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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: rubiblue on August 30, 2010, 10:17:35 am

Title: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: rubiblue on August 30, 2010, 10:17:35 am
Been wanting to do Namibia and Botswana for a very long time. After posting a request for some team mates, Usurper came to the party, and we started organising basic routes and plans. I have ridden with Henri a few times, and we are pretty much at the same level of D/S biking, no waiting for slow okes or picking up carcasses of speed demons were on the cards.

We hit the road on 18th August with a pretty much set route and accomodation options. This was the general idea:

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Some teasers for you okes to sit on for a while. Will do the complete report in due curse, need to time to first go through my 495 emails before I have the luxury of spending free time writing this, but will hurry my ass up. Henri has some video footage of me with my leg paddling through sand and a few spills. Nice dude!

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 :ricky:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Brandt on August 30, 2010, 10:26:21 am
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: funacide on August 30, 2010, 10:29:51 am
Post already, I am sure your boss will understand!!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Varadero on August 30, 2010, 10:31:54 am
Awesome, ran into you guys at the top of Breedts Nek a couple of weeks before you were off on your adventure  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on August 30, 2010, 12:20:01 pm
Post already, I am sure your boss will understand!!!
I am the boss. And I say work before play  :D
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: funacide on August 30, 2010, 12:23:48 pm
Post already, I am sure your boss will understand!!!
I am the boss. And I say work before play  :D

Everyone has a boss.... (Wife, Partner, Customer etc..)  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: roxenz on August 30, 2010, 12:32:31 pm
Chris, I'm sure this will be a good one! Looking forward to the RR!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: XRV-Boy on August 30, 2010, 12:39:24 pm
looks good!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: CorCorlia on August 30, 2010, 12:49:31 pm
 :thumleft:  Lekker!!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Johnnie Bok on August 30, 2010, 01:15:48 pm
Laat kom die RR!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: fat b on August 30, 2010, 01:20:17 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Wheelman on August 30, 2010, 01:26:49 pm
 :clock: :happy1: Looking forward to this one...
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on August 30, 2010, 08:06:30 pm
Day 1 - 18th August

As always, any first day of any length trip is a good one. I managed to get a few hours of sleep (usually battle to get more than 3 or 4 hours because I am like a kid on Christmas Eve). Met Henri at the nearby fuel station around 6.30 in the morning (was pretty chilling, glad I packed my thermals), we were both jovial and couldn't believe the time had finally come to start the trip. Again, like excited little kids. Our plan was to head toward Groot Marico then a quiet border post and then onto Mahalapye and finally Serowe. A long first day, but we wanted to get as far into Botswana as possible, allowing us time the following day to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans.
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The first bit was a little boring tar, just to get out on Gauteng as quickly as possible, turning off onto the brown stuff near Koster toward Groot Marico. After passing the Tollgate just before Groot Marico (I had forgotten it existed and could quite easily have made a roundabout route to avoid it). We chowed a quick breakfast at Groot Marico, filled up, next stop was Botswana border at Derdepoort.

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This next section was pretty sweet, long fast Gravel stretches, with a light loose topping. The temperature quickly warmed up.

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Soon after we reached the border crossing, again filled up with fuel, got the necessary permits and stamps and then headed towards Mahalapye using the old road that hugs the border. This road was pretty sandy, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it (purely because it made the ride interesting, but also because we knew it was a slow intro into what lay ahead for the next few days).

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After Mahalapye, it was tar towards Serowe, where we found ourselves sleeping at Serowe Hotel. Quant little place, was perfect for our kind of planned trip.

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We met the owners of the place and discussed the following day. Our plan was to stick to a decent road directly through the pans. They tried to explain to us how to get to Kubu (on an apparently decent sand road) as Kubu is a "must-see", so now I plans had already started to change, the adventure was beginning. We decided to head to their “road” and see how it goes. The first of many proper steaks were mowed down on this side of the border.

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Gee S on August 30, 2010, 08:25:18 pm
Its a good beginning, I cant wait for the rest. :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: funacide on August 31, 2010, 12:20:58 am
Nice stuff, looking forward to the rest. Keep it coming
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on August 31, 2010, 01:44:13 am
here are my photos for day 1:

Our first stop on the road:
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Shortly before the Bots border post:
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About 50 Km after the border post we stop next to the road, while having a smoke some locals stopped there to pick up fire wood:
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Mandatory stop >:-)
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Some abandoned shops next to the road at the Tropic of Capricorn sign:
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Filling up in Serowe:
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The Videos start on day 2  :mwink:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 31, 2010, 02:18:04 am
Very lekker guys :thumright: Looking forward to the rest.

I love those old 650's, brilliant bikes. Have you put a 21" front rim on yours?
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: GeeJay on August 31, 2010, 05:06:58 am
Subscribe.... Cant wait for the rest...

 :grommit:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: AntonDP on August 31, 2010, 08:02:57 am
Nice, can't wait.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on August 31, 2010, 08:21:15 am
I love those old 650's, brilliant bikes. Have you put a 21" front rim on yours?

Yip, but the Dakar comes with a 21' standard.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: funacide on August 31, 2010, 01:10:58 pm
Awesome guys keep it coming please.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Lem on August 31, 2010, 02:24:41 pm
ja nee, klink na n lekker ene. kannie wag vir die res nie
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Wolweseun on August 31, 2010, 02:52:30 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Huggels on August 31, 2010, 02:58:13 pm
 O0
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on August 31, 2010, 04:12:56 pm
Day 2

After willing to change our route slightly and heading to see the infamous "Kubu Island", we got up quite early and killed the first 220kms to Lethakane. It was without incident, EXCEPT, Henri propped his bike up on the centre stand. I saw the one leg cave in and initially thought it was just thick sand he placed his bike on. On closer inspection we noticed the one leg had broken off, after Henri's modifications and extra welding to the stand. Granted he said he had not welded in a while. We took the stand off as it was now very lob sided and would have caused further issues.

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After the removal work we continued to Lethakane, filled up and then ended up in the dirt. We could not find the route that was suggested the previous night so we stuck to our original plans and followed the vet fence towards Gweta. About 60kms in we decided to cut through the vet fence and head toward "Kubu". We got lost a few times and had to back track. The going was quite slow; with thick sand and a few deadly thorn bushes we managed about 20 or 30 kilometres in towards Kubu, at a rather slow rate, dodging the thorn trees and fighting the sand. My handgaurds were well tested, without them you looking for trouble.

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We then had to make a decision, we knew fuel was going to be an issue and it was already running toward afternoon. We decided to head back on the same road to the vet fence and continue toward Gweta. The vet vence road is very good, gravel, mixed with rocky patches, mixed with loose sand.

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After the next 50kms, on what I call fesh fesh patches (the dust was horrendous, for Henri not for me,  :biggrin: ), we finally reached the Pan. Dammit, it is amazing. We gunned along the pans, taking photos and admiring the views. We saw several hundred Zebra littered on the jeep tracks after the pans. We passed a couple of vehicles taking the same tracks. We continued on towards Gweta.

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SGB had mentioned thick, but ridable sand 7 kilo's just before Gweta, so we were prepared and slowly counted the kilometres before the thick sand was supposed to start. It started on the money.

I tell you one thing, I come from a motocross background, and being brought up on Rover MX track I was not really intimidated about the sand. IT IS COMPLETELY different on a heavyish DS bike, loaded with myself and 35kg of kit on the back. Good thing I moved my rear bag parallel to the bike, the pendulum effect of a perpendicular heavy bag when going through sand is rather interesting. It is quite a fight through the sand, arm pump is not far off during those 7 kms. We did deflate tyres before hand, which made it easier, however I feel the heidies sidewall is very rigid and even at 1.4 bar, the rear deflation hardly fattened the tyre width. I was not comfortable going less for fear of pinched tubes and ripped valves. Henri must have had a good laugh, I believe he got some good video footage and me weaving from left to right, and taking 2 tumbles, luckily at slow speed. I was a little concerned about my still weak left knee, but all was good. It was fun though, tricky, but fun. I think I need more sand time on the bike. After getting to Gweta we re-inflated our rubber.

We were warned the night before that our intended accommodation, Gweta lodge, was pretty crap, so we decided to head to Planet Boabab, and I am very glad we did, very cool place, quite a few tourists. We had a couple of beers that night. Henri snores, note to self, ear plugs from here on in.

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Our Little tree outside the room
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Heimer on August 31, 2010, 05:32:07 pm
Ek laaik

Gooi nog broeder - ons wil lees
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on August 31, 2010, 08:23:34 pm
Well, apparently my welding skills was not as good as I thought.... I extended a standard GS center stand and modified it to prevent interference with the back tyre.. but the welding thing is not like riding a bicycle...

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After some awesome "tweespoor" riding we hit the pans:

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on August 31, 2010, 08:27:49 pm
Hey dude, where the vids? feel like a laugh...
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: XRV-Boy on August 31, 2010, 09:21:05 pm
Usurper watse tires is daai op jou bike? love the RR sofar
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Gat Slag on August 31, 2010, 09:25:03 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on August 31, 2010, 09:51:10 pm
Usurper watse tires is daai op jou bike? love the RR sofar

Wag vir dag 4, die tire drama kom nog, dan sal ek jou al die details gee... DOT rated; MY ASS!!!!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 01, 2010, 08:02:35 am
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 01, 2010, 08:31:58 am
I am struggling with uploading the video  :-\
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 01, 2010, 08:58:18 am
dump it on youtube and then paste the url link in the thread, should work.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 01, 2010, 11:27:21 am
No, Picasa..., Jou Tjoep..., all still giving me errors.... will try again tonight.  >:(
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Juls06 on September 01, 2010, 12:03:51 pm
Awesome RR so far, keep it coming :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: popipants on September 01, 2010, 12:51:24 pm
Wow, that brings back memories!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: XRV-Boy on September 01, 2010, 02:04:43 pm
Usurper watse tires is daai op jou bike? love the RR sofar

Wag vir dag 4, die tire drama kom nog, dan sal ek jou al die details gee... DOT rated; MY ASS!!!!!

Neem an hulle is dan K@K hmm want hulle lyk amazing maar ja apearances can be decieving :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 01, 2010, 02:27:07 pm
Day 3

Today was mostly tar, but we wanted to get as far north again before heading down the Caprivi. We had a good breakfast and hit the road to Nata for a refuel.

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I found a new way to prevent ironbutt for myself. By placing the rear foot pegs down and then alternating between normal sitting position, sitting normally with feet on rear foot pegs, and my favourite, standing on rear foot pegs. Whilst standing it forces the body to angle, so regardless of speed to can remain standing for several kilometres without feeling like you are constantly hanging on. This process worked extremely well to prevent ironass.

We made good speed to Nata where we refuelled. Then we continued to Kasane along the main road, currently being redone. We found a nice little side road which looked sandy along the main road and did a few minutes on it. Fully inflated front (2.6 bar) in thick sand is quite interesting.

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We made our way to Kasane, filled up, and then went looking for a lunch venue. We found a very cool hotel, where we sat on the deck, chowed lunch and watched what the Chobe River had to offer. Only now did it hit us that we were finally on holiday and experiencing an awesome trip.

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By now it was rather warm, my ASSUALT jacket is simply not suited to these conditions and I was paying the price, by what seemed like losing several litres per hour via sweating. Well it felt like it.

After Kasane we went through the Chobe National Park, where we were introduced to our first of many anti foot-and-mouth chemical sprays. Soon after we entered the park, quite a few cars suddenly stopped in front of me. In the interest of keeping windflow ventilation to a maximum I began to overtake them. I suddenly realised some large beasts were attempting the cross the road. I smashed hard front brakes, whipped out the camera and took some pics before heading off feeling like a plonker.

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Another herd was crossing about 2 kilometres later, got a few action shots as well. Henri was quite far back and had trouble passing them, whenever he tried to creap forward so did they. I think he eventually gassed it passed, making lots of noise with that pipe and seemed to upset the beasts. On bikes one is completely insignificant next to these huge beasts, very humbling...

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We finally got to Ngoma border post, after sorting passports we were once again on our way. Working here could be lekker with such unreal views from the border post itself.

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(http://img814.imageshack.us/img814/8223/dsc07265.jpg) (http://img814.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07265.jpg)

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Once in Katimo Mulilo we had to source transfer documents and pay the transfer road fees and then went to find our place for the night. Zambezi lodge it was, was very quiet, after parking the bikes we woke up the neighbourhood when my bike fell over and the hooter engaged (me thinking it was Henri and asking him what the hell he was doing, me a plonker). We had a swim, then went and sat on the deck drank beer , watched the sun set and hippos play around in the Zambezi River.

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Henri observing the local river swimming rules, we adhered.
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Stats:
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: XRV-Boy on September 01, 2010, 04:46:43 pm
NOG!!! where did you do that 163kms? on dirt? >:D
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Scrat on September 01, 2010, 05:05:24 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

NOG NOG!!! Great so Ver!!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: wimpie on September 01, 2010, 08:54:23 pm
Flippen lekker report. That Dakar looks good!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Brink on September 01, 2010, 09:21:27 pm
Flippen lekker report. That Dakar F650GS looks good!

Fixed

But I have to agree with you - it has a certain attitude which I really like :thumleft:

Can you give us a list of the changes done U?
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 02, 2010, 09:35:15 am
Can you give us a list of the changes done U?

Started with a 650GS:

48mm USD fork (with the 21' front wheel, and brake caliper)
Dakar rear shock,
ProTaper Bars,
Zeta Guards,
Van der Linde can,
pooratech tool tube,
SwMotech  crash bars,
SwMotech  spots,
TouraTech chain guard,
TouraTech engine case guard,
Big footpegs,
Grey automotive vinyl on all plastics,
Sticker kit

Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Lem on September 02, 2010, 11:07:10 am
Can you give us a list of the changes done U?

Started with a 650GS:

48mm USD fork (with the 21' front wheel, and brake caliper)
Dakar rear shock,
ProTaper Bars,
Zeta Guards,
Van der Linde can,
pooratech tool tube,
SwMotech  crash bars,
SwMotech  spots,
TouraTech chain guard,
TouraTech engine case guard,
Big footpegs,
Grey automotive vinyl on all plastics,
Sticker kit



Schweet laak a lemon!!! Dis hoe mens n ordinere baie goei bike verander n briljante bike!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 02, 2010, 04:12:32 pm
Day 4

We had a short day on our hands, with 2 options in mind. Either klap the tar all the way to Divundu or head south west  from Katima Mulilo along the border, which then turned north and eventually meet up with the main road to Divundu. We were very unsure about fuel stops, and asfter asking a few people we decided to klap the tar due to fuel uncertainty. It ended up being tha the intended gravel roads that come out on the main road rested on a petrol station, hindsight is a bitch.

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All in all it was about 330 kms to Divindu, but we had an early start so had ha half day at Ngepi camp to wash some stuff and chill. The pictures off the Ngepi camp did not tell a single lie. I will definitely go back there someday, I can explain it as Mozambique on the Kavango River.

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Elephants across the river
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Having a Dip
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Snooze
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After washing some gear and noticing all the sarcastic information boards, we went to the main building to have lunch, a few beers and organised a afternoon booze cruise. Whilst waiting for the cruise we both had a short nap (a much needed one). The boat cruise was pretty good, saw plenty wild life. Elephants, Hippos, many birds and bush pig. The other boat saw a leopard briefly, no crocs though. The foreigners on the boat know nothing about looking at animals, they would simply burst out in voice to indicate animals, at which stage they would disappear from sight. I must have heard “Wilde Schwein” several times, only to look and see nothing because the frightened bush pig had disappeared at the noise.

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We had a good 3 course set menu for dinner and then retired to the pub. Chris, the girl of Leigh (who runs the camp), took a liking to us. I think he had not seen his kind in a while. Free shooters, lots of beers, when he gets up and invites us to take a ride to the nearest shabeen and drop the kitchen staff off. We took him up on his offer. By this stage he was a little skew (we all were) and raced the Landie (without brakes into town). We dropped the staff off and then continued to find the shebeen.

When we found it we were welcomed in (to spend money I guess). We got some quarts, loose smokes and chatted to the locals. I recall Chris telling me that smoking my own brand defeated the point, so I gladly took one for the loose smokes, only for him to tell me that he wanted one of mine. Those were pretty rough smokes.

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On the way back Chris was now lekker dronk and was crusing along what felt like 120km/h in the dark along a twisted road, next thing he went too fast into the corner, moered off the road and into the dirt. Henri, who was sitting in the rear of the game viewing vehicle, holding 2 quarts must have kuked himself. I thought we were going to roll. Chris then jumped out, checked his pants for remnants of a “scary as shit” moment, mentioned he was too drunk to drive and told me to drive. On the way back to the camp we all had laughs and talked crap.

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When we got back, Henri, in all his wisdom, ordered a “Wild Dog” shooter for the fun of it. It was Rum, Tequila, topped with amarula. Eugh!. We hit the sack after that.

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 02, 2010, 06:18:17 pm
Day 5

Today was a little bit boring, mostly tar. We thought hugging the Kovango Delta would lead to at least a few decent views; unbeknown to us you can only see the delta, in the delta. Next time...

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We were kept awake with the constant cattle dodging, slow done and speed up. The speed also changes constantly and we heard that we must not speed in Botswana, so we pretty much stuck to the speed limits (by going over by 20-40 kms/h in most sections to limit the fine amounts)

We crossed the before shortly after refilling in Divundu, there was a small gravel section just before the border post which they are busy redoing inside a small
nature reserve. After having to get off the road where they were working on, the road looked lekker hardpack. With an upcoming sharp bend I tried to slow down, eeeek, slick mud, tried to get the bike over to the edge where it looked like more traction lay, eventually slowed down for the bend, but was a bit nervy when not expecting it. The Border post was quick, was done in about 5 minutes and then we had a long tar stretch ahead.

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We made our way to Sehitwa, where Henri ordered us some lunch. Good call bud, was decent chow. I thought we may have a had a stomach issue later (that’s the way it looked), but we were both fine.

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We eventually made it to Ghanzi, where we stayed at the Kalahari Arms Hotel. Had a dip after the long hot day. Again we punished a few beers, had some great pizzas and hit the sack early. Tomorrow we reach the gravel promised lands of Namibia.

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At this stage Henri noticed his brand new front King tire was suffering badly, after about 2500kms only, he will indulge us further on this matter.

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Beasts waiting for tomorrow’s gravel and what they were designed to do
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Chuck U Farley on September 02, 2010, 10:36:48 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Minora on September 03, 2010, 07:27:00 am
Mooi man! Kan nie wag vir die volgende episode nie!!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 03, 2010, 11:42:32 am
Sorry for my poor participation... had a shit storm at work the last 2 days...

Here are my Day 3 photos: (very out of sequence now)

Filling up before the long haul on tar:
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Check the fesh-fesh dust as these horses walk through town, now imaging riding at the back....
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They are redoing the road and we did many Kms on the service road
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(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TH9O6I-awRI/AAAAAAAAALY/lPgpC_EmtUg/s800/DSC00038.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Qr_eR8SX2rwaBd7l4OJkCvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TH9TSxqBZKI/AAAAAAAAALc/ZGp5pu34tPc/s800/DSC00041.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bWJIq-hM0sfSFOqCei-hU_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


Some awesome scenary at the border post into Caprivi:
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(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TH9csJ7MocI/AAAAAAAAALw/FEbesZq-h8A/s800/DSC00043.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IwppeXnu2esMTHEd-Eh_vvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TH9gOYzwOvI/AAAAAAAAAL0/ETLsG40alGc/s800/DSC00044.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pFZDQ43dWe79cshcUYxOlfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

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We had to buy Road license slips for Namiba, but you dont buy them at the border, you go to the Engen in Katima and buy them there.  >:D
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At our accommodation for the night:
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The kit was getting a bit funky so they aired outside.
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 03, 2010, 11:49:24 am
My Day 4: (Still out of sequence)

Shortly after leaving Katima we were stopped at this road block. Not understanding the Namlish the cop spoke so lekker, it took us a while to figure out that all they wanted was for us to take "Tourist's guide to Namiba" book, for free nogal!  :D
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another scenic smoke break...
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 03, 2010, 12:09:14 pm
Now for the tire Issue  >:(  >:(  >:(   >:(   >:(

About 3 months before leaving on the trip I set off to I went to one of our site vendors for a set of Dunlop 606's. (I buy the tires, and leave them to cure a bit before fitting)... but he only had a rear, so he promptly offered me the "Equivalent" tire from the King brand. So I explained that I will be going on a 6500 Kms trip and the tyre needs to last. No problem he said! it will do the job just as well as a 606, DOT rated and all. Ok, who am I to argue, but the tire did look more like a enduro tire to me.

