.  :peepwall:
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Post by: Bushtrotter on May 24, 2015, 05:02:25 pm
lyk sover bakgat Schalk! Ek sit hier groen van jaloesie. Veilig ry en have fun :ricky:
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Post by: punisher on May 24, 2015, 08:06:25 pm
wow wow wow
what a fantastic trip thus far

all the best mann
thnx for taking us with you 
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Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on May 24, 2015, 08:15:50 pm
Enjoy- wish I could be there with you!
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Post by: BB King on May 25, 2015, 11:27:52 am
Awesome Schalk. "Living the dream", jy's doodreg!!
Veilig wees.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 25, 2015, 04:11:53 pm
Will report again from Tanzania as I will be there tomorrow, only have 10 minutes left on my battery and no electricity (Eco Lodge) I am at Livingstonia high up on a mountain overlooking the northern part Of Lake Malawi. Too beautiful for words here. Will post some photos next time.
Regards Schalk (turned 65 today)
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Post by: woody1 on May 25, 2015, 04:14:19 pm
Geluk met die verjaarsdag OU TOPPIE..  :imaposer:
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Post by: HB 9 on May 25, 2015, 04:15:28 pm
What a way to celebrate life - you for the past 65 years... :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

LEKKERRR VERJAAR!!   :ricky:  :ricky:  :ricky:
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Post by: VaalBaas on May 25, 2015, 05:46:15 pm
Baie geluk en alle geluk en voorspoed vir die trip. Way to go :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: CoolBreeze on May 25, 2015, 07:27:11 pm
Lekker verjaar :thumleft: :thumleft:
A trip like this is a dream of mine as well and so awesome to see guys doing this!
Have a safe trip and enjoy!
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Post by: frans1 on May 25, 2015, 08:42:50 pm
Lekker Schalk!  Thanks for sharing and looking forward to see the rest coming.
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Post by: Tony the Boney on May 25, 2015, 09:01:32 pm
All the best with the six five!
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Post by: Onetime on May 26, 2015, 08:31:43 am
Dankie Schalk en ry graag saam.
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Post by: brianw on May 26, 2015, 09:43:57 am
dis seker die ou voortrekker bloed in jou ;)
thank you for sharing and well done so far
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Post by: Herklaas on May 26, 2015, 11:00:38 am
 :sip: Geluk, jy beat my met so 6 mde.  :3some:
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Post by: Frannarossi on May 26, 2015, 11:59:45 am
Lekker man.Geniet elke oomblik en veilig ry.
Sub
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Post by: husky on May 26, 2015, 01:20:11 pm
Thanks Schalk, great report and you renew a little faith in Africa.

Travel safe.
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Post by: ClemS on May 26, 2015, 01:33:34 pm
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Post by: Warren Ellwood on May 27, 2015, 10:51:55 am
Awesome journey.

Wishing you safe travels further.
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Post by: Komin on May 29, 2015, 11:23:13 am
Moer maar die jaloesie maak my groen.

Geniet die trip en hou albei wiele op die teerpad.
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Post by: eduard on May 29, 2015, 11:32:37 am
 :o
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Post by: BradT on May 29, 2015, 09:53:51 pm
I am enjoying the updates.  Godspeed.
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Post by: cruizaman on May 31, 2015, 09:50:21 pm
Lanklaas van Schalk gehoor, wonder wat van die man geword het?  :sip:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:27:58 pm
Update 31/05/15
May 24
The road to Livingstonia was nice. Before Nkhata bay I saw some cute signs see photos. Then came the gravel mountain pass. I strapped my enduro jacket on top of my luggage and I kept just an enduro shirt and my body protector on. Right at the first bend there were a lot of loose stones with a steep incline to the left. I turned the bike back and made a u turn in order to gain momentum. From the word go it was very technical with a lot of rocks and large loose stones and some erosion trenches on the road surface, then a steep incline with the next bend turning right. As I was approaching the bend I heard my big yellow bag scraping on the ground and also against the rear tyre. I thought I could not stop there as it would be impossible to pull off due to the steep gradient and I only wanted to go another 10 metre but then the bike just pulled dead and as the bend was sloping very steep to the right my leg was about 300 mm too short and I drop the bike. Fortunately my leg did not get trapped under the bike as it was very heavy with all the kit etc. With the bike now lying with the tank lower than the wheels I saw the reason why the bike pulled dead. My sea to summit bag and my endure jacket had been pulled by the knobblies into the rear swing arm and the wheel was now jammed with the wheels higher than the rest of the bike and petrol leaking from the tank. The nearest petrol pump is 100km away and there is nothing more that I hate than to see petrol at R20/litre leak out of the tank like that. I could see my endure jacket did not endure as it was now totally destroyed and my sea to summit waterproof bag did not make it to the summit and is now  not so water proof anymore and even my sleeping bag inside the bag was damaged. I knew I would not be able to pick the bike up by myself and traffic on this road is extremely limited as only 4x4 and bikes could use it but I had faith in Africa. Like so many times before when things looked hopeless you just have to belief and carry on as if help will arrive any time. So I started to loosen the luggage and tied a rope around a tree in order to see if I could pull the bike up that way and then my belief in Africa was confirmed again. I heard a two stroke bike coming uphill. It passed me and at first I thought the guy was not going to stop but it just found level ground and the driver and his passenger came walking  down to assist me. He was on a Yamaha two stroke scrambler 175cc and what helpful guys these Malawians are.  We picked up the bike and then put it into neutral and rolled it back to get the bag and jacket out between the swing arm and the tyre. We started the bike and put it into gear and walked it up to a point where it was more level. They even helped me to carry all my kid up and I tied it to the bike again but moved some luggage to the front handle bars in front of the head light to put more weight on the front wheel. As they were going the same direction and distance I promised them a nice tip when we get to the top. It was 38C degrees and the radiator fan stayed on all the way up. I was much quicker uphill than what they were. The hairpins were extremely tight and I had to go at least 22km per hour to keep momentum with my heavy load. The road was very technical with a lot of loose stones as well as fixed rocks. Half way I came across two ladies walking the 11km down. I stopped to chat and found the one was from Australia and the other one from Cape Town. They were walking all the way and came for lunch at one of the lodges. After they left I waited for my two do gooders as they were much slower than me. At the gate of the Mushroom camp I paid the two guys a handsome tip and went down to book into the camp. The camp is now owned by a brother sister team from America. When I was here 5 years ago it was owned by an Australian.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:32:13 pm
1st Photo-Beautiful Malawi
2nd Photo-Beautiful Malawi
3rd Photo-Aids is real-Roadwork sign
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:37:12 pm
1st photo=Spaza shops next to the road
2nd photo=Super welding technology
3rd photo= the guy who does the super technology welding at his place of work
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:41:57 pm
1st photo=Cute signs
2nd photo=The mountain pass before Livingstonia
3rd photo=My jacket and yellow bag that was damaged
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:43:51 pm
View from Mushroom camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:45:13 pm
May 25
It was my 65th birthday and the Mushroom camp only specialized in Vegetarian and this was one day that I was feeling like eating a steak so I thought I would go and explore the Lukwe Eco Lodge next door. What a lovely place it was with a timber deck overlooking this beautiful view over Lake Malawi. This view always reminds me of the view from Table Mountain except that there are no buildings just some traditional thatch roof houses and the most beautiful valley. It was only 11.30am and I ordered a steak and a cold one from the very friendly staff and I told them they could take as long as they wanted to prepare the meal while I relaxed and enjoyed the view from the swinging bench on the edge of the timber deck.  By 12.45pm the food was ready and I enjoyed the steak and rice and salad, a real treat in the middle of Africa. After lunch I went back to the Mushroom Lodge and as I was traveling down their very steep driveway which is about a half a kilometre long I came across a young German couple also on their way to the Mushroom Lodge. They came there by public transport and I think the minibus taxis are also 4x4 like on the Sani Pass but they donít run every day. That night the German couple and the American Lady and I sat around the open air table and had a nice discussion about world problems etc. I got a free drink as it was my birthday.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:49:40 pm
1st photo=Bar stools at Lukwe Eco Lodge
2nd photo=My swinging bench
3rd photo=View from the timber deck
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:54:23 pm
1st photo=Locally made furniture at Lukwe Eco Lodge
2nd photo=Locally made furniture at Lukwe Eco Lodge
3rd photo= Garden at Lukwe lodge
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 31, 2015, 11:58:19 pm
1st photo=My birthday lunch
2nd photo=the Spaza shop where I got first price
3rd photo=Beautiful Malawi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 01, 2015, 12:01:56 am
26 May
The next morning I packed up and carried my stuff up the 100metre very steep uphill stairs to where my bike was parked, I was out of breath when I got to the top. One of the staff carried my one bag that weight 30kg. Even the American lady helped to carry some of my stuff to the bike. What a nice and gentile lady. I again loaded some of the stuff hanging from the handle bars in front of my head light for better weight distribution for the downhill stunt. The 500metre uphill drive way by itself was a challenge. The last 100metre has got loose soil which they covered it with the day before. I walked it while sitting on the bike as there were deep trenches on both sides made out of rock and if you would fall in there you would really hurt yourself. If the bike was not so overloaded then I would have ridden it out standing. I managed up to about 10 metre from the main road. The incline was even more and if I hold the bike with the front brake alone it would just slide back and if you try to pull off the bike would first wheel spin through the loose stuff. I made up some Dutch courage and refed the bike and hoped for the best. The bike wheel lied the full 10 metre right into the main road which was slanting the other way. Then it was going downhill, it was 1st gear 2nd gear stuff all the way and I used the bikes compression to slow down together with both brakes especially on the hairpin bends. The radiator fan stayed on all the way down as it was 28 degree C. When I reached the bottom at the T junction I rewarded myself first price for not falling and bought myself a coke at a spaza shop. I had a long chat to the owner about business and I gave him some sound advice. There was a mad customer outside his shop, who told me to go away, but I bought him a Coke as well and he then went away. I suppose that is where the saying comes from that says there is method in your madness.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 01, 2015, 12:20:30 am
Hi guys I am now in Dar Es Salaam and a little behind in reporting. A lot has happened in the mean time but I will report when I have Wi Fi again and a day off. it is 1h 21min am and I just thought I can not leave you oaks droe bek for so long
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Post by: El Lobo on June 01, 2015, 12:47:39 am
I'm enjoying you report, Schalk.

Enjoy and safe riding!
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Post by: woody1 on June 01, 2015, 07:30:40 am
Haai Schalk, jy moet mooi ry en ons nie so laat skrik met jou manewales nie.

Veilig ry  :thumleft:
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Post by: dirtyXT on June 01, 2015, 07:42:46 am
 :thumleft: sounds like an epic challenging trip so far. tell us what has happened and about you getting to dar? couldnt have been dull im sure.
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Post by: Frannarossi on June 01, 2015, 07:57:23 am
Lekker man Schalk,goed om te hoor jys nog op dreef en in een stuk :thumleft:
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Post by: BB King on June 01, 2015, 11:25:42 am
Die is verseker 'n bucket list worthy trip!!   :ricky:
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Post by: Jacquedup on June 03, 2015, 08:21:58 am
Hey Schalk,

Ek het jou voicemail eers gekry op my foon na jy vertrek het. Ek volg jou elke stap en dit lyk awesome sover.

Bly die bande hou sover......

My dogtertjie kom oor n maand so tyd raak nou min vir gatskuur. :)
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Post by: Genesis115 on June 03, 2015, 09:51:22 am
Jissie dit lyk mos nou soos n great ervaring. Ek volg verseker
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Post by: frans1 on June 03, 2015, 09:21:54 pm
Lekker Schalk.   Enjoy and be safe
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Post by: Casting from Turd on June 04, 2015, 04:27:18 am
Lekker Bru.

Pics of the American lady?    :deal: :imaposer:
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Post by: Mr Zog on June 04, 2015, 11:27:00 am
Lekker Bru.

Pics of the American lady?    :deal: :imaposer:

 :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:

Great going Schalk, we are following you!  :ricky:
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Post by: TeeJay on June 06, 2015, 03:39:58 pm
Last post from Schalk was on 1 June....come in Schalk - hope you are okay?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 06, 2015, 06:47:05 pm
I am at Arusha 100km past Kilimanjaro tonight at can you believe it a Spur having a cold one. Will cross into Kenya from Tanzania tomorrow and will stay at Jungle Junction in Nairobi. As they have Wi Fi there I will do a complete update then.
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Post by: Tony the Boney on June 06, 2015, 07:16:32 pm
Daar's jy! go well my good fellow.
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Post by: gser on June 07, 2015, 08:47:19 am
 
 Lekker !
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Post by: HB 9 on June 07, 2015, 02:53:01 pm
Good luck! Awesome thus far  :thumleft:
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Post by: T Rex on June 07, 2015, 03:36:22 pm
Enjoy Schalk !!

Ride safe !!
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Post by: gwild on June 07, 2015, 10:15:55 pm
AWESOME!!!!!!! KEEP IT COMING :thumleft:
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Post by: Copernicus on June 08, 2015, 04:22:36 pm
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Post by: JohnB on June 08, 2015, 04:55:12 pm
Sub

Veilig ry  :thumleft:
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Post by: BB King on June 08, 2015, 09:16:06 pm
 :sip:....
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Post by: Frannarossi on June 09, 2015, 07:59:03 am
 :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 10, 2015, 09:38:03 pm
Will report shortly very busy getting 2nd last Visa and maintenance on bike
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Post by: HB 9 on June 11, 2015, 04:47:11 am
 :sip:  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 12, 2015, 06:19:13 pm
Lekker Bru.

Pics of the American lady?    :deal: :imaposer:
Sorry mate none
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 08:52:51 pm
Update 14/06/2015
After Livingstonia in Malawi I drove towards the Tanzanian border. About 100km before the border I got stopped for the 3rd time on the trip for speeding. These 50km speed limits are just too slow for me and what makes it worse is that you just exit one village and about a kilometre further the next village starts, and this is the case throughout Malawi and Tanzania. Any way back to the speeding offence.  The guy stopped me and I greeted him by hand and as I took my helmet off I told him that I came to see his beautiful country and beautiful people  and he must have mercy on an old man. To my surprise he let me off the hook. The previous two times I had to pay a spot fine, the one in Zim was 20 US$=R240 and the 2nd one in Malawi R150. That is camping money for 4 days and the money is tight. At the border everything went smooth as I am a seasoned border crosser by now but after the border crossing I had to buy a 3rd party insurance again. It use to work out at about R350 per country on my previous trip and should be a fixed amount and not negotiable. These guys wanted 50US $ (R600) for a single entry and 100US $ (R1200) for all the remaining countries in Africa that I have to travel through still. Now if somebody wants to rip me off I get cross immediately. I then phone my wife in SA to check what the rate should be with the Tanzanian Embassy but they were already closed for business for the day. As it was getting late and I still had to find accommodation for the night I argued them down to 50 US $ for the 3rd party for the remaining 5 African countries I still had to travel through, a saving of R 600 which will go a long way. Tanzania has got day light saving and is one hour before RSA. From the border towards Mbeya was a nice winding road and when I reached the T junction I decided to turn right instead of left towards Mbeya. I looked for cheap accommodation as it was nearly dark and no camping nearby. As I stopped next to the road a Muslim guy came to me and asks me in Swahili what I was looking for. I explained I was looking for accommodation. He pointed to a white building and I went on the dirt road and he followed me. He was the happiest Muslim I ever saw, chatting away in Swahili while I talked in English but somehow we understood each other. He found another guy who looked like a security guard of the hotel and this guy was fluent in English. This guy really helped me from getting a room for R140 for the night and organized me dinner and a safe place for my bike in the area where other guest are watching TV. He also organized me an extra pad lock for my room and a drink. After dinner I went to bed and it did not take me long before I was asleep.
The next morning I made myself coffee next to my bike on my little gas stove and after loading the bike I was off never realizing this road is a hell run. This road the A104 is the main road between Dar es Salaam and Zambia and all the imports for Zambia and some for Tanzania come on this road. The road is in an extremely bad state in that where the wheels of the trucks run is much lower than the middle and sides much like a twee spoor but made of tar. You cannot change from one spoor to the next or even overtake a truck as you might fall even with knobblies. To make things worst is that you might be stuck behind a truck fully loaded and crawling along and then a bus that is over speeding  come and sit right on your tail. If you would fall then it would ride rite over you. This continued the whole day and it was a battle to cover more than 300km for the day due to the fact that village after village with 50km speed limits and on top of that each village has at least 3 huge speed bumps and many other small speed bumps. The small ones are the worst as they put 3 small ones 100mm apart and that really slow you down. Like other Picky Pickís (small taxi bikes 125cc-200cc with sometimes 3 people or 2 grownups with 3 children on top) I overtook the trucks on the gravel on the left to avoid the traffic from the front and some of the speed bumps. That night I managed to find another cheap hotel in a town called Iringa. The town was in a really low standard area but the hotel was quite neat. The price included bed and breakfast. As I never ate anything the whole day I had dinner and then went to bed. The next morning after breakfast I went to load my bike and in the parking garage I met a very friendly Indian guy from India and we chatted a bit. He represented a pharmaceutical company and travels all the sub-Sahara countries and on his bucket list is to see 75 countries before he dies one day. After the chat I left and travelled on the hell road again for a couple of hours until I came to a small town. I was already out of town when I realized I saw no petrol pump and when I checked my GPS I saw the next one is more than 100km away and I have already done 250km on the current tank and to be safe I should fill not later than 300km on one tank. I turned back and found a petrol pump behind rows and rows of trucks which is parked and is waiting to go across a weigh bridge. After filling up I saw a neat lodge just out of town with a Swiss emblem and I thought this can only belong to a Swiss person and being tied already of the bad road and thousands of trucks and speeding busses I pulled in for a coffee. I asked the waitress if the owner is Swiss and she said yes. I ask her to call him but he was busy in the kitchen but he later came and we had a nice chat and I told him my brother in law is also Swiss and I was on my way to travel over the Alps and through Switzerland after Italy. He even came to say good bye at the gate when I left. My intention was to make it to Dar es Salaam. At one place the road was quite nice and I could maintain about 110km per hour and then it happened all of a sudden there were 3 huge pot holes. I just had time to stand up on the pecks but there were no time for slowing down, the going through the pot hole was no problem but at the coming out the bikes front shocks bottomed out 3 times in a row. Fortunately I did not fall. After about 20km a small voice said check you bikes front shocks. I checked the right hand one while riding and that was okay but the left one was a little wet with oil. By now I have crossed thousands of speed bumps and pot holes and the bike has done about half of its 45000km on off road and dirt road conditions plus a previous 13350 Africa trip, so maybe it was just wear and tear or those 3 very hard bums broke the camelís back. I then phoned my wife to source oil seals and fork oil and I asked her to send it in advance to Dar es Salaam as you would not find it in Africa.  Eventually I came to some mountain passes and literally 1000 upon 1000 of Boab trees was next to the road, even more than what I saw at Cahora Bassa Dam. The road to hell all of a sudden changed from the road to hell to something really beautiful. The trucks were going really slow due to the continues downhill and I eventually I came to a place called Crocodile Lodge on the right hand side and decided to pull in to have a look. A young Tanzanian guy who was very well spoken came to welcome me in. Although my initial plan was to get to Dar es Salaam I decided to stay over. The place belongs to his sister Jennifer and she is married to a German teacher who comes out during school holidays. The place was really scenic and I pitch my tent with a view over a big Boab tree and a river. As my cloths was by now all dirty I decided to stay two nights and have it washed. The next day I met Jennifer the Tanzanian owner and she was a real business women. She told me how she first ran a lodge for a Zimbabwean and later built this place by herself while her husband was in Germany teaching. A lot of South Africans come there as well as some over landers. There are also an ex South African family farming sugar nearby.  
The two days flew past and the Sunday I was on my way to Dar es Salaam. About 150 km before Dar es Salaam it started to rain really hard and I pulled off the road and went under a little thatch building while my bike stood in the rain. The little clay building with thatch roof belonged to some young Masa Mara guys in traditional dress and we had a nice chat while the water was streaming of the roof. After the rain with the road still very wet I put my rain suite on and hit the road again and there were hundreds of trucks again and seeing it was the end of the weekend lots of cars as well. It turned into a hell road again. It was already dark and late when I arrived in Dar that night and I still had to find accommodation and to find a camping site and still pitch a tent would be very difficult. Jenifer told me about a camping site but I would have to catch a ferry across the harbour first. I thought I would rather look for a cheap hotel for the night and then go camping the next day. I started with the Holiday Inn but their prices started at R1750/night. I drove from one hotel to the next and finally found one for about R400 bed and breakfast which was above my daily budget.  My bike was parked just outside the hotel entrance with a watchman just nearby sitting on a chair but I had a padlock and I put the lock around the drive chain as I was worried that the watchman might fall asleep and someone might push my bike away. The next morning I loaded the bike and was ready to pull off when I heard a klunk and thought something has gone wrong with the gearbox as the bike would not pull forward. It was then that I remember about the padlock which was by now jammed in behind some cover at the small front sprocket. The bike was now in a very awkward position right in front of the hotel entrance on a steep down slope and the left side too high for the side stand. The watchman and some hotel staff by now all got involved in helping and we managed to push the bike back a bit but because of the slope the lock kept on sliding forward towards the front sprocket. By now some bystander from the street also got involved and there was an enthusiasm in the air to see who could manage to slide the lock backwards first. They came with pieces of wire and sticks and some tried from the left while others tried from the right until a combined effort caused the lock to slide back. Needless to say I was greatly thankful for the combined effort and I bought everybody involved a cold drink and I was on my way to go and catch that ferry across to the campsite.
Kipepeo Camp site-Dar es Salaam
At the ferry it was hectic, when the gates open everybody just streamed on to the ferry, cars, trucks, picky pickies, bicycles, and people on foot. It only cost about R3 to cross with the ferry and when it is full it does not waste time and just start moving. Reaching the other side is the same, everybody just go for it motor bikes in between the cars and pedestrians fill the rest of the gaps. To avoid the ferry is a 40km detour. Jennifer gave me the name of a very nice camp site called Kipepeo beach camp site which have chalets as well. I picked Kipepeo Camp site up on the GPS and it was about 7 km away but it did not take me right to the site. I had to ask the locals quite a few times for directions before I found it. It turned out to be a very nice place for R120 per day for camping (see photos). I had to stay a couple of days to get my oil seals and the camp was very nice. I met a young Belguim guy Kris Dejonghe at Kipepeo camp site who is really into surf boarding and he wanted to go to a beach about 20km more South which he saw on Google Earth so I offered to take him on the bike the next day as he is normally traveling by public transport like so many other European travellers. Public transport is a 125cc-200cc Picky picky. So the next day we were off and the road in places was really bad and Kris had to get off with his surf board and walk over the bad sections. In the end after asking for directions many times we found the beach and he did his surfing and I had a swim in the Indian Ocean which my children will not belief  if they read this.
The next day I collected the oil seals from DHL but the fork oil was not send as it was regarded as hazardous cargo. I decided to rather change the oil seals at Jungle Junction in Kenya as the German has a full workshop there and if it gets worse along the way I can always do it somewhere else as I do have all the basic tools plus a full workshop manual on my laptop. If I do it in Kenya I would have travelled about 1500km with the leaking oil seal and surprising the bike was still handling very well with full load at up to 130km per hour which is only theoretical as speed limits and road conditions do not allow you to do that speed 99% of the time.
The next day I left for Nairobi Kenia from Dar es Salaam Tanzania and again due to conditions I could not do great distances. At one point the bike sounded like the exhaust has come loose but when I stopped I found my 10L petrol can has been sliding over the exhaust outlet. After about an hour I heard the same sound but I carried on. Eventually when I stropped I found that two holes has been burned in the plastic can. At the same time I saw two guys across the road who did not look too friendly and people have warned me not to stop next to the road at certain places. Now I am not the scared type and although they looked like strong young men without their shirts I eye bold them back. I had my Leather Man knife in a pouch on my hip and I think they saw that plus my camera in another pouch so they might have thought that I am armed and they eventually walked away. I must say that this was the only time on the whole trip that I felled like this and I only experienced goodwill and friendliness up to this point wherever I went. That night I slept at a cheap hotel in Segera for about R140 and it was good value for money. The next day I travelled to Kilimanjaro to take some photos there and the road to there was also so scenic. (See photos) From there I travelled to Arusha and as I came into town I saw a Spur restaurant with a B&B across the road. The lady at the B&B quoted me more than double what I paid the previous night and I told her I was only prepared to pay R140. She eventually accepted my offer and allowed me to park my bike on their very neatly tilled stoep which is enclosed with burglar bars. After booking in I walked across to the Spur to have dinner and they also had Wi Fi which came in handy. I chatted to the manager from South Africa and it was the first time in a month since I left RSA that I could talk Afrikaans to someone. There was also some other South Africans in the Spur who is doing a government building contract in Arusha. Arusha is 100km from Mount Kilimanjaro is quite a busy place.  
Kenya and Jungle Junction
The next morning early I left for the Kenya border at Longido. I was already 2 km into Kenya before I realized that I have past the border due to a lot of building construction going on I and then turned back to go and clear customs on both sides. It went smooth and soon I was on the road again. Half way to Nairobi I met 3 Kenyan guys on super bikes who went for a breakfast run and we chatted for a while. My GPS took me to Jungle Junction and upon arriving I met Carl the no nonsense German owner who is married to Dianne a very friendly and helpful Kenyan lady. Business was down for them due to the recent trouble in Kenya and up north. Normally this time of the year their camp is full of European overland tourist in their overland 4x4 trucks but apart from me there was only one German couple who was on a around the world tour. Apart from that the yard had quite a few overland vehicles that were left there by their owners who decided to rather fly back to Europe due to the trouble in Africa. I got along very well with the German couple Dirk and Gaby Potzsch. They have already done the Asian countries and then had their Italian 4x4 truck/caravan shipped to Durban where they went to Cape Town and then Namibia Botswana Zim and up to Uganda and now Kenya and then about same route than myself up north to Germany. We both went to the Sudan high commissioner on the same day to apply for Visas just to be told that we need a letter from our embassies with a stamp in. I got a letter from the SA Embassy with in a day after they took my finger prints but my German friends did not have the same joy as the German embassy refuse point blank to give the Sudan high commissioner a stamped letter. In the end my German friends had to courier their passports to Germany to the Sudan high commissioner there for their Sudanese Visas. They are very upset which is understandably and they are going to write letters to all concerned. Their plan is to ship their vehicle to South America once they get to Germany and work their way up to North America etc. I think this is part of living the dream for me to meet so many other travellers who is travelling around the world and what I am doing now is not unique. Carl the German owner here has travelled and worked for 11 years around the world before he settled here in Nairobi. He is a qualified motor cycle mechanic and opened two BMW branches in South Africa for BMW, one in Four ways JHB and one in Cape Town. Both branches have been closed again by BMW.
So this week I took both front shocks out and changed the oil seals. The fork oil I located from a KTM dealer around the corner here from JJ as the Yamaha dealer in Nairobi only sells 125 cc and 200cc bikes and they use normal car oil for shocks. KTM here are in a residential area and stock all KTM spares and bikes although I have not seen a KTM bike on the road here in Nairobi yet. After the oil seal overall I took the shocks to KTM so that they could put pressure in them for me again with Nitrogen. Braam from Shimwells Yamaha in Springs originally did the conversion for me and I must say it is worth doing it.
Traffic in Nairobi is worth mentioning. It is the worst in the world where I have driven so far. The traffic is always congested and when you get to a circle there is no rule. Everybody just dive for an open space. I always make sure that there is a car to my right when I go into a circle to shield me from other cars. I see the Voetspore team left their vehicles out of town recently and took mini bus taxis into town to avoid the danger. I am quite proud of myself as I have done about 250km of Nairobi traffic by now and I think you have to get into their rhythm. It was the same in Dar es Salaam but there the rhythm is different.  Joburgís taxis are kinder garden stuff in comparison to the traffic here.  
I had a set of Knobblies send here from SA by my wife but as they wanted to charge me R1750 import tax here I had DHL to forward it for me to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia 1500km from here. It only cost me 10US $ to forward it.
So tomorrow I will be off to Meru on the Equator where I will meet up with Uwe Schmidt a guy from Cape Town on a BMW 1200. We might travel together to Ethiopia I will still see what his plans are. He is also traveling all over Africa and was knocked unconscious a year ago when a wild dog ran into his bike and his bike was written off in Zambia.
All I can add is that this time round I try and spent more time answering all the questions that the locals have about the bike and my travel in every country. They are always very curious and the conversation normally goes like this. ďWhere are you from?Ē Johannesburg South Africa ďOn this Picky Picky?Ē Yes ď ďAnd where are you going toĒ Through Africa to England. ďOn this Picky Picky? Yes. They then stare at me in awe.  I have lost a bit weight as well as I sometimes only eat once a day. Till next time please keep the comments coming as it keeps me going although I cannot always answer back.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 08:59:11 pm
Photo 1 first night in Tanzania
         2 Every body want to buy my bike
         3 Technology has arrived in Africa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:03:45 pm
1 st Photo   Long way still to Dar es Salaam
2 nd Photo  Thousands of Boab trees
3 Beautiful Tanzania
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:06:23 pm
Beautiful Tanzania
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Post by: Jondu on June 14, 2015, 09:09:20 pm
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:11:38 pm
1 st photo   My tent at Jennifers camp site
2 nd photo  Jeniffers camp site
3 rd photo   Jeniffers camp site
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Post by: Coxwain on June 14, 2015, 09:12:09 pm
Fantastic .....keep it coming  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:17:14 pm
1 st Photo  Crocodile invested river with mokorocoro guy
2 nd Photo The old and the new
3 rd Photo  Technology in the bush, taking power from the bike for the lap top
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Post by: Coxwain on June 14, 2015, 09:20:00 pm
Schalk ...I tip my hat to you sir ...I wish I had the balls to do this .
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Post by: Airguitar on June 14, 2015, 09:22:28 pm
Schalk this is an amazing journey. I'm following you right up through the continent. I know what you mean about Nairobi and the traffic. It can be crazy, and yes, some Kenyans can be a little bit hostile to foreigners. However, they are the minority, as you say.
If you are still there, go to Wilson Airfield. Lots of SA pilots there. Good to make contact with one or two in case you need a friendly face who knows stuff..
Go safe and Godspeeed the journey!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:22:52 pm
Photo 1 & 2 Jeniffers camp
Photo        3 Road to Dar es Salaam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:28:31 pm
1 st Photo Road to Dar
2 nd Photo Road to Dar
3 rd Photo on the ferry at Dar es Salaam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:35:04 pm
1 st photo   FNB had no money
2 nd photo  Traders on the ferry
3 rd photo   Monkey business
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:40:54 pm
1 st photo   Some more monkey business
2 nd photo  More Monkey business
3 rd photo   My tent at Kipepeo
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 09:58:19 pm
All 3 photos at Kipepeo beach lodge in Dar es Salaam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:04:56 pm
Kipepeo lodge
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Post by: SchalkL on June 14, 2015, 10:08:00 pm
Fantasties Schalk. Ek lees elke woord met aandag!!
Dankie vir die deel en voorspoed met die res.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 14, 2015, 10:08:21 pm
Pragtig! Daai Kremetart bome maak Afrika net beter!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:08:54 pm
Photo 1 & 2 Kipepeo Lodge
Photo  3 ready to go
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:16:47 pm
1 st photo Chinese clocks don't last like Japanese
2 nd photo Suzuki
3 rd photo This guy this arrived from India and wanted a photo with me 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:21:51 pm
1 st photo  Truck Accident no 11 for the trip sofar- there were another 3 the day after
2 nd and 3 rd photo On the way to Kilimanjaro
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:24:33 pm
On the way to Kilimanjaro
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Post by: Jondu on June 14, 2015, 10:26:20 pm
Jis ek toer lekker saam.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:28:34 pm
Photo 1 & 2 On the way to Kilimanjaro
photo 3 the signs that I hate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:34:54 pm
1st photo    On the way to Kilimanjaro
2nd photo   On the way to Kilimanjaro
3 rd photo   And the sign that I love
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:37:56 pm
And at last at Kilimanjaro or Kili as fondly called by the locals
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:43:20 pm
1st Photo- at the guest house opposite Spur in Arusha, they let me park my bike on their tiled floor
2nd Photo at the guest house opposite Spur in Arusha, they let me park my bike on their tiled floor
3rd Photo  Spur Arusha
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:48:40 pm
1 st photo-Free wi fi Spur Arusha
2nd photo-First time in a month that I spoke Afrikaans to the manager of Spur Arusha
3rd photo Mount Meru
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:51:31 pm
Mount Meru
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 10:56:04 pm
Hi guys I am 45km past the Equator tonight going toward the Ethopia border where they throw you with stones and chew that stuff that makes them high. I think I am going to get a ketty and shoot them back. Ons boere vat mos nie nonsens nie. Till next time cheers.
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Post by: Jondu on June 14, 2015, 11:01:45 pm
Jyt Balls my vrind..... :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: zetman on June 14, 2015, 11:13:16 pm
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Gooi mielies uncle jy vorder goed love die Ritverslag sterkte met die klipgooiers
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:24:06 pm
Fantastic .....keep it coming  :thumleft:
Will do mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:25:59 pm
Schalk ...I tip my hat to you sir ...I wish I had the balls to do this .
Just do it, it makes you young again
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:30:25 pm
Schalk this is an amazing journey. I'm following you right up through the continent. I know what you mean about Nairobi and the traffic. It can be crazy, and yes, some Kenyans can be a little bit hostile to foreigners. However, they are the minority, as you say.
If you are still there, go to Wilson Airfield. Lots of SA pilots there. Good to make contact with one or two in case you need a friendly face who knows stuff..
Go safe and Godspeeed the journey!
No Airguitar i am just past the Equator tonight. I found the Kenians very nice as all the other people I have met. Are you a pilot? I fly microlites as well but don't have money for the serious stuff.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:33:03 pm
Fantasties Schalk. Ek lees elke woord met aandag!!
Dankie vir die deel en voorspoed met die res.  :thumleft:
Dankie naam genoot
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:34:18 pm
Pragtig! Daai Kremetart bome maak Afrika net beter!
My Favourite ook
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:35:50 pm
Jis ek toer lekker saam.
Daar kom binne kort nog
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 14, 2015, 11:37:53 pm
:ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Gooi mielies uncle jy vorder goed love die Ritverslag sterkte met die klipgooiers
Cool man
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Post by: Airguitar on June 15, 2015, 05:47:15 am
Schalk this is an amazing journey. I'm following you right up through the continent. I know what you mean about Nairobi and the traffic. It can be crazy, and yes, some Kenyans can be a little bit hostile to foreigners. However, they are the minority, as you say.
If you are still there, go to Wilson Airfield. Lots of SA pilots there. Good to make contact with one or two in case you need a friendly face who knows stuff..
Go safe and Godspeeed the journey!
No Airguitar i am just past the Equator tonight. I found the Kenians very nice as all the other people I have met. Are you a pilot? I fly microlites as well but don't have money for the serious stuff.

Haha yes I am and my brother too who does a lot of Africa flying. Being a pilot these days is a gamble. Bloody expensive to get qualified enough for a job where you may be lucky enough to make it all back again. Tell your kids to become lawyers or drug dealers. Something honest...  :laughing4:
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Post by: Jacquedup on June 15, 2015, 07:41:59 am
Sterkte daar... Veilig ry..
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Post by: woody1 on June 15, 2015, 07:51:03 am
Bly jy is ry nog lekker.. hou die rubber op die pad.  :ricky:
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Post by: XT JOE on June 15, 2015, 10:09:45 am
Baie mooi - geniet duisende se droom!!
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Post by: Komin on June 15, 2015, 11:45:58 am
 :thumleft: Dit raak net lekkerder
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Post by: punisher on June 15, 2015, 11:48:54 am
fokken legend
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Post by: Copernicus on June 15, 2015, 12:17:17 pm
Good going Schalk.  Kili looks so familiar but it is difficult to capture its real height in a picture.  I am glad you survived the Nairobi traffic.  It is indeed something to get used to.  What surprised me most was that in spite of all the chaos, there is no road rage.  That was a lesson for me.  Anyway, I survived 5 years there without an accident, three of those on a bike.

Alles van die beste vir die volgende fase van jou trip.
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Post by: Frannarossi on June 15, 2015, 12:28:21 pm
Mooi ry en koes vir daai klippe.....
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Post by: BB King on June 15, 2015, 12:39:03 pm
Se ek ook!!!

fokken legend

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Post by: HB 9 on June 15, 2015, 03:01:48 pm
I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I do... :peepwall:

Thank you for sharing - safe travels!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:13:33 pm
Sterkte daar... Veilig ry..
Wanneer kom die baba?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:15:30 pm
Good going Schalk.  Kili looks so familiar but it is difficult to capture its real height in a picture.  I am glad you survived the Nairobi traffic.  It is indeed something to get used to.  What surprised me most was that in spite of all the chaos, there is no road rage.  That was a lesson for me.  Anyway, I survived 5 years there without an accident, three of those on a bike.

Alles van die beste vir die volgende fase van jou trip.
You right no road rage
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:16:51 pm
Bly jy is ry nog lekker.. hou die rubber op die pad.  :ricky:
Het jy al gaan visvang?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:17:48 pm
I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I do... :peepwall:

Thank you for sharing - safe travels!  :ricky:
I am living the dream
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:19:14 pm
Mooi ry en koes vir daai klippe.....
Gaan more daar wees
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:20:40 pm
Baie mooi - geniet duisende se droom!!
Dankie man ek doen dit vir julle almal
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Mr Zog on June 15, 2015, 05:21:03 pm
I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I do... :peepwall:

Thank you for sharing - safe travels!  :ricky:
I am living the dream

That you are. And we are all very jealous. Safe travels Schalk, and thank you for the effort in writing this thread each time you get wifi.  :sip:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:22:03 pm
fokken legend

Net n ou man met n droom
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:23:14 pm
:thumleft: Dit raak net lekkerder
Binne kort nog meer
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:25:18 pm
I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I do... :peepwall:

Thank you for sharing - safe travels!  :ricky:
I am living the dream

That you are. And we are all very jealous. Safe travels Schalk, and thank you for the effort in writing this thread each time you get wifi.  :sip:
Thanks Mate
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 15, 2015, 05:36:33 pm
I am sleeping in Marsabit North Kenya tonight +/_ 245km from Ethiopia border, had some good riding today and spectacular scenery and lots of phodies, will report again from Ethiopia if I have wi fi
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Mr Zog on June 15, 2015, 05:42:37 pm
I am sleeping in Marsabit North Kenya tonight +/_ 245km from Ethiopia border, had some good riding today and spectacular scenery and lots of phodies, will report again from Ethiopia if I have wi fi

Ethiopia is stunning. Addis is a bit of a nightmare, but try get to the Danakil. Its VERY hot there, but the scenery is a "once in a lifetime" experience.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: woody1 on June 15, 2015, 05:51:31 pm
Bly jy is ry nog lekker.. hou die rubber op die pad.  :ricky:
Het jy al gaan visvang?
Nee Scalk. Baie besig en jy weet dis nou winter. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Jacquedup on June 17, 2015, 08:45:40 am
Sterkte daar... Veilig ry..
Wanneer kom die baba?

30 Junie. tyd raak nou erg min. Ek het darem n trippie gedoen op Marken se kant toe vir so n laaste keer.

Lyk of jy dit baie geniet. Ons volg jou op die thread....

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Post by: TornadoF5 on June 17, 2015, 04:46:03 pm
Go Schalk go!!!!

Ohhhhhh lekker mate  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Bushtrotter on June 19, 2015, 02:04:35 pm
Man, het nie woorde nie! my gat jeuk behoorlik soos ek hier sit. dankie vir die RR.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: ROOI on June 19, 2015, 02:25:15 pm
Man, het nie woorde nie! my gat jeuk behoorlik soos ek hier sit. dankie vir die RR.
+10  :happy1:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: punisher on June 19, 2015, 06:54:03 pm
fokken legend

Net n ou man met n droom

almal van ons het die selfde droom meneer ............  nou kan ons ook saam me jou  "die droom leef"
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 19, 2015, 08:45:56 pm
Lekker Schalk, this RR looong ago on my favorites list for future reference.

Ride safe Oom.

 :thumleft:
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Post by: gwild on June 19, 2015, 09:52:05 pm
EPIC!!!!!

AWESOME!!!!!!!!

 :blob6: :blob5:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: 1ougat on June 20, 2015, 08:05:49 am
 :sip: :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 20, 2015, 12:01:15 pm
I am in Addis Abeba at the moment with a huge tyre problem as DHL did not send it here as promise and my tyres are finished. Might have to drive 1500km on tyres that I would have thrown away by now. Will report again when Wi Fi is available. Met some good people in the mean time. Full report to follow.
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Post by: TWE-TWE on June 20, 2015, 12:28:33 pm
I am in Addis Abeba at the moment with a huge tyre problem as DHL did not send it here as promise and my tyres are finished. Might have to drive 1500km on tyres that I would have thrown away by now. Will report again when Wi Fi is available. Met some good people in the mean time. Full report to follow.

hey Schalk,ons is bly jy is veilig......ek beplan n groooot WD visbraai vir 26 Desember in Reebok,jy en jou familie is mos Tergniet oor die Kersseisoen  :thumleft:  en my bure het vir Adam Tas om vir ons op te tree op die strand of op die grasperk.......wat dink jy ?....... :)
ek sal dit pos na die Nasionale Bash..!!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 20, 2015, 03:40:07 pm
I am in Addis Abeba at the moment with a huge tyre problem as DHL did not send it here as promise and my tyres are finished. Might have to drive 1500km on tyres that I would have thrown away by now. Will report again when Wi Fi is available. Met some good people in the mean time. Full report to follow.

hey Schalk,ons is bly jy is veilig......ek beplan n groooot WD visbraai vir 26 Desember in Reebok,jy en jou familie is mos Tergniet oor die Kersseisoen  :thumleft:  en my bure het vir Adam Tas om vir ons op te tree op die strand of op die grasperk.......wat dink jy ?....... :)
ek sal dit pos na die Nasionale Bash..!!
Ek is seker ons sal daar wees. Wil n cd koop van Adam Tas dan kan hy dit vir teken. Dankie vir die uit nooi
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 20, 2015, 03:46:45 pm
fokken legend

Net n ou man met n droom

almal van ons het die selfde droom meneer ............  nou kan ons ook saam me jou  "die droom leef"
Dit is die idee, ek ry hierdie trip vir al julle ouens. Hou die comments aan die gang want dit is wat my aan die gang hou. Groete vir eers
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on June 20, 2015, 04:58:58 pm
Hi My vriend - great going. Ek vrek om by jou te wees - vrou se miskien kan ek tweede deel van trippie takel. Ek sal my net goed moet gedra ...

Veilig ry my maat!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 04:01:44 pm
Riding to Lalibela tomorrow will take me 2 days. That is where they chopped a whole church out of rock.
No Wi Fi yet. DHL never send my tyres. Having new tyres send again from SA to Khartoum in Sudan. Will have to travel an extra 2000km on old tyres. Will report again with photos when I have wi fi
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Man from Nam on June 22, 2015, 04:13:45 pm
Hi Schalk jy vorder baie goed :thumleft:
Ek wil ook nog in my lewe die hooglande daar besoek en Lalibela is 'n moet. Ek het dit gesien op Voetspore en dit is ongelooflik om te dink hulle het al daardie kerke uit soliede rots gekap.
Geniet en veilig ry :)
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Post by: woody1 on June 22, 2015, 06:13:26 pm
Daar moet sekerlik 'n WD wees met 'n DHL connection.  GEE HULLE GAS.
Hoop jou bande hou.
Lekker ry
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 06:31:39 pm
Daar moet sekerlik 'n WD wees met 'n DHL connection.  GEE HULLE GAS.
Hoop jou bande hou.
Lekker ry
nuwe bande sal more op pad wees van Jhb. Trust DHL Nairobi nie meer nie
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: HB 9 on June 22, 2015, 07:01:35 pm
Sterkte en veilig ry...

                              .... geniet ook die nie-seker wees van dinge nie...  :deal:
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Post by: Orangeswifty on June 22, 2015, 07:16:46 pm
Yes Schalk
Ek hjet so bietjie laat begin lees aan jou RR
Lyk of jy mooi aangaan. :thumleft:

Moet se ek weet jy is 'n baie geduldige ou en dis seker wat nodig is deur afrika
My humeurtjie is gans te kort om al die kak op te vreet wat jy doen

Sterkte my maat
Ons reis saam jou :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 07:25:21 pm
Yes Schalk
Ek hjet so bietjie laat begin lees aan jou RR
Lyk of jy mooi aangaan. :thumleft:

Moet se ek weet jy is 'n baie geduldige ou en dis seker wat nodig is deur afrika
My humeurtjie is gans te kort om al die kak op te vreet wat jy doen

Sterkte my maat
Ons reis saam jou :thumleft:
Nee ou maat ek is die ou met die korste draad maar Afrika is nie vir sissies nie hy het sy eie pas en al gooi jy al jou toys uit die kot steur hy hom nie aan jou nie. Sal binne kort voledig RR doen. Groete daar aan al die Rebel Dogs
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 07:28:16 pm
Daar moet sekerlik 'n WD wees met 'n DHL connection.  GEE HULLE GAS.
Hoop jou bande hou.
Lekker ry
Verseker as ek terug in JHB is
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SchalkL on June 22, 2015, 07:30:50 pm
Ek volg nog steeds elke woord wat jy skryf. DANKIE vir die deel.
Wanneer jy terug is en klaar gerus het word daar verseker 'n WD braai gereel sodat jy ons elke detail self kan vertel  :3some:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 07:40:00 pm
Ek volg nog steeds elke woord wat jy skryf. DANKIE vir die deel.
Wanneer jy terug is en klaar gerus het word daar verseker 'n WD braai gereel sodat jy ons elke detail self kan vertel  :3some:
Twe-Twe is besig om een te reel vir die WD's in Mossel Baai vir Desember met Adam Tas wat die misiek op die strand gaan maak. Groete naam genoot ek moet gaan pak vir more
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 07:42:58 pm
Sterkte en veilig ry...

                              .... geniet ook die nie-seker wees van dinge nie...  :deal:
Ek is mal oor die onbekende Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 07:46:09 pm
Hi Schalk jy vorder baie goed :thumleft:
Ek wil ook nog in my lewe die hooglande daar besoek en Lalibela is 'n moet. Ek het dit gesien op Voetspore en dit is ongelooflik om te dink hulle het al daardie kerke uit soliede rots gekap.
Geniet en veilig ry :)
Moet dit nie so laat soos ek los nie. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 22, 2015, 07:51:39 pm
Hi My vriend - great going. Ek vrek om by jou te wees - vrou se miskien kan ek tweede deel van trippie takel. Ek sal my net goed moet gedra ...

Veilig ry my maat!
Dit is tyd dat jy die broek dra maar nou ja as jy n wild horse opsaal is dit n ander ding. Groete my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: zook on June 23, 2015, 10:44:03 pm
Hi Schalk, wat n awsome trip, dink net wat nog vir jou voorle! N vraag, gaan jy meti boot van Wadi na Aswan of, soos ek van ivan zimmerman gelees het, van wadi na abu simbel?
Ivan het blykbaar die roete gedoen blykbaar is dit nou moontlik?

Leke toer wag vir jou volgine post
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 24, 2015, 07:44:09 am
Hi Schalk, wat n awsome trip, dink net wat nog vir jou voorle! N vraag, gaan jy meti boot van Wadi na Aswan of, soos ek van ivan zimmerman gelees het, van wadi na abu simbel?
Ivan het blykbaar die roete gedoen blykbaar is dit nou moontlik?

Leke toer wag vir jou volgine post
daar is blykbaar n pad nou na wat ek verneem en n mens hoef nie meer die ferry te vat nie. Ek sal raporteer sodra ek nader aan daardie gebied kom. Ry vandag laaste 240km na Lalibela. Dit reen nou hier. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 06:30:57 pm
I forgot to mention in the previous update that due to the very heavy Givi top box and the leverage it broke the back part of my bikes frame. So after I overhauled the front shocks seals I stripped the back part of the bike. Carl the German owner from Jungle Junction had just the right size pipe which we inserted into the frame and Carl welded it up for me again and his helper painted it neatly again and the bike was again A for away. The last night I met an Australian couple Michael and Tanya there that is touring Africa by bike and from their info they are experienced bikers and have even crossed the Australian desert on the same two 650 Suzuki bikes before.  I also met a French couple who is already on the road for 4 years with their 3 kids in a camper. The next day I had to meet Uwe Schmidt at 1pm on the Equator. It was only about 240km from Jungle Junction and although I was pushing like mad I could not make good time. I pushed as hard as I could as I donít like to be late for appointments but when 1pm came I was still 20km from the Equator. I then stopped to phone him but he was still 40km away. So when I reached the Equator I bought myself a Coke a Cola at a spaza shop which is right on the Equator and chatted  to the owner and some people who was sitting around a table outside her shop chewing that green stuff that they also chew here in Ethiopia. They offered me some as well but I turned it down as it makes the people who chew it in a trance. I got my tripod out and took some photos so long and then Uwe arrived. We took more pictures and Uwe had to answer all the questions of the locals then as he had the bigger bike.  The two of us then decided to go for lunch and look for accommodation. The place I had lunch at with my son 5 years ago I could not find and before long we were on the open road again. We turned right on the A2 Moyale road toward Ethiopia and tried at a place about 10km from the turn off for some accommodation but it was not good. The 2nd place was much better and we booked in there. Uwe is like my son as has to eat to keep going and we had a lovely lunch together although slightly delayed. We stayed in two separate rooms which was clean and nice. The next morning we were off  and as Uwe like to travel slower than me at 90km and myself at 110 we decided to split up again. Uwe is a real adventurer and likes to take lots of photos and I think he is a very good person as he gives to a lot of people in many ways. We passed each other quite a few times during the cause of the day. At Marsabit I booked into a hotel 2 km out of town. A strictly Muslim hotel. I ask them if they sell alcohol as I like a glass of wine with my food. They said no but I can buy it at the gate and they will put it in the fridge for me. So I went to the gate to buy but the guy pointed to an informal village about 300 metres across the road. Buy now I was hungry after riding the whole day and ordered a warm beer not by choice and some goat meat at a very reasonable price from the old tannie. The beer and the meat went off very well( honger is die beste kok)  I bought two more beers and went back to the hotel where indeed they did put it into the fridge for me but when I sat in the lounge later and ask for the beer I was told that I can only have it in my room. I never had the beer and put it in my luggage the next morning. When I was about to leave a very nice young guy came to see me off and we had about a 15 min discussion about the Muslim religion. According to them the hotel is built on Holy ground. Different strokes for different folks. Then it I was off towards the border. At a very small village called Turbi I stopped for my daily Coke a Cola at a Spaza shop. After my Coke a Muslim guy by the name of Masai walked up to me, he spoke quite good English. He enquired about my trip and I gave him all the details. He asked  very good questions and wanted to know if I was paying for the trip myself or am I getting a sponsorship from somewhere. I told him no the first part up to England I am financing myself and hopefully the 2nd part of the trip I am trying to get a sponsor. He then suggests that he will sell some of his cattle to finance my trip, I was blown away. That is why I always say that  a stranger is just a friend that you have not met yet. Here I thought the Muslims are crazy just the night before and here a proper old style Muslim come and offer a Christian who he does not know at all part of his very hard worked for money. I think this gesture and old Masai,s face will stay with me till I die one day. I obviously turned down his offer but really thanked him for his generous spirit and I think if there could be more people on planet earth like old Masai then this world will be so different. I was already a long way down the road while I was still waving old Masai goodbye and I made myself a promise that one day I am coming back to say hello to old Masai. I must just say that I had similar offers from people on Facebook and the Wilddog forum which I also turned down. I am looking for a multi-National company to sponsor my 2nd half and thanks to all who offered and also to those who already gave. At the border the Kenyan side told me they think I am going to have a tuff time on the Ethiopian side due to the recent Xenophobia attacks in SA. Being a seasoned border crosser by now I thought different. I quickly leant hello and thank you in the Ethiopian langue and when I got to the other side I used it with  the border control and they even smiled at me. After customs the guy came with me to check the VIN no on the bike and off I went. In Ethiopia I found the government officials very efficient and the private sector very slack in a lot of cases. I stopped at the first hotel just across the border. A bit of a lousy place but the food was good. They made me some goat meat with potatoes in a little cast iron pot but underneath are a little place where they put some coal in and as the meat has got a lot of chillies on and for that reason you have to eat it slowly. The coals then keep  your food hot even if you take half an hour to eat. (See Photo of the pot come stove come plate) The next morning early I was off as I wanted to make  it to Addis Abeba  in two days. I had no breakfast and I pushed  over 460km for the day and if you take the road conditions into consideration it was very good going. I booked into a very neat hotel called Delight hotel in a town called Dilla. The town was a dump but the hotel was very good, there were no camping. I told the receptionists that I needed two very strong guys to carry my baggage up the 4 floors. They thought it was going to be a piece of cake but when they got to the top floor they were dragging my heavy bag across the floor to my room. I had my first meal of the day that night on the stoep overlooking a very busy street. My bike was parked outside the entrance which was open to the street but the hotel staff assured me that my bike was safe. I then put all my bungee cords through the back wheel and tied it tight.  The next morning instead of the usual 5.15 am call for prayer for the Muslims the call came at 4.15am. For the first time I heard the dogs disagree and across town you could hear their howling. I had 370km to do for the day with difficult road conditions. I left early and I thought I would get to Addis Abeba early but I was wrong. A lot of the roads are under construction and the roads that you have to travel on leaves a lot to be desired. Old potholed roads or bad dirt roads. At one place the road was quite good and then all of a sudden there was a big brown pool of water, I thought no problem as even with my heavy load which by now I am quite used to it should be no problem. I wasted no time but boy I did not expect a metre deep pool of water but it still went ok as the water came completely over the engine and over my knees as I was sitting and then as I was making the exit on the other side the front wheel hit a rock under the muddy water and due the bike being very light on the front wheel due to the load at the back the front wheel jumped un expectantly into the air and within a split second I was in the water. I then quickly jumped up and pulled my cell phone out of my jeans pocked and put it in a water tight pocket higher up in my jacket. Then also completely un expectantly about 5 guys was there to help me pick up the bike and an older guy was very concern and wanted to know if I was injured. Although my left knee was sore I assured them I was ok. Now the reason I was surprised  that 5 guys helped me was because for the last two days all along the road  people would shout at me and I had a feeling they donít like visitors to their country. I was also stopped 3 times buy customs to check my Carnet and they were also not very friendly. The 4th stop was to check my passport. In Ethiopia they drive on the right hand side of the road so at one place there were beautiful scenery on the first day and because my side stand is on the left and due the camber of the road I parked on the left side as my bike would just fall over if I park on the right. Although I was well off the road a taxi driver came charging at my bike because I have the audacity  to park on the wrong side of the road. He was blowing his hooter and had to swerve at the last minute due to rocks stacked next to the road in front of my bike. About 100km before Addis Abeba I went through a little town and had to ask directions as my GPS did not have the maps on for Ethiopia or Sudan even though  I paid for them when I purchased them on the internet and I could see they were definitely included. At a beginning  of a brand new highway I stopped at some cops to asked directions. I was not allowed on the HI way and when I ask further directions I was just ignored, very rude officers of the law. I eventually found my way around and entering Addis was hectic. No GPS and it is a big city and I stopped at a railway crossing where some police officers were standing and I asked them directions which they did not know either. They then told me to go because it is dangerous there according to them. I said what you mean itís dangerous as there are 5 cops with Kalashnikovs  and now they want me to move to an area that I do not even know but luckily then my phone rang and it was the lady from House Holland that I phoned earlier. I gave the phone to the one cop to talk to the lady. After he gave the phone back he just said 7km on and you must go now. So after asking many more times later I found Wims House Holland after some hectic traffic. Wim the Hollander died the year before but his Ethiopian wife still runs the place but the camping is not available any more. She is a friendly lady and I must say for all the unfriendly people I met here I also met some very friendly ones. The next day I went to DHL to check if my tyres have arrived. Rahel from Wims House Holland allowed her security guard to take me to DHL. Bad news as it looked like the tyres were still in Kenya but as it was Friday they told me to come back on Monday as it was possible that the stuff was send and a new tracking number was issued. Back at Wims Holland house in the mean time I met Eveline van Hooren from Holland and her friend Phillip from Belgium. The 3 of us had a good chat and she arranged with her dad in Holland that I can go with him on his boat on the grachte in Holland when I get there for a while and I can even load my bike on as we well. We will sail from one place to another where I will get off again. This has been a dream of mine for a long time. I will have to brush up on my Dutch as he does not speak English but what an opportunity. The grachte always fascinated me as the water is on different levels and if the boat wants to go to the higher level then they close a slues behind it and after that they open the one in front the boat rises to the new level. And if the boat wants to go to a lower level then it is Vice Versa. After wasting 5 days in Addis Abbeba I found out that DHL never send my tyres from Nairobi. They quoted me 10 US Dollar to send it on to Addis which they never did. The quote now is R2400 Rand plus some taxes so I immediately phoned my wife to buy new tyres and to send it on to Khartoum in North Sudan as I do not trust Nairobi DHL any more. In the meantime on the way from the border to House Holland the one front shock started to leak. This was the shock that did not leak before but I changed both seals anyway. Carl from Jungle Junction showed me a trick. You have to take the little springs inside the oil seal and shorten them. So I thought I will put the old oil seal which I kept and did not leak before back and just do that little trick with it. So I needed shock oil again and again I went off to the KTM dealer which was not too far from House Holland. There I met the sole owner, mechanic, sole KTM importer for Ethiopia, tour operator etc. Flavio is an Italian Ethiopian and the two of us immediately clicked. He sold me the same fork oil as the KTM dealer in Nairobi and of I went to overhaul the one front shock again. I used the restaurant tables outside at House Holland to put tools and bike parts on and Rahel had no problem with that. At the same time I took the front tyre off the rim and turned it around like Flavio suggested. I also adjusted the front forks again as it was twisted from the last fall in the water. As the wi fi was not working at house Holland I ask Flavio if I could use his at his shop and he had no problem. While there we had such a nice chat while he is working on the bikes and myself busy on the net. He told me that he was going to take 3 American tourists out on 4 KTM 500 off road bikes for a tour to Lalibela and thereafter to Lake Tana. They were going on the Tuesday and as my GPS maps were not working so I asked him if I could joint them as it will take me a day just to get out of Addis Abbeba by myself. He agreed and so the Tuesday 6-40am I was at his shop for our 7am appointment. The Americans, Joe and his wife Gene and David only arrived at 1 am in the morning and so that morning they were a little slow out of bed and we only got away closer to 10 am. The road to Lalibela is really a bikers dream. About 150km out of Addis the winding roads started and that was how it was all the way for the rest of what was left of the 700km route. After lunch Davidís bike had a puncher due to a nail. We quickly changed the tube and off we went again. The first night we slept over in a small town and as the hotel where they stayed was too expensive, I booked into a small place almost next door for R84. The 2nd day it was raining in the morning. Eventually we hit a gravel road for 60km. On one bend David the one American used too much front brake and fell with the bike landing on him. It happened right in front of me and Flavio and I quickly lifted the bike off him. David was convinced his leg was fractured. A few minutes later a 4x4 Toyota pickup arrived and was going the same direction to Lalibela and it was the only vehicle for the day to go in the same direction than us. Flavio ask them if they would take David and the bike along. They agreed and we loaded the bike on the back and tied it down with rope that I had in my kit. The mountains and gravel roads here are a lot like Lesotho. Joe and Gene his wife was going a bit slow so Flavio rode with them as I went ahead a bit. Eventually I stopped on top of a mountain to wait for them. I waited a long time and eventually decided to turn back. About 2km back I found them where Genes bike had a flat tyre. I helped them to change the tube but when we pumped it with a hand pump it went flat again. We took the wheel off again and I gave my rear tube to Flavio and we fitted it again and this time I took my electric pump out of my luggage which was right at the bottom and I had to unpack everything. We quickly pumped the tyre and by now it was getting dark and that was the last thing that Flavio wanted as the 2 Americans were not experienced adventure riders yet. So while we packed up Flavio send them ahead so long. Flavioís bike did not have a light and going over the mountain passes in the dark was extremely difficult. There were cattle and donkeys and you name what in the road. Eventually we caught up with the two Americans and miraculously we made it to Lalibela well after dark. The next morning they took David to the hospital for x-rays and indeed his leg was fractured. His trip is over after only two days of a 3 week Africa trip. We went to the Churches of Lalibela today and what amazing structures these are. There are about 10 churches chopped out of solid rock. We only visited 3 of them with a guide that Flavio organized and half way through the tour my camera went flat. I then used my cell phone and a little later even that battery went flat. Never the less it was a fantastic experience that I will never forget and coming here was really worthwhile and I had a fantastic bike ride. So tomorrow we are off to Lake Tana and the falls at the Blue Nile. I am going to start copying lots of photos over now. Big job. Keep the comments coming, as i said it keeps me going.
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Post by: woody1 on June 27, 2015, 06:45:05 pm
Lekker Schalk. Bly om te hoor dit gaan nog goed.
Lekker ry verder.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 06:48:42 pm
Just after the Kenian border I met up with these Keynian super bike riders
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 06:54:42 pm
In Kenya they donít have big nurseries like we do, instead the City Council rent the pavement out to many small vendors who then sell it from there
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:31:06 pm
Furniture factories on the pavements of Nairobi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:32:54 pm
I took the wrong road in Nairobi and ended up here
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:34:30 pm
Back streets of Nairobi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:37:27 pm
Many Universities in the suburb of Karen around the corner of Jungle Junction 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:40:40 pm
KTM dealer in a residential area of Karen Nairobi and walking distance from Jungle Junction   
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:44:36 pm
1 st Photo    Broken frame due a too heavy top box
2 nd Photo   Chris welding it up for me after we installed 2 pipes on the inside of the frame
3 rd  Photo   Frame looks and is brand new again
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:51:12 pm
Some of the Vehicles that was left at Jungle junction. Some are left there by overseas tourist who comes back every year and some was left there due to trouble in North Africa and Kenya and they then flew back to their countries. Business is down at Jungle Junction because of this.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:52:18 pm
Some of the Vehicles that was left at Jungle junction. Some are left there by overseas tourist who comes back every year and some was left there due to trouble in North Africa and Kenya and they then flew back to their countries. Business is down at Jungle Junction because of this.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 07:59:40 pm
1st Photo  My little tent at Jungle Junction
2nd Photo The two Suzukiís of the two Australians Michael and Tanya
3rd  Photo Michael and Tanya the two Australians who is traveling Africa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:04:58 pm
1st Photo  Chris the no nonsense German owner of Jungle Junction and his very friendly and helpful Kenyan wife
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Post by: Xpat on June 27, 2015, 08:11:08 pm
Schalk, just out of interest - did Jungle Junction move? When I was there 10 year ago it was not close to the KTM shop at all (and that shop looks exactly the same - including owner as at that time) and looked quite different. Like so:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pchSWUAj7U0/VFO8C8ugV5I/AAAAAAAADAo/xb40Tr5qMOw/s1024/060118%252520140-011.jpg)

And a small aside - if I remember correctly, name of the owner of Jungle Junction is Chris, not Carl.

I had the same experience as you with Ethiopians  - they were by far the least friendly Africans I've met on my way down. I was very surprised, as I had this image of quiet suffering in my head fostered by all those Band Aid monster things - in reality they were quite aggressive and did not hesitate to pick up a fight (not with me - except for few insults here and there). That said, Ethiopia is definitely probably the most interesting and diverse country on this trip, so enjoy it to the fullest.

Safe travel.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:14:41 pm
1 st Photo  On the Equator another land mark for me and halfway through Africa
2nd Photo  Spaza shop on the Equator where I bought a coke while waiting for Uwe
3rd  Photo  Uwe the guy from Cape Town that I met in Kenya. He is on a BMW 1200 and wrote his previous bike off in Zambia a year ago.
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Post by: gwild on June 27, 2015, 08:18:52 pm
Keep it coming Schalk  :peepwall:

Awesome trip  :thumleft:
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Post by: Xpat on June 27, 2015, 08:24:23 pm
1st Photo  Carl the no nonsense German owner of Jungle Junction and his very friendly and helpful Kenyan wi

Yep, that is Chris - unless I'm getting Alzheimer. The wife though is definitely different lady ...  ;D
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:24:51 pm
1 st Photo The hotel in the bush where Uwe and I stayed for the night
2nd and 3rd  Photo Bikes get loaded in Africa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:27:41 pm
Beautiful northern Kenya
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:31:30 pm
This was the road to the border of Ethiopia that was called the road to hell before, now neatly tared except for about 60km.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:34:39 pm
Photo 1&2 Beautiful Northern Kenya
Photo 3 Elephants here
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 27, 2015, 08:35:31 pm
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:36:59 pm
Beautiful Northern Kenya
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:40:48 pm
1 st Photo Beautiful Northern Kenya
2nd & 3 rd Photo Beautiful flowering bush northern Kenya
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Post by: Herklaas on June 27, 2015, 08:43:44 pm
 :sip: Hi Schalk, ek ry saam, thanks, mag alles goed gaan op die res van jouy roete.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:44:22 pm
Informal shops Northern Kenya
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:50:45 pm
1st  Photo this is common all over Kenya forced stops by the cops
2nd Photo Now we know who build the road
3rd  Photo Beautiful Northern Kenya
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:54:44 pm
1st Photo The Mountain in the veld and the mountain on my bike
2nd and 3d Photo Camel power
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 08:57:59 pm
The only windmill I saw in Africa so far.
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Post by: Herklaas on June 27, 2015, 09:06:13 pm
 :sip: Dis 'n pomp Schalk nie 'n meul nie, gahor!  :spitcoffee:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 09:08:43 pm
Crater just outside of Marsabit northern Kenya
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 09:17:13 pm
First have to resize more photos. Donít know why WD forums program donít make photos smaller by itself like FB. Will be back just now.
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Post by: StuartC on June 27, 2015, 09:22:34 pm
Legend !
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Post by: Coxwain on June 27, 2015, 09:40:40 pm
Dammm ....I just want to give that 660 a big hug ..

Great trip report ...following with great interest  :thumleft:
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Post by: Xpat on June 27, 2015, 10:01:18 pm
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?

Ian, do you mean to avoid Ethiopia, or just Addis?

I wouldn't avoid either - yes you get more hassle than in other African countries (at least east coast wise) and they are quite rough around the edges, but IMO it is probably the most interesting African country - at least on the east coast. As the only African country with ancient Christian history (unlike any other African countries, where the Christianity was brought by whiteys much later) which gives it very different character. It is also at the border between northern semitic (I think) people and black Africans further south, which makes for some interesting contrasts as the south is very different from north. And it has beautiful nature, as half of it is on high plateau with mountains just like Drakensberg (just bigger), and half desert with some of the most outlandish sceneries on the planed (Danakil Depression, which I idiotically missed).

Sorry for hijack Schalk - I wanted to ask, you have missed Somalia that you were contemplating at the beginning of the trip. Could you please let us know how does the situation look like there in terms of travel? Thank you and thanks for the report.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:12:00 pm
Now over the border into Ethiopia
1st Photo First meal in Ethiopia, Goat meat with tomato and a lot of chillies which force you to eat slowly and therefore little coals underneath to           keep the food warm and some pancakes.
2nd Photo  TV in the garden in a lockable box
3rd Photo   Rules in hotel room
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:18:53 pm
1st  Photo Nice potholed road
2nd Photo Huge ant heaps
3rd  Photo Nicely painted traditional houses
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:33:30 pm
More giant ant heaps and traditional houses
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:35:56 pm
Beautiful landscape Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:38:20 pm
On the way to Addis Abeba
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:44:43 pm

1st Photo  At pumps like these I use a womenís stocking (sy kous) to filter the petrol into the tank
2nd Photo On the way to Addis
3rd Photo Where ever I stopped I got crowded and ask many questions which I don't mind
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:49:25 pm
1st  Photo Some more potholes
2nd Photo Although it did not look deep the water came over my knees and over the engine. Came short due to a big rock under the water
3rd  Photo Bike properly dirty now
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 10:54:07 pm
1st  Photo Tied after a day's hard riding
2nd Photo Rainbow from hotel room although no rain
3rd  Photo Big interest again in my bike
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Post by: Copernicus on June 27, 2015, 10:55:52 pm
Sterkte Schalk.  Dit lyk na 'n regte avontuur. :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:00:34 pm
1st  Photo As some pumps are sometimes 300km apart and sometimes no petrol at pumps, you buy petrol from these vendors
2nd Photo Taxis alla Indian style
3rd  Photo Wind power although they were not turning just before Addis Ababa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:05:33 pm
 Lunch along the road, Sardines out of a tin
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:09:44 pm
Repairing oil seal and change front tyre around in order to get more km and using Wim's House Holland restaurant table as a work bench
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:11:47 pm
KTM Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:16:04 pm
KTM Ethiopia Orange parking only but Yamaha don't take nonsense
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:21:52 pm
1st  Photo Check propping system above Flavio's KTM shop
2nd Photo Shoe cleaner outside KTM
3rd  Photo On the road again
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:28:08 pm
1st  Photo On the edge of the mountain
2nd Photo Riding with Flavio and the 3 Americans
3rd  Photo Ditto
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:31:57 pm
1st  Photo On the way to Lalibela
2nd Photo Camel power
3rd  Photo On the way to Lalibela 700km to cover in two days
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:35:06 pm
1st  Photo Petrol time
2nd Photo On the way to Lalibela
3rd  Photo On the way to Lalibela
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:39:54 pm
1st  Photo Riding in the rain
2nd Photo Beautiful scenery on the way to Lalibela
3rd  Photo Taking a break something that did not happen often
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:42:34 pm
On the way to Lalibela 700km
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:48:07 pm
1st  Photo Flavio the Italian Ethiopian and me
2nd Photo The 3 Americans
3rd  Photo Bum rest time
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:49:58 pm
Still on the way
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:54:48 pm
Beautiful Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 27, 2015, 11:59:45 pm
David the American used too much front brake and came short on the 3rd day of his 3 week African bike ride and fractured his leg. Bike and David loaded on the only vehicle of the day
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:02:10 am
Rural Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:03:44 am
The thumper 8000km from home
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:08:14 am
Lalibela one of 10 churches chopped out of rock
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:09:42 am
The Churches of Lalibela
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:12:11 am
Keep it coming Schalk  :peepwall:

Awesome trip  :thumleft:
Maak so
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:14:20 am
:sip: Dis 'n pomp Schalk nie 'n meul nie, gahor!  :spitcoffee:
'N pomp klink 'n bietjie suspect
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:15:22 am
Legend !
Thank's mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:18:15 am
Dammm ....I just want to give that 660 a big hug ..

Great trip report ...following with great interest  :thumleft:
Really reliable little bike for all the hammering it took so far. I love her more every day
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:29:01 am
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?

Ian, do you mean to avoid Ethiopia, or just Addis?

I wouldn't avoid either - yes you get more hassle than in other African countries (at least east coast wise) and they are quite rough around the edges, but IMO it is probably the most interesting African country - at least on the east coast. As the only African country with ancient Christian history (unlike any other African countries, where the Christianity was brought by whiteys much later) which gives it very different character. It is also at the border between northern semitic (I think) people and black Africans further south, which makes for some interesting contrasts as the south is very different from north. And it has beautiful nature, as half of it is on high plateau with mountains just like Drakensberg (just bigger), and half desert with some of the most outlandish sceneries on the planed (Danakil Depression, which I idiotically missed).

Sorry for hijack Schalk - I wanted to ask, you have missed Somalia that you were contemplating at the beginning of the trip. Could you please let us know how does the situation look like there in terms of travel? Thank you and thanks for the report.
I agree to what you say above. You are not hijacking, this thread is open to all. I am running out of time with my Egyptian Visa that is why I can not go to Somalia. Spoke to Flavio and he reckons there are parts of Somalia that is quite safe. Coming from RSA the whole of Africa feels safer than home
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:31:26 am
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?
I want to experience all, good and bad to get the real feel of Africa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:36:55 am
:sip: Hi Schalk, ek ry saam, thanks, mag alles goed gaan op die res van jouy roete.
Alles gaan baie goed net DHL wat nie hulle kant bring met die tyres nie. Hulle kos my al 10 dae en baie geld
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:37:43 am
Lekker Schalk. Bly om te hoor dit gaan nog goed.
Lekker ry verder.
dankie pel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 12:39:57 am
Hi Schalk jy vorder baie goed :thumleft:
Ek wil ook nog in my lewe die hooglande daar besoek en Lalibela is 'n moet. Ek het dit gesien op Voetspore en dit is ongelooflik om te dink hulle het al daardie kerke uit soliede rots gekap.
Geniet en veilig ry :)
Ja man dit is besonders en die pad van Addis na Lalibela is 'n bikers se droom behalwe al die diere en mense op die pad.
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Post by: Boersoeknbike on June 28, 2015, 08:43:06 am
Eks ingeteken Schalk. Veilig ry en weet baie v ons wens ons is daar
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 09:22:04 am
Eks ingeteken Schalk. Veilig ry en weet baie v ons wens ons is daar
Dankie pel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 09:32:52 am
Schalk, just out of interest - did Jungle Junction move? When I was there 10 year ago it was not close to the KTM shop at all (and that shop looks exactly the same - including owner as at that time) and looked quite different. Like so:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pchSWUAj7U0/VFO8C8ugV5I/AAAAAAAADAo/xb40Tr5qMOw/s1024/060118%252520140-011.jpg)

And a small aside - if I remember correctly, name of the owner of Jungle Junction is Chris, not Carl.

I had the same experience as you with Ethiopians  - they were by far the least friendly Africans I've met on my way down. I was very surprised, as I had this image of quiet suffering in my head fostered by all those Band Aid monster things - in reality they were quite aggressive and did not hesitate to pick up a fight (not with me - except for few insults here and there). That said, Ethiopia is definitely probably the most interesting and diverse country on this trip, so enjoy it to the fullest.

Safe travel.


Hi Xpat yes Jungle Juntion has moved to a Suburb called Karen two years ago. Yes you get people who shout at you when you ride past and kids in the north that throw you with stones but then I also met some very nice people as well.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 09:35:05 am
1st Photo  Carl the no nonsense German owner of Jungle Junction and his very friendly and helpful Kenyan wi

Yep, that is Chris - unless I'm getting Alzheimer. The wife though is definitely different lady ...  ;D
Same wife for 12 years
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 28, 2015, 09:44:54 am
Baie mooi RR sover Schalk! Baie dankie vir die deel.
Het jy by JJ Hotel gebly in Marsabit?
Die Krater was bietjie groener toe ek daar deur is!
Het jy nie van die Turkana mense gesien nie?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 28, 2015, 09:50:34 am
Baie mooi RR sover Schalk! Baie dankie vir die deel.
Het jy by JJ Hotel gebly in Marsabit?
Die Krater was bietjie groener toe ek daar deur is!
Het jy nie van die Turkana mense gesien nie?
Ek kan nie die hotel se naam onthou nie maar dit is so 2km nadat ek deur die dorp was. Turkane gesien. Hoe ver op het jy gery ? dankie vir die belang stel.
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Post by: woody1 on June 28, 2015, 11:02:29 am
Sorry vir die Hi-Jack Schalk, maar daai krater en die METEOR CRATER wat ek op my Route 66 trippie in Amerika gesien het lyk BAIE dieselfde.
Amazing om te sien hoe so 'n klippie 'n GROOT gat maak as hy ons tref.... wonder of ons een KZN se kant to kan stuur...  :peepwall: :imaposer:

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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 28, 2015, 08:44:07 pm
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?

Ian, do you mean to avoid Ethiopia, or just Addis?

I wouldn't avoid either - yes you get more hassle than in other African countries (at least east coast wise) and they are quite rough around the edges, but IMO it is probably the most interesting African country - at least on the east coast. As the only African country with ancient Christian history (unlike any other African countries, where the Christianity was brought by whiteys much later) which gives it very different character. It is also at the border between northern semitic (I think) people and black Africans further south, which makes for some interesting contrasts as the south is very different from north. And it has beautiful nature, as half of it is on high plateau with mountains just like Drakensberg (just bigger), and half desert with some of the most outlandish sceneries on the planed (Danakil Depression, which I idiotically missed).

Sorry for hijack Schalk - I wanted to ask, you have missed Somalia that you were contemplating at the beginning of the trip. Could you please let us know how does the situation look like there in terms of travel? Thank you and thanks for the report.
I agree to what you say above. You are not hijacking, this thread is open to all. I am running out of time with my Egyptian Visa that is why I can not go to Somalia. Spoke to Flavio and he reckons there are parts of Somalia that is quite safe. Coming from RSA the whole of Africa feels safer than home

Thanks guys, following this one closely.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on June 28, 2015, 08:45:40 pm
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?
I want to experience all, good and bad to get the real feel of Africa

Agreed, live life to the fullest.
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on June 29, 2015, 07:18:45 am
 :sip:
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Post by: Happyfeet on June 29, 2015, 09:41:26 am
Briljant!Kan sien jy geniet dit!
Sterkte met daai tyre and alles wat mooi is vorentoe. Dankie, geniet jou trippie saam met jou baie! :drif:
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Post by: gser on June 29, 2015, 10:24:06 am
 
 . . asb, net nie retire nie.
 Is dit sommer daar ? Kan jy die voel , dis koel in PTA, in die middle van winter hier. 
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Post by: HB 9 on June 29, 2015, 10:26:46 am
Briljant!Kan sien jy geniet dit!
Sterkte met daai tyre and alles wat mooi is vorentoe. Dankie, geniet jou trippie saam met jou baie! :drif:
:ricky:  :thumleft:
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Post by: TornadoF5 on June 29, 2015, 11:12:42 am
I have these days at work chasing my tail doing this and doing that, try to conform to being part of something I didn't create aka the "rat race" and not very good or successful at it and neither liking it.... THEN I read this and as if I disappear into Schalk's world and everything is great in Africa & everything has profound meaning and everyone survives. Thanks old mate:thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:09:04 pm
I have these days at work chasing my tail doing this and doing that, try to conform to being part of something I didn't create aka the "rat race" and not very good or successful at it and neither liking it.... THEN I read this and as if I disappear into Schalk's world and everything is great in Africa & everything has profound meaning and everyone survives. Thanks old mate:thumleft:
Having been in the rat race for 41 years I just had to make this move. One can carry on working till you die and then you have not lived yet. To me this-traveling and meeting people from different cultures is living and when I come back I can live on the memories. I was going to postpone this trip until I read in February that Lodie de Jager died of brain cancer on Christmas day and also a friend of mine who was a sportsman at the age of 56 got Parkinson. That made me decide that life has got to be lived to the full and rather sooner than later.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:13:48 pm
Sorry vir die Hi-Jack Schalk, maar daai krater en die METEOR CRATER wat ek op my Route 66 trippie in Amerika gesien het lyk BAIE dieselfde.
Amazing om te sien hoe so 'n klippie 'n GROOT gat maak as hy ons tref.... wonder of ons een KZN se kant to kan stuur...  :peepwall: :imaposer:


Ja so min of meer Nkandla se kant toe wanneer die helicopter daar staan.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:16:04 pm
 
 . . asb, net nie retire nie.
 Is dit sommer daar ? Kan jy die voel , dis koel in PTA, in die middle van winter hier. 
Enige iets van 28 tot 35 grade hier. Net koud as jy hoog oor die berge ry.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:24:58 pm
Briljant!Kan sien jy geniet dit!
Sterkte met daai tyre and alles wat mooi is vorentoe. Dankie, geniet jou trippie saam met jou baie! :drif:
So ver so good. Sien hulle sal voor my in Khartoom wees. Die hele tyre storie kos my al seker R10 000 in for a penny in for a pound
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:26:13 pm
:sip:
Hoe gaan dit met die karietjie mense
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:29:12 pm
Sorry vir die Hi-Jack Schalk, maar daai krater en die METEOR CRATER wat ek op my Route 66 trippie in Amerika gesien het lyk BAIE dieselfde.
Amazing om te sien hoe so 'n klippie 'n GROOT gat maak as hy ons tref.... wonder of ons een KZN se kant to kan stuur...  :peepwall: :imaposer:


Ja nee die natuur vat nie nonsense nie
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 12:33:49 pm
Eks ingeteken Schalk. Veilig ry en weet baie v ons wens ons is daar
Jy is welkom my maat
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Post by: BB King on June 29, 2015, 02:27:51 pm
Een moer-cool foto die!!!

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Post by: Bushtrotter on June 29, 2015, 03:27:41 pm
dankie vir die saamvat.... nog n uur van my dag weg :laughing4:
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Post by: GSpear on June 29, 2015, 05:36:32 pm
Thanks for sharing Schalk, really enjoying your posts.  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:10:07 pm
Update 29/06/2015
So the next morning we were ready to travel to Bahir Dar which is on the south side of Lake Tana where the Blue Nile begin. Flavio had a pick up arranged the day before to take the one KTM and David the American who fractured his leg along the same route as us but came the next morning the price for the transport was all of sudden much more. If a local can get ripped off like that imagine what they will do to a tourist. This upset Flavio and he decided that David would rather fly to Addis Ababa and he will fly back later to come and fetch the bike and ride the 700km back again. Flavio loves to ride his bike and the way he says that in a semi Italian accent is just too quit. So we were off after filling up. Later we got rain and I only put the top part of my rain suite on as my BMW boots with metal little plates in front tore a huge hole into the pants and England with rain every 2nd day is still coming. Eventually my Jeans was soaked and fortunately I changed my cloves from off road cloves to leather cloves. It got ice cold up in the mountains and for the first time I missed a Wimpy and a nice cup of their coffee. We were on a 60km gravel road and next to the road were trees when I felt this pain on the right hand side of my right leg. Immediately in a split second I had a flash back of when a Bush Buck hit me on the left leg in the Transkei 2 years ago and fractured my Tibia but then I realized it was a stone from one of the kids between the trees and I could see him in my mirror peeping at me. I felt like turning around and take my belt off and giving him a good old style hiding but I was nursing my petrol as one pump after the other was dry. Flavio told me that he also got hit on the ribs as they donít know that he is a local. He already gave 5 kids a hiding in the past and when he asked them why they do it they cannot say. Any way I must grand this to the kid who got me it was a crack shot and if I was not going to leave the country shortly the ketty idea would have become a reality. When we finally got to a pump that had petrol I filled 14, 75 litres to my 15 litre tank and the speedo indicated I have done 320km on that. So 0, 25 of a litre were left in the tank. Flavio and I stayed ahead of the 2 Americans and every 50km or so we waited for them at strategic points until we reached Rabir Dar next to Lake Tana on the south side. Flavio showed me a cheap pension where I booked in at 220Brr (R 132 per day as cheap as camping) while they booked into a 5 star hotel for the 2 Americans sake. If he is by himself he also normally book into cheap places. I went over for dinner at their hotel but I had an upset stomach for 3 days as my body is not used to the germs here so I ate very little over that time. Flavio had an upset stomach for only one day.  The next morning the two Americans and I went for a boat ride on Lake Tana to see the start of the Blue Nile and a Monastery. It was special but we had to cut the trip short due to Flavio and the two Americans who had to do 275km for the day toward Addis. We had lunch together and after that it was time to say good bye to the 3 of them. I must say it was nice to have company for a couple of days and Flavio and I always arguing who the best Moto GP rider is, Valentino Rossi ďThe DoctorĒ or Marc Marquez. Flavio invited me to come and see him in Italy when I get there as he will be there as well during that time. So it was good bye for now and off they went. The next day I was off to see the Blue Nile Water Falls. It was only 36km away but the worse gravel road in Ethiopia so far as it took me more than an hour to get there through the mud and holes. It boggles my mind that the tourist department donít fix a road to one of the biggest tourist attractions but then I remembered that I promised myself before the trip that I wonít criticise any country on my way, I am just here to observe. I was grateful for being on knobblies and my bike took it better than any other vehicle on that road. At the fall you had to pay 50Brr and also 100Brr for the guide and 50 Burr for the guy to watch my bike. In the end I paid the guide 150Brr as he spoke fluent English and he was a very likeable guy. 250Brr is about R150. It was an half hour walk to the falls and I had my bike boots on but never the less I made it over the mountain to the falls. The government of Ethiopia really stuffed up the flow of the water 12 years ago. They built a hydro power station and used 75% of the water to go through that and only 25% of the water flow now comes over the water fall, that for only 83 Megawatt of power. In October when the big rain comes then there is sufficient water to cover the whole 400 metre wide falls which must be spectacular to see. Ethiopia apparently exports electricity but at Rahir Dar 35km away, the power goes off just about every day as it did in Addis, apparently due to bad maintenance of the infrastructure, the same as we are having in SA at the moment. After the falls I went back over the same bad road but just much quicker and then I tried to get fuel but to no avail. I did not realize that most pumps in the whole country were dry until I read on Uweís post on Facebook. So this morning I phoned Degu our guide on the boat trip and he took me to a petrol pump that had fuel but there were a line of Baja 3 wheel shooter that would take about 2 hours to fill before me. He knew the owner and manages to get me right to the front of the que and only one Toyota owner got upset and all the Baja owners just accepted the state quo. I must say I would have got upset as well if somebody do that to me but I left Degu to do the talking. I filled my tank and a 5 litre tin which will get me to the Sudan border tomorrow. So this afternoon I and Degu is going to watch birds of the feathered kind next to Lake Tana and the Blue Nile as I am a bird watcher as well.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:14:08 pm
Ready and packed to leave Lalibela
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:16:36 pm
60km Gravel road over the mountains
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:21:12 pm
1st Photo   Flavio with his beloved KTM
2nd Photo  Rain suite on but my Jeans were soaked
3rd Photo   Beautiful view on the way
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:29:50 pm
1st Photo   Beautiful view
2nd Photo  Ditto
3rd Photo   Eagles Rock. There were a whole lot of Eagles on top of that roack and that is where they breed
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:32:45 pm
1st Photo   On the way to go and explore Lake Tana and the Blue Nile
2nd Photo  View from Lake Tana
3rd Photo   Ditto
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:36:44 pm
1st Photo   Jean and Joe
2nd Photo  View over Lake Tana
3rd Photo   New hotel under construction
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:40:31 pm
The start of the Blue Nile
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Post by: gwild on June 29, 2015, 08:44:48 pm
Have i said awesome  :thumleft:
I also want to do something like this
Keep it coming  :peepwall:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:45:41 pm
1st Photo   Lake Tana
2nd Photo  Hippo's
3rd Photo   The Blue Nile
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:52:07 pm
1st Photo   Papyrus Grass next to the Blue Nile
2nd Photo  A Monastery next to the Blue Nile
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 08:57:19 pm
1st Photo   Our guide Degu
2nd Photo  Little bells under the roof of the Monastery
3rd Photo   The roof of the Monastery
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:00:35 pm
1st Photo   Inside the Monastery
2nd Photo  Ditto
3rd Photo   Room built with mud and grass
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:03:07 pm
1st Photo   Before we took the boat back
2nd Photo  On the way back
3rd Photo   Ditto
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:06:03 pm
1st Photo   Back at Flavios hotel, two man wheel barrow
2nd Photo  5 Star hotel and the Americans stayed
3rd Photo   Ditto
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:10:32 pm
1st Photo   Our last lunch together before saying goodbye
2nd Photo  The next day I went to the hotel next door to have a drink and the Fish Eagles were in the tree nearby making that lovely sound
3rd Photo   Hotel next door
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:12:51 pm
Chips forLunch
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:17:33 pm
1st Photo   Blue Nile Falls
2nd Photo  My guide on the way walking to the falls and myself with bike boots on
3rd Photo   Bridge built by the Italians in the previous Century
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:22:06 pm
1st Photo  This is the 25% off the water that now come over the falls
2nd Photo  Only part of the falls
3rd Photo   This part only get water in the rainey season
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:25:01 pm
1st Photo   This part also only get water during the raining season due to the Hydro
2nd Photo  Your truly
3rd Photo   The Falls
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:27:34 pm
Walking back from the falls with the guide
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:32:40 pm
1st Photo   Pushing in at the front of the que
2nd Photo  Having breakfast with Degu
3rd Photo   Having Ethiopian coffee at Degu's susters coffee shop
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:34:49 pm
Thats it for now guys. Tomorrow I will be off to the Sudan border, will reply again when I have Wi Fi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:36:51 pm
Have i said awesome  :thumleft:
I also want to do something like this
Keep it coming  :peepwall:
Just do it man don't wait
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 29, 2015, 09:53:20 pm
Een moer-cool foto die!!!


Stem saam
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Post by: Tom van Brits on June 29, 2015, 10:51:23 pm
Ek sien jy het darem ook n paar koffie 'seremonies' gedoen!
Weetnie of hulle vir jou ook popcorn aangebied het so saam die koffie nie - klein koppies!
Hulle verstaan nie ons boere vat groot koppie nie!
Ek het vir my van daai keteltjies saam huistoe gebring, dink hul roep hom Jabana of so iets.
Naderhand het ek so gewoond geraak aan hulle tradisionele injera suur pannekoek en tips dat ek dit begin geniet het.
Moet se my ervaring van Ethiopia was baie aangenaam, baie meer as Suid Sudan.
Noord Sudan in die Arabierse area is die mense baie vriendelik, maar die Dinkas in die Suide was vir my die ongemaklikste ondervinding ooit in Afrika hoewel ek tog weer deur Juba eendag sal wil gaan, al is dit net om te sien hoe die nuwe hoofstad dan nou daarna uitsien.
Ek was daar die tyd voor die verdeling, toe die UN nog onderhandel het om die land te split in twee.
Suid Sudan kort nog n John Gurang voor dit weer goed met hul sal gaan dink ek....dis asof die Dinkas netnie weer rigting kon kry na sy omstrede skielike dood nie
As jy in Khartoum kom, gaan kyk daar is n brug oor die NYL, en dis waar die Blou en die Wit Nyl bymekaar kom. Mens kan dit duidelik sien Schalk, en ek dink dis nogal besonders.
Wees net versigtiger in Sudan met fotos neem, vernaam as daar uniform naby is. Hulle is baie paranoies en ek weet van 2 Suid Afrikaneers wat gearristeer was agv fotos neem van n mooi brug.
Mooi reis Schalk!!
Ons hoor graag meer van jou!!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 30, 2015, 01:46:47 am
Ek sien jy het darem ook n paar koffie 'seremonies' gedoen!
Weetnie of hulle vir jou ook popcorn aangebied het so saam die koffie nie - klein koppies!
Hulle verstaan nie ons boere vat groot koppie nie!
Ek het vir my van daai keteltjies saam huistoe gebring, dink hul roep hom Jabana of so iets.
Naderhand het ek so gewoond geraak aan hulle tradisionele injera suur pannekoek en tips dat ek dit begin geniet het.
Moet se my ervaring van Ethiopia was baie aangenaam, baie meer as Suid Sudan.
Noord Sudan in die Arabierse area is die mense baie vriendelik, maar die Dinkas in die Suide was vir my die ongemaklikste ondervinding ooit in Afrika hoewel ek tog weer deur Juba eendag sal wil gaan, al is dit net om te sien hoe die nuwe hoofstad dan nou daarna uitsien.
Ek was daar die tyd voor die verdeling, toe die UN nog onderhandel het om die land te split in twee.
Suid Sudan kort nog n John Gurang voor dit weer goed met hul sal gaan dink ek....dis asof die Dinkas netnie weer rigting kon kry na sy omstrede skielike dood nie
As jy in Khartoum kom, gaan kyk daar is n brug oor die NYL, en dis waar die Blou en die Wit Nyl bymekaar kom. Mens kan dit duidelik sien Schalk, en ek dink dis nogal besonders.
Wees net versigtiger in Sudan met fotos neem, vernaam as daar uniform naby is. Hulle is baie paranoies en ek weet van 2 Suid Afrikaneers wat gearristeer was agv fotos neem van n mooi brug.
Mooi reis Schalk!!
Ons hoor graag meer van jou!!
Hi Hillman kon slaap nie nou antwoord ek maar jou post. Nou 2.45am hier. Baie dankie vir die goeie raad ek sal veseker maak soos jy sÍ. Ja jy kry popcorn nog saam met die Koffie maar hulle hou aan om die klein koppie vol te maak. Groete en dankie vir die raad.
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Post by: dirtyXT on June 30, 2015, 07:53:13 am
fantastic Schalk! keep it coming, i actually heard the fish eagles sound as you mentioned it.
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Post by: Mr Zog on June 30, 2015, 09:09:57 am
Excellent Schalk  :thumleft:

I remember the rock-hewn churches, amazing structures that have survived for hundreds of years, despite the attempts to destroy them.

The coffee ceremony is also brilliant. I remember drinking coffee until late at night and then not being able to sleep all night from the caffeine high!

Addis I agree, not the friendliest city I have been to.  :xxbah:
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Post by: TornadoF5 on June 30, 2015, 11:37:31 am
Schalk to get an idea what a trip like this costs, obviously we not talking hotels, but much as you are doing, what kind of money does one need to comfortably make it there and back factoring in the unplanned expenses as best one can?
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Post by: Gťrrard on June 30, 2015, 02:14:32 pm
Hey Ou Baas, ry jy maar net lekker en genoet jou trip. Ek hou heeltyd dop  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 01, 2015, 05:14:02 pm
Schalk to get an idea what a trip like this costs, obviously we not talking hotels, but much as you are doing, what kind of money does one need to comfortably make it there and back factoring in the unplanned expenses as best one can?
R600 A day
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 01, 2015, 05:16:58 pm
Excellent Schalk  :thumleft:

I remember the rock-hewn churches, amazing structures that have survived for hundreds of years, despite the attempts to destroy them.

The coffee ceremony is also brilliant. I remember drinking coffee until late at night and then not being able to sleep all night from the caffeine high!

Addis I agree, not the friendliest city I have been to.  :xxbah:
I had a contact in Addis so it made up for all the unfriendly people. Ja the coffee is strong. So you have also been around.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 01, 2015, 05:21:16 pm
fantastic Schalk! keep it coming, i actually heard the fish eagles sound as you mentioned it.
The most beautiful bird sound in the world
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Post by: Copernicus on July 01, 2015, 06:56:43 pm
Schalk to get an idea what a trip like this costs, obviously we not talking hotels, but much as you are doing, what kind of money does one need to comfortably make it there and back factoring in the unplanned expenses as best one can?
R600 A day

Now this is what I call a good answer.

Good going Schalk.  Let me know if you pass through Paris.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 02, 2015, 03:29:20 pm
Schalk to get an idea what a trip like this costs, obviously we not talking hotels, but much as you are doing, what kind of money does one need to comfortably make it there and back factoring in the unplanned expenses as best one can?
R600 A day

Now this is what I call a good answer.

Good going Schalk.  Let me know if you pass through Paris.
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Hi Copernicus can you please PM me your address and phone number I will like to come and say hi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 02, 2015, 03:35:42 pm
Hey Ou Baas, ry jy maar net lekker en genoet jou trip. Ek hou heeltyd dop  :thumleft:
Gaan julle nog op die Bash sien maar ek sal dalk met my 1000 Genises moet kom want my XT gaan in Engeland wees. Jy weet van Twe-Twe wat die bymekaar kom reel in Desember by Rheebok strand ne' ek sal ook daar wees en as jy dalk kom kan ons weer gesels. Groete.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 02, 2015, 06:23:23 pm
Daai Genises 1000 is lekker fietse, onthou toe hulle vloer gevat het in SA, Baie ouens se eerste en laaste fietse gewees voor hul onder die lang bome gaan le het
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 09:52:02 am
Update 3/07/2015
So that night Degu and I went bird watching. We rode with my bike up to a point where we could not go further and left the bike at a place of work of some of his friends. Then we walked next to the Blue Nile for about 4km. At one point I had to take my boots off and cross the water over some rocks and as my Jeans had mud on I just walked knee deep through the water and they actually came out cleaner on the other side. We got to an ideal spot as I wanted to see the Sun set over the Blue Nile with the birds nearby. We saw lots of different birds including king Fishers diving into the water to catch some fish. Later Degu got worried about the security situation as the locals would spot me as a tourist miles away as it was going to be dark when we get back. I told him not to worry, he must just tell me when the situation is dangerous then I will take my Leather man knife out and we will just handle the situation. Well no danger came and we went back to his sisterís coffee shop to have a cold one.
The next morning I was on my way to the border. Again it was a lovely winding road for hundreds of kilos. As I never had breakfast I stopped next to the road where they were selling fried mealies. My intention before the trip was to support spaza shops and small shops and people like these that are trying to make a living. I bought a mealie from one of the old ladies and was eating it while sitting on the bike. About 8x16 year old kids plus some younger ones were crowding me which I donít mind but when they started to beg money from me I thought let me go and enjoy the mealie around the next bend in peace. As I started the bike I heard a wak from one of the bungee elastics and I thought they pulled it to irritate me. I went around two bends as it was a mountainous area and got off the bike. Then I saw the 5 litre petrol that I tied to the back of my bike was gone and I just knew they stole it and I need that petrol so badly as just about the whole of Ethiopia is dry. They must have heard me coming back because as I reached the spot they were all gone except for an 80 year old man sitting on a rock and three bags full of mealies. I was beside myself and threw all the mealies out of two bags and started to throw them one by one down the mountain. The old man grabbed the one bag and went to sit on top of it. I carried on until there were not one mealie left of the two bags. Afterwards I felled sorry for what I just done as one should not revenge bad with bad. A guy in a 4x4 then stopped to speak on his cell phone and I waited till he was finished with his call. I then asked him whether he knew if there is a police station nearby as the mealie sellers stole my 5 litre petrol. He was an educated man and could speak English well and he then got out. Slowly then the crowd started to come back and he spoke to the old ladies who sold me the mealie and told them I wanted to call the police. They all looked very worried and eventually one of the old ladies came back with my 5 litre of petrol and the rope I had used to it tied down with. Apparently in Ethiopia they lock people up for small things and I think the word police did the trick. I donít think it was mentioned by them that I threw all the mealies down the mountain and I must say I am not proud for what I did but the anger at that moment just took over.
I reached the border and changed the Ethiopian money with Sudanese Pound with the money changers that always crowed you at the borders, something I normally donít do. The border crossing went smooth and I went across both sides. I tried at an ATM to draw money as usual but it would not accept my card. I then drove for many km without seeing a petrol station. Eventually 150km inland I came to a small town with about 30 trucks standing at a filling station. The power was off so they could not pump petrol but the trucks were there to overnight. I ask a guy by the name of Mergni if he knows of some accommodation in the area. He said no accommodation but I can sleep there in the open as they all sleep outside due to the heat. There were already a whole lot of beds all around and I took my self-inflating mattress and laid it onto the concrete about 4 metres from the petrol pump with my sleeping bag on top. Mergni and the truck drivers laid some reed mats down on the ground and prepared to eat all out of the same pots while sitting on the reed mats. They invited me to join them but I said no I am Ok but I was actually hungry as I only had that mealie to eat the whole day plus over 500km riding behind me. Eventually they brought me to taste some of the food which was actually very nice. After they finished their meal they did their Muslim prayers. I was tied and it did not take me long to fall asleep. Halfway through the night I heard the commotion as some of the trucks would start up and leave. The next morning early I was awake and saw all the steel beds were gone and most of the trucks. Just old Mergni bed was still there and he was fast asleep. All my stuff was still there my tank bag on my bike with cameraí cell phones and everything like I left it he previous night. A couple of vehicles came in to fill up petrol but I showed them old Mergni is still asleep and they then just left again. Another helper at the pump then came and showed me where the shower was. The cold shower did me well and I brush my teeth also under the shower as there was no basin just a Muslim toilet. When I came back old Mergni was awake and shared with me all his problems. He never got married and he asked me that I must pray for him to get an English or Australian wife. I explain to him that an English or Australian wife would have to like him first before they would marry him and it is not like with the Muslims where they have arranged marriages. Any way I said I will pray for him but does he mind that I pray to the Christian God?  Old Mergni had no objections. I packed up and filled the tank and said my good byes to old Mergni such a guy with so much hospitality and although he has nothing he gave me his everything and it is the 2nd Muslim on the trip that I will think about still in the future. From there I went into the little town and found two banks with ATMís but none of them would take my card. I then left with very limited funds for Khartoum with over 400km to go. As the day progressed it got hotter and hotter with a strong wind blowing from the left. The wind was so strong I had to counter steer all the way and the landscape is semi desert. The temperature on the bike while riding climbed to 43C. The water in my bottle was almost not drinkable. I started to feel dehydrated and stopped at a petrol station to pour water over me and buy fresh water. I poured my salvaged 5 litre petrol into the tank plus I bought 5 litre extra just so I can make Khartoum as I donít like to have no money in my pocket. Eventually I reached Khartoum and looked for a hotel. The hotel I found was too expensive and the owner was prepared to lower the price for me. I then asked him if they accept credit or debit cards. The answer shocked me nearly out of my socks. Sudan is a cash country and because America has got sanctions against Sudan none of the foreign card would work here. Now I was stuffed no money no card that is working. Even so the owner who is an educated guy and have been living in America before allowed me to stay for the night as I told him I would make a plan in the morning. So today I took a taxi (6 seater small Suzuki mini bus) rather to the to the South African Embassy to see if they could help me with my predicament as even my bank in SA could not help me. Arriving there I met with Lerato a very efficient Tswana lady who phoned SA to find out what to do. She came back and told me the only way that we can do it is that my wife must deposit money at the home affairs office in SA and they would pay me out on this side. She then even offered me her personal buyerís card so I could buy  myself a sim card and air time but I turned her generous offer down and I must say there are so many wonderful  people left in this world and I am experiencing it more and more on this trip. So my faithful and lovely wife deposited the money into home affairs account and I will go back later to collect the cash and hopefully my problem will be solved. Today is Friday so here it is weekend till Saturday but Lerato promised me that she will come and open the Embassy specially to give me the money. If any of you out there have contacts with home affairs please tell them Lerato here in Khartoum is a star. 5 years ago when I had problems on the Island of Zanzibar while on a bike trip to the Equator I also went to the Embassy in Dar es Salaam and they were equally as helpful there. Sunday is a working day here and I was promised by Nada at Khartoum Customs that I can pick up my tyres for my bike which was send from SA. In the mean time I met some interesting people here. An American from Red Indian origin who is going to help them built low cost housing like the Red Indians built 2000 years ago. I also met the chef here who is from Lebanon and quite a colourful character.  As I said before, keep the comments coming as it keeps me going. From an alcohol free Sudan till next time.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 09:57:06 am
1st Photo   Truck accident no 13 for this trip
2nd Photo  Last bit of Ethiopia
2nd Photo  Last bit of Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 10:01:26 am
1 st photo My sleeping place for the night
2nd photo Mergni sleeping it away with trucks leaving all night
3 rd photo Mergni A big guy is looking for a wife
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 10:04:23 am
Sudan on the way to Khartoum
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 10:06:13 am
Dry hot Sudan
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Post by: Gťrrard on July 03, 2015, 10:16:23 am
Hey Ou Baas, ry jy maar net lekker en genoet jou trip. Ek hou heeltyd dop  :thumleft:
Gaan julle nog op die Bash sien maar ek sal dalk met my 1000 Genises moet kom want my XT gaan in Engeland wees. Jy weet van Twe-Twe wat die bymekaar kom reel in Desember by Rheebok strand ne' ek sal ook daar wees en as jy dalk kom kan ons weer gesels. Groete.

 :thumleft: Ons sal sien. Weet nog nie waarheen ons die jaar sal toer nie.
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Post by: gser on July 03, 2015, 11:21:06 am
 Dis nou 'n vasbyt storie Schalk !
 Bliksim !
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Post by: Horizon Seeker on July 03, 2015, 11:45:42 am
this is brilliant !!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: safe riding! Im already starting to save up for my trip like this!
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Post by: frans1 on July 03, 2015, 12:18:14 pm
Tx Schalk! I really enjoy your RR.  Looking forwardfor the next one.   Be safe

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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on July 03, 2015, 01:13:12 pm
TX for sharing Schalk ............... Dit is nou sommer n bakgat RR hierdie ............ :thumleft:
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 03, 2015, 01:25:54 pm
That was the highlight of the trip so far for me, TG there are still good people in this crazy world we live in.

Mooi Man, Mooi!

 8)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 01:59:24 pm
Hey Ou Baas, ry jy maar net lekker en genoet jou trip. Ek hou heeltyd dop  :thumleft:
Gaan julle nog op die Bash sien maar ek sal dalk met my 1000 Genises moet kom want my XT gaan in Engeland wees. Jy weet van Twe-Twe wat die bymekaar kom reel in Desember by Rheebok strand ne' ek sal ook daar wees en as jy dalk kom kan ons weer gesels. Groete.

 :thumleft: Ons sal sien. Weet nog nie waarheen ons die jaar sal toer nie.
Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 02:00:38 pm
TX for sharing Schalk ............... Dit is nou sommer n bakgat RR hierdie ............ :thumleft:
Plesier Oupa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 02:02:15 pm
Tx Schalk! I really enjoy your RR.  Looking forwardfor the next one.   Be safe

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Maybe Egypt next
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 02:03:35 pm
this is brilliant !!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: safe riding! Im already starting to save up for my trip like this!
Save man save, the sooner the better
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 02:06:11 pm
Dis nou 'n vasbyt storie Schalk !
 Bliksim !
dit is vasbyt met geld, vasbyt met ry, vasbyt met probleme maar dit is waarvoor ek gekom het, no regrets.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 02:10:11 pm
That was the highlight of the trip so far for me, TG there are still good people in this crazy world we live in.

Mooi Man, Mooi!

 8)
Ja baie goeie mense van alle bevolkings. A stranger is just a friend you do not know yet.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 02:42:08 pm
Now 10 000km from home on one set of knobblies
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Post by: BFG on July 03, 2015, 02:59:54 pm
Now 10 000km from home on one set of knobblies
That's impressive. I suppose knowing that you have so far to go and plenty time to do it means that keeping the right wrist in check is fairly easy.
Your trip looks fantastic :thumleft:
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Post by: Frannarossi on July 03, 2015, 03:16:15 pm
Hel man maar dis 'n epic trip die!Mooi ry en geniet elke oomblik want voor jy jou kan kry is als verby..... :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 04:45:47 pm
Now 10 000km from home on one set of knobblies
That's impressive. I suppose knowing that you have so far to go and plenty time to do it means that keeping the right wrist in check is fairly easy.
Your trip looks fantastic :thumleft:
No when I overtake I wak it.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 04:47:15 pm
Hel man maar dis 'n epic trip die!Mooi ry en geniet elke oomblik want voor jy jou kan kry is als verby..... :thumleft:
Nog 'n rukkie voor alles verby is. Dankie vir die goeie wense
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Post by: ChinaPete on July 03, 2015, 06:00:48 pm
Thank you for taking the time to post. What an adventure you're having!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 07:12:29 pm
Thank you for taking the time to post. What an adventure you're having!
Thanks my man, I remember you also followed my previous trip.
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Post by: Coxwain on July 03, 2015, 07:12:44 pm
Dammmit ....now this leg of the trip is nearly over ...how long before the next leg starts  :'(

If you happen to bump into  Charlie or Ewen ...give them a toffee from me , this trip report makes their efforts look somewhat lame in comparison.

Respect brother respect .... :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:  
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 07:20:27 pm
Dammmit ....now this leg of the trip is nearly over ...how long before the next leg starts  :'(

If you happen to bump into  Charlie or Ewen ...give them a toffee from me , this trip report makes their efforts look somewhat lame in comparison.

Respect brother respect .... :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:  
I am on my way to their country, will tell them what you say. But no they did do the distance on very heavy bikes. Never saw the DVD. Thanks for following the story.
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Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on July 03, 2015, 07:23:36 pm
Hi ou doring, hoop jy geniet nog die trippie!
 :peepwall:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 07:30:54 pm
Hi ou doring, hoop jy geniet nog die trippie!
 :peepwall:
Wag vir geld hier in Khartoum sit amper sonder 'n pennie. Lyk my Home affairs in SA het die naweek huis toe gegaan sonder om te sÍ dat hulle die geld hier moet release.
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Post by: skydiver on July 03, 2015, 09:33:23 pm
Schalk, jy vorder mooi.
Veilig ry verder. 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 03, 2015, 09:50:36 pm
Schalk, jy vorder mooi.
Veilig ry verder. 
Dankie maat Egypte volgende
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Post by: Happyfeet on July 04, 2015, 12:34:21 pm
Jy doen briljant! Sterkte met die finansies en veilig bly.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 04, 2015, 05:45:06 pm
Jy doen briljant! Sterkte met die finansies en veilig bly.
Dankie sal darem more seker weer geld hÍ, dan kan ek weer die pad vat. Ek kan mos nie so dae op een plek sit nie. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 04, 2015, 05:47:17 pm
Schalk, jy vorder mooi.
Veilig ry verder. 
Vat hopelik more weer die pad. Groete
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Post by: HB 9 on July 04, 2015, 07:25:58 pm
Veilig ry - Jy gaan nog baie terug verlang na hierdie dae....

Geniet elke uitdaging en frustrasie  :thumleft:
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Post by: T Rex on July 05, 2015, 05:16:09 am
Ek kan nie glo dat jy al so vÍr is nie , ons volg jou met groot belangstelling.

Uitstekend gedoen Schalk  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 05, 2015, 07:15:29 am
Veilig ry - Jy gaan nog baie terug verlang na hierdie dae....

Geniet elke uitdaging en frustrasie  :thumleft:
Ek sal seker nog verlang, frustrasies word darem nou minder. Baie warm hier al klaar 29 grade 8.15am in die oggend. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 05, 2015, 07:16:50 am
Ek kan nie glo dat jy al so vÍr is nie , ons volg jou met groot belangstelling.

Uitstekend gedoen Schalk  :thumleft:
Gaan vandag verder, dankie en groete.
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Post by: woody1 on July 05, 2015, 07:21:55 am
Lekker ry en ry en ry..  :ricky:
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Post by: Sushi bar on July 06, 2015, 09:50:38 pm
Yuslike what an adventure, when are you going to be back in SA
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 12:36:23 pm
Yuslike what an adventure, when are you going to be back in SA
Ek dink so oor n maand-Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 12:37:47 pm
Lekker ry en ry en ry..  :ricky:
Dankie pel. Ek is nou in Egipte
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Post by: woody1 on July 10, 2015, 12:55:29 pm
Sjoe maar jy JAAG !!!!!!!!! :peepwall:

Lekker man.  Veilig ry.  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:13:31 pm
Update 10/07/15
It is today 2 month and one day since leaving on the trip and so much has happened.  Back to Khartoum. I eventually collected my tyres for the bike and the money from the Embassy on the Sunday which is a working day for them. That same afternoon I left as I could not afford the hotel anymore. I travelled towards Atbara as I wanted to sleep in a tented camp at Meroe where there are some Pyramids. I could not believe the amount of rubber from the rethreads of the trucks that was lying next to the road for hundreds of kilometres. Just about every metre or so there are complete rubber material which came off the truck tyres. As it was dark I missed the place where I wanted to camp and ended up about 30km South of Atbara. They had beds outside which they rented out for 3 Pound (R 6). I only had breakfast that morning and went straight to bed complete with my clothes on as you sleep in the open hot air. My bike was standing next to my bed. They played their TV until 2 O Clock and truck drivers would come in and rent a bed just to leave in the middle of the night again. A Donkey and it owner came past my bed at about 1am. I had little sleep that night and did not know what was waiting for me the next day. The next day I Left at 6.15 and headed north to Atbara. There I asked some directions  to Wadi Haifa through the Nubian Desert but and old guy recommended that I do not take that road as it is 613km long with no petrol in between and just about no people staying in between. Instead he recommended that I rather first go through Bayuda desert to Karima 283km then through the other part of the Nubian Desert to the town of Dongola. They told me to take lots of water along as there are also very few people staying in these two deserts. I filled all the empty bottles that I could find and left. The first desert was rockier and extremely hot. I decided to stop every 50km and then pour one bottle of water over myself and then to drink some water as well. It took just 20km for my cloths to dry and then the heat is back and then you have to stick it out for the next 30km again before the next stop. I carried on with these stops until I reached the town of Karima and although it was still extremely hot I think this is the only way you can cross these deserts at this time of the year as the sun is directly overhead at about 45 C. I then tackled the 2nd desert named the Nubian Desert which was just sand dunes and I had the same procedure of stopping every 50km wet my clothes as much as possible drink half a bottle of water and go again. The water that you pour over yourself feels like it burns you and you can be sure the temperature of the water gets to 45 C within 50km. The water that you drink is also hot like hell. I think if you get stuck in one of these two deserts without water you will be dead within 2 hours. You get a feeling here of solitude like nowhere else. I only saw 2 cars the whole day going the same direction than me and one overheating truck coming the other way. After over 600km for the day and two deserts with no food for two days and very little sleep I made the town of Dongola. I booked into a cheap hotel and ask the owner where I can get food. He told me that I should go across the street at 8 PM. As it was Ramadan the Muslims were getting ready to eat and they invited me to join them on their mats on the ground across the road. I told them no I am okay but they eventually dished up in a separate dish for me and brought it over to me where I was sitting at a table in the street opposite the hotel. Afterwards they gave me some strong coffee in a small cup which was quite nice. After their prayers a young guy came to chat to me and he spoke quite good English. He was working on the mines nearby. I went to bed then as I was tied after those two deserts. The next day it was also part of the Nubian Desert but the landscape was rockier and there were other cars on the road as well with filling stations and lots of watering places with clay pots. One place I stopped to buy a Yogi sip for breakfast and the owner wanted me to stay and chat some more but I had to move on. Again I did the same 50km then stop and pour water over me and also drink a bit every time. Later on I stopped for a Coke and all the Muslims were lying around on beds with one bed open. I was a bit tied and they offered me the bed (no mattress). I took a power nap and after 30 minutes I was on the road again in the unbelievable heat. I made Wadi Halfa just before sun set and met up with some truckers. Again they invited me for dinner and coffee and that night I slept in front of the trucks on my self-inflating mattress next to my bike.
The next morning I was off to the border and was there before 8am but they only open at 9am. A guy by the name of Mazir approached me as he was one of the guys that help people through the border for a fee. He knew Johan Bardenhorst from the Voetspore team he took my passport and told me he will sort it out soon. Later he came back and told me that I was supposed to register within 3 days after entering the country and now my passport will have to be send back to Dongola 400km away with forms and a photo. Mazir told me I could sleep at his house that night and at 12 I went back to Wadi Halfa to spent the rest of the day there. I went to sit at a corner shop to have a cold drink and chated to the owner. I felled tied of the heat and after 10 minutes he invited me to his house to come and have a snooze as he was going to have one as well. He switched on a powerful fan that really worked and I had a keep. When I woke up he brought me a plate of soup with meat in. These Muslims here in Sudan are just unbelievable good people. Mazir later fetched me from the shop and we went to his house and again I had to go with him for dinner in the street due to Ramadan. After dinner it was back to his house. A while later there was a knock on his door and in walked Herman and his wife Candelaria from Argentina with their 4 kids. They have been traveling around the world for 15 years and all their kids have been born on the way in different countries. They travel in a 1928 model car that is still completely original. We all slept in the garden that night on beds as Mazir was going to get all of us across the border the next day. The next day by 12 we were finished on the Sudan side and went across to the Egyptian side where a guy by the name of Kamil was waiting for us to assist us through the border and to get the Egyptian number plates for our vehicles. By 2 Oí clock we were through and on the way to the ferry to cross over to Abu Simbel. The Argentinians and I slept the night in the same hotel and we intend to spend a day or two together.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:19:49 pm
Photo 1 In a taxi with the red Indian on the way to the Mall
Photo 2 In the taxi on the way to collect my tyres and the money from the Embassy
Photo 3 At last my tyres from SA
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:24:58 pm
Photo 1 My bed for the night the first night out of Khartoum
Photo 2 Crossing the Nile at Atbara
Photo 3 Crossing the Bayuda Desert
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:28:46 pm
Crossing the Bayuda Desert
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:32:18 pm
Photo 1 Crossing the desert
Photo 2 Water clay pots with cool water
Photo 3 Palm trees close to Karima at the end of the first desert
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:35:56 pm
Pyramids close to Karima
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:37:47 pm
Crossing the Nubian Desert
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Post by: subie on July 10, 2015, 08:42:32 pm
Awesome  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:45:45 pm
Photo 1 Old Bedford truck overheating. There are thousands of these old trucks in Sudan
Photo 2 Truck broken down and the owner is sleeping on a bed in the shade of the truck. Check how many water tanks he has next to his truck
Photo 3 Crossing the Nile again at Dongola Sudan
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:50:36 pm
Photo 1 Nubian Desert between Dongola and Wadi Halfa
Photo 2 They lend me a bed for a half hour power nap
Photo 3 Nubian desert going north
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:53:23 pm
Going north in Sudan
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 08:55:44 pm
Close to Wadi Halfa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:00:04 pm
Photo 1 Close to wadi Halfa
Photo 2 Close to Wadi Halfa
Photo 3 At a corner shop in Waldi Halfa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:05:30 pm
Photo 1 My sleeping place the first night in Wadi Halfa. On the ground in front of the trucks.
Photo 2 North Sudan
Photo 3 My 2nd night in Wadi Halfa. Garden beds
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:11:31 pm
The Argentinians that has been driving around the world for 15 years in a 1928 motor car
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:12:58 pm
At the border on the Sudan side
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:16:11 pm
Happy family the Argentinians and their kids
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:26:14 pm
Photo 1 Fitting my Egyptian number plate.
Photo 2 North of the Egypt border
Photo 3 Some desert in the South of Egypt
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 09:30:48 pm
On the ferry across to Abu Simbel in Egypt
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 10, 2015, 10:07:54 pm
Schalk daai 1928 kar en familie het nou behoorlik my aandag gevang, ongelooflik - daar is nie woorde nie!
Ek wonder net waar kry n mens die geld om vir 15 jaar lank te kan toer soos hulle en dan nog parte vir daai motor....Royals of wat is daai?

Ek stem saam met jou, die Moslem mense van Noord Sudan is ongelooflik en sal mens altyd nooi om saam te eet. Daai kleipotte hou die water darem lekker koel ne.

Ek is bly jy het jou bande gekry!

Mooi ry!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 10:35:19 pm
Schalk daai 1928 kar en familie het nou behoorlik my aandag gevang, ongelooflik - daar is nie woorde nie!
Ek wonder net waar kry n mens die geld om vir 15 jaar lank te kan toer soos hulle en dan nog parte vir daai motor....Royals of wat is daai?

Ek stem saam met jou, die Moslem mense van Noord Sudan is ongelooflik en sal mens altyd nooi om saam te eet. Daai kleipotte hou die water darem lekker koel ne.

Ek is bly jy het jou bande gekry!

Mooi ry!
Ja dit is 'n Graham Paige 1928 en is nog oorspronklik met hout wiel speke. Hulle het al 250 000km in die 15 jaar met hom gery. Hulle lewe van 'n boek wat hulle geskryf het. Die meeste wat hulle nog van die boek verkoop het was by die swartkop reisies baan buite Pretoria toe hulle nog daar was. Hulle het beplan om 3 maande in Suid Afrika te bly en toe 11 maande gebly. Klei pot water ongelooflik in die woestyn
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Post by: zook on July 10, 2015, 10:38:34 pm
Hi Schalk, het biki asem opgehou met jou stilte di laaste paar dae! So jy kon met n ferrie van Wadi na Abu Simbel gaan, hoe lank is die trip? Wat kos di fixer jou?
was di duane in egipte maklik?
Leke verder toer, wag vir jou volgine post

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 10:42:06 pm
Hi Schalk, het biki asem opgehou met jou stilte di laaste paar dae! So jy kon met n ferrie van Wadi na Abu Simbel gaan, hoe lank is die trip? Wat kos di fixer jou?
was di duane in egipte maklik?
Leke verder toer, wag vir jou volgine post


Altwee kante saam was so R2700 wat die ferry ingesluit het. Dit is die enigste grens wat ek iemand moes gebruik het. Jy betaal om Sudan te verlaat.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 10, 2015, 10:47:51 pm
Hi Schalk, het biki asem opgehou met jou stilte di laaste paar dae! So jy kon met n ferrie van Wadi na Abu Simbel gaan, hoe lank is die trip? Wat kos di fixer jou?
was di duane in egipte maklik?
Leke verder toer, wag vir jou volgine post


Altwee kante saam was so R2700 wat die ferry ingesluit het. Dit is die enigste grens wat ek iemand moes gebruik het. Jy betaal om Sudan te verlaat. Jy ry so 30 KM noord voordat jy die ferry kry in Egipte en dit vat so 1 uur 15min.
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Post by: T Rex on July 11, 2015, 04:02:01 am
Dankie vir die pics !

Hou so aan en veilig ry . 
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Post by: LionBuell on July 11, 2015, 04:24:25 am
Hallo Schalk.  Is jy nie bang die ouens met die trokke sien jou nie as hulle so in die nag vertrek nie. Daardie matras is laag op die grond.
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 11, 2015, 06:21:14 am
Jislaaik Schalk daar is min mense wat so 'n avontuur lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou en ry lekker saam.

Ek het so jaar lank gewerk daar waar jy nou begin rondry. Weet nie of jy teen die Rooi see opry nie, maar kyk uit vir 'n plek genaamd Soma Bay so 60km voor Hurghada. Ons het hom gebou in 2001 - het nogal 'n Gary Player designed gholfbaan.

As jy in Hurghada draai, stop by die 'Spur' - selfde Spur teken as hier by ons. Baie lekker Australiese rib eye steak en selfs bobotie.

El Gouna museum ook 'n nice plek om boots uit te skop en keel nat te maak. Pasop net vir die Sakara - maak seker jy drink die 4%, daai 7% een maak jou gat vinnig stamp.

Ry veilig en geniet dit.
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Post by: gwild on July 11, 2015, 07:15:34 am
Thx for keeping us posted, this is one awesome adventure  :thumleft:
Keep them coming  :peepwall:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 11, 2015, 10:13:13 am
Thx for keeping us posted, this is one awesome adventure  :thumleft:
Keep them coming  :peepwall:
Thanks mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 11, 2015, 10:16:29 am
Jislaaik Schalk daar is min mense wat so 'n avontuur lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou en ry lekker saam.

Ek het so jaar lank gewerk daar waar jy nou begin rondry. Weet nie of jy teen die Rooi see opry nie, maar kyk uit vir 'n plek genaamd Soma Bay so 60km voor Hurghada. Ons het hom gebou in 2001 - het nogal 'n Gary Player designed gholfbaan.

As jy in Hurghada draai, stop by die 'Spur' - selfde Spur teken as hier by ons. Baie lekker Australiese rib eye steak en selfs bobotie.

El Gouna museum ook 'n nice plek om boots uit te skop en keel nat te maak. Pasop net vir die Sakara - maak seker jy drink die 4%, daai 7% een maak jou gat vinnig stamp.

Ry veilig en geniet dit.
Dankie my maat vir die foto's en raad. Ja nee ek is dors hier nog net een bier in twee weke gehad. Ek gaan een van die dae 'n bietjie my dors les.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 11, 2015, 10:18:26 am
Hallo Schalk.  Is jy nie bang die ouens met die trokke sien jou nie as hulle so in die nag vertrek nie. Daardie matras is laag op die grond.
Ek het so 'n bietjie lig geslaap want die trokke het party keer plek nodig om 'n draai te maak.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 11, 2015, 10:19:12 am
Dankie vir die pics !

Hou so aan en veilig ry . 
Maak so my maat
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Post by: J-dog on July 11, 2015, 10:25:49 am
 :sip:
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Post by: woody1 on July 11, 2015, 11:20:49 am
Daai familie was hier in SA gewees. My pel wat aan ou karre werk het hulle gehelp met herstelwerk hier in Brakpan !
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 11, 2015, 11:24:45 am
Daai familie was hier in SA gewees. My pel wat aan ou karre werk het hulle gehelp met herstelwerk hier in Brakpan !
Ja hulle het hoofsaaklik by SA families op plase gebly. Hull is mal oor die Suid Afrikaners. Baie warm hier in Suid Egipte. Groete
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Post by: woody1 on July 11, 2015, 11:56:35 am
Ek sal ou Brian se hulle is nou daar.
Lekker verder ry. :ricky:
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Post by: Gťrrard on July 11, 2015, 12:10:04 pm
Schalk daai 1928 kar en familie het nou behoorlik my aandag gevang, ongelooflik - daar is nie woorde nie!
Ek wonder net waar kry n mens die geld om vir 15 jaar lank te kan toer soos hulle en dan nog parte vir daai motor....Royals of wat is daai?

Ek stem saam met jou, die Moslem mense van Noord Sudan is ongelooflik en sal mens altyd nooi om saam te eet. Daai kleipotte hou die water darem lekker koel ne.

Ek is bly jy het jou bande gekry!

Mooi ry!

In PE het hulle hier by ons kamers 'n draai en geselsie gemaak. Het 'n getekende kopie van hulle boek gekry.  :biggrin: Great lees.

Sal hom soek en jou die ISBN nommer gee  :thumleft:
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Post by: Gťrrard on July 11, 2015, 01:08:52 pm
Schalk daai 1928 kar en familie het nou behoorlik my aandag gevang, ongelooflik - daar is nie woorde nie!
Ek wonder net waar kry n mens die geld om vir 15 jaar lank te kan toer soos hulle en dan nog parte vir daai motor....Royals of wat is daai?

Ek stem saam met jou, die Moslem mense van Noord Sudan is ongelooflik en sal mens altyd nooi om saam te eet. Daai kleipotte hou die water darem lekker koel ne.

Ek is bly jy het jou bande gekry!

Mooi ry!

In PE het hulle hier by ons kamers 'n draai en geselsie gemaak. Het 'n getekende kopie van hulle boek gekry.  :biggrin: Great lees.

Sal hom soek en jou die ISBN nommer gee  :thumleft:

"Spark your Dream" by Candelaria & Herman Zapp ISBN 978-987-23134-1-8  4th ed.
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Post by: Herklaas on July 11, 2015, 01:55:18 pm
 :sip: Thanks for the ride report to beat many, fascinated by your adventures, also by the traveling family, my grand daughter (Paige) looks identical to the girl in the photo with her mother in the front seat, and they are driving a car with the same name as my Grand daughter (Graham Paige)
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Post by: zook on July 11, 2015, 03:02:02 pm
Schalk, is die pad van Kartoum tot in Dongola geteer?, verder tot in Wadi?
Hoe ver is dit v Kartoum  na wadi? kon jy maklik petrol kry?
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Post by: Xpat on July 11, 2015, 03:13:33 pm
I knew the road from Dongola to Wadi Haifa has been tarred, but it is kind of sad seeing it in pictures. That ride used to be magical crossing of the desert with no or very little traffic, definitely no trucks.

Schalk, if I understand correctly you said the ferry goes to Abu Simbel - does it mean that they let you off the boat there and you continue on land up north, or do you still need to sail all the way up to Assuan?

Thank you, and safe rest of the trip.
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Post by: zook on July 11, 2015, 04:49:27 pm
Hey Xpat youre back! Continue with your tred i'm checking everyday with exitement but just nothing!!! :lamer:
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Post by: Happyfeet on July 11, 2015, 05:27:50 pm
"Spark your Dream" was nogal een van die goed wat my geinspireer het om (tov van fietsry) te wees waar ek vandag is! Hulle is ongelooflik. Daai ou tjor het hulle al oorgenoeg probleme besorg, tog druk hulle deur.

Van ongelooflik gepraat - jou vraggie lyk of dit net hoer en hoer word? Jy nie bang jy raak effe top-heavy nie?
Dankie, geniet jou RR en ervaringe - jy is self 'n grooot inspirasie!
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Post by: Xpat on July 11, 2015, 06:29:56 pm
Hey Xpat youre back! Continue with your tred i'm checking everyday with exitement but just nothing!!! :lamer:

Yeah, I'm looking into it now - but it's financial year end and I've been busy. You can read other RRs linked in my signature or from other people in the meantime.

Sorry Schalk for off-topic
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 04:16:16 pm
I knew the road from Dongola to Wadi Haifa has been tarred, but it is kind of sad seeing it in pictures. That ride used to be magical crossing of the desert with no or very little traffic, definitely no trucks.

Schalk, if I understand correctly you said the ferry goes to Abu Simbel - does it mean that they let you off the boat there and you continue on land up north, or do you still need to sail all the way up to Assuan?

Thank you, and safe rest of the trip.
Correct after the border you travel north for about 30km to the ferry then just 1hour15min across to Abu Simbel on the ferry then a new very nice tar road through the desert to Aswan. I slept in the desert on the sand last night 100km before Aswan. Dongola to Wadi Haifa also tarred and only trucks and busses. I suppose one cannot stop progress.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 04:24:13 pm
"Spark your Dream" was nogal een van die goed wat my geinspireer het om (tov van fietsry) te wees waar ek vandag is! Hulle is ongelooflik. Daai ou tjor het hulle al oorgenoeg probleme besorg, tog druk hulle deur.

Van ongelooflik gepraat - jou vraggie lyk of dit net hoer en hoer word? Jy nie bang jy raak effe top-heavy nie?
Dankie, geniet jou RR en ervaringe - jy is self 'n grooot inspirasie!
Ja ek is nou my 5de dag saam met die Spark Your Dream familie en hulle is so nice. Hulle het al 250 000km met die ou Graham Paige gery en al 4 die kinder is op pad gebore in verskillende lande. My vraggie lyk my pla ander mense meer as myself. Ek het gister aand en vanoggend op die woestyn sand gery om daar te slaap en geen probleem. Nou dat ek nuwe bande het gaan ek dalk die oues tot in Cairo ry net om n punt te maak.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 04:27:35 pm
"Spark your Dream" was nogal een van die goed wat my geinspireer het om (tov van fietsry) te wees waar ek vandag is! Hulle is ongelooflik. Daai ou tjor het hulle al oorgenoeg probleme besorg, tog druk hulle deur.

Van ongelooflik gepraat - jou vraggie lyk of dit net hoer en hoer word? Jy nie bang jy raak effe top-heavy nie?
Dankie, geniet jou RR en ervaringe - jy is self 'n grooot inspirasie!
Ja ek is nou my 5de dag saam met die Spark Your Dream familie en hulle is so nice. Hulle het al 250 000km met die ou Graham Paige gery en al 4 die kinder is op pad gebore in verskillende lande. My vraggie lyk my pla ander mense meer as myself. Ek het gister aand en vanoggend op die woestyn sand gery om daar te slaap en geen probleem. Nou dat ek nuwe bande het gaan ek dalk die oues tot in Cairo ry net om n punt te maak.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 04:37:41 pm
Schalk, is die pad van Kartoum tot in Dongola geteer?, verder tot in Wadi?
Hoe ver is dit v Kartoum  na wadi? kon jy maklik petrol kry?
In Sudan is petrol geen probleem. Ek het van Khartoum eers Atbara toe gery wat 'n ompad is en toe deur die twee woestyne tot by Dongola en toe tot by Wadi Halfa so my roete was so 900-1000km alles teer. In Ethiopia was petrol 'n probleem
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 04:40:08 pm
:sip: Thanks for the ride report to beat many, fascinated by your adventures, also by the traveling family, my grand daughter (Paige) looks identical to the girl in the photo with her mother in the front seat, and they are driving a car with the same name as my Grand daughter (Graham Paige)
I will tell them mate. Thanks Schalk
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 04:42:50 pm
Schalk daai 1928 kar en familie het nou behoorlik my aandag gevang, ongelooflik - daar is nie woorde nie!
Ek wonder net waar kry n mens die geld om vir 15 jaar lank te kan toer soos hulle en dan nog parte vir daai motor....Royals of wat is daai?

Ek stem saam met jou, die Moslem mense van Noord Sudan is ongelooflik en sal mens altyd nooi om saam te eet. Daai kleipotte hou die water darem lekker koel ne.

Ek is bly jy het jou bande gekry!

Mooi ry!

In PE het hulle hier by ons kamers 'n draai en geselsie gemaak. Het 'n getekende kopie van hulle boek gekry.  :biggrin: Great lees.

Sal hom soek en jou die ISBN nommer gee  :thumleft:
Jy kan hulle boek op Amason.com ook kry. Groete daar.
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Post by: cruizaman on July 12, 2015, 08:48:44 pm
Hi Schalk, ek het ook nou weer opgevang met jou verslae. Dit lyk fantasties en asof die 'living the dream' deel ddarvan bewaarheid word! Geniet elke oomblik daarvan.

Moenie dink die ouens wat kommentaar lewer is die enigste wat jou volg nie, ek is seker daar is baie wat jou verslag lees maar wat nie kommentaar lewer nie. Ons is almal baie jaloers, maar geniet die trip saam met jou.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 12, 2015, 09:00:56 pm
Hi Schalk, ek het ook nou weer opgevang met jou verslae. Dit lyk fantasties en asof die 'living the dream' deel ddarvan bewaarheid word! Geniet elke oomblik daarvan.

Moenie dink die ouens wat kommentaar lewer is die enigste wat jou volg nie, ek is seker daar is baie wat jou verslag lees maar wat nie kommentaar lewer nie. Ons is almal baie jaloers, maar geniet die trip saam met jou.
Dankie cruizaman ek waardeer almal wat my storie volg, dit hou my aan die gang Groet daar kom nog baie
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 13, 2015, 07:46:19 pm
Ons volg jou al die pas Schalck, geniet dit net!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 13, 2015, 11:50:17 pm
Ons volg jou al die pas Schalck, geniet dit net!
Dankie my maat, more ry ek noord in Egipte vanaf Aswan
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Post by: gser on July 14, 2015, 08:38:08 am

 Vat vyf !
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 14, 2015, 10:39:04 am

 Vat vyf !
Op pad weer van Aswan Egipte noorde toe. Sal weer raporteer waneer ek Wi Fi het groete
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Post by: Tony the Boney on July 14, 2015, 05:23:22 pm
watch out for camels (no joke)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 14, 2015, 09:58:12 pm
watch out for camels (no joke)
Sorry china saw no camels
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 15, 2015, 06:01:23 pm
I am in Luxor here in Egypt and everybody just wants to rip you off. From buying a cell phone sim card that does not work to buying an ice cream to riding on a horse drawn carriage. So I thought I will retaliate and make it known on social media. Will do a complete update soon.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 15, 2015, 06:03:46 pm
I am in Luxor here in Egypt and everybody just wants to rip you off. From buying a cell phone sim card that does not work to buying an ice cream to riding on a horse drawn carriage. So I thought I will retaliate and make it known on social media. Will do a complete update soon.

Ja hulle kan n man sleg bedonner Schalk, en dan word hulle soms moerig as mens nie wil koop nie.
Sterkte en ons kyk later vir n update!
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 15, 2015, 07:01:20 pm
I am in Luxor here in Egypt and everybody just wants to rip you off. From buying a cell phone sim card that does not work to buying an ice cream to riding on a horse drawn carriage. So I thought I will retaliate and make it known on social media. Will do a complete update soon.

Ja hulle kan n man sleg bedonner Schalk, en dan word hulle soms moerig as mens nie wil koop nie.
Sterkte en ons kyk later vir n update!

Presies hoekom my 5 jaar plan in Egipte 13 maande later tot 'n einde gekom het. Hulle wou selfs my girlfriend (nou my vrou) vir 'n paar Kamele ruil.

Woord van advies Schalk - hulle gaan jou irriteer tot jy ander kant uit is. Speel saam, vat hulle vir 'n gat en geniet jou trip!

La = Nee
Aiwa = Ja
Galas = Klaar
Fokof = Internationally understood.

PS - Ek moes daai kamele gevat het.  :imaposer:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 15, 2015, 08:49:50 pm
I am in Luxor here in Egypt and everybody just wants to rip you off. From buying a cell phone sim card that does not work to buying an ice cream to riding on a horse drawn carriage. So I thought I will retaliate and make it known on social media. Will do a complete update soon.

Ja hulle kan n man sleg bedonner Schalk, en dan word hulle soms moerig as mens nie wil koop nie.
Sterkte en ons kyk later vir n update!

Presies hoekom my 5 jaar plan in Egipte 13 maande later tot 'n einde gekom het. Hulle wou selfs my girlfriend (nou my vrou) vir 'n paar Kamele ruil.

Woord van advies Schalk - hulle gaan jou irriteer tot jy ander kant uit is. Speel saam, vat hulle vir 'n gat en geniet jou trip!

La = Nee
Aiwa = Ja
Galas = Klaar
Fokof = Internationally understood.

PS - Ek moes daai kamele gevat het.  :imaposer:
Hi ktmkobus dit klink my jy het ook al n paar myl op jou kerfstok. Ja ek dink ek gaan hulle 'n bietjie irriteer. Dankie vir die inligting. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 15, 2015, 08:50:37 pm
I am in Luxor here in Egypt and everybody just wants to rip you off. From buying a cell phone sim card that does not work to buying an ice cream to riding on a horse drawn carriage. So I thought I will retaliate and make it known on social media. Will do a complete update soon.

Ja hulle kan n man sleg bedonner Schalk, en dan word hulle soms moerig as mens nie wil koop nie.
Sterkte en ons kyk later vir n update!
Dankie my maat
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Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on July 15, 2015, 08:57:22 pm
hi my Vriend - lyk my jy geniet jouself!

Mooi ry en mors bietjie met daai Egyptians. LOL
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 15, 2015, 08:57:42 pm
Jislaaik Schalk daar is min mense wat so 'n avontuur lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou en ry lekker saam.

Ek het so jaar lank gewerk daar waar jy nou begin rondry. Weet nie of jy teen die Rooi see opry nie, maar kyk uit vir 'n plek genaamd Soma Bay so 60km voor Hurghada. Ons het hom gebou in 2001 - het nogal 'n Gary Player designed gholfbaan.

As jy in Hurghada draai, stop by die 'Spur' - selfde Spur teken as hier by ons. Baie lekker Australiese rib eye steak en selfs bobotie.

El Gouna museum ook 'n nice plek om boots uit te skop en keel nat te maak. Pasop net vir die Sakara - maak seker jy drink die 4%, daai 7% een maak jou gat vinnig stamp.

Ry veilig en geniet dit.
Ry more na die plekke wat jy hierbo aanbeveel. Dankie vir die inligting
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 15, 2015, 08:58:43 pm
hi my Vriend - lyk my jy geniet jouself!

Mooi ry en mors bietjie met daai Egyptians. LOL
Jy ken my mos, ons gaan nie stooi vat nie.
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Post by: Jondu on July 15, 2015, 09:26:59 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 16, 2015, 11:03:37 pm
Jislaaik Schalk daar is min mense wat so 'n avontuur lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou en ry lekker saam.

Ek het so jaar lank gewerk daar waar jy nou begin rondry. Weet nie of jy teen die Rooi see opry nie, maar kyk uit vir 'n plek genaamd Soma Bay so 60km voor Hurghada. Ons het hom gebou in 2001 - het nogal 'n Gary Player designed gholfbaan.

As jy in Hurghada draai, stop by die 'Spur' - selfde Spur teken as hier by ons. Baie lekker Australiese rib eye steak en selfs bobotie.

El Gouna museum ook 'n nice plek om boots uit te skop en keel nat te maak. Pasop net vir die Sakara - maak seker jy drink die 4%, daai 7% een maak jou gat vinnig stamp.

Ry veilig en geniet dit.
Ry more na die plekke wat jy hierbo aanbeveel. Dankie vir die inligting
is nou hier in Hurghada maar geen Spur nie. Ook nie op die internet nie. Hoe lank terug was jy hier. Die plek is nou 36km lank
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 16, 2015, 11:10:12 pm
Jislaaik Schalk daar is min mense wat so 'n avontuur lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou en ry lekker saam.

Ek het so jaar lank gewerk daar waar jy nou begin rondry. Weet nie of jy teen die Rooi see opry nie, maar kyk uit vir 'n plek genaamd Soma Bay so 60km voor Hurghada. Ons het hom gebou in 2001 - het nogal 'n Gary Player designed gholfbaan.

As jy in Hurghada draai, stop by die 'Spur' - selfde Spur teken as hier by ons. Baie lekker Australiese rib eye steak en selfs bobotie.

El Gouna museum ook 'n nice plek om boots uit te skop en keel nat te maak. Pasop net vir die Sakara - maak seker jy drink die 4%, daai 7% een maak jou gat vinnig stamp.

Ry veilig en geniet dit.
Ry more na die plekke wat jy hierbo aanbeveel. Dankie vir die inligting
is nou hier in Hurghada maar geen Spur nie. Ook nie op die internet nie. Hoe lank terug was jy hier. Die plek is nou 36km lank

Hel Schalk, lyk my dinge het daar 'n bietjie verander.  Dit was destyds definitief nie 36km lank nie! Ek was in 2000/2001 daar gewees en menige Vrydag aand voor die Old Vic hotel gebraai.
Post tog seblief 'n foto van hoe dit nou daar lyk.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 12:31:35 am
Update 17/07/2015
At Abu Simbel the 6 Argentinians who have been traveling around the world for 15 years and I booked into a typical Egyptian hotel. The owner and the hotel staff were very nice to us. We got a special rate and decided to stay two nights. Herman and I went the next day at 5am to explore the Abu Simbel Rock Temple. What is really remarkable about the temples are that in 1968 the Nile was going to be flooded due to a dam wall being build and UNESCO moved this complete rock temple piece by piece as it was going to be under the water. They did a fantastic job if you see the scale of the job. The reason why we had to go at 5am is to get the different colours over the temple as one moment it is red then yellow etc. due to the Sun rise.
After two days we were on the road again and we drove very slowly as Herman does only 55kmh in his 1928 Graham Paige car. I followed and 100km before Aswan we camped in the desert. Herman had to ride his car with narrow little tyres and myself with the overloaded bike onto the desert sand. Candelaria Hermanís wife made us dinner that night and breakfast the next morning right there in the middle of the desert. They slept in their car and I slept under the stars on my sleeping bag and the desert sky was just too beautiful. Herman packed some rocks in his spoor in order to get out again the next morning; This took him quite a while. The next day reaching Aswan we found a cheap hotel. Herman and family being on the road around the world for 15 years are by now the most experienced negotiator that I know and I left the negotiating to him. Again I stayed 2 nights and The Argentinians were staying for 3 nights. The next day we all went together to see The Philae Temple and you have to go by boat. Once again these temples were moved by UNESCO before the completion of the Aswan high dam to the Agilkia Island. UNESCO also did a magnificent job here.
So after 6 days with the family of 6 Argentinians it was time to say good bye and it was sad as we all got along so well and I left for Luxor. The road to Luxor is mainly along the Nile River and I booked in at the Rezeiky Camp and again stayed for two nights. They had a pool there and in this blazing hot weather it was so nice to take a dip. The next day I visited the Temple there on the East bank of the Nile River. After the visit I bought a sim card for my phone but noticed that the sim card is loose from the rest of the card. After I inserted the sim card I saw that there is no signal. He assured me that it will come on in two hours. After that I went to buy an Ice cream and had to wait for the Muslims to finish their prayer as it is Ramadan. After their prayer they quoted me 15 pound for the ice cream and I just knew it was a rip off price. The stall next door wanted 10 pound and I found the same ice cream then for 5 pounds. I just find it astonishing that someone can get off his knees from prayer and then try and sell a tourist something for 3 times the price. I do not know if this is allowed in their religion to rip a stranger off like that. As I walked a long way from Rezeiky camp I thought I will take a horse drawn carriage for 30 pounds as I wanted to go to a Voda phone shop to see if they can get my phone going. All the Voda phone shops were closed due to Ramadan and when the carriage driver dropped me off and I paid him with a 50 pound note he only gave me 5 pounds change. By now I was fuming. Three transactions and 3 times they tried to do me in. So the next morning when I left I first went to a Voda phone shop and got a new sim card and I got the guy to get my phone working. He then checked on the system and saw that the sim I bought the previous day was an old sim card. I just thought I am not taking this lying down and went back to the Luxor Temple. At the gate I ask the assistance of the police. The police are everywhere with machine guns as I think they expect trouble from extremist. The big chief was helpful and sends me with an interpreter to the shop and I got my 50 pound back. The guy was so embarrassed and I could see all the other stall owners were gossiping about what just happened. Then I was on the road to Hurghada. When I got close to Qena at a road block the police told me not to go straight but rather to go through the town of Qena as the other road is ďdangerousĒ. In Qena there were another road block and they checked my passport and my Egyptian number plate and they were on the radio and they must have kept me there for about half an hour before I was allowed to proceed. Then just out of Qena another road block and again they were on the radio and eventually I was allowed to go. The road went through the Eastern desert and it was hot and dry. About 100km before Safaga I stopped to buy a cold drink at a road side shop and about 3 cars stood with their bonnets open due to overheating. I must say my little thumper has handled all these extremely hot deserts with ease. I never filled extra oil or water since leaving home more than 2 months ago and at about 110kmh it is really cruising easy and very economical on fuel returning a consumption of over 20km per litre and on one tank I even got 360km on under 15 litres. The sump is also a dry sump motor and I know a lot of guys donít like fuel injection but I swear by it. This bike is just so reliable and I donít want to be on any other bike although I know that in the 650cc range all the makes of bikes today should make a trip like this trouble free. About 30km before Safaga going towards the red sea the road turned into a dual road and I was thank full for that as just about every 2nd car or bus from the front would come on my side of the road when overtaking or coming around a bend which is frightening at times. On top of that I had another problem, my elbow and the mussel on my right forearm is extremely sore for the last 10 days or so. I met a South African couple in Aswan and the guy with a medical background think it is a tennis elbow. I am not a pill popping type of person but I bought some Voltaren Tablets but after days riding it is so sore and if I have to do some sand riding now I think it will be impossible. It is mainly from turning and holding the throttle for two months now. If it does not improve by the time that I get to Cairo tomorrow then I am going to swap my right hand throttle to the left and vice versa. I will then just have to turn the throttle forward with my left hand as the trip must go on. Since Ethiopia I am driving on the right hand side of the road and this will just be something else to get used to. Anyway back to the road. The curves in the road before Safaga was just too nice for this biker and going through these desert mountains were just fantastic as I had the full double lane to myself with no cars around me as the upcoming lanes were on another route through the desert mountains. At Safaga I filled up just as the reserve light came on and then turned north towards Hurghada. The road then ran all along the Red See and I got to Hurghada and booked into a hotel with air con for 100 Egyptian pounds per night. (R150) Hurghada is a diving destination about 35 km long and for the first time I saw a lot of European tourist here in Egypt. Hurghada is more modern and unlike the rest of Egypt. So tomorrow it is off to Cairo where I will go and see the world famous Pyramids of Giza and reaching Cairo on one set of knobblies will be another mile stone for me.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 01:32:23 am
The rock temple of Abu Simbel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 01:35:24 am
The rock temple of Abu Simbel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 01:39:33 am
The Zapp family that has been traveling around the world for 15 years. All their children were born on the way.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 01:45:21 am
Photo  1 Our waiter at the hotel at the Zapp families 1928 car
Photo  2 Filling up for the trip through the desert
Photo  3 The Desert Between Abu Simbel and Aswan
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 01:54:26 am
The desert between Abu Simbel and Aswan
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 01:58:18 am
Our sleeping place in the desert for the night 100km before Aswan. I slept on my sleeping bag under the stars while the Zapp family slept in their car.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:03:26 am
Photo 1 The kids playing while mommy and daddy is packing up
Photo 2 Soldiers every where
Photo 3 First money that i was able to draw in Egypt
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:07:20 am
Photo 1 Thousands of these old Peogeos still on the roads in Egypt
Photo 2 Aswan at night
Photo 3 After dinner on the way to our hotel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:09:13 am
Who remember these Jawa bikes from the sixties
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:13:21 am
Photo 1 Older boet is studying Egypt
Photo 2 Younger boet plays in the roof of the car while we are driving
Photo 3 Egypt transport
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:17:09 am
On the way to the Philae temple on the Island
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:19:33 am
The Philae Temple in Aswan
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:24:55 am
After 6 days with the Zapp family it was time to say good bye. They did not want me to go. Very nice family, I learned so much from them. The most experienced travellers in the world.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:28:53 am
The Nile River and on the way to Luxor
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:30:38 am
The Nile river at Luxor
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:33:02 am
The Temple at Luxor
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:35:13 am
The temple at Luxor
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:38:13 am
The temple at Luxor
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:42:13 am
Photo 1 One horse power Yamaha
Photo 2 Through the desert
Photo 3 Cars overheating in the Desert
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:44:07 am
Mountains in the desert
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 18, 2015, 02:46:12 am
ek geniet die RR geweldig baie, dankie Schalk!!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:46:52 am
Between Safaga and Hurghada on the Red Sea
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:52:16 am
Photo 1 Their Coffee cups don't have handles
Photo 2 The hotel where i was staying for 100pound a night(R150)
Photo 3 Hurghada
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:54:34 am
Hurghada
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:56:45 am
Hurghada
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 02:58:56 am
The town Hurghada is 35km long
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 03:03:23 am
The thumper that brought me safely all the way to Egypt. This bike have earned my respect in the way that it handled all those thousands of km through various extremely hot deserts
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 03:23:14 am
ek geniet die RR geweldig baie, dankie Schalk!!
Dit is 'n plesier my maat.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 18, 2015, 03:25:48 am
Jislaaik Schalk daar is min mense wat so 'n avontuur lewe. Ek het baie respek vir jou en ry lekker saam.

Ek het so jaar lank gewerk daar waar jy nou begin rondry. Weet nie of jy teen die Rooi see opry nie, maar kyk uit vir 'n plek genaamd Soma Bay so 60km voor Hurghada. Ons het hom gebou in 2001 - het nogal 'n Gary Player designed gholfbaan.

As jy in Hurghada draai, stop by die 'Spur' - selfde Spur teken as hier by ons. Baie lekker Australiese rib eye steak en selfs bobotie.

El Gouna museum ook 'n nice plek om boots uit te skop en keel nat te maak. Pasop net vir die Sakara - maak seker jy drink die 4%, daai 7% een maak jou gat vinnig stamp.

Ry veilig en geniet dit.
Ry more na die plekke wat jy hierbo aanbeveel. Dankie vir die inligting
is nou hier in Hurghada maar geen Spur nie. Ook nie op die internet nie. Hoe lank terug was jy hier. Die plek is nou 36km lank

Hel Schalk, lyk my dinge het daar 'n bietjie verander.  Dit was destyds definitief nie 36km lank nie! Ek was in 2000/2001 daar gewees en menige Vrydag aand voor die Old Vic hotel gebraai.
Post tog seblief 'n foto van hoe dit nou daar lyk.
Daar is die fotos nou
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Post by: Crossed-up on July 18, 2015, 06:36:30 am
Awesome! Well done.
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on July 18, 2015, 07:02:25 am
Baie dankie vir die fotos van Hurghada Schalk en dis fantasties om jou avontuur te volg!  :ricky:

Hurghada was destyds al baie verwesterd agv die toerisme en aantreklike diving sites daar. Nou lyk dit egter al soos 'n stad en dalk 'n plek waar 'n men's op so lekker trip eerder wil uitkom terug in die woestyn.

Veilige myle Kairo toe en sterkte met die verkeer daar. Geniet die museum, die piramides en die Sphynks en soos jy teen die tyd weet, daai ou wat jou verniet 'n Coke aanbied op die een plek het 'n ander tjommie om die volgende draai wat jou inwag om 'n belaglike prys vir daai selle verniet Coke te betaal.

 :thumleft:
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Post by: SchalkL on July 18, 2015, 07:28:14 am
Hoop daai besering van jou is ok!!
Hoe lyk dit vir my of jou pakaas al hoer word op die bike  :eek7:
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Post by: Toni on July 18, 2015, 07:55:06 am
Well done, you are doing exactly what a lot of us dream and talk about doing.

Had the pleasure of meeting the Zapp family in C.T.  What a nice bunch of people

May you ride safe and fulfil your dreams

Toni

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Post by: woody1 on July 18, 2015, 10:40:47 am
Lekker Schalk, bly daai yster van 'n bike het jou veilig daar ver gebring.
Geniet die res my maat.   Ons ry nog ALTYD saam.  :ricky:
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Post by: evansv on July 18, 2015, 07:51:47 pm
Fantastic report & thanks for sharing!! Looking forward to the next episode.

Ride safe Schalk :thumleft:
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Post by: capetowntocairo on July 19, 2015, 03:17:50 pm
Well done on this fantastic trip.  Going out there and doing what we dream of is better than sitting around thinking it is what you want to do - Just Do It.  You are an inspiration...
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Post by: skydiver on July 19, 2015, 08:51:50 pm
Respek vir jou en daai 66OR Schalk.
Mooi fotos.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Frannarossi on July 20, 2015, 12:36:14 pm
Ongelooflike trip!!!!!!!
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Post by: gwild on July 20, 2015, 09:30:46 pm
Awesome  :thumleft: cant wait for more :peepwall:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 20, 2015, 10:43:06 pm
Stranded in Egypt. They donít want to allow me to the other side of the Suez Canal as a suicide bomber blew himself up 2 weeks ago in the Sanai on a motor cycle. So I cannot get to Israel to catch my ferrie and all ferries to and from Egypt have been cancelled due to the political problems in the country. Will try and make a plan tomorrow.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 20, 2015, 10:59:21 pm
Have completed this leg of the trip but cannot get out of Egypt as per above post. They are very nervous of me and the army guys are always pointing automatic rifles at me at these hundreds of road blocks across the country. I think they always think that I am a possible suicide bomber with all my luggage.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 20, 2015, 11:19:47 pm
Wow, please then no sudden movements, do everything as if you are in a extra go slow mode.

Be carefull.
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Post by: Xpat on July 20, 2015, 11:35:20 pm
Egypt wasn't my favourite place, but it seem to went down the drain since.

Wouldn't cheap local sourced open face helmet help a bit with the checkpoints? When people can see your face, they may feel a bit more relaxed (not completely, but if the situation is tense, every bit counts).
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 21, 2015, 03:11:46 am
Ai to Schalk, daar is altyd stories met die Egiptenare......ek vertrou als sal binnekort uitgesorteer wees. Sterkte man!
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Post by: T Rex on July 21, 2015, 07:36:53 am
Sterkte Schalk.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 21, 2015, 09:52:22 pm
Wow, please then no sudden movements, do everything as if you are in a extra go slow mode.

Be carefull.
Don't worry I have gone through hundreds of these road blocks by now. Body langue is everything. See you in Dec.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 21, 2015, 09:54:11 pm
Sterkte Schalk.
Dankie
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 21, 2015, 09:56:23 pm
Egypt wasn't my favourite place, but it seem to went down the drain since.

Wouldn't cheap local sourced open face helmet help a bit with the checkpoints? When people can see your face, they may feel a bit more relaxed (not completely, but if the situation is tense, every bit counts).
Don't worry after hundreds of these road blocks I got it under control
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 21, 2015, 09:57:22 pm
Ai to Schalk, daar is altyd stories met die Egiptenare......ek vertrou als sal binnekort uitgesorteer wees. Sterkte man!
Dankie man dinge kom klaar reg
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 01:54:22 am
Update 22/07/2015
So from Hurghada I took the road north. By now I have done about 2500km of various deserts. I found it a little more bearable as I move north as the sun is on its way south towards the Equator (South Africa summer is on its way) and I am north of The Tropic of Cancer and slowly moving away from the sun.  I made it in one day from Hurghada to Cairo which is basically in a desert. Entering Cairo from the East with the Sun directly in my eyes and I only ask directions once and was on my way again and as I came close to the end of the Hi way I saw the Pyramids of Giza. I thought maybe I will make it before sun set but somebody next to the road said sorry closed it will be open again by the following day at 8am. So I looked for a hotel and found one nearby and my room on the 8th floor was overlooking the Pyramids. The room had no air con and I slept with the door open. The next morning I woke up at 5.30am and while lying in bed there were the Pyramids right in front of me, a better view than that you would not find. After breakfast I rode my bike to the Pyramids in the hope that I would be able to take a photo of the bike with the Pyramids in the back ground. At the gate they allowed buses and mini buses and cars into the ground but told me that I could not go in with the bike. I even spoke to a high ranking officer in the army but they would not give any reason. I was upset but later when I heard the full story I understood. So I went back to the hotel and loaded my bike and I was off to the Suez Canal tunnel in the hope that I could cross into the Sanai Desert towards Elat in Israel. About 50km before the tunnel there were a road block again, one of hundreds since in Egypt. I was almost past them when they shouted that I must stop. As usual soldiers with automatic rifles with two magazines each was circling me with their finger on the trigger. The commander of the group told me to get off my bike. I had to move the bike even closer to them in order to have the side stand lower than the bike otherwise the bike would fall over. I think this made them even more nervous. They wanted to see my passport, my bikes papers my driverís licence, my international drivers licence (first time ever).  I eventually told the guy in charge ďyou know you are treating me badly I could have been your fatherĒ. He then apologized and asks me if I want water or a cold drink and he even wanted to know if I need money. They also gave me a telephone number for emergencies. The conversation then changed and like at most other road blocks we cracked a couple of jokes and again I was off. While driving through the town just south of the channel I saw a whole lot of bikers together and turned around. Some of them were local while some was from Cairo. They invited me to join them for lunch and off we went to a restaurant. Only there did I hear why the army is so nervous about bikers as a suicide bomber on a bike detonated a bomb in the Sinai desert killing himself and some Egyptian soldiers. Then all of a sudden it made it clear to me the reason for their refusal at the Pyramids and their nervousness at all the roadblocks as with my large baggage on the back I suppose it looks pretty suspicious. The bikers also told me that the army would not allow me through the Suez tunnel. After lunch come sunset I started to look for a hotel. There were thousands of people in the streets as it was a public holiday the last day of three days holiday after Ramadan. I was driving up and down looking for a cheap hotel and the traffic was just chaotic. Everyone was hooting and a taxi or car would come and sit right on my tail all the time. O yes and I forgot to mention previously that since in Sudan and Egypt one million two hundred and fifty five thousand people indicated that my head light was on. On my bike there is no off switch and the head light comes on the moment you start the bike. So now I also know why they show me as they drive with their light off even at night. On most cars only half the lights work in any way and the other half just donít switch it on in town. At 8pm that night I only found a hotel and it was also not that cheap. The next day I left to go and try my luck at the tunnel which run under the Suez 30km from there and just as the bikers warned me they would not allow me through even if I wanted to go South away from the Sinai Desert towards Sharm el Sheik. So that means no ferry from Israel to Italy as you have to cross this part to get to Elat in Israel and from there to Ashdod where the ferry leaves for Italy. On the internet it states clearly that all ferries from Egypt are suspended due to the political situation here. That also explains why there are hardly any tourist lower down in places like Luxor and Abu Simbel and even in Kenya the overland truck business has come to a standstill. In Luxor I was the only person in the whole hotel and the staff there told me that 5 years ago the place was full and even the yard was full with overland 4x4 trucks for tourist. I then had no option but to carry on to Port Said on the Mediterranean. On the way I filled petrol and I was supposed to get one Egyptian pound change and the petrol attendant just kept it. Then further on I bought a coke at a road side type of spaza shop and only after I opened the coke the guy told me he had no change. Even though this would not make me poorer it makes me cross and I know they take a chance. It is just a principle thing with me so I started to phone the number that the army guy gave me the previous day and while dialing I told the guy I am phoning the police. All of a sudden he found change and I was on my way again. A little further on I was approaching an army jeep with two soldiers on the back. Only when I was getting closer did I see two automatic guns taking dead rest at me and I immediately backed off. I remember 5 years ago when my son and I rode with two bikes to the equator we met an ex recce in Malawi from RSA who from time to time used to do security work in Iraq and they used to just shoot anybody who would drive to close to their military vehicle. So this military jeep in front of me was going too slow and I wanted to pass so I first waved at them and when they waved back I gassed it passed them. So here I am on the Mediterranean Sea in the city of Port Said trying to get a boat across to Italy even if it is a cargo ship and I have to sleep on deck on my self-inflating mattress. Will see what happens today.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 02:01:02 am
On the way to Cairo from Hurghada
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 02:05:06 am
The Pyramids, photos taken from my hotel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 02:07:24 am
They would not allow my bike any closer to the Pyramids
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 02:09:53 am
Again the Pyramids from the street in front of the hotel.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 02:11:34 am
The bikers that I met
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 02:13:10 am
A very long bridge on the way to Port Said.
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Post by: Casting from Turd on July 22, 2015, 03:48:12 am
Awesome  :thumleft:
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Post by: subie on July 22, 2015, 06:05:53 am
Respect Schalk  :thumleft:
I think I would enjoy such a ride but there is no way I would be able to "deal" with the people at all.
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Post by: Frannarossi on July 22, 2015, 07:35:13 am
Baie cool :thumleft:
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Post by: ClemS on July 22, 2015, 07:44:41 am
Schalk - Awesome! Respek! :thumleft:
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Post by: brianw on July 22, 2015, 09:54:38 am
inspiring !

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 11:48:37 am
inspiring !


Thanks mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 11:49:16 am
Schalk - Awesome! Respek! :thumleft:
Thanks pel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 11:49:53 am
Baie cool :thumleft:
Dankie maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 11:51:15 am
Respect Schalk  :thumleft:
I think I would enjoy such a ride but there is no way I would be able to "deal" with the people at all.
Don't worry you later get hair on your teeth
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 11:51:46 am
Awesome  :thumleft:
Cool mate
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Post by: ChinaPete on July 22, 2015, 02:09:25 pm
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ced on July 22, 2015, 03:42:21 pm
Hi Schalk, Ek volg jou avontuur met groot bewondering. Ek dink dit vat baie guts, geduld en deursettingsvermoe om so iets aan te pak. Maar jy is besig om te lewe! en nie net te bestaan soos baie van ons wat so in 'n roetine vasgevang is en dit voel naderhand of jy net opstaan elke dag om die rekeninge te betaal. Veilige reis man en ek sien uit na die volgende hoofstuk.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Komin on July 22, 2015, 03:52:22 pm
Ek het sopas weer vanaf bladsy 17 gelees.

A tip of the hat to you Sir.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 10:07:07 pm
Ek het sopas weer vanaf bladsy 17 gelees.

A tip of the hat to you Sir.
Dankie my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 22, 2015, 10:13:36 pm
Hi Schalk, Ek volg jou avontuur met groot bewondering. Ek dink dit vat baie guts, geduld en deursettingsvermoe om so iets aan te pak. Maar jy is besig om te lewe! en nie net te bestaan soos baie van ons wat so in 'n roetine vasgevang is en dit voel naderhand of jy net opstaan elke dag om die rekeninge te betaal. Veilige reis man en ek sien uit na die volgende hoofstuk.
Hi Ced ek dink jy het redelik goed opgesom hoe ek ook gevoel het voor my trip. Dit is ook nie maan skyn en rose op 'n trip soos hierdie nie maar ek is mal oor die onbekende, wat lÍ om die volgende draai of hoe gaan ek more my probleem op los ens. Begin beplan my maat en groete en jy sal verbaas wees ons is baie sterker onder druk as wat ons dink.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ced on July 22, 2015, 10:41:47 pm
Die tegnologie is ongelooflik. Vir ons ouer ouens wat nie eers met selfone groot geword het nie. Om te dink jy is duisende kilometers weg, iewers in noord afrika en jy kan alles deel met ons in real time. Die jonger ouens sal seker dink WTf! Dis hoe dit is. Get over it outoppie! Ek verstaan heeltemal wat jy doen en hoop ek kan die moed bymekaar skraap om iets selfs in die kleinste skaal self te doen. Ek dink op 'n sekere ouderdom tref die besef jou met 'n donderslag en jy begin besef: as ek nie nou plan maak nie, is ek more te swak of te oud om enige iets te doen. En as jy weer kyk dra jy 'n spoegdoek en adult nappies. Hel man, as jy dit kan doen, kan ek ook! Sterkte man, jy is 'n inspirasie en ek hoor wat jy se, dis nie maanskyn en rose nie. Ek is seker jy raak kwaad, gatvol en gefrustreer en mis jou mense baie, maar dis jou avontuur! Die alternatief is scary!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 12:17:11 am
Die tegnologie is ongelooflik. Vir ons ouer ouens wat nie eers met selfone groot geword het nie. Om te dink jy is duisende kilometers weg, iewers in noord afrika en jy kan alles deel met ons in real time. Die jonger ouens sal seker dink WTf! Dis hoe dit is. Get over it outoppie! Ek verstaan heeltemal wat jy doen en hoop ek kan die moed bymekaar skraap om iets selfs in die kleinste skaal self te doen. Ek dink op 'n sekere ouderdom tref die besef jou met 'n donderslag en jy begin besef: as ek nie nou plan maak nie, is ek more te swak of te oud om enige iets te doen. En as jy weer kyk dra jy 'n spoegdoek en adult nappies. Hel man, as jy dit kan doen, kan ek ook! Sterkte man, jy is 'n inspirasie en ek hoor wat jy se, dis nie maanskyn en rose nie. Ek is seker jy raak kwaad, gatvol en gefrustreer en mis jou mense baie, maar dis jou avontuur! Die alternatief is scary!
Ja Ced jy som dit goed op. Ek wou my trip oorspronklik uit stel met 'n jaar toe hoor ek Lodie de Jager wat self 'n paar keer deur Africa is, is op Kersdag laas jaar oorlede. 'n ander friend meer as tien jaar my junior het Parkesons en dis toe wat ek besluit ek doen dit nou. Uit stel is afstel. Groete en dankie vir die belangsteling. Schalk
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 12:19:49 am
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Hi ChinaPeta I think you also followed my previous trip to the Equator now it is your turn to do something like this.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draad on July 23, 2015, 06:04:26 am
Fantastic trip...Schalk laat weet as jy sukkel ek het kontakte in Egipte en ken die hoof van "hulle eskom" in Suez. Nie seker of dit sal help nie maar laat weet selfs as het jy net iemand nodig om Arabiers te praat met wie ook al.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 08:27:39 am
Fantastic trip...Schalk laat weet as jy sukkel ek het kontakte in Egipte en ken die hoof van "hulle eskom" in Suez. Nie seker of dit sal help nie maar laat weet selfs as het jy net iemand nodig om Arabiers te praat met wie ook al.
Hi Draad dankie vir die voorstel. Ek dink ek gaan vandag reg kom. Iemand reel vir my 'n ferry van Alexander na Griekeland toe. Ek wag nou net vir die datum en prys. Ek sal jou kontak in dien nodig. Kontakte soos wat jy het help gewoonlik geweldig baie in n vreemde land soos die waar elke ou jou net vir n "ride" wil vat. Groete Schalk
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Post by: Vis Arend on July 23, 2015, 09:01:46 am
Jis Schalk, wat 'n report.  Jy lewe nou jou droom, iets waaroor ons anner maar net kan droom.  Ek kan sien jy geniet die trip kwaai.  Ek sien op al die fotos jy smile van oor tot oor.  Lekker om so gesig te sien.   ;D
All sterkte en voorspoed voorentoe en mag jy 'n veilige trippie hÍ.   :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

Mooi loop.   :thumleft: 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 09:16:23 am
Jis Schalk, wat 'n report.  Jy lewe nou jou droom, iets waaroor ons anner maar net kan droom.  Ek kan sien jy geniet die trip kwaai.  Ek sien op al die fotos jy smile van oor tot oor.  Lekker om so gesig te sien.   ;D
All sterkte en voorspoed voorentoe en mag jy 'n veilige trippie hÍ.   :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

Mooi loop.   :thumleft:  

Dankie Vis Arend Ek wag nou net vir n prys en datum vir 'n ferry Griekeland toe dan is ek hoopelik more hier uit na Alexander toe in Egipte. Trek vandag na n goedkoper hotel toe. Betaal 270 Egipties pond op die oomblik en nou n hotel vir 100 pond gekry. Wil somer vandag ook my tyres om ruil. Groete daar en sal jou graag in Des. weer wil sien ons het mos laas Des saam gery toe jy en jou vrou die outjie in die rystoel gevat het. Groete.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: gser on July 23, 2015, 09:24:40 am

 Schalk, watter bande het jy nou op die fiets en hoeveel km het jy met hulle gekry
en wat gaan jy nou opsit ?
Tubes ?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Mr Zog on July 23, 2015, 09:52:26 am
If it wasn't for all the issues and problems and kak you have to endure then it wouldn't be as much of an adventure.

Well done so far Schalk, keep your chin up, and you'll get there in the end.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Man from Nam on July 23, 2015, 10:28:45 am
Dankie Schalk, dit is regtig 'n groot droom van my en ek het die grootste bewondering vir jou. Dit is 'n eenmaal in 'n leeftyd ervaring :thumleft:
Respek vir jou en daardie Yamaha 660
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 10:32:07 am

 Schalk, watter bande het jy nou op die fiets en hoeveel km het jy met hulle gekry
en wat gaan jy nou opsit ?
Tubes ?
Hi gser Ek hardloop net Continental met die groot knobbelie en ek moet sÍ dit het al my verwagting oorskry. Ek het nou 13350 km van die huis gery met hom en ek is seker ek kan dalk n klein bietjie meer gaan op hom maar ek het nou die tyd so ek gaan vandag altwee om ruil. Dit sal ook n bietjie van die gewig van die bike af vat omdat ek die twee tyres al van Khartoum op my bagasie het. My voorste knobbelie is die selfde maak maar het omtrent 16000km op. Ek het hom in Addis Abeba om gedraai omdat hy skuins af ge wear was en hy spring n bietjie. Ek het my self belowe ek ry Africa nooit weer sonder Knobbelies nie. Op my laaste trip na die ewenaar toe en terug het ek en my seun Michelin Cyreck of so iets op gehad. Ek het toe 16 keer geval en my seun 21 keer op daai trip. Op hiedie trip het ek nog net een keer geval en dit is nie asv die bande nie. Die bande het presies die selfde km op as wat die Equator trip gegee maar "the proof of the poeding is in the eating". As jy meer teer ry dan moet jy nie heavy duty tubes in sit nie want dit smelt die tube binne in die tyre. As jy my nie glo nie lees my RR onder Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa trip to the Equator and back in 40 days. Ek het ook fotos daar van die gesmelte tube. In my voorste tube het ek nog "Dyna beats" dit is sulke klein ronde balletjies wat jy in sit en dit balanseer jou wiel terwyl jy ry. Net een nadeel van dit is dit gaan in die valve en die oomblik wat jy die koppie afdraai dan blaas jou wiel af. Ek gebruik dit al vir meer as 5 jaar maar gaan nou weg doen met dit. Dit is blykbaar vliegtuig technology maar die nadeel is net soos ek genoem het. Ek sal maar my bande in Italie laat balanseer. Die bande sit ek altyd self op.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 12:55:50 pm
If it wasn't for all the issues and problems and kak you have to endure then it wouldn't be as much of an adventure.

Well done so far Schalk, keep your chin up, and you'll get there in the end.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Hi Mr Zog yes maybe I make it sound so romantic sometimes but quite often it hard and that is what I enjoy. I love the unexpected and when I leave for the day I do not want to know where I am going to sleep tonight. The hardships comes to right once you made a plan and you can carry on again, much like life it is just much more intense on a trip like this. Then there are the miracles that happen, the unexpected.
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Post by: ChinaPete on July 23, 2015, 01:02:22 pm
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Hi ChinaPeta I think you also followed my previous trip to the Equator now it is your turn to do something like this.

I wish, it's not that I can't make the time or don't have the gear, I just don't have the requisite XL kahunas to take something like this on  :deal: I'm enjoying reading this report mate.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 01:04:13 pm
Dankie Schalk, dit is regtig 'n groot droom van my en ek het die grootste bewondering vir jou. Dit is 'n eenmaal in 'n leeftyd ervaring :thumleft:
Respek vir jou en daardie Yamaha 660

Hi Man from Nam ja sit die droom in aksie. Ek dink party keer wag ons te lank vir die regte oomblik. Party keer moet 'n mens net 'n ding doen. Ek moes my vrou wat ek 14 Aug 37 jaar mee getroud sal wees alleen by die huis los. En glo my ek is lief vir haar en my twee seuns Juan 36 en Francois 32. Baie van my familie het my verkwalik maar my vrou verstaan hierdie honger wat ek het vir die onbekende. Just do it.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 23, 2015, 01:05:39 pm
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Hi ChinaPeta I think you also followed my previous trip to the Equator now it is your turn to do something like this.

I wish, it's not that I can't make the time or don't have the gear, I just don't have the required XL kahunas to take something like this on  :deal:
Start small and grow them bigger slowly
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Post by: gser on July 23, 2015, 02:08:41 pm

Ta vir antwoord.
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Post by: BB King on July 24, 2015, 09:55:25 am
Die is AWESOME!! Jy is 'n masjien MENEER Schalk vd Merwe.
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Post by: capetowntocairo on July 24, 2015, 12:10:44 pm
What exceptional experiences you are having - simply because you are taking a step at a time.  Finding that hotel room (it is always something in the back of your mind when travelling, thinking where you will lay your head that night) with the most perfect view of the Pyramids AND meeting those biker dudes, who I'm sure had lots of stories to tell.  You are living the dream.  Fantastic!
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Post by: ChinaPete on July 24, 2015, 01:09:49 pm
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Hi ChinaPeta I think you also followed my previous trip to the Equator now it is your turn to do something like this.

I wish, it's not that I can't make the time or don't have the gear, I just don't have the required XL kahunas to take something like this on  :deal:
Start small and grow them bigger slowly
  ;D:thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 24, 2015, 05:51:55 pm
What exceptional experiences you are having - simply because you are taking a step at a time.  Finding that hotel room (it is always something in the back of your mind when travelling, thinking where you will lay your head that night) with the most perfect view of the Pyramids AND meeting those biker dudes, who I'm sure had lots of stories to tell.  You are living the dream.  Fantastic!
Hi Fiona I do not know if I answered your previous PM but let me answer this one. I like the unknown and do not like to plan too far in the future. I do not mind to meet up with people as long as they keep up with my pace. Might meet up with the Zapp family again (they are on the Red sea now) although I am trying to get across to Italy. There are no ferry to cross over due to the political situation here and they do not allow me to cross the Sinai to Israel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 24, 2015, 05:55:15 pm
Die is AWESOME!! Jy is 'n masjien MENEER Schalk vd Merwe.
Dankie man ek voel nie soos 'n masjien op die oomblik nie. Ek sukkel om uit die land te kom. Sien vorige post.
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Post by: ChinaPete on July 24, 2015, 06:10:49 pm
Hey Schalk, keep it up mate! I enjoy your updates.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 24, 2015, 07:44:00 pm
Just had the best news. Draad organized from SA a contact here and I can get out of the country Yippie
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Post by: gser on July 24, 2015, 07:54:45 pm
Goeie draadwerk
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Post by: Draad on July 24, 2015, 08:06:45 pm
Just had the best news. Draad organized from SA a contact here and I can get out of the country Yippie

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 24, 2015, 10:18:57 pm
Just had the best news. Draad organized from SA a contact here and I can get out of the country Yippie

 :thumleft:
Hi draad jy is my hero
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 25, 2015, 10:31:23 am
So I am off to Alexandria in Egypt today from Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea to go and catch a boat that was arranged by Draad by a contact here in Egypt. This is a great relieve as I was stuck here for some time. Once in Italy I will also be able to claim back my 200% deposit I had to pay to the AA in South Africa for the Egyptian Carnet. This will also help with the cash flow. If I can make it to Italy in time then I can meet up with Flavio the Italian/Ethiopian KTM guy. Talk to you guys soon when I have WI fi again.
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Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on July 25, 2015, 02:25:14 pm
Enjoy Italy!
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 25, 2015, 06:19:31 pm
Lekker man Schalk, ek hoop jy kom sonder enige ongemak in Italia aan!
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Post by: XT JOE on July 25, 2015, 10:25:46 pm
Dankie vir deel- geniet jou skrywe. :thumleft:
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Post by: adamktm on July 26, 2015, 08:27:04 am
Awesome news!! Well done Draad for organizing!!

 Can't wait for the Italian leg!
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Post by: Draad on July 26, 2015, 08:50:36 am
 :thumleft: lets just get him going so we can get the RR   :imaposer:
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Post by: TWE-TWE on July 26, 2015, 07:26:00 pm
Schalk,baie sterkte.....jy is ons superster.... :) :thumleft:

ons bid dat jy altyd veilig en gesond sal wees...

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 26, 2015, 10:26:07 pm
Schalk,baie sterkte.....jy is ons superster.... :) :thumleft:

ons bid dat jy altyd veilig en gesond sal wees...


Dankie man ek mis julle en dankie vir die goeie wense
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 26, 2015, 10:27:21 pm
Dankie vir deel- geniet jou skrywe. :thumleft:
Dankie pel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 26, 2015, 10:30:08 pm
:thumleft: lets just get him going so we can get the RR   :imaposer:
Dit lyk vir my hier is eers 'n skip die 4de Aug en hulle kan eers Dinsdag vir my 'n prys gee. Ek is maar 'n ongeduldige tipe ou. Ek sit nou hier in Alexandria Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 26, 2015, 10:32:34 pm
Awesome news!! Well done Draad for organizing!!

 Can't wait for the Italian leg!
I also can't wait but this place has swallowed me and won't let go of me. I am sitting in Alexandria now
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 26, 2015, 10:34:38 pm
Lekker man Schalk, ek hoop jy kom sonder enige ongemak in Italia aan!
Ek sukkel my maat, maar dit is seker deel van die avontuur.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 26, 2015, 10:35:33 pm
Enjoy Italy!
Dankie pel en groete vir almal by Kardia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 02:41:11 am
Port Said to Alexandria Update 27/07/15
Just a bit of back tracking. So here I was in the city of Port Said to try and get a ferry over to Italy but to no avail. I then saw on a map of Port Said that there is a Yacht Club on the other side of the Suez Canal. The other side is called Port Fuad and is part of Asia where Port Said is part of Africa. I thought I would go and see if there are any private yachts lying there and maybe with a bit of luck one of them are going to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. So I took a ferry across which to my surprise cost nothing. Arriving there they would not allow me entry as they say I need a stamp in my passport and that I must get from the Harbour Police which is back on the Port Said side. So off on to the ferry again back to the other side but the guy there could not understand me properly. So I use my translator on my phone and he just said no he is not going to put a stamp into my passport. So I was off to Port Fuad again and arriving there I saw a hole in the fence. As I am not a guy for red tape I climbed through the fence and walked right past the guard who turned me away earlier but he was facing the gate while I past behind him. There were 2 yachts lying in the water at the yacht club and I climbed on to the one. The skipper was from Sudan and this guy like the rest of his country men were a very nice guy. He spoke good English unlike most Egyptians and immediately offered me some Turkish coffee. We had a nice chat but the sad news is that the both Yachts are there for repairs and after four weeks the one is going to Turkey for a revamp as they are being used along the Red Sea for diving charters. So after a nice chat and more coffee I was off again to Port Said side.
That night I took some washing to the laundry (they operate from 12midday to 12 midnight like most places) and I met a guy there that said he has been a sailor for 20 years and he will organize me a boat from Alexandria. Then the same night a guy by the name of Jacques Reinecke (WD) phoned me to say I must phone one of his contacts a Dr. Mohamed who is the head of the Egyptian Electricity supply commission like Eskom in SA. Dr. Mohamed is a very nice guy and in turn gave me the number of Hoda of Fast Freight in Alexandria. She told me to come to Alexandria in the meantime while they will find out about the ships to Italy.
The next morning I was off to Alexandria along the Mediterranean Sea and I must say it was much cooler than the desert heat I have experienced up to now. Upon arriving into Alexandria the highway was a bit inland and I did not have a clue of where is what but I thought I will drive towards the sea until I find it and if I stay along the coast I will drive until I find the Harbour. It happened exactly like that but the traffic was chaotic. I drove for about 30km all along the beach which was packed to capacity. The road has 5 lanes one way but they fit 6 cars in next to each other. All cars are continuously hooting at I do not know for what. They drive at about 90km an hour in town traffic and when they go around a bend they just cut the corner. Then you would get a couple of guys that even go faster than that and just weave through the already chaotic traffic. White doted lanes are just there to make the city look nice and mirrors are there just for decorations on a car. Out of thousands of cars I could not see one car that has not got a dent or a scratch on. They also swerve from one side to the other extremely close past each other and I felt completely unsafe. I think the Voetspore team will also take a taxi here like they have done in Nairobi. I eventually stopped just to take a break from this madness. I have so far survived Dar es Salaam and Nairobi traffic but this is on another level again and each of the three cities has a different drive style. Eventually after I built up enough courage I continued and arrived alive at the Alexander Port. I booked into an hotel close by. The next day I went to Fast Freight but they only started to work on my problem when I got there so at this stage it looks like I would not be able to go on the same boat as my bike and they will only have a price for me by the 28/07/15 and my bike can only leave Alexandria by the 4/08/15 earliest provided the price is right. So overland to Israel there is no way due to the conflict in the Sinai among the Egyptian troops and their own people. By sea I have tried every avenue so we will see what comes from this. With these delays I am going to miss my appointment with Flavio the KTM dealer from Ethiopia who is leaving Italy by the 31/07/15.  Hope to have some positive news next time.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 02:54:10 am
Photo 1 Sea view from Port Said Side
Photo 2 Huge burger I had before going on the ferry
Photo 3 Car on the ferry from Port Said to Port Fuad
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 02:58:20 am
Ferry between Port Said and Port Fuad
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 03:03:01 am
Ferry between Port Said and Port Fuad
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 03:07:08 am
On the ferry between Port Said and Port Fuad
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 03:12:20 am
Photo 1 The Sudanese Skipper at the yacht club
Photo 2 The hotel allowed me to keep my bike inside of the hotel. So when I left I loaded my bike strait from the lift in the lob
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 03:16:27 am
Photo 1 Half way between Port Said and Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 03:19:08 am
The over full beaches at Alexandria when I arrived
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 03:21:00 am
I stopped to take a break from the hectic traffic for a while
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Post by: ChinaPete on July 27, 2015, 04:11:16 am
The over full beaches at Alexandria when I arrived

Water must be lekker warm  :peepwall:
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Post by: Draad on July 27, 2015, 05:54:58 am
What was the price from Egypt to Italy ?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 10:29:19 am
What was the price from Egypt to Italy ?
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Hi Draad they can only have a price for me by tomorrow and a definite date as well but provisionally it looks like the 4/08/15 only.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 10:30:59 am
The over full beaches at Alexandria when I arrived

Water must be lekker warm  :peepwall:
Dit is verseker warm maar wie wil tussen daai duisende mense gaan swem.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: capetowntocairo on July 27, 2015, 11:28:29 am
Sjoe, it's difficult when you want to get somewhere and there is some sort of hitch!  Just make the most of the time in Egypt - why not leave the bike at the hotel and explore on foot for a bit.  When I am stuck somewhere for longer than intended, I go in www.geocaching.com (http://www.geocaching.com).  It's a way to pass the time, anywhere in the world, while you are looking for hidden caches - and you get to see so much of the area - little hideaway places that you would not normally experience.  Try it while you are stuck waiting for the ferry! :peepwall:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 12:06:49 pm
Sjoe, it's difficult when you want to get somewhere and there is some sort of hitch!  Just make the most of the time in Egypt - why not leave the bike at the hotel and explore on foot for a bit.  When I am stuck somewhere for longer than intended, I go in www.geocaching.com (http://www.geocaching.com).  It's a way to pass the time, anywhere in the world, while you are looking for hidden caches - and you get to see so much of the area - little hideaway places that you would not normally experience.  Try it while you are stuck waiting for the ferry! :peepwall:
Thanks Fiona I just joined them. Thanks for the help
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draad on July 27, 2015, 12:07:14 pm
Schalk jy moet na King Faruk se kasteel gaan....taxi moer cheap daar en hulle weet almal waar dit is en baie interesant
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 12:09:03 pm
Schalk jy moet na King Faruk se kasteel gaan....taxi moer cheap daar en hulle weet almal waar dit is en baie interesant
Dankie my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 27, 2015, 09:31:05 pm
Schalk dis ongelooflik, en daai yacht se brug is bleddie mooi!!
Ek hoop regtig dat dinge vinnig sal uitwerk vir jou, probeer maar intussen n bietjie explore soos die manne voorstel.
Hoop jy het spoedig goeie nuus vir ons!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 09:47:38 pm
Schalk dis ongelooflik, en daai yacht se brug is bleddie mooi!!
Ek hoop regtig dat dinge vinnig sal uitwerk vir jou, probeer maar intussen n bietjie explore soos die manne voorstel.
Hoop jy het spoedig goeie nuus vir ons!
Hi Hillman sien report hierna
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2015, 09:47:59 pm
Dear WD friends. My trip has made a drastic turn. I got a quote today to ship my bike from Egypt to Italy for the amount of R 30 000 add another R 8000 for a plane ticket for myself and I sit with a bill of R 38 000 to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The only alternative is to go through to Israel where I can cross for the total amount of R 10 000. Now the Egyptian army would not allow me to cross the Suez canal due to their civil war so I have no option but to tackle the 13 000km back to SA. As I am only 2 000km short of completing my first leg of the round the world trip I will now rather travel back on a slightly different route and then in six monthsí time ship my bike to Italy from SA for the 2nd half of the trip around the world. So much more of Africa is coming your way. I will first go back to the Red Sea and meet up with the Argentinian Zapp family again and from there plan my exact route back.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Xpat on July 27, 2015, 10:11:41 pm
That is a shame. Isn't there a way to join police convoy to Israel or thereabout, or maybe put your bike on a truck that can take you there?

There must be supply trucks going to Gaza.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Sprocketbek on July 27, 2015, 10:17:45 pm
Drastic turn for sure!
Nou weet ek waar die "naar" in Egiptenaar vandaan kom......... ::)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 27, 2015, 11:26:20 pm
That is a shame. Isn't there a way to join police convoy to Israel or thereabout, or maybe put your bike on a truck that can take you there?

There must be supply trucks going to Gaza.

Agreed.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 28, 2015, 01:12:11 am
Schalk dit R38K is 'daylight robbery!
Nee mater ek stem, daar is steeds baie om in Africa te sien, baie ander paaie en selfs mooi plekke waar n ou klein rukkies kan vashaak soos in Uganda daar langs Lake Victoria.
Kyk sodra ek die dag kan bekostig en die Vader wil gaan ek lui lekker die 'B' roetes opvat Uganda toe, en selfs n draai by Ruwanda en in die DRC maak. Plekker waar ek jare terug gewerk het en bitter graag weer wil gaan sien sonder om op n 'werks skedule' te wees.
So jy verloor gladnie, elke dag mag jou 'ryker in gees en ervaring' en ek sien uit om jou vordering te volg watter kant toe ookal!
Veilig en lekker ry!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draad on July 28, 2015, 05:54:47 am
Wat van Morroko na Spanje ...?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Vis Arend on July 28, 2015, 07:01:33 am
Jammer om te hoor Schalk, maar ek kan hoor jy is nog positief.  Maak die beste van 'n slegte saak, dis al hoe jy gaan survive in Afrika.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Casting from Turd on July 28, 2015, 07:06:16 am
Well I cant wait for the return journey.

More than I will ever do, thats for sure     :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draadwerk on July 28, 2015, 07:13:06 am
Dis nie lekker nuus nie Schalk - maar ja, als met goeie rede, as dit help???

Geniet die terugrit - dit sal net so fantasties wees.

Ek haal my hoed af vir jou - jy doen wat ons almal soooooooooooooo graag wil doen.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: TornadoF5 on July 28, 2015, 08:46:47 am
Oh my not good news, but if there is something I've learnt Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right, then it's not the end
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: gser on July 28, 2015, 09:05:07 am
Eish ! Jammer dit werk nie uit soos beplan nie.
Wat van Libie, Tunisie, Italie-roete ?
Besoek dan WW2 plekke waar SAers geveg het in Libie.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Steekvlieg on July 28, 2015, 09:46:36 am
Sub  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Mr Zog on July 28, 2015, 10:32:15 am
Jinne Schalk, ek's seker daar moet n ander manier wees om in Europa te kom?

Maar wat, dis jou AVONTUUR en ons ry net saam.

As jy wel dan wer terug Suide toe ry, prober om n kykie in die Danakil te gee. Dis die woestyn daar in noord Ethiopie. n Ongelooflike ervaring.

Ons ry nogsteeds saam met jou  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: FlyRide on July 28, 2015, 12:57:34 pm
Go to Port Sudan, wait for a ship out of the red sea, or put the bike onto a truck, to go through Saudi, to UAE.  Once in UAE, all routes are easier.  Im in Dubai, give me a shout!! Or Djibouti
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Roulof on July 28, 2015, 03:11:42 pm
Oom Schalk, nou die hele storie van begin tot einde gelees.

Hou moed, miskien soos die ander manne genoem het kan Sudan na Saudi of Morokko na Spanje werk?

Vrede en Vreugde.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 28, 2015, 05:30:15 pm
As ek reg onthou was hier n ou met die naam van Struan wat van Spanje na Maroko deur is maar Algeria was n groot probleem en hy moes n eskort he. Nou is dit n nog groter probleem, ek het n vriend wat daar werk en daar is af en toe nogal n bietjie 'ongemak'.

Niks fout om terug te ry nie, daar is soveel van Afrika om te sien, die lys is endloos en as ek kon sou ek 2 jaar gebruik het om Afrika deur te toer en dan sou dit nie genoeg tyd wees nie.

Net die groot 'lakes' in sentraal Afrika, soveel om te noem en ja, ek was ook soos mr Zog in die Danakil depression en dit is n moet as n mens reeds soos jy Lalibella en Auxum gesien het!

Ek sien dit gladnie as n laagtepunt nie nie Schalk, als werk uit soos dit moet. Waar jy ook al gaan, jy het n 'fanblad' hier!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 07:30:09 pm
As ek reg onthou was hier n ou met die naam van Struan wat van Spanje na Maroko deur is maar Algeria was n groot probleem en hy moes n eskort he. Nou is dit n nog groter probleem, ek het n vriend wat daar werk en daar is af en toe nogal n bietjie 'ongemak'.

Niks fout om terug te ry nie, daar is soveel van Afrika om te sien, die lys is endloos en as ek kon sou ek 2 jaar gebruik het om Afrika deur te toer en dan sou dit nie genoeg tyd wees nie.

Net die groot 'lakes' in sentraal Afrika, soveel om te noem en ja, ek was ook soos mr Zog in die Danakil depression en dit is n moet as n mens reeds soos jy Lalibella en Auxum gesien het!

Ek sien dit gladnie as n laagtepunt nie nie Schalk, als werk uit soos dit moet. Waar jy ook al gaan, jy het n 'fanblad' hier!
Ja ek en my seun het 5 jaar terug langs die 4 groot lakes van Afrika gery(lake Kariba, Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika en Lake Victoria)  en dit is altyd lekker en mooi daar en die mense is nice.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 07:37:10 pm
Oom Schalk, nou die hele storie van begin tot einde gelees.

Hou moed, miskien soos die ander manne genoem het kan Sudan na Saudi of Morokko na Spanje werk?

Vrede en Vreugde.
Dit is een van die opsies wat ek oorweeg.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 07:40:59 pm
Go to Port Sudan, wait for a ship out of the red sea, or put the bike onto a truck, to go through Saudi, to UAE.  Once in UAE, all routes are easier.  Im in Dubai, give me a shout!! Or Djibouti
I have been thinking of Port Sudan. Just one problem I will have to take enough money from Egypt as our bank cards don't work in Sudan. I just might come and look you up. I see you also fly Microlights, might come and join you for a touch and go. Thanks mate, look ot for a PM in a week or so.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 07:52:27 pm
Jinne Schalk, ek's seker daar moet n ander manier wees om in Europa te kom?

Maar wat, dis jou AVONTUUR en ons ry net saam.

As jy wel dan wer terug Suide toe ry, prober om n kykie in die Danakil te gee. Dis die woestyn daar in noord Ethiopie. n Ongelooflike ervaring.

Ons ry nogsteeds saam met jou  :thumleft:
Danakil met sy 52C is nog op my bucket lys
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 07:56:09 pm
Eish ! Jammer dit werk nie uit soos beplan nie.
Wat van Libie, Tunisie, Italie-roete ?
Besoek dan WW2 plekke waar SAers geveg het in Libie.
Visas van party lande vat 2 weke. Dit is beter om dit in SA te doen
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:03:29 pm
Oh my not good news, but if there is something I've learnt Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right, then it's not the end
Ja I am keeping all options open
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:04:23 pm
Dis nie lekker nuus nie Schalk - maar ja, als met goeie rede, as dit help???

Geniet die terugrit - dit sal net so fantasties wees.

Ek haal my hoed af vir jou - jy doen wat ons almal soooooooooooooo graag wil doen.  :thumleft:
Sal julle op hoogte hou
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:05:34 pm
Well I cant wait for the return journey.

More than I will ever do, thats for sure     :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Still thinking of various options
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:06:30 pm
Jammer om te hoor Schalk, maar ek kan hoor jy is nog positief.  Maak die beste van 'n slegte saak, dis al hoe jy gaan survive in Afrika.   :thumleft:
Jy is reg my maat en dit is wat ek doen
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:09:51 pm
That is a shame. Isn't there a way to join police convoy to Israel or thereabout, or maybe put your bike on a truck that can take you there?

There must be supply trucks going to Gaza.
Had a goverment connection and he told me even the locals are not allowed through the Sinai at the moment due to the opening of the new Suez Canal and they fear trouble from the extremist.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:11:48 pm
Drastic turn for sure!
Nou weet ek waar die "naar" in Egiptenaar vandaan kom......... ::)
Nou moet jy weet hoe naar ek al is.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Jondu on July 28, 2015, 08:16:22 pm
Sterkte met al die besluite. Ons geniet wat jy ook al doen.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Xpat on July 28, 2015, 08:17:08 pm
One more idea - can't you fly the bike? It's not going to be cheap, but probably cheaper that coming back and then shipping bike up to Italy.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:21:11 pm
I am back in Port Said from Alexandria. Done exacly 14 000 km since leaving home on the same back tyre and the front have done about            17 000km. Both Continental knobblies. Will change them tomorrow morning before going down to the Red Sea for the 2nd time to meet up with the Zapp family and their 1928 Graham Paige car that they have been traveling around the world with for 15 years. Will take me 2 days to do the 700km. will post some pic's once I am down there.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:31:23 pm
One more idea - can't you fly the bike? It's not going to be cheap, but probably cheaper that coming back and then shipping bike up to Italy.
I am open to Ideas and have already contacted the same people that "Three Dawg" used for his bike from England to SA. They past me on to somebody here who could not speak English. This place is like another planet. You saw how I had to jupo just to get into a public Yacht Club. In Sa it would be no problem. I have a place here to leave the bike but then I lose my 200% deposit. I think I might ride to Port Sudan at least and see if I can not get out that way. I am still open to ideas, please keep it coming like they say in Afrikaans, twee koppe by mekaar is beter as een.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 28, 2015, 08:37:25 pm
Yes guys please come up with ideas it al help. To think that a guy on a motor bike did this to me. I can understand that he blew himself up. He is going to get 7 virgins but what about the poor bike?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Casting from Turd on July 29, 2015, 05:57:35 am
Yes guys please come up with ideas it al help. To think that a guy on a motor bike did this to me. I can understand that he blew himself up. He is going to get 7 virgins but what about the poor bike?


Schalk, this guy came though our backpackers a while ago riding around the world.
He had a few problems getting out of Egypt. Try and get hold of him on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/maurice.raleigh?fref=ufi (https://www.facebook.com/maurice.raleigh?fref=ufi)

I hope he has advice for you
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: FlyRide on July 29, 2015, 12:13:28 pm
Shipping from Haifa
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Xpat on July 29, 2015, 02:38:19 pm
OK, another try. I'm reasonably sure that there are lots of tourists still in Hurghada and Sharm al Sheik. There is ferry between the two - not sure if it operates, but assuming the tourists are still there it might (timetable: http://www.ask-aladdin.com/ferries.html (http://www.ask-aladdin.com/ferries.html))

The ferry has a space for 12 cars. Maybe worth try to see if they would let you in. If so I would still check if they would let you ride - since you are already on Sinai from Sharm on Eilat in Israel - no point of being stuck in Sharm.

The option I have used, but have read since in Michnus report that it may not be available for bikes, is to take boat from Nuweiba in Sinai (again assuming you can sneak into Sharm) to Aquaba in Jordan, which is a stone throw from Israel. The problem Michnus mentioned that bikes are not allowed into Jordan anymore - hard to believe, but rather check first. But most probably if they will let you ride from Sharm to Nuweiba, they would probably let you go all the way to Eilat.

I have a sneaky feeling that if you can get to Sinai via the tourist back door, you might be able to make plan from there.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 02:50:33 pm
OK, another try. I'm reasonably sure that there are lots of tourists still in Hurghada and Sharm al Sheik. There is ferry between the two - not sure if it operates, but assuming the tourists are still there it might (timetable: http://www.ask-aladdin.com/ferries.html (http://www.ask-aladdin.com/ferries.html))

The ferry has a space for 12 cars. Maybe worth try to see if they would let you in. If so I would still check if they would let you ride - since you are already on Sinai from Sharm on Eilat in Israel - no point of being stuck in Sharm.

The option I have used, but have read since in Michnus report that it may not be available for bikes, is to take boat from Nuweiba in Sinai (again assuming you can sneak into Sharm) to Aquaba in Jordan, which is a stone throw from Israel. The problem Michnus mentioned that bikes are not allowed into Jordan anymore - hard to believe, but rather check first. But most probably if they will let you ride from Sharm to Nuweiba, they would probably let you go all the way to Eilat.

I have a sneaky feeling that if you can get to Sinai via the tourist back door, you might be able to make plan from there.
Hi Xpat just had some very good news. Some Germans in a 4x4 over lander truck who I met at Jungle Junction is going through the Suez tomorrow and if I put my bike in their Truck/Camper I might get through if we drive in convoy and also we must get permission to go to the other side. Busy communicating with Dr Mohamed and them.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 02:52:06 pm
Shipping from Haifa
Hi FlyRide That info is going to help. Also see previous post. Thanks a lot.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 02:55:06 pm
Yes guys please come up with ideas it al help. To think that a guy on a motor bike did this to me. I can understand that he blew himself up. He is going to get 7 virgins but what about the poor bike?


Schalk, this guy came though our backpackers a while ago riding around the world.
He had a few problems getting out of Egypt. Try and get hold of him on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/maurice.raleigh?fref=ufi (https://www.facebook.com/maurice.raleigh?fref=ufi)

I hope he has advice for you
Thanks mate also see my 2 previous post
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: woody1 on July 29, 2015, 03:13:01 pm
Daar lyk my kom 'n plan.  Hoop dit werk uit vir jou Schalk.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Herklaas on July 29, 2015, 03:22:24 pm
 :sip: Ja, 'n plan, ek hou asem op.  :3some:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: BFG on July 29, 2015, 05:01:58 pm
Fingers crossed that you can get things sorted out.
Even though a trip back to SA would be an adventure in itself it is not what you planned.
Good luck :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 05:31:18 pm
Fingers crossed that you can get things sorted out.
Even though a trip back to SA would be an adventure in itself it is not what you planned.
Good luck :thumleft:
What ever happens happens. If I have to go back through Africa then I go. It will just be much more easy if I can go to Europe
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 05:31:49 pm
:sip: Ja, 'n plan, ek hou asem op.  :3some:
Ek ook
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 05:33:16 pm
Daar lyk my kom 'n plan.  Hoop dit werk uit vir jou Schalk.  :ricky:
Ja dan kan ek en jy weer in die Klip rivier gaan swem so oor 'n maand of so
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: woody1 on July 29, 2015, 05:47:42 pm
Ek bad net so eenkeer 'n jaar en nie so gereeld in die winter nie.. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 05:54:26 pm
Ek bad net so eenkeer 'n jaar en nie so gereeld in die winter nie.. :imaposer:
Toemaar dit sal lente dag wees
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tony the Boney on July 29, 2015, 05:56:12 pm
You're just like me...I bath once a year whether I need it or not....
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 29, 2015, 06:24:41 pm
You're just like me...I bath once a year whether I need it or not....
You right I went with woody1 on a breakfast run to show him the Klip River with a tree over the water and fell in boots and all. He had to pull me out hence my once a year bath
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: woody1 on July 29, 2015, 06:28:42 pm
Hy het gelyk soos 'n NAT OU HOENDERTJIE,,,, shame ek het hom amper jammer gekry... maar hy het beter geruik na die tyd..  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: adamktm on July 30, 2015, 01:15:15 am
Holding thumbs for you bud!!! Hide that bike in the truck.... :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draad on July 30, 2015, 06:16:08 am
Jinne Schalk, ek's seker daar moet n ander manier wees om in Europa te kom?

Maar wat, dis jou AVONTUUR en ons ry net saam.

As jy wel dan wer terug Suide toe ry, prober om n kykie in die Danakil te gee. Dis die woestyn daar in noord Ethiopie. n Ongelooflike ervaring.

Ons ry nogsteeds saam met jou  :thumleft:
Danakil met sy 52C is nog op my bucket lys

Highjack .... waars die plek ??
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Mr Zog on July 30, 2015, 11:17:49 am
Jinne Schalk, ek's seker daar moet n ander manier wees om in Europa te kom?

Maar wat, dis jou AVONTUUR en ons ry net saam.

As jy wel dan wer terug Suide toe ry, prober om n kykie in die Danakil te gee. Dis die woestyn daar in noord Ethiopie. n Ongelooflike ervaring.

Ons ry nogsteeds saam met jou  :thumleft:
Danakil met sy 52C is nog op my bucket lys

Highjack .... waars die plek ??

Die Danakil woestyn / depressive is teen die noorde grens van Etiopie, waar dit grens met Eritrie.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 30, 2015, 03:52:57 pm
Jinne Schalk, ek's seker daar moet n ander manier wees om in Europa te kom?

Maar wat, dis jou AVONTUUR en ons ry net saam.

As jy wel dan wer terug Suide toe ry, prober om n kykie in die Danakil te gee. Dis die woestyn daar in noord Ethiopie. n Ongelooflike ervaring.

Ons ry nogsteeds saam met jou  :thumleft:
Danakil met sy 52C is nog op my bucket lys

Highjack .... waars die plek ??

Die Danakil woestyn / depressive is teen die noorde grens van Etiopie, waar dit grens met Eritrie.

Ek het so rukkie daar rondgeloop......die koraal le daar rond, die locals se dit is n opgedroogte see.
Ons was op plekke nader aan 100meter onder seevlak volgens die GPS, en het ook geswem in die soutwater gate wat deur seismic spanne gegrawe was en dan kom die soutwater soos n fontein en maak kristalle al om die kant.
Die warmste plek waar ek ooit in my lewe was, en baie interessante local mense. Iets soos 'Amaric mense'....hulle is baie gehard, baie maer en vervoer soutblokke van die soutmyne na buite per kameel. Daai kameel karavane is baie lank. Die locals eet ook net een ete elke 2e dag op gemideld, en hulle maak die tande skerp (slyp hulle tande in v form) Hulle is egter baie foto sku en ek het destyds slegs fotos van die kamele ens geneem. Die ding wat Danakil op die kaart gebring het is 'potash', een van die grootse potash plants in wording en hulle bou derhalwe ook n pad om die myn finansieel te laat klop. Die potash is agv die koraal wat gedroog is.....tonne en tonne. As jy begin afsak in die depression is daar n pas gelykstaande aan Sani, en jy bly sak ondertoe. Daardie pas n n ds bike se droom, maar hulle is seker al naby aan teer. Letterlik n teer snelweg wat nou deur die depression gaan loop. Die manne wat nog wil besoek op die 'hardcore manier', het min tyd. Nie te min n plek wat ek sal aanbeveel om te besoek, en daar is sowaar klein dorpies in die depression met koue bier! Daai geel label, dint dis st Louis of iets.....
Weet egter net dat daar maar altyd n gevaar bestaan in die depression en dat daar al toeriste gedood is (nie eers baie lank terug weer 2 Britte daar geskiet) Dit gaan oor die ongemak wat heers tussen Ethiopia en Eritrea.

Jammer Schalk, ek het nou jou thread so effe gehijack, verskoning!

Laat weet ons asb asap hoe loop jou planne nou!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: tgg on July 30, 2015, 06:20:16 pm
Hoeveel gaan dit jou kos om weer heelpad terug te ry
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: evansv on July 31, 2015, 04:49:03 am
Jinne Schalk, ek's seker daar moet n ander manier wees om in Europa te kom?

Maar wat, dis jou AVONTUUR en ons ry net saam.

As jy wel dan wer terug Suide toe ry, prober om n kykie in die Danakil te gee. Dis die woestyn daar in noord Ethiopie. n Ongelooflike ervaring.

Ons ry nogsteeds saam met jou  :thumleft:
Danakil met sy 52C is nog op my bucket lys

Highjack .... waars die plek ??

Die Danakil woestyn / depressive is teen die noorde grens van Etiopie, waar dit grens met Eritrie.

Ek het al daar gewerk. Lekker warm pley >:D
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draad on August 01, 2015, 07:08:58 am
Any update ?

Jy kan nie dalk vir Moses in die hande kry nie  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: brettp on August 01, 2015, 03:14:13 pm
This has been an awesome RR..... I started reading at page 1 this morning, and simply could not stop reading !!!

What an adventure, you make all of us arm chair wannabe adventure riders green with envy. Thank you for sharing this epic adventure with us, its a privilege for me to see the world through your eyes.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 01, 2015, 07:49:05 pm
Any update ?

Jy kan nie dalk vir Moses in die hande kry nie  :biggrin:
Ek het hom nou net op sy sel gebel maar hy sÍ dit sal hom 40 jaar vat om my uit Egipte te kry.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Casting from Turd on August 01, 2015, 07:59:35 pm
Any update ?

Jy kan nie dalk vir Moses in die hande kry nie  :biggrin:
Ek het hom nou net op sy sel gebel maar hy sÍ dit sal hom 40 jaar vat om my uit Egipte te kry.

Just find ther honey hole. That will hurry him up a bit    :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: woody1 on August 01, 2015, 08:08:43 pm
Any update ?

Jy kan nie dalk vir Moses in die hande kry nie  :biggrin:
Ek het hom nou net op sy sel gebel maar hy sÍ dit sal hom 40 jaar vat om my uit Egipte te kry.
Skerp Schalk :imaposer:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 01, 2015, 11:34:57 pm
On the morning of the 28th when I woke up and went to my bike I saw that the back wheel was flat. Unbelievable timing as I was going to change both tyres that day in any case. I then started to replace the Continental knobblies which have done 14 000km on the trip so far with the new ones that were send to me in Khartoum in Sudan and which I have been carrying on top of my luggage since then. The back wheel had a nail in the centre of the by now almost smooth tyre. So on the stoep outside the hotel I took the back wheel off but I battled to break the bead. So as a car stopped across the street I asked the guy with hand communication if he would mind just to drive over the side of my tyre. He was busy opening his shop and pointed to me that I must come in. He pointed to a steel vice and that was exactly what I needed. I then managed to break the bead and the guy would not even take any money for the use of his equipment. With my own tools then I managed to change both tyres. So the next morning on the 29th of July I took off from Port Said at 6am to go and see for the 2nd time if I could get through the tunnel at the Suez. I had to be there at 10 am and the German couple that I met at Jungle Junction in Kenya would wait for me on the other side of the tunnel and all I had to do was to convince the Egyptian army guys that they must let me through as we will then load the bike on the German couples 4x4 overland vehicle as they do not allow bikes on the other side of the Suez due to the security problem in the Sinai. I left in high spirit not knowing what was laying ahead around the next corner for me. About 50km out of Port Said there were road works. Brand new tar was laid over some existing tar. The road at this point was very wide as there were some existing tar sticking out to the left and the new tar double one way lane to the right. I was riding on the existing tar section which was slowly tapering to the right. The new tar section was quite a bit higher than the old tar and formed a lip. I thought that the bike will climb quite easily on top of the new section and I was already leaning to the right to make the bike go on top but the front wheel just skidded along the tar edge. Before you know it I hit the tar, my helmet hit the tar so hard and as I was skidding along I could feel this tremendous headache immediately and I still thought to myself I hope I do not have brain damage. It is amazing how many thoughts can go through youíre your mind in that space of time. When I and the bike eventually came to screeching stop I managed to get up. By then there was a big horse with two trailers behind it that stopped in the right lane as I fell in the left lane. In front of the truck there was a car that also stopped and the two drivers came and helped me to pick up my bike. They then wanted to help me onto the bike but I indicated to them that we must push the bike out of the road as we were blocking the whole highway and the cars were passing us on the left as the Egyptians are extremely impatient drivers. I first had to take the bike out of gear and if I remember correctly it was in 4th gear. The two drivers also did not waste any time as they were blocking the road and told me in broken English to go to a hospital before they left. I was standing there with my hand bleeding and I could feel there was some injury to my elbow on the right and my hip and I still had this tremendous headache and I knew I was suffering from concussion. Fortunately I took a decision before the trip to wear my upper body protection throughout Africa due to the way that people drive here. I think if I did not have that on I would have been in an even worse state. There was no time for sulking as I had to be at the tunnel at 10 am still 200km away. My handle bar on the right was bent and I just pulled the brake lever protector in line again. The back brake pedal was also bent but I thought I would fix that later. My luggage took the brunt of the off with some damage and fortunately the front cover of the bike did not break this time round. So with this headache and bleeding all over I was on the road again to Suez very nervous of any tar edges this time. I think the reason why the front tyre did not climb on top of the tar was that it never ran on the side wall yet and was still oily from handling every day when I load and off load the bike. As all the road signs were in Arabic I ended on the wrong road but as I had a good sense of direction I felled I was going the wrong way. I enquired at a road side shop and it turned out I was 30 km past my turn off so the detour cost me 60km. I made it just in time to where the army had their road block 14 km before the tunnel that go under the Suez Channel. It was the same story than a week and a half ago. ďSorry sir no bike to the Sinai side of EgyptĒ. I said but we are going to load it on a truck that side of tunnel. ďNo motor bikes on that side even on a truckĒ he said. Dirk the German guy did not have a phone but he was going to skype me to my phone but there was no signal and my phone would just not work. The Army guys eventually phoned their Captain in charge and he came over to come and speak to me. I must say they were always treating me with great respect and even offered me a chair. He explained to me that due to orders from the top motor cycles are not allowed to the other side as the country was in a state of civil war. I was worried that Dirk was now waiting for me on the other side and the only way I could contact him was by sending him an e mail by laptop but my phone just would not work. I then rushed off to a little town nearby to a Vodaphone shop to see if they could sort my phone out. There were two customers in front of me and eventually when it was my turn it took the guy 30 minutes to get my phone going. I then off loaded my bike to get to my laptop and linked it to my phone but the internet would not work. I later heard that the army blocks the signal in certain areas for security reasons. As I could not contact Dirk I contacted my wife in South Africa and asked her to send an e mail to Dirk to tell him to go and not wait for me any longer. I must say I felled a bit low. I am sore and suffer from concussion and after a week and a half of trying to get across with no success. I have been to Port Said twice, all the way to Alexandria to try and ship the bike to Italy and it felled like I was fighting a brick wall. I then got on the bike and started to ride towards Hurghada on the Red Sea where I thought the Argentinian Zapp family should be by now. During the day I tried to call them a couple of times when I stopped for fuel but their phone would not work. I arrived at Hurghada that night at 8pm in the dark. The whole day I never ate anything and I was in the saddle for just about 14 hours and covered 700km from Port Said to Suez plus the detour and then on to Hurghada. I booked into the same hotel than before and did not even unload the bike and without going to the room first I went across the road to the restaurant that serves beer as well. A rare commodity in this Muslim Country. I had two beers and only ordered a plate of chips as I did not feel like Egyptian food. After that I went back across the road and offloaded my bike. The hotel staff was nice and helped me to my room with all my baggage. For the first time now I could get undressed and look at the damage to my body. On my right hip there were bruises, around my right elbow there were 3 places where the skin was gone and of course the one on top of my right hand. My right shoulder was sore as well and my neck muscles. I did not even take a shower and just climbed into bed. It was extremely hot and in the middle of the night the air conditioner in the room packed up and I eventually I could hear the circuit breaker trip in the passage. I then got up and took my dirty shirt and wet it under the tap and laid it over me to cool me down as it felled like about 38C. The next morning I woke up stiff and sore and I went for a shower and afterwards cleaned my wounds with Dettol. I checked my phone and there was a message from the Zapp family with a new number. I phoned them and they told me that they are still in Quseir 150km lower down the Red Sea and they wanted me to come down to them. As I was only paying 100 Egyptian pounds for my room I decided to leave my kit there and just take one change of clothing along for the next day. It was a nice road to Quseir with the Red sea on the one side and the desert on the other side. They were staying in the 4 star Flamenco Hotel Resort and they organized me a room overlooking the sea and the pool area for 35 US$ which included all meals. It was a diving spot with a reef and that afternoon with my sore body I went for a snorkel next to the reef and I must say this was one of the best I have seen. I have been to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia but I think this might be better as they donít allow boats nearby and the beautiful different colour fish is just out of this world. If anybody wants their contact details they can just contact me and I will pass it on. The manager here is a German by the name of Oscar who grew up in South Africa and can still speak Afrikaans and many other languages as well and we became quite good friends. I was supposed to go back to Hurghada today but instead Oscar and Herman Zapp and I went to Safaga to sort out our Carnet De Passage as mine expire on the 8/08/15 and they fine you 1200 Egyptian pounds for every day that you go over and you can lose your deposit of 200% of the value of the bike that you paid for the Egyptian Visa. In the mean time they are the reason that I am still in Egypt as there is just no way to get the bike out of the country. We also found out today that I cannot ship the bike across to Saudi Arabia either as they now also don't allow bikes there any more. The world has gone mad. So thatís it for now guys and girls.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Xpat on August 02, 2015, 12:43:12 am
Hmmm, bad luck indeed.

If they really do not let you to Sinai (I would still try to see if you cannot sneak in from Hurghada using the ferry, if you didn't yet), then I think your only option - excluding riding all the way back - may be to fly the bike. I know you said that you got some contacts who didn't speak English, but maybe try to give Egypt Air, or even DHL (they have fleet of planes) a call (or even better they may have an office in one of the tourist spots like Hurghada) and check the price of cargo.

I have checked google here, but these bloody cargo people do not have prices on web. Maybe some WD who is in the business may provide some advice regarding prices and availability of the air cargo from Cairo?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: T Rex on August 02, 2015, 03:14:30 am
Ai Schalk , ...... Jammer oor jou val , bly jy is darem in staat om te ry.

Jy is reg , die wÍreld het mal geword ........ :-\ :-\ . Dit is vir my onverstaanbaar dat hy so sukkel om die Fiets deur daardie lande te vat.

Sterkte  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 02, 2015, 04:29:33 am
Bliksem, that is not leaker at all. At least good to know you did not break an arm or rib. I agree with Xpat, try all you can to get the bike out to the North somehow. Is there not a ferry to Turkey, Cyprus or Italy? Try the oil companies supply ships or Maersk the Danish container ships.

Shit, wish I could help somehow. Be carefull boet.

 8)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 06:44:07 am
Hmmm, bad luck indeed.

If they really do not let you to Sinai (I would still try to see if you cannot sneak in from Hurghada using the ferry, if you didn't yet), then I think your only option - excluding riding all the way back - may be to fly the bike. I know you said that you got some contacts who didn't speak English, but maybe try to give Egypt Air, or even DHL (they have fleet of planes) a call (or even better they may have an office in one of the tourist spots like Hurghada) and check the price of cargo.

I have checked google here, but these bloody cargo people do not have prices on web. Maybe some WD who is in the business may provide some advice regarding prices and availability of the air cargo from Cairo?
All ferry services have stopped from Egypt, not one from Alexandria, Port Said or Hurghada I have been to them all also the bike is not even allowed on a truck on the other side of the Suez I have tried all that and no bikes allowed in Saudi Arabia or Jordan. Monday will be two weeks that I have been trying to get the bike out. I am going today to extend my Visa for a month and tomorrow extend my Carnet for a month as that is all they are prepared to give me. The Zapp family with their 1928 Graham Paige car can get 3 months extension on their Visa and 3 Months on their Carnet as it depends on how long you originally applied for. Myself I have no problem as I can fly to Europe for R3500 but motor cycles have become a dirty word here in these Arabian Countries because one of the exstremist blew himself and some soldiers up 3 weeks ago in the Sinai.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 06:47:43 am
Bliksem, that is not leaker at all. At least good to know you did not break an arm or rib. I agree with Xpat, try all you can to get the bike out to the North somehow. Is there not a ferry to Turkey, Cyprus or Italy? Try the oil companies supply ships or Maersk the Danish container ships.

Shit, wish I could help somehow. Be carefull boet.

 8)
Yes I am thankfull for not breaking any thing and I can still carry on. I am trying all options to get the bike out at the moment.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 06:49:52 am
Ai Schalk , ...... Jammer oor jou val , bly jy is darem in staat om te ry.

Jy is reg , die wÍreld het mal geword ........ :-\ :-\ . Dit is vir my onverstaanbaar dat hy so sukkel om die Fiets deur daardie lande te vat.

Sterkte  :thumleft:
Dankie maat dit is seker maar die tipe van probleme wat 'n mens moet kan hanteer as jy so 'n trip wil aan pak.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: woody1 on August 02, 2015, 08:13:03 am
Sterkte Schalk en mooi ry man.... jy wil nie dat so 'n val jou hele trip opskroef nie.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: gser on August 02, 2015, 08:56:51 am
Blikskottel Schalk, sterkte en vasbyt !
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: zook on August 02, 2015, 09:12:17 am
Schalk, jammer om van al di gesukkel te lees, maar moet se dit maak v opwindende leesstof :spitcoffee:
Soms wys GOD met sulke voorvalle vir jou n ander pad of tyd om te ry wat 1000 maal beter is as wat dit sou gewees het as jy al uit Egipte was.
Vasbyt ek wag met groot afwagting. :pot:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: T Rex on August 02, 2015, 09:27:50 am
Ai Schalk , ...... Jammer oor jou val , bly jy is darem in staat om te ry.

Jy is reg , die wÍreld het mal geword ........ :-\ :-\ . Dit is vir my onverstaanbaar dat hy so sukkel om die Fiets deur daardie lande te vat.

Sterkte  :thumleft:
Dankie maat dit is seker maar die tipe van probleme wat 'n mens moet kan hanteer as jy so 'n trip wil aan pak.

Ek hoor wat jy sÍ ...... Maar jou frustrasies met die burokrasie grens aan belaglik.
Ek het groot respek vir jou deursettingsvermoŽ , ..... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Dinge moet net reg uitwerk , Sterkte daar !!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Lone Wolf on August 02, 2015, 09:48:39 am
Oom... hou die kop hoog so lank oom kan
as oom n gap kry en uit die sticky patch is gaan dit lekker raak.

Hou daai gees van "wats anderkant die koppie" aan die lewe.

Oom is n legend!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: FlyRide on August 02, 2015, 12:15:36 pm
This has probably been discussed, and I know Libya and Tunisia have also got bs happening, but is it out of the question, to do a fast transit to Tunis??
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: 1ougat on August 02, 2015, 12:21:02 pm
Schalk - lees weer Jo Rus se RR , sy het ook serious issues gehad - miskien kan sy jou n paar pointers gee - lyk my daar plek is soos Hotel California - you can check out any time but you may never leave  ;D
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:24:16 pm
Schalk - lees weer Jo Rus se RR , sy het ook serious issues gehad - miskien kan sy jou n paar pointers gee - lyk my daar plek is soos Hotel California - you can check out any time but you may never leave  ;D
Dinge hier verander sommer binne 'n dag. Van dat Jo Rus en Michnus hier deur is het alles verander. Die storie met die bike het drie weke terug begin toe een van die Extremist homself op 'n motorfiets opgeblaas het en ook in die proses van die Egiptiese sodate gedood het. Nou is alle motorfietse geban aan die ander kant van die Suez kanaal wat halfpad deur Egite loop. So nou het Soudi Arabia en Jordan ook motorfietse geban. Om alles nog erger te maak is dat hulle 'n aanval verwag wanneer die nuwe gedeelte van die Suez oop gemaak word op die 6/08/15. Die land is op die oomblik onder miletere beheer en hulle doen wat hulle dink is nodig om dinge weer normaal te kry. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:25:50 pm
This has probably been discussed, and I know Libya and Tunisia have also got bs happening, but is it out of the question, to do a fast transit to Tunis??
Visa problems as well as security problems
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:28:50 pm
Oom... hou die kop hoog so lank oom kan
as oom n gap kry en uit die sticky patch is gaan dit lekker raak.

Hou daai gees van "wats anderkant die koppie" aan die lewe.

Oom is n legend!
So 'n bek moet heuning kry. Die storie van wat lÍ aan die ander kant van die bult al vat dit wat word al hoe meer 'n werklikheid. Groete my maat.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:31:27 pm
Ai Schalk , ...... Jammer oor jou val , bly jy is darem in staat om te ry.

Jy is reg , die wÍreld het mal geword ........ :-\ :-\ . Dit is vir my onverstaanbaar dat hy so sukkel om die Fiets deur daardie lande te vat.

Sterkte  :thumleft:
Dankie maat dit is seker maar die tipe van probleme wat 'n mens moet kan hanteer as jy so 'n trip wil aan pak.
Ek vat dit nou een dag op 'n slag. Ek is seker maar die mees ongeduldigste persoon maar die trip leer my geduld
Ek hoor wat jy sÍ ...... Maar jou frustrasies met die burokrasie grens aan belaglik.
Ek het groot respek vir jou deursettingsvermoŽ , ..... :thumleft: :thumleft:

Dinge moet net reg uitwerk , Sterkte daar !!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:35:18 pm
Schalk, jammer om van al di gesukkel te lees, maar moet se dit maak v opwindende leesstof :spitcoffee:
Soms wys GOD met sulke voorvalle vir jou n ander pad of tyd om te ry wat 1000 maal beter is as wat dit sou gewees het as jy al uit Egipte was.
Vasbyt ek wag met groot afwagting. :pot:
Ja daar is altyd die geestelike sy van dinge wat my gedagtes nogal baie besig hou. Ek is besig om groot geestelike lesse uit die trip te leer. Dankie my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:36:05 pm
Blikskottel Schalk, sterkte en vasbyt !
dankie my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:37:36 pm
Sterkte Schalk en mooi ry man.... jy wil nie dat so 'n val jou hele trip opskroef nie.  :thumleft:
Ja nee ek val eerder in die Kliprivier as op die teerpad
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 02, 2015, 04:54:55 pm
I am back from Quseir where I stayed with the Zapp family for two days at at a diving resort on the Red Sea. They are the family that have been traveling around the world for 15 years in a 1928 Graham Page car. I am back in Hurghada 150km above Quseir which is also not to shabby. Will meet with the Zapp family from tomorrow again in Hurghada. Tomorrow I will try and extend my Visa in order to give me more time to sort things out and the day after I will try and extend my Carnet De Passage for the bike also for 30 days other wise I loose my 200% of the value of the bike deposit that I paid. In the mean time I am planning how to get the bike out as all doors North has closed. Myself is no problem as I can fly out.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 02, 2015, 10:05:09 pm
Mater jy moet nie n man so laat skrik nie! Ek is baie bly jy het niks gebreek nie, dit kon erger gewees het, jy is n yster!
Baie sterkte man, en as dit nie uitwerk nie kom dan maar eerder af op n nuwe roete!
Sterkte!
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Post by: Dorsland on August 03, 2015, 07:10:44 am
Ek lees nou diť fred Schalk. Dis 'n helse avontuur vol van sy dinge. Dit wys net weer dat mens eindelose geduld met die lewe moet hÍ. Die dikwelse onsinnighede van die mens kan 'n ou darem frustreer jong. Jammer oor jou omval, gelukkig is dit nie tť erg nie. Hou kop en sterkte.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draad on August 03, 2015, 08:33:11 am
Schalk, jammer om van al di gesukkel te lees, maar moet se dit maak v opwindende leesstof :spitcoffee:
Soms wys GOD met sulke voorvalle vir jou n ander pad of tyd om te ry wat 1000 maal beter is as wat dit sou gewees het as jy al uit Egipte was.
Vasbyt ek wag met groot afwagting. :pot:

Dit het Moses maar net 40 jaar gevat so daars is hoop schalk  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Warren Ellwood on August 03, 2015, 11:26:05 am
Jussie Schalk.

Sterkte daar.

I hope something changes and you can move forward one way or the other soon.

I've read various books, trip reports etc. and the reoccurring theme seems to be trouble in Egypt, and more specifically trouble getting out.

Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Gťrrard on August 03, 2015, 11:31:22 am
Sterke ou maat  :thumleft: Hoe meer dinge, hoe meer stories om eendag te vertel. Onthou wat Ted Simon gesÍ het : "The interruptions make the journey"

Vloei net saam met dit.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Frannarossi on August 03, 2015, 11:48:27 am
Hel man sterkte en vasbyt!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Man from Nam on August 03, 2015, 11:54:09 am
Schalk jy is regtig 'n inspirasie, jammer om van al die problem te hoor, maar sien dit as deel van die GROOT ondervingding.
Hou moet dinge sal weer beter word. Ons geniet jou reis baie :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: 1ougat on August 03, 2015, 01:00:09 pm
4000 jaar later en niks het verander nie ... onthou maar net dat selfs die Israeliete gesukkel het om uit Egypte te kom :biggrin:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: TeeJay on August 03, 2015, 03:45:35 pm
Sell the bike and buy another one in Italy to continue.....if money were no issue hey.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:09:43 pm
Sell the bike and buy another one in Italy to continue.....if money were no issue hey.
If you do that you loose your 200% of the value of the bike that you paid in cash in order to get a Carnet to travel through Egypt
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:14:30 pm
4000 jaar later en niks het verander nie ... onthou maar net dat selfs die Israeliete gesukkel het om uit Egypte te kom :biggrin:
Ja miskien moet hulle eers weer met 10 plae gestraf word voordat hulle my die land sal laat verlaat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:16:40 pm
Schalk jy is regtig 'n inspirasie, jammer om van al die problem te hoor, maar sien dit as deel van die GROOT ondervingding.
Hou moet dinge sal weer beter word. Ons geniet jou reis baie :thumleft:

Ja man ek is elke dag besig met planne om die land uit te kom. Dit is verseker nie vakansie nie
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:18:23 pm
Hel man sterkte en vasbyt!
Ja man vasbyt is die woord. Is die heeltyd besig om plan te maak om hier uit te kom
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:21:05 pm
Sterke ou maat  :thumleft: Hoe meer dinge, hoe meer stories om eendag te vertel. Onthou wat Ted Simon gesÍ het : "The interruptions make the journey"

Vloei net saam met dit.  :thumleft:
ja maar ek sal jou sÍ ek is nou al bietjie gatvol. Ted Simon het darem vier jaar gehad plus 'n sponser
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:23:42 pm
Jussie Schalk.

Sterkte daar.

I hope something changes and you can move forward one way or the other soon.

I've read various books, trip reports etc. and the reoccurring theme seems to be trouble in Egypt, and more specifically trouble getting out.


Yes they don't make it easy for bikers. Every one else can go but no bikers
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:25:29 pm
Schalk, jammer om van al di gesukkel te lees, maar moet se dit maak v opwindende leesstof :spitcoffee:
Soms wys GOD met sulke voorvalle vir jou n ander pad of tyd om te ry wat 1000 maal beter is as wat dit sou gewees het as jy al uit Egipte was.
Vasbyt ek wag met groot afwagting. :pot:

Dit het Moses maar net 40 jaar gevat so daars is hoop schalk  :thumleft:
Ja heng dan gaan ek 105 jaar out wees. Dit klink net soos in Moses se tyd
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:26:35 pm
Ek lees nou diť fred Schalk. Dis 'n helse avontuur vol van sy dinge. Dit wys net weer dat mens eindelose geduld met die lewe moet hÍ. Die dikwelse onsinnighede van die mens kan 'n ou darem frustreer jong. Jammer oor jou omval, gelukkig is dit nie tť erg nie. Hou kop en sterkte.
Dankie mater
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 04:27:40 pm
Mater jy moet nie n man so laat skrik nie! Ek is baie bly jy het niks gebreek nie, dit kon erger gewees het, jy is n yster!
Baie sterkte man, en as dit nie uitwerk nie kom dan maar eerder af op n nuwe roete!
Sterkte!
Dankie my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: tgg on August 03, 2015, 07:18:53 pm
Wat kos air freight, amper soos in dhl die bike. enige lughawe vat mos gewone airfreight in. Jy moet net customs in en uit.

Daar was ook die storie op wd van die boere en n griek paar jaar terug, hulle het die bikes daar gelaai en terug gevlieg

Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 09:51:06 pm
Wat kos air freight, amper soos in dhl die bike. enige lughawe vat mos gewone airfreight in. Jy moet net customs in en uit.

Daar was ook die storie op wd van die boere en n griek paar jaar terug, hulle het die bikes daar gelaai en terug gevlieg


DHL wou nie eers vir my olie vir die shocks vervoer nie want dit is blybaar Hazardous cargo. Ek weet Virgin Arlines vlieg bikes maar ek dink hulle werk nie in Egipte nie
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 03, 2015, 10:29:08 pm
Hi guys I have basically run out of time. Going south tomorrow as Visas and Carnets are expiring. Will have to work my way south towards the Sudan border as for the last 2 weeks I have tried all other options. Have done 15 000km to date and as they say ďTussen jou en my lÍ daar n berg TafelbergĒ but between myself and the berg there is 15 000 km to do. So enjoy the ride as I have to be out of the country by 8/08/15
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 03, 2015, 11:21:52 pm
Hi guys I have basically run out of time. Going south tomorrow as Visas and Carnets are expiring. Will have to work my way south towards the Sudan border as for the last 2 weeks I have tried all other options. Have done 15 000km to date and as they say ďTussen jou en my lÍ daar n berg TafelbergĒ but between myself and the berg there is 15 000 km to do. So enjoy the ride as I have to be out of the country by 8/08/15

Great stuff Schalk! Ek sien dit nie as negatief nie, ek sien dis die draai en nuwe hoofstuk vir jou en jy het n groot gehoor wat op die punte van hulle stoele sit en jou storie volg! Mag jy hoe die pad jou ookal mag lei n Geseende reis he en gooi daai fotos en looi die storie!!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Happyfeet on August 03, 2015, 11:56:44 pm
Wow Schalk, jy moet die braafste Dog wees wat ek ken! Ek dink elkeen van ons voel elke ontbering saam met jou en wens ons kon meer vir jou doen (ek sal net met drukkies kan uithelp).
Sterkte jong, jy is 'n groot inspirasie vir baie!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Mr Zog on August 04, 2015, 12:32:34 pm
Schalk, is daar nie n moontlikheid dat dan wes ry, soos Morrocco, en dan van daar af n ferry kry na Italie of Spanje nie?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Xpat on August 04, 2015, 02:18:35 pm
Would you have an appetite to cross DRC east to west and continue up the West coast to Spain (or even Italy, there are ferries from Morocco)? You were considering Somalia, which I think is much more dodgy than that...
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 05, 2015, 02:29:08 am
Would you have an appetite to cross DRC east to west and continue up the West coast to Spain (or even Italy, there are ferries from Morocco)? You were considering Somalia, which I think is much more dodgy than that...

DRC i'll go back to any day. The rebels looks mean with their dark glasses but all you do is hand out cigarettes. I worked there and we never traveled without cartons of sportsman or matchbox (the 2 brands of cigarettes) Never felt threatened in the DRC despite hearing many horror stories. Still a lot of Belgium's living there.

Problem is, DRC is halfway back already and then there are the roads and the lack thereof! Higher up you sit with a lot more unrest, and it become more of a challenge to stay alive. All the way back and shipping the bike from SA might even work out cheaper, up North people hate the USA but love the USA Dollar bills too much......so I say Schalk can explore and have a lot more fun in Africa if he decide to come down on slightly a different route!

I for one would have visited Juba in South Sudan just to see how it has changed since South Sudan became a Country and Juba became the capital city. One place I have met so many well known South Africans, like 'Oom Sakkie van der Merwe', the pilot and at some stage he was on tv doing the Weather forecast. Many other, South Africans of every skill and trade you could think of were involved there at some stage or another, all of them living in tents on the shore of the fast flowing White Nile river!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tiger8 on August 05, 2015, 10:46:22 am
Ek het nou lekker gelees, dankie vir die saam ry. Ek voel sommer jou frustrasie en jou vreegde soos jy skrywe. Hou moed, daar is altyd n uitweg, al lyk dit nie so nie. Ek is baie bly dat jy nie erg seer gekry het nie, soos in gebreekte bene ens.

Jy gaan een heel Epiese storie he wanneer jy weer terug is in SA, sien uit na nog skrywe  in die RR. Bly veilig en weereens dankie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SHARK DOG on August 05, 2015, 12:05:57 pm
voorspoed geniet elke km
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 02:20:13 pm
Update 6/08/2015
Hi guys I am in Cairo now and went for a scan of my shoulder as I thought I had the same injuries than 2 years ago when they did an operation on me as I still have a lot of pain. I am going to e mail the scans and report to my specialist in South Africa as they recommend treatment but in the meantime I am going back to Hurghada tomorrow and from there to Aswan where I will apply for my Sudan Visa again. Hope to be out of the country by Tuesday at Wadi Haifa and from there to Khartoum in Sudan. I cannot wait as I really enjoyed the Sudanese people the last time. So it is on the way to RSA again the long way Down South.
Thanks for all the ideas and support above.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: gser on August 06, 2015, 03:28:07 pm
Eish Schalk, boeta, sterkte ou.
 Ted Simon het n paar maande lank, jare terug, in Kenia op n plaas na n been breuk, aangesterk voordat hy suidwaards gery het.
 Hy't toe daarna om die wereld verder gery.
Ek vertrou dit gee so 'n bietjie hoop vir jou.
Dit klink seker so maklik vanaf my lessenaar af hier in Pretoria, maar ek veseker jou, die terugslaggie is ook groot vir my.
Een tree vorentoe op n slag, jy weet dit inelkgeval terdee .
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Vis Arend on August 06, 2015, 03:39:59 pm
Sterkte ou Schalk en alle voorspoed voorentoe.  Ons glo en vertrou jy sal sommer spoedig herstel. 
Mooi loop.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Toni on August 06, 2015, 04:25:38 pm
Ride safe, don't forget you riding for all of us
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:30:49 pm
Ride safe, don't forget you riding for all of us
Ja I am riding for all the Wilddogs as their comments keep me going.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:31:49 pm
Sterkte ou Schalk en alle voorspoed voorentoe.  Ons glo en vertrou jy sal sommer spoedig herstel. 
Mooi loop.   :thumleft:
Dankie my maat een van die dae terug in SA
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:34:29 pm
Eish Schalk, boeta, sterkte ou.
 Ted Simon het n paar maande lank, jare terug, in Kenia op n plaas na n been breuk, aangesterk voordat hy suidwaards gery het.
 Hy't toe daarna om die wereld verder gery.
Ek vertrou dit gee so 'n bietjie hoop vir jou.
Dit klink seker so maklik vanaf my lessenaar af hier in Pretoria, maar ek veseker jou, die terugslaggie is ook groot vir my.
Een tree vorentoe op n slag, jy weet dit inelkgeval terdee .
Ja ek het altwee Ted Simon se boeke gelees. Dankie verder my maat.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:35:26 pm
voorspoed geniet elke km
Dankie my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:38:10 pm
Ek het nou lekker gelees, dankie vir die saam ry. Ek voel sommer jou frustrasie en jou vreegde soos jy skrywe. Hou moed, daar is altyd n uitweg, al lyk dit nie so nie. Ek is baie bly dat jy nie erg seer gekry het nie, soos in gebreekte bene ens.

Jy gaan een heel Epiese storie he wanneer jy weer terug is in SA, sien uit na nog skrywe  in die RR. Bly veilig en weereens dankie  :thumleft:
Ek moet sÍ ek mis SA en my bike sal huistoe hardloop soos 'n perd wat om draai en huis to hardloop. Sal update soos ek tyd kry.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:42:07 pm
Would you have an appetite to cross DRC east to west and continue up the West coast to Spain (or even Italy, there are ferries from Morocco)? You were considering Somalia, which I think is much more dodgy than that...

DRC i'll go back to any day. The rebels looks mean with their dark glasses but all you do is hand out cigarettes. I worked there and we never traveled without cartons of sportsman or matchbox (the 2 brands of cigarettes) Never felt threatened in the DRC despite hearing many horror stories. Still a lot of Belgium's living there.

Problem is, DRC is halfway back already and then there are the roads and the lack thereof! Higher up you sit with a lot more unrest, and it become more of a challenge to stay alive. All the way back and shipping the bike from SA might even work out cheaper, up North people hate the USA but love the USA Dollar bills too much......so I say Schalk can explore and have a lot more fun in Africa if he decide to come down on slightly a different route!

I for one would have visited Juba in South Sudan just to see how it has changed since South Sudan became a Country and Juba became the capital city. One place I have met so many well known South Africans, like 'Oom Sakkie van der Merwe', the pilot and at some stage he was on tv doing the Weather forecast. Many other, South Africans of every skill and trade you could think of were involved there at some stage or another, all of them living in tents on the shore of the fast flowing White Nile river!
Ek onthou Sakkie vd Merwe ek dink hy bly nou in Australia. I will try and take a different route where possible but at the same time I want to get home as soon as possible   
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:44:30 pm
Would you have an appetite to cross DRC east to west and continue up the West coast to Spain (or even Italy, there are ferries from Morocco)? You were considering Somalia, which I think is much more dodgy than that...
I am late for all my appointments in Europe now so it is best to first come home now and return to Europe next year.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:45:48 pm
Schalk, is daar nie n moontlikheid dat dan wes ry, soos Morrocco, en dan van daar af n ferry kry na Italie of Spanje nie?
Hi Mr Zog sien vorige post
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:48:31 pm
Wow Schalk, jy moet die braafste Dog wees wat ek ken! Ek dink elkeen van ons voel elke ontbering saam met jou en wens ons kon meer vir jou doen (ek sal net met drukkies kan uithelp).
Sterkte jong, jy is 'n groot inspirasie vir baie!
Die drukkies sal veseker help plus al die aanmoediging van al die Dogs. Ek kom dalk Kaap toe vir daai drukkie hoor.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:50:17 pm
Hi guys I have basically run out of time. Going south tomorrow as Visas and Carnets are expiring. Will have to work my way south towards the Sudan border as for the last 2 weeks I have tried all other options. Have done 15 000km to date and as they say ďTussen jou en my lÍ daar n berg TafelbergĒ but between myself and the berg there is 15 000 km to do. So enjoy the ride as I have to be out of the country by 8/08/15

Great stuff Schalk! Ek sien dit nie as negatief nie, ek sien dis die draai en nuwe hoofstuk vir jou en jy het n groot gehoor wat op die punte van hulle stoele sit en jou storie volg! Mag jy hoe die pad jou ookal mag lei n Geseende reis he en gooi daai fotos en looi die storie!!
Dankie vir die goeie wense my maat
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 05:53:32 pm
Wow 13 000 hits so far in just under 3 months. Thanks to all the Wilddogs. It is you guys that keeps me going
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 06, 2015, 06:17:30 pm
13000hit, wys jou hoe baie pelle jy gemaak het, al moet jy meeste nog in persoon ontmoed!

Oom Sakkie het weer getrou en bly in Soetdoring aftree oord, Zambezi in Pretoria Achalk. Ek het eendag vir hom en sy nuwe vroutjie gaan kuier. Sy ex bly in Aus op n olyfplaas wat hy destyds gekoop het met die doel om daar af te tree, maar hy en sy dogter is te lief vir Afrika. Sy dogter soen mediese wek iewers bo in Afrika en Oom Sakkie weet jy dan nou.....hy is in baie goeie mediese en fisiese kondisie, hernu steeds flight medical sonder probleme maar niemand wil hom huur omdat hy nou nader aan 70 is nie. Wat n super lewende ligende.....

Schalk ek is bekommerd oor jou skouer, ek is baie bly jy het mediese hulp genader en ek hoop jy sal n reply kry waar hulle tenminste vir jou sal kan help mee. In Kenya was ek n paar keer by n groot hospitaal, privaat hospitaal maar kan om die dood nie die naam onthou nie! dis in Nairobi en as jy die locals vra, vra hul waar is die groot hospitaal waar die tropical disease specialists praktiseer. Apteke sal jou ook kan aanwys. Dis nou as jy Nairobi gaan deur, maar dis regtig soos SA standaard - baie mooi sale Die nonne hopspitaal naby Langata (nogal naby aan die dieretuin of wildtuin in Nairobi) is ook nice, goeie dokters en skoon. As ek reg onthou is dit 'Mary's hospital.

Ek hoop regtig dat jy ok sal wees, ry asb versigtig sodat jy kan genees en ons vorentoe verder kan entertain met jou avonture ok!

Groete mater
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 06, 2015, 10:58:45 pm
13000hit, wys jou hoe baie pelle jy gemaak het, al moet jy meeste nog in persoon ontmoed!

Oom Sakkie het weer getrou en bly in Soetdoring aftree oord, Zambezi in Pretoria Achalk. Ek het eendag vir hom en sy nuwe vroutjie gaan kuier. Sy ex bly in Aus op n olyfplaas wat hy destyds gekoop het met die doel om daar af te tree, maar hy en sy dogter is te lief vir Afrika. Sy dogter soen mediese wek iewers bo in Afrika en Oom Sakkie weet jy dan nou.....hy is in baie goeie mediese en fisiese kondisie, hernu steeds flight medical sonder probleme maar niemand wil hom huur omdat hy nou nader aan 70 is nie. Wat n super lewende ligende.....

Schalk ek is bekommerd oor jou skouer, ek is baie bly jy het mediese hulp genader en ek hoop jy sal n reply kry waar hulle tenminste vir jou sal kan help mee. In Kenya was ek n paar keer by n groot hospitaal, privaat hospitaal maar kan om die dood nie die naam onthou nie! dis in Nairobi en as jy die locals vra, vra hul waar is die groot hospitaal waar die tropical disease specialists praktiseer. Apteke sal jou ook kan aanwys. Dis nou as jy Nairobi gaan deur, maar dis regtig soos SA standaard - baie mooi sale Die nonne hopspitaal naby Langata (nogal naby aan die dieretuin of wildtuin in Nairobi) is ook nice, goeie dokters en skoon. As ek reg onthou is dit 'Mary's hospital.

Ek hoop regtig dat jy ok sal wees, ry asb versigtig sodat jy kan genees en ons vorentoe verder kan entertain met jou avonture ok!

Groete mater
Danie my maat jy het my al baie goeie raad gegee op die forum en ek waardeur dit Groete Schalk
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: T Rex on August 07, 2015, 01:50:19 am
Schalk mag jou terugry voorspoedig wees , en ons glo daardie skouer is sommer gou reg.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: 1ougat on August 07, 2015, 06:34:27 am
Well when life throw you lemons you make lemonade ... so maybe you not driving the pristine roads of Europe now ... don't worry that is for another day .... now enjoy Africa , its people , its issues , the life in it .... it still is an off-road paradise and your home ... be safe and as soon as possible have someone who at least have seen a stetiscope have a look at that injuries also I did not mention the worst drivers in the world .... be save and above all stop and smell the daisies and all the stuff around you as often as possible  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: capetowntocairo on August 07, 2015, 11:36:27 am
A real pity that you happened to be in that part of the world on a motorbike just when all hell broke loose there - for motorbike riders, anyway.  Please keep sending pics and information during your return trip - you are our eyes and ears!  And find some geocaches!  God speed and safe return to SA.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 07, 2015, 06:54:59 pm
A real pity that you happened to be in that part of the world on a motorbike just when all hell broke loose there - for motorbike riders, anyway.  Please keep sending pics and information during your return trip - you are our eyes and ears!  And find some geocaches!  God speed and safe return to SA.
Thanks will keep on posting. Have done my first 450 km today on my return trip from Cairo to Hurghada in 45 degree C heat. I suppose things happen for a reason. Thanks for the support.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 07, 2015, 06:57:34 pm
Well when life throw you lemons you make lemonade ... so maybe you not driving the pristine roads of Europe now ... don't worry that is for another day .... now enjoy Africa , its people , its issues , the life in it .... it still is an off-road paradise and your home ... be safe and as soon as possible have someone who at least have seen a stetiscope have a look at that injuries also I did not mention the worst drivers in the world .... be save and above all stop and smell the daisies and all the stuff around you as often as possible  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Will do Europe next year after the European winter. I am actually looking forward to do Africa again.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 07, 2015, 06:58:47 pm
Schalk mag jou terugry voorspoedig wees , en ons glo daardie skouer is sommer gou reg.
Ja ons sal maar skouer aan die wiel sit.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: FlyRide on August 08, 2015, 04:52:19 pm
How about going to one of the ports, Sudan, or Mombasa, and trying to find a ship that will carry you to Oman, Salalah, or Muscat? Or flying from Nairobi?  It cost us 1450 Euro, to fly 2 bikes from Amsterdam, to Nairobi!!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 09, 2015, 12:05:23 am
How about going to one of the ports, Sudan, or Mombasa, and trying to find a ship that will carry you to Oman, Salalah, or Muscat? Or flying from Nairobi?  It cost us 1450 Euro, to fly 2 bikes from Amsterdam, to Nairobi!!
I have decided to bring the bike back to SA then it is also easier to ship it next year to Europe and I will have the use of the bike for the six months that I am SA
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 09, 2015, 01:42:05 am
How about going to one of the ports, Sudan, or Mombasa, and trying to find a ship that will carry you to Oman, Salalah, or Muscat? Or flying from Nairobi?  It cost us 1450 Euro, to fly 2 bikes from Amsterdam, to Nairobi!!
I have decided to bring the bike back to SA then it is also easier to ship it next year to Europe and I will have the use of the bike for the six months that I am SA

Agree, it is cheaper to ship from SA than other African Countries. Their customs is very fristrating to deal with, and their is always delays and the delays are based on how much money you will offer the customs official as a 'donation' in order to get your stuff.......I hope SA Customs will never turn into customs I have experienced up in Africa. South Sudan was the worst as everything come down on barges on the white nile.....Bliksem tonight I will probably once again have a 'africa customs' nightmare!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 09, 2015, 09:06:06 pm
How about going to one of the ports, Sudan, or Mombasa, and trying to find a ship that will carry you to Oman, Salalah, or Muscat? Or flying from Nairobi?  It cost us 1450 Euro, to fly 2 bikes from Amsterdam, to Nairobi!!
I have decided to bring the bike back to SA then it is also easier to ship it next year to Europe and I will have the use of the bike for the six months that I am SA

Agree, it is cheaper to ship from SA than other African Countries. Their customs is very fristrating to deal with, and their is always delays and the delays are based on how much money you will offer the customs official as a 'donation' in order to get your stuff.......I hope SA Customs will never turn into customs I have experienced up in Africa. South Sudan was the worst as everything come down on barges on the white nile.....Bliksem tonight I will probably once again have a 'africa customs' nightmare!
Yes I think they can make anybody tied. I spend 3 weeks here just to sort things out and got nothing right. I am back in Aswan to get a new Sudan Visa then I am out of here.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Happyfeet on August 09, 2015, 09:41:34 pm
Wow Schalk, jy moet die braafste Dog wees wat ek ken! Ek dink elkeen van ons voel elke ontbering saam met jou en wens ons kon meer vir jou doen (ek sal net met drukkies kan uithelp).
Sterkte jong, jy is 'n groot inspirasie vir baie!
Die drukkies sal veseker help plus al die aanmoediging van al die Dogs. Ek kom dalk Kaap toe vir daai drukkie hoor.

Great! Extra groot druk as jy dit in die Kaap kom haal!
Sterkte met daai skouer.
Ook gewonder of jy nie sommer 'n tuisgemaakte "speed control" kan maak om die hand (en tennis elemboog) bietjie ruskans te gee nie. Het al so iets gesien en dis eintlik baie eenvoudig.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 09, 2015, 10:22:36 pm
Wow Schalk, jy moet die braafste Dog wees wat ek ken! Ek dink elkeen van ons voel elke ontbering saam met jou en wens ons kon meer vir jou doen (ek sal net met drukkies kan uithelp).
Sterkte jong, jy is 'n groot inspirasie vir baie!
Die drukkies sal veseker help plus al die aanmoediging van al die Dogs. Ek kom dalk Kaap toe vir daai drukkie hoor.

Great! Extra groot druk as jy dit in die Kaap kom haal!
Sterkte met daai skouer.
Ook gewonder of jy nie sommer 'n tuisgemaakte "speed control" kan maak om die hand (en tennis elemboog) bietjie ruskans te gee nie. Het al so iets gesien en dis eintlik baie eenvoudig.
Dankie ja vir die drukkies. 'n Bietjie ver vir die speed contol, geen parte hier nie. Sal maar moet deur druk nog net 13 000km huis toe. Groete
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Post by: Happyfeet on August 09, 2015, 11:13:45 pm
"Dankie ja vir die drukkies. 'n Bietjie ver vir die speed contol, geen parte hier nie. Sal maar moet deur druk nog net 13 000km huis toe. Groete"


Nee man! Ek meen maak jou eie. Hulle gebruik sommer:

'n O ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwkuzbsiOg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwkuzbsiOg)

'n Cable Tie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXk9WeVgxUo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXk9WeVgxUo)

Tuisgemaakte konkoksie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D56qOgvVqJE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D56qOgvVqJE)

'n Stuk gebuigde draad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEmMvNYEq2o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEmMvNYEq2o)

Ek het klaar meeste van die werk gedoen deur 'n klompie links vir jou te laai - kyk wat is maklikste vir jou om in die hande te kry. Behoort nie meer as 'n paar minute te neem om te maak nie en dit sal regtig help om daai seer (en oorwerkte) parte van jou 'n breek te gee.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 10, 2015, 07:06:31 am
"Dankie ja vir die drukkies. 'n Bietjie ver vir die speed contol, geen parte hier nie. Sal maar moet deur druk nog net 13 000km huis toe. Groete"


Nee man! Ek meen maak jou eie. Hulle gebruik sommer:

'n O ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwkuzbsiOg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmwkuzbsiOg)

'n Cable Tie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXk9WeVgxUo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXk9WeVgxUo)
Hi Happy

Tuisgemaakte konkoksie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D56qOgvVqJE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D56qOgvVqJE)

'n Stuk gebuigde draad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEmMvNYEq2o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEmMvNYEq2o)

Ek het klaar meeste van die werk gedoen deur 'n klompie links vir jou te laai - kyk wat is maklikste vir jou om in die hande te kry. Behoort nie meer as 'n paar minute te neem om te maak nie en dit sal regtig help om daai seer (en oorwerkte) parte van jou 'n breek te gee.

Hi Happyfeet dankie ek gaan probeer, baie goeie idees daar op U tube. My arm is juis weer seer van gister se lang pad wat ek gery het van Hurghada tot by Aswan deur die Woestyn. Baie dankie groete
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Post by: JFE on August 10, 2015, 08:59:03 am
Ek kan nie glo jy kan nie uit Egipte uitkom nie. Nou dat die kanaal oop is en niemand het hulle aangeval nie dink jy nie daar is dalk kaans dat jy nou sal kan deurkom nie?
Ander opsie is gaan in Libia in, elke dag op die nuus wys hulle hoe honderde imigrante van daar af opgepik word op die see en aargelaat word in Europa in (grappie net)
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Post by: Happyfeet on August 10, 2015, 09:00:56 am

Hi Happyfeet dankie ek gaan probeer, baie goeie idees daar op U tube. My arm is juis weer seer van gister se lang pad wat ek gery het van Hurghada tot by Aswan deur die Woestyn. Baie dankie groete
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Plesier ou dier  :thumleft: - nou sal jy die drukkie in die Kaap moet kom haal!   >:D
Veilig ry en sterkte!
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 10, 2015, 10:52:15 am
Ek kan nie glo jy kan nie uit Egipte uitkom nie. Nou dat die kanaal oop is en niemand het hulle aangeval nie dink jy nie daar is dalk kaans dat jy nou sal kan deurkom nie?
Ander opsie is gaan in Libia in, elke dag op die nuus wys hulle hoe honderde imigrante van daar af opgepik word op die see en aargelaat word in Europa in (grappie net)

Jong ek hoor van die priaat civil engineing manne in Libia het hulle werkers huistoe gestuur (SA Expats) Ek weet nie wat broeie daar nie, maar Noord Afrika op die stadium bietjie ongemaklik. Schalk het die regte besluit gemaak. Kom huistoe laat die dokters daai skouer uitsort en rus n bietjie, en skip die bike dan. Glo my, dis goedkoper van SA af!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 10, 2015, 11:30:46 am
Ek kan nie glo jy kan nie uit Egipte uitkom nie. Nou dat die kanaal oop is en niemand het hulle aangeval nie dink jy nie daar is dalk kaans dat jy nou sal kan deurkom nie?
Ander opsie is gaan in Libia in, elke dag op die nuus wys hulle hoe honderde imigrante van daar af opgepik word op die see en aargelaat word in Europa in (grappie net)

Jong ek hoor van die priaat civil engineing manne in Libia het hulle werkers huistoe gestuur (SA Expats) Ek weet nie wat broeie daar nie, maar Noord Afrika op die stadium bietjie ongemaklik. Schalk het die regte besluit gemaak. Kom huistoe laat die dokters daai skouer uitsort en rus n bietjie, en skip die bike dan. Glo my, dis goedkoper van SA af!

Ja ek kom eerder huis toe en deel met shipping mense wat eerlik is en dan het ek ook die gebruik van my bike vir 6 maande. Ek glo nie ek sal nou 'n Visa kry om deur Libia te kom nie. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 10, 2015, 11:37:18 am
Ek kan nie glo jy kan nie uit Egipte uitkom nie. Nou dat die kanaal oop is en niemand het hulle aangeval nie dink jy nie daar is dalk kaans dat jy nou sal kan deurkom nie?
Ander opsie is gaan in Libia in, elke dag op die nuus wys hulle hoe honderde imigrante van daar af opgepik word op die see en aargelaat word in Europa in (grappie net)
Kyk my maat as jy 3 weke lank probeer om uit 'n land te kom en jy kan nie dan is jy 'n bietjie gatvol. Behalwe dit word ek by elke pad blokade aangesien as 'n terroris met my pak bagasie want hulle dink ek is 'n moontlike selfmoord bommer. So ek kom huis toe sak en pak al kos dit my 6 of 7 weke se ry. Die extremiste operate nog steeds in die Sinai. Hierdie ding gaan nog lank aanhou. Groete.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 10, 2015, 11:12:25 pm
Update 10/08/2015.
I was in Cairo for the 2nd time on the 6/08/2015 and stayed with a lovely Dutch couple Bas and his wife Esther in New Cairo, they were introduced to me by the Zapp family. They live in a very up market area in a complex very much like Eagle Canyon and Cedar Lake Estate in Johannesburg. The following day Bas organized through a friend for my shoulder to be scanned at a hospital as I was worried that maybe the muscles has come off the bone on my shoulder (called rotative cuff) like I had two years ago on the other shoulder as the pain was the same.  It turned out negative but the doctor recommends that I get treatment for my injury.  I also went to Cairo airport to try and extend my carnet but they had a 4 day public holiday and were closed. They had so many public holidays here in one month that I lost count.  In Hurghada before I came back to Cairo I also wanted to extend my Visa but they told me that I would have to sit in one place for 6 weeks and go nowhere else while they are busy with the process.  So this and the Carnet  made me finally decide to rather ride back to South Africa as I also could not get out of the country up north and east for 3 weeks now.  The following day I went back to Hurghada for the 3rd time, this time to meet up with the Zapp family for the last time. They have been traveling around the world with their 1928 Graham Paige car for 15 years now and have done 250 000km and all their children were born on the way. We have become such good friends by now and they felled like family to me. They also could give me the best advice as they are the most experienced adventurers that I know.  It is about 450km from Cairo to Hurghada but the extreme heat make it feel much further. Egypt and Sudan are basically two deserts and Cairo lies in this desert and the Red sea where Hurghada is have the desert on the one side and the sea on the other side with the road running next to the sea for most of the way. The combination is actually quite beautiful.  So arriving back in Hurghada for the 3rd time I booked into the same Ela Rosa Hotel for 100 Egyptian pounds per day. There is no camping here but that is about what you would pay for camping in Africa. My room even overlooked the sea and across the road is a restaurant where at least you can buy a beer. Not many places in Egypt where you can find that. I had dinner with the Zapp family and their lovely children for two nights in a row and then it was the final goodbye to them. Sunday morning I was up early as I had a long way through the desert to Aswan. I had no breakfast just a cup of coffee across the road before I left. I went past Quseir to say goodbye to Oscar the manager of Flamenco Hotel resort and his wife also lovely people. I stayed there a while ago for two nights. Then it was down all along the Red sea to Marsa Alam. There I filled up the bike and the instead of turning to the desert I went further down along the Red Sea and I travelled 41km before I stopped as I thought I was on the wrong road. When I checked the maps I saw I was indeed on the wrong road. Without a GPS and all the signs in Arabic it sometimes is a battle. So that mistake cost me 82km and some valuable time as I wanted to make Aswan before dark and there is a desert in between.  There was an extremely strong desert head wind blowing going back to Marsa Alam. The wind was so strong I could not hear the bikes engine or the knobblies on the tar, sounds that I normally would hear. The wind was so strong that I had to go back to 4th gear and push up to 115km an hour before going to 5th gear. At Marsa Alam I filled the bike for the 2nd time right to the top. As I did not have anything to eat yet I had a bottle of water, a Yogi Zip type of drink and a fruit juice all in a row as by now it was boiling hot and I was still next to the sea. Then I hit the desert road. I could feel that today it was hot; the heat was all around and when I open my visor of the helmet the heat almost burns your face. It is a dry dry heat. After one hundred kilometres I stopped in the desert and bought a cold coke and water from an informal shop and swallowed them in no time. Then it was on the road again and after 50km I stopped at a type of a house where they have clay pots like in Sudan with cold water for free. I poured the water into my helmet and over me wetting myself completely like I have done in the Sudan deserts. The guys there spoke in Arabic and I in English and we made small talk. They wanted me to stay longer and chat some more but I indicated at the Sun and said Aswan Aswan meaning I want to make Aswan before dark. I am one that can take heat but when my cloths and helmet dried out I got a slight headache something I normally donít get. Eventually when I got closer to the Nile River it changed from desert to green field where the people plant crop and vegetables.  The sun by now was sitting low on the horizon and I was still 100km from Aswan. At the Nile I turned south and then it was village after irritating village with thousands of speed bumps.  It started to get dark and the Egyptian people do not believe in driving with head lights on. My dim light must have fused during the day and now I put my bright on with this nation that does not belief in head lights. My Visor is completely cracked up from a previous desert where the wind blew my bike over when I parked next to the road and the handle bars crushed my visor. So when these Egyptians get upset about my brightís they flash their lights and completely blind me with my cracked up visor so eventually I had to ride with my visor open. There is so much sand on the road that would come into your face and the heat was still extreme even the sun was down. Just outside Aswan I stopped and bought another Yogi Zip as I felt dehydrated even after all the liquid I had for the day. As I entered Aswan I stopped at a cafť where I previous bought a beer and bought 3 beers. I told the cafť owner that I am going to drink at least one there on the pavement. He gave me a plastic bag to put around it as it is a Muslim country and they donít like to see people drinking alcohol. So there I sat on the pavement having a beer in a plastic bag like a tramp when I checked my messages and saw one was from Herman Zapp and the other one was from Oscar. They both were worried as it was the hottest day ever in Egypt that day. In Aswan it was 48 degrees C and no wonder I was battling through the desert. I was 11, 5 hours in the saddle and covered 735km for the day. I booked into the same St. George hotel than before for 120 Egyptian pounds for bed and breakfast. So today Monday I went to the Sudan Embassy to apply for a Visa again as it is the only one that I need for my trip home except Uganda and  Rwanda of which I can get at the borders. My Ethiopian Visa is still valued and the other countries I do not need a Visa for. So by Wednesday I will ride to Abu Simbel and sleep over. Thursday I will catch the ferry across the Nile and also cross the border into Sudan Yippee. By leaving Egypt it means I can get my 200% of the bike value deposit back which I lodged with the AA in JHB in order to get an Egyptian Carnet.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:26:22 am
Photo 1 Full moon rising over Quseir
Photo 2 Herman and Candelaria Zapp and Oscar and his lovely Cuban wife and me
Photo 3 Seven year old Paloma singing Karaoke 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:32:45 am
Photo  1 The Zapp kids welcoming me back
Photo  2 Seven year old Paloma made me this welcome back note.
Photo  3 Wallaby with his little naughty face. He got this name because he was born in Australia while his parents were doing their              around the world trip
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:41:09 am
All photos of the Flameco Hotel resort in Quseir
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:44:37 am
All photos of the Flamenco Hotel Resort with the last photo of the jetty that goes out up to the reef where you dive. No boats allowed here.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:50:26 am
Photo  1 Every one saying goodbye to me
Photo  2 The road north from Quseir
Photo  3 The blue turquoise waters north of Quseir
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:56:36 am
Photo  1 Two cyclist that I met north of Hurghada. I will see them again in Sudan as they are cycling to Kenya
Photo  2 Bas and his wife Esther the Hollanders that put me up for two nights in Cairo 
Photo  3 the Hollanders pool
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 12:59:15 am
Their house in Cairo and the complex
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 01:03:38 am
Photo  1 Bas and his adopted daughter saying goodbye to me
Photo  2 Bas and his wife and adopted daughter say goodbye to me
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 01:06:54 am
Truck accident 14 or 15 in Africa that I have seen so far. This one just south of Quseir
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 01:10:20 am
Photo  1 Just south of Quseir
Photo  2 Start of the desert
Photo  3 This road is in a riverbed in the desert
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 11, 2015, 01:13:07 am
Jis ou Schalk jy se dis warm!! Bly jy het darem goeie vordering gemaak - mooi fotos!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 01:19:00 am
Jis ou Schalk jy se dis warm!! Bly jy het darem goeie vordering gemaak - mooi fotos!
Dit is seker die warmste wat ek in my lewe nog gehad het saam met die Nubian Woestyn van Karima na Dongala in Sudan
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Post by: T Rex on August 11, 2015, 06:50:11 am
Dankie vir die pics jou "undercover suicide bomber "   :imaposer: :imaposer:

Veilig ry.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 10:29:38 am
Dankie vir die pics jou "undercover suicide bomber "   :imaposer: :imaposer:

Veilig ry.
Ja in al die honderde road blocks loop hulle om my bike met die vinger op die sneller van die AK47 terwyl een ou met sy vinger oral op my bagasie druk om the voel wat daar is. Hulle het net buite Hurghada vir my gesÍ ek lyk soos 'n terroris toe begin ek lag. Hulle wil toe weet wat so funny is toe sÍ ek vir hulle dat hulle funny is. Waar hulle toe eers 'n body search wou doen toe sÍ hulle moet liewer ry.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 11, 2015, 09:05:05 pm
It is 39 C right at this moment(9 pm) here in Aswan Egypt. Tomorrow it will be 289 km of desert road again. I do not want to think how hot that is going to be. Aswan to Abu Simbel tomorrow.
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Post by: JFE on August 12, 2015, 06:06:19 am
Jy  moet die water kar agterna sleep, ek is in die Gulf en die week veral is dit baie erger relatiewe temperatuur gewys, selfde daar waar jy is. Voorspoed en seŽn vir die pad.
Een tip wat ek hier geleer / agter gekom het wat in jou guns kan tel, dadels. Dadels het beter eienskappe as piesangs as dit kom by hidrasie en dan ook beter voeding struktuur, dalk vir jou so bossie saam ry as "snacks".
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 12, 2015, 10:05:48 am
Jy  moet die water kar agterna sleep, ek is in die Gulf en die week veral is dit baie erger relatiewe temperatuur gewys, selfde daar waar jy is. Voorspoed en seŽn vir die pad.
Een tip wat ek hier geleer / agter gekom het wat in jou guns kan tel, dadels. Dadels het beter eienskappe as piesangs as dit kom by hidrasie en dan ook beter voeding struktuur, dalk vir jou so bossie saam ry as "snacks".
Dankie JFE so leer 'n mens ne'. Ek gaan beslis vandag dadels koop, did is ooral hier beskikbaar. Kon toe nie my Visa vir Sudan kry nie. Ek kry dit nou eers 1 uur. Maak geen verskil nie, ek gaan more oggend 4 uur in 'n weermag konfooi ry van Aswan tot by Abu Simbel. Ek sal nogtans more oor die grens kom. Groete en dankie vir die goeie raad.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 12, 2015, 10:07:49 am
On the way this morning to the Sudan Embassy I saw this.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 12, 2015, 08:14:28 pm
Ja bo in Afrika is n motorfiets n tool: Taxi vir mens, dier en boumateriaal en groente en vrugte!
Mooi ry mater!
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Post by: Toni on August 13, 2015, 01:28:28 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 13, 2015, 03:20:59 pm
Schalk, what are the Zapp family plans ... how do they intend to leave Egypt?

Safe trip.
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Post by: jimjim on August 13, 2015, 04:54:48 pm
Dis darem nou 'n adventure in die ware sin van die woord.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 01:16:22 pm
Ja bo in Afrika is n motorfiets n tool: Taxi vir mens, dier en boumateriaal en groente en vrugte!
Mooi ry mater!
Kyk 'n bietjie hoe die ou agter aan die ou voor hom se skouers moet vas hou
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 01:21:19 pm
Dis darem nou 'n adventure in die ware sin van die woord.
Dit begin so voel nou. Nou in Khartoum Sudan. Sal weer update wanneer ek wi fi het.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 01:27:22 pm
Schalk, what are the Zapp family plans ... how do they intend to leave Egypt?

Safe trip.
Cars are allowed in the tunnel under the Suez. So they will take a ferry from Asdot in Israel to Turkey. It is only bikes that is a dirty word in Egypt. Thanks God I am out of the place and in Khartoum now.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 01:37:51 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
I rather spent the money on traveling through Africa again on a bit of a diffrent route than fork out 3000 US $ just to get across one ocean. Africa will always be special although very tuff to cross. Remember it started with the idea of what lies across the next hill. After traveling so many miles Dar Es Salaam to jhb will feel like n breakfast run. It is also a little bit off the route I am taking back
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 15, 2015, 04:25:45 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
I rather spent the money on traveling through Africa again on a bit of a diffrent route than fork out 3000 US $ just to get across one ocean. Africa will always be special although very tuff to cross. Remember it started with the idea of what lies across the next hill. After traveling so many miles Dar Es Salaam to jhb will feel like n breakfast run. It is also a little bit off the route I am taking back

Agree with you Schalk, traveling on bike through Africa is money well spent!
I will have to go up at some time (not all the way) and spent like 2 months just in Uganda and come down again.
DS Riding in Uganda is just wow, and the many great lakes and fishing - 2 of best worlds!
Ride safe Schalk!  :thumleft:
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Post by: Airguitar on August 15, 2015, 05:12:50 pm
This is an epic journey, Schalk. You've been through sume stuff!
I was also wondering why you couldn't put your bike on a cargo plane out of Khartoum to Rome. Even from Addis Ababa. (Saudi Cargo is not expensive) ?

However you have improvised and made a new plan. This is what adventure biking is all about. Having to deal with the unexpected. You've already done more than most of us couch jockeys!
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 07:48:29 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
I rather spent the money on traveling through Africa again on a bit of a diffrent route than fork out 3000 US $ just to get across one ocean. Africa will always be special although very tuff to cross. Remember it started with the idea of what lies across the next hill. After traveling so many miles Dar Es Salaam to jhb will feel like n breakfast run. It is also a little bit off the route I am taking back

Agree with you Schalk, traveling on bike through Africa is money well spent!
I will have to go up at some time (not all the way) and spent like 2 months just in Uganda and come down again.
DS Riding in Uganda is just wow, and the many great lakes and fishing - 2 of best worlds!
Ride safe Schalk!  :thumleft:
That is the plan to to go through Uganda and Rwanda on the way down. I have travelled the 4 big lakes before but not the other side of Lake Victoria yet. So that will be an new experience to me
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 07:57:33 pm
This is an epic journey, Schalk. You've been through sume stuff!
I was also wondering why you couldn't put your bike on a cargo plane out of Khartoum to Rome. Even from Addis Ababa. (Saudi Cargo is not expensive) ?

However you have improvised and made a new plan. This is what adventure biking is all about. Having to deal with the unexpected. You've already done more than most of us couch jockeys!
 :thumleft: :thumleft:
A lot has happened sins and I was typing the new up date for two hours now in order to post it later when I have wi fi again and then everything disapeared off my screen when my diary touched the keyboard. My laptop is on auto save and I am no computer fundie.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 15, 2015, 08:14:17 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
I rather spent the money on traveling through Africa again on a bit of a diffrent route than fork out 3000 US $ just to get across one ocean. Africa will always be special although very tuff to cross. Remember it started with the idea of what lies across the next hill. After traveling so many miles Dar Es Salaam to jhb will feel like n breakfast run. It is also a little bit off the route I am taking back

Agree with you Schalk, traveling on bike through Africa is money well spent!
I will have to go up at some time (not all the way) and spent like 2 months just in Uganda and come down again.
DS Riding in Uganda is just wow, and the many great lakes and fishing - 2 of best worlds!
Ride safe Schalk!  :thumleft:
I met a guy from Capetown Uwe Schmidt on a BMW 1200 on the way up and he spent 2 months just in Ethiopia and I think thats the way to go but because of my age I have to travel a bit faster, the world is a big place.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on August 15, 2015, 10:14:05 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
I rather spent the money on traveling through Africa again on a bit of a diffrent route than fork out 3000 US $ just to get across one ocean. Africa will always be special although very tuff to cross. Remember it started with the idea of what lies across the next hill. After traveling so many miles Dar Es Salaam to jhb will feel like n breakfast run. It is also a little bit off the route I am taking back

Agree with you Schalk, traveling on bike through Africa is money well spent!
I will have to go up at some time (not all the way) and spent like 2 months just in Uganda and come down again.
DS Riding in Uganda is just wow, and the many great lakes and fishing - 2 of best worlds!
Ride safe Schalk!  :thumleft:
I met a guy from Capetown Uwe Schmidt on a BMW 1200 on the way up and he spent 2 months just in Ethiopia and I think thats the way to go but because of my age I have to travel a bit faster, the world is a big place.

Schalk you are right, but I must admit although I would love to see the rest of the world I already realized that I have or had too many dreams and (for me) had to make it more reasonable. They say money can't buy happiness but if traveling makes you happy like some of us.....well then it means that money can indeed open doors. Unless I win the lotto (which I don't even bother playing  :peepwall: ) my dreams will be limited to how far my financial status can take me.....and at this stage it is not really far at all. So I think you get my drift, and then I am still walking the earth with my head turned towards the sky......I have skydived for a number of years and now I still need to paraglide. It is great to be an adventurer, but is also not cheap! I was lucky to work in many African Countries, renting motorbikes and got to explore a bit. I am not a man to return to a Country, as I always believed I would rather see more, but Uganda (and believe it or not) and the DRC have grown on me quite a bit. Enough to want to spent more time there on the bike, and then Rwanda is one of the greatest countries to do paragliding from! So yes......life to some of us is painfully short 

Cheers Schalk!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 17, 2015, 04:04:31 pm
 I am in Bahir Dar again next to Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Will do RR again when I have time again. Pushing South day by day
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: YamaV on August 17, 2015, 05:46:54 pm
Hi Schalk

Sterkte met die trip!

As jy so lank tik aan 'n report moet jy oorweeg om google docs te gebruik, indien jy nie alreeds so iets gebruik nie!

Ons wil nie he jou ride reports moet verdwyn nie!

Google docs auto save en as jy dan wil post, copy & paste jy dit net hier.

Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 20, 2015, 01:37:17 pm
Hi Schalk

Sterkte met die trip!

As jy so lank tik aan 'n report moet jy oorweeg om google docs te gebruik, indien jy nie alreeds so iets gebruik nie!

Ons wil nie he jou ride reports moet verdwyn nie!

Google docs auto save en as jy dan wil post, copy & paste jy dit net hier.

Groete
Ek gebruik Windows dit werk nog altyd baie goed, seker maar net n mishap. Ry more van Addis Abeba 
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 20, 2015, 01:48:49 pm
I am sure you have your reasons why (as I am sure you have checked), but why not leave from Der re Salam or any other port on the way?
I rather spent the money on traveling through Africa again on a bit of a diffrent route than fork out 3000 US $ just to get across one ocean. Africa will always be special although very tuff to cross. Remember it started with the idea of what lies across the next hill. After traveling so many miles Dar Es Salaam to jhb will feel like n breakfast run. It is also a little bit off the route I am taking back
Hi Hillman flying is also an adventure. I have been flying Microlights for 20 years now but paragliding is still on my list


Agree with you Schalk, traveling on bike through Africa is money well spent!
I will have to go up at some time (not all the way) and spent like 2 months just in Uganda and come down again.
DS Riding in Uganda is just wow, and the many great lakes and fishing - 2 of best worlds!
Ride safe Schalk!  :
I met a guy from Capetown Uwe Schmidt on a BMW 1200 on the way up and he spent 2 months just in Ethiopia and I think thats the way to go but because of my age I have to travel a bit faster, the world is a big place.

Schalk you are right, but I must admit although I would love to see the rest of the world I already realized that I have or had too many dreams and (for me) had to make it more reasonable. They say money can't buy happiness but if traveling makes you happy like some of us.....well then it means that money can indeed open doors. Unless I win the lotto (which I don't even bother playing  :peepwall: ) my dreams will be limited to how far my financial status can take me.....and at this stage it is not really far at all. So I think you get my drift, and then I am still walking the earth with my head turned towards the sky......I have skydived for a number of years and now I still need to paraglide. It is great to be an adventurer, but is also not cheap! I was lucky to work in many African Countries, renting motorbikes and got to explore a bit. I am not a man to return to a Country, as I always believed I would rather see more, but Uganda (and believe it or not) and the DRC have grown on me quite a bit. Enough to want to spent more time there on the bike, and then Rwanda is one of the greatest countries to do paragliding from! So yes......life to some of us is painfully short  

Cheers Schalk!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 20, 2015, 06:54:21 pm
Will leave Addis Ababa Saturday 21/08/15 for the border to Kenya. It will take me 2days to get there. Should be in Nairobi in 4 days time where I will service the bike and do a RR update
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 21, 2015, 03:54:05 am
Do you have an ETA in SA?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 21, 2015, 06:53:54 am
Do you have an ETA in SA?
less than a month but will give a time and date when I get closer
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Vis Arend on August 21, 2015, 07:14:19 am
Do you have an ETA in SA?
less than a month but will give a time and date when I get closer

Ek laaik die time frames, nie in dae nie maar in maande.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Nicknod1 on August 21, 2015, 07:26:18 am
If you need any help in malawi let me know,bed,food,beer,whatever.thats of course if you coming this way.fyi if you intend to go out malawi via mulanje into Mozambique the road is pretty awful for about 100 Kms.its being rebuilt lots dust detours etc.
Let me know if you need help.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 21, 2015, 04:23:49 pm
If you need any help in malawi let me know,bed,food,beer,whatever.thats of course if you coming this way.fyi if you intend to go out malawi via mulanje into Mozambique the road is pretty awful for about 100 Kms.its being rebuilt lots dust detours etc.
Let me know if you need help.

Hi Nicknod1 please PM me your details. I am coming through Malawi and I think I might take you up on your offer. Should be past the Keynia border by tomorrow night from Ethiopia
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 21, 2015, 04:27:28 pm
Do you have an ETA in SA?
less than a month but will give a time and date when I get closer

Ek laaik die time frames, nie in dae nie maar in maande.   :lol8:
Hi Vis Arend ja hoe sÍ ou Tolla vd Merwe, die bike is so stadig hy het nie 'n speedo nie maar 'n almenak
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 21, 2015, 04:32:02 pm
Should be in Kenya from Ethiopia by tomorrow night. Lots of road works here in Ethiopia and lots of bad roads to the border. 350km to go to the border and it is raining cats and dogs here. Doing mainly dirt road today but the thumper is flying.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 21, 2015, 09:52:02 pm
Should be in Kenya from Ethiopia by tomorrow night. Lots of road works here in Ethiopia and lots of bad roads to the border. 350km to go to the border and it is raining cats and dogs here. Doing mainly dirt road today but the thumper is flying.

Sounds great Schalk. Have you seen the pink school uniforms in Ethiopia? They are quite a colorful nation but 'funny colors' like very bright etc. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: HB 9 on August 22, 2015, 06:51:46 am
Should be in Kenya from Ethiopia by tomorrow night. Lots of road works here in Ethiopia and lots of bad roads to the border. 350km to go to the border and it is raining cats and dogs here. Doing mainly dirt road today but the thumper is flying.

Safe travelling on the slippery stuff!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on August 22, 2015, 06:07:23 pm
mooi Ry Schalk !
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 23, 2015, 03:48:05 pm
Should be in Kenya from Ethiopia by tomorrow night. Lots of road works here in Ethiopia and lots of bad roads to the border. 350km to go to the border and it is raining cats and dogs here. Doing mainly dirt road today but the thumper is flying.

Sounds great Schalk. Have you seen the pink school uniforms in Ethiopia? They are quite a colorful nation but 'funny colors' like very bright etc. Enjoy!
I think I saw pink school uniforms in Sudan
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 23, 2015, 03:48:49 pm
mooi Ry Schalk !
Dankie Pel
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 23, 2015, 03:52:37 pm
I am in Marsabit Kenya today, will be on the Equator at Nanyuki by tomorrow.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Crossed-up on August 23, 2015, 04:14:55 pm
Good travelling, mate!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 23, 2015, 05:00:02 pm
Good travelling, mate!
Thanks Mate
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 23, 2015, 05:19:08 pm
Hi all Wilddog buddies I have decided to not end this first part of my ATW trip in Joburgís on the way down but instead carry on to this yearís WD bash on the 26/09/15 and from there down to Cape town and Cape Agulhas and then up to Mosselbay where I will spent 9 days with my wife and then back to JHB. So this first leg will be a complete JHB to Cairo to Cape Town to JHB. Anybody who wants to ride along on the South African leg of the journey is welcome. I am not sure yet at which border I am going to enter yet but it will be either Groblers Bridge from Botswana or Komatiepoort from Mozambique side in about 2, 5 to 3 weeksí time. Just let me know
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on August 23, 2015, 07:36:20 pm
Looking forward to it! Hope we can meet up and ride to bash together. Depends on timing.😎
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 24, 2015, 12:59:14 am
I am in Marsabit Kenya today, will be on the Equator at Nanyuki by tomorrow.

Did you enter the reserve there at Marsabit Schalk? Some impressive elephants wondering around!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Lone Wolf on August 25, 2015, 08:40:26 am
 Oom laat weet as oom in Mosselbaai is. Sal verseker kom groet.
Groete en mooi ry.
Title: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Draadwerk on August 25, 2015, 06:48:44 pm
As jy by Komatipoort gaan inkom, laat ons betyds weet asb. Ons sal jou by die grens ontmoet en bietjie 'n draai saam ry...👍🏻
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: chopperpilot on August 25, 2015, 09:31:48 pm
As jy by Komatipoort gaan inkom, laat ons betyds weet asb. Ons sal jou by die grens ontmoet en bietjie 'n draai saam ry...👍🏻
Goeie idee!


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Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: capetowntocairo on August 26, 2015, 09:42:09 am
Anybody who wants to ride along on the South African leg of the journey is welcome.

Keep us updated where you are and when!  Exciting!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Gťrrard on August 26, 2015, 02:26:37 pm
Hey my maat, ry net rustig. Laat weet my wanneer julle by Tergniet is.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Coxwain on August 26, 2015, 02:59:27 pm
Hi Schalk

It would be an honour to ride along side you on your Mosselbay Cape Town leg. Keep us informed  :thumleft:
Cold beer and a warm bed I my place in Somerset West if you need it.  
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Morph on August 27, 2015, 10:01:16 am
Warm Bed ??? ??? Hopefully that is all  :lol8: :lol8:
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Coxwain on August 27, 2015, 11:02:07 am
Warm Bed ??? ??? Hopefully that is all  :lol8: :lol8:
 :ricky:

Dude ...I've been married for 32 years and have two grown up kids ....so get your mind out of the gutter and grow up  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:22:50 pm
Looking forward to it! Hope we can meet up and ride to bash together. Depends on timing.😎
So fine tune the timing so long. Speak nicely to mommy for the the next 3 weeks. See ya
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:27:48 pm
I am in Marsabit Kenya today, will be on the Equator at Nanyuki by tomorrow.

Did you enter the reserve there at Marsabit Schalk? Some impressive elephants wondering around!

Hi Hillman I did not go to the reserve but that's why I am considering going the Nata road and around the Swamps in Botswana to come in contact with the elies there.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:29:52 pm
Oom laat weet as oom in Mosselbaai is. Sal verseker kom groet.
Groete en mooi ry.
Sal laat weet ek het 'n plekkie in Tergniet en wil 'n week daar bly so miskien kan jy my 'n paar nuwe paaie gaan wys. Groete.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:32:09 pm
As jy by Komatipoort gaan inkom, laat ons betyds weet asb. Ons sal jou by die grens ontmoet en bietjie 'n draai saam ry...👍🏻
Sal julle laat weet op die thread waar ek in kom. Gaan nou eers deur Uganda en Rwanda ry dan gaan ek besluit. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:35:33 pm
As jy by Komatipoort gaan inkom, laat ons betyds weet asb. Ons sal jou by die grens ontmoet en bietjie 'n draai saam ry...👍🏻
Goeie idee!


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As ek dalk by Botswana in kom kan ek julle dalk iewers op die N1 ontmoet en dan saam ry. Sal julle laat weet.
Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:37:10 pm
Anybody who wants to ride along on the South African leg of the journey is welcome.

Keep us updated where you are and when!  Exciting!
Will do so. I am basically going through just about the whole country. Greetings
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:39:24 pm
Hey my maat, ry net rustig. Laat weet my wanneer julle by Tergniet is.
Ja miskien kan ons weer 'n ride doen soos laas jaar. ek is nou riding fit. Groete.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 01:42:18 pm
Hi Schalk

It would be an honour to ride along side you on your Mosselbay Cape Town leg. Keep us informed  :thumleft:
Cold beer and a warm bed I my place in Somerset West if you need it.  
That sounds like a bargain. I am going to Mosselbay first I think from the bash and then to Cape Town so it could work out perfect. Greetings and thanks for the offer.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 27, 2015, 02:03:49 pm
Hi Guys I am at Jungle Junction in Kenya at the moment and I am going to service my bike here tomorrow. From the bash I think I will first go to Mosselbay to spent a week with my wife before going down to Cape Agulhas, Capetown Johannesburg. See you all soon.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Coxwain on August 27, 2015, 07:50:21 pm
Hi Schalk

It would be an honour to ride along side you on your Mosselbay Cape Town leg. Keep us informed  :thumleft:
Cold beer and a warm bed I my place in Somerset West if you need it.  
That sounds like a bargain. I am going to Mosselbay first I think from the bash and then to Cape Town so it could work out perfect. Greetings and thanks for the offer.

OK ...This sounds like the perfect occasion to have a Wild dog braai at my place. Who,s  in ?
Schalk ...looks like you are going to have a busy evening ...we want all the details ...... :biggrin: 
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 27, 2015, 11:05:36 pm
Hi Schalk

It would be an honour to ride along side you on your Mosselbay Cape Town leg. Keep us informed  :thumleft:
Cold beer and a warm bed I my place in Somerset West if you need it.  
That sounds like a bargain. I am going to Mosselbay first I think from the bash and then to Cape Town so it could work out perfect. Greetings and thanks for the offer.


OK ...This sounds like the perfect occasion to have a Wild dog braai at my place. Who,s  in ?
Schalk ...looks like you are going to have a busy evening ...we want all the details ...... :biggrin: 

Cool Bananas!
I will be in GB from Sept 23rd, so would be great to hook up with you guys in MB. Let me know when you plan to do so.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SuperDavexlv750r on August 28, 2015, 05:22:37 am
Looking forward to it! Hope we can meet up and ride to bash together. Depends on timing.😎
So fine tune the timing so long. Speak nicely to mommy for the the next 3 weeks. See ya
I am hearing words from Mommy like- ' so would you like to ride with Schalk down to Cape Town? When will he be on the border...'

I AM speaking very nicely! 😘😍
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 28, 2015, 07:25:53 am
Looking forward to it! Hope we can meet up and ride to bash together. Depends on timing.😎
So fine tune the timing so long. Speak nicely to mommy for the the next 3 weeks. See ya
I am hearing words from Mommy like- ' so would you like to ride with Schalk down to Cape Town? When will he be on the border...'

I AM speaking very nicely! 😘😍
That's it my man, it has been a long time since we rode together last
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 28, 2015, 07:27:15 am
Hi Schalk

It would be an honour to ride along side you on your Mosselbay Cape Town leg. Keep us informed  :thumleft:
Cold beer and a warm bed I my place in Somerset West if you need it.  
That sounds like a bargain. I am going to Mosselbay first I think from the bash and then to Cape Town so it could work out perfect. Greetings and thanks for the offer.


OK ...This sounds like the perfect occasion to have a Wild dog braai at my place. Who,s  in ?
Schalk ...looks like you are going to have a busy evening ...we want all the details ...... :biggrin: 

Cool Bananas!
I will be in GB from Sept 23rd, so would be great to hook up with you guys in MB. Let me know when you plan to do so.

 :thumleft:

I will be in Tergniet close to you there, see ya.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 28, 2015, 07:31:18 am
Hi Schalk

It would be an honour to ride along side you on your Mosselbay Cape Town leg. Keep us informed  :thumleft:
Cold beer and a warm bed I my place in Somerset West if you need it.  
That sounds like a bargain. I am going to Mosselbay first I think from the bash and then to Cape Town so it could work out perfect. Greetings and thanks for the offer.

OK ...This sounds like the perfect occasion to have a Wild dog braai at my place. Who,s  in ?
Schalk ...looks like you are going to have a busy evening ...we want all the details ...... :biggrin: 
It will take 4 months to give all the details but we will try. Looking forward
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 28, 2015, 07:33:35 am
If I get my service on the bike finished today then I will go to Uganda tomorrow. See you guys soon.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 31, 2015, 06:12:54 pm
In Eldoret Kenya tonight will cross the border into Uganda tomorrow and will book in at Nile River Explorers Uganda. Their place is on the Nile River and they do among other things white water rafting. The owners are South Africans.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Agriman on September 03, 2015, 08:03:02 pm
Awesome RR Schalk, just came across it this evening and i have read every page. 

If you coming back through Malawi just give me a shout.

Safe Travels
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: roburt on September 04, 2015, 04:05:55 pm
Hi Oom Schalk , jammer ek sien ook nou eers die ride report, anders kon oom opad op hier in Dar es Salaam kom kuier het :-)

Ek weet van twee ouens wat terug gery het deur Zambie en dan Botswana en dan Namibie en hulle het nogal dit geniet (met cruisers) so dis dalk 'n opsie vir oppad terug dalk ?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: g1_ on September 08, 2015, 07:40:47 am
Hey, we bumped into you in Tanzania. We made it to Kigali. I see your WD thread is better kept than mine

Here's my personal fb: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.davies (https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.davies)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Copernicus on September 10, 2015, 05:08:08 pm
What happened, Schalk?  You seem very quiet lately...
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 11, 2015, 12:42:04 pm
What happened, Schalk?  You seem very quiet lately...

I read he had some challenges with his laptop - I trust he is fine
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Copernicus on September 11, 2015, 06:08:38 pm
What happened, Schalk?  You seem very quiet lately...

I read he had some challenges with his laptop - I trust he is fine

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: g1_ on September 11, 2015, 09:41:15 pm
I saw him a few days ago. He seems fine but in a hurry to head south.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 12, 2015, 04:30:57 pm
Hi guys sorry for being so quite for so long. Traveling every day and no Wi Fi. I am at Nkhata Bay on Lake Malawi and leaving for Zambia tomorrow. For the guys who want to ride along from Groblers Bridge on the Botswana border I will cross there on Sat the 19/09/2015 at 8 am on the RSA side. If you want to join up to Johannesburg just bring a sleeping bag as I have a sleeping place for all. Will have a bring and braai at my place that night, just let me know how many are coming. Will update more as I go along
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 13, 2015, 06:02:26 am
Ag lekker man, lyk my jou pad is mooi sover Schalk! Wens ek kon dit maak maar ongelukkig nie. Geniet die laaste been en wees veilig!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 15, 2015, 07:12:18 pm
Will be in Botswana from Zambia by tomorrow. Will travel from Groblers Bridge border post at 8am on Saturday to Vaalwater and then to Kranskop Wimpy/Engene and then to Jhb
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 16, 2015, 08:10:41 am
I left Egypt on the 13/08/15 and entered Zambia on th 13/09/15 one month of hard riding. Will enter Botswana today. I will do a complete update from Egypt tilll now very soon.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: subie on September 16, 2015, 08:30:12 am
Enigiemand wat kan se waar is die kranskop na Vaalwater ?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: subie on September 16, 2015, 08:39:22 am
Ok sien nou kranskop is nie n dorpie nie maar soort van petrostop op die N1 teerpad.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: HB 9 on September 16, 2015, 09:04:53 am
Ok sien nou kranskop is nie n dorpie nie maar soort van petrostop op die N1 teerpad.  :thumleft:

Subie, dit is omdat jy altyd die agterpaadjies ry.... Jy het niks gemis nie... :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: subie on September 16, 2015, 09:08:23 am
Is daar nie ander ouens wat belangstel om Vrydag al te ry na die Groblers border post toe nie ?
Weet nog nie waar ons gaan oorslaap die Vrydag aand om Saterdag 08H00 by Groblers te wees nie.
Twyfel of mamma my die geld gaan gee so gou na my laaste trip en wil ook nie alleen ry nie.
Ons kan selfs by die WD den oorslaap die Vrydag nag Saterdag oggend vroeg wegtrek,08H00 is ons in Vaalwater en dan die pad noord te vat maar die ideal sal wees  om hom by Groblers te ontmoet.
Kom ouens baie bier en baie teer  :lol8:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: subie on September 16, 2015, 09:09:05 am
Ok sien nou kranskop is nie n dorpie nie maar soort van petrostop op die N1 teerpad.  :thumleft:

Subie, dit is omdat jy altyd die agterpaadjies ry.... Jy het niks gemis nie... :ricky:

 :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 16, 2015, 11:55:29 am
The lodge I am staying in on Friday night is just across the border post. You turn left at the petrol pump onto a gravel rd for about 500 metre. It is on the Limpopo and there is camping as well as chalets. Very nice place. Will be there early after noon on Friday 18/09/15
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: subie on September 17, 2015, 12:48:29 pm
Ok ek is uit dan en lyk ook nie of ander ouens die tyd het nie.
Jammer Schalk sou graag jou wou verwelkom het na so n epic ride
maar dink die tyd is net te "awkward" vir die ouens aangesien die ouens wat werk
nie sommer kan wegbreek op n Vrydag nie.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Minxy on September 17, 2015, 12:51:07 pm
Will you still be attending the Annual Bash Schalk? :)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 17, 2015, 02:10:14 pm
Ok guys then I am going to cross the border today. See some of you at the bash.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 17, 2015, 02:13:21 pm
 :imaposer:
Will you still be attending the Annual Bash Schalk? :)Hi Minxy yes I am going to the bash. I have been pushing from up in Africa already to make the bash in time
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Post by: Minxy on September 17, 2015, 02:40:37 pm
:imaposer:
Will you still be attending the Annual Bash Schalk? :)Hi Minxy yes I am going to the bash. I have been pushing from up in Africa already to make the bash in time

Just making sure!
Can't wait to hear all your stories personally :D
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: HB 9 on September 18, 2015, 06:08:41 am
Welcome back in SA!

Keep your witts and ride safe!

Enjoy and well done!  :thumleft:
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Post by: Coxwain on September 18, 2015, 06:30:51 am
Welcome back mate ....let us know when you are heading down to this part of the world :thumleft:
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Post by: Casting from Turd on September 18, 2015, 06:39:24 am
Welcome back mate ....let us know when you are heading down to this part of the world :thumleft:

yep... here too
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 18, 2015, 09:56:53 am
:imaposer:
Will you still be attending the Annual Bash Schalk? :)Hi Minxy yes I am going to the bash. I have been pushing from up in Africa already to make the bash in time

Just making sure!
Can't wait to hear all your stories personally :D
you can hear them at the bash over a glass of a good red wine
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Kawaki on September 18, 2015, 11:40:59 am
WOW GREAT RR SCHALK :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ek kon nie veel werk gedoen kry die laaste paar dae nie, en dit is al te danke aan al die spanning van jou opwindende ride report.
Wat dit nog meer interesant maak is dat dit als "LIVE" is  :ricky: ...van al die kwaai foto's is die een no.1 :laughing4:
Sien uit na jou Kaapse deel van jou trip, sal graag will inval by die ander WD's wat jou gaan join... :biggrin: sterkte en weereens welgedaan :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: moosehead on September 18, 2015, 04:14:14 pm
Ok guys then I am going to cross the border today. See some of you at the bash.

Hi Schalk, jis man ek het lanklaas die thread gelees, Ek's op Ellisras, sal graag n entjie wou saamry en bietjie chat, jy is seker al verby  :P
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 08:29:48 am
Hi Guys I am home sweet home but the trip is not over yet. Going down to Cape Town to make it a Cape to Cairo X 2. Will be at the bash next weekend then spent a week with my wife in Tergniet near Mosselbay then down to Cape Agulhas and Cape Town and then back to JHB. After Cape Town the mileage for the trip should be about 32 000km. My backside is a little sore now. Will post the rest of the trip from Aswan to Jhb this week. See some of you at the bash.
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Post by: subie on September 19, 2015, 08:58:03 am
Schalk waste upgrades/aftermarket goed moes jy op die bike sit om die trip moontlik te gemaak het met n XT660R.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 19, 2015, 09:08:23 am
Welcome back Schalk, looks like I might miss you as heading North on the 30th.

Have a safe trip to Die Kaap.

 8)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:26:45 pm
Ok guys then I am going to cross the border today. See some of you at the bash.

Hi Schalk, jis man ek het lanklaas die thread gelees, Ek's op Ellisras, sal graag n entjie wou saamry en bietjie chat, jy is seker al verby  :P
Ek is Donderdag so 5 uur daar deur Ellisras en het juis toe slaap plek gesoek daar rond. Ek het toe maar deur gedruk Vaalwater toe en toe daar geslaap by 'n gaste huis.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:34:45 pm
WOW GREAT RR SCHALK :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ek kon nie veel werk gedoen kry die laaste paar dae nie, en dit is al te danke aan al die spanning van jou opwindende ride report.
Wat dit nog meer interesant maak is dat dit als "LIVE" is  :ricky: ...van al die kwaai foto's is die een no.1 :laughing4:
Sien uit na jou Kaapse deel van jou trip, sal graag will inval by die ander WD's wat jou gaan join... :biggrin: sterkte en weereens welgedaan :thumleft: :thumleft:

Ja ek het net daar op my matras geslaap in die sand onder die sterre hemel. Candelaria Zapp het vir ons kos gemaak die aand daar in die woestyn. Jy is welkom vir 'n saamry, groete.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:36:55 pm
Welcome back Schalk, looks like I might miss you as heading North on the 30th.

Have a safe trip to Die Kaap.

 8)
I will be in Tergniet on Sunday evening the 27 Sep.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:43:25 pm
Schalk waste upgrades/aftermarket goed moes jy op die bike sit om die trip moontlik te gemaak het met n XT660R.
Ek het net die twee 110mm pype weerskante van die bike vas gesit om my tripot en tools in te sit. Ek gaan die hele set up nou weer verander. Ek wil net die swart saddle bag gebruik maar langer kant sakke vir dit kry of laat maak. Ek wil ook ligter travel max 40kg. Op hierdie trip het ek 50kg gedra. Ek het 'n ou en sy meisie ontmoet by Jungle Junction in Kenya wat om die wÍreld travel en hy het 80kg op sy 660 Tenere gehad.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:45:18 pm
Welcome back mate ....let us know when you are heading down to this part of the world :thumleft:

yep... here too
Thanks Mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:46:21 pm
Welcome back mate ....let us know when you are heading down to this part of the world :thumleft:
It will happen soon
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:48:19 pm
Welcome back in SA!

Keep your witts and ride safe!

Enjoy and well done!  :thumleft:
Thanks mate
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 19, 2015, 12:51:11 pm
Welkom terug Schalk en veilig ry op jou laaste stukkie. 

Sien uit na die res van die rr.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 19, 2015, 12:59:11 pm
Welkom terug Schalk en veilig ry op jou laaste stukkie. 

Sien uit na die res van die rr.   :thumleft:
Dankie en die res van die RR kom die week.
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Post by: woody1 on September 19, 2015, 01:47:26 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Wel gedaan. Jammer ek kon nie stukkie saamry nie.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on September 19, 2015, 02:18:08 pm
Welkom terug Schalk! Ek glo jy sal daai skouer ook laat uitcheck nou ne.
Geniet dit al die pad en hou ons op hoogte mater!
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Post by: Dorsland on September 20, 2015, 06:58:53 am
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 20, 2015, 08:31:45 am
Welcome back Schalk, looks like I might miss you as heading North on the 30th.

Have a safe trip to Die Kaap.

 8)
I will be in Tergniet on Sunday evening the 27 Sep.

Great, I will PM you when in GB from the 23rd!
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Post by: Jondu on September 20, 2015, 02:04:08 pm
Welkom terug. Dit was bakgat om te volg.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 20, 2015, 04:22:00 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Wel gedaan. Jammer ek kon nie stukkie saamry nie.
Ja Ja Ja
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 20, 2015, 04:43:54 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Dorsland ek sal graag daar wil verby kom oor twee weke wanneer ek van die Kaap af terug kom. Ek is mal oor die Karoo en my pa het naby Richmond op 'n plaas groot geword of groot geraak soos hulle daar sÍ. PM my asb jou tel no. Groete.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 20, 2015, 04:46:05 pm
Welkom terug Schalk! Ek glo jy sal daai skouer ook laat uitcheck nou ne.
Geniet dit al die pad en hou ons op hoogte mater!
Ek sal die kwak gaan sien oor twee weke wanneer ek terug is. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 20, 2015, 04:49:01 pm
Welkom terug. Dit was bakgat om te volg.
Dankie die res van die RR kom die week.
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Post by: Dorsland on September 20, 2015, 04:58:29 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Dorsland ek sal graag daar wil verby kom oor twee weke wanneer ek van die Kaap af terug kom. Ek is mal oor die Karoo en my pa het naby Richmond op 'n plaas groot geword of groot geraak soos hulle daar sÍ. PM my asb jou tel no. Groete.

PM gestuur  :thumleft:
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Post by: Casting from Turd on September 20, 2015, 06:54:55 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Dorsland ek sal graag daar wil verby kom oor twee weke wanneer ek van die Kaap af terug kom. Ek is mal oor die Karoo en my pa het naby Richmond op 'n plaas groot geword of groot geraak soos hulle daar sÍ. PM my asb jou tel no. Groete.

Los net sy Boerbok ooie uit. Hy raak de moer in as jy met hulle peter     :peepwall:  :imaposer:
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Post by: subie on September 20, 2015, 06:57:07 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Dorsland ek sal graag daar wil verby kom oor twee weke wanneer ek van die Kaap af terug kom. Ek is mal oor die Karoo en my pa het naby Richmond op 'n plaas groot geword of groot geraak soos hulle daar sÍ. PM my asb jou tel no. Groete.

Ook op Richmond skool gegaan. Jy nie familie van David vd Merwe (Duifie ) nie? Kan nou nie onthou of hulle
die Hotel op Richmond ook gehad het nie.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 20, 2015, 09:02:24 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Dorsland ek sal graag daar wil verby kom oor twee weke wanneer ek van die Kaap af terug kom. Ek is mal oor die Karoo en my pa het naby Richmond op 'n plaas groot geword of groot geraak soos hulle daar sÍ. PM my asb jou tel no. Groete.

Ook op Richmond skool gegaan. Jy nie familie van David vd Merwe (Duifie ) nie? Kan nou nie onthou of hulle
die Hotel op Richmond ook gehad het nie.
Nee my pa is omtrent 1930 van Richmond na Pretoria toe. Ek het op Vereeniging skool gegaan by HTS en 1969 klaar gemaak met skool
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 20, 2015, 09:04:43 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.  Ek weet nie watter roete jy af Kaap toe ry nie maar jy is baie welkom hier oppie plaas naby Graaff-Reinet.
Dorsland ek sal graag daar wil verby kom oor twee weke wanneer ek van die Kaap af terug kom. Ek is mal oor die Karoo en my pa het naby Richmond op 'n plaas groot geword of groot geraak soos hulle daar sÍ. PM my asb jou tel no. Groete.

Los net sy Boerbok ooie uit. Hy raak de moer in as jy met hulle peter     :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Moenie worry nie ek het 'n vrou, ek is nie 'n kiwi nie.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Warren Ellwood on September 21, 2015, 10:44:02 am
Welcome back Schalk, and safe travels for the little bit that now remains.

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Post by: T Rex on September 22, 2015, 02:31:01 am
Welkom terug Schalk.

Baie Dankie vir die moeite wat jy gedoen het om ons in te lig soos jy vorder.

Geniet die bash en mooi ry tot by die huis :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 22, 2015, 08:43:52 pm
Welcome back Schalk, and safe travels for the little bit that now remains.


Yes mate going to Cape Town via the bash is going to be like a breakfast run after over 28 000km. Thanks for the safe travels.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 22, 2015, 08:46:23 pm
Welkom terug Schalk.

Baie Dankie vir die moeite wat jy gedoen het om ons in te lig soos jy vorder.

Geniet die bash en mooi ry tot by die huis :thumleft:
Gaan jy nie bash toe nie? jy is mos 'n busy body. Dankie om hier mooi te ry is so 'n plesier. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Coxwain on September 22, 2015, 08:55:15 pm
Hi Schalk
When are you arriving in Cape Town ....my offer of bed and beer still open   :biggrin:
Are you still going to Agulas , maybe we could meet there and ride back to Somerset West together.  
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: T Rex on September 24, 2015, 01:29:17 am
Welkom terug Schalk.

Baie Dankie vir die moeite wat jy gedoen het om ons in te lig soos jy vorder.

Geniet die bash en mooi ry tot by die huis :thumleft:
Gaan jy nie bash toe nie? jy is mos 'n busy body. Dankie om hier mooi te ry is so 'n plesier. Groete

Ongelukkig nie , ek en my vrou gaan bietjie waterberge toe vir die naweek.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 28, 2015, 01:02:02 pm
Hi Schalk
When are you arriving in Cape Town ....my offer of bed and beer still open   :biggrin:
Are you still going to Agulas , maybe we could meet there and ride back to Somerset West together.  
Hi Coxwan I am coming to Cape Agulhas on Sunday 4/10/15 and will take you up on your offer. I will PM you my cell no. Please sms me yours

Kind regards Schalk
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 28, 2015, 01:11:07 pm
Hi Schalk
When are you arriving in Cape Town ....my offer of bed and beer still open   :biggrin:
Are you still going to Agulas , maybe we could meet there and ride back to Somerset West together.  
Hi Coxwan I am coming to Cape Agulhas on Sunday 4/10/15 and will take you up on your offer. I will PM you my cell no. Please sms me yours

Kind regards Schalk
Any other WD are welcome to join. I will ride from Tergniet in Mossel Bay on Sunday to Cape Agulhas for a photo there and from there to Coxwan's place. Any one interested to join any where along the route is welcome. I will post times a little later during the week.
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Post by: Gťrrard on September 28, 2015, 01:17:28 pm
Bly jy's veilig terug ou Maat.  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 28, 2015, 01:40:12 pm
Bly jy's veilig terug ou Maat.  :thumleft:
Hi Jupiter dankie ja veilig terug is nogal iets as jy al die bestuur gewoontes van die verskillende Afrika stede in aanmerking neem. Die trip is nog nie klaar nie en die eerste fase van die ODW toer sal eers klaar wees as ek in JHB terug is van af die Kaap. Ek het tot nou toe al 30 000km gery.
Groete.
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Post by: BliknÍrs on September 28, 2015, 07:42:50 pm
Gooi bietjie jou roete van Sondag Schalk.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Happyfeet on September 28, 2015, 08:12:52 pm
Ek het nie woorde nie! Wat 'n belewenis was dit nie saam met jou nie! Dankie vir die lekker RR en fotos (ek weet dis moeite wanneer mens moeg is en eintlik alles behalwe "skryf en konsentreer" wil doen) But WEL GEDAAN! Jy is nou ofisieel een van my heroes (Saam met Eon Musk, Brad Pitt en Leonardo Da Vinci!).
Ek is self nou oppad na die Noorde van Namibia en so vreeslik jammer ek gaan jou mis - ek skuld jou nog 'n yslike druk. As die sanduine hoog en die sand dik raak, sal ek aan jou deursettingsvermoe dink en weer moed he om aan te gaan!
Bly jy is veilig terug ou maat! xx
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Post by: BB King on September 29, 2015, 07:03:28 pm
My mag maar. Feit!!!
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Post by: Pietcoke on September 30, 2015, 02:25:27 pm
 :sip: Sien nou eers die RR

Hier kom dae se lees.... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 30, 2015, 03:53:12 pm
Ek het nie woorde nie! Wat 'n belewenis was dit nie saam met jou nie! Dankie vir die lekker RR en fotos (ek weet dis moeite wanneer mens moeg is en eintlik alles behalwe "skryf en konsentreer" wil doen) But WEL GEDAAN! Jy is nou ofisieel een van my heroes (Saam met Eon Musk, Brad Pitt en Leonardo Da Vinci!).
Ek is self nou oppad na die Noorde van Namibia en so vreeslik jammer ek gaan jou mis - ek skuld jou nog 'n yslike druk. As die sanduine hoog en die sand dik raak, sal ek aan jou deursettingsvermoe dink en weer moed he om aan te gaan!
Bly jy is veilig terug ou maat! xx
Hi Happyfeet dankie vir die kompliment maar ek dink ek kom nie naby Leonardo da Vinci en Elon Musk se uitvinding vermoŽ nie en ook nie Brad Pitt se "looks" en charisma nie maar dankie vir die kompliment. Wat die drukkie betref dit bly nog op jou skuld lys tot ons eendag ontmoet. Ek gaan binnekort die res van die RR op sit sodra ek goeie wi fi kry. Geniet die duine daar in Namibia, ek verlang al klaar na die duine van die Nibian Woestyn in Sudan en die duine van Egipte. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 02, 2015, 01:08:45 pm
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: HB 9 on October 02, 2015, 02:03:15 pm
You will be relieved when this is over..... You will miss every moment of your trip...  :deal:

Safe riding the last bit!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Coxwain on October 02, 2015, 07:26:31 pm
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:   
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Kawaki on October 02, 2015, 09:06:09 pm
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 
Klink na n kwaai plan, ek sal die pak join van Agulhas as 12:30  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 03, 2015, 09:10:08 am
You will be relieved when this is over..... You will miss every moment of your trip...  :deal:

Safe riding the last bit!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us  :thumleft:
I am already missing Africa and the deserts, I am addicted to riding now.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 03, 2015, 09:19:42 am
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:   
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.
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Post by: Casting from Turd on October 03, 2015, 09:30:20 am
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:   
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.

We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 03, 2015, 10:34:31 am
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:  
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:   
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.

We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
I am planning my route from Cape Town to Johannesburg and might take you up on your offer. Sofar I am going to sleep over at Dorsland on his farm between Graaff-Reinet and Middleburg and I also have to pass Mosselbay again
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Post by: Dorsland on October 03, 2015, 10:48:09 am
Sien baie uit om jou te sien en lekker te kuier Schalk. Jy is seker al moeg vertel maar spaar darem nog so een vertelling vir ons asseblief :)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 03, 2015, 10:53:54 am
Sien baie uit om jou te sien en lekker te kuier Schalk. Jy is seker al moeg vertel maar spaar darem nog so een vertelling vir ons asseblief :)
Nee ek sal nooit moeg raak om oor die trip te praat nie. Ek sien uit om te kom hello se daar op jou Karoo plaas
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Post by: Hotwire on October 03, 2015, 11:04:41 am
En oom Schalk voor jy by die "Drol" gaan kuier in Addo kom maak n Pitstop in Uitenhage... oom het my nommer...



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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 03, 2015, 11:46:22 am
En oom Schalk voor jy by die "Drol" gaan kuier in Addo kom maak n Pitstop in Uitenhage... oom het my nommer...



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Hi Hotwire ek het jou nie vergeet nie, gaan so maak en wil ook met jou broer chat. Dit was lekker op die bash saam met julle. Groete sal jou bel
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 03, 2015, 09:50:49 pm
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:  
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:   
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.

We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
I am planning my route from Cape Town to Johannesburg and might take you up on your offer. Sofar I am going to sleep over at Dorsland on his farm between Graaff-Reinet and Middleburg and I also have to pass Mosselbay again

Nou Ja

Nothing stopping you from coming here either
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 04, 2015, 07:15:55 am
On my way to Cape Agulhas to meet the CT WD's
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Post by: Kawaki on October 04, 2015, 06:52:18 pm
On my way to Cape Agulhas to meet the CT WD's
Was baie lekker om oom te kon ontmoed en n paar nuwe WD friende te maak, was ook lekker om saam te ry. Net jammer tyd vlieg so vinnig...hoop om weer eendag so te maak :thumleft:
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Post by: Coxwain on October 05, 2015, 09:31:54 pm
A few pics over here ..... :biggrin:     http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=180624.msg3368844#new (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=180624.msg3368844#new)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 13, 2015, 03:37:56 pm
On my way to Cape Agulhas to meet the CT WD's
Was baie lekker om oom te kon ontmoed en n paar nuwe WD friende te maak, was ook lekker om saam te ry. Net jammer tyd vlieg so vinnig...hoop om weer eendag so te maak :thumleft:
Dankie vir al die pad ry om my te ontmoet, ek waardeer dit groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 13, 2015, 03:40:19 pm
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:  
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.
Route for Sunday to Cape Agulhas- leave Mossel Bay at 8am go past Swellendam and turn off towards Bredasdorp and be at Cape Agulhas at 12pm. Leave Cape Agulhas at 12.30pm and pass through Bredasdorp, Napier, Stanford, Hemanus, Kleinmond to Gordens Bay and on to Strand. Will stop somewhere after Cape Agulhas for lunch.
 

Honoured to be riding with you Schalk ...easy on the lunch...we have a big braai planned for Sunday  :biggrin:   
Thanks Coxwain for all the effort you are putting in. I also never thought that some one would ride 400km to come and meet me, you Cape Town guys are special and I am honoured to ride with you guys.

If you coming past Addo sometime, pull in here.

We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
We cracking the first keg of our new micro brewery on Friday  :thumleft:
I am planning my route from Cape Town to Johannesburg and might take you up on your offer. Sofar I am going to sleep over at Dorsland on his farm between Graaff-Reinet and Middleburg and I also have to pass Mosselbay again

Nou Ja

Nothing stopping you from coming here either
Hi John thanks very much for putting me up for the night, I really enjoyed the evening
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Post by: TWE-TWE on October 13, 2015, 03:44:25 pm


.. :) hey Schalk,hoe gaan dit ?  :lol8:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 13, 2015, 03:44:57 pm
Sien baie uit om jou te sien en lekker te kuier Schalk. Jy is seker al moeg vertel maar spaar darem nog so een vertelling vir ons asseblief :)
Hi Johan en Christa, baie dankie vir die lekker kuier daar op julle plaas, dit was nou sommer baie lekker
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Post by: woody1 on October 13, 2015, 03:48:17 pm
Moes jy ook jou eie vuurmaakhout gaan kap...want dit is wat ek moet doen as ek daar gaan kuier.

En my eie visse vang :peepwall: :imaposer:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 13, 2015, 03:51:14 pm
Moes jy ook jou eie vuurmaakhout gaan kap...want dit is wat ek moet doen as ek daar gaan kuier.

En my eie visse vang :peepwall: :imaposer:
Nee my maat Johan het alles gedoen. Ek het seker 'n bietjie meer invloed
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Post by: woody1 on October 13, 2015, 03:52:06 pm
 :imaposer: of ouderdom  :pot:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 13, 2015, 03:53:27 pm
:imaposer: of ouderdom  :pot:
Altwee
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 13, 2015, 04:00:19 pm


.. :) hey Schalk,hoe gaan dit ?  :lol8:
Hi Twe-Twe dit gaan goed. Ek het so lekker gekuier by al die Kaap se WD manne. Groete
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Post by: McSack on October 14, 2015, 11:35:34 am
Hey Schalk, lekker meeting you along the way with your travels

Are you home yet and did that moeg ketang of yours finish the trip?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 14, 2015, 03:38:37 pm
Hey Schalk, lekker meeting you along the way with your travels

Are you home yet and did that moeg ketang of yours finish the trip?
Hi McSack, yes my chain just made it, first one was the coming off of the chain at George Airport and then I had to adjust it 3 times again to CPT and back to JHB. The rear sprocket had done about 38 000km by now and I will have to replace the whole lot now including the clutch cable which I repaired twice and some other wear and tear items.
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Post by: Hotwire on October 14, 2015, 08:17:29 pm
Glad to see both you okes are safe back home!!!! Thanx for the kuier, was lekker seeing both of you!!!

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 12:46:14 pm
Glad to see both you okes are safe back home!!!! Thanx for the kuier, was lekker seeing both of you!!!

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Hi Hotwire thanks for the kuier at John's place sorry I was still asleep when you guys left. Ja home at last after 33 000km ride.
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Post by: Gťrrard on October 15, 2015, 12:48:58 pm
Jy ry hier by my voordeur verby en sÍ my nie.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 01:28:45 pm
Jy ry hier by my voordeur verby en sÍ my nie.
Hi Jupiter nee ek het oor Steytlerville Addo toe gery en toe na ou Dorsland se plaas ander kant Graaf Reinet toe. Ek sal nooit deur PE ry sonder om jou te groet nie. Ek het jou gemis by die bash. Groete.
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Post by: gser on October 15, 2015, 04:17:10 pm
Dorsland ? die ou met die Nylganskleintjies ?
Is daar nog luseren oor vir die eendjies ?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:12:29 pm
15/10/2015 Update
My last update was on the 12/08/15 although I did type another update and after two hours my diary touched the key board on two keys and wiped out my whole effort and saved it to zero.

Leaving Egypt
I had two day to kill in Aswan as I was waiting for my Sudanese Visa so I took a sail boat ride around the Aswan Island. The skipper also took me to the village where he grew up. We had a cold drink there and then continued our trip around the Island and I must say the skipper and his mate was really good in handling  the boat in and out of little harbours.
On 13/08/15 I got up at 2-30am in Aswan in Egypt next to the Nile river in order to do the border crossing that day into Sudan. I had to be at the centre of town before 4am as the Army convoy was going to leave through the desert for Abu Simbel where I would catch the ferry across the Nile and then there is another 30 km of riding on the other side to the border. I arrived in the middle of town with a horde of army personnel 3-30 am in the morning. The Croatian hostage was executed the previous day by the rebels in the desert and I thought that was the reason for all the commotion. I drove around a circle to the place where Camel showed me the previous day where the convoy would leave from and as I past the circle I heard some shouting but did not take much notice as the Egyptians are a bit rowdy at times. When I got to the spot where he showed me there were nobody and I continued just to end up in a road block. They were actually looking for me as according to them I went through the previous road block at the circle without stopping. They took my passport and were on the radio to somewhere as usual. Another soldier wanted to know where I was going and I told him I was looking for the convoy to Abu Simbel to catch the ferry. After more questions they directed me back to the circle where the convoy are actually leaving from. I was told which vehicle to follow and sharp at 4 am the convoy left as it was still dark. They did a nice speed and there were lots of busses and I was the only bike with all my baggage and the army always treated me as a suspected suicide bomber although most times with respect. It started to get light half way through and by 7-15 am we were in Abu Simbel. Kamel the guy who was going to help get me across the Egyptian border was waiting for me at a coffee shop and was busy sucking on his hubbly bubbly with coals at the bottom. He got us a ferry at 8 am and by 9-15 we were on the other side. He had some other guest as well who I think was fleeing from Libya. Camel was driving their  double cab pickup and for the 30 km to the border through the desert we had a bit of a dice and I reached speeds of up to 148KMH, the highest of the trip and even with all my heavy and large luggage. My Visa and Carnet stamp expired 4 days prior and I left it to Camel to sort out. Before leaving I had to put all my gear through their x-ray machine the same as when I entered the country. While busy doing this a young Egyptian border official started to shout at me. I then showed him my passport and ask him how old does he think I am? I then said to him does he shout like that at his father as well, he then apologist to me.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:15:58 pm
Children riding a donkey outside my hotel with my bike in the same photo
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:23:10 pm
Taking a boat ride around the Aswan island. See al the boats that are parked for the last 5 years due to no tourist because of the "Arabian Spring"
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Post by: LukasB9 on October 15, 2015, 06:24:54 pm
15/10/2015 Update

Leaving Egypt
"...I then showed him my passport and ask him how old does he think I am? I then said to him does he shout like that at his father as well, he then apologist to me."


Lekker man! Spreading some good 'ol values along the way  :biggrin:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:27:19 pm
Taking a boat ride while waiting for my Visa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:30:15 pm
2nd photo the skipper hanging on for dear life
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:32:45 pm
More sailing
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:34:31 pm
My bike on the ferry from Abu Simbel across the Nile
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:45:34 pm
The engine of the ferry
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:47:59 pm
Clay pots on the ferry like you would get all over Sudan and parts of Egypt. The water is free and for every one.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:50:37 pm
My trusted XT
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 06:57:41 pm
The skipper of the ferry and I checking who has got the biggest muscles although I lost 13kg on this 5 month trip
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 07:00:51 pm
Just before the other side
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 15, 2015, 09:51:25 pm
15/10/2015 Update

Leaving Egypt
"...I then showed him my passport and ask him how old does he think I am? I then said to him does he shout like that at his father as well, he then apologist to me."


Lekker man! Spreading some good 'ol values along the way  :biggrin:
You got it
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 12:04:30 am
Dorsland ? die ou met die Nylganskleintjies ?
Is daar nog luseren oor vir die eendjies ?

Vir die eendjies en die skape
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:09:48 pm
Sudan

 After the Egyptian side was finished I said my goodbyes to Camel and went over to the Sudan side where Mazar was waiting for me to help me through the Sudan side. These two border post were the only ones where I used a fixer and even with that it took 3 quarter of the day. After the Sudan side was finished I managed to do about a 100km into the desert from the border before Sunset. I found a place where the truckers overnight and rented a bed with no mattress for R5-00. I slept with my jeans on under the stars next to my bike with my shirt hanging over my bike. The next morning early I woke up and found my shirt hanging around a tyre a fair distance away as the wind was blowing fairly strongly in the desert that night. Beds were standing all around with truck drivers still sleeping under the open sky. I just brushed my teeth and left going South. The Zapp family has organized a free night with the owner of a fairly posh hotel in Khartoum for me. Not eating again and pushing through the desert I felled tied and found a watering point again where there are 4 clay pots with cool water in. It is a small building with the sides open with the clay pots on the one side and a bench on the other side. I then pulled the bike under the roof drank some cool water from the pots and went to lay down on the concrete bench to have a power nap in the heat of the day. I woke up later when a young guy came looking for shade as well. Although we could not understand each other he offered me a piece of dry bread. As I had not eaten yet that day I accepted his offer and drank water together with the dry bread. Later he pulled out a packet of dry two minute noodles and he offered me some of that as well. I turned that down and he started to eat it by breaking it into small pieces. It just boggled my mind on how good these people of North Sudan are and it was not the first time that they offered me food. He then left and a pickup stopped for him and he left without saying anything further. After that piece of dry bread I felled refreshed and got on the bike again to handle the scorching heat of the desert again. If I wanted to make it to Khartoum I would have to push because from where I slept the previous night to Khartoum is 840km with hardly anything in between except the town of Dongola. Once passed Dongola I past a section in the desert where hundreds of dead Camels were lying in the sand. Some of them were covered partly by the sand that was blown over them. I later heard that Muslims donít touch dead animals making it clear why all these dead animals are left to rot like that in the sand. The reason for their demise can only be drought. 

I pushed as good as I could for the rest of the day with my same ritual as before of stopping every 50 km and wet my clothes completely and also to drink a bottle of water. This really helps you to cool down. I found the roads running North to South through the desert slightly better than the Nubian Desert that I crossed from East to West as far as the heat concerned.

I made it to Khartoum just as the sun was setting and the traffic was chaotic. I now had to find the hotel which the Zapp family said I could stay for free for one night as they arranged with the owner. Amazingly it started to rain and this was the first rain that I saw since leaving Ethiopia 2 months prior. As I had no GPS maps for Sudan I paid a guy on a small bike to take me to the hotel in question. When I arrived at the hotel at about 8 pm I ask for the owner but instead was told that he is in America and the manager very rudely said that he knew nothing about the free night and that I would have to pay the full price of about R800 for the night. He looked me up and down as if I was a piece of trash although sleeping the previous night in my clothes I suppose I looked a bit of a sore eye. I then left to look for a cheaper place but to no avail. A guy at a petrol pump offered that I could sleep there next to the pumps on my mattress but as it was raining I tried some more to find a cheaper hotel. Eventually at 12 oíclock that night I found the Africa hotel at a reasonable price. It was a long day as I left that morning at about 6am and covered over 840km through the hot desert and all I had to eat the whole day was a piece of dry bread from the guy at the water pots and some Yogi Zips that I bought at a spaza shop next to the road.

The next day I was tied and decided to stay an extra day as the staff at the hotel were really nice. The following day I left early with the intention to make it to the Ethiopian border and I also wanted to go and see my old friend Mergni at a small town called Gedaref about 100km from the border. Old Mergni offered me a place to put my mattress down to sleep next to the petrol pumps when I came the other way 2 monthís prior. I arrived about an hour 15 min before the border would close in Gedaref and I went straight to the petrol station where old Mergni worked. He recognized me straight away and I bought a cold drink from him to quench my thirst. His story was still the same, he is looking for a ugly fat women as a wife and wanted to know if I know somebody like that whom he can marry in South Africa.
The next hundred kilometres to the border went quick but I decided to sleep on the Ethiopian side as I might be caught in no manís land between borders when it is time to close.
The money exchanger organized an open air bed (no mattress) again for about R10 inside a yard where I could park my bike next to the bed. I then went to a spaza shop to have some goat meat stew. On returning I went to bed and fell asleep almost immediately. At about11 pm somebody touched my feet to wake me up. It was the owner of the property and he said we will have to move my bed under cover as the rain is coming. We then moved the bed and my bike with all the luggage still on under cover. The roof consists of a wooden pole structure with plastic on top and Lala palm leaves on top of that. After moving everything the rain came down just centimetres away from head but being tied I slept like a rock.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:16:26 pm
My bed for the night for R5 in the desert
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:19:08 pm
Through the desert on the way to Khartoum
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:21:05 pm
You see many of these old Toyota's all over Sudan and Egypt still in use
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:24:19 pm
The do good guy who gave me a piece of dry bread and the concrete bench where I took a power nap.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:27:38 pm
Ben Hur style bikes. See the item on the front axle.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:31:00 pm
Some of the dead Camel on the way to Khartoum
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:32:05 pm
The desert going South
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 04:33:26 pm
Old Mergni who is looking for a ugly fat wife.
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Post by: HB 9 on October 16, 2015, 04:40:09 pm
Mooi fotos Schalk!

Het jy enige insek byte gehad in die woestyn?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 05:02:02 pm
Mooi fotos Schalk!

Het jy enige insek byte gehad in die woestyn?
Nie so dat jy dit sal agter kom nie
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Post by: Warren Ellwood on October 16, 2015, 05:09:33 pm
Once again, friggin awesome Schalk, you have truly lived your dream.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 16, 2015, 05:42:36 pm
Once again, friggin awesome Schalk, you have truly lived your dream.
Thanks mate, I tend to agree with you.
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Post by: Tony the Boney on October 17, 2015, 08:29:16 am
Once again, friggin awesome Schalk, you have truly lived your dream.
Thanks mate, I tend to agree with you.

 :thumleft: well done.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 17, 2015, 09:11:16 am
Once again, friggin awesome Schalk, you have truly lived your dream.
Thanks mate, I tend to agree with you.

 :thumleft: well done.
Thanks Mate
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Post by: gwild on October 18, 2015, 07:44:26 pm
Awesome, keep those pics coming  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:22:51 pm
Ethiopia on the way down

The next morning I was up early and I did not waste any time and went to the border. Both the Sudan as well as the Ethiopian border at Metema was no problem. Now I was back in the country with fuel problems again. The last fill up was 100km back in Sudan and I was trying to make it to Bahir Dar next to Lake Tana where the Blue Nile begins 300km away. I could not help but to notice the big contrast between Sudan and Ethiopia. Sudan is a dry desert country and the moment you cross into Ethiopia it is this beautiful lush light green country with lots of vegetation and ploughed fields.  You travel mainly on the ridge of the mountains and as it is quite cold I put on my rain suite jacket over my riding jacket. As far as I went I stopped at every petrol pump to enquire about fuel but they were all dry. I then ask one pump attendant where I could get fuel from and he called someone from across the road who sells petrol privately. You get them all over Africa especially where they are far away from pumps and they normally supply the picky pickyís and the tuck tuckís but this was right at a petrol station. The guy came from across the road and I ordered enough fuel to fill up my tank and that should get me to Bahir Dar where my friend Dedu is keeping 15 litres of fuel for me. I at least now had the confidence that I would make Bahir Dar. As I said it was cold and I stopped at a road side spaza coffee shop where they serve real Ethiopian coffee and some people belief it is the best in the world. The spaza coffee shop had green grass strewn on the floor as a floor covering and I sat on a homemade chair. The building was made out of corrugated iron and I had a chat to the other patrons as well who offered me chad for free which I refused. Chad is a green grass type of drug that they chew and which makes them high. It is quite popular in Ethiopia and the northern parts of Kenya and it is legal. The riches woman and person in Ethiopia export the stuff with her own Boeing aircraft. By 3 o clock in the afternoon a large part of the population is high on the stuff and I know of other tourist that donít drive after 3pm as people sometimes would just stand in the middle of the road with a funny look on their face. If you ride over a kid in Ethiopia and kill the kid it is an immediate minimum 7 year jail sentence even if it was the kids fault. What makes it worse is that the kids sometimes play chicken and run across the road at the last second as you approached. If you kill an animal on the road there are different prices for the different animals that you have to pay. Africa is definitively not for sissies.

About 50km before Bahir Dar I found the first petrol pump with fuel and I filled up. When I reached Bahir Dar Degu was happy that I found fuel as he could then use the 15 litres that he kept for me to instead use it for his boat that he use to take tourist out on Lake Tana.

I stayed as the same cheap rooms that I slept at coming up. The next morning I was up early as I wanted to make it to Addis Abeba a 560km drive with hundreds of animals and people on the road. At one place I came over a beautiful mountain pass and there was a downhill pass of about 25km down to a bridge and then again a mountain pass on the other side of about the same distance going up. As I reached the bridge I stopped  to take photos. A truck came the other way and driver shouted ďdangerous area not allow to stopĒ. When I got to the other side the police was waiting for me and wanted to know why I took photos. In most parts of Africa you are not allowed to take photos of bridges as they fear sabotage. I explained that I am just a tourist and I am taking photos all over. I was very friendly towards them and they eventually let me go.

For the rest of the trip to Addis I stopped at every petrol station but they were all dry. My reserve light was on and there were not even these private fuel sellers next to the road. All the pump attendants told me to try in Addis. As I reached Addis with 300km on the clock I found a petrol pump with fuel. I filled up and found that I was nearly dry as the bike took 15 litres which is the capacity of the tank.

I looked for House Holland again and started to follow the big orange buses as the terminus for the buses is just close to House Holland. Addis Abeba is big city. I eventually found the place and as I walked in here sat Evelyn van Hooren and her friend Philip whom I both met when I came the other way 2 months prior. We had a nice dinner and a glass of wine together and a catch up on everything that happened in the meantime. She had arranged for me to go on a boat with her dad in Holland but as I could not make it to Europe we postponed the appointment to next year when I am doing stage two of my trip.
I also noticed two bikes under a canvas in the yard and when I went to check I saw it was two Suzuki DRís and I then just knew that the bikes belonged to the Australian couple Tanya and Mick whom  I met coming the other way at Jungle Junction.  They arrived back later that night from dinner and I convinced them to stay another day so that we could chat as we did not have time at Jungle Junction in Kenya. The next day we indeed had a nice chat.
There was also a German couple Conni and Alexander Ries who was stuck there due to their Land Rovers leave springs that was broken. They managed to source some parts after I left.

Then it was the trip to the Kenyan border which normally takes 2 days to complete due to all the roadwork for about 300km. At one place the detour road was next to new road under construction. A picky picky driver and his paying passenger were riding on the new tar road which was not open yet and the road was also higher than the temporary gravel road that I was riding on. I went faster on the gravel than the picky picky on the tar and then the two roads came together to form one gravel road under construction. The road had a lot of round stones sticking out above the road surface and it was a downhill as well. The picky picky driver then thought he is going to show me how a bike should be ridden. He was really sending it downhill and close to the bottom his bike caught a wobble and the bike swerved to the right and there they hit the ground. They had no protective gear on and no helmet. The driver just crawled to the side of the road as he was in a lot of pain and the passenger just sat there on the ground. Both their clothes were torn to pieces and some bystanders picked up their bike and started to straighten the crash bars and handle bars. I stopped to enquire if they were OK but they could hardly talk. As I could not talk their langue I carried on further. At one place there was guy next to the road with a type of a self-made golf club and he took a swing at me as I drove past. I took a duck and he just missed me so it was nearly my turn to come short. I suppose he was also on the green stuff.

That night I slept at a town called Dila at the same hotel that I stayed coming up. The price was good the food was good and the room 4 floors up were good. There was no lift but the hotel staff helped me to carry all my heavy baggage up. The next day I travelled to the border and decided to sleep on the Ethiopian side at the same hotel that I stayed at before. They booked me in to a reed hut with the name Barack Obam. I suppose that is the correct spelling of his name. Biruk the money changer came over and changed my money to Kenyan shillings that night. I had the same goat meat meal as before where they put the pery pery meat in a pot with place underneath for the coal to keep it hot.



I am writing a book about the trip that will have more information in than on this forum. If you are interested in the book please e mail me at 65livingthedream@gmail.com with your contact details in order for me to print the right amount of copies. The book should be out by the end of the year. The proceeds will also go towards financing the 2nd part of the around the world trip. The book will be about R200 with lots of photos
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:25:22 pm
A Suzuki with white wall tyres nogal
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:27:20 pm
Petrol sellers filling up my tank as all petrol pumps are dry
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:30:21 pm
Beautiful green Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:34:24 pm
Beautiful green Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:36:10 pm
Public transport
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:38:03 pm
Green Ethiopa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:40:01 pm
Having Ethiopian coffee at a spaza coffee shop
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:41:36 pm
Rain is coming
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:47:29 pm
The bridge where they nearly arrested me
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:50:16 pm
Misty mountains Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:52:27 pm
More Misty mountains
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:53:35 pm
Rural Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:55:59 pm
The Australian couple and the German couple and myself at House Holland in Addis Abeba
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 03:57:23 pm
Vetkoek for breakfast at the spaza shop
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 04:00:38 pm
Barack Obam room where I slept the last night in Ethiopia
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 04:02:48 pm
I had the same meal as before when I came the other way. Goat stew with the coals keeping the food hot
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Post by: Tony the Boney on October 19, 2015, 05:29:57 pm
Now you have better scenery...enjoyable!
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Post by: gecco 162 on October 19, 2015, 05:40:21 pm
All one can say is WOW !!!  Great pics and writing style, thank you for taking the time and effort to do such an Awesome RR. Best of luck with future travels !  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 06:21:02 pm
All one can say is WOW !!!  Great pics and writing style, thank you for taking the time and effort to do such an Awesome RR. Best of luck with future travels !  :thumleft:
Thanks mate that really motivates me to write more.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 06:23:13 pm
Now you have better scenery...enjoyable!
Since being back everything here in SA is twice as nice than before. I am never going to complain again.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 06:24:43 pm
Awesome, keep those pics coming  :thumleft:
The pics are here
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Post by: wildside on October 19, 2015, 10:17:29 pm
Hi Schalk. Long time since I've been on the forum and have only just picked up on your amazing story now. I can't believe that you're actually doing this....i'm so envious. I've only managed to read as far as Malawi and it's already got me captivated and my adventure juices flowing. As spare time becomes available so I'll continue to follow this awesome trip of yours.

Just looking at your last entry it sounds as if you are on your way back to SA...if not already here. If you're still out there travelling take care, travel safe.... and looking forward to more exciting feed back and photos. :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 10:38:58 pm
Hi Schalk. Long time since I've been on the forum and have only just picked up on your amazing story now. I can't believe that you're actually doing this....i'm so envious. I've only managed to read as far as Malawi and it's already got me captivated and my adventure juices flowing. As spare time becomes available so I'll continue to follow this awesome trip of yours.

Just looking at your last entry it sounds as if you are on your way back to SA...if not already here. If you're still out there travelling take care, travel safe.... and looking forward to more exciting feed back and photos. :thumleft:
Hi Wildside, yes it is a long time since we spoke last. I got home last Monday after 5 months. I have done 33 000km on this trip but it is only a small part of what is still coming. Are you and your hubby doing any trips again in the near future?
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Post by: Tom van Brits on October 19, 2015, 10:40:01 pm
Hi Schalk! Ek onthou daai stukkies skaapvleis word 'tibs' genoem, lekker nogal. Ek het so gewoond geraak aan daai suur pannekoeke (enjerra) dat ek dit later gecrave het  :imaposer: Beste koffie en daai bergreekse met diep valleie....o soooo mooi land maar hulle het n probleem met n bevolking wat baie vinnig groeie en nie werk. Wonder hoe gaan daardie prag plek lyk oor 20 jaar van nou ???
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 19, 2015, 10:47:50 pm
Hi Schalk! Ek onthou daai stukkies skaapvleis word 'tibs' genoem, lekker nogal. Ek het so gewoond geraak aan daai suur pannekoeke (enjerra) dat ek dit later gecrave het  :imaposer: Beste koffie en daai bergreekse met diep valleie....o soooo mooi land maar hulle het n probleem met n bevolking wat baie vinnig groeie en nie werk. Wonder hoe gaan daardie prag plek lyk oor 20 jaar van nou ???
Jy so reg my maat maar soos ek vir myself gesÍ het voor ek weg was, ek gaan my nie meer oor die wÍreld se probleme bekommer nie en konsetreer eerder nou om die beste van die res van my lewe te maak. Groete
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Post by: wildside on October 19, 2015, 10:58:25 pm
Hi Schalk. Long time since I've been on the forum and have only just picked up on your amazing story now. I can't believe that you're actually doing this....i'm so envious. I've only managed to read as far as Malawi and it's already got me captivated and my adventure juices flowing. As spare time becomes available so I'll continue to follow this awesome trip of yours.

Just looking at your last entry it sounds as if you are on your way back to SA...if not already here. If you're still out there travelling take care, travel safe.... and looking forward to more exciting feed back and photos. :thumleft:
Hi Wildside, yes it is a long time since we spoke last. I got home last Monday after 5 months. I have done 33 000km on this trip but it is only a small part of what is still coming. Are you and your hubby doing any trips again in the near future?

Glad to hear that you are home safely. Looking forward to reading the rest of your RR. You must have had an amazing experience. I bet you can't wait to get going on your next leg of the journey.
We are planning a very tame ride in December...because of family commitments...so will only be riding from Cape Town, following the coastal route and back roads to Mossel Bay, then inland to ride down the Gamkaskloof to Die Hel, back across to Baviaanskloof and follow the coastal roads along the East coast to Hole-in-the-wall. But it will be nice to get back on the bike again...it's been a while since we've done anything really exciting.
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Post by: woody1 on October 20, 2015, 07:47:41 am
Ek ry nog lekker saam.  Dankie vir die moeite om dit vir ons te post.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 20, 2015, 05:55:11 pm
Ek ry nog lekker saam.  Dankie vir die moeite om dit vir ons te post.
Plesier my maat
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 20, 2015, 06:04:42 pm
Hi Schalk. Long time since I've been on the forum and have only just picked up on your amazing story now. I can't believe that you're actually doing this....i'm so envious. I've only managed to read as far as Malawi and it's already got me captivated and my adventure juices flowing. As spare time becomes available so I'll continue to follow this awesome trip of yours.

Just looking at your last entry it sounds as if you are on your way back to SA...if not already here. If you're still out there travelling take care, travel safe.... and looking forward to more exciting feed back and photos. :thumleft:
Hi Wildside, yes it is a long time since we spoke last. I got home last Monday after 5 months. I have done 33 000km on this trip but it is only a small part of what is still coming. Are you and your hubby doing any trips again in the near future?

Glad to hear that you are home safely. Looking forward to reading the rest of your RR. You must have had an amazing experience. I bet you can't wait to get going on your next leg of the journey.
We are planning a very tame ride in December...because of family commitments...so will only be riding from Cape Town, following the coastal route and back roads to Mossel Bay, then inland to ride down the Gamkaskloof to Die Hel, back across to Baviaanskloof and follow the coastal roads along the East coast to Hole-in-the-wall. But it will be nice to get back on the bike again...it's been a while since we've done anything really exciting.
You right I can not wait to get going again. You must let me know when you doing that trip I might joint you on part of it. Thanks
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Post by: Happyfeet on October 24, 2015, 01:31:00 pm
Geluk Schalk! My trippie in Noord Namibia is daarbo kortgeknip, maar jy bly 'n inspirasie en ek gaan verseker weer so iets probeer aanpak, jy is bewys dit kan gedoen word!
Dankie vir die wonderlike fotos en RR - alles vreeslik geniet en saamgery!
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Post by: HB 9 on October 24, 2015, 02:07:39 pm
Hi Schalk! Ek onthou daai stukkies skaapvleis word 'tibs' genoem, lekker nogal. Ek het so gewoond geraak aan daai suur pannekoeke (enjerra) dat ek dit later gecrave het  :imaposer: Beste koffie en daai bergreekse met diep valleie....o soooo mooi land maar hulle het n probleem met n bevolking wat baie vinnig groeie en nie werk. Wonder hoe gaan daardie prag plek lyk oor 20 jaar van nou ???
Jy so reg my maat maar soos ek vir myself gesÍ het voor ek weg was, ek gaan my nie meer oor die wÍreld se probleme bekommer nie en konsetreer eerder nou om die beste van die res van my lewe te maak. Groete

Groot waarheid Schalk! Te min mense doen dit egter...

Pragtige fotos en ongelooflike herinnerings wat jy met ons deel  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 24, 2015, 09:53:46 pm
Geluk Schalk! My trippie in Noord Namibia is daarbo kortgeknip, maar jy bly 'n inspirasie en ek gaan verseker weer so iets probeer aanpak, jy is bewys dit kan gedoen word!
Dankie vir die wonderlike fotos en RR - alles vreeslik geniet en saamgery!
Jammer om te hoor jou trippie is kort geknip. Daar kom nog meer RR, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana en Suid Africa. So hou dop en groete.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 24, 2015, 09:56:59 pm
Hi Schalk! Ek onthou daai stukkies skaapvleis word 'tibs' genoem, lekker nogal. Ek het so gewoond geraak aan daai suur pannekoeke (enjerra) dat ek dit later gecrave het  :imaposer: Beste koffie en daai bergreekse met diep valleie....o soooo mooi land maar hulle het n probleem met n bevolking wat baie vinnig groeie en nie werk. Wonder hoe gaan daardie prag plek lyk oor 20 jaar van nou ???
Jy so reg my maat maar soos ek vir myself gesÍ het voor ek weg was, ek gaan my nie meer oor die wÍreld se probleme bekommer nie en konsetreer eerder nou om die beste van die res van my lewe te maak. Groete

Groot waarheid Schalk! Te min mense doen dit egter...

Pragtige fotos en ongelooflike herinnerings wat jy met ons deel  :thumleft:
Dankie my maat daar kom nog baie RR en baie foto's. Sien pos hierbo. Groete
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Post by: wildside on October 24, 2015, 09:58:10 pm
Schalk, this RR of yours really had me captivated last night and I finally finished reading it. What I enjoyed most was reading about all the different characters and their generosity along the way. This is what makes a trip like this so special and memorable. The clay pots filled with water for the weary traveler fascinates me. Thank you for enlightening us on what beauty is out there in Africa....I'm sure this RR will encourage  a few Wild Dogs do get out there and experience what Africa has to offer.
This report has planted a little seed!! ::)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 24, 2015, 11:15:26 pm
Schalk, this RR of yours really had me captivated last night and I finally finished reading it. What I enjoyed most was reading about all the different characters and their generosity along the way. This is what makes a trip like this so special and memorable. The clay pots filled with water for the weary traveler fascinates me. Thank you for enlightening us on what beauty is out there in Africa....I'm sure this RR will encourage  a few Wild Dogs do get out there and experience what Africa has to offer.
This report has planted a little seed!! ::)
Hi Wildside yes I think it is every adventure bike riders dream to ride through Africa but one of two things always holds us back, it is either money or time or both. I was going to postpone my trip by one year but when I came back from holiday in December I heard that Lodi de Jager died on Christmas day and a friend of mine who is 10 years younger than me had Parkinsonís. Then I decided to rather do it sooner than later. Not the time or the money was right for me but I decided to go regardless. It is amazing but things just falls into place when you do something with faith. A lot of people thought I was mad to do a trip like this solo at my age but I always believed that I could do it and that is what I found out, that one can do much more than you even think you can once you are thrown into the deep side. I am still going to report on 8 more countries on the way down. So keep a look out.
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Post by: George77 on October 25, 2015, 07:29:34 am
KTM dealer in a residential area of Karen Nairobi and walking distance from Jungle Junction   

Nice way of taking a selfie....  :imaposer:

Baie baie baie cool en baie mooi!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 25, 2015, 07:42:52 am
KTM dealer in a residential area of Karen Nairobi and walking distance from Jungle Junction   

Nice way of taking a selfie....  :imaposer:

Baie baie baie cool en baie mooi!
Ja meer as een way to kill the cat ne'
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Post by: NoRush on October 26, 2015, 11:29:11 pm
Hallo Schalk,
Ek is nou eers half pad gelees aan jou RR, dankie dit herstel my geloof in afrika so bietjie.
Maar bygese, ek let op jy sien die glas half vol in plaas van half leeg. En dan neem n man se geloof
ook oor en dinge val in plek soos jy se. Dankie  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 27, 2015, 07:10:31 am
Hallo Schalk,
Ek is nou eers half pad gelees aan jou RR, dankie dit herstel my geloof in afrika so bietjie.
Maar bygese, ek let op jy sien die glas half vol in plaas van half leeg. En dan neem n man se geloof
ook oor en dinge val in plek soos jy se. Dankie  :thumleft:
Dankie my maat, ja ek is 'n ewige optimus
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Ja nee Schalk het somer op en af gegaan en die vorige trip was mot tot in Uganda as ek reg onthou? So ja, welgedaan en n moet op n adventure biker se bucket list. Dis net te duur vir my anders was ek sommer gou aan die ry☺

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 29, 2015, 02:50:09 pm
Ja nee Schalk het somer op en af gegaan en die vorige trip was mot tot in Uganda as ek reg onthou? So ja, welgedaan en n moet op n adventure biker se bucket list. Dis net te duur vir my anders was ek sommer gou aan die ry☺

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Ja ek moet nog 8 lande se RR skyf, gaan dit binne kort doen hou net dop
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Post by: Mr Zog on October 29, 2015, 03:39:47 pm
Ek ry ook nog saam Schalk, ek waardeur al jou moeite met die RR so ver.

Voorstel: Pos weer daai email en details van jou boek op bladsy een van die thread, dan kan ons hom makliker kry om die boek te bestel as jy hom klaar geskryf het  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 29, 2015, 06:19:35 pm
Ek ry ook nog saam Schalk, ek waardeur al jou moeite met die RR so ver.

Voorstel: Pos weer daai email en details van jou boek op bladsy een van die thread, dan kan ons hom makliker kry om die boek te bestel as jy hom klaar geskryf het  :thumleft:
Hi Mr Zog my e mail vir die boek is 65livingthedream@gmail.com Die boek gaan moontlik so twee honderd rand wees en word heeltemal oor geskryf. Ek sal weer die bostaande details post as ek die RR klaar geskyf het. Ek werk tans hard aan die boek. Groete.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:13:56 pm
Kenya
Leaving Ethiopia and entering Kenya at the Moyale border crossings went smooth.  Leaving Ethiopia where petrol was a scarce commodity and entering Kenya for that reason alone was a relief. I went into the dusty town of Moyale to fill the bike at the filling station. From there it was 100km of gravel road with the new tar road under construction next to it. This old road used to be called the road to hell. Here in Kenya you travel through the Dida Galgalu Desert but although the desert is very dry in places it is nothing in comparison to the deserts of Sudan from Atbara to Karima and on to Dongola. Since leaving Sudan I could not feel hot again and going through Ethiopia I wore my rain suite jacket often to try and warm up.

It was a windy day and I was trying to make Marsabit before sunset. At the small town of Turbi I stopped at the same shop where I tasted Camel milk for the first time on my up ride. I enquired about the Muslim guy Masai who previously offered to sell some of his cattle in order to help finance my trip. I obviously turned his offer down but I promised I will come back and look him up one day. As it was weekend the same lady of the shop was not there and no one there knew him. What a pity as people like him are the gems of Africa.

I stayed at the same hotel than before just 2km before the town of Marsabit which is quite a neat place by African standards.

The next morning after breakfast I pushed on as I wanted to make it close to Nanyuki on the Equator of Kenya. The Zap family gave me the name of a farmer where they stayed for free before but in the end I decided rather to look for accommodation as what is meant for them is not always meant for someone else and each one write his own history books. At the T junction where the road split to Meru my chain came off. I then refitted it and pulled it tighter as the chain had a lot of wear and tear by now with over 20 000km on and it was not always oiled in time, my intention was to try and get a replacement in Nairobi. 20km Before the Equator I found a little lodge with rusty little chalets on a river. It is also close to Mount Kenya and one day I would like to explore the area little bit more. The lodge belonged to an Indian family and their young son was riding all over the show with his bicycle and popping in every so often for a chat. I offered him a ride on the back of my bike but instead he rather wanted me to join him for a ride, him on the bicycle and me on my bike. We did an off road trip until he was exhausted.

The dinner was good that night and I chatted to two Indian reps that buy flowers in the area for the export to Europe.
After breakfast the next morning I was off to Nanyuki on the Equator for some photos. Some curio sellers took some photos of me while I was doing some posing.

Then it was off to Nairobi for the last 200km to Jungle Junction again. My intention was to stay for a day or two and service the bike and try and get my abandoned tyres back from DHL which was supposed to have been sent to Addis Abeba from Nairobi but that never realized. Also the tax would have worked out to about R1750. The tyres were originally sent to Nairobi by my wife.

Arriving at Jungle Junction I decided to book into a dormitory room instead of putting up my tent. I was alone in the room and that suited me fine. The next day I went to DHL and to my surprise the tyres was still there. It took me nearly the whole day but in the end I managed not to pay the R1750 tax on the tyres. My front tyre on the bike was already badly worn after only about 6000km where the first one lasted 17 000km, so it was a blessing that these tyres were still in Nairobi.

The next day I managed to buy a chain in Nairobi and service the bike although I did not have new filters as I did not know that I was coming through Africa for a 2nd time. I fitted a new front tyre and the chain but the front sprocket was worn really badly but as there was no replacement for my bike I just had to make do.
At Jungle Junction there were many other over landers at the same time. There were a German guy in a 4x4 VW combi and he has been traveling around the world for the last 5 years and then there was another German Guy that has been traveling around the world for the last 20 years. Then a couple from Slovenia on two Yamaha 660 Tenereís, they have already done 120 000km on each of the two bikes. Then there was a German guy on a 250cc Yamaha. He started off from Germany around Africa on a bicycle and then 30 000km on a Chinese Bike until that fell apart and then he bought the Yamaha in Durban. On the way to Kenya he ran out of money and he then phoned his previous employer in Germany to borrow some money from him to make it back to Germany. His previous boss then lend him the money under the condition that he must come and work for him again when he gets back to Germany.

The next day I was off towards the Uganda border crossing the Equator more than once unknown. I just managed to miss the rain all the time with heavy cloud most of the way. At a spaza shop I managed to get a cup of boiling water for free and made my own cappuccino in my own cup. After some more travel and just before sunset I booked into the Salient guest house in the Kenyan town of Aldoret for R250 for the night. Next will be Uganda.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:16:18 pm
I saw more Camels in northern Kenya than in Sudan
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:19:43 pm
Strong Winds no joke
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:21:56 pm
Kaisut Desert in Kenya
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:23:48 pm
Indian child with all his agat on nogal at the Lodge close to the Equator at Nanyuki
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:24:45 pm
Same Lodge
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:26:37 pm
My room and my ry perd
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:27:52 pm
On the Equator at Nanyuki
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:29:59 pm
All Yamaha's from all over the world. The German on a 250 then the Slovenian couple on their 660 Tenere's and my XT660R
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:31:40 pm
On the way to Uganda
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:32:28 pm
Rift Valley
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:33:50 pm
Junction view Hotel
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 06:35:01 pm
Open Happiness
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Post by: NoRush on November 04, 2015, 10:27:36 pm
So bly jy is veilig terug in SA. Wat n wonderlike reis. Die beddens so onder die
sterre hemel lyk hemel op aarde. Enige probleem gehad met goggas(muskiete ens) ?
In amerika bv is dit blackflies. Hoe gaan dit met skouers ?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 04, 2015, 10:39:19 pm
So bly jy is veilig terug in SA. Wat n wonderlike reis. Die beddens so onder die
sterre hemel lyk hemel op aarde. Enige probleem gehad met goggas(muskiete ens) ?
In amerika bv is dit blackflies. Hoe gaan dit met skouers ?
Geen probleem met goggas in die woestyn gehad nie, ek glo daar is nie enige daar nie dit is te droog. Miskiete so hier en daar laer af. Die skouer is weer piek fyn sonder Dokters behandeling. Ek het net besluit om nie daaraan te dink nie toe kom dit reg. The power of the mind. Groete
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Post by: Tom van Brits on November 05, 2015, 06:43:22 am
Baie mooi fotos Schalk!
Jong toe die man hierbo meld van die goggas kon ek nie help om te dink aan die skerpioene in Lodwar en Turkana area nie. Daar is te veel en natuurlikbdie massiewe groot camel spiders. Ek het daar gewerk vir n ruk lank terug so ons het hulle heel af en toe gewaar. Verskeie groot tipe insekte. In die skeur vallei het die muskiete ons mal gemaak asook langs die Nyl in Juba Sudan.

Wat ek jou wou vra is of jy nie op Egiptiese cobras afgekom het in Sudan en verder Noord nie? Ek was verstom oor die menigde cobras langs die Wit Nyl vernaam in Suid Sudan by Juba. Groot en baie aktief snags maar darem en gelukkig nooit n insident gehad van slangbyt. Malaria x 10 wel!

Groete!

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 05, 2015, 08:01:51 am
Baie mooi fotos Schalk!
Jong toe die man hierbo meld van die goggas kon ek nie help om te dink aan die skerpioene in Lodwar en Turkana area nie. Daar is te veel en natuurlikbdie massiewe groot camel spiders. Ek het daar gewerk vir n ruk lank terug so ons het hulle heel af en toe gewaar. Verskeie groot tipe insekte. In die skeur vallei het die muskiete ons mal gemaak asook langs die Nyl in Juba Sudan.

Wat ek jou wou vra is of jy nie op Egiptiese cobras afgekom het in Sudan en verder Noord nie? Ek was verstom oor die menigde cobras langs die Wit Nyl vernaam in Suid Sudan by Juba. Groot en baie aktief snags maar darem en gelukkig nooit n insident gehad van slangbyt. Malaria x 10 wel!

Groete!
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Ek was seker te moeg om die slange in die nag te sien. Ek het op 'n plaas groot geword en daarom nie bang vir slange nie. Ek hou nie daar van om slange dood te maak nie want hulle is deel van die natuur maar het hulle gewoonlik net dood gemaak as hulle in die huis in kom. Miskiete was so 'n bietjie in Nairobi en Jinja in Uganda. Ek het geen skerpioene of Spinnekoppe gesien nie. Miskien verkeerde tyd van die jaar.
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Post by: gwild on November 05, 2015, 08:40:36 pm
Ek will ook so trip doen. Jy maak nou lus vir ry. Thx for sharing :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:33:54 pm
Uganda
The next day I did the 140km from the town of Eldoret in Kenya to the Malaba border post in order to enter Uganda. As usual I crossed both borders no problem although I had to pay for the Visa. Hennie du Toit from the SA Embassy in Egypt gave me the amount that I would have to pay at the Uganda border but when I came there the amount was double. K en betaal is die wet van Transvaal but you cannot afford to sulk over such things you will just make your trip unpleasant for yourself.

Entering Uganda for the first time I did not know what to expect. It was nice tropical scenery with a lot of huge trees partly hanging over the road. Monkeys and baboons were playing around all over. It did not take long to find out that Uganda was going to be one of the worst with their traffic violations. Most of the picky pickyís ride on the side of the road as that part is slightly lower than the rest of the tar road. If you ride in the middle of your lane it is almost as if they want to teach you a lesson and they then just come for you. Now a picky picky only does about 35 kmh but here I try and do 110 kmh. At least there are about a 500mm piece of run off area where the picky pickís ride so in that sense it is better than other countries but they must have pushed me off to the side from the front at least a 50 times. Being through Africa more than once now I was getting used to it by now. If a string of cars approach from the front then I always watch out for the 2nd in line and as he makes his way to come my way I move off. According to The Sydney Morning Herald an Australian couple Dean 33 and Tanya 34 Griffioen was killed a year ago on a BMW 1200 by an overtaking 4X4 close to Ford Portal. With a bigger bike and the momentum it has it is not always easy to get out of the way that quick.

I made it to the town of Jinja in good time and booked into the Nile River Explorers camp where I pitch my tent. I got the name of the place from the Zapp family. This is what you would do, you normally ask other travellers that you meet on the way where the best places are that they have been to and then you would make notes. You would then do the same for them.

The camp was fantastic and was owned by an ex South African. The camp is quite a bit higher than the Victorian Nile and the view is just spectacular. The Voetspore team normally also camp there when they come through Uganda. I met a lot of traveller and fellow South Africans there as well. There was an overland truck with Australians and Europeans on from Nairobi in Kenya to Cape Town and they were staying a couple of days. Then there was a Doctor Stan Weakley and his wife Anne from East London SA who was traveling in a nicely rigged out Toyota 4X4. Also from Johannesburg there was Wayne Josselsohn also in a 4X4 by himself.  He is an amazing swimmer and swam across the Victoria Nile which is quite a large river and then upstream for about a kilometre. I watch him do that from the top looking down one day with a cold one in the hand and relaxing under the veranda.

I was sitting there one day also on the stoep overlooking the river all by myself when someone hit me on the back from behind. It was Uwe Schmidt with his 1200 BMW. He saw on Face book that I was there and he was camping at the camp site next door. We met outside Jungle Junction in Kenya and then we travelled together for a day before from the Equator. It was a nice surprise to see him again and we had a nice chat and lunch together. The following day I organised a boat trip and he came along and I also got some of the other tourist to come along in order to get the price down. Tourist like us always look for the most economical way to do things. Drinks were included on the trip although Uwe does not drink alcohol. We saw some beautiful birds from the boat as well, the feathered kind of course. There were various King Fishers and Fish Eagles and so on and the bush along the Victoria Nile is just too beautiful. At one place we got out to visit a cave and then again at an island.

Like in Ethiopia they build a dam wall here in order to generate electricity and they then flooded the most beautiful waterfalls which used to be a big tourist attraction before. It is such a pity and I think they could have generated more money through tourism than the money they made out of electricity. In Ethiopia they diverted about 60% of the water which was supposed to go over the Blue Nile falls to their hydroelectric plant and now most off the falls are dry. In Egypt they build the Aswan Dam and they were going to flood their national treasures like the 3000 year old Abu Simbel Temple but fortunately UNESCO came to the rescue and dismantled the whole temple and huge statues and moved it 60 metres up the sandstone cliff from 1964-1968. This was an engineering feat of note. I said in the beginning of my tour that I am not going to be a bad tourist and criticise countries for the way they do things but sometimes it is difficult to keep to my resolution.

The following day I was going to go to Kampala to look up Dr Weakley and his wife and  Wayne Josselsohn who have by now moved on to the Red Cherry camp site. I forgot to give Wayne all my sim cards for the cell phone which I accumulated from up north and he was moving in that direction. Going towards Kampala it was the same story again, vehicles just coming on my side of the road although they can see clearly I was in the middle of my lane.

Entering Kampala it was chaos with thousands of cars and even traffic cops directing the traffic but most of the time the traffic is grit locked. Fortunately I just follow the picky pickyís as they are so seasoned in city crossing by now and going onto the pavement now and then is not a national sin. Someone in Jinja explained to me the route to the Red Chilley campsite and he told me to first find the MTN building and from there it would be easy. I then told a picky picky rider I would pay him to take me to the MTN building in town to which he then agreed to. There were more than one MTN building and it started to rain and the traffic started to irritate me so I decided to push on towards Rwanda as the Red Cherry was also not listed on the GPS. By now it was raining properly with all the traffic still chaotic and I had the GPS set for Rwanda just to get out of town in the right direction. At one place the cars were not moving and a car came and pushed in from left to right in front of me and turned even more right until his front door was pushing against my front wheel. I just held my front brake lever in and I thought if he wants a dent in his door then it is his business. A guy in a car to the left of me started to should at me as well. I told him when he was still in kinder garden I was already riding bikes for many years and they should not blame me for their chaotic traffic and undisciplined drivers. As in so many places in Africa I found if you stand up and not back off they shut up. Somehow I managed to move forward again as the driver of the car with the door against my front wheel turned a bit left and then moved strait again until he was clear of me. At last I started to move out of town with a drizzle still coming down. It was quite a nice road and for the cars coming from the front nothing has changed and I really had to vigilant. I pushed on until sunset and found a cheap hotel 150km before the border to Rwanda. As I was the only guest in the hotel they allowed me to leave my bike in the passage just outside my room. The rate included breakfast but the next morning there were no breakfast and the ladies did not understand me. Thatís Africa I suppose. I then did the last 150 km to the border and in a way I was happy to leave a country behind with drivers with no respect for other peopleís lives. I was looking forward to Rwanda as I heard so many good things about the country and its people and their President.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:36:10 pm
Entering Uganda
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:36:54 pm
King of the road
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:39:08 pm
A lounge couch plus 2 chairs and a bicycle on top of a picky picky and some people want to tell me my bike is overloaded
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:40:50 pm
View of the Victoria Nile from deck at Nile River Adventures camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:42:17 pm
View of the Victoria Nile from deck at Nile River Adventures camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:43:15 pm
Pearl of Africa
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:44:39 pm
Our sun set cruise boat
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:46:15 pm
Uwe Schmidt
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:47:15 pm
Beautiful
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:49:39 pm
Plenty of birds here
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:50:35 pm
Our guide
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:52:34 pm
Fisherman
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:55:18 pm
Cheers
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:56:45 pm
Not a good photo but see the King Fishers
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:58:17 pm
Inside the cave
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 01:59:14 pm
Inside the cave
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:00:10 pm
Coro Coro
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:00:53 pm
Coro coro
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:05:00 pm
Colourfull Ausie
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:06:07 pm
Camping gear packed and ready to roll
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:07:29 pm
On the Equator
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:09:00 pm
One of very few coffee shops in Uganda right on the Equator
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:10:37 pm
My bike in the passage in the hotel where I slept over
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:11:23 pm
Typical Uganda
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:13:11 pm
Cultural centre
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 06, 2015, 02:14:51 pm
I wish they feel that way about tourist.
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 06, 2015, 02:20:23 pm
 :-\ sorry to hear how bikes get treated up there, good thing that you keep your awareness

I've read some other African ride reports coming down on the west coast of Africa but can't remember if they mentioned it.

Have you ever had it happen in SA? I know there's always the odd a-hole on the road but not that frequent, right?

 :biggrin: ride on  :ricky: !
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Post by: Tom van Brits on November 06, 2015, 08:13:36 pm
Wow Schalk i love Uganda so much, my ecperience was rather different. People were very friendly and kind to us and I have golden memories especially in Entebbe around lake Victoria.

However......we were there and in the drc sometimes also on picky picky's☺ and following the side tracks etc. The first thing the locals told me was that the size of the vehicle get the right of way.....in other words the biggest has right of way and the same goes for the Drc and South Sudan. I do agree x 10 that it can be nerve wrecking but I tend to follow Michnus and his wifes advice to stay off the main roads and take it slow traveling mostly through the rural areas and small villages.

It has been years since I have traveled through Uganda but other than the traffic also found it expensive. I don't know if they are still all that expensive though?

Looking forward ro read what you have to share about Ruwanda.

Cheers mater


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Post by: HB 9 on November 07, 2015, 02:21:02 pm
It seems that a different mind set is required regarding one's own safety....

Especially when I read that you respect what each country offered you... but still you had an epic experience!

Thank you for your time sharing your trip  :thumleft:
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Post by: Probie on November 08, 2015, 08:05:34 am
Hallo Oom Schalk, baie dankie vir die deel van die RR en sien baie uit na wat nog volg. Ek het Vrydagaand eers begin lees en gisteraand kla gemaak. Ek le nou en wonder, wat is die beste fiets om te gebruik in Africa vir so trip. Ek bedoel nou vir parte en so. Ek weet baie mense sal se gebruik hierdie brand want jy gaan nie probleme he op die pad nie. Maar wat ek bedoel, soos ek gelees het, het oom altyd by KTM gestop vir olie en so. Is hulle dan redelik volop beskikbaar in Afrika? Is daar redelik ander handelaars ook beskikbaar as mens probleme het of sal mens alles maar moet stuur met die oog op parte. Ek lees graag verder en weereens dankie.

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Post by: I&horse on November 08, 2015, 11:26:23 am
Bookmark for later, looking forward to reading this
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 08, 2015, 05:12:42 pm
Hallo Oom Schalk, baie dankie vir die deel van die RR en sien baie uit na wat nog volg. Ek het Vrydagaand eers begin lees en gisteraand kla gemaak. Ek le nou en wonder, wat is die beste fiets om te gebruik in Africa vir so trip. Ek bedoel nou vir parte en so. Ek weet baie mense sal se gebruik hierdie brand want jy gaan nie probleme he op die pad nie. Maar wat ek bedoel, soos ek gelees het, het oom altyd by KTM gestop vir olie en so. Is hulle dan redelik volop beskikbaar in Afrika? Is daar redelik ander handelaars ook beskikbaar as mens probleme het of sal mens alles maar moet stuur met die oog op parte. Ek lees graag verder en weereens dankie.

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Ek sal sÍ enige 650 bike vir Afrika. KTM in Nairobi is die enigste dealer in die hele Afrika wat redelik parte gehad het vir hul fietse. Yamaha Nairobi verkoop net 125 cc en 200 cc bikes. Enige parte wat jy benodig moet van SA af ge courier word. Alhoewel dit duur is vat DHL net 4 dae na enige redelike stad in Afrika. Ek het 'n hele manuel met part nommers op my laptop en op 'n memory stick gehad ingeval my laptop op pak. Gelukig het ek amper geen parte nodig gehad nie. Ek het net 'n clutch kabel gebreek en dit toe tydelik reg gemaak in Addis Abeba en dit is nog steeds so op my bike. Die enigste parte wat my vrou gestuur het was toe olie seŽls vir die voorste vurke en bande. Omdat ek nie geweet het ek gaan weer deur Afrika ry nie het ek met die afkom toe einlik 'n olie filter en 'n air filter gekort en toe maar besluit om die bike so te ry en net die olie in Nairobi Kenia om geruil.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 08, 2015, 05:51:47 pm
Wow Schalk i love Uganda so much, my ecperience was rather different. People were very friendly and kind to us and I have golden memories especially in Entebbe around lake Victoria.

However......we were there and in the drc sometimes also on picky picky's☺ and following the side tracks etc. The first thing the locals told me was that the size of the vehicle get the right of way.....in other words the biggest has right of way and the same goes for the Drc and South Sudan. I do agree x 10 that it can be nerve wrecking but I tend to follow Michnus and his wifes advice to stay off the main roads and take it slow traveling mostly through the rural areas and small villages.

It has been years since I have traveled through Uganda but other than the traffic also found it expensive. I don't know if they are still all that expensive though?

Looking forward ro read what you have to share about Ruwanda.

Cheers mater


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Hi Hillman I don't mind if someone is ugly to me here or there but if they try and put your life in danger one after the other then I get pist off a bit. I also had a fantastic time at the Nile river lodge and I also met some very nice people in Uganda. I could have traveled on that narrow piece of road where the picky pick's ride but if you ride at 110kmh it is a bit of a problem as you have to go on the road in any way to overtake them. I would have loved to have traveled the back roads but I was on a bit of a mission to get home as I lost three and a half weeks just to try and get out of Egypt and I lost three days while waiting for my Sudan Visa. Michnus and Elsaby was in the fantastic position to travel Africa over a 4 year period and that is the ideal way to do it. Because of my age and the fact that I still want to get around the world I got to have a bit of a sense of urgency. All the best my mate.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 08, 2015, 09:45:15 pm
It seems that a different mind set is required regarding one's own safety....

Especially when I read that you respect what each country offered you... but still you had an epic experience!

Thank you for your time sharing your trip  :thumleft:
Yes you own safety is paramount, even if you just fracture an arm or a leg then your trip is over. Every country is special. People all the time ask me which country was the best but every country has its diamonds and yes I had a ball but it is not over yet only the beginning.
 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 08, 2015, 09:50:13 pm
:-\ sorry to hear how bikes get treated up there, good thing that you keep your awareness

I've read some other African ride reports coming down on the west coast of Africa but can't remember if they mentioned it.

Have you ever had it happen in SA? I know there's always the odd a-hole on the road but not that frequent, right?

 :biggrin: ride on  :ricky: !
Only had it once in SA when a guy on a gravel road came on my side of the road on the way to Sani pass. I spent the next 6 weeks on crutches after that. Maybe that is why I hate it so much when they do that.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 08, 2015, 09:52:22 pm
Bookmark for later, looking forward to reading this
Cool
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 08, 2015, 09:53:31 pm
Ek will ook so trip doen. Jy maak nou lus vir ry. Thx for sharing :thumleft:
Maak so my maat
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:04:07 pm
                                                                   Rwanda

Leaving Uganda through the border was no problem. Then it was the Rwandan side.  I was under the impression that no Visa was required but they told me it was 50 US $ and no other currency not even their own. I still had 40 US $ left which I exchanged in Aswan in Egypt and they told me I can get a further 10 US $ from a bank in the same grounds there. I used my credit card for that purpose and then went back to the customs office again. I gave them the 40 US $ from Egypt plus the 10 US $ from the bank and they put it through a machine. Although the money had some water marks in it looked like fraudulent money. I must say when I got it in Egypt from the money exchanged company I also told the guy there that it look bit odd as the colour of the notes were a bit of a different colour. I then told the guy in the custom office that I got the money from a proper official money ex changer in Egypt. He must have looked at the different notes for about 5 minutes and then disappeared in the office behind him to get approval from someone there as well and when he came back he stamped my passport. Outside the customs office was the photos of 5 of the previous government officials that was responsible for the genocide and that has fled the country. The reward was a whopping 5000 000 US $ should you be able to hand one of these guys over to the government. I ask them if I could take a photo of the poster to which they had no objection. You never know traveling through Africa I might just see one of them and with that amount of money I could drive around the world nonstop.

Then it was off toward Kigali the Capital of Rwanda. The first impressions of the country were that this is not just your normal African country. The roads were beautiful and everything was clean. Not even a piece of paper. Plastic bags are banned in this country. The fields were beautiful cared for.  Drivers kept to the rule of the road and not one tried to run me off the road like in Uganda. The people were neat and friendly and this is the country that had a genocide when we had our elections in South Africa in 1994. Every couple of kilometres you would see a board with a sign that says genocide memorial site so the killing must have been rife in this area.

I reach Kigali at about midday and stopped in the city centre to look for accommodation on my GPS. As I was busy doing that a guy walked up to me and asked me if I was sorted. I notice his accent and I asked him if he was from South Africa. He confirmed that and I introduced myself. His name was Nick. When he saw my Wilddog sticker he said he wanted to introduce me to his boss Brent who is also a Wilddog forum member. He then went across the road to the new high rise building that they were busy to work on. Brent then came out and introduced himself and all his workers then wanted to pose for a photo with me. He in turn then said that they want to introduce me to yet another Wilddog forum member a guy by the name of Philip Opperman ďfingersĒ on the forum. What a small world. They then phoned him and as it was Saturday he was busy doing shopping just 2 blocks away. Accommodation was arranged with him and I followed Nick on his bike to the shopping centre where Philip was.  I was introduced to him and then followed him home behind his bakkie. Philip had his son there from South Africa and we had a nice braai there that afternoon.

The next morning early I was off to the Kigali Genocide Memorial about 5 kilometres from Philips house. Entrance is free but you have to pay if you want to take photos inside the building. The mood inside is somber. Many of the bones of the Tutsis who was murdered are buried in the garden around the building. Inside are some bones and skeletons in a glass cupboard. As you walk along through the passages with the history exhibited on the side you get a picture of what happened during the genocide.  I hereby include an article which was written by the United Human Rights Council.

                                                            Genocide in Rwanda

In 1994, Rwandaís population of seven million was composed of three ethnic groups: Hutu (approximately 85%), Tutsi (14%) and Twa (1%). In the early 1990s, Hutu extremists within Rwandaís political elite blamed the entire Tutsi minority population for the countryís increasing social, economic, and political pressures. Tutsi civilians were also accused of supporting a Tutsi-dominated rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Through the use of propaganda and constant political maneuvering, Habyarimana, who was the president at the time, and his group increased divisions between Hutu and Tutsi by the end of 1992. The Hutu remembered past years of oppressive Tutsi rule, and many of them not only resented but also feared the minority.

On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying President Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down. Violence began almost immediately after that. Under the cover of war, Hutu extremists launched their plans to destroy the entire Tutsi civilian population. Political leaders who might have been able to take charge of the situation and other high profile opponents of the Hutu extremist plans were killed immediately. Tutsi and people suspected of being Tutsi were killed in their homes and as they tried to flee at roadblocks set up across the country during the genocide. Entire families were killed at a time. Women were systematically and brutally raped. It is estimated that some 200,000 people participated in the perpetration of the Rwandan genocide.
In the weeks after April 6, 1994, 800,000 men, women, and children perished in the Rwandan genocide, perhaps as many as three quarters of the Tutsi population. At the same time, thousands of Hutu were murdered because they opposed the killing campaign and the forces directing it.

The Rwandan genocide resulted from the conscious choice of the elite to promote hatred and fear to keep itself in power. This small, privileged group first set the majority against the minority to counter a growing political opposition within Rwanda. Then, faced with RPF success on the battlefield and at the negotiating table, these few power holders transformed the strategy of ethnic division into genocide. They believed that the extermination campaign would reinstate the solidarity of the Hutu under their leadership and help them win the war, or at least improve their chances of negotiating a favorable peace. They seized control of the state and used its authority to carry out the massacre.
The civil war and genocide only ended when the Tutsi-dominated rebel group, the RPF, defeated the Hutu perpetrator regime and President Paul Kagame took control.

Although the Rwandans are fully responsible for the organization and execution of the genocide, governments and peoples elsewhere all share in the shame of the crime because they failed to prevent and stop this killing campaign.
Policymakers in France, Belgium, and the United States and at the United Nations were aware of the preparations for massive slaughter and failed to take the steps needed to prevent it. Aware from the start that Tutsi were being targeted for elimination, the leading foreign actors refused to acknowledge the genocide. Not only did international leaders reject what was going on, but they also declined for weeks to use their political and moral authority to challenge the legitimacy of the genocidal government. They refused to declare that a government guilty of exterminating its citizens would never receive international assistance. They did nothing to silence the radio that televised calls for slaughter. Even after it had become indisputable that what was going on in Rwanda was a genocide, American officials had shunned the g-word, fearing that it would cause demands for intervention.

When international leaders finally voiced disapproval, the genocidal authorities listened well enough to change their tactics although not their ultimate goal. Far from cause for satisfaction, this small success only highlights the tragedy: if weak protests produced this result in late April, imagine what might have been the result if in mid-April the entire world had spoken out.
                                                                          End of Article

I am no politician but what is particularly bad according to myself is the fact that Rwandans are not allowed to get Visas to come to South Africa and I think the reason for that is that some of those perpetrators of the genocide whoís photos are on that poster at the border are actually living in South Africa and in the newspapers recently it was suggested that they are protected by our government. So if Rwandans could come into the country they could do an arrest and claim the money.

The current president in Rwanda is one of the best in Africa if not in the world. He has just been voted in for the third term and what he does for the country is just too fantastic. Once a month on a weekend he gets his hands dirty and do community work. He has by now involved the whole country and everyone is now involved. As a nation they do clean-up projects and building projects and that is why the country is so clean. Houses are painted and hedges are planted around most houses and this country just stands head and shoulders above the rest of Africa. The President was also instrumental in bringing the genocide to and end and he united the Tutsis and the Hutus and if you would asked anyone in Rwanda today are you a Hutu or a Tutsi then they will tell you they are Rwandans. He also send the people who did the killing to 25 years in prison and if they were prepared to do community work then they got half there sentence off.

After the Kigali Genocide Memorial I went back to Philips house packed my bags and made it off to the border and I felled a bit sad to leave such a beautiful and special country behind.  
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:06:30 pm
Perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda see the price on their head
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:08:03 pm
Beautiful Rwanda
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:09:21 pm
Beautiful Rwanda 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:11:00 pm
Neat Houses
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:11:48 pm
Kigali
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:13:03 pm
Kigali Genocide Memorial
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:13:58 pm
On the road between Kigali and the border
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 14, 2015, 08:15:40 pm
See the hedges that they plant around the houses
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Post by: Tony the Boney on November 14, 2015, 08:16:52 pm
jussie dis mooi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 16, 2015, 09:43:51 pm
jussie dis mooi
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Ja dit is baie mooi daar. is jy in Mosselbaai Desember/Januarie
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 23, 2015, 08:57:50 pm
Sorry but forgot to put this picture on of a small town in Rwanda. See how clean the town is with the nicely painted flower pots. This was the trend throughout Rwanda.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on November 23, 2015, 09:32:27 pm
Stunning, I was very surprised to see how clean it is and the weather all year round is great! No need for an air-con even!
Very nice country :thumleft:
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 24, 2015, 10:12:13 am
Awesome Schalk! Love seeing clean towns. Rode through Gibeon in Namibia last week and was quite dirty, such a pity.

Rwanda really has some beauty!  :thumleft:
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Post by: Matewis on November 24, 2015, 10:49:01 am
 :sip:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 24, 2015, 01:13:34 pm
Awesome Schalk! Love seeing clean towns. Rode through Gibeon in Namibia last week and was quite dirty, such a pity.

Rwanda really has some beauty!  :thumleft:
Yes just check the contrast, this photo was taken in Port Said in Egypt and this is how just about the whole of Egypt looks like.
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 24, 2015, 01:20:06 pm
Awesome Schalk! Love seeing clean towns. Rode through Gibeon in Namibia last week and was quite dirty, such a pity.

Rwanda really has some beauty!  :thumleft:
Yes just check the contrast, this photo was taken in Port Said in Egypt and this is how just about the whole of Egypt looks like.

That's awful!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 25, 2015, 09:40:30 pm
Stunning, I was very surprised to see how clean it is and the weather all year round is great! No need for an air-con even!
Very nice country :thumleft:
Yes I think Rwanda is one of the best countries in Africa today
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:18:15 pm
Tanzania for the 2nd time.

From Kigali I made it through the two borders back into Tanzania. As I last only had a coffee at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, I was looking for something to eat and pulled off at some spaza shops. I found a place that made some beautiful vetkoek and coffee. Later on I stopped again to have some slap chips which the guy at the spaza shop put into a pancake and a Coke.  About 100km into Tanzania there was a roadblock. Just as they stopped me another 2 bikes from the other side approached. After the officials finished with them I indicated that they must come to my side of the road. It turned out they are also WD members (g1 on the forum) Jeffrey and Anneen Davies on two XR 125 Hondaís. They left RSA in March already two months before me and are only in northern Tanzania now but that is the way to do it-slowly. They wanted to end in Israel but I had to break the bad news to them that they wonít be able to do it through the Suez Channel as I have tried for thee and a halve weeks and the only way is either by plane or boat at a considerable cost. Anneen worked on a Kibbutz in Israel before and know some people there and that is why they tried to make it there. Their 125cc Hondaís are the right bike for Africa and is returning a fuel consumption of 30 km/l as opposed to my 660 which has a fuel consumption of 20-23km/l. Also I got into trouble so many times for speeding and a smaller bike will force you to go slower. I would have loved to have chatted to them some more but the sun was setting and they were looking for a place to camp and I was looking for a room and we had to say our good byes. I later thought that I should have camped with them but by then we all already left in different directions. I booked into an African guest house and they also organised me some nice cold ones. I also ordered some goat meat which was brought from across the road later in two plates.  

The next morning early I left for Dodoma. The trees next to the road were dry and it was a windy day. As always I was too fast in the villages and as I approached the speeding devise I managed to get my speed down to 51kmh in the 50kmh speed limit area. I think there are only two things that irritate me in Tanzania and that is the 50km speed limit and then the 3 speed bumps in every village. Even though I am a bit on in the years I still cannot get myself to go slow. You would go through a village and then at the end it will be the 50 kmh board that is crossed out just to have the next village to start 2 km further again with the same all over again. I remember when my son and I rode on the western side of Tanzania along Lake Tanganyika 5 years ago it was much better. We did 2000km dirt road with no speed checking and I crossed those speed bumps at 120kmh.

Somewhere along the way there was a game drive vehicle with European tourist on and they stopped me to enquire about my trip. I passed them a couple of times further on but lost them as I was going a little faster than them as I wanted to make Dodoma before sunset. In Dodoma I booked into another African guest house for about R 150 for the night and went to a little restaurant next to the pavement for another African meal.

Coming back to my room one of the glasses fell out of my reading glasses and broke into pieces. I thought now I am stuffed being in Africa with no reading glasses and operating the GPS and all the paper work at the borders is going to be a problem. The next morning I enquire at the lady of the guest house about a place that would sell glasses and she pointed me to a place just down the road.
To my surprise the place do eye test and when I ask her about readymade reading glasses she pulled a whole lot out of a draw. I found exactly what I was looking for although I really thought I was not going to come right in a place Like Dodoma but that is Africa for you, it always surprises you.

After buying new reading glasses I hit the road towards Iringa. The same old story again, speed bump after speed bump and village after village. The population of 51,572 130 are housed all along the road structure of Tanzania. With all the animals and people on the road I suppose it is necessary to have all these speed bumps but it is just very irritating and the speeding fines are not very conducive to my budget.

At Iringa I came on to the main road going towards Dar es Salaam. I had to back track about 120km in order to get to Jenniferís Crocodile Camp as I will have to come back again to Iringa when I go towards Malawi. I do not mind to do that stretch twice again as it is one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania. About 50km of the road is a downhill mountain pass and with the thousands of Boab trees at the bottom of the pass it is probably one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Africa. The road is rather dangerous though as there are always truck accidents. Due to the continues decent the brakes normally fail due to overheating and then you would see these mangled trucks lying next to the road. It is one of the busiest truck routes in Africa as all the containers are trucked from the port of Dar es Salaam to the rest of Africa along this road. I think going uphill would be more dangerous as a runaway truck could quite easily come on your side of the road and these accidents always happen on a bend. I saw 23 truck accidents on my trip through Africa and back and most of them if not all were caused by bad or no maintenance.

Arriving at the Crocodile camp site I noticed that the GPS indicated that it should be another 9 km further. So either my GPS is out or different from the one that Jennifer and Frank used to plot their position. It was nice to be back on familiar ground and Jennifer offered me a Chalet with a view over the river for a couple of rand more than should I have chosen to camp instead. I decided to stay for two nights as I wanted them to do my washing as well. The food is good and there are cold ones in the fridge. Jennifer is a real entrepreneur and her German husband is normally teaching in Germany but he was there due to the holiday break in Europe and was only going to leave the following day. Although he is married to Jennifer who is a Tanzanian lady he jokes about the way they do things here in Africa. He told me in Germany there are no problems around his house but when he comes back he is continuously have to solve problems around the camp.

The one day rest did me good and I went for a walk along the river in thick bush to look for the Elephants. I could see their droppings all over but they were not to be found. It could be that they crossed the river in to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. I wanted to go on one of the dugged out canoes across the crocodile infested water but the quote that Jenniferís brother gave me was too much for my fragile budget so I turned his offer down. As I said before Jennifer is a real entrepreneur.
 
So the next morning I left early from the Crocodile Camp as I wanted to be in Malawi close to Livingstonia that night. I had to cover about 700km for the day with the 2 border crossings in between. The 50km uphill mountain pass was a pleasure in the early morning freshness.

As I was about to leave one of the small villages it happened to me again. By the time I jumped on the brakes the cop already had his hand up for me to stop. Spot fine one of many. I tried to talk my way out but they would not budge. I donít pay bribes but if I can convince them to let me go with a warning why not? There was a driver from Zambia as well who was supposed to deliver a car in Dar es Salaam but he did not have money so they kept him there. As I was busy paying my fine they caught a local guy. I said to them now I want to see what happens. Although he was in a BMW he claimed he did not have money on him so they took his driverís licence away and told him to go and draw money at the ATM. Before I left SA I had some photo copies made of my driverís licence and had them laminated and it looked like the real thing. I always used one of those when they stopped me but I never used it to be dishonest. The main reason was if they wanted a bribe and I refuse to pay and they confiscate my licence then it would be no problem but fortunately it never happened on this trip. 5 years ago when my son and I traveled to the Equator on two bikes we were on the Island of Zanzibar and they confiscated a ladies drivers licence because she did not want to pay a bribe but after a lot of arguing I managed to get her licence back for her. So you lean as you go along.

After the forced stop I was on the road again and crossed the border into Malawi one of my favorite countries in Africa. As with all the other borders this one was once again incident free and it was nice to be away from all the speed bumps. I was looking forward to see the blue blue waters of the 700km long Lake Malawi again.


  
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:21:49 pm
Stop one Vetkoek and coffee
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:23:20 pm
Beautiful rock formations 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:25:37 pm
Stop two, Pancakes and slap chips and Coco Cola
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:27:15 pm
Room with a view
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:29:05 pm
These chickens are going to be lunch for someone just now.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:31:51 pm
Neat little house. It look like the Tanzanians have learned from the Rwandan people a bit.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:33:25 pm
Tanzanian country side.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:35:18 pm
Dry Tanzania
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:36:13 pm
Beautiful rock formations
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:37:28 pm
One of many Boab trees
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:39:10 pm
Lots of Boab trees
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:40:31 pm
The road ahead
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:41:51 pm
Crocodile Camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:43:14 pm
The bush at Crocodile camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:45:06 pm
Sunset at Crocodile Camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:48:11 pm
The River at Crocodile Camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:50:16 pm
The River at Crocodile Camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:51:27 pm
Boab tree at Crocodile Camp
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 03:53:37 pm
I see very few people comment lately, I don't know if my style of writing is maybe boring. Please let me know.
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 28, 2015, 03:59:18 pm
Great update Schalk! The Boab tree portion sounds amazing.

The photocopied driver's is a great tip for a hairy situation!
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 28, 2015, 04:01:21 pm
I just came back this week from my own little trip into Namibia, I'm following again  :biggrin:
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 28, 2015, 04:03:36 pm
BTW I don't SEE any crocs  ??? You could've tried swimming  ;D

That entrepreneurial lady might have sold off every last one of them  :dousing:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 04:12:24 pm
BTW I don't SEE any crocs  ??? You could've tried swimming  ;D

That entrepreneurial lady might have sold off every last one of them  :dousing:
Yes I am sure she will sell the skins to make extra money but there are Crocs in the river
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 04:13:01 pm
I just came back this week from my own little trip into Namibia, I'm following again  :biggrin:
Where is the RR ?
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 28, 2015, 05:20:05 pm
Gooi Schalk, gooi, it's just the drama from the new AT launch keeping the guys quiet.

 8)
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Post by: BLK on November 28, 2015, 05:22:01 pm
Just starting to follow your trip properly.Just write it as it comes naturally.Keep it coming thanks.

Ride safe
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Post by: Dutchman81 on November 28, 2015, 08:00:35 pm
Mense maar ek is jammer ek lees nou eers die RR raak , jissie oom is n legend , ry lekker saam dankie vir die deel , hoop ek sal die vooreg he om al die stories om n vuurtjie eendag te hoor , wel gedaan oom  :deal: :thumleft:
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Post by: Xpat on November 28, 2015, 09:18:38 pm
I think it's just the seasonal thing - it is very quiet in the Ride Reports section right now. I guess Roof of Africa is coming and people are also trying to wrap up things at work before holidays, so not much traffic here right now - not just your thread, but in general - you can see 3-4 active threads where there is a comment from somebody on each specific day, and there are also much less ride reports - compared to lets say may/june, when people are wrapping up riding season. I feel for you, it is frustrating putting quite a bit of effort into a report, and not getting any feedback. Look at it this way -  your thread has over 25000 views, which is a best record for a long time - so I don't think you need to worry too much.

I for one do appreciate your updates. I have to say though, that similarly to Hillman, Uganda was my favourite country with the best vibe (much better than Rwanda or Kenya). At the same time I fully agree with you that it is the one country where people seem to actively seek to kill you on the road - not sure why. My experience was different probably because I used very rarely main roads, and stuck to the boonies, where there was almost no traffic. And I spent over month there so had more time to really enjoy it. If you would have been able to spent time there, rather than just ride through on the main highway, I think you would also come to appreciate it more.

I guess your experience highlights how different ridding through Africa can be if you approach it differently. If you take your time and venture off the main roads, the experience is very different than when you ride relatively fast straight up/down and stick to the main roads. In the second case you have to deal way too often with officialdom like border crossings or police checks, while in the first I rarely registered them - I haven't paid single fine (and bribe) through my whole trip through Africa, and I wasn't sticking to the speed limits at all. As you mentioned yourself - those guys on XR125 had probably enjoyed the ride properly.

But I understand that your objective is different - ride around the world, and the time is scarce. I don't have that ambition - I've done a bit of travelling and in my experience only South East Asia comes close to Africa, so I'm content to limit my riding here.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 10:26:04 pm
I think it's just the seasonal thing - it is very quiet in the Ride Reports section right now. I guess Roof of Africa is coming and people are also trying to wrap up things at work before holidays, so not much traffic here right now - not just your thread, but in general - you can see 3-4 active threads where there is a comment from somebody on each specific day, and there are also much less ride reports - compared to lets say may/june, when people are wrapping up riding season. I feel for you, it is frustrating putting quite a bit of effort into a report, and not getting any feedback. Look at it this way -  your thread has over 25000 views, which is a best record for a long time - so I don't think you need to worry too much.

I for one do appreciate your updates. I have to say though, that similarly to Hillman, Uganda was my favourite country with the best vibe (much better than Rwanda or Kenya). At the same time I fully agree with you that it is the one country where people seem to actively seek to kill you on the road - not sure why. My experience was different probably because I used very rarely main roads, and stuck to the boonies, where there was almost no traffic. And I spent over month there so had more time to really enjoy it. If you would have been able to spent time there, rather than just ride through on the main highway, I think you would also come to appreciate it more.

I guess your experience highlights how different ridding through Africa can be if you approach it differently. If you take your time and venture off the main roads, the experience is very different than when you ride relatively fast straight up/down and stick to the main roads. In the second case you have to deal way too often with officialdom like border crossings or police checks, while in the first I rarely registered them - I haven't paid single fine (and bribe) through my whole trip through Africa, and I wasn't sticking to the speed limits at all. As you mentioned yourself - those guys on XR125 had probably enjoyed the ride properly.

But I understand that your objective is different - ride around the world, and the time is scarce. I don't have that ambition - I've done a bit of travelling and in my experience only South East Asia comes close to Africa, so I'm content to limit my riding here.
Hi Xpat I think you have summed up my feelings and things in those countries very well. I admit I have traveled through some countries in a relatively short time but as I said before I am 65 years old and still want to travel around the world so I got to have a bit of a sense of urgency. I would have loved to have spent more time in many of the countries that I have traveled through like Uganda. There are many countries that I would like to go back to once I have been around the world. I have been talking to the Zapp family who have been traveling around the world for 15 years and even they admit that the world is too big you can not see everything. Thanks for your input, you are also an experienced traveler.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 10:30:54 pm
Mense maar ek is jammer ek lees nou eers die RR raak , jissie oom is n legend , ry lekker saam dankie vir die deel , hoop ek sal die vooreg he om al die stories om n vuurtjie eendag te hoor , wel gedaan oom  :deal: :thumleft:
Jy is welkom my maat. Die idee van om 'n vuurtjie sit is nie ontmoontlik nie. Ek gaan nou eers my boek uit bring en dan deur die land bemark op bike saam trekke en rallies ens. voordat ek weer die pad vat. So dalk sit ons nog saam om 'n vuurtjie. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 10:31:54 pm
Just starting to follow your trip properly.Just write it as it comes naturally.Keep it coming thanks.

Ride safe

Thanks mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 28, 2015, 10:36:50 pm
Gooi Schalk, gooi, it's just the drama from the new AT launch keeping the guys quiet.

 8)
Hi Ian are you back to that country where the sun always shine. Are you going home over Christmas, I am thinking of bringing my bike down to GB in December. Please let me know maybe we can have a couple of cold ones and a ride or two together. Regards
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 29, 2015, 12:14:35 am
Gooi Schalk, gooi, it's just the drama from the new AT launch keeping the guys quiet.

 8)
Hi Ian are you back to that country where the sun always shine. Are you going home over Christmas, I am thinking of bringing my bike down to GB in December. Please let me know maybe we can have a couple of cold ones and a ride or two together. Regards

Aag, that would have been so great to do! Unfortunately in the UK at the moment for a few days as we make our way to skoonma in Denmark for Christmass, then back to the far beyond as work calls. Sorry about that, compliments of the season to you both.   8)
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Post by: LukasB9 on November 29, 2015, 02:44:38 pm
I just came back this week from my own little trip into Namibia, I'm following again  :biggrin:
Where is the RR ?

Mine's wouldn't be nearly as cool!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on November 29, 2015, 04:59:20 pm
I just came back this week from my own little trip into Namibia, I'm following again  :biggrin:
Where is the RR ?

Mine's wouldn't be nearly as cool!
Never under estimate your self my friend
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Post by: Roulof on November 30, 2015, 10:14:40 pm
Lees nog al die pad lekker!

Dankie Oom hou so aan!
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Post by: Happyfeet on December 01, 2015, 10:41:28 am
Ek geniet nog elke brokkie nuus. Dink baie is nou besig om n jaar afgesluit te kry om te kan vakansie hou, dus is jou comments minder.

Van GB gepraat. As jy verveeld raak daar en bietjie van my wereld wil kom sien, ALTYD welkom, kan sommer hier kom oorbly ook - as dit tydens ons huis vol Kerfeesgaste is skop ek een van n bed af or jy kan my brak se matjie gebruik. Maar plan sal ons maak. Dan wys ek jou paar mooi plekke in die Montagu omgewing! (Enige verskoning dat die gaste vir hulself kan kosmaak en skoonmaak)!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 11:36:46 am
Ek geniet nog elke brokkie nuus. Dink baie is nou besig om n jaar afgesluit te kry om te kan vakansie hou, dus is jou comments minder.

Van GB gepraat. As jy verveeld raak daar en bietjie van my wereld wil kom sien, ALTYD welkom, kan sommer hier kom oorbly ook - as dit tydens ons huis vol Kerfeesgaste is skop ek een van n bed af or jy kan my brak se matjie gebruik. Maar plan sal ons maak. Dan wys ek jou paar mooi plekke in die Montagu omgewing! (Enige verskoning dat die gaste vir hulself kan kosmaak en skoonmaak)!
Dankie Happyfeet. Ek was onlangs daar deur Montagu toe ek Kaap toe gekom het. Ek gaan binne drie maande die land weer deur reis om my boek te bemark op al die motorfiets byeenkomse. Sal jou laat weet wanneer ek in daai kant van die wÍreld is. Dankie vir die uit nodiging. Groete.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 11:37:23 am
Lees nog al die pad lekker!

Dankie Oom hou so aan!
Ek maak so Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 08:44:32 pm
Malawi
I made it through the border into Malawi and this time I was to stay at the Hakuna Matata Campsite right on the beach at Lake Malawi. From the border to Hakuna Matata was about 140 km. Hakuna Matata campsite is close to Livingstonia but instead of going up the mountain this camp is just off the main road. I had to do a few hundred meters of sand riding and when I arrived there I met Willie the Afrikaans owner. It was nice to talk the taal again and we had a couple of cold ones together. As I was only staying one night I booked into one of his nice comfortable single rooms. I met a Jewish couple from Kenya there and we had a nice chat about the flower trade that they are in. Willies cook made some nice food for us that night and we had dinner at his very casual dining room come lounge. The next morning before I left the Kenyan couple made us a nice cup of coffee and then I was of for Nkhata Bay.

As I came into Muzuzu I saw a Shoprite at the circle. I drew some money at the ATM as I had no Malawian Kwacha on me. I filled the bike and bought myself a nice ready made sandwich for lunch and some Cappuccino bags from Shoprite. As it is also a South African store the products are much the same than in SA. After the sandwich I left on the very nice and winding road toward Nkhata Bay. About half way there I saw another smashed up truck next to the road. I stopped and spoke to the owner/driver. Apparently the brakes failed and he crashed into the mountain on a bend. He was already camping there next to the truck for two weeks and he was busy taking off all the broken parts but he has got no money to buy new ones.

 For the rest of the distance it was still a nice winding road, a real bikerís paradise. I decided to go and look up the camp site where I stayed 5 years ago with my son when we did the Equator trip. The place has changed a bit and I decided on a real rustic chalet right on the waterís edge. I decided to stay two nights as I wanted to catch up on my writing and posting on WD and Facebook.
There was a 1200 BMW also parked and as I was off loading the German by the name of Rolf Lange came to introduce himself. He was also on an around the world trip and we had a nice chat and a few cold ones together. He is on his way to Dar es Salaam from where he will fly his bike to Morocco and then by ferry across the Mediterranean and back to Germany. It is so nice to speak to fellow adventure riders and by now I have met quite a few of them on this trip. We exchanged a couple of ideas and traveling experiences.

That night I tried to post on the internet but there was a cable fault close to Lilongwe hundreds of km away which caused the whole of Malawiís internet to go off and that was something that was going to haunt me in two daysí time.

I had some nice dinner and at least that is something that has not changed. There were an English manager now and he is married to a Malawian lady. Five years ago the owner was an English lady married to a Malawian Rasta. 

The next morning I was up before 5 and before Sunrise. I made myself a nice cup of Cappuccino and went to sit on the deck and watch the fishermen come in after a night of fishing in their dugout canoes. Just before sun rise there were the most beautiful colours over the water and everything was so peaceful that time of the morning while I was sipping my Cappuccino. I felled really at peace.

The two days flew past and as I had spent just about all my money on the accommodation I loaded up and was on my way back to Muzuzu to go and draw money. As I came to the ATM they would not work. I tried all the ATMís in town but due to the cable fault close to Lilongwe my card could not communicate with the bank in South Africa so I was stuck. I was hungry and my bike did not have enough fuel to get me to Zambia. I checked on the map where the closes border was to from where I was. It was the Lundazi border post about 200 km away. My original plan was to go further down Lake Malawi but as I had limited fund to my disposal I would have to get out of the country in order to get into a different internet network in order for my Visa cards to work. This was the 3 rd time on the trip where I ran out of cash due to the cards not working and I will report about the other times in my book. I decided to go hungry and rather went to the petrol station and used all the Kwachaís that I had left to put petrol in the bike. The dilemma now was that the thank was not full and so I would not be able to calculate if the fuel will carry me the 200 km to the border on a very remote road.

The road initially was very nice and winding until I got to a small town. From here the road turned to gravel and eventually to a two spoor sand road. My bike was completely loaded wrongly for sand and about a kilometer into the road I came short. There was not even a house or anybody nearby and by now my reserve light was on. Just as I was about to unload my bike in order to pick it up I heard a truck coming the other way. He was on his way from the border and also going very slowly in the sand. Since the time that I saw him and the time that he got to me it took him about 15 minutes. As in Africa all over they are always willing to help and the two guys got out and helped me to pick up my fully laden bike. I managed to wheel spin the bike out of the way as I was blocking the road. I did not even have a cent to give them but they were just too happy to help a stranger. I continued in the sand and eventually the sand turned into gravel again.

I made the border with just about no petrol in my tank. On the Malawian side I had to wait for about 10 minutes for the guy who stamps the Carnet to come back from lunch as this is a very quiet and remote border post.

On the Zambian side they wanted a carbon tax. I took my wallet out and showed the border official that I have no money on me. Out of sympathy he waved the carbon tax and I was off to the little town of Lundazi inside of Zambia about 10 km away.
Read next time how my money woes carried on.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:00:22 pm
Beautiful Malawi once again
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:06:03 pm
The truck that was in an accident
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:13:56 pm
Fishermen returning after a night out on Lake Malawi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:16:43 pm
A nice Cappuccino and planning of the route forward
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:22:03 pm
Fishermen returning after a night out on Lake Malawi
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:28:09 pm
Beautiful Nkhata Bay
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:29:56 pm
Rolf Lange
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:31:14 pm
More fisher men returning
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:32:22 pm
Kids having fun
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:33:28 pm
Planning the rest of the trip
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:34:52 pm
More fisher men returning after a night out
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:36:03 pm
Sun Rise
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:37:22 pm
Adverisment for some company
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:38:31 pm
Boat leaving Nkhata bay
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:40:09 pm
Beautiful Malawi going towards the Zambian border
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 01, 2015, 09:41:06 pm
Fall in the sand
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Post by: Crossed-up on December 01, 2015, 09:47:00 pm
Loving it. All the best going forward.
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Post by: LukasB9 on December 02, 2015, 04:08:24 pm
Really like the photos of the fisherman on the lake  :thumleft:

So I assume if you repacked the gear for the sand you change the packing somewhat for the conditions?
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 02, 2015, 04:54:39 pm
Loving it. All the best going forward.
Yes I also loved it Thanks Mate
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 02, 2015, 05:00:13 pm
Really like the photos of the fisherman on the lake  :thumleft:

So I assume if you repacked the gear for the sand you change the packing somewhat for the conditions?
Yes Ideally you luggage should not go past your back wheel and the best weight is about 35 KG. In my case I had about 50 kg and a top box past the back wheel. Also your luggage should be as low as possible for sand riding but with all the mistakes I still made it through Africa X 2-Cheers my Pel
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Post by: Duster on December 02, 2015, 07:00:49 pm
Nice Schalk, ek geniet die saamry.  Dankie vir die deel.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 02, 2015, 10:16:00 pm
I have got to get up to Malawi ... looks great.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 03, 2015, 01:51:24 pm
Nice Schalk, ek geniet die saamry.  Dankie vir die deel.
Plesier my maat
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 03, 2015, 01:52:40 pm
I have got to get up to Malawi ... looks great.
You got the right machine for the trip. Just do it and Malawi is not far.
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Post by: gwild on December 03, 2015, 09:23:38 pm
As always enjoy this thread. Jy maak my jaloers. Enjoy keep them coming
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Post by: Habangana on December 03, 2015, 11:21:21 pm
Amazing stuff Schalk, very inspiring. I love the way you write and the photos. Much respect and admiration for following your dreams, reading this thread was a joy, a peep through  the window to a world that awaits each of us, so much promise. I am really sad that you couldn't make it to Europe especially after 13000 km with 2000 km to go. Good luck with the book (pass it on to Yamaha) and hopefully that multinational sponsorship comes sooner than you expect. I am looking forward to the next leg of your journey and will keep posted.


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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 04, 2015, 08:13:50 am
As always enjoy this thread. Jy maak my jaloers. Enjoy keep them coming
Plesier my maat
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 04, 2015, 08:22:34 am
Amazing stuff Schalk, very inspiring. I love the way you write and the photos. Much respect and admiration for following your dreams, reading this thread was a joy, a peep through  the window to a world that awaits each of us, so much promise. I am really sad that you couldn't make it to Europe especially after 13000 km with 2000 km to go. Good luck with the book (pass it on to Yamaha) and hopefully that multinational sponsorship comes sooner than you expect. I am looking forward to the next leg of your journey and will keep posted.


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Thanks my man for the kind words. Life some times work out different from how we plan it. Turning back made it more tough but more adventure. I would not have seen Rwanda and Uganda if I did not come back again. Getting the money for the next leg of the trip will also be part of the adventure. All the best. 
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Post by: Happyfeet on December 04, 2015, 09:12:42 pm
Ek het my Paddi duiksertifikaat in die Malawi meer gedoen. Awesome land en jou RR bring mooi herhinneringe terug. Dankie, sien uit na die res!
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:45:23 pm
Ek het my Paddi duiksertifikaat in die Malawi meer gedoen. Awesome land en jou RR bring mooi herhinneringe terug. Dankie, sien uit na die res!
Dit lyk my jy is 'n avontuurlustige meisie. Groete
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:45:39 pm
Zambia

After crossing into Zambia I went to the little town of Lundazi. There were just two banks with ATMíS right across the road from each other in town. With not a cent in my pocket I tried the one on the right hand side of the road fist but the story was the same as in Malawi, my Visa card could not communicate with my bank in South Africa. I then walked across the road to the other side to the Zanaco Bank but it was the same story. I think maybe because the town is so remote and close to Malawi that they use the Malawian network cabling hence the lack of communication between my card and my Bank. A Zambian man by the name of Kalombo Muluba then came up to me and told me that he works for the bank and if he can assist me. I told him my predicament and he told me to try the other machine, the story was the same. As there were just two hours of sun light left I ask him if there was a guest house or hotel in town which will take my credit card so I can stay overnight and then I could try and use my card again the next day at the ATM. He said I must follow him and he will go and take me to a guest house. I followed him but just stopping outside I could see that they would not have credit card facilities. Old Kalombo then told me there is only one way and that is to get to Chipata which is also a border town to Malawi 180km lower down south. I said to him my friend I got no money and my fuel tank on the bike is empty. He says how much do I need? I said 10 litre of petrol will get me there. He then said I must go and wait at the petrol station and he will go and get some money from home quickly. I waited about five minutes for old Kalombo and he then returned with some money. They filled 10 litres of fuel and I then asked him his bank details so I can refund him once I have money again. Old Kalombo would have none of that. As I am a person that does not like to receive something for nothing I insisted. He eventually wrote his bank details and phone number and email address down on a piece of paper. Angels like these has crossed my path more than once during my five month trip through Africa and I will elaborate a little more on this subject in my book that should be out within three months. The right person at the right time at the right place. I discussed this subject with Herman Zapp before as well and I said to him, how do you repay someone who you might not ever see again? His answer was that it works in a circle, if someone is good to you then you again help the next person, kind of paying forward. As Herman and family have been travelling around the world for fifteen years already I think he knows what he is talking about and I take note from such a person.

Still with not a cent in my pocket and indebt now I hit the road to Chipata 180km away. The road was nice and having enough fuel now I push a bit to try and make it to town before dark. Coming to the T junction at Chipata I turned left into the main road and to the first ATM. Putting in my card into the slot and waiting for the machine to verify my card I sent a little prayer to heaven. Heaven answered and the most beautiful sound at that moment came out of the machine as it was counting the Zambian Kwachaís.

I felled like the riches man on planet earth and went to the Protea Hotel to check their rates. When they quoted me about R 800 a night I realized I was not the riches person on earth and I asked them if they know of a cheaper place. Now I suppose that is not very polite to ask someone if they know of a cheaper opposition but the Zambian people are fantastic and a humble nation and the guy gave me the name and direction of a hotel up the road.

The whole main road was under construction and at first I missed the hotel but after enquiring again from some locals I found it. The hotel was elevated quite a bit above the main road and at about R 250 a night bed and breakfast it turned out fantastic value for money. The staff helped me to carry my huge amount of luggage to my room. There was even a car port where I could park my bike under with 24 hr security.

The next morning I left my luggage at the hotel and went to the Zanaco Bank to deposit old Kalomboís money. I decided to pay double the amount of money that he had lend me into his account. After I was already in Johannesburg he still send me an e mail to enquire if I had a save journey. A real Angel of Africa.
 
After the bank I went back to the hotel and loaded up and hit the road going towards Lusaka. The road was under construction and there were endless road works. The one moment you were on tar and then again on the detours. Sometimes it was a dusty detour with the powdery sand and other time it was nice and compacted. Whichever way suited me as my bike could handle most conditions with its knobblies on. The Chinese take no nonsense as they build roads of 300km at a time and in no time in Africa.

Two hundred kilometres from Lusaka I started to look on the GPS for a campsite as the sun was already low on the horizon. I saw Lake Side Camp Site on the GPS and I wondered if that was the same place that my son and I stayed at five year previously on our way to the Equator. It was about seventy kilometres away. The area was beautiful with lots of mountains and bush and curved roads, a real bikerís paradise. As I reached the spot on the GPS and turned right and low and behold it was the same place. I enquired about the teacher owner that was staying there before. The property had a little thatch roof house where the teacher stayed before and to the left a new brick building where two other teachers now stay with the dam in front. They told me that the previous owner moved away. I was prepared to camp but instead they offered me the bed of one of the teachers. I decided to rather sleep on my own self inflating mattress on the floor. The two teachers helped me to move my bike into the same room where I was going to sleep. The sun was setting and they cooked me some goat meat and pap, vegetables and an egg. Their pap was very soft and after they dished up for them self I put more Maze meal in the pot and made it like we do here in SA. They are self-sustained and grow their own maize and the charcoal is also sourced from the locals. The one teacher went to buy me some cold ones and the evening was just Africa perfect.

The next morning early I hung my solar shower bag over a branch in a tree with a rope and with the water that was heated on a charcoal fire I had the nicest shower and shave. Then the two teachers were off to go and teach and I was off to go and adventure some more.
On one of the mountain passes I came across yet another truck accident. It was a South African Unitrans truck and I think the driver must have been killed as the top part of the cab was destroyed and the truck was lying in a concrete trench where the storm water normally runs. It looks like the truck was running away down the mountain pass and the driver pushed it against the chopped out rock face in order to slow it down. Frightening stuff.

I was 128 km from Lusaka and decided to have breakfast in Lusaka the capital of Zambia. Lusaka is a neat City and as enter I looked on the GPS for a place to eat. I almost could not believe it but there was a Wimpy. What did we do before GPSíS? The Wimpy was in the same shopping centre as Woolworths and other South African shops. I had a good Wimpy Coffee my favourite and bacon and eggs.

I then filled up and hit the road towards Livingstone. The road was nice and I got excited as every kilometre now is one closer to home. It was a cold day and I put my rain suite on to warm me up a bit. I stopped in a small town called Choma to try and buy some Zambian stickers to put on my bike. In Africa there is never a shortage of help for a fee of cause. The guys drove in front of me with their taxi to a small printing company. Arriving there they did not have but they can make for me and to top it all they can even make the stickers of the countries that I could not get. The stickers are basically the National flag colours of every country. In Africa everything is possible and I am also that kind of person and that is why I thrive in Africa. Africa is in my blood. They took a little bit longer to print than what they promised but after one and a half hour I was in possession of my valuable cargo. Valuable as after I stuck the stickers of the 12 countries that I travelled through on the side covers of the bike that night it almost immediately started to open doors for me.

As I lost one and a half hours of riding now and could not make Livingstone any more I stopped over at a ranch type of a motel. I had a nice chat to another tourist that night and a good dinner and everything was just getting better the closer I was getting to home.

The next morning I was off to Livingstone where I exchanged my Zambian Kwacha for Botswana Pula not wanting to have a repetition of earlier circumstances.

As always the border crossing was no problem and I bought my ferry ticket to venture across the Zambezi.

Comments will be appreciated. Next up Botswana the land of the Elephant.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:51:50 pm
A bridge on the way to Lusaka
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:53:10 pm
The river next to the bridge on either side
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:54:45 pm
Beautiful colours of the Bush
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:55:59 pm
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:57:33 pm
Spaza shops along the route
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 04:58:59 pm
Beautiful colours of the Bush
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:00:52 pm
Bike and I with the lake in the back ground. I look a bit exhausted here. Must be the riding day after day.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:02:47 pm
Sunrise over the lake
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:03:53 pm
Traveling shower that folds up really small.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:05:19 pm
The two teachers and I with their house in the back ground
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:06:58 pm
Ready to roll.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:09:30 pm
Vegetable market and every one selling the same stuff as their neighbour
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:10:20 pm
Charcoal vendors
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 05, 2015, 05:11:19 pm
Wimpy Lusaka
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Post by: gecco 162 on December 05, 2015, 05:13:03 pm
Awesome stuff Schalk, said it before and will say it again, Your writing style and pics are Superb! It is all too true in life, what goes around, will eventually come around, cant wait for your book and of course the rest of your trip here!  :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 06, 2015, 06:44:47 am
Awesome stuff Schalk, said it before and will say it again, Your writing style and pics are Superb! It is all too true in life, what goes around, will eventually come around, cant wait for your book and of course the rest of your trip here!  :thumleft:
Hi Gecco thanks man, words like these really motivate me to write some more. Enjoy the rest.
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Post by: HB 9 on December 06, 2015, 08:45:59 am
The truth is.... very few people would do a trip like yours....

The unknown... I would be able to handle - but not the cost involved....

But then again - one life.... live it...

All I can say about your trip Schalk = AWESOME!!  :thumleft:  :deal:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 06, 2015, 05:05:07 pm
The truth is.... very few people would do a trip like yours....

The unknown... I would be able to handle - but not the cost involved....

But then again - one life.... live it...

All I can say about your trip Schalk = AWESOME!!  :thumleft:  :deal:
Hi HB 9 I think if you put your mind to anything it will be possible. We buy our self's expensive cars to get from A to B and if we can do that why not take that money and save for a year or two. My bike is a 2008 with 73000 km on the clock and my buddies want me to buy a new bike for the 2nd phase of the trip but I rather use that money for the trip. Enjoy the last couple of chapters of this trip and you right, we only have this live to do it in.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 10, 2015, 10:34:37 pm
Having said the above I would like to add a couple of wise words:

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
     
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Post by: hedleyj on December 11, 2015, 05:02:31 am
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well.
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Post by: Jors Troelie on December 11, 2015, 07:19:01 am
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well. .

I can only say ditto  : :thumleft:
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 10:39:02 am
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well.

Hi hedleyj thanks for all the kind words. Yes I want to bring the book out as soon as possible. I am busy rewriting and my wife and I will fix all spelling, grammar and tenses over December. There after it will go to the editor. The book should be out by March 2016 and I am going to market it myself at all the bike shows and bike gatherings around the country until I have sold the required amount of books. There after I will be on the road again for the 2nd part of Living the Dream around the world trip and some more WD RR's.
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Post by: hedleyj on December 11, 2015, 12:24:01 pm
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well.

Hi hedleyj thanks for all the kind words. Yes I want to bring the book out as soon as possible. I am busy rewriting and my wife and I will fix all spelling, grammar and tenses over December. There after it will go to the editor. The book should be out by March 2016 and I am going to market it myself at all the bike shows and bike gatherings around the country until I have sold the required amount of books. There after I will be on the road again for the 2nd part of Living the Dream around the world trip and some more WD RR's.



Can I reserve one for delivery NOW???  Ill even pay for it now...

I would love to get an early copy (I realise there will be others in front of me) with autograph

I would like to suggest a serial number for each copy of the first edition, it will make them far more valuable and meaningful.

(can I have number one of first edition) haha
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 01:08:51 pm
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well.

Hi hedleyj thanks for all the kind words. Yes I want to bring the book out as soon as possible. I am busy rewriting and my wife and I will fix all spelling, grammar and tenses over December. There after it will go to the editor. The book should be out by March 2016 and I am going to market it myself at all the bike shows and bike gatherings around the country until I have sold the required amount of books. There after I will be on the road again for the 2nd part of Living the Dream around the world trip and some more WD RR's.



Can I reserve one for delivery NOW???  Ill even pay for it now...

I would love to get an early copy (I realise there will be others in front of me) with autograph

I would like to suggest a serial number for each copy of the first edition, it will make them far more valuable and meaningful.

(can I have number one of first edition) haha
Hi hedleyj I will reserve no 0001 for you. I do not like to take money before delivery. I should know by end of January of the exact date of delivery. I would like to meet as many people as possible that I am going to sell my book to. Ideally I would like to autograph the books in the presence of the buyers and that is why I am doing the road show through the country. I love people and would like to meet even more of the WD guys.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 11, 2015, 02:01:10 pm
Great idea, and as I have met you both, please reserve #0009 for me, with autograph please.

 8)
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: hedleyj on December 11, 2015, 03:51:06 pm
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well.

Hi hedleyj thanks for all the kind words. Yes I want to bring the book out as soon as possible. I am busy rewriting and my wife and I will fix all spelling, grammar and tenses over December. There after it will go to the editor. The book should be out by March 2016 and I am going to market it myself at all the bike shows and bike gatherings around the country until I have sold the required amount of books. There after I will be on the road again for the 2nd part of Living the Dream around the world trip and some more WD RR's.



Can I reserve one for delivery NOW???  Ill even pay for it now...

I would love to get an early copy (I realise there will be others in front of me) with autograph

I would like to suggest a serial number for each copy of the first edition, it will make them far more valuable and meaningful.

(can I have number one of first edition) haha
Hi hedleyj I will reserve no 0001 for you. I do not like to take money before delivery. I should know by end of January of the exact date of delivery. I would like to meet as many people as possible that I am going to sell my book to. Ideally I would like to autograph the books in the presence of the buyers and that is why I am doing the road show through the country. I love people and would like to meet even more of the WD guys.

Schalk I would be honured to get 0001 and will make the effort to see you wherever to colllect in person.

I have a sentimental question for you though, would your wife not be deserving of 0001 rather. I would be happy with 0002 is you decide that way. She is after all most deserving of all.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 04:05:21 pm
Schalk

I have refrained from commenting on your thread because it has been such an awesome and inspiring  read. I found no words would do justice to your adventure. However at this stage all I want is a copy of your book ASAP so I can read the full story from start to finish. Please make haste with the publication. I realise it is a mammoth task but with a good editor and your story telling skills, the script will fly..

You are a legend in my eyes..


Ps I don't care what the book costs, and I hope it has everyone of your photos in it as well.

Hi hedleyj thanks for all the kind words. Yes I want to bring the book out as soon as possible. I am busy rewriting and my wife and I will fix all spelling, grammar and tenses over December. There after it will go to the editor. The book should be out by March 2016 and I am going to market it myself at all the bike shows and bike gatherings around the country until I have sold the required amount of books. There after I will be on the road again for the 2nd part of Living the Dream around the world trip and some more WD RR's.



Can I reserve one for delivery NOW???  Ill even pay for it now...

I would love to get an early copy (I realise there will be others in front of me) with autograph

I would like to suggest a serial number for each copy of the first edition, it will make them far more valuable and meaningful.

(can I have number one of first edition) haha
Hi hedleyj I will reserve no 0001 for you. I do not like to take money before delivery. I should know by end of January of the exact date of delivery. I would like to meet as many people as possible that I am going to sell my book to. Ideally I would like to autograph the books in the presence of the buyers and that is why I am doing the road show through the country. I love people and would like to meet even more of the WD guys.

Schalk I would be honured to get 0001 and will make the effort to see you wherever to colllect in person.

I have a sentimental question for you though, would your wife not be deserving of 0001 rather. I would be happy with 0002 is you decide that way. She is after all most deserving of all.
Hi hedleyj no my wife is a sweetie and would not mined you having no. 0001. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 04:10:43 pm
Botswana

At the Zambian border I took the ferry across the Zambezi to Botswana. I love ferries and this one was just one of many before. In Egypt I went across the Nile River twice between the desert and Abu Simbel. At Port Said I crossed it four times without my bike. So this one was ferry number seven of the trip. I also had many boat trips on the way. Two at Aswan in Egypt, one at the White Nile at Bahir Dar in Ethiopia.

The ferry ride went smooth and entering Botswana also went smooth. No more need for the Carnet du Passage. Just a stamp of the passport and some Pula to help the government to survive. Botswana has always been one of my favorites and I know quite a few words of Setswana.

I started to look for accommodation on the GPS and picked up a camp site called Elephantís about 50 km before Nata. I was still about 150 km away but I thought that sounds like an interesting place.

Next to the road was beautiful bush and I was hoping to see some elephant as this is where they normally grace and give you a mock charge as you would come to close. I saw no elephants but as I turned into the two spoor road off the main tar road towards Elephant Camp I immediately saw some fresh elephant spoor. I saw on the GPS that the camp was 1,1km away and the sand was thick thick stuff. If the elephants get hold of me here they would just flatten me and my little bike as it was impossible to stand and ride with my load. I had to ride it while sitting on the bike and then walk it wheel spinning all the time. Most of the time the sand would be right up to the bash plate with a nice roost forming behind my back wheel all the way. I never thought that 1,1 km could feel that long but eventually I made it to camp. A big herd of elephant was rite at the centre of the camp in an almost dry water hole. As fast as the water gets pump in the elephants would drink it and quite often they were fighting over the last drop.

The camp was really beautiful and I turned right up to some permanent tents on timber decks which are raised about 2 meter above the ground or shall I say sand. I could not put the bike on the side stand as it would just sink into the sand. On top of one of the decks an auntie was standing and I ask her to please help me to find a flat stone to put under my side stand. She came down the stairs and found one and the problem was solved.

We started to chat and seeing all the stickers on the bike she wanted to know where I have travelled to and so on. Then she said I must wait as she was going to call her son in the tent next door. Slade Venter and his wife Krissy were introduced to me and he was highly impressed with my trip and said to me. ďA 65 year old that has ridden to Egypt and back should at least have free accommodation and food and drink for the nightĒ. He then took me to reception and paid for my camping and food for the night and then we went and sat on the patio to have a few cold oneís while looking at the elephants who was still fighting over the trickling water coming through the pipe from a borehole somewhere. As the sun was setting it was still very hot.

After the cold ones I went to pitch my tent and off load the bike. Another tour operator with two overseas guests was camping next to me and upon seeing all the stickers on the bike he in turn invited me for some cold ones on the patio. Remember what I said last time how the stickers opened doors for me almost immediately.  

A while later Slade and his extended family came back and we had a beautiful dinner, the best in quite a while and all the elephants were still pushing each other to try and get a bit of moisture as the dining area was overlooking the water hole.

After dinner I was off to bed. Now elephants walk very softly but I am sure I heard them going right past my tent. I while latter I could hear them break open an old drain about 3 metre from my tent. I eventually fell asleep.

The next morning when I woke up I could see the elephant spoor going right past my tent and their stomachs must have almost touched my tent. A guy in in a 4x4 came  past my tent and ask me if I slept well the previous night as he could see the elephants walking past my tent and almost touching it.

I had a shower and my neighbour with the overseas guest invited me for a coffee. After that it was packing up and saying goodbye to the other family as well and then it was tackling the two spoor sand road again. At one spot I stopped as I had to slip the clutch all the way and by now it has wear down a bit. While sitting on the bike I took my Leatherman out and adjusted the clutch at the clutch lever. I was just going again with a bit of momentum when a tour bus that left early on came back from the opposite side. He did not want to stop and I did not want to stop as we both had momentum and it was impossible for me to get out of the deep sand rut. The driver of the bus slammed on his brakes at the last moment and then he was stuck. He came back because the bus broke its radiator as it exited the deep sand close to the tar road and now on top of it he was stuck in the sand with double wheels and all. The driver not happy now got out to go and get help at the camp. I in turn was still doing the wheel spinning thing with a nice roost behind me and made it to the tar road eventually.

Travelling to Nata on a nice tar road with bush on the side I eventually stopped to have a leak. A 4x4 also stopped with the same idea and as the passenger saw all my stickers he got out and walked towards me. He said to me are you not Schalk vd Merwe? I was flabbergasted and it just shows you the power of the social media these days. We had a nice chat and then I was on my way again.

In Nata I bought a cold drink and by co incidence met up with my do gooders of the previous night again. Then it was on the road again as I wanted to sleep in my own country that night. My thoughts were completely in South Africa and I almost did not notice the couple of shacks next to the road when I hit the speed trap at about 120kmh. It was a 60kmh speed limit and the fine was 1200 Pula about R1400. I told the guy I donít have so much money on me and eventually I managed to get the spot fine down to 200 Pula. Just as I was leaving they caught my neighbour at the camp with the two tourists for 800 Pula. I then push on as after the fine I wanted to be back in my own country that night even more. I reached the border at about 4.30pm and was through the Botswana side in no time knowing after months and months just one more night before I will sleep in my own bed again.

NEXT South AFRICA MY COUNTRY FROM THE THE LIMPOPO TO CAPE TOWN AND BACK TO JOHANNESBURG
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 04:12:39 pm
On the ferry across the Zambezi River into Botswana
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 04:14:15 pm
Elephants at the elephants camp
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 04:26:40 pm
I hope you guys can give me some ideas on my book maybe somethings I have not thought about. All input will be appreciated.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 04:31:15 pm
Great idea, and as I have met you both, please reserve #0009 for me, with autograph please.

 8)
Hi Ian no 0009 is yours will leave it with your dad once printed. Enjoy that far away place.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2015, 05:58:06 pm
Awesome Schalk!
Dit moet nogal iets wees on daai olifante so by jou te he! Laat b man seker klein voek

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Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: daveh on December 11, 2015, 07:26:32 pm
Wow what a story, started reading it two days ago and have just caught up. You must have a very understanding wife to let you go off on an adventure like that alone. I know my wife would want to be with me.  A few more years to retirement for me and then we will see where the road takes us.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 08:09:02 pm
Awesome Schalk!
Dit moet nogal iets wees on daai olifante so by jou te he! Laat b man seker klein voek

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Hi Tom ja ek ken Olifante en as jy kyk op die een foto kyk het die oorsee se toeriste net gesit reg by die water gat terwyl een Olifant in musk was {vloeistof wat langs hulle kop af hardloop. In daai tyd is hulle baie agresief} Dit is hoekom ek verder terug gestaan het om die foto te neem. Ek het twee jaar lank 'n kontrak in Botswana se Mashatu Game reserve gedoen en baie van Olifante geleer. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 08:21:47 pm
Wow what a story, started reading it two days ago and have just caught up. You must have a very understanding wife to let you go off on an adventure like that alone. I know my wife would want to be with me.  A few more years to retirement for me and then we will see where the road takes us.
Hi daveh Yes I do have a very understanding wife. Unfortunately the last time she was on a bike with me was when I had a Kawasaki Z 1000 in 1977 and then again when I rented a 125 cc in Nice in the South of France in in 1987. I would love to have my wife on the back of my bike or even better on her own bike like a lot of couples that frequent Africa. So after 37 years of  a happily marriage life and my wife not a bikers chick any more I settled for 2nd best, solo around the world with my wife being back up at home. After that we will do a 4x4 trip to some special places in Africa. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 11, 2015, 08:32:27 pm
Great idea, and as I have met you both, please reserve #0009 for me, with autograph please.

 8)
Hi Ian no 0009 is yours will leave it with your dad once printed. Enjoy that far away place.

Ok kan ek ook n nommer ky asb....10 Al gevat?
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 08:43:46 pm
Great idea, and as I have met you both, please reserve #0009 for me, with autograph please.

 8)
Hi Ian no 0009 is yours will leave it with your dad once printed. Enjoy that far away place.

Ok kan ek ook n nommer ky asb....10 Al gevat?
0010 is joune my maat. Groete
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: hedleyj on December 11, 2015, 09:14:27 pm
Schalk as a thought for your book often books are written and compiled where the pics are grouped together in section making it difficult to refer back to the script. I would like to suggest that although it will cost a bit more, that the pics are inserted along with the text as it develops.

I would also suggest a cd/dvd of your pics with the book all referenced to the relative section of the book.

I would also suggest you could write the book as an adventure rather than an account of events. Bit like a novel, maybe.  Oh and don't forget the "foreword" that will place the whole experience in perspective.

But most of all keep the story to your style, that's the style the so many of us have come to enjoy and appreciate in this thread.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 11, 2015, 10:02:26 pm
Schalk as a thought for your book often books are written and compiled where the pics are grouped together in section making it difficult to refer back to the script. I would like to suggest that although it will cost a bit more, that the pics are inserted along with the text as it develops.

I would also suggest a cd/dvd of your pics with the book all referenced to the relative section of the book.

I would also suggest you could write the book as an adventure rather than an account of events. Bit like a novel, maybe.  Oh and don't forget the "foreword" that will place the whole experience in perspective.

But most of all keep the story to your style, that's the style the so many of us have come to enjoy and appreciate in this thread.

hi hedleyj I was thinking along the same lines as far as the photos are concerned where you have pages of photos in between the story to make it more relevant although they told me it would be more expensive as it is gloss paper. As far as putting it on cd/DVD it is then digital and can be copy to any where. People has already suggested to do e books but it is the same story, once it is digital it can be copied and paste and send anywhere. So I think as many a photo as the budget allow inside the book is the way to go. Thanks for the input and the foreword of my biking career which span over some 50 years is a good idea. Thanks mate.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: hedleyj on December 11, 2015, 10:18:35 pm
Schalk as a thought for your book often books are written and compiled where the pics are grouped together in section making it difficult to refer back to the script. I would like to suggest that although it will cost a bit more, that the pics are inserted along with the text as it develops.

I would also suggest a cd/dvd of your pics with the book all referenced to the relative section of the book.

I would also suggest you could write the book as an adventure rather than an account of events. Bit like a novel, maybe.  Oh and don't forget the "foreword" that will place the whole experience in perspective.

But most of all keep the story to your style, that's the style the so many of us have come to enjoy and appreciate in this thread.

hi hedleyj I was thinking along the same lines as far as the photos are concerned where you have pages of photos in between the story to make it more relevant although they told me it would be more expensive as it is gloss paper. As far as putting it on cd/DVD it is then digital and can be copy to any where. People has already suggested to do e books but it is the same story, once it is digital it can be copied and paste and send anywhere. So I think as many a photo as the budget allow inside the book is the way to go. Thanks for the input and the foreword of my biking career which span over some 50 years is a good idea. Thanks mate.


Sadly you are correct on the "e" side of things and I suppose it has to be so unfortunately. I must say I am a bit old school with books and prefer the paper versions.

I would not be cautious around cost.

This is going to be a unique story of a mans trip through not just AFRICA but through a living personal goal reaching adventure. An account of an achievement, overcoming fears and concerns by facing them head on.

This has to be a must read, left on the coffee table, of not only bikers but adventurists of all disciplines.

Even think far enough out the box to make it a large format layout so the pics get justice served.

Looking forward to 0001  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 12, 2015, 06:45:20 am
Schalk as a thought for your book often books are written and compiled where the pics are grouped together in section making it difficult to refer back to the script. I would like to suggest that although it will cost a bit more, that the pics are inserted along with the text as it develops.

I would also suggest a cd/dvd of your pics with the book all referenced to the relative section of the book.

I would also suggest you could write the book as an adventure rather than an account of events. Bit like a novel, maybe.  Oh and don't forget the "foreword" that will place the whole experience in perspective.

But most of all keep the story to your style, that's the style the so many of us have come to enjoy and appreciate in this thread.

hi hedleyj I was thinking along the same lines as far as the photos are concerned where you have pages of photos in between the story to make it more relevant although they told me it would be more expensive as it is gloss paper. As far as putting it on cd/DVD it is then digital and can be copy to any where. People has already suggested to do e books but it is the same story, once it is digital it can be copied and paste and send anywhere. So I think as many a photo as the budget allow inside the book is the way to go. Thanks for the input and the foreword of my biking career which span over some 50 years is a good idea. Thanks mate.


Sadly you are correct on the "e" side of things and I suppose it has to be so unfortunately. I must say I am a bit old school with books and prefer the paper versions.

I would not be cautious around cost.

This is going to be a unique story of a mans trip through not just AFRICA but through a living personal goal reaching adventure. An account of an achievement, overcoming fears and concerns by facing them head on.

This has to be a must read, left on the coffee table, of not only bikers but adventurists of all disciplines.

Even think far enough out the box to make it a large format layout so the pics get justice served.

Looking forward to 0001  :peepwall:
Hi hedleyj It looks like you have writing skills and the way you get exited about my trip makes me want to go and get on the bike right now and continue the round the world trip in order to have even more stories to tell. I think I should use your wording above as an introduction to my book.
I am also old school and like a book and even the smell of the paper. I read mainly autobiographies and have no interest in fiction.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 14, 2015, 08:04:22 pm
Will try to have the next delivery ready by tomorrow.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 15, 2015, 12:42:25 pm
South Africa

I crossed the Limpopo River at Groblers Bridge into South Africa. Wow what a feeling to be on home soil again. The final border crossing was just a stamp in the passport. If you take every crossing from one country to the next as two border crossing then I have crossed 36 borders on this trip. I was out of the country for four months and one week but the trip is not over yet as I wanted to go to the Cape Agulhas the most Southern Point of Africa. I have already been to Alexandria in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea and that was as far north in Africa that I could go.

At the R572 I turned right toward Lephalale (Ellisras). Everything just felled so right. The grass next the road was cut neatly up to the game farm fences. Fences are not something you see in the rest of Africa hence the animals in the roads all over. I must say smelling the bush and the South African soil and the feeling that everything is so organised made me emotional to be back. My thoughts were that there is just one way in this country and that is that we must stop complaining and make it work. The Americans like to say that the USA is the best country in the world but I think they are wrong, South Africa is. I think that is why one should travel the world and see the contrast. To date I have traveled the USA, Canada, seven countries in Europe, China. I have traveled Israel a very large part of Australia all the adjoining countries to South Africa and now through Africa right to the top and back. Five years ago I also went to the Equator and back on two bikes with my son and now I am back again. This is the country where I want to see my grand children grow up one day and this is the country where I want to live the rest of my live after my travel around the world. As I said that piece of road to Lephalale was an emotional one for me and I realized once more how much I love this country. My fore father Willem Schalk van der Merwe landed in the Cape on 26/04/1661 from the Merwede River close to Rotterdam in Holland. He came on the boat called the Dordrecht. So my affiliation with South Africa goes back over several centuries. Maybe that is where my travel lust came from.

In Lephalale I looked on the GPS for accommodation but could not find something suitable and as it was almost sun set I decided to push through to Vaal Water. Although I travelled this road before everything just looked twice as beautiful and I stopped every now and then to take photos.

At Vaal water I went to draw my first South African Rands again in more than four months from the ATM. Then I booked into a guest house and the owner gave me a special price after I told him about my trip. That night I went and had a nice steak at the Vaal Water Hotel. It was just so good to be back.

The next morning early I was up and rode to the Kranskop Wimpy on the N1 close to Modimolle (Nylstroom). I had a nice breakfast and an old couple at the table next to me chatted to me after they saw my bike with all the stickers on.

Then it was off again towards Midrand . At Midrand I first went to the AA at Kyalami to take the counter slips of the Carnet back in order to get my 200% deposit back. I had to pay 200% of the value of the bike for my Egyptian Carnet before I left. Then it was off to Voda world in Midrand. They never made my phone international roaming before I left. This resulted in me not being able to get   SMSís when I drew money at the ATMís.

Then it was off on the last stretch home. My wife took off work for the day and after more than 4 months I saw my wife for the first time again. Although this trip so far was a trip of a live time it was really good to be home.

NEXT DOWN TO THE WD BASH AND THEN TO CAPE TOWN
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 15, 2015, 12:46:31 pm
My beatiful country, the area between Lephalale and Vaalwater
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tony the Boney on December 15, 2015, 08:16:34 pm
Eish die storie is mooi!
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: daveh on December 15, 2015, 09:21:49 pm
It's always good to get home. I really like your positive attitude to SA and must agree, we have a good life here despite the Gov and negativity. enjoy your time home before your next adventure and thanks for all the photos and sharing. Looking forward to your book.
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 15, 2015, 09:44:15 pm
Eish die storie is mooi!
Ja die storie is mooi en die land is mooi. Must get together this holiday.
 
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 15, 2015, 09:45:51 pm
It's always good to get home. I really like your positive attitude to SA and must agree, we have a good life here despite the Gov and negativity. enjoy your time home before your next adventure and thanks for all the photos and sharing. Looking forward to your book.
Yes Gandhi said "Be the change that you want to see"
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Tony the Boney on December 16, 2015, 09:28:42 am
Eish die storie is mooi!
Ja die storie is mooi en die land is mooi. Must get together this holiday.
 

Dit sal lekker wees!. Dana Baai 0 ate free 6 too nine 3 seven 2 seven
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: SOPWITH on December 16, 2015, 11:43:32 am
i only have one word.....RESPECT. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: Jors Troelie on December 16, 2015, 08:47:02 pm
i only have one word.....RESPECT. :thumleft:

 :salut: :salut:
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 01:00:16 pm
i only have one word.....RESPECT. :thumleft:

 :salut: :salut:
Thanks mate
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 01:00:48 pm
i only have one word.....RESPECT. :thumleft:
thanks my friend
Title: Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 02:50:24 pm
South Africa continue.

After returning home I spent just under a week at home. My wife had to work during the day but at least at night we could spend quality time together. During the day I managed to service the bike and change the front sprocket which made it all the way to Egypt and back. I also fitted the rear tyre which I carried on the back of the bike all the way from Nairobi. The front tyre I had to fit a new Michelin as the Continentals are not available in South Africa anymore, what a pity. I had to repair the right rear flicker as well. Apart from all this I thought I would do the rest when I return from Cape Town.  Things still to be done when I return would be.

1 To replace one rear foot peck that was lost.
2 Two dust seals over the front fork oil seals.
3 Clutch cable needs to be replaced as it snap in Addis Abeba and was just repaired temporary with a       cable repair kit.
4 Front fork oil to be replaced as the one fork has 600 ml and the other one has 500 ml of fork oil in.
6 A snap off bolt holding the small front fender needs to be replace as I over tighten it after I replaced the oil seals on the way. A good old cable tie had to do the job in the meantime.
7 The valve clearances need to be checked. I heard that was supposed to have been done at 40 000km so I am about 30 000km over but then it is a Yamaha and I am not selling it.
8 Although on this bike it is self-adjusting I think the timing and fuel mixture needs to be checked. This is the only item I would not do myself and rather have it checked by the experts. There are two buttons on the little dash board which all this can be adjusted with.
9 The chain which I bought in Nairobi was not such good quality and that will have to be replaced as well together with the rear sprocket which went all the way up and down.
10 The hooter sounds a bit horse and Bike Hospital in Johannesburg would be a good place to go and source a 2nd hand one from.

Thatís about it and then the bike would be ready for round two of the round the world trip.

As I already planned high up in Africa that I wanted to make it to this yearís Wilddog Bash I left the Thursday and I decided to sleep over on a farm close to Lady Grey. I first hit the road to Deneysville at Vaal Dam. I had a nice breakfast there at a Coffee shop that I did not know of before that it exists. I met up with some other Wilddog members but decided to hit the road alone. By now it is 2nd nature and the advantage is you can stop or go as you like.

From Deneysville I travelled 10 km before hitting the dirt road to Frankfort which was about 60km in distance. Without going into town I took the road going towards Reitz and then through Bethlehem where I stopped at the brewery in the main street of Clarence. I took the last open table and as more people were looking for a place to sit I invited a German couple to join me. I love people and I think a stranger is just a friend that you have not met yet.  We had a nice chat and then I was on the way to Lady Grey where I was going to meet up with a friend of my son with the same name than myself.

Traveling through the eastern Free state I once again realized how beautiful our country was. As I said before everything looked twice as beautiful.  

At Lady Grey I met up with Schalk Kritzinger who is also a very avid off road rider. I followed him to his farm but first he wanted to introduce me to his neighbour by the nick name of Rooies. Rooies was the Silver class winner in the 2013 Roof of Africa race in Lesotho. He joked with himself by saying he knows he does not look like a champ as he sports a nice beer boep. His secret is that him and Schalk would go and practice every morning in the mountains on the farm which is situated close to Lesotho and the area is much the same as the race area itself. He also race these Sand Master buggies with a mighty 5 litre engine and has in the past won some races in that class as well.

That night I stayed with Schalk and his mother and having grown up on a farm myself it was nice to be on familiar ground with the old coal stove and a high ceiling house. When I went to off load the bike the typical night sounds brought back some memories.

The next morning after a big Boere breakfast I was off towards Gariep Dam on the border between the Cape Province and the Free State.  From Wepener I took the dirt road to Smithfield which was about 72km long. It was a nice scenic road which ended too soon.  At Smithfield I stopped for a coffee and a Sammy at a coffee shop on the left as you enter town.  Here I met another Wilddog member by the name of Nicobie. His wife came along in the car and as she thought Smithfield was an arty place where she can do some painting but the place did not do justice and she decided to move to Aliwal North while Nicobie would attend the yearly bash. Nicobe and I decided to meet up at Bethulie and to ride the last piece of road together to the bash.

At Bethulie I checked into Snotkop the Afrikaans singerís pub for a pub lunch and I must say after having Africa food for more than four months I thought I was in food heaven. The Auntie in the kitchen can cook and even came in person afterwards to see if this lone Africa soul has enjoyed his meal.  The beverages also helped for the thirsty side as the day was quite hot. Old Nicobie eventually caught up with me and some more Wilddog members later gathered on the stoep driven by their thirst as according to them it was almost unbearable on the bikes in the sun.

Nicobie knew the way to the Destiny River Lodge where the bash was and we hit the road over the very long and high bridge over the Orange River. It was a scenic ride and we stopped a couple of times to record the environment in digital form forever.

At the camp site I pitched my tent in front of Twe-Twe and her husbandís Andries chalet on the banks of the Orange River. So far the ride here has been much more success full than the two previous yearly bashes. On the 2013 bash about 18 km before the camp in the Transkei a wild buck came running out of the bush and ran into my leg and fracturing the Tibia meaning my leg was fractured. Instead of enjoying the bash I was picked up by ambulance at 12 O clock that night after the incident happened at 8 pm. At the Life hospital in East London which I called the Death hospital as they were only prepared to start working on my leg at 1.30am as they were waiting for a ďhard copyĒ of my wifeís ID as she was the main member of our medical aid. Then in2014 on the way to the Kalahari Wilddog bash and back I had a total of six flat rear tyres. So it looked like this yearís bash has been much kinder to me. The 2012 one at Snow Valley was also without incidence.

At the camp I was amazed that most people knew me and in return I hardly knew anybody. I suppose the reason is that this thread that has been running since May and my photo has been plastered all over the show.

Hein Eksteen of Offroad Adventure SA Magazine interview quote a few of us and the story was publish in the November issue of their magazine.

On the Saturday Twe-Twe and Andries and Johan (Bush Trotter) and I took a ride to Gariep Dam wall. After that it was riding up the winding road up to the hotel which is overlooking the dam. Here we met up with Mixy (Barbara) and Hond se Kierie (Johan) for some refreshments.

Saturday evening I met many Wilddog members and after dinners and price giving Twe-Twe kept us all entertained until near midnight

NEXT DOWN TO MOSSEL BAY, CAPE AGULHAS, CAPE TOWN AND THEN JOHANNESBURG.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 02:53:17 pm
Beautiful eastern Free State. As I said before, it looks twice as beautiful than before
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 02:55:53 pm
Beautiful eastern Free State. As I said before, it looks twice as beautiful than before
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 02:58:23 pm
Beautiful eastern Free State.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:00:32 pm
Beautiful eastern Free State with some giraffe on the 3rd photo
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:02:01 pm
Beautiful eastern Free State and old faithful   
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:03:42 pm
Beautiful lunch at Snotkops Pub
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:05:35 pm
Nicobie and I
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Post by: woody1 on December 17, 2015, 03:06:47 pm
Quote : 10 The hooter sounds a bit horse and Bike Hospital in Johannesburg would be a good place to go and source a 2nd hand one from.


Ek koop NIKS van daai skelms nie.  Hulle wil altyd retail prys vra vir al hulle ou kak.
Ek koop liewer 'n nuwe een Schalk.

Dis maar hoe ek voel oor hulle.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:08:07 pm
The bridge coming from Bethulie
2nd photo Yours truly
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:10:00 pm
1 st Photo Bushtrotter
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:12:51 pm
Andries and I
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:13:55 pm
All the way from Egypt to Gariep Dam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:15:07 pm
Bushtrotter, Hond se Kierie and Minxy
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:15:51 pm
Gariep Dam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:17:46 pm
Wilddog members camping at Destiny River Lodge
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:19:00 pm
Lone camper, who knows the name.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 03:19:55 pm
Adrian and brother from PE
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 17, 2015, 10:46:42 pm
Quote : 10 The hooter sounds a bit horse and Bike Hospital in Johannesburg would be a good place to go and source a 2nd hand one from.


Ek koop NIKS van daai skelms nie.  Hulle wil altyd retail prys vra vir al hulle ou kak.
Ek koop liewer 'n nuwe een Schalk.

Dis maar hoe ek voel oor hulle.
Ek kom nogal met hulle altyd reg. Dit is seker maar soos in Egipte, jy moet altyd maar so 'n bietjie onderhandel.
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Schalk het jy ooit enige vuurwerke bo in Afrika gesien? Ek het nooit maar ek was nooit bo in Egipte nie.....Ek weet die Arabier lief vuurwerke. In Meeste Afrika lande in my ondervinding is die enigste vuurwerke regte geskiet van weermag of rebelle.

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 19, 2015, 11:24:58 pm
Schalk het jy ooit enige vuurwerke bo in Afrika gesien? Ek het nooit maar ek was nooit bo in Egipte nie.....Ek weet die Arabier lief vuurwerke. In Meeste Afrika lande in my ondervinding is die enigste vuurwerke regte geskiet van weermag of rebelle.

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Hi Tom In Egipte moes ek in 'n konfooi ry ens. maar het nooit vuurwerke gesien nie. In Sudan het hulle my soos 'n koning behandel. Groete
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Post by: Clockwork Orange on December 21, 2015, 12:16:24 pm
Great...no, Brilliant RR Schalk. I love your approach to your trips and your easy going demeanour. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Will your book be available on Amazon? Certainly want to buy a few copies over here on the mud island.

Thanks again.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 21, 2015, 02:06:22 pm
Great...no, Brilliant RR Schalk. I love your approach to your trips and your easy going demeanour. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Will your book be available on Amazon? Certainly want to buy a few copies over here on the mud island.

Thanks again.
Hi Clockwork Orange I am going to market the book myself but I am going to contact Amazon to see if I can market it through them as well. As I understand the way Amazon work is that they get the order in and then the different supplier mail the book direct, in other words they do not keep stock them self. I can also maybe mail it to you direct. Just let me know. I want the book to be out asap. Thanks for the reading.
 
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Post by: Clockwork Orange on December 21, 2015, 03:13:22 pm
Great...no, Brilliant RR Schalk. I love your approach to your trips and your easy going demeanour. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Will your book be available on Amazon? Certainly want to buy a few copies over here on the mud island.

Thanks again.
Hi Clockwork Orange I am going to market the book myself but I am going to contact Amazon to see if I can market it through them as well. As I understand the way Amazon work is that they get the order in and then the different supplier mail the book direct, in other words they do not keep stock them self. I can also maybe mail it to you direct. Just let me know. I want the book to be out asap. Thanks for the reading.
 

As soon as its out there please let me know. My wife will be visiting SA in Feb next year. If any copies are   available at that stage that would be perfect. If not I will make another plan.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 24, 2015, 11:22:54 am
Great...no, Brilliant RR Schalk. I love your approach to your trips and your easy going demeanour. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Will your book be available on Amazon? Certainly want to buy a few copies over here on the mud island.

Thanks again.
Hi Clockwork Orange I am going to market the book myself but I am going to contact Amazon to see if I can market it through them as well. As I understand the way Amazon work is that they get the order in and then the different supplier mail the book direct, in other words they do not keep stock them self. I can also maybe mail it to you direct. Just let me know. I want the book to be out asap. Thanks for the reading.
 

As soon as its out there please let me know. My wife will be visiting SA in Feb next year. If any copies are   available at that stage that would be perfect. If not I will make another plan.
I have family flying to and from London a couple of times a year as well, so we will make a plan to get it to you.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 25, 2015, 12:08:01 pm
No place like home, well said.

 8)
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 27, 2015, 02:10:57 pm
No place like home, well said.

 8)
Yes you must be missing SA over Christmas there on the other side of the world.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 27, 2015, 09:55:40 pm
The rest of the RR with photos to follow soon
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 04:39:44 pm
 Down to the Cape

I left the Wilddog bash the Sunday morning and as I pulled out of the gate of the River Destiny Camp Site my clutch cable broke. It broke in Addis Abeba in Ethiopia before and I fixed it temporary with a Clutch repair kit. So now the same thing happened, the small round end at the end of the cable broke off. I got off the bike to look for the missing part in the sand behind the bike and found it about 10 metre back. It took me about an hour to fix it again as I had to unpack the whole bike first in order to get to the tools.

I was on my way to Mossel Bay to meet up with my wife where we would spend a week together after my long absence from home. At Graaff-Reinet I had a nice steak at the Spur and it was just wow to be back in my own country and have good quality food on the way instead of stopping at Spaza shops. There were other Wilddog members at the Spur as well and after a good lunch and chat I was off again to try and get the 600 km for the day under the belt. I must say these rides felt like breakfast runs after all the distance I have travelled through Africa.

At Willowmore I filled up again and as it started to rain I put my rain suite on. An old guy with a VW Combi came chatting to me after he saw all my memorabilia on the bike and he was highly impressed when he heard of all places I have been to. We left at about the same time on this winding road and boy this old guy in the Combi could motor. I stayed with him and were doing speeds of around 140km-150km an hour and it was only in the mountains of Uniondale that I left him behind as the little 660 was to potent through all the bends. I was really in my element. Unlike Africa there are no animals and people to look out for and no cars coming in your lane from the front. I really felled one with the bike and I also felled so at home, this is my country the most beautiful country in the world. Then it was over the most spectacular Outeniqua Pass with a smooth surface. At times it felled like I was going to touch the luggage bags on the ground.

At George I took a short cut towards George Airport. Just 200 metre before the stop sign my bike gave a jerk and then the bike revved up. I know what that means, a broken chain. I bought the chain in Nairobi and it was not the best of quality as it was stretching all the time and I often had to adjust it along the way. I was busy offloading the bike in order to get to the tools when a car stopped next to me. It was Herman Neethling from Country Trax in George. He insisted to go and fetch a bike trailer and to take my bike to Tergniet near Mosselbay where I was going to spend a week. I on the other hand wanted to fix the bike there next to the road but in the end Herman won. He was back in two ticks and the bike delivered to my doorstep at no cost. I only experienced good will from the people of the Cape where ever I went. I fixed the chain the following day within one hour as I had all the right stuff with me.

The week went flying and we managed to go for lunch with Ian of Great Brak who is also on the forum. We have been communicating for a long time and at last we met up. He was on his way to Namibia on a bike trip and after lunch I join him for about 10 km on the dirt road towards Robinson Pass.

After the week of rest my wife flew back to Johannesburg and I was on my way to meet up with Coxwain and mates on the forum at Cape Agulhas the most southern point in Africa. The road down the N2 at this time of the year was just too beautiful and I took photos of the scenery every now and then even though I have been down this road many times before. As I said before since being back everything looked twice as nice.

At Cape Agulhas Coxwain, Xt Joe and Kawaki and his wife were waiting for me. As they all did over 400km for the day to come and meet me their names definitely will be in my book as well. We took all the necessary photos and then we were off on a gravel road towards Hermanus through a little town called Baardskeerdersbos. At one stage we were stopped by the traffic police to check on our drivers licences. My bikes licence got lost already halfway up towards Cairo and I never replaced it on the bike since then but then the magic happened again and the lady cop never saw that it was missing and we were on our way again. At the turnoff towards Kleinmond  XT Joe decided to go towards Botrivier while the rest of us carried on towards Kleinmond. At Kleinmond we stopped at the restaurant on the beach to have a brunch. The food was good the scenery over the beach was good and the company was good.

From Kleinmond Coxwain and I decided to go over my most favoured road in the world all along the sea to Gordons Bay while Kawaki and his wife decided to take the quicker route over Sir Lowryís Pass. Another road that reminds me of the road passed Rooi Els is the road from San Francisco to Los Angeles over Big Sir. This road has also got the sea on the one side and the mountain next to it but the road is just much higher above the sea. At Gordons Bay we turned up the mountain towards the Steenbras dam with more short little bends in the road also a bikerís paradise.   

That night Coxwain and family and friends spoilt me with a monster homecoming braai and a social and it was so good to be back among my own people again. In attendance from the Wilddogs was Coxwain , XT Joe, Voltaire and Half Job and their families.

NEXT UP CAPE TOWN THE GREAT KAROO AND THEN FINALLY HOME
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 04:53:14 pm
Ian of Great Brak and I meet up at last
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:46:15 pm
Ian and his dad. Father and son.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:48:02 pm
Two Yamahas
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:50:34 pm
Lukas Maree favourite place. AI AI Victoria Baai.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:53:23 pm
Victoria Bay Southern Cape
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:54:50 pm
Tergniet my 2nd home Southern Cape
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:56:45 pm
Southern Cape close to Swellendam
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:58:38 pm
Beautiful Southern Cape.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 05:59:53 pm
Old faithful
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:02:27 pm
As I said before everything looked twice as beautiful than before. Southern Cape
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:05:20 pm
Some more twice as beautiful Southern Cape.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:06:35 pm
Coxwains bike and Mine
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:08:25 pm
Most Southern point of Africa.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:09:46 pm
Yea I made it
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:11:30 pm
XT Joe, Coxwain and I at Cape Agulhas
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:13:30 pm
Coxwain Kawaki and wife and I at Kleinmond
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 29, 2015, 06:15:55 pm
At Steenbras Dam Coxwain and I overlooking Gordons Bay
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 29, 2015, 08:40:31 pm
Wow, Schalk that is a great shot of me and my old man, thanks!

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 30, 2015, 12:33:37 am
Wow, Schalk that is a great shot of me and my old man, thanks!


Hi Ian thanks and I forgot to mention that you paid for brunch. Enjoy and I hope you and your dad will have many good times together still. Kind regards
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Post by: Ventana on December 31, 2015, 09:25:11 am
Hi Schalk - just spent the last three days reading the whole thread.  What an awesome trip!!  One day i hope to have the time/money/guts to follow in your tracks - the scariest part for me is being solo!!  Well done on making it to Egypt and back - although I feel sorry that you weren't able to cross into Europe we need to remind ourselves that these things happen for a reason and that He lines each dark cloud with silver......

I'll definately take a book......looking forward to Part II  :ricky:
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Post by: Skaiidawg on December 31, 2015, 11:57:30 am
Beautiful, many more 1000's of kilometres for you Schalk.

I will take book 0000  or whichever 1 make it to me.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 31, 2015, 12:04:22 pm
Hi Schalk - just spent the last three days reading the whole thread.  What an awesome trip!!  One day i hope to have the time/money/guts to follow in your tracks - the scariest part for me is being solo!!  Well done on making it to Egypt and back - although I feel sorry that you weren't able to cross into Europe we need to remind ourselves that these things happen for a reason and that He lines each dark cloud with silver......

I'll definately take a book......looking forward to Part II  :ricky:
Hi Ventana-Thanks for reading. With hind site I am not sorry that I had to come through Africa again. I saw some more countries and also met some interesting people in those countries. Once you are used to solo it is not so bad. I of cause love the unknown and normally don't even want to know where I am going to sleep for the night, it must be a surprise. Also like you say things happen for a reason and that I experienced many times through out the trip and I am going to elaborate a little more about that in my book. Enjoy.    
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 31, 2015, 12:10:10 pm
Beautiful, many more 1000's of kilometres for you Schalk.

I will take book 0000  or whichever 1 make it to me.
Thanks for kilo's and I also can not wait for it to start again-all the best my friend will let you know when the book is ready.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 31, 2015, 12:18:09 pm
To every one who read my thread over the last seven months I want to say thank you all. It was was the comments that kept me going through Africa and back. Thanks to you all and due to your interest we will hit the 30 000 hits on this thread within a day or so. May you all have a prosperous new year and there are more to come within the next couple of days till the first phase of the trip end in JHB.
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Post by: Tony the Boney on December 31, 2015, 02:36:01 pm
Thanks Schalk, a great 2016 to you too! Reading your thread was an inspiration to all and you were truly living the dream for us all.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on December 31, 2015, 06:16:03 pm
Just want to say as we leave 2015 I miss the Nubian Desert of Sudan. The best to all of you for 2016. May we all travel many more safe kilos in the near future. Thanks for all your support.

                                                               Schalk 
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:48:42 pm
Capetown and the Karoo

The next morning I left Coxwains place and went to meet up with old friends from Johannesburg who now lives in Cape Town.  We met at a coffee shop in Sea Point and we had a nice chat and it was good to see familiar faces again.

From there it was off to beautiful Camps Bay and I was amazed to see they even have dedicated parking for motor cycles there.  After another coffee and a chat there with the people at the table next to me who are currently doing motor cycle training I was off again.  I travelled all along the sea and past Llandudno.  As I came into Houtbay another motor cyclist on a BMW with a lady riding pillion on the back was riding next to me. When he saw all the sticker on the bike he shouted to me that we must go to a coffee shop together.  As I know Houtbay well I pointed to a coffee shop in the harbour. David and his wife were from Johannesburg as well and ware touring Cape Town and back to Johannesburg by bike.  They wanted to hear about my travels through Africa and after a nice chat and coffee we promised to meet up in Johannesburg again.

I was going to sleep at the house of an old friend in Welgelegen  that night.  Eugene van Niekerk and I met in the 1970 at Technicon and from day one we chatted about bikes.  We later travelled all over South Africa together on bikes. He later relocated to the Cape but we always kept contact a friendship that has been going for 45 years now.

When I arrived at Eugene house he had a Suzuki DR 650 ready and we tackled the west coast first to Bloubergstrand for some photos with Table Mountain in the back ground. After that it was off to Melkbosstrand for lunch, then inland a bit on some farm roads which he knew well.  That knight it was out to dinner again to catch up on old times.

The following day the plan was to go to Koedoeskloof Country Lodge just off the R 62 close to Ladismith.  I decided to go over Worcester. At the Huguenot Tunnel I decided to rather take the old and more scenic road over the Du Toitskloof Pass.  Everything was so green and my country was still twice as beautiful as before I left on my Africa trip.  On top of the passes I turned off towards Rowsonville and stopped in front of a shop to buy a cold drink. One of the ďKaapse ManneĒ came to talk to me. Sir he said to me in Afrikaans, ď I donít want to lie but I am really thirstyĒ. Now I know I have been really ďthirstyĒ in my life before as well especially in a Moslem country like Sudan. I gave him R8 and he was off across the road.  He came back with a small bottle of wine.  I could not believe it, he only paid R6 for it. I felt great and at least I helped a fellow citizen out of his misery and the Cape humour was worth more than the small donation.   

Rawsonville was so beautiful I stopped all over next to the road to take photos of the rows of wine lands. Then I was off on to the Route 62 a beautiful road which I never get tired of. At Barrydale I pulled in for breakfast. There are so many coffee stops here it is hard to decide which one is best. Every time I come this way I try a new one. The service was good and the food was good as by now I have worked up a bit of an appetite.

Then it was off to Koedoeskloof a country lodge which belong to Eugene and Debra.  Eugene is also a member of the Wilddog forum.  5Km before Ladismith I turned left and followed the road according to the GPS co-ordinates.  Arriving at Koedoeskloof Country Lodge the place immediately impressed me.  It was neat and the surrounding area was really beautiful. I decided to stay overnight. There were two other bikers there also from the wild dog forum and I hope they forgive me as I forgot their names and I hope they will post their names here on this forum as I would like to make contact with them again.  Eugene and Debra made us a nice dinner that night and the red wine and company was also top class.

NEXT UP-GRAVEL ROAD TO MOSSEL BAY AND ON TO ORANGE ELEPHANT AND OTHER WDíS
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:51:03 pm
Dedicated parking in Camps Bay for bikes. Wow.
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:52:00 pm
Close to Clifton
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:53:07 pm
Hout Bay yea
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:54:30 pm
New friends from JHB that I made in Hout Bay
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:57:17 pm
Table Mountain in the back ground taken from Blouberg Strand. With me my biker buddy of 45 years Eugene van Niekerk
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 03:59:38 pm
Beautiful Du Toitskloof Pass
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 04:01:56 pm
Beautiful Du Toitskloof Pass
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 04:03:51 pm
Beautiful Du Toitskloof Pass
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 05, 2016, 04:04:55 pm
Nice place the Cape is.

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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 04:05:32 pm
Beautiful Du Toitskloof Pass
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 04:07:32 pm
Beautiful Rawsonville
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 04:08:20 pm
Kids of Rawsonville
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Post by: schalk vd merwe on January 05, 2016, 04:09:27 pm