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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: MickeyT on September 14, 2015, 11:33:49 pm

Title: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on September 14, 2015, 11:33:49 pm
"This fucking sand is killing me..."  I was sitting in the shade of a lone doringboom, drenched in sweat and tired to the bone.  In a way I envy Willem that is probably sitting somewhere in Luderitz having a milkshake.  Not any milkshake - a lime milkshake. ‘n Groene.
All this preparation and all the planning coming down to this… a hearty helping of sand – sulke lekker dik losses.
But wait – I’m jumping the gun again.  Let’s go back and start this adventure properly – at the beginning.

I have always had a fascination with Namibia.  The raw beauty of the country that calls every DS rider to come and explore her beauty.  But after my last big trip where I wrote off my BMW 650 GS in Lesotho, I was hesitant in throwing myself into such an adventure again. 
The turning point – the amazing ride reports here by the likes of Die Visarende, ChrisL and MaxThePanda.  I decided to do it – stuff the fear of cocking it up again.  I wanted to go on a photographic trip and had a couple of spots that I wanted to snap and experience:  Sendelingsdrif, Kolmanskop, Dooievlei, Spitzkoppe, Fish River Canyon, and lastly a shot kaalgat on my bike somewhere in Namaqualand, only with my helmet and boots on.
I started doing my homework, and SchalkL’s thread in Planning a Ride, helped me tremendously.  Thereafter ChrisL and Visarend took the time to plot routes (MUCH appreciated!) and I set the date to end of August, early September.  At that stage I was still alone until Chris (Salty) heard of it – immediately he was in.  My other mate and regular riding buddy, Abraham (ABie) got the go-ahead from Swambo, whereafter Kobus (KabousGS) attached himself to our group as well.  Literally a week before we started our trip, Willem (Dredd) decided not to miss out and join up.
This ride report will take time to write, as for me, it is as much part of our trip, as the trip itself.  So please be patient.  This ride report must be for me more of a second go at the trip – remembering the smells, the heat, the cold, the snores… and the taste of ice cold Tafel Lager!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 14, 2015, 11:46:45 pm
Let me introduce the group:
Salty (Chris), riding a pristine KTM 990 Adventure.  By far the most experienced of all of us sods, and also the oke with the technical know-how.  Residing in Simon’s Town, and has been a riding buddy for quite some time.
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Post by: Heimer on September 14, 2015, 11:48:30 pm
Skryf jou luiaard!

Ek lus vir Namibië
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Post by: MickeyT on September 14, 2015, 11:54:37 pm
ABie (Abraham), the hooligan of the group.  Also with the nickname Roadrunner, as he is always in the front and knows only one speed – full throttle.   Engineer by trade and residing in Fish Hoek.  Been friends for years and had quite a view trips with him.  His steed – a KTM 990 Adventure.
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 12:02:45 am
KabousGS (Kobus), aka moangat, was the guy making sure we get to the next point in time… Well, most of the time.  CA with his practice based in Dieprivier and staying in Noordhoek, he came riding in on the warthog (more about this troetelnaampie later) – a BMW 800 GS.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 12:09:25 am
Dredd (Willem), the sand-bitch is the senior magistrate in Simon’s Town and staying in Scarborough.  He came waltzing in on his Suzuki DR 650.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 12:17:01 am
And finally me, plodding along on my BMW 1200 GS.
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Post by: subie on September 15, 2015, 04:03:48 am
Eagerly awaiting the rest  :thumleft:
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Post by: Pilchie on September 15, 2015, 06:08:52 am
Sub
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Post by: Eddie L on September 15, 2015, 06:45:20 am
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Post by: Ginger Bread Man on September 15, 2015, 07:10:08 am
 :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1: :happy1:

i have a feeling this is going to be good!
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 15, 2015, 07:13:35 am
Nou wat nou?    :peepwall: 


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Post by: 1ougat on September 15, 2015, 07:14:59 am
 :sip:
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Post by: punisher on September 15, 2015, 07:47:23 am
 O0
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Post by: subie on September 15, 2015, 07:51:32 am
Ag hel! Oumense vat altyd so lank met n RR  :xxbah:

 :spitcoffee:
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Post by: silvrav on September 15, 2015, 07:58:17 am
 :laughing4:
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Post by: chicco on September 15, 2015, 08:07:57 am
 :sip:
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Post by: Amsterdam on September 15, 2015, 08:24:03 am
The start is grand!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 08:27:53 am
 :lol8:  My next installment will follow tonight!  :peepwall:
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Post by: edgy on September 15, 2015, 08:28:15 am
Looks good so far! :thumleft:
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Post by: Matewis on September 15, 2015, 08:28:46 am
 ::) :sip:
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Post by: Rooikoos on September 15, 2015, 08:34:25 am
 :thumleft: :sip:
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Post by: Noneking on September 15, 2015, 08:38:10 am
Wow sover!! :thumleft:
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Post by: Malibu on September 15, 2015, 08:41:02 am
Yes!  :)
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 15, 2015, 09:12:54 am
These RR's sometimes does more bad then good. One wishes to be out there again although you have been there not long ago.

You may proceed mlord. ;) :thumleft:
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Post by: Kabous GS on September 15, 2015, 09:48:11 am
Mickey, jy vat net so lank soos jy om jou tent en stront in die oggende op te pak !

Ons is nou al n week terug, kry jou gat in rat!

 
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 10:02:25 am
Mickey, jy vat net so lank soos jy om jou tent en stront in die oggende op te pak !

Ons is nou al n week terug, kry jou gat in rat!

 

Hey!  Ek wag nog vir jou foto's en ride report insette!  En het jy nie n KTM Manual om te gaan deurblaai nie??  :peepwall:
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Post by: JJ259 on September 15, 2015, 10:07:40 am
Mickey luister asb vir Kabous.  :sip: Ons wag in spanning.
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Post by: Doringboom on September 15, 2015, 10:11:38 am
Ag hel! Oumense vat altyd so lank met n RR  :xxbah:

Ha-ha-ha :laughing4:

Ek dink die here sluit intussen eers 'n onderlinge ooreenkoms om nie mekaar van naamskending te beskuldig na hierdie RR nie.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 15, 2015, 10:41:44 am
Yep, just what I needed for Oct.

 8)
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Post by: Herklaas on September 15, 2015, 10:57:38 am
 :sip:  :spitcoffee:  :deal:  :clock:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 12:26:29 pm
The first subtle suggestion came from Salty – always the tactful one:  “So, are you set on Namibia?”  Yes, I was.  “Well, then let’s start cracking!”  We all decided pretty early on that Spitzkoppe is out of the question in the time we had.  Although quite a let-down, we focused our attention on the rest of Southern Namibia – sort of “The Dummies Guide to Southern Namibia by dirt”. 
Between KabousGS and Salty, they managed to come up with some nice routes on paper.  Salty worked out a daily sheet of distance per day (gravel and the odd tar), camping spots, costs of park fees availability of fuel and stuff to see, which proved to be very useful.  Although the routes were chopped and changed the whole time, the main attractions of my initial request remained the same.

It was decided that Kobus’ bike trailer would be upgraded to carry the weight of 4 big bikes (At that stage Willem was not part of the group) and that we will leave the Saturday morning 29 August 05:00 from Fish Hoek, shoot through to Springbok, park the Fortuner and trailer. Jump on the bikes and do the 300-odd km to Norashama via Eksteensfontein and Sendelingsdrif.  Easy as pie!
We got together a month or so beforehand to sort out who takes what where Kobus suggested another route on Google Earth that looks like a river bed to Sendelingsdrif.  We decided to see how it looks like on the day.
Two weeks to D-Day, we took our bikes to Kobus to see how well the upgraded trailer will do.  Well – that was the idea.  With the first two bikes on, we all had a moment of silence – no one wanted to state the obvious:  There was no way in hell that 4 big ds bikes will be able to fit on that trailer.  Not even Kobus was able to make them fit – and he’s got some unorthodox persuasion tactics!  We decided to see if we can rent a 4 bike trailer somewhere, otherwise we will have to ride one of the bikes down. 
At that stage the early morning 600km drive to Springbok, followed by a 350km ride on unknown gravel started to look like a kuk idea.  Even to me – the optimistic one with the nice broad 1200 seat and windscreen that blocked all the wind.

Meanwhile, I took my trusty steed in for a pre-trip service, and upon collection I noticed a sputter on hard acceleration.  “Shit, not now!”  My first thought was ChrisL’s advice that the 1200 does not like a wash without a trip around the block.  So took her back the next morning, just, upon collection, to be told they have tested EVERYTHING. Not coils, not plugs, not injectors, not computer.  Might be dirty fuel or fuel pump, but they had not got to that yet.
I started my internet search in all earnest, starting with a thread here on WD.  One thing kept popping up – plugs.  No look – I hate it when someone steps into my chambers and tell me they Googled their problem, and that somewhere in a one-horse town in Australia a certain legal principle is followed that is the same as theirs.  It pisses me off in 5 seconds flat.  So on my return to the workshop I asked the owner to please just entertain me and replace the plugs – even if they seemed fine.  Well, long story short – the culprits were the plugs!  I swear I could’ve French-kissed him right there. True-njannies!
I ordered a long-sleeve shirt and a bandanna for each of us with our forum name and emblem on, which turned out to be very useful!   We couldn’t find a 4 bike trailer, so Abe proposed we leave the Friday after work for Springbok, sleep over and then tackle the dirt roads.  Immediately accepted by all.  Me and Chris will try and leave by 13:00 by bikes, while Abe and Kobus will sit back in the comfy leather of the Fortuner.

At this stage Willem decided to change his leave to join us, but he wanted to do it with a twist – he will leave on the Thursday to get some other gravel roads in, and then meet up with us. 

We couldn’t wait for this to start – not only for the obvious reason, but the longer we wait, the more “stuff we REALLY need on the trip” we bought.  Kobus took his 800 to SuperFoxi for progressive springs and a washable air filter, I took my bike to SuperFoxi for a progressive spring in front and a more robust one for the back, ordered a new set of Kenda Big Blocks from ChrisL (together with a Leatt 5.5 ballistic jacket) and a Sena 20S dual set. (my previous one I forgot in my pants’ pocket, so Swambo washed it… moertoe).  Abe and Chris also took their bikes to SuperFoxi for tyres and service.
We were ready.
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Post by: Man from Nam on September 15, 2015, 12:54:23 pm
 :sip: :happy1:
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Post by: lj111 on September 15, 2015, 01:04:36 pm
Lekker man!!
Ek kanie genoeg van Namibia kry nie :drif:
Sien ook baie uit na jou fotos :thumleft:
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Post by: cocky on September 15, 2015, 01:10:37 pm
Waar die muffins boeta?
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Post by: Fred4stroke on September 15, 2015, 01:48:06 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: Sputnik080 on September 15, 2015, 01:51:39 pm
Awesome!

Enjoying this one!
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on September 15, 2015, 01:51:48 pm
 :sip:
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Post by: ROOI on September 15, 2015, 02:01:50 pm
 :happy1:
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Post by: Klein Torkar on September 15, 2015, 07:41:37 pm
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Post by: Salty on September 15, 2015, 07:48:50 pm
Flattery before the fall Mick?

Report looking good, I too am intrigued as to what is in your report!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 09:45:58 pm
That Thursday morning we got the text to say Willem is on his way.  It took him almost half a day to get out of Fish Hoek, but at least he got to a start.  Here he will have to add his pre-Nam ride report.  All I know is that he got to see some awesome flowers and ate a lot of pancakes.  He did, however, gave me his photos to edit and post here...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 09:48:57 pm
And some more of his shots
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 09:52:07 pm
...and some more
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 09:55:14 pm
And just to be sure, another dollop of shots
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Post by: ABie on September 15, 2015, 10:21:52 pm
Looking at Willem's pics that looks like a nice route to follow next time we go in that direction again.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 10:27:34 pm
Looking at Willem's pics that looks like a nice route to follow next time we go in that direction again.

Exactly my thoughts...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 10:27:59 pm
That Thursday evening the rest of us got together at Kobus’ house to load the bikes and drop off our panniers and luggage.  A couple of weeks earlier my luggage weighed in at just over 30 kg.  I know I added something here and there extra, so just for the fun of it, I weighed in again… Scheize! Just over 50 kg WITHOUT my tankbag containing my big camera, wide angle lens, GoPros and Mik-en-druk.  Obviously WAAAAYYYY too many underwear!   I decided to worry about that later and dropped my stuff off.

That Friday, 28 August was the longest day of my life at work.  I made sure I had no trials running for that day, but you never know what happens.  Eventually at 13:00 got the nod to go – must add, that it did help to spend the last hour in my riding clothes in chambers…
Met up with Chris at KTM Cape Town for some last-minute spares (you never know with a KTM, right?) and hit the N7. Cold. Bloody froze our arses off.  Kobus and Abe got to leave 30 min before us.  Eventually we had to ride the last 40-odd km to Springbok in complete darkness.

After getting lost in the huge city of Springbok, we met up with Willem, Kobus and Abe at a local grill for a first of many a beer... and a lime milkshake. We tried to make Willem aware of the fact that any milkshake will not go off well in a biker ride report later, but he would not budge...  We pestered hip to such an extent that he complained to our waitress – looking for a sympathetic ear… Ha! Her reply was priceless: “Kan ek vir jou n tissue bring?” We hosed ourselves!
We fine-tuned our route for the next day and hit the sack - a family room for four... I will leave it there. It was not pretty...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 10:36:58 pm
Shot of our loading and Springbok
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 10:39:11 pm
Another couple
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 10:45:00 pm
Once back at the guest house, I decided to go through my luggage and chuck out unnecessary stuff.  Of course the others saw what I packed in and let me have it... Eventually I parted with a mega pack of cable ties, a ski rope, sun block, slime and some clothing.  I refused to leave behind my lead and multi plug... that was the lifeline of all my toys, demmit! 
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 15, 2015, 11:01:43 pm
 :happy1:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 15, 2015, 11:38:13 pm
The official Day 1

Saturday morning we are all up and complaining “about the beds that kept everyone awake”… Later on in the trip my and Abe’s snoring will get the blame, but I’ll get to that at some other time.
While getting ready to hit the road me and Chris were being informed that the previous afternoon Kobus and Abe also got lost and eventually got help from some men in blue uniform in their van. Oh, ja – and some directions were given from the detainees in the back of the van as well.

We set off to the Wimpy for a nice breakfast and then to a Checkers for some meat for the night. We dropped our trailer and Fortuner at a farm just outside Springbok, and fueled at Steinkopf. Here, I think we lost valuable time that would later come back and bite us…
At the turn-off to Eksteensfontein, we stopped to take the necessary group photo. At that stage everyone was still in high spiritn ot complaining at my requests to pose.  We got back on the bikes and hit our first gravel road.  Man, I'm telling you - I was living the life!  Fresh air, on the back of a bike, gravel road crunching beneath the tyres and absolutely no worries, when all of a sudden we hit a patch of red sand.  Fooooook me!  Nothing to bring you back to reality like a GS throwing her head and looking for a spot to make you eat dirt.  And that not even a kilometer after we started our first gravel! The bite marks on my saddle is still present as a reminder…

Just outside Eksteensfontein 3 young drunken lads tried to get me off my bike, but after applying BMW’s training motto – Stand up, Look up and Open up – they realized that the might lose that game of chicken.

The next stretch of road can only be described as AWESOME! Tweespoor on some stretches through mountain, deep sand with a couple of rocks and acres of flowers. It is indeed here on one of the (thick) sandy patches that Kobus’ 800 decided to act like a warthog with a back itch and pinned him beneath the bike. Not 15 meters back, Willem also built some sand castles.  Mens sou sweer ons speel nie genoeg op die strand as mens na hulle gekyk het nie! It is here that I got my first scolding – apparently it is frowned upon to turn back to your bike on its side stand to go and fetch your camera and ask the rider to “hold that pose” before assisting them to get the bike up on the rubber side. Who would have thought… It is also here that Kobus found out that an ipad does not like to be the piece of equipment to break one’s fall. Apparently it is in two pieces – I never saw it, and is also one of those things that you are not allowed to talk about afterwards…

About 20 km on, Chris got his first chance to try out all his up-to-then-unused tyre levers. He also found out that to distribute all the equipment between all his bags and beneath his seat to even out the weight, was not so practical. Willem was in his element, as he was able to contribute patch and solution. And 50 million valves, which rained down on the operating work bench/groundsheet in his eagerness to show us the box he had it in. More about that oops later.
Obviously Kobus and Abe did not witness the papwiel/snakebite, so was nowhere to be seen. I was a help too – something like a human paperweight to keep the back wheel of the bike on the ground and talk kuk while Chris was eaten alive by steekvlieë (have absolutely no idea what it is in Ingils). And later taking pics of flowers – my models were starting to get pissed off with my proposed poses. After an hour and a bit we were braaping away just to find our other two comrades having a nap in the shade of their bikes. That was wrong, man!  Redelik ongevoelig van hulle het ek gereken.

We turned off to Sendelingsdrift and hit THAT road… The one with the lots of sand and tourists in lanie 4x4s. Here Chris got his second go at repairing that snakebite and I got to do what I do best – being that human paperweight.
Then I got my next scolding – again documenting Kobus’ warthog doing its liking for sand on its back. At least this time I did try and help afterwards… with one hand – the other was still holding the camera.

So we were a tad late for the border, but we did try and lighten my load some more by almost polishing my Spiced Gold at the camp.

Oh ja – things happen in threes, né? As Chris was pitching his tent, his tent pole broke… It was not Chris’ day.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:00:52 am
And the gravel start! 
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:05:31 am
Eksteensfontein
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:06:51 am
Just after Eksteensfontein
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:13:26 am
The first tumble...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:17:11 am
Some more
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:21:06 am
Chris' first flat...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:26:14 am
"Waiting" for us in the shade of the bike and the second flat with me doing what I do best - being the human paper weight.  Kobus' second "fall-over" (can you see my eyes rolling?)
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 12:37:18 am
Willem captured this pole in the road at Eksteensfontein... and at last at Sendelingsdrift...
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Post by: Rotten on September 16, 2015, 04:01:27 am
Willem captured this pole in the road at Eksteensfontein... and at last at Sendelingsdrift...
This is so lekker !
Eksteensfontein


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Post by: subie on September 16, 2015, 04:04:23 am
Fantastic RR,beautifull pics and a great adventure  :thumleft:
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Post by: subie on September 16, 2015, 04:09:11 am
Ek ry self bietjie sanderige paaie partykeer maar die tiepe sand
tweespoor is net toss om te ry vir my  :xxbah:
Kyk net die eerste pic hier. Net genoeg sand om jou te laat wobble vir die hard val daar voor in die klippe  :eek7:
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Post by: Sputnik080 on September 16, 2015, 08:37:41 am
What a ride.
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Post by: pietas on September 16, 2015, 10:10:52 am
Lekker trippie. It looks like fun
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Post by: ALLEN I on September 16, 2015, 01:30:55 pm
Nice trip ous "gooi nog" (Just in time to want to make me leave a bit earlier than planned)  :biggrin:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:17:58 pm
Day 2

The first thing that next morning that shot through my mind was "Shit... This self-inflating mattress-thingy is not your average Sealy Posturepedic!" And then I heard Kobus complain about some snorers that surrounded him in stereo. I must admit - I heard nothing.  Not even the rain the previous night.

The group of old geezers also came in the morning again for breakfast in their very lanie 4x4s and the tour leader came over to tell us we can have some yoghurt and fruit if we'd like.
While packing up, I battled to get my tent back in its box, so was not appreciating the point-and-laughs from my buddies. According to them they cannot believe I actually brought the tent still in its box...

As it goes, Kobus was first out of the blocks to go to the border post, and came back with a glum expression - the police sergeant was very on-the-ball and checked EVERYTHING. Luckily for Kobus, he does not have boobs, otherwise he would have had to give his bra-size...

Just before we left, one of the campers ran over with a bottle of OBS and a couple of tot glasses - Give that man a Bells!!!  

Fekkit - Kobus did not exaggerate - the officer checked everything, and wanted to see everything. Registration papers, the works. It was at that stage that Abe gave a very femine high-pitched yelp (together with the hand in front of the mouth-thingy) - Somewhere along the route his license disc fell off. The man of the law just made "Tsk, tsk... Sêr, eish... I think you hêf a problêm..." We all could see Abe was in a spot of trouble - his Nam trip on the brink of not lifting off. I wanted to ask him if I could leave some of my stuff behind with him, but decided that my timing might be a tad off...

Luckily, after phoning everyone on his list of numbers, and after no one knew what to do with the poor KTM rider, he made Abe sign in his warning book.
At last we could proceed to cross the river. In the rain nogals! With a very gatvol Kobus waiting on the other side.
The Nam officials also wanted to know pretty much everything, so eventually we rode off after 11:15, heading to Rosh Pinah.

A couple of km out of Rosh Pinah, we made a right turn onto the D727 - what an amazing piece of dirt road! It was here, on one of the sandy patches that I saw some of my mates standing next to the road - all looking my way quite intently... Then all of the sudden my 1200 started thrashing her head around, and my arse took another bite out of my saddle - sand. And thick loose ones (made me think of Varsity sokkie-nights and some of the girls standing against the wall... But that is a story I am not going to repeat here. Or anywhere for that matter. What goes on varsity stays at varsity...)  :patch:
But Stand-up, Look-up and Open-up worked and saved my ego. So I joined the group of now-less cheery mates and waited for Willem. We had to warn him too about that thick, loose one (I will never look at a patch sand the same again... :patch: ) Obviously I had my camera ready as I saw the dust cloud approaching.
"Gaan hy dit maak?" Someone dryly asked. "Don't know, but I think we're in for a spot of entertainment!"
Willem looked like he owned that dirt road. Like a king... Broad shouldered and chin up.  All that was needed in this picture was a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth.  Until his VERY warn front wheel kissed that sand. Ohhhh boy - now THAT was fun to watch! I've never seen someone almost moering neer so many times and saving it as many of times in a couple of seconds. Just look at the photos - one can actually FEEL his stress. And it is the first time I saw someone use ALL of the road... a couple of times.
When he came to a stop, his first words were "Jis, maar julle is n klomp drolle! Hoekom waarsku julle my nie!!?" He did not fall. How, we don't know, but he did not fall.

At Aus we refueled and decided to have a quick drink to settle the nerves, so of course Willem had his lime milkshake again. Our reputation as rof en onbeskof was busy sliding down a dune. We might as well take out our moonbags with our lip-gloss and strap it on.

We pushed through to Luderitz on tar and I got to take a couple of nice shots along the way of the (not so) wild horses of Aus and some Gemsbok. I told Chris in our intercom that I am turning off to an old empty building next to the railway lines - what a sight!
Just before Luderitz I heard Chris on the coms "Sand, sand, SAND!!!" His voice indicated a subtle tone of stress and urgency and I remember I found it quite amusing, as we were on tar.  Then I saw it too. Thick and loose - just the way I like her... I mean it,... like IT, Dammit!  The wind had blown it on a bend across the road, and if you hit that patch while leaning into the turn, you might find yourself in a spot of trouble.

At last we arrived at Luderitz and parked our bikes in front of your booked family room for five.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:23:45 pm
The day's shots:
1. The day's route
2. Me and my tent and my box
3. Record shot!
4. All aboard!
5. Moangat on the other side waiting
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:29:26 pm
1. Nam side
2. On the way to Rosh Pinah
3. Some Kokerboom on the D727
4. B & W Kokerboom (wish I had more time to capture this one better!)
5. Willem waiting for me while I get a shot or two
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:36:09 pm
1. Willem and Chris still feeling very Olympic while they wait for me to finish taking a couple of shots
2. Where the D727 and d446 meet
3. These two actually did NOT take a dump together - although at that stage I was not so sure
4 & 5. Nice spot to take a breather
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:39:19 pm
1.  The Sand bitch
2. Knorgat
3. & 4. some of the scapes
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:43:47 pm
How Willem was knighted The Honourable Sand Bitch...  Please note the optimal use of the WHOLE road!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:47:52 pm
Having a toot in Aus on surviving the sand monster...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:52:34 pm
1. Church on the outskirt of Aus
2. Wild horses of Aus
3. Gemsbok
4. Some more horses
5. Spookhuisie next to the railway line on the way to Luderitz
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:55:05 pm
On the way to Luderitz
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Post by: MickeyT on September 16, 2015, 11:57:34 pm
Luderitz!
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Post by: NoRush on September 17, 2015, 12:56:48 am
That looks like an awesome trip. Het nou so lekker saam gelag. great RR  :thumleft:
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Post by: subie on September 17, 2015, 03:46:07 am
Def one of the better RR's  :thumleft:
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Post by: Noneking on September 17, 2015, 06:50:37 am
Enjoying this! :ricky:
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 17, 2015, 08:48:08 am
Mooi man.   :thumleft: 
Ek sien julle het in dieselfde backpackers gebly waar ek en vroulief in gebly het so paar maande terug.   Dis nou nie 5 ster nie, maar vir die prys is die plek heel skaflik.   :deal:   
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Post by: ALLEN I on September 17, 2015, 09:07:45 am
Dam this is nice, Ridind a bit of the same route that you ous rode so yes now my ass is like "jukking" to go. " Gooi Nog"   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 17, 2015, 10:09:48 am
Mooi man.   :thumleft: 
Ek sien julle het in dieselfde backpackers gebly waar ek en vroulief in gebly het so paar maande terug.   Dis nou nie 5 ster nie, maar vir die prys is die plek heel skaflik.   :deal:   

Hulle pryse was bleddie goed!  SOMMIGE mense het net bietjie gemoan as ek en ABie ons grassnyers gestart het deur die nag met n effense snorkie.  Ek blameer die sinuses van al die stof!
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 17, 2015, 11:00:19 am
Willem se parade boots doen darem n twostep op daai sandjies. ;)
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Post by: MickeyT on September 17, 2015, 11:07:07 am
Willem se parade boots doen darem n twostep op daai sandjies. ;)

 :imaposer: En dit na hy hulle so mooi Dubin gesmeer het voor die tyd!
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Post by: FrankyB on September 18, 2015, 04:09:29 pm
Is dit nou al? i am waiting in suspense for the next installment.
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Post by: Klein Torkar on September 20, 2015, 01:12:30 pm
Ry baie lekker saam.
Maar wil graag weet dit al is wat Willem julle laat hoor het?"When he came to a stop, his first words were ""Jis, maar julle is n klomp drolle! Hoekom waarsku julle my nie!!?""
Namibia is on my bucket list. Have been impatient to get there. But your RR have made me realize that I need to be in the right place in my life to make it the trip I want it to be.
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Post by: Draadwerk on September 20, 2015, 02:12:33 pm
👀
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Post by: Jondu on September 20, 2015, 07:20:43 pm
bookmark
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Post by: Dik Geluk on September 21, 2015, 08:53:39 am
El laaik ...
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 09:54:06 am
Sorry ouens - die Canola Run was hierdie naweek, so het nie by die RR uitgekom nie, en het n uitspraak wat ek moet uitfigure - sal die volgende dag (Day 3) so gou moontlik post.
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Post by: Kabous GS on September 21, 2015, 02:38:50 pm

As dit jou so lank vat om die uitspraak uit te figure soos dit jou vat om op te pak in die oggend gaan dit nog laaaank vat !
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 21, 2015, 02:47:43 pm
en het n uitspraak wat ek moet uitfigure


Gooi die feite, ons maak gougou n ruling :deal: ;)
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 02:51:18 pm

As dit jou so lank vat om die uitspraak uit te figure soos dit jou vat om op te pak in die oggend gaan dit nog laaaank vat !


Gaan soek n sandkolletjie vir daai 800 se rug van jou!   :ricky: :lol8:
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Post by: King Louis on September 21, 2015, 03:22:06 pm
Lekker, keep it coming, thanks for sharing... :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: Rokie on September 21, 2015, 04:40:48 pm
 :happy1: keep it coming
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Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on September 21, 2015, 04:58:02 pm
Loving this  :sip:
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Post by: Jacobsroodt on September 21, 2015, 05:42:56 pm
 :sip:!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:24:14 pm
Day 3

We woke up that morning without knowing that Day 3 would be the mother of all days… No, let me rephrase – the overweight-GRANDMOTHER-with-the-crooked-nose-and-missing-teeth, of all days.  It was not the wake-up call you get in a fancy hotel, or even at home.  I expected at least a cup of coffee, but noooooo – me and Abe got kakked out early about our snoring.  Again.  And then a whole bloody discussion and in-depth analysis followed by Willem summing it up:  “Ek is nie geworried oor Abraham nie – hy het n reëlmatige diep snork.  Jy weet, soos in:  (there he gave an example that only made sense to him and resembled someone that is trying to pry loose a booger that’s stuck to the back of your throat)  Maar Mickey het my geworry – hy verander die heel tyd van hierdie soprano high-pitch na ‘n sort-van alto snork.  Wag, luister self: (at this point he actually produced his iphone and promptly plaid a clip of someone snoring.  He said it was me… I’m not convinced, as that bloke featuring has a problem for sure…)
The plan for the day was simple – get some meat for two nights, buy a Kolmanskop pass, take a couple of snaps threre, and then head for Sesriem.  Easy as pie.  And although the total kms would be 465km, the first stretch would be tar to Aus, so how difficult could it be?  Ha!

Let me just say – if you want to buy meat in Luderitz, don’t go anywhere else than OK Food.  The steaks and chops were fantastic!  At the Tourist Info we got ourselves a pass for Kolmanskop, and then we were off.  Not in a great hurry.  (Although Kobus did try to get us into some sort of 2nd gear, but we learnt quite early to just brush off his usual comment of “Kry nou julle gate in rat!”

Kolmanskop was more than I expected, much, much more.  It is a tog’s dream.  I hoped for unpolluted rooms of sand, and although we were the first group in, we got a windless day.  So the previous day’s footprints were all over, but it did not take away the wow-factor.  I walked around like a kid in a sweets factory.  (Although a comment was made that cannot be repeated here, as it refers to me and a piece of wood in one dry sentence)
I did not even get to half of Kolmanskop, when we decided that we had to push on.  More or less then Abe came up and told me that I HAVE to go and take a shot in the hospital.  Before Kobus could realize what I was up to, I threw my tripod over my shoulder and ran to the hospital wing.  I must have looked quite the sight in motocross boots, and I will not recommend running in them again, as it leads to immediate blisters.  But fekkit… I could have spent two hours there alone!  (Thanks for the heads-up Abe!)

The first couple of shots were taken with the mik and druk, and came from everyone’s cameras, and the last lot is the edited shots that I took with my camera gear that made up a third of the weight in my panniers.

Part 2 to follow…
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:29:49 pm
1. Our day's route;
2-5.  Luderitz
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:34:14 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:38:14 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:40:59 pm
Kollmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:44:48 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:47:53 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:50:33 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:53:29 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:56:29 pm
Kolmanskop
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Post by: MickeyT on September 21, 2015, 11:59:18 pm
Kolmanskop final

1.  This shot will not be everybody's cup of tea.  I edited it with lots of contrast and structure to try and get rid of the footprints, but also to try and show off the woodwork.
The last two shots was taken in the hospital wing.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 22, 2015, 01:23:38 am
Those are some really nice photos! Love Kolmanskop. If any of you ever get the chance (and permit) to go to Elizabeth bay, you must do it. Photographer's paradise.

But I digress.

I'm really enjoying your report, keep it coming.  :ricky: :thumleft:


Looking at Willem's pics that looks like a nice route to follow next time we go in that direction again.

Welcome to the forum! :thumleft:

If you or Kabous GS or Willem or SOMEONE can post that soundclip of Mickey's snoring, we could all give you our opinions as well?! :laughing7:




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Post by: subie on September 22, 2015, 04:21:28 am
Fantastiese fotos  :thumleft:
Mens moet eintlik alleen op so n plek kan rond dwaal en die vergane "human drama" probeer indink.
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Post by: Pilchie on September 22, 2015, 06:10:57 am
Beautiful pics and loving the report
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Post by: MickeyT on September 22, 2015, 09:04:55 am
Fantastiese fotos  :thumleft:
Mens moet eintlik alleen op so n plek kan rond dwaal en die vergane "human drama" probeer indink.

Defnitief.  As ek weer dié roete doen, sal ek twee aande in Luderitz en net een aand in Ai-Ais oorslaap.  Daar is soveel gedeeltes van Kolmanskop wat ek nie gesien het nie, en soos jy sê - mens moet daar ronddwaal om die ware atmosfeer van die plek in te drink.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 22, 2015, 09:17:50 am
Ry baie lekker saam.
Maar wil graag weet dit al is wat Willem julle laat hoor het?"When he came to a stop, his first words were ""Jis, maar julle is n klomp drolle! Hoekom waarsku julle my nie!!?""
Namibia is on my bucket list. Have been impatient to get there. But your RR have made me realize that I need to be in the right place in my life to make it the trip I want it to be.

 :lol8:  Die man was te moeg om ons verder uit te trap!  En ons het hom Baie gepaai met hoe goed hy die amper-valle gesave het. 

Nam was on my bucket list, and I will return... it is a MUST-GO!
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 22, 2015, 09:30:14 am
At the Tourist Info we got ourselves a pass for Kolmanskop

So you went in on your own? No tour with guide?
Last time we were there we were not allowed in by ourselves because people were vandalizing the place. Had to use one of the two tours given per day. Have to add this was in 2004.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 22, 2015, 09:39:52 am
At the Tourist Info we got ourselves a pass for Kolmanskop

So you went in on your own? No tour with guide?
Last time we were there we were not allowed in by ourselves because people were vandalizing the place. Had to use one of the two tours given per day. Have to add this was in 2004.

No, we could go in by ourselves.  We must have looked like we were gentlemen with high moral standards...  :ricky:
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Post by: Jors Troelie on September 22, 2015, 12:24:15 pm
At the Tourist Info we got ourselves a pass for Kolmanskop

So you went in on your own? No tour with guide?
Last time we were there we were not allowed in by ourselves because people were vandalizing the place. Had to use one of the two tours given per day. Have to add this was in 2004.

No, we could go in by ourselves.  We must have looked like we were gentlemen with high moral standards...  :ricky:

Well argued M'Lord. Nice RR so far, keep it coming. :thumleft:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 22, 2015, 11:27:13 pm
Day 3 part 2…

So when I eventually met up with the other guys it was just past 11 and some of them had lekker skoonma-dunlippie-sindroom.   Here Willem bode us farewell and promised to meet up with us at either Canyon Roadhouse or Ai-Ais.

Now most of you most probably wondered by now where the “pissing on sand” in my title fit in…  See, Abe is a good buddy, but he is like a Jack Russel – not the aggressive energizer-bunny type, but the pissing-on-everything-that-stands-still-type.  He really did his best on relieving the drought in Namibia – such a caring bloke, that one…  I could produce a whole album only on Abe watering from Namaqua pretty flowers, to Abe filling the Fish River Canyon to Abe trying to resuscitate Dead vlei and Abe pissing on the very sand that caused us to use profanities suitable in a taxi in the Cape Flats.  Fekkit – I have the best scenic shots with Abe having the expression of a boerboel in long grass.  But Kobus sat me down like a principal would do to a Ginger with a frog in its pocket.  “Hou nou asseblief die foto’s wat nie geskik is vir n familie nie, uit enige soort ride report.”  I must admit, I felt taken aback a bit – how can he even THINK that I will post the pics I had of us sharing our tents and showers with that group of female beautician students who ran out of money (and clothes)??
Tsk, tsk…  Deeply hurt.  Ek het ook n hart!

But I digress.

I promised them all that I will not stop to take a photo of any wild horses on our way back to Aus.  Although Salty did point out a couple of horses near the road, I kept my promise.
We filled up in Aus and took the C13 to Helmeringshausen, and within 5km got our first sandy patch.  Here all of us had near-offs, but the road was the most part very nice with only the odd sandy patch in the dips and (strangely) between the mountains.  On a bad patch of corrugated road here, I had the only breakdown on my 1200 the whole trip – the bloody screw that you use to adjust your screen, vibrated loose and fell out somewhere.  Nothing that a piece of Kobus’ washing line and later a cable tie could not fix though.
We filled up at Helmeringshausen, turned back for a couple of km and then turned into our nightmare. 

The C27 to Betta.  It started off ok – here and there a patch of sand and rocky bits.  After a couple of km Salty had his steed on the centre stand with yet another flat front wheel.  At that stage my riding buddy was pissed-off to say the least.  I assumed my customary position as human paperweight, keeping the front light, while he and Kobus got the wheel and tyre off.
While examining the tube, Salty showed us a snakebite with a twist – it strangely resembled the imprint of a valve… I kid you not.  Chris fished in the tyre and low and behold – produced one of Willem’s valves that he by accident dropped in the tyre on the first day.  The best is – Chris made sure there was nothing in that day… Twice!

Slowly but surely the sandy patches became more, became softer and lasted longer.  And so did Salty’s comms over the Sena too become more frequent: “Fooking sand again!”
Stand up, look up, open up.  That works for sand, and it works well.  BUT if the sandy patch lasts longer than a km in length, you have to open up a bit more every few meters to get the front nice and light, and then open up a tad more after another couple of meters… until you realise that if the GS decided to chuck you off now, it can be a bit worse than just toppling over.  And bloody hell – WHY do people in bakkies not ride in a straight line in sand?  Jy kry net jou dooierse voorwiel soortvan in toom dan donner die spoor wat jy gevat het na die ander kant van die pad, en begin die GS weer haar kop nukkerig rondpluk!
Every couple of meters you can see the S-shape track one of the other bikes left and you knew THAT one was close!

It was also here that Chris and I stopped to have a breather.  We were fooked.  I have never been so tired in my life before.  (Hats off to the Amageza guys and gals!)
Eventually we got to Betta where Abe and Kobus was waiting.  At this stage while we refuelled, I made the suggestion that we stay over in Betta and tackle the 140km to Sesriem the next morning.  It was late afternoon and we were pretty much drained of all adrenaline.  After speaking to one of the owners there, Kobus came back and told us that she said the road was much better to Sesriem, so we decided to push through.  Min het ons geweet…

The scenery was breathtaking in the golden hour.  I would’ve given my left nut to stop and take decent images, but we had to braap on.  My choice on taking my mx helmet instead of the Airoh paid off.  The mx helmet has a long peak, and we were heading straight into the setting sun.  Every 50-odd km we stopped to recuperate, but we were racing the sinking sun, and lost.  The last 50 km we rode in complete darkness. 
What is kakker than riding a bike in the dark?  Riding a bike in the dark on gravel.  And even kakker than that?  Riding a bike in the dark, on gravel and crossing huge sandy middelmannetjies.  All of us had a couple of close calls.

We arrived at Oasis camp site just after they closed the shop, but Kobus persuaded the to open up again so we could buy fire wood, milk and Coke… for the mix.
And yet, Murphy would not leave us alone.  As we parked our bikes and got out our glasses and Kobus’ 10 year old KWV brandy, two American laaities came strolling over.
Kobus pouring a stiff brandy for each of us as we see them approaching
Laaities:  “So how long are you here for?”  (Hands in the pocket and that kakish new type of cap on skew.)
Kobus:  “Two nights”
Laaities:  “Well, we have booked this site for our friends that will arrive tomorrow.” 
We are now finished with our first dop
Kobus:  “We have booked too, but if you can sort it out with the camp within 10 minutes and find us another spot, we’ll move.  BUT…. Once we start unpacking we’re not moving.  We had a hectic day and are tired.  You have 10 minutes.”
I thought he was pretty nice with them.  I was actually impressed with the way he handled them.

And within 10 minutes and another dop, the owner/manager stopped and told us that someone just drove in without paying or reservation and pitched their tent, and that he was on his way chucking them out.  20 Minutes and almost a bottle of brandy later, we moved two spots to where the previous occupants left us a nice big fire.  That night we toasted to riding sand like gods, we toasted to friendship, we toasted to Willem in Luderitz - most probably having a green milkshake.  And we toasted to sand again.  (Well – Abe toasted to sand in his own way.  A couple of times.)
And we saw the big red moon rise.  We were in Namibia, and loving each and every second of it.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 12:27:27 am
From Luderitz and then on to the C14
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 12:29:45 am
Chris' third flat and the bliksempie that caused it
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 12:31:55 am
That lekke los een.  Now THIS is sand!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 12:35:22 am
Still 140km to go and look at the length of that shadows.
That last shot, I just forgot to zip up again.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 12:38:17 am
1.  One spot that we could not see due to the time

The rest of the shots one can see the effect of the golden hour
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 12:41:04 am
The last sun rays and then darkness
Last couple of shots after some serious toasts...
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Post by: pietas on September 23, 2015, 07:24:10 am
Very few things beat the sunsets in Namibia. I love it
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 23, 2015, 07:56:19 am
Toe ek jou roete vir die dag sien en hoe laat julle van kolmanskop af weg is het ek geweet julle gaat in die donkerte ry.   :deal:
Ek merk ook op met elke trip Namibia toe raak die paaie in die suide al hoe slegter.   :eek7:   Die skrapers loop nie meer so gereeld op daai paaie nie.  Vroeer jare was daai paaie "highways" gewees.  Ek persoonlik het al 160km/h met pillion en bagasie op daai paaie gery.  Jy sal dit nie vandag kan doen nie.  Maar ten minste maak die scenery op vir die kak paaie.   :thumleft:     
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 23, 2015, 08:09:31 am
Jy is reg Vis Arend EN as hulle Mother se onlangse RR gelees het sou hulle gesien het daai pad is dik sand op plekke. :eek7:
Wonder nogal hoekom die manne nie die D707 eerder gevat het nie? Mickey? Hul petrol sou dit gemaak het vanaf Aus.

Sien uit na die Sossos fotos :thumleft:
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Post by: Dik Geluk on September 23, 2015, 08:38:59 am
Baie mooi foto's. Ek kan die toertje by Kolmanskop sterk aanbeveel. Dit gee jou net so bietjie meer agtergrond.
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 23, 2015, 09:07:57 am
Looking at the photos and reading your story is so lekker. Namibia. Timeless place.
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 11:22:43 am
Thanks for all the interest - the report will continue tonight!  :ricky:
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Post by: cruizaman on September 23, 2015, 11:43:41 am
That last shot, I just forgot to zip up again.

Ou 'brag'- gat! :laughing4:
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Post by: subie on September 23, 2015, 11:53:27 am
That last shot, I just forgot to zip up again.

Ou 'brag'- gat! :laughing4:

Verstaan. Hier is die xray van my knie na verlede jaar se val  :xxbah:

 :ricky:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 11:53:42 am
That last shot, I just forgot to zip up again.

Ou 'brag'- gat! :laughing4:

 :lol8: :lol8:  :thumleft:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 11:54:42 am
That last shot, I just forgot to zip up again.

Ou 'brag'- gat! :laughing4:

Verstaan. Hier is my xray na verlede jaar se val  :xxbah:

 :ricky:

Whaaaahahahaha!!!  Jy sien - ons is in dieselfde liga!
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Post by: DUSTRIDERS on September 23, 2015, 12:24:42 pm
That last shot, I just forgot to zip up again.

Ou 'brag'- gat! :laughing4:

Verstaan. Hier is my xray na verlede jaar se val  :xxbah:

 :ricky:

Whaaaahahahaha!!!  Jy sien - ons is in dieselfde liga!
Ek reken dan moet jy elke keer n klip soek om op te staan as jy wil pee anders kan dit n stowwerige besigheid raak :imaposer:
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 23, 2015, 08:07:07 pm
Great report guys, instead of that battle you had on the C27 and as ChrisL mentioned, was there any reason why you did not do the D707?

Keep it coming.

 :thumleft:
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Post by: Kabous GS on September 23, 2015, 08:14:07 pm
Purely because the C27 is a challenge for my capability!
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 23, 2015, 10:13:41 pm
Thanks for all the interest - the report will continue tonight!  :ricky:

Hmmm, checks the time.
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Post by: adv on September 23, 2015, 10:51:48 pm
Double checks the time.
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Post by: ABie on September 23, 2015, 10:57:55 pm
Hoeveel verskil die D707 van die C27
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 11:19:38 pm
Day 4

I woke up that morning to a headache - purely all the dust.  And I was not the only one.  Somewhere after the 10 year old KWV we pitched our tents where I managed to bend all my tent pegs, so I resorted in my bags inside the tent, keeping it stationary.  
Kobus and I were on a mission to go and find out how we would be able to get to Sossusvlei, and eventually ended up at the gate where the guard told us they are going to charge us about R800.  Bliksem - it is a lot of money, so we went inside the lodge where we found a man and woman behind the desk.  They told us that bikes are banned (we obviously knew that, but played dumb and eager to see Sossus) because some bloke went and tried to run a dune with his bike.  (may that turd be favoured with lots and lots of flat wheels).  On asking them why do they ban all bikes because of one and why not cars, his reply was that they can fine cars... (I'm still chewing on that logic).  Eventually we asked them how much it would cost if one of their vehicles took us in.  We were met with silence... Then Kobus started asking again, just to be interrupted by the lady:  "Sjjjt!  He is busy thinking!" - pointing at her colleague.  Now at that stage I cringed - not only for that gem of an answer, but I know my buddy (and as all of you could gather from the few posts of KabousGS above) and I know he had some sort of comeback that will end up having us kicked out...  But Kobus kept his pose.  It was a first for me!
Eventually he told us to come back later - around 15:00, and it will be around R500 a pop.  We left confused, so walked to the other lodge.  What a difference!  Immediately the guy told us that all of his vehicles were out already, but he will try and make a plan.  He phoned the lodge were we came from and organised a vehicle, soft drinks and snacks at R500 p/p, and that they will pick us up at the garage at 14:00.  He did not make a cent, but went out of his way to assist.