So this is what the Front!!! tire looked like after 2500 Kms:  :patch:
By the time we hit Windhoek, I was forced to replace the tire as the knobs were Gone!!!!
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIDFXWW6JZI/AAAAAAAAAMo/f8jYWaW5yfY/s800/DSC00064.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NgOr7UzgnwZ8q5YvtwVZlPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)  

The 606 on the rear (which was taking all the abuse) was still looking fine:
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KING TIRE MY ASS!!!!! keep it on the 450's

Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Kerritz on September 03, 2010, 01:14:49 pm
Awesome trip Gents!!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: J-mo on September 03, 2010, 01:38:38 pm
Nice trip, well done!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: mannemerak on September 03, 2010, 01:53:37 pm
Well done  :thumleft:  :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: letsgofishing on September 03, 2010, 02:11:09 pm
Great report guys!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Heimer on September 03, 2010, 02:24:45 pm
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Minora on September 03, 2010, 02:33:18 pm
O hier kom 'n ding  :peepwall:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 03, 2010, 05:18:58 pm
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
No, that specific bed was all mine  :D
However we did share a few double beds... :imaposer:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Heimer on September 03, 2010, 06:13:29 pm
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
No, that specific bed was all mine  :D
However we did share a few double beds... :imaposer:

Ek vra maar net.  :peepwall: Jy het so 'n spesiale foto daarvan geneem.  ;D
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 03, 2010, 06:15:43 pm
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
No, that specific bed was all mine  :D
However we did share a few double beds... :imaposer:

Ek vra maar net.  :peepwall: Jy het so 'n spesiale foto daarvan geneem.  ;D

Bwahahahaha, nee fok boetie, maar dik lyk so
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Heimer on September 03, 2010, 06:19:20 pm
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:
No, that specific bed was all mine  :D
However we did share a few double beds... :imaposer:

Ek vra maar net.  :peepwall: Jy het so 'n spesiale foto daarvan geneem.  ;D

Bwahahahaha, nee fok boetie, maar dik lyk so

Ja inderdaad. So, so, so...uhm soos 'n wittebroodsbed.

 :imaposer: :imaposer:

Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 03, 2010, 09:14:48 pm
Het julle saam in daai dubbelbed geslaap in die Kalahari Arms Hotel?  :3some:

Het jy nie die chainlube op die bed kassie gesien nie  :pot:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 03, 2010, 09:21:01 pm
Day 5 Photos:

Getting some chow at Sehitwa:
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the most tasty R12-00 plate of food I ever had!
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 04, 2010, 01:25:23 pm
Day 6

I was really looking forward to the gravel roads of Namibia. In my usual inquisitive self I loaded the questions on. Like Highway gravel? Like gravel rutted from constant traffic? How rocky? I couldn’t help myself in the quest for our eagerly awaited Gravel Heaven.

We hit the road quite early, we were the first into the breakfast buffet, and I think the first to leave the Hotel. We filled up at the Total and as we were refilling our hydro-packs, when an elderly guy came over and started chatting to us. He was adamant that we must follow a gravel road toward Gobabis, after checking the planned route we realised it was in fact the road he was talking about, awesome...

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The first 90 kms was okay, typical of our Gauteng roads. Decent roads but a bit bumpy from traffic. We opened some gate into a Nature Reserve and followed the road until coming out at the main tar road to the Border post. 2 young “heavy” looking kudus gave me a little scare, and many little bushbuck dodged under our paths.

We hit it hard toward the border on the tar section, went through customs and into Nam. We had to get to Windhoek just after lunch to get Henri to the BMW, where Henri had secured new rubber for his front.

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Had a quick Wimpy and feeling like we were back into something like SA. People + Petrol Cards.

Just outside Gobabis we hit the gravel again. The gravel here is very cool, a much darker colour with white intermittent sections. We headed towards Steins.... or something. Something German, Henri can supply names.

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Rolling fast sections with sander sections, with EVERYTHING that’s makes a great gravel outride. We had a “kind of dice”, but nothing serious (he was 1km or so behind and we were keeping that gap, sitting between 130 and 150 on the slow rolling hills), for 100kms or so. IT WAS AWESOME. I love this place!

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Just before we got to Windhoek, Henri hopped in the front, and was like a homesick mole, we klapped it along the tar pass into Windhoek and traffic. We picked us Henri’s sister’s house keys from Ian, her husband, and went to their house too offload our shit. Henri led us into town where we found BMW, managed to get the tyre fitted, chatted and then headed to Henri’s mate, I now cannot remember his name, his nickname was “Boesman”, classic dude. Had a couple of beers and managed to get the stand welded, looked like a good job, but i don’t know welding, neither does Henri we were soon to find out again...

We got back to our accommodation after it was dark, got showered, Henri was fiddling with the Camera and their PC and i heard laughing so I am sure that included me dumping it. Where the hell are the videos bud? Went to Joes for awesome meat again, few draughts and then home. We got talking about the Sand ahead in Sossusvlei...

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Sithe on September 04, 2010, 10:09:52 pm
Excellent ... Ta !!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 05, 2010, 01:50:32 pm
Day 7

On our way to Swakopmund

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Henri wanted to show me the route they race on bikes between Windhoek and Swakop. The Desert Dash, gives mountain bikers 24 hours to race 340kms towards the coast. On a bicycle? You okes are mad, give me petrol and a thunder between my legs and I am a happy boy.

Just outside the other end of Windhoek lie magical paths. The roads had been graded recently, so smooth fastness lay ahead. We had oats with Henri’s sister and husband and then got a relatively late start compared to generally early departure times. Said our byes, took an out road after refuelling and then sought gravel. Again amazing rolling gravel roads; went through an awesome river valley and pass, Ou-Hoogte pass. Brilliant road to get to Swakopmund, I think it was less travelled.

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Smoke Break.

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We eventually hit a skew T-Junction and then turned south west toward Swakop. The best conditioned gravel roads I have ever ridden on, winding though the nature protected areas. Easily sit at 150 on these roads, but lots of dust when trying to overtake cars/trucks. We could feel the temperature slowly drop, around 12 degrees in about 100kms. Hit some “dust free sections”, hugging what looked like a pipeline of some sorts.

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When we got to Swakop, we quickly tried to find our accommodation, but we pretty much saw the whole of Swakop whilst doing so. Unpacked, then went to lunch and a few beers. As we were leaving the B&B, I was waiting for Henri and looking in my rear view mirrors. Not sure what he did but the centre stand gave way, breaking again. Henri threw the loose piece on the ground and we left. I just laughed, I think he saw me and just shook his head. However his re-weld had held, and now it had broken from the earlier modification, thus I retract my “Henri was no good at welding” comment.

