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Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 03, 2007, 09:48:22 am
Hallo to all.

I am not going to write too much regarding this trip of exploring Damaraland (Doros Crater, Desolation Valley, Huab River) except that it might be my last adventure trip  :cry: . The higher powers   :x (wife and kids) told me, no sorry, ordered me to enjoy it for the last time. I will have to become a responsible, unselfish, unadventurous, boring, rugby loving, big belly husband and father.  :oops:

I will have to sell the Cruiser and get a family sedan, the tent and get a caravan, the Zonkmobile and get 4 quads with a trailer  :? . So, if any one wants to buy a TransAlp that has never seen dirt   :wink: , please call me. And, if anyone of you knows what "family motor" will be strong enough to pull a 80 square meters caravan and a 4 quad trailer, please let me know.  :(

All I know is that this might be my last adventure trip and that my presence on this forum will disappear. For I am selfish, reckless, irresponsible, bla-bla-bla-bla.... And the list goes on. Just wonder what the wives and kids of all the missionaries, men working overseas, truck drivers, men that return home after 10 at night, say regarding them? Shit!

So, before boring everybody with my demise, here is the trip. I will put up the photos as I get time, so please be patient.

I left Pretoria 11:00 am and reached Kang in Botswana at 17:00. I slept there at the Kang Ultra Stop Lodge (Cabin) (S23 40 53.3 E22 45 58.3).

At Okahandja Rest Camp, now called Kings Highway Rest camp (S21 59 58.1 E16 55 19.2). Very nice place with a swimming pool. The second day.

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My new travel companion. Meet Guru.

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On the way to the Aba-Huab camp (S20 32 55.9 E14 23 54.6). Just after the petrified forest after Khorixas (S20 22 21.5 E14 57 49.0)

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Beautiful rock hill (S20 31 46.1 E14 23 49.2)

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Next to the rock hill

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A little gecko or something.

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More than one way to use Tauratech's straps.

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The view from my camping spot.

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I really fell in love with this tree. Beautiful!!!

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Looking back at my camping spot, standing in the Huab river bed. I used this camping spot while I scouted the area for about 3 days.

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Wilddogs looking over the dry river bed. I believe this might be the first Wilddog shirt in Damara.

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/3/f_DSC00144i_4cd7m_08b723f6.jpg)

Don't go away. more to come ...  :arrow:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Lootch67 on January 03, 2007, 10:23:53 am
Eish! Sorry to hear Zonkelnut. Hope you get a last minute reprieve. Nice report and pics though.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: LuckyStriker on January 03, 2007, 10:29:23 am
I can't believe what I'm reading :shock:

'looking forward to the rest of your report but your news about the family obligations is very saddening...
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: chrisB on January 03, 2007, 10:33:05 am
Hey Zonk sorry to hear about your "problem" :( Bliksem it's a bit drastic I think... shame not allowed to be your own man (no bad intentions) sorry dude!

Your report is quite cool nice pictures it must be an experience to camp there in the middle of nowhere, where you can "hear" the silence, do you have a gps map of the route you did?
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: JourneyMan on January 03, 2007, 10:37:19 am
Beautifull!

Not believing what I'm hearing so I'm gonna say Zonk is playing an early April's Fool Joke on us. :shock:  :?  I sincerely hope so! :(
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Kev on January 03, 2007, 10:38:30 am
Eish, this is a sad turn of events Zonks.  :(
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: funacide on January 03, 2007, 10:40:40 am
As per normal Zonk, the pics look simply awesome.

I think the move to sell the bike just because you can't go and do 10 day solo trips is a bit drastic as well. Come on Zonks, the forum would not be the same without you.....
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Red on January 03, 2007, 10:51:36 am
I don't know what to say.  I'm sad.  

Unfortunately not everyone understand.  Hope it works out for you.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: wino on January 03, 2007, 11:44:13 am
the zonk getting zonked by a woman? ag nee, sies man, this is not how we've come to know you. be your own man!!

ps can't wait for the rest of the report
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Maverick on January 03, 2007, 11:46:09 am
Kewl piccies Zonk, don't worry ou pel the wife and kiddies will let you go on another trip if you spend every waking moment in the next few months again irritating the living crap out of them :D  :wink:
Title: Re: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: IceCreamMan on January 03, 2007, 11:57:54 am
nice trip.

now onto the more pressing problem ...keep the bike damnit.... dont be whipped into submission.

Fortunately my wife understands that from time to time its healthy for me to spend time with other men riding motorcycles and being a man...

cheers
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Groenie on January 03, 2007, 12:14:23 pm
Zonk, quick, get your wife on a bike!!! Let her see for herself just what fun it is. Maybe she won't want to deprive you of that.

Anyway, nice report. You are/were lucky to have been able to do it. I really struggle to get away for more than a morning ride, the wife only allows one or two sleep over trips per year and then it still costs me plenty. Like a weekend for her at the Spa....
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 03, 2007, 03:31:03 pm
O yes, the map. Sorry

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On my way to the Rendezvous Village (S20 27 35.1 E14 15 52.7). This was actually after a beer at Twyfelfontein Lodge (S20 34 13.1 E14 22 12.7). Sorry, It might have been a few beers.

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On the way to the De Riet Farm

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A yard next to the De Riet farm (S20 28 07.7 E14 11 11.3). Now the De Riet farm is not just a farm. It is a comunity of old Riemvasmakers that moved to Nam many moons ago.

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De Riet Village

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Just after the De Riet Village, going down to the Huab river bed (yes, dry. I thought Sharkie might enjoy riding these dry river beds. It's like De Wild, it just never stops). In the middle in the back you can start seeing the river bed. Freaken dry and very warm.
 
(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/3/f_DSC00198i_4cd7m_982c34f5.jpg)

And the best pic of them all. A Wilddog shirt slam bang in the middle of Desolution Valley.

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/3/f_DSC00203i_4cd7m_29e643ff.jpg)

Some more pics on the way to Huab river bed. I actually could have ride from my camp spot in the river bed, but 200km+ in that sand, NO way? Ask anybody that?s been in dry river beds, not nice. So I only did about 50km. And, no photos. Anybody that knows me knows that I am a very scared person and especially for Elephants (and lions). Elephants were everywhere. You see, I have been chased by one a few years back while in the Land Cruiser. It is not a nice feeling and being on my own, I reckoned it saver to keep on moving. I did stop once for water break, but that later.

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OK, later some more ...
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 03, 2007, 03:37:00 pm
Another thing just to show you how EZ it is to travel Namibia. I took no food with me. In 7 days, I had 2 tins of Bully Beef and around 40 Zamaleck and Tafel courts. 60% of my budget went to beer. I actually counted this time and could not believe the consumption in the Namibian heat. You don't even feel it. Only the 3 days inside and about the Crater did I not have beer, or people, or animals, or food, or ... shit from family. Oops, I should not have said that.  :oops:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: krazy-eyes on January 03, 2007, 05:36:06 pm
nice trippie, waar het jy jou tent en klere en matras gesit, in die topbox?

jammer om te hoor jy wor ge-domesticate  :lol:
ek het n nice 2003 Subaru Forester (fsh) te koop, die ding trek n swaar gelaaide quad trailer sonder dat jy eers weet dis daar  :wink: en in die stad mag hy dalk lyk soos n familie kar, maar hy trek weg soos n porsche (0-100 in 6 sekondes)
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: sidetrack on January 03, 2007, 05:47:13 pm
We have had some killer reports in 2007 allready ! Sorry to hear about selling the bike Zonkel (are you serious?).
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Leo on January 03, 2007, 05:58:39 pm
Zonk this is sad news. (Hope it's not the after effects of the GIF  :? )

Nice report once again. Thanks for sharing  :wink:

We should get together for a beer before you dissappear from the forum  :D  :D
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Welsh on January 03, 2007, 06:10:57 pm
:cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: mango on January 03, 2007, 07:58:05 pm
Lekker report Zonk

Don't be hasty, have a chat with your wife..and look for
a compromise...good luck  :)
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: GIDEON on January 03, 2007, 08:10:30 pm
:cry:  :cry:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Gunner on January 03, 2007, 09:32:37 pm
Hey Boet, you can't bail on us now! Keep the bike, she'll get over it.
 :twisted:
Awesome report.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: bmad on January 04, 2007, 08:59:22 am
Awesome report Zonkelnut  :D

The topic line reads really bad, sad news indeed for a DS rider :cry:

Does your wife have access to this forum, it might sway her thoughts to getting a bike herself and posting some cool reports. Worth a try :wink:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 04, 2007, 10:10:13 am
Quote from: "bmad"
Awesome report Zonkelnut  :D

The topic line reads really bad, sad news indeed for a DS rider :cry:

Does your wife have access to this forum, it might sway her thoughts to getting a bike herself and posting some cool reports. Worth a try :wink:


She can not, we have 2 beautifull kids. What about them? No, its not the bike, its that I do things on my own and not with the family. I am a loner and can not function 100% when with people.

I'll have to change. But because bike is a lone thing, it has to go.

But please everyone, but joyfull and happy. Not the end of the world. I will put up some other pics today.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: shark_za on January 04, 2007, 10:14:50 am
For heavens sake Zonkel, if you go the family route get a 2wheeler for yourself!

And keep the TA for commuting.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: JourneyMan on January 04, 2007, 10:27:53 am
Zonk. I'm in very much the same situation as you are.

The overnight/extended trips is out for me. I Ride on average once a month with forum members on day trips and do a Namib run once every two years.

Yes. Your adventure exploring/two weeks trips are maybe over for now.

Moderation might be the answer. 1 extended trip every two years with monthly day trips with forum members.

Letting go completely will not be the solution. Be aware that resentment might come into play and could play havoc with your relationship. I trust you are a better person than that to let it become a factor.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: KiLRoy on January 04, 2007, 12:32:59 pm
Ditto with me, I gave up wingshooting to generate some time for riding - generally do 1 maybe 2 longish trips a year.  The art of juggling my friend - keeping all those balls in the air while remaining semi-sane.  Moderation will always be better than abstinence.  An unhappy family is one where the dad is not allowed to be himself (within limits of course).  

PM me plse

H
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Lito on January 04, 2007, 01:10:15 pm
Hello Zonk... want R50?

 :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 04, 2007, 06:37:51 pm
Ag LITO. R50 will only get me a set of condoms for masturbation.  :wink:

OK. Me and wify had a long chat and this is what she alows me to do, take note "she alows me": 1 day trip per month and 1 long trip (2 weeks) per year, as long as the long trip is not done over X-Mas. Better than nothing hey?  :cry:

I'm not someone to play the field so I will have to comply with the new rules. So, this year, Leo, I will be able to take a 2 week trip with u and Xcaliber to Kaoko and for the rest, Shark, give me the dates, and I will be there. As long as it is once a month. SHHIITTT!!!!!


And so the koekie crumbles  ...  :cry:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Lootch67 on January 04, 2007, 06:42:52 pm
Result Zonk - even though the restrictions are placed on you I promise you you'll be doing more riding than a lot of us.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Welsh on January 04, 2007, 06:43:19 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"
Ag LITO. R50 will only get me a set of condoms for masturbation.  :wink:

OK. Me and wify had a long chat and this is what she alows me to do, take note "she alows me": 1 day trip per month and 1 long trip (2 weeks) per year, as long as the long trip is not done over X-Mas. Better than nothing hey?  :cry:

I'm not someone to play the field so I will have to comply with the new rules. So, this year, Leo, I will be able to take a 2 week trip with u and Xcaliber to Kaoko and for the rest, Shark, give me the dates, and I will be there. As long as it is once a month. SHHIITTT!!!!!


And so the koekie crumbles  ...  :cry:


For many of us, puts a smile on our faces, you can bend a rule, as long as the equipment is in place.

Welsh  :D  :D  :D  :D
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: michnus on January 04, 2007, 06:53:30 pm
Zonks bedonnerde report :thumbright:

The magic word is SEX!!!!  Do it right and the bike is yours :wink:  :lol:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Mark Hardy on January 04, 2007, 09:46:19 pm
Thanks for the report and pics, those maps are already printed and up on the planning wall. :D

Zonkel remind your wife about the man she fell in love with, she was attracted to the adventurous anf carefree person, changing you will do no good for yourself or the family. Stay true to yourself. Compramise is good but don't kill your sprite, that will be more damaging to your family and yourself.
Just my 2c worth
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: wino on January 05, 2007, 07:48:35 am
Quote from: "michnus"
Zonks bedonnerde report :thumbright:

The magic word is SEX!!!!  Do it right and the bike is yours :wink:  :lol:


you mean with another woman, ie non-wife, in order to get the divorce? :twisted: just make sure you get to keep the bike
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Welsh on January 05, 2007, 08:40:13 am
Quote from: "michnus"
Quote from: "wino"
Quote from: "michnus"
Zonks bedonnerde report :thumbright:

The magic word is SEX!!!!  Do it right and the bike is yours :wink:  :lol:


you mean with another woman, ie non-wife, in order to get the divorce? :twisted: just make sure you get to keep the bike


 :laughing3:  :laughing4:  :laughing4:  :laughing6:


As one of the boys once said, Sex with the missus is alright, but its not like the real thing!!!

Welsh  :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: FortyZA on January 05, 2007, 01:36:44 pm
Zonkel,

Where are the rest of the pic's.  
:twisted: I hope that Richard and I are included in the Koako trip which you mentioned? :twisted:  

Otherwise I will be very disappointed :(

I hope that you keep the bike and stick to the rules (okay break 1 or 2 small ones) but do not think that selling the bike is going to change life completely, most times it gets worse.  Thats my 2 cents woth.

Nice report, why no invite???????
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 05, 2007, 08:35:41 pm
Riding next to the Huab River. Very beautiful (S20 31 20.3 E14 05 01.4)

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/5/f_DSC00206i_cb2bm_6ca7aa9b.jpg)

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/5/f_DSC00208i_cb2bm_d0972951.jpg)

Quick pit stop (S20 34 49.8 E13 58 38.6). Here I realized that the thorn bushes punctured my water cans and I am losing water with a speed. And still got 170km to go. Was a bit worried. But it lasted the whole day. All 10 Liters.
But after this stop, I got to a not so hard uphill (S20 35 00.1 E13 57 15.7), on the GPS is says "Steep Rocky Slope". I did not think much of it and ye, it was steep but not Kaokoveld steep. But as luck got it, I dropped the Alp in the middle going up. Well, I dropped it 6 times while walking/running next to the Alp. I could not sit and ride it out as it kept on spinning. Even when walking next to bike it started to spin, front wheel hitting huge rock and poef. Down. Anybody that knows the weight of the Alp would know that after picking up the Alp 6 times, you are wasted. And in that Namibian Sun (45 Degrees), you tend to loose your enthusiasm. It took me and hour on that 50m climb. And all I could think of was that this is not the day I die.

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/5/f_DSC00210i_cb2bm_82562e3a.jpg)

More of Desolution Valley.

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/5/f_DSC00213i_cb2bm_acf2cc35.jpg)

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Another Stop. Most of the hard stuff nearly completed. (S20 43 32.5 E14 16 50.1). I was really tired and decided to take a road (S20 38 53.7 E14 19 00.8 ) that was going directly to Twyfelfontein Rock engravings. But the road was closed and I decided that I need to take it. It's getting dark and I am tiered. But this is where I learned that when Namibia says a road is closed, it is "CLOSED"!!!!!. It took me 1 hour on an 11 km strip. One mother of a rock invested mountain climb and 2 seriously shitty down hills. Rock and rock and rock and boulders and ... So, LISTEN when they tell you not to go there.

(http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/7/1/5/f_DSC00216i_cb2bm_b8c4f736.jpg)


The setset colours only in Namibia. Perfect after a long days strugle.

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OK. More to come ...  :arrow:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 05, 2007, 08:40:05 pm
Quote from: "FortyZA"
Zonkel,

Where are the rest of the pic's.  
:twisted: I hope that Richard and I are included in the Koako trip which you mentioned? :twisted:  

Otherwise I will be very disappointed :(

I hope that you keep the bike and stick to the rules (okay break 1 or 2 small ones) but do not think that selling the bike is going to change life completely, most times it gets worse.  Thats my 2 cents woth.

Nice report, why no invite???????


Yo Forty, sorry man. I wanted some time alone to clear the head of all the years trouble and sins. And becides, it is very few people that do not whant to be home over X-Mas. Sorry man.

Ye, regarding the Kaoko trip, you will have to speak to Leo and Xcaliber. They are running the show.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Mark Hardy on January 06, 2007, 06:49:22 am
Please keep those pics comming :)
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Maverick on January 06, 2007, 04:21:22 pm
Quote from: "Zonkelnut"

OK. Me and wify had a long chat and this is what she alows me to do, take note "she alows me": 1 day trip per month and 1 long trip (2 weeks) per year, as long as the long trip is not done over X-Mas. Better than nothing hey?  :cry:


Dude without being funny or anything but I think you looking at the wrong side of the glass at the moment, let me put it this way we don't have kids and my wife will let me have all the alone time I want as she is the best ever but given this I still don't have time to do a day trip per month not even to mention 2 week long trip a year :dontknow:

This is the first year where we have planned a trip to Nam in Oktober and I have exactly 10 days getting there and back to the UK plus do all our riding we can do inbetween. I suggest the day trips you do best to make the absolute best of them and possibly getting mommy on the back and the kiddies a babysitter for the weekend :wink:

Just my 2 pennies worth if it is of any use :D
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: droffarc on January 08, 2007, 01:27:51 pm
If it is in you, it is in you.

You use final too lightly - use last for a while - because after a while you will find a way. Just keep the balance.

Really enjoyed the report, thanks for the adventure.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Grootseun on January 08, 2007, 02:40:20 pm
Great report Zonk, you are afraid of animals and the like, yet you venture into the desert on your ace.... :D

I echo what the others said...balance and compromise...a family comes with a set of responsibilities, unfortunately they have to be adhered to, no getting around it.

think of it from the wife's perpective...you would not want to raise 2 kids on your own...at least she considers your point of view by compromising on the riding sessions...
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Lito on January 08, 2007, 02:48:14 pm
Zonk... the collective has spoken. Theres safety in the multitude of counsellors - thats what the big book says.

 :wink:

Apart from that, what u gonna do now?
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 08, 2007, 05:34:36 pm
This is a pic of Willie. He and a friend did the Kaokoveld. Weeks before, he phoned me asking about food, petrol and water on the trip they are planning. VERY nice guy and VERY friendly. He is also on the forum and said he will put some report together. Well, it was a huge fluke that I met him here.
Actually an interesting story. After returning from the Skeleton Coast reserve (they turned me back after doing 120km to get there, Nam do not allow bikes in their parks, I did not know this) I had a 2nd near death experience when a springbok run in front of me and I nearly got killed. He turned out of my path (me doing 130km after being very angry with turning around) and run next to me for a few 100meters. He was so close, if I put out my hand, I could touch him. I was so shocked and scared and frozen, I could not believe what was happening. The springbok then turned away from me and bailed into the veld.
After this, I stopped at the first kooka shop and bought 2 bottles of beer and took a long pull on a los-drol. Just as I was calming me nerves, I saw a BMW 1150GSA pulling up. I decided to meet the oak on the bike and as he took his helmet of, his first words were ?Is jy Dewald?? I could not believe it. Here in nowhere, someone (white) calls me on my name. It was Willie. Could not believe the coincidence. Amazing. We had a lekke chat and while I was enjoying his musical skills (on a guitar that did not function so well, a local guys guitar) and a beer and los-drol, he had a coke? A coke? Well, I told you he was a good oak. Unfortunately he was alone. His buddy bailed out on him. Isch, bad. Well, you know ya pals with a trip like that.

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SpitzKoppe between Hentiesbaai and Usakos.

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Drove through to Mariantal where I had the best beers. This was the 24th (Sunday) and everything was closed except the "Public Bar" They played african music and was packed with locals. After my first Zamalec, I walked out pissed for the locals decided they each have to buy this whitie a beer. That was the end of me and retired to my tent.

The next dy I rode thru the border in search of 'Orania'. I must say, this was the most difficult part of my trip for I could not find the bloody boere colony. And nobody knew where it was either. They pointed me in directions and every time I ended up far from the boere. After 1400km I retired at Douglas in the Cape. There they told me that Orania is another 100km in the direction of Hoopstad? Well, that was that and I camped on the Orange River between some serious caravan big belly blokes (with some not so ugly daughters.  :lol: But I was tired (bloody boere) and went to bed after having my 2nd tin of bully beef in 6 days. Very njammies.

After this I drove rode to Dealesville. Slept at my uncle's but before that I rode in one of the biggest rain storms to Soutpan. Stupid I know. Slipping and sliding on the Freestate dirt. Water was pouring out of my bla-bla clothes (Richa). But not because it is not rain protected, I did not take the inners with. P.S. Richa got the best clothes according to me. In 45 degrees+ they keep you cool and get dry very quick after rain. Thanks Bla-Bla.
this is a pic of a rain cloud in the distance.

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Soutpan booze shop and some donkey meat. This is next to Florisbad. Florisbad is where they discovered your ancestral monkey origins. No, not mine. I am 100% pure human.  :)

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Entrance to Florisbad. When we were children, we use to visit my uncle on his farm. Like every December holiday. Then we would go to this warm water swimming pools. Hot springs. Now, as you can see, there is nothing left after the archeologist took over. Pity thou.

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The next day I went to meet up with the wife and kids at a place close to Stofberg in the Eastern Transvaal. This is my best bud called Leo. We are friend since we were 10 or so. He is a mean 'police ex-taskforce? oak. But as usual, with the softest heart. Since school, he has not missed 1 Comrades marathon. Still got his six-pack. Nice guy.

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O. This. After riding 6000km without injury, near death experiences, but no accidents, this wall!!! :evil:
The power (lights) went out and with lots and lots of clouds and rain, I came walking late during the one night and did not see that there was a wall and I was supposed to stop. I just kept on walking and ... poof. I fell my gat of. Having experience in parachute jumping, arch-ing did not help much. I fell my knee stukkend. I am still battling with a knee that walks the other way than I want to go to. I might have to visit the doctor. But what do I tell him? "No doc, while I was walking, the ground disappeared". Duh! What was the words Wino used once, something like this, "there is no ... for stupidity."

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Then, new years evening and morning. We slept at people we know in Dullstroom. Don't ask. It is all cool drink. Coke and sprite :lol:
Rudie (the manager of Pickles and Things restaurant), Kiara (my business partner?s (Tanya) baby, my wife Irna and, now who is that guy again ... O, its me. :lol:


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Tanya and Rudie

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Left, Thomas, The owner of the restaurant. What a nice guy. If ever in Dullstroom, its the restaurant on the left across The Old Transvaal Inn (use to be his). They have the best trout and other food in Dullstroom. The place is always packed.

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My wife and Kiara. NO, it is not my out-of-wedlock child.

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Me, Tanya and Nico (Tanya?s Husband).

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OK. That is it. Thanks for reading. Irna and I did come to an arrangement. It is good and we are both happy. I will only do one adventure per year and December is the families. Once a month a day trip with you oaks. So, please, let me know of any trips. Also, if there is a longer trip where my fam can join (with a car), let me know. This is also OK.
So, You have not seen the last of me!! See you soon   :P  :P  :P  :P  :twisted:  :P  :P  :P  :P
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 08, 2007, 05:43:00 pm
Quote from: "Lito"
...

 :wink:

Apart from that, what u gonna do now?


Keep on being your girlfriends hero  :twisted:  and giving you respect and ... om jou gat 'n bietjie te krap  :wink:

Ya still my hero  :P
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Kev on January 08, 2007, 06:13:42 pm
Yay! Glad you got things sorted out Zonks! :thumbleft: Nice ending to your report...
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: funacide on January 08, 2007, 06:27:47 pm
Awesome stuff Zonkel.

Oh yeah WELCOME BACK TO THE WILD SIDE!!!!
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: GIDEON on January 08, 2007, 06:30:17 pm
Geluk Zonkel
Bly jy het so hard daaraan gewerk SUKSES PROE LEKKER
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Mark Hardy on January 08, 2007, 06:31:27 pm
Quote from: "Kev"
Yay! Glad you got things sorted out Zonks! :thumbleft: Nice ending to your report...


+1

All good stories have a happy ending  :)  :)
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Kev on January 08, 2007, 06:33:38 pm
Quote from: "Mark Hardy"

All good stories have a happy ending  :)  :)

 
You have been watching too many Hollywood endings!  :lol:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Ned_da_biker on January 08, 2007, 08:59:21 pm
NAM!!! Man maar dit bly mooi! :P
Baie Baie Baie nice report! Ek dink dis weer tyd vir Nam....
Bly jy het vir Willie raak ge-toer! :lol:
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Groenie on January 08, 2007, 10:40:56 pm
Awesome Zonk!

en baie geluk met julle ooreenkoms. Jy's bleddie lucky! Een 2 weke trip per jaar? My vrou beskyt haarself as ek met so iets opkom :shock: Die Bav trip het my big-time gekos, wil nie weet wat 2 weke gaan kos nie.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: wino on January 09, 2007, 07:45:29 am
excellent, excellent, excellent!! and things turned out nicely in the end.
 :wink:

the quote you were looking for (?): never underestimate the predictability of stupidity - snatch
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Zonkelmonk on January 09, 2007, 08:11:33 am
Quote from: "wino"
excellent, excellent, excellent!! and things turned out nicely in the end.
 :wink:

the quote you were looking for (?): never underestimate the predictability of stupidity - snatch


Thats the line. Thanks Wino. Wino, I will take that handle bars. Please just PM me with the rpice please.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Butch on January 09, 2007, 08:14:08 am
Stunning report, Zonk. Dit lyk na vet pret.

Bly jy kon dinge uitsort.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Stephan on January 09, 2007, 09:07:36 am
Zonk, enjoyed your report.  Lots of memories in Nam.  Glad you could work it out.
Title: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: JourneyMan on January 09, 2007, 03:12:01 pm
So Zonk.

Are you going to change your website from VoĆ?Ā«lvry to VoĆ?Ā«lvas? :twisted:  :wink:

Glad it worked out. Much better than what was first on the table. :shock:

And we would see more of you, which is not nescesarily a bad thing. :wink:
Title: Re: My final adventure ride. Huab in desolation
Post by: Trailrider on February 07, 2011, 09:57:49 pm
Oh no! Zonk where did all you pics go?