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Title: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 21, 2011, 08:09:19 pm
Hi all. This will be the trip report for our Cape to Cairo ride.

We left Cape Town on the 5th of September and are currently in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Our internet is not always so easy, but we've managed to post everyday on www.crossingafrica.co.za

This is just a quick overview of the first leg:

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Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 21, 2011, 08:17:09 pm
Day 1: Killarney race track (Odo: 42km)



We left late afternoon and got McDonalds on the way there. The lovely people at the track went out of their way to accommodate us and Paul Lehmann and Gail made us coffee before we camped out on the grid straight. Here we are eating our supper on the grid:

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And the following morning we did a couple of laps before setting off to Cairo:

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Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Slaaiblaar on September 21, 2011, 08:20:12 pm
Very nice, been following on website
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 21, 2011, 08:24:51 pm
Day 2 - Springbok (Odo: 600km)

The bikes were still new, each having less than 300km on the clock, so we were still getting used to the cruising speed and engine noises. The highlight of the day were all the people's faces when we mentioned we're off to Cairo. We reached Sprinbok around 18h10 after seeing the last of the wild flowers:

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Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Kokkus on September 21, 2011, 08:25:56 pm
hey Chomma!  Hoe lyk dinge?  Sien nou jy is online..!

Daai groen streep op die kaart, is dit met jou Map Source software gedoen?  

Ek is besig om te pak vir die CABC sien moer erg uit daarna!! ons ry more oggend 08:00, kan nie wag nie!!

Mooiry julle - Groete van die Dik Kocke
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 21, 2011, 08:31:47 pm
Day 3 - Keetmanshoop, Namibia (Odo: 1 049 km)

We crossed the border in no time as usual at Vioolsdrif (except for Easter Weekend!) and tried to sort out our first data connection in Keetmanshoop. All the shops we're closed, so we had to leave it until the next day. We camped at Garas Park 20 km north of town.

The open road in Nam is great on a big bike, but gets long on a 200c doing 80km/h:

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The campsite where we met some more bikers:

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Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 21, 2011, 08:35:08 pm
Yes tjopper! Geniet die CABC!!! so spyt on kan dit nie maak hierdie jaar.

Dit gaan great wees!

I am off to make supper now, so will try my best to go with the update tomorrow morning (if I get up!). In the meantime, check  the first two weeks on www.crossingafrica.co.za

Good night
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 21, 2011, 10:09:37 pm
Wow, this looks like quite a journey.  Good luck and I'll be following you here.  8)
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Crossed-up on September 21, 2011, 10:14:01 pm
Good luck to you guys!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Johnnie Bok on September 22, 2011, 06:47:15 am
Subscribed
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: dual on September 22, 2011, 06:54:13 am
Bring julle die twee fietse terug, of bly hulle in Egipte?

Ek het verstaan Egipte is moeilik met die ingaan en hoŽ waarborge moet gelewer word

Sterkte en ons hou julle dop

Sal ook eendag so iets wil aanpak :ricky:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 22, 2011, 07:09:23 am
Dual, ons vat hulle in met Carnets, maar ons moet hulle terug skip anders verloor ons die deposito. Gelukkig is dit nog lank voor ons daar kom! hehe
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 22, 2011, 07:11:38 am
I thought I was going to do the whole report for the first two weeks, but I couldn't drag myself from the tent at 5h00 this morning. The sun is out by 5h30 here!

We're off to the lake today. I wll try to continue the report when we have free WiFi at a camp.

In the meantime, check our daily updates on www.crossingafrica.co.za

Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Frannarossi on September 22, 2011, 08:43:18 am
Ek het nou net julle website gaan kyk.Flippen nice man.Dit lyk na 'n moerse adventure :thumleft: .Sterkte en geniet elke oomblik.Sal die website volg om te sien hoe julle vorder :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Rice Crispy on September 22, 2011, 08:59:08 am
 :happy1:

Well done guys, epic trip in the making
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on September 22, 2011, 06:49:26 pm
Kan nie wag om uit te vind wat in die Kaprivi gebeur het met die bikes nie ...
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: africanSky on September 22, 2011, 06:55:32 pm
Awesome, I really dig the sense of adventure in this endeavour!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Pote on September 22, 2011, 07:28:23 pm
baie nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Goose on September 22, 2011, 07:31:04 pm
Sterkte ou maat!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Hidalgo on September 23, 2011, 03:39:26 pm
Hey just read your entire blog - fanfrikkentastic !

You are a source of great inspiration, all the best for your trip to Cairo  :thumleft:

This is adventure touring at it best !  You getting to experience each moment and country and the people.

I look forward to your next update.

Enjoy it

Cheers
chris
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Gasman on September 26, 2011, 02:41:15 pm
Great RR guys! First thing I do every morning when I get to work is check if you have updated your blog, loving it!! Enjoy and good luck!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 26, 2011, 06:44:51 pm
Thanks Gasman, appreciate it. We've had some difficulties with internet the past few days, but hope to keep the blog updated every day where possible.
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 26, 2011, 06:55:38 pm
Day 4 - Mariental (Odo 1 408km)



We stuggled to find a place to camp and ended up going to one lodge to the next (far apart in Nam) as all were full.

We ended riding a 25 km corrugated dirt track and a 3 km sandy tweespoor. This last bit took more than 30 minutes and here Tania takes a tumble:

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Shortly after I took two!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on September 26, 2011, 07:01:57 pm
Day 9 - Bum Hill (Caprivi) - Odo: 2 907km

Sorry for the fwd, but the blog (http://www.crossingafrica.co.za/) takes so much time that I'll have to do a complete RR when we return. This just to show some highlights:

Our first elephant (seen next to the road in the Caprivi):

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Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: whitedelight on September 26, 2011, 07:10:09 pm
Awesome,looks like you guys are having a blast,,, :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Kokkus on September 26, 2011, 07:18:11 pm
Ek is bly julle is weer op die lug!  kan nie glo julle is al met 1 derde klaar nie..!  Julle is seker nou al lekker bike fit?
Lekker ry ou maat! Groete vir T
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Lem on October 06, 2011, 09:06:45 pm
Sjoe, julle wys ons hoe. ek sien uit na die res van julle report
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: eSKaPe on October 08, 2011, 04:32:21 pm
Respect to you two keep - keep it going
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on October 10, 2011, 09:20:53 am
Was on the WebSite, fantastic to be able to share these memories !!! Mooi man!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Swart Baard on October 10, 2011, 09:50:16 am
Also following on your website

May I say: AWESOME  :ricky:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: RobC on October 10, 2011, 11:00:33 am
Awesome... it's not the bikes that count but the spirit of adventure! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on October 29, 2011, 01:54:55 pm
Thanks guys! we're now in Awassa in Ethiopia. Road from Marsabit to Moyale was the highlight of the trip so far. Sadly I cannot post pics where we are now, but we posted some on www.crossingafrica.co.za of the desert. It was hard on the bikes and on us, but the scenery was absolutely amazing!!! Would love to go back one day, but on a light, bigger DS bike. And we weren't even shot at once!  ;D Funny how paranoid we can get sometimes, as we read alot about bandits on that road. hehe. Some people even take armed escorts. We also heard about kids trowing rocks in Ethiopia. We've yet to be thrown, but had no incidents so far... I hope to post a complete RR when we return. With pics!!!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: dual on October 29, 2011, 02:42:28 pm
You are indeed doing something GREAT - keep enjoying it  :ricky:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: poplap on October 29, 2011, 02:44:31 pm
Looks very interesting and good luck with the trip. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on November 09, 2011, 05:11:54 pm
Here are some pics of the road between Marsabit and Moyale:

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As you can see the road is pretty rocky and we both had a few tumbles. I had a proper crash when I braked HARD for a ditch in the road. The rear brake hasn't been adjusted properly (oops!) so only the front bit.

Here are the skidmarks:

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We spent three nights in Gondar (last one tonight) to catch up on our blog (www.crossingafrica.co.za) and because we only have two weeks on our Sudanese visas - the ferry leaves on Wednesdays for Aswan.

Tomorrow we'll head for Gedaref in Sudan. Can't wait to see the country!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Pote on November 09, 2011, 08:23:29 pm
 :thumleft: you where even mentioned in the newspaper here about meeting the guys (twice) from the voetspore team also going to Egypt
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on November 15, 2011, 05:43:55 pm
Yes, they were great! Even offered for us to load our bikes in their containers if the timing works out!! Stunning people...
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: steady eddy on December 01, 2011, 06:27:49 pm
Lekker subscibed :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Crossed-up on December 01, 2011, 06:54:49 pm
Nearly there - great stuff guys!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Andy Tastic on December 01, 2011, 09:45:35 pm
Respect to you both...!

Been following your RR & Blog over the past few weeks and have really enjoyed your way of writing and describing your journey. Almost felt that I am there riding next to you..!

Maybe write a book when you are back.

Safe trip further.

Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Hinksding on December 01, 2011, 09:57:20 pm
Julle en die scooters gaan dit maak!! Ek het noudie dag 'n poster van julle 2 in Canal Walk gesien. Great stuff!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Kokkus on December 05, 2011, 01:42:28 pm
Ek is bly julle is veilig in Alexandrie!  Nou is dit net om daai scooters terug in die kaap te kry!!  Sterkte!

Ons kan nie wag om julle in die kaap te sien nie!!
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on December 05, 2011, 10:19:53 pm
What an amazing trip you two have done... I'm highly impressed!!

Thanks for sharing.

 8)
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Kokkus on December 07, 2011, 07:47:33 pm
Hi All.  The Fair and the Bearded one are returning to CPT on Saturday 10th late afternoon.

Just a thought...

 :3some:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Skipskop on December 07, 2011, 07:58:02 pm
Very impressed, just goes to show what can be done . I will never look down on a rider passing me on a Vuka again  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: LangKat on December 09, 2011, 07:12:30 am
Congratulations on finishing this epic journey!

I have really enjoyed following along on your blog and am very impressed with your bikes.

Looking forward to reading more about it.
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: Tyre kicker on December 09, 2011, 12:22:05 pm
I have so much respect and am humbled what you two achieved,well done,brilliant in fact. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: The Rock on December 13, 2011, 09:23:59 am
welkom terug Francois en Tania! dankie vir n great blog! ek het dit geniet om julle vordering dop te hou! ek kan maar net se: RESPEK!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on December 13, 2011, 02:38:16 pm
THanks for all the positive comment, we are very fortunate to have had no problems. It was an amazing trip and we appreciate everyone
s comments on the blog, even though we couldn't reply to them. As soon as we've settled in and caught up on work we'll post a proper RR.
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: dual on December 13, 2011, 08:52:27 pm
Well done, what's next  :ricky:
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: jimjim on January 19, 2012, 04:00:55 pm
R E S P E C T ! ! !
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: dual on January 19, 2012, 06:20:09 pm
What happened to the bikes?
Title: Re: Cape to Cairo on Motomias (200cc Chinese road bikes) - RR Part I
Post by: frabans on January 20, 2012, 07:08:03 am
The next chapter is a surprise..  :pot: The bikes are on their way to Cpt on a ship. Johan Badenhorst of the Voetspore team offered for us to load them in his containers with the Amaroks. THat was very generous of him.

I apologise to all the people I've promised an RR. Haven't forgotten yet!

Check out the stats for each country being posted on www.crossingafrica.co.za