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The best chicken snitchzel I have ever had, truly these Germans can cook. After Lunch we went back to our place and chilled for around 2 hours, then went for pre supper beers, sitting on the Pier. The weather was nippy, but we have a heater nearby, it was very therapeutic.

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We had tried to organise the Brauhaus, but read it had burnt down, so we went to Kooki’s Pub. Had a great chow, check the size of this eisbein, must have been 800grams of pure pig:

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On our walk home, we passed the new Brauhaus, damn, oh well we were both full of food and beer so ducked home. Tomorrow had the potential to be a long day, and of course Sossusvlei

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Minora on September 06, 2010, 07:37:40 am
Ai, julle maak dat ek Nam baie mis  :'( :'(

Ek geniet die report baie, DANKIE
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 06, 2010, 03:43:44 pm
Day 8

We were fed and ready to hit some more gravel by 7.20am (Namibian time). It was a little chilly in the morning, think it was sitting around 15 or so degrees. We left, heading south toward Walvis Bay.

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I really wanted to see the harbour setup and the point, however it was very foggy, when we got into Walvis it was even worse, so we decided to skip it and get to Sossusvlei as early as possible.

Made the stop at Dune 7, I really thought it was bigger. Don’t get me wrong, it is huge, but I have seen plenty of sand dunes growing up at the coast in the Eastern Cape. Don’t think we were allowed to traverse it, so we did not, took a few pictures and then headed away from the tar and towards more gravel.
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At our next stop, which was about 80kms from Walvis, we met up with 2 other adventurers, Wayne and ... (names are lost in my brain). Both we riding BM adventures, fully loaded, they had opted for the more “camping” style approach. They we going on and on about this 100kms sand stretch that had left them wanting for home, maybe even considering selling the bikes when they got back (that’s how bad it sounded). Anyway we decided to do the road ahead together towards Solataire and ultimately Sesriem.
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We stopped a bit more whilst riding with them, not sure if it was because the group dynamics had changed, but it took us quite a while to get to Solataire. The views were spectacular, and the roads mixed between great gravel and more bumpy/sandy gravel (the well worn road conditions). It was good to have other guys to talk to, where we had been, where we come from, mods on the bikes, blah blah blah. Different conversations compared to us on our own.

We left them after a quick apple pie in Solataire (I was told that I had to eat one, as this is what is done at Solataire – It was really good.). We were surrounded by little birds, trying to get their sugar fix, we obliged and fed them plenty to make it even worse.
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We refilled and headed toward our place for the evening, after spending a little time finding out where it is, we quickly unpacked and then headed back towards Sesriem and ultimately Sossusvlei. We filled out the necessary forms, paid the parks fees and then smashed ourselves towards the vlei itself. The little tar road to the vlei was lekker, about 60kms or so, but it went by so fast. Huge dunes and rock formations on either side, it was a completely surreal experience. Add buck and animals littered all around.

When we got to the end, we were told no bikes allowed into the sand, WTF did nobody mention this, it could have eliminated quite a few discussions over the past few days. Anyway, we were a little relieved as we had no idea what lay ahead.
 
The guys were leaving, as it was around 5.15PM, so they one guy said, “here are my keys for the landie, take it (with a few cold beers) into the dunes, keep left and then place my key under the drivers mat when you leave”. How awesome, finally after racing to get here we could simply chill and do something very chilled.

Didn’t take long for the first beer to open, and so we continued our journey no longer on 2 wheels, but on 4 heavily deflated large sand tires. I think it would have actually been quite easy on the bikes, there were one of 2 longer sections of sand, but at least there were harder patches in between. Anyway this was much better, no sweating or fighting handlebars, cold beer and no rush.
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The Vlei was a little bit of a downer for me. Two reasons, firstly it is not what I thought it was or looked like, secondly it meant we were heading further south on our trip and the realisation that it was coming to an end (i put number 2 right at the back of my head and decided to deal with it when I was actually back home). The first point, please do not get me wrong, it is completely spectacular, however from photos I had been, it hardly resembled this. Enough of my whining. It is very pretty there, recommend it to anyone that has not been. Huge sand dunes with white crusty vlei’s between them, with the odd dead tree in the middle of the vlei.
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We finished our allocated beers, took the landie back to its home and then killed the rest of the ride to our Lodge. By the time we got to the Lodge it was nice and dark. These landscapes are very hard to get over, it all looks pretty similar, however completely different, that makes no sense, however if you have been you will know what I am talking about. We stayed at desert Homestead, was very cool place, again we hit a few beers and had some awesome chow.

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Had a very early night, we were quite tired and sunburnt.

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 06, 2010, 07:54:43 pm
Here are my photos for day 7:

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(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFSZ7hoqLI/AAAAAAAAANo/F7ixkJhcXTc/s800/DSC00096.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/eSH5mA3FRwvjA10535_oWPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFW45Z-BsI/AAAAAAAAANs/RxbGw7tYDWU/s800/DSC00098.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5JpLAy2SxN-XHDd_Q2rZmfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFbe6SRdiI/AAAAAAAAANw/zyIcDdWYNvo/s800/DSC00099.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/abFhr3wazrOEyewvZNsb5vK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFcx4TOOTI/AAAAAAAAAN0/HqO8FQRuhRk/s800/DSC00100.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Cn0a_uiXP1nuq7096rIzbfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFeyJBAQ6I/AAAAAAAAAN4/nzJVYK6hGhg/s800/DSC00101.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ifq7_pueRd1XfxPVJfdMqPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFgMqDSNSI/AAAAAAAAAN8/m4z5Tbv8Z4A/s800/DSC00108.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/w_eP-8O8q3iSDig6qfCBZ_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFlCxiYYKI/AAAAAAAAAOI/aFRJsIp7zSc/s800/DSC00115.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/np658BzEs33wulKWki98aPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFppX5QybI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/7fWDeAX8GC4/s800/DSC00118.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cF4d3jRze_HPHI-SXwX1W_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFstxkgLeI/AAAAAAAAAOY/JEUdhogF178/s800/DSC00120.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VPpP-jyG8R6CsBmtcpS1YPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFtTk1b1DI/AAAAAAAAAOc/VSFVrM-xTXA/s800/DSC00128.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AlFGJVmILmf65lVN0mPRKvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFuBExSbxI/AAAAAAAAAOg/ztfanKsvfGg/s800/DSC00129.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NORLvvvgYluab5W6H4LJY_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFvyVjNWRI/AAAAAAAAAOk/hnh63pGPGng/s800/DSC00133.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-pkIvtATCUiW4zkQW0237_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 06, 2010, 08:22:51 pm
Day 8:

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFw2ysPRHI/AAAAAAAAAOo/rWkqIvU_P8A/s1024/DSC00134.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_64PHxShdv2xnHc1l0SJavK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFyR_Rz7-I/AAAAAAAAAOs/LoAqqUoN4-g/s1024/DSC00135.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ifG8Ue4vAY-c8EulkgpChvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFzSzdq2zI/AAAAAAAAAOw/5iI42Hwn1BM/s1024/DSC00136.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/108614538776705868940/BotsNam2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCIfUwYqhtYqWbw&feat=embedwebsite#5512814185767689010)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFzULGhZvI/AAAAAAAAAO0/bWbEDAEqrCI/s1024/DSC00137.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2jZxCJcy4Qj_pPQQEngxEfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFzVm9EMzI/AAAAAAAAAO4/3sGCLmW8svU/s1024/DSC00138.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tkp4_Ao_ALm9CJ5GFIyLqfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFzW_B_2_I/AAAAAAAAAO8/JbPgFbrdby0/s1024/DSC00141.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/WVVJoZV4WCWDoice-nrPzfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIFzXtyJEUI/AAAAAAAAAPA/Hvd1AbwENrQ/s1024/DSC00146.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jufIDYGsm4kLI2saDluoiPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM0QYt2szI/AAAAAAAAAPI/-jrnLUjxW6Q/s1024/DSC00155.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vbw71qlCyhUc_w2etxHHuPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM0RrlxPcI/AAAAAAAAAPM/eZiJ8VrQhOI/s1024/DSC00157.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sQ-yaMIJVDEmn5KZkLEcn_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM0SDjRwFI/AAAAAAAAAPQ/4h-Qtyit1gw/s1024/DSC00158.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/0rPD-g6DsD_Sy1edyt3UvPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM0TQQJMhI/AAAAAAAAAPU/jQO7-myEfw8/s1024/DSC00160.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/J89YYbjyPFTDBIgUICTTpvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM0T7588xI/AAAAAAAAAPY/fm1LXbuguXM/s1024/DSC00167.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2QeA1iNSArQiFjmM4FnxlfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM1bXgpL4I/AAAAAAAAAPc/OyvMSJ_ATVE/s1024/DSC00168.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PkfhBEeZNIm3sVOEMofMufK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM5AAqCrII/AAAAAAAAAPg/u53MvdxFSwo/s1024/DSC00173.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7yZ1lAnp8QzWJoeTo9QrLPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIM_4vC_9AI/AAAAAAAAAPk/9SnHFgO9B1w/s1024/DSC00174.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/egylwuqkQdqrek5sF0lQBPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TINF09D0LZI/AAAAAAAAAP0/ciD2utjwpfc/s1024/DSC00179.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5sn8-8niKzUgE4IU8zrHdPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TINWlYgYwuI/AAAAAAAAAQI/T2-jN4j64Wo/s1024/DSC00180.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5KCijxVPSyt8y35BBhYy4PK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Lootch67 on September 07, 2010, 01:13:44 am
Made the stop at Dune 7, I really thought it was bigger.
(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/8002/dsc07460m.jpg) (http://img822.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07460m.jpg)

Erm, this is only the beginning of Dune 7. It goes up quite a bit more to the back and right of this picture.

Love the report. Keep it coming.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 09:05:11 am
Correct, however my small SONY DSC don't have a wide angle lense, but thanks for pointing that out for people who have not been there,  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Brink on September 07, 2010, 09:55:34 am
Sossusvlei itself is a ancient river area but not spectacular by itself alone.

Dooievlei is completely surrounded by dunes and full of petrified trees with an impressive surround of dunes which "contains" the vlei - see -24.75871, 15.29266 on Google Maps.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 06:29:48 pm
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 06:31:53 pm
sorry just going to the next page, already too many images and takes forever to load even on my fast 4mb adsl line.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 06:33:55 pm
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 06:34:13 pm
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 06:34:31 pm
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 06:34:50 pm
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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 07, 2010, 07:26:28 pm
Day 9

After a good night’s sleep (these yellow ear plugs work the bomb), and an early breakfast we had altered our route slightly instead of going all the way to Sesriem and then toward Dusiwib. We headed south after turning out of the lodge gates.

(http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/5959/dsc07537t.jpg) (http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07537t.jpg)

(http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/1841/dsc07538x.jpg) (http://img697.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07538x.jpg)

(http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/8282/dsc07539f.jpg) (http://img707.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07539f.jpg)

(http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/8108/dsc07540c.jpg) (http://img175.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07540c.jpg)

(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/8279/dsc07541b.jpg) (http://img6.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07541b.jpg)

(http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/2935/dsc07543.jpg) (http://img409.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07543.jpg)

We made our way, rather quickly, to Dusiwib Castle. Here we took a few photos, had a smoke and then hit the road again, our destination was Ai-Ais. We managed to find fuel along the way, not realising it was a Namibian Public holiday, an almost very costly oversight. Everything was closed except for petrol stations. Once again the roads were pretty magnificent.

(http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/2673/dsc07544s.jpg) (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07544s.jpg)

(http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/4341/dsc07545r.jpg) (http://img821.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07545r.jpg)

(http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/3645/dsc07546j.jpg) (http://img203.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07546j.jpg)

(http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/4139/dsc07547.jpg) (http://img543.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07547.jpg)

(http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/6039/dsc07548b.jpg) (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07548b.jpg)

(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/8139/dsc07549x.jpg) (http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07549x.jpg)

(http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/7545/dsc07555o.jpg) (http://img153.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07555o.jpg)

(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/7577/dsc07557.jpg) (http://img832.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07557.jpg)

Before long we had already covered 400kms and had crossed the Fish River and could see the start of the canyon in the distance. Henri had planned this route and had marked where we could go and view the canyon. After about 20kms after a t-junction I saw Henri trying to pull up next to me, I thought he wanted to have a “dice” or was tired of riding in the dust (I had already done most of today on dust duty), so pinned it. He eventually was adamant that he wanted to pass, so I let him, he said we had missed the turnoff to the view point. I mentioned the route ahead looked like a purposeful reroute to a view point so we continued on.

(http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/3600/dsc07558.jpg) (http://img824.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07558.jpg)

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/6395/dsc07550h.jpg) (http://img826.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07550h.jpg)

(http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/6977/dsc07551p.jpg) (http://img696.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07551p.jpg)

(http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/7904/dsc07554x.jpg) (http://img191.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07554x.jpg)

(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/233/dsc07559i.jpg) (http://img839.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07559i.jpg)

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/3425/dsc07560o.jpg) (http://img651.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07560o.jpg)

(http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/787/dsc07561.jpg) (http://img543.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07561.jpg)

(http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/4387/dsc07562q.jpg) (http://img824.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07562q.jpg)

I went past the proposed turn-off, purely because the road did not exist, so we double backed and found a small jeep track that headed down into the canyon. Every 200 metres the sand got twice as bad, so after about 2 kilometres we decided to turn back – this road seemed like an emergency escape route out of the canyon if needed. We were pushed for fuel and had no idea when this road would end and even giv us a decent view.

(http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/9427/dsc07563u.jpg) (http://img840.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07563u.jpg)

(http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/9922/dsc07564sv.jpg) (http://img231.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07564sv.jpg)

(http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/985/dsc07565j.jpg) (http://img17.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07565j.jpg)

On my way out, I put my left leg out, and then felt a very nasty tweak in my recently repaired ACL ligament knee. I didn’t bother stopping, fearing the worst, when we finally made it out, I stopped and checked the knee movement. I think those asterisk braces saved my bacon, it was sore and uncomfortable, but certainly not even 10% of the pain I had when I originally tore it.

The road/pass into Ai-Ais was also very nice, Henri set the pace and before I knew we had arrived. We filled up and went to find our room. It was pretty warm there so we went for a dip, then settled in for a few beers at the pub, had a good chow and chat. Henri had a hot spa after dinner. I unfortunately get severe headaches in warm water, can’t explain it, just happens.

(http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/7218/dsc07566t.jpg) (http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07566t.jpg)

(http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/3792/dsc07567z.jpg) (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07567z.jpg)

(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/7245/dsc07568h.jpg) (http://img832.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07568h.jpg)

(http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7641/dsc07569s.jpg) (http://img690.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07569s.jpg)

(http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2268/dsc07570c.jpg) (http://img227.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07570c.jpg)

We were pretty tired so went to bed around 9PM.

(http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/7867/dsc07573f.jpg) (http://img26.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07573f.jpg)
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 07, 2010, 08:50:36 pm
My Day 9 Photos:

Awesome day of high speed gravel!

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TINegaYbOJI/AAAAAAAAAQY/Aef14Nq_MC0/s800/DSC00187.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kOLBxu0vAR6Pv1Zcl1WWKPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TINgo__BpXI/AAAAAAAAAQc/a7Qftuqli9E/s800/DSC00190.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/u0v96TIz2RtNQZutdw44w_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIQZ4S4mwmI/AAAAAAAAAQg/jJREObpHOfo/s800/DSC00191.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/4VNloTAnO_yYBRWm1k4nk_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIQh33xoveI/AAAAAAAAAQk/SKT3yhLUJbY/s800/DSC00193.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qftF_X_ylaGNrDuOKo8sf_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIQl4_FsEGI/AAAAAAAAAQo/dvEIS2olhqQ/s800/DSC00202.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Yn1mwTxSncwK4vYPV38lVvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIQp6tJMOXI/AAAAAAAAAQs/rA8RmZU4kvo/s800/DSC00203.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/058yEiWcEXq47Y2GPF_1PPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIQ1vhyihFI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/pLOCKPliYco/s800/DSC00204.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hpM4d-rvz04XEt8um091WvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


Refueling at helmeringhausen:
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVskrn6rEI/AAAAAAAAAQ8/7VejEX4OwL4/s800/DSC00205.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/LdW7SDhB8H6OTUDp8GV1JfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVusnFwdTI/AAAAAAAAARA/ro8nuAOgkZk/s800/DSC00206.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/scxMoektfSFueoMe7PD5OfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)



(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVwCAPGtvI/AAAAAAAAARI/RUvyowJaR-A/s800/DSC00212.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GJ5h4REJcI32rNPhLZbgVfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


The bridge across the Fish River:
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVwDX796cI/AAAAAAAAARM/pS7ePMDO8Rc/s800/DSC00213.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/MflEbB0rTwX7HuDgrFPfHPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


Close to Ai-Ais:
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVwhws_MEI/AAAAAAAAARQ/2y_o57MmHYI/s800/DSC00217.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/c9fI_ZPfTkslQxA93qfcy_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Johnnie Bok on September 08, 2010, 06:45:30 am
Epic Journey!
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Tenrider on September 08, 2010, 07:34:24 am
Epic Journey!


Absolutely, very jealous!!!! :drif: :drif: Some great pictures there Usurper.  :3some:That desert is a magical place and we go there every year.  :ricky: Keep it coming.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 08, 2010, 03:55:49 pm
Day 10

We once again enjoyed the short pass out of Ai-Ais, this time watching our Fuel consumption, we had no idea where we would next get fuel, thinking it may be as far as the border, and with limited cash we had on us, our bikes we as full as the wallet allowed us, Ai-Ais do not accept cards of any kind for fuel.

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/6331/dsc07574h.jpg) (http://img822.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07574h.jpg)

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Not realising Karasburg was not very far away from Ai-Ais, we ended up filling there and then heading towards vioolsdrif border post and our home South Africa. Once again we made excellent time on these gravel roads, a few near misses with herds of goats and we made it you our border crossing with no hiccups. Henri’s number plate had broken a bit pre this ride, and at some point over the previous days he disc holder had broken off. The SA border guys are pretty jacked up, after showing them his papers, they came back and told him when his bike was due for a renewal, suggested alternate disc fixing techniques and let us on our way.

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The Border Crossing

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Now we knew we were in South Africa again, the gravel roads turned to complete crap. It is amazing what you get used to when doing Namibia, and we had completely forgotten the luxury that the Namibians have offered us in terms of roads. Bumpy, long sandy, bumpy, bumpy bumpy roads, I think you get my point.

We made it to Augrabies in a short while further, found our rest place for the evening, unpacked and went and took some photos of the Augrabies falls. They are pretty spectacular, I can only imagine during rainy season how much power must push through here. I will definitely come back after a good rain to see it for myself.

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We met 2 guys from Pretoria, both on KTM 990’s that had come for some challenge nearby the following day, we had a few beers, talked rubbish and then saw them off. We continued to stuck in at the bar and managed to really do some beer damage. After a good meal (had a chicken schnitzel again, however nowhere close to what the germans can organise). Tomorrow was going to be a long day, 700+ kms on gravel, so we got an early night again.

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: Usurper on September 08, 2010, 05:45:50 pm

My Day 10 photos:

 (http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVxYwFif5I/AAAAAAAAARU/rtykah5Q6ac/s800/DSC00224.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gB1M9rb5F95VWjWeyPABh_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIVxZnId2vI/AAAAAAAAARY/hh1-syUuCHU/s800/DSC00228.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bmmqdnYYOvsNxLq641-QIPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)


The grass making a sand angle in the wind!
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(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIV3Z6cfWjI/AAAAAAAAARg/DHzQ8CF0i7Q/s800/DSC00233.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Umfb6YMuTya1VsPV9lcA3fK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaHbJbb8gI/AAAAAAAAARw/GZmOce_hQBw/s800/DSC00236.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tihggezPzN-vmXlaSNVdqPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

It was the day after payday in Karasburg so the town was busy and festive:
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(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaJOeAj4SI/AAAAAAAAAR8/QP2Dn4quguk/s800/DSC00239.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/z-fMmCEbBC2gxaupXPKk-PK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaJsmFvsKI/AAAAAAAAASA/jyFcE0-1UO0/s800/DSC00240.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3UbrE2lMk2HcwWBIKz1RuvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaK4mUmWJI/AAAAAAAAASE/hnhHeoUBwtg/s800/DSC00246.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/n_fgzDyvvkMrayO4EqZld_K6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaNBPv_bZI/AAAAAAAAASM/QjnVZ8eC-jI/s800/DSC00258.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VpLTkfrWmUAEwoRwzI3SmPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

The Dutch tilt was more a product of almost moerring into the railing on the bridge while riding and taking a photo:
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaPJ2A6N0I/AAAAAAAAASU/EmIfNx2Le1A/s800/DSC00265.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JA5rYcEfHPrEPxdzNls0AfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaQskYiwYI/AAAAAAAAASY/VsIRrdUNKA4/s800/DSC00266.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ISypL15jexUliKBXNOX7vPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)



Nous!!: 1 Church, 1 Building and 4 small houses.... in the middle of nowhere!!!
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Augrabies:
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaaram8pTI/AAAAAAAAASs/SdKanmizFX0/s800/DSC00287.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JOSAlUO701FoShwPyv3WoPK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)



Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 08, 2010, 05:56:34 pm
VIDEO TIME

Day 2, Just before Gweta, rubiblue takes a tumble.  :ricky:

http://www.youtube.com/v/d7BX3fxn5zQ
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
Post by: rubiblue on September 08, 2010, 06:22:08 pm
Day 2

After rerouting ourselves we headed from the planned vet Fence toward Kubu Island in the Pans

http://www.youtube.com/v/mtxFBc6PJmk
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: rubiblue on September 08, 2010, 06:31:32 pm
Day 2

More footage between vet Fence and our temporary excursion toward Kubu Island

http://www.youtube.com/v/6oYlnZ-iGKs
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: rubiblue on September 08, 2010, 06:33:07 pm
Hopefully there will be more footage soon, Henri did take quite a bit, just takes a while to get it uploaded here.

Thanks Henri for the stuff so far.
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: rubiblue on September 09, 2010, 06:36:59 pm
Day 11

We wanted to get as far toward Joburg as possible making our last day nice and short, giving us an almost full day on Sunday at home. We decided to reach Bloemhof, leaving a mere 300 kms for the final day. Henri had secured us accommodation at the Bloemhof Nature Reserve, think it was R100 each, flipping cheap.

Anyway, he had an early start once again from Augrabies, skipping breakfast and deciding to hit a Wimpy along the road. This we found in Upington, where we had our first wimpy since Gobabis. Yum, can always rely on wimpy to give the exact same meal. This section we did on Tar, until Grobelaarshoop where we filled up. From here it would be gravel all the way to Bloemhof.

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It was a long day, I cannot remember much from it, the roads were quite terrible to begin with, thereafter they improved, but nothing like Namibia’s heavenly roads. We went through a small pass like thing, which was a nice change to road conditions, rocky uphill, but nothing crazy.

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Oh wait I forgot. About halfway through the day, just after Postmansburg, I got into the front and decided to cull the next 100 kilometres as a rapid pace. During one dip in the road, I saw a netball size rock lying in the road. It was bumpy in the general area, but I thought to myself, whatever you do, avoid that rock. Not quite sure what happened, but front bounced towards the rock (i was no longer looking at it so the “you go where you look” theory no longer applies. The new front end soaked it up beautifully. After hitting it, a white wet cloud covered me, weird, not sure what it was but was definitely impact related, pulled over a kilometre later for a smoke break and noticed this:

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Ouch, but I really believe with the standard front end I would be writing this from a hospital bed, no jokes, it was a big rock.

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When we got to Bloemhof around 3pm, we stopped for fuel and got some Steers. While we were munching we thought a braai would be a fantastic was to close the trip out, however we had no idea what facilities lay ahead for us. We then went to check them out, found out it had everything except food, so we picked up some wors,rolls and 12 beers and then headed back to the reserve. It was a nice end to our trip. We decided that evening to hit the tar all the way home tomorrow, and not on our planned route to maximise wife time after the long roads that fell behind us over the past 12 days.

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Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: rubiblue on September 09, 2010, 06:39:02 pm
Day 12

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Not much to report, was very un-eventful. Didn’t even take a picture on the road. Thanks Henri for joining me on this adventure, will do a similar trip with you anytime. To all the comments on this RR, thanks, this takes a lot of work to put down, comments appreciated.

It was good to be home, however the sinking feeling that it was over hit now. Responsibility starts tomorrow morning only, so pushed it out of my mind.

Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: Usurper on September 09, 2010, 07:12:50 pm
A couple more day 11 photos:

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIahdzAuebI/AAAAAAAAAS0/hu0t-HWnu2E/s800/DSC00292.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/FayVmOvyDckOufE5xLF4nfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaoVVeBvcI/AAAAAAAAATE/rcxq9GVDs9o/s800/DSC00295.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GpvTc3N-lTgY3dq6-i9ELvK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIaw0D7NQMI/AAAAAAAAATM/uBujRd1EISg/s800/DSC00300.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JfeMAhNtqJ6UEOM_mJ38tfK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)

Outside Pampier Stad
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A pan close to Bloemhof:
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After almost 6500 Kms I was really impressed with the Dunlop 606:
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hoOt6EK30Bw/TIbBFO03p0I/AAAAAAAAATc/HWB4wmZZroY/s800/DSC00313.JPG) (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xSEwsAjUTJFhS9GyLdPSefK6dMl0x6Ei_RchFCe3hQs?feat=embedwebsite)
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: SuperDave (RIP) on September 10, 2010, 08:48:37 am
Great RR and great pics, thanxs for sharing it!!    :3some:

Great bike Usurper!  I dig the front mudguard as well...!  Not only is it functional but it
looks flippen great as well!!    :thumleft:

Dig the automotive grey as well...is that then sort of a matt finish?

Sorry, but I couldn't see or I missed where the spotlights are situated?

Great stuff!!
 
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: Camelman on September 10, 2010, 09:35:37 am
Excellent RR! Thanks a mil for sharing!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: Wolweseun on September 10, 2010, 10:05:06 am
Nice

thanks for Sharing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: odge on September 10, 2010, 10:18:03 am
what a legend brother.   :'(

I'm actually little jealous I didn't come! Something I don't usually feel, so thats how good it looks.

Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: steady eddy on September 10, 2010, 02:40:37 pm
Very nice . tks for the vids :thumleft:
Title: Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style [VIDEOS FINALLY ADDED]
Post by: Usurper on September 10, 2010, 03:24:48 pm
Dig the automotive grey as well...is that then sort of a matt finish?

Sorry, but I couldn't see or I missed where the spotlights are situated?

Yip, Grey vinyl, Matt.

The spots are mounted on the upper pipe of the crashbars.

Cheers  :thumleft: