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Title: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 16, 2017, 02:49:09 pm
Hello people

First of all I would like to apologize in advance for my poor English.  I hope that my thought is understandable, if not, do not hesitate to correct me.
Our trip (Me and my wife and 990ADV) is planned to start at May from SA to back home (North Europe).  At the moment i am busy to mod my motorbike for long trip. Newer been in Africa before (My understanding is that real Africa is south of Sahara), but have some travel experience like around Black Sea, Caucasus, Iran, Russia, Balcanians and Europe.
We have no time limit, so all what is worth to visit, we like to do. No serious offroad (although I really want to), but would like to ride as much as possible on gravel. Want to avoid big citys. Plan is to stay overnight at campsites and B&B-s. Maybe we meet some nice people and can stay overnight.

From here is some questions for start. Obviously  any answers occurs  more questions, but im not hesitate to ask :)
Lets start:
 Is it necessary to carry tent or i it`s only question of style of travel?
How to plan to change money on road? Is there ATM-s or only cash busines?
Good maps for Garmin, what is the best source?
About climate. As we start at May and, lets say, it takes 6 months, how is it? What about malaria?
Gasoline quality, is it really that poor as i read here and there?
In emergency tehnical problems (hope newer happens), where i can hope to find service for KTM? SA should be no problem, next is Nairobi?
Maybe there is nice local enduro people to meet on the way, for cold beer or hang ower, maybe some real offroad tour for day or two, contacts are welcome.

All advices for route and activities are welcome too.

As I do not want to only be a vampire, I can offer  night shelter, good advice and technical assistance for travelers who find themselves in Estonia. We have a large camping area, few rooms,  a warm  sauna and a it's all located in the immediate vicinity of the capital. The perfect place to stay if you are on the way for example to Nordkap or Russia.

So thank you in advance for all good advice.

E.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 16, 2017, 03:05:17 pm
Welcome - you will find a great deal of info here, and a great number of friendly bikers.

In SA, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique - fuel is freely available (pay in cash or Credit card - BUT CHECK BEFORE YOU FILL UP, some places take cash only), plenty of ATM's (you can draw local currency against your credit cards, roads are all good tar or good gravel - depending on your itinerary/route.

May is the start of winter in the South - interior temps can drop below zero at night, days will be fine - rain on the coast & dry inland.

You can camp in every town or village, but you will get accommodation by asking around, looking for signs - South Africans tour a lot, so there is a lot of places to stay, camping & otherwise.

Fuel quality is fine - no problems in main centers - filling from bottles/drums in far-flung area's can be questionable, make sure you fill up whenever you can, there are big distances to cover, particularly in Namibia & Botswana - up to 300/400km between fuel stops depending on your routes.

Garmin has SA Topo Maps - purchase in SA.

Malaria is not a problem in Southern SA generally, with the exception of the far Eastern parts of SA (Kruger National Park) and Mozambique - farther north you will certainly get malaria areas.

And if you are planning to stop in Johannesburg, I have a room to offer.

Cheer, good luck and keep this thread up to date, let us know how you are doing with your planning!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Camino Cerdo on January 16, 2017, 04:55:43 pm
Don't worry about your English, it is as good as many here, (USA).
I will answer your questions below from my perspective as a past traveler in Southern and Eastern Africa.

"From here is some questions for start. Obviously  any answers occurs  more questions, but im not hesitate to ask :)
Lets start:
 Is it necessary to carry tent or i it`s only question of style of travel? I did use a tent about half the time in South Africa, Namibia and a few places north. For me I alway carry a tent as back up. North you will find accommodation are very cheap and less camping options.
How to plan to change money on road? Is there ATM-s or only cash busines? ATMs everywhere, bury some emergency cash in a couple of spots and do the rest on cards
Good maps for Garmin, what is the best source? Check out "tracks 4 Africa" worked well for me
About climate. As we start at May and, lets say, it takes 6 months, how is it? What about malaria? will let the locals answer this one, but be prepared for HOT
Gasoline quality, is it really that poor as i read here and there? No problems on gas, the only bad gas I have gotten in the last ten years has been in the USA, (72 countries and counting)
In emergency tehnical problems (hope newer happens), where i can hope to find service for KTM? SA should be no problem, next is Nairobi? South Africa you find service, North will be harder. in Nairobi Jungle Junction will take care of you
Maybe there is nice local enduro people to meet on the way, for cold beer or hang ower, maybe some real offroad tour for day or two, contacts are welcome. The Wild Dogs in South Africa will take care of you well, just ask what you need

Have a great trip, Africa is on the top of my list once I make it around the world the first time.

RJT
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 16, 2017, 05:21:32 pm
Thank you for friendly words!
 I quit my job 16 of December, so for now i have been exactly one month in garage. The result is not beautiful, I hope is getting better  :biggrin:




Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on January 16, 2017, 05:45:02 pm
Welcome - you really going to enjoy this trip. Look at some of the road trip reports for info . Michnus and Schalk van der Merwe reports can be of value .  Suggest that you place a map of your planned route here and the  Wild dogs will comment and provide help . When are you shipping the bikes ? To what port ?

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=197379.msg3645520#msg3645520
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: SchalkL on January 16, 2017, 05:47:54 pm

Hi, and welcome,
I think you will pretty soon see how friendly and helpfull this lot is on wilddogs. You might get different answers to your questions but consider all.

My take:
Is it necessary to carry tent or i it`s only question of style of travel?
Yes, carry a tent for backup. Chances are that you will always find other accommodation but if you don't you don't want to sleep in the open. South Africa and neighbouring countries should not be a problem but going through the rest of Africa you will need it.
How to plan to change money on road? Is there ATM-s or only cash busines?
Plenty ATM's available but keep backup money in a safe place.
Good maps for Garmin, what is the best source?
Garmin Southern Africa plus Tracks 4 Africa and you will be fine.
About climate. As we start at May and, lets say, it takes 6 months, how is it? What about malaria?
May/June is the start of our winter season and it will be cold down south but better as you travel north.
Gasoline quality, is it really that poor as i read here and there?
Quality is no problem again in SA and neighbouring countries but further north in the rural areas it can be a problem so keep some sort of filtering cloth with you. Make sure you have a spare t-bag filer for that 990!
In emergency tehnical problems (hope newer happens), where i can hope to find service for KTM? SA should be no problem, next is Nairobi?
I am not sure, maybe better to speak to SA KTM when you here.
Maybe there is nice local enduro people to meet on the way, for cold beer or hang ower, maybe some real offroad tour for day or two, contacts are welcome
You will be welcome al over South Africa with the wilddogs, guaranteed and most of them will take you for a ride in the area when you visit. Try and keep this thread up to date with where you will be in the next few days and you will get some invitations. When you close to Coligny in North West Province, pm me and come and stay for few days on the farm.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 16, 2017, 06:13:38 pm
Please show more of your bike with the exstra fuel on the left and one exhaust.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Road Hog on January 16, 2017, 09:02:16 pm
Please show more of your bike with the exstra fuel on the left and one exhaust.

Hi Jack On "Chris daai donkie van jou het ver genoeg petrol..................... Hi Jack Off  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 16, 2017, 11:59:32 pm
This is a big adventure for me, so i take it seriously. As 990 ADV original tanks are stupidly small for adventure bike,  I made some mods: ADV tank to left side. To install it, have to remove left can. During the research i found Rade tank and deside to install it to (under the saddle). But again, its not that simple. ABS must be removed. To make a place for ABS, Airbox and SAS must go. Feels like endless...
After that, bike  also needs regular service like water pump rebuild, oil change, new bearings, new battery, valve check and so on.
Here i am now. But there is more to do- stronger  springs, new fairing, engine guard, high fender, extra lights, new alu panniers, stronger front rim, side stand, a voltmeter ...
Like i said, it`s endless. But until it gives a pleasure to spend time in garage, why not :D
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on January 17, 2017, 07:16:28 am
You really dont have to do the whole trip on one tank  :biggrin: we do have petrol stations  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 17, 2017, 06:39:49 pm
You really dont have to do the whole trip on one tank  :biggrin: we do have petrol stations  :biggrin:

This is good news, then i can leave the jerry can at home  :imaposer:
It makes 500km interval instead of 300 km, now it`s ok.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 17, 2017, 06:42:08 pm
I does a 990 sound with one can?!!!! :eek7: :o ;)
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 19, 2017, 01:35:02 am
SA visa regulations are wonderful. I have to show all nights hotel bookings and return flight tickets. It does not matter that the plan is to move to Europe overland, and is not realistic  to book for all nights advance.
Looking for some reasonable solition for thisn problem.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: steveindar on January 19, 2017, 10:24:32 am
Assume you'll be passing through Tanzania some time, so drop me a line with your plans and I'll try help.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: EtienneXplore on January 19, 2017, 11:29:20 am

In emergency tehnical problems (hope newer happens), where i can hope to find service for KTM? SA should be no problem, next is Nairobi?


There is a very good KTM dealer here in Lusaka, Zambia. You can get everything done there, tyres, chain/sprocket, full service etc etc. There is also a cool overland campground with chalets very close to the KTM dealer. Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu and a bunch of other antelope roam freely through the camp site.

 :thumleft:

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on January 19, 2017, 12:40:08 pm
Some good advice above.  My additions -

1) Tent - In my opinion it is not really necessary but will open up stays in places you would otherwise move through.  There are plenty of accommodation options available if you are not looking for high end all through your trip and know when to stop each day.  Where it will come in very handy is when you are stuck with a puncture or whatever late at night.  While not 100% necessary I would and did take one, the smallest possible.  But with two people on one bike it also adds 2 mattresses, 2 sleeping bags etc so you will have to weigh up the pros and cons.  In the worst case you will end up spending a few miserable wet nights at the side of the road, not the end of the world.
2) Money - you will need some cash dollars at some border crossings for visas, road tax, insurance etc.  No ATMs in the Sudan so you will have to have cash dollars that you can exchange for Sudanese pounds.  We managed to get extra dollars by withdrawing money in Addis Ababa from the ATM and then exchange it on the black market (not a significant penalty).
3) Malaria - Take prophylaxis.
4) Gasoline - just be aware in Egypt as they have different grades.  The lowest grade is 80 octane and in some places this was the only grade available.  Don't know if the 990 has a problem with it.

Have fun with the planning and getting ready for the trip.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on January 19, 2017, 01:41:22 pm
SA visa regulations are wonderful. I have to show all nights hotel bookings and return flight tickets. It does not matter that the plan is to move to Europe overland, and is not realistic  to book for all nights advance.
Looking for some reasonable solition for thisn problem.

Well then it is called resiprosity - you do to me I do to you  :biggrin:

Same when I went on a bike trip to Germany , Italy,  France in 2015 - they wanted to know everything - even when you did not know it yourself  :lol8:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on January 19, 2017, 01:54:17 pm
Hello people
.....
All advices for route and activities are welcome too.

E.
I would seriously consider taking a TOW ROPE with (disclaimer: we sell these...), for the following reasons:

.... indespensible if you have to tow another bike,
.....if he/she needs to tow you, this may be due to no fuel,
........fuel pump problem (not unknown ),
electrical problem,
.....bike recovery up a slope, etc.

Cheers!
Chris
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on January 19, 2017, 01:58:00 pm
SA visa regulations are wonderful. I have to show all nights hotel bookings and return flight tickets. It does not matter that the plan is to move to Europe overland, and is not realistic  to book for all nights advance.
Looking for some reasonable solition for this problem.

Hotel bookings are easy - go to booking.com (or similar) and just book whatever you need but make sure to select a hotel where you can cancel and not be charged any fees.  Alternatively, maybe someone on this site has a hotel or camping or so and can issue you a "booking confirmation" knowing full well you will cancel once you have the visa.

For the airline you could try KLM.  They have an option where for 10 or 20 Euros they hold a flight for you to make a final decision.  Print that out as your itinerary and maybe that will fly.  Alternatively find one of these general travel booking sites that allows you to cancel without incurring fees.  I had to do the same when flying from Colombia to Panama last year, they would not even let me board with being able to show a return ticket.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: capeklr on January 20, 2017, 09:05:27 am
Hi,
welcome and I hope that you have a awesome trip.
Here is a link www.pearlson2wheels.blogspot.com
This couple just did this trip the other way around, London up to North Cape and then down to Cape Town.
So you might pick up an idea or two.
Regards Jörg.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 22, 2017, 10:13:35 pm
Welcome - you really going to enjoy this trip. Look at some of the road trip reports for info . Michnus and Schalk van der Merwe reports can be of value .  Suggest that you place a map of your planned route here and the  Wild dogs will comment and provide help . When are you shipping the bikes ? To what port ?

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=197379.msg3645520#msg3645520

I have agreement with  Duncan from African Overlanders to manage shipping our bike to SA. I don`t know details, but hope all will be ok. Bike should be in SA at end of April.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on January 23, 2017, 06:50:11 am
Cool, I am in Cape Town.  Give me a shout when you are here and we can get together for a chat/beer.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 23, 2017, 12:56:17 pm
Thank you for the good wishes and invitations. Upon arrival, I contact and at least one cold is waiting for us :)
Also, thank you for the suggestions. I've already found a lot of useful. My general philosophy is to avoid over-planning. Also, the next day's route will be made in the evening before. The main focus is to meet interesting people, enjoy the ride and of course the breathtaking nature of Africa.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on January 23, 2017, 04:21:48 pm
Thank you for the good wishes and invitations. Upon arrival, I contact and at least one cold is waiting for us :)
Also, thank you for the suggestions. I've already found a lot of useful. My general philosophy is to avoid over-planning. Also, the next day's route will be made in the evening before. The main focus is to meet interesting people, enjoy the ride and of course the breathtaking nature of Africa.

The right attitude  :thumleft:

African time - more is nog n dag  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: sweetrolls on January 24, 2017, 02:23:47 pm
Hi there,

expedia allows you to cancel within 24hrs with no charge. maybe that helps :)

Looks like me and another person (me on BMW and he on 990) will be leaving in mid april and track north via east coast. so perhaps we can be of some help ahead :)

our time frame is much shorter, but that's ok i guess :)
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 24, 2017, 03:06:27 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: EtienneXplore on January 24, 2017, 03:10:21 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. ......

Recent experience in these topics are welcome

Contact Andi Koru, he is a crazy New Zealander that just did that a month or so ago. He shipped his bike from Egypt to Europe.

https://www.facebook.com/wheelieadventurous/

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: spankme on January 24, 2017, 04:05:09 pm
Only way at the moment is ship bike to Greece from Egypt and fly there,but that could change any time,
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Shaun500 on January 24, 2017, 04:39:29 pm
It will test any relationship to the limit...two up on one bike through Africa.  :biggrin:  All the best on your trip.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on January 25, 2017, 08:58:36 am
My experience is not recent but from end 2013 - We obtained the Sudanese visa in Addis Ababa.  A hassle free experience.  As best as I know that is still the case.  Once you are on the road you will get more info as you meet others.  I would not worry about that visa too much.  Have you joined Horizons Unlimited forum and Facebook page.  A lot of travelers there who are currently on the road and can give some answers.

You will definitely be able to ship your bike as freight from Egypt to Greece.  Not as easy as a ferry but an alternative if your other options don't work out.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Snafu on January 25, 2017, 09:54:48 am
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

I see @michnus went from Israel to Italy

You can also look at their website: http://www.pikipiki.co.za/
They are currently in South America, but the detail from their trip through Africa to Europe is also on the site
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on January 25, 2017, 02:27:59 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

I see @michnus went from Israel to Italy

You can also look at their website: http://www.pikipiki.co.za/
They are currently in South America, but the detail from their trip through Africa to Europe is also on the site

The problem is you cant get to Israel - all the $%^& happend after his trip .
Also look at Jo Rust and Schalk van der Merwe's trips - probably more current .
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Snafu on January 25, 2017, 02:51:32 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

I see @michnus went from Israel to Italy

You can also look at their website: http://www.pikipiki.co.za/
They are currently in South America, but the detail from their trip through Africa to Europe is also on the site

The problem is you cant get to Israel - all the $%^& happend after his trip .
Also look at Jo Rust and Schalk van der Merwe's trips - probably more current .

Thanks
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Tuareg on January 25, 2017, 09:26:14 pm
The question is Libya.

Stay away from Libya
I have a Libyan work colleague
His family don't want him to return to Libya - too dangerous
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: wobbler on January 30, 2017, 04:25:25 pm
Plenty ferry traffic from Morocco to Algeciras - most commonly Cuetta and Tanger Med to Algeciras.
There are also ferries from Tanger Med to Gibraltar.
Shouldn't be a problem at all.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on January 30, 2017, 08:13:20 pm
Plenty ferry traffic from Morocco to Algeciras - most commonly Cuetta and Tanger Med to Algeciras.
There are also ferries from Tanger Med to Gibraltar.
Shouldn't be a problem at all.

Hi

Do you have a good idea how to get from Egypt to Morocco?

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: spankme on January 31, 2017, 07:27:13 am
you cant at the moment
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Karambisi on January 31, 2017, 05:58:24 pm
Read also Horizons Unlimited forum for info on North Africa and ferries, also visas for Ethiopia,Sudan and Egypt. Fuel all the way to Kenya is not an issue, you should have a tent- though central Africa has many small and cheap guest house, change money at ATM/bank/bureau where possible, be very wary of changing currency at border posts with touts. Don't overplan and smell the bushes! If you pass through Tanzania, drop me a pm...
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: wobbler on January 31, 2017, 09:42:53 pm

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Hi

Do you have a good idea how to get from Egypt to Morocco?
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Last I was u there there was a ferry that ran from Port Said to Tunis, but that was some time ago.
There are commercial shipping companies that operate up there and some carry passengers (we used to).
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on February 20, 2017, 10:05:45 pm
Hi again! Only few months to start! My KTM is almost ready for the challange and me too :ricky:
Front wheel is asking to change rim and after that- lets go!!!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Hayu Overthere on February 20, 2017, 10:42:04 pm
Hey ATS30...  congrats on undertaking your great adventure.  I just returned (to NA) from an SA wander, and I have the latest version of the Tracks4Africa GPS card, that I will donate to your efforts in return for a cold one next time I past through Estonia.  We rode through your country last September and loved it!  I hope the bear continues to sleep to your east.  I picked up that their shenanigans in the Ukraine were making people nervous.
My bike should emerge from its crate in Vancouver in the first week of April and I can mail the card to you then if you don't mind waiting?  I am guessing that you are using a Garmin unit that has the chip capability?
With regards to tenting...I took one and used it a couple of times in an emergency and several times by choice.  I have ridden many places in the world where it is is unwise to ride at night, but I put Africa very close to the top of that list!
PM me with your mailing address if you think this might work for you?
Cheers,
Steve
PS: I spoke with others that shipped by freighter or ferry (not sure which) their bike from Alexandria to the south coast of Turkey.  Turkey north to your home country is an exceptional ride (if you avoid the terrible roads in the Ukraine!)
S.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on February 20, 2017, 10:55:30 pm
Hey ATS30...  congrats on undertaking your great adventure.  I just returned (to NA) from an SA wander, and I have the latest version of the Tracks4Africa GPS card, that I will donate to your efforts in return for a cold one next time I past through Estonia.  We rode through your country last September and loved it!  I hope the bear continues to sleep to your east.  I picked up that their shenanigans in the Ukraine were making people nervous.
My bike should emerge from its crate in Vancouver in the first week of April and I can mail the card to you then if you don't mind waiting?  I am guessing that you are using a Garmin unit that has the chip capability?
With regards to tenting...I took one and used it a couple of times in an emergency and several times by choice.  I have ridden many places in the world where it is is unwise to ride at night, but I put Africa very close to the top of that list!
PM me with your mailing address if you think this might work for you?
Cheers,
Steve
PS: I spoke with others that shipped by freighter or ferry (not sure which) their bike from Alexandria to the south coast of Turkey.  Turkey north to your home country is an exceptional ride (if you avoid the terrible roads in the Ukraine!)
S.

Hi Steve!

Thank you for good offer, i will send you PM!
Turkey is just fine and Ukraine is one of my favored countries to ride. So if you have some contacts or exact inf about freighter or ferry from Alexandria to Turkey, do not hesitate to send it!

Hope you get your GS soon!
Cheers!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on February 21, 2017, 09:10:20 am


news received courtesy of Michnus (Piki-Piki), round-the-world traveller...http://www.pikipiki.co.za/ (http://www.pikipiki.co.za/)
Egypt bans presence of any motorbike types in central and North Sinai
http://expatcairo.com/egypt-bans-presence-of-any-motorbike…/ (http://expatcairo.com/egypt-bans-presence-of-any-motorbike-types-in-central-and-north-sinai/)
Egypt bans presence of any motorbike types in central and North Sinai
Expat Cairo News
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail decided on Saturday to ban the entry of any type of motorbike and their spare parts to the regions of central and North Sinai. For now, the period of the ban is limited to one year, according to the official government publication.
“The areas of the ban include Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and Al-Arish, in addition to El Meghra and El Khetima mountains in North Sinai, while the areas in central Sinai included in the ban are the cities of Taba and Ras Sidr,” the government publication reported.
Following the issuance of the Prime Minister’s decision, a broad campaign has been launched by the security forces inside the aforementioned areas to seize any motorbikes there, a North Sinai based journalist told Daily News Egypt on Sunday on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, anonymous militants on Saturday evening blew up the residence of a non-commissioned police officer in the suburb of Al-Obour in the North Sinai city of Al-Arish, the journalist said.
“Militants believed to be members of the IS-affiliated group of ‘Sinai Province,” planted [an improvised explosive device] in the non-commissioned police officer’s residence and remotely detonated it; nobody was killed or injured from the explosion,” he explained.
Moreover, a security conscript was injured by sniper bullets while he was stationed at a security checkpoint located south of Al-Arish. The conscript has been transferred to Al-Arish Military hospital to receive treatment, the source added.
Since 2013, state security forces, represented in both the army and the police, have been engaged in violent clashes with “Sinai Province,” known previously as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. In 2014, the group declared its affiliation to IS and has launched deadly attacks on army and police checkpoints.
Over the course of the last two years, the Egyptian armed forces launched counterattacks against militant stationing points across the Sinai Peninsula, where the group is based, particularly in the cities of Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah, and Al-Arish.








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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on February 25, 2017, 08:52:41 pm
What about food in Africa- is it smart to take a Primus and food with us or we can found something to eat on the road? To carry food and all equipment for cooking is ... :)
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on February 26, 2017, 12:29:11 pm
There is food everywhere and it is easy to find food.  It is nice to carry some things for during the day as it is often nice to just stop somewhere and have your lunch, snack etc. and you won't quite find food every time it is your lunchtime.  Whether or not you need to carry a stove and pots etc depends on how remote you want to go, budget and personal preference.  If your plan is to only camp in the bush in emergencies then there is little reason to carry cooking stuff.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: steveindar on February 26, 2017, 01:29:51 pm
Fluids are more important. Where there are people there is food. BBQ chicken is always safe and chips. But try everything.

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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: steveindar on February 26, 2017, 01:31:56 pm
Fluids are more important. Where there are people there is food. BBQ chicken is always safe and chips. But try everything.

Sent from my techno 6 Chinese upgrade

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on February 26, 2017, 07:44:51 pm
Fluids are more important. Where there are people there is food. BBQ chicken is always safe and chips. But try everything.

Yeah, fluids... beer.. :lol8:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on February 27, 2017, 03:07:45 pm

Yeah, fluids... beer.. :lol8:

Just remember, no beer in the Sudan, nada.  I quote the following from one of the articles my son wrote about the trip -

There was also his stubborn single-mindedness when it came to tracking down his other great love – beer – at the end of a hard day on the bikes.   Fortunately, until we reached the Arabic countries, finding a cold one each evening wasn’t a problem. But especially in Sudan – and often in Egypt – things changed and my father was greatly distressed by the lack of beer.  He never gave up, though; he’d ask anyone and everyone (including those who were clearly not accepting of alcohol) if they knew where he could find a beer. And it never ceased to amaze me how surprised he seemed when his queries were ‘rewarded’ with stares of pure venom, particularly from women wearing burkas.

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on February 27, 2017, 04:22:36 pm

Yeah, fluids... beer.. :lol8:

Just remember, no beer in the Sudan, nada.  I quote the following from one of the articles my son wrote about the trip -

There was also his stubborn single-mindedness when it came to tracking down his other great love – beer – at the end of a hard day on the bikes.   Fortunately, until we reached the Arabic countries, finding a cold one each evening wasn’t a problem. But especially in Sudan – and often in Egypt – things changed and my father was greatly distressed by the lack of beer.  He never gave up, though; he’d ask anyone and everyone (including those who were clearly not accepting of alcohol) if they knew where he could find a beer. And it never ceased to amaze me how surprised he seemed when his queries were ‘rewarded’ with stares of pure venom, particularly from women wearing burkas.

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on April 13, 2017, 10:49:30 pm
Hi-hello!
My bike is sailing to Capetown and aprox 10 of May it will be there! So, adventure starts soon!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Oubones on April 14, 2017, 12:41:35 am
 :thumleft: Jealous!
If you come through Kzn, give me a shout.
I am between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Room, chow and chat.
And cold one! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on April 15, 2017, 08:40:00 am
:thumleft: Jealous!
If you come through Kzn, give me a shout.
I am between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Room, chow and chat.
And cold one! :thumleft:
Tnx!
 I let you know :D

E.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: big oil on April 27, 2017, 10:25:40 pm
Will be looking forward to your Ride Report, Mr. ats30 :biggrin:

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on May 01, 2017, 07:26:41 pm
What about water in Africa? I mean not  RSA but Africa generally. Is it possible to buy it in bottles everywhere or i really need to take  water purifying unit with me? I feel like totally owerthinking idiot asking questions like that... :-[
Hope here in North Europe is more who is interested, makes me feel better to not be alone  :lol8:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on May 01, 2017, 07:37:08 pm
Will be looking forward to your Ride Report, Mr. ats30 :biggrin:
If the community is ready to forgive me all these thousands of "linguistic peculiarities" , then, perhaps indeed, I'll take myself together and write something  :P
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Amsterdam on May 02, 2017, 03:41:22 pm
What about water in Africa? I mean not  RSA but Africa generally. Is it possible to buy it in bottles everywhere or i really need to take  water purifying unit with me? I feel like totally owerthinking idiot asking questions like that... :-[
Hope here in North Europe is more who is interested, makes me feel better to not be alone  :lol8:

Maybe take some purification tablets with for the times you have really suspect water.  Those Katadyn type units are such a mission to get any water out of that you will not use it more than a few times.  We mostly drank the available water or bought bottled water and had no issues.  And as you say, don't overthink it.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: steveindar on May 03, 2017, 01:00:18 pm
Bottled water is usually available everywhere.

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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on May 05, 2017, 12:59:09 pm
Once again about Malaria

Prophylaxis during long trip is not good for health anyway. How is your experience with side effects?
One theory is  to abandon the prophylaxis and cure if you're infected. How do you feel about this?

Tnx!

E.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on May 07, 2017, 12:03:24 pm
Once again about Malaria

Prophylaxis during long trip is not good for health anyway. How is your experience with side effects?
One theory is  to abandon the prophylaxis and cure if you're infected. How do you feel about this?

Tnx!

E.

Take the prophylaxis - if you get the one type of Malaria you die .. over and out . The other one you can cure and it will return seasonally ... so take the pills
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Vansafrica on May 09, 2017, 12:45:05 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

Hi Ats,

Crossing is always a problem. I preferred to stay with my bike and opted for a roll on roll off ferry. Salamis Lines has a ferry from Greece Lavrio to Hafia Isreal. You can book a cabin in advance and chill on the boat for 3 days...

https://vansafrica.com/2013/07/18/day-133-israel-%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%99%D7%95%D7%93%D7%A2-%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%96%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%A8/

Good Luck!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: big oil on May 09, 2017, 02:01:30 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

Hi Ats,

Crossing is always a problem. I preferred to stay with my bike and opted for a roll on roll off ferry. Salamis Lines has a ferry from Greece Lavrio to Hafia Isreal. You can book a cabin in advance and chill on the boat for 3 days...

https://vansafrica.com/2013/07/18/day-133-israel-%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%99%D7%95%D7%93%D7%A2-%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%96%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%A8/

Good Luck!

I could very well be wrong, but I think Israel placed a ban on motorcycles and motorcycle parts from the Sinai Peninsula.  Perhaps the ban has been lifted.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Vansafrica on May 09, 2017, 02:05:00 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

Hi Ats,

Crossing is always a problem. I preferred to stay with my bike and opted for a roll on roll off ferry. Salamis Lines has a ferry from Greece Lavrio to Hafia Isreal. You can book a cabin in advance and chill on the boat for 3 days...

https://vansafrica.com/2013/07/18/day-133-israel-%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%99%D7%95%D7%93%D7%A2-%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%96%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%A8/

Good Luck!

I could very well be wrong, but I think Israel placed a ban on motorcycles and motorcycle parts from the Sinai Peninsula.  Perhaps the ban has been lifted.
Highly doubt it. The Taba border is very busy with people going to the resort town in Isreal.


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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 13, 2017, 04:40:53 pm
Hi Ats30 I don't know if you are in South Africa yet but if you come to Johannesburg I have loads of info for you regarding your trip. I also have a spare double room where you can come and stay for free. I did a 33 000km trip from Johannesburg to Egypt and back again to Cape Town in 2015 through 18 countries. I also wrote a book about the trip that I think will help you a lot. Just PM me if you want to come and stay over. Johannesburg is 1550 km from Cape Town.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: big oil on May 13, 2017, 04:44:24 pm
Today, it is not clear how to get from Egypt to Europe. Ideal would be to drive to Israel. Then the ferry to Greece and ok. Unfortunately, there is no regular ship traffic between  Greek and Israel. And last news i know, Sinai desert is not allowed on motorbike. True, there is probably possible to find opportunities.
Another way to travel to Europe is through Egypt and Libya to Tunisia. From Tunisia should be easy to get Italy by ship. The question is Libya. Not much inf about travel in Libya last time.
Sudanese visa is also guestion.
Recent experience in these topics are welcome

Hi Ats,

Crossing is always a problem. I preferred to stay with my bike and opted for a roll on roll off ferry. Salamis Lines has a ferry from Greece Lavrio to Hafia Isreal. You can book a cabin in advance and chill on the boat for 3 days...

https://vansafrica.com/2013/07/18/day-133-israel-%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%99-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%99%D7%95%D7%93%D7%A2-%D7%9E%D7%94-%D7%96%D7%94-%D7%90%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%A8/

Good Luck!

I could very well be wrong, but I think Israel placed a ban on motorcycles and motorcycle parts from the Sinai Peninsula.  Perhaps the ban has been lifted.
Highly doubt it. The Taba border is very busy with people going to the resort town in Isreal.


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Maybe the ban was in Egypt, I can't remember.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on May 13, 2017, 09:00:02 pm
Hi Ats30 I don't know if you are in South Africa yet but if you come to Johannesburg I have loads of info for you regarding your trip. I also have a spare double room where you can come and stay for free. I did a 33 000km trip from Johannesburg to Egypt and back again to Cape Town in 2015 through 18 countries. I also wrote a book about the trip that I think will help you a lot. Just PM me if you want to come and stay over. Johannesburg is 1550 km from Cape Town.

Tnx man! I`ll arrive at beginning of June and let you know! And i will buy your book too :)


Maybe the ban was in Egypt, I can't remember.

As i know, Sinai Peninsula is closed for motorbikes ...
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 14, 2017, 10:46:42 am
Hi Ats30 I don't know if you are in South Africa yet but if you come to Johannesburg I have loads of info for you regarding your trip. I also have a spare double room where you can come and stay for free. I did a 33 000km trip from Johannesburg to Egypt and back again to Cape Town in 2015 through 18 countries. I also wrote a book about the trip that I think will help you a lot. Just PM me if you want to come and stay over. Johannesburg is 1550 km from Cape Town.

Tnx man! I`ll arrive at beginning of June and let you know! And i will buy your book too :)


Maybe the ban was in Egypt, I can't remember.

As i know, Sinai Peninsula is closed for motorbikes ...
Yes they don't allow bikes on the other side (Sinai side) of the Suez Canal. When I arrived there they stopped me from crossing as suicide bombers killed 15 army personnel 2 weeks prior using a bike. Sins then they had the ban and I belief that ban is still in force today. If I could get through at the time I could have traveled by ferry for $615 from Israel to Italy. From Egypt it would have cost me $ 2923 to ship the bike and a plane ticked for my self. I then decided to rather ride my bike back all the way across Africa to South Africa and I am now going to ship my bike from here.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on June 22, 2017, 09:48:49 am
Hi again! Question about riding gear. It is always tricky but would be good to have a hint what to expect about weather. Estimated start is  mid of July, few weeks in SA, after that Namibia, Botswana and ....
Is it dry or wet, mid temp more then 25-30 *C or less ... ? Or just simply, what kind of riding gear you people wear on a trip like that?
Tnx!

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Vansafrica on June 22, 2017, 09:58:23 am
Hi again! Question about riding gear. It is always tricky but would be good to have a hint what to expect about weather. Estimated start is  mid of July, few weeks in SA, after that Namibia, Botswana and ....
Is it dry or wet, mid temp more then 25-30 *C or less ... ? Or just simply, what kind of riding gear you people wear on a trip like that?
Tnx!
Check accuweather for forecast and rainy seasons. Its going to be warm so no warm gear but a rain suite advisible.


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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: TeeJay on June 22, 2017, 12:54:28 pm
South Africa in July is freezing - for us anyway - inland temps can be -2 - depending on what part of SA. In Cape Town currently it's around 8 deg celsius (min) and 15 deg celsius (max).

Inland it can be -4 to 20.

Cold in the mornings and evenings.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: spankme on June 22, 2017, 02:15:56 pm
Have a buddy riding up to UK,presently in Rwanda

Will keep you posted as to how he gets out of Egypt

Another mate did what Schalk wouldnt do and shipped bike to Greece and had to fly over,not cheap :o
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on June 25, 2017, 12:59:25 pm
Adventure starts at 13 of July, just bought tickets to Cape Town!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: 1ougat on July 14, 2017, 10:48:40 pm
So have you started?
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on July 15, 2017, 11:33:07 am
So have you started?
Hi! We are not far from Cape Town, in African Overlanders camp site  now. Tnx for Spankme for warm welcome party,  barbeque and beers! It's a bit unclear how we arrived at night to campsite, but it was a fun evening Tnx a lot Steve!

We are waiting for the weather to improve, and then move forward, along the coast toward Durban. Any suggestions are welcome!

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: steveindar on July 15, 2017, 08:05:24 pm
Its going to be cold either way, may as well start

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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on July 15, 2017, 08:15:02 pm
Just decided that tomorrow, if there is no rain, looking around here and Monday ride North, to Namibia.
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: steveindar on July 15, 2017, 08:25:32 pm
Get out of CT and the rain stops but it's still cold. Good luck and enjoy.

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Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on July 17, 2017, 02:22:22 pm
I replaced the GPS holder and now one, completely new, is  available. The key position was to close to screen, was hard to open / close, TOURATECH fits better. So, If anyone is interested in that let me know. Still near CT for few days.
 http://www.wunderlich.de/shop/en/wunderlich-garmin-zumo-590-595-extrem-bracket-21041-002-1.html



Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Ventana on July 18, 2017, 04:36:56 pm
 :sip:  Looking forward to the stories  :sip:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on July 28, 2017, 12:08:33 pm
Just arrived to Upington! Finally weather is good, warm enough to enjoy could beer on the banks of Orange River :) We stay here for a couple of days, then move towards Namibia.
 How many of you have heard of a country called Estonia? I suggest very few. And even less likely are those who know where this small country is located. Yesterday evening, having just entered the city, stopped at a pub to eat and  enjoy  little small and cold beer, a gentleman came to our table and asked if we are from Estonia. It turned out that his wife is an Estonian and they live together in Upington. Just mention, the population of Estonia is estimated to be about 1.3 million. Having lunch today with estonian in other side of the world ... :)
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Sprocketbek on July 28, 2017, 12:21:50 pm
Great!
Enjoy your time here and keep us updated  :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on July 31, 2017, 02:04:39 pm
Hi! After 30 min we start from Upington to Kgalagadi Transfrontier  park. Few days there and after that Namibia. Tnx for enjoyable Gemsbok Rally, special tnx for warm hospitality to Kenhardt Hotel staff ;) Surprisingly only few adventure motorcycles, considering that RSA  is as a land of overlanders .. And only four  KTM-s, incl me  :ricky:
Was  surprising to meet here in Kalahari desert a compatriot from our little Estonia and and she`s family. Really nice people, warm hospitality and lekker braai  ;D

I wanted to add a few photos, in purpose you see us somewhere on the road, there is no need to be shy  ;) But i forgot how to do it... :(

See you somewhere on the way!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on August 03, 2017, 09:59:44 am
Hi!
 
Our travel blog is available here: https://vihulamoto.ee/?page_id=102&lang=en
As original post is in Estonian, translation in English and Russian are some times a little late but this is the best we can do. There is a map too where you can see our route. In not online, i update it as often i can.
See you on the road!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: spankme on August 03, 2017, 11:14:53 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on August 17, 2017, 12:59:26 pm
Hi!

We arrived to Windhoek and stay here for few days. Is here some fellow rider(s) who is interested to meet for cold one? Would be nice to meet new friends!  I also need to change tyre and oil, so if there is a garage avalable (i have all tools and already oil, filter and tyre)  ...

Our report is here: https://vihulamoto.ee/?p=800&lang=en

Looking forward to ...!

Cheers!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on August 26, 2017, 11:20:57 am
Hello from Okovango delta!
Great place! Last post in our travel report will be translated soon, you are welcome to follow us: https://vihulamoto.ee/?page_id=102&lang=en

I have a question for Johannesburg/Pretoria riders- can you recomend some shop where i can find a riding pants? I need something light, weather is hot and more north is more hot, so time to change gear. Lusaka will be more on the road, but hardly any driving equipment will be available there.

Cheers!
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: wobbler on September 15, 2017, 03:09:10 pm
Safe travels!
Looking forward to your updates
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on September 22, 2017, 07:02:05 pm
Hi people! How is situation in Mozambique now? Is it ok or they still burn vehicles between north and south? It can make me mad  if someone is playing with matches near my bike...  :D
Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: ats30 on October 08, 2017, 01:53:40 pm
Full travel report is here: https://vihulamoto.ee/?cat=64&lang=en
Below is one fragment of our adventure.

We left the resort of the bugs, traveled a couple of hundred kilometers upstream and stopped at the Hakuna Matata campsite. It’s a very chill place. Master Willie bought some land at the edge of the lake, with an area of about a hectar, that cost 4000 dollars and is now quietly spending his old age there. There’s beer in cupboard, Martha’s cooking some dinner, what more to want. The couple of evenings spent there went fast. We discussed world events and turned out that we were on the same wavelength on some topics.

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I decided to make a small offroad trip so sitting by the lake wouldn’t get too boring. I removed the cases and wrapped everything necessary so that I took only my tank bag with me. Willie, who used to make day trips to Livingstonia with his old Defender thought that the rise of 15 km should take me about 1,5 hours. To be safe, I took some water and bottle of brake fluid with me just in case. I doubted a little if the trip is worth taking. Didn’t want to risk my life and possible injuries (of the bike I mean). Eventually the desire to ride in the mountains with a lighter bike won.

The rise was difficult but not impossible. It took about 20 minutes and I was up. Since I hadn’t done much preliminary work, I didn’t know what to expect. I mean about Livingstonia as a settlement. Regardless of the fancy name, I thought that it would be just another village in the mountains. I wast really wrong either. There were some unexpected things too. The church for example. A very nice one, well taken care of and totally un-African. I’m sorry for my robust way of expressing, but African churches (talking about the building) are the bad looking. But the church there was a nice cathedral. The village itself has also somewhat more decent houses. On the central square, I saw a few buildings with the sign that said “University of Livingstonia”. At first it seemed funny, but then I ended up in the middle of a college campus. Even the students walked around. Quite surreal. I later learned, that it was supposed to be the best Malawi university. Who knows. There’s nothing else to do there but study, so it might actually be true…

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I didn’t want to go back using the same road, so I decided to explore the mountain villages. It was fun! Got to see the local life and ride some interesting roads. I ended up riding a little under 100 km. And this time without technical difficulties.



The crossing from Malawi to Tanzania was pretty much stress-free (except another flat front tire). The visa cost 50 $ per person and that was it. We had set our sights to an accommodation located about 40 kilometers from the border so I tried to extend the agony. I stopped and pumped the tire after every 5-10 km and tried to reach the campsite that way. Unfortunately it turned out we also needed refueling so we needed to find a gas station for that. For some reason I hoped that you can pay with a card for the fuel in Tanzania. Well, you can’t. So we needed cash to refuel. To get cash we needed to find an ATM. So we went back and fourth. Rode for some kilometers, took out the compressor and pumped the tire, rode some more and did it all over again.

Eventually we got both cash and a full tank and were heading for the campsite. About 15 km from the border we had another flat tire. This time directly next to a police checkpoint. I was trying to stop and find a smoother place on the side of the road but … the clutch was not separating. And there’s no rear brake again. It was almost twilight already. I had to unload everything in order to get the bike to the center rack, otherwise it’s too heavy. Fortunately the Mosko casings come off easily. The front tire has been fixed so many times that I can do it with my eyes closed. It took about 15 minutes and everything was fine again.

After the tire was fixed I took on the clutch. It had shown problems during the day, so I had plenty of time to think of all sorts of thing. The work cylinder had been exchanged for about 20 000 km ago … Sigutech … who knows. Hoped that it was ok, it’s a piston with three seals after all. If the piston were to have a break, then we would be in trouble. The same, if something should be wrong with the gaskets. Fortunately I had my Magura bottle. The only problem was that it was located in a place where it’s difficult to reach without loosening some screws and bolts. It’s not overly hard, just time consuming. It turned out, after screwing off the lid, that the liquid was still there. That meant that the technical part was over, just needed to exchange the liquid. The old one really was dirty. And really hot. Anyway, I got rid of the old fluid and the clutch started working again.



The rear break. The little window that is on the side of the brake pump, had decided to stay in Africa. Oh, well. I taped it up and we continue on, now in the dark. As mentioned previously, the rear brake is a comfort brake, it’s not absolutely necessary. You can’t stop the bike with it, it’s needed for maneuvering and stopping on a slope. Or for descending at a slow speed. So no worries.

I decided to take a closer look in the morning. Everything looked clean, no injuries, just the glass window is missing. Why is the window there at all??!! I know if there’s no brakes. I wonder if there are people who look through those windows every time they go riding just to make sure every necessary fluid is there? There shouldn’t be any problems, if there aren’t any leakage. I hope that there are pumps without windows, because this one will be retiring in any case. I have brought a selection of bolts-nuts-washers with me so I thought about fixing the hole with some of them. I thought I could put a bolt through the hole, a rubber gasket on the washers, tighten and everything would be fine. Unfortunately the window is at a stupid place so it didn’t work. Since the container is just for holding the liquid supply, that means there’s no pressure inside it, I went for the simpler way. A double rubber patch (this is where some bicycle inner tube brought from home comes in handy 🙂 ), a pair of washers and tie it together with some cable ties. Looks awful. But authentic African stuff. After couple of days on the road, still no leakage.

 

 

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The internet access is bad in Tanzania. It’s worse than it has been in the countries visited. You can’t pay with a card at the gas stations. You can find some ATM-s and you can even use your Master card to get money from them.

For various reasons, we decide to go directly to Dar es Salaam. For this, it takes us exactly three days from the border. The first half of the road is mostly being repaired. As usual, the front of the front tire falls flat in the evening. After some repairs we can continue.

It’s ok during the day because the visibility is good. The round-ways of the sections in repair are really though in the dark. The temporary roads are sprayed with water to prevent huge amounts of dust. This means that the roads are covered with a layer of liquid clay that is extremely slippery. In addition, you can’t see the holes underneath. Obviously not too much is spent on temporary roads and quite often there are large holes or slippery rocks underneath the dirt. The worst thing is the extremely tight traffic of huge trucks on these dangerous sections. In addition, these sections are either on slopes or on declines. Riding in the muddy clay, with a fully loaded bike, with two passengers, between trucks, in the dark … really bad, honestly. There was nowhere to stop and stay for the night. The first place was 140 km away, starting from the sunset. We ignored the prohibiting signs everywhere possible and rode on the sections being repaired. Some were pretty ok, covered in compact crushed stone. Some were even paved. There was a section that was covered with fresh tar. We could’ve probably been able to ride on a fresh new asphalt a day later. There were people still on the road on the last section that was being repaired. We were stopped by a man with a gun and in a rather decisive way, ordered us to turn back. Since it was not a AK 47, I made it look like I was doing just that, after turning half way, I turn back in the direction ahead and turn the gas. Fortunately nobody started to shoot at us. We arrived at the campsite quite happily and after some time, stay in a room again (actually a hut).



As breakfast is not offered in the camping are, we went to the nearest town to grab something. With sleeping late, it takes some time to get on the move. We were half way on Dar es Salaam and wanted to get there that day. The GPS showed that it was 560 km away so it was highly unlikely. We had another flat tire that afternoon. There was still a couple of hours of light left so I decided to see what’s going on. It’s unreal. How can a front tire break so many times??!! I’ve just pulled the inner tube out from the side and patched it up every time before that, so I decided to take the tire off completely and find out what’s going on. I was really ma. At the same time, Victor from France came on his old African Twin, on his way to the Cape Town. Together we discovered a strange crack inside the tire.

 

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Sharp and deep. Just at the place where the latest injuries have been. Even the shape and angle matches. The crack or split is not through and through. From the outside, the tire is fine. Since there were no better options at the moment, I put several layers of gray tape on the crack and hope that the inner tube will stay ok for at least as long as I can find a new one.

As the tire exchange took a couple of hours, we didn’t go into Dar just yet. We stayed at a local guest house at the side of the road. It was a nice place and a room for two cost only 6 $. It even had hot water.

There are all kinds of stories going around about Dar. The robbing of the tourists on the streets was supposed to be a normal event. So we put our more valuable stuff at the bottom of the trunk and leave a big lever out from a bags lock. Good to have on hand if someone should attack from somewhere. I even prepared myself mentally for any sharper moments so there wouldn’t be any hesitations, I will not give anything away without a fight.

The traffic jams started about 60 km before the city and there was quite a lot of zig-zagging between the cars. A local biker, on some kind of older Honda enduro bike, rode ahead, so racing with him, we traveled toward the capital. We had to cross a larger national park where giraffes and antelopes were walking alongside the road. About 40 km before reaching Dar we had another flat tire. Luckily we were right next to a workshop. It turned out that the tape had moved and the inner tube had the same shape hole again. This workshop had the necessary tools for vulcanization. It took some time because of the power outages. But on the positive side, even the crack in the tire gets a vulcanized patch this time.

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The inner tube has no scatheless spot. And despite the fact that I had brought plenty of patches, they are now almost gone. There are only three left.

We reached Kepepeo beach, about 15 km from the capital, by the evening. Kepepeo means butterfly. That was our goal and we will be staying here for couple of days. It’s like any other southern city. The lever was not needed after all. It reminds me South-East Asian metropolises, although Dar doesn’t seem to be very big. In general there is a similarity between Asian/Arab cities. Street food, all kinds of services right on the roadside etc.

Finally, the Indian Ocean white sand and light blue water you can see through!!!

Title: Re: A couple on 990ADV, Cape to Cairo.
Post by: Oubones on October 08, 2017, 06:19:02 pm
Thanks for the update.
Interesting trip and safe journey further.