We made our way back to the camp's shop were we met up with Salty and ABie, bought a couple of garage pies and a sixpack of Tafel Lager, and popped our first beer just before 9:00.  That was met with a couple of stares from other tourists...

We got back to camp to try and work in a morning-nap, but due to Abe's snoring, lat was give up on before it even started.  Abe had a lekker snooze though...

Just before 14:00 we met up with our driver, who took us through to Dooievlei.  As we approached dooievlei, the last tourist left, and except for Kobus photobombing my shots, I had the perfect day there - clear skies, no wind and lots of time.  I was in my element...

As we left after quite some time, other tourists streamed in - lady luck has handed me 4 Aces for sure.
We went through Sossusvlei, and then I asked the driver to stop at one of the dunes on our way back.  I had to work around another tog, but got in my shots and was eventually whistled at by the driver to hurry up.  We payed and tipped the man (he was quite the host) and spent the night polishing a Kaptein Skuim aka Captain Morgan.

What a day!  Photos to follow in a couple of minutes

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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 11:44:37 pm
Our camp
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Post by: MickeyT on September 23, 2015, 11:58:16 pm
Camp and surrounds and washing
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 12:03:01 am
1.  Kobus bak so bietjie bal
2.  Abe vang sy oggendslapie
3.  Mak sprinbokkie
4.  Chris doing the usual - patching his KTM's tube
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 12:07:49 am
1 + 2.  Inside our lift to Deadvlei
3.  Fairy circles
4.  One of the first dunes
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 12:11:55 am
1.  Same dune that I would visit on our way back (see my edited shots)
2.  Dooievlei
3.  Having a stroll
4.  Great shot by Kobus on his iphone
5.  Later that night around the fire
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 12:14:02 am
Edited shots 1
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 12:15:50 am
Edited shots 2
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 12:18:00 am
Edited shots 3
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 24, 2015, 05:16:04 am
Hoeveel verskil die D707 van die C27

Die D707 is moers scenic.  As ek julle fotos so kyk het julle meeste sand opgetel tussen Aus (meer Helmeringhausen) en Betta.  As julle die D707 gevat het het julle daai stuk sand gemis.  Moennie 'n fout maak nie, die D707 is ook sanderig, maar wat ek vroeer die jaar gesien het met ons trip, was die D707 minder sanderig gewees as die C27.  En soos ek gese het, jy word beloon met awesome scenary.    :thumleft:   
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Post by: subie on September 24, 2015, 06:17:58 am
Kan maar net weer se "great RR "  :thumleft:
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Post by: Coala on September 24, 2015, 06:36:49 am
Done basically all the roads you guys did - but alas if I only had your skills with a camera. Wow beautiful
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Post by: White Rhino on September 24, 2015, 07:23:49 am
Awesome !!!!!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 07:49:40 am
Hoeveel verskil die D707 van die C27

Die D707 is moers scenic.  As ek julle fotos so kyk het julle meeste sand opgetel tussen Aus (meer Helmeringhausen) en Betta.  As julle die D707 gevat het het julle daai stuk sand gemis.  Moennie 'n fout maak nie, die D707 is ook sanderig, maar wat ek vroeer die jaar gesien het met ons trip, was die D707 minder sanderig gewees as die C27.  En soos ek gese het, jy word beloon met awesome scenary.    :thumleft:   

Defnitief volgende keer dan...  Maar moet sê - met al die sand en stuff het ek hom nogsteeds baie meer geniet as ons dag 5 waar ons 600km gery het op meestal gravel highways. Weet die ander verskil met my though.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 24, 2015, 08:16:04 am
Hoeveel verskil die D707 van die C27

Die D707 is moers scenic.  As ek julle fotos so kyk het julle meeste sand opgetel tussen Aus (meer Helmeringhausen) en Betta.  As julle die D707 gevat het het julle daai stuk sand gemis.  Moennie 'n fout maak nie, die D707 is ook sanderig, maar wat ek vroeer die jaar gesien het met ons trip, was die D707 minder sanderig gewees as die C27.  En soos ek gese het, jy word beloon met awesome scenary.    :thumleft:   

Agreed.


http://youtu.be/hmGtwXDLJr8 (http://youtu.be/hmGtwXDLJr8)


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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 08:33:37 am
Hoeveel verskil die D707 van die C27

Die D707 is moers scenic.  As ek julle fotos so kyk het julle meeste sand opgetel tussen Aus (meer Helmeringhausen) en Betta.  As julle die D707 gevat het het julle daai stuk sand gemis.  Moennie 'n fout maak nie, die D707 is ook sanderig, maar wat ek vroeer die jaar gesien het met ons trip, was die D707 minder sanderig gewees as die C27.  En soos ek gese het, jy word beloon met awesome scenary.    :thumleft:   

Agreed.


http://youtu.be/hmGtwXDLJr8 (http://youtu.be/hmGtwXDLJr8)




Jôh!  Verlang ek terug nou!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 24, 2015, 08:36:06 am
We've got quite a couple video clips that I will also combine in a large clip, but that will only happen after the report
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Post by: Jondu on September 24, 2015, 11:52:45 pm
boekmerk....lekker dankie
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Post by: Salty on September 27, 2015, 09:16:53 pm
@ian - regarding the D707/C27 debate, we figured the C road would be in a better condition than a D road! Also we could see this was going to be a long day with Kolmanskop in the morning, so we hoped that a better condition C road would enable us to make better time to get to Sesriem .... live and learn?
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Post by: Vis Arend on September 28, 2015, 07:25:57 am
@ian - regarding the D707/C27 debate, we figured the C road would be in a better condition than a D road! Also we could see this was going to be a long day with Kolmanskop in the morning, so we hoped that a better condition C road would enable us to make better time to get to Sesriem .... live and learn?


You will neva know.  Most of the time the C roads is the better option, but I have seen many times that some of the D roads to be in much better condition than the C roads.   I suppose it is a gamble either way.   :patch:

On another note, the distance of almost 500km with sightseeing at Kolmanskop is a tad to far for a day.  Firstly you do not enjoy the ride as much as you should and secondly you leave yourself with no margin for error, as happened with the pucture on that day.  In hindsight, you should have slept over at Beta and then took a leisurely ride the next day to Sosus.  That piece of road from Beta to Sosus in the early morning with the sun behind you is just magic and breathtaking beuatiful.    As you said, live and learn, and go and do it a next time.   :thumleft:
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 28, 2015, 08:09:25 am
@ian - regarding the D707/C27 debate, we figured the C road would be in a better condition than a D road! Also we could see this was going to be a long day with Kolmanskop in the morning, so we hoped that a better condition C road would enable us to make better time to get to Sesriem .... live and learn?


Absolutely, on my first two trips to Nam I decided not to do it solo the first time, then I missed the turn off on the second trip.

If anything it's a great incentive to start planning the next trip!

Cool RR, thanks for sharing.

 8)
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Post by: Kamanya on September 28, 2015, 02:37:39 pm
Very cool report!

Great story telling and great photo's!

Thanks!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 09:18:25 pm
Now before I proceed, like I mentioned earlier, Willem were on the road a day earlier, and also stayed on in Luderitz.  I asked him for a mini-ride report for those days, soooooo....  Ladies and gentlemen - please welcome to the stage.... The one, the only.... (drumroll) Theeeeeee  SAND BITCH!!!!

Willem's pre-and in between ride ride report
D-Day minus one:
With a day to spare seemed like a good idea to meander northwards and wait for the Teutonic horde in Springbok. Also the first and probably only time I would be leading the pack from the front. (beat them hands down -heh)  So to the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Slow" ye olde trusty Canola harvester (races?) Onwards..
•   Good thing: Lots of stop and go's on the other side of the mountain that takes the angst out of deciding when to stop for a smoke break
•   So-so thing: Checking out the rumour of a nice hotel at Eendekuil-hotel has left and short detour probably not worth it. Still-Eendekuil now on the resume
•   Excellent thing: Catching the flower festival at Clanwilliam-stuff the flowers but they serve great pancakes and cheap coffee at the church bazaar. (Alternatively for BMW riders they serve bad pancakes and incredibly expensive coffee at the fancy coffee shop in town)
A surfeit of pancakes leads to an earlier than intended sleepover in Vanrijnsdorp. I like the hotel in town-very retro but it was full (duh-flower season). A good alternative is La Rochelle guest house-fairly expensive by biker standards but friendly people who let me park the bike in their garage.
Friday morning sees an attempted summit of the Gifberg pass turned back by the rain following me from Cape Town. I think the view would have been spectacular if you could actually see anything. Also, wet sand is about as much fun as dry sand... Further dismal failure follows when I realise that the waterfall I wanted to check out requires a substantial walk (walk-wtf?!) and leaving my loaded bike unattended –didn’t want to chance that someone may mistake it for something more expensive and make off with it.
Decision time-either towards Calvinia and its meat festival (probably more pancakes) or getting some momentum in the right direction. Decision made by the clearer skies towards Springbok-and the fact that every time (ok-once) I approach Calvinia from the back I somehow end up in Pofadder. (Maps are for people with no sense of adventure)
At Garies I decide to find out where the hell the Studerspass actually goes to - something that has been bothering me for a year since I saw the sign on my last trip that way. Turns out it goes to Kammieskroon via Leliefontein but there’s still a mystery - I must have crossed theN7 at some stage as I ended up on the other side, but there’s absolutely no recollection of hitting tarmac short of Kammieskroon.  A very worthwhile side trip. (See picture earlier in this ride report)
Coffee at Kamieskroon  with enthusiastic nature lovers leads to a further side trip to Skilpad to look at the flowers - found a nature reserve, a padstal serving - you know it - pancakes and yeah, lots of flowers. OK - Skilpad in flower season is actually pretty spectacular - even for non-flower people. There is an entrance fee, however.
With a sugar induced sense of well-being I decide to check out the Wildeperdehoek pass that I noticed on the tourist map at Skilpad as it seems to be going in the general direction of Springbok.
Saw the last person or vehicle at the aptly named Soebatsfontein and the next  70 + km later when I got back on the highway. Nice pass but lots of erosion leading to miniature (and sometimes not so miniature) dongas across the road. Tried Mickey’s jump trick but quickly reverted to the Suzuki way - sit back, close your eyes and pray that you and the bike arrive on the other side at more or less the same time...) Think I may have missed a turn and ended up traversing the Spektakelpass-every time I thought I was out of the mountains it started from scratch again.
SPRINGBOK and from here on in its Mickeys story-except for:
D-Day plus 2: Wimping out on the Sossosvlei leg gives me time to
1.   realign my backbone
2.   pig out in the fleshpots of Luderitz
3.   explore the salt pans and desert south of town, with the added bonus that you can meet some of your dietary requirements if you do go down.
4.   get caught in a sandstorm leaving (If the sky turns dark in the middle of the morning it ain’t a solar eclipse, Dorothy – RUN!)
5.   take the river road from the border to Ai-Ais-always a favourite

Side trip to Diaz point and Grossebuch was fun but do remember to park the bike facing the wind at Diaz point-it’s even more embarrassing if it falls over when you’re not actually on it.
Random observations:
•   Remembering to pack your Wild Card - will save some bucks at Skilpad and Sendelings drift-also Langebaan if you end up on the coast road. (Some forethought is required - with Kobus out foraging for wood and beer at the drift it was easy enough to pass Abraham off as my son and Chris as my aged father - leaving only  the guy with a beard to nominate as my wife - next time shave  BEFORE we go, Mick)  (Mickey interjects:  FFS Willem… Why must I be the girl again?  Hoekom kon jy nie Salty jou hou-vrou gemaak het en ek jou aangetroude laslappie-kind nie??)
•   Packing a copy of your actual license disk is an excellent idea-thanks  for the reminder, Abraham
•   Don’t bargain on buying anything useful at the shop in Ai-Ais - its invariably empty. Stopping at Rosh Pinah for meat works if it’s on your route.
•   The hotel at Bitterfontein is not a bad place to end up if night catches up with you on the way back - R250 per night gets you a time warp to the late fifties and a pub with all seven inhabitants of the town, one  of which brought filled vetkoek  for bar snacks (ended up as dinner), a cute toddler and a dog of indeterminate origin.
•   If you time it right you can catch the tail end of the flower festival at Clanwilliam - yes, pancakes.
•   I really like pancakes
•   I really, really hate sand.  (Mickey interjects again:  Willem – Hehehehe!  That much we gathered pretty early on… Man – you gave us some nice rodeo shows!)
On my fellow riders:
•   Keep a photo of Abraham on your phone to remind you what he looks like - once that KTM smells gravel chances are you won’t see him again
•   Stay a respectful distance from Kobus, especially if he's stationary or nearly so - his bike has an alarming tendency to fall over.
•   Keep close to Chris - the one guy that I know for a fact can change a wheel - and has had lots of practice...
•   Stay ahead of Mickey - he will stop on the other side of dodgy patches to take embarrassing pictures
Thanks guys for a great trip!
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Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 09:57:32 pm
Willem's pics:
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Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 10:00:18 pm
Willem's pics 2
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Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 10:02:32 pm
Willems pics 3
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Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 10:04:53 pm
Willem's pics 4
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Post by: MickeyT on September 28, 2015, 10:06:57 pm
Willem's pics 5
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Post by: The Badger on September 28, 2015, 10:08:06 pm
Thanks for such an entertaining RR. Both of you.   :thumleft:
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Post by: Jondu on September 28, 2015, 11:21:26 pm
BM
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Post by: Skandalis on September 30, 2015, 02:58:19 pm
Very Nice report and very good pics!!!!!!
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Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 30, 2015, 07:34:53 pm
The report is not finished, is it? :eek:
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Post by: MickeyT on October 01, 2015, 08:35:06 am
The report is not finished, is it? :eek:

Got 4 days left, but not at home to write the rest for a week and a half!
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Post by: Frannarossi on October 01, 2015, 12:18:47 pm
Bliksem,what a ride report!!!!
Kan nie wag vir die res nie (ek moet minder werk en meer tyd begin maak weer om die goed te sit en lees!)
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Post by: Geel Kat on October 01, 2015, 12:21:40 pm
Julle manne neem stunning fotos, maak my skoon sleg voel oor my fotos en sommer lus om weer daar te gaan ry  :thumleft:
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Post by: D man on October 01, 2015, 12:56:06 pm
Stunning RR, thanks for the effort you've taken in creating it.  Amazing pictures.
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Post by: Kabous GS on October 01, 2015, 10:13:24 pm
Mickey laat alles so great klink. Niks word gese word die ure se op pak in die oggende, Mickey se gesoek na se baie batterye vir al sy toys en dan nog die "posery" vir die miljoene fotos. Baie frustrerend as jy net wil ry. Het paar keer sommer my bike "neergesit" om bietjie aksie te kry.

Dan is daar die KTM ouens wat heel dag in jou ore aangaan oor ktm dit en ktm dat. Vertel dan ook GS gaan breek, kan nie sand ry nie en en en !

So gatvol geraak vir hulle dat ek dit gaan koop het
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Post by: MickeyT on October 01, 2015, 11:10:34 pm
Kobus... Kom vertel gou vir die mense of jou vrou al weet van die bike!?  :lol8:
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 02, 2015, 06:38:24 am
Naaice!!!

Maaaar, klink daar's donder-wolke op die horizon, as jy tussen die lyne lees....  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
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Post by: briv on October 02, 2015, 10:18:24 am
Thanks vir uitsonderlike trip down memory lane  :thumleft: Ek het self in April laas jaar daai stukke gery !!! maar moet nog terug gaan vir die D707  :biggrin:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151371.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=151371.0)
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Post by: ABie on October 02, 2015, 10:34:41 am
As jy KTM ry, wies bang vir die vrou   ;D :peepwall:
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Post by: ABie on October 02, 2015, 11:30:44 am
Moet se wat ek weer besef het met die trip. 400km per dag is nice, enige iets verder as dit is doenbaar maar dit bly nie meer lekker nie. By 400km en minder is jy ook nie so gestress om te stop en rus nie. Plus dan kan jy pose vir fotos
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Post by: BlomC on October 04, 2015, 04:28:51 pm
Lekker man...ek sien uit! So die D707 sal dit dan wees!

Dankie vir die RR...klink of dit baie lekker was!

Subscribed - wil sien hoe julle terug gekom het.
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Post by: Salty on October 08, 2015, 10:59:03 pm
Apologies for the delay in the RR, our nominated film/ramp director, scribe and raconteur will return shortly to complete the RR! Any attempt to cover for Mickey would fail horribly, so (as we did daily on the Raid...) we have elected to sit back and wait for him......

Some additional 'observations' of the trip from my side of the trip so far.

a. KTM's cannot ride over everything all the time and come out unscathed. Those adverts are thus misleading.
b. Tip Top patch kits don't have enough large patches (for more than one of those 15mm long snakebites)
c. Rapid loss of front tyre pressure will get your immediate attention, even on loose ground - no time for 'Hardy, bring me my brown trousers' type affair.
d. Get a 'tot squeezy' bottle for your hard tack with the big tot chamber - you arrive at your desired 'destination' sooner!
e. When riding in the pitch dark, do not assume your mate ahead of you can see the road properly - following his line can only be interesting but is better than nothing! Interesting sensation to roll on the throttle in the dark when the front is burying itself into the gravely sand middlemannetjie and not know where to go with the bike. A KWV moment?
f. Beware of " I have lots of tyre valves and a valve spanner" enthusiastic type buddies (Maybe his 'tool bag' being a recycled zip-lock 'Swartland Rusks' packet should have been a warning sign)
g. My Air-15 compressor works like a bomb and can run off the 10A socket in the cockpit! (its supposed to draw 15A?-

Cheers
Salty
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Horizon Seeker on October 14, 2015, 11:12:45 am
Awesome RR and epic photos!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: subie on October 14, 2015, 01:12:56 pm
Apologies for the delay in the RR, our nominated film/ramp director, scribe and raconteur will return shortly to complete the RR! Any attempt to cover for Mickey would fail horribly, so (as we did daily on the Raid...) we have elected to sit back and wait for him......

Some additional 'observations' of the trip from my side of the trip so far.

a. KTM's cannot ride over everything all the time and come out unscathed. Those adverts are thus misleading.
b. Tip Top patch kits don't have enough large patches (for more than one of those 15mm long snakebites)
c. Rapid loss of front tyre pressure will get your immediate attention, even on loose ground - no time for 'Hardy, bring me my brown trousers' type affair.
d. Get a 'tot squeezy' bottle for your hard tack with the big tot chamber - you arrive at your desired 'destination' sooner!
e. When riding in the pitch dark, do not assume your mate ahead of you can see the road properly - following his line can only be interesting but is better than nothing! Interesting sensation to roll on the throttle in the dark when the front is burying itself into the gravely sand middlemannetjie and not know where to go with the bike. A KWV moment?
f. Beware of " I have lots of tyre valves and a valve spanner" enthusiastic type buddies (Maybe his 'tool bag' being a recycled zip-lock 'Swartland Rusks' packet should have been a warning sign)
g. My Air-15 compressor works like a bomb and can run off the 10A socket in the cockpit! (its supposed to draw 15A?-

Cheers
Salty

 :laughing4:
True. Always carry your own tyre stuff  :ricky:
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on October 14, 2015, 01:15:12 pm
Lyk my al mense wat post op die fred is die hoopvolle lesers :peepwall:
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: FrankyB on October 20, 2015, 10:25:05 am
The report is not finished, is it? :eek:

Got 4 days left, but not at home to write the rest for a week and a half!
Not to be pushy but....are you having as much trouble getting going as a GS with stock tyres in sand?
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Salty on October 20, 2015, 11:44:48 am
Now there is a subtle nudge Mickey! Maak klaar asb!
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Twister on October 20, 2015, 12:12:45 pm
We were in that area a week ago. Some of the best riding I've done in my life. Nice pictures of a beautiful area.
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Eish on October 20, 2015, 04:23:36 pm
@ian - regarding the D707/C27 debate, we figured the C road would be in a better condition than a D road! Also we could see this was going to be a long day with Kolmanskop in the morning, so we hoped that a better condition C road would enable us to make better time to get to Sesriem .... live and learn?


You will neva know.  Most of the time the C roads is the better option, but I have seen many times that some of the D roads to be in much better condition than the C roads.   I suppose it is a gamble either way.   :patch:

On another note, the distance of almost 500km with sightseeing at Kolmanskop is a tad to far for a day.  Firstly you do not enjoy the ride as much as you should and secondly you leave yourself with no margin for error, as happened with the pucture on that day.  In hindsight, you should have slept over at Beta and then took a leisurely ride the next day to Sosus.  That piece of road from Beta to Sosus in the early morning with the sun behind you is just magic and breathtaking beuatiful.    As you said, live and learn, and go and do it a next time.   :thumleft:
+1 .... For me it was the best stretch of road in Namibia, the most scenic. I also agree on the distance, we left at 8am from Bethanien and managed to get Duiseb Castle in and still arrive in Sesriem around 4pm.

It also seems that you get the luck of the draw regarding roads - we went in September last year and definitely did not see as much sand as what the pictures reflect - seems the grader was a day or two ahead of us.

Nice RR, thanks!
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Salty on October 20, 2015, 05:52:58 pm
@Eish - The C14 is a great, fast road although not that scenic in comparison to other roads. In the photo's is the 'light' sand on the C27, taken about 6 kms before Spes Bona. No stopping for photo's in the thicker stuff!

The D707 road joins the C27 at Spes Bona......so I guess there is the answer to the 'smart' route to Betta/Sesriem from Aus?

I love graders!
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Eish on October 21, 2015, 08:19:44 am
@Eish - The C14 is a great, fast road although not that scenic in comparison to other roads. In the photo's is the 'light' sand on the C27, taken about 6 kms before Spes Bona. No stopping for photo's in the thicker stuff!

The D707 road joins the C27 at Spes Bona......so I guess there is the answer to the 'smart' route to Betta/Sesriem from Aus?

I love graders!

The c14 was okay - I think was referring to the C27 as being most scenic, there was also quite a lot of sand between Betta and Duiseb that had to be done twice as we had to fill up in Betta and continue on the D831 ( C27 ). Familiar? :
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: ABie on October 21, 2015, 01:08:03 pm
The sandy patches also had this tendency to sneak up on you. Riding along at quite relaxed and at a nice speed then you hit a sand patch. Luckily the long sand sections is more noticeable. I ended up looking for line of greener bushes and trees which meant there is likely to be a riverbed.
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Bushtrotter on October 22, 2015, 08:13:07 am
BRILJANTE RR!!! My gat jeuk behoorlik om in julle spore te gaan ry. Die gestopppery vir foto's mag julle dalk biedjie ge heukel het, maar ons "lesers" waardeer dit terdee.  :3some:
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Post by: ABie on October 22, 2015, 03:25:40 pm
Ek wonder of Mickey nie bietjie sukkel om die dag van Sesriem tot by Canyon roadhouse te skryf nie. Dit het ons wel nege ure gevat maar het grootliks bestaan uit ry, ry, nog ry. Gesoek na vleis. Gesoek na drank. Stop vir apple stroedel. En dan nog baie ry.

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Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on October 25, 2015, 08:16:07 pm
Just got back from a 5700km Nam trip last week, up the Eastern side and out via the West.

We felt that this year the C's were generally quite bad, the D's were much better. Much more sand than last year, the D707 had 40km of sand compared to 10km last year. Piet Swiggers from Klein Aus Vista says its due to the extreem dry conditions this year.

Still great riding mind.

 8)
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Salty on November 08, 2015, 01:03:29 pm
Hello Mickey T.....some unfinished business here!
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on November 17, 2015, 11:44:27 pm
Shit - Sorry guys.  Where were we?

Day 5.

We were getting accustomed to waking up with a babbelas by now.  Well – that is in hindsight now.  At that stage I reckoned it was my sinuses that were acting up.  Again…
That morning we had an extra curveball thrown at us.  If your tent’s fabric is pushed to a couple of centimetres from your face, you know that it is a tad more than a fresh breeze outside.  

While trying to hang on to my tent, and looking over my shoulder to the others also doing the Fandango in the wind, I was reminded of a bunch of kite-surfing noobs.  I must admit that I was at some stage so gatvol, that I just wanted to let go of the flaps with a hearty “then piss off then!!” but immediately I ran the possibilities of bunking with one of my mates in their tents…  Definitely not ABie – shit, that tent of his is so bloody small as it is, that every time he farts, the whole thing looks like Spur balloon until he opens a zip.  Salty will not take spooning in the early hours of the morning in his stride.  Kobus will try and spoon as soon as we close that zip.  Willem… Quite frankly – I’m too bloody scared to enter that tent!  So after that mental image, I dragged, no – I flew my tent to a spot behind the closed off toilet and bundled it up into the drybag.

Then we were off.  Now look – we’re used to ride in wind.  We stay in Fish Hoek – the bloody wind is MADE there, but that morning we all battled.  If you tried to stand up, you were blown across the road in two seconds flat.  I also broadened my vocabulary of the English tale quite deliciously (not that I will ever be in a position again that will warrant the use of those colourful words) by listening to Salty over the comms.  He was NOT impressed with the wind.  Even Abe could be seen at all times.  Needless to say that we were k@kking off BIG time.  

Luckily we only endured about an hour of hectic side winds.  Thereafter great scenery and then boring straight gravel.  Now here I have to say – we had about 600km of riding that day, so we decided to take easier roads.  I know, I know – we were pissies, I admit.
The only section that caught us off-guard, was the 10km before Maltahohe – it was like riding on marbles.  

14km out of Matahohe we were stopped at the only roadblock the entire trip.  But the police were extremely friendly and were more interested about the top speed of the 1200 than anything else:  “Eh! You go ovêh two handrêd!?”  I thought about getting into a discussion, but rather just smiled.  And waived.  

We arrived at Canyon Roadhouse tired and thirsty.  What a beautiful place…
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on November 17, 2015, 11:50:54 pm
Day 5 pics 1
1.  Just before we left Sesriem
2.  Next to the road
3.  It must have been the wind, cause Abe had an extremely productive day watering the rocks
4.  Even Kobus had a nervous bladder that day
5.  The clouds were a photographer's dream
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on November 17, 2015, 11:59:15 pm
1.  Black & white
2.  Maltahohe
3.  Helmeringshausen
4.  Had to take a snapshot
5.  Tame Springbok
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on November 18, 2015, 12:03:53 am
1.  Kobus is moeg geploeg...
2.  Next time we will try Seeheim Hotel
3.  Abe busy with his specialty
4.  Salty
5.  Voorwaarts mars!
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on November 18, 2015, 12:09:38 am
1 - 3.  Canyon Roadhouse
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on December 05, 2015, 06:23:37 pm
So here is the first of 3 or 4 videos of our trip
https://youtu.be/LJUyIjF0_J8
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: MickeyT on December 06, 2015, 10:16:28 pm
The second video:
https://youtu.be/i0qRM83D3Ic
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: bud500 on December 07, 2015, 01:02:42 pm
Sub.

Leka report!

Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Frannarossi on December 07, 2015, 06:08:20 pm
Baie nice :thumleft:
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Frog on December 08, 2015, 10:55:07 am
Great story telling and photo's!
Done a similar route in a 4x4 but still on my to-do list on the bike
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Gecko on the rocks on December 08, 2015, 11:35:29 am
Lyk baie lekker. :ricky:
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: Africamike on December 19, 2015, 09:29:06 pm
Awesome RR.....planning the same route in April 2016....after this I seriously can't wait!!
Title: Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
Post by: keithk on December 21, 2015, 08:12:45 am
Excellent RR you guys had a super trip. Travelled the same route many times and each time it is different.  :thumleft: