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General => Africa Info & other International Travels => Topic started by: Nico on August 25, 2006, 08:21:26 pm

Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Nico on August 25, 2006, 08:21:26 pm
Hey,

Chrisb and myself went to the thinkbike Kopdood coffee at Nescafe Cafe in Rivonia this morning, and met a very cool dude there. He is from Canada, and is in the third year of a six year around the world trip. We missed everyone by 5 minutes, exept for Rene himself, and had a nice chat with him.

He has traveled North America, Canada, back through USA, Central America, and South America. 75 000kms with his F650 Dakar. He will be in SA staying with Split, and doing a few shorter rides (he sounds willing to take on travel partners) Durbs, Lesotho, Garden Route, etc , and will head up through Africa in a few weeks.

Check out his websites:


www.renedian.com is about the 2.5 years in North, Central and South America.

The new website is http://web.mac.com/renedian/iWeb/Renedian/Welcome.html

I have given him the link to this site, so he will probably pop in sometime.
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: RenedianCanadian on August 27, 2006, 05:49:37 pm
Howdy all,
Its a pleasure to be sharing your roads for a little while. nico has been kind enough to be sharing the links from your site with me, so I wanted to stop by and say hi!

I plan to be around Sani in the next few weeks or so, I will keep an eye out for you!

I am a Dakar with TT39L tanks.

Cheers,
Rene
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: mango on August 27, 2006, 06:06:38 pm
6yr world trip? You lucky man you  :D

Have a great time and best of luck with the next 3yrs
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: GIDEON on August 27, 2006, 08:23:46 pm
i envy YOU
Greate travels
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: X Banana Boy on August 28, 2006, 12:58:47 am
Congrats Rene. Great sight and happy travels.  :)
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: RenedianCanadian on August 28, 2006, 07:56:12 am
Thanks for your warm welcome. It has been a great week already. I have great hosts that I met on F650.com, and have been to 2 mousa lekker jawls already!

Tuesday morning I am off to Maputo, and up the Moz coast for a bit, returning in a few days to ZA via Swaziland.

Everybody I meet insists that I do eastern Transvaal on the way to Sani Pass, so if you have a favorite route in there, please let me know!

I will return to Jo'burg after Lesotho to collect some kit, then south to Kimberly and the Garden Route.

See you on the road!

Rene
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: wino on August 28, 2006, 07:59:22 am
Quote from: "RenedianCanadian"
I have great hosts that I met on F650.com, and have been to 2 mousa lekker jawls already!
Rene


welcome to sa, rene! i know you will enjoy it! i see that you've learned some of the lingo :D
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: JourneyMan on August 28, 2006, 08:23:19 am
Welcome and enjoy Rene!
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: LuckyStriker on August 28, 2006, 08:41:45 am
Welcome Rene!

I hope our roads are to your liking 8)
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Welsh on August 28, 2006, 08:52:51 am
Yeah Welcome,
Let us know when you get back to Jo,burg we must have a beer.

Welsh  8)
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Clockwork Orange on August 28, 2006, 11:03:02 am
Welcome Rene,

When your ride brings you to Cape Town let us know and we will show you the sites arround here
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Mark Hardy on August 28, 2006, 02:28:27 pm
Welcome to SA, ride safe and enjoy. Like Clockwork said, let us know when you are in Cape Town and I'm sure we'll hook up for a ride/ beer or two.
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: RenedianCanadian on August 28, 2006, 03:21:42 pm
Cheers, all. I will be in the cape in 4 weeks or so. I would stay longer, but I am worried about the rainy season in Zambia/Tanz/Uganda.

Does anybody know if the November-December rains in this area means:
a) an hour in the afternoon and travel is unencumbered on the tarred roads?
or
b) can't see the sun for 60 days and all the roads are under water...

Some info on that subject would be lekker...
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: IDR on August 28, 2006, 03:30:10 pm
Howdy, and welcome Rene!

I hope you realise that you're doing what EVERYONE on this forum would give their left testicles (or breast, sorry ladies) for!!!  :shock:

In any case - the rainy season depends on where you are - in the Cape, the mediterrean climate promises for lovely sunny days all through summer.  In Kwazulu-Natal, however, the sub-tropical climate brings with it days (OK, 3 MAX) of fairly light, but, for us Africans, seemingly endless rain.  On the highveld (Gauteng and surrounds, including Mpumalanga - East of gauteng) the rain during summer is MOSTLY limited to a late afternoon cloud-burst, which settles the dust and cools down the air quite nicely.  We do get a day or two of continuous rain, but rarely in November-December.  The rest of the country is mostly quite arid, and doesn't experience much rain.  But indeed, I'd opt for option a)!  :D

Quick SA geography lesson  :wink:

Happy, and safe travels!
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: RenedianCanadian on September 06, 2006, 09:36:02 pm
If anybody is going to be around at the Nescafe Cafe in Rivonia on Friday morning for Kopdood with the ThinkBike group, I will be stopping there on the way to Namibia. See you there!
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Welsh on September 06, 2006, 09:53:23 pm
rough timing?

Welsh  8)
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: RenedianCanadian on September 07, 2006, 08:32:46 am
I think around 7am, hanging about until 8:30 or so...
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Welsh on September 07, 2006, 11:42:35 am
Quote from: "RenedianCanadian"
I think around 7am, hanging about until 8:30 or so...


Sorry I missed you, I had to go to a meeting, a subordinate delegated upwards.

Welshie  8)
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 07, 2006, 12:09:14 pm
Quote from: "RenedianCanadian"
If anybody is going to be around at the Nescafe Cafe in Rivonia on Friday morning for Kopdood with the ThinkBike group, I will be stopping there on the way to Namibia. See you there!


Quote
Sorry I missed you, I had to go to a meeting, a subordinate delegated upwards.

Welshie


Welshie, you haven't missed it yet, today is only T-h-u-r-s-d-a-y  :wink:
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: RenedianCanadian on September 07, 2006, 02:12:28 pm
I have heard of this Africa-time phenomenon, but never thought it made things happen quicker than they were supposed to...!
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: buzzlightyear on September 07, 2006, 02:22:13 pm
Quote from: "RenedianCanadian"
I have heard of this Africa-time phenomenon, but never thought it made things happen quicker than they were supposed to...!


 :D  :lol:  :D
Title: Canadians in CapeTown!
Post by: RenedianCanadian on October 21, 2006, 03:35:16 pm
Cape Towners! Lets go for a ride or some beer! I just got into town (today is Sat Oct 21) and will be here for at least a few days.

My mobile is 083 4900 582. Or email...

Will trade stories for beer.

Rene
Title: Rene the Canadian in SA.
Post by: Lito on October 21, 2006, 07:58:50 pm
Hi Rene

I am going to give you a call tonight.

I SOOOOO wish I had my bike still, I would take you for a few special rides. DamiT!  :cry: