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Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on September 23, 2017, 12:42:16 pm
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It was over. It was now the unpleasant little chore of getting home and having to deal with queues, bureaucracy and, dammit! not being on my #12 bike in the desert. I was missing it deeply already. We were spread across 3 tables in the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek (this becomes important much later in the story….) drinking beer and filling up on burgers so generously paid for by Hardy. At that moment, it occurred to me that though I’ve spent many years with others, I had seldom felt more connected to and familiar with the bunch sitting around me who just 12 days before, where absolute strangers.

Funny how that works?

I also knew that this was temporary. Life would get in the way and though we will meet again, I’m sure, we will never all be all in that moment. So I proposed a last collective task; “let’s write a collective ride report. Someplace where when we’re grey and old… ok, greyer and older, see the photo’s and we can read back about this time. Also, I know many others would love to know what actually happened”

And so, here it is. I am pretty certain this is going to take us a while, but that’s just fine by me. Also, there are some of the crew who no doubt will add their 10c too.

I can’t wait.

Each day will be written about by the participants and only once all those who wish to contribute have completed that day will we start the next day. The sections will be;

Getting to Windhoek
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12 Home
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Johnnie Bok on September 23, 2017, 01:05:34 pm
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 2StrokeDan on September 23, 2017, 01:15:07 pm
Great idea, though I think this will take some time.

I am sure there are still many untold tales, squabbles, fall-downs, and braai-stories to regale us with. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on September 23, 2017, 01:20:43 pm
Great idea . Looks like the boss's expectation  of my work output over the next few weeks  is going to be seriously overestimated

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on September 23, 2017, 01:25:59 pm
Andrew Johnstone #12

Getting to Windhoek



I thought it was going to be relatively plain sailing;

I’d made the Bootcamp semi-finals, bought my ticket to Jhb return and just had to buy a new stash of re-hydrate an GU. I would have a month to punish my MTB to top up the fitness levels and lose a couple of KG’s. Sorted surely?

Nope. For that whole month I struggled with flu and the after effects. I’d gotten a middle ear infection and was now irritatingly half deaf with everything sounding dull and as if I was underwater. I never got onto the bike once. Then to add insult to injury with 3 days to go I got food poisoning. Between packing and wondering which end of my body to stick in the toilet first, it wasn’t what I had anticipated when I signed up.

Hardy, the host and chap who’s brainchild this was had been sending titillating photo’s of the buildup; the bikes where prepped and being transported up

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His not inconsiderable convoy was enroute

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The technology to broadcast the days video’s was being checked

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I had some last minute alterations to finish

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But in the last weekend, all I had was the trots and this

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Final evening, I got a serious fright. I couldn’t find my passport!?!?! OFFS!

After practically turning the house upside down, it was where I left it. In the scanner. Fok!

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So, this is what the picture of health and beauty looks like at 4.30am the morning of the start of my Honda Quest adventure

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To keep with this theme, only the very best for this finely tuned athlete. I had a breakfast of champions on the way to the Airport

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Bang on…

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...only by wearing my riding boots.

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See you in 2 weeks…

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Fortunately, it seemed the stomach had settled down, although I wasn’t going to risk a fart just yet.

I was left to wondering what I had left behind and more importantly what would the next 12 days be like?

Well, one thing was clear when I got to Jhb to meet the bunch, it wasn’t going to be a fashion conscious experience

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Anticipation had been building nicely on the little WhatsApp group that had been created for the finalists over the preceding month and now, though I’d obviously met all of them on Bootcamp, it was coming together!

Touch down and away to meet Hardy

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Um, hang on… 2 hours to move 20 meters. That’s what the Namibian Passport Control people thought of these Riding Gods. It was painful and having to do it in riding boots too.

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I’d started a big WhatsApp group for friends and family and some of the wives and husband for the competitors, we made a quick detour to make sure this would not be hindered

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Then, finally, meeting the crew and the Namibian contestant Johannes Haasbroek as the Safari Hotel. Picking up the cool SWAG made by Gerrit duToit

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Hardy got the ball rolling with the intro’s and what was going to happen next. It was made clear that the actual competition would only start once we were at Spitzkoppe. Until then, we were still in liaison to the place. Nothing would be scored and neither would we know who our team mate was going to be. At least we’d ease into the whole thing rather than heading off at a sprint. Hardy seemed to be most worried about the Windhoek traffic that we’d have to negotiate the next day. We were more concerned about running out of beer.

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We took it very seriously and discussed all this till much later…

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And finally, I joined my 3 other roommates in a snoring fest in anticipation of what the next days would bring.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: MaxThePanda on September 23, 2017, 02:05:52 pm
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Say whaaaaaaaatttt????

You have a tomato shaped pincushion???
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 23, 2017, 02:09:42 pm
Nice one Andrew.

The anticipation prior to the flight was certainly intense.  No one knew what to expect and what the competition rules would be.  Come to think of it, it still seems a mystery to some extent.

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Everyone was busy preparing in their own way, some spending time on the bike, others in the gym and some just carried on with normal life.  I somehow managed to get this brain fart that one can get fit within two weeks!

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Scrat got us all excited with the shirts and buffs he was making for us.  If ever you want a personalized shirt, he's your man.

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Hardy also got the juices flowing when he sent this pic of how the bikes would be personalized.

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Another one of the convoy and the little Iveco that was cause for very loud cheers!

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Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 23, 2017, 02:09:57 pm
Natuurlik was daar baie debat oor watter tools om saam te vat.

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Om alles in 20kg in te pas was 'n uitdaging van pak, uit pak en oor pak.

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En toe is dit reg om te vlieg.

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Maar nie voor ons op die regte noot begin nie.  Aaah, 'n biertjie.

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Die manne koop sim kaarte in Windhoek om darem net kontak te hou.  Ek koop twee, een vir elke week en kom op die ou einde met altwee net so terug.  As 'n man eers in die boendoes is wil jy eintlik nie kontak hê nie.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 23, 2017, 02:16:06 pm
Ai Caramba!!! This is THE report of this forums existance!

 8)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 0012 on September 23, 2017, 02:38:30 pm
subs   :sip:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on September 23, 2017, 02:56:36 pm
Getting into and out of this place proved to be both the 1st and last  challenge of quest ...and not small challenges either I might add
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on September 23, 2017, 03:03:27 pm
After weeks of stoic sobriety, dieting and strict exercise regimes  (well for some at least ;) )we at last got to sit around  the pool at our 1st stop in Windhoek and get to know eachother a bit better over a bitterly cold one

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Twister on September 23, 2017, 05:01:58 pm
I gave myself a 1.5 hour safety buffer to get through the famous Gauteng traffic from the Free State side, and still made the 10 o clock deadline at OR Thambo with very little time to spare. Thanks Marcel...
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: DirtRebell on September 23, 2017, 05:04:05 pm
I'm subscribed... :sip:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Twister on September 23, 2017, 05:17:46 pm
On the plane with the team.

Entertaining ourselves while we are obviously in the slower queue, trying to get through customs.

The taxi ride from the airport which is almost 50 km outside Windhoek

Arriving at Safari hotel
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on September 23, 2017, 05:55:43 pm
Angus and I flew to Johannesburg on Sunday to avoid any sort of late arrival.

I am still not sure what my biggest fear of the Quest was? The route or the thought of having to go without beer for an unknown time.

So we made sure we were hydrated on beer Sunday night.

Arrived at the airport early. Met up with the others for a Wimpy breakfast and a few coffees where after we lined up in the first of many queues.

Someone forgot 20 sets of mirrors in Cape Town and Scrat generously transported them to OR Tambo and then handed everyone a set to take to Windhoek.

On the flight to Windhoek I watched as the earth became more desert like. Excitement was building.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 23, 2017, 07:14:32 pm
The crew that had to make sure our contestants did not get themselves into too much trouble, were well fed, were sorted for digs, competed fairly etc was:

Myself
Janco Breytenbach - Janco has been working for me for 7 years and is probably the best 4x4 instructor in the country
Garron Ockhuis - Ex Odyssey contestant and a soft spoken gentleman with a work ethic that will make your eyes water - a fantastic travel companion
Mark Mcintyre - Ex Odyssey contestant, Prince Harry lookalike that shares Garron's work ethic.
Jaco Kirsten - Ex Weg magazine editor, our media manager, instructor and our friend.
John Webb - Tau as you know him - fantastic instructor, amazing rider, and someone with a love for the roads less travelled.
Christoffel Lombard - Hingsding as you know him, whom we renamed "Staal" on this expedition - a True Adventurer if I ever saw one..
Ockie Vermeulen from Expedition Medics - a Trauma doctor that made sure 35 people came home safely. Ockie makes any expedition easier with his skills.
Willie Venter from Kalon Films - Drone pilot and Video editor that slept for three hours a day for two weeks in a row.
Chantal Burger - Ex Odyssey contestant, my girlfriend, and one of three people that had to make sure 35 others ate well.
Gene' de Kock - Specialised Adventures heartbeat. This woman keeps everything together, and somehow finds time to make sure we all eat well.
Bernadine van Niekerk - Willie's girlfriend and catering assistant.
RPM Media - Jan and Ian Sime that had to make sure Willie got the footage to work his magic. Jan Sime (60+) is the only person that slept less than Willie.
Barend Fouche' - Honda Motorcycle's boss. Barend joined the crew and played his part like a Rockstar.

While Janco and Barend flew up with the contestants, the rest of us had to drive the logistics vehicles all the way up from Loxton.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 2StrokeDan on September 23, 2017, 08:55:16 pm
Very nice Iveco!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Minxy on September 23, 2017, 10:16:05 pm
After being selected as a finalist, there was just soooo many things to do, and sooooo little time!

First things first I knew that if I wanted to see this through I needed to brush up on my fitness. Friends recommended Basefit, they train some of the Roof riders and other top racers. Went just about every single day leading up to the event and can really only thank my trainers for getting me into some kind of shape before this event.
Another thing was brushing up on some technical riding skills, so a couple of visits to Rhinopark were done and also an awesome practice ride through DeWildt. (Write up here: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=214323.0).
I got to use a demo model DCT bike for a week or so before the event, which helped a lot with getting familiarized.

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Everything we needed for 2 weeks had to fit into an 85L duffel bag. This was pretty damm challenging and after a few fashion crisis-es I finally managed to get my bags packed...
All this, and we had to still research and put together a 15 min presentation/chat for Quest on which we were each given a "secret"  topic. Sheesh! Try do all this between work! ;)

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Hondsekierie drove me to the airport where we met with all the other contestants. This is it, no turning back now. Goodbye's were said and we were off!

I sat with Ktmkobus on our flight to Windhoek, a familiar face to me as we've met a couple of times before and also flew down to Capetown together previously with Bootcamp. Note the photobomb at the back with Francois, Grant and Charl!  :imaposer:

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Excitement was definitely at a high when we landed in Windhoek. Waiting 2 hours to get our passports stamped couldn't even put a damper on it!
Things got real when we finally arrived at the Safari Lodge and met the rest of the crew. Introdcutions were done and a round of beers was ordered to break the ice :) After all the evenings formalities were done we got to retire to our rooms to try to actually sleep while we knew our beautiful steeds would be waiting for us the next morning at Honda Pupkewitz.

At this point I would like to add that as the only female competitor at Quest, it soon came to pass that I'd be faced not only with all the challenges the guys were faced, but also some very unique challenges as well. This was the first... The room allocations were 4 contestants per room. There would be no luxury rooms or any other soft lady treatment for me, oh no!  Lucky for me I anticipated this and I brought my good earplugs... 8)  "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz" To be continued!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on September 24, 2017, 07:24:41 am
After our arrival at the hotel we unpacked and got summoned to the first team meeting.

Hardy briefed us on what to expect in the next weeks.

We were each allowed an 85L bag and everyone did that (and some more). This resulted in the Specialized Adventures team having to source a last minute rental to carry the extra luggage.

Guess this would be the first lesson learned- I/we always overpack with unnecessary things.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BradT on September 24, 2017, 08:06:57 am
Thanks for sharing do far...look forward to the rest.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on September 24, 2017, 09:03:01 am
Nice one kamanya!

Team 6 all the way !



I wil post some pics and add my 2c later.   

But first..........

Team 2 is on packing duty and teams 7 and 8 on kitchen duty. 
Lets get going. 😀
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on September 24, 2017, 09:47:03 am
Such a brilliant idea to do a write-up in this fashion.  Keep it coming guys and girl .

@ GrypH - ek hoor jy is aan die diepkant ingegooi met die sandryery maar jy het darem vinnig geleer

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on September 26, 2017, 06:37:35 am
This report is taking longer than getting through Namibian customs.

Hopefully with everyone back at work today there will be ample time to write.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: woody1 on September 26, 2017, 07:12:52 am
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 26, 2017, 07:36:51 am
My awesome, no snoring, roomies the first night.

Barbara (Minxy), Pieter (Twister) and Andries (Andypants)

I wish there was a way to describe the anticipation that night.  Speculation of what is about to unfold, eager to get on the bikes and nerves that's totally shot.

Nothing could however prepare us for the adventure that lay ahead.

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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 26, 2017, 07:40:57 am
After our arrival at the hotel we unpacked and got summoned to the first team meeting.

Hardy briefed us on what to expect in the next weeks.

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Look at those serious faces! 

At this stage we are also told that for the next two weeks we are nameless and will be addressed as a number only.

Edit:  From left to right:  Barend Fouche (Honda - Head of Motorcycle division), John Tau Webb (Our awesome leader and instructor), Hardy de Kock (the fearless leader from Specialised Adventures),  Jaco Kirsten (Media Manager and also instructor), Christoffel Hinksding Lombard (Our other awesome instructor) and Ockie Vermeulen (Our doctor, nurse, drug dealer and support from Expedition Medics).



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Post by: Hardy de Kock on September 26, 2017, 08:03:27 am
After our arrival at the hotel we unpacked and got summoned to the first team meeting.

Hardy briefed us on what to expect in the next weeks.

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Look at those serious faces! 

At this stage we are also told that for the next two weeks we are nameless and will be addressed as a number only.



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Quote - "At this stage we are also told that for the next two weeks we are nameless and will be addressed as a number only."

Explanation - We did not want to become friends with the contestants at that stage, It makes judging them even more difficult. It did however become more and more difficult to address this group by number only. I, like the rest of the crew, could not believe that we struck it that lucky, to have chosen 20 of the nicest people in this country.
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Post by: Gérrard on September 26, 2017, 09:51:55 am
We've seen many pics, but I don't recall one that actually says... "and this is Hardy !" Please post a pic that we can see what the main man looks like.
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Post by: Koet on September 26, 2017, 11:08:40 am
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Hierdie gaan EPIC wees!
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Post by: Sputnik080 on September 26, 2017, 11:11:48 am
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Post by: White Rhino on September 26, 2017, 11:32:13 am
Brilliant !!!!   :sip:
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Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on September 26, 2017, 02:48:24 pm
My preparations for Quest was to leave bootcamp and go on holiday for two weeks and a half weeks. Relaxing and recharging on the Natal North coast was just what the doctor ordered after a sub zero experience in Ceres.

After this it was focus on work and get staff members to take over where I was leaving off. This in its self brought me back to earth with a bang. Leaving a few days to finalize packing in a mad frenzy. I flew into OR TAMBO on Sunday and had kind offers of accommodation from fellow competitors but I needed time to shed my work and family life and focus on the adventure at hand. All this did was give me the nerves that I thought I had side stepped and the reality of what was to come. I take this opportunity to thank my better half and my family for all they did to make this possible for me. I woke at 4am and the roller coaster ride was starting. I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS! With my mind clear and focused my bags are loaded on the bus, airport here I come. I am ready lets do this!

It was breakfast at Wimpy already frequented by some contestants then on to the departures. Reaquantance all round. The excitement was so real in the group that you could almost touch it. I remember thinking this group just fit! I cant see any of us getting on each others tits, how right could I be. As said above it was off to Windhoek then onto the day that we all where looking forward to, our first riding day. Firecoast will understand this having to deal with some of my idiosyncrasies I dont class anything as real until its happening so for me personally I started to relax and enjoy this experience once I threw my leg over my new friend. Anything before this is kinda a blur. "RIDE COWBOY RIDE, THROUGH THE BACK DOOR TO HEAVEN TO THE OTHER SIDE!"
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: tyrebraaier on September 26, 2017, 03:48:13 pm
I have steered clear of Andrew's more scientific approach to the quest write-up. I started and just kept writing. I am a Project Manager for WSP Global so in Wilddog terms  a desk jockey. I went on an amazing journey - Quest. Here’s my story.

I work in a highly stressful environment with the PFMA constantly hanging over my head and the learned oversight of parastatal assurance committees constantly questioning my judgement. Being outside of my comfort zone and dealing with difficult people is part of my dayjob. I will therefore admit that I underestimated the unforgiving terrain of the Kaokoland and how much mental endurance it took to get through Quest in one piece.

Suffice it to say – Quest was an amazing experience. Life altering, maybe even life punctuating.  I still ponder the words to meaningfully express the magnitude of my experience.

I was quite excited when I was chosen for bootcamp and will always remember exactly where I was when I got the call from Hardy to say: “You’re in” that Monday after bootcamp. 

I certainly would have liked to win but I got so much more out of the whole expedition. I am a staunch advocate of doing meaningful things with your life; or at least trying. Quest gave me a profound sense of appreciation of how privileged I really am. The clarity to just take a step back, take it easy, say kind things, appreciate insignificant things and appreciate my family.

I have quite literally never been hungry in my life. Simply because of the substantially increased physical output and moderate intake of food this was the first time in my life I actually hungry. Not after a cycle race, ons gaan nou braai hungry but truly hungry.  In fairness the food provided was enough and of a very good quality considering where we went. I am just used to eating more which is why, as part of my journey, I have learnt to appreciate a plate of food. Not just thank you, amen, eat but to really be thankful for how blessed we are and how much we really have in comparison to others.

Whenever we stopped somewhere in the middle of nowhere; suddenly a Himba child shows up. Two minutes later a few mothers with babies and after the usual few minutes unceremonious reciprocated gawking the commander in chief of that specific piece of nothingness arrives. The locals survive with the absolute bare minimum. Like my teammate said – no one will last even a week with them.

I had the privilege of being paired with, of which the consensus was unanimous, the most colourful character of the expedition. Normally known as Johannes Haasbroek , Director of the EHRA Trust but in official capacity he is known as the “Protector of the virtues of the critical titty parade, both comedian and philosopher in equal measure, conservationist, biologist, geologist, horticulturalist, politician  and honorary doctor of gynaecology. The Elephant man, the Boesman of the Damaraland, Yourhighness von Haaaasebroek” He is indeed a colourful character full of wisdom and life experience. I am privileged to call Johannes my friend.  Johannes’s selfless dedication is humbling. He simply doesn’t give up his fight for a noble cause.

Check out the link www.desertelephant.org/

Another significant lesson I learned is when I stuffed up the tyre change – Johannes was very calm about it, despite asking me if I knew what to do. We were dead last. Afterwards I thought this was going to create some friction but to my amazement he was completely cool about it. It was a competition after all.  When I apologised Johannes was quick with kind words: “Mounie warry nie bra, ons sit dit agter ons en beur vorentoe. Twee weke is lank, hier gaan nog baie gebeur” I will never forget the kindness he showed me when I didn’t deserve it. This type of tolerance is the testimony of emotional intelligence and a kind heart. I was humbled by his reaction and vowed to practice such restraint in my personal life as well.

I like to be prepared, know the objective, quantify the risks make contingency plans. Use only kit that is tried & tested, personal care, medical supplies, and clothing. I now know why Cape Union Mart has a lot of money in the group – the Quest contestants put it there

Essentials for me in terms of packing:

•   Ultra heavy duty kit/duffle bag – I used Quechua 100L (the bag you won at the golf day won’t work)
•   Clothing – light and quick dry. Light colours are cooler. I always take a down jacket and rain jacket and pants, old pair of jeans flip flops and tekkies on any trip. Even in summer / dry season. It depressing to eat your dinner in the dirty adventure jacket because the wind is blowing or put on wet clothes in the morning because of a 10 minute thunderstorm the previous day
•   Blow up pillows are k@k – never again. Real pillow for me, even half a one.
•   My medical kit was too big – I used only tape for my hands and anti –inflammatory tablets – obviously if there is no doctor on your trip take more stuff
•   GSI outdoor makes a good coffee plunger and mugs – I can bear witness to their quality as Johannes brought what I can only describe as a 74kg bag of good coffee.
•   My tyre levers weren’t right. I gave them to a guy at Epupa. Check out what works for others – I am buying motion pro. Also throw in a rubber hammer (conveniently placed artefact as John described it)
•   I used a lot of foot powder and fresh socks every day – it worked a treat.
•   Ballistic kit and jersey works better in convoy setup. Constant stopping kills you in an armoured adventure jacket.
•   Take spices, tabasco, biltong, earplugs, small funnel, wet wipes, 10m nylon rope 4 mm & 1mm and  beeswax ointment (or lanolin if the mrs is breastfeeding) – these small things made a big difference to my trip.

I hate rocks and try to avoid them at all cost. The sight of a protruding femur is one that I don’t want to see again and it wasn’t even mine. I don’t do rocks. I found myself quite nervous; maybe anxious is a more apt description in the rocks of which there was a sh1tload of to contend with. There was certainly a lot of good guidance and advice that ultimately helped me get through the more technical sections but for an office dweller like me it was daunting at best. Before quest I thought the ring between Hermanus, Bredasdorp, McGregor and Caledon was a solid adventure.  The DCT however made a definite difference in my ability to descent the most difficult rock sections.

I distinctly remember Francois putting his hand up, firmly, but not in your face down the hairiest part of Van Zyl’s pass. “Stop, kyk vir my! Relax – ons het jou. Ek is jou toergids van hier af. Jy is in beheer, kry jou balans, lekker hard opi brieke ons keer net, ONS HET JOU!!” A few well timed kind words of reassurance and encouragement goes a long way. I will certainly be more conscious of this in my personal life as well. 

In Purros we had some compulsory alone time overlooking the most spectacular desert vista, one that I will certainly remember for years to come. It found myself quite emotional missing my family, knowing the expedition is drawing to a close and realising where I’ve ridden the bike over the past 10 days. I wrote my wife and kids’ names in the sand in big 1X2 meter letters and made circle around it with the bike. I said a prayer for them and then just stared into the distance thinking about a great many things. That hour felt truly significant, it had meaning to me.   

The sand is where I was comfortable; from my days in the Kalahari with a TW200 to the Empty Quarter where I lived for three years. The riverbeds and crossings were fun, I also had a perverse sense of relief when I witnessed the carnage in the sand – I was certainly not the only one that was challenged beyond their comfort zone. Myself and Johannes rode through the sand like rockstars on the latter part of the trip. The learning curve on the subject of dust gaps in sand is however a steep one so beware.  The penultimate day across the dunes to Branberg camp was the most memorable day of riding of the whole expedition for me.

It is there where I also heard the saying I will remember most from the expedition, and believe me crafty chirps were not in short supply. Afirkaans can best articulate our exchanges in this specific instance so here goes:

(on the sand after a long morning of chaos & destruction with only 35km to go over the most difficult sand of the expedition – unbeknownst to the majority of the contestants)

Gerrit:  “Hoe ver is dit nog Johannes?” (after waiting for 30 min for the convoy to catch up)

Johannes: “Dis nie lank in afstand nie maar dis vêr in bloed. Jy sal sien!”

Needless to say it was far in blood, literally. To crown it all we had yet another puncture 10km before camp. It was indeed a long day but so much fun, so many memories.

Your body takes a lot of hammering and that’s without falling off. I was physically prepared. Say 6.5-7 out of 10. With 10 being a fitness instructor/ personal trainer, 9 being a permanent military type PSD or similar, 8 being a weekend warrior triathlete of sorts that works as an accountant etc. etc. and I still took a lot of strain. The fitter and physically stronger you are the better. Riding fit.

I stuck plasters in my hands as I knew my delicate office dwelling hands would take a beating so from day 3 I taped my hands rally style every day. The novelty wears off quickly but after a week you are happy that you started early and you don’t really care about the semi-permanent grey band of grit around your hands anymore. They are working and that’s all that matters.  I also took anti-inflammatory tablets at least 5 nights over the last week. We dubbed it “preventative maintenance” and it works. We slept like babies after we double-dropped at Brandberg camp.

I knew the tools I packed would do the job. Unfortunately the convoy does not have my normal two hours to change a tyre. Ring spanners are the way to go and valve pullers will make excellent Christmas presents for the adventurers in your family.  The right tyre levers (3) are of critical importance and a “grondseiltjie” and a “potjie Vaseline” goes a long way. I have also learnt that a shifting spanner is called a “h@erspanner” – when I enquired about the etymology of this colourful description the reply can be best described as concise. It was as simple as: “Want dis ‘n kak ding – kry vir jou ringspanners”

Riding different bikes every day messed with my head, I like consistency and think that it would have been better for me personally to just ride one bike all the way. I nevertheless tasted what the DCT can do and I am very impressed. For the riding I normally do and will do in future – straight gravel and clean(ish) sand much less technical than the Kaokoveld I still prefer the manual.

Insofar as the DCT versus manual goes I and thoroughly convinced that the DCT is an amazing piece of engineering BUT found myself shifting my weight to get 2nd and reached for the clutch in moments of terror. I have been riding manual bikes literally for most of my life so I am a creature of habit and prefer the manual. I will however acknowledge that the DCT  easily went through some stuff in the riverbed where I had to suddenly change direction where I would have stalled a manual. I had a few very specific “a-ha!! moments where I realised the DCT is better than the manual in some seriously technical sections. Up Joubert’s pass I had the manual which I stopped for obvious fear of my life, I was in 3rd and was starting to go just a little too fast. I was all over the place and stopped. The pullaway on a DCT would have been easier there. The 2nd gear pullaway thing for sand can apparently be fixed with software so overall there is quite literally just overwhelmingly positive reviews of the DCT. The really technical rocky sections is where the DCT has proven, beyond all doubt, it superiority in application.

It is basically anywhere from 60 to 80k adrift from the other big ponies. They simply cannot do more than the Africa Twin. The Africa Twin has sufficient electronic aids (I prefer only ABS) and yes heated grips, cruise control etc. came up in many a conversation but it’s not the end of the world.  Honda has made a beast, a capable beast that can idle up a mountain in 2nd or do 170+ on open sand. If the mix of riders on the expedition could not break the bikes with the level of punishment they were subjected to – they won’t break. 

Specialized Adventures undertook a behemoth task to put this expedition together. Well done to Hardy & crew for doing it successfully. The logistical coordination, forward planning and crisis management was of a world-class standard.

To Honda – thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be part of something meaningful, something special. A journey that can reduce a man to tears is indeed a significant one. A Quest.

Barend – om bloed kant te sit , een verdieping op teen van Zyl’s af in daai Iveco het guts gevat. EK sal Quest onthou vir die res van my lewe – dankie!!

Lastly some snippets of wisdom from our winners – eet mensvleis, dis goed vir jou en sien julle op die grondpaaie!
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Post by: Pistonpete on September 26, 2017, 04:01:27 pm
Thanks for the share guys...awesome!  :thumleft:
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Post by: BLK on September 26, 2017, 04:18:04 pm
Tyrebraaier:Thank you for your article,very interesting.Glad you survived.
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Post by: Kobus Myburgh on September 26, 2017, 04:18:18 pm
Great write up Gerrit.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Legends tyrebraaier en Johannes.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: cheesy on September 26, 2017, 07:35:25 pm
A well written run down on this epic adventure. I am pleased that you enjoyed the adventure and most of all the part where in the desert sand you wrote the names of the people closest to you Very lekker report, thank you.
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Post by: Twister on September 26, 2017, 09:10:24 pm
Tyrebraaier, I must admit for two afrikaans outjies, beween you and Johannes you have got a serious grip on the English language  ;D ;D
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Post by: tyrebraaier on September 27, 2017, 10:00:09 am
Purros viewpoint
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Post by: tyrebraaier on September 27, 2017, 10:05:07 am
Enjoying a special moment after we made it through the "blood sand"
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Post by: Groenie on September 27, 2017, 11:50:43 am
Bring it on.
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Post by: dieseldawie on September 27, 2017, 12:00:42 pm
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Post by: Kortbroek on September 27, 2017, 12:52:24 pm
Suuuuuuuuuuuub!  :ricky:
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Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on September 27, 2017, 01:13:04 pm
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Post by: Scalpel on September 27, 2017, 07:25:13 pm
Nou ja!! Waar om te begin? Where does one start with such a life changing, eye opening life adventure? Maybe at the beginning. Probably a good start. When Hardy posted the Quest True-Adventure on the forum I was immediately intrigued. The Honda Africa Twin has sparked my interest but I have not done anything about it. So I entered. A couple of weeks later Rex-cw let me know he made the 40 selected for bootcamp. Boy was I depressed. Ag well I thought. Dan is dan nou maar so. Sela sela. Laat God water oor Gods akker loop. So gesê so gedaan.  I consoled myself in the fact that we had a out of town wedding the week end of the bootcamp. Vat so.

Well Wednesday evening Hardy called. Can I make the bootcamp. Well uh, ja. Kom ons dink daaroor. Ek bel jou nou. My wife was in the car with me when I received the call. I was given permission to get out of jail for the wedding. Sportpas goed gekeur en daar gaat ons.

Rex-cw and myself met up in Cape Town on the Thursday. We swung past Tygerberg Honda where we met the fierce competition in the form of Karookid. He gave us his best stare down like only cyclists in lycra can do. Well it didnt last long. Ons sprankelende persoonlikhede het hom gou in 'n baie goeie vriend verander. So sit ek toe sommer ook die eerste keer op 'n Africa Twin en ook die eerste keer die jaar op 'n motorfiets grootter as my kragtige Vespa.

The next morning we headed out to the bootcamp. Met up at the Engen and then headed out to Ceres. Karookid organised breakfast on the way and we met most of the bootcamp people. Which helped later in the afternoon when we had to write a test on names and numbers. Oh well. History it is. Fast forward to Monday.

I received the call myself and 19 others were waiting for. The phone rang. Hardy de Kock spoke. I said yes quite a lot. Put the phone down and carried on with a meeting. Fokkit dit was moeilik. But YEEEESSSSS I was called up. Lekker namibia here we come.

In the next month before leaving for Namibia I was fortunate enough to get a demo Adventure Twin from ADA on two different week ends. Thank you Heine Engelbrecht.  Youre a true gentleman. Wel eerste was die DCT. Manne en ander mense. As julle nog nie 'n DCT gaan ry het nie. Moenie!! Please dont go and ride a DCT!!! It will keep you awake at night. Slaaploos. Jy gaan kwaad wees vir jouself.  O ja, en vir Honda. Why you might ask? If you ride a DCT you will want one. So unless you are willing to change youre current trusty steed to a DCT dont ride one as you will want one.  :ricky:

So this was the second time this year on a adventure bike. Bootcamp being the first. I spend most of my time riding a bicycle, not motorcycles. Well the AT and the DCT made it quite easy. I felt comfortable. Jy weet. Amper soos ja ek was al hier gewees en ja ek kan dit doen. Of kan ek. Two weeks later Heine Engelbrecht of ADA came to the rescue again with a manual AT. Weer-eens dankie Heine. The manual compared favourably with the DCT but I preferred the DCT. It made adventure riding easy.

So with two weeks to go I felt well prepared with the amount of riding I have under the belt. Lekker man, lekker. The AT just gave me the boost I needed.

Monday morning dawned. I lost count with packing and repacking of my bags. Well I was 1 kg overweight at $60US. Smile and wave boet en deur is die oom. We met up for coffee at the Wimpy at the airport. Funny enough that Wimpy is now closed. Did everyone pay for their breakfast? :pot:

HSK dropped Minxy at OR Tambo and promptly checked out everyone. Hond se gedagtes. Jy kon sien daai man dink by homslef. Watter een van julle fokkertjies gaan saam Minxy in 'n span wees. Behoede die man. Arme donner het ek gedink. If I am in a team with Minxy I will be ok. At least one of us can really ride a bike with an engine.

Everyone was excited and ready for the trip. Janco dished out caps and more clothes. Donner my sak is alreeds vol. scrat gave us all mirrors. I ended up with 4 of these in my bag. Thanks to sleeping beauty. Die vaak Rus.  :ricky:

Arrival in Windhoek was not that much fun. Standing in a que to get into Nam took quite a while. Wel so gesê so gedaan en eventueel is ons almal deur. Airtime geshop. Into some Hondas and Namibia's national vehicles(Toyota) and off we go. Safari Hotel hier kom ons.

Hardy gave one look at the luggage and rented the worshond. Al die baggasie. Gaan julle vakansie hou of bike ry. Ag nee man. So night one in the splendid Safari hotel was spent with Tyre from Victoria wes. Throttle jockey and Your Royal Highness Johannes Haasbroek. Donner manne. Die manne kan snork. Ek is 'n amateur wannabee snorker. First of all these guys just dont give you a chance. As hulle snork dan snork hulle. Throttle was busy throttling a jockey. Johannes was busy wrestling an eliphant. I threw Throttle with a pillow. He then proceeded to moer Johannes with said pillow. This gave me and Tyre a gap to fall asleep.

Before we went to bed we repacked bags again. One to accompany us on the trip the other bag would stay at Honda in Windhoek. Easier said than done. Well come Tuesday.

Early morning. Repacked bags again. Wel netnou het ek iets nodig wat ek agter laat bly. We were in the first group to leave for Pupkewitz Honda. Get there. Select a AT. Gueas which one. Wit DCT oom. Jip. Jys reg. Lekker corporate vinger ete(die snacks Johannes) en daar gaan ons. Val in die pad. Wel gelukkig het ons eers in die pad geval toe dit sand geword het.  :pot:

Fill  up and follow oom Tau! Groot kat van Tulbagh. Well now we are enroute to Spitzkoppe so I am up to date. Lekker Komas Hochland deur. Petrol in Usakos( fokus span, dit mag dalk 'n toets vraag wees). Broodjies, biltong en droëwors in Usakos en daar gaan ons.

Well sofar so good. The DCT makes riding easy and eats up the road on the new TKC tyres. Tonight is the big evening. Drum roll. CHECK YOUR MATE!! Wies  jou maatjie?


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Post by: >>Thump°C on September 27, 2017, 07:47:32 pm
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Post by: Bring It On on September 27, 2017, 08:00:41 pm
:director: Bring it on.  :director: Have you seen this thread yet... :lol8: :lol8:

I see Groenie called me to check out this awesome thread... ;D

Thanks Andrew for getting this thread started. Also thanks to all others for the great contributions of info regarding this Event. Gonna definitely be keeping an eye on this thread for all updates, info & stories of this Great bike & Great adventure you guys enjoyed on this Honda Quest :ricky:

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Post by: I&horse on September 27, 2017, 09:49:12 pm
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Post by: Hondsekierie on September 28, 2017, 08:19:06 am
Brilliant write-up doc (Scalpel)

That was a most enjoyable super funny read with a lot of 'very lightheartedness' ala Minxy  :lol8:

Regarding me checking out her potential team mate - you damn right about that.  He needed to be a strong boy if my damsel was going to be in distress   ;)

All jokes aside, it was quite a challenge for me as well.  We've almost always rode together and I was always there if she needed any assistance.  Although we always threw her into the deep end she always knew I would be there - this time it was different and I had to let go.  From the feedback I received she turned out to be such a champ and worthy competitor - I'm so chuffed with her.  I must say her team mate (KarooKid) was definitely a brilliant match and I have so much respect for him.  Tau & Hinksding - dankie dankie dankie!!

A huge thank you to all the guys who played a role in making this a fantastic event.  Hardy, you're a star and thank you once again in believing in Minxy.  I hope your event will grow and become huge.

Can't wait for the next installment.
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Post by: gser on September 28, 2017, 08:44:14 am
dankie vir die thread . . . puik !
Well said HSK !
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Post by: Scalpel on September 28, 2017, 08:49:55 am
Brilliant write-up doc (Scalpel)

That was a most enjoyable super funny read with a lot of 'very lightheartedness' ala Minxy  :lol8:

Regarding me checking out her potential team mate - you damn right about that.  He needed to be a strong boy if my damsel was going to be in distress   ;)

All jokes aside, it was quite a challenge for me as well.  We've almost always rode together and I was always there if she needed any assistance.  Although we always threw her into the deep end she always knew I would be there - this time it was different and I had to let go.  From the feedback I received she turned out to be such a champ and worthy competitor - I'm so chuffed with her.  I must say her team mate (KarooKid) was definitely a brilliant match and I have so much respect for him.  Tau & Hinksding - dankie dankie dankie!!

A huge thank you to all the guys who played a role in making this a fantastic event.  Hardy, you're a star and thank you once again in believing in Minxy.  I hope your event will grow and become huge.

Can't wait for the next installment.
The best is yet to come!! Of so se dit op die asblik lorries in Pretoria!! Wel wie is ek om te stry. HSK die groostste guns wat jy vir Minxy kon gedoen het is om haar die ruimte te gee om op die trip te gaan saam 19 manne, nou vriende. Sy het/kon haar vrou staan deur dik en dun. Sand en klip en altyd met die grootste glimlag op haar gesig!! Wat haar partner Berge oftewel karookid betref. Wat 'n ware gentleman. Hy was die beste partner vir Minxy en glo my hulle was "n formidabele span! Een van die top spanne. Hulle twee was soos 'n goed geoliede masjien. Ek is bevoorregd om vir Minxy en Karookid onder my vriende te kan tel!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on September 28, 2017, 09:05:11 am
Maar laat ek gou dag 1 afhandel dan kan ek Iveco gaan pak!. Well we travelled to Spitzkoppe in some type of convoy with no specific rhyme or reason. We parked the bikes at our camp site. Stormed the Iveco got our bags and tents and stretchers and chairs! Ok. Nou wat nou? Sien jule daaronder? Jip ons sien. You will stay there and we will stay up here. Pitch your tents and stretchers ens. We did just that. Everyone except Johannes. He slept outside under the stars on a stretcher. Most of us followed suit form night 2. Only Clinton was very katvoet for thus. He lost his tentless virginity only much later in the trip but I digress.

Johannes took me on a quick brisk walk/jog around Spitzkoppe. Wow. I would love to go back and spend time. So back to camp we sit in a semi circle and listen to Charl Potgieter on his Sahara talk and Throttle Jockey on his Fish River talk. Well done boys. Next up!! Drum roll. Check your mate!! Maatjie vir 'n praatjie en bekkie vir 'n gesprekkie!! Vir die volgende twee weke sal ons Mpo en Mpoyane wees. Simunye-we are one!! Julle verstaan.

So the moment of truth has arrived. All very effective the crew lines up and Hardy starts calling names. NO no. He didn't call us names, not yet in any case!!  :ricky: :ricky:

So we go through the list and eventually my name is called and I am teamed up with Pieter Lourens( Twister) langman van Bloem. Well his length helped we nearly saw what was coming for the next few days. What a lekker man van Bloem en hy kan 'n storiefiets( sien ek luister Clinton) se oor draai. Ek het so baie by jou geleer Twister. Wel nou storm ons Africa Twins. Its like the last race for food. All the bikes weren't numbered so a few teams had to number there new steeds. We receiuved our new best friends, our bibs. Felt like rockstars when we received our bike stickers with names and blood groups on. O ja! Onthou jou matjie se bloedgroep. Dalk vra iemand jou!!

Then team 9 and 10 were on food duty. Kry dit oor en verby. Dinner we prepared and washed up. Donner daar was baie skottelgoed. Breakfast we were on duty again. Food and dishes. Scrat, KTMKobus and Twister. Ek sal weer saam julle skottelgoed was. Great. Off to bed knowing who your partner is and what colour AT you will be riding and if you have to rest your left paw!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on September 28, 2017, 10:31:12 am
Great write up Gerrit.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Legends tyrebraaier en Johannes.


Not only can tyrebraaier put together a great story ... just check out this physique ... all natural brah ... no steroids  ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on September 28, 2017, 10:18:02 pm
The start of a life changing journey ….. 8)

Getting to Windhoek…
Gerrit du Toit #19

(not many pics to show as most has been show already  :thumleft:  )

When I got the call from Hardy saying I’m in the top 20 to go on Quest I was super stoked!! 2 days before my 40th Bday!! What an awesome present this was!!

Shortly after I got myself (and my wife  ) into some late night work in the 2 weeks before the Quest would start. I wanted to manufacture some MX Jerseys for myself and in the end ended up making 46 shirts for the whole team and crew for this EPIC Quest! I was insane!! This had to be done in 2 weeks!!
My wife finishing up to get ready for her SA Fashion week roadshow in JHB the week before we head off for Namibia and me trying to get all the Jerseys cut and made up after hours by her machinist…Poor Lady!

During this time Little Mira was in my care O0 – so Daddy Day Care was on duty 24 hours all the way to the day before we left for Nam… so during the day I would juggle Work and Mira – when she goes to sleep in the evening it will be MX jerseys and trying to prep my stuff for the trip :pot:… The Wednesday before we left I finally dropped off all the shirts at Garron, he would take it up to Windhoek for me with the rest of the convoy…. What a relief it was to get rid of those shirts!! ……. Next was the Buffs! :o
 
It all worked out perfectly, Wife got back late Saturday evening and we had a nice family Sunday … and 6am Monday morning
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I was on a plane to meet the rest of the Adventurers at OR Thambo at 10am… :ricky:
 
It was all a rush from there – excitement / adrenaline …. The unkown … the Adventure …. Our Quest!
In Windhoek we all met up with the rest of the crew and we all felt a bit out of place… so bietjie soos n dronk hoenner.. I was still nervous as no one had seen their shirts they ordered.

Everyone got handed their shirts and buffs!! And even if I have to say it myself… we looked super Sexy !! 
(http://i64.tinypic.com/34jatch.jpg)
(http://i66.tinypic.com/1zx460x.jpg)

We had our 1st meeting and it was accompanied by an ice cold draft!!! Thanks Hardy!!  :thumleft:
That is what we all needed – tensions gone and we all had a good time – shared some stories and expectations! Yoh… just wanted to get going now!

With my 3 team mates in the room – snoring fest!! (Andrew won that night  )  :P :eek7:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on September 29, 2017, 11:08:33 am
Brilliant write-up doc (Scalpel)

That was a most enjoyable super funny read with a lot of 'very lightheartedness' ala Minxy  :lol8:

Regarding me checking out her potential team mate - you damn right about that.  He needed to be a strong boy if my damsel was going to be in distress   ;)

All jokes aside, it was quite a challenge for me as well.  We've almost always rode together and I was always there if she needed any assistance.  Although we always threw her into the deep end she always knew I would be there - this time it was different and I had to let go.  From the feedback I received she turned out to be such a champ and worthy competitor - I'm so chuffed with her.  I must say her team mate (KarooKid) was definitely a brilliant match and I have so much respect for him.  Tau & Hinksding - dankie dankie dankie!!

A huge thank you to all the guys who played a role in making this a fantastic event.  Hardy, you're a star and thank you once again in believing in Minxy.  I hope your event will grow and become huge.

Can't wait for the next installment.

So I have never met Kierie before that Monday morning when he dropped Minxy at the airport. I still do not to this day know what the "kierie" part in his forum name refers to. All I know is - he is a moerse ou and I felt sorry for the Quest participant who had to take care of his lady. I would have hated to be the one having to report back to him had something gone wrong.

Little did I know that I would be Minxy's teammate at that stage.

So when the teams was announced we had a brief discussion (which made her think I am a very serious guy - which I was for that discussion). I told her I have one mission and that is to see to her safety and us making it back to Windhoek safely.

I asked her how she would prefer for us to ride. She told me she always rides in front and that Johan sits close behind so that if there is a difficult section he can assist her, so that is what we did.

I do not usually ride close to people I do not know as you have to know and trust the other persons riding style/ability. For 2 weeks though I sat on Minxy's back wheel eating dust and stones. What a pleasure. She is such a capable rider that I did not once have to worry or wonder about her changing lines. She picks one and sticks to it.

As the days went on we did not even have to communicate when riding. It just became a constant flow, like birds flying in formation.

I have said it before and will say it again. Minxy was equal and even better than most competitors when riding a bike. A worthy competitor in every aspect of Quest.

Now I don't feel like working anymore. Bring on the weekend so we can ride bikes and work on this report.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on September 29, 2017, 11:20:56 am
Brilliant write-up doc (Scalpel)

That was a most enjoyable super funny read with a lot of 'very lightheartedness' ala Minxy  :lol8:

Regarding me checking out her potential team mate - you damn right about that.  He needed to be a strong boy if my damsel was going to be in distress   ;)

All jokes aside, it was quite a challenge for me as well.  We've almost always rode together and I was always there if she needed any assistance.  Although we always threw her into the deep end she always knew I would be there - this time it was different and I had to let go.  From the feedback I received she turned out to be such a champ and worthy competitor - I'm so chuffed with her.  I must say her team mate (KarooKid) was definitely a brilliant match and I have so much respect for him.  Tau & Hinksding - dankie dankie dankie!!

A huge thank you to all the guys who played a role in making this a fantastic event.  Hardy, you're a star and thank you once again in believing in Minxy.  I hope your event will grow and become huge.

Can't wait for the next installment.

So I have never met Kierie before that Monday morning when he dropped Minxy at the airport. I still do not to this day know what the "kierie" part in his forum name refers to. All I know is - he is a moerse ou and I felt sorry for the Quest participant who had to take care of his lady. I would have hated to be the one having to report back to him had something gone wrong.

Little did I know that I would be Minxy's teammate at that stage.

So when the teams was announced we had a brief discussion (which made her think I am a very serious guy - which I was for that discussion). I told her I have one mission and that is to see to her safety and us making it back to Windhoek safely.

I asked her how she would prefer for us to ride. She told me she always rides in front and that Johan sits close behind so that if there is a difficult section he can assist her, so that is what we did.

I do not usually ride close to people I do not know as you have to know and trust the other persons riding style/ability. For 2 weeks though I sat on Minxy's back wheel eating dust and stones. What a pleasure. She is such a capable rider that I did not once have to worry or wonder about her changing lines. She picks one and sticks to it.

As the days went on we did not even have to communicate when riding. It just became a constant flow, like birds flying in formation.

I have said it before and will say it again. Minxy was equal and even better than most competitors when riding a bike. A worthy competitor in every aspect of Quest.

Now I don't feel like working anymore. Bring on the weekend so we can ride bikes and work on this report.

Wat?? Werk jy nog?? Seker te veel koffie gedrink die week.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: DjfLoYd on September 29, 2017, 07:54:59 pm
The Road to Windhoek.

So before I throw my hat into the ring here, I feel it pertinent to
thank the following people (in no particular order):

Barend Fouche and Honda South Africa. Without their willingness to put
themselves out there and take the risk, none of this would've happened.
I believe they have set a benchmark in terms of brand marketing and they can
only grow from strength to strength.

Hardy de Kock and Specialized Adventures. Putting 20 strangers onto
big, expensive bikes and getting them through some of Namibia's most inhospitable terrain
is no small feat and they did it with the utmost care and professionalism.

My family deserves no less of a thanks. This trip has been the longest I've been away
from my wife and children. Even though she would never admit it, my wife hates it when
I leave. Every time though, she does not hesitate to say "Go! Have fun, stay safe and come
back in one piece." She did mention something about bringing home a bike or don't come home
at all but I think that was perhaps just my imagination. I love you guys as always.

Lastly, I want to thank all the other competitors. I'm really slow to form friendships with new
people, especially under artificial circumstances (at least initially artificial) and
I wish I could've spent more time with more of the contestants to get to know them better
but I am of the opinion that every single one was an absolute gent (and lady) whom I'd happily
ride with any day, any time. That we all got on as well as we did despite our enormous differences
is incredible and a testament to their character.

Anyway, back to the road.

When the call came in to say I made it to the final 20 contestants I was still at home on leave,
having decided to take a few extra days off after boot camp to spend with my wife (teaching her to ride
off-road no less).

My initial reaction was one of disbelief. I had little idea of what I had done at boot camp to
demonstrate my suitability as a finalist. None the less I was completely stoked at just making
the trip as that was already a big prize in itself.

My wife's reaction was a mixture of absolute joy and abject terror. I've never seen a human face pull
off both looks at the same time. Sort of a chameleon-on-a-smartie box look, very confused and hard
to read.

Once the elation settled, reality kicked in and I now had to face the prospect of 2 weeks in Namibia,
on a bike I've only ridden for 10 minutes in the tamest of conditions and having no big bike experience
to speak of. I started doing some research on Namibia and within the first ride report I read,
I was hit by the sand demon. This was gonna be interesting. Deep sand and a big bike, the thought gave me nightmares.

Reality soon took over though and that reality manifested itself in the form of packing. All my trips
up until now had started and ended on a bike. Wearing your gear makes packing a lot easier.
Having to shove body armour, riding clothes, boots and a helmet into bags is a pain in the ass.

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This is not even all of it. I went with MX shirt over body armour and riding pants. Helmet was MX with goggles.

Having slain the packing monster with some defty rolls of clothing and some gratuitous application
of force and pressure, I loaded up and headed to the airport. Twister left his car at my
place and hitched a ride with to the airport (after having driven through from Bloemfontein).
It did occur to me that I could leave him on the side of the road somewhere and there would be
one less competitor to worry about, but he's such a nice guy I would've felt just a little bad. :)

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We arrived at OR Thambo and the majority of competitors were already there.

It was really good to see the familiar faces from boot camp. A reunion-like atmosphere reigned in the airport
terminal and nervous laughter echoed around the group. The excitement was palpable and we were all keen
to just get on the plane and get going already.

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So I didn't completely defeat the packing monster. I had to fly in my riding boots.

I imagine nobody has ever seen so many people walking around an airport wearing riding boots and stupid grins.
Leaving SA was a mostly painless affair with only one or two contestants being singled out for having
strange objects in their carry-on luggage. I won't mention names. Cough. Glenn. Cough.

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On-board, locked and loaded and ready to go.

We landed at Hosea Kotako after an uneventful flight and a similarly uninteresting in flight meal.
I swear airline food is made by people, in a grey room with no windows, wearing white lab coats, hairnets and
listening to Creep by Radiohead on repeat over a scratchy PA system. Just depressing.

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Hosea Kotako passport control agents not having an efficient day.

Anyhow, once processed through Namibian passport control, "processed" being a hugely complimentary term - more like
fell through it like golden syrup through a small funnel, in winter, in Canada, outside in the snow - we were
quickly whisked away by a young man identified only as JK. Arriving at Safari Hotel slash casino, slash other hotel, slash
seemingly central point of entertainment for the entire Windhoek, we gathered by the pool for some debriefing and dinner.

I don't remember much about what was said at that briefing but I recall words like "lions" and "elephants" and "tourists".
Apparently they collectively conspire to kill us bikers when travelling in Namibia.

I slept horribly that night. My dreams of killer-tourist-lions mowing down elephants on motorbikes being punctuated by
loud snoring, the likes of which I have never heard before in my life. (Honestly I'm sure Guinness has a new record waiting
to be discovered here). This from having to share a room with a Grand Master Snorer in the form of Grant,
a man, I was soon to learn, that had no quit in him. Lots of snore, but no damn quit at all.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on September 29, 2017, 09:52:05 pm
For a first post on this forum, outfuckingstanding!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on September 30, 2017, 06:40:30 am
The Road to Windhoek.
.....


I don't remember much about what was said at that briefing but I recall words like "lions" and "elephants" and "tourists".
Apparently they collectively conspire to kill us bikers when travelling in Namibia.

I slept horribly that night. My dreams of killer-tourist-lions mowing down elephants on motorbikes being punctuated by
loud snoring, the likes of which I have never heard before in my life. (Honestly I'm sure Guinness has a new record waiting
to be discovered here). This from having to share a room with a Grand Master Snorer in the form of Grant,
a man, I was soon to learn, that had no quit in him. Lots of snore, but no damn quit at all.
I was just practicing my lion, elephant and psycho tourist scarer-offer bruh....seemed to work...not one came anywhere near our room :D

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on September 30, 2017, 12:39:30 pm
Excellent read DjFloyd  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Fransw on September 30, 2017, 12:46:31 pm
The Road to Windhoek.
.....


I don't remember much about what was said at that briefing but I recall words like "lions" and "elephants" and "tourists".
Apparently they collectively conspire to kill us bikers when travelling in Namibia.

I slept horribly that night. My dreams of killer-tourist-lions mowing down elephants on motorbikes being punctuated by
loud snoring, the likes of which I have never heard before in my life. (Honestly I'm sure Guinness has a new record waiting
to be discovered here). This from having to share a room with a Grand Master Snorer in the form of Grant,
a man, I was soon to learn, that had no quit in him. Lots of snore, but no damn quit at all.
I was just practicing my lion, elephant and psycho tourist scarer-offer bruh....seemed to work...not one came anywhere near our room :D

Maybe its because of the smel of "elephant" dung in the room!? :lol8:

BTW how is the shoulder doing?..
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on September 30, 2017, 09:24:16 pm
Such a brilliant idea to do a write-up in this fashion.  Keep it coming guys and girl .

@ GrypH - ek hoor jy is aan die diepkant ingegooi met die sandryery maar jy het darem vinnig geleer

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janee,  ek het baie min sand gery voor quest,  ek was meer in my element die dag voor van zyls pas oor die klipperige tegniese terrein soos in die foto onder. Voor quest het ek en SP hier in George so bietjie sand gaan ry, maar niks wat my kon voorberei vir namibiese sand nie. Dit gese, ek het teen die einde van die dag wat ons 80km in die rivier bedding af gedoen het die slag begin kry en dit selfs geniet. En vandag het ek myself gevang waar ek wens ek kon daai sand roete gaan ry voor Brandberg.  ;D

Minxy het haar input ook gehad om my te leer van sand ry toe sy sien ek sukkel bietjie (dit was sommer vroeg in die trip gewees, nog lank voor ons die rivierbeddings gekry het).....   ek kan die gesprek mooi onthou  :biggrin:         Staan jy op in die sand?   ja,     sit jy jou gewig agtertoe?   ja ,   NOU WAT IS DIE PROBLEEM, RY HOM  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on September 30, 2017, 10:12:56 pm
Ok... before I add my part of the story I think I need to quote this post from the other Quest thread.
As someone said allready, we made a whole lot of friends on this trip,but I know all of them by name and not a lot of them by forum name. ( Exept for the obvious forum names like "Hardy de Kock")

Please let me know if I missed someone that is on the forum and I will edit this post.

Teams updated as per the website.

Johannes Haasbroek -- Gerrit Visser ( Tyrebraaier )

Cornelis Nelson (NISMARK) -- Angus Welch

Clinton Pienaar -- Andries Haasbroek

Charl du Plessis (KarooKid) -- Barbara Muszynski (Minxy)

Grant Pentelow (McSack) -- Glenn Koch (THROTTLE JOCKEY)

Phillip Groenewald(GRyPH) -- Andrew Johnstone (Kamanya)

Marcel Vladar ( DjFloyd ) -- SP Dreyer ( skywalker )

Charl Potgieter ( Charliepappa ) -- Johannes van Heerden( Tyre)

Francois Ebersohn (Scalpel) -- Pieter Lourens (twister)

Gerrit du Toit (Scrat) -- Kobus Myburgh (ktmkobus)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on September 30, 2017, 11:33:45 pm
It took me a while to catch up on all the work I missed while having the time of my life!

So here goes my part, up to the first day in Windhoek.



The first time I heard of Quest was from a friend of mine that told me I have to enter as he knows I am already biased towards the Africa twin, owning my second xrv750.   It took me a little less than an hour from hearing of quest until my entry form was completed and uploaded. And then the big wait started, waiting anxiously for the due date when the 40 finalists would be announced on the website. 

At first I was not one of the 40 names selected for boot camp and I was highly disappointed to say the very least. However it soon came to light that there might still be a chance as some of the 40 semi-finalists would not be able to make it after all, and low and behold, a few days later I received my call up to boot camp.
I was so happy I literally could not sit still while speaking to Hardy. I think scalpel mentioned above that he said yes a lot in his telephone call,   I imagine my call was about the same  :imaposer:

Immediately after the call I realised that a trip like this through Namibia would most definitely have a lot of sand riding. Luckily Skywalker from the forum who also made the cut proposed that we should tackle the 4x4 route at kleinkrantz to prepare a bit for bootcamp and quest.  Allthough you cannot compare the riding of a 4x4 track with what we did on Quest, I think that without these precious few hours spent in sand I would have been completely lost in the sand on quest. 

After boot-camp, I was left completely disappointed in my knowledge (or lack thereof) of the African continent.
You always look at a map and think, ja sure I know Africa, until you get THAT question...  " Name all 55 african countries with their capital cities , in order on the map supplied"    :o
Between trying to remember African countries in the news, as well as later trying to remember the countries the DAKAR rally visited there was some pretty interesting answers supplied :imaposer:    Sometime during the exam i decided to "shoot with a shotgun"  in other words I know Kenya is in this general area, but not sure exactly where so I will just answer all  in this area as Kenya  :imaposer:    that still didn't work for me though

If any of you are interested in testing your own knowledge of the continent, here is a online quiz that you can do: https://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3163 (https://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3163)  bear in mind  its  a lot easier to just point at the country that is named, than to supply the names yourself..

I am however now happy to report that due to bootcamp, I have worked on my geographical knowledge a lot and if asked again I will happily supply the country, capital and currency.  (and most of the countries flags)

Other than the written tests, and a little bit of riding, bootcamp consisted of a small fitness test,  lectures on medical emergencies, tyre change and tube patching as well as lectures on the bike itself.


Myself and skywalker decided that we were in no rush to return home and to work after bootcamp, so we took a day extra to return, staying over at Veldbrand's place at koedoeskloof.

The next day while riding back to George, skywalker received his call from Hardy, and although he wasn't told at that time he was in, we both knew what the call would mean as well as the fact that I did not receive my call and what that meant for me.  So it seemed unfortunately I did not make the final 20  :(

Later I received a call from Hardy explaining that I missed the final cut by 1 point. only 1. So he made me the offer to come on-board as part of the crew and official replacement in case someone can not make it or has to withdraw. 

Now I never wish ill fortune on anyone,  but I did give scrat  a call and told him to lock his door because if something were to happen to , lets say his knee, he would have to withdraw and I would be in....  and I know where he lives   >:D     :imaposer:

Once again it so happened that someone had to withdraw ( and I had no hand in his withdrawal, no knees were harmed) and I was added as the 20th competitor for the 2017 Honda Quest.





Below is a couple of bootcamp photos


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 01, 2017, 12:19:50 am
So after eventually calming down from the excitement of being one of the 20 finalists, all the preparation started.

Myself and skywalker decided to go for one last sand ride at Kleinkrantz, but we did not dare push ourselves too hard.  This was not the time to break a leg or arm. 

In my search for a suitable bag to use as a toolbag, I met Peter from Nomad Bike Bags who was so kind to sponsor the 2 George contestants each with a 80liter duffel bag. (photo below)
I also bought one of his toolbags as I need one for myself.
I can highly recommend Peter from Nomad if you need any bike bags, or soft luggage. pm me if you want me to send you his details.
 

The flights to and from George did not work out all to well with the flights to and from Windhoek, this meant that we had to fly a day earlier and return a day later than our Windhoek flight. Luckily Skywalker has family in Pretoria, so he invited me to stay over at their place for the weekend before the flight to Windhoek.

So off we went to Joburg,   luggage"check"  ;tools "check"  ;riding gear "check "          Passport "check"   good!  :thumleft:


A gautrain trip saw us safely to OR Tambo on the day of departure, this was a first for me, but I enjoyed it.   luggage "check"     passport " check"     good!  :thumleft:

As someone mentioned already we received some shirts, caps, and mirrors on the airport to take with. and we checked in our luggage.      Passport check.......    boarding pass check    good!  :thumleft:



Landing at Hosea Kutako  I thought I should remember this name as this would be a good trivia question.   I did NOT remember it when it was needed in the end.  :patch:
I was also not prepared for the warm welcome of the Namibian customs agents  :dousing:    Getting through customs at Windhoek international was a trying experience and it took us 2 hours to get through to where we collected our luggage.

Luggage " check"     MTC sim " check"    passport " check"       good!  :thumleft:

so onto the busses to Safari hotel where we were greeted by Hardy and co and we were shown the way to our rooms.


luggage " check"     Passport......"ch......   passport.........      F*%#@!!!!!  noooooooooooooo!!!!       

    I left my folder and passport in the minibus that transported us from the airport to the hotel. :-[
This was also a first for me, as I always keep my passport safe.  At that stage however I felt that I am in Namibia, and I am ready to do Quest,  getting back into SA would be a worry for another day, besides, im sure I can swim the orange river  ::)
What did worry me immensely though was the fact that my presentation was also in the folder that I left in the bus.  :o   Yes, when your on quest, your presentation is more important than your passport  :imaposer:

Luckily it was a transport minibus from Honda and Tau was  able to call them, so they kept my passport safe at Honda till the next morning when we would have a breakfast anyway.

I would like to say that is where the passport incident ended but no, it was a label I carried with me for the rest of the trip and I would be periodically reminded that I need to remember my passport among other things.  :imaposer:   It also cost me a round of beers (or atleast 18 beers , 1 coke and 1 savana) which I gladly bought  :)  it was completely worth it (and a cheap round i will add) to know my presentation  would be safe.




Photos below:

me trying to figure out sand riding before quest  :imaposer:

I had a demo CRF1000 for a day before Quest and decided to ride sand. We recieved a lot of rain the previous day however, and the whole exercise was futile.  Wet sand is as difficult to ride on as tar.

Nomad bike bags

On our way to Hosea Kutako
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: dirtyXT on October 01, 2017, 07:27:07 am
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 01, 2017, 07:49:46 am
Nicely written Phil!!

Now for the start of chapter 2.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 01, 2017, 08:22:42 am
The Road to Windhoek.
.....


I don't remember much about what was said at that briefing but I recall words like "lions" and "elephants" and "tourists".
Apparently they collectively conspire to kill us bikers when travelling in Namibia.

I slept horribly that night. My dreams of killer-tourist-lions mowing down elephants on motorbikes being punctuated by
loud snoring, the likes of which I have never heard before in my life. (Honestly I'm sure Guinness has a new record waiting
to be discovered here). This from having to share a room with a Grand Master Snorer in the form of Grant,
a man, I was soon to learn, that had no quit in him. Lots of snore, but no damn quit at all.
I was just practicing my lion, elephant and psycho tourist scarer-offer bruh....seemed to work...not one came anywhere near our room :D

Maybe its because of the smel of "elephant" dung in the room!? 8:

BTW how is the shoulder doing?..
Getting there slowly but surely mate. I just don't have patience with the doc telling me I can only ride again in like a month
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 01, 2017, 08:58:04 am
Very nice GrypH :thumleft:

Love all the different stories  :ricky:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Nimmo on October 01, 2017, 10:46:35 am
Definitely SUB  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 01, 2017, 02:53:44 pm
Teams updated as per the website.

Johannes Haasbroek -- Gerrit Visser ( Tyrebraaier )

Cornelis Nelson (NISMARK) -- Angus Welch

Clinton Pienaar -- Andries Haasbroek

Charl du Plessis (KarooKid) -- Barbara Muszynski (Minxy)

Grant Pentelow (McSack) -- Glenn Koch (THROTTLE JOCKEY)

Phillip Groenewald(Gryph -- Andrew Johnstone (Kamanya)

Marcel Vladar ( DjFloyd ) -- SP Dreyer ( skywalker )

Charl Potgieter  (charliepappa) -- Johannes van Heerden (Tyre) - UPDATED

Francois Ebersohn (Scalpel) -- Pieter Lourens (twister)

Gerrit du Toit (Scrat) -- Kobus Myburgh (ktmkobus)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 01, 2017, 05:49:48 pm
Thanks CP. 

Het my post geupdate


Tyd vir n nuwe foto langs jou naam  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 01, 2017, 09:49:50 pm
This whole experience is still something that I find myself thinking about and milling through in my mind…

When this Quest – True Adventure initiative was made public by Hardy on this forum, I’m sure my reaction was the same as most other entrants: Sure, why not; nothing to lose and everything to win. On Monday 17 July I wake up to an e-mail from Gené stating I’m one of the semi-finalists. Next was 3 weeks of chatting on the Whatsapp group, organising accommodation & lifts to the semi’s, getting on the Africa Twin to not look like a noob at the semi’s and then still trying to convince yourself this is not a dream!

Bootcamp was a bit surreal as well. A lot has already been written about Bootcamp so I’m going to skip over going into details. We all slept, ate, wrote tests and socialised in one big hall. Cold is not the word to describe the nights. That part of the country in not know as the Kouebokkeveld for nothing! Bootcamp was also the first time I got on a DCT. I think most people thought: an automatic adventure bike? This must be madness! But from minute one I spent on the DCT, I knew this is the way of the future. It’s such an easy and comfortable bike to ride (but a lot more on that later).

Leaving Bootcamp I’m sure no one let their phones out of sight and was eagerly awaiting the phone to ring with the good news… I got the call 10:30 the Monday morning and I actually missed it! Luckily it wasn’t one of those “if you miss the call, you miss your chance” situations! And so started to longest 4 weeks of my life.
I decided to control the things I could and make the best of the things I couldn’t. Hearing all the “horror” stories of the temperatures we were going to encounter and getting weather updates of 34 degrees in the beginning of August in Northern Namibia made me focus a lot on fitness. I figured this would help in the second part of Quest when we got to Van Zyl’s Pass and the desert. Another thing I had control over, was the presentation we had to do. Everybody received a topic on an African “landmark” and had to prepare a speech that would be about 15 minutes. My topic was the vast Saharan Desert; more on that in the next installment.

Getting two weeks’ worth of gear in an 85 liter duffel bag was a mission as well as deciding what tools to pack. Looking back I would have taken less riding clothes (but more warm clothes to sleep in, the nights were cold) and more snacks. Not that we didn’t eat well, we had red meat every night which was a treat, but snacks to keep the blood-sugar high is always essential. Almost every other day we camped at a venue where we could either wash our own gear or pay the locals to wash our gear. The best gear I packed was the 2nd bladder for my hydration pack. We drank A LOT of water…with Re-hydrate in it as per Ockie’s instructions.

I didn’t have a proper nights’ sleep the 4 weeks building up to Quest, but that last night before leaving for Namibia took the cake. I took forever to fall asleep and was awake before the alarm went off. Eventually got the farewell committee in the car and off we went to OR Tambo. Excitement was in the air and everybody was eager to get thought check-in and passport control and board.

The initial plan was to go through passport control, get to the bikes and do the setup on them and then head to the hotel, but after spending an eternity at the airport due to some hold-ups, we went straight to the hotel. There we received the “pool” intro you guys saw already. We had a couple of beers to settle the nerves and off to bed it was because tomorrow the adventure of a life time was about to kick-off!
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 02, 2017, 08:58:44 am
Day 1 – Windhoek to Spitzkoppe

We woke up the morning of 5 September with excitement that haven’t been seen since boyhood.  We walked faster, talked faster and just had a good feeling about the day, nothing that felt this right could possibly go wrong.

Passports were handed in for safekeeping, well …. all but Gryph’s.   :lol8:  And then it was the wait for transport to take us to Honda Pupkewitz.  Everyone was excited to be united with the steed that would carry us for the next 11 days through whatever lay ahead.

Our transport arrived and we were fortunate to be in the first bus on our way to Honda.  On arrival everyone was in awe of the showroom floor that welcomed us.  22 Africa Twins, fitted with Rumbux crash bars, bash plate, GoGravel radiator guards and oh man did they look the part!  All that was missing was some of the numbers and the contestant names.  I set off scouting the bikes – I wanted a white one and wanted the familiarity of a manual.  The DCT was still a strange concept, even though having the opportunity of a quick spin during bootcamp.

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Everyone was in a frenzy busy fitting their tool bags and other little creature comforts.  Courtesy of ChrisL and Dustriders, I had a brand new 4X tankbag and Basepack 6.5 from Enduristan, neatly strapped down with Enduristan Rok straps.  They worked a treat and the tank bag was the perfect size not to interfere with any movement on the bike when riding in any position.

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Tyres showing us which bike he'll be taking home.

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 Schalk Burger (Pupkewitz Honda Dealer Principal) welcomed us, after which Barend Fouche (Honda – Head of Motorcycle Division SA) and Hardy also addressed us.  To even attempt to recall what was all said would be a totally unfair expectation of a man getting ready for the experience of a lifetime!

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 Somewhere in between we had a finger breakfast courtesy of Honda.

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And then it was time to go.  I clearly remember getting on the bike, looking at my boots, then the slippery showroom floor and thinking aloud – Ag Here, ek weet ek gaan een of ander tyd val, maar moet asseblief nie dat dit sommer hier in die showroom wees nie!

I made it safely out the showroom and we were led out of Windhoek with Tau in the lead and Jaco Kirsten riding sweeper.  Although the ride was easy and the pace relaxed, it was amazing to be on the bike and your mind wondering to what could possibly lie ahead, who would be your partner and how will I cope with the next 11 days.  (And can Hinksding really be this  grumpy for 11 days non stop?)

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

The first stop on route.

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We finally arrived at Spitzkoppe where we would stay the night.  What a site!  You simply can’t describe in words the beauty of the approach and the final beauty of the landscape staring at you upon arrival.  Everyone was in high spirit and in awe of this magical place.

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We were then introduced to offloading the Iveco and setting up camp, something that we would get very used to in the time that lay ahead.  If you want to know what the Iveco load bin looks like, Scalpel will describe it in detail.  He was the Tetris king when it came to packing.  With camp set up, the majority of contestants headed for the mountains to enjoy the spectacular view. 

Offloading the Iveco, with Scalpel in the back.

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Minxy, Kamanya and Angus

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Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe (from German for "pointed dome"; also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the "Matterhorn of Namibia"), is a group of bald granite peaks or inselbergs located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The granite is more than 120 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1,784 metres (5,853 ft) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700 m (2,300 ft) above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1,584 m (5,197 ft). Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains.[1]
Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area. The Spitzkoppe Mountains were also the filming location for 2001: A Space Odyssey in the "Dawn of Man" sequences.

In 1896, a trading post named Spitzkopje was built below the mountain by the German Colonial Society, the centrepiece of a 120,000-hectare farm. The Society built a five-room farmhouse and stables, storerooms and other outbuildings. In 1899 the farm held 120 horses, 1,500 cattle and 4,000 sheep and goats; its manager was a German settler named Carl Schlettwein.[2]Later it was transferred to the Farmer Jooste and a police station was built (the foundation walls are still under Pontok 4 chroma noise).[clarification needed]
In 1964, under the "Odendaal Plan" of the Odendaal Commission for the creation of home territories (home lands) for the black population, the farm was expropriated with compensation. In 1970 they moved multiple Damara families here, which were in fact a village with a church and school development. Since 1998, the municipal campsite and the area was declared as Gaingu Conservancy on 7 September 2003 around the Great Spitzkoppe. A Hollywood film company[who?] erected a high game fence which cuts off the entire area between the large Spitzkoppe and Spitzkoppe Pontoks. This represents about half of the camping places which ceased to exist, access to many climbing rocks and also the normal route to the Great Spitzkoppe barred. The popular Circumnavigation of the Great Spitzkoppe (1–1.5 hours) is no longer possible.


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More a bit later.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 02, 2017, 09:26:11 am





And then it was time to go.  I clearly remember getting on the bike, looking at my boots, then the slippery showroom floor and thinking aloud – Ag Here, ek weet ek gaan een of ander tyd val, maar moet asseblief nie dat dit sommer hier in die showroom wees nie!






 :imaposer: :imaposer:

Jy was nie aleen opdie een  nie kobus.    Ek het amper afgeklim en die bike uitgestoot.  :imaposer:  maartoe dink ek , netnou gly my voet en laat val die bike sonder dat jy op hom is?   Dis beter om hom te ry 😂

Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 02, 2017, 12:43:09 pm
With the fire lit, we gathered round for the first presentations of our expedition. 

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First up was Charliepappa, telling us everything there is to know about the Sahara.  This very first presentation was setting the benchmark very high for any act to follow!

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Next up was Throttle Jockey entertaining us with facts of the Fish River Canyon and the story of the Vespa’s taken through there.  I’ll let him elaborate on that should he so wish.

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And then came the team announcements….. 

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I watched as everyone went up with their team mate.  So focused that I didn’t realise that our team was the last one left.  And then I heard it …….. Gerrit du Toit (Scrat) and Kobus Myburgh.

Holy crap, how can I be this lucky!  This is not only Gerrit du Toit, or Scrat, this is also ‘Gerrit does Amageza’, the guy I’ve been following on Facebook for quite some time and was so stoked to finally meet at bootcamp. 

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At this point I had a calmness about me and knew everything is going to be fine for what lay ahead. 

The day ended with teams 9 (Twister & Scalpel) and team 10 (us) on kitchen duty and an excited bunch of newfound friends heading off to bed.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 02, 2017, 12:57:02 pm
Day 1



I started a Whatsapp group where almost everyone in my contacts list was added. I was hoping to keep people informed a little more than the official stuff that was going to be going out every evening. I didn’t think I’d have reception the whole way but something was better than nothing. I’d also asked if any wanted their spouses on I’d give them the link. It quickly got a bit out of hand.

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After a reasonably humorous evening, myself and Gerrit headed off to bed.

I slept well…. Apparently.

Others, not so.

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Everyone was chirpy with lots of banter, but mostly being polite with each other. It was a bit of hurry up and wait. I just wanted to get the show on the road. Faffing and goodbyes are not a strongpoint of mine.

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Seeing the bikes in the flesh was super cool. I felt a bit like a rockstar - the bike I was given for the day was 55k’s old!

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Brand new rubber. It really was a bit over the top.

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Apart from checking the tires, I left it as I found it.

All dressed up looking cool

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I normally follow a bit of a banting lifestyle, this was the first of 12 more days where that wasn’t going to happen.

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Then, once the speeches had been taken care of, it was saddle up and get the show on the road,

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Fuelling was simple,

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And just like that, we were out of Windhoek heading west. There wasn’t much of an order, it was just stay behind John and ahead of Jacko.

I can’t remember much of the ride other than a growing anticipation for the whole competition to start. I know I spent a bit of time wondering who would be my partner, as I imagine, did everyone else. First Hardy had said the evening before that the partnering was completely random, then changed his tune to state that it was taken only from the scores at bootcamp where the top half were mated with the bottom half. I was sure he was just fake newsing us, I didn’t believe him. I was pretty sure they’d spent some time putting the pairs together. I was trying to work out what all the other contestants were like and also what would the criteria be that they’d pair us off on. I presumed that riding skill would be one aspect. All the riders were above average, but the Western Cape guys to a fair degree held the advantage in sand and I thought that that might be one angle. Another might be personalities; a more outgoing one with a quieter one?

I had asked the evening before to the group whilst we sat around the table, “so, of the potential partners that you could get, who would you NOT like to be paired with?” Well that was a conversation dead end, there was dead silence. I’d been thinking about this one too. I really only knew Gerrit du Toit pretty well (Scrat). Clinton Pienaar and I had formed a friendship from the 250 rally launch. Minxy I’d bumped into over the years through Amageza and various bashes but I didn’t know her that well. I would have been very happy to get them as partners. But for the rest, I didn’t really have much to go on other than first impressions. I was certain that they wouldn’t put me and Gerrit together, it would have been unfair; Two such handsome looking characters! (we’d raced Amageza together 4 times – I think that fact would have barred that pairing).

I was hoping that I got paired with someone who was not just grateful for the opportunity, but was also fiercely competitive and was in it to win it. I wanted someone who fancied their chances and was going to go for it.

Personality clashes are a reality and make for great TV but don’t win these types of things. I suspected that with my outspoken and opinion’ed ways, I might not be the favourite flavour for some. I was guessing of course, but from the few small interactions so far, and with these two criteria of mine and my guesses about Hardy’s way of choosing, that left about 5 or 6 guys that were question marks for me. Not good odds I surmised.

Fortunately, looking back now, I’d been very wrong.

Anyway, places to go, things to see

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Lunch

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The day passed quickly enough, and just like that, the light changed and the Spitzkoppe were before us. I’d not been there before and wondered just what all the fuss about the place was. There is much to fuss about!

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It really is a picturesque place

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However, sightseeing was short lived, before the partnerships would be revealed, Charl and Glenn, chosen at random, had to do their presentations before supper.

Charl whacked his out of the park. He’d brought along props! He set the bar very high.

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Something that I hadn’t anticipated was that we would have to give them a score. I was generous with both but favoured Charl’s for his great preparation and easy way of telling it.

I also got a bit of a fright. My topic was…

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I hadn’t thought to bring anything along for it, it just hadn’t occurred to me. Also, I wasn’t going to be as factual and had taken some liberties in the interpretation of what was expected. Thanks goodness I hadn’t been asked to go first, I had some work to do!

Then with little fanfare, Hardy announced the pairings. He made some speech about that from then on, it was game on and that we’d never be referred to by our names again. It was numbers from then on only.

Phillip Groenewald from George was the unlucky chap who got me. I’d had him on my list of question marks; He’d lost his passport the evening before, so I’d thought, “well, he’s not that organised and I’m pretty useless at detail too, so that wouldn’t be good”. Also I’d massively underestimated his competitiveness. My first words to him were, “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m here to get that bike!”, he shot back, “Good! Because so am I!”

Oh goody! I can work with that were my next thoughts!

We’d be team 6, Phillip #11 and me #12.

We were handed our bibs that we were going to have to wear for the next 12 days except when sleeping. Also our personalised stickers. In races, it only really gets real when once registered, you get your stickers. Well, it was the same for me here too. We put each of our names on both bikes instead of both of ours on the one, it seemed more appropriate to do it this way.

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Phillip had also taken notes

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And just like that, the game was on. If you have a weak stomach, maybe skip the next few paragraphs…

Even though it seemed like not much had gone on, it was reasonably late before we all headed off to sleep. When we had arrived, myself and Gerrit had paired up in a tent, now that we had our official partner, this was the last night he had the pleasure of my company. Only my night was just beginning. Around 12 I awoke with that sudden dreaded feeling of needing to shit the bed. I had 4 days previously eaten chicken that had flown right through me and made me sick as a dog. Things had seemed to be firming up so to speak but for some reason, that chicken returned with a vengeance.

I mumbled my apologies to Gerrit for having to open the tent and stumbled off to the highly unpleasant ablutions they have at this community campsite. There was no water or showers, just 2 longdrops both with serious contra-indications. The one that had a bit of a reed wall and roof was seriously full and disgusting. The other was just this in the open but less full.

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Because the first one was the closest and I was in serious mincing mode, it got the full brunt of whatever was adamantly wanting out. The relief washed over me but was short lived. Next was frustration and worry; first day of a 12 day bike mission in a desert with the trots is not healthy or fun. Dehydration would be a massive potential game breaker. Not to mention having to stop regularly to sort it out. I wear knee braces and having a boskak is not easy. But, my flood of emotions wasn’t over yet, Panic with a capital P was next up. I’d left the loo paper behind! Bondiblue were the unlucky sponsors of the evenings entertainment, I’ll never look at a sunglasses pouch the same way again!

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And so began 2 hours of back and forth. Much later Bernadine, one of the crew who was helping with that evenings editing asked what was up. It resulted in the crew being woken and Ockie the medic being hauled out his tent to treat me. I’d already dosed myself with rehydrate and Imodium and was sucking on tons of water. My only concern was keeping hygenic. With no running water in the camp, keeping everything sanitary was going to be a challenge. Occkie gave me some alcohol swabs to clean my hands. It was a miserable night, but at least whatever was in me to start the evining wasn’t there by the morning, that’s for sure.

Gerrit hadn’t heard a thing, he slept through it all.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 02, 2017, 02:03:44 pm
Good Honest reporting. I feel for you one of the worst feelings in the world having the shits. I think we have all been there.The excitement and build up could have also added to the problem.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 02, 2017, 03:51:40 pm


"only one or two contestants being singled out for having
strange objects in their carry-on luggage. I won't mention names. Cough. Glenn. Cough."


YUP! My secret weapon went into a bin never to be seen again!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 02, 2017, 05:15:42 pm
Fantastic, really good read.  Thanks everyone :thumleft:

Saw Angus's write-up on his blog which gives quite an interesting angle on how he experienced the event. Interesting and insightful and I guess we'll also read more on here as the event unfolds.  Keep it coming  :ricky:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 02, 2017, 05:21:26 pm
For those that didn't follow the official website, we'll post the daily video as the report unfolds.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Minxy on October 02, 2017, 05:22:52 pm
Fantastic, really good read.  Thanks everyone :thumleft:

Saw Angus's write-up on his blog which gives quite an interesting angle on how he experienced the event. Interesting and insightful and I guess we'll also read more on here as the event unfolds.  Keep it coming  :ricky:

A link to Angus's write-up, he's not on Wilddogs and put this on his blog:

https://adventurebikediaries.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/honda-quest-true-adventure-the-finals-deep-in-the-sandy-heart-of-namibia/

Anyway, really been enjoying everyone's write ups so far, can't wait for more! Will add in again soon :)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 02, 2017, 07:51:52 pm
In all honesty I was at the same time surprised, ecstatic and apprehensive at being chosen for Quest. Surprised because a bootcamp I had had a “little off” which got into my head and which I kind of considered a competition limiting move.
Ecstatic because just a year before I had spent some time around Swakopmund and had vowed to return some day on a bike ... and here I was
Majority of my riding is solo and I definitely wouldn’t rate myself as being anywhere close to being an accomplished technical rider ... so apprehensive. I enjoy a bit of technical rocky stuff but riding solo has made me by nature a fairly conservative rider ... added to that, sand and me have never been friends. This trip was apparently going to include plenty sand so to say I was kukking myself a bit would be an understatement.
Starting the morning at Pupkewitz Honda wasn’t doing me any favours either . I just wanted to get on the bike and ride. Only way to quell the nerves in my opinion is to get out there and do it. That first bit of day one flew by me in a blur so I’m just going to post a pic or 2. I reckon other people have already described the mood and feelings far more eloquently than I ever could
I wasn’t even thinking about who I would like as a riding buddy, the moment was just too huge for me. HingsDing had even sidled over to me earlier and asked if I was alright because I looked in serious need of some lightening up ... and that is something coming from one of the most serious looking okes I have ever come across in my life while at bootcamp
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 02, 2017, 08:04:59 pm
And then ... finally ... it was time to make like a jewish foreskin and be off. Check the "relief" inside my helmet just after filling up.
Some tar to get out of Windhoek and then glorious dirt highways (well they felt that way to me anyway) all the way to our first night's camp at Spitzkoppe

[meh! having some hassles with inserting pics here so I'm just going to use forum attachment function for now seeing as I've already started. Apologies for multiple posts]
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 02, 2017, 08:19:40 pm
I was really glad to be teamed up with Throttle Jockey for the next (almost) 2 weeks of riding. At bootcamp I found TJ to be a straight shooting dude who pulled no punches when speaking his mind which is something very few people really do nowadays. We were in for some tough riding so having someone to ride with who tells it like it is and isn't pissy about anything right from the start is a big bonus
He is also a great technical rider and loves the deep sand so I was hoping to pick up some tips. ... and boy what a great riding buddy I landed up with. Honestly think I might not have finished this thing without him... faaarkkk the oke has energy :thumleft:
Strangely enough I rode much of the the 1st day just behind, just in front of, or next to him even though we didn't yet know who our team mates were going to be
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 03, 2017, 07:38:39 am
Awesome read!  Agree 100% with your take on Throttle Jockey.  He really sounds, from all accounts, like a giant of a team mate  8)

We just need to also know what the airport didn't allow him to take with with.  TJ?  ;)

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: gser on October 03, 2017, 09:04:20 am
Wow . . . !
 . . . .what an adventure !
 . . . . well done adv - turers ! (although , "paid for" :-) )
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 03, 2017, 10:58:33 am
My Day1 -   from Windhoek to Spitzkoppe



There's not a lot that I can add to what has already been said of day 1.
My main goal for the morning was to get to Honda and retrieve my folder with my passport and presentation.  As soon as I walked in, I went to Schalk's office, and saw my folder on his desk and heard angels sing. Immediately I took my passport to Christoffel who was safekeeping everyone else's passports as well.   

With my passport signed in for safekeeping, I could start to focus on getting to Spitzkoppe where we would hear who we would be teamed up with.

The road to spitzkoppe was a little bit of tar (getting out of Windhoek) and the rest was gravel highway.

below a few photos that I took on the way, as well as in Camp.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 03, 2017, 07:04:51 pm
Day 1: Let The Games Begin

The air was filled with anticipation and all were eager to get this expedition started.

We were told to be ready by 7 to get familiar with our new routine for the next 2 weeks - packing the Iveco puzzle first thing every morning.

Sure everyone will mention the bikes and the crew as we go along, but this specific vehicle and it’s drivers are something special. Carrying a huge load over all kinds of interesting terrain. But more on that later.

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We arrived at Pupkewitz Honda for a warm Namibian welcome, some breakfast and to pick up our bikes.

As we arrived everyone picked a bike and started fiddling with it. I thought to myself- good lord these guys are organized. Each had their own way of setting up their bikes. From tool bags to tank bags and all sorts of interesting extras.

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Being a hipster and used to BMW on-call I packed more clothes than tools so helped myself to some snacks as I did not have much to do. Dammit I love snacks and who knows when I’ll see food again.

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Oh yes and coffee. Lots of coffee.

Off we went. Desperate to get out of Windhoek and onto some dirt.

Immediately competition mode started in my head - what will they judge us on? Should I try and ride as economically as possible to conserve fuel and especially the tyres? Who will be my teammate??? All these questions?

And then for a moment I forgot all about the competition as we rolled in to Spitzkoppe. It is a surreal wonderland with breathtaking views all around. I just had to take in this moment.

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After a brief walk up to take some pictures it was time to get real.

The first presentations and team announcement to follow.

As was mentioned before Charl Potgieter set the bar with his presentation. Not knowing what was to come except for my own I made the comment - just give him a bike right now.
This guy greeted us in Arab and dressed up for the occasion. FFS why did I not think of that.

Let’s be honest waiting for your turn to do your presentation is like waiting to go to the principals office. Constantly bugging you and making you stress for a day and time you are not yet certain of.

Then the big moment - team announcement...... Charl & Barbara. Team 4. Number 7 and 8. Ladies Team. It all happened so quickly I did not even have time to think about what happened. We had to go to our bikes and prepare them for the next day. So off we went whilst having brief discussions getting to know each other.

Knowing we will have to change bikes everyday we tried to set up the suspension and other small things exactly the same. Checked tyre pressures and stuck our names to the bikes. Chuffed.

As there was no showers close by I just went to bed dirty. Living the Bergie dream.

Hope I can fall asleep. These guys sound like an orchestra when snoring. Tomorrow is a long day.




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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 04, 2017, 11:44:03 am
Day 2       Spitzkoppe - Palmwag


With newly formed teams in place we headed out for our next destination.

I was teamed up with Kamanya, and I was quite happy about that as I knew my sand skills was not quite up to par, and I thought perhaps I can learn a little from a riding partner with more skill.  (Little did I know exactly how much I would end up learning from him during the trip, and for that I will always be thankful.  Thanks partner! @Kamanya  )

After packing the Iveco (tetris for grownups as we dubbed it later), having breakfast, and a quick brief about the day, we headed out to Palmwag.

At this stage a lot was going through my head, what the trip will hold, what would be required of us in the competition, will Andrew and I get along well, and the ever present thought of the presentation that I still need to do.  Luckily we had a lot of helmet time to sort everything for yourself.

The first figurative bridge we had to cross as a team, was exactly how we would be riding together. Both of us have ridden up close to someone else or in formation before, however we did not know each other yet and riding in pairs needs a bit of synchronisation and trust.  We picked up quickly what worked for us and it worked out all good.  I prefer to ride the left side line and Andrew prefers to ride more to the middle, so that is what we stuck to as it made us both comfortable. It took me a while to accept the "stranger" on my shoulder, and at first I was hesitant to move over out of my line when there was a bad patch of road thinking I don't want to spook Andrew.  He quickly came up to me though and said that I don't need to worry about his line and from there on we just slotted in next to each other gliding along km after km with ease.

To say the road to Palmwag is corrugated would be selling it way short.  Jaco put it perfect in one of his articles when he said, to say the road was corrugated would be like to say Mike Tyson was "not feminine ".     I can honestly say that I have not seen corrugation like that before, and it just keeps going, non stop. That said, I was surprised at how well the Africa Twin's suspension handled the road. Andrew would tweak the settings every now and again, and before long he had it set up perfectly and it was pretty smooth sailing from there on out.

Later that evening we pulled into the petrol station at Palmwag, and filled up the bike before we would head out to the campsite.

At the petrol pumps I was still feeling great!, we had a good system going in our team, we had a good days riding behind us and now we can go "relax" (relatively speaking)
However in the short time that it took us to move from the station to the campsite, I was feeling pretty sick. Kamanya came up to me and instinctively new something was wrong.
He told me immediately that I look dehydrated and that I should get some ReHydrate and drink a lot of water.   I was still thinking that it wasnt a particularly hot day and that I finished my camelback through the day.It was amazing how quick it crept up on me but I was feeling, for a lack of a better word, kak!
As I was drinking my rehydrate and forcing down water I heard Kamanya have the same discussion with Throttle Jockey.  It seems he was also feeling the wrong side of the hydration curve.

About an hour later myself and Throttle were feeling a hell of a lot better (except now we needed to run to the tall grass every 5 minutes  :P,    a small price to pay to feel better) Thanks again Andrew for spotting that so quickly.

From that day onwards, I upped my water intake to anything between 8 and 10 liters per day, with 2 packets of rehydrate a day, and some slowmag fizzys to prevent cramping up.
My goal each morning was to finish my 2litre camelback before breakfast, refill before we ride, then refill once during the day and once again when we reach camp. Finally I would have my rehydrate and fill the camelback once more before we went to sleep.

During the time that I was feeling the effects of the dehydration, our team also had our camera interviews with the content crew. I am normally not a good impromptu speaker already, and the fuzzy head and slow thoughts that the dehydration brought really didn't do me any favours in the interview. To top that off the questions they ask really catch you off guard. The one question they asked was , what is the worst trait of your partner. That just hit me for 6 and I couldn't even answer the question. It really doesn't surprise me that the only part of my interview that made it to the video was where I said the name of my partner.  :imaposer:  I was just happy I got that one right ( i got it right, right?)   :imaposer:

That evening most of us opted not to pitch a tent and slept under the stars. It was also the last night I did that, as I think I look like a Christmas buffet to every mozzie in a 10km radius. needles to say I did not get a lot of rest so from there on, I pitched the tent every night, but left the rain sheet off. In other words just a net to keep the mozzies at bay. 

We were also told that the local elephants like to come into camp at night, and that if you wake up at night with a elephant's trunk sniffing your ear, you should please suppress the urge to scream like a little girl as that would only agitate the elephant more.  :imaposer:
After hearing that I packed a couple of camping chairs around the only side the elephant would be able to approach my stretcher.  Knowing it wont stop it but at least I would be awake by the time it gets to me. :biggrin:

At about 4 am that morning the last possibility of sleep was out the proverbial door when I heard the telltale sounds of a Hyena. That woke me up completely and for the next hour I just lay there listening to the night sounds of the veld. This unfortunately also included the chorus of the other contestants scattered through the campsite.   :lol8:



I dont have a lot of pics to share from day 2,   and I still need to work through my gopro footage.

Below pics:    Me and Kamanya getting to know each other on the road.

                      Sunrise at Palmwag

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: windswept on October 04, 2017, 02:00:23 pm
Ok... before I add my part of the story I think I need to quote this post from the other Quest thread.
As someone said allready, we made a whole lot of friends on this trip,but I know all of them by name and not a lot of them by forum name. ( Exept for the obvious forum names like "Hardy de Kock")

Please let me know if I missed someone that is on the forum and I will edit this post.

Teams updated as per the website.

Johannes Haasbroek -- Gerrit Visser ( Tyrebraaier )

Cornelis Nelson (NISMARK) -- Angus Welch

Clinton Pienaar -- Andries Haasbroek

Charl du Plessis (KarooKid) -- Barbara Muszynski (Minxy)

Grant Pentelow (McSack) -- Glenn Koch (THROTTLE JOCKEY)

Phillip Groenewald(GRyPH) -- Andrew Johnstone (Kamanya)

Marcel Vladar ( DjFloyd ) -- SP Dreyer ( skywalker )

Charl Potgieter ( Charliepappa ) -- Johannes van Heerden( Tyre)

Francois Ebersohn (Scalpel) -- Pieter Lourens (twister)

Gerrit du Toit (Scrat) -- Kobus Myburgh (ktmkobus)

And with Hardy, tau, hinks and Jacko there were twenty dogs, that qualifies as a mini bash. 8) Lekker RR, keep it coming. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 04, 2017, 02:25:15 pm
Well!!! speech done. Forgot most of it and then picked up again, give me numbers any day. I remember those easy! Partners chosen awesome match! Grant and I where in the same team at boot camp and we had got on well there. I predicted this match and was more than happy, we just fitted and as I said to him this is like a marriage and we will make it work. Ironically his strengths where my weaknesses and I learnt a lot from this man. Life lessons thank you Grant. Day two was as said above a day of convoy riding, getting used to partners and the rituals that would become second nature at Quest. The heat and hydration issues where quickly addressed (thank you Andrew). Life at Quest was starting to get good after the second night under the stars.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 04, 2017, 03:47:54 pm
 " First Hardy had said the evening before that the partnering was completely random, then changed his tune to state that it was taken only from the scores at bootcamp where the top half were mated with the bottom half. I was sure he was just fake newsing us, I didn’t believe him. I was pretty sure they’d spent some time putting the pairs together. I was trying to work out what all the other contestants were like and also what would the criteria be that they’d pair us off on. I presumed that riding skill would be one aspect. All the riders were above average, but the Western Cape guys to a fair degree held the advantage in sand and I thought that that might be one angle. Another might be personalities; a more outgoing one with a quieter one? "

                                                                                                                                                          - Andrew Johnstone (Kamanya)

Changed his tune? You bet we did. Unfortunately there was too much at stake to leave it up to chance my dear.

"Philip Groenewald is an average rider, and he struggles in the sand" - Quote from one of the instructors after day 4
"Philip Groenewald is turning into a very good rider and he even assists other riders - Quote from the same instructor after day 5
"Philip Groenewald tamed the Khumib River like a Rockstar - Quote from same instructor after day 7

Andrew - I know it was hard for you to restrain yourself  from time to time, and I know it is difficult for you to not display your hooligan skills for the greater good of the group. I can however promise you that you have made a massive contribution to Philip Groenewald's life, and that neither him or myself will ever forget that.

Cheers
Hardy
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 04, 2017, 04:18:22 pm
" First Hardy had said the evening before that the partnering was completely random, then changed his tune to state that it was taken only from the scores at bootcamp where the top half were mated with the bottom half. I was sure he was just fake newsing us, I didn’t believe him. I was pretty sure they’d spent some time putting the pairs together. I was trying to work out what all the other contestants were like and also what would the criteria be that they’d pair us off on. I presumed that riding skill would be one aspect. All the riders were above average, but the Western Cape guys to a fair degree held the advantage in sand and I thought that that might be one angle. Another might be personalities; a more outgoing one with a quieter one? "

                                                                                                                                                          - Andrew Johnstone (Kamanya)

Changed his tune? You bet we did. Unfortunately there was too much at stake to leave it up to chance my dear.

"Philip Groenewald is an average rider, and he struggles in the sand" - Quote from one of the instructors after day 4
"Philip Groenewald is turning into a very good rider and he even assists other riders - Quote from the same instructor after day 5
"Philip Groenewald tamed the Khumib River like a Rockstar - Quote from same instructor after day 7

Andrew - I know it was hard for you to restrain yourself  from time to time, and I know it is difficult for you to not display your hooligan skills for the greater good of the group. I can however promise you that you have made a massive contribution to Philip Groenewald's life, and that neither him or myself will ever forget that.

Cheers
Hardy

Thats awesome to see the improvement in the comments  ;D

And I couldnt agree more.   Without Andrew coaching me from over my shoulder I might actually have still been in the sand  :imaposer:

It makes it so easy when you have someone more skilled riding on your shoulder shouting helpfull instructions and indeed I will take that with me forever.

" GET OUT OF THE JEEP TRACK!"  :ricky:
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 04, 2017, 05:32:44 pm
Day 2 - Spitzkoppe to Palmwag



We woke the morning with a different vibe in the air.  Up to now you were selective of next to who you pitch your tent, eat, sleep and converse. 

As from this point onwards, we were teams of two, and we will spend the vast majority of time in each other’s company. 

Like Gryph stated, I think riding formation was one of the first things to be discussed.  Tau stated that it was up to us to decide how we want to ride and shoulder to shoulder was permitted.  This was a scary thought to me since I’ve never done this.  I’m not sure whether this is because I’ve never trusted someone enough or whether I’ve never trusted myself enough. 

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Shortly after riders briefing, the teams set off for the day’s trek to Palmwag, now in number order, with us bringing up the rear and only Jaco sweeping behind us.

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Left to right:  ktmkobus, Scrat, Scalpel, Hinksding, Twister, Charliepappa, $Tyres$, DJFloyd

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Without discussing the issue of formation riding, team 10 got going, me on the DCT this time and Scrat on the Manual.  At this point the DCT was really not my favourite bike to ride.

Gravel highways was pretty much at the order of the day.  Our team got a natural rhythm going of me leading on the left side of the road and Scrat to my right.  At the first stop we decided to not ride shoulder to shoulder, but staggered formation with the following bike a couple of paces behind and to the right of the leading bike.  This allowed the lead bike to have a view of the other bike in its mirror and any sudden change of direction dodging the odd lurker would not affect the rear rider.  I think this was more for my benefit since Scrat is so comfortable on a bike that I think he can even dodge a bullet if needed without flinching!

We filled up in Uis where we met an extremely colourful local character.
More a bit later…….
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 04, 2017, 06:30:12 pm
We've seen many pics, but I don't recall one that actually says... "and this is Hardy !" Please post a pic that we can see what the main man looks like.

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Daarsy 👍🏻

Van links na regs in die voorgrond:    Barend Fouche ,  Hardy de Kock, Tau.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 04, 2017, 08:44:19 pm
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Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 05, 2017, 07:26:33 am
Day 2 continued …………

I forgot to mention that, apart from adjusting the handlebars forward, we did nothing to the bikes.  No suspension settings were done whatsoever and at no time did we feel the need to tweak anything.   

After filling up in Uis we set off again to Palmwag.  At this stage everyone was still riding quite conservatively and the dust gap was big.  This resulted in very long stops to reconcile the convoy, especially for the guys in front.  Jaco was quick to address this and asked us to try and close the gap a bit.  Ockie Vermeulen, our medic (Expedition Medics) was following the convoy behind Jaco and leaving the gap the way it was posed substantial risk should anything happen, especially to the front runners. 

Filling up in Uis

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We arrived in Palmwag where we first refuelled before riding into camp.  Once there, it was immediately on to the customary offloading of the Iveco and setting up camp.  Karookid, Angus, Nismark and I were also nominated for the evening’s presentations.  (O bliksem, I thought!  I was hoping that I could present at least a couple of days later so that Charliepappa’s presentation would be forgotten.)

Be that as it may, Scrat offered to finish setting up camp while I get myself cleaned up and looking spiffy for the presentation.  Palmwag has some awesome ablutions and it was really great to wash off the last two day's dust.  My team mate has one of the highest working rates that I’ve come across.  He just never tires and are always full of energy and laughs.  The Duracell bunny is a pissy when compared to Scrat.

 Prior to the evening’s presentations we were called for our one on one interviews.  Like GRyPH said, the questions were to the point and you had to think quickly.

Who’s your team mate?
What is his worst trait?
What is your worst trait?  (Really?? How much time have you got, this might take long?)
What will set you apart from the rest and could make you win?

With us being team 10 and last in the interview queue, this all happened while Karookid was doing his presentation.  Unfortunately I therefore missed this. 
I’ll leave comment on the interviews and the rest of the evening to the other contestants – a bit like first in on the day’s RR says it all.

I think it was this evening that me and Scrat also had the first opportunity to discuss our strategy for the rest of the competition.  It was a very short discussion, but I’ll leave that for his comment.

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Like GRyPH, I battled with sleep that night due to what I initially thought was only one mozzie.  When I eventually hunted him down, I soon realised that there was a whole tag team of these buggers.  The problem with sleeping bags is also that you can’t pull open the feet of the guy sleeping next to you to create an easy prey - I was screwed!


Palmwag

"Palmwag Lodge is a paradise located on the Uniab River in north-western Namibia, Damaraland just a few kilometers north of the junction of the C4 and /C39 roads. Nestled in a spectacular landscape with waving palms whispering in the wind, Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia's oldest and most popular tourist destinations.

In the concession area around Palmwag Lodge there are large populations of Hartman's Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust."

 

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
-Ernest Hemingway-
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on October 05, 2017, 10:35:03 pm
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 06, 2017, 07:02:32 am
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Thanks for following our awesome adventure Sheepman.   :thumleft:  I had to go google nuances now first to make sure I understand it in the right context. 

Keep in mind that we are only on day 2 now, it's still honeymoon.  Regrettably, I need to inform you that you will be disappointed should you be waiting for that sort of drama to unfold, but then again, I can only speak for myself.

In a conversation with Hardy (and keep in mind that this is a guy with vast experience of this sort of thing - the host of every Ford Odyssey there ever was and many other things), he 'warned' us that things will change drastically as the competition unfolds.  People's real personalities will come out and eventually  the nice faces will disappear with a +-R200k prize at stake. 

Well, without running ahead with the RR, for the majority of the event, 10 teams acted as one.  All of us were just as committed to get 20 bikes to the finish as was Honda and Specialised Adventures.  Every single person wanted to reach the end and every one of us realised we would not be able to do this as an individual, not even as a two man team.  Also remember that the selection included 20 ordinary people - people from all walks of life, varying biking experience and varying personalities.  This made us a privileged, grateful bunch of blokes and girl that was just in awe of the opportunity and beauty of the landscape, but again, I can't speak on everyone's behalf. 

With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 06, 2017, 07:16:06 am
" With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day. "
                                       - Kobus Myburgh (KTM Kobus)





Class acts, and True Adventurers, you and Gerrit du Toit (Scrat).  Welcome to the Quest Crew..
                                     
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: caconcepts on October 06, 2017, 07:28:30 am
Just read the whole thread from beginning...........excellent job so far boyz. Saw the program on telly and am thoroughly hooked on the adventure. Now please stop pissing about and write some more RR...... :deal: :deal: :deal: :deal: :deal: :3some:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 06, 2017, 08:02:02 am
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Thanks for following our awesome adventure Sheepman.   :thumleft:  I had to go google nuances now first to make sure I understand it in the right context. 

Keep in mind that we are only on day 2 now, it's still honeymoon.  Regrettably, I need to inform you that you will be disappointed should you be waiting for that sort of drama to unfold, but then again, I can only speak for myself.

In a conversation with Hardy (and keep in mind that this is a guy with vast experience of this sort of thing - the host of every Ford Odyssey there ever was and many other things), he 'warned' us that things will change drastically as the competition unfolds.  People's real personalities will come out and eventually  the nice faces will disappear with a +-R200k prize at stake. 

Well, without running ahead with the RR, for the majority of the event, 10 teams acted as one.  All of us were just as committed to get 20 bikes to the finish as was Honda and Specialised Adventures.  Every single person wanted to reach the end and every one of us realised we would not be able to do this as an individual, not even as a two man team.  Also remember that the selection included 20 ordinary people - people from all walks of life, varying biking experience and varying personalities.  This made us a privileged, grateful bunch of blokes and girl that was just in awe of the opportunity and beauty of the landscape, but again, I can't speak on everyone's behalf. 

With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day.


Well said and cant agree more. As much as it could have got nasty I think we all started as relative strangers and ended as friends, this included the instructors. We became a large family with a love and respect for each other and what we where experiencing. Our personalities gelled and that is very unique. I would never want to have shared this wonderful experience with any other bunch. As for the ultimate result (as hard as it was to choose) I am very happy with the winners they deserve it 100%. Personally I find it distasteful that there is any hint of a suggestion that it was undeserved. I will stand by them any day as the ultimate winners of the first Quest. WELL DONE!!!!!!!!   
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 06, 2017, 08:48:35 am
" With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day. "
                                       - Kobus Myburgh (KTM Kobus)





Class acts, and True Adventurers, you and Gerrit du Toit (Scrat).  Welcome to the Quest Crew..
                                     

And just when I thought the crew could not get any better............. Well bloody done!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on October 06, 2017, 09:33:37 am
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Thanks for following our awesome adventure Sheepman.   :thumleft:  I had to go google nuances now first to make sure I understand it in the right context. 

Keep in mind that we are only on day 2 now, it's still honeymoon.  Regrettably, I need to inform you that you will be disappointed should you be waiting for that sort of drama to unfold, but then again, I can only speak for myself.

In a conversation with Hardy (and keep in mind that this is a guy with vast experience of this sort of thing - the host of every Ford Odyssey there ever was and many other things), he 'warned' us that things will change drastically as the competition unfolds.  People's real personalities will come out and eventually  the nice faces will disappear with a +-R200k prize at stake. 

Well, without running ahead with the RR, for the majority of the event, 10 teams acted as one.  All of us were just as committed to get 20 bikes to the finish as was Honda and Specialised Adventures.  Every single person wanted to reach the end and every one of us realised we would not be able to do this as an individual, not even as a two man team.  Also remember that the selection included 20 ordinary people - people from all walks of life, varying biking experience and varying personalities.  This made us a privileged, grateful bunch of blokes and girl that was just in awe of the opportunity and beauty of the landscape, but again, I can't speak on everyone's behalf. 

With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day.

Ek gan drink koffie gou op die Vrydag oggend dan gebeur die dinge hier. I will update my Spitzkoppe to Palmwag later today. Its Friday after all. I am with KTMKobus on this one. Although we would all have liked to win the bikes it was impossible. Only one team could win and the best team did win. I know its a cliché but in my mind we were all winners even though we did not get the Africa Twin as prize. Bikes come and go. Friendships and experiences tend to stay a life time. I was fortunate enough to ride behind the winning team for most of the days. The way they handled themselves and the guys around them was an example to all. I would join both of them any day on an adventure, even if its just for a day. KTMKobus and Scrat rode behind us for most of the Quest. Both of these guys are true gentleman. My learning curve was a vertical line upwards with the two of you playing a big role is this. Even Charliepappa gave me a lot of tips and tricks. Dankie. Between these guys it actually looked as if I could ride bike!! :ricky: As soon as my Africa Twin hits Gauteng I will arrange a ride!!
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on October 06, 2017, 11:17:04 am
So we woke up at Spitzkoppe. Lekker in ons vark pakkies!! Stinkie muishond! Lekker. The start of a true adventure. You never know when next you will have the luxury of a shower. As mentioned previously team 9 and 10 was on scullery duty! So the 4 of us was responsible for breakfast as well as the dishes after breakfast! I am still in awe at the amount of dishes that we had to wash. Die goed kry kleintjies. Whilst we were washing dishes the rest of the contestants got their bikes ready and was busy with their Pre Ride Inspections(PRI). The convoy was determined and excitement was tangible. We eventually joined the PRI and convoy. Twister pulled out a little notepad with the PRI step by step. Boy you should see his hand writing. Netjies ek se. Even Hinksding took the notepad to take some pictures. All I can say is my partner was organised. Hinksding reckons not even his sister has such a neat handwriting!!  :pot:

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PRI sorted we got a pre ride briefing and John led us out of Spitzkoppe. Sad to leave as I would love to explore more. I will be back. We soon settled into the swing of things and Twister and myself found our rhythm! As mentioned previously I do not ride a lot. I spend most of my time on a bicycle, not a adventure bike. So my learning curve and comfort zones was challenged a lot on the first day already. On the gravel roads. Dust was an issue but we quickly adapted to the dust gaps. Jaco however felt the gaps was too big. He addressed this and soon we adapted.

Then it happened! I had the first puncture of the Quest. Ag donner. At least I could get it out of the way. In our haste we pinched the tube we put in so we had to patch the tube we took out. This puncture scene was on all the videos of the day! We were famous!! Scrat and Jaco patched the first tube. This tube held the rest of the Quest and I never had a puncture again.



So after this incident I did not have a puncture again! The rest of the days riding was without incident. Just before we got to Palmwag team 1 had a puncture as well. We quickly stopped and assisted seeing we had a tube with us that was already patched and ready. Through the vet fence. Filled the tanks and into camp. Settled in. Got a camp site and a lekker warm shower! That evening Karookid, KTMKobus and Nismark and Angus entertained us with their talks on various topics. MMM. I should have taken notes!!  :ricky:


The punctures of the day had to be fixed. The tubes sorted and ready for the next day.

Palmwag is such a beautiful campsite. Even the elephants frequents the place. The next group was up for dinner and breakfast. Team 7 and 8. Food as always was great.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 06, 2017, 12:53:58 pm
Presentation topics issued prior to Quest:

Team 1

Johannes Haasbroek - The Kunene River
Gerrit Visser - Marienfluss & Fairie circles

Team 2

Cornelis Nelson - The Ngorongoro Crater
Angus Welch - Madagascar

Team 3

Clinton Pienaar - The Gerenuk & The Okapi
Andries Haasbroek - The History of Honda Motorcycles

Team 4

Charl du Plessis - Mapungubwe
Barbara Muszynski - The Nile river

Team 5
Grant Pentalow - The Welwitchia
Glenn Koch - The Fish river Canyon

Team 6

Andrew Johnstone - The Great Rift Valley
Philip Groenewald - Kilimanjaro

Team 7

Marcel Vladar - The Oryx
S.P Dreyer - The Lord Derby Eland

Team 8

Charl Potgieter - The Sahara
Johannes van Heerden - The Mighty Zambezi

Team 9

Francois Ebersohn - Lake Malawi
Pieter Lourens - The Okavango Delta

Team 10

Kobus Myburgh - The Pyramids of Giza
Gerrit du Toit - Lake Victoria
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Chantal Burger on October 06, 2017, 02:07:53 pm
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Thanks for following our awesome adventure Sheepman.   :thumleft:  I had to go google nuances now first to make sure I understand it in the right context. 

Keep in mind that we are only on day 2 now, it's still honeymoon.  Regrettably, I need to inform you that you will be disappointed should you be waiting for that sort of drama to unfold, but then again, I can only speak for myself.

In a conversation with Hardy (and keep in mind that this is a guy with vast experience of this sort of thing - the host of every Ford Odyssey there ever was and many other things), he 'warned' us that things will change drastically as the competition unfolds.  People's real personalities will come out and eventually  the nice faces will disappear with a +-R200k prize at stake. 

Well, without running ahead with the RR, for the majority of the event, 10 teams acted as one.  All of us were just as committed to get 20 bikes to the finish as was Honda and Specialised Adventures.  Every single person wanted to reach the end and every one of us realised we would not be able to do this as an individual, not even as a two man team.  Also remember that the selection included 20 ordinary people - people from all walks of life, varying biking experience and varying personalities.  This made us a privileged, grateful bunch of blokes and girl that was just in awe of the opportunity and beauty of the landscape, but again, I can't speak on everyone's behalf. 

With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day.

With all the pictures of Spitzkoppe on the thread, I am sure that nobody expected it to be a 5 star lodge. When Hardy planned the route, he wanted Quest to be a true adventure, that said.

The Kaokoland is untouched, and exactly as God made it. In order to experience Namibia’s wonders, you have to give up certain luxuries, or travel on the gravel highways and follow the tourist busses, as they lead you to air conditioners and icy cocktails.

If you want to ride an Africa Twin through remote and vast places, sleep under the stars in a riverbed, and boil your own coffee on an open fire.. Then Yes! you might have to give up your shower for a night.

PS : There are clean ablution facilities at the entrance gate with toilets and warm water showers.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sam on October 06, 2017, 02:24:22 pm
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Read this chap's blog quickly after reading your comment. Quite odd, I must admit. I didn't pick up the vibe that he's putting out from any of the other competitors that have posted here. Why on earth would anyone be "pissed off" that someone else won? I reckon all of them "won" - I wouldn't mind winning a two week, paid for, riding someone else's bike, with backup, through some of the most amazing landscapes on earth, trip....

Ah well - takes all kinds, I suppose.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sam on October 06, 2017, 02:28:39 pm
A quote from said blog "We serviced the bikes in the sand. Our team – not a drop of oil on the ground… Other teams – No comment…."

I hope he was awarded his clean oil change medal.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Fransw on October 06, 2017, 03:33:47 pm
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Read this chap's blog quickly after reading your comment. Quite odd, I must admit. I didn't pick up the vibe that he's putting out from any of the other competitors that have posted here. Why on earth would anyone be "pissed off" that someone else won? I reckon all of them "won" - I wouldn't mind winning a two week, paid for, riding someone else's bike, with backup, through some of the most amazing landscapes on earth, trip....

Ah well - takes all kinds, I suppose.

Sam, I agree. 20 winners of a trip of a lifetime!! The total value of a trip must be close to R100 000 per person.. This is one of the Biggest competition 'payouts' ever. Not to mention the 2 bike give away.

Where ever you go in life you will aways encounter one or two idiots, that's life.

For the rest of the guys, thanks for posting all your interesting photos and stories, keep it up!....cheers! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on October 06, 2017, 08:32:41 pm
Excellent write ups from some of the participants thus far. Clearly a very well planned and executed Quest, enjoyed by all on brilliant bikes  :thumleft: It would be interesting however to get to understand more of the nuances that played out - after all, it was a tough trip in a beautiful, but tough territory,competed by 19 tough guys and one tough girl. Surely all didn't go clockwork always ;) There is innuendo in the blog of Angus, which was also written to the point, yet honestly realistic in my opinion.

Thanks for following our awesome adventure Sheepman.   :thumleft:  I had to go google nuances now first to make sure I understand it in the right context. 

Keep in mind that we are only on day 2 now, it's still honeymoon.  Regrettably, I need to inform you that you will be disappointed should you be waiting for that sort of drama to unfold, but then again, I can only speak for myself.

In a conversation with Hardy (and keep in mind that this is a guy with vast experience of this sort of thing - the host of every Ford Odyssey there ever was and many other things), he 'warned' us that things will change drastically as the competition unfolds.  People's real personalities will come out and eventually  the nice faces will disappear with a +-R200k prize at stake. 

Well, without running ahead with the RR, for the majority of the event, 10 teams acted as one.  All of us were just as committed to get 20 bikes to the finish as was Honda and Specialised Adventures.  Every single person wanted to reach the end and every one of us realised we would not be able to do this as an individual, not even as a two man team.  Also remember that the selection included 20 ordinary people - people from all walks of life, varying biking experience and varying personalities.  This made us a privileged, grateful bunch of blokes and girl that was just in awe of the opportunity and beauty of the landscape, but again, I can't speak on everyone's behalf. 

With regards to Angus' (or Tripod as he dubbed himself) write up:  Every person experiences things differently.  He states that he was quite disgusted by the situation at Spitzkoppe with no proper ablution facilities.  Me?  I couldn't help thinking of how my two boys will enjoy this - Mom can't even think of telling them to go shower - 'varkie aand' it will be - how long can we stay?

But ...... his eventual conclusion, stating that the prize giving 'broke 16 people'  (not sure where the other 2 are?), 'some folk were pi..ed off' etc.?? - Speak for yourself mate, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth! 

Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden are worthy winners.  I will never drive through Victoria Wes without stopping at the skaap boer, and I will go riding with Charl any given day.

Thanks for the response Kobus. I never suggested anything untoward nor peculiar. I merely meant to throw a suggestion from lines in a report I picked up, which clearly ex post seem to be subjective  :thumleft: No doubt, you guys and girl had the time of your life, within a very well structured Quest.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 06, 2017, 10:30:56 pm


(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50OXZvbmV5V0xXZjg)

That morning started with Phillip and I having a bit more of a conversation about how we were going to play the game. What made the whole thing tricky was that although we were told that everything was going to be rated, we were not told what “everything” was. They kept on about being a “True Adventurer”, but what that actually was wasn’t easily defined. I felt that to be competitive we needed to collaborate with the rest, stay alert, show initiative, have a good attitude, be helpful, care for fellow competitors, care for the bike and lastly riding skill. Also, I was sure they were going to keep a sharp eye on the dynamics between the team members.

To this end and to aid getting us in this short time onto the same page, I shared with Phillip a personality test called the Enneagram. It is a system that helps work out the motivations of people that then drive behaviours. Unsurprisingly, we were absolute opposites, but for both of us it instantly gave a better connection and shortened the “get to know you” time. It was also helpful to chat about how we are going to disagree with each other.

All this took place over the span of the day as we were given times to have things done or to be somewhere and there wasn’t much time to bugger around. We had a confirmation of this when we were told to load the Iveco at a certain time. Stoffel had his phone out and 1 minute past the deadline was taking notes on who wasn’t there. Phil and I caught each other’s eyes right there. Though we weren’t then, we made sure we were never going to be late for anything from then on.

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Lunch… winegums became a staple part of it. (I miss them, strangely!)

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All new and nervous

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Ok, not so nervous

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This being the first morning briefing, John had suggested that because of the group size of the option for the teams to ride shoulder to shoulder was open. It’s not an often described technique that helps riders stay out of the dust and halves the distance that groups take up. It takes some skill and loads of trust between partners. I know many who’ve refused to do it unless they know their partner well. It works like this;

The guy on the left sets the pace and is mostly responsible for setting the dust gap. He rides mostly on the left side of the road but isn’t confined to it. If things get hairy or the track demands it, he can come over to a better line but then would shift back to the left. The Guy on the right is responsible for the safety of the unit. His primary task is to anticipate the needs of the road and rider on the left and to keep them as a pair safe. On shittier parts, blind rises and right hand or blind turns he drops back from the shoulder position to a spot that is still within the mirrors of the guy on the left but just ahead and out of the dust and stone roost. This enables the left hand guy to choose his line. It also keeps both safe with oncoming traffic.

It takes some time to learn a riders idiosyncrasies and for a safe rhythm to form. It can be a joy when it “clicks”.

He also put a lot of emphasis on being responsible for the guys behind. The shoulder thing was optional and only going to lose points if practiced unsafely, the keeping the guys behind thing was mandatory and going to be a lot more carefully looked at.

Tell me you wouldn’t take life a little more seriously if this was talking at you?

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See….

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I was not feeling so confident, that’s a nervous smile, I needed the valves in the lower end of my body to man up and do their thing

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So, it wasn’t long and we were off. It felt very awkward. Understandably, the pairs were being super alert for the guys behind and neither the pairs nor the group had found a rhythm. Any little slow down resulted in the pair in front slowing or even stopping to check and then this would result in a massive concertina effect that took tens of kilometres to get the spacing right again. I just kept humming to myself, “Oh mani pani hummmm, it’s worth an African Twin”

One of the better gaps

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Riding in dust used to do my head in… Badly! Apart from the safety aspect, it screws with my mechanical sympathies. At first when I started adventure riding, I would either blitz ahead or stop and wait 10 minutes. But if you can take the wind and general direction of travel into account along with the pace that the group is moving at, then it is possible to have a reasonably pleasant experience.

But, I’m also not easily capable of rambling along on dirt – I tend to ride quick but safe and generally find myself at the sharp end of groups. I get bored quickly and love getting into a groove with other like-minded individuals that often doesn’t make for great tyre wear but gets places quicker.

Jaco, who was sweeping, was experiencing the net effects of the concertina. His input about this at one of the first stops was a great bit of input but had an unintended consequence; we all got more nervous about losing points and so just put up with smaller dust gaps. “omani padni....”

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I’d started on the right for that first bit so we swapped after the break. That morning apart from the excitement of being on this massive adventure, it wasn’t the most pleasant ride. The road wasn’t that spectacular and it was a crap surface for the first few hours so it was mostly hours of dust dodging and very little scenery viewing. But, this wasn’t any ordinary ride, I was enjoying the fun of watching others and of course myself and wondering how this was all going to play out?

Phillip clearly wasn’t used to this shoulder to shoulder thing from the right hand side, he was either suffering in the dust or riding in spots that I couldn’t see him no matter what I did with my mirrors. Also what was playing on his mind was, not being that comfortable on sand, the times he would have to float across the middlemannetjie wasn’t good for him. At the petrol stop, we had a conflab. We resolved that being more comfortable in sand, I’d stay on the right, but also that he was free to pick his lines as he wanted as that was my job to stay out of his way. That’s how it stayed for the rest of the trip. I think in the beginning he must have thought I was nuts, because I enjoy trying to stay on the middlemannetije or the graded bits on the side for fun. It can get a bit squirrely but is great practice.

Anyway, Uis came up and so did Bazil!

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He was this lovely friendly larger than life guy who pitched up on a characterful original that Honda might want to put in their museum. He knew all about us and was good naturedly pissed off that he’d not been chosen even though he’d written in.

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The group was still clearly a little new, but the pace was creeping up and less time was spent being squeezed by the concertina.

Then it was comedy hour…

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Climbing up some pass we came across some stranded tourists, they’d ruined their original and now flatted the spare. This part of the world was super hardcore, but luckily a cold front was coming through so the temperature was only about 40! Picture it, 20 super helpful biker types (who are probably being scored on their helpfulless!), combined with 16 super responsible 4x4 types trying to impress these foreigners. It was a case of too many cooks for not enough jobs. You know what happens then, everyone was chirpy and the comments were coming thick and fast.

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Jaco had hogged the prime job,

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There was also way too many on the compressor lecture circuit too

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Then a few more on the how and where to drive on a gravel road…

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Feeling a bit spare, I thought, they could do with a bit of Honda Quest branding and marketing…

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Entertainment over, it was back to business. The vet vence

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Palmwag fuelling

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All I’ve got of the camp that evening was

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Apparently a big bull elephant had just been through 5 minutes before us!

Phil’s mentioned already my bit about dehydration. I spent a really long time whilst a student as an Orange River Guide. I became really good at spotting it and more, sorting it out. That afternoon more than a few had the signs. I’ve gave my rant and advice and before long a handful were obediently sucking on many more litres of water. If you want to do this next year, 2 litres a day is simply asking for serious trouble. 2 is for before breakfast!

I was just super elated that my loose end had behaved itself… not enough to trust a fart, but certainly better than the previous evening.

After all the chores were done, Phil and I had a short powwow about the day; things had gone well we thought. I wouldn’t say we were super connected yet but way more comfortable and down the path than that morning. We had a little more chat about personality and in particular about being in a disagreement and how to handle this. I was happy. Well, there was another problem, we had no beer! The issue was apart from the bar being way off somewhere, we didn’t know if we were allowed to have a few. So, as I like a beer after a ride, I headed off to find Hardy and he was all thumbs up. Then because he was halfway between the bar (that was 500m from where we were) I just kept going and got a round for everyone. The way everyone approved of this, I thought I’d found how to bribe our way to this bike!

I chose to sleep under the stars, I didn’t do much stargazing whilst falling asleep; I’d only slept 3 hours the previous evening and if you’ve met me, I certainly need my beauty sleep!

I crashed!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: zetman on October 06, 2017, 10:45:46 pm
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
what a  lekker ride report  :sip:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 07, 2017, 12:44:46 pm
" Thanks for the response Kobus. I never suggested anything untoward nor peculiar. I merely meant to throw a suggestion from lines in a report I picked up, which clearly ex post seem to be subjective  :thumleft: No doubt, you guys and girl had the time of your life, within a very well structured Quest."

                                                                                                                                       - Sheepman

You will never get 20 like-minded contestants out of a random group of 40. I do think we came very close to that number though.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 07, 2017, 12:51:23 pm
" They kept on about being a “True Adventurer”, but what that actually was wasn’t easily defined. I felt that to be competitive we needed to collaborate with the rest, stay alert, show initiative, have a good attitude, be helpful, care for fellow competitors, care for the bike and lastly riding skill. Also, I was sure they were going to keep a sharp eye on the dynamics between the team members."
                                                                                              - Andre Johnstone (Kamanya)

You figured this out on day 2 and you still did not win??
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 07, 2017, 01:44:00 pm
" They kept on about being a “True Adventurer”, but what that actually was wasn’t easily defined. I felt that to be competitive we needed to collaborate with the rest, stay alert, show initiative, have a good attitude, be helpful, care for fellow competitors, care for the bike and lastly riding skill. Also, I was sure they were going to keep a sharp eye on the dynamics between the team members."
                                                                                              - Andre Johnstone (Kamanya)

You figured this out on day 2 and you still did not win??

I know!? Freaky isn’t it!

Explain yourself! :lol8:
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 08, 2017, 06:34:43 am
Day 3 – Palmwag to Opuwo

Ironically, despite fair warning prior to the event, temperatures at night still dropped quite low in the early hours of the morning.  Waking up the morning in Palmwag, with a combination of mozzies and getting cold, I was slightly concerned with the amount of rest and the challenges that could lie ahead for the day.

The excitement of the group was however so contagious that you soon forget and being tired is not an option.  (Or was it perhaps the daily winegums intake?)  Morning routine consisted of waking up, pitching camp, getting kitted, breakfast prepared by two teams, loading the Iveco, riders briefing, pre ride inspection on the bikes and off we go.  Before kitting up I ran through the showers again to warm up and sommer just because you never know when you’ll shower again.

For the first couple of days Hardy really emphasised the safety of the convoy.  We were still very much on tourist routes and they were often ignorant to driving safely and on the right side of the road, putting us at potential risk. 

The day’s riding consisted of good gravel highways the majority of the way.  We stopped regularly to regather the convoy.  A couple of punctures also caused the convoy to stop intermittently. 

Not far outside Palmwag we could no longer see the team behind us.  At this stage team 1 (Johannes Haasbroek & Tyrebraaier) was bringing up the rear, with Jaco and Ockie sweeping.  We stopped to make sure they are still there and after a couple of minutes realised that the delay was more than the dust gap.  Scrat proposed that I stay behind while he rides back to check on them.  He set off and after a short while I could see his lights returning.  Team 1 was on their way and their stop was just to adjust tyre pressure.  Off we go again.

One of the stops on the route.

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Charliepappa striking a pose.

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Scalpel and Scrat deep in conversation.

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Johannes Haasbroek asking $Tyres$ for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

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A puncture repair stop, this time Skywalker and DJFloyd’s turn.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 08, 2017, 07:51:37 am


"only one or two contestants being singled out for having
strange objects in their carry-on luggage. I won't mention names. Cough. Glenn. Cough."


YUP! My secret weapon went into a bin never to be seen again!

What was it (or did I miss it)?
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 08, 2017, 07:52:28 am



By now Twister was very popular.  Between him and Scalpel they installed a 12V socket to their bike and had a compressor.  This helped tremendously to bring the repair time down.  Brilliant team 9.

With Tau in the front and Jaco sweeping, judging the teams riding was impossible.  From this day Tau however intermittently rode through the whole convoy, stopping and sitting in places where you’d never expect him – similar to a traffic cop, but without Kentucky.

If I remember correctly, it was this day we saw the Boabab forest.  (Help me out here Hardy)  The road winds through a beautiful little kloof and koppies and then you come across this cluster of boababs that is just amazing.  This piece of riding was brilliant.  Scrat and I found our rhythm and from this day on it was always the DCT that led left of the road, irrespective of who was riding it.  Every couple of hundred meters we were looking at each other, thumbs up, smiling and just in awe of the scenery we were experiencing.

All of a sudden we got to a little stretch of tar road and stopped alongside the road where we had our lunch packs, or whatever was left of it.  Kamanya gathered us and gave us a bit of insight of what he does for a living.  We were briefed on the different personality types and he explained how we can use it to our advantage within our respective teams to handle conflict and other situations.  Initially I thought “What the hell, EQ training on an adventure? – blerrie windgat!”  In the end, I was very wrong and I grew quite fond of ‘Pops’ and his words of wisdom.
 
It was then Johannes Haasbroek’s turn giving us a lecture in ‘stompie’ management.  He iterated that this was a dry, sensitive area and to make sure you don’t through your cigarette butt just anywhere.  The bliksem looked straight at me, being one of the few smokers – well, at least at this stage of the adventure.  The smokers grew drastically in numbers as the trip progressed.  Lectures out the way, we got going again.

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Later the afternoon, we drove into Opuwo.

Opuwo

"The name Opuwo was given by the commissioner of Ondangwa, Mr. Hugo Hahn, who came in search of land to build an office. Upon his arrival, he asked local headmen to give him land where he could build an office. The headmen gave him a small plot, and when the headmen tried to give him more land, Mr. Hahn responded saying "Opuwo (it’s enough for me). I don’t want any more land". That is how Opuwo got its name. The local residents of Opuwo called it Otjihinamaparero at the time, and some still call it that.

Hugo Hahn called the land “Ohopoho Otjitopora” which means "they see the bore hole and their water comes out". The name Otjihinamaparero was changed to Opuwo in 1974 due to orthographic reform.

The Kaokoveld, Kunene Region:  Rugged mountains, dry river courses and solid 4x4 country associated with names like van Zyl's Pass, Hartmann Mountains, Marienfluss, Epupa, Ruacana  and Swartboois Drift.  A land vast and uninhabited, a wilderness in its own right  where pockets of wildlife roam freely.

 This is also home to Namibia's last remaining nomadic tribe, the Ovahimba. Dictated by seasonal rainfall and constantly in search of new grazing for their cattle, the Himba remain nomadic and primitive. Their unique lifestyle and adaptability to survive the harsh Kaokoland environment has earned them their ethnic individuality.

The traditional Himba still prefer living the way their forebears hundreds of years before the colonial era or the appearance of westerners. Himba villages close to Opuwa town are accustomed to visitors wanting to learn and experience more about their culture and lifestyle.

Opuwo, meaning "finished" or "up to here and no further" Opuwo is the gateway to the Kaokoveld, the small town is the administrative hub of the Kunene Region. It has a few shops, filling station, school and houses. The airfield in town is managed by Opuwo Country Hotel and offers refueling and a transfer services to and from the Hotel.

Opuwo Country Hotel is situated on a hilltop just outside of town providing luxury and standard accommodation with air conditioning, swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and camping sites, your ideal base from where to explore Kaokoland."
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 08, 2017, 09:36:51 am
Opuwo was a bit of a culture shock.  It’s a cosmopolitan of Himba, Ovahimba and other tribes, some conventionally clothed, others in traditional wear.  I was quite confused by this, yet very inquisitive.

Did I mention it was a bit dusty at the back of the convoy?

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Arriving at our overnight spot was, well, just grandeur!

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Hardy bought us a beer that went down similar to the feeling of relief when finishing your speech!  A second one followed in short time.  Everyone was in good spirit and talking about the day’s events.

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We were then instructed to go to the camp site and get ready for a bit of a surprise exercise they had in stall for us.

This exercise involved a competition of taking off the rear wheel and replacing it.  Times will be recorded and points scored accordingly.  Twenty bikes were lined up with enough space in between to work freely.  The excitement was tangible.  And then we were off ………..

Skywalker and DJFloyd’s rear wheel were off before we had our rear shaft properly undone – WOW!  We were doing well getting the wheel off, signalling our first stage completion and getting the go ahead to continue.  We were off to a good start, and then disaster struck.........

We battled getting the rear wheel properly set and then the realization came ……………  In our haste and ignorance, we took the DCT for the exercise!  The acute angle that you work at when setting the rear wheel make you miss the fact that you have the second calliper at the bottom to contend with!

Once we realised this, we got the wheel set and before long we were finished, somewhere in the middle of the pack I think.   We were happy, full of smiles and the group all stood cheering on the last team until they were complete.

Then came the twist in the results ………………………  and I’ll leave this to the other contestants to elaborate on.

$Tyres$ setting up his honeymoon suite.

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After doing some washing and a hot shower, I went to bed that evening happy, cheerful and looking forward to the next day. 

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Escapade on October 08, 2017, 10:31:24 am
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😡😡😡😡😤 missed the scheduled times airing the Quest show. Where can I order a DVD or .........pls help
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 08, 2017, 01:00:02 pm
" If I remember correctly, it was this day we saw the Baobab forest.  (Help me out here Hardy) The road winds through a beautiful little kloof and koppies and then you come across this cluster of baobab's that is just amazing.  This piece of riding was brilliant.  Scrat and I found our rhythm and from this day on it was always the DCT that led left of the road, irrespective of who was riding it.  Every couple of hundred meters we were looking at each other, thumbs up, smiling and just in awe of the scenery we were experiencing. "

                                                                   - KTM Kobus (Kobus Myburgh)

It was indeed - about 45km on the C43, before you get to Opuwo, you will find the Baobab Forest.

On this leg the whole crew was very nervous - The contestants was riding the infamous C43. This road was frequented by speeding trucks, oblivious tourists, stray wild and farm animals. To add to the severity, they had to deal with dust trails that hindered visibility, and kept the aforementioned "problems" secret until it was too late.
The instructors did a good job and so did the contestants, stopping frequently to re-gather and to re-hydrate.
To see the majestic scenery of the Kaokoland one has to get to the North of the country as soon as possible, and therein lies the problem. This means that we had to make use of these gravel highways or we had to extend Quest to 3 weeks. Luckily, they rode like a battalion and they arrived in Opuwo unscathed.
I was seriously happy, as I know this road well, and expected a more traumatic day.

Opuwo Country Lodge has the largest single thatch roof in the southern hemisphere and our contestants found shelter underneath it in a flash. This is also the place where they bought me a beer. I don't drink, but nothing tasted as good as the draft I had with them that day - Cheers everyone.

What by now became apparent was the fact that this group was very different from any other group I have ever worked with. Usually I would pick up on ego's, greed, jealousy, over competitiveness etc after day 3, but there was nothing. No clicks, no dicks, no hero's, Nothing but harmony and mutual respect. It was really going too well.




Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 08, 2017, 02:52:10 pm
Being part of an event like Quest is really a dream come true and to eventually be chosen as a winner from all the deserving competitors (all friends now) is truly indescribable ang a huge honour! But then you read the RR on the other website...

All I can say is: Thanks to all the support Tyre & myself received. We appreciate it and it doesn't go unnoticed.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 08, 2017, 03:39:46 pm
Being part of an event like Quest is really a dream come true and to eventually be chosen as a winner from all the deserving competitors (all friends now) is truly indescribable ang a huge honour! But then you read the RR on the other website...

All I can say is: Thanks to all the support Tyre & myself received. We appreciate it and it doesn't go unnoticed.  :thumleft:

Fully agree with the fact that there were very deserving competitors in this group - I have never been more sure of who the winners should have been though..
Charl - I would not read too much into what he wrote in that blog. You will always have the one or two guys who missed the point.

Smile and wave my friend.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on October 08, 2017, 05:35:35 pm
" Thanks for the response Kobus. I never suggested anything untoward nor peculiar. I merely meant to throw a suggestion from lines in a report I picked up, which clearly ex post seem to be subjective  :thumleft: No doubt, you guys and girl had the time of your life, within a very well structured Quest."

                                                                                                                                       - Sheepman

You will never get 20 like-minded contestants out of a random group of 40. I do think we came very close to that number though.

Very true Hardy, you should know. It is very special that you guys succeeded in gathering such a group of like minded folk together  :thumleft: I am really enjoying the read, of a very well organised adventure.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 08, 2017, 10:12:45 pm
DAY 2: Windhoek To Spitzkoppe

The beers from the previous night did the trick and I slept like a log; didn't hear any snoring... Everybody was rearing to go and ready to leave for Honda well before the stipulated time. At Honda everybody grabbed the first bike that he/she fancied as we would only be devided into our teams that night at Spitzkoppe and then you would get your "competition" bike. After some formalities and a breakfast we hit the road.
 
Before the trip I made the decision not look at to many pictures of the areas / sites we would be visiting as I wanted to be "wowed" at first sight... and "wowed" I was from the first day. Even looking at the photos I took of Spitzkoppe, it doesn't do  justice to the scenery! Our actual camp site location was also brillaint as it set a beautiful backdrop for my presentation. All I remember while setting up camp is someone saying: Charl Potgieter & Glenn Koch your up for presentations tonight. The good: it will be over and done with; the bad: no extra prep time.
 
My topic was the Sahara Desert. My first reaction when Hardy told me was: how will I fill 15 minutes with info about a barren stretch of earth? But once I started reading and watching videos, those 15 minutes got filled very quickly. The  tricky bit was to get all the info stored in my brain. But all went well that evening and Glenn & I could relax... a bit.
 
Next up was the team announcement. I'm sure most of us had an idea of whom we would like to be paired with, but that was completely out of our hands. Eventually Hardy said: Team 8..... Charl Potgieter..... I walk up and shake his hand..... I wait..... he grins..... and after what felt like 5 minutes he says: Hennie van Heerden. Up until we had arrived at OR Tambo the previous day, I don't think we have spoken more than 20 words. But from that moment on we were Team 8 and we became "brothers-in-arms" on this Quest.
 
I must confess; there is something very cool about having your name & blood type on a bike.
 
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 08, 2017, 10:17:15 pm
DAY 3: Spitzkoppe to Palmwag

The next morning we packed up camp, setup our bikes, did pre-ride inspections on the bikes, had breakfast, packed the IVECO, had our ride briefing and fell in the road to our next destination. This would be our daily morning ritual for the next 2 weeks.
 
Just before our lunch stop, the group encountered its first puncture, of what was in excess of 50 I recon, on the trip. You can stop just about anywhere in Namibia and the backdrop will lend itself for a spectacular photo.

At Palmwag, SP and Marcel (Team 7) and us (Team 8) were assigned dinner and breakfast duty. We nailed dinner with a good old crowd favourite: braaivleis and BRAAIBROODJIES! After Andrew brought us a very welcome ice cold beer he found at a local bar, it was off to bed. Normally mosquitos can't leave me alone, so I was quite surprised when my bunkmates complained about them the following morning.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 08, 2017, 10:20:37 pm
DAY 4: Palmwag to Opowo

The day started with our normal ritual but with the added event of our first scored pre-ride inspection. Some teams even brough a proper check-list...
 
Our next stop was Opowo. Enroute we saw some girraffe, springbok and gemsbok. We also went through the Baobab Forest which KTMKobus wrote about. I wish we had time to stop and take pictures of some those MASSIVE Baobabs; they are truly impressive. SP had his 1st of MANY punctures and I did my bit to help from on top of the back of the bike.  ;D
 
Once at Opowo Lodge we had the customary Windhoek Draft before setting up camp. Here we had our 1st special task: removing and replacing the rear wheel as quick as possible. The biggest problem that we as Team 8 had was that both Hennie and I ride GS'es with shafts. So this kind of excrise was going to teach us a new skill. I think we were placed second when the rear wheel came off but "the wheels came off" when we had to replace it. I forgot about a spacer and when I got it in it got stuck and and and... I think we ended in 8th place... Luckily it was early days and we still had a long way to go.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 08, 2017, 10:25:59 pm
DAY 5: Opowo to Epupafalls

This was the hottest day of the trip; max temp on my bike peaked at 49 degrees while standing still and 42 while riding! But the scenery took your mind off all of that.
 
Our 1st stop for the day was what is now Ehomba Combined School, but in the "Grensoorlog" days this was a base were Jaco Kirsten, one of our instructors, spent some time. It was cool spending time with him there and sharing the moment with him.
 
Next up was the Dorslandtrekkers monument at Swartbooisdrif. From there you could see the Kuneneriver and I had my first look at Angola just across the water.
 
What struck me most of all was the palm trees next to river in this remote area and our in-house guide Johannes "BOESMAN" Haasbroek informed us that these trees came from the elephants that either migrated or was used by explores. The seeds would germinate in their stomachs at a much faster rate than in soil and would then grow where they were dropped off...
 
Hardy also told us to keep a look-out for the pegs that were in the dead palm trees. These are used to get to the juice that is in the "ball" at the top of the palm tree. There are two unfortunate things about this. The first being, that once the ball is pierced and the juice is drained, the palm tree dies. The second one is that the juice contains alchohol and that "we" taught the locals how to get to the juice and subsequently created a whole bunch of alkoholic tribesmen. A bad legacy we left in that part of the world.

We eventually arrived at Epupa Falls and it was as breathtaking as one would imagine. We were of course told about all the crocodiles in the Kunene river and not to go swimming just anywhere. With a cold one in hand, Boesman found us a natural jacuzzi in one of the rock pools, where crocs wouldn't go, he assured us, and we could cool down after a hot days' riding.
 
That night we were told the trip up to this point had been a "liaison / warm-up". The next day we would go down to Van Zyls Camp on the worst road we would encounter on this trip. We were to leave at 07:00 and would be lucky to finish by 18:00 the following evening... NOW THAT'S SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 09, 2017, 07:53:55 am
Great Reading keep it coming. This was a great idea.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 09, 2017, 09:32:13 am
Day 4 - Epuwo to Epupa



Up to Ehomba was the last gravel highway stretch we would see for a while.  As stated by charliepappa, we stopped at the military base where Jaco was stationed for a while.

Ehomba was originally home to the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF), which was basically an extension or auxiliary of the SADF.  The military unit stationed at Ehomba was known as the 37th Kaokoland Battalion that later became 102 Battalion.

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We spent quite a bit of time here while Jaco was in conversation with the principal.

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The next stretch led us to the Dorsland trekkers memorial, where we also had lunch and a bit of a rest.  By now the temperatures were high. 

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Dorsland Trek

Dorsland Trek (Thirstland Trek) is the collective name of a series of explorations undertaken by Boer settlers from South Africa towards the end of the 19th century and in the first years of the 20th century, in search of political independence and better living conditions. The participants, trekboere (migrating farmers) from the Orange Free State and Transvaal, are called Dorslandtrekkers or Angola-Boere

Political background and previous treks

After escaping the autocratic rule of the Dutch East India Company in the late 18th century, semi-nomadic settlers at the Cape Colony came into conflict both with the indigenous Xhosa tribes in the east and the British who had acquired the Cape as a result of the Napoleonic Wars. In 1836, the Boers set off on what became known as the Great Trek, establishing the Orange Free State and Transvaal as independent Boer republics.

There are two theories why the settlers would take off yet again to explore territory further north. One is that in the 1870s, Britain again began the process of annexing the Boer states;[3] the second theory claims that "[t]hey appeared compelled by a desire to trek," with no particular difficulty facing them at their current place.

Routes of the trek

The first group of the Dorsland Trek set out on 27 May 1874 under the leadership of Gert Alberts.  A number of different groups of farmers, taking different routes, followed the first group. They set off from the areas around Rustenburg, Groot Marico, and Pretoria.  The primary destination was the Humpata highlands of south-western Angola. On their journey, the settlers had to traverse through Bechuanaland and the vast, arid areas of the Kalahari desert, in what is today the countries of Namibia and Botswana.  It was the harsh and dry conditions that they experienced in the Kalahari that gave the trek the name Dorsland Trek which means "Thirstland Trek" in the Afrikaans language.  According to one witness, over 3000 trekkers died during the journey.  In 1881, sixty families totaling 300 people arrived in Humpata, and were given 200 hectares (490 acres) per family to farm on.

The settlers entered Angola by crossing the Cunene River at Swartbooisdrift. The Portuguese colonial authorities encouraged the Boers to settle on the Huíla Plateau at Humpata where the majority of them remained, while a number of families went further north, settling at different places on the Central Highlands. The various settlements formed one closed community that resisted integration. Also, the settlers' resistance to innovation brought many of them to impoverishment. As a result, in the late 1920s, some began migrating southwards into South-West Africa,[3] while some returned to their original places of origin.  They fled Angola on ox wagons, leaving behind many of their possessions.  The descendents of the Dorsland trekkers — not fully integrated into Portuguese Angolan society — left Angola in 1975, when the country became independent amid a civil war.

A number of farmers settled in the Otavi – Tsumeb – Grootfontein triangle and in the area around Gobabis. Some took a different route and crossed Kaokoland.  On their way southwards they discovered water at Tsauchab and named it Ses Riem, (Six Reins, after the long reins which were part of the ox waggon harness), which reflected the depth of the canyon.

Great Trek from Angola

Not long after the Boers first settled in Angola, problems arose. The Afrikaners taught the local Portuguese settlers cattle breeding and ox-cart driving, as well as superior marksmanship. The relationship between the Portuguese settlers and the Boers was quite cordial, and many Portuguese learned Afrikaans as well. The Portuguese authorities, however, did not approve of the Boers in Portuguese Angola and never granted them citizenship, did not allow them to have legal ownership of their farms, and did not allow them to open Afrikaans language schools. As early as the mid 1890s, the tensions between the colonial authorities and the Boer settlers was apparent, and was written about at the time by the Swedish explorer Peter Möller.

In 1928 many Boers decided to leave Angola and head south to South-West Africa (under South African jurisdiction), where settlement was easier and not impeded on by the Portuguese authorities. The repatriation was conducted by the South African government under J. B. M. Hertzog. From August 1928 to February 1929, 1,922 Boers were repatriated to South Africa. 420 trek certificates were issued to families, though only 373 families left Angola at the time. The final Boer families to return to South Africa under this repatriation left Angola in 1931.

After the Great Trek from Angola many Boers stayed in Angola, and the remaining Afrikaner community erected an obelisk monument in Humpata in July 1957 in honor of the Dorsland Trekkers. By 1958, 58 Boer families remaining in Angola, totaling 500 individuals.  These Boers remained in Angola until 1975, during the Angolan Civil War when they fled with many thousands of Portuguese refugees into South West Africa. Today, an unknown number of Boers live in Angola, as with the end of the civil war, many Portuguese and others have returned to the country.


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We descended down to the Kunene and riding along this mighty river was nothing short of spectacular!  Our pace was slow to make sure we don’t miss any of what the beautiful landscape had to offer.  This day also saw the first sandy river crossings.  Some of these caught us off guard since we had no time to find our sand feet yet.  It made for good fun and camaraderie.  I'll see if I can upload the one or two clips I have to Youtube.





Somewhere along the river we lost site of the team behind us.  We stopped under a tree to wait for them.  Shortly thereafter one of the teams came into sight and told us there was a puncture and that we can go ahead.  We mounted our steeds and after a very short distance we stopped.  We felt very uncomfortable and decided to wait alongside the road for the team behind us.  We were responsible for them and that’s how it will be.  It wasn’t long before team 9 came back looking for us.  We all sat next to the Kunene and had a great time talking crap.  Scrat, Scalpel, Twister and I by now have become good friends.

Scalpel has a very good general knowledge and he gave us a rundown of the wine harvesting operation eluded to by charliepappa.  It is a process whereby the locals drive pegs into the trunk of the Makalani palm to scale the tree (which can tower up to 100 ft).  Once at the top, they hack the crown away from the stem.  This causes the tree to die and is where the white sap, which has risen up the hollowed trunk, is collected.  The naturally occurring yeasts cause the sap to turn alcoholic.

Team 1 eventually arrived after their puncture repair and we were all off again.  Shortly thereafter we met up with team 8 ($Tyres$ and charliepappa) where they were waiting.  Little did we know just how close we were to our overnight stay.  We all rode into Epupa together.

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The Epupa Falls (also known as Monte Negro Falls in Angola) are created by the Kunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. The river is 0.5 km wide and drops in a series of waterfalls spread over 1.5 km, with the greatest single drop being 37 m.  The name "Epupa" is a Herero word for "foam", in reference to the foam created by the falling water

So many things to tell about the evening, but a story for the other contestants.

Drinks after arrival:

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Bathing in the river:

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And please do tell Kamanya:

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Presentations were done:

Johannes Haasbroek - Kunene river

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Clinton Pienaar - Okapi and Gerenuk

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If I'm not mistaken SP as well - Lord Derby Eland.  (Or was it the next evening?)

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"Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times."
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 09, 2017, 12:11:15 pm
Day 3 Palmwag to Opuwo



Lying in bed early that morning listening to the hyena announcing his presence as first light was breaking was a bit special. Even more so, whilst lying there, was my first fart with no consequence! What a relief! I think more relieved than me was the medic Ockie! He’d given me some industrial grade Imodium that had sorted whatever was wrong out.

On Ockie, he’s clearly been around the block a few times. He had a quick smile or chirp and an easy going nature, but every morning he’d make a round of the camp asking specifically after any issues that had cropped up or needed to be seen to. He took a proactive attitude to expedition medicine. It was made specifically clear on more than one occasion that getting hurt or ill was not going to score any points, but, trying to tough it out or ignore it would attract big penalties.

I wear wicking longjohns under my braces. It seems counter intuitive when riding in 40 degree heat, but it’s layers that keep one dry and cool and also prevent chafe. Gerrit and I do it.

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Sunrise spoilt by these two uglies

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Ok, now it’s 4 and mal Johannes has photo bombed  too.

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Mornings were a bit hectic; there wasn’t much time to faf and still make the timings for the day. But the rhythm had started to settle in. Most of what goes where had now become easy to remember. I know my own personal systems take a few days to settle.

Breakfast

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With briefing

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That morning, after Phil and I had chatted a little more about us working together and replayed a few moments from the day before. We’d had a few good conversations and were gelling nicely. But, in the spirit of collaboration, we agreed that sharing the personality insights with the group could be helpful. Now tactically this is, on the face of it, not very bright as it seems to remove an advantage our team would have. But, this was a flipping long event and it was impossible to finish well without the help of others. There were multiple times a day where small and large favours were required to be given, sometimes at great cost, to get through. An example and one of many was our first puncture, Barbara and Charl stopped and without their help, we would have been there in the hot sun and dust a LOT longer. I am certain it was the right thing to do. There were some less obvious reasons;

Even during Bootcamp, I’d been peppered the whole time with comments about my profession. (I work with teams and people and use a variety of psychometrics) They were mostly the innocent kind along the lines of, “yeah well, this should be easy for you because this is what you do”, but some were a little more pointed, “I bet you’re analysing everyone?” type comments. So by sharing a bit of what I do in service of the group, it would hopefully reduce the mild sense that somehow I was advantaged.

It would be helpful for me to use that knowledge to best navigate some of the dynamics with others. I suppose I could use it to push buttons in a negative way but that’s not that helpful because no matter how skilled at getting an advantage one may be, it will cause relationship issues when used with bad intent. It was very helpful later when I was helping others get through some tough times.

Lastly, it could help me with a dynamic that I often experience in groups that I am a part of and especially ones that know me from the forum. It happened again just yesterday at Willem and Donavan’s fund raising – “Oh, so you’re Kamanya! I expected a wild, much bigger guy.” It sometimes takes a while for people to get past an initial perception which leaves them a little distanced. For example, just one vignette (of many) from a blind spot that comes from my type; You don’t conform to rules and hate any attempts at being controlled. At the same time your tendency to take control assumes that others will comply and conform to you. This can create tension in relationships. So, the  point was to disarm this perception by owning up to it.

Of course, there’s another one too; I can’t help myself sometimes!

Of course, it could have backfired as people could seriously doubt our intentions and in particular begin to undermine us if they perceived us to be exploiting it.

I floated the idea at breakfast and seemed to get a positive response.

The mornings ride was brilliant with the group riding with better rhythm and pace. Also the roads were better groomed and the scenery spectacular. I was having fun.

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Dust art

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A key moment that I knew Phillip and I had become a bit more of a team was in a series of twisty gravel canyon road. It was dangerous because of the dust and the possibility of oncoming cars. Peppered in too were these big trucks that from time to time came thundering past. For a good few seconds life is blotted out and it’s nearly impossible to even see your partner. In one blind rise with a left corner behind it and a little hanging dust, me sitting just back from his wheel, we both miscalculated the bend. In that moment, we both hit the brakes at exactly the same time, took exactly the same avoiding action and both then recalibrated and power slid around in tandem. It was glorious to watch. At the next break he commented on that corner, laughing that he cocked it up and that he thought I would be laughing at his mistake. “No! you should have seen it,  I did exactly the same thing, it was superb!” was my reply.

At a stop just after that I launched into the Enneagram. For a quick 10 minute introduction, I wondered how much they had absorbed and would they find it useful.

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About half the group took me up seriously in having me give more info on specifics about what would work well between the two of them and what wouldn’t. Interestingly every team I did do a little work with had a high degree of a trait called agreeability. No wonder as a group, we all got on rather well. Later, it was fun to spend just a little time with each team subsequently to go into dynamics and some solutions to their unique combination.

We had very little time for stopping to sightsee. It was a risk to stop at all because the team in front if we so much as dallied more than 2 or 3 minutes would invariably turn around and come look for us. This would trigger the same behaviour all the way to the front. Grant and Glen of team 5, were ahead of us and on the ball and over the next 10 days not once missed coming back for us if we had an issue.

Here, we risked a photo of our first sighting of elephant

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Then, not far from there, Marcel and SP were not behind us. We waited for 30 seconds and then turned. We felt quite smug as we rode up to them that we’d picked this up so quickly and found them only about 2 kilometres back already with the front wheel off and going about starting to fix the tyre. We stopped and high 5’d as John was there so that would be points for us surely. Phillip went over to see if he could help but John said to carry on so as to prevent the whole column coming back, but he was asked, “what took so long it’s been at least 18 minutes?”

Phillip and I knew this was impossible and he contested this knowing that this was not going to look good on the days scoreboard. We stated our case and left it, arguing in the hot sun wasn’t fun. As we were about to get going again, Glen and Grants lights were coming over the rise. They too had done their job. We asked how far had they ridden to get to us, they confirmed only 4 or so k’s, so we weren’t imagining things. It left a bit of a sour note especially as this had been stressed that these types of mistakes would be heavily penalised.

Barbara and Charl, the next pair up the road, had not been so alert and had let a gap of 20 or 30k’s form before turning back. As they got to us, Phil got a puncture. Bugger! It was midday now, no shade and proper hot. They stayed to help us. Barbara then pulled one out of the hat – we’d been told that to change the front, the one brake calliper needed to be removed. This is a pain as it’s an extra chore and the bolts are 14’s as opposed to the 12mm pinch bolts that free the axle. She managed to get the wheel out without removing the calliper. I should’ve know better, on the KTM’s that have exactly the same system, it’s not necessary. She’s not just a pretty face!

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We were not far from Opuwo when I could see that Phils front was still leaking. It was now a slow pukcture. As we were literally a few k’s from the camp, we just kept stopping and hand pumping it.

Then, paradise!

Shade,

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Ice cold Beer,


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a pool (no swimming unless we showered first!)

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and most importantly

Wifi!

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Johannes friends had been busy

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Barbara was being flirted with

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He was impressive, none of us dared intervene

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But, all good things come to an end, apparently it was time for Suiker Kaskenades. The competition was to remove and replace the rear wheel. Whilst the one bike had to be put into a line,

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we headed off to the other bike to do a quick practice. Hennie and Charl were with us when we were doing this. They ride BM’s and said they weren’t used to dealing with a chain. I couldn’t see that being a problem as there’s not much that can go wrong… or so I thought. We came second with a time of just over 2 minutes. We were happy with that.

Some made that mistake mentioned above of taking the DCT with the extra brake calliper issue, we asked if we were allowed to help but they had to struggle through on their own. We could only stand in the shade and cheer them on.

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We still had to fix our slow flat

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Then an hour of relax and get clean

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Before the presentations

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That night, I ate 2 and half full plates of pasta, I was ravenous! Eating was now a matter of survival rather than pleasure. There was a shortage of chairs for some reason. No matter

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Then for the second time, I crashed.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 09, 2017, 12:41:06 pm
" Of course, there’s another one too; I can’t help myself sometimes! "

The truth - Finally...!

Admittedly, a lot of the contestants during their interviews hinted to Kamanya's chat as something that would stay with them for a long time.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Roxtar on October 09, 2017, 01:57:55 pm
Great read and what an adventure, :thumleft: Would love to enter it if ever held again..........

Btw what happens to the bikes after such an event, are they sold off via dealers or directly via Honda........?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 09, 2017, 02:14:52 pm
Great read and what an adventure, :thumleft: Would love to enter it if ever held again..........

Btw what happens to the bikes after such an event, are they sold off via dealers or directly via Honda........?

The contestants will get first right of refusal, afterwhich it will be sold to dealers
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Roxtar on October 09, 2017, 02:45:59 pm
Thanks Hardy
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 09, 2017, 09:05:08 pm
Day 3 My toughest day at Quest

As time goes by in life one tends to forget the hard times and only remember the good.

I have actually already forgotten about this day, but one of Kamanya’s photos reminded me of that day.

I really wanted to embrace this whole experience and tried to stay away from the real world. I bought a Namibian sim card and Super Awe data but hardly ever checked my messages and had little contact with my wife.

We left Palmwag with the sun rising and it was simply spectacular. I could not keep my eyes on the road. Constantly looking at this red African sun rising. For me a dream come true.

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By now I was getting to know my partner and having a blast. Life was good.

We arrived at Opuwo at the Lodge. An oasis with spectacular views. After dipping our heads in the swimming pool we sat down for an ice cold beer staring into the distance.

It is round about then that I turned my phone on (they have wifi at the lodge) and saw a message from my wife. It basically said she is having a hard time at work and might have to look for another job.

The wind was knocked right out of my sails. I could not say anything, I could not do anything. I wanted to speak to her, be there for her but I was a world away.

I tried to hide it, but Andrew’s picture shows I was not that good at keeping a poker face.

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Hardy asked me whether I am ok and that I look tired, even dehydrated, but I said I was fine.

I made a decision to focus on the job at hand and not lose sight of the dream I was living. We had a job to do and I was not there to let my partner or anyone else down. I tried to do just that and only ever told Barbara about it a day or so later.

In Quest as in life we were bound to have good and bad days and it important to deal with them. I hope I did so in an appropriate way.

Back to the trip - nothing quite teaches one like experience. I honestly believe I have learned more in the last 2 months than in the previous 10 years. From places to people to mechanics to riding a bike.

Before bootcamp Gene made the comment on the semi-finalist group - we are looking at everything. You’ll do good to remember that. And look at everything they did.

Lesson for the day - convoy etiquette. Minxy and I indeed lost concentration for a second and did not stop soon enough when the team behind us disappeared. It is quite a challenge keeping a convoy this size together. We got to the turn and waited. Funny how long a minute can feel and how quickly 10mins can pass.

I don’t think the gap was as big as 20km, but  I remember Jaco taking out his little black book with notes saying - this is a new record for a gap. Damn We screwed up. Lesson learned.

From the bad came good. We got to assist Philip and Andrew with a flat just as we turned back. It was hot. There was no shade and Andrew weren’t his cheerful self. I vividly remember him saying to Philip as he started to remove the front wheel - this is obviously your first time. Thinking to myself. Jassas this poor guy’s got it tough.

I sat on the back of the bike to get the front off the ground. About the only way ai can get a front wheel off the ground and Andrew gave me his phone to read some more on the personality types. Don’t know if I thanked him yet but that was such a helpful tool not only for Quest but life in general.

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Minxy assisted and without removing a caliper we were back on the road again.

I am not sure what I did wrong but I never once did I get the chance to lay down and relax like the other guys. It looks really nice on the photos.

Oh and for a skaap boer from Victoria West Tyre has an unbelievable taste for good music and is technologically more advanced than most kids in Town. He played some appropriate tunes that evening.

Reality becomes a relative term out there in the middle of nowhere. Life was still good and reality back home was maybe not reality.
Tomorrow is a new day with new challenges.
 



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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 09, 2017, 10:29:30 pm
Lovely post!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 10, 2017, 10:24:04 am
" It is round about then that I turned my phone on (they have wifi at the lodge) and saw a message from my wife. It basically said she is having a hard time at work and might have to look for another job.

The wind was knocked right out of my sails. I could not say anything, I could not do anything. I wanted to speak to her, be there for her but I was a world away.

I tried to hide it, but Andrew’s picture shows I was not that good at keeping a poker face.

Hardy asked me whether I am ok and that I look tired, even dehydrated, but I said I was fine.

I made a decision to focus on the job at hand and not lose sight of the dream I was living. We had a job to do and I was not there to let my partner or anyone else down. I tried to do just that and only ever told Barbara about it a day or so later."


                                                                                                                                      - Karoo Kid

I have massive respect for this guy.
Being chosen with a girl might be to your advantage, but it might and probably will always work against you in some way or the other. Now, Charl had no idea what Minxy was going to be like when they were teamed up. Yes we knew she was an excellent rider and yes we knew she was a good person, but the idea of being caged with 19 other guys might have turned into a nightmare for her in the latter stages of the event.

Now Charl had to make choices from where I was standing:

Does he treat her like any guy should treat any girl?
Or does he treat her like one of the guys? - I know it sounds silly but these two have never ridden together in the past, and barely knew each other.
From the looks of it he chose a combination of the two options and was roasted for it by one or two of the other competitors. They even bitched about it during conversations with me. I wonder how they would have done it?

Charl - the way you and Minxy handled yourselves , and the way you handled the roasting you got, left me with admiration for you two. Not once did you complain about the stupid chirps and the silly remarks you received.
Please don't read this and think that Minxy was a  pushover or anything less than what the guys brought. She was fantastic on any standard. Thing is - Charl could never have known that she would be this good.
Minxy, like yourself, could not have asked for a better partner and I was proud to have the two of you in that convoy.

Salute
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 10, 2017, 10:47:13 am
Great heads up  :thumleft: 
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Roxtar on October 10, 2017, 01:59:46 pm
Good for you Charl, good for you Minxy....... you waxed it as a team. Well done  :thumleft:

Hopefully this paves the way for many more lady riders and mixed pairings in future... ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 10, 2017, 03:43:48 pm
Day 5 - Epupa to Van Zyl's camp

 :ricky:



At Epupa we decided to err on the cautious side and sleep in a tent.  This is malaria area and the last thing we wanted is for our trip  to turn into a battle with illness.
After the refuel, T-bone steaks and presentations, we crashed.  It was pure bliss not to roll around at night before falling asleep.  Scrat and I had the customary short conversation followed by our good nights and you simply fall asleep. 

But not before ………… (you remember this?)

Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 10, 2017, 07:51:28 pm
We woke the next morning and were eager for the challenge that lay ahead.  Today was a short travelling distance, but we were warned that it will be tough.  We therefore also set off earlier than normal.

The first half of the ride was absolutely fantastic.  We were riding in a southern direction and the sun was peaking over the koppies to our left.  I was in awe of the scenery playing off.  Scrat and I was smiling again from ear to ear, you could even see it with a helmet on.
Tau also changed the riding formation prior to the technical sections.  He wanted us tall guys in the front and the more accomplished riders in the back of the convoy.  Twister and I rode together towards the front and Scrat and Kamanya at the back. 

(Apologies, but from now I’m using the Wilddogs’ real names, I didn’t get to know them by these forum names)
Riding was a jol, the further north we went the more remote, the more scenic and the riding terrain just got better and better.  I was having the time of my life and I could see it was a feeling shared by all.  The sand again caught a couple of us out and Johannes Haasbroek was first to fall victim to an off to much amusement of those of us fortunate to witness it.  He is such an admirable character and his response to these little mishaps were always inspiring, and flippen funny.

We were getting closer to the infamous section that everyone was waiting for.  Hardy warned us before the time that the road from Epupa to Okangwati and Otjihende is not to be taken lightly.  Roughly 70km that would take you less than an hour and the other 70km that could end up taking 9!

This from the 4x4 Community website and our Whatsapp group:

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We finally arrived at the feared section.  Standing at the bottom you actually don’t realise what lies ahead, especially if John is leading.  He makes difficult terrain look deceivingly easy. 

Pieter went before me and stopped due to the rider in front of him.  I could see he was battling to get momentum going again.  As soon as I deemed it safe I got going.  I soon realised I was way too slow and then stalled the bike.  At this stage I was trying hard to preserve the bike and ensure there’s no damage that could cause an early end to the adventure.  Hardy and Barend was very clear on this – break your bike and you will spectate the rest of the event.  (That’s if they have place for you in any of the vehicles)  I probably stalled it another 2 times up there and I must admit I was quite pissed off with myself. 

You quickly forget about your own shortcomings when you see the rest of the guys lining up at the bottom getting ready for the ascent.   We tall guys had the advantage of putting our feet out when you do lose momentum.  Other contestants did not have this luxury during this section and we spread out to assist when necessary.  Even so, I missed Francois when he came to a standstill.  Sorry Scalpel!  (You can see it in the Day 5 video)

Although it took a long time for everyone to reach the summit, it didn’t feel like it.  The cheers, laughter and camaraderie that followed when the last bike and eventually the crew was on top was ……. Words fail me.  Eintlik was dit net befok!  Tired, dirty and sweaty there was high fives all over the place.

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The rest of the day up to reaching Van Zyl’s camp is a bit of a blur to me for some reason.  I can only subscribe it to the preceding excitement.  Arriving at Van Zyl’s camp John tried his best communicating with the guy at ‘reception’, much to our amusement.  Fortunately everything was sorted when Hardy arrived and we were off to the camp site, but first, a bit of sand to get there.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 10, 2017, 08:25:35 pm
It was fun and games getting through the river to the other side where we camped.  The scenery was something to behold, things could simply not get better!  For me, this was the most awesome camp site of the entire trip. 

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We were requested to make a fire pit in the river for the evening’s proceedings.  Francois organised a spade from the crew and off we went digging a hole, a proper hole.  Then it was time to collect firewood.  A whole bunch of us, might have been everyone, went exploring the banks for firewood.  Johannes wasn’t impressed with our little twigs and untangled what can only be described as a smaller tree to get the fire properly going.  It took half the contestants to carry the thing!

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Anyone that had less than 3 bars on their fuel indicator also had to make sure to get some fuel.  Gerrit (Scrat) was there to assist, while I was in a world of my own, trying hard to capture the amazing sunset.

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Around the fire, Barbara told us everything there is to know about the Nile river, Marcel similarly about the Oryx and the different relative species and also Andrew about the Rift valley. 

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I was amazed by how the presentations just got better and better and how genuinely intrigued everyone was.  (If only we could remember everything that was said)  It was especially hard having to score your fellow contestants on their presentations later the evening. 

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After all the formal proceedings we had our own fire going and the allocated teams were preparing supper.  Throughout the trip we really ate well.  There was an amazing vibe around the fire that evening.  I remember talking to Clinton about his accident and his experience of partaking in the Isle of Man.  Amazing to hear and even more special around the camp fire with good friends.

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I went to bed that evening feeling privileged – life was really good.

"Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul."


"Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite provides the perfect stop-off point to relax before tackling the infamous Van Zyl’s Pass en route to the Marienfluss in Kaokoland. The camp is owned and managed by Otjitanda Conservancy.  Three large sites are available with private ablution blocks (flush toilet, hot shower, wash basin and mirror), kitchen area with sink, and braai areas.  The campsite is situated 20kms before the Pass, near the village of Otjihende, just off the main through-route from nearby Otjitanda.  An absolutely stunning spot, the sites are built alongside a sandy river bed, offering privacy and seclusion in a beautiful natural setting." 
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on October 10, 2017, 09:08:23 pm
Wow – :o
Reading all the reports so far is just taking me right back to each day..
I can smell the dust,
taste the adventure …
feel the sweat running down my back,
feel that freedom… breathe again….
Smile……….


I open my eyes and here I am – sitting in front of my desk …. Dammit…  :o :P :'(

I will try to add to the stories that have been told where I can – but my Partner Kobus is doing an amazing job! Meneer jy mag ma !! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Spitzkoppe – Day2
As you have read so far – the day from Windhoek to Spitzkoppe was a bit of a mind game… no idea who your partner will be – stopping every now and then – chatting to everyone – wondering in the back of your mind “will you be my partner for Quest … “thinking if I have what it takes to make this… how long will it be before it turns into a “backstabbing Survivor type show…”  I think not knowing what to expect was the crazy part…  :P

Wondering if Hardy and his team will be able to deliver on their promises… but then again.. from what I have seen and heard… One thing was for sure – this was going to be an EPIC 2 weeks!!

Spitzkoppe is an amazing place… if you have not been there best you go and see for yourself!
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Arriving at Spitzkoppe we all tried to get some kind of rhythm – seeing what, where … how… finally tents up – (me and Andrew shared a tent that night)
We had some time to spare and I decided to explore the massive rock formation where we were camping …
If you look closely the specs you see is the rest of the guys a bit lower
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From the top the view is just amazing!
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Soon the cold air from the ocean overwhelmed us and I was glad we all received a Snazzy Quest jackets from Hardy and his team! This jacket came in very handy every night in this “Very Hot Desert”,,,,  :pot:
1st presentations done by Charl and Glenn, and it was time to announce the teams.
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 As everyone was called out I waited to hear my name… and finally – Nr19 and 20 … me and Kobus (KTMKobus)
I could not have asked for a better partner!
I knew from that moment that this is going to be spectacular…
Kobus you Legend! Lekker!! Let the games begin.
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 10, 2017, 09:14:15 pm
Day 4

Opuwo to Epupa



I can’t remember the reasons now why, but although us and Grant and Glenn were on kitchen duty, we didn’t have to cook supper but we were on breakfast. This was all I had from that.

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The mornings briefing, where again the traffic was spoken about and that we would take a detour.

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From here we were off to the Kunene and then down the river to Epupa via Swarbooisdrif. It’s a part of the world I know reasonably well. I had done my first ever Adventure trip to Epupa and I’d been a guide on multiple expeditions that paddled down the river from Ruacana to Epupa. So there was both high anticipation and nostalgia.

There’s something about the way a land looks that provokes one set of memories, but I’ve often had very strong reminders of a place by its smells. We stopped not far out of Opuwo for a quick break, it was here that I had one of those moments. I had slept out in this type of bush, close to kraals with goats and cattle many times in my national service. But this part of the world also has a slight aromatic tinge that the Himba bring to it. Their ochre, butterfat and herbs was a powerful reminder to me of my guiding days.

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I recognised a water pump that I and my riding buddy Craig had stopped at to watch the locals water their cattle. As we were in convoy, I managed to snap off a quickie.

2005

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 2017

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Jaco wanted to go to a base that he’d once been at that was now a school. It was not a big detour. I’d spent more than a year stationed at 3 such bases. I have 30 year old bitter sweet memories of them. I went and stood on the surrounding wall that was originally to prevent small arms fire from getting in. I’d also spent many hours on them on many a morning and evening were we had to preform Klaarstaan. A military ritual of being on guard for the most opportune time to attack a base – dawn or dusk. For 30 minutes twice a day, the whole base would fall silent and we’d have that time of forced reflection. Many read their bibles or listened quietly to music. Others took their job a bit more neurotically and peered intently into the bush, others still wrote to their loved ones. I have many good memories of amazing sunsets and sunrises doing such a thing. Of walking or driving into and out of those bases past those walls to experiences that had profound effects on my life. A magical time I am relieved to never have to do again.

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If you look closely at this picture, under the newer painting is still the original that would have been the bases badges.

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At the bottom you can still make out the date, 1988 and what would have been the bases motto, with the whole badge going right up to just above the air vents. On either side would have been the past units that had lived there, a history of the times there.

This was the bitter part for me. This wall was a brilliant metaphor for the situation. A once incredibly magnificent effort made possible by outstanding young men and women at great cost all in vain for a fucked up ideology. An effort that in today’s world would rather be painted over and forgotten. The aftereffects of which are a country slowly making good the past, by using what was built then for more peaceful purposes now. Sadly in some places, the scars can still be seen, even if they get painted over from time to time. War is such a waste.

I didn’t feel comfortable going into that base. I needed some space away from the group, I preferred to go stand on the wall and do my own Klaarstaan and have my respect paid to those who didn’t get to paint over their scars. Whilst there, a small crowd of onlookers at the entrance had gathered to view the spectacle. I went to have a chat. They were full of the joys of youth and very keen to know where we’d come from and going to. I suppose with the context of what was going on for me, I couldn’t help but feel massively privileged to be standing there, but also a little guilty that in a small way, I was responsible for the place needing to be painted over and over. Such is life though.

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We headed off, to my relief and towards the river, a place I really enjoy, but, via another monument to another massively tragic effort; The Dorsland Trekkers.

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At last!

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But! They’d built a highway alongside it. When I been there before, this was a hectic road often touted as more difficult than van Zyls. We’d had a tough time of it

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That’s way steeper and gnarly than the photo makes it

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/05/Namibia-Dec-2005/i-sDmNnDG/0/00f9eb65/L/DSCN0207-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/05/Namibia-Dec-2005/i-sDmNnDG/A)

Now a Opel Corsa could get down there

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7DsdLsk/0/176a26a4/L/IMG_4713-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7DsdLsk/A)

So much for nostalgia!

But!, for a brief few k’s we got slightly lost and rode on the old unworked road. It was glorious! It was here in my exhilaration, I nearly saw my arse badly. On an open patch of smooth lovely looking sand I peeled off from the group and set up for a huge long lazy powerslide. The ground was too good, it was smoother and even better for powerslides than anticipated. So the back came around too far, such that instead of riding a looping big arc, I was now sliding sideways with both wheels and the front on full lock. By some miracle, it didn’t end in an ugly highside.

I had a good talking to myself after that; if I’d binned it and broken the bike, it wouldn’t have only been me out of the competition, Phillip would have paid the price too!

Marcel and SP both had their gopro’s on and caught it on video. I do hope they post it onto here, it must have looked spectacular!

Anyway at one of the breaks,

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-M6tPqdX/0/7371a368/L/IMG_4700-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-M6tPqdX/A)

I thought I’d go have a word with John and Jacko about the previous days possible penalties. I reminded myself that this was a competition and that I couldn’t be too argumentative. Also, it was frek hot and humid – well into the 40’s and that’s not a temperature to raise temperatures in. John wasn’t up for a discussion, he was busy with a group, so I cornered Jacko. I asked if we, in fact had been penalised, (he wouldn’t confirm or deny) and started stating our case. He graciously and diplomatically reminded me that it was not appropriate for him to have that discussion with me as we are in the real world really good friends and know each other well and have been on many trips together. He would rather that I take my case to the crew. He had a point, so I left it.

No more hydration issues for them, everyone was looking after their fluid intake well.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-qMGjDZS/0/9fa9003d/L/IMG_4701-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-qMGjDZS/A)

It was also the first day for many to test their sand legs out

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-vcHC2TZ/0/e32abf02/L/IMG_4705-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-vcHC2TZ/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Nztmffr/0/946c9386/L/IMG_4708-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Nztmffr/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-XLSNKMx/0/ba8a8741/L/IMG_4711-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-XLSNKMx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Gpsr772/0/5b59e407/L/IMG_4712-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Gpsr772/A)

My dash, note the time!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-M8hLZhP/0/7cb5d0d4/L/IMG_4721-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-M8hLZhP/A)

Epupa is a magical place, it has many warm memories and is absolutely beautiful to boot.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5vhrm7Q/0/4c598b69/L/IMG_4726-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5vhrm7Q/A)

Ok, this is not that beautiful, but look past the obvious!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-dTQWDMh/0/bfa3d4d3/L/IMG_4733-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-dTQWDMh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-m45QBW2/0/5c8e4735/L/IMG_4735-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-m45QBW2/A)

Natures Jacuzzi

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-3gZchHM/0/dd73e427/L/IMG_4736-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-3gZchHM/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-JHbWbGp/0/6fe8c70e/L/IMG_4738-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-46dFqzz/A)

Admin

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-dZCfJHH/0/2523218e/L/IMG_4740-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-dZCfJHH/A)

We were given the choice of performance enhancing drugs. B12 something or other. It was flipping sore! Clinton

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-2XmCLtM/0/66824964/L/IMG_4742-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-2XmCLtM/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-N8DcMnk/0/fb39940f/L/IMG_4744-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-N8DcMnk/A)

Ockie, the drug pusher

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-tsbxJvc/0/a7972533/L/IMG_4746-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-tsbxJvc/A)

Gerrit looking like we all felt

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-PJhQfxd/0/b16a0a9e/L/IMG_4748-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-PJhQfxd/A)

My best side

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-WV529nV/0/dd1f9ab8/L/IMG_4750-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-WV529nV/A)

Phil and I took to the tent that evening to prevent the mozzies having their way. There was high anticipation for the next two days! From here forward would be new ground for me. I couldn’t wait.

Again I crashed to sleep. None of that slowly doze off or lie wake for ages kak that happens at home. This is that magical, put your head on pillow and remember nothing after that. Phil said between saying good night and snoring was 3 breaths. Now, why can’t it always be that way?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on October 10, 2017, 09:30:02 pm
Day3 To Palmwag

Next morning we were all still a bit “all over the show” … trying to get all the bikes sorted – Me and Kobus decided that we will leave the bikes on Stock settings (suspension) and only move the handle bars a bit forward.  Repacked our stuff- get the stretchers, tents and chairs – oh an all the bags into the Iveco …  then the briefing ,,.. and afterwards John shouted … “Opsaal!”

 Yeehaaa!  Let’s do this! The convoy headed North and we were the very last 2 bikes (#19 and #20) in the Convoy – followed By Jaco as sweeper.
Soon we had our sign language figured out and we struggled to stop smiling… Exiting times!!!

You could see that everyone in their teams was getting along real well and I was wondering if this will last for the 12 days? Would be interesting to see how people change when the pressure gets turned on – I have seen/experienced this many times during my Amageza days.

We were getting to midday… it was getting hot now , the dust was hectic… and then Scalpel had the 1st puncture for the trip.  Eish!
Kobus doing a great job here!
(http://i67.tinypic.com/fa4t9z.jpg)

Not long and we were back on the road again – shortly after that we met up with the rest of the group. They also had a flat… this will be something we would get used to
Did I mention it was dusty…
(http://i68.tinypic.com/2vx3qz9.jpg)

Soon after that we rode into Palmwag – WOW – what an Oasis in the middle of nowhere!
(http://i65.tinypic.com/2e17lli.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/35indc1.jpg)

We offloaded the Iveco – decided on a place to unpack and setup the stretchers for the night.
(http://i65.tinypic.com/20kbus6.jpg)

Kobus got the word that he is up for his presentation that night. …. We decided that he will go get pretty for the show and I will get our things sorted out and setup..
(http://i68.tinypic.com/9qfqtc.jpg)

during this time we had some time to sit back and chat a bit.. Get to know a bit more of each other. This was also the time we decided our strategy for Quest….short and sweet “We will do what we do best – Just be ourselves, be confident and enjoy every moment!”
Again we had some great food and the company was awesome! We slept outside just on the stretchers… Life was amazing!!   Not so much for my Partner – seems the Mozzies liked his blood!!  Sorry partner!  :P
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: DjfLoYd on October 10, 2017, 09:41:04 pm
Apologies for falling behind but work proves to be a merciless task master.

Windhoek to Spitzkoppe - Day 1

I awoke bleary-eyed and feeling rather lack lustre having had little meaningful sleep. The excitement
of what lay ahead though, got me out of bed and into some riding gear. I whipped up some hotel-room coffee,
the kind that barely has enough caffeine in it to make your eyebrow twitch, let alone kick start all 90Kg of
offroad-riding-god that was me. Well, truth be told, that may be somewhat of an exaggeration, the coffee was not that weak.  :lol8:

In reality I was feeling rather excited and keen to get going. We had to be locked and loaded out front by some
sparrows-fart time and so we were. I'm told that, much like the army, it's a game of hurry up and wait.
And wait we did. We milled around for what felt like hours, waiting for the transport to arrive and take us to Pupkewitz Honda
for our big send off.

We arrived at the dealer and went about choosing bikes. The choices were limited. It was either a Honda or a Honda. I mean
really. What kind of show was this?! Jokes aside, I was quickly ready to go, not having any tail bags or suchlike to mount
to the bike. My tool bag was my bum bag and my camelbak, as used on my enduro riding. Then out of nowhere KTMKobus hands me
an Enduristan tail bag. "Need a bag?" he asks with that sly smile of his.
Well, the thought of a heavy bum bag hanging off my hips for a whole 12 days of riding
suddenly seemed very unappealing. "Sure. Thanks." I said and by sheer universal coincidence my bum bag was a perfect fit into
the Enduristan tail bag (along with my green ground sheet). That bag proved to be a great piece of kit!
I'm really hoping he's forgotten about that bag. What bag? Enduri-what now? Move along.  :peepwall:

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My ride for day 1, the manual Africa Twin.

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Some of the competitors were literally flying the Honda flag.

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A room full of motorbike goodness.

A few, mercifully short speeches were belted out by Schalk (Pupkewitz), Barend (Honda) and Hardy (like I need to tell you who he is) and we were away.
For about a 100 meters. Ok, fuel stop, and now we're away again! This time it was go time!
We slabbed it on tar just to get out of Windhoek and put some distance between us and civilization.
When we reached dirt it was wide open, dirt highways. I was now in my happy place. On a bike. Inside a helmet.
Just me, the road and my thoughts.

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Quick stop to re-group as we get to our first dirt road.

The roads to Spitzkoppe were, for the most part, easy dirt roads. There were a few patches of deep sand however.
One in particular was at least 100 to 200 meters long. I know this because I nearly bought some Namibian
land there and I was measuring my plot for building permits and council planning already as I flopped my way through.
I certainly put some pinch marks on the seat of the AT if nothing else.
My immediate thoughts were that if this was already how I was going to struggle in sand then maybe I should just pack it in.
How the hell was I going to cope with this big bike in the real deep sand further north?

We arrived at Spitzkoppe. The sky a strange, smudge-like mess of clouds that didn't really know what they wanted to
do. Sort of ominous in their appearance yet stunning as they hung low over the rocks of Spitzkoppe.
This place really was something to behold.

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That night, we watched as the first of the presentations were given around a fire set against the sheer
rock face of the Spitzkoppe. The first one being CharliePappa.
He clearly made a huge effort for his speech, bringing along visual aids and memorising his entire
speech. Fucking over-achiever.  :lol8: If this was the standard going forward then I was in big trouble.

Not much later the teams were announced. This part had me slightly concerned. With whom was I going to get
partnered with? What was he (or she) going to be like in terms of this competition? There were
one or two people I remembered from boot camp and I felt that if I were to partner with them things
were bound to get "interesting", but in the Chinese curse sort of "interesting".
The Chinese saying goes "May you live in interesting times."

Take Kamanya for example. In my mind I really wanted to like him. He's the sort
of person I like to be around. Intelligent, experienced, gregarious and a good sense of humour, but oh so
competitive. I took him to be the sort of person that would get really into the gamesmanship aspect of the competition
and would try every trick in the book to win. I was right of course.  :biggrin:
While I consider myself competitive, I'm not the sort of person to get into the whole "we must win at all costs" idea.
I do my thing, as best I can and I will not compromise myself just to win (not saying Kamanya did).
Sort of the silent assassin type as Hardy called it at one point. Or was that sleeping assassin? Not too sure anymore.

Frederick, known as SP, (Sywalker around here) and I were teamed up. I remember seeing him at boot camp and thinking he was an instructor at first.
He was one of a few guys who had ridden to boot camp on their bikes and was already there when we arrived by car, he was still
in his kit and wearing a round brimmed hat. He is a stocky man, only slightly shorter than me but carries himself as if he
were somewhat taller in stature. If I said 5 words to him at boot camp it would've been a lot. Other than that I had no
imaginings of what sort of person he was so all I could do was be thankful I was not partnered with someone I knew
I would not like. As luck would have it, my team mate felt much the same as me. Let's just do our best and let the dice fall where they may.
SP and I were team number 7 on bikes 13 and 14 (DCT and manual respectively).

In the spirit of full disclosure I will mention that there were only two people I was not keen
to be partnered with, Kamanya and Throttle Jockey. Kamanya for reasons mentioned already and Throttle Jockey because I
found him to be impatient and domineering. I will also admit, at my own fault, that my opinion of Throttle Jockey was
rather wrong. While he is in fact impatient and domineering he is also a true gent of a human with a heart of gold.
Kamanya is just fucking nuts and needs to be put on very strong drugs.  :lol8:
I would however, ride with either of them on any given day, through any hell that can be mustered and I truly hope to get that opportunity one day.
(Maybe not the hell part).  :ricky:
 
I went to sleep that night, a rather cold night I might add, my tent pitched up against one of the sheer rock faces of the Spitzkoppe, not
knowing what to expect from my team mate but being quietly confident that we had the minerals to get the job done and win this thing.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 10, 2017, 10:01:22 pm
Kamanya is just fucking nuts and needs to be put on very strong drugs.  :lol8:

You had me laughing along with your descriptions.

However, I think you're overstating the above only because unlike me, you don't like riding on the middelmannetjie. :lol8:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 10, 2017, 10:07:30 pm
That bag proved to be a great piece of kit!
I'm really hoping he's forgotten about that bag. What bag? Enduri-what now? Move along.  :peepwall

 :imaposer: Yours to keep dude.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on October 10, 2017, 10:11:13 pm
Day4 to Upuwo

It was getting better already,,, every team knew what they had to do and everything was flowing – everyone helped out where they could. Excitement was everywhere.
The road was actually dustier than the previous day – could that be !?
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And for the 1st time I could actually start to feel that “Heat” Hardy was warning us about… by this time you could see who was properly hydrating and who was lacking –everyone was sorted and remedies shared during the day.
There was a few stops for the day ….
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and on one of these stops Andrew used the time to give us a brief explanation on emotional intelligence, this might help us as team members understand each other better – I have to be honest – it did the job! He is definitely a Guru in what he does.
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We had some amazing places we passed and one of these was the Baobab forest Kobus mentioned – this was a spectacular twisty road, just very sad that my gopro stopped working shortly before …
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Guess we will have to go back there to take some pictures!

When we arrived in Upowo i was amazed by the size of the town.
We went up a twisty road and was greeted by the most amazing blue pool at the Opuwo Country lodge… it was however beaten by an Ice cold Beer!
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Walking out of the Lodge I was suddenly struck again by the fact that I am part of the 20 privileged lucky bastards currently on an EPIC adventure in Kaokoland.. I am happy..  O0
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With the heat now at a cumfy 30 at 17:00 in the afternoon degrees we decided that no tents will be needed.
As you spend more time with these crazy Adventurers you see more interesting stuff every day…  :o
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It was my turn to present my topic – Lake Victoria. Public speaking is not really my thing and I could feel that nervousness creeping up on me.. ??? :-[

I have discovered many things about this mass of water in Africa.. and was excited to share it with the everyone… I was amazed when I was told that I only have 2 min lest of my 15min… how time flies… and I have so many more things to share! 

I was blown away every day and night by the sunrises and sunsets…
That glowing Red Ball
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: DjfLoYd on October 11, 2017, 08:52:20 am
That bag proved to be a great piece of kit!
I'm really hoping he's forgotten about that bag. What bag? Enduri-what now? Move along.  :peepwall

 :imaposer: Yours to keep dude.  :thumleft:

You legend! Thanks, bud. It is truly appreciated. Now we simply have to do some beers at Capitol Craft.  :occasion14:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 11, 2017, 10:52:23 am
The first one being CharliePappa.
He clearly made a huge effort for his speech, bringing along visual aids and memorising his entire
speech. Fucking over-achiever.  :lol8: If this was the standard going forward then I was in big trouble.

My pleasure !   ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 11, 2017, 05:27:42 pm
Man I love this thread keep it coming. This is just so interesting and different. What an event well done Honda and Hardy.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 11, 2017, 08:46:21 pm
 Day 4 Opuwo to Epupa

I sometimes go for days without looking or posting on this thread.

Every time I open or think of it it is basically the same - I long to go back to Namibia and I cannot work for the rest of the day.

Like every other day on Quest this day started with the usual. Breakfast, packing the Iveco and a spectacular sunrise.

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And off course checking the bikes and for our team checking our make-up.

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It was a seriously fun and beautiful day of riding. Especially the part next to the river.

As we got into a nice flowing section we noticed that team 5 was not behind us anymore. Waited for 2 minutes after learning our lessons from the previous day and then had to make a choice. Do we both turn back or one turn back and one go up ahead and tell the team in front to wait.

After a short discussion we decided on the latter. I turned back and Barbara went to tell the team ahead. We did this a few times that day and I think it worked well to not make the whole convoy turn around each time.

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It got really hot that day and just before the rest camp at Epupa we had to wait a long time for some teams. Whoever lost the team behind them surely broke our record of the previous day.

The bike showed 50 degrees and I can confirm that it starts to flicker to warn you.

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So we found some shade. Kamanya once again is his favorite horizontal position.

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If you have never been to that campsite- it is simply spectacular. A real oasis in the desert on the banks of the Kunene.

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A beer and swim never felt this deserved.

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It was so refreshing to wash the dust from us. I swam in my clothes and kept them on to cool me down into the evening.

That night we got a pep talk about the dangers ahead. Apparently some Panda guy and his friends had an accident up ahead and they know what they are doing.

Off to bed we went as the real fun was about to start.




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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 12, 2017, 08:46:22 am
The days following the falls where my best. This was my type of riding! not only was I getting in the groove of what quest was I was also starting to feel good. Real good, alive more alive than I have felt in a long time this culminated in Puros, More about that later. The riding was now getting interesting, slower and more technical. We, and the bikes where now getting tested and it was clear from the tension in the camp that it was make or break for us and the bikes, from the previous warm up days it was clear that us and the bikes where unbreakable. The last 70km to Van Zyl's camp where the best riding so far with more to come in Van Zyl's proper and the  Marienfluss. I had started feeling that this was my life and had forgotten about my life back home. A bit of a Jekyll and Hyde moment this also changed in Puros for me. I was now living the ride, living the moment and truly alive. Please dont let this ever end. Grant had a big off about 15km from the Van Zyl's camp leaving him with a sore shoulder but he can elaborate more on that. The sand was starting to get interesting and the terrain alternating between that and rocks kept it interesting and us on our toes. It was a good night at Van Zyl's camp with a snoring Symphony from the trio Andrew, Myself and Grant. SP will elaborate on that I am sure with proof. Tomorrow is Van Zyl's proper and after today's ride optimism was high.

I have no new photo's to share at this point.

Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on October 12, 2017, 01:52:30 pm
You guys sure in a hurry. I am still in Palmwag and you guys are in Epupa already. Blitsig. After pre ride inspection in Palmwag we got going. Leaving Palmwag was quite difficult for some as they had to fix punctures. This would be a daily occurrence for all of us and we quickly settled into the rhythm of fixing these small issues. As KTMkobus mentioned both myself and Johannes Haasbroek fitted power outlets to our bikes. Bike number 1 and 17 thus could use compressors. These two bikes worked overtime pumping tyres. The compressor Johannes used even packed up during the Quest and he had to make borrow a compressor to be able to render his road side assistance.
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Eventually we were on the road to Opuwo. We were settling into the convoy and getting used to the dust gaps. Some more so than others. When we stopped Jaco informed us on the dust gaps he felt we should use. Being the third team from the back we were getting used to the dust. Charliepappa and I had an inside joke with DJfloyd.  Djfloyd was riding ahead of Charlie papa and my team behind Charliepappa. The convoy would get going. All the teams will be ready and riding. Djfloyd would still be putting in earplugs and then helmet and then goggles. Only then would he start his bike, pull away to catch up to skywalker. 300m down the road he would slam on the brakes. Switch of the ABD and TC and get going again. This was part of our fun filled day, every day more than once. DjFloyd thanks for amusing us and giving us time to get ready whilst you were faffing!

The road to Opuwo did not have many highlights. We saw some giraffe. We had a close encounter with a couple of trucks as the dust was terrible and the tourists all seem to be more capable than Geniel De Villiers and they were racing.

Kamanya gave us a prep talk next to the road. In a very interesting place. We were riding gravel roads and all of a sudden there is this beautiful piece of tar road and then it became gravel again. Namibia is a diverse country filled with contrasts.

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We had a view punctures on the way to Opuwo. As stated this became part of our daily routine without too much hassles. I think at the end of the Quest it was only Nismark and Clinton Pienaar who did not have a puncture. Well done boys. The two bikes with compressors were working overtime. 
The baobab forest was on this road and it was spectacular to see. Thanks Hardy for pointing it out in the briefing. We had a discussion whilst fixing a puncture on tubes or tubeless. Hardy did a quick poll amongst the riders standing about. The results was 50/50 for and against tubes. Quite interesting. I lost my fears of fixing tubes and replacing tubes on the Quest.

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We hit the tar road just before Opuwo. What a funny contrast of a town. A diverse mixed culture boiling pot! Just ad people and stir! We rode through a very poor section of town to get to the most amazing lodge on top of the mountain. What an oasis. We went to the swimming pool area and everyone had a beer and some wi fi. This was great!! The view was great. The company was great. But in the back of one’s mind we knew that there is still a special task that lays ahead in the afternoon.

After the beers we went down to camp. Only after Jaco took us on a circle loop just to finish up where we started. Dankie Jaco. Today was the first and only time that we took the keys out of the Africa Twins ignitions. So we got to camp. Wow what a view. Unpacked the Iveco which by now has become second nature. Het a camp spot. Set up camp and get ready for the competition at hand.
We had to remove the rear wheel of the Africa Twin and put it back against the clock! This was going to be fun! Not!! We got all our tools ready. Grand Prix F1 style!! Begin die horlosie!! Stop die horlosie? Skywalker and Djfloyd did the task in a staggering 1:54 seconds. Moer!! I think we managed to get the wheel out in that time! Skywalker was supposed to be going to the GS Trophy and he practised this move to hearts content. Kyk die manne kan!!
There was however some teams slower than us. Gelukkig. These were the guys that chose to use the DCT for this exercise. Tyrebraaier and Mr. Haasbroek got a standing ovation with a slow clap.

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The shower facilities was good and a warm shower was welcomed. Camp life settled in and everyone was getting ready for the evenings talks. Some good talks from the guys. Scrat talking about Lake Victoria which sounded all too familiar for me as my talk was on Lake Malawi.




The ladies in the crew made supper for us. Lekker pasta and we licked our fingers and plates clean. The camp filled with a variety of over landers during the afternoon and evening. The sunset was beautiful.

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The evening did not disappoint and I had a solid nights rest under my mosquito net and the stars!!
The next morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise! We had to leave this oasis for the road to Epupa!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Minxy on October 13, 2017, 09:15:00 am
First of all wow...!!! People have really been typing away while I was in Botswana for a long weekend galavanting around on the AT again  :ricky:  It's going to take me a day or two just to catch up on reading everything here let alone catch up with writing my side of the story!

Being part of an event like Quest is really a dream come true and to eventually be chosen as a winner from all the deserving competitors (all friends now) is truly indescribable ang a huge honour! But then you read the RR on the other website...

All I can say is: Thanks to all the support Tyre & myself received. We appreciate it and it doesn't go unnoticed.  :thumleft:

Fully agree with the fact that there were very deserving competitors in this group - I have never been more sure of who the winners should have been though..
Charl - I would not read too much into what he wrote in that blog. You will always have the one or two guys who missed the point.

Smile and wave my friend.

So I couldn't help but notice this bit when reading through all the replies.
I actually tagged everyone in the link to that blog post on facebook before I even opened and read it. After I finally got to reading it I was just like... Oh errrr, that's a very honest write up :P I felt a bit awkward as my team was mentioned, but I just left it there as I'm sure each and every single one of us had a different idea on who could win Quest, as each of us experienced the event differently.
I really enjoyed Angus while we were at Quest and think he is an awesome guy, hence I shared his opinion which I believe he's entirely entitled to. There seems to have been a lot of negativity surrounding his post, but as Hardy said, sometimes it's better not to read into things. I think every competitor here will agree with me when I say, even though we didn't all get to keep our bikes, we are all winners. Winners of an incredible once in a lifetime experience, new friendships formed and an incredible challenge which we conquered and learned from. The judges worked hard behind the scenes looking at many things we may not have even noticed as competitors to pick who they believe is the best to represent Honda and I cannot congratulate Charl and Hennie enough :)

Anyway, I need to stop slacking and get the rest of my writing done  ::)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 13, 2017, 09:34:12 am
First of all wow...!!! People have really been typing away while I was in Botswana for a long weekend galavanting around on the AT again  :ricky:  It's going to take me a day or two just to catch up on reading everything here let alone catch up with writing my side of the story!

Being part of an event like Quest is really a dream come true and to eventually be chosen as a winner from all the deserving competitors (all friends now) is truly indescribable ang a huge honour! But then you read the RR on the other website...

All I can say is: Thanks to all the support Tyre & myself received. We appreciate it and it doesn't go unnoticed.  :thumleft:

Fully agree with the fact that there were very deserving competitors in this group - I have never been more sure of who the winners should have been though..
Charl - I would not read too much into what he wrote in that blog. You will always have the one or two guys who missed the point.

Smile and wave my friend.

So I couldn't help but notice this bit when reading through all the replies.
I actually tagged everyone in the link to that blog post on facebook before I even opened and read it. After I finally got to reading it I was just like... Oh errrr, that's a very honest write up :P I felt a bit awkward as my team was mentioned, but I just left it there as I'm sure each and every single one of us had a different idea on who could win Quest, as each of us experienced the event differently.
I really enjoyed Angus while we were at Quest and think he is an awesome guy, hence I shared his opinion which I believe he's entirely entitled to. There seems to have been a lot of negativity surrounding his post, but as Hardy said, sometimes it's better not to read into things. I think every competitor here will agree with me when I say, even though we didn't all get to keep our bikes, we are all winners. Winners of an incredible once in a lifetime experience, new friendships formed and an incredible challenge which we conquered and learned from. The judges worked hard behind the scenes looking at many things we may not have even noticed as competitors to pick who they believe is the best to represent Honda and I cannot congratulate Charl and Hennie enough :)

Anyway, I need to stop slacking and get the rest of my writing done  ::)

Yes she is pretty. and yes she can ride a bike - But the above mentioned is what I respect most about this unassuming rider.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 13, 2017, 11:16:55 am
Agreed!  :thumleft:

Get that girl a Savannah!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 13, 2017, 06:04:56 pm
Day 5



Epupa to Van Zyls Camp

Up until now, the riding wasn’t the highlight. I was enjoying the group, the scenery, the banter, the dynamics and the nostalgia of coming back to a place that I’ve had strong memories. This was probably a good thing because I was super unfit to start as a result of the flu and the food poisoning, so easing into the physical bit of the trip worked well for me. In Windhoek, I’d said to Hardy that as a result of the poor physical preparation, I was going to have to train, peak and compete whilst on the trip!

Up until now, I was slightly jealous of those who’d never been to Namibia or the Kaokoveld before, it was fun to hear their infectious observations about the places. Now, I could join with that as from 70km from here, it was going to be all brand new to me.

Hopefully the last 4 days of “easing into it” would be enough to see me through, as I’d heard about this stretch, it has a fearsome reputation. There’ve been many bike trips that have come to grief here, or certainly not had a lot of fun. I knew of two groups that had had serious issues and very nearly came to a sticky end as a result of underestimating it. I wasn’t sure that our group of 22 litre class bikes wouldn’t be trimmed of either riders or bikes by the end of the next 2 days.

We got up before dawn and started the by now very familiar tetrus ritual. Everything gets packed on or packed up.

Us getting going packing our shit

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Others doing the same

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Then getting a good breakfast in. This morning there was an extra special treat, the locals had been commissioned to bake fresh rolls for us. Banting se Moer!

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Mr Honda SA; Barend Fouche doing the same

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A few words about him and Honda Quest.

With Hardy’s help the Honda 250 Rally launch had not only gone well, but the resultant media explosion on both print and social had reached even the ears of the Dik Ysters in Japan. Not one to sit about basking in that, Barend had floated Hardy’s idea of adding to the revival of the Honda Africa Twin’s legendary status and making waves about adventure biking in general with Honda Quest to his regional Director. Although happy with the 250 launch, given that the global market was currently not well and marketing spend trends were down too, he was sceptical that it would be a go.

Nevertheless, a short while later he was sitting at the big meeting of Dikker Ysters at their Japan Headquarters in front of the Dikkest Yster of all. Apparently, when no one else had any ideas when challenged about what they were going to be doing to get some energy going, he stuck his hand up and fired up the Quest Presentation. The Dikkest Yster apparently didn’t even wait for the usual 10 rounds of bean counter committee approvals but demanded that us lucky 20 get cracking.   

Now what may not be so obvious was that Barend was taking a huge risk. It’s a nice idea but letting 20 unknowns onto the flagship bike, into an area that many can’t go because of sand, extreme remoteness and difficulty takes big balls. He could have so easily agreed to a tamer place to launch Honda Quest. There are a few places in South Africa that can provide similar spectacle but none that has that X-Factor of exceptionally remote wilderness. Never mind the riders being a risk, this is the first generation of the new Africa Twin and let’s face it, first generations are where the kinks, if there are any, come to the fore. He was at the very least risking his reputation and definitely his career staking this much on us and the bikes into this area.

Amongst us, we’d already had a few discussions about this and realised that yes, we were in a competition, but also, We, The Crew and Barend were a team too competing for something far bigger.

So, the anticipation was definitely up higher this morning for me personally and it was easily apparent, for the group too.

Hardy briefed us saying that for the next 70k’s to Okangwati was to be in the normal order and then from there, the tough stuff starts. He wanted to change the order of the group as mentioned by Gerrit. The idea being that the tallest go first as they would find the rocky bits easier as they could touch down and use the hard enduro walk astride the machine type technique. Then the rest of us could be manhandled though. He asked Cornelius, Glenn, Gerrit and myself to bring up the rear as we would be able to play sweep, could look after ourselves and help from the rear. In this fashion it was anticiapted that we’d be more efficient and yet safer. Still, he wasn’t sure we’d make camp by sundown.

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We weren’t quite so clever chirpy this morning…

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Koos VerWey, legendary owner of this camp and others,

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I thought I had better photo’s from the mornings ride, it was a blood red sun in the dusky dawn.

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Coming into Okangwati, I had told Phillip that there was a massive dry riverbed that had to be crossed. I was looking forward to it and took my phone out to give an audio message to the Whatsapp group, here it is, riding and recording;

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KKnONTE9xNk

Once past Okangwati, we stopped to take up the new order.

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The heat was climbing

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Immediately it was kraals, two track and bits of sand. In some way, I felt my ride was only starting here for the above reasons. Gerrit and I slotted into an easy pattern. Though I cannot remember riding as a pair on an Amageza with him, something that happens in the 1000’s of kilometres in the liaisons, it felt easy and natural. Strangely I felt too, a sense of betrayal to Phillip. Here on the most difficult section, I wasn’t going to be able to look out for my partner. Although in the new order he was only about 8 or 10 bikes ahead, for hours at a time, I would only catch brief moments to chat when someone flatted or we stopped to re-group.

Within a 5k’s of heading out, I smashed into the ground! I was trying to turn around and shout something to Gerrit. As I did so, my front caught an off camber and down I went. It was hard enough that I thought there could be damage. But not a scratch – the Rumbux bars had done their job. Not a 100m later was this

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Johannes had gone farming proper. He was good natured about it and seemed unscathed. His bike though was stuck in gear. Being a DCT, it was stuck in neutral and couldn’t be coaxed to select a gear. So the bike was pushed out of the river bed and troubleshooting was started on it.

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I had posted onto ADVrider.com before we left about this event, in amongst all the well wishes and interest, some chap had posted into that thread,

“MillennialFalcon said: I hope someone tells the folks riding DCTs about how to rock the bike back and forth if stuck in neutral. Standard stuff with a manual, but when you introduce buttons to the equation, it changes”

Being last and not seeing the crash, I had only gotten to the group once they’d pushed it out of the river bed. I had offered this bit of info to the guys as they were working on it. They said they’d tried that before they pushed it out of the riverbed, so were going to reset the ECU by loosening and reattaching the earth cable to the battery.

Success!

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As we were standing around and I knew we were going to be out of connection for a few days, I shoved my phone into Barbara’s hands to type a last message and took a photo.

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That’s Johan, our own Hondsekeirie that clearly wasn’t having fun back home but being the dutiful supportive husband. 

The original

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The rest of the morning was an orgy of rocky tracks that climbed away from and dropped down into valleys of Mopani tree covered bush and the odd sandy river bed crossings. I was having a great time of it. This really is a riding paradise!. At one such crossing Grant took a small tumble and his bike got stuck in neutral. As he was just ahead of us, Glenn and I raced over to him to help pick the bike up and then I got to personally try the rocking thing and as the ignition was turned on. Whallah! It worked! I think what happened previously was that they didn’t rock it enough? Not sure.

We stopped for a break under some trees. The humidity was multiplying the heat factor radically, it was not the time to be dehydrated or to try running up a hill or for scenic photo's.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 13, 2017, 06:05:20 pm
As is the miracle of this part of the world, within minutes of stopping locals starting appearing.

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The Himba are a fascinating culture like few others. Despite being in relatively constant contact and co-existing with western society, they largely shun the ways and trappings of it. They proudly go about their ways and gracefully pick the few things they need from it and skirt the rest. Intriguingly, this way of being is not just a social behaviour, but genetically they have little to do with the rest of the Bantu lines either.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0099117

To retain their culture they have even made representations to the world to be left as such. Recently, the proposed damming of the Kunene, besides being an ecological disaster, was going to destroy ancient tribal burial sites but also effectively obliterate a way of life. There’s a wonderful YouTube video of a Headman and his two lieutenants making an appeal to the UN and the world about their plight. It’s a documentary that fascinatingly follows both their appeal and their journey of navigating the first world in order to retain their culture. 

Also, when one spends even some cursory time here, there is a quality to the behaviour of all the women that they are not subservient to anyone. Respectful yes but not less than. In most of our cultures, worldwide, it’s a patriarchal system. I am presuming that this might stem from their social system that adheres to “bilateral descent”.

From Wiki;

“Because of the harsh desert climate in the region where they live and their seclusion from outside influences, the OvaHimba have managed to maintain and preserve much of their traditional lifestyle. Members live under a tribal structure based on bilateral descent that helps them live in one of the most extreme environments on earth.
 
Under bilateral descent, every tribe member belongs to two clans: one through the father (a patriclan, called oruzo) and another through the mother (a matriclan, called eanda).[8] Himba clans are led by the eldest male in the clan. Sons live with their father's clan, and when daughters marry, they go to live with the clan of their husband. However, inheritance of wealth does not follow the patriclan but is determined by the matriclan, that is, a son does not inherit his father's cattle but his maternal uncle's instead.

Bilateral descent is found among only a few groups in West Africa, India, Australia, Melanesia and Polynesia, and anthropologists consider the system advantageous for groups that live in extreme environments because it allows individuals to rely on two sets of families dispersed over a wide area.”



Once I had the opportunity to sit and watch these ankle bracelets being made.

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They’re made by a traveling blacksmith whose business was in traveling from one area to the next to repair or make the various items that they wear for either decoration or to represent a status of sort. Those nut like looking bits are thick gauge wire that was beaten around a thin mandrel and then threaded together. Sort of like they do with chainmail. It was a labourious process. Each of these anklets that you see here represent many many hours of work.

Anyay, we had places to go, things to do

Ah yes, another puncture

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Grants small tip where we worked out the neutral thing

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Another puncture, I have the difficult and important job of ballast

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Honda might need to look at where the balance point is on the centre stand. If they moved it slightly backwards, this wouldn’t be necessary.

Johannes was having a bit of trouble with the sand, that first fall had shaken him a bit. Now with more and more sand coming, he couldn’t understand why he was struggling. He lives in Namibia and loves sand and yet if not tipping over from time to time he was all legs and heartrate. It was doing his head in. He was stressing and seriously not having much fun. At the break I had a chat. I’ve worked with people and sand quite a bit and had a few ideas that we then worked through. He then got a bit of a mental tool box together for when the sand started again and off he went. It was deeply satisfying to see his day improve dramatically after that. He never fell again.

Another one

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It was frek hot now and and with the regular punctures, Hardy and the bunch were not far behind

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There was more and more of this

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With lots of this in between

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Rinse and repeat

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Then came this steep downhill, a few got stuck and had tips. In getting to them and helping out, my internal temperature gauge was starting to complain.

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Also, we had a tailwind so that didn’t help much either. At the bottom of one of the hills, I had to strip off as far as I could. Water my buff and get it round my neck again. Gerrit had a few choice words to say about the scare I gave him.

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At that next turn up ahead was a mother of a climb. It looked ominous, more like a riverbed at 30 degrees up the mountain. All we could hear was straining engines and rocks flying. I was a little worried. I wasn’t sure I could push my bike up there if I came unstuck!

After a time it was just the sweaty 3 of us left, Glenn, Gerrit and I. Glenn, optimistic and not called Throttlejockey for nothing roared off then proceeded to beat throse rocks into submission by bouncing and ricocheting up that madness. He was the first one to have a clear run and not dab or need the helping hands of the group.

Gerrit and I looked at each other with a grin, “Dammit! Well, I suppose that means we don’t have a choice now, we have to clear that too!”. We played Ching-chong-cha to see who goes first as it’s kak being last, I lost, so he went. He nearly cleaned it. Just a dab and one push from the gang.

Shit! It’s not that much fun owning a competitive spirit sometimes. Well, there was nothing for it but to go.

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There really are only three things to concentrate on at times like this, Momentum, Aim and hang on. Thankfully, I cleaned it. The Youtube video at the top has the top half of my run filmed by Jacko.

The rest of the day was more sandier with long stretches of it. The mood had become lighter, it seemed the worst was behind us, but it was still hard work, especially those who had little experience in the sandier bits. I hadn’t been able to say much to Phill through the day but he seemed to be coping and having fun. We were less than 5k’s from the camp.

Then as if Murphy was a little pissed that he’d not been invited along, Grant had a crash just in front of us. It was a nothing riverbed compared to what we’d been through and it would have remained an innocuous crash if only his ribs hadn’t insisted on picking out the only rock to be seen. He looked super sore and was practically white from the pain. Ockie was there in less than a minute checking him out.

It was decided that Hardy would ride his bike the last bit and Grant would catch his breath in the 4x4.

Once at the camp, I could feel my battery was flat. It was probably the culmination of all the previous days and todays heat and exercise. But I know from experience that previously on longer trips, there’s always a part where I just run out steam. I think I have Lithium as opposed to Deep Cycle batteries; my drop off in performance is cliff like rather than gradual. But I also know that it is temporary and one good meal and evening sleep is all that’s needed for full charge.

That’s Grant waiting for a cocktail of industrial grade painkillers to kick in whilst avoiding the miggies

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I warned Phill that tonight I was going to be useless and even though I was trying to go through my notes for my presentation was that evening, I promptly fell asleep.

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What a place to give it!

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Barbara gave hers, she was, as were all of us, a bit distracted by the drone capturing the epic footage and scenery as she spoke.

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I had decided to speak about the African Rift Valley and its impact on human evolution. I had been fascinated to learn that without its involvement and affecting so many things at just the right time over the last 35 million years, that without it specifically, we most certainly wouldn’t be here. I had tied it to Honda Quest, asking all as to how would they would evolve as a result of this experience, “What would irrevocably be different as a result?”

It wasn’t bad, but I expected better. I felt I was flat and had left out some important bits. Oh well. It’s a long competition.

I have no photo’s after that, I just couldn’t stay awake. I had to ask Phil to wake me for supper. It seemed seconds later he woke me from a deep sleep, I shovelled it in, brushed my teeth and went directly back to sleep.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 14, 2017, 04:15:06 am
Brilliant account of the day Andrew, I really enjoyed reading it.  :thumleft:

Although many similarities, everyone has a different experience that adds to the adventure.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 14, 2017, 06:54:10 am
It was during this day that I realised we have already achieved success. You guys should have seen the epic way in which this group helped each other through what must be some of the most terrifying and challenging terrain any of them ever attempted.
Andrew explained the logic behind the group strategy in terms of their riding formation, and I have to say, they aced it.

I will never forget the poetry in motion as Throttle Jockey, Scrat and Kamanya cleared the steep ascent. Tyre (Hennie van Heerden) did it too, but in more of a sideways-in technique.. Don't ask :imaposer:

Much has been said about this stretch of road, and you guys reading this post should try to ride it if ever you get the opportunity. Just do not do it in too small a group.
Sand, Rock, Sand, Boulders, Sand, Rocks, Sand, 30 degree descent over boulders, Sand, 30degree accent over boulders, Sand, and then it starts all over.. Get the picture?
The really tall guys helped out a lot. Footing and leg length played  a massive roll on this route. Luckily we had really tall guys like Twister, KTM Kobus, Andries Haasbroek, Clinton Pienaar etc to assist the guys with duck's disease.

You guys should have seen the faces of all the contestants as they rode into camp. Yes, they made it before sunset. Massive achievement.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 14, 2017, 08:35:23 pm
DAY 6: Epupa Falls to Van Zyls Camp

We were up bright and early to get going with the challenging day that was lying in wait...and it was some glorious riding!  :ricky:
 
Like Hardy stated above: rocks, sand and high temperatures were the order of the day for the next 2 days. These 2 days were "non-scoring" days. The teams were broken up as explained by Kamanya as the main goal was to get all the bikes and competitors to Van Zyls and down, unscathed. It was said before: this wasn't 10 teams of 2, it was one team of 20. Everybody was helping everybody.
 
And as per usual, the content crew got some awesome footage of us during the day as well as going up "that" hill. It was epic. Some of us struggled a bit more than others but for Kamanya, Scrat and Throttle Jockey it was just another day in Africa. We were all relieved when we rode into camp way before the expected time of 18:00.  :thumleft:

The setting of Van Zyls Camp was beautiful with us camping under a massive tree right next to the river bed. Tyre and I were tasked with setting up the presentation area for the evening and I thought it would make a good back drop if we included two Africa Twins as part of the setup. Pieter was busy spinning the bike into position in the thick river sand and I grabbed the rear of the bike to help push. As I put my foot down to get some grip, my foot slipped under the spinning back wheel. I instantly lost all the feeling and half of the skin on 2 of my toes. Luckily it was only a bad sprain and nothing was broken.
 
I also had to start with some running repairs on my boots as they were beginning to come apart. This was a bit of a worry as the "actual riding" only started today... On one of the photos Andrew shows us the manual water system for the toilet... Boesman was of the opinion that we didn't have enough wood for our bonfire so we went bundu bashing and found some proper logs.
 
It was early to bed as the following day Van Zyls is beckoning... IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 15, 2017, 08:54:34 am
Day 6 Epupa to Van Zyls Camp

That morning the sunrise was extra special. Even Stoffel seemed to enjoy it.

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As the temperature rose so did the difficulty in the terrain and it weren’t long before we were getting a proper workout and needed some rest and food to snack on.

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As can be seen from Andrew’s footage the terrain became a challenge to all as the day progressed.

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Till the very last inch we rode on that day we had to concentrates. It just never let up.

We rode through the riverbed to what was still just riverbed and pitched camp.

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These bikes really do look good in their natural environment.

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So how do you test someone - after the hardest day of riding, with a harder day looming you make them do their presentation.

For the last few days Minxy have been riding with notes for her presentation on her handlebar. Constantly checking them. As if we did not have enough to focus on.

I decided to fill the backpacks, clean the bikes and get things ready for the next day while giving her the time to do some final preparations.

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Grant took the time to recover from another hard day in the saddle.

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SP took his bike for a walk......

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Then it was Minxy and the other presentations in a magnificent setting. She aced it even with drones flying about.
Kamanya had a brilliant intro to his presentation really making one think about how this experience will change us.

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And so it was off to bed for tomorrow will be Van Zyls proper.  Testing even the hardest of competitors.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 15, 2017, 11:35:14 am
I forgot. Marcel also presented that evening too.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 15, 2017, 08:55:54 pm
DAY 7: Van Zyls Camp to Marble Camp

The day arrived for Van Zyls Pass and The Step. Getting there was a challenge on its own... rocks, sand and heat.

We stopped at a lookout before getting to the pass and this was my "Quest moment". Standing there looking out over the the Marienfluss, thinking about what we've seen so far and what was still waiting for us, not only in the next hour but the next week; I was humbled. And to be able to share it with this group of people was the cherrie on the cake.
 
The first one to take the step was Staal, showing us how to do it. We got all the bikes down the step without incident and it was a massive team effort. We even had a "Loneman" watching over us. As much as was said about "The Step" beforehand, as little was said about the stretch after it. It was a descending Jeep track with loose boulders and no one to assist. At one point we stopped and waited for the team behind us and as we looked up there were at least 4 bikes on their sides on the descend. Just around the corner from this was a couple of mini steps to contend with, but luckily the front runners were there to assist again. When we all got down the pass we all signed the "traditional" rocks and we were on our way again.
 
Next up was Rooidrom where we had a mini-photoshoot and turned towards Marble Camp for the night; but not before the last pass was ridden under the watchful eye of another "Loneman".
 
This was the longest short day I've ever had on a bike, but definitely one of the most rewarding. We did 68km in over 8 hours, with 22 bikes going down Van Zyls; it was one for the record books.

SPECIAL MENTION must go to Janko and his co-driver, Barend from Honda, for taking the IVECO down the step; it was poetry in motion, he "butterflied" it! As well as for Gené and Chantal who drove their 4x4's down. #respect

That night in the camp there was a definite change in the mood. Everybody was more relaxed now that we were down Van Zyls with only LOADS of sand waiting for us - as if that was going to be easier...
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 16, 2017, 06:26:26 am
Thanks guys for a brilliant read, your efforts in doing such a detailed RR is much appreciated. 

This is exactly the feedback one wants to read about as it gives you much more perspective on the whole event and the competitors individual struggles, achievements and ultimate triumphs.  I for one would never have been able to operate in a group like this but it gives me a lot of insight into the thought processes of the competitors that took part.  The competitors obviously had to make a lot of sacrifices to be able to cope in such a group for such an extended period of time.  All I can say is huge respect to you all  :thumleft:

It was also interesting to read about team members 'even complaining' about KarooKid's treatment of Minxy - what was that about?  KarooKid was according to all reports an absolute gentleman and after reading his input in this RR, I just have so much more respect for him.  I think he would have picked up very early that she didn't need babysitting or preferential treatment.  Make no mistake, she still remains a woman who hasn't got the physical strength of a man or a dick which she can swing around a tree to relieve herself.  She's been riding as a guy / girl for ages with us and apart from me assisting a bit when it really gets tough (mostly where strength plays a role) she's never received preferential treatment as a girl. She also never wants it.   According to her the chirping and roasting which is referred to must have been the light banter, especially when they were referred to as the 'girl team'.  But who actually complained and why????

Cannot wait for the next installment :ricky:

 



Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 16, 2017, 06:52:52 am
HSK - agreed, great first hand insights. Clearly there were inevitably egos and testosterone in the mix but mostly measured from what I read between the lines. Big salute to Minxy for mixing it with the manne, and doing so with grace, skill and a smile.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 16, 2017, 07:13:11 am
HSK - agreed great first hand insights. Clearly there were inevitably egos and testosterone in the mix but mostly measured from what I read between the lines. Big salute to Minxy for mixing it with the manne, and doing so with grace, skill and a smile.  :thumleft:

Thanks Dom, think she'll really appreciate it, especially coming from you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 16, 2017, 07:55:05 am

It was also interesting to read about team members 'even complaining' about KarooKid's treatment of Minxy - what was that about?  KarooKid was according to all reports an absolute gentleman and after reading his input in this RR, I just have so much more respect for him.  I think he would have picked up very early that she didn't need babysitting or preferential treatment.  Make no mistake, she still remains a woman who hasn't got the physical strength of a man or a dick which she can swing around a tree to relieve herself.  She's been riding as a guy / girl for ages with us and apart from me assisting a bit when it really gets tough (mostly where strength plays a role) she's never received preferential treatment as a girl. She also never wants it.   According to her the chirping and roasting which is referred to must have been the light banter, especially when they were referred to as the 'girl team'.  But who actually complained and why????



Unfortunately chivalry is dead.  The respect that Karookid showed her and acting as the true gentleman he is, could have easily be mistaken as babysitting.  I will be the first to admit that even I thought so in the beginning.   This perception however changed quickly as you get to know Charl and saw the spirit of their team.  I've  had the privilege to ride with Minxy after boot camp and knew her capability, which is very competent.  Not competent for a girl, very competent full stop.  Karookid and Minxy were a superb combination and any complaints were unwarranted.

"Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.  Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear."     That's our Minxy!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Twister on October 16, 2017, 08:46:26 am
HSK
I was very impressed with Minxy and the way she conducted herself during the Quest. As you rightfully mentioned, although she never asked for any special treatment, being the only female contestant inevitably presented some unique challenges.  (Finding a mirror to apply makeup would be one). :)

Somehow she manages to be extremely tough without being “butch” if you know what I mean. The smile after each challenge was testament to how much she enjoys riding bike. You are truly privileged to have a partner that not only shares your passion, but is also an extremely competent rider

Minxy and Karookid made a very competitive team from my point of view and I was very impressed with both of them. I never heard anyone complain that they or she were receiving preferential treatment neither did I feel they received any. And yes Karookid is a true gentleman.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 16, 2017, 11:15:10 am
I agree with what ktmkobus and twister said above. 

Minxy did not in my eyes recieve any preferencial treatment to any of the riders as I believe everyone viewed her as capable. ( and as Kobus said, capable full stop, as I said before minxy gave me some valuable hints about sand riding and there was only a handfull of guys that rode the riverbeds as well as she did, note , as well as, not necesarily better)

Karookid only showed  chivalry, in little things like making sure there is a tent pitched for her when most of us slept under the stars. This to me is just logic and just being a gentleman and I never thought about it twice . respect to karookid for that.

The comments directed at them for being the "girl team" was in good humour and jest and I dont think anyone meant it otherwise neither do I think either of them took it as anything other than good spirit. They surely were not a team that was looked down upon.

I saw no reason for complaints at all.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 16, 2017, 11:20:56 am
I have fallen behind a bit on my side of the report.  I will catch up during the day.

Theres also some other comments earlier in the thread that I will give my 2c on. 
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Buff on October 16, 2017, 11:30:31 am
This is an absolutely brilliant ride report, I'm loving the regular updates and reading how the team dynamics played out. Keep it coming  :thumleft:

This new Honda AT is also gaining more of my respect with each new page of this RR, their marketing aim is spot on, well done Honda  :thumleft:

As for Minxy... it just sounds to me that a few men felt a little threatened by the bike riding blonde bombshell... shame.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sam on October 16, 2017, 01:58:24 pm
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Also, we had a tailwind so that didn’t help much either. At the bottom of one of the hills, I had to strip off as far as I could. Water my buff and get it round my neck again. Gerrit had a few choice words to say about the scare I gave him.

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Scary photo boet! I see that the Midge from MTP's merry gang of nutcases shares a similar "cooling off" method. Must be a Cape Town thing....!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 16, 2017, 02:41:51 pm
Here's a link to a video of the IVECO going down Van Zyls'

https://youtu.be/yg09IpR-9LE (https://youtu.be/yg09IpR-9LE)

Footage shot by one of the other competitors.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 16, 2017, 03:09:26 pm
I’ve fallen a bit behind on commenting but everyone else seems to be doing a fantastic job of capturing our experience
I’m just going to include 1 or 2 pics and sentiments leading up to and including the road to van Zyl’s camp

As others have already mentioned , it was hot... very hot ... and dusty, but it was a joy to be cruising along on dirt with not sighting of slab since we had left Windhoek. Amazing to me that so much interconnecting “highway” is dirt in Nam, and there seems to be plenty public land. This is something we don’t really see in and around Gauteng so I was pretty much awestruck

The AT’s (both DCT and Manual) just soaked up the km’s and absorbed the corrugations and the odd lurker like it was nothing. And that DCT on a dirt highway is just something else. You get used to the bike handling all the gear changing for you really quickly and I found myself stalling the manual quite a few times when slowing down for a stop. I was so busy looking around and enjoying myself that I clean forgot to change down and find neutral/engage clutch.


I was still finding my sand legs (a process that was to take some time as you will hear from future commentary) so had the opportunity to experience some of the dry river crossings... let’s just up-close and personal and pretty intimately. Lucky for me, my riding buddy was there to coach me
“Don’t over-think it boet” , “Take the straightest line” , ... and of course “When in doubt, throttle out boet”. Bliksem, Glenn damn-well sure knows how to do that last one

Mostly went OK and the offs I suffered were pretty minor and mostly due to looking down and rolling off the throttle

Spitzkoppe at dawn
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The legend team we would follow over the next 2 weeks:
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ThrottleJockey having discovered the advantages of consuming 3 litres of liquid before breakfast, was feeling the downside
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2 okes who could really dos any place , any time were Marcel & Andrew. You can check Andrew catching a cat-nap under the tree here
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Epupa – vanZyl’s camp was an incredible day of riding. We had all heard from Hardy that this was going to be one of the toughest days of riding and it definitely lived up to expectations. Plenty of the riding was over terrain I would kuk to take my old donkey KLR through, never mind a big litre adventure bike . I was on the DCT and super-impressed by how just the right gear seems to be available at just the right time. Balance and suspension really surprised me. There were many times I thought “there is no way this bike is getting up/down there” but she just did. Put a huge smile on my face
Unfortunately for me, only a couple of km’s outside of the camp, I lost it on a really simple river-bed crossing and found the only rock to fall on for miles. Also managed to fall in such a way that the rock found the gap between the back and front plate of my body armour and I felt something give under my right arm. Lucky for me there were 2 teams just behind who managed to untangle my leg from under the bike and get me back on my feet again. First thought I had once I could kind of breathe again was “Thnx God I’m not out here on my own” . It would have taken some serious effort to get out from under the bike and get the machine upright again on my pat. Second thought was “Jissis this is eina”
Anyway, swung a leg over and got going again only to see my gat about 500m down the road again. At this point Hardy came up to me and offered some sage advice . I was exhausted, and going to seriously injure myself (and probably the bike) if I tried to ride any further. Looking back, I was really grateful to be able to be driven the last few kays in to camp in the airconned comfort of the passenger seat in the medic bakkie
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 16, 2017, 03:22:13 pm
...

Grant took the time to recover from another hard day in the saddle.

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This pic of me at  van Zyl's camp really says it all... I was poked.
Interestingly you remember the weirdest things when lying around trying to breathe and some devil is trying to insert a butchers blade between your 3rd and 4th rib .
From Johannes our resident nature fundy : The "miggies" that were doing their best to fly into and up every unattended orifice are in fact Marula "Bees" not flies or miggies . Dunno why I remember this in particular but that is exactly what comes to mind when I think about my nap under the trees :)
WTF they were after around me is anyone's guess because there was definitely nothing sweet about me by that stage of the game
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 16, 2017, 04:16:27 pm
Here's a link to a video of the IVECO going down Van Zyls'

https://youtu.be/yg09IpR-9LE (https://youtu.be/yg09IpR-9LE)

Footage shot by one of the other competitors.  :thumleft:

Joh! Impressive driving - was that Jaco at the wheel? Was a bit worried with the rock 'n roll at one stage  >:D
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 16, 2017, 04:24:17 pm
It was Janco, Hardy's 4x4 instructor, Jaco was an on-looker...
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 16, 2017, 05:02:12 pm
Ahh, that stop.

We had lunch there and had to linger a little longer than what became usual as there was a puncture just a little further back.

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You can see #1 giving a talk and all around are listening. That’s Johannes Haasbroek he runs an Elephant Conservation Trust and we’d stopped right in the middle of the area that he looks after. He was telling about the elephants that he’s responsible for and giving us some insight into the ways of the elephant and some history about the differences of desert elephants to others. He comes across as hugely knowledgeable, charming, humorous and slightly goofy and irreverent. He’s an excellent story teller with a very sharp mind attached to a similar tongue. So, he was having fun being in his world and having a really interested audience.

I’m the one lying down there. As he’d been talking, what piqued my interest was that it seemed that there was quite a bit tension around his job. He was really angry about something with most of the heat being directed at the occasional mention of politics. As everyone was being polite and no one else was going to go there, I piped up and asked, how has this effort of his been taken up by the locals who live in the areas. This was clearly very close to his heart, he hesitated for a moment and then said, “Oh, here it comes!”. I was a little confused by his response, but tried again, genuinely interested now not only in the answer but by the unusual response.

He started slowly, but warmed to the tale.  He’d managed to get the locals on-board and invested in the plight of the elephants and see them as their own, he was obviously very proud of this, but clearly this had taken a lot of hardship and no small amount of pain because of politics.

There is big foreign money that just loves coming in and taking out Elephants as trophy animals. The government are not helping him at all and on the contrary, they claim there are literally thousands of elephant, when in fact there are only 3 bulls and a few cows. He’s certain that there’s a ton of corrupt fingers in the pie. He personally once bought the licence for one of the bulls to save it. He has very trying and constant running battles with the Government and Wildlife officials in this regard. Whilst we were up there, he was in one edition on the front page of the national newspaper twice! Once for the Honda Quest thing and the other was about the Minister claiming that Johannes was lying about Elephant numbers.

I kept asking the how’s and why’s of the politics to get an understanding of how it all works and of course how he has handled it. Johannes is nothing if not intensely passionate and emotional about his chosen path, he’s literally known as the Elephant Man. Many years previously in another career, he had a vision of doing this work with elephants. In some ways, he claims they saved him from the path that he was on.

Here then was what was really at the heart of his anger; Though he’s put up an immense fight, it seems a bit hopeless because of the faceless greedy bureaucrats. The end result of which is that the desert elephants will go extinct under his watch. His life’s calling was being extinguished.

Anyway, he took my inquisitiveness at first with some reluctance but as I kept at it he became more and more upset. I don’t think he’s ever had the opportunity to vent to a group of these deeper issues and his emotion boiled over when I stated, “you’re clearly an excellent conservationist but a shit politician”. (by his own admission he had little time for the politics and even less for the politicians). This large heart he wears on his sleeve was his Achilles heel when dealing with political ego’s/

He had tears of rage behind his glasses when he turned and said something along the lines of “You can go fuck off, you’re either with them or with me!”

I had pushed a bit too far. That sharp mind and tongue that loves a good banter hid a soft big heart.

I gently said back, “Johannes, I am undoubtedly with you on this and don’t for a second think I’m questioning your ethics. I am sorry to have made you think I was”

That was the end of that and almost at the same time, Jacko came over to tell us to saddle up. Johannes recovered quickly, but I wondered if I hadn’t done some irreparable damage to our relationship.

There had been a growing tension in the group quietly listening to all this and as we all ambled off to our bikes the peanut gallery was giving me stick. Clinton who always has a chirp available and is a super nice guy and by his own admission doesn’t like conflict said to the group about me, “fuck it, I thought I wouldn’t have minded being paired with you, but now I’m glad I wasn’t!”. I think some had thought possibly that I was goading him or just being argumentative for the sake of it.

I brewed on that conversation for a while as we rode on, especially in the context of the competition. I was going to corner him at the next stop and make sure he was ok. But as the day wore on, there just wasn't an opportunity, so I had to leave it. I am certain that some who’d been party to the conversation saw me in a new light and not a good one either.

So, 2 days on I sort of got my chance, when Johannes was really struggling in the sand, I wasn’t sure that he’d be ok to have me get into his head a second time. Clearly this elephant doesn’t have as good a memory because he threw himself enthusiastically into the exercise we created to help him and he never fell again.

A rocky start, but we’re firm friends now, I look forward to seeing him again. He’s a good man.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 16, 2017, 05:20:32 pm
Thanks guys for a brilliant read, your efforts in doing such a detailed RR is much appreciated. 

This is exactly the feedback one wants to read about as it gives you much more perspective on the whole event and the competitors individual struggles, achievements and ultimate triumphs.  I for one would never have been able to operate in a group like this but it gives me a lot of insight into the thought processes of the competitors that took part.  The competitors obviously had to make a lot of sacrifices to be able to cope in such a group for such an extended period of time.  All I can say is huge respect to you all  :thumleft:

It was also interesting to read about team members 'even complaining' about KarooKid's treatment of Minxy - what was that about?  KarooKid was according to all reports an absolute gentleman and after reading his input in this RR, I just have so much more respect for him.  I think he would have picked up very early that she didn't need babysitting or preferential treatment.  Make no mistake, she still remains a woman who hasn't got the physical strength of a man or a dick which she can swing around a tree to relieve herself.  She's been riding as a guy / girl for ages with us and apart from me assisting a bit when it really gets tough (mostly where strength plays a role) she's never received preferential treatment as a girl. She also never wants it.   According to her the chirping and roasting which is referred to must have been the light banter, especially when they were referred to as the 'girl team'.  But who actually complained and why????

Cannot wait for the next installment :ricky:

 

I am not sure whether I should be commenting on this but here it goes........

Damned if I do, damned if I don’t.

Like Hardy mentioned I had a choice to make on how to treat Minxy.

Make no mistake I love traveling on my own or with a few good friends and especially my brother and when I do I do not watch my language or behavior.

It would have been the easiest thing in the world to do on this trip and had I ended up with a different partner I might have behaved a little different.

But I have too much respect for Minxy to have behaved in any other way. As a matter of fact that statement applies to all woman. I try my best to be a gentleman around ladies.

From my point of view (and it is just that) I never treated her any different to what I would have any other teammate. Like Throttle Jockey helped his teammate, and Kamanya and..............

I hate tents and never sleep in one, but saw it as no extra effort to help Minx set up hers everyday. It gave her the privacy she needed and a place to hide from the Neanderthal walking around in their jocks.

Other than that I just carried bags, filled the backpacks with water and cleaned the bikes.

Maybe I was just so excited to be there that I never heard the complaints. What I did hear in my opinion was also chirping and banter. Something I do not mind at all. If you dish out you must take as well.

This was after all a competition and others might have tried to get the edge in whichever way they could.

Hindsight is a perfect science and I only did what I thought right. If that annoyed others then I apologize.

Anyway this report is not about what I did. It is about the experience of 20 contestants having the trip of a lifetime. Now let’s get back to that.

Today exactly a month ago I arrived back home. Not one day has passed without me longing to be back in Namibia with these people.






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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hondsekierie on October 16, 2017, 06:14:13 pm
Thanks Charl (KarooKid), didn't think there was any explaining necessary as Minxy explained it exactly the same way.  Was just perplexed at the comment about people 'even complaining' - but let the show go on :ricky:

To the other guys commenting about the 'only girl', I know she really appreciates it and I'm absolutely stoked for having her in my life.

Cannot agree more with Buff's comments below, all of it  :biggrin: 

This is an absolutely brilliant ride report, I'm loving the regular updates and reading how the team dynamics played out. Keep it coming  :thumleft:

This new Honda AT is also gaining more of my respect with each new page of this RR, their marketing aim is spot on, well done Honda  :thumleft:

As for Minxy... it just sounds to me that a few men felt a little threatened by the bike riding blonde bombshell... shame.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Heimer on October 16, 2017, 08:26:01 pm
Ok so none of the guys taking part, that I know are the types that would feel threatened...
And of what really?
This thread is starting to lose its lustre when great riders (all of them) are being analysed and categorised in this way.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 16, 2017, 09:16:08 pm
I was just loking at the pictures and if there is one thing these pictures fail to do it is telling how hot it was.

For some reason with the kit and no visible sweat it looks bearable.

Truth be told it got really uncomfortable during the day.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Pistonpete on October 16, 2017, 10:12:35 pm
Ok so none of the guys taking part, that I know are the types that would feel threatened...
And of what really?
This thread is starting to lose its lustre when great riders (all of them) are being analysed and categorised in this way.

Yip...going off topic....back to the trip!  ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 05:48:39 am
"There had been a growing tension in the group quietly listening to all this and as we all ambled off to our bikes the peanut gallery was giving me stick. Clinton who always has a chirp available and is a super nice guy and by his own admission doesn’t like conflict said to the group about me, “fuck it, I thought I wouldn’t have minded being paired with you, but now I’m glad I wasn’t!”. I think some had thought possibly that I was goading him or just being argumentative for the sake of it."

                                                                                                                     - Andrew Johnstone (Kamanya)


Story of your life, is it not?

The thing is, I don't think Clinton or Johannes would have wanted Kamanya to be any different than the way he is. Super analytical and a sense of humour that I for one appreciate. Unfortunately, not everyone will grasp his true intentions immediately, and in most cases it won't be love at first sight. I will ride and travel with him every day of the week.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 06:14:29 am
Up to this point the contestants were only exposed to short stints in the sand which were presented in the way of short dry riverbed crossings on our way to Otjihende and eventually Van Zyl's Pass. The long stretches of super sand was waiting on the other side of Van Zyl's Pass.
Van Zyl's pass was a sight to behold and I saw a few guys (crew included) who really got emotional as they were looking down on the Marienfluss from the VZP lookout point. I asked the group to assemble at the entrance to the step, to discuss the strategy of getting everyone through it safely.
It is intimidating to say the least and the vertically challenged contestants were going to need help. (No matter how good a rider you were)

They mastered the art of assisting each other the previous day and one could see that all of them understood that this was no time to be a hero. Failure in the descent could mean a broken engine casing which would have resulted in a complimentary spectator seat on the back of a Land Cruiser. a Seat not any of the riders wanted at this time.

All of the riders did it in a way that would have made anyone privileged enough to see this happening very proud.
The cars got through too and we were on our way. Unfortunately Van Zyl's Pass had other plans..
There must have been a flash flood of some sorts, because the road that is usually in reasonable condition (150 meters after the step) was so washed away and eroded that the riders were dropping like dominoes. I have done this route many times and I have never seen it in this condition. Again, everyone jumped in to assist and eventually we made it through.
I don't need to tell you the of the obvious joy I felt in knowing everyone made it through VZP safely.

22 riders
22 Africa Twins
1 Iveco
5 Land Cruisers
1 Nissan Patrol
2 Hilux's
12 Crew members
1 Very experienced miniature Yorkshire Terrier

All of the above - safely through and ready to tame the desert in front of us.

More later.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 17, 2017, 07:21:40 am
Day 6 - Van Zyl camp - Marble camp



I'll do my bit of writing the moment I get some time.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 07:40:23 am
The Marienfluss offers a very different challenge to riders of big cc adventure bikes. Very loose sand and narrow tracks, especially if you and your teammate are riding shoulder to shoulder. We were now heading towards the Orupembe area. I was driving behind the convoy and at some stage I became worried that Kamanya was pulling amps. He was riding next to Philip (Gryph) and it seemed as he was finding it difficult to keep his lines. From the looks of it he was losing concentration and was wandering of the track into the road sidewall and the very thick loose sand next to the road. Knowing Kamanya's skills in the sand I found it strange to see him riding like a normal person would.

Luckily John and Christoffel stopped the group at the infamous pick-up that was destroyed by a landmine for some pics, and I had the opportunity to ask Gryph if he could see whether Kamanya was tired.

"Not at all he answered - He is coaching me on the correct lines on the go. Whenever he feels there is only space for one, he takes the suicide line".

It was good to see this happening in this team, and from that point onwards Gryph became a really good sand rider. - Special stuff.

Grant Pentalow (McSack) was also taking strain and I felt that he was over challenging himself, trying to keep up with Throttle Jockey.
At the next stop I asked Grant if him and I could go out, ahead of the group in order for him to ride at his own pace, to regain his confidence. He agreed and we set of for what I believe was the emancipation of McSack. About five km's after we took of, Hinksding joined in and the two of them rode together as if they have been riding together forever.
Christoffel (Hingsding) does have a special approach with people and it was evident in the way he worked with Grant. For the first time it looked as if Grant was comfortable and as if he was enjoying it.

We stopped at Rooidrom to wait for the group, and they arrived shortly thereafter.
For those of you that does not know of Rooidrom - It is the middle point of the Kaokoland and I know not of one rider that ever attempted this barren landscape, that failed to take a picture next to this famous landmark.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 07:55:06 am
I wanted to get to camp to make sure all is well and ready for the group, so Chantal and myself set of before the group did. We still had to go through the very rocky Rooidrom Pass.
I warned John and Christoffel about the threat of this very long climb before I left.

About 5 km before I drove into Marble Camp, Tau's voice shouted over the radio "Grant went through Rooidrom Pass like a Rock Star (excuse the pun).
I remember that I was immensely happy.

About 30 minutes later I heard John and Christoffel calling me over the radio announcing "we are bringing them in"
It is a sight to behold seeing 22 tired but happy riders crossing the riverbed just below the camp to ride into the camp like Kings..
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 17, 2017, 09:22:01 am
Keep it coming - enthralling RR and  great additional commentary, Hardy  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 17, 2017, 09:39:51 am
1 Very experienced miniature Yorkshire Terrier

Kan nie glo daai kind lewe nog nie!! :eek7: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: >>Thump°C on October 17, 2017, 10:05:14 am
Keep it coming - enthralling RR and  great additional commentary, Hardy  :thumleft:

Yes I agree, first thread I read each time
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 17, 2017, 12:55:56 pm
1 Very experienced miniature Yorkshire Terrier

Kan nie glo daai kind lewe nog nie!! :eek7: :thumleft:

As Hardy says to comments like this "Jy sal hardloop boeta" !
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Roxtar on October 17, 2017, 12:59:15 pm
I am still peeved that the AT was not voted BOTY a year or two ago, makes me doubt the tech ability and comprehension of most journo's lol....... :biggrin:

As testimony bears witness, the DCT is an amazing piece of kit and until you have experienced it you will be sceptical (like I was)........ it is the future imo  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on October 17, 2017, 01:21:24 pm
I am still peeved that the AT was not voted BOTY a year or two ago, makes me doubt the tech ability and comprehension of most journo's lol....... :biggrin:

As testimony bears witness, the DCT is an amazing piece of kit and until you have experienced it you will be sceptical (like I was)........ it is the future imo  :thumleft:

I 100% agree with you. The DCT really comes into it's own once you take it (proper) off-roading!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 01:50:30 pm
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1 Very experienced miniature Yorkshire Terrier

Kan nie glo daai kind lewe nog nie!! :eek7: :thumleft:

As Hardy says to comments like this "Jy sal hardloop boeta" !
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 02:50:00 pm
Hingsding and a couple of the contestants went to the old Marble mine later that afternoon, as the others all found refuge under the massive Mopane trees, next to the riverbed. It was special seeing the way in which each contestant dealt with the obstacles that came their way that day.

That evening I saw a few beers and more than one bottle of rum changing lanes.
It was also at this camp where EXIT, the local Himba manager gave me Max the Panda's letter and pointed me towards the camp office, where I found the stranded 690, waiting for a lift back to Windhoek.

Fantastic day this was.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 17, 2017, 03:08:55 pm
Day 6 Van Zyls to Marble Camp

The most daunting day of the trip  arrived. There was a different kind of nervousness at camp that morning. Almost a weird silence.

That all seemed to have disappeared as the engines started up and the dust started to fill the air as we got going.

Even before we got to the actual step on Van Zyls the going was tough and we needed to help each other.  Let’s just say it was harder work than most Monday mornings in the office.

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Nismark and Kamanya was in fine form. By now everyone knows that Kamanya is a very capable bike rider. Well let me confirm something else - so is Nismark. He is one of those guys who quietly goes about his business and let his riding do the talking.

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All who got down the first section had to go back up to help the rest. All hands on deck. Good practice for what was to follow.

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Just before we got to the lookout with the most spectacular view we stopped to write our names at the first heap of memorial rocks.

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And there it was. The lookout. A place where one can easily sit in silence and hear yourself breath. A place where real life is but a distant thought and the views occupy all your being.

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We grabbed some much needed food and passed the communal bottle of drink-o-pop around while Hardy showed us where we are headed. Including the dreaded step.

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Some was clearly more excited than others about what was up ahead.

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And then it was time for action. But more on that and the end to this day later......


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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 17, 2017, 03:49:21 pm
1 Very experienced miniature Yorkshire Terrier

Kan nie glo daai kind lewe nog nie!! :eek7: :thumleft:

As Hardy says to comments like this "Jy sal hardloop boeta" !
I am amazed as that little dog is very very old. :deal:
Besides there is a  :thumleft: behind what I said.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 17, 2017, 04:23:33 pm
1 Very experienced miniature Yorkshire Terrier

Kan nie glo daai kind lewe nog nie!! :eek7: :thumleft:

As Hardy says to comments like this "Jy sal hardloop boeta" !
I am amazed as that little dog is very very old. :deal:
Besides there is a  :thumleft: behind what I said.

Ek weet Chris - Ag shame man, hy word nou oud en alles werk nie meer so lekker nie, maar hy is nog by ons, en gaan dus oral saam
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 17, 2017, 08:34:19 pm
Day 6 - Van Zyl camp - Marble camp

I'll do my bit of writing the moment I get some time.   :thumleft:


By now the morning routine was running like a well-oiled machine. The breakfast team was exempt from packing up to take off a bit of pressure time wise. A chair was also becoming a luxury item by the time we got to eat. Tents, stretchers and chairs were packed, ready to load long in advance of the specified time.

This was THE day everyone was looking forward to, but also anxiously nervous of. The news of isiTututu’s broken leg has reached us and this was a reality check on the danger that still lay ahead.

Hardy also sent us the vertical alignment long before the event as fair warning of what to expect.

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We left Van Zyl’s camp the morning in high spirit and soon found that nothing was going to be easy this specific day. Like KarooKid mentioned, it was not long before we needed each other’s help getting the big bikes down a steep descent. I remember someone still asking at the bottom whether this was Van Zyl’s.

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The lookout point before Van Zyl’s is really nothing short of spectacular. Even KarooKid’s awesome pictures don’t do justice of what plays off in front of you. This was truly bucket list stuff and it was now getting ticked off on a daily basis. Hardy was talking us through the area that we could see in front of us and soon after we got some drone footage and pics, we were summoned to get going. We still had a long day ahead of us.

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The riding order was still arranged with us tall guys in the front. Just before Van Zyl’s John pulled us off the road and we walked down to assist the first guys with the descent. The majority of the crew was also there and everyone pitched in to make sure we have no damage to man and machine. Hinksding was the first man down, with very little assistance I have to add. Going down that last drop, hard on the brakes and sharp right my heart skipped a couple of beats on his behalf, but he was down safely.

And so, one after the other, every contestant had his/her turn, every time assisted by one more rider as they joined in after their bikes were parked. We were a rowdy bunch cheering and celebrating with every individual’s success.

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During boot camp one of the exercises we did was to stop on a hill where the rest of the team members had to assist with the pull away and remaining ascent. I remember Hardy clearly telling us to calm the rider down and talk to him. All of a sudden this came back to us, only, this was no exercise, but the real deal.

Once Scalpel was down he assumed the role of tour guide. Everyone had to stop and he started his speech ……… “Wees rustig, ek is jou toergids ………” This was not only entertaining, but really helped the rider relax for a second, catch his breath and re-focus. Before realising it, John told me and Pieter to walk to our bikes, it was our turn. Pieter went in front of me and soon worked his way down. It was my turn. Being part of the assisting crew for the majority of riders, I was relaxed. It is such an awesome experience knowing that >20 people has your back. There is just no way they’re going to let anything happen to you. And all of a sudden you’re down, followed by a really strong feeling of achievement, pure magic!

To watch the vehicles come down that pass was as exciting as watching every rider. The Specialised Adventure crew makes it look so much easier than it is. Janco and Barend in that Iveco had our hearts in our throats! I know very few people that would have done what the two of them did that day!

And then we got going again – only to find that the next section was just as difficult and terrifying. The only difference was that this was not only 30 odd meters long, but a couple of kilometres. Continuous assistance were therefore impossible and everyone had to rely on assistance of the teams directly ahead and behind them. Being tall certainly had it’s advantages in this technical terrain.

Reaching the bottom of the descent we all stopped for a well-deserved rest and making sure we remain hydrated. Everyone of course signed their rock and placed it on the pile, a custom once down Van Zyl’s.

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Van Zyl's Pass is the most notorious pass in Namibia. Located between two very steep mountain ranges in Namibia’s Marienfluss, it gets its name from the Dutch explorer who found the way across in the 1920’s with a few hundred Himba and a Model T Ford.


Van Zyl’s Pass, at an elevation of 948m (3,110ft) above the sea level, is found in the far northwest of the country, in Kaokoland. The only way to get there is via the D3703 district road through Okangwati. It’s a a classic extreme road, but not really a road, just a route made over the mountain by travellers over time. The outrageously steep pass itself is a pure adrenaline rush, but the lead-up route is 10-15km of tough driving, dodging its way through boulders, rocks, ravines and badlands. The descent from the top of the pass covers a distance of ten kilometres – but it will take you three to six hours to negotiate. “


Rest of the day to follow .........


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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 17, 2017, 08:57:39 pm
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And so we got going. First the bikes. One at a time with the rest of the participants helping.

Scalpel was doing a huge job in being everybody’s tour guide and helping us down.

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And then we watched the support vehicles. Yes sure every crew member is a very capable driver, but Janco is on another level. Hardly breaking a sweat in that Iveco.

Ockie did not do to bad either and ran back up the hill whilst Jaco drove down with the extra AT tied to the back of the Cruiser.

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With everybody safely down we thought the worst was behind us, but as Hardy said the carnage started.

I told Minxy to follow Scalpel’s line down as he is an accomplished mountain biker who should pick the best line and it worked. We got down the next section without incident.

Behind us it was carnage with bikes being dropped more than catches in a Protea Cricket game.

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And there was more to come.......

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We finally made it down the pass and took another breather and Drink-O-Pop.

At the bottom there is another memorial where you can write your name on a rock. It seemed like we weren’t the only ones who had a tough time getting down there

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Kamanya decided to make dreams come true.

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After recovering and rehydrating we got going again. The Marienfluss and it’s fairy circles awaited. This day was far from done.

Andries tried for some good luck. Still not sure whether it helped.

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And off course we took the obligatory picture at the red drum. Ok more than one.

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Hardy told us we still have one big pass/climb left for the day and he estimated it would take the group about 2 hours to reach camp. Say what 2 hours - with only a short distance left?

But before we can get there - another puncture. In the middle of nowhere.

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What really amazed me about these remote areas is that whenever you stop people just appear out of nowhere. One at a time until there is a small crowd.

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And this is where I took the weirdest picture of the trip. The guy on the donkey had a very unique saddle. Well I guess there is different ways to transport and tenderize meat.

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After repairing the puncture it was time for the last technical climb of the day. I do not think anyone got stuck on that mountain despite it being quite challenging and plenty of tired bodies riding up there. Success!!

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We rode into camp to what for me will he one of the highlights of my life. Each and every single contestant, Tau, Stoffel and the crew congratulated each other. And it was genuine. It felt like one big family and I loved it.

That evening as the sun was setting they had an interview with me and I vividly remember saying - if they allowed me to just keep on riding I would have done so indefinitely. It was one of those days that I wished would never end.

And so did Minxy. One thing became clear. She was totally in love with the DCT and I had no idea how I was going to get her off it.

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We got rewarded with a beer to share as a team - or well that was the idea. Think I got a sip and went to fuel the bikes.

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Phil did his final repairs for the day to Puros. Looking back now they were a perfect match with Kamanya also an expert in sewing.

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And so it was off to bed after a brilliant day of riding. Could it get any better?


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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 17, 2017, 09:05:05 pm
KarooKid, hakkel jy? :lol8:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 17, 2017, 09:11:08 pm
KarooKid, hakkel jy? :lol8:

Mos gese ek wou nie he die dag moet eindig nie. So ek herhaal hom sommer.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Oubones on October 17, 2017, 09:54:08 pm
KarooKid, hakkel jy? :lol8:

Mos gese ek wou nie he die dag moet eindig nie. So ek herhaal hom sommer.
Lyk my jy het meer as een sluk van daai bier gehad :imaposer: :ricky: :pot: :peepwall:
Dankie aan al die wat bydraes gelewer het en die Wd gees en gesindheid het helder geskyn.
Dit is wonderlik om te lees hoe almal saamtrek en mekaar bystaan pleks van in die rug steek.
Hopelik sal my droom om ook daardie wêreld te besoek bewaarheid word.
Weer eens dankie aan almal.
Hardy, my seun is nogsteeds baie gelukkig en beindruk met daai dct boks en wil net hê ons moet kyk na so vinnig moontlik AT dct kry. :thumleft:
Jou bemarking werk
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 17, 2017, 11:31:15 pm
Day 6 van Zyls to Marble Camp



Amazing what a good night’s sleep can do! I was up early, as were a few others

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Morning! Room Service

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One of the best camps of the trip

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I had something on my mind that had to be sorted, but in this camp, it’s all manual. So to flush you need to fill this chap up. What I am doing with a pump in my hand God alone knows? I think I’d lent it to someone?

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It was a great way to start the morning, a shower and wonder ablution in the bush

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By now, the rhythm was easy. Stuff just disappeared. I think we had got it down to about an 90 minutes for all to pack, pack the vehicles, have breakfast and be ready to roll.

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Our turn for Tetris

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There was a last minute photo once we’d crossed the river bed.

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Then a glorious morning of riding. Phil seemed to be struggling on the manual. He’d had such a ball on the DCT the day before. There was a nasty little uphill with a kink in it that took him a bit of time to work out. We agreed to swap back, his day improved immeasurably after that.

I don’t think it was just the swapping from one system to the other that he found hard, the DCT genuinely makes riding technical a grade easier. It will never stall, it’s always in the right gear and you have two things less to worry about. On the down hills it’s just as impressive and will hold a gear for engine breaking only shifting up once you’re back on the throttle. Combined with the very very good ABS, it really shines here.

This was a little warm up before the main event.

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The scenery is epic, stark and iconic. It was heating up too

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I think Clinton here was explaining his opinions of the DCT. He wanted to not like it but was also a very big convert

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I laid a stone for a dear recently departed old friend here. Go well Patricia.

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Glenn had asked me to lay his too.

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We both sat in silence for a while. Good thing one has dark glasses at times like these. It was a very special moment for me and clearly for Glenn too.

Then it got touristy

The money shot

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I think this one is going up on my wall. Cheers Phil! Thanks.

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The drop

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If you watch the video I took, (here’s a screenshot) on this section,

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you can see a technique that can be used on the DCT bike in seriously steep technical descents. Watch Johannes’s left hand. It looks like a clutch lever but that is the hand brake for the rear wheel. The DCT has to have it because you can’t leave it in gear. Once the engine is off, it will only be in neutral. Johannes is riding the bike like a MTB. Very clever!

A lot has been said about that Iveco and Janco driving. Well, with it being so high and it packed so heavy, all I’ve got to say is, Fuck That! We had far the safer option!

I had asked Barend just after that stretch if when he’d been sold on this idea by Hardy, “had Hardy specifically mentioned exactly how hard-core the roads were?” He just snorted and turned away laughing.

Biggest balls of the day award and maybe even the whole trip goes to him sitting on the passenger side, “bloed kant”, down that horror show. 

Just after that was a particularly unpleasant little stretch .

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Gerrit and I were bringing up the rear. It looked as if a convoy had driven up it sometime previously an chewed up the trail something terrible

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Everything was avo sized rocks and all of it was loose. I had a small tip when the front rolled sideways over something whilst I was nearly standing still. Yes, it is that steep!

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It was hot and slow

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Once down, there was another cairn at the bottom. I left another for my brother.

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Smug buggers!

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And of course for us

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I have a habit of getting kids onto the back for a very short spin. Especially here, were we were in this land of extreme harshness with what must seem like unimaginable wealth to kids who definitely live super tough lives. I know when I was a kid going for a ride on a bike was just about the best thing that could happen – it still is! Well, I’m on a mission to imprint into as many formative minds the joy too.

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Once down here, we were to resume our normal order or riders. We’d been moving steadily forward over the days and today, we only had Glenn and Grant ahead.

Of we set into that oven. Then, just like that, it went from extreme rock to hectic sand. On top of the mountain a day or so back, Phil had told me that him and SD had the sum total of 2 times riding in sand! That’s not 2 days, that two times. And, one of them was when it was wet, so that doesn’t really count. We were in deep tweespore with sharp turns every now and then.

This was an easier section

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We’d only gone a few k’s or so when we hit a really deep patch with a horrible s bend in it. Once Phil had paddled through, I told him to stop and let his tyres down to 1.4. Whilst I was doing this, many were really struggling. Engines revving everywhere!

I don’t think I was separated by more than 3 meters from Phil with my back turned towards the oncoming bikes, when Angus came flying in-between us. If I’d taken one step back, I know it would have ended badly! He must have been doing 50 or 60. There was a very large expanse of sand yet he chose the line we were on. Gerrit had seen what had happened and stopped to ask if all was well. I couldn’t understand what he’d been doing? At the next stop not a few 100 meters down the track I went over to find out. He’s pretty good in sand, but had got a bit of a fright in the turn and subscribed to the “throttle out when in doubt” way of dealing with things. It was a unintended mistake, it can happen. He was hugely apologetic. No harm no foul, just a big scare for all 3 of us.

It was the biggest scare I had all trip.

Tommy tourist again

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The iconic one

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Then I got my one and only puncture of the trip. All my riding career, I’ve had the sum total of 6 punctures. 3 of them were done on one puncture – I’d pinched the tire putting it back on… twice! I have a bit of a fear about having to do it. Sorry, I had a bit of a fear. This trip cured me of that. It was now a non-event. I don’t think it took us more than 10 minutes to get going again.

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Then it was just beautiful riding with one apparently hectic pass to climb before camp. Hardy was sure it would take the group 2 and half hours and we’d be lucky to be in by dark. I think the lot of us were up in 30 minutes. Not one fall. In the video Minxy had just got to the top and was so excited and in love with her DCT bike, she’d completely missed that apart from being pretty gnarly, there was a 40cm step up halfway up!

Anyway a fine way to end the day.

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Only one thing was missing. This was in the middle of nowhere and there was no beer! In-between some admin, like filling up the bikes, somehow Janco found a case of ice cold quarts, so it was one between each team. Clinton had been bragging about a bottle of rum that was to be used for celebration purposes once down van Zyls, so that made an appearance too. Somehow it magically became two…. But there was only 3l of coke. So all 20 of us shared the half a cup each.

I enjoy a good dink from time to time, but this was absolutely right. It was a fabulous day!

Phil had some running repairs he needed to do, whilst I attempted to wash my stuff. I think all I did was spread the smell more evenly.

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Under the full moon, there was much banter and good spirits. What an utterly privileged day!

Oh, yes, apparently we were in a competition too!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 18, 2017, 12:21:51 am
Day 6 van Zyls to Marble Camp


I had something on my mind that had to be sorted, but in this camp, it’s all manual. So to flush you need to fill this chap up. What I am doing with a pump in my hand God alone knows? I think I’d lent it to someone?

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Awesome writeup  O0


you had that pump in hand because we just finished prepping for our PRI and we changed the tyre pressure to accommodate the rockier roads to come  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 18, 2017, 12:27:37 am
Day 3 My toughest day at Quest


From the bad came good. We got to assist Philip and Andrew with a flat just as we turned back. It was hot. There was no shade and Andrew weren’t his cheerful self. I vividly remember him saying to Philip as he started to remove the front wheel - this is obviously your first time. Thinking to myself. Jassas this poor guy’s got it tough.



 :imaposer: :imaposer:

I remember this clearly.     This was actually a little light hearted snipe between me and Kamanya.  When I started to loosen the pinch bolts I , for some unknown reason, turned them in the wrong direction :o
This prompted Kamanya's response of " Is this your first time" and the laughs afterward as I repeated to myself " Leftie loosie righty tighty"  :imaposer: :imaposer:
It was all in good humour  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 18, 2017, 12:32:24 am


With all the pictures of Spitzkoppe on the thread, I am sure that nobody expected it to be a 5 star lodge. When Hardy planned the route, he wanted Quest to be a true adventure, that said.

The Kaokoland is untouched, and exactly as God made it. In order to experience Namibia’s wonders, you have to give up certain luxuries, or travel on the gravel highways and follow the tourist busses, as they lead you to air conditioners and icy cocktails.

If you want to ride an Africa Twin through remote and vast places, sleep under the stars in a riverbed, and boil your own coffee on an open fire.. Then Yes! you might have to give up your shower for a night.

PS : There are clean ablution facilities at the entrance gate with toilets and warm water showers.

I couldnt agree more.

Spitzkoppe might not be 5 star lodging but that is not what we were after, and it is without a doubt the most majestic place I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, anywhere in the world. 
It is well worth a visit and definitely one of my highlight-camps. in fact I am planning on taking my family there soon.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 18, 2017, 01:29:10 am
Ok...  it seems I fell a lot more behind than I thought, and the others are doing such awesome write-ups that I do not have a lot to add. So im just adding a little bit to catch up quickly with the flow of the story

Day 3 Palmwag to Opuwo

Andrew pretty much covered this day in his report.   It was gravel highway all the way to Opuwo. 
During the day Tau decided to stop every now and again in hard to see places to allow him to judge the riding capabilities of the 20 contestants. Something he obviously wasn't able to do while leading the group.
Myself and Kamanya thought that this might also be a test in observation, in other words, how many riders will not spot him and just keep going without checking who the "unknown" rider next to the road is and whether he needed help. So this then became our game for the day,  spot Tau...  sort of  like "wheres wally" but with a Namibian biking twist. and every time that we found him, and after we made sure he saw that we saw him and checked up on him, we would move on.  I still wonder if this was a test to see whether we would spot him because his "hiding places" became harder to spot as the day went on.

It was during one of these searches for him that I kind of misread the turn in the road.   The road goes over a slight blind rise, but the road was visible further on to the left of the turn giving the impression of a slight left turn. However just behind the blind rise the road first twists to the right before taking a sharper turn to the left to tie up with the part of the road that was visible from before the blind rise.
As I came over the rise, fully prepared to take the slight left, the road suddenly turned right and I quickly had to correct, almost running of the left of the road but keeping it together and then eventually sliding  in the sharper left .. It felt like a silly mistake and I was sure I heard Andrew laughing at me in his helmet but when we stopped for the first time again, he couldn't stop talking about how in sync we were around that corner. Although I couldn't see him at that stage, he had apparently misread the turn exactly as I had and we both corrected exactly the same at the same time. I wish there was video of this  :ricky:

A little later on we turned around to check on the team behind us and it seemed they got a flat. Tau told us to turn around again to prevent the guys in front from turning around as well. Riding away Kamanya and I  shared a High5 because we felt that we couldn't have caught the puncture of the team behind us any better and we were sure it would reflect good on us. Later on we learned however that this was not the case though.

When we caught up to the others, we got a bit "tangled" with a tourist. It was  a lady with a Polo that traveled Namibia on her own  and we struggled to get pass her as she was driving on the wrong side of the road. It felt like it took forever to pass this polo and once I finally got my chance and passed her I just had to stop again because my front wheel was flat.  :o   (This lady popped up again on the road between Epupa and van zyls camp  ::))

It was here that  Minxy showed us that its not required to remove the one caliper and this saved us a lot of time. :thumleft: After patching the tube, we headed out again only to notice that I still had a slow puncture. (later on we fixed that as well, it was a second puncture that we missed next to the road but we were able to pick it up when we finally in camp could hold the tube under water)
These were my only punctures for the whole trip.


That afternoon in Opuwo we had the timed wheel change challenge where we had to remove the rear wheel, and put it back.  Kamanya and I put up the second best time of the challenge, but I suspect we were penalised a little, because we were told I didn't tighten the wheel quite enough.

It was our turn on kitchen duty, which meant we were responsible for the night's supper, breakfast the next morning as well as the lunch pack for the next day.
The ladies on the crew however made things a bit easier on us when they decided that they would make us a pasta dish and that we would only need to worry about washing up afterwards, and breakfast the next morning.



Photos:

Me and Andrew on the road

Andrew and SP having their supper on the best seat in the house.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 18, 2017, 02:17:22 am
Day 4  Opuwo to Epupa

early morning, we woke up and prepared breakfast for everyone. This was a easy task, especially compared to the washing up afterwards  :imaposer: Its like the washing just multplies.   vuil borde en koppies kry kleintjies.  :imaposer:

After the usual PRIs and packing the vehicles we set off to what would be the hottest day of the trip. ( temperatures reached 47 deg Celsius on my bike at a stage, this was while moving, when standing still the temperatures would read higher and all bikes indicated 50 deg Celsius at a stage.

We made a quick stop at a old military base where Jacko was stationed at a stage, This is now a school, but the infrastructure of a base can still clearly be seen.
From there we stopped at the Dorsland Trekkers memorial for lunch. Kobus allready gave more info on this.

Although this was the hottest day, it was also one of the best days. We expected the road from here on to be a lot harder, but it seems that a gravel highway was made here not too long ago.  We all said however that in another year or so, that road will most likely be as bad as we anticipated again.

The scenery was something to behold, coming out of the arid Kaokoland to find the Kunene river flowing strong, its more water than I have seen since flying over the ocean when I left George.
 The road snakes steadily next to the Kunene right to Epupa Falls Camp where we would spend the night.

That aftenoon in camp, after we had our jacuzzi in the river,  Ockie offered us all a vitamin b complex injection. I remember asking him what this would do, as I have never had one before. His reply was that it will give me a bit of a boost.
After the injection I crashed! I was so tired I could not keep my eyes open.  I told Andrew that I was going to take a nap, and that he should please wake me if something important was happening.
And so it happened, he woke me for the presentations whereafter I went back to sleep again, then he woke me again for supper, perfectly braaied steak (thanks to whoever manned the braai that night  :thumleft:) with salads and more!  food fit for a king!     And once again after supper I went back to sleep.  I cant even remember if we scored the presentations that night, if we did, I was asleep while doing it. (Luckily I kept a notebook about the presentations, so I would have given the correct score atleast)  That night I slept like a rock. I was out completely and woke up the next morning feeling better than ever.


Photos:
1-4                some sceenshots from my gopro.   
5                   a small holdup in a riverbed.  Someone (Mcsack perhaps?) fell over, Kamanya and Throttle Jockey went over to assist.
6,7                some scenery shots
8,9                Welcome to Epupa
10                  Having a cold one on the deck overlooking Epupa falls
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 18, 2017, 02:23:31 am
Just a few more pics taken there.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 18, 2017, 12:34:49 pm
Brilliant keep it coming. It has now become like my morning newspaper.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 18, 2017, 05:18:53 pm
After our rest at the bottom of Van Zyl’s we set off into the Marienfluss.  From the one extreme to the other.  Rocks were replaced with sand, and lots of it!  I was still on the manual for the second day in a row and Gerrit on the DCT. 

Like Andrew mentioned, it was only a couple of kilometres before we hit a really soft sandy sections, with a sharp left, then right and then through the river bed.  For a good period of time it was carnage, dust and sand flying all over the place.  Everyone pitched in to assist where necessary and then the convoy got going again. 

Soon after that, Gerrit and I (now back together as a team again) could not see the team behind us.  We waited for a while and then saw the Patrol of Garron and Ian coming in the distance.  They stopped and told us everything is ok behind us and the next team should be coming soon.   We used the time to investigate the fairy circles and Gerrit still made one of those snow angels in one of them.  Pity we never took some pics during this stretch.   

We saw the next team coming and quickly got going, passing the Patrol and then realised there was a huge gap now between us and the team in front of us.  As if reading each other’s mind, Gerrit, leading, started opening the throttle, with me sitting slightly back to his right.  I have no idea how fast we ended up going but that little twee spoor sand track was one of the most amazing sections we rode.  I could see Gerrit’s smile right through the back of his helmet!  If we have to be honest, we were probably somewhat disappointed when all of a sudden we caught up with the convoy again.   That stretch of the Marienfluss, riding with Gerrit, will be a fond memory for the rest of my life.  Sort of one of those moments that for those couple of kilometres you really feel like a Dakar star!

This was the first long stretch of sand and the AT really instilled confidence very quickly.  We were having an absolute blast. 

The stop at rooi drom has already been described and I can’t add much to that.  This is what I found on the well-known landmark but really cannot vouch for it being the truth.

Rooi Drom had its start as a 45 gallon Caltex drum put there by Ben van Zyl as a way of storing petrol till when next he would pass there and need it. Its purpose however changed to that of being a road marker and this is when it got its name. After being stolen by the Herero tribes, Chris Eyre replaced it, but after having it stolen again it was filled with gravel to ensure its safety.


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Rooi drom pass followed and it was just inspiring to see every rider conquering what is most certainly no easy climb.  I can only subscribe this feat to the challenge set before the time.  This was one of those groups of 20 people that, if told that there was doubt that we’ll reach camp before dark and that this pass was going to take us a long time, well ………….. challenge accepted!  See you shortly in camp and let’s have an hour or two of daylight to spare while at it.

And that is exactly what this group achieved ………..

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We rode into camp and the spirit amongst the group was simply indescribable.  We all congratulated each other and then set off to pitch camp right on the bank of the river.

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It was teams 9 & 10 that was on kitchen duty for the night and we had the privilege to braai some of the best steaks I had in my life.  Between Gené, Chantal and Bernadine they concocted the most delicious sauce and spice that made for a feast of a meal. 

Clinton generously shared the rum and we had a fantastic evening.  I think I fell asleep before my head reached the pillow.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 18, 2017, 06:54:22 pm
I would do this trip again just for the pap and sous!! The crew ladies have obviously made this before. I / we just could not get enough of it.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 18, 2017, 08:55:00 pm
Ahh, this photo reminded me. This is Grant getting his go-faster meds for the day. Ockie is giving him some performance enhancing drugs so that he can forget about his lovely tenderized ribs. What ever it was, was industrial grade.

It wasn't pretty seeing him getting out of bed and trying to put his kit on, but once those drugs were in, he was right as rain.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-q2CkGKq/0/f13bfe3f/L/IMG_4852-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-q2CkGKq/A)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 19, 2017, 06:24:43 am
Day 6 - Van Zyl camp - Marble camp



This rates as one of the toughest and at the same time most awesomest (is that even a word?) days I have spent on a motorcycle …. there were more tough days to come but day 6 will forever be one of those rides I’ll still be telling great grandchildren about one day when I’m 90

1st challenge for the day: Get out of sleeping bag, off stretcher and into kit
Combination of industrial strength meds from The Medicine Man , a very kind donation of a high-end sleeping tablet and pain-killer from two of the other contestants (you know who you are … I owe you big time. Beers are on me at the re-union) meant that I had not moved from my position flat on my back the whole night. Anyone who has cracked ribs before will know the feeling of dread the morning after your first sleep of having to get into a sitting position and then stand up … well that dread is justified
To make things more exciting, the only light sleeping bag I have is one of those goddamn coffin/mummy things . You know what I’m talking about … skinny around the feet , tapering up to a shoulder width designed for midgets and with a cowl on top that always seems to find its way around to your face … not designed for course-boned okes like me
Must’ve sounded like a dyspeptic one-man heavy metal concert with all the moaning, groaning, creaking and swearing that went on

2nd challenge for the day: get back on the bike and exit camp across the soft sand of the river-bed we had camped in
My Sack! When I first saw that beach (pronounced “bietsth ) I nearly crawled back into my sleeping back. For me, biggest problem with sand is that it gets between your ears ….and once it is in there that “lady of questionable morals” she is not so easy to get rid of. With plenty advice and encouragement from Throttle Jockey that first crossing was managed without a hitch and we were picking our way over to van Zyl’s

Challenge #3: Getting through van Zyl’s
2nd day in a row I could honestly not believe where I was riding a big adventure bike but there was no going back. Other guys have described this section way better than I ever could. Steps down, steps up, avo sized rocky channels, boulders, pot holes, dongas… “Relax, Ek is jou toer gids, ek is hier om te help” ….choose your line and go for it! What an experience! What a rush! Accounts of the tough riding just the other side of the big step of van Zyl’s are not an exaggeration
And then all of a sudden we were down the other side with a section through Marienfluss to rooi-drom ahead

Challenge #4: Sandy twee-spoor of the Marienfluss
I spite of my apprehension this started off OK … then we started hitting some of the sharper bends. I just didn’t seem to be able to help myself looking down at where my front wheel was going instead of where I wanted it to go. This resulted in crossing over the middle-mannetjie (middle-man – there was definitely no “tjie” about it) and then immediately over-correcting…. gunning the throttle to get the bike to straighten out…. pushing my arse so far back it was hanging out over the back of the luggage rack… and hanging on for dear life.
 Mostly I got away with it, but on a particularly deep sandy bend it eventually caught up with me and I landed up high-sided it. Came down partly on my head, partly on my left shoulder, partly on my back …. properly winded … again. Discovered right there why a neck brace is an essential piece of kit and was really grateful that it was compulsory for this trip. I’ll never ride without it again.
Ribs were complaining big time at this stage. Big thanks to Hardy, Glenn and Stoffel for the calm approach, advice and encouraging “coaching” that got me through to Rooidrom

Challenge #5: Jouberts / Rooidrom pas
So van Zyl’s was tough, but we all helped eachother over the really challenging bits and there were launch pads where you could stop to get an idea of which line to take. This steep, rocky, narrow, twisty  couple of 100m’s track however was going to need to be a “one and done” kind of thing,  bottom to top. No-one else’s lines or mistakes to learn from, nowhere to stop to catch your breath and plan the next line . The briefing we got from Tau at the bottom about Hardy’s expectation of a 2 ½ hour traverse got the adrenaline pumping big time. As it turned out we all made it without incident even though (IMHO) this was a really technical section that we had no business riding litre-bikes up. There is a vid of Minxy expressing her delight when she hit the top which I think is the epitome of the way we all felt

When we rode into Marble camp I remember dropping my head to my tank in disbelief, immense relief and at the same time no small amount of regret that the ride was actually done and dusted. It think I had a private little drizz in my helmet while the rest of the entourage arrived . You could literally reach out and touch the buzz as people came in, took off kit, shook hands, back slapped and even hugged 
… and then it was time for the best beer (and rum  ) I’ve ever had

A day stamped hard in my memory forever
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 19, 2017, 06:58:18 am
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: JC on October 19, 2017, 08:08:02 am
This ride report would make a nice Coffee Table book  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 19, 2017, 05:03:44 pm
I agree JC some one must just put all the reports in the right order and Photos. It must be published into a big Coffee Table Book I would be the first buyer. It has wonderful descriptions and emotions. Plus awesome pictures.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Minxy on October 19, 2017, 05:07:40 pm
Sorry for barging in here with some earlier days report, but I've only now had a bit of time to catch up!

Day 1

I woke up feeling super excited! We'd finally be introduced to our new best friend for the trip, the Honda Africa Twin. But first! We have to pack the mighty Iveco. Now packing the Iveco is basically a game of tetris which has to be executed with precise precision or the bags simply will not fit. We'd get really good at it eventually...

Look at how fresh we all still looked in this photo. This was the first group photo taken just before we left for Honda Pupkewitz.

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I was in the second transport bus going to Honda. "Dammit, the guys getting there before us would hog all the pretty bikes" I thought to myself. When we got to Honda I immediately went straight for the DCT, and to my surprise the one that was open was the black one, my favourite! It also had a little sticker with #19 on it, my lucky number! Now this was really meant to be.

Something Schalk Burger (Pupkewitz Honda Dealer Principal) told us during the welcoming ceremony really stuck with me. He spoke about not just riding through Namibia, but interacting with her people as well. I liked that idea and set out to speak to different people we'd meet on the way and listen to their stories. After the welcoming ceremony we were seen off like celebrities with people cheering and waving at us as we started the first leg of our journey to the Spitzkoppe. I spent a great deal of time thinking about what lay ahead, who'd I be partnered with and what challenges this trip would bring. I also rehearsed my presentation in my head (this would really be the bane of my existence for a while).
 
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We arrive at Spitzkoppe after a pretty easy going ride all through the back roads of the Khomas Hochland. Well there were a few surprise sand patches just when you thought you could let your guard down, but nothing like this could have prepared us for what was still to come haha  ;D Anyway it was good to just take in the scenery. I'm here to ride my bike after all, that for me is 1st prize and come hell or high water I'm going to have fun doing it. *Smile and wave*  :ricky:

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After setting up camp and listening to Charl P's and Glen's presentations (dammit Charl, why'd you have to set the bar so high :P ) ,the moment we've all been waiting for arrives, the announcement of our other best friend for the trip.

I hold my breath...
 
Barbara Muszynski and Charl du Plessis. Mmmmmm... Well my first thought was, "I'm not sure if it's the best, but it isn't exactly a poopie combination either now is it?" I only met Charl once before at Bootcamp. He did let me use his space blanket so I wouldn't freeze to death in the Koue Bokkeveld, I guess he had that going for him. My other thoughts were, "shit I hope we get along, he seems so serious. I could never have been more wrong though, and as the days went on and the ice was broken completely, me and Charl ended up being absolute BTF's, that is; Best Teamies Forever! I would go to war with this guy any day :)

Now for the 2nd announcement. We'd be riding the manual and dct bikes allotted to our team numbers. Poo! And after all that effort to grab the perfect bike at Pupkewitz... I reluctantly took my toolbaggie off bike #19 and sadly walked over to number 7. Hey, wait a minute, number 7 is also a black dct!!! I think there were only 3 black bikes in total and it was pure luck we got another black dct to use in our team. Yay!!! I promptly named him Attie.
That evening Charl and I did some minor adjustments to our bikes, removing the rubbers from the footpegs, adjusting our handlebars and most importantly, adjusting our suspension. All the way right, and 5 clicks back. We both prefer riding with a stiffer suspension and this worked brilliantly for us.

It was time to crawl into the tent. As I'm pretty useless in the mornings, I'd get all my things ready for the next day before I went to bed. A system that worked very well for me. GSer on the forum gave me some good advice before this trip. He said get your things organized properly and you will not waste energy or precious time looking for things, even if you save a few minutes, a few minutes extra sleep always comes in handy. A simple tip, but one that helped me a lot. This would be one of the coldest nights of the trip, with only 2 people brave enough to sleep on stretchers outside.I promptly curled into a little ball and fell asleep.

Day 2

We still had some distance to cover before we could get to the good stuff we were all waiting for. Charl and I decided to ride next to each other with me sticking to the left. A lot of the riding that day was on fairly busy dirt highways with many km's to kill. We bumped into some tourists who had destroyed the rear tyre of their rental car. Jaco and Hardy helped them to patch their spare wheel (which was also flat) and sent them on their way with a compressor in case they ran into trouble again on the way to their lodge.

We stopped in Uis to fuel up and were met by a very interesting character named Bazil, it sounds like he's one crazy Namibian adventure rider who's tackled everything we've set out to do on the classic Africa Twin and won! What a pleasure to meet him.

Here we have Charl and Bazil posing with the new and the old Africa Twins.

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While we were waiting around the local law enforcement officer stopped past. He was the top detective in town and has been investigating some donkey theft before he bumped into our convoy. He was more than happy to sit on the bike and pose for some photos with us. "As long as you don't get the policevan in the background" he said! Oh well, oops :P

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The first "Beware of Elephants" sign. Things are getting real now...

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Lunch break. We'd get little lunch packs with energy bars, winegums, some salty nuts (lol!) and other assorted items to get us through the day. I remember getting slightly stuck in the sand when turning my bike around after lunch, a really silly thing to do and so not like me to fail like that (I blame nerves!!!).  I think it was Christoffel (Hingsding) who told me I shouldn't turn around in the thick sand or I'll get stuck. Being a woman I didn't listen and proceeded to get stuck. Oh well, that's probably -10 points or something, but whatever, a quick stoot and I was on my way again  ::)

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A truck, long abandoned.

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We finally got to Palmwag after a long days ride and I was more than happy when I saw they have hot showers and real toilets. Now the one thing you'll never catch me using is a longdrop (the only toilet at our Spitzkoppe campsite was a longdrop), that is just nasty and sies!!! This campsite felt like absolute 5* luxury compared to what we had the previous night and we even got to relax with some alcoholic beverages, which Andrew (Kamanya) offered to fetch. We did our evening routine, unloading the Iveco, pitching our tents and making camp, listening to the evenings presentations, then getting our things ready for the next day.

I nearly forgot to mention, we also did some interviews with the camera crew that evening. It was absolutely terrifying... The first dumb thing that came out of your mouth would be recorded, no second chances were given. It was really stressful and Oom Jan was relentless with his questions. "What is your partners worst quality (or something like that)?", "Heck I don't know I've only really met this guy recently!!!". "No you can't answer with that, you have to give us a a quality". "Ok, ok", then I proceeded to tell them I think he comes across as being a bit too serious, it's literally the only "negative" thing I could think of. That turned out to be false anyway, as I think Charl turned out to be one of the least serious guys with an awesome sense of humour :P The only interviews I think I didn't fail too epicly on were the ones that were actually on the Quest program on Supersport, not my best, but pretty ok. If I had to redo this trip all over again I would focus on thinking through the questions at the interviews a bit better before answering them.

I think what a lot of people looking at Quest from a spectators point of view forget is, that though it seems like we were having a complete jol, we really did have a lot of pressure on us from all sides, all the time. Presentations to remember, interviews to do, judges constantly watching our every move, difficult terrain to ride, late nights, early mornings and many chores. Over time these things all add up! All I could do is listen to my babcia's (grandmothers) advice; no matter what happens, don't let anything get you down, always smile and be positive. Her great advice also pulled me through many tough days, but more on that later :)

Anyway, I had a great nights sleep thanks to the Stillnox sleeping tablets I took along, a product I would highly recommend (they don't make you groggy) and guarantee a good nights rest. Laters everyone, Zzzzzzz

Day 3 and 4 coming soon :)


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 19, 2017, 05:55:14 pm
This was a class event. I do not know anything about the possible "geskarrel" behind the scenes, but for me as an outsider it seems like this ran as a well-oiled machine.

Just a note on Van Zyl's pass. I found that if you have too many riders around the bike, it seems to restrict air to the engine. It seems to go better if you are rider alone. :peepwall:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 19, 2017, 11:09:14 pm
Day 5   Epupa – van Zyl's Camp

So as I said in my report of day 4, after my vitamin B injection I completely crashed out, and had the best nights sleep I had in a very long time.
The next morning I woke up refreshed and feeling better than ever!

The previous night, Will from the content crew (Kalon films) approached me and asked if I would be willing to do a video shoot early morning before we head out. I agreed, but was so tired that I almost forgot about it. So that morning Will came to me and said that as soon as the light permits it we need to do the shoot, and this is where he took the video of me you can see in the professional video of day 5 linked in by Kobus. The part where I “kit up” basically.  I felt awkward “posing” for the camera and thought to myself, this is definitely not a way I would like to earn money  :imaposer:

So as soon as first light hit us, and we had our briefing by Hardy and the crew we set out.

The route for today was not a particularly long day, but we soon realized that as the total kms for the day come down, the difficulty goes up. ;)

The first part of the day was gravel highway all the way to Okangwati, and it was the best sunrise of the whole trip. Just feeling free, riding your bike, with this amazing red ball of a sun on your left, and in the most spectacular landscape you can think of.

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I am however not sure what was brighter,  the red sun to my left, or the shocking yellow sun to my right   :imaposer: :imaposer:

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After the first leg the real fun started.

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trying to sort out the DCT bike that got stuck in gear,
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after this first hard lesson, we were able to fix the “problem” when it occurred again by rocking the bike back and forth.


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As I said, the previous day up to Epupa was the hottest day of the whole event, however this seemed to be getting close when I recorded this temperature of 31 at 9:23 in the morning.
I think it was Karookid that mentioned above that the photos does not quite show the heat but I can tell you it was cooking!
 

Before the event we were warned that this particular road could be more difficult than the infamous van Zyl's pass, and I have to say that as far as technical riding goes, I have to agree. Van Zyl's has one or two (maybe three) really bad sections that are very intimidating, however this road is pretty much constantly technical.
It was the toughest day yet , and at the same time the best day yet. This seemed to happen regularly from here on, every day becoming the best day yet and trumping the awesomeness of the previous day.

Everyone still nice and fresh.   Tau looking very happy on the right.  ;D

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(https://i.imgur.com/zvGCjuS.jpg)


As per any of the days on the trip, most of our stops were dictated by punctures. The TKC tyres were  awesome, but the standard tubes made for a lot of stops.

(https://i.imgur.com/cjjBi7t.jpg)

Minxy and Karookid getting the job done.

(https://i.imgur.com/qYnsELG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/g1eTkJp.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/ZImDxCR.jpg)


Some sandy bits

(https://i.imgur.com/9JMB2df.jpg)

followed by some rocky bits

(https://i.imgur.com/EndwAYM.jpg)

now it doesnt show clearly on the photo but that was one tricky decent. Quite steep and all the loose rocks made it ….. interesting.


as someone said before this was the norm for this day,  sand, rock, inclines, declines,  repeat.
It was technically the most difficult day, and I was having the absolute time of my life!
I might be less confident when it comes to riding sand, but this was very very enjoyable. I love this type of terrain, and this day is easily one of my highlight days of the entire Quest.
I had so much energy, which I blame on a combination of  the vitamin B injection I got the previous night, the GU Energy Gel that Kamanya gave me and the absolutely awesome route that we were riding.


Some more photos of  rocky decents, this particular piece was basically a riverbed as all the stormwater would flood down the , lets call it a road.
(https://i.imgur.com/xj5177W.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dJ0Eobc.jpg)
Once again the pictures dont do the gradient or difficulty any justice. I have some video of the cruisers coming down this part at near crawl speed.


As we neared the end of the days ride, I suddenly became aware that there was no-one behind me.
Because it was technical road, and there was a lot of guys behind me, I thought that I would wait a moment before I turn around to look for them.
It was at this stage that I took some photos of the surrounding trees that had me intrigued.

This one looked like it was gold plated  It actually seemed to glitter
(https://i.imgur.com/pkDSidV.jpg)

and then there was this one that looked like it was covered in mud

(https://i.imgur.com/T4rjGCy.jpg)

note the contrast from the other "regular" trees next to them

Can someone perhaps identify the trees?  Where is the encyclopaedia that is Johannes when you need him? I still wanted to ask him in camp but I never got around to it.


Just as I thought, the guys were taking a bit too long behind me and I need to turn around, I heard a bike coming on and I decided to wait and hear what happened. And low and behold, the rider approaching was none other than Hardy?  He quickly explained that McSack had taken a fall in a riverbed and introduced his ribs to the only rock in the sand. So he put McSack in one of the cruisers and took the bike.  I was worried that McSack was seriously injured but Hardy assured me that he should be ok, and that we just needed to get to camp (which was only about 5kms away at that stage) Luckily Ockie, the medicine man was there to assist, and he had McSack sorted out soon afterwards.

(https://i.imgur.com/R1xSkEf.jpg)

Coming into the campsite, you cross the dry riverbed, and camp right next to it on what is pretty much still part of the riverbed. Spectacularly beautifull!

(https://i.imgur.com/E81iUYD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PxpeKSy.jpg)


Another task that everyone forgot to mention up until now was fixing the day's punctures.
We had a couple of spare tubes that was transported by Ockie in the medical truck and to save time we would only swop tubes when there was a puncture. This meant that by the time the day was done, we had a bunch of punctured tubes, and it was the responsibility of each person that got a puncture, to patch his tube for the next day's ride.

Tubes waiting for repair:
(https://i.imgur.com/uugftuL.jpg)


For the purposes of the video footage (shot by the drone) we were asked to make a fire pit in the riverbed for the nights presentations

I do not know from where it came from, but someone chose this moment to present a soccer ball.
The ball was kicked around a couple of times, but it was soon decided that the ball didnt bounce like it should (like a rugby ball) and we settled down for the presentations with this beautifull backdrop.


(https://i.imgur.com/XQNK47v.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 21, 2017, 06:40:46 am
I waited for the others to mention an incident that happened at Epupa but no one did, so here goes.

Koos Verwey (Ex - Recce) and the custodian of the Epupa Falls Camp was building a swimming pool at the camp when we arrived at Epupa. The pool was 99% completed and from the looks of it he was busy with the sealing of the outer walls.
During that evening SP Dreyer and Johannes Haasbroek had to conduct their presentations (Lord Derby Eland and the Kunene River) respectively.

Christoffel took a shower while the rest of the instructors was listening to the presentations with the rest of the contestants.
After his shower Hingsding wanted to take his towel etc back to his camp spot. The problem was that he had to walk through the area where the presentations was done.
From what I understand he decided to walk around the back of the group, to avoid disturbing the session.


 :imaposer: :imaposer: From what I understand he forgot about the 2m deep pool (empty) that was built and walked straight into it. Afterwards when I asked him what happened, he told me that "when he realised he was falling, he pulled his legs in, and held his breath, knowing that he was going to hit the water any moment."
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 21, 2017, 08:02:07 am
A favourite photo I found. SP has a great eye. I think I stole this off of his facebook page. Me looking back down Rooidrom Pass where none of the expected carnage happened and we all cleaned it.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-8bfqgRL/0/5a2f6547/L/22046847_10211738106342194_1467536239135686399_n-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-8bfqgRL/A)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 21, 2017, 12:28:15 pm
Day 7 Marble Camp to Puros



I can’t remember if we had presentations the previous evening? I’m pretty sure we didn’t. I suspect after such a big day and the expectation that we would not make camp by nightfall as a result of the last pass, that it was not planned for.

What an evening, or should I say what a sleep! I slept out under the full moon. Whatever the scientifically defined parameters for a good night’s sleep are, I was certainly experiencing them.

It was an easy swing into action. Patterns had been established, the routine was familiar and the anticipation of the day big! Also, the competition that officially had been suspended for the previous 2 days riding bits was now back on.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-rksVBq8/0/7187fdc4/L/IMG_4925-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-rksVBq8/A)

See that glove that Kobus was using? The answer to world tension and an excellent gift for people who enjoy braaing are welding gloves. I knew we would be doing the cooking and that most of it would be on fire so I brought mine along. Because I thought we’d have space issues, I stupidly only brought the one, but on the first night when I pulled it out everyone who’s not used one before loved it. You can easily reach right into a blazing fire and re-arrange anything without having to use useless tongs or pieces of wood. They were used every day from then on. I’m still pissed off that Phil and I didn’t received a massive bunch of bonus points for that bit of group help!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-dn5nhWp/0/a5e78389/L/IMG_4927-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-dn5nhWp/A)

Pre-ride checks done

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-MQJpNzH/0/498f05ed/L/IMG_4933-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-MQJpNzH/A)

Time to saddle up

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Q4jvVhp/0/d640ce08/L/IMG_4934-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Q4jvVhp/A)

And bonus of all bonuses, it was our turn to be the first pair in the convoy sequence. This is a massive thing as it means dust is minimal, also there is no concertina effect. Apart from John ahead, it is a clear path and our only worries were Marcel and SP behind.

From time to time, we had to do the rockstar thing for the cameras; this morning as we left, we were to ride at a slow pace, really close behind each other as we were leaving so that the drone could get us all in. On the official YouTube video, you can see we do it a number of times. It’s dramatic and with a suitable backdrop, very effective visually, but as we all know, it’s not how adventure riders in convoy typically ride. I wondered as we were doing it that morning, if this too was also marked in some way? 

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5zRM5Rk/0/bc14c9f9/L/7%20gaps-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5zRM5Rk/A)

Anyway, that stopped once out of drone range and the morning opened up a fresh route. This part of the world is starkly beautiful. The bare mountains are constantly changing their hues and shades. It’s a geologists dream as there’s nothing to hide the formations and signs of this momentous land.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-2sfSW5f/0/f041e887/L/IMG_4935-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-2sfSW5f/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-JxNh5Tj/0/77f2b2d7/L/7%20plains%20track-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-JxNh5Tj/A)

And, not forgetting, it’s still a wildlife sanctuary

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-wFT3pXc/0/a8de11bd/L/7%20girraffe-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-wFT3pXc/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-gFQtvnM/0/e6fa2444/L/7%20plains%20ost-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-gFQtvnM/A)

There are these enigmatic and curious bits of art scattered throughout the Kaokoveld and in particular along our route. They are called, The Lone Men. They are substantial half-size rock and steel men in various poses, left in not that easy to get to or reach places. Somehow, in this exceptionally stark, beautiful and relatively unscathed wilderness, they seem to be appropriate, non-intrusive and complimentary. I can appreciate the art and loved the effect but they also had me wondering about the logistics of building them, getting them there and then bolting of them into the ground.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-H9q78Hh/0/f8e6e7b3/L/IMG_4936-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-H9q78Hh/A)

This one today was no 27

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-sRRNXdT/0/c16d25e9/L/IMG_4939-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-sRRNXdT/A)

Silly buggers

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-T6RRwd4/0/9d4cbad4/M/IMG_4942-M.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-T6RRwd4/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-N7QS6Qr/0/b4f24a25/L/IMG_4943-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-T6RRwd4/A)

Apparently, though they are unsigned or claimed, the artist is highly suspected to be the resident who lives above Marble Camp - Trevor Nott. Also, what adds to the mystery and gives it a bit of drama is that each are numbered. The highest numbered creation is 27 I think and far less have been found.

The one at van Zyls


(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Bkh6BqM/0/971a4ed5/L/21766419_10211738108462247_3995280699310168986_n-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Bkh6BqM/A) Photo Marcel Vlader/SP Dreyer


(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-GQbrDGT/0/f8bb8aee/L/21766580_10211738103182115_2226417845248392938_n-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-GQbrDGT/A) Photo Marcel Vlader/SP Dreyer


In doing a bit of research, they do divide opinion as there are some who see them as disfiguring as graffiti and sacrilegious in such a place. I disagree, think they’re tasteful and in the spirit of the place. But isn’t that one of arts gifts; it makes us think?

Not much later we hit the first sand for the day. It was on some plains that had a few parallel tracks running across it for many kilometres.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-W9WCkBM/0/c1df8500/L/7%20plains%20clean-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-W9WCkBM/A)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50N0hVcFV4ejllOWM)

In places is was serious with big middlemannetjies and deep tracks. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with people who are not comfortable in sand. It was surprising that many in the group coped so well being essentially novices to the stuff. Sand is often more in the head than the anywhere else, much like life really and it was a testament to the bunch that they were, if not having as much fun as some of us, they at least were not being beaten by it.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-g8NPbnN/0/14e1fe3c/L/7%20sandplains-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-g8NPbnN/A)

I still can’t quite believe that Phil had only had 2 experiences in sand, he was starting to have fun too. He’s a very quick learner.

About halfway through the morning, at an innocuous smallish looking dry river bed crossing, John took a right and headed off downstream.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-BJqRj6s/0/cd1a856a/L/7%20bed%20sand-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-BJqRj6s/A)


There are very few things for me on a bike that are more fun than this kind of riding. There was a set of jeep tracks but unless forced to by the rocks or river features, it’s best to stay out of them. Riding on virgin riverbed sand is a bit like skiing. It’s far easier, huge fun and of course, zero environmental impact. It took one pretty good tumble, a few minutes of pointing out what to look out for and how to approach things before Phil too was getting into a zone and starting to have fun.

The main things that I was telling him were;
Try to stay out of the tracks unless forced too – Virgin sand needs less effort but more vigilance. Tracks have traction issues, are less smooth and mostly are less predicable.
Be picky about where you stop, getting going again can be tricky. In riverbeds, there is always sandy or pebbled areas, pick the pebbled harder ones to stop.
Crossing middlemannetjie’s has very little effect and far less effect than expected, but the mind can over-anticipate and the fear causes issues. It is critical to get comfortable playing with repeated crossing of tracks and middlemannetjies
Conserve energy! 100km of riverbed is impossible if not comfortable, in a neutral stance and very little effort in the hands and legs. Death grips and being tense will end your ride within 2km… or less.
Slow is much much harder. Speed is good… but it has a limit. Constantly opening the throttle when in doubt although often used in training does not end well over kilometres of sand. Enough to stay on the plane is the objective – slower than 40 is the about the limit.
If you have to stop in softer stuff to get off, just bury the rear slightly to keep the bike up. Side stands don’t work so well.

We would ride for about 5km, then stop and wait for the group to catch up.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-sMbRT36/0/26a99058/L/IMG_4944-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-sMbRT36/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-cmp6Cbx/0/b22ade98/L/7%20sandbed-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-cmp6Cbx/A)

In the beginning, I’d guess about a third of us were having fun, the other third were coping and the last third were surviving.


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 21, 2017, 12:47:18 pm
As the morning wore on, the stops became longer as the last third were making heavy weather of it. We  weren’t getting very far. You can see, as I’m talking to my video, someone in the background goes farming again. I think that's Gerrit and Kobus walking back to help... and/or laugh and take photo's.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-gFZbMf8/0/04176738/L/7%20bed%20crash-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-gFZbMf8/A)

We did about an hour of this, Grant and Stoffel had already taken to the road as his ribs were just not up to it when John called a halt to the fun.

It was option time. We were given 2 minutes to make a choice; to stay in the riverbed or ride the escape route road that tracked the river off to the left. It was made clear that choosing either would not affect the scores, but if we chose to stay in the river and then did have issues as a result, then we’d lose points for not coping. We were also told that we didn’t have to stay as a pair and that not doing so wouldn’t count against us. One partner could take the easier route whilst the other took the river.

Phil and I had a good chat. It wasn’t as easy to decide as it was for some; It was clear that I could easily cope with the river option. But what was not so easy, was that Phillip had started to really get into it and would have probably been fine. However, there were two considerations; firstly, the pace would go up markedly – till then it was mostly high second gear speeds. What was actually more appropriate for this stuff (and what I anticipated would probably happen) was 3rd and 4th gear speeds. Both he and I didn’t think he was up to that yet. Secondly, our competition was at stake. Phil had to swallow some fun potential for the sake of our competition. But on my side, I felt it a little unfair that I’d be off having “fun” and not doing the sensible thing by taking one for the team and playing it safe.

Above this was the feeling of being in a unique and rare place where the opportunity to do this again is not great. Both he and I could feel this strongly.

What was also a factor was, what were the other teams doing? It seemed that most of the guys who seemed reasonably ok in our opinion on sand took the safer option. We had a very good heart to heart to make sure both were ok with the decision we’d come to and parted ways. He took the road, I took the river. I had the responsibility to not fuck up. Many other teams I think could have done the same but chose to play it safe. It was a wise choice. 5 of us then set off after John. Marcel and SP, Pieter, Gerrit and myself. Marcel and SP were the only team that both went in. I think they took a slight gamble as both are confident but not expert in sand. I think their decision was slightly more influenced than ours by the “will we ever get to do this again” factor.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-S7qmBDc/0/00ca7fd4/L/IMG_4950-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-S7qmBDc/A)

The pace was immediately much higher. I think we did about 40km. It was huge fun! Some of the best riding I’ve ever done.

For those that haven’t done it, most of the fun is in route choice. Depending on features in a river and where the bends are, there are optimum routes to take that make a big difference to how fast and easily/safely you can get down them. A rule of thumb is get to the lowest part of the riverbed soonest.

In a riverbed that is sometimes 100 meters wide, this is not all that obvious. The sectet is in reading the telltale signs that the water left. The outside of bends often has the deeper spots and for a brief section the harder stuff to ride – there are higher drop offs, bigger rocks and difficult to see trenches as the water funnels in, but immediately after that, very long clean clear sand where the flow was deep and slow. Taking the inner bend is at first easier but soon runs into rougher smaller rocks and the route ultimately fades to rubbish and difficult stuff. Staying in the middle doesn’t always work because theres always islands and trees in the riverbed. So the game is crossing soon enough and taking a bit of short lived pain past the "funnels" to reap the rewards of the long stretches of pleasure that come after it. Crossing too soon and the river bed can sometimes be impassable with the biggest rocks and debris. Most people (and the 4x4 track) swing over too late to take advantage of the long stretches.

It wasn’t long before SP was sticking to my tail. He’d seen me leaving the seemingly obvious route only to pop out farther ahead not much further down. Out of curiosity, he started to follow and worked out the game. At one of our stops, I showed him how this changes if riding upstream.

Interestingly, there’s also a very big difference in traction, stability and puncture potential going down vs upstream. It has to do with the way the rocks and sand are “laid” down by the water. Like roof tiles, the sand, pebbles and stones all layered to face downstream. It’s harder going up than down.

Finally, we pulled out of the river and waited under a cool tree for what seemed quite a while for the group taking the road to catch up. It was a fabulous morning!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-DtTS5fZ/0/5e377843/L/IMG_4946-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-DtTS5fZ/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-pZWqQWV/0/f3a5452c/L/7%20SP%20Bed-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-pZWqQWV/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-h84FrSt/0/56d7787c/L/21765796_10154627558807531_4433576215529883923_o-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-h84FrSt/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7DHr6nn/0/8a871d8d/L/IMG_4948-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7DHr6nn/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-FQxM8cH/0/72b4a4ac/L/IMG_4947-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-FQxM8cH/A)

I could see that Phil was a bit philosophical about his luck and I tried my best not to carry on about how excellent the ride was. I don’t think I did a good job of it. The best I could do was console him that we were in 3rd and 4th most of the time.

Sadly, we all left that bit of paradise and headed off up the road. It was a dreadful gravel road with the worst corrugations and erosion I’ve ever seen in Namibia. One highlight though, was this great lookout

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-CR8bQKm/0/5f03fcaa/XL/IMG_4956-XL.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-CR8bQKm/A)

A favourite photo up there, from a wonderful day

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-NDv98KZ/0/3d2b29d3/L/21751586_10154725821262413_6842754330019474548_n-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-NDv98KZ/A) Photo Charl Du Plessis

The mood had lost a bit of zing when we had to leave the riverbed. Fortunately, the best part of the day was still ahead. The leaving the river was only to get us to the next one! This time was for the next 70km!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-jsLjFnC/0/757f9c61/L/IMG_4957-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-jsLjFnC/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-FXpjbsm/0/119df9fa/L/IMG_4960-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-FXpjbsm/A)

We’d dance down for 15k’s or so and then stop for all to catch up

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7KgQRvx/0/1cf13cc2/L/IMG_4961-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7KgQRvx/A)

By now, the river was wider and mostly easier, but also, everyone was getting the hang of it. All were into 3rd at least. Phil was on occasion hooking 4th. Once or twice, I struggled to catch him! He was confidently reading the river and making his own tracks. I wish I had my helmet cam, it would have made for fabulous video.

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It was now definitely one of my best days riding I’ve ever done!

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For hours, 22 bikes flowed down the river, seeking out their own routes. There weren’t many falls and all of them were had no consequence. Ockie was never far behind, but I think he was having to do his own mini-Dakar type driving to keep us at least in sight. He carried water and spare tubes along with all the meds.

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Filling up

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For those who’ve even done anything remotely similar, I’m sure you can appreciate what an utter privilege it was to not have to carry our own kit and have water and medical less than 10 minutes away!

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Phil for a moment back there thought he’d missed out big time on the fun, but this was on another level. He too had waxed the sand. I think he REALLY likes it now

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And then, after an orgy of sand and river bed, we met Hardy and the gang

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…and they’d rustled up THIS!!!!!

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There in 45 degree heat was the best padkos I’ve ever had

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I think they were just showing off… because they could.

We didn’t have far to go to Puros, there was a long stretch of gravel that I could just sit and digest the day. From time to time, I’d look over at Phil, we’d done good. I was so very glad that he’d not missed out and what’s more had tamed sand.

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All too soon, we hit Puros. A magical camp with a special energy…. And a ton of elephants

Parking our tired arses

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Hardy couldn’t wait to show us the river and the elephant tracks. I think this is one of his favoured spots.

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We still had some admin to do, things to unpack refresh and refill

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But Man! That one beer tasted good. Many tales of fun and near misses.

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We also had spotty cell connection and limited charging outlets.

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After presentations, it wasn’t long and all were snoring.

I won’t forget that day in a hurry

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 22, 2017, 05:37:51 pm
Sorry for barging in here with some earlier days report, but I've only now had a bit of time to catch up!



no need to say sorry Minxy...    good to hear your side as well..    waiting for the rest  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 23, 2017, 07:52:57 am
I think that's Gerrit and Kobus walking back to help... and/or laugh and take photo's.


We would never do such a thing.  Not when someone's looking in any case.  :biggrin:
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 23, 2017, 08:41:44 am
Day 7 – Marble camp to Purros

This must be one of the most spectacular videos of the entire trip.



What is left to say after such a brilliant take on events by Andrew?

Well, I’ll try and add my 2c worth.

That morning it was breakfast duty for us again so an early start to the day. We had our customary PRI’s and riders briefing and we’re ready to take on what would be another challenging day.

Just before we left Gerrit reminded me to put on my bib. O hell, where is it? With us making breakfast and doing the dishes, the other guys already packed the Iveco, with my bib still inside my bag. The last thing you want is your team to lose points because of such a small issue. Off I went to John to explain the situation and that I need to get inside that van to get my bib. John fortunately agreed that this would be a time consuming task and gave me the green light to ride without it. Relieved, we set off.

Compared to what lay ahead, the first bit of the day was easy going. And then we were entering the river ………….

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For anyone with the slightest fear of sand riding, this would be the day that you had no choice but to overcome it.

For us Vaalies there’s not many places to get some sand riding done, so I think this was a little more unfamiliar to us than some of the more experienced sand riders. For me the most important thing was to ride at your comfortable pace, which is for sand, more often than not, just north of your comfort zone. This is of course easier said than done when riding in a convoy.

I was back on the DCT for the day and must admit that I was concerned about how it will perform in the sand. What a revelation though! Apart from the one little challenge of pulling off in 1st gear, once you get going, it’s pure bliss. No worrying that you’re in the wrong gear and when you do have a preference of a different gear, you simply flick a switch and you’re where you want to be.

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The river took its toll on some riders more than others. The convoy stretched out and John stopped regularly. Up to the point where the riders bringing up the rear were took out the river and onto the parallel road that brought some relief. Like Andrew mentioned, we were then given the choice of either leaving the river and follow the same alternative, or carry on. Enough was said by Andrew about the tough choice this brought along.

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Gerrit and I had a brief discussion and decided, knowing that there would not be penalties applied, to split the team, him continuing in the river, and me taking the escape route. I could see this was a very tough decision for Gerrit as he really didn’t want to split up the team. I was comfortable enough to continue in the sand, but was really concerned about whether my fitness will allow me to ride out the day in the sand without becoming too tired and make mistakes. Gerrit on the other hand, is an accomplished sand rider and really wanted to not miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this terrain. We said our goodbyes and off they went.

The group of us found shelter under a nearby tree and waited for the rest of the convoy to catch up. Eventually we got going on a road that was actually quite spectacular, with lots of little turns and beautiful landscape that you actually missed while in the river.

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Not too long it was the end of the road and it threw you back into the river. Well so much for an escape route. From here on we had no choice but to ride the river beds. It’s interesting how people vary. Contrary to Andrew, I found sticking to the jeep track more comfortable and flowing than making your own route. Especially through the corners, I found you could bank in the existing tracks and on the straighter sections the middle mannetjie did not cause any reason for discomfort. There was one section where I did follow a ‘new’ spoor and I nearly saw my gat properly, riding at one stage one legged half off the bike with Gerrit sure to have a good chuckle behind me. How I managed to save it is totally beyond me!

You could see the improvement of everyone on the second stretch of river. The convoy took less time to regather at the regular stops and before we knew it, we met up with the convoy for lunch, and what a lekka lunch it was!

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Getting back on the road after lunch really was an amusing event. The majority of us parked our bikes in thick sand and getting out of there was a bit tricky. For the life of me I can’t remember who it was that took off with another rider assisting by giving him a push, but the sand roastie he received made us nearly cry with laughter.

Although the remaining road was gravel and very corrugated, it was spectacular. The vastness of this area has a beauty quite unique and very difficult to describe. We stopped at one stage waiting for the convoy due to a puncture repair and in the distance we saw a lone springbok ram. It really is puzzling to think how they survive in such an arid landscape.

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We rode into Purros in close convoy, watching the wild ostriches charging through the barren landscape.

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Andrew said it ….. this was a day to remember for a long time to come.

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“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life is meant to be.”



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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 23, 2017, 10:35:04 am
Hmmm, seeing Kobus' photo's, I hadn't thought of this till now.

In giving us the briefing about the split, John was pretty harsh on consequence. "Anyone is welcome to take the river, but if you screw up or struggle, you'll lose points big time"

The main reason, I see now, was that Ockie could only be with one group or the other. As went with the road group, if anything went wrong and needed medical in the river, it would take a while for him to get him to that person.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 23, 2017, 11:01:52 am
I forgot to make mention of another stalwart of the trip, Loftie, Scrats boet.

He came all the way from Swakop to bring fuel for our bikes and also took the 690 of Isitututu back with him.

Thanks Loftie.  :thumleft:

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Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on October 23, 2017, 01:08:25 pm
Day 8 – Purros



After all the events of the day, I sat around the fire that evening in an attempt to capture the events of the day. Personally this was a day filled with lots of emotions and I didn’t want to forget it.

Excuse the handwriting and spelling errors, it was done with the only light being that of the fire. If illegible, I’ll type it out when I have some time.

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Sun rise.

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Servicing the bikes.

SP and Marcel had a proper workshop.

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Andries hard at work

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Gerrit (Scrat) relaxing after our hard work with a cup of coffee.

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Charl enjoying getting intimate with his bike.

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Cornelis and Angus doing their thing.

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The afternoons event.

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One of my favorite pics of the trip, taken on Jan Joubert koppie.

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What an epic day, and we were not even riding.


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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 23, 2017, 02:07:50 pm
Day 8 Rest Day.

Rest Day in name, but it wasn’t really. It was admin and psy-ops!

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But first priority was to get connected. There was a viewing platform that had a white dot in one corner painted onto it. We worked out that if you stood on the dot, you’d get the best reception.

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Or, take a stroll up the dune behind the camp and get connected there.

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I had over a hundred followers on my whatsapp group. Many of them where friends and family of other competitors. A few funny things about this group… because connectivity was an issue, it was only about the 3rd or 4th day that  we managed to get Phil onto the group. Here we were living together for 24hrs a day side by side, and yet his wife got onto it no problem and he couldn’t?!

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Just before I went to bed the evening before, I went up the platform to send some last photo’s and info. Connectivity seemed to rise the later it got. As I was sending the last bits of pre-typed messages and info out, my good friend Craig Barker, who now lives in New Zealand now, called on WhatsApp! Craig was the very first person I ever did an Adventure trip with and we had chosen to ride to Epupa and back to Cape Town. It was an amazing co-incidence. We reminisced and chatted as old friends do. That easy kind that makes it all seem like the times were only yesterday.

I saw a few heading up to the dune and thought I’d follow. Clinton at one point had the best reception, I think it had something to do with his pyjamas.

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-W6pZ8nM/0/785028ab/L/21950127_10211738100222041_885667567933294003_o-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-W6pZ8nM/A) Photo SP Dreyer

Me, Clinton, Phil

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-3LvPdBV/0/dabfa41b/L/21752760_10211687212149871_6573724971144959477_o-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-3LvPdBV/A) Photo SP Dreyer

It was a bit of a luxury to start a little slower this morning. A great breakfast…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-LwhJxcx/0/09f359e8/L/IMG_5001-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-LwhJxcx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7gSMRKm/0/4b4b3cbb/L/IMG_5003-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7gSMRKm/A)

and then it was into the oil change. ..

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-mWs8NVD/0/e8033616/L/IMG_5007-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-mWs8NVD/A)

It was very simple – go grab enough oil and two filters. Drop the bash plate. (that had seen some action. Rumbux is the way to go, they are definitely up for the job!)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kSW9MKr/0/3527fc5c/L/IMG_5020-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kSW9MKr/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kHDgwwV/0/5ab6c8ad/L/IMG_5021-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kHDgwwV/A)

Undo 2 drain plugs making every effort to catch the oil.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-qmm8G7m/0/959ac09b/L/IMG_5009-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-qmm8G7m/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kSNDSDq/0/0f65c390/L/IMG_5010-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kSNDSDq/A)

Unscrew the filter on the front of the engine….. Um, UNSCREW THE FLIPPING FILTER ON THE FRONT OF THE EGINE!!!!!!.... Fok! It seemed that the gorilla on the assembly line had set his torque wrench to tons per metre. I later learnt that each filter comes with a disposable filter socket. We only had the one for all 22 bikes. Within 5 bikes, the filter socket had broken.

Now normally one can just punch a hole in the filter with a screwdriver and twist it off. In this part of the world, with the nearest workshop who knows how far away, it was prudent not to use brute force destructive methods. After some calls to Honda SA, it was deemed safe to just change the oil and leave the filters on.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-RbhR4XH/0/8bd8946b/L/IMG_5017-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-RbhR4XH/A)

Obviously I can’t know for sure, but the oil that came out the bike looked dark but not bad at all compared to some I’ve seen out of my bike.

Waiting for all the oil to drain

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-df4BZ76/0/a54292c2/L/IMG_5019-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-df4BZ76/A)

It didn’t take us long, and after a thorough go through front to back both our bikes were done.

Then, not only were the locals offering to wash our clothes, but for another reasonable fee, they’d wash our bikes out back too! Here’s Clinton also taking his off to the bike wash.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Tf8CTsL/0/e01be200/L/IMG_5024-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-Tf8CTsL/A)

….It was a mistake. Hardy came around and promptly gave points to those who’d washed their own bikes. I think it was only Charl and Barbara, Angus and Cornelius.

Then they started with the panel interviews. The whole crew sat in a semi-circle around a pair of hot seats under the shade of a big thorn tree out in the Puros River Bed.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-G5Mz6T8/0/8c87e24c/L/IMG_5023-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-G5Mz6T8/A)

None of the other teams would say what had been asked of course as this was a competition. Phil and I were very comfortable with each other and had spoken about how we would approach it. We’d come to expect very few gentle enquiries and lobbed balls. It would have been foolish to try and anticipate what we would be asked so resolved to be straightforward and ourselves.

“Does Andrew intimidate you Phillip?”
“Who would you not like to take with you from this group on a bike trip? Why?”
“What is your partners blood type?”
“You can take 5 people along with you from the group, who would they be and why?”
“Which teams do you think are in the lead?”
“What have you two disagreed about?” (Nothing!)
“What have you learnt from the trip so far?”

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50ZkxrOGk2Rmh5MTQ)

And so on. I think is was easily half an hour or so.

We actually had fun. We both enjoyed the session, even laughed a little. As we walked off we high fived; we’d got to the point where there was a security & trust in each other, we were sure it showed. We were a team. Smelly, but a team.

Then, it was off to Oom Jan for the camera interview. Again, we enjoyed that. When we were done, I interviewed them. I am sorry we didn’t get them to roll their cameras on them too. I asked what was the difference between Quest competitors and the Ford Ranger Odyssey ones. He said it was very big;

1 – The Odyssey guys had more physical exercises after the driving.
2 – The Quest guys seemed far more adventurous, understandable that being a function of the fact that to even enter, one had to at least be above average as a rider. Some of the lucky Odyssey guys hadn’t ever driven a 4x4 or camped.
3 – Quest guys seemed like one big happy group rather than a bunch of competitors. They were much more open to helping each other.


Long before I knew I was coming on this thing. I’d been invited to the launch of the Honda 250 Rally. At that event Hardy also launched the Honda Quest. It seemed so far off and not something that I would be lucky enough to get into. However, he did ask me, “how far can a few guys push a bike in sand?” I replied, “just enough to get it off the road. It’s madness to try any further. Rather leave the bike and start walking if you must.”

When I heard that we had to be ready at 4 with our boots, helmets, water and bike, speculation in the group was rife, but that previous conversation came to mind. Shit! Phillip was way fitter than me, if we had to push bikes in sand, I was going to coughing my lungs up soon.

I thought I’d get a bit “strategic”. As we were getting ready, I quietly got my tire gauge and sneakily let both our bikes tires down to 1.4. If we were going to have to push bikes in a river bed, a softer tire would help.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-NSvfKrW/0/e4403c34/L/IMG_5025-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-NSvfKrW/A)

Hardy and a few crew got in a cruiser and off we followed into the thick dust.

We rode a few k’s up onto the plain overlooking the camp. A herd of gemsbok raced alongside us for a while.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50Z3k0eGp0U01aX3M)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-4HTP9Kw/0/4a56b98b/L/QUEST-8-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-4HTP9Kw/A)

Then he stopped, “Right, you are to follow the bakkie and spaced out at 500 meter intervals, when I say, you will stop and spend an hour on your own. You may do what you want, but you have to stay where I leave you. You have this time of solitary to reflect. Enjoy!”

Cool!

Where I stopped I couldn’t see the one neighbour. It was just me, desert and the wind. It was a bit chilly, but I had my camelback that always has my wind cheater.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-mkPN7GC/0/cf6b0f83/XL/IMG_5026-XL.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-mkPN7GC/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7WMzrkC/0/0c3c8baf/L/IMG_5029-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7WMzrkC/A)

It was a very special hour. I got to think about a lot. Then, though I haven’t done this for a while, I thought I’d use some of the inspirational moment to pen an Ode to Quest and the Africa Twin.

What it produced.

A Quest

"Come!", he said, "I have a Quest,
I'm sure you'll understand"
There's amazing journeys to be had
In a magic desert land

And just like that it came to pass
That I'm sitting with my thoughts
Witnessed by ancient sun burnt sands
The journey this Quest has brought

I've been right back to where it began
And far further still than before
With a band of laughing, helping friends
We've claimed Van Zyls and more

But, much as the sights passed behind
There's been the inner journey too
What I am? where I am?
The big why's and the me and you?

The sun is setting to the biting wind now
And for the moment it's just me and the land I'm in
A pause with my back against the wheel
But lead me on, please more, my African Twin.



It was a very special time. Many had overwhelming experiences.

We were gathered back up

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50TG9VOHlBcVc3N2c)

and hastily chased across the river to a lookout point to watch the sun go down.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-KCbHBvM/0/58cb8aff/L/IMG_5031-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-KCbHBvM/A)

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The biting coastal wind brought the clouds and made for dramatic scenes. To wash down the whole experiences was a very suitable cup of Old Brown Sherry. Magic!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-bxvJZ34/0/ae4469cc/L/IMG_5033-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-bxvJZ34/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kCtwbRr/0/660ba6b3/XL/QUEST-8-18-XL.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kCtwbRr/A)

Finally the day was over, but we were on cooking duty. Glen confidently set about making a curry on a gas burner, whilst I did the rice on the fire. Phil and Grant packed lunch for the following day. Whilst we were doing supper, more presentations were done.

It was a fine curry. More than fine, Exceptional. Then the usual fireside chat.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-qdRfLRB/0/0f36f698/L/IMG_5037-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-qdRfLRB/A)

I got a few more messages off to the excited hordes.

Then as per usual, crashed.

It had been a great day.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sam on October 23, 2017, 05:19:51 pm
Thanks to all for taking the time to write these reports. What an experience you all had.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: isiTututu on October 23, 2017, 05:55:58 pm
I forgot to make mention of another stalwart of the trip, Loftie, Scrats boet.

He came all the way from Swakop to bring fuel for our bikes and also took the 690 of Isitututu back with him.

Thanks Loftie.  :thumleft:

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It seems to me that the whole of Namibia was populated by guardian angels in September. Loftie completed the lineup of good folk who made having a broken leg in the most remote part of Namibia a relatively trivial affair. Thank you Loftie!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 24, 2017, 07:59:51 am
This just gets more interesting. I would really like to know how you guys set the bikes up. Did you just turn Traction Control off or did you set it for different conditions. I presume you all just turned ABS off on the back.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 24, 2017, 08:46:16 am
This just gets more interesting. I would really like to know how you guys set the bikes up. Did you just turn Traction Control off or did you set it for different conditions. I presume you all just turned ABS off on the back.
As you described. Traction control off. ABS off (far as I know this setting is only for the back)
In the DCT there is also a Gravel option to engage which (for me anyway) worked as a downhill assist kind of thing to allow for engine braking without unexpected gear changes
On the DCT I mostly rode in Sport 1 mode (out of 3) or using the "sportronic" manual mode
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on October 24, 2017, 09:46:47 am
Will update later.  :ricky:Excellent read so far.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 24, 2017, 09:58:21 am
The ride out of Opuwo was Rockstar like!! Riding in a convoy with spectators lined next to the road. Ag ek bedoel voetgangers langs die pad!

 :laughing4: :lol8: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on October 25, 2017, 10:24:10 pm
 :o :o :o :o :o

How can i forget this! i think maybe this was the scariest moment of the whole trip!!  :eek7:
What has been seen cannot be unseen   :laughing4:

Hehehe - but i have to agree... it works!



Also, we had a tailwind so that didn’t help much either. At the bottom of one of the hills, I had to strip off as far as I could. Water my buff and get it round my neck again. Gerrit had a few choice words to say about the scare I gave him.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-P8S6v47/0/1b7cd069/L/IMG_4826-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-P8S6v47/A)


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on October 25, 2017, 11:41:31 pm
Wow Guys…
I have been sucked up by the work and all the deadlines now before year end – please forgive me for falling behind.. 
It is an absolute pleasure to read all the updates and I especially my Partner’s (KtmKobus) report of each day… I am re-living every moment as I read your updates! Awesome my friend!!   :thumleft:
And Kamanya – you just have that perfect way with words… ;-)
So it took me a while now to read through it all … and i want to go back and do it again!!
 
So I will add to the days as best I can…
Some of the highlights I want to point out,

On our way to Upupa
 just before the Kunene we stopped at the Dorsland trekkers monument. I remember this place and was looking for the 2013 Gedenkfees stone, my parents was part of the group that was there for the ceremony. Felt special to be there.
(http://i68.tinypic.com/r9k07d.jpg)

Next was when we started riding next to the Kunene river.. What a sight… 40degrees and this lush water mass .. Tempting.  At one of our stops to regroup and rehydrate I had to get closer to the river! It was so tempting to just jump in and cool down… BUT the words from Johannes reminded me to keep a safe distance …”Bra, check net mooi – hierdi F0..k……n kroks n hongher hier…hulle is moeg vir Himbas…”
(http://i65.tinypic.com/qy61lj.jpg)
(http://i68.tinypic.com/npj91k.jpg)
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We rolled into Upupa camp , another superb day in the saddle of the AT – loving this bike more and more each day! wow Upupa camp was awesome! And they had cold beer! Johannes soon shared the location of the rock pool in the river (no crocs there..) this was a much needed cooling off session we all enjoyed..
(http://i63.tinypic.com/n227ht.jpg)
(http://i66.tinypic.com/200ecs8.jpg)
Haha – I remember that night when Johannes came up to give his presentation about the Kunene – his outfit prepared me for what I would face the next day… he was wearing some weird bushman cloth and his Bib… I must say it did look much cooler than the tshirts we were wearing.

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To Van Zyl's Camp
Now the next 2 days was the 2 best days of the trip for me.. Physical and mental challenges was faced by each of us. Time to really challenge yourself… Me and Kobus were ready for this!
As the sun came up that morning, BIG red ball to our left just above the trees… the smell of adventure – ( and some cattle dung) – we headed towards the unknown – the road to Van Zyls camp.

We were all split up before we started the road to Van Zyls, Kobus was moved to the front where he was joined by Pieter, die 2 Lang manne voor in die koor…. And me and Andrew were right at the back.. ons 2 kortgatte! 
There was a lot of river crossings- tricky sand these river crossings – no use to deflate your tires as there was rocks waiting as you get out of the river…
(http://i64.tinypic.com/k20nk8.jpg)

Riding at the back was an absolute pleasure! No need to worry about any riders behind you… just keep going!
One of our stops to regroup
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I was in the DCT for the 2 days and was contemplating what it would be like doing real technical road with it… well to be honest , being at the back of the convoy can also be a bit nerve wrecking,,, because you catch up with the group as they all are waiting for their chance to tackle the tricky uphill… so in the back of my mind I had on many occasions thought to myself – “damm. We going up that HILL with THIS bike… Yoh!! – And every time the AT would just embrace whatever comes its way!! Truly amazing… and the DCT surprised me – the ease of not worrying about a clutch, NO shifting with your boot while doing a Technical climb is just some of the worries you do not have anymore! s
On top of one of the long steep uphills we did
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I was having a lot of fun with Andrew at the back – there is just one moment that I will remember for a long time… not because I want to….BUT “what has been seen , cannot be unseen….”
The atmosphere in the team was awesome… we were all tired and hot, but no nastiness of bad tempers – everyone just happy to be there.

We got to Van Zyls camp , and camp was setup – followed by a massive bonfire in the river – it really started to feel like a true adventure now –
(http://i65.tinypic.com/316r9rp.jpg)

That smile on Kobus’s face was growing by the day. What a great guy he is. Real gentleman and he does everything with a smile!  Always calm and relaxed.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Roxtar on October 26, 2017, 07:57:27 am
Thanks for the update Scrat, nice to hear some feedback on the bikes........ hopefully we get some more of that, especially on the DCT  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Malibu on October 26, 2017, 08:04:16 am
Thoroughly enjoying the read!  What an incredible experience... :)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on October 26, 2017, 09:39:31 am
Thanks for the update Scrat, nice to hear some feedback on the bikes........ hopefully we get some more of that, especially on the DCT  :thumleft:
:thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 26, 2017, 01:37:14 pm
Day 6 -   Van Zyls camp to Marble Camp


What an Epic epic day!

The first part of the road was not too bad, and when we got to the viewpoint I remember thinking  "we are already at the viewpoint, this wasnt so bad yet"  and that yet came well into play.

a few pics of the road to the viewpoint.

(https://i.imgur.com/1z0OjOC.jpg)

This was a incline of about 30-35 degrees and completely loose.
(https://i.imgur.com/BqG4Y0n.jpg)

Riding on a ridge with a riverbed on each side of the road:
(https://i.imgur.com/zb9u7Ww.jpg)

in the distance on the side of the hill you can see two of the local Himbas that seem to pop up from nowhere when you stop.
(https://i.imgur.com/EtJOnVt.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bxqJGBO.jpg)

The viewpoint:
(https://i.imgur.com/G3bmDCf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cGLgt8d.jpg)



Although day 5 was more difficult in my eyes than day 6, nothing can quite prepare you for what is the big step of van Zyls pass.     The statistics will show that its pretty much on a 1:1 gradient for a 90m stretch.
Add to that the difficulty of the surface and the fact that the shorter guys (note not short guys, just not as long as kobus) would not be able to use their own legs to support themselves made this a very big challenge.
Before we started with quest, i watched a few videos about van zyls pass, and had a look at the photos and remember thinking that doesnt look so bad. Hardy then told us that no Video or photo will ever do the step at van zyls any justice. And with that I have to completely agree.
Even on our own video, it looks pretty tame but let me tell you, riding down there will seriously get your heart pumping.

(https://i.imgur.com/lC2nrYG.jpg)

the next photo shows more or less what you can expect.
If you have a look at how close the guys are standing to each other, and the difference in height from one to the next, you can work out the decline.


(https://i.imgur.com/U30KPCB.png)


(https://i.imgur.com/QfPDGwr.jpg)

"Vele hande maak ligte werk" so soon we got all the bikes down without incident.  The support vehicles soon followed and then the big IVECO with Barend Fouche sitting passenger side.  That took some big cahunas.   I heard more than one of the guys mutter " Id rather stick to the bike" after the IVECO came down.


Then just when we thought the worst was over, as Charliepappa mentioned we hit a very steep decent with extremely loose slate and rocks.  Tyres was riding just ahead of me, and at one stage he had a slight slip, putting the bike gently. I stopped to help him pick up his bike and for the life of me after this, I just could not get going again.   As soon as you loose momentum on this decline, its pretty impossible to start up again.   After about 3 times that I fell, I asked the guys behind me to please assist me to the next turn where I should be able to get onto the bike again.
Myself and Charliepappa got to the other side of the gorge together and as he mentioned when we turned around it was carnage.   everyone was struggling to get  down once the lost their momentum.

(https://i.imgur.com/y91s4gh.jpg)

Once we got past this bit it there was one or two other technical pieces to cross but we soon got past them without a problem.


Something I forgot to mention.  At the top of the step of van Zyls was the first time we encountered one of the "lone men" of the Kaokoland.
These stone men made from the rocks of the area pop out when you least expect it. IIf I remember correctly the one we found here was actually marked nr 31, but it is rumoured that no-one has found more than 8 of them yet. (on this trip I spotted 4)
Here is some more info on the lone men:  http://www.travelnewsnamibia.com/news/mysterious-lone-men-kaokoland/ (http://www.travelnewsnamibia.com/news/mysterious-lone-men-kaokoland/)




At the bottom of van Zyls we regrouped and had a little rest.     The rest was most welcomed because I have to admit I was paste! The part of the pass really took everything out of me.  Luckily Kamanya had a stash of GU gels in his camelback and after taking one of those and snacking on my lunch I was up to the task of the last part again.

Bottom of van Zyls pass
(https://i.imgur.com/ROJMpB6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/eTAtaDf.jpg)

There is a large pile of rocks that everyone signs their name on so we did the same. I can almost hear my gran : " Gekke en dwase......"   :o
(https://i.imgur.com/2unQAwN.jpg)




From here we traded the steep rocky roads for the flat sandy type and off we went.   Kamanya was riding on my shoulder and giving me tips and instructions on sand riding and it helped me a lot. It cost him though as his concentration was more on me, he would sometimes need to run off the track to accomodate my mistakes. At this stage Hardy was following directly behind us in his cruiser and at the next stop inquired if Andrew was ok, so I explained quickly what was going on.  :thumleft:


SP and Marcel enjoying the sandy tracks
(https://i.imgur.com/UDSLVaL.jpg)


We had a quick photo session at the popular " rooi drom" before heading off again to the last climb of the day before we would hit camp.
(https://i.imgur.com/q0EJcGQ.jpg)


Just after we got going from Rooidrom though, Andrew suffered a puncture that we had to fix quickly.  As far as I can remember this was the only puncture Andrew had for the entire trip, and with my one puncture on the road before Opuwo, this would also be the only punctures our team got.   (there was enough punctures to go around anyway so we didnt need more ourselves  :imaposer:)

(https://i.imgur.com/m9XMSq7.jpg)


At the bottom of Joubert pass, the last climb for the day, we saw the second of the lone men, up on a koppie back the way we came. Not being one to miss out on getting the photo when we are already there, I quickly klapped toon close enough to get this photo.

(https://i.imgur.com/k3nkQJe.jpg)


Then it was onto the final pass.   we were told that this again was going to be a difficult one, so we regrouped at the bottom while hinksding took the pass first to report back.
Soon we heard his voice on the radio saying that the pass is rocky and loose but if you keep a constant momentum without spinning the rear you should make it easy enough.
This message was sent down the line "telefoontjie" style and before we saw again we were all at the top.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Joubert pass
(https://i.imgur.com/jNsNFsk.jpg)


another one of the lone men on the pass making my 3rd find.

(https://i.imgur.com/wFxk6pS.jpg)



me and Charliepappa , the not so lone man anymore.
(https://i.imgur.com/h0KmVFW.jpg)



after we all cleared the last climb in less time than anyone thought we would, it was time to head into camp.









Someone touched on this in his report before me but I need to mention it again.

Stopping at our destination for the night, Marble camp, the atmosphere was electric!    everyone was ecstatic that the day went so well.   handshakes, Hugs , High fives and fist-pumps were flying everywhere.
Everyone congratulated each other and  It almost felt like the trip was over right there and we were all declared winners.  And that we were.  We conquered the infamous van zyls pass without serious incidents, and we did it with 22 bikes. As I understand it, this is the largest group of bikes to ever pass through there.
A quick briefing followed from Hardy and the crew to also congratulate us on what we achieved that day and after that we were allowed our own time to shower, and set camp and rest.
They also sourced us a couple of beers which was welcomed greatly, and later we had a bottle of rum to share, compliments of Clinton. ( a second bottle was produced later, but im not sure who to thank for that one)

Before we all settled down for the night, I heard throttle Jockey mention that he is going to ride to the deserted marble mine to explore so I headed out with him.   SP, Marcell and Hinksding also joined in.
(https://i.imgur.com/B4ByHe9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KuZ1wjN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GkVbOvc.jpg)

someone was taking the time to "stack" pieces of marble into perfectly formed rectangles with a "slash" diagonally through the middle.   I wonder who had so much time, as there was more than one of these stacks and it was clear that it would take a lot of time to stack just one.
(https://i.imgur.com/tenP54A.jpg)


Being in the building industry myself, I found this mine very interesting. All the effort that went into mining these huge blocks of marble, now just laying there because its not cost effective to transport them from there. (and therefor also the reason the mine was abandoned).
Myself and Sp (who is also in the building trade) had a quick discussion how long we would be able to supply the kitchen counter top market in George, with the amount of marble already mined and abandoned there.
These are just a few of the blocks abandoned there.    There are many many more.
(https://i.imgur.com/6h1MfUG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HVluUhX.jpg)


Back at camp I had some running repairs of my own to do. My riding pants have seen better days and was tearing badly. Luckily I had a needle and thread with me and I started patching it up. 
The next day however this proved to be a futile effort as the material would just tear again where I patched it. At a stage I borrowed some duct tape from scrat and tried to fix my pants that way but even that didnt help so after a dy or two of struggling I just left it as is with the idea of dropping them in a bin as soon as we hit Windhoek again.

I dont know if it was the days ride,  beer or the rum, or the combination of the three, but that night sleep came easy and soon everyone was snoring away.




two more pics of the mine.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 27, 2017, 06:20:26 am
Real life is getting in my way and I am not updating here as I should.

I will make some time over the weekend to reflect light ke we did for an hour in the desert.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on October 29, 2017, 04:57:01 pm
Day 9

Puros to Palmwag



At the beginning of this whole escapade, I remember thinking at Windhoek in the dealership, “12 days? 12 days is a damn long time! That’s nearly 2 weeks of doing something intense” I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stay focused for that long.

Today certainly felt a little like it was the last corner before the final straight. Also, it was good to get back into the known routine.

Getting my bit of Connectivity

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-HBWP2Z7/0/11e80d6a/L/IMG_5039-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-HBWP2Z7/A)

Getting ready

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-35hDbCW/0/0118cc1f/L/IMG_5042-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-35hDbCW/A)

We apparently we were going to go down a riverbed that had Hardy a little jumpy about the probability of bumping into Elephants.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-tPRVxvS/0/eb4545e7/L/IMG_5046-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-tPRVxvS/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-FF36zbG/0/65478160/L/IMG_5047-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-FF36zbG/A)

Looks serious!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-ms7wDDQ/0/57b4d64f/L/IMG_5048-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-ms7wDDQ/A)

I’ve seen enough ride reports to know that I really wanted the elephants not to screw up the opportunity to go down an iconic bit of Namibia. Another bit of newness was that Phil and I were Tail End Charlie today. We were going to be on the big dust suck concertina.

It was my turn to be on the manual.

Right off the bat, I had a good giggle… We had to get across the puros river before we’d even warmed up. It was a long fat section of deep sand under the already beating sun. We lined up behind the queue and waited for all to get across one by one. It was just dust and a bit of drama but no-body fell off and then it was just us to go with Jaco bringing up sweep. I let Phil go and was going to ride just behind him.

As I hit the deeper sand, the bike started farting and losing momentum. Shit! I’d forgotten to turn the traction control off and in my frantic haste to gear down and at the same time try hit the traction control trigger to turn it off, I hit neutral too. The bike came to an immediate stop. Best just to relax, get my act together and start again. The problem is that getting going again in hot deep sand isn’t fun. I got it all set, hooked second, dumped the clutch and let the revs head far north.

Just milliseconds later I hear this huge cry from behind me? Then it all clicked….

Jaco had followed me in and not expecting me to stall, had come to an emergency halt a meter or two directly behind me. Just then , he got Puros’ finest sand bath – it was down his jacket, in his helmet, even up heis sleeves! I know Jaco very well – we’ve spent quite a bit of time together on trips and I knew two things as I got out the river bed;

I was laughing my head off in my helmet and he wouldn’t be!
He would think I did it on purpose and it might even cost me points!

I stopped once he’d made it out and tried not to laugh as I explained and apologised.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-9TtbLgV/0/cee1024a/L/IMG_5049-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-9TtbLgV/A)

Immediately the world changed. It goes from utter desert to this oasis between these massive mountains. The track wound itself down the river crossing from one side to the other. It’s a beautiful thing. But, it was clear that Hardy and John were jumpy and keeping it slow.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-RKg2vqF/0/72ef19a9/L/IMG_5050-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-RKg2vqF/A)

It’s a bit surreal splashing down a river in a massive desert. Some of the crossings and puddles were not shallow.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5VrrvB5/0/1293ff3d/L/QUEST-9-14-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5VrrvB5/A)

I was pretty soaked in no time. Sidi’s are not waterproof, I had a small lake in my boots but it was refreshing and a change from the 40 degree heat.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-NPH28mH/0/50ec5a01/L/IMG_5053-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-NPH28mH/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7hB55Rx/0/21aee7dc/L/IMG_5056-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-7hB55Rx/A)

Glenn and Grant were the team ahead of us. Grant started well, but it takes it out of you if you are nervous and not wanting to hurt yourself more. His ribs, even though he was well medicated, still reminded him that taking a fall wasn’t going to be fun. I could see that he was running out of gas, he was dropping the bike every second or 3rd stretch of deep sand.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-r3gwgTM/0/f544193d/L/QUEST-9-4-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-r3gwgTM/A)

Glenn and I would race over, check he’d not hurt anything, pick his bike up and carry on. I was loving the canyon, I’m not sure Grant was.

After a particularly sticky bit where it took us a bit of time to get going again, we came around a corner, the group had stopped and were all pointing back the way we came? This was the end of the road. There was a bull elephant, mother and calf just up ahead just off to the side in the thicker reeds and bush. It was discretion that owned the day.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50aDlVSzJtTVVxbDA)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50elNCZHFuV1JFX1E)

In all probability, those elephants would have probably not even have blinked at our little circus. However, Honda Quest was dependant on not getting into the news for the wrongs reasons and Hardy had warned us that being safe rather than sorry was going to be the order of the day. So, we took some very distant pictures and headed back the way we came.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-33J2m66/0/7a711485/L/IMG_5057-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-33J2m66/A)

I hate seeing guys struggle. To help Grant out a bit, I started cutting paths off the main track to avoid the soft sand bits. I was staying mostly in the hardpack, the vegetation or the wet riverbed. It worked. He didn’t fall once on the way out.

But, right at the end once out of the canyon and re-crossing the Puros River at a place a little further up than the place we’d originally crossed at,

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50aWk3bUF3c29OeDA)

Grant had a monster crash. He’d made it across the bed, but on climbing up the bank on the other side, he’d gotten kicked off line, hit a vertical bit and been launched skyward to disappear over the other side in a small explosion of dust. Shit!

Amazingly, after dusting him off, nothing was broken on either him or the bike, but he was a bit pale and sore. Or should I say a bit more sore. He’d dodged another one. In my video, he says a few words. Tough man that’s for sure.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-D7qbghr/0/61788272/L/IMG_5064-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-D7qbghr/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-ChNLPKd/0/eea7dbe1/L/IMG_5062-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-ChNLPKd/A)

I don’t remember much of the day after that.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-4pQDMQb/0/742e83ee/L/IMG_5065-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-4pQDMQb/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kbVgmf6/0/35c29d35/L/IMG_5066-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-kbVgmf6/A)

It was a bit anticlimactic for me and I suspect others too; We’d had to abandon a highly anticipated part of the trip and, we were re-tracing some of our steps so there wasn’t the sense of newness and anticipation. Just the regular banter at all the punctures and rest stops. Punctures now were a non-event. Everyone was very well practiced at them, I don’t think it was taking us more than 10 or so minutes to get them done. 

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-q3bHLL5/0/a67c9e2b/L/IMG_5070-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-q3bHLL5/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-zMgkJn6/0/4b93feb8/L/IMG_5071-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-zMgkJn6/A)

Superman on the left…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-QBMnrTH/0/d6aa84d7/L/IMG_5072-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-QBMnrTH/A)

I do remember the road through one part being savage. It was so eroded that it didn’t need grading, it needed to be resurfaced. Namibia, apparently, has been suffering a bit financially as well as experiencing some challenges similar to ours in the corruption department. Their once fabled dirt roads were apparently not immune to these challenges and were taking a battering as a result. Johannes was scathing in his observations.

It was another super-hot day. Riding in wet boots isn’t much fun. At the lunch/puncture stop, off came my boots. Standing in my wet socks on those hot rocks did the trick. My socks and boots were nearly bone dry by the time we got rolling again. For those of you who’ve tried to dry MX boots, you know how hot it has to be to achieve that little feat.

My phone got a little misty from the water…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-tqPbS8F/0/82a59dae/L/IMG_5075-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-tqPbS8F/A)

I gave some kids a lift again at a fuel stop

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5d8MdPx/0/93d54e7e/L/IMG_5077-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-5d8MdPx/A)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0BwkunVZzHt50ZXVEdl9GM0poN1E)

Open road again

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-sptgbQd/0/a79c34ba/L/IMG_5081-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-sptgbQd/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-PDPZP29/0/85141e32/L/IMG_5082-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-PDPZP29/A)

There’s giraffe’s back there, (crap pictures due to the water)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-QfWVCGx/0/faf40264/L/IMG_5084-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-QfWVCGx/A)

I think this was my least enjoyed day. Phil and I were super relaxed and just rolling along soaking it in, but, I wasn’t unhappy to be rolling into Palmwag.

Quick rest…

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-PZXcfpC/0/a89af2eb/L/IMG_5086-L.jpg) (https://kamanya.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/17/Honda-Quest-Namibia/i-PZXcfpC/A)

That evening at the bar, it was great to relax and recount the days experiences laughing at someone or another’s expense. We’d become quite close.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 29, 2017, 06:27:52 pm
Day 7 – Marble Camp to Puros
Bit of a mixed bag for me for the day
Started off with a great breakfast  that included some leftovers from dinner that the kitchen duty boys had managed to squirrel away somehow
I won’t bullshidt and pretend I was not dreading the sand that we all knew was coming and it did punish me in the initial part of the dry river bed we turned into.... I was definitely in the last group of “survivors” Andrew described
Eventually my ribs were just killing me so exited the riverbed and headed out for a bit of farming with Stoffel (Hingsding) to get around the worst of the sand. This turned out to be not as easy as expected when the road we thought we could follow headed off in the wrong direction and we had to do some rocky koppie hopping to get back to the river. Boet ...djy’s a fokken yster
Eventually we caught up the “sand machines” of the day resting under some trees while everyone regrouped... and then it was back into the river for another 70kays of surprisingly(for me) sublime riding. Glenn and I were at the back of the pack for the day and I can’t say enough about how much the oke helped me to get through... well actually enjoy those 70kays of sand. He chose some (in my eyes anyway) unbelievable lines but it got me to the lunch stop without incident. Amazing riding
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 29, 2017, 06:31:40 pm
...more pics from just after the 70 kays of dry river bed
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 29, 2017, 06:42:26 pm
Day 8 – Maintenance day
What more can be said ... fixing ... cleaning .... an amazing ride for some solitude out in the desert and an amazing sunset
I think an hour or so out there on the plains of Puros  on your own does something to your soul. First thing I did was lie flat on my back on the warm sand, stared up at the sky..... and just thought about ... well ... nothing. Then I did just sits ( ;) ) on my bike and thought about more nothing. Incredible . There are normally a multitude of voices in my head clamoring for attention, but for one sweet hour ... nothing. Bliss!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 29, 2017, 08:56:37 pm
Day 9
/snip

Glenn and Grant were the team ahead of us. Grant started well, but it takes it out of you if you are nervous and not wanting to hurt yourself more. His ribs, even though he was well medicated, still reminded him that taking a fall wasn’t going to be fun. I could see that he was running out of gas, he was dropping the bike every second or 3rd stretch of deep sand.
...


Glenn and I would race over, check he’d not hurt anything, pick his bike up and carry on. I was loving the canyon, I’m not sure Grant was.
...

What’s that? Me kukking in the sand you say ? That’s an understatement if ever there was one.
Check this rabbit-in-the-headlights stare  :o

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 29, 2017, 09:19:10 pm
/snip
I hate seeing guys struggle. To help Grant out a bit, I started cutting paths off the main track to avoid the soft sand bits. I was staying mostly in the hardpack, the vegetation or the wet riverbed. It worked. He didn’t fall once on the way out.
In all honesty without the help of these 2 okes I might still be in that canyon. Glenn & Andrew  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Quote from: Kamanya
But, right at the end once out of the canyon and re-crossing the Puros River at a place a little further up than the place we’d originally crossed at,

Grant had a monster crash. He’d made it across the bed, but on climbing up the bank on the other side, he’d gotten kicked off line, hit a vertical bit and been launched skyward to disappear over the other side in a small explosion of dust. Shit!

Amazingly, after dusting him off, nothing was broken on either him or the bike, but he was a bit pale and sore. Or should I say a bit more sore. He’d dodged another one. In my video, he says a few words.
I remember thinking "OH SCHIIIDTTTT !!!!   and then standing around with Glenn asking if I was OK , trying to breath and figure out what had just happened.
It felt like a giant river-canyon god had dished out the universe's biggest lummy to my right shoulder. Weird feeling. It was numb but moer-sore at the same time... and I couldn't lift my arm.  But there was no way I was finishing this adventure any way other than on the back of that AT. Bike was fine, so after some "dusting off" used left hand to lift right onto throttle and off we went.  :ricky:

Rest of the day was a bit of a blur especially once the numbness wore off . Turns out my dodging skills were a little more on the slower side than I thought. The chassis would need a bit of straightening out when I got back home


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 29, 2017, 09:27:01 pm
It was beautiful riding in that canyon though
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 29, 2017, 11:31:13 pm
Day7   Marble camp - Purros

Today we had the privilege to be the first team to follow Tau.
So early morning we headed out from Marble camp with our destination being Purros. And since I had the honours of riding the DCT for the previous 2 days, I was back to the manual for today.  We started slow in convoy for the drone to get the footage seen in the video but later we started to spread out again.

(https://i.imgur.com/NNBERy8.jpg)

The road twisted through plains and we saw some giraffes running next to us at a stage.  Not knowing how far the crew was riding behind us, I later asked Hardy if he saw the giraffes running next to the road. They were obviously quite a distance away as Hardy asked " How would I have seen them"  :imaposer:      We later laughed and said that we were under the impression that Hardy sees all and Chantal replied, yes he does  :o ;D
 :imaposer:

This was a very enjoyable and interesting road to take through the Otjiha plains. As can be seen in the video below, the route tangles and diverges and joins again at different places making this like "route lotto".  you pick a route, and see what it will bring, it might be 2 spoor, it might be sandy , it might be hard gravel,  but they all headed in the same direction. It was really awesome looking back and seeing everyone on different tracks but all heading in the same direction.




a Little later we stopped at another one of the lone men and we had to take some pics before we headed off again.
(https://i.imgur.com/p1Z7F6z.jpg)


Another few kms down the road we came across the Khumib riverbed, but this time round John didnt cross it and said that we are now going to ride in the riverbed......

wait.... say what now?......  ok bring it on  :)

Luckily by now Andrew knew that I wasn't very good at riding sand, and on the previous days he coached me a bit. This however was all done on short pieces of sand , and not a riverbed as the one we would tackle now. I was however not going to let the challenge get the better of me and took it head on. (My ma maak nie bang kinders groot nie :P)
At first I struggled a lot, and dropped the bike once or twice (or three times to be exact  ::) ) however Kamanya was always on my shoulder to coach me and shout tips and to help me get going again.

Every now and again Tau would stop, for the group to catch up, and soon we heard that Mcsack and Hinksding would be riding next to the river , making their own track. Once everyone caught up, we would set off again, but it was clear that a lot of the guys were struggling in the sand and the group got separated.
Just as I was getting the hang of riding the sand we were given the option to get out of the river.
As Kamanya mentioned in his post, it was made clear to us that by getting out of the river we would not be penalised, but sticking to the river and then screwing up would cost you dearly.
So we had a quick discussion and decided that Kamaya would stick to the riverbed and I would join the rest of the group that got out.

This was a difficult decision for me to make, as I wanted to ride the riverbed, and just before the stop I was really getting the hang of it and actually enjoying the sand. In the end however as Kamanya said, the better option, competition wise was for me to get out of the riverbed. I was a bit disappointed that I would not be riding the riverbed anymore but understood that the risk of staying in and loosing points in the end would not be worth it.

So as the small group of guys headed off in the riverbed we rode to the nearest road and was told to wait there for the other part of the group behind us that was told to get out of the river.

(https://i.imgur.com/oYlGRao.jpg)
Photo by charliepappa:  waiting for the other group.


Once the other group caught up to us, we headed off again and after a while once again caught up to the group ahead of us.

(https://i.imgur.com/Qr6NIBX.jpg)

So we were finally all out of the riverbed and riding on the hard gravel and we all rode up to a small lookout were we again regrouped and had our lunch.
(https://i.imgur.com/KVXqq61.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bCJqJzp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/72V05aS.jpg)


I was still a bit disappointed in the turn of events earlier however I knew I made the right decision and was starting to pick up again when we were told that there was another riverbed, the Hoarusib river , that we would take, and this time there was no other option, we had to take the riverbed. :ricky:

I was overjoyed!  I would again get the chance to ride the sand and riverbeds! So away we go, and I took to the sand just as I left it and soon I was really enjoying it!   We had a couple of stops for everyone to catch up before we would set off again. I was really having the time of my life.

(https://i.imgur.com/jZspg8i.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WjtZN6y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DSub9K3.jpg)


Before I knew we were at the end of the riverbed where the crew was waiting and making us some Jaffles.

while I was taking this photo and waiting for the rest to arrive, the content crew took the next photo of me.

(https://i.imgur.com/0p7lclK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kZUjBVg.jpg)


Something that maybe slipped Kamanya's mind when he typed his report was that out of the whole trip in the riverbed, he waited until this moment, where everyone could see him, including the crew, to take a tumble.  :o  He was trying to get past the support vehicles and get his bike to where ours was parked, when the soft sand jumped out of nowhere and attacked him  :imaposer:

After an excellent lunch we headed off again and from here it was hard gravel road, and sometimes even gravel highway all the way to Purros.

(https://i.imgur.com/QbKF6d3.jpg)

Stopping to fix a puncture. This time Tau was the unlucky one.

(https://i.imgur.com/SnxwpFa.jpg)


Later the evening we rode into camp in convoy again to the most spectacular scenery you can imagine.
I would love to visit here again  one day.  :ricky:

(https://i.imgur.com/v5VOiyO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9FPqQRO.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 30, 2017, 12:03:31 am
Day 8   Purros Maintenance day

This was our rest day, or at least, maintenance day as we were told we would not be resting.  ;)

I woke up early morning and watched the sun come up over the desert landscape.

(https://i.imgur.com/7LkT8A2.jpg)

we had some help from Scrat's brother who brought us some fuel and also to transport the stricken KTM that we retrieved from marble camp.

(https://i.imgur.com/NqRwCLl.jpg)


our goal for the day was to service the bikes.  Oil change, Oil filter change and checking everything else was ok.   Soon after we started however the filter removal tool broke and in the end we were only able to do a oil change.  At least one of our bikes had a new filter on  :thumleft:

(https://i.imgur.com/vAxLKog.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2JxqPwc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/eMC6oqG.jpg)
All clean after the major service  ::) :biggrin:
The local Himba offered to wash the bikes for a very reasonable fee. In the end this counted against us. but if pressed I can think of a couple of reasons why it was a good idea to have them wash our bikes for us. Laziness not being one.  :imaposer:



after the maintenance was done to the bikes we had some time to ourselves. 

I took this time to wander around camp. and to take in the scenery.


This is what happens if you get a power connection for the first time in a couple of days.
(https://i.imgur.com/bpuB8ht.jpg)

the view from the lookout deck. From here we could get enough cell reception to send a few photos and to let all at home know we are still ok, as we were out of reception since Epupa.
(https://i.imgur.com/OWR76Ac.jpg)

some evidence of the local ellies:
(https://i.imgur.com/OmoMugA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mJtKdFa.jpg)




Later the evening we were told to put on our boots and helmets and to grab a cup.  we were not sure what was going to happen and a lot of theories started. including that we might need to push the bikes in the sand. Kamanya and I had a quick discussion, that if this was the case, I would do the bulk of the pushing as I am physically more fit and he would steer the bike as he is more skilled at that than I am. Something about taking a cup with threw me though and I thought that perhaps we would be doing some sort of skills challenge, like moving water from one area to another without spilling water from your cup. So I took my travel mug with its lid, just in case  :imaposer:

In the end we had nothing to worry about, and all that was planned for us was an hour of solitude in the desert where we could have some alone time.
Nothing else puts everything quite in perspective as did this hour of contemplating. It gives you a new perspective over life, time, and everything that you hold dear.
After spending an hour in the desert (it sure didnt feel like an hour, it felt a lot shorter) we quickly headed to a lookout to see the sunset and have a cup of OBS.

solitude:
(https://i.imgur.com/Ebxv3pd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nOszF9P.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 30, 2017, 09:51:11 am
So the box on the photo says Castrol. What Castrol oil was used to service the bikes?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 30, 2017, 10:36:49 am
So the box on the photo says Castrol. What Castrol oil was used to service the bikes?

Gold tops - Full synth Power 1 4T  (guessing 10W50) ?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: isiTututu on October 30, 2017, 01:59:36 pm
If it wasn't for this kind gentleman, that KTM would probably still be parked under a tree at Marble Camp. Thank you Loftie!


we had some help from Scrat's brother who brought us some fuel and also to transport the stricken KTM that we retrieved from marble camp.

(https://i.imgur.com/NqRwCLl.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Twister on October 30, 2017, 07:55:36 pm
So the box on the photo says Castrol. What Castrol oil was used to service the bikes?

Gold tops - Full synth Power 1 4T  (guessing 10W50) ?

No Dom. I was not synthetic oil. Castrol Actevo 4T 10W40 if I remeber correctly
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on October 30, 2017, 10:08:07 pm
So the box on the photo says Castrol. What Castrol oil was used to service the bikes?

Gold tops - Full synth Power 1 4T  (guessing 10W50) ?

No Dom. I was not synthetic oil. Castrol Actevo 4T 10W40 if I remeber correctly

Ok - was a guess. Actevo should be good and I used to use in in my GS on dealer recommendation some years back. (Also some still believe one should not run a bike in on synthetic).
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 31, 2017, 04:09:54 pm
Besides what has been already mentioned I have little to add till the second last day (will post about that later). Except, I had mentioned earlier that we where getting to the riding I enjoy and O was it way better than expectations. The section after Van Zyl's till Sesfontein was perticularly special for me for a number of reasons.

First being that I had,had very little contact with home. This was self inflicted as I wanted little influence from business and home life on my mind, I wanted to bathe in this experience. This came to a crashing end in Purros when I felt I wanted to share this wonderful place with my better half and could not get hold of her, we eventually spoke but I am not sure if she realized how special that was and how special that place had become to me.

Secondly being the usual planning agent, route plotter and logistic guy I had decided before the trip that I would take the role of a sheep in contrast to the norm and just follow the "lion" where ever he pointed I would go, even if it was to hell and back. This was working really well as I had become so into the ride that real life had become a distant memory. I was living in the moment, so much so that I recall every turn and obstacle but now my brain had become a sponge absorbing the beauty and very little else, like the names of places and rivers etc. This I am sure showed later in the test where I felt like a sub A student in a matric exam. Ironically as I unpack the trip everything is coming back to me. I had set out to enjoy what I had lost over the years by being the station master and wow had I found it! I had always been very mindful and careful that I did not let my pleasure become work but it had and Quest had awoken my lust for this lifestyle again.

Thirdly the trip had so far been wonderful, the riding amazing but the beauty of Purros and the time alone overlooking the camp had got me thinking I am chasing the Dollar and not life. This is life and work is getting in the way of it, Jaco had said to me earlier when I voiced my concern that the one needs the other. I am not convinced yet and will one day work out how I can LIVE and stop existing.

For me Purros, the day leading up to it and the day that followed was special. I was for the first time in a long time at peace. For that Hardy and Barend I will be eternally grateful. Thank you.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on October 31, 2017, 04:27:03 pm
This is life and work is getting in the way of it, Jaco had said to me earlier when I voiced my concern that the one needs the other. I am not convinced yet and will one day work out how I can LIVE and stop existing.

Man if we could only work out how to live and not exist. But money always gets in the way. 
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on October 31, 2017, 04:35:59 pm
This is life and work is getting in the way of it, Jaco had said to me earlier when I voiced my concern that the one needs the other. I am not convinced yet and will one day work out how I can LIVE and stop existing.

Man if we could only work out how to live and not exist. But money always gets in the way.

For me this was quite a big thing as up until then I have always thought I enjoy what I do. Now I am not so sure. Being a business owner in retail is not what it was 20years ago. Ouch that makes me feel old!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on October 31, 2017, 04:43:37 pm
"This came to a crashing end in Purros when I felt I wanted to share this wonderful place with my better half and could not get hold of her, we eventually spoke but I am not sure if she realized how special that was and how special that place had become to me."
                                                                                                                                                      - Throttle Jockey


You and me both Glenn..

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 31, 2017, 07:48:53 pm
working through my gopro footage of Day 9 in Purros canyon at the moment....


here is a little teaser   :imaposer: :imaposer:


Kamanya thought that Throttle Jockey was working hard and needed to cool down and hydrate  :imaposer:

It was all in good fun and it showed how much we were enjoying the canyon.





photo below...   having a laugh about it at the next stop.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on October 31, 2017, 09:18:51 pm
Forgive me Father for I have sinned

I have to confess that I have missed some deadlines on updating the report and have been punished accordingly.

I had to scroll back to my last proper post and this not only made me relive the adventure but I also had to see pictures of Kamanya’s extraordinarily hairy body - made me think of that program - Ripley’s Believe it or not.

Some things have still not changed for me:

1. I want to go back everyday

2. I still love the AT.

As I have missed a few days and in order not to bore anyone I’ll post a few random pictures just to catch up.

Hardy told us before the trip that technology sometimes does not work out in the Kaokoland. They had everything planned to a T.

Tau stuck to the old school way of doing things.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/8f9492277799b1640861fb731b422a81.jpg)

The riverbeds was simply amazing. Once you get up to speed and float the sand it feels like rally racing - I guess.
And yes it is both sandy and rocky.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/eee8127fa8e8394adde5c51beeba03d9.jpg)

That afternoon we got served with the best jaffles for lunch. It was a very welcome break.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/acdbc6d463b32f3c5d9ef363f06b15d1.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/1589f183759888ef855b308d49fc0931.jpg)

Puros really is a special place. Something in my opinion that can only be experienced, not explained.

I was looking forward to the “maintenance day” hoping to get some rest, but alas it was anything but.

We serviced the bikes and cleaned it ourselves. I’ll confess that I saw the others taking their bikes for a wash and wanted to do the same but Barbara said no. We do it ourselves and she saw to it that we do a proper job.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/1b6dc5a6c88e96d1fbf327e24dc5ad5a.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/71f1b928d825006db8258cb1f1b39f73.jpg)

As far as I know only 2 teams washed and cleaned the bikes themselves. Hardy asked us about it and I am still not sure whether it was a good or bad thing that we did it ourselves.

Today that very same bike belongs to Barbara and she must be chuffed that she looked after it so well.

Despite everybody being in competition mode there was some time to just enjoy this very special place as a group of friends.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/b7ac1130dcb4f67b1621d035d0582959.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/8328528dcc7bda6a9d47ae1140c13339.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/5eda63e482f0e2dae5e685f6ec26edd8.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/e37f8142f274d88687a5db16e3399de2.jpg)

This was also the only day of the trip that we did washing. Not only the bikes but the very dirty and smelly kit as well.

And then it was time to move on. We were all cleaned up and the repairs done ready for the final days. Still hoping this will never end.



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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on October 31, 2017, 09:39:15 pm
Ha! Remember how much the miggies schmaaked Tau
Must be cos he's such a sweet young thing
:rofl:(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171031/e77a3a74ce29f3c86c0ba9ae540c6485.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 31, 2017, 10:18:38 pm
Day 9   Purros to Palmwag.

Early morning we set out again, Quickly crossing the sandy riverbed and getting on the road to the canyon.  We were thoroughly briefed before we headed out  about the dangers of elephants and lions in the area and that we needed to be extra cautious today.

Getting to the canyon meant we had to cross a couple of sandy bits.... very sandy bits, but before we knew it we were in the canyon enjoying the first water we were able to play in for what felt like a month.

The canyon itself is spectacular and it was a complete jol riding there!    Its almost like Seweweekspoort, but without the busy paved road and traffic, and a lot more sand as you need to ride in the river most of the time. It is perfect adventure riding terrain and I would recommend Purros and the canyon as a must see for anyone that visits the north of Namibia. This is the part of the trip where I got the most video on my gopro..... I just couldnt turn it off.

Here is a 10minute video that I stiched together, It shows you just how spectacular the riding in the canyon was.    Sand , rocky areas, water crossings, wild animals , and a lot of friends (this includes the crew even though they had to stay impartial) to enjoy it with. And how can I forget...  lots and lots of miggies.  In the video you will see them whenever we stop. I just kept my helmet on, but the little f#$^#rs got in anyway and then they were trapped inside.  Tau had his own solution as per the photo above McSack posted

 

(Unfortunately the video lost a lot of quality in the upload process.  )





Here are a few pics I took as well:


Kamanya busy making a video update:
(https://i.imgur.com/ODixKOU.jpg)

Some pics in the canyon:
(https://i.imgur.com/CIYEygR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DLpiAEI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NFMzMhW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Eq32knz.jpg)



As mentioned already we did come across a couple of ellies in the canyon and after scoping the situation it was decided that the convoy would turn around.  There was three elephants,   a cow with a calf and a bull.   The bull was standing about 15m away from the road, and before we set of on a return path, one of the cruisers tried his luck to get past and evaluate. As the cruiser came close to the bull though, he showed clear signs that he was agitated and because we didnt know how he would react to 22 bikes the final call was made that we would indeed turn around.

So we backtracked out of the canyon and took the gravel road leading down through the Giribes Plains to Sesfontein and from there again we headed south to Palmwag

Just as we got out of the canyon, we had to cross one last dry riverbed with some really deep sand and a climb out of the river on the other side. McSack was right in front of me and when the coast was clear ahead, he gave it horns!   Everything went well up to the climb out of the riverbed where the bike took a bit of a different route and launched up a vertical ledge of the riverbank of about 0.5m high.
From where I stood, it looked spectacular!  but I didnt see the fall (although I knew he had) because I was on the lower side of the ledge.  I just saw him catching air and then a cloud of dust where the bike landed.   
The first person on the scene to help him, held up his arms in a cross to call @ockiemedic  and my heart sank thinking he has broken something ( after ockies's lectures at bootcamp my first thought was he broke his femur  ::))  I relayed the sign for help and when Ockie saw me  he charged his bakkie over to where he could assist McSack.
After checking him out he got the ok and decided to get on the bike again so off we set again on our way to Palmwag...........    big respect for you there @McSack ...  that fall looked EINA! 





Having our lunchpacks on the road to palmwag:
(https://i.imgur.com/K97GZdz.jpg)


look at the scenery! 
(https://i.imgur.com/8Q7GLQS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/m8QubmW.jpg)


Rolling into the Campsite in Palmwag we were told that we just missed a elephant passing through the camp.
The campsite at Palmwag is of top quality...   good camping spots, great ablutions and showers and more important a watering hole (that we visited later the evening when we were done with formalities and got the ok from management  ;D)

Sun setting in Palmwag....
look at that smile  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/irv5ChN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fkwO3o8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Jxx7Goz.jpg)

enjoying a few cold ones. before we headed to our stretchers.
(https://i.imgur.com/hF78y3R.jpg)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 31, 2017, 10:20:35 pm
Forgive me Father for I have sinned

I have to confess that I have missed some deadlines on updating the report and have been punished accordingly.

I had to scroll back to my last proper post and this not only made me relive the adventure but I also had to see pictures of Kamanya’s extraordinarily hairy body - made me think of that program - Ripley’s

................................................

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Some awesom pics there....   my battery died just as we got to our hour of solitude so I couldnt take any pics at the viewpoint.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on October 31, 2017, 10:51:17 pm
Besides what has been already mentioned I have little to add till the second last day (will post about that later). Except, I had mentioned earlier that we where getting to the riding I enjoy and O was it way better than expectations. The section after Van Zyl's till Sesfontein was perticularly special for me for a number of reasons.

First being that I had,had very little contact with home. This was self inflicted as I wanted little influence from business and home life on my mind, I wanted to bathe in this experience. This came to a crashing end in Purros when I felt I wanted to share this wonderful place with my better half and could not get hold of her, we eventually spoke but I am not sure if she realized how special that was and how special that place had become to me.

Secondly being the usual planning agent, route plotter and logistic guy I had decided before the trip that I would take the role of a sheep in contrast to the norm and just follow the "lion" where ever he pointed I would go, even if it was to hell and back. This was working really well as I had become so into the ride that real life had become a distant memory. I was living in the moment, so much so that I recall every turn and obstacle but now my brain had become a sponge absorbing the beauty and very little else, like the names of places and rivers etc. This I am sure showed later in the test where I felt like a sub A student in a matric exam. Ironically as I unpack the trip everything is coming back to me. I had set out to enjoy what I had lost over the years by being the station master and wow had I found it! I had always been very mindful and careful that I did not let my pleasure become work but it had and Quest had awoken my lust for this lifestyle again.

Thirdly the trip had so far been wonderful, the riding amazing but the beauty of Purros and the time alone overlooking the camp had got me thinking I am chasing the Dollar and not life. This is life and work is getting in the way of it, Jaco had said to me earlier when I voiced my concern that the one needs the other. I am not convinced yet and will one day work out how I can LIVE and stop existing.

For me Purros, the day leading up to it and the day that followed was special. I was for the first time in a long time at peace. For that Hardy and Barend I will be eternally grateful. Thank you.

Funny enough this is was something I struggled with as well.   I am also used to being the one to plan and plot the route and this has in the past helped me to get a understanding of what to expect, and to know where we were headed.  It helped me know the place names and the things of importance to look out for when I plan the route and it makes me feel more prepared.   

As I sit here now writing the report, I have my mapsource open trying to plot the route that we took so I can get a better idea of the places and their names and then yes, I also relive the roads and obstacles.
On the trip I had to live in the moment and trust in the direction the Tau was leading. Dont get me wrong, its not that I doubted him at any moment whatsoever. It was just an adjustment for me to not know the route before we set out and to blindly follow as you put it like sheep.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on November 01, 2017, 11:24:09 am
Besides what has been already mentioned I have little to add till the second last day (will post about that later). Except, I had mentioned earlier that we where getting to the riding I enjoy and O was it way better than expectations. The section after Van Zyl's till Sesfontein was perticularly special for me for a number of reasons.

First being that I had,had very little contact with home. This was self inflicted as I wanted little influence from business and home life on my mind, I wanted to bathe in this experience. This came to a crashing end in Purros when I felt I wanted to share this wonderful place with my better half and could not get hold of her, we eventually spoke but I am not sure if she realized how special that was and how special that place had become to me.

Secondly being the usual planning agent, route plotter and logistic guy I had decided before the trip that I would take the role of a sheep in contrast to the norm and just follow the "lion" where ever he pointed I would go, even if it was to hell and back. This was working really well as I had become so into the ride that real life had become a distant memory. I was living in the moment, so much so that I recall every turn and obstacle but now my brain had become a sponge absorbing the beauty and very little else, like the names of places and rivers etc. This I am sure showed later in the test where I felt like a sub A student in a matric exam. Ironically as I unpack the trip everything is coming back to me. I had set out to enjoy what I had lost over the years by being the station master and wow had I found it! I had always been very mindful and careful that I did not let my pleasure become work but it had and Quest had awoken my lust for this lifestyle again.

Thirdly the trip had so far been wonderful, the riding amazing but the beauty of Purros and the time alone overlooking the camp had got me thinking I am chasing the Dollar and not life. This is life and work is getting in the way of it, Jaco had said to me earlier when I voiced my concern that the one needs the other. I am not convinced yet and will one day work out how I can LIVE and stop existing.

For me Purros, the day leading up to it and the day that followed was special. I was for the first time in a long time at peace. For that Hardy and Barend I will be eternally grateful. Thank you.

Funny enough this is was something I struggled with as well.   I am also used to being the one to plan and plot the route and this has in the past helped me to get a understanding of what to expect, and to know where we were headed.  It helped me know the place names and the things of importance to look out for when I plan the route and it makes me feel more prepared.   

As I sit here now writing the report, I have my mapsource open trying to plot the route that we took so I can get a better idea of the places and their names and then yes, I also relive the roads and obstacles.
On the trip I had to live in the moment and trust in the direction the Tau was leading. Dont get me wrong, its not that I doubted him at any moment whatsoever. It was just an adjustment for me to not know the route before we set out and to blindly follow as you put it like sheep.

Agreed. I have the tracks. So a bit easier. I notice the river bed that runs through Purros (Hoarusib) joins up with the Khumib where we rode before the Jaffel stop (21.7km back) would love to ride that next time! We would love the last section of the river bed and the corrugated red road though. I also wonder if we had gone down the Purros canyon when we exited would we have stayed against the restricted area til Palmwag, another reason amongst many to return to that area.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on November 01, 2017, 11:27:40 am
"This came to a crashing end in Purros when I felt I wanted to share this wonderful place with my better half and could not get hold of her, we eventually spoke but I am not sure if she realized how special that was and how special that place had become to me."
                                                                                                                                                      - Throttle Jockey


You and me both Glenn..

I regularly think what it would be like to build a over landing accommodation spot there with amenities such as fuel, food and such. I would think it would not sit well with the locals though.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on November 01, 2017, 07:54:16 pm
Love the Purros Canyon vid  :thumleft: There is some bitchin sand there, for sure  ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 02, 2017, 07:07:55 am
Love the Purros Canyon vid  :thumleft: There is some bitchin sand there, for sure  ;)

 :thumleft:

Unfortunately my kamara wasnt rolling when we did the deepest sand.  But you get the idea 😁
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 02, 2017, 09:57:18 pm
Love the Purros Canyon vid  :thumleft: There is some bitchin sand there, for sure  ;)

wait for day 10  ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on November 02, 2017, 10:03:00 pm
Love the Purros Canyon vid  :thumleft: There is some bitchin sand there, for sure  ;)

wait for day 10  ;)

Seriously looking forward to that  :thumleft: Most of us rock spiders up here in Gangsters Paradise struggle with deep sand riding, at least on big bikes  ;)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 02, 2017, 10:15:26 pm
Love the Purros Canyon vid  :thumleft: There is some bitchin sand there, for sure  ;)

wait for day 10  ;)

Seriously looking forward to that  :thumleft: Most of us rock spiders up here in Gangsters Paradise struggle with deep sand riding, at least on big bikes  ;)

just worked through the videos and photos now...   will upload 2 videos this time,  lots of footage.  LOTS of sand  ;D
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 02, 2017, 11:46:11 pm
Day 10   Palmwag - Brandberg

The goal for the penultimate day was to get to Brandberg,  and I thought that the technical riding was behind us, I mean , we are probably only going to do gravel highway from here as we are almost ending the trip right?     right?        wrong!     
There was still another surprise headed our way and in my eyes the organising crew left the best for last!

First part of the day went exactly as I thought the rest of the day would go,  Gravel highways to Twyfelfontein where you can have a look at some rock art.
Everyone was in good spirits.  we were making good time, however the crew seemed edgy and wanted to keep going.    in hindsight that should have been a clue as to what is waiting for us.

Twyfelfontein
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Rock art:
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This one looks like a pig...... on wheels?     were there BMs back then as well?  :pot:
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From Twyfelfontein we went to Verbrande berg, and from there the road was awesome!   2 spoor gravel with rocks here and there winding through spectacular scenery, I really enjoyed this part!  And everyone was still in high spirit!  (exept the crew that wanted to push on)
watch the first video for this part, it really is awesome riding area!



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Welwitschia Mirabilis:
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Scenery
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Soon however we hit a sandy riverbed again and it took us quite a while to get past it.  This was not sand like we have seen before, The two riverbeds that we rode in on the day before Purros had some grit inbetween that made it easier.  This however was loose sand only.   

After crossing the sandy bit, Minxy came to me and said how disappointed she was that the sand was over as she wanted more!   Tau however came to her rescue and informed us that the sand only just started! and that we can expect 40-50kms more of it before we would end the day.    (later on Minxy withdrew her comment and said that she had enough sand for one day  :imaposer:)

So it all clicked!  that was why the crew seemed edgy and kept pushing us on in the beginning of the day on the gravel highway....  they knew what was still to come.

The further we went the softer and deeper the sand seemed to get!  however as soon as you get your momentum going you are ok......  you just need to keep going.

At this stage I was really thankful for the sand lessons that I received from Kamanya in the previous days.   I think if the whole event route was reversed and I had to get this sand on day 2, It would have been a completely different ballgame and I would have suffered bigtime!

Here is another video starting with the climb known as Land cruiser hill and through the sand to where Brandberg can be seen in the distance.



View of the road we came from.
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Because the difficult part of this riding was to get your momentum up, the orders came that once you got going you need to keep going.  There was a couple of guys including Tau , Kamanya and Scrat that would sweep and help anyone that was struggling.
I would be lying if I said I didn't fall.  In fact I believe I fell 3 times in this sand, once being hard enough to almost knock my wind out.  I was cruising along in a mid 3rd gear when my front wheel washed out and I went flying......   and with my luck my fall found the only piece of hard dirt for a 10km radius  :imaposer:  I was quickly up again though and we pushed on to where the front running guys waited for everyone to catch up.


waiting in the sand for the others:
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The direction we came from:
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From here it was about 10 -15 kms of sand before we started hitting hard gravel again.  And if I remember correct, it was during this part that Charliepappa had his big tumble as shown on the professional footage.
I was standing next to the camera crew at that stage, having a bit of a breather when Ian (the drone pilot) turned around wide eyed and shouted " he went over the handlebars! "
This sounded bad!  and I decided to get over to where he fell to check on him. By the time I got there  a couple of the other guys already picked up the bike and CP gave the thumbsup to show he was ok and we continued on  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Now I have seen people comment on his fall that he should have been riding in the road.  I can tell you that the road was way worse than picking lines in the veld.   everyone of us took an offroad line at some stage,  he was just unlucky to get not only one but two successive "aartvark gate"  that caused the tumble.

Just as we got close to Brandberg though, Johannes got a puncture, but this time it actually damaged the sidewall of the tyre as well.  If pressed we could probably have fixed it well enough to continue but luckily there was a spare tyre on one of the cruisers and soon we had him up and running again.




Brandberg:
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Tired and with sand in places it should not be we rode into camp to set up.

That night it was my turn to do my presentation....   like I said, the crew saved the best for last  :P ;)

I could not however think of a better place to do my presentation on Kilimanjaro (highest mountain in Africa), than right next to Brandberg (the highest mountain in Namibia).

After my presentation, Hardy told us that the scores are so close at that moment, that they decided to add a quick written test to spread out the field a bit.
So we had to answer 40 questions about the presentations the contestants gave, questions about the trip, as well as other general knowledge questions about Namibia.

Then later that night we were all given 5 minutes to do another presentation, about a charity or humanitarian project that you are either involved with or would like to be involved with.   
I will elaborate more about my presentation in another post because it also had some effects on me the night at palmwag that I still need to share.

That night after all the formalities were done, we sat around the fire, with Kamanya showing us his method of keeping warm by moving some of the coals of the fire under your chair.  (yes it was a cold night in Namibia)
Sharing another round of beers that some of the guys were so generous to go buy for us.
That night sleep came easy and in fact I think I might have already dozed off while sitting around the fire.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 03, 2017, 06:58:43 am
Day 9 - Purros to Palmwag



Not much can be added to the account of events by Andrew and Philip.

After Hardy and the team's emotional roller coaster event of the previous evening, I woke up with my head as clear as mud. 

Being number 20, I was last to be placed the previous evening and first to be informed that our time was up and instructed to saddle up and head out back to camp.  I remember Hardy stopping and asking me if I was OK.  My words were restricted to "Jy doen dit f@kken nooit weer aan my nie", still with a lump in my throat.  He had this huge grin on his face that I will never forget.  At that moment my respect for this gentle giant was instilled for life.  Barend asked me the same question from the back of the Cruiser, but with much greater concern, obviously also unfamiliar what this time of solitude can bring.   :lol8:

So off we go on the morning of day 9 with a slight feeling of nostalgia that it is fast becoming the end of the adventure.  One thing is for sure, the moment you start thinking too long, the route throws you a little surprise.  The first one for the day was crossing the riverbed to get to the canyon entrance.  Sand, sand and more sand, much to the elation of the group which have now, notwithstanding a couple of falls, become much more comfortable with the sand monster.

I will do the canyon with its varying terrain and water crossings an injustice trying to describe it in my Afrikaanse Engels.  It's simply something that you have to experience for yourself.

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The elephants in the background.

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Some of the awesome professional photos.

Clinton

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Gerrit (Scrat)

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It was somewhat disappointed that we could not complete the canyon loop, but on the other hand also an enticement to come back for some unfinished business.  Despite there being a calf with the group of elephants that caused our early turn around, Hardy also explained that Jabu, the young bull, is renowned to be difficult and it simply was not worth risking the group's safety.

Exiting the canyon where we entered was another mission on it's own.  The drop down the river bank that we descended had a very bad dip at the bottom, which was a lot easier on the descend opposed to the ascend.  It only took one or two guys before the rest of the group opted for a better line and a lesser incline slightly to the right.  This is also where we witnessed Grant's spectacular, yet very eina, crash.  Jip, it was a crash, not a fall.  How he got up, the pain obvious on his face, later turning into a smile again, got onto his bike and off we went, is still beyond me. 

After re-grouping outside Purros, the road was relatively easy going again, yet filled with fantastic scenery.  The sand highway (seen from about 02:08 on the day's video) was certainly a highlight for me.

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Another stop along the way.

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Re-fueling

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Stopping to have a look at the giraffe.

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Driving into the familiar Palmwag everyone was again in high spirit.  Hennie delivered his presentation that evening and had everyone rolling in laughter.  "Mensvreter" received a completely new meaning that evening.   :imaposer:

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 03, 2017, 07:35:55 am
Andries was the other presenter in Palmwag, telling us everything about the history of Honda.  This was very interesting and a great pity that the feared 15 minute talk all of a sudden came to a premature end.  One day I still want to hear the whole story.  (And try and remember it  ::))

The challenge for the day was riding in wet boots since we left Purros canyon.  The Gaerne SG's are great boots, but unbeknown to me, fitted with a non return valve.  What goes in, never comes out, apart from your feet that is.  I will refrain from posting pics of what my feet looked like, but it was bloody sore that evening.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Dustman on November 03, 2017, 08:00:51 am
Yis one needs a couple of days with nothing to do to really enjoy this thread. Thanks to the guys writing it up. It is great work.  :deal: :deal: :deal: :deal: :lamer: :lamer: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on November 03, 2017, 10:25:58 pm
Thanks for the vids - brilliant,but develish sand, which honestly remains a massive challenge for me on a big bike.It seems however that most in the group could master it  ;D
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 07, 2017, 10:04:15 am
When you spend such a concentrated amount of time together, there’s far more to the adventure than just riding.

See Phillip and I in our tent on the left there? This picture of Kobus' in Palmwag has a much bigger story behind it…

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At Winhoek, we were told that at some point, we would have to present a charitable humanitarian idea that would be worthy of being supported by Honda and Specialised adventures. Not a lot of detail was given other than that. On the rest day Phillip told me of his;

He was going to suggest supporting a kid with a specific cancer of the blood as he had a friend whose daughter was going through this. Maybe she could be the beneficiary of this cause?

It was laudable, but, I was anticipating that this exercise wasn’t just about a good idea. It would also contribute to our competition and count in ways that spoke to being a future brand ambassador. My thinking was, not only are they looking for the best team out here in the bush, but they would have to also become spokespeople for the brand after the fact. Being able to speak a clear corporate message that reflects passion and compassion would be a good thing. Towards this end I tried to be diplomatic, but using cold logic said, “realistically, I don’t see Honda getting behind one little white girl. It’s tragic but what’s the message? Can you somehow tie it to a bigger picture that Honda can use? Maybe a current cancer project that focuses on types often contracted by kids?”

Phillip grasped the message but seemed a little quiet. I presumed it had to do with empathy for his friends plight and left it at that.

So, we put up that tent there and I was busy doing whatever and finally got a moment to lay down and catch up with the WhatsApp group. Phillip came in, sat down heavily, clearly something was up; he's normally a pretty unflappable sort. The photo was taken right about here.

“Hey, what’s up?” I gently enquired,

He couldn’t speak for a few moments and was close to tears, my mind was racing whilst waiting for him to gather himself, “shit! he must have received some terrible news”.

Finally he manged to get it out; Due to his being close to his friends daughters cancer, some of her symptoms were also coming up in his daughter recently. His wife and he were greatly worried that she too may have it. They’d decided to have her checked out as soon as he had returned from Quest. Unbeknownst to him, whilst he was on Quest, his wife had managed to get some tests done and that day the results had come back. She’d typed out a very long message with the results only at the end. As he’d started reading it, and realising what the message was about, he’d gotten a huge fright and with mounting dread kept reading through the explanations and story. By the time he’d got to the end and finally the good news – she was clear - he was a wreck.

Such a rollercoaster of emotions! I was nearly in tears too after his retelling. I felt like a prize prick as well; just the day before, I’d shot down his idea, not realising that it was a LOT more personal for him.

I apologised for being insensitive. He would have none of it as how was I to know, and plus, I was right about the overall.

We had a good chat about life and stuff and much later had a few good beers. Such things happen on adventures, it’s not all about the bike but the stories and people one goes with that make the difference.

He’s a good man.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on November 07, 2017, 10:24:35 am
Opuwo treated us to an amazing sunrise! Today we would head to the Angolan border and to Epupa falls. The last time I was in Angola I was there on official business without a passport. This time around we would stand in Namibia and look over to Angola. Memories both good and bad filled my head as we rode toward Epupa falls and the glimpse of Angola. These were memories of a time in my life when we were supposed to be young and carefree. This however were not to be. We saw and experienced and did things all beyond our age. We made friends and we lost friends all in a very short time span. We got scarred mentally and emotionally and we moved on. The closer we got to the border the more my thoughts went away to close to 30 years ago when I did what I believed was right! Sometimes it does help to visit these places in your mind again. Open the rooms up. Give them some air. Get all the stale stagnated air and smells out. Refresh yourself and carry on!

The ride out of Opuwo was Rockstar like!! Riding in a convoy with spectators lined next to the road. Ag ek bedoel voetgangers langs die pad! I felt alive although my mind was racing with thoughts suppressed for years. We left the metropole of Opuwo behind. The Capitol of Kaokoland. Soon we settled into the rhythm of the road and headed towards Swartbooisdrift.


We stopped at the Dorsland trekkers memorial and had lunch there. This with a view of Angola. I have to go back to Angola some or other time! Maybe another bucket list trip. Spirits were as high as the temeprture guage on this day. Ockie was going around with his ice cold water and cold drink. Whata medic!!
Hardy warned us of the road heading up along the Kunene River as we left Swartboois drift. My mind was still in places that I don’t really visit anymore. On this day I opened up a lot of unopened places for the first time in years, maybe decades.

We went through a small settlement with goats and dogs around. I was riding the DCT on this day. The DCT afforded me the luxury to have a wondering mind. We hit the first sandy river crossing and I went down. My DCT was in Namibia and my mind in Angola. The sand monster got me and I had to wake up back to reality quite fast. That settled and sorted my mind back on track I got through the sand. Thanks John Tau and Twister.

Onwards and upwards of so se hulle!! Riding along the Kunene River was absolutely a site to behold. Lush green vegetation. Green and bloody hot!! Numerous pictures of HONDA Africa Twin temperature dials going around to confirm the heat. We had to stop a few times to repair punctures. We just headed for the shade as fast as possible.

As KTMKobus explained we had to wait for Johannes and Tyrebraaier as they had a puncture. Myself, KTMKobus, Scrat and Twister were sitting in the shade waiting for them to catch up again. These were good times. Where new friendships were formed and any competition forgotten. It was only an adventure with friends doing what they do!! Earlier at Epuwo we found a red buff hanging over our wash line. We could not find the owner and we packed the buff away. Skywalker materialised out of nowhere like these sky walkers do and was looking for his buff. I knew I had it and I knew I packed it away but for the life of me I just could not remember where! Ouderdom is ‘n bliksem. Well I found it!! Whilst I was busy with my little tutorial on the Makalani palm tree used for beer and its pods used for curios I somehow found the buff stuffed into my jacket pocket. Skywalker was later very relieved to get his buff back as it had some sentimental value!

We eventually got going again. We got to our campsite for the evening. What a campsite. Fever tress right next to the Kunene River. What a spot. We set up camp. Unloaded the Iveco. I had my talk this evening. Ag nee so I couldn’t go to the pools but relieved to be able to finish my talk.
We all went up to the bar on a beautiful deck. Barend Fouche bought a round of beer and a coke and a Savannah. What a stunning view over the falls and Angola. Epupa is really a beautiful place. Do yourself the favour and visit.

Myself, Johannes and Skywalker had our talks on this evening at Epupa. Whilst we were busy with our talks Hinksding fell into the pool! What makes this a funny story is the fact that there was no water in the pool! Could have ended badly! We filled the bikes as well as some of the vehicles to get them lighter for the road ahead. Tomorrow we will start our approach to Van Zyls. Oom Ben built a special kind of stupid that we challenge ourselves against with modern equipment. In my mind I could just see how Ben van Zyl et al did Van Zyls pass with vehicles with drum brakes all around and no fancy 4x4 assist buttons you could use. These guys were the true adventurers.

We had a good night’s sleep under the stars and a mosquito net. Hardy’s words echoing in our minds about the day that lay ahead. John Tau read us a message he received from Rickus regarding Van Zyls pass. We were also informed about the abandoned KTM that had to be evacuated left behind somewhere in God’s country. Nonetheless sleep was good. I had the EDBLO of stretchers!!

Epupa to Van Zyls camp.
Morning dawned all too soon as it did everyday. We awoke with the sound of the Kunene River in the background. What would today hold for us? The first 70km flew by within the hour as predicted. With the sun rising on our left we were cruising on the dirt highways. We soon reached Okongwati. Here we regrouped and John Tau placed us in our new convoy format. Lekker man lekker!! Off we go. Not far out of town and we hit the first sandy riverbed. Johannes went down in spectacular fashion. Caught on TV. Man if this was the sign of things to come. As Kamanya explained we had the first ïssues” with a DCT. Grants bike had a bit of an issue after his fall but that was soon remedied and off we went.
The rest of the days riding was rocky with thorn bush. Great stuff I like. We enjoyed the riding although there was a puncture or two. We had the first steep rocky climb of the day and I suffered from short legs. Man o man. When I put the foot down I needed another few inches and down I went. KTMKobus did his best sprint with Twister on his heels to try and catch my fall but alas the boys are just not fast enough.
McSack had his incident just ahead of me. I was the first medically qualified person to reach him. When he saw me he blurted out that he is ok and doesn’t need any assistance. Did I mention I am a veterinarian? Mcsack was hit the only rock in that section with his ribs. He went down hard.
We go to Van Zyls camp. What a beautiful setting under the Anna trees. In the riverbed. It was truly amazing. God’s country. Here we prepared a large fire pit in the river bed and we had the evening talks in a stunning setting. Once again the food was great and we had a camp spot under the trees where we also had a good night’s rest. Tomorrow we will face the Van Zyls pass!!

We woke up to a beautiful morning under the Anna trees. We were truly blessed. Today we will face and hopefully conquer Van Zyls pass. Breakfast was great as always. Iveco loaded bikes had their pre ride check and we were ready. We had to get our sand legs early in the morning to get back through the riverbed.
Once through the riverbed we set out on the days ride. Not far out of camp we got the first rocky descents and steps. Nope this is not Van Zyls yet!! The route all the way to Van Zyls lookout was rocky and absolutely amazing. Views were stunning. We got to Van Zyls look out. Wow wow and wow. This is truly Gods country. We had a photo shoot with the bikes all lined up.

Then we headed down to oom Ben se pass. It got real. We parked the bikes and John then called us through. With the help of everyone I got through without any incidence. Early days! We all helped and made sure that the other contestants all got through in one piece as well.
Shortly after the steps we had a bit of carnage. As Hardy said earlier the section was washed out. Skywalker fell over right in front of me, then Charliepappa feel over in the same place. Low and behold I went over in exactly the same place. I fell on a rock that caused a dent in the Africa Twins tank.
We eventually got to the bottom of Van Zyls. Wrote our names on a rock and promptly hit the Marienfluss sand. Lekker man lekker. We had to get through some red sand and another rocky pass before we got to Marble camp. We were still in for some good riding.
Sand sand and more sand. Just got my rock feet sorted and now I need my sand feet. Oh wait no. Maybe I need a combo of sand and rock! Ok. We will go with a combo. Before we hit Jouberts pass we had another flat tyre. Lost count of how many and who had the flat. Between bike 1 and 17 the compressors were out and puncture sorted in no time. We sailed over Jouberts pass and we were blessed with no incidents. We regrouped and headed for Marble camp. What a lekker campsite. Spirits were high after conquering Oom Ben se pass. Later that evening some more spirits went around but alas splitting a bottle of rum between the contestants is no mean feat. Everyone was happy and team 9 and 10 was on cooking duty. As mentioned by KTM Kobus and Scrat the ladies from the crew made us look good with the tasty marinade they prepared for our steaks.
During the evening I was woken up by a noise in the river. I am quite a light sleeper. I took my torch and shone it into the river. There was a donkey family of three standing under the trees in the riverbed close to us. Maybe there way of feeling safe. As far as I can recall Skywalker went to relieve himself during the night in the riverbed. He got the fright of his life when the family of donkeys decided to move quite close to him.

Next morning after preparing a stunning breakfast and doing the dishes we were off heading for Purros. What more can I say about this day. Sand and more glorious sand. When faced with the decision to get out of the river I decided to get out and Twister was to carry on. I was riding the manual and he was on the DCT. Not long after we regrouped with the rest of the guys that got out of the river earlier we met up the sand masters again. From there on it was river bed all the way. It was fun. I have never ridden in so much sand on an Adventure bike. I got the hang of it and I really enjoyed it. The Africa Twin made me do it!!
Quick stop for the now famous jaffels. They went down like a home sick puppy!! From here we went through glorious land scape. Namibia is truly a place of contrasts. Namibia has really crept into my veins.
We got to Purros rest camp. An oasis beyond what one can describe with words. Much has been said about Purros in this report already but do yourself a favour. Go and experience it for yourself.
Purros service station erupted the next morning. Spanners is geswaai and we serviced the bikes. Team work was brilliant and everyone made sure that the environment was kept clean. Clothes was washed and clean for a change at $Nam5 per big ticket clothing item.
Janco and Mark let us know that we will have an activity that afternoon. No bike kit needed just boots and helmet. Speculation was rife. We left camp and was taken into the desert by Hardy. Dropped off at with about 200-300m between teams. From number 1 to number 20 was close on 4kilos.
We were left in the desert with our own thoughts. At first my brain was racing all over the show. Then it settled and the desert around me came to life. Small birds, Gemsbok in the distance and my mind at peace with itself. Decisions were made. Tears were shed but I was happy. That hour in the 12 days Quest had the biggest impact on my life going forward.
Next morning we left Purros. Excitement was tangible as we were heading into the canyon. Unfortunately our way was blocked by the ellies who had other plans. We turned around and headed for sesfontein. Here we filled up and hit the mall!! Yeah I mean the local shop. Supplies was bought by everyone and the local economy had a small boost. We eventually got to Palmwag where another ellie awaited us. Palmwag is such an oasis. Definitely worth a visit.
Next morning we hit the road from Palmwag to Brandberg. Lekker maklik!! Ons kan mos nou al scooter ry. We hit the tourist highways and we eventually get to Twyfelfontein. Not too bad. Dis lekker warm. Now the word lekker can mean so many different things. For once it was just stifling hot. We take a quick stroll through Twyfelfontein. Rock art really great. Lawn lush green. Swimming pool so inviting. Tourist types sitting in the restaurant looking down at us poor souls. The one thing they don’t know is were heading for the sand!! Yeah man!!
Leaving Twyfelfontein we go to burnt mountain. First another puncture. We are spoilt at this point with some cold drinks from the instructors. Dankie Janco en Garron. It was good. From here we started getting twee spoor paadjies. Our first welwichia of the trip as well. We all stopped and had a look. Slowly catching the worm we started getting more sand. Slowly but surely the sand monster appeared and reared its head. We had a long river bed stretch with river sand. Boy old boy. I was jiving all over the AT but it made me look good. I had an awesome sand day with no issues. The sand was reddish. To get going was quite a struggle. Once on the sand you could plane and it was easier. Instructions was given that once you get going keep momentum and don’t stop. A couple of us got to the top. As you crested the majestic Brandberg lay ahead of you. Here we stopped and waited. I asked Johannes Haasbroek when this fearsome dune will hit us. His comment Jinne my Bra jys klaar met die duine. Dit was Land Cruiser hill. I was elated. The view was stunnig. Angus even brewd himself a cup of cold tea to celebrate.
Once everyone was here we started with some downhill sand riding. Very different and not easy at all. Eventually we got to camp at White lady. What a spectacular welcoming camp. A nice little quiz awaited us to settle some scores.
The next morning we heard there was some lion very close to the camp. Wow. Today was the last day on the bike and probably one of the most difficult as well due to long straight roads. Heat and later the week end traffic on our way back to Windhoek. John Tau got the last puncture of the trip 10kilos out of Windhoek at over a 100km/h. I was riding behind him. Donner hy was amper daarmee heen.  Daar is ‘n paar groot happe uit sy AT se seat gevat!! Well all is well that ends well. The end to a stunnig trip!!!!
My thoughts on the Africa Twin. I have always been a Honda fan but the new Africa Twin was admired from a distance. The DCT never even crossed my mind. At boot camp I had a couple of short rides on the AT. I took the DCT around the block and I was hooked. Between boot camp and actual Quest ADA gave me a demo for a week end or two. First week end was the DCT. I absolutely loved the bike. Effortless. It made me faster through corners and I could even enjoy the scenery without worrying about gears. The next week end was a manual. I really enjoyed this AT just as much as the DCT but in my mind the DCT was just better.
At the Quest I grabbed a DCT on day one out of Windhoek. This helped me getting comfortable riding adventure bikes again. As mentioned earlier this would be the fourth time this year riding an adventure bike. The DCT AT made it easy. It made me look good and gave me confidence. Throughout the Quest the AT delivered. On the day before Van Zyls and Van Zyls pass I was riding the DCT. It made my life easier. I used the manual function on most of these two days. The second gear on the AT is a tractor gear. You just chug along in 2nd and it eats up anything you can through at it. In my opinion the Africa Twin is probably the most underrated adventure bike in the market. Everything it does it does above average!!! There is nothing average on this bike. It’s a simple very effective bike. Built to last with the minimum electronics in. The suspension works well for me. My height and weight. The DCT in my opinion is the way forward. Nothing compares to it. The only negative comment regarding the DCT was the fact that 2nd gear pull away was not possible but I am sure Honda will remedy this with a software upgrade in the future.
If you haven’t been to your Honda dealer yet do yourself a favour and visit. Take the AT for a test drive, even better take the DCT. You will have a different opinion of the bike after riding it. Keep your eyes peeled. There will be Honda Test drive week ends held where you can test ride the AT and some other Honda’s in their natural habitat!!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 07, 2017, 10:53:48 am
As Hardy said earlier the section was washed out. Skywalker fell over right in front of me, then Charliepappa feel over in the same place. Low and behold I went over in exactly the same place. I fell on a rock that caused a dent in the Africa Twins tank.


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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on November 07, 2017, 11:18:52 am
When you spend such a concentrated amount of time together, there’s far more to the adventure than just riding.

See Phillip and I in our tent on the left there? This picture of Kobus' in Palmwag has a much bigger story behind it…

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At Winhoek, we were told that at some point, we would have to present a charitable humanitarian idea that would be worthy of being supported by Honda and Specialised adventures. Not a lot of detail was given other than that. On the rest day Phillip told me of his;

He was going to suggest supporting a kid with a specific cancer of the blood as he had a friend whose daughter was going through this. Maybe she could be the beneficiary of this cause?

It was laudable, but, I was anticipating that this exercise wasn’t just about a good idea. It would also contribute to our competition and count in ways that spoke to being a future brand ambassador. My thinking was, not only are they looking for the best team out here in the bush, but they would have to also become spokespeople for the brand after the fact. Being able to speak a clear corporate message that reflects passion and compassion would be a good thing. Towards this end I tried to be diplomatic, but using cold logic said, “realistically, I don’t see Honda getting behind one little white girl. It’s tragic but what’s the message? Can you somehow tie it to a bigger picture that Honda can use? Maybe a current cancer project that focuses on types often contracted by kids?”

Phillip grasped the message but seemed a little quiet. I presumed it had to do with empathy for his friends plight and left it at that.

So, we put up that tent there and I was busy doing whatever and finally got a moment to lay down and catch up with the WhatsApp group. Phillip came in, sat down heavily, clearly something was up; he's normally a pretty unflappable sort. The photo was taken right about here.

“Hey, what’s up?” I gently enquired,

He couldn’t speak for a few moments and was close to tears, my mind was racing whilst waiting for him to gather himself, “shit! he must have received some terrible news”.

Finally he manged to get it out; Due to his being close to his friends daughters cancer, some of her symptoms were also coming up in his daughter recently. His wife and he were greatly worried that she too may have it. They’d decided to have her checked out as soon as he had returned from Quest. Unbeknownst to him, whilst he was on Quest, his wife had managed to get some tests done and that day the results had come back. She’d typed out a very long message with the results only at the end. As he’d started reading it, and realising what the message was about, he’d gotten a huge fright and with mounting dread kept reading through the explanations and story. By the time he’d got to the end and finally the good news – she was clear - he was a wreck.

Such a rollercoaster of emotions! I was nearly in tears too after his retelling. I felt like a prize prick as well; just the day before, I’d shot down his idea, not realising that it was a LOT more personal for him.

I apologised for being insensitive. He would have none of it as how was I to know, and plus, I was right about the overall.

We had a good chat about life and stuff and much later had a few good beers. Such things happen on adventures, it’s not all about the bike but the stories and people one goes with that make the difference.

He’s a good man.

I agree that bike trips are much more than just a few bikers riding together. Its more important for me to be able to have proper, unpomplicated, relaxing interaction with my fellow riders when the helmets come off.We once had a chap join our group and every time he took off his lid he started to lecture the group on lines to be taken and not taken.....this to be done and that to be done in a particular way......these tyres to be fitted instead of the ones which your bike was fitted with and all sorts of other uncolicited advice and direction given  ::) Needless to say, he doesn't ride with the group anymore and the idle biking chatter has returned in the group :thumleft: Smart alexes ought to share their smartness with only themselves, at least on bike trips.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on November 07, 2017, 11:58:50 am
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on November 07, 2017, 01:22:13 pm
Beautiful phodies  :thumleft:
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Sheepman on November 07, 2017, 05:25:30 pm
Max the Panda's ride report " Travels through God's own motorcycle country " is corroborated by the Quest team's report and photos - there is something of everything for everyone, brave enough.... and in ABUNDANCE in that barren, but beautiful country.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 07, 2017, 08:31:10 pm
Ok so in my last report (Day 10)  I promised to tell you about something that happened at Palmwag that was related to the humanitarian project we were given the opportunity to pitch.

This story of Kamanya tells it almost perfectly.


When you spend such a concentrated amount of time together, there’s far more to the adventure than just riding.

See Phillip and I in our tent on the left there? This picture of Kobus' in Palmwag has a much bigger story behind it…

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At Winhoek, we were told that at some point, we would have to present a charitable humanitarian idea that would be worthy of being supported by Honda and Specialised adventures. Not a lot of detail was given other than that. On the rest day Phillip told me of his;

He was going to suggest supporting a kid with a specific cancer of the blood as he had a friend whose daughter was going through this. Maybe she could be the beneficiary of this cause?

It was laudable, but, I was anticipating that this exercise wasn’t just about a good idea. It would also contribute to our competition and count in ways that spoke to being a future brand ambassador. My thinking was, not only are they looking for the best team out here in the bush, but they would have to also become spokespeople for the brand after the fact. Being able to speak a clear corporate message that reflects passion and compassion would be a good thing. Towards this end I tried to be diplomatic, but using cold logic said, “realistically, I don’t see Honda getting behind one little white girl. It’s tragic but what’s the message? Can you somehow tie it to a bigger picture that Honda can use? Maybe a current cancer project that focuses on types often contracted by kids?”

Phillip grasped the message but seemed a little quiet. I presumed it had to do with empathy for his friends plight and left it at that.

So, we put up that tent there and I was busy doing whatever and finally got a moment to lay down and catch up with the WhatsApp group. Phillip came in, sat down heavily, clearly something was up; he's normally a pretty unflappable sort. The photo was taken right about here.

“Hey, what’s up?” I gently enquired,

He couldn’t speak for a few moments and was close to tears, my mind was racing whilst waiting for him to gather himself, “shit! he must have received some terrible news”.

Finally he manged to get it out; Due to his being close to his friends daughters cancer, some of her symptoms were also coming up in his daughter recently. His wife and he were greatly worried that she too may have it. They’d decided to have her checked out as soon as he had returned from Quest. Unbeknownst to him, whilst he was on Quest, his wife had managed to get some tests done and that day the results had come back. She’d typed out a very long message with the results only at the end. As he’d started reading it, and realising what the message was about, he’d gotten a huge fright and with mounting dread kept reading through the explanations and story. By the time he’d got to the end and finally the good news – she was clear - he was a wreck.

Such a rollercoaster of emotions! I was nearly in tears too after his retelling. I felt like a prize prick as well; just the day before, I’d shot down his idea, not realising that it was a LOT more personal for him.

I apologised for being insensitive. He would have none of it as how was I to know, and plus, I was right about the overall.

We had a good chat about life and stuff and much later had a few good beers. Such things happen on adventures, it’s not all about the bike but the stories and people one goes with that make the difference.

He’s a good man.


As Kamanya said, we were told about the pitch of the project in Windhoek when the adventure started.  Immediately I thought about a friend's kid (boy not a girl  ;) ) that is suffering from leukaemia.

This was close to home for me because, as parents can sometimes be overprotective and worry about things that you shouldn't, we started to worry as my daughter complained of the same symptoms the boy was having. (she is 4 and doesn't know the story so it wasn't imitating symtoms)
So my wife and I resolved that we would have the bloodtests done to be sure and to put everyones minds at ease.

So ever since we heard of the humanitarian pitch we would do, I would sit on the bike during the day, preparing myself for the presentation, at the same time that worry for my own kid would be present eating away at your peace (the hour of solitude on the rest day also gave me lots of time to think this one through).

Palmwag was the first time in a couple of days that we got proper signal and were able to communicate better with home (signal at Purros was spotty and difficult).

I got the message from my wife,  a long one,    thats never good.  :-\     so I started reading, and learned that they did the tests.   
As I read the longest message ever (it felt that way) I remember thinking to myself "just tell me what the results are!" 
Eventually at the end of the message she told me that all is good and the results are negative and that she did the test without me knowing because she didn't want me to worry anymore than I already was.
All the fatigue of the day, and the emotional roller-coaster of worry and now relief that all was ok rolled over me like a train! And although Kamanya said I was close to tears I think I actually had to wipe a few away.

The beers we had later was very welcome and in the end I decided to still present my friends kid in the humanitarian pitch as it was now not only close to home but already a big part of the trip.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 07, 2017, 09:11:34 pm

.....
During the evening I was woken up by a noise in the river. I am quite a light sleeper. I took my torch and shone it into the river. There was a donkey family of three standing under the trees in the riverbed close to us. Maybe there way of feeling safe. As far as I can recall Skywalker went to relieve himself during the night in the riverbed. He got the fright of his life when the family of donkeys decided to move quite close to him
.....


 :imaposer: :imaposer:  Ek het vergeet hiervan...

Nee dit was ek gewees.....       ek het middel van die nag opgestaan omdat ek klaar was met daai rum en bier wat ons gehad het,   my koplamp se batterye was oppad uit so die lig was maar flou. Volgende oomblik beweeg daai donkie so 10 meter van my af  :patch:       

Ek het amper n boom begin klim  :imaposer:




n hele paar nice fotos daarso  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 07, 2017, 10:21:47 pm
Day 11 - Brandberg to Windhoek

The last day finally arrived....unfortunately :-\   This truly was one of those trips that you just wanted to continue.  Later that night when Barend jokingly said: " Ok guys, who is up for round 2?  lets do the whole trip again!  this time the other way around"  There was no hesitation from anyone and all hands shot up in the air immediately.

Once again before we headed out , we were briefed and asked to be vigilant as we would be heading back into traffic and that there would be lots of it as the people of Windhoek would be heading out for the weekend.

One thing that I have to mention of this day was the amount of punctures!   I would not be surprised to learn that we (as a group) got more punctures on this day than all of the other days combined. I quite honestly stopped counting as it started to feel that we would stop every 10-20 kms.
The route for the day was only about 380kms of gravel highway and a lot of tar, yet we only reached Windhoek in the (very) late afternoon.

So we arrived at Honda Pupkewitz, right where we started off 11 days earlier and had to hand in the bikes.  :(...  no time for sentiment or to think about it, we had to hurry to the hotel as the gala evening and the announcement of the winners were to take place and we couldn't be late for that.

Once we got to the hotel we had a little bit of time to have a decent shower and put on some fresh clothes (that most of us tactically left at Honda) before we headed out to the gala evening. (I will rather not say anything about the state of the showers once we all got a turn  :imaposer:)

Walking in at the event I almost didn't recognise some of the guys  :imaposer:    everyone cleaned up nice!

So with a couple of speeches and some formalities done it was time for the big announcement!    Charl Potgieter (charliepappa) and Hennie van Heerden (Tyres) was declared the winners!

Anyone that claims they weren't at least little disappointed in not winning that awesome bikes would be lying through their teeth  ;D. Yes I fully agree that going on the trip was the big prize already and what an awesome prize it was! Winning it (and the bike) would have topped it all off though  :P

That said, I honestly cannot think of a worthier team to win this in the end and if I had to choose a winning team (objectively  :biggrin:) I would not choose any other.
Congratulations again to the winning team! ( @charliepappa & @Tyres )  you guys really did deserve it  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

@THROTTLE JOCKEY  and @McSack  was announced as the winners of the " Spirit of Quest" award.  Again I couldn't think of a worthier team to receive this award!   Well done to you guys as well!


After the event was done, we headed to the bar for couple of drinks before  most of us retired to our rooms and beds. There was some though that headed to "groener weivelde" and explored the nightlife of Windhoek.






The next morning we were transported to Hosea Kutako International ( a name  I will always remember after the quiz at brandberg  :imaposer:) and after checking in our luggage we had a last lunch and a beer together in Namibia.
Getting onto the plane however proved once again to be a bigger challenge than we anticipated as we once again had to pass through a very long and slow line to get through passport control.

It was sad that such an epic trip was at an end but at the same time I was looking forward to seeing my family again. 

As I mentioned before, the trip itself, the adventures it held, the memories as well as all the new friends made, THAT was the real prize in the end.

Thanks to every single person (contestant, crew or organiser), that made this trip such an Epic adventure,  a TRUE ADVENTURE.











And so ends my part of the report........      I do however have some footage and a couple of photos that I still need to work through and that I will post when time allows.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on November 08, 2017, 08:51:05 am
Well written you guys should all become journalists great reading.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on November 08, 2017, 09:14:36 am
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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 08, 2017, 10:53:37 am
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 08, 2017, 11:11:45 am
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 08, 2017, 05:35:37 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 08, 2017, 06:23:28 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.

Die Karoo's het "steel reinforcement" en die TKC's nie. Ek hou self van die TKC's maar sal nie weer met TKC's Kaokoland toe gaan nie.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Oubones on November 08, 2017, 06:53:16 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.

Die Karoo's het "steel reinforcement" en die TKC's nie. Ek hou self van die TKC's maar sal nie weer met TKC's Kaokoland toe gaan nie.
Maybe a stupid question, but will a Mitas not be a better tyre for that application?
Would an EO7 give sufficient grip?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 08, 2017, 07:10:10 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.

Die Karoo's het "steel reinforcement" en die TKC's nie. Ek hou self van die TKC's maar sal nie weer met TKC's Kaokoland toe gaan nie.
Maybe a stupid question, but will a Mitas not be a better tyre for that application?
Would an EO7 give sufficient grip?

I would prefer a more aggressive pattern for the sand than an E07.  In Mitas, the E09 would work.  I had them on my GSA and had no issues, BUT, I didn't put it through similar terrain.

Nismark had no punctures on the entire trip and he certainly didn't ride overly cautious.  I have TKC's currently on my 990 for the last 1,500km without a puncture and have ridden more or less similar terrain.  (Not Van Zyls). Only difference is I ride with HD tubes.

Never tried the Karoo's before.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: BiG DoM on November 08, 2017, 07:10:35 pm
I would imagine a tyre like the Mitas E09 Dakar would have been ideal - extra ply in the strong sidewall and not disimilar knobs to a TKC and Mitas XT 644 Army up front. These tyres can almost be a run-flat in some situations. But TKC are well proven and sponsorship must count, so not a bad decision by any means.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 08, 2017, 07:44:50 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.

Die Karoo's het "steel reinforcement" en die TKC's nie. Ek hou self van die TKC's maar sal nie weer met TKC's Kaokoland toe gaan nie.

Daar leer ek iets nuut.   Ek was nie bewus van die reinforcement  in die karoos nie
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 08, 2017, 07:49:57 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.

Die Karoo's het "steel reinforcement" en die TKC's nie. Ek hou self van die TKC's maar sal nie weer met TKC's Kaokoland toe gaan nie.
Maybe a stupid question, but will a Mitas not be a better tyre for that application?
Would an EO7 give sufficient grip?

I would prefer a more aggressive pattern for the sand than an E07.  In Mitas, the E09 would work.  I had them on my GSA and had no issues, BUT, I didn't put it through similar terrain.

Nismark had no punctures on the entire trip and he certainly didn't ride overly cautious.  I have TKC's currently on my 990 for the last 1,500km without a puncture and have ridden more or less similar terrain.  (Not Van Zyls). Only difference is I ride with HD tubes.

Never tried the Karoo's before.

Agree with Kobus.  I use the EO7 on my rear wheel as well, and it works good. It would have done most of the trip (if not almost all) without issues however the more agressive E09 would, as kobus said, be much better suited for the sandy terrain.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Oubones on November 08, 2017, 07:57:09 pm
Dis vir my verbasend die hoeveelheid voor papwiele wat die trip opgelewer het.
Doring steek/klipsteek of snakebikes deurstamp?

Hi Chris
Almal bo na verwys. In alle eerlikheid dink ek nie die standaard binne band is van goeie gehalte nie.
Ek dink ook ons sou beter gedoen het met Metzeler Karoo 3 of 'n ander soortgelyke band.

Ek dink nie die continental bande was noodwendig n probleem nie. Ek ry al baie jare met n TKC voor en verkies dit ook so.
Ek stem egter saam met jou dat die standaard binneband nie opgewasse was vir die paaie wat ons gery het nie.   As ons n “heavy duty tube” ingesit het sou dinge aansienlik verbeter het.

Die Karoo's het "steel reinforcement" en die TKC's nie. Ek hou self van die TKC's maar sal nie weer met TKC's Kaokoland toe gaan nie.
Maybe a stupid question, but will a Mitas not be a better tyre for that application?
Would an EO7 give sufficient grip?

I would prefer a more aggressive pattern for the sand than an E07.  In Mitas, the E09 would work.  I had them on my GSA and had no issues, BUT, I didn't put it through similar terrain.

Nismark had no punctures on the entire trip and he certainly didn't ride overly cautious.  I have TKC's currently on my 990 for the last 1,500km without a puncture and have ridden more or less similar terrain.  (Not Van Zyls). Only difference is I ride with HD tubes.

Never tried the Karoo's before.

Agree with Kobus.  I use the EO7 on my rear wheel as well, and it works good. It would have done most of the trip (if not almost all) without issues however the more agressive E09 would, as kobus said, be much better suited for the sandy terrain.
Thanks for the feedback.
I am hoping to go there with my f650 at some stage and think that the EO7 would be a better tyre to go there with and come back if you are riding all the way.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 08, 2017, 10:52:13 pm
I have done several Kaokoland trips on 650class bikes using the rear E-07, and always a front Pirelli MT21.

For what it's worth.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on November 08, 2017, 11:29:46 pm
Please do forgive me.. I have missed a few deadlines and I will post a few pics from my side and not bore you with the same stories –

Van Zyls to Marble Camp.

This was one spectacular day!! As you have read  Only sad thing is that my Gopro’s mem card was full and I only noticed that 30min after we left the camp… and all other cards was in the Iveco!!
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It really is spectacular to stand on top at the viewpoint at Van Zyls.
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TO finally make it without any issues down the pass was one of the best feeling I had in a while. I will be honest… that amazing feeling of achievement! Sommer knop in my keel gekry!
And I cannot leave without leaving Mira a message – we will one day come together to show her this rock!  Her rock!
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We saw the next team coming and quickly got going, passing the Patrol and then realised there was a huge gap now between us and the team in front of us.  As if reading each other’s mind, Gerrit, leading, started opening the throttle, with me sitting slightly back to his right.  I have no idea how fast we ended up going but that little twee spoor sand track was one of the most amazing sections we rode.  I could see Gerrit’s smile right through the back of his helmet!  If we have to be honest, we were probably somewhat disappointed when all of a sudden we caught up with the convoy again.   That stretch of the Marienfluss, riding with Gerrit, will be a fond memory for the rest of my life.  Sort of one of those moments that for those couple of kilometres you really feel like a Dakar star!

This section was AWESOME!!! Like Kobus said… we were having the time of our lives!! I am getting goosbumps as I am writing this… wow….
 
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Happiness ….
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A well-deserved COLD one for getting through the past 2 crazy days…. With no issues!!
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Marble Camp to Purros

Today we heard that we will be tackling the long riverbed… yeah !!
I was looking forward to it as the AT was made for this! I was on the manual again and Kobus on the DCT… felt strange to be shifting gears again, I have to be honest – it felt as if I was cheating for the last 2 days. That damm DCT is just unbelievable in technical terrain! If you have not already – go and spoil yourself with a tesdrive,… but be sure to take it offroad and do some technical stuff with it!
As most of my story has already been told I will just share some picture with you all,

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It was an awesome day and when we got to the end of the river section we were spoiled by the Crew. Waffles for lunch – prepared right there next to the riverbed!! Heaven.
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Then the road to Purros – what a magical place it is – as you get closer you can feel it…. I cannot explain it but there is just something about that place! Best you go experience it for yourself!
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One of the highlights of the trip was to have my brother there, yip he is one of those real Namibian gentlemen. Always helping out where he can – and doing it with a smile!
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Purros Rest day

Waking up and knowing you can be relaxed was awesome.. no Iveco to pack 
Today was rest day- maintenance day,,,, again I will not bore you with to much details!
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When most of our duties was finished we were told to be ready that afternoon with boots and helmet. There was a lot of ideas of what Hardy and his team have got in store for us….
We were all wrong…. 
We were escorted to an area a few Km’s away up the valley. Here we had an hour to spend all by yourself!
Here i realized again that by just looking around me – we are damm fortunate to be sitting here– I missed my family – I was overwhelmed by emotion and tears rolled down my cheeks – and at the same time I  was happy to be alive – just to be one with the world – I could stay here for ever – I am happy…..
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This place is magical….. Want to take the fam to that special place one day!


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Purros to Palmwag

It felt sad leaving this place – but also exciting to tackle the next stage!
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The Purros canyon is spectacular! The one moment you are in the nothingness of the desert and then all of a sudden you have this oasis of running water – sweet clear water . Just amazing!
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Not ta far into the canyon we were stopped by Hardy and his team- Jabo , the male elephant was spotted with a female and calf. This flagged all the red flags and it was decided not to carry on but rather make a U-turn and take the less scenic route. The safer option.
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It was a very dusty and HOT day again,,, and with barely any vegetation.
The closer we got to Palmwag the more grass could be seen –
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We were greeted with a fuel station – the 1st one since filling up in Palmwag a week ago.
The other days we used the fuel carried by the support crew to fill up the bikes.
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And of course there must be a shop somewhere – I had the best Coka Cola here – and a whole packet of Simba chips!! Heaven!! 
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Our last stretch to Palwag was a bit boring – no crazy mountain road to clear – just gravel highways … but the Africa Twin absorbed these roads with ease!
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The support crew coming into Plamwag.
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Sunset in the camp
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Everyone started to realize that all this , this awesome adventure… is coming to an end and there is nothing we can do about it!


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Palmwag to Brandberg

We were told that we better get ready as we will be encountering lots of sand today – now for use West Coast peeps Sand is what we love – but there was some nervous faces in the camp that morning.
We took the gravel highway all the way to twyfelfontein and then headed towards the Burning Mountain.
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We then carried on with a spectacular jeep track taking us past some amazing welwitschia plants.
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The river beds started and the sand monster started biting some guys….
We stopped to regroup before the one hectic riverbed – the sand here was like quicksand… feels like it will swallow the bike if you dare to stop…
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We all eventually made it  to the other side – about 5 km of hectic riverbed..
Shortly after this we started heading to the dune fields – ooooh yeah!
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It was really fun and i enjoyed every moment – I could see that Kobus was also in Heaven!
The one thing I noticed and I have to be honest – I think this is the only negative thing I can say about the DCT is that when you are in deep / soft sand you would normally put the bike in 2nd gear and then gooi gas and take off in sand. The DCT you cannot do it – you have to be clever with the manoeuvring of the gear buttons to shift it to 2nd gear manually as soon as you feel you are getting momentum. But we were told this will be addressed and a software upgrade would be able to fix this …. AWESOME!!
We were once again riding like Dakar stars in the sand on this day!!
Happiness is….
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We pulled into Brandberg campsite and so the last sunset in the Namib wilderness greeted us…
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This evening we had a few beers and we all shared some stories of the trip and how it affected us…
Not wanting this day to end…
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Brandberg to Windhoek..

And here we started the last day of this EPIC trip – knowing that this will be our last breakfast together – it was kinda sad – spending 2 weeks with these lunatics – you start to feel like family ..gonna miss this…
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I used some superglue earlier that week to try and just keep my boots together,,, but had to get the ducktape in to secure the lot… and after the Purros canyon… my boots will never be the same…. They will be handed over to a new loving home when we get to Windhoek…..
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The road started feeling LONG now- gravel highways, getting closer to Windhoek…. Getting closer to the end… Spoke to Kobus and we were ready to carry on for another week – it has been EPIC so far!
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We got onto the main road to Windhoek.. aaarg – here we had to look out for the other road users again – it was a Friday afternoon and the road started getting busy –
The road from Okahanja to Windhoek was hectic!
In my personal opinion this was the most dangerous road of the whole 2 weeks! Bring on Van Zyls, the sand whatever… BUT this damm traffic – Friday afternoon and everyone is rushing out of the city…
But we all made it safely to Pupkewitz Honda and was forced to leave our loyal stallions behind… it was hard but we left with the hope that after the night has passed we will be reunited again after winning the Quest ……. (I think we were all secretly thinking that same thing)
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It was a rush to get cleaned and ready for the prize giving… and to get our hand on that cold beer!
Stories was shared around the pool and the excitement was electric –
But not long and it was time to announce the winners –
Nope it was not me and Kobus – BUT Charl and Hennie! Julle Bliksems !
These guys really do deserve it ! real adventurers – Well done julle!!
It was such an awesome experience being part of this group - this Quest Family! It will be something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Stories I will tell my grandchildren!


Thanks to Barend and everyone involved from Honda South Africa.
Thanks to Hardy and his Super Awesome Team from Specialized Adventures that made all this possible
Thanks to Kobus, my partner and now a friend for life! You made this quest trip epic for me my friend – I hope that we will be able to ride together, exploring the unknown sommer gou gou weer!
And thanks to all the rest of the quest family! You guys are all crazy…. But I love that!  thanks for making every day EPIC!



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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 08, 2017, 11:56:13 pm
Day 11

Palmwag to Brandberg



My phone had a bit of moisture in the cell phone lens from the water the day before.

Coming back to Palmwag had a bit of Déjà vu and not in a great way. It’s just a personal experience; some trips I’ve done, repeating a night at a camp means the second time is towards the end.

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The temperatures were cooler again, it was a little nippy this morning.

Quick refuel

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And then relatively boring road. I was on the DCT and it’s a dream to do this kind of stuff with. It sorts itself out and leaves you to sightsee. None of this right revs, right gear rubbish.

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I suppose now is as good a time as any to give my impressions of the DCT. I played a lot with the different modes.

1 - Full manual I used on extreme technical or slow going. Second gear is outstanding, it’s a tractor gear and very useable in almost anything slow.

2 - On auto, I tended to use the Sport mode rather than just Drive. Sport 3, the most aggressive throttle mode was too busy - it would hold onto gears way too long and felt a bit like the bike was keen to stay in the power and out of the torque. I didn’t like it at all. Sport 1 and 2 were more to my liking, but they didn’t seem that different to me. Even with all this going on, it will still accept input from the + or – buttons to go to a gear I preferred if the box felt a bit off. Make no mistake, it’s very seldom wrong and it really only needed to be nudged to another gear in anticipation of something. Eg coming to a steep section or wanting a higher gear to lift the front a bit. It’s not stupid either; on steep long down hills it will hold the gear until the throttle is applied so it will very effectively engine brake the bike.

3 - I found it interesting to see what my tolerance level was for the traction control. I found that on the whole and especially in the more difficult bits I had it turned off. But in the interests of trying the whole lot out, it was on roads like this that I played around with it. The most aggressive TC settling was too much for me – the bike farts and it will cut in even when mildly accelerating. What it did surprise and teach me was that even when going straight and accelerating even mildly, there is almost always some spin. Level 1 is surprisingly tolerant of hooligan behaviour and will let you get quite far into a power slide before the nanny intervenes. 2 is between the 2. What I did find interesting was that level 1 traction control felt very familiar to my own throttling for traction when I was trying to go fast and not over spin the rear. Level 2 matched my feel for the rear when cruising along an being gentle.

4 - The DCT has a gravel button, apparently it speeds up gear changes but I couldn’t tell.

5 – ABS can be turned off on the back but remains on on the front all the time. It is very very good. I never caught it out once and it never left me feeling unsafe.

Best of all, ALL gearbox and torque modes can be fiddled with whilst on the move. It doesn’t need to come to a halt like some brands…. to get from one mode to another. Also, it’s all very intuitive. I think it’s a flipping clever system. If I had my way I’d go DCT over manual every single time.

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At some stage, Kobus got the first rear puncture of the trip, he couldn’t find what caused it.

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Johannes giving Ockie a quick map session of what was to come. He’s a fountain of knowledge.

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Just before Twyfelfontein, Phillip and I missed a turnoff. Glen had apparently waited at a turnoff, but was hidden by a 4x4 as we came past. Stoffel caught us not far down the road looking a bit lost at some hotel. Twyfelfontein was a bittersweet place for me. My old friend Craig and I stopped here for some splendid beers a long time ago. I had seen the rock art and chose not to go in to do it again. I was a little melancholic, the trip was coming to an end… or so I thought.

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Try to get the Lodge in an arty farty way. Fail

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Then a quick pit stop at Burnt Mountain. It gets its name from a peculiar black rock that looks a little like an old slag heap. It is sort of, it’s the long ago ignited shale deposits from ancient seas.

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It was really warm now

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Next up was a Welwitschia forests. One associates forests, with, well, forests. This being desert and these being the living fossils – the Welwitschia - it doesn’t quite work that way. They are on a plain spread apart a few 10’s to 100’s of meters apart. It’s an ancient feeling place.

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Artsy photo of other wood.

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 09, 2017, 12:13:05 am
All this time, the crew were seeming a little antsy. They kept on muttering amongst themselves about something up ahead and we seemed to be on a tight schedule. There wasn’t much time to muck about. Something about Landcruiser hill?....

Then the track started to get sandier. Grant was doing well, until an innocuous little drift. He didn’t fall but snaked all over and finally parked it on its side. This happened again and again. Grant was getting frustrated as he’d started really well looking comfortable and cleaning the earlier bits. Glen and I would gun it over to him and help him up. It was proper hot now too.

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Little did we or even Glen know that he had a broken collarbone at that point. Grant was doing everything he could to coach him and help him. He’d been a proper wingman, I could see he was running out of hero steam and Glen was running out of superman pills. At one particularly nasty off, I asked Phil and Glen if they minded if I ride with Grant and they ride together. All 3 were up for it.

Grant and I had a little chat. He was really stressing that this being the last real day and after Ockies GPS said 38 k's to go, he was not a happy boy, I remember him saying, “Fuck! I'm fucked, 38k's to go!I don’t know if I can do it. I do not want it to end like this!”

It was really hot now, into the 40’s.

“Do you know how you eat an elephant?” I asked.

He looked at me with a bit of desperation and tons of sweat like I was mad, “What?!”

“1km at a time” I was mixing metaphors but fuck it, it seemed to work. I promised him that if he stuck to my trail, we’d find a way through.

The 4 of us being at the back picked our way through the sand. Me leading and Grant tucked in behind.

I was picking lines that kept him out of the thickest stuff and in as much vegetation as possible. He was looking steadier with each km. At an easier bit I rode up to him and shouted “2 down, 36 to go!! How do you like them elephants!” He smiled and punched the air. My mixed metaphors weren't getting any better.

We threaded our way down the path and came to the foot of Landcruiser Hill. It’s a 4 or 5km long very deep sand rise. Once it was our turn, I headed off up the right hand side, about a third of the way up, doing about 40 or 50, there were suddenly aardvark holes dotted all around. SHIT! It was too late to stop and so I threaded myself between the first few and slowed to see if Grant was going to hit them. Like a champ he was glued to my line. Sadly though, about 2/3rds of the way up, he stalled out an stepped off the bike.

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The DCT bike that both he and I were on didn’t like starting in deep hot sand. It will not allow the bike to be started in 2nd gear. So the technique is to rev the tits off the bike in 1st to get going, then once it’s making enough speed try to force it into 2nd gear. The bikes computer won’t let 2nd be hooked till going about 20kph or at full throttle. So it’s a bit of a catch 22; It’s tough to get going in 1st, it’s hard to get it up to 20kph, but as soon as you tap off slightly to let it get 2nd, the speed falls. It takes a degree of lack of mechanical sympathy to be brutal enough to get 2nd. However once in 2nd, all’s well and it’s a champion.

Grant was really struggling. John and Janco had a private word with me and were suggesting that he pack it in and get in the truck. The crest of the hill didn’t seem far. I had one more trick to try.

Rightfully so, with all his injuries, Grant was on the DCT. I asked him to swap to the manual as I knew he’d find it a little harder to operate the clutch but he wouldn’t have the getting going issues. Glen was ready to try anything, Grant needed a little more persuasion. I didn’t really leave him with an option.

He was beyond really arguing and was just trying to survive. He swapped bikes, gritted his teeth, selected 2nd, dropped the clutch and just like that, disappeared over the hill with Glen in hot pursuit! I think I managed to hold a tear back, Fuck Yeah! 

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With Grant sorted, I went off to help the other stragglers. Marcel and Pieters bikes were both beeping at them. They both had DCT’s and in all the abuse, we think their autogearboxes were overheating or something. Marcel was a little stressed that he’d broken the bike. Hardy’s words must have been playing on his mind, “you break it, you’re out of the competition”

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In the video I made, That’s John takin Marcels bike for a quick spin to test the gearbox wasn’t broken.

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Once they were sorted, it was just John and I at the back.

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We had a bit of a gap to the rest and for a good 10k’s or so, we spanked the bikes down the track.

It was the first time on the whole trip that I really let it have its head. We were at rally race pace. A few things stood out;

The engine can really sing and is not scared to be revved. The autogearbox has no problems keeping up with the riding; it will happily go down or up instantly at a touch of the triggers.
The suspension is soft for this type of thing and can’t handle really big hits but wasn’t too bad for the sand. It tracks very straight.
The weight is a little too far forward so it pivots around the front leaving the rear traction a little loose. It will turn in on the sand well though and doesn’t understeer.
The standing riding position is near classic, comfortable and controlling.
The pegs are shit.

We screamed down the track, I could hear John behind me whooping in delight.

Then we got to the camera guys and slowed, just then the drone pilot was shouting that he was sure he’s just seen a death! He looked white. “just up ahead there is a monstrous crash! He must be injured badly!”

When we got to Charl not many seconds later, he was dusting himself off and looking a little sheepish, but apart from a bit of a lame thigh and a broken hand guard, nothing else was wrong. We thought the drone operator had been a little dramatic…. Until we saw the footage later. Charl had properly bought a piece of the Brandberg Plain.

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It just wouldn’t have been right not to have to fix another just before camp. Johannes’ turn.

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I think it was the light that did it. As I came over the last hill, the Brandberg was spectacular! It was bathed in a reddish glow and looked a little prehistoric. My day had started out so so, but I was really happy about the way it turned out and in particular that Grant had made it.

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We were all in a good mood. There was much banter during the chores.

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Superman was even smiling.

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Then, it was Phillips presentation.

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And after that a little test. Apparently the top 5 teams were so close, we had to do a 45 question test to separate us. It would be on anything that had happened on the trip or the presentations. Earlier in Palmwag, each of us had to give the crew a question and an answer that could be asked from our presentation that they would use in this test.

We were nervous. Both Phillip and I had really rated our chances up until then and were confident that we had to have been in the top 5. If we aced this, we would home and dry…. Hopefully.

The crew hovered like hawks to ensure not cheating.

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The questions were pretty tough with many a groan going through the group. By the end when we’d handed in our papers, we felt that we’d done ok. In the autopsy later with the others, we’d missed a few and got a few wrong, but had got a few that others hadn’t. We were happy. We done ok and enough we thought not to dim our confidence at winning the thing. It was very exciting to be in that place. Tomorrow was going to be the proof.

But, there were more immediate issues to resolve…. Beer!

Clinton, Johannes and myself resolved to solve this little conundrum and set off in the pitch dark for the apparently nearby camp bar. Johannes knew the owner apparently and more importantly was an elephant expert. The former was important but as we set off the latter became VERY important to Clinton and I. We though Johannes had said not that far. Once we got going, he let on that it was about a k. More than that, it was quite thick river bush and there were fresh elephant tracks and dung all over!

Clinton and I being city clowns were scared shitless and suddenly beer didn’t seem that important. I really didn’t feel like having to try out run an elephant which even with my limited knowledge of elephant I know is impossible. I suppose I just had to out run either Johannes or Clinton if it came down to it and I was sure that wasn’t going to go well either.

Once back, we were called one by one to present our humanitarian project. Phil and I were last. The crew looked miserably cold. We had a good fire going, they just had camera lights and cold breeze. By the time I got to them, I got the sense my normal ability to hold a good banter session was going to cost me points. I was short and sweet.

Mine was to get containers converted to classrooms, branded with Honda slogans and then given to the very poorest schools. I was sure I could get a client of mine who is the largest shipping container business in the world to get on board.

“Any questions?” I asked.

Nope?

They WERE cold!

Our night ended far better around the fire supping on beers having a good laugh with our arses heated by the coals under the chair trick. Many hadn’t seen it before but were instant converts once I showed them.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 09, 2017, 06:52:39 am
Day 10 - Palmwag to Brandberg



Wow, how sad that even the ride report is now coming to an end.  Anyhow, let's bring it home:

Leaving Palmwag the morning I expected the riding to be similar to the first two days leaving Windhoek.  Pretty much gravel highway all the way home.  The Honda and Specialised Adventure team however had a bit of a surprise planned for us.

I won't reiterate what the other guys already described.  The sandy sections were properly sandy, yet a whole lot of fun.

Twyfelfontein

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Uhmmm, another puncture

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Stopping to have a look at the Welwitschia

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Another stop along the way.

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Somehow word got round that we were heading for the dunes.  Now, for someone that's never visited Namibia before, I had a whole different thought of what we would encounter as dunes.  Instead, we got this continuous climb that, if you stopped, it would take a whole lot of energy to get going again.  And there was a lot of stopping.  Myself and Gerrit were now close to the front of the convoy but somehow ended right at the back again when we started helping a couple of guys.  I was really tiring quickly on this particular day for some reason.  The energy was slowly draining out my body and I remember cursing at one stage in my helmet when someone stopped in front of me again. 

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As I was getting ready to get going, Grant stopped in the track.  I walked over to assist and the expression on his face was saying everything.  With sweat streaming down his face and a very frustrating look in his eyes, I told him to just stop for a moment and regroup.  It was seconds before he decided to hell with it, he's going to conquer this little hill.  I assisted with the pull away and saw him disappear in the distance.  Hot on his heals were Glenn and then Andrew.  Gerrit told me to get going after which he followed.  I had the privilege to see Glenn, Andrew and Gerrit that day assisting guys like you can not believe.  When I was still thinking of helping, these guys were already there.  The determination of these guys quickly got my energy levels back to where it should be.  Mind over matter is great thing!

At one stage John told me to just go.  For the first time, I didn't listen to the instructors.  Gerrit was still assisting at the back and there was no way I was leaving my partner behind.  I walked back and stood at a high point trying to see the others.  All I could see was how hard these guys were working.  Hats off to you guys on this particular day.  :thumleft:

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John trying to imitate our riding.

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And we even ended up pushing Ockie's bakkie on the day up the dune.

In the longest riverbed we rode the day, a couple of us walked back to watch the guys coming through.  At one stage I stopped and showed the guys the fresh lion track.   :eek7: At first Clinton didn't believe me and was quite surprised when he saw it.  He still took a picture of it.

Charl (Karookid) showing us how it's done.  It was here that we saw the lion tracks.



Conquering the dunes and being rewarded with the site of Brandberg was truly spectacular.  Riding into camp was again a similar feat and jubilation as the day we conquered Van Zyl's.  It was a tough, yet very rewarding day and the camp site we rode in was our prize, a real gem.

The site of Brandberg.

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Getting to camp.

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Clinton and Andries fixing a puncture as we arrived at the camp.

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After the evening's presentation it was time for our little (read enormous, extremely difficult  ;)) test.   I can not remember when last I laughed so much for our own answers.  Somehow we knew we were screwed.   :lol8:  We had so much fun along the way that we really did forget that it's actually a competition and although we heard everything, it was obvious that we didn't really listen.  They say two heads are better than one - uhmm, ja right.  We however shared lots of laughs in the process and it was good fun.

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I don't know if it was only me, but there was a calmness and a sense of maturity around the fire that evening.  Somehow different to the previous nights.  I'm not sure whether this was due to the trip coming to an end, or the fact that we all presented something close to the heart that evening about our humanitarian project.  Whatever it was, it was cause for a very pleasant evening.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 09, 2017, 08:08:00 am
Day 11 - Brandberg to Windhoek



The ride back to Windhoek was interrupted with numerous punctures as said before.  Gerrit (Scrat) also fell prey to the inevitable on the very last day, getting a rear puncture on the tar.

I only have a couple of pics to share.

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How many people does it take to fix a puncture?

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Ironic to see the sign on the building.

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Riding into Windhoek was sad and exciting at the same time.  22 bikes set off from here 11 days prior, and 22 bikes returned.  What a fantastic achievement.  I was privileged to park the exact same bike at the dealer as the one I rode out there and was sad to leave it behind. 

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We all rushed to get cleaned up and we started the evening with beers and light-hearted chat, all in anticipation for the big announcement.  Gerrit and I never thought about winning and therefore never discussed who would get the DCT and who the manual.  For the first time we actually thought that we have just as good a chance of winning as anyone else.  It was decided that we would through the keys in a hat and whatever key you drew was yours. 

And so we sat down for the big announcement.

I was content with the outcome.  Watching Hennie and Charl being announced as winners, I couldn't help thinking that ten teams competed over the last two weeks, one came out on top, and 9 others came second. 

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The highlights package.



I have thanked Honda and the Specialised Adventures team enough for this unique adventure.  I have made friends that will last a lifetime and I have made peace with myself during this inspiring event. 

The excitement, emotions and overall experience that I had the privilege to share with Gerrit du Toit, Scrat to the forum members, instilled a special friendship for life, and for that I am forever grateful. 

The trip has come to an end, but the memories will live forever.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on November 13, 2017, 08:52:11 am
Legend report are any of you guys changing your rides to A/T and or waiting for the new one.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 13, 2017, 09:47:17 am
Legend report are any of you guys changing your rides to A/T and or waiting for the new one.

Bwana

The following contestants bought their AT's:

Charl du Plessis
Minxy
Philip Groenewald
SP Dreyer
Marcel Vladar
Kobus Myburgh
Pieter Lourens (bought new)
Francois Ebersohn
Conelius Nelson - (bought new)
John Webb
Glenn Koch
Charl Potgieter (won theirs)
Hennie van Heerden (won theirs)



Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: RobLH on November 13, 2017, 09:54:07 am
That's an incredible figure
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: woody1 on November 13, 2017, 10:05:58 am
Amazing how hardcore KTM people changed.
KTMKOBUS must now change his WD profile to HONDA KOBUS.  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on November 13, 2017, 10:10:07 am
Wow thats over 60%. What was favorite manual or DCT. 
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on November 13, 2017, 10:17:14 am
Wow thats over 60%. What was favorite manual or DCT.

Bwana I think most of us bought the DCT except Pieter Lourens, he bought a manual.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on November 13, 2017, 11:15:03 am
It seems I have to change to DCT. I will wait for the new updated model and see if I can afford it.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Fransw on November 13, 2017, 11:26:48 am
Legend report are any of you guys changing your rides to A/T and or waiting for the new one.

Bwana

The following contestants bought their AT's:

Charl du Plessis
Minxy
Philip Groenewald
SP Dreyer
Marcel Vladar
Kobus Myburgh
Pieter Lourens (bought new)
Francois Ebersohn
Conelius Nelson - (bought new)
John Webb
Glenn Koch
Charl Potgieter (won theirs)
Hennie van Heerden (won theirs)

Serious?....Wow!

The proof is in the pudding I see!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on November 13, 2017, 11:37:31 am
Legend report are any of you guys changing your rides to A/T and or waiting for the new one.

Bwana

The following contestants bought their AT's:

Charl du Plessis
Minxy
Philip Groenewald
SP Dreyer
Marcel Vladar
Kobus Myburgh
Pieter Lourens (bought new)
Francois Ebersohn
Conelius Nelson - (bought new)
John Webb
Glenn Koch
Charl Potgieter (won theirs)
Hennie van Heerden (won theirs)

... and there is going to be a DCT in my driveway this week ... can't wait
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 13, 2017, 12:23:48 pm
Legend report are any of you guys changing your rides to A/T and or waiting for the new one.

Bwana

The following contestants bought their AT's:

Charl du Plessis
Minxy
Philip Groenewald
SP Dreyer
Marcel Vladar
Kobus Myburgh
Pieter Lourens (bought new)
Francois Ebersohn
Conelius Nelson - (bought new)
John Webb
Glenn Koch
Charl Potgieter (won theirs)
Hennie van Heerden (won theirs)

... and there is going to be a DCT in my driveway this week ... can't wait

Correction

Bwana

The following contestants bought their AT's:

Charl du Plessis
Minxy
Philip Groenewald
SP Dreyer
Marcel Vladar
Kobus Myburgh
Pieter Lourens (bought new)
Francois Ebersohn
Conelius Nelson - (bought new)
John Webb
Glenn Koch
Charl Potgieter (won theirs)
Hennie van Heerden (won theirs)

and Grant Pentalow
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Bwana on November 13, 2017, 02:00:51 pm
Well done Hardy you obviously found the right way to educate the people.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hinksding on November 13, 2017, 10:39:05 pm
And someone sold his manual to buy a DCT! :o
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on November 14, 2017, 09:39:58 am
DAY 8: Marble Camp to Purros

Sand glorious sand and then some more sand… Like everybody said previously: if you couldn’t ride sand before the trip, you sure would be able to after!
 
I was quite comfortable with sand and didn’t mind the odd stretch here and there, but 40-60km of it…well it would be a challenge. And this where the Africa Twin really came into its own; it was a breeze! This was another loooong day in the saddle but it was a good one. I just could not get enough of the Namibian scenery; Gemsbok, Springbok, Ostrich, Giraffe... We had lunch around 16:00 which was delicious jaffles that the crew made for us next to the road.
 
As we rode into camp we were greeted by a group of ostriches running across the road and into the distance; a proper desert scene. After parking the bikes and setting up camp, a box of quarts appeared and they went down well!
 
The following day we had a rest day where we did an oil change on all the bikes.
 
Some time during the day a rumour started going around camp that there was a special task planned for late in the afternoon. The first challenge that went through my mind was pushing the Africa Twin through some of that river sand… The message comes: at least boots & helmet, ready to go at 17:00 (I think). We get on the bikes and we leave camp. After a short drive we stop and Hardy tells us that we are going to be spaced across the desert individually and we will spend an hour alone on the desert; the exercise is called SOLITUDE. We could do whatever ever we wanted; sleep, listen to music, day dream… I made a video diary of the trip so far. The one thing or idea that kept coming up in my mind was just how small we are in the bigger scheme of things… The whole experience was very surreal and the hour felt like 15mins.
 
We then went to have OBS at the lookout and watch the sun set towards the Skeleton Coast.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 14, 2017, 10:24:46 am
Well done Hardy you obviously found the right way to educate the people.

You would be surprised at how little I did 8).

I think it is a case of once you actually ride it in terrain that would normally be out of your comfort zone, you realize how much thought went into the AT's design.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Hardy de Kock on November 14, 2017, 10:28:00 am
And someone sold his manual to buy a DCT! :o

Charl du Plessis
Charl Potgieter - sy manual wen fiets verkoop vir 'n nuwe DCT
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 14, 2017, 12:36:32 pm
One thing I find a bit confusing is that I have heard from more than one person is that the ony drawback of the dual clutch transmission is that it is not possible to pull away in sand in 2nd gear, as the
this gearbox won't allow this.

Why would pulling away in sand with a seamless shift box like the DCT be a problem? Does'nt it actually eliminate the "shifting to 2nd" that gets a manual bike bogged down?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on November 14, 2017, 12:44:14 pm
One thing I find a bit confusing is that I have heard from more than one person is that the ony drawback of the dual clutch transmission is that it is not possible to pull away in sand in 2nd gear, as the
this gearbox won't allow this.

Why would pulling away in sand with a seamless shift box like the DCT be a problem? Does'nt it actually eliminate the "shifting to 2nd" that gets a manual bike bogged down?

Low revs you don't get enough momentum to get going, high revs too high to engage 2nd.  The only way is to really rev it high to get momentum going, feet up and then slowly roll down enough to drop the revs to allow engaging second.

Hoop dit maak sin.  :o
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on November 14, 2017, 12:46:07 pm
One thing I find a bit confusing is that I have heard from more than one person is that the ony drawback of the dual clutch transmission is that it is not possible to pull away in sand in 2nd gear, as the
this gearbox won't allow this.

Why would pulling away in sand with a seamless shift box like the DCT be a problem? Does'nt it actually eliminate the "shifting to 2nd" that gets a manual bike bogged down?
Strangely enough when you rev the kuk out of it on pull off in sand, the box stays in 1st. Apparently a slight tap-off and flick of the manual gear change paddle gets the bike to 2nd , but that was way beyond my skill level in the sand
[edit . hah! beaten to it  :laughing4: ]
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on November 14, 2017, 01:54:59 pm
DAY 10: Palmwag to Brandberg

The Blood Sand day…
 
One of the tips Kamanya kept repeating was: Ride virgin sand, make your own tracks. So naturally when we reached the blood sand, this sentiment was repeated. We were also told to look out for aardvark holes… I probably missed 99, but no. 100 caught me. As soon as I saw it I thought: Maybe I’ll clear it… The front wheel cleared it but the rear kicked up and it sent me flying and tumbling. The first thing that went through my mind when I got up was Hardys’ words at the beginning of QUEST: If you damage your bike to the point where you cannot ride further, your QUEST is over. Looking at the bike through the dust I thought: Well, that was Quest for me...

Within seconds some off the contestants were there to help and Hingsding and (I think) Karookid picked up the bike. Mark (our drone pilot) caught the whole thing on camera and saw it happen live on his screen. He apparently got on the radio immediately and said someone fell, VERY HARD. When he got to me, his eyes were the size of saucers and he was shaking quite a bit, I think he got a bigger fright than I did. He reckons I was doing about 55 km/h as that was the speed the drone could do. I walked around the bike to assess the damage and the only part of the bike that broke was the left hand guard; the screen was intact, handlebars were straight, indicators were still in one piece… I turned the key in the ignition, pushed the start button and bike started first time. These bikes fall very well and the RUMBUX crashbars are worth every cent! MY QUEST WAS STILL ALIVE!!!

That evening we had our last presentation and in true Quest tradition we had a test…42 odd questions if I remember correctly, all relating to our journey from when we landed up to the last presentation we just heard. At that stage half points separated the teams and this was to be the tie-breaker…

Full video of crash on Day 10 of Quest... :deal:

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 14, 2017, 03:23:43 pm
One thing I find a bit confusing is that I have heard from more than one person is that the ony drawback of the dual clutch transmission is that it is not possible to pull away in sand in 2nd gear, as the
this gearbox won't allow this.

Why would pulling away in sand with a seamless shift box like the DCT be a problem? Does'nt it actually eliminate the "shifting to 2nd" that gets a manual bike bogged down?

Low revs you don't get enough momentum to get going, high revs too high to engage 2nd.  The only way is to really rev it high to get momentum going, feet up and then slowly roll down enough to drop the revs to allow engaging second.

Hoop dit maak sin.  :o

Thanks guys, I understand now. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 14, 2017, 03:27:01 pm
Question: on the manual the engine and gearbox oil would be the same. Does the DCT have its own oil or does it use engine oil too?
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 14, 2017, 04:26:16 pm
Question: on the manual the engine and gearbox oil would be the same. Does the DCT have its own oil or does it use engine oil too?

Same for both.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 14, 2017, 04:26:54 pm
Question: on the manual the engine and gearbox oil would be the same. Does the DCT have its own oil or does it use engine oil too?

Same for both.
Ta :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Rocky58 on November 14, 2017, 07:56:02 pm
Glen the Throttel Jocky convinced me to sell my GS adv and buy AT dct .
He is a very pushy sales man .
Have not hat the chance to ride that much .
Time will tell .
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on November 15, 2017, 06:18:29 am
Here is some of my GoPro footage.
There was loads of footage and tried to edit it so I could show the best of each day.. (Unfortunately I had no video of the Van Zyls pass day… card was full… will have to go back and get some footage again!)
Also remember I am not the best editor…
One thing I want to mention is the days when I rode last with Kamanya I found it very interesting to see what lines the guys would choose when tackling the various terrains.


Day2

Day3

Day4

Day5

Day7-8

Day9

Day10

Day11

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 15, 2017, 06:56:08 am
Shooo, I want to go back!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on November 15, 2017, 07:19:14 am
Today two months ago we were riding back into Windhoek!! What a trip!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scrat on November 15, 2017, 09:36:59 am
Shooo, I want to go back!
+100

lets go!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on November 15, 2017, 12:52:50 pm
I am in!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 15, 2017, 09:37:07 pm
Shooo, I want to go back!
+100

lets go!


count me in as well!!!


hierdie keer moet ons net afspreek wie waneer afneem met die gopros  :imaposer:     ek en jy het dieselfde plekke afgeneem en op dieselfde plekke met batterye of memory kaarte gesukkel... ::)
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 18, 2017, 02:10:54 pm
Day 12 and home



It was the last day. Effectively the competition was over but none of us knew who’d won yet.

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But, nonetheless, the old routine was followed and clocked into.

Room with a view

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Disturbed by some exotics

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Still smiling

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Starting the coffee

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I was order to give her a hug from Hondsekerrie via Whatsapp

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The evening before, these were what kept the bums on the seats. It’s a hugely effective way to sit around when its cold

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The wives had also ordered that I give a hug to them too.
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The office

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Kak praat

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And breakfast

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Gerrits legend boots

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Riders Breifing

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22 bike fuel shuffle. By now, we were slick and quick

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The bill

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From then on it was a puncture fest and open roads

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For some reason, the rears were going too now.

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There were many stops, I don't think we'd get 30k's before another tube would pop.

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So some of us offered our support by not getting involved and mucking up the slick tyre change routines. This is the true function of a neck brace

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The final tar bits into Windhoek was some of the most dangerous riding I’ve ever done. I saw Marcel and SP nearly driven off the road when a crazy car tried to overtake them into oncoming traffic.

My trusty steed had got me home safely. I was very sore to have to give it back!

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So was everyone

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Done, now just to polish up and get our winners ticket!

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Phil and I really did fancy our chances, we were both nervous and then quite disappointed!

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But, the right guys won…. Dammit!

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There was apparently a big night out on the town later, but fortunately, judging by how pooped some where the next morning, I missed it.

Then it was the long drag back home. At least I didn’t have to endure a stinky snorer

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Final goodbyes where it all started

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Thankyou Barend from Honda SA and Hardy from Specialised Adventures and his crew. Of course, many thanks to my fellow competitors for making something truly memorable. And finally to Phillip, I look forward to clinking glasses from time to time for many years to come.


On reflection, I’m reminded of something that’s a repeating narrative in many stories films and myths that is called the Hero’s journey. It goes like this;

There are 3 parts to it. First the calling;
An ordinary person gets called out to do a great journey, a quest if you will. It starts sometimes, quite by chance and others because of an unavoidable invitation or challenge.

Then the initiation or the journey; This ordinary hero then leaves the comfort and safety of their known world and enters the extraordinary unknown on a journey of great trial and adventure.  It’s never all plain sailing, there’s tests and ordeals where there is both failure and success. There is also always help and support. It comes in many forms from mentors to magic. At some point, through the transformative power of the challenges a new world view comes to our hero. You could say there is a re-birth. This is the “holy grail”, the point of a Quest in the first place.

Finally, there is the return; The needing to step over the threshold from the unknown back to the known world. There is often much challenge here too, because all in this old comfortable world were not part of the journey. Now comes the assimilation of the old and new ways, a freedom from before, the quiet knowing.

I don’t think it was by accident that this was called Honda Quest. I know for a fact that all my fellow competitors and crew are changed by this great adventure, some profoundly. I certainly am a grateful recipient of that too.

If you have at all the opportunity to hear the call for the next one, I would urge you to answer it.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: RyC on November 18, 2017, 09:26:20 pm
Thank you all for sharing. Truly sounds and looks like the trip of a lifetime (and dreams). Something you can never forget. Bonds with people, bikes and good old mother earth.
Been a pleasure to live this through your eyes

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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on November 21, 2017, 11:16:22 am
DAY 11: Brandberg to Windhoek

Browsing Wilddogs the one day I came across a thread about some Honda Quest True Adventure and I thought to myself: Hell why not, I’ve got nothing to lose. Then one Monday morning I wake up to an e-mail saying: Congratulations, you made the semi’s.  Then I think: Wow, that’s awesome, if I could only be one of the final 20… And the next thing you know the final day arrived within the wink of an eye and I think: What an adventure! Did Tyre and I do enough to go all the way…?

After the low level flying I did the previous day, I was quite surprised how well I felt that morning. The meds supplied by our adventure doctor Ockie helped a lot, but a lot must be said for wearing the right gear. One of the non-negotiables stipulated by Hardy & Co. was a neck brace; and I must confess that if I didn’t wear my neck brace, I’m quite certain I would not have gotten up from that crash.

Even though it was the last day, all the same drills were repeated, but with a bit more vigour as everybody were eager to get back to Windhoek for various reasons; with the biggest being to end this adventure on a high with our fellow riders.

On our way back the rear tubes decided to get in on the act and I alone had 2x rear flats and 1x front flat that day… The day was starting to get long and with all the road works on the main asphalt road back to Windhoek it got even longer…

When I knew I was going on Quest I thought: Well I’m already in Namibia and my wife has clients here, so why not extend the trip a couple of days and go hang out in Swakopmund. Her waiting for me in Windhoek was a big reason to get back to Windhoek…quickly.  ;)

Finally the moment arrived and all of us were waiting patiently for all the formalities to finish. The Honda boss, Toshiaki Konaka, got on stage and did his best Afrikaans impression and greeted us all. He said that he could remember the names of the winners so he wrote it on his hand. He started: The winners are Charl….and he paused for what seemed like ages….. Now you must remember there are 2x Charl’s on this trip and I’m sure other Charls’ heart was sitting in his throat just like mine…. He continues…Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden.

I’m not sure how to describe the feelings that went through me; excitement, relieve? It’s been such a build-up since receiving that first e-mail, going to Bootcamp not knowing what to expect, preparing the presentation, mentally & physically preparing for this type of trip / competition that I’ve never even thought about really until about 2 months’ prior, to standing there on stage with Hennie as the winners of Honda Quest. ALL I KNOW IS THAT IT WAS A BLAST!


Massive thanks must go to all involved: HONDA for sticking their necks out and putting their money where their mouths are; giving us their bikes to do this trip on and then having 22 bikes with 55,000 mechanical failure free kilometres between them; that speaks volumes. Thanks Barend!!

SPECIALISED ADVENTURE for putting together a trip of a lifetime. I can’t even start to imagine the logistics that had to happen long before we even heard of Quest, but they did it and we are all so much richer after this experience. Thanks Hardy!!

To all the other support staff; food, petrol, camp equipment, medical, instructors, the video crew, which helped make this a trip one that I’ll remember and be talking about until the day I die.
To the other 18 competitors; I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and I’ve learned something from each of you. Hopefully I’ll get around to travelling the country and to visit each of you on my Africa Twin.

And to Hennie; who would’ve thought that morning at Spitzkoppe when we prepped our bikes that 11 days later we would leave Namibia as winners of Quest?

I AM TRULY BLESSED!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: DjfLoYd on November 27, 2017, 10:46:55 am
So I couldn't keep up with Kamanya's relentless schedule in terms of the ride reports.  :biggrin:
So I just made this video. I used commercial music so it may or may not be viewable on mobile devices.


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on November 27, 2017, 11:27:19 am
So I couldn't keep up with Kamanya's relentless schedule in terms of the ride reports.  :biggrin:
So I just made this video. I used commercial music so it may or may not be viewable on mobile devices.



Jusssusususus!

Epic.

Bugger the writing! Gooi Nog!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: GRyPH on November 27, 2017, 02:13:43 pm
 :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: DjfLoYd on December 04, 2017, 09:17:47 am
Last part from my side......Hope you enjoy.


Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on December 04, 2017, 09:39:38 am
You've got a gift there with video!

Great edit.
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: McSack on December 04, 2017, 05:08:00 pm
Last part from my side......Hope you enjoy.


Brilliant charna!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: heinzz on December 04, 2017, 07:39:31 pm
 nice videos. who is the artist singing. Deep very deep. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: heinzz on December 05, 2017, 09:26:19 am
nice videos. who. Deep very deep. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Scalpel on December 05, 2017, 11:46:25 am
nice videos. who is the artist singing. Deep very deep. :thumleft:

Mumford and Sons I think.

Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: KarooKid on December 06, 2017, 06:33:34 am
Brilliant videos Marcel.

Wow how I long to go back.

Today I’ll listen to Mumford & Sons only!!


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Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Pilchie on December 06, 2017, 10:33:33 pm
awesome videos
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on January 08, 2018, 10:09:59 am
Finally worked through all my footage as well and made some videos...ENJOY ;D

Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psIWMKZ732Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psIWMKZ732Y)

Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPcg_KiO_2A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPcg_KiO_2A)

Day 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWCwOYoxt5Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWCwOYoxt5Y)

Day 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZo_WHjCMRo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZo_WHjCMRo)

Day 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbvN4ZjYFbE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbvN4ZjYFbE)

Day 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr5NkAg98Ps (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr5NkAg98Ps)

Day 7 & 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRXYiioozQU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRXYiioozQU)

Day 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLJIgrcX_54 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLJIgrcX_54)

Day 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXKKV1lVas4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXKKV1lVas4)

Day 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ1dCmEEPkU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ1dCmEEPkU)

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Kamanya on January 08, 2018, 11:19:39 am
Mooi!

Shit between you and Dakar, there's not a lot going on workwise!
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on January 08, 2018, 11:28:32 am
Hehehe.  >:D
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: tyrebraaier on January 08, 2018, 01:32:18 pm
Nou gaan ek vanmiddag ook niks doen nie
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: jthuynsma on January 10, 2018, 10:27:07 am
Ek skat ek gaan nou ook moet Suid wes toe, was te lanklaas daar en nog nooit met 'n rooi fiets nie. Hhmm net 'n support crew kry
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on January 10, 2018, 10:32:05 am
Ek's seker hier's a paar manne (en n dame) wat gou-gou saam jou sal terug gaan!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: jthuynsma on January 10, 2018, 01:24:39 pm
Ek's seker hier's a paar manne (en n dame) wat gou-gou saam jou sal terug gaan!!  :ricky:

Maar my Xaar's sal julle bietjie terug hou
Title: Re: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: charliepappa on January 10, 2018, 01:41:54 pm
Nee wat, dis mooi da, jy wil anyway nie te vinnig ry nie! Baie kiekies neem.
Title: Our Story of the Honda Quest 2017
Post by: Jaakmh on February 08, 2018, 08:50:10 pm
Nou ja. Ek het nou elke liewe inskrywing gelees en elke video gekyk en dit is voorwaardelik asemrowend!! Julle was baie bevoorreg om deel te kan wees van die fantastiese ondervinding!
Hopelik is daar weer ‘n Quest in die nabye toekoms waarvoor ek (en ek is seker menigte ander) ook kan inskryf. Welgedaan aan ieder en elk wat deelgeneem het!!