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Title: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 04, 2012, 07:10:13 pm
Please bare with me - I need to give through a lot of info in my initial post, so it might contain quite a bit of writing.

To start off: The intro ---->

I am launching on Sat 7 April '12, from Cape Agulhas, to ride around Africa. I'd like to know if any members that are in Cape Town would like to ride out with me on the first day? Or maybe even the first leg of the trip up to Namibia? I'll be following the N7 up to the Namibian border. All are very welcome and I'd love it if you could join me.

Sat, 7 April '12, Cape Agulhas @ 10:00 am. Please let me know if you'd be interested.  

I did introduce myself, so will just give the rundown of who I am and what I'm doing again here:

My name is Jolandie Rust. Everyone knows me as Jo.

I currently live in the City of Gold. Good old Jozi.
I'm an adventurer at heart and will be launching (or rather re-launching) on a little adventure in a few weeks time.  

I started out on a bicycle, pedaling all over the place. The BIG dream has always been to be the first woman to ride all the way around Africa, solo. After years of planning I finally got to launch from Cape Town, last year April. (2011) I made it to Northern Angola, where 4 young inebriated, French speaking fellas decided to relieve me of my bike and most of my gear. By way of flinging around their machetes and knives.

So now I'm starting over again and putting a bit more muscle into it. By way of a BMW Dakar.  
I have a Kawasaki KLR 650. Though it's engine seized at 5000 km's. It's currently being fixed. I was going to make my merry way around Africa on that, but have decided on a different approach. Hence the Dakar.  

My launch date is set for 7 April '12, from Cape Agulhas. From here I will make my way up the West Coast of Africa, entering Namibia first, then Angola, DRC, Congo, Gabon etc etc.
I will be traveling through 33 African countries, covering a total distance of almost 40 000 kilometers over 11/12 months.

Amongst some of the things I will be doing on the trip will be promoting women in motorcycling and road safety as FIM-Africa (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) ambassador. I will be taking part in two rallies in Morocco in October. The rallies will serve as preparation for the Dakar Rally 2014.

So yeh, that's me. Big dreams, big goals...bit of a crazy nut.  

Looking forward to sharing my experiences. I'm sure there are bound to be some interesting ones.  

My website: www.jorust.com (http://www.jorust.com)

How this RR will be structured --->

This report will be structured - 'country specific'. There will be a table beneath. This table will contain country specific reports and the pages you will find them on. I'll update the table as I go along. Just to make it a little easier to find info and more structured.

Country specific page layout can be found below[color]

The Route:

South Africa --- (Page 1 - 4)
Namibia --- (Page 5  )
Angola --- (Page 7 - 9)
DRC
Congo --- (Page 10 - 12)
Gabon --- (Page 14 - 16)
Cameroon --- (Page 16)
Nigeria --- (Page 16 - 17)
Benin --- (Page 17)
Togo --- (Page 17)
Ghana --- (Page 17)
Ivory Coast --- (Page 17 - 20)
Mali --- (Page 20 - 28)
Senegal --- (Page 28)
Mauritania --- (Page 28)
Morocco --- (Page 30 - 55 )

GPS Route log on page 47 & 48 - SA to Morocco

Spain  --- (Page 55 - 56)
France  --- (Page 56)
Italy  --- (Page 56)
Algeria
Tunisia  --- (Page 58)
Libya
Egypt
Sudan
Ethiopia
Kenya
Tanzania
Mozambique
South Africa

The Mileage:

Approximately 40 000 kilometers.

The timeline:

Approximately 10 - 12 months



So....I look forward to sharing my journey with you all. Feel free to contact me at any time. Please bare in mind that I will be disappearing into the bundus at times and won't always be able to reply right away. But I'll do my best to keep you all updated and post regular updates on where I'm at and what's happening. Please visit my website for more info. www.jorust.com (http://www.jorust.com)

 :thumleft: :ricky: :thumleft: :ricky: :thumleft: :ricky: :thumleft: :ricky:





Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 04, 2012, 07:40:36 pm
I left home (Johannesburg) on Sunday morning (1st of April ’12), around 10:00am. I had planned on leaving earlier, but then we all know that everything doesn’t always go according to plan. By midnight on the evening before I left, I was still busy packing my gear. The garage looked like an Iraqi war zone. All the gear, tools and clothes that I will need to carry with me for the next ten months strewn all over the place. Trying to make it all fit into my panniers and two dry bags proved to be quite a challenge.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Post1.jpg)

I eventually hit the sack around 1:00 am. Up again at 6:00am, frantically running between the garage and the house, shoving in the last few items I may have missed and trying to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Post4.jpg)

All packed and ready to go, I push the bike out of the garage for the last time. I wave farewell to my home and push off onto the road. Destination: Cape Town. This is the “trip – before – the – trip”. I have now traveled the road between Johannesburg and Cape Town by bicycle, car, truck, airplane and motorbike! Needless to say, I know this road all too well. But it’s a different experience every time.

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From home I ride to the Zenex Garage on Beyers Naude, near the N1 highway. Here, a few friends are waiting to see me off. (Including a few WD members). I’m filled with excitement when I see them as I pull into the filling station. I’m happy to have friends around me. I’m very blessed to have some amazing people in my life. We take photos and have a last chat, and then I’m off. Antoinette follows me out on her scooter. At least I have someone riding out a few kilometers with me. About ten kilometers down the road we give each other a nod of the head, and I roll back the throttle.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Post6.jpg)

I sleep over in Colesberg at Sunset Chalets. Owned by WD member Jean (Nimmo) and his wife Charene. Jean offered to sponsor my night’s stay in Colesberg. Lovely couple! They welcomed me like an old friend. Made me feel right at home! I was pretty exhausted after the day’s excitement, so had an early night after some chatter and eating Charene’s delicious food!

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Post7.jpg)

Day two’s destination: Worcester!! Piet’s place. (Piet Coke)
Now I had been in contact with a few of the Worcester forum members. Friendly bunch! But I was really looking forward to meeting them all! The official farewell is only happening this Friday (6 April), but a few members couldn’t wait till then and decided to pop in to come say hello. We had a wonderful evening, chatting away, laughing, telling stories, making bets(don’t ask)….I remember eventually getting to bed close to 7:00am on Tuesday morning!! (Welcome to Worcester!!!) LoL

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I packed in a few hours’ sleep and then headed to Andries (V-Strom), where Piet, Andries and I had to do some rewiring on the bike. They were a great help and we had everything sorted in no time. After we sorted out the wiring, I hit the road for Cape Town. (I still have a few things to sort out). Tony (Moondog), organized for my bike’s Neck Bearings to be replaced at Atlantic Motorrad (Foreshore) when I got down here. Mine were shot. (Well, the bike’s that is). So I took the bike in this morning. Then it was off to have a few last minute stickers printed. Spent 5 hours at the printers. Awesome people!! They spent 5 hours with me, redesigning the stickers I wanted printed (as I didn’t have the graphics with me) and didn’t even charge me for labor!! Wow.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Post9.jpg)

And then when I got back to Bo-Kaap (Where I’m staying with a friend in Cpt), I discovered that, somewhere along the line, someone put an envelope in my tank bag with some money in it.  I have NO idea who it was. It nearly had me in tears. (Thank you anonymous!!!!) All the kindness that surrounds me is just overwhelming!!

So, tomorrow I have to head back into town to have the tracker on my bike checked and then it’s back to Worcester for the farewell on Friday!!  :ricky:  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Stofdonkie on April 04, 2012, 09:53:04 pm
Wow! Sterkte.

 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: wolfman on April 04, 2012, 09:54:34 pm
Faaaaaaaark! Looks awesome :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:go fot it :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 04, 2012, 10:00:18 pm
This is sure to be one of the Best RR ever :thumleft: :thumleft:

Big Respect for you Jo. May you be truly Blessed with the most wonderful time of your life, as you embark on this truly EPIC Journey.

It really is AWSOME to be able to follow your dream. Will also be Gr8 to be able to track you, via your website.

Will be following this RR & eagerly looking forward to all the Gr8 photos & stories, as you travel.

All the Best of Luck Jo. Safe riding & Enjoy every minute of every km you travel :thumleft: :thumleft:

 :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: landieman on April 05, 2012, 02:42:12 am
alles van die beste.kyk agter jouself. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 05, 2012, 04:27:59 am
Hey Jo,

There are many that share the dream but few that could step into the shoes. Your solo trip around Africa is awe inspiring. People like Charlie and Ewan made an adventure of crossing Africa, but we all know what kind of backup they had. Doing this on your own suggests you have big brass one's or the elevator doesn't quite make it to the top floor. How that describes you, we're all about to find out. :ricky:

I've ordered my supply of popcorn :thumleft:

Roll camera :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: madmax on April 05, 2012, 06:34:03 am
popcorn ...ltoo lazy to find pic and sub is just so over subscribed
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: katana on April 05, 2012, 06:58:21 am
Sterkte en enjoy!!  Ek sien uit daarna om jou trippie te volg!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on April 05, 2012, 07:07:08 am
bon voyage Jo.  :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dik Geluk on April 05, 2012, 07:11:49 am
Jo, we have a place Tented Camp in the Tankwa on the R355 and you are most welcome to stay over there if it is on your way. We have fuel there if you are worried about the distance. Just let me know if you are interested so I can arrange.
Also we are doing a trip from Cairo 2 Cape starting in Alex on the 1st of May. We are coming down on the eastern side basically the same route you are planning. You can follow us on Cairo2Cape2012.
Lastly, I do bike trips in Nam, Bots and SA with people from all over the world. Maybe after you have finished your trip, you can come and do some guiding for us, if you can still face a bike then.
You can contact me on henk@zuluoverland.co.za
 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on April 05, 2012, 07:24:11 am
any one know where Jo is putting the tracker in .I would like to go say hi
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 05, 2012, 08:08:13 am
Henk - I'll be in contact  :thumleft:

Jeff - Greenpoint, today. Not sure of the address though. PM me your contact details.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 05, 2012, 08:13:45 am
any one know where Jo is putting the tracker in .I would like to go say hi
3 convenience centre
18 montague drive
Montague gardens
Ct

Around 12pm :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 05, 2012, 08:18:54 am
any one know where Jo is putting the tracker in .I would like to go say hi
3 convenience centre
18 montague drive
Montague gardens
Ct

Around 12pm :thumleft:

Thanks Rainer!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Padrone on April 05, 2012, 08:46:50 am
Go Jo and may the Gods of the road be with you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: slicknick on April 05, 2012, 09:35:40 am
Hey Jo, best of luck on your travels. May it be a journey of "geskiedkundige perporsies"  :thumleft:

Adventure is worthwhile in itself - Emelia Earhart
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 05, 2012, 09:54:06 am
Ek begin wonder wie is meer opgewonde oor die trip.  :D

Alle sterkte en voorspoed word jou toegewens.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: W1P30UT on April 05, 2012, 10:26:20 am
Holding thumbs :thumleft: :thumleft:

Good luck for the trip of a lifetime :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Patrol on April 05, 2012, 10:45:48 am
Hi Jo ,,wens jou 'n veilige rit toe en alle sterkte  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bernt on April 05, 2012, 10:55:24 am
Wow, this is incredible. All the best and be safe Jo.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: alli on April 05, 2012, 11:13:19 am
Wow.. Jo... you've got one hellova adventure ahead of you and a lifetime of memories to make. :ricky:

All the best of luck, will be watching your progress.

You go girl  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CorCorlia on April 05, 2012, 11:18:31 am
Wow!!! This is going to be awesome!  Good luck on your journey Jo!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Eisbein on April 05, 2012, 11:21:39 am
I'm moving this to the 'In progress' ride report area - a prime candidate for that board.

I am really looking forward to the rest of this and good luck on your epic adventure!

Take care and be safe, but above all take time to take every minute of it in!

This will be the memories that will be your company when you are 85 and in a old age home somewhere that will, while sitting on your own make the other people ask: 'What is Jolandie smiling about ?'

;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: W1P30UT on April 05, 2012, 11:28:37 am
I'm moving this to the 'In progress' ride report area - a prime candidate for that board.

I am really looking forward to the rest of this and good luck on your epic adventure!

Take care and be safe, but above all take time to take every minute of it in!

This will be the memories that will be your company when you are 85 and in a old age home somewhere that will, while sitting on your own make the other people ask: 'What is Jolandie smiling about ?'

;D ;D ;D ;D

Brilliantly said :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 05, 2012, 12:27:15 pm
I'm moving this to the 'In progress' ride report area - a prime candidate for that board.

I am really looking forward to the rest of this and good luck on your epic adventure!

Take care and be safe, but above all take time to take every minute of it in!

This will be the memories that will be your company when you are 85 and in a old age home somewhere that will, while sitting on your own make the other people ask: 'What is Jolandie smiling about ?'

;D ;D ;D ;D
+1000  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on April 05, 2012, 02:21:07 pm
got to meet jo at the tracker fitment centre . great, brave girl wish her all the best . and hopefully we will see her in a year
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: V-Strom on April 06, 2012, 12:09:58 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: X Banana Boy on April 06, 2012, 04:44:26 pm
All the best.  Take lots of pics!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChinaPete on April 06, 2012, 07:33:53 pm
Safe adventures Jo. Will be following your progress with interest :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: capeklr on April 07, 2012, 06:38:46 pm
Got back home safely from Jolandie's ride along. Got a bit wet, but nothing like a hot bath and dry clothes to get comfortable again.
My wife took a few hundred pics, but I'll only post a few.
First one arriving at L'Agulhas.
Second pic, wet, but smiling.
Third one, with the FIM flag as explained in her first post of this ride report.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: capeklr on April 07, 2012, 06:45:51 pm
Group pic with the lady of the day.
Coffee stop.
Always smiling. I can only imagine when we see you again in a years time that smile will be much bigger.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hanret on April 08, 2012, 02:24:31 am
Well done, Jolandie!!! Dag 1 done and dusted! Good luck en pas jouself op en geniet elke oomblik!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on April 08, 2012, 08:18:58 am
Cool!!!! O0 :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Firecoast on April 08, 2012, 08:21:55 am
Great meeting you Jo!!!!

You sure have a pair of big balls for this adventure!!!!

Good luck and keep us posted!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on April 08, 2012, 08:34:56 am
Good LUCK ---enjoy the trip !!!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 08, 2012, 08:43:40 am
Good luck girl! Jy is 'n lekker malletjie maar iemand moet ons klomp softies seker laat drewl oor jou trip.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on April 08, 2012, 09:06:58 am
This is going to be one Hell of an Adventure, I am particularly interested in how you feel about what youve packed after about the first month or so. Enjoy the hell out of it. will be following the progress.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: DirtCopper on April 08, 2012, 10:23:33 am
Enjoy and be safe ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on April 08, 2012, 10:43:30 am
Take care and enjoy every moment.  

When you're back in the Eastern Cape, stop over in East London - you have a place to sleep  :deal:.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chris de Jager on April 08, 2012, 04:22:53 pm
Well done Jo and enjoy
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on April 08, 2012, 05:56:37 pm
Good luck Jo en n veilige reis  :thumleft:....................... jammer ek kon nie die party op Worcester bywoon nie ...............  :(
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on April 08, 2012, 08:27:56 pm
Ride SAFE :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: buzzlightyear on April 08, 2012, 09:29:07 pm
Safe journey Jolandie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on April 09, 2012, 07:27:12 am
She was in Springbok last night. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: luv2ride on April 09, 2012, 07:40:10 am
Enjoy the trip, have fun and stay safe!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dirt Junkie on April 09, 2012, 11:15:53 am
Good luck and have a safe and awesome journey. I'll definitely be following up on your progress and RR
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: madmax on April 09, 2012, 11:52:38 am
wishing you smiley days, awesome safe riding, and finally great return to your loved ones
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: corne.l on April 09, 2012, 12:14:58 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 09, 2012, 02:25:41 pm
Hello all!!! Just a quick note, I am currently in Springbok. Will be crossing the border into Nam tomorrow before lunch time. I will post an update with pics a little later. Busy with a bit of maintenance on the bike etc. So far, so good!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: madmike999 on April 09, 2012, 02:40:38 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 09, 2012, 04:56:02 pm
Current location: Springbok, Northern Cape.
I’ve decided to take the day off as I needed to sort out some last minute details before I cross the border into Namibia, like roaming on my different sim cards and the tracking unit on my bike. Also needed to give my bike a good rinse as she was absolutely covered in mud! Which says a lot about the weather I’ve had the last few days.

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My farewell in Worcester was a memorable occasion! I got to meet a whole bunch of Dogs and we had so much fun! Thank you PietCoke and Jen for all your effort and for organizing everything. And a big thank you to all the Dogs that came by! I had a wonderful time! Some interesting characters indeed! lol

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Launch day started out with a bit of panic. We got up bright and early, loaded the bikes…and then…dead battery on my bike!!!! Arrrgghhhh!!! Poor Piet pushed me down the road…but she (the bike) wouldn’t take. So then Jen had to bring the bakkie around so we could jumpstart the bike. Okay…bike running, we made our way to the ‘rendevous’ point and met up with the other Dogs who would ride down with me to Agulhas for the launch. Everybody predicted rain for the day, right then I was still optimistic and hoping the weather would hold out.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/09-04-126.jpg)

We met up with the rest of the pack and made our way to the Southern most point of the African continent. Picking up a few more pack members on route. Then from Bredasdorp, the sky started opening up and rain came pouring down! I did say that come hell or high water, this time I will make it around Africa. Maybe Mother Nature took that as an actual challenge!!

This was my first time at Agulhas. From here I will head North all the way to Morocco, then East to Egypt and only then will I start turning South to stand, once again, in the exact same spot where I stood on Saturday! That’s the picture in my mind that drives me from hereon out. Tomorrow I leave home soil and enter Namibia. I will travel through 30 other African countries before I put my feet back on South African soil again!

Standing there in Agulhas, with a whole pack of Wild Dogs surrounding me, rain pouring down on us, was such a proud moment! You guys really are a special bunch of people!

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After the kick off we rode to Napier where we stopped off for some well-deserved breakfast! From here we made our way further North and through Caledon. Half the pack broke off from here and said their goodbyes…some of the guys rode on ahead to pick up their other halves to later meet up with the rest of us at Oasis where we would spend the night.

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The next morning we were very temped to stay another day, but because I know I have a tendency to ‘get stuck’ in places sometimes (especially if I’m having a good time), I knew I had to push on. So I said my goodbyes and hit the road to Springbok with three Dogs left with me. Just before the N7 we stopped for the final goodbyes and I turned North whilst the boys headed back South.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/09-04-1215.jpg)

The road up to Springbok was like one huge Dejavu attack. I’m sure I’ll experience loads of dejavu moments up until Angola. Tomorrow I cross into Namibia and from there, in about a week’s time, I cross into Angola again! Looking forward to the road ahead!

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on April 09, 2012, 06:01:44 pm
Thanks!!  Be safe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fenderbender on April 09, 2012, 06:06:44 pm
Nog so paar random pics van die NAT wegtrek by die Suidpunt van Afrika.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on April 09, 2012, 07:48:28 pm
Go girl!
Ride smart, enjoy yourself and come home safely.
Subscribed.
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Topie on April 09, 2012, 08:05:34 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 09, 2012, 10:14:02 pm
Thanks Jo for the update :thumleft:

Looking forward to your next update & the photos that allow us to share & experience a little part of your dream

Enjoy every minute of the journey & travel safe, my friend :thumleft: :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Scooterbike on April 10, 2012, 08:22:50 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bernoulli on April 10, 2012, 09:04:40 am
Go well!! :thumleft:
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Post by: katana on April 10, 2012, 12:53:09 pm
Subscribed!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mapsource on April 10, 2012, 04:36:47 pm
A few Photo's...and then my camera got wet...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 10, 2012, 04:39:40 pm
Mapsource hoe klink Jo se Dakar met die dubbele pype?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 10, 2012, 05:23:16 pm
Jis Chris, een is nog altyd dummy, vol brannas of so iets. Ander ene gee hom lekker blaffie!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 10, 2012, 05:27:28 pm
Jis Chris, een is nog altyd dummy, vol brannas of so iets. Ander ene gee hom lekker blaffie!
O OK toolbox dus op die regterkant.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Harry the Buffalo on April 10, 2012, 07:58:00 pm
Enjoy and keep it safe Girl :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mapsource on April 11, 2012, 11:15:36 am
Chris, daai linker ene is oopketel. Ek het probeer om myne te hoor as ek agter haar ry, maar as sy oopmaak vir 'n bult of 'n rat afgaan is daar nie 'n kans nie. Hy maak selfs Stoetie se windgat raserige katoompie na niks klink nie. (Diegene wat by Jo se Vrydag afskeid braai was sal verstaan).
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: EATMYKTM. on April 11, 2012, 12:46:21 pm
Good luck and God bless Jo  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Misty on April 11, 2012, 03:43:41 pm
Awesome stuff - respect -  :thumleft: I'm jealous!!  :D All the best & have a blast!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cracklin on April 11, 2012, 05:00:07 pm
All the very very best. It goes without saying your journey we be epic.

Every time you take your helmet off just SMILE.. works wonders with strangers
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Old fart on April 11, 2012, 06:35:57 pm
Have a blast Jo and come home safe. Respect!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: eSKaPe on April 11, 2012, 09:12:47 pm
Wow this is going to be fantastic - looking forward to your RR updates
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: dual on April 12, 2012, 12:25:58 am
Eendag,  eendag  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Tengai on April 12, 2012, 09:18:13 am
Enjoy this dream trip and be safe!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 12, 2012, 09:55:29 am
Windhoek today. Hope to be able to post an update tonight!   :deal:nice and hot up here!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 12, 2012, 10:30:11 am
Is ek dof of wat? EK probeer haar volg op die tracker ding maar niks gebeur?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Scooterbike on April 12, 2012, 10:35:58 am
Is ek dof of wat? EK probeer haar volg op die tracker ding maar niks gebeur?

met die 1st helfde kan niemand help nie. Maar is seker iemand kan help met die tracker probleem...  :lamer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mapsource on April 12, 2012, 11:46:48 am
Is ek dof of wat? EK probeer haar volg op die tracker ding maar niks gebeur?
Hel ek bly my storie modify soos die rekenaar elke keer anders reageer op dieselfde navraag! ???

Roelf, ek kry dieslefde.
2 dae history wys steeds net van Springbok af Noordoewer toe, maar alles van 1 dag af en korter wys sy is in Mariental.
As ek na POI toe gaan en ek kies Jo position dan wys die kaart sy is in Mariental.

Piet Coke moet maar help as ons iets verkeerd doen. Smaak my hy's die boffin.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 12, 2012, 11:54:33 am
Windhoek today. Hope to be able to post an update tonight!   :deal:nice and hot up here!
Jo dis jou laaste kans om iets by n BMW dealer uit te sorteer aan die fiets.
As jy n probleem het gaan sien Dieter by BMW. Een van die bestes. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 12, 2012, 03:12:53 pm
Sukkel bietjie tans met die tracker. Fout lê by MTN. Die unit het 'n MTN sim card in hom en daar's blykbaar fout met die se gprs settings of so iets. Working on it. Hou julle op hoogte!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hanno @ Mad Macs on April 12, 2012, 04:36:32 pm
I have been following all of this with interrest.

All the best . Ride safe and enjoy. Sorry I could not be at the send off.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 12, 2012, 11:38:11 pm
HELLO NAMIBIA!!!

Current location: Windhoek, Namibia
Total falls to date: 2
Total mileage since leaving L’Agulhas: ± 1900 kilometers

On Tuesday, 10 April ’12, I crossed the border into Namibia. This is my fourth time in Namibia in the last year. I really do love this country. It feels like home. This is the one country in Africa where I feel completely and utterly safe! I remember last year, when I was cycling through here, I woke up one night around 11:00pm in my sleeping bag(I camped wild most of the time) and there was a man standing over me. Sure, I got a fright and immediately gripped my knife that was in my pocket, but all he wanted to do is check whether I was alive! (Not sure what he would’ve done if I wasn’t….)  :patch:

On route to Ai-Ais
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-1-300x225.jpg)

Experiencing Namibia on a motorbike is a little different to the slow pace I’m used to on my bicycle. The upside to now being on a motorbike (Apart from faster progress), is that I now get to see different parts of the country. Like riding to Ai-Ais for instance. I’ve always wanted to visit the Fishriver Canyon. And now I got to do so! Really is a beautiful place. I took the C10 to Ai-Ais. Beautiful gravel road. Before I knew it I was blasting off at 100km p/h. (This might be no mean feat for most dual-purpose bikers, but I’ve never ridden so fast on a gravel road!!!). Also had my first decent fall on this road! (oops) I moved to the side of the road to make way for an oncoming vehicle, not seeing the sand lying right on the edge of the road. Snaked a bit at first…and next thing the front wheel just gave way and I hit the ground with a great cloud of dust erupting around me. Luckily the car stopped and a German guy jumped out to help me pick up the bike. I’m sure he must’ve found my laughing very strange. Well I thought it was very funny!!!  :ricky:

Where the 'off' happened
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-2-300x224.jpg)

At Ai-Ais Camp
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-3-300x224.jpg)

I camped out at Ai-Ais for a night. Checking myself in was a load of fun. I’m used to people always staring at me from my bicycle days (not everyday you see a white chick in Africa cycling with a heavily loaded bicycle…all on her own). On the bike, it’s so much more fun. People initially stare when they see the bike, with all her kit and stickers etc. Then, as soon as I take my helmet off you see jaws drop like a Mexican wave.  :eek7:

Parked next to the Fish River
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-4-300x224.jpg)

The Fish River
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-51-300x224.jpg)

My evening at the camps was rather quiet. Spoilt myself to a nice and juicy fillet steak and a Savanna Dry to celebrate the occasion. Next morning the other campers started to approach me. I met two ladies (Jennifer and Belinda), accompanied by their Border Collie (Pegasus) riding up the West Coast of Africa in a Land Rover. Yay. More adventurous people!! We had coffee and swapped stories and notes before I left for my next destination (Mariental). Before long we had our maps out and compared routes to see where we could possibly meet up again. But it was obvious that I would be going at a much faster pace than them. So we opted for email updates.

Camping at Ai-Ais
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-6-300x224.jpg)

Jen and Belinda with Pegasus in the middle
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-7-300x224.jpg)

I could feel that I’m coming down with a bit of a cold. This ALWAYS happens right after I launch for a big trip. I think it’s when I start relaxing, then my body just releases all the stress it built up over the preceding months of preparation etc. Initially I wanted to push for Windhoek, but because of the cold I decided to rather stop over in Mariental. The place where I wanted to camp for the night (River Lodge), was fully booked. As luck would have it I met a bunch of guys from Vredendal and Bellville, on their way to Henties to go fishing! They came to my rescue and said I could stay with them as their chalet had two open beds. Perfect! They had seen an article about my trip in a newspaper (not sure which one) and recognized me as soon as I pulled into the camp. Wonderful gentlemen, they took it upon themselves to look after me and gave me a place to sleep and food and drinks…and we even made a deal to meet up in Henties again. (Seeing as I’m also heading that way!). So on Sunday we have arranged when and where we’ll be meeting to continue our little “it’s a small world” party.  O0

On the road in Nam
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-8-300x224.jpg)

Will meet these guys again in Henties.
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-9-300x224.jpg)

Woohoo!!! One of many signs to come
(http://jorust.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nam-10-300x224.jpg)

Staying over with Ingo and Lisa Waldschmidt tonight. Ingo was the first Namibian to have competed in the Dakar Rally. Namibia will be my training grounds next year in preparation for Dakar 2014. So we've just been chatting Dakar all night! Gets me all excited!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on April 13, 2012, 12:45:03 am
Good to see you are OK Jo.

Take it easy on the Nam roads. A broken or sprained ankle takes away all the fun.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on April 13, 2012, 07:29:54 am
happy you are okay after that little off. Be careful you dont want to mess it up so early .good luck and have fun.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: boer bokkie on April 13, 2012, 08:35:50 am
RESPECT!!

Don't you just love the jaw drops when you take off the helmet  :D !!? One of my dad's friends came to see him about my bike-riding, asking him how he can allow me to do this. Needless to say - I now just enjoy it more!! :biggrin:

Keep save and enjoy!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chris de Jager on April 13, 2012, 06:09:51 pm
WOW Jo is in Henties   Enjoy girl ! :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: chicco on April 13, 2012, 06:12:50 pm
Great adventure! Good luck  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 13, 2012, 06:17:21 pm
Maybe I'll go fishing tomorrow.  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: YamaV on April 13, 2012, 07:42:30 pm
Sterkte en geniet dit!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on April 14, 2012, 09:38:00 am
Jo i cant find the tracking thingy on JoRust is it not for general public then? PS. lyk my jy geniet jou gate uit.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chrissie B on April 14, 2012, 10:59:06 am


Wow Jo, go Girl....  In one way I am really envious... but I'm not sure I would have the skills and stamina to try something like this!  Please ride safe and be careful out there... but also have lots and lots of fun  :laughing4:

If you ever find yourself near Nelspruit/Barberton (MP) ... I have a place for you to stay over, my MP WD friends and I would love to hear of your adventures! 

I'll be following your progress on here as well...  ;D

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 15, 2012, 01:21:21 pm
Currently in Ondangwa. Crossing the border into Angola tomorrow! Will be staying over in either Lubango or Namibe tomorrow night...still deciding. Hope to give a proper update in Lobito around Wednesday. Nice and hot and windy up here!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 15, 2012, 02:36:53 pm
Hier waai die wind ons ook weer uit jou geloof uit. Mooi ry Meisiekjênd! xxx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 15, 2012, 04:55:31 pm
Dankie vir die UPDATE :thumleft:

Veilig ry.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Morries on April 15, 2012, 05:22:27 pm
Veilig ry en geniet elke oomlik  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: RASSIE_ on April 15, 2012, 09:22:19 pm
Jy moet dit geniet Jo girl
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 15, 2012, 09:54:34 pm
Dankie vir die UPDATE :thumleft:

Veilig ry.

+100 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Roadcat on April 16, 2012, 08:00:57 pm
Jo i cant find the tracking thingy on JoRust is it not for general public then? PS. lyk my jy geniet jou gate uit.


+1, I was wondering where you were and how it was going, but couldn't find a tracker link on your blog  ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on April 17, 2012, 07:34:39 pm
Jo i cant find the tracking thingy on JoRust is it not for general public then? PS. lyk my jy geniet jou gate uit.


+1, I was wondering where you were and how it was going, but couldn't find a tracker link on your blog  ???
Hmm, also confused  ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 18, 2012, 06:59:52 am
Jo i cant find the tracking thingy on JoRust is it not for general public then? PS. lyk my jy geniet jou gate uit.


+1, I was wondering where you were and how it was going, but couldn't find a tracker link on your blog  ???

I understand that there are SIM card issues with MTN - getting it sorted out with her on the move is part of the challenge.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 19, 2012, 10:45:37 am
Jo i cant find the tracking thingy on JoRust is it not for general public then? PS. lyk my jy geniet jou gate uit.


+1, I was wondering where you were and how it was going, but couldn't find a tracker link on your blog  ???

I understand that there are SIM card issues with MTN - getting it sorted out with her on the move is part of the challenge.
Hope you can sort the problem soon.............this little "device" are sure causing some headaces up to now.......
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cloudgazer on April 19, 2012, 11:11:39 am
subscribed.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 20, 2012, 08:09:47 am
Piet, waar is sy dan nou? Alles is dan so stil? ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 20, 2012, 08:15:30 am
Piet, waar is sy dan nou? Alles is dan so stil? ???

I was also wondering how Jo is doing.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 20, 2012, 08:48:33 am
Piet, waar is sy dan nou? Alles is dan so stil? ???
Roela ek is self so effens in die "duister" ou maat.

Hier is my aanname:
Jo is "iewers" in Angola.............hoekom ek so dink is vir die volgende twee feite.
1) Sy het in haar laaste post gesê dat sy beplan om die volgende dag die Angola grens oor te steek.
2) Sy SMS elke keer as sy in 'n "ander land" kom vir my haar nuwe kontak nommer. Dit het sy reeds Maandag die 16de gedoen.

Wat sy doen as sy in 'n nuwe land kom is om 'n "local" sim kaart aan te skaf.

Ek het gister-oggend vir haar ge-sms, maar nog geen antwoord ontvang nie.

Ek glo en vertrou dat ons seker oor die naweek 'n UPDATE sal kry van haar.


PS…………Ek gaan nie haar nommer hier post nie, so PM my as jy dit wil hê.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 20, 2012, 12:23:15 pm
Right so most of us was in the dark on Jo’s whereabouts. Finally she shed some light just now by means of a phone call all the way from LIBITO ANGOLA.
Libito is +/- 500km’s from Luanda and it’s on the Angolan coast.

Jo is having some problems with her internet at the moment and asked me to set all of you at ease. She had lots off fun and some uhmmmmmm………. “experiences” ( Jo can elaborate on this in her RR) the last couple of days.
She told me that she had spend 13 hours on the bike yesterday to complete just 400km’s.
She had another off yesterday on a very, very bad road. She is 100% fine and besides a dented pannier box so is the bike. If i am not mistaken it’s her 3de time on the trip and luckily every time it wasn’t serious.
Today she is attending to the Dakar and taking a rest day.

Jo thank you very much for the call………………it’s a huge relief to hear your fine and well.

May  the Guardian Angels enjoy the ride with you all the way.
Cant wait for your UPDATE.

PS............The tracker is still inactive...........
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Locator on April 20, 2012, 01:16:16 pm
Some information on the status of Jo's tracking device and reasons for it being inactive.

We have unfortunately experienced some problems with the SIM Card in the device. And to say the least it has been an uphill battle in getting what we require in respect of the APN settings and other requirements. Added to this, Jo had advised me that Angola's largest Cellular Network, Unitel, had lost internet comms (Jo was unable to connect to the internet as well). The comms have however been restored and we are working on sorting the APN setting problems out. We chatted to Jo this morning, and we expect to have positive feedback from the SIM supplier regarding the issues shortly. Effectively there are going to be some setting changes made over the air - as soon as the device is active the relevant information will be reported on in this forum and on Jo's website.

Locator
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 20, 2012, 02:18:45 pm
Some information on the status of Jo's tracking device and reasons for it being inactive.

We have unfortunately experienced some problems with the SIM Card in the device. And to say the least it has been an uphill battle in getting what we require in respect of the APN settings and other requirements. Added to this, Jo had advised me that Angola's largest Cellular Network, Unitel, had lost internet comms (Jo was unable to connect to the internet as well). The comms have however been restored and we are working on sorting the APN setting problems out. We chatted to Jo this morning, and we expect to have positive feedback from the SIM supplier regarding the issues shortly. Effectively there are going to be some setting changes made over the air - as soon as the device is active the relevant information will be reported on in this forum and on Jo's website.

Locator
Positive news..........thanx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on April 20, 2012, 05:04:25 pm
Right so most of us was in the dark on Jo’s whereabouts. Finally she shed some light just now by means of a phone call all the way from LIBITO ANGOLA.
Libito is +/- 500km’s from Luanda and it’s on the Angolan coast.

Jo is having some problems with her internet at the moment and asked me to set all of you at ease. She had lots off fun and some uhmmmmmm………. “experiences” ( Jo can elaborate on this in her RR) the last couple of days.
She told me that she had spend 13 hours on the bike yesterday to complete just 400km’s.
She had another off yesterday on a very, very bad road. She is 100% fine and besides a dented pannier box so is the bike. If i am not mistaken it’s her 3de time on the trip and luckily every time it wasn’t serious.
Today she is attending to the Dakar and taking a rest day.

Jo thank you very much for the call………………it’s a huge relief to hear your fine and well.

May  the Guardian Angels enjoy the ride with you all the way.
Cant wait for your UPDATE.

PS............The tracker is still inactive...........

Eish, mens worry.  Good to hear you are OK   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 20, 2012, 09:50:34 pm
Thanks for the update. Glad to hear she is OK & still well on track. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Jovan on April 20, 2012, 10:26:35 pm
Respect girl!

And good luck

 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 21, 2012, 02:31:41 pm
Dankie Pieta, solank daar net beweging is met die nuus voel ek al klaar gemakliker. Hoop die tracker word uitgesort.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: dirtjo on April 21, 2012, 06:20:59 pm
Respect you go girl
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 21, 2012, 08:49:44 pm
Outjies, die tracker werk weer vir tyd en wyl. Ek is nog tans in Lobito en ry more Luanda toe. Hoop om daar 'n behoorlike update te lewer.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 21, 2012, 08:57:29 pm
Outjies, die tracker werk weer vir tyd en wyl. Ek is nog tans in Lobito en ry more Luanda toe. Hoop om daar 'n behoorlike update te lewer.  :thumleft:

Nice to hear a little report back from you.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

As long as you're OK & you are having a Gr8 time & enjoying your dream,.... then all's good :thumleft: :thumleft:

Looking forward to seeing more photos again.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: subie on April 21, 2012, 08:59:00 pm
Outjies, die tracker werk weer vir tyd en wyl. Ek is nog tans in Lobito en ry more Luanda toe. Hoop om daar 'n behoorlike update te lewer.  :thumleft:


Sterkte met Luanda se traffic. Die ergste wat ek nog in was. Chaos  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 22, 2012, 07:53:42 am
You go Girl!! ::)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 22, 2012, 09:50:54 am
Sterkte......ons wag vir daai report.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chrissie B on April 22, 2012, 11:48:58 am

Great stuff, glad to hear all is well... and also looking forward to a RR and sum pics!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Locator on April 23, 2012, 09:43:31 am
Update

As mentioned previously, we experienced some problems with communication. We were concerned that the device was the problem, however after utilising a Unitel SIM from Angola we realised that the device was working. The device saved the trip details from Namibia and Angola, and once communication was active the device sent the trips to our server. Please see the trip through Namibia and Angola up to Lobito. For security reasons it was agreed that delayed updates would be posted on Jo;s website as well.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: I&horse on April 23, 2012, 10:25:24 am
Jealously subscribed :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Skipskop on April 23, 2012, 12:16:43 pm
Thanks ,that's great to hear .Can any body log onto the tracking device ?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gat Slag on April 23, 2012, 12:27:33 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Locator on April 23, 2012, 04:51:20 pm
Latest update on Jo's position @ 4:43pm

Jo still in Luanda
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on April 23, 2012, 04:57:53 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 23, 2012, 05:03:14 pm
Jis maar sy wikkel!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cloudgazer on April 23, 2012, 05:27:16 pm
Jis maar sy wikkel!

I was thinking the same thing.
At this rate she'll be back in about 8 weeks.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 23, 2012, 08:03:44 pm
I am having a difficult time uploading photos, but here's a written update so long. Will try upload photos tomorrow.

Angola - Guns, Sweat, and Smiles


I left Windhoek to visit Swakopmund and Henties Bay for the first time. It was very different to what I expected. This is what makes it such an adventure! Seeing new places where you have never been before…it excites me. “Exploring my unknown”, I guess I would call it. I met up with the guys from Vredendal that I had met in Marienthal and stayed over with them in Henties Bay. Another night with good food and lots of chatting and joking and laughing. Had such an awesome time with these guys!

I decided to push on from Henties Bay to Ondangwa so I could catch up on the day I had lost and take my next rest day staying at Ondangwa rest camp. I had underestimated just how far it is though! I spent 13 hours on the road that day!! One of those hours was spent negotiating my way out of a speeding ticket in Owamboland. (oops – it was getting dark…hence my being caught for speeding). I managed to get off with a stern warning!

At Ondangwa Rest Camp I met two bikers who are on their way down to Cape Town. Chris and Andrei. Chris is from Switzerland and Andrei from Romania. They have ridden down the West Coast of Africa, via Mali. We spent the night having a few beers and telling stories of our experiences. They gave me a whole lot of information and contacts for the road ahead! Like motorcycle club in different countries. (Which is how I got to meet the MC’s in Angola)

Next day I crossed the border into Angola. I had expected it to be a quick and easy task. Not a chance!!! My fixer wasn’t at the border anymore, so I called another fixer. Then the customs officials gave me hassles because I have an ordinary visa and not a tourist visa. So I show then my previous visa which was also an ordinary visa and I had no problems with that one. They still won’t accept it! So I give them the number for the Minister of Local Government in Luanda and my contact in Lobito and tell them to call these people. Which they do. 10 Minutes later they tell me to go through!! And welcome to Angola!!!

I phoned my friends in Ondjiva to notify them that I had arrived and would be waiting for them at their house. (Afrikaans couple from Zimbabwe) They got home from work a little later on. After greeting one another with big hugs and loads of questions we had dinner and sat catching up on what’s been going on in our respective lives. And here is where the proverbial paw-paw strikes the fan.

There we were, sitting, minding our own business when next thing I know four guys storm into the house armed with a pistol a crowbar and some kind of spray which I suspect was mace/ pepper spray.
They find tape in one of the drawers and tape us to chairs. I’m first in line so they’re still very eager and almost use half the roll of tape on me. They tape my hands, my feet, my body to the chair and put tape all around my head to cover my mouth. They tell us to increase the volume of the television. (Guessing so no one can hear what’s going on). They keep demanding money. (Dineiro in Portuguese).

Luckily…the police knew of my whereabouts and came checking in on me. Just as these guys were starting to really get agitated with us, the idiot with the gun took out a magazine to load the pistol, but then heard someone hooting at the gate. It was the Police! They took off into the night. We were able to break free and Hennie ran to open the gate. Within the next 10 minutes about 5 cars filled with Police officers arrived on the scene and it was all pretty chaotic. They only took my phone! I was so relieved, knowing that they could’ve taken the bike and all my gear if they wanted to. And most importantly, we were okay! (My phone was replaced the next day)

So from Ondjiva onwards I have had Police escort all the way, everyday. I am not allowed to move without informing the Police.

From Onjiva I made my way to Lubango, knowing that a very bad stretch of road lay ahead between Xangongo and Cahama. It’s a 83km stretch, bad potholes, sand, you name it. The Police rode with me, all the way. In each town I am handed over to the next convoy who then escorts me to the next town, and so on and so on. The Chief of Police in every town has to literally sign me over to the next Chief of Police, and then I become his responsibility!

In Lubango a friend of a friend of mine in Luanda waited for me and booked me into his Lodge for the night. He took me to dinner and I was surprised by two of my friends from Luanda who also just happened to be in Lubango. Slept like the dead that night.

Next day I rode to Namibe, via Serra de Leba. It is a very beautiful area and going down Leba Pass is any biker’s dream!! The most beautiful mountain pass I have ever seen with awesome switchbacks. And it was designed by a woman!

This was my first time visiting Namibe. I stayed with a family who are friends with a friend of mine in Luanda. (I have lots of friends in Luanda as you may have noticed by now). Lol
I had such a great time with this family. Even though we had some difficulties understanding one another every now and then…we could communicate and chat and laugh. I felt right at home. Everybody here just wants to feed me all the time!! LoL. I don’t understand why! If you look at me you’ll notice it’s not like I’m starving!  Food is great though! Love the Portuguese cooking.

In Namibe I had to meet the Governess who welcomed me to her Province and wished me a safe journey from Namibe onwards. I also met with the head of Sport and Chief of Police and members from the Tourism department, to discuss the road ahead etc.

From Namibe…I tackled the worst road I have ridden on to date. Namibe to Lobito via Lucira. I had always wanted to see this area as so many people have told me how beautiful it is. The first 100 kilometers is easy, tar road. From hereon out all the way to Dombe Grande the road condition is either that of a rocky road with sand….or a sand road with big rocks. I fell twice, I think. I am starting to lose count! The Police officers had to help me pick the bike back up everytime I had an off. It helps a lot having them around! Dented my panniers and have a few new scratches…but nothing too serious. I thought my rear shock would give in at any second though. This stretch of road is less than 400 kilometers and it took me 13 hours to complete. I only arrived in Lobito at midnight on Friday evening!!! And then….the Police vehicle’s lights didn’t work!!!! So I had to ride next to them to light the way. At night, on a sandy road, having been on the road for like 11 hours!!! Urrrggghhh. I was so tired I couldn’t care less if I fell over or not. I just wanted to get to Lobito!!!

Like I said, I eventually arrived in Lobito at midnight. I was booked into the Hotel Terminus in Lobito. It’s a four star hotel right on the beach! BEAUTIFUL!!!! It’s like a little piece of heaven! My friend Pedro Bandeira from HoteisAngola arranged for my stay at the Hotel and the owner, Mr Fernando agreed. I spent two days in Lobito, resting…sorting things out. Like the bike! There is a Motorcycle Club in Lobito called “Moto Clube 90”. They met up with me and took care of me whilst in Lobito. Cleaned my bike for me, checked that everything is okay. Replaced some light bulbs that needed replacing. Checked the fluids etc etc.

They took me on a few outrides around town and to Benguela. I had such a good time with these guys! They treat you like royalty and really look after you here! And I really love Lobito. I can’t explain it. There’s just something here that attracts me. Maybe I am losing it because I am starting to think that I can picture myself living here!!!!

The Moto Clube 90 guys rode with me from Lobito to Barra do Kwanza, on route to Luanda. From Barra do Kwanza, the biggest Motorcycle Club in Luanda – Amigos di Picada (Meaning: Friends of the off-road), together with my good friend Candido Carneiro from Trevogel would meet us and escort me the rest of the way into the city. My Police escorts are pretty insane! They quite literally chase everyone off the road, so I can pass by. They will ride into oncoming traffic to stop them and push them off the road….until I have passed. It’s crazy!!!! They make very sure that nobody comes near me and that I am safe.

Meeting up with the guys at Barra do Kwanza was really special! I had expected maybe a couple of bikes to turn up and ride with me. As we crossed the river, you go through two control points. (Oh, this is the other cool thing! I never have to stop at ANY control points!!! I can just ride through, following my escort! Saves on time!)

As we passed through the control points, I just saw this LOOOONG line of bikes and a bunch of people in yellow t-shirts, shouting and waving their hands and making a huge noise. About 30 bikes had come to meet me and would ride with me into Luanda!!!! As I got off my bike champagne got poured all over me and I was greeted by the President of the club, Mr Lillio Almeida. And then I got to say hello to my friend Candido Carneiro. I couldn’t believe that so many guys had come out to meet me!
I had a radio interview and we had loads of photos taken, of course.

And then we rolled out for the ride to Luanda. Two police bikes in front, then a police care, then Candido in his 4x4 with the South African and Angolan flags handing off the back, then the Leader, then yours truly…and then the rest of the pack behind me.

Getting into Luanda was absolute CHAOS!!!!!!
Sirens and hooting with the Police, once again, bringing the traffic to a halt so that I could pass with my very long convoy. If you know what the traffic is like in Luanda, then you will understand that it took some doing to get us all through!! I have never experienced anything like this in my life!
We rode into the city and to “Miami Beach”. A restaurant and club right on the beach. The owner of the establishment welcomed me and they had prepared a whole spread for all of us. Loads of food and beer!!!

We spent most of the afternoon at Miami Beach. I met a fellow South African reporter for SuperSport. They did an interview with me. SuperSport Massimo in Angola will have regular updates on my trip.

I had to take so many photos with so many people.
One thing I can say is: The Angolans know how to party!!
I only got to bed around half past four this morning!!!
And now, whilst in Luanda, DAX is being serviced. I am trying to catch up updates and washing etc etc.

I am waiting to meet with the Minister of Local Government in Luanda. Still have a few more media appointments to attend to. And then from here I head to Soyo to cross into Cabinda and then to Congo. (Yes, my route changed). But….now we wait for a boat!!!


Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on April 23, 2012, 08:43:03 pm
Awesome!!

Enjoy every minute of it!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on April 23, 2012, 08:44:17 pm
Wow Jo !!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on April 23, 2012, 08:54:22 pm
Chee I cant belief
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Tonteldoos on April 23, 2012, 09:02:05 pm
You rock girl!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 23, 2012, 09:15:47 pm
This last report from you Jo,... sure was riviting to read!!!! I am so glad that things turned out OK & you guys weren't harmed!! :o :o :o

I said this before,... & I'll say it again.... I have nothing but the utmost respect for you for takling something like this :thumleft: :thumleft:

If you ever end up down here in CT again to do a "Live RR" or "Chat",... I will most definatley be there fir sure!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Keep going girl & enjoy the jouney. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: capeklr on April 23, 2012, 09:24:31 pm
Wow, thanks for the interesting update.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 24, 2012, 05:44:14 am
Hey Jo, splendid to hear from you again - and good to see you are so well looked after wherever you go. A great deal has transpired since your departure from SA. Angola sounds like quite a place. The "unusual and unexpected" part of your Africa trip really started once you crossed the Kunene river.

The warm reception and the official escorts have given you celebrity status :biggrin:  Delightful that you managed to escape thievery with minor losses. Can't imagine what was racing through your mind at the time.

Also really good to see that your "offs" have been minor in nature, I know how bad some of the roads can get - take it slow over the bad bits - better to arrive late than to succumb to injury.

Can't wait to see the photos.

Take care.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 24, 2012, 07:54:17 am
Jo, thanx vir die BAIE Interessante Update...........

Jy is for sure teen die tyd 'n baie belangrike persoon in Angola.
Dit is so lekker om te lees dat almal op jou pad tot dus vêr jou so goed op die hande dra. Dit moet een helse ervaring wees. Ek hoop van harte dit sal so gaan al die pad.

Gelukkig het ons jou 'n "opwarming" sessie hier op Worcester gegee wat die deurnag party ding aan betref……….LOL

Jy moet veilig bly en geniet jou rusdag en kyk mooi na jouself………………………………en DUX

Ek kan nie wag vir al die foto’s nie.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on April 24, 2012, 07:59:41 am
glad to hear all is okay and that robbery incident didnt turn out worse than it could have been . sounds like you are having fun though . Enjoy all the attention as much as you can
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 24, 2012, 08:21:17 am
Hel, wat is dit met jou en Angola?  Sulke stories sal maak dat ek nooit verder as Henties gaan nie!  Sterkte en veilig wees!
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Post by: Carrots on April 24, 2012, 09:34:46 am
Bliksem!!  :thumleft:
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Post by: jorust on April 24, 2012, 12:38:10 pm
Woohooo! Bike ticks over to 10 000 km's
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Camping at Ondangwa Rest Camp
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Chris and Andrei from Switzerland and Romania. Chris is on a Dakar and Andrei on a Super Tenere
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In Ondjiva with the head of police and my friends Maria Joao and Martie who I stayed with.
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Between Xangongo and Cahama
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Between Xangongo and Cahama
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Between Xangongo and Cahama
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My Police escort between Xangongo and Cahama
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At the police station in Cahama - handing me over to my next convoy. lol
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On route to Lubango
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In Lubango at Waholama Lodge
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Look!!! I'm on TV!!! :)
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Serra da Leba - Leba pass.
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In Namibe, at the beach
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My hosts in Namibe, Fatima and family
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More interviews in Namibe
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Namibe to Lobito via Lucira
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Namibe to Lobito via Lucira
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I had a bad fall here, dented the panniers. I didn't get hurt. Was very difficult getting up here.
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My poor panniers
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The guys in Lobito, looking after my bike.
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Meeting up with the Amigos da Picada in Barra do Kwanza
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The club members - crazy guys! lol
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: W1P30UT on April 24, 2012, 12:55:05 pm
Absolutely amazing!!! Cant wait for the DVD..  :deal: :deal:
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Post by: See Duiwel on April 24, 2012, 01:32:47 pm
Ag nee man, hoe kyk ek na die foto's. Kliek regs op daai kruisies maar niks gebeur nie. Help gou, wil saam kwyl!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CorCorlia on April 24, 2012, 01:57:48 pm
Kyk op haar blog...

http://networkedblogs.com/wO6iq
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 24, 2012, 02:55:14 pm
Ag nee man, hoe kyk ek na die foto's. Kliek regs op daai kruisies maar niks gebeur nie. Help gou, wil saam kwyl!
Pics visible now :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: wildside on April 24, 2012, 04:36:29 pm
You have really got my attention Jo.
Well done for taking on this mammoth challenge. I am most envious.
Good luck for the rest of the adventure - looking forward to more.
Safe riding.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on April 24, 2012, 05:30:45 pm
Lyk bevange.....keep it coming and stay safe!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 24, 2012, 09:59:50 pm
Absolutely amazing!!! Cant wait for the DVD..  :deal: :deal:

Me too :thumleft: :thumleft:

I will most definatley buy it.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 25, 2012, 09:16:06 am
Ag nee man, hoe kyk ek na die foto's. Kliek regs op daai kruisies maar niks gebeur nie. Help gou, wil saam kwyl!
Pics visible now :thumleft:
Dankie, het hulle nou!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 25, 2012, 09:23:38 am
Absolutely amazing!!! Cant wait for the DVD..  :deal: :deal:

Me too :thumleft: :thumleft:

I will most definatley buy it.
I want a SIGNED COPY........... :mwink: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hornet on April 25, 2012, 09:25:39 am
Have a great trip Jo and travel safe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 25, 2012, 09:25:48 am
Ag nee man, hoe kyk ek na die foto's. Kliek regs op daai kruisies maar niks gebeur nie. Help gou, wil saam kwyl!
Pics visible now :thumleft:
Dankie, het hulle nou!
Het jy die kompertjie nou vol PARAFIN gemaak.............. :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on April 25, 2012, 09:31:20 am
F@k, ek wetie. My komper is nes 'n baler, dan werk dan nie! oom Fourie verjaar vandag, by the way.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 25, 2012, 09:37:40 am
F@k, ek wetie. My komper is nes 'n baler, dan werk dan nie! oom Fourie verjaar vandag, by the way.
Die ou Bogger...........so stil, stil onner ons neuse..........thanx virrie tip ou maat......... :thumleft:

Sterkte met daai baler...... :mwink:............Dis seker nie 'n KLAAS nie............. :patch:
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Post by: Old fart on April 25, 2012, 11:23:49 am
Well done Jo. Ride safe!!!
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Post by: jorust on April 25, 2012, 01:06:16 pm
Sooooooooo.....I will spend another week in Angola.

I will go with the guys from the Motorcycle club here in Luanda to Huambo over the weekend. (www.amigosdapicada.com) We're about 30 riders for this trip. I.O.W, I'm heading back down South. It's just a social ride. But I think it a good idea for several reasons: 1. It's a great opportunity for me to get to see Huambo. I haven't been there. 2. For political reasons: building relations. 3. Just because I CAN! lol.

We will leave Luanda on Saturday at 5:00am and head down to Huambo. We will meet up with the guys from the Lobito motorcycle club about 70 kilometers from Huambo. Then we will all ride together and spend the night in Huambo, chilling in hot water springs. Lovely.

Sunday we explore the area. Monday we ride to Lobito and spend the night there. Tuesday back in Luanda.

Then on Wednesday a few of the Moto club guys from Luanda will ride up with me to Soyo. Will do this over two days. The road from N'zeto to Soyo is very bad. How bad, I am yet to see. From what I understand it's a bad sand road. I know what the road looks like to N'zeto. It's a gravel road, mostly. Lots of holes and corrugation...but nothing too serious.

From Soyo I will put the bike on a boat...and get off in Cabinda. Which means I will skip DRC for now. I have been advised that the roads are almost impassible at the moment because of heavy rains.

Monsoon season is almost here, so I'll have to see how it goes further up the West Coast. I spoke to a few friends in Nigeria and they're saying at the moment everything looks okay.

Will handle every situation as it comes my way.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 25, 2012, 01:27:58 pm
Great Jo...............dis mos waaroor dit gaan.......EXPLORE :thumleft:

Ek het by Jupiter geleer dat dit die "Interuptions" is wat die trip maak.............geniet elke oomblik girl. :drif:
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Post by: Gene on April 25, 2012, 01:30:59 pm
YOU GO GIRL............................
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 25, 2012, 03:51:10 pm
All that sand, while the rest of us have to sniff zorst fumes and dodge cages - life's pretty cool up North  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on April 25, 2012, 07:15:43 pm
Jo,... that one comment you made,... is just the best ..... "Because I Can" :thumleft: :thumleft: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

BRILLANT!! ;) :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 26, 2012, 07:18:35 pm
The Human Chain - http://jorust.com/?p=563

**** Please Read and Pass On to anyone you think would be able to help - Thank you!! ****
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Locator on April 30, 2012, 10:40:40 am
As you all know, Jo has extended her stay in Angola - taking a ride with local motorcycle clubs to Huambo. Here is Jo's latest position:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 02, 2012, 05:15:51 pm
Angola - I love you! Farewell for now.

Tomorrow morning at 05:00am, I will leave Luanda for Soyo. From Soyo, DAX and I will embark on a boat to cross the great Congo River to Cabinda. My initial route would have taken me through the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), but I think that entering Congo (Brazaville) via Cabinda is the best option for me at this stage.

This weekend past, I joined two motorcycle clubs here in Angola on a road trip to Huambo, which is about 300 kilometers East of Benguela. I had not been to this part of Angola and really looked forward to the trip.

We left Luanda Saturday morning just after 05:00am. About 8 of us rode out of Luanda and met up with the rest of the group just outside of town. Another 10 riders or so. From here we hit the road to Huambo. The road between Luanda and Huambo is a fairly decent tar road. Average speed around 110 km p/h. Within the group a “Lider” (Leader) is elected for the day and then the rest of the pack falls in behind the Leader. My spot is always second to the Leader.

The first time I got to ride with a group was back in South Africa, on the day of my launch. Then there was the ride from Lobito to Barra do Kwanza with three members from the Motorcycle Club in Lobito (Moto Clube 90). And then from Barra do Kwanza to Luanda with a convoy consisting of about 20 – 30 odd bikes, 2 Police vehicles, 1 Nissan Patrol and 2 Police motorcycles.

But this was my first “Road trip”. Informal, just for fun. And I really had a great deal of fun! The members from the Motorcycle Clubs really went out of their way to make me feel at home and to look after me. I never had to pay for anything! Not once! They would refuse to accept my money and tell me that they consider it an honor to look after me. Isn’t it amazing? I’m the luckiest girl on earth! ☺

About 70 kilometers from Huambo we met up with the guys from Moto Clube 90 (Lobito). Here we had lunch in Alto Hama and then carried on to Huambo.

In Huambo we attracted a great deal of attention. I think such a big group of bikes usually does attract a lot of attention. But here even more so. People are not used to this ‘lifestyle’ as such. But it is rapidly growing here in Angola.

Saturday evening we all went out to a Club. Having a lot of fun, dancing and singing. I even learned to Samba.  LoL. The next day we were all looking a little weary, but still managed to keep to the program and visit the town of Kuito. This town is one of the towns that were most affected by the war. You can still see the scars that the town carries to this day.

From Huambo we made our way to Lobito on Sunday. This was my fourth time in Lobito. It is my favorite town in Angola. I love the people and the lifestyle. If I had to compare it to a town in South Africa, I’d say it’s a little bit like Cape Town. Luanda is more like Johannesburg. Busy, big city…always on the go. Lobito is more relaxed and the people are extremely friendly!

Then from Lobito we headed back to Luanda. Coming into Luanda was insane!! As it was a long weekend, a lot of people left Luanda to visit friends and family in other parts of the country. So yesterday everybody started heading back to the big city. I have NEVER seen such a long stand-still-bumper-to-bumper line of cars!! I am convinced it must have carried on for at least 20 kilometers. Well that’s what it felt like. NO space to move whatsoever. Seeing as we’re on dual-purpose bikes, we made a plan. Bikes on this road trip included: Honda Varadero (x5), KTM 990 Adventure (x1), Harley Davidson (x2), Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 (x 5), BMW R1200GS (x1), KTM Duke (x1), Morini Scrambler (x1), BMW Dakar (x1),

Maneuvering the bikes through a ditch next to the side of the road and onto the embankment next to the ditch. Then back through the ditch and in between the cars and trucks. Everybody hooting and revving engines all around you. Seeing as my bike’s the loudest, there’s never any doubt as to my whereabouts. LoL. AND, it helps creating a path down the middle of the road.

Once we made it through the traffic from hell, the President of the Motorcycle Club in Luanda said to me: “You have become a true Angolan”. Hehe.

Today is spent catching up on admin and going over the bike and packing for the road ahead. Tomorrow morning we will leave Luanda. A few members of Amigos da Picada will accompany me to Soyo.

I will certainly miss Angola a great deal!!! Especially all the friends I leave behind. So to the greater Angolan Public: Thank you so much for receiving me as one of your own. For accepting me in your country and for showing me Angola’s beauty.

To Minister B. de Sousa, Governor Pedro Sebastiao, and the Angolan Government: Thank you for helping make it possible for me to continue with my journey! Thank you for believing in me enough and for investing in me.

To my hosts: Mr Pedro Bandeira in Lobito  of www.hoteisangola.com – thank you for all you have done. For arranging my accommodation and for always being there for me. Always ready to help! Thank you so much for all your help in the past and this time round.

To Mr. Cândido Carneiro of Trevogel in Luanda – thank you for being in touch with me from the minute I stepped back onto Angolan soil. For everything that you have organized for me. For your updates and for making sure I am safe at all times! To you and Linda, you are my family in Luanda. Thank you!

To Moto Clube 90 in Lobito: Ahhhhh…you guys are like family to me. I love you all so much and really appreciate all you have done for me. I will be back again soon! I promise.

And last but not least, to the Amigos da Picada (www.amigosdapicada.com) – You too have accepted me as one of your own. You guys are just amazing. Thank you for making me feel at home and for allowing me to go to Huambo with you guys. Thank you so much for all you have done for me. For helping me and for assisting me, for riding with me. I love all of you guys as well!
I will miss all of you. But now…the show must go on!

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 02, 2012, 06:06:02 pm
Thanks Jo for another update. Looking forward to the next exciting chapter of your Epic Journey. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 02, 2012, 06:39:47 pm
Lekka Jo...nou kan mens sien hoekom jy nie daar kan wekom nie.

Sterkte met die volgende stuk van jou roete. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Tonteldoos on May 02, 2012, 10:20:18 pm
Lekker Jo
Seems like you guys (and girl ) had a blast  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 03, 2012, 03:55:22 am
Its fantastic how you have turned adversity into friendship. Angola's home to you, wonderful to witness.

So now you head north again. The unknown is about to become the known :biggrin:

Travel safe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on May 06, 2012, 05:33:36 pm
Jo's bike being loaded on board a boat.....sent via Whatsapp..
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chris de Jager on May 06, 2012, 05:36:21 pm
Lekker Jolandie --- Enjoy going north !
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 06, 2012, 06:41:02 pm
Here's another shot of her doing a "Mid Sea Transfer" from one boat, to a smaller one, quite a bit lower..... :o :o

This is a quote from her: "Transferring bike mid-sea from one boat to another...my NERVES!!!!"
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 07, 2012, 06:20:01 am
That boat looks really small :o
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 07, 2012, 08:26:51 am
Hope to see pic's of the actual transfer in the next RR...... :o :o
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 07, 2012, 08:29:36 am
Hope to see pic's of the actual transfer in the next RR...... :o :o

+100 :thumleft: :thumleft:

All I know that if that was my scoot,..... I too would be crapping myself!! :o
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 07, 2012, 10:57:57 am
Hope to see pic's of the actual transfer in the next RR...... :o :o

+100 :thumleft: :thumleft:

All I know that if that was my scoot,..... I too would be crapping myself!! :o
Dit kan jy weer sê..... :patch:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 07, 2012, 11:13:06 am
One is for sure,.... that if Jo ever does a "travelling RR" around SA,... when Jo gets back home,.... it will definatley be well attended.

This girl sure is a big inspiration, for the true love of adventure, on two wheels!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 07, 2012, 12:15:20 pm
One is for sure,.... that if Jo ever does a "travelling RR" around SA,... when Jo gets back home,.... it will definatley be well attended.

This girl sure is a big inspiration, for the true love of adventure, on two wheels!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ek dink nie dis 'n kwessie van OF SY GAAN KLAAR MAAK NIE......................dis eerder WANNEER SY GAAN KLAAR MAAK..........ek dink die 12 maande is te min vir al die fun wat sy het en gaan hê vorentoe.......... :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 08, 2012, 11:04:44 pm
Helllooooooo almal!!!

So I'm in Congo! Hard to believe I've actually made it this far! Yay!
I am currently in Pointe Noire. Arrived yesterday afternoon and will stay until tomorrow. On Thursday I will head for Gabon and hope to reach Ndende late afternoon. It's a town just after the Gabon border. From Ndende I will head for Libreville where I will probably spend a week or so. I need to try and get a visa for Nigeria in Libreville. If I don't succeed there, I will try in Cameroon...in Yaounde.

I'm a little sick at the moment. Nothing serious. Think it's just a little flu. Which is why I've taken a few days in Pointe Noire. The people here are looking after me really well. There are two guys who will ride with me to the Gabon border and have given me contacts all the way up to Cameroon.

Congo is not what I expected at all!!! It's actually pretty civilized. :)

I hope to be able to upload some pics again tomorrow. Taking pictures in Congo is a little more tricky as people don't like it when you flash a camera around. I'll try and sneak a few anyway.

Hugs to all.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Snafu on May 08, 2012, 11:09:36 pm
Good to hear from you!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 09, 2012, 05:32:35 am
Fantastic ! Every day an adventure. Now don't forget to eat your veggies like a good girl :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 09, 2012, 07:30:40 am
Hello Jo........nice om van jou te hoor.

Sterkte met die visa en hoop jy kry die snot gogga gou onder beheer.

Kan nie wag vir jou pic's nie.

Sterkte en veilig ry. :thumleft:

PS. Ek sien die tracker is weer vol geite....... >:D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on May 09, 2012, 08:55:06 am
hey Jo good to hear from you . Looking forward to more pics . hope you can get rid of the cold soon ,enjoy and be safe
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 09, 2012, 03:06:19 pm
Jis Girl
Ai man, wens ek kon jou nou bietjie port gee vir daai verkoue!
Sterk wees, ons dink aan jou
Roela
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on May 09, 2012, 03:14:04 pm
Taking pictures in Congo is a little more tricky as people don't like it when you flash a camera around.


Wait till you get to Nigeria  :patch: They expect payment or simply show aggression toward cameras..

Good luck, it is great to read about your progress
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chrissie B on May 09, 2012, 04:00:57 pm

Great to hear you're still doing fine.  Take care...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Katundu on May 09, 2012, 04:43:42 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 15, 2012, 10:51:01 pm
*** Internet is SUPER slow here, so I hope to add more photos in my next update in Gabon --- Also my post exceeds the maximum length so will post over two posts ***

Congo ~ Further than ever before!!!

Total distance to date: ± 7300 km
Total falls: 5 (Last fall was in Angola - Lucira)
Total borders crossed: 3
Current Location: Pointe Noire (Congo)

Leaving Luanda was a very sad occasion. It also meant I would once again reach that fateful point that led to my previous expedition being cut short. Reaching N’zeto once again felt to me like I had finally completed a chapter in the book of my life and could now move on to go further than I have ever gone before.

I had four riders from the Motorcycle Club – “Amigos da Picada” from Luanda with me. They accompanied me all the way to Soyo where Dax and I boarded a boat to cross the great Congo River to Cabinda.

I got up at 4:30am to have a shower and pack my gear. The guys arrived at Jorge Almeida’s house (where I was staying for the last couple of days in Luanda) around 5:00am. The previous evening I had unpacked my bags and tried to take out anything I thought I might not need…to try and lighten my load. I did leave behind a bunch of stuff. It will stay with Jorge in Luanda until I return.

When we left Luanda it was still dark outside, but even this early in the morning the traffic had already started piling up and took some negotiating on dusty roads with trucks and cars swerving left and right to dodge deadly potholes. We stopped just outside of Luanda to fill up with fuel for the bikes and ourselves. Some coffee and snacks for the road ahead and then we headed for N’zeto.

Now for those of you who might not be aware: last year August my bicycle and gear was stolen just a few kilometers outside of N’zeto. The Governor of the Zaire Province; General Pedro Sebastião had come to my rescue, picked me up in a plane, sent two helicopters from Luanda to comb the area for the perpetrators and had the whole country up in arms. I spent two days staying with the Governor in M’banza Congo and then I was flown to Lobito, from where I made my way back to Johannesburg again. The Governor also made a generous donation towards helping me get back on the road again!

I had phoned the Governor before we left Luanda to notify him that I would be making my way to Soyo the next day, accompanied by four riders. He said he would phone me back within an hour. When he phoned back he told me that he would meet us in N’zeto!

Now I know what the road to N’zeto looks like, having cycled on this road. Just North of Luanda there is a quaint fishing village named Barra do Dande. Here I had stayed at a friend’s Lodge last time round right next to the Rio (River) Dande where it runs into the ocean. From Barra do Dande onwards you have a tarmac road for about 30 kilometers or so, until you reach a Police control point. Just beyond the control point you cross a little bridge and this is where the tarmac ends. The first thing I notice is the military presence next to the road. Military officers and men walking around with mine detecting units. They’re busy combing the area for landmines. And then a thought flashes through my mind: “I had camped wild here in the bush for two nights…possibly amongst some mines”. Yikes!!! I just smile, shake my head and thank my lucky stars.

I had been a bit nervous about the road ahead, particularly because I had the guys with me. I was worried that my riding skills might not be as advanced as theirs and I might hold them back. Especially when we started hitting thick sand! But within the first 10 kilometers I realized just how much my riding skills have improved!! The road up to N’zeto consists mainly of a combination of bad gravel tracks, some sandy patches and then corrugated gravel with loads of rocks.

I had found my rhythm on the bike and easily handled the bike through the more technical sections. It was hard work though and extremely tiring. After a couple of kilometers Rui’s bike (Morini Scrambler) had a radiator leak so we had to stop to fix it. I think we all welcomed the break. (No pun intended)
I had the weirdest feeling standing in the middle of the road, looking ahead at the wild landscape of Northern Angola with it’s huge trees…it’s not bushveld and it’s not quite jungle either…something in between…and thinking to myself: “I have CYCLED through this area on this road and I had slept WILD in the bush, possibly amongst some landmines”. Awesome! Hahaha.

Just before N’zeto  we reached yet another Police control point. Here we had to stop to wait for our Police Escort that would ride with us to N’zeto. We sat under a tree and had an ice-cold beer and grilled bananas. It was HOT and humid and we were absolutely covered in dust from head to toe! Carlos gave me a wet-wipe to wipe my face. It wasn’t recognizable as a wet-wipe when I had finished with it! LoL.

We waited for about half an hour and started to get a little impatient. We still had a long road ahead of us and couldn’t afford to lose so much time. So we told the Police officers that we would carry on and meet up with our escort on route. They were coming from N’zeto so we would definitely bump into them. And we did meet up with them about 10 kilometers ahead. From here we hit a stretch of road that allowed us to speed up a bit as there’s road construction taking place and parts of the road have been scraped and evened out. It felt good to be able to go a little faster than 40 km p/h for a change.

When we arrived in N’zeto, we were led to the Provincial office in town. I had only expected to see the Governor and his ever-present members of staff. Instead we were received by a television crew, Chief of police, a whole group of police officers and a big group of local people wearing T-shirts with the Zaire Province emblem on them.  And the Governor…with his ever-present members of staff.

Governor Pedro Sebastião: retired General of the Angolan Army, Governor of the Zaire province in Angola residing in the city that used to be the capital of the Congo Kingdom (M’banza Congo) and a personal friend of mine! I have a great deal of respect for this man. Not because of the titles he carries, but because of who he is. A gentle giant with a very big heart…just don’t mess with him! LoL.

The Governor welcomed me back to his province with a big hug and handed me an Angolan flag with a message from him written on it. We posed for the media for some photos and then went inside to his office where he handed me some flowers and an envelope. We then conducted interviews with different television channels present before leaving to go to lunch.

Lunch consisted of a spread of Langoustines, salad, fried bananas, chips, bread, rice and more. We sat chatting about my trip and the road ahead, about things past and all that had happened. The Governor asked me whether I had already organized for a boat to take me from Soyo to Cabinda? “No”, I replied. He picked up his phone and made a phone call, after which he told me: “It’s been organized”. When we got back to our bikes there were five yellow plastic bottles standing next to the bikes, filled with 20 liters of fuel each. They filled our bikes for us and then it was time for us to carry on. I greeted the Governor with another hug, and before leaving his embrace he said: “I will fly up to Soyo tomorrow to meet you there as well”. Wow.

Time had run out and we would not reach Soyo the same day. Lilio looked over to me and said: “You’re the boss, you decide”. So we opted to stay at Mukula, a little village next to the ocean on route. Just about 60 kilometers from N’zeto. The first 30 kilometers was on tarmac, until we turned off towards Soyo. The road just deteriorated from here on out. I was convinced that at some point my rear shock would give in. But it didn’t. Which is why I love my bike. She serves me so well!! But…Lilio’s bike’s rear shock gave in instead. (Honda Varadero)
We opted to sleep on the beach and had to make our way through some very thick beach sand to get there. It was a real struggle. The KTM 990 Adventure (Carlos’ bike) and the Morini Scrambler (Rui’s bike), had no problems. The heavier bikes like mine, Lilio and Lito’s (Honda Varadero) struggled a bit. My bike would just sink right into the sand. But it’s a powerful bike, even if she is just a 650. We managed to all pull our way through and finally stop for the night right on the beach just a few meters from the ocean.

Filthy and exhausted we started pitching our tents. Only three of us had tents so I gave my tent to two of the guys and took one of the one-man tents. The police prepared us some dinner (Pasta) and we washed ourselves out of two buckets. We then made ourselves comfortable on a bunch of mattresses that the beach patrol police had provided us with. Lying under the stars, looking up at the full moon. We had a bottle of Amarula…and I had something to celebrate!!! I had officially made it further than ever before!!! Woooohhooo. The mosquitoes were absolutely killing us, despite spraying and rubbing ourselves with anti-mosquito products. But we didn’t care much. We had food in our tummies and a safe place to sleep right under the open sky. Life’s good!

Next morning we were up at 06:00 am to make our way to Soyo. We stopped off at Mangue Grande for lunch. We had initially aimed to reach this town the previous day but the night had caught up with us, which is why we stopped in Mosaka. We still had police escort all the way from N’zeto and would have until Soyo. The Chief of police and local administrator welcomed us to the town. They took us to a place where we could have lunch, next to the beach. Rows and rows of fish lay on the tables at this mini food market. Cold drinks and beers, water…whatever you need, they have. I ate some fish with Cassava (Local food, I don’t quite know how to describe it. I think it is the root of a plant. When cooked it has this very dense consistency and it’s chewy. Doesn’t really taste like anything). One can find Cassava from Northern Angola all the way up the West African Coast.

We were all still pretty exhausted and spent about an hour and a half having lunch, relaxing a bit and having a few beers of course. Sitting amongst the guys, listening to them chatting away in their flamboyant way in Portuguese I realized something! I was starting to understand most of what they were saying! When my phone rang I even only spoke in Portuguese! The guys looked at me when I put the phone down and said: “Jo! You’re speaking Portuguese!!!”. Wahahahaha! Then they switched to slang! Hahaha.

The last 30 odd kilometers to Soyo consisted of a very sandy road. Thick sand and no avoiding it. Though I figured that I made my way through hectic beach sand the night before and just this morning so this should be a piece of cake. And indeed, although it was pretty hard work with the load I’m carrying, I didn’t have any problems! Up until then the road had been pretty flat, no huge ups or downs. Now it changed with lots of bends and ups and downs.

As we arrived in Soyo our Police escort that had been hanging around in the back (as to avoid them kicking up dust in our faces), moved to the front. For the last time in Angola the Police switched on their sirens and took in their place in front of me, chasing the cars off the road and bringing the entire town’s traffic to a stand still. They took us to the Kwanda Base which is based at the commercial port. Here they stopped in front of a pretty grand looking hotel. The Governor had arranged for us to stay here. As we stopped a car with the Governor’s member of staff pulled up and informed us that we had half and hour to unpack and have a shower before meeting the Governor for lunch. The boys were taken to their rooms on the one side of the hotel and I was directed to the other side of the hotel. I had my own suite for the night!!!  Another friend surprised me and stopped next to us. A friend from South Africa – Paul Buys who works in Soyo. He had brought us some energy drinks (much needed) and a chocolate from home for me! Sweet!

We met the Governor for lunch yet again, together with the administrator of Soyo. The Governor informed me that he had also spoken to the Governor of Cabinda to inform him of my arrival and I would be received by his people there. Two members of staff would accompany me on my boat ride to Cabinda and a Police boat would follow us all the way! They really did go all out this time to make sure nothing happened to me! After lunch we greeted the Governor for the last time and he told me that: “If you have any problems, anywhere…you just phone me”. And I’m sure that if push comes to shove and I think the situations calls for it, I will.

After lunch we took a ride on our bikes and met up with Basilio, a friend of the guys and also a club member. We then went to his house where we just relaxed for the rest of the day and drank some more beers and Amarula before heading back to the hotel. Paul met up with us at the hotel and we had all had a nightcap before turning in for the night.

Next morning I had to face the very sad reality of having to say goodbye to my friends. When I got to my bike Paul had left me a card with a beautiful message in it and another energy drink. This was it…I would now leave my Angola behind for new countries to be explored.

The Master of the Port met me at the hotel and said he’d accompany me and see to it that the bike makes it onto the boat safe and sound. It took some doing to put Dax on the boat. But there were loads of strong and fit men to handle this task for me. I just looked on, nervously and took photos. We then boarded the boat and were on our way to Cabinda!! A 4 hour ride by boat. (They said it would be a 3 hour ride but it was more like 4 hours). Once we were out at sea and I couldn’t see land anymore, I made myself comfortable (or as comfortable as I possibly could) on a couch and slept for most of the journey.



Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 15, 2012, 10:52:18 pm
I woke up just before we reached Cabinda. Only then was I informed that we would not be docking but would be transferred to smaller boats to be taken to land. “And my bike”? , I asked a little panic stricken. The guys will transfer the bike to the smaller boat as well, I was told. Mid sea…..Eeeeekkkkkk!!!
Two customs officers boarded the boat and wanted my passport. They then took my passport back with them to do all the necessary paperwork whilst we wait to be taken to land. We waited as they loaded all the people and their belongings into the smaller boats. We would be last in line.

Then came the moment when they had to transfer Dax into the smaller boat bobbing around in the water next to our boat. I was pretty calm and composed until the bike went over the brim to the lower, smaller boat. I panicked for a few seconds until I could see that Dax had made it safe and sound to the other side. Thank the biker gods!!! The rest of us then boarded and were taken to shore.

I was taken directly to the Police station to check in with the local authorities. Here a friend of a friend of mine from Angola, Julio, met up with me and took me to lunch. After I lunch I was taken to my hotel – Hotel Por do Sol. I unpacked my gear, had a shower and collapsed on the bed for a nap. It was already 18:00! The day had flown past. I woke up when my room telephone rang. “Good evening sir. There are some people waiting for you in reception. Can you please come down”. Sir…hehehe.

I reported to reception to meet the Vice Governor, Head of sport and other members of the sport ministry together with a translator. They welcomed me and informed me that I was now in the care of the Government of Cabinda. I thanked them for their hospitality and we planned the next day’s events. I would take a ride around town with a group of local riders and a television crew. Then I would be taken to the supermarket to do whatever shopping I need to do. I also told them that I needed to clean the bike and take care of some basic maintenance such as cleaning and lubing the chain and cleaning the air filter.

Congo lay ahead and I had NO idea what to expect! Julio would ride with me to Pointe Noire where I would be staying before heading to Gabon. The Police would also, once again (okay and really for the last time now), accompany me to the border. The road to the border is a very good tarmac road. We made it to the border in no time and I have to admit I had butterflies in my stomach knowing that I’m about to cross into the Republic of Congo! One always has these scary stories you’ve heard in the back of your head of an ‘uncivilized’ country. The roads are impassible and the people don’t like foreigners. I stood at the border, with a growing crowd gathering around me to look at the bike and shooting off comments in French. Getting through the border was easier than I had anticipated. I was on the other side in no time. This border crossing was also less chaotic than the Namibia/Angola border. The surroundings are very tropical. Dense jungle-like vegetation line either side of the road to Pointe Noire. Tarmac all the way. There are houses and huts next to the road all the way with people everywhere. People display their products for sale in front of their huts. Fruit, local drinks, bread etc.

I had initially planned on getting through Congo as quickly as possible.
Well I have now been here for nine days and it’s anything but uncivilized. A man named Patrick Lobo, based here in Pointe Noire contacted me via Facebook whilst I was in Cabinda asking me when I would arrive in Pointe Noire? He also gave me his contact details. When Julio and I arrived in town we stopped for lunch and I phoned Patrick to notify him that I had arrived. Turns out Patrick and Julio are very good friends and didn’t even know that I had contact with both of them! LoL.

A local family has taken me into their home. Fernando and Stephanie Lobo together with their children Jonathan, Jessica and Eluna. They will forever remain my family in Pointe Noire. They have been looking after me like I’m a piece of gold and they tend to my every need.

I started to fall ill last week Wednesday and came down with the flu. I spent about three days in bed. Just as I started getting better I realized that I now have a urinary tract infection. Stephanie took me to the hospital yesterday to see a doctor. They did some tests and the doctor told me to come back in two days time. He prescribed me some antibiotics. They will conduct more tests for the next three days seeing as the infection is rather severe and once we have the results I will know whether I need to change antibiotics or not.

I will probably spend another week here in Pointe Noire. I am now officially without a visa here in Congo as mine has expired. OOOPS. But…it’s not a problem. ☺ The officials know I am here and have said it’s not a problem, when I leave they will supply me with a stamp in my passport. Fabulous. I will also be able to get my visa for Nigeria here tomorrow! Wooohooo!
So in the meantime I rest as much as I can as I suspect I might need it for the road ahead.

On route to N'zeto
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With the Governor and community members
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The Gov and myself
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It's late...and I'm tired!! The last stretch to the beach where we camped
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Transferring of people and belongings mid-sea (Arriving at Cabinda)
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Transferring bike to smaller boat at Cabinda
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(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Cabinda3.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Cabinda4.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Cabinda5.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Cabinda6.jpg)

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With the group in Cabinda
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Cabinda11.jpg)

At the Congo border - Crowd seems pretty surprised wouldn't you say? LoL
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/CongoBorder2.jpg)

The road into Congo from the border
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 15, 2012, 11:12:52 pm
Wow Jo,... it is always so nice to see a new adition to this truly Awesome RR.

It makes for riviting reading & the way you write your updates, almost make one feel part of thi Gr8 adventure. Sure seems like you are having a really wonderful time & I can only wish you all the best for the rest of your jouney.

Enjoy every minute of it, my friend & please look after yourself & travel sefe. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on May 15, 2012, 11:23:01 pm
Sterke meisie

Jy doen bleddie goed. Dis inspirerend hoe die mense na jou kyk.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 16, 2012, 05:21:40 am
Fantastic update Jo. Puts us at ease that you are so well cared for. The hospitality and support you have received to date has been astounding. I suspect that you travels will take you to a lot more unusual places and events as you travel further North. I hope that the UTI gets treated quickly, until such time lay off the spicy food and alchohol :biggrin:

Take care
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: madmax on May 16, 2012, 07:23:14 am
awesome ... does my heart good to see the cameraderie of the bikers in the north. i have sat here rivetted since 05h30 and now 07h30 and i have missed my daily mundane wednesday chores like taking out the garbage, attending morning prayers and even abluting but these 10 pages have been worth every minute
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 09:52:47 am
Thanks guys.  :thumleft:  I'm really looking forward to hitting the road again soon. Sitting still for too long in one place doesn't do me a lot of good.

I have a question: There are small 'cracks' appearing in my rear tyre. Is this a cause for concern?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 16, 2012, 10:14:24 am
Thanks guys.  :thumleft:  I'm really looking forward to hitting the road again soon. Sitting still for too long in one place doesn't do me a lot of good.

I have a question: There are small 'cracks' appearing in my rear tyre. Is this a cause for concern?


You've got tubed tyres, so no immediate failure likely.

If I recall you put Heidies on - I have seen that on some tyres. It does raise concern. Adventurer may be able to shed some light.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 16, 2012, 10:27:33 am
Thanks guys.  :thumleft:  I'm really looking forward to hitting the road again soon. Sitting still for too long in one place doesn't do me a lot of good.

I have a question: There are small 'cracks' appearing in my rear tyre. Is this a cause for concern?


Jo,... I have had a Heidie K60 on before & am presently riding a Mitas E-07. Both tyres developed small cracks, but never failed. As far as I know & what was explained to me, it is often caused by riding with low inflated tyres for long stretches on tar.

Like I said, I have never had a tyre fail on me,.... But please just keep an eye on it. If it gets a lot worse,.... IMHO, then rather replace it.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 10:45:12 am
I'll just keep an eye on it. As you can see from the photos I still have quite a bit of tread on the tires and am hoping they'll last me for another while. Right now mileage on the tires = ±9000 km.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 10:50:50 am
*** Just got my new Congo visa. LoL. Took all of 5 minutes. Yay. At least I'm legal again... :thumleft: ***
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Snafu on May 16, 2012, 10:53:39 am
Heng Jo, jy het nie 'n tekort aan vriende nie!! :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 10:58:55 am
It's not what you know...it's who you know.   :thumleft:
Nee heng...die feit dat ek alewig net die regte mense ontmoet is ook net aan my lucky sterre te dank. LoL
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dusty on May 16, 2012, 11:18:59 am
Thanks for the fantastic update  :thumleft: 

Cranberry juice...if you could find some... is meant to be good for UTI

Hope you feel better soon   :ricky: 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: slicknick on May 16, 2012, 12:51:09 pm
Great stuff Jo, dis great om te sien hoe baie vriendelike mense daar  in Afrika is. Ek dink jy behoort Congo baie te geniet. Dis n mooi land. Pas jouself op en onthou ABC (attitude, balance, commitment) :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 16, 2012, 02:40:30 pm
Hi Jolandie, ek glo jy gaan die trip deurmaak. As 'n mens glo jy gaan dit maak dan sal jy. Iemand wat ek ken het ook met 'n 650 Dakar deur Afrika en Europa gery en sy bike het toe al 160 000km op gehad, so ek dink jy het die regte bike wat betroubaar is. Miskien net 'n bietjie advies, n' mens raak altyd lus vir Suid Afrikaanse kos in Afrika, as jy Shoprite Google kan jy sien waar hulle winkels is in baie van die groot stede en die selfde vleis en ander voorraad as in RSA daar kry. Ons het dit gedoen en het altyd lekker geeët. Ek volg nou jou trip en sal jou op die grens kom ontmoet volgende jaar as jy terug kom. Sterkte en al die WD ouens dink jy is 'n yster. Groete Schalk JHB.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 16, 2012, 02:44:31 pm
I'll just keep an eye on it. As you can see from the photos I still have quite a bit of tread on the tires and am hoping they'll last me for another while. Right now mileage on the tires = ±9000 km.

Ons het 13 350km op 'n stel gekry, groete
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 16, 2012, 05:57:07 pm
Jo ek het nou lekker gelees. Jy doen uitstekend. Thanx :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 16, 2012, 06:17:10 pm
Great om te hoor jy is OK. Ek het met 'n Heidi 9000 km gekry, maar onthou dis KTM kilo's want die ding spin mos heeltyd! Mooi ry, ons hou jou dop. Is dit daar ook so warm, hier wil die winter maar net nie kom nie.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 06:23:29 pm
Great om te hoor jy is OK. Ek het met 'n Heidi 9000 km gekry, maar onthou dis KTM kilo's want die ding spin mos heeltyd! Mooi ry, ons hou jou dop. Is dit daar ook so warm, hier wil die winter maar net nie kom nie.

Roela...dis ffffffffff....lippen warm hier!!!!! Maar ek sien die reen wolkies begin nou die kant toe trek. Vermoed ek gaan nog heelwat reen vang oppad boontoe. Ek vermoed ek hoort dalk so 15K op my Heidi's te kry. Hulle het nie 'n keuse nie. Sal hulle ry tot daar niks oor is nie. LoL.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 06:25:41 pm
Jo ek het nou lekker gelees. Jy doen uitstekend. Thanx :thumleft:

Tx Piet. Ek kan nie wag om binnekort vir julle te kan vra: "Hoe lyk dinge DAAI kant van die ewenaar" nie.  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on May 16, 2012, 06:36:25 pm
Go girl! Insiring stuff, except for the boat-to-boat transfer of your precious bike. That is just plain scary.
You mentioned that you had left some stuff behind, to be picked up on your way back? Just for interest, what have you decided you can do without? For the enlightenment of us couch-potato-wannabe-explorers....
 
(I laughed at the "light bikes like the KTM 990 Adventure" versus your loaded BMW 650 Dakar)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 07:08:56 pm
Go girl! Insiring stuff, except for the boat-to-boat transfer of your precious bike. That is just plain scary.
You mentioned that you had left some stuff behind, to be picked up on your way back? Just for interest, what have you decided you can do without? For the enlightenment of us couch-potato-wannabe-explorers....
 
(I laughed at the "light bikes like the KTM 990 Adventure" versus your loaded BMW 650 Dakar)

 :biggrin: Yeh, we kept teasing the guy on the KTM telling him he has the lightest bike and that's why he's able to make everything look so easy. LoL. But in reality, including my kit...my Dakar and the KTM were pretty much on par concerning weight.

As for what I left behind: Bunch of clothing, Body armor riding vest, My Drift Camera and all it's cables (Broken...pffft), Another bunch of cables and accessories for my Nokia phone (stolen), One jacket, One pair of shoes, A moon bag (I have another), a tripod...and I can't really remember what else. If I can't remember it, it wasn't all that important anyway.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 16, 2012, 09:23:37 pm
Hi Jolandie, ek glo jy gaan die trip deurmaak. As 'n mens glo jy gaan dit maak dan sal jy. Iemand wat ek ken het ook met 'n 650 Dakar deur Afrika en Europa gery en sy bike het toe al 160 000km op gehad, so ek dink jy het die regte bike wat betroubaar is. Miskien net 'n bietjie advies, n' mens raak altyd lus vir Suid Afrikaanse kos in Afrika, as jy Shoprite Google kan jy sien waar hulle winkels is in baie van die groot stede en die selfde vleis en ander voorraad as in RSA daar kry. Ons het dit gedoen en het altyd lekker geeët. Ek volg nou jou trip en sal jou op die grens kom ontmoet volgende jaar as jy terug kom. Sterkte en al die WD ouens dink jy is 'n yster. Groete Schalk JHB.

 :thumleft: Dankie Schalk!!!
Yep...ek het op 'n stadium Shoprite genader vir borgskap oor hulle die grootste 'supermarket chain' in Afrika is. No joy. Nou support ek net die local markets. LoL.
Baie dankie, sal great wees om 'n paar mense saam met my te he vir die laaste stretch af na die eindpunt.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 16, 2012, 10:00:34 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: LuckyLook on May 16, 2012, 11:37:23 pm
Riveting stuff!!!
You are doing extreamly well. Keep it up

Must say this is one of the hottest topics on the web right now - and your reporting is excellent!!!
Cant wait for the next update
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 17, 2012, 01:40:49 pm
A few video clips posted on Youtube by friends in Angola. I haven't been able to watch these as the internet is just too slow here...takes hours just to load the window. Bleh.

&feature=share

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Jumper on May 17, 2012, 02:07:45 pm
Well done Jo...you can be very proud of what you have achieved on your Venture thus far...you are a huge inspiration to me!!

GO FOR GOLD,GIRL!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 17, 2012, 02:14:14 pm
Cool, For a moment I was wondering what you doing driving on the right, then I realised it's not SA roads :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 17, 2012, 03:51:33 pm
*** ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Please note: The official finish for my expedition will not be Cape L'Agulhas...but Luanda (Angola).
Seeing as Angola is my main sponsor, it is only fitting that I should end in Angola. I have been in discussions with government around this idea and just received confirmation now.

I will still stop in L'Agulhas of course. And I'm sure I'll spend a few days in Cpt...but will then carry on back into Namibia and on to Angola for the official finish.

I will confirm final arrangements as and when I have the details.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: poplap on May 17, 2012, 03:57:28 pm
Sjoe wat 'n awsome trip sover Jo, jy het baie guts girl ek haal my hoed af vir jou  :thumleft:  :thumleft: Veilig ry.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 17, 2012, 05:49:36 pm
*** ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Please note: The official finish for my expedition will not be Cape L'Agulhas...but Luanda (Angola).
Seeing as Angola is my main sponsor, it is only fitting that I should end in Angola. I have been in discussions with government around this idea and just received confirmation now.

I will still stop in L'Agulhas of course. And I'm sure I'll spend a few days in Cpt...but will then carry on back into Namibia and on to Angola for the official finish.

I will confirm final arrangements as and when I have the details.
 :thumleft:
Klink Fair Enough :thumleft:

Ons sal jou wel weer kan sien en 'n ent kan saam ry. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 17, 2012, 05:54:03 pm
*** ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Please note: The official finish for my expedition will not be Cape L'Agulhas...but Luanda (Angola).
Seeing as Angola is my main sponsor, it is only fitting that I should end in Angola. I have been in discussions with government around this idea and just received confirmation now.

I will still stop in L'Agulhas of course. And I'm sure I'll spend a few days in Cpt...but will then carry on back into Namibia and on to Angola for the official finish.

I will confirm final arrangements as and when I have the details.
 :thumleft:
Klink Fair Enough :thumleft:

Ons sal jou wel weer kan sien en 'n ent kan saam ry. :biggrin:

Definitief!!!!!!! Daar's die hele SA se ry wat my sal kans gee om met julle op te vang!  :thumleft: :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 17, 2012, 08:01:47 pm
Hi Jolandie, ek glo jy gaan die trip deurmaak. As 'n mens glo jy gaan dit maak dan sal jy. Iemand wat ek ken het ook met 'n 650 Dakar deur Afrika en Europa gery en sy bike het toe al 160 000km op gehad, so ek dink jy het die regte bike wat betroubaar is. Miskien net 'n bietjie advies, n' mens raak altyd lus vir Suid Afrikaanse kos in Afrika, as jy Shoprite Google kan jy sien waar hulle winkels is in baie van die groot stede en die selfde vleis en ander voorraad as in RSA daar kry. Ons het dit gedoen en het altyd lekker geeët. Ek volg nou jou trip en sal jou op die grens kom ontmoet volgende jaar as jy terug kom. Sterkte en al die WD ouens dink jy is 'n yster. Groete Schalk JHB.

 :thumleft: Dankie Schalk!!!
Yep...ek het op 'n stadium Shoprite genader vir borgskap oor hulle die grootste 'supermarket chain' in Afrika is. No joy. Nou support ek net die local markets. LoL.
Baie dankie, sal great wees om 'n paar mense saam met my te he vir die laaste stretch af na die eindpunt.  :ricky:
Hi Jolandie ek het ook Shoprite genader vir 'n borgskap en ook Yamaha en al wat leef en beef maar op die einde self gehoes. Terwyl dit so goed gaan moet jy dalk somer 'n reis om die wereld doen. Ek beplan so iets maar sal seker self moet Transvaal. Groete Schalk.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 17, 2012, 08:16:04 pm
Hi Jolandie, ek glo jy gaan die trip deurmaak. As 'n mens glo jy gaan dit maak dan sal jy. Iemand wat ek ken het ook met 'n 650 Dakar deur Afrika en Europa gery en sy bike het toe al 160 000km op gehad, so ek dink jy het die regte bike wat betroubaar is. Miskien net 'n bietjie advies, n' mens raak altyd lus vir Suid Afrikaanse kos in Afrika, as jy Shoprite Google kan jy sien waar hulle winkels is in baie van die groot stede en die selfde vleis en ander voorraad as in RSA daar kry. Ons het dit gedoen en het altyd lekker geeët. Ek volg nou jou trip en sal jou op die grens kom ontmoet volgende jaar as jy terug kom. Sterkte en al die WD ouens dink jy is 'n yster. Groete Schalk JHB.

 :thumleft: Dankie Schalk!!!
Yep...ek het op 'n stadium Shoprite genader vir borgskap oor hulle die grootste 'supermarket chain' in Afrika is. No joy. Nou support ek net die local markets. LoL.
Baie dankie, sal great wees om 'n paar mense saam met my te he vir die laaste stretch af na die eindpunt.  :ricky:
Hi Jolandie ek het ook Shoprite genader vir 'n borgskap en ook Yamaha en al wat leef en beef maar op die einde self gehoes. Terwyl dit so goed gaan moet jy dalk somer 'n reis om die wereld doen. Ek beplan so iets maar sal seker self moet Transvaal. Groete Schalk.

Ja nee jong...die ouens wil niks weet van borgskappe nie. Maar dit hou ons nie terug nie ne?  :mink:
Wereld toer...dalk eendag. Volgende jaar is dit voluit voorberei vir Dakar 2014.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Locator on May 17, 2012, 11:44:59 pm
Jo's current position (Rue de Moungali, Pointe-Noire, Congo) We will post Jo's trip reports soon!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 17, 2012, 11:55:00 pm
Jo's current position (Rue de Moungali, Pointe-Noire, Congo) We will post Jo's trip reports soon!!

I are HERE!!! hehehe.   :mwink:
C'est fantastique!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on May 18, 2012, 05:51:00 am
Just a hop and a skip into the water - :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 18, 2012, 03:58:51 pm
Jo's current position (Rue de Moungali, Pointe-Noire, Congo) We will post Jo's trip reports soon!!
Locator, how does one zoom out to see a bigger picture of where Jo is?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 18, 2012, 04:47:07 pm
Roela...help dit???

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ScreenShot2012-05-18at33719PM.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 18, 2012, 04:50:06 pm
Of jy kan 'n google search doen vir: "Pointe Noire - Republic of Congo".
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 20, 2012, 01:00:19 am
Baaaaaie beter, dankie!
Toodles.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 12:47:52 pm
Hellooooo all.

Okay so just to give you an update on where I'm at and what's been happening.

I am now almost over all my ailments. Have three more days left on antibiotics and then I should be cured. Yay!  :thumleft:

I sent my passport to Brazaville on Friday to be submitted today (submissions are only on Mondays and Wednesdays), for my Nigeria visa. Processing time is three days, so I hope to have my passport back by Thursday.
Then as soon as I have my passport back, I will leave Pointe Noire the following day. (So aiming for Friday at this stage)

Because I have spent WAY more time in Congo than I had originally planned, I am way behind schedule and will have only six days to make it from Pointe Noire to the Nigeria border. (visas are running out) This shouldn't be a problem...but...it has started raining again up here and this could prove a bit of a challenge on some of the roads going further North.

From what I have been told the road from here to Gabon, via Dolisie, is pretty good. Tar all the way to Dolisie. From Dolisie further up,  I'm told the road is fairly good, except for the last stretch to the border which is supposedly very bad. Nobody's been able to tell me how far this stretch is from the border but from what I've been shown on maps my guesstimate is about 60 km's.

So...the plan:
Day 1 - Pointe Noire to Ndende (Gabon) (Find Hotel Pinheiro, owned by Portugeuse friends of friends in Pointe Noire)
Day 2 - Ndende to Lamberene (No clue where to stay...will see)
Day 3 - Lamberene to Libreville (Phone Ferdinand, Portuguese friend of friends in Pointe Noire....OR...Phone Charles...friend of a friend of mine in Kenya)
Day 4 - Libreville to Yaounde (Stay with my friend Divine...yes...he's a guy...and his name is Divine)
Day 5 - One rest day in Yaounde to say hello to friends
Day 6 - Yaounde to Nigeria border...Find Nigerians on bikes......mmmmm.....  :patch:

Now I know Nigeria is one of the main concerns for most people. But never fear...I makes a plan.  :mwink:

I have contacted five different motorbike clubs in Nigeria and the news has spread like wild fire. So I will have riders with me all the way from the Cameroon side border through all the way to Ghana! Well this is what they said....let's see if one can actually trust a Nigerian. I believe they will though.

I am carrying with me...a T-shirt. I offered to carry this T-shirt from Namibia to Lagos.
When I met Andrei and Chris from Romania and Switzerland at Ondangwa Rest Camp in Nam, Andrei had a T-shirt that he needed to get to one 'Mohammed Ducati' in Lagos. Mo is the President of one of the Motorcycle Clubs in Lagos and Andrei wanted to give him this T-shirt as a little 'thank you' for all their help whilst they were in Nigeria. It's a blue golf-type shirt with all Andrei's sponsors' logos on it. So I offered to play "Jo's DHL express" and carry it with me to Lagos to be handed to Mo.  :ricky:

So here's hoping I can get it to him.....

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Pointe_NoiretoGhana.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 01:16:04 pm
Waaaahahahahahaha...just got a call from Nigeria embassy in Brazaville. WHY...did I think that applying for my visa would go without hassles??? Mmmmm...I makes another plan. 'There's more than one way to skin a cat'...  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Crossed-up on May 21, 2012, 02:47:20 pm
I check on your progress every day and my dreams go with you.  All the best!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 02:53:13 pm
I check on your progress every day and my dreams go with you.  All the best!

Thank you!!  :thumleft: Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 21, 2012, 03:09:19 pm
Jy moet mooi notes maak, oor 2 jaar gaan jy my op die roete vat :thumleft: Mooi ry. R
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 03:17:22 pm
Jy moet mooi notes maak, oor 2 jaar gaan jy my op die roete vat :thumleft: Mooi ry. R

Roela...pak maar so lank my maat.  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gene on May 21, 2012, 03:26:11 pm
Yo go girl ! Ek was einde April  begin Mei deur Nam. En Botswana, ek is darem nie een vir oor die grens gaan nie , te veel Kark, en terug na SA is die Noordoewer grenspos pateties (SA kant), die Mevrou met die kort hare speel met haar selfoon (SMS) terwyl ek tweede in die ry staan en wag vir haar om die paspoorte te tjap.(30min.)
Mooi ry verder en ek dink aan julle.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 03:37:55 pm
Ek MOET nou net hierdie storie met julle deel. 
*** For my English friends, I'm sorry but I have to do this in Afrikaans. I cannot describe my frustrations and the pure stupidity of this case in English...well I probably could but it just wouldn't be as funny***

Ek stuur toe nou mos Vrydag oggend my paspoort hier van Pointe Noire af na Brazzaville. Hier is nie 'n ambassade vir Nigeria hier in Pointe Noire nie, so dit is hoekom ek dit Brazzaville toe stuur.

Nou intussen word al die prosedures en 'benodighede' vir my applikasie aan my verduidelik deur Stephanie, die vrou van die huis by wie ek bly. Haar sister bly in Brazzaville en was so 'n gewillige engel en het ingestem om my applikasie te gaan afgee by die Nigeriese ambassade. Maar die praat nie Engels nie en staan by die Ambassade en vra uit oor wat benodig word, verduidelik dit dan aan Stephanie in Frans, en Stephanie dra die informasie dan oor aan my in Engels.

Nou ja, ek het 'n hele pak papierwerk vir hulle gestuur Vrydag saam met 'n drywer van hier af. Ek het sooo gehoop dat alles sal goed afloop. Maar nee....
Vanoggend bel Stephanie my en se vir my dat die Ambassade wil nie my applikasie goedkeur nie oor twee redes:
1. Hulle wil 'n "Hotel Reservation" van my af he waar ek gaan bly in Nigeria
2. Hulle dink my "Letter of invitation is dodgy".

Nou blykbaar is dit net hierdie EEN moegoe by die Ambassade wat nou 'n spanner in my werke wil kom staan en steek.
Mr Moegoe glo blykbaar dat ek van plan is om in Nigeria te gaan bly.

Ja meneer...dit is reg. Ek ry, per motorfiets...vanuit SUID AFRIKA (Die land waar helfte van jou bevolking elk geval bly)...VROU ALLEEN hier teen die Wildste Weste Afrika Kus op...oor ek in JOU F*#cked Up land wil gaan bly?????!!!!
Ek kon nie anders as om uit te bars van die lag nie.

Okay, nou maar goed, dis reg so.
Ek gaan toe nou maar gou gou online en book vir my sommer die duurste hotel in Lagos (Geen deposito benodig nie). Mens leer mos nou maar die 'tricks of the trade' so oor die jare.
Okay, booking klaar gedoen, nou moet ek dit na Stephanie email sodat sy dit vir hulle kan aanstuur.

So gemaak, bel Stephanie vir Mr Moegoe. Raai wat...MOEGOE het nie 'n EMAIL nie!!! Waaahahahhahahaha.
Liewe erdwurm!!!!
Toe moes sy nou vir Mr Moegoe haar login details tot haar email gee sodat hulle nou die email kan sien wat ek aan haar geforward het met my Hotel Reservation. (Not de F@k gaan ek vir hulle MY email login gee nie!!!)

NOU...wil Mr Moegoe my in lewende lywe sien!!!!
Stephanie se suster het hom lyk my gelukkig uit DIE gedagte uit gepraat.

Mr Moegoe moet so aanhou...dan klim ek netnou op my fiets gaan wys nou maar vir hom hoe lyk 'n white pure bred Suid Afrikaanse boere meisie!!!

"Ek het meer maatjies in jou EIE land as jy Moegoe!!! Kom la ons dans"

Hou my dop en watch die move...papa!!!!  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 03:47:37 pm
Yo go girl ! Ek was einde April  begin Mei deur Nam. En Botswana, ek is darem nie een vir oor die grens gaan nie , te veel Kark, en terug na SA is die Noordoewer grenspos pateties (SA kant), die Mevrou met die kort hare speel met haar selfoon (SMS) terwyl ek tweede in die ry staan en wag vir haar om die paspoorte te tjap.(30min.)
Mooi ry verder en ek dink aan julle.

Hi Gene!  :thumleft:
Lekker man! Ja nee...die grensposte van onse Afrika, gee my soveel entertainment value! lol
Ek het mos al die geduld in die wereld.
Groete.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cracklin on May 21, 2012, 03:55:23 pm
Hello from Turkey, Jo

Currently having endless crap for a Turkmenistan visa here so I feel for you. 5 days on this side and being sent from pillar to post. Now trying our luck in Ankara as we have given up on Istanbul even showing a twinge of life or empathy. And this is only for a transit visa which is supposedly much easier than a "tourist" visa . It would appear that for most of these countries we plan to visit they cannot understand why we would want to be there in the first place and treat us with derision and suspicion. But I digress....

With regards your rear Hedi K60's  small cracks. Nothing to worry about and is as a result of running the tyre under inflated.

Judging by your load I would suggest you pump the rear tyre to 3.0 bar and the front to 2.5 bar. This will also allow the tyre to run a lot cooler and greatly extend your mileage.

Our current set of Hedi K60's (also  on  two Dakars)  are still from Nairobii and developed a few cracks in Sudan. We are still riding on them +- 8 000 km later and will replace them probably in Azerbijan which equates  to +- 15 000m on these tyres, fully loaded and through varying and often trying conditions for both bike and tyres.

Sterkte and keep the SA flag flying :)

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za


  
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 04:06:10 pm
Hello from Turkey, Jo

Currently having endless crap for a Turkmenistan visa here so I feel for you. 5 days on this side and being sent from pillar to post. Now trying our luck in Ankara as we have given up on Istanbul even showing a twinge of life or apathy.

With regards your rear Hedi K60's  small cracks. Nothing to worry about and is as a result of running the tyre under inflated.

Judging by your load I would suggest you pump the rear tyre to 3.0 bar and the front to 2.5 bar. This will also allow the tyre to run a lot cooler and greatly extend your mileage.

Our current set of Hedi K60's (also  on  two Dakars)  are still from Nairobii and developed a few cracks in Sudan. We are still riding on them +- 8 000 km later and will replace them probably in Azerbijan which equates  to +- 15 000m on this tyre, fully loaded and through varying and often trying conditions for both bike and tyres.

Sterkte and keep the SA flag flying :)

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za


  

Helloooooo!!!
Now there's a coincidence. I just sent the link to your website to a friend of mine yesterday. He's about to also ride from Germany to Vladivostok.

Thank you for the advice re. the tyre cracks. Duly noted and will check the pressure. Thank you!

Good luck to you both! Have a blast!
Will check on your progress as often as I can.

Cheers.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 21, 2012, 05:44:09 pm
Jo ek het nou gelag dat my trane loop vir die MOEGOE storie........

Al die "Authority" en Forkol brains.......... :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Rynet on May 21, 2012, 05:47:18 pm
Awesome Jo .  :drif:  Thanks for the regular updates .  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chris de Jager on May 21, 2012, 06:46:19 pm
Jy vat dit rustig Jo, ons geniet die Moegoe storie , veilig ry
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on May 21, 2012, 07:48:05 pm
Go the pure bred Suid Afrikaanse boere meisie ! :ricky:  Brilliant.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on May 21, 2012, 08:13:47 pm
Nee wat Jo.  Met 'n Boeremeisie soos jy in Afrika . . . . verander die hele Afrika nog een vd dae  :biggrin:

Sterkte, mooi ry en dankie vir al die updates.

As jy met jou terugkeer Oos Londen verbykom, dan sal 'n hele paar honde wil saamry.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 09:09:47 pm
Nee wat Jo.  Met 'n Boeremeisie soos jy in Afrika . . . . verander die hele Afrika nog een vd dae  :biggrin:

Sterkte, mooi ry en dankie vir al die updates.

As jy met jou terugkeer Oos Londen verbykom, dan sal 'n hele paar honde wil saamry.

Dankie! Dit sal lekker wees.  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on May 21, 2012, 09:24:09 pm
Jo, ek het 'n local besigheidspersoon wat ek dalk kan opwakker as jy 'n 'letter of invitation' of iets wil reel.

Hulle het nog altyd baie mooi na my gekyk. Hulle is in Lagos

Laat weet my per pm - ek weet jy het min tyd, maar sal sien wat ek kan uitrig as jy wil

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 09:26:00 pm
Jo, ek het 'n local besigheidspersoon wat ek dalk kan opwakker as jy 'n 'letter of invitation' of iets wil reel.

Hulle het nog altyd baie mooi na my gekyk. Hulle is in Lagos

Laat weet my per pm - ek weet jy het min tyd, maar sal sien wat ek kan uitrig as jy wil



Baie dankie Heimer!!!  :thumleft:
Maar ek het dit klaar uitgesort. Dankie man. Waardeer.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on May 21, 2012, 09:28:12 pm
Jo, ek het 'n local besigheidspersoon wat ek dalk kan opwakker as jy 'n 'letter of invitation' of iets wil reel.

Hulle het nog altyd baie mooi na my gekyk. Hulle is in Lagos

Laat weet my per pm - ek weet jy het min tyd, maar sal sien wat ek kan uitrig as jy wil



Baie dankie Heimer!!!  :thumleft:
Maar ek het dit klaar uitgesort. Dankie man. Waardeer.

Mooi  :thumleft:

Ek glo jy sal die Nigeriers baie waardeer en heel ander insig oor hulle kry as wat ons van hulle het hierso.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 09:40:40 pm
Jo, ek het 'n local besigheidspersoon wat ek dalk kan opwakker as jy 'n 'letter of invitation' of iets wil reel.

Hulle het nog altyd baie mooi na my gekyk. Hulle is in Lagos

Laat weet my per pm - ek weet jy het min tyd, maar sal sien wat ek kan uitrig as jy wil



Baie dankie Heimer!!!  :thumleft:
Maar ek het dit klaar uitgesort. Dankie man. Waardeer.

Mooi  :thumleft:

Ek glo jy sal die Nigeriers baie waardeer en heel ander insig oor hulle kry as wat ons van hulle het hierso.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: Ek weet. Ek het 'n paar goeie vriende in Nigeria. Awesome mense. Ek sien vreeslik uit daarna om die land te ervaar.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 10:47:37 pm
As for the follow up on the "Mr Moegoe" story:

"Ek het jou mos gesê ek het meer maatjies as jy!!! lol"

So my Nigeria visa has been sorted and waiting for me in Libreville. I've asked that they send my passport and papers back to Pointe Noire and will probably aim to leave Congo on Thursday.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on May 21, 2012, 11:01:34 pm
You're doing well.....don't stress about the cracks in the tyre, it sometimes happens from incorrect pressures, carry on, the tyres will be fine. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 21, 2012, 11:10:48 pm
You're doing well.....don't stress about the cracks in the tyre, it sometimes happens from incorrect pressures, carry on, the tyres will be fine. :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Thank you Kurt!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on May 22, 2012, 07:43:27 am
hi JO . really enjoyed the "moegoe" story . well done for getting it all sorted . good luck and be safe .
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 22, 2012, 08:33:25 am
 :3some: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pom17 on May 22, 2012, 10:07:45 am
sub :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on May 22, 2012, 10:49:40 am
All the best mate. We ride with you in spirit. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 22, 2012, 01:33:53 pm
A few more pics before I leave Congo. These were in Angola, riding from Luanda to Soyo.

Camping out on the beach
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo1.jpg)

The dressing room/kitchen/shower room
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo2.jpg)

These are still in use...watched the fisherman going out to work the next morning
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo3.jpg)

Ready to hit the road again to Soyo
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo4.jpg)

Between Manga Grande and Soyo
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo5.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo6.jpg)

Lunch!!!
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo7.jpg)

Must admit the fish was delicious!!!
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/ToSoyo8.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ZAR on May 22, 2012, 08:53:14 pm
 :salut:

Wat 'n avontuur! Jy het guts girl. Respect.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on May 23, 2012, 04:27:05 pm
Tomorrow I leave for Gabon!!!!

Friends in Angola have been updating me on news about a guy also on the road going North up the West Coast. Two days ago friends in Soyo phoned me to tell me that he was with them in Soyo and would be crossing into Cabinda the next day.
I received him here in Pointe Noire today. His name is Allan, a guy from the Czech Republic. He's been living in Cape Town the last two years and now on his way up to Prague on a BMW F800GS.

We will probably ride together until Ghana. From there our routes split. Will see how it goes.

I hope to reach the Equator on Friday. Will be putting up the next update in Libreville.

Next time I chat to you all, I'll be in the Northern Hemisphere.  :ricky: :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on May 23, 2012, 04:31:35 pm
You are our star.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on May 23, 2012, 08:28:51 pm
Tomorrow I leave for Gabon!!!!

Friends in Angola have been updating me on news about a guy also on the road going North up the West Coast. Two days ago friends in Soyo phoned me to tell me that he was with them in Soyo and would be crossing into Cabinda the next day.
I received him here in Pointe Noire today. His name is Allan, a guy from the Czech Republic. He's been living in Cape Town the last two years and now on his way up to Prague on a BMW F800GS.

We will probably ride together until Ghana. From there our routes split. Will see how it goes.

I hope to reach the Equator on Friday. Will be putting up the next update in Libreville.

Next time I chat to you all, I'll be in the Northern Hemisphere.  :ricky: :mwink:
Sterkte...................die ewenaar wag vir jou. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 23, 2012, 10:19:22 pm
Die ewenaar bring vir my "memories" terug, ek hoop jy geniet dit en ek dink dit is 'n mylpaal vir jou. Ek hou van jou nuwe " profile photo" groete en sterkte voorentoe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Jumper on May 25, 2012, 10:04:07 am
You go girl!!!
Goodluck on the rest of the trip...you can be very proud of yourself!!!

Well done!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on May 25, 2012, 10:53:23 am
You go Jo.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Old fart on May 26, 2012, 09:55:55 am
Jo, jy is n YSTER. Go Girl!!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on May 26, 2012, 10:40:41 pm
It would be so Awesome if there was a video feed, that we could see. Nice to see how well you are doing Jo :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Keep it up & enjoy every minute of your journey. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on May 29, 2012, 04:04:28 pm
Als nog OK? jy is stil :bueller:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: V-Strom on May 30, 2012, 08:36:40 am
Als nog OK? jy is stil :bueller:
Roela sy is op Africa tyd ou pel.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on May 30, 2012, 08:47:55 am
Daar is nie ooral internet cafe's in Africa nie, sy sal OK wees moenie worry nie, groete.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on May 30, 2012, 09:20:47 am

I hope to reach the Equator on Friday. Will be putting up the next update in Libreville.

Next time I chat to you all, I'll be in the Northern Hemisphere.  :ricky: :mwink:

En dan het jy SOMER en ons het WINTER :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on May 30, 2012, 10:43:32 am
An African Trip: http://mzee-jaki.blogspot.com/2009/10/everyone-has-dream.html
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on June 01, 2012, 11:52:23 am
Helloooooo from the Northern Hemisphere!!!  :mink:
I'm busy working on a update, so will post that soon.
Am currently in Libreville. Got my Nigeria visa yesterday and will leave Gabon on Sunday.  :ricky:

So should reach Nigeria by Wednesday or so.  :thumleft:

Have had some beautiful roads and some hectic roads. And one idiot from Czech Republic. And then I also couldn't get to the Equator sign. It's all in the update. ;)

Cheers vir eers.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on June 01, 2012, 12:39:50 pm
Helloooooo from the Northern Hemisphere!!!  :mink:
I'm busy working on a update, so will post that soon.
Am currently in Libreville. Got my Nigeria visa yesterday and will leave Gabon on Sunday.  :ricky:

So should reach Nigeria by Wednesday or so.  :thumleft:

Have had some beautiful roads and some hectic roads. And one idiot from Czech Republic. And then I also couldn't get to the Equator sign. It's all in the update. ;)

Cheers vir eers.

Looking forward to the update. A lot of us have been looking out for any news. Glad to hear things are still on track & going OK :thumleft:

Keep it up Jo.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on June 01, 2012, 01:27:34 pm
Congo to Gabon
Current Location: Libreville
Have crossed the Equator into the Northern Hemisphere! Woohoo!


I got up at 05:00am to have a shower and load the bike to leave Pointe Noire for Gabon. It’s a bit of a push to reach Gabon in one day, but we would try. I would not be riding alone though. I met up with Allan from the Czech Republic. He left Johannesburg to ride up the West African coast to Prague. Friends in Angola had been updating me on his progress and I received him in Pointe Noire when he arrived.

We agreed to ride together for a bit. At first the idea was to ride together up until Ghana. From there I would carry on to Cote D’Ivoire and he would go to Burkina Faso as his route takes him through Mali. I am used to doing my own thing…but thought I’d give it a try.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo1.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo2.jpg)

By 06:00am the entire household was up to wish Allan and I a safe journey. We had a quick coffee and filled up with water for the road. Gave the bikes a last check and then we said our goodbyes. I had come to love my family in Pointe Noire. Fernando and his wife Stephanie and their children. They took me in as one of their own and looked after me when I was sick. Just before we left Fernando looked at Allan and said: “You look after my sister! Otherwise I will come and visit you in Prague!”. Little did I know it would be me who would have to do the ‘looking after’.

We pushed the bikes out of the driveway and slowly rolled out of Pointe Noire. We had been told that the road between Pointe Noire and Dolisie is a great tar road. So we could look forward to some speedy progress. From Dolisie we did not really know what to expect. Nobody was really sure what the road looked like apart from the fact that it is not a tar road.

The tar road to Dolisie is absolutely beautiful. Both the actual road and the surroundings. For about 160 kilometers you have this winding tar road and you are surrounded by sub-tropical jungle all the way. It is one of the most beautiful riding experiences I’ve had to date. The first couple of kilometers out of town went a bit slower because of the traffic. Loads of taxi’s loading up to take people into town for their day’s work. Early morning hustle and bustle in the city. Thereafter we hit some thick mist, which provided me with a feeling of really being in the wilderness. With the smells and sounds of the jungle and the giant trees surrounding me. Beautiful!

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo4.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo5.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo6.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo7.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo8.jpg)

We made it to Dolisie by 09:00am. We would just ride into town to fill up with fuel and then head out toward the Gabon border via Fugamou and Mila-Mila. After filling up with fuel we stopped at a little market to have something to eat and drink. We bought 3 bananas and a liter of Coca-Cola, which we shared. We sat chatting with some locals who were very eager to practice the little English they know. They informed us that the road up to the border is excellent and we have nothing to worry about. It’s the national road!

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo10.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo11.jpg)

With this new information we were  eager to hit the road to try and reach the town of Ndende just after the border before dark. We also did not know what time the border would close. I suspected it would be around 17:00.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo12.jpg)

The fabulous national road turned out to be a sandy and very dusty track. Not too bad though, just incredibly dusty. Especially with big trucks making their way up and down between Congo and Gabon. Every time a truck passes you by, you have to stop because you are thrown into a dust cloud so intense you cannot see anything.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo14.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo15.jpg)

Allan did not do a lot of ‘communicating’ with me. It was obvious that he had decided to take the lead and shot on ahead. So I thought to myself, okay that’s fine. We’ll ride together but still each just do our own thing. I hung back as to not have to ride in his dust trail the whole time. Every 100 kilometers or so we would meet up again where he has stopped to take a break. We made pretty good progress and could manage speeds ranging between 40 km p/h and 70 km p/h. The first 50 kilometers or so was quite sandy. Thereafter just a lot of holes to negotiate through and around.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo16.jpg)

There are MANY small villages all along the road up to the Gabon border. So one has to be very careful when you enter these villages as there are loads of animals and people crossing the road. We stopped at a few of these villages to take a break every now and then and would chat to the locals. Well…more sign language than actual chat. Not everybody can speak French in these small villages up North, so they speak local languages like Lingala and Kikongo. But one can always communicate, even if you cannot speak the language.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo23.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo27.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo26.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo29.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo28.jpg)

The road started to get wetter the further North we progressed. We were lucky we didn’t have rain on the road, because that would’ve made it impossible to reach the border in one day. We were afraid we might not reach the border in time and pushed hard to make good time. I still hung back because I felt it too dangerous to fly through the villages, with so many people and animals on the road. I found Allan where he had fallen in the much just outside one of the villages. By the time I got to him there were many villagers surrounding him, checking to see whether he is okay and to help him get going again.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo30.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo20.jpg)

My GPS was not giving me the correct info. This started on our way to Dolisie. The new road between Pointe Noire and Dolisie does not show on my GPS. I have Tracks for Africa loaded but it would seem this part of Africa is not mapped out well on the new software. I guess I would have to load individual maps. Even the coordinates to the Gabon border are not showing correctly on my GPS.  According to my GPS I had crossed into Gabon a long time before I actually reached the actual border. This is not really an issue for me. It’s just when I enter a town and have to navigate my way around that the GPS comes in really handy. But even this is not REALLY a problem as one can always ask around.

Anyway, so I had no idea where the actual border would be and was still hoping we would reach it in time to cross over into Gabon. The plan was to spend the night in Ndende which is about 45 kilometers from the border.

500 meters from the actual border I found Allan again. He had fallen stuck in mud. Again. This time he was REALLY stuck. I left my bike to help him. When I got to him I could see that he is really agitated and he was shouting and cursing in Czech. It was 16:30 now and we are right in front of the border, but cannot reach it.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo31.jpg)

I went in search of some wood and rocks to wedge under his rear wheel as it had no traction and would be impossible to get out any other way. I tried to push him out but there was just no way the bike would budge. I was covered in mud from head to toe. Standing in the mud it would come up almost halfway to my knees and trying to move around is a mission as the mud just sucks you in. We tried to drag the bike out and actually managed to pull out the rear of the bike. Allan then tried to maneuver the bike out but just rode it back into the same spot.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo33.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo34.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo35.jpg)

Two men came past and we asked them for help. They were very kind and did indeed pitch in to help. At this point I was so tired, covered in mud and sweat dripping off my face. The two guys had the same idea I had and started piling rocks and pieces of wood under the rear wheel. With three of us pushing now we were able to make more progress. It took us about an hour in total to get the bike out. Allan was in a bad way. Dehydrated and still cursing and shouting. Even at the local guys. He said: “I have just ridden from Pointe Noire to here in one day. It’s not easy you know”!! And I looked at him and thought to myself: what a wimp! I had done exactly the same and you don’t hear me complaining do you? This is a journey. You have to take the good and the bad, the easy and the difficult. The two local guys asked Allan for remuneration for their help which he refused. So I gave them CFA5000 each.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo32.jpg)

Nevertheless, we reached the border around 17:30. The border is like a tiny village in the jungle with a small road running through it. Not many people. A few houses and the customs offices (read huts). The people were very friendly and helpful and we had out passports and Carnets stamped in no time. We sat down to have a beer to celebrate having reached the border in time. Allan now smiled for the first time. We sat chatting to the people around us and maybe got a bit too relaxed. As it started to get dark the Chief came to tell us that the Gabon side had closed and we would have to spend the night. We begged him to please let us through and said we would leave immediately. He eventually gave in and gave us permission to go.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/Congo30.jpg)

When we reached the Gabon side though they told us we could not proceed as the border had already closed. Allan cannot speak or understand any French so the Chief on the Gabon side spoke to me and explained that we need written consent from the Chief that had said we could proceed. So I told Allan to wait there and I would go back to ask for the written consent. I duly went back to the Congo side to where the Chief was sitting enjoying his beer and explained the situation to him. He said he would finish his beer and then accompany me to the other side. So I sat back down waiting for him to finish. I guess he did not really feel like going anywhere because after about 10 minutes he gave me the written consent and I was on my way again.

Back on the Gabon side I showed them the piece of paper they had given me and they let us through. 10 Kilometers further ahead you find the Gabon customs offices where they would have to stamp our passports and Carnets. On our way to this control point Allan lost his sleeping back, which I picked up. When we reached the control boom I gave him the sleeping back and we realized that his sleeping mattress had also fallen off somewhere along the way. I didn’t see it. So I took Allan’s passport and Carnet to have it stamped as he went back to look for his mattress. With the letter the Chief gave me everything went smoothly. No hassles. Quick and easy. I waited for Allan to return and gave him his documents, stamped and ready to go. It was pitch black dark by now and I was getting a little nervous. Never a good idea to be out riding at night.

About 500 meters on the other side into Gabon…he fell stuck in mud….again!!
Same story…all over again. Only difference being now it’s dark and we are both extremely tired. We’ve been on the road for about 11 hours now.

We unloaded his bike and tried to drag it out at first. It would not budge of course. Way too heavy!! And with this fall his gear lever had bent back completely. Another issue. So we decided that I would try to tow him out with my bike. I positioned my bike in front of his, where I had traction and I tied a towing rope between his bike and mine. This worked like a charm and my super bike was able to pull his out. Woohooo. Okay…then we reload his bike and head off once again to try and reach Ndende. It’s so dark I cannot see anything except for the dirt track in front of me and the dust trail of Allan in front of me. The dust hurts my eyes but I cannot ride with my visor closed because it’s too dark. I know Ndende is about 45 Kilometers away but I have no idea what lies in between and or what the road looks like.

*** To be continued***
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on June 01, 2012, 01:36:36 pm
 :thumleft:

EASIEST WAY OUT OF THE MUD - Remove panniers, and push bike onto it's side, then pull out sideways  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on June 01, 2012, 02:04:33 pm
Damit Jo,... after reading through this update post of yours,... it sure is very clear that this is one hell of an Awesome journey you have taken on.

Each I read an update from you, so my respect for you grows even bigger. Glad you mannaged to get out of the mud & accroos the Border,,,, eventually. :thumleft: :thumleft:

Looking forward to the rest... :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on June 01, 2012, 02:14:41 pm
I never rode in the night.  If darkness falls, I pitched my tent at the nearest chief's home.  Bikes lights are not the most powerful and it is good to avoid riding in the dark if you can afford it.  It will spare you a million problems.  You are making superb progress though.  God bless!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on June 02, 2012, 09:19:04 am
Brill !! Your biggest baggage sounds like a Czech :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on June 02, 2012, 02:45:22 pm
Sounds to me "There is no male in that Czech"
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TeeJay on June 02, 2012, 04:44:42 pm
Time to tell him to voertCzek....and go it alone  :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on June 04, 2012, 09:27:05 am
looks like things are starting to get interesting . dump the czech, it must be beneficial to you if you ride with a man not other way round. he is even costing you money !!!! anyway, exiting report was dissapointed when it came to an end . cant wait for the rest . Be safe
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cloudgazer on June 04, 2012, 09:41:30 am
Quote
Allan was in a bad way. Dehydrated and still cursing and shouting. Even at the local guys. He said: “I have just ridden from Pointe Noire to here in one day. It’s not easy you know”!! And I looked at him and thought to myself: what a wimp! I had done exactly the same and you don’t hear me complaining do you? This is a journey. You have to take the good and the bad, the easy and the difficult. The two local guys asked Allan for remuneration for their help which he refused. So I gave them CFA5000 each.

Good advice, take the good and the bad.... sounds like your new travel mate needs to learn a few lessons.
Don't let him be a drag.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on June 04, 2012, 02:48:53 pm
JA man, skop die donnerse Rus onder sy alie. Ek like jou hare! Bly om te sien jy is ok en nog aan die gang.
Mooi bly
Roela
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: I&horse on June 04, 2012, 03:48:16 pm
:thumleft:

EASIEST WAY OUT OF THE MUD - Remove panniers, and push bike onto it's side, then pull out sideways  :thumleft:

What he said, the same with sand, you have to get the bike out of th hole first, doing it sideways is a lot easier than to try and lift or spin it out.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Jacobsroodt on June 04, 2012, 03:51:18 pm
 :grommit:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GG on June 04, 2012, 09:14:23 pm
Hey Jo Go bokkie, when I met you I never believed you'd go so far, youve got big balls girl!  Mucho respecto! Enjoy, love what you doing and still green with jealousy!  G
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on June 04, 2012, 10:00:07 pm
Sounds to me "There is no male in that Czech"

 :biggrin: Brilliant  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Duckman on June 06, 2012, 09:20:36 am
You go Jo !!!!!! we wish you well from Zululand
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on June 06, 2012, 12:55:21 pm
Helllooooooo all.

Thank you for all the messages.

Currently in a little town called "Bamenda" in Cameroon, close to the Nigeria border. Been raining here (in Cameroon) quite a bit. Luckily mostly at night.

I will cross over into Nigeria tomorrow. Have taken the day off just to prepare myself...on all levels.

I just need to now make it through Nigeria...then I'll be okay!  :thumleft:

So far so good. Hope to post the next update in Lagos.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on June 06, 2012, 01:02:03 pm
Good to see you're still kicking :biggrin:

Take care in Nigeria :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: EATMYKTM. on June 06, 2012, 01:04:47 pm
GOD Bless Jo, You are an inspiration to all man(woman)kind!
Oh ja, that riding suit suited the Czech...TWAT! :pot:
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Post by: Mapsource on June 06, 2012, 01:11:36 pm
Hi Jo! Bly om te sien jou lewe is nog vol stof, modder en SMILES.
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Post by: Adventurer on June 10, 2012, 10:03:22 am
Most recent update, Jo's in Nigeria, heres hoping she gets out the other side ok, from then on the risks should be less.
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Post by: cracklin on June 10, 2012, 11:00:45 am
Hi from Azerbaijan  in a 40C howling desert gale
 
Well done so far!!!!!!!!!!

Respect

Best regards

Harry and Linda

P.S  A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.

Dump that bore.... you have proved yourself more than capable on your own.

Otherwise consider a big enough 3 legged pot...
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Post by: Kenisis on June 10, 2012, 12:17:42 pm
Awesome RR. Will be keeping my eye on this one!
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Post by: jeff on June 15, 2012, 07:30:16 am
ok starting to get the shakes........
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Post by: See Duiwel on June 15, 2012, 09:41:57 am
Hey girlie, hoekom so stil?  ??? Als OK?
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Post by: katana on June 19, 2012, 03:52:56 pm
Any news?  What does the GPS tracker say? 
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Post by: Mzee on June 19, 2012, 03:59:50 pm
Hope she is well.  :ricky:
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Post by: Geotraveller on June 19, 2012, 04:43:46 pm
Awesome Jo! Check your PM when you have time regarding Ghana and Liberia
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Post by: See Duiwel on June 19, 2012, 05:20:59 pm
Sy is te stil, iets is fout. :evil7:
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Post by: Crossed-up on June 19, 2012, 05:54:06 pm
Here's hoping you're just too busy travelling to update us.
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Post by: Tengai on June 20, 2012, 09:56:34 am
Ja, ek wonder ook of alles reg is daar aan haar kant ??? ??? ???

Sterkte Jo :thumleft:
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Post by: Crossed-up on June 20, 2012, 10:16:34 am
She's still in Gabon.  Having a ball it seems.  I'm jealous.
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Post by: 1ougat on June 20, 2012, 10:21:43 am
check her website or facebook jorust.com
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Post by: jorust on June 20, 2012, 11:34:57 am
Sorry all. Have been a bit hectic. But all is well and I am currently in Cotonou, Benin. Leaving for Ghana tomorrow and then Abidjan on Friday. Hope to post full updates in Abidjan. Should be there for about a week or so. Chat to you all soon.
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Post by: jorust on June 25, 2012, 07:43:40 pm
In Abidjan!! My phone got stolen...yet again. So busy sorting that out. Will post updates this week. Sorry for the delay!
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Post by: Heimer on June 25, 2012, 07:50:53 pm
In Abidjan!! My phone got stolen...yet again. So busy sorting that out. Will post updates this week. Sorry for the delay!

We are all just relieved you are OK...
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Post by: PierreO on June 25, 2012, 08:02:57 pm
 :3some:
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Post by: Carrots on June 25, 2012, 08:22:47 pm
Gooi mielies Joe......and have fun while doing it!!  :thumleft:
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Post by: White Rhino on June 26, 2012, 05:45:07 am
Glad you've made it through Nigeria - looking forward to the update :thumleft:
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Post by: jorust on June 26, 2012, 05:31:00 pm
Gabon - Continued.....


We finally reached Ndende around 21:00. The road leading up to the town is still off road, but well compacted and easier to negotiate. No more mud holes, thank goodness! At the border we sat chatting to a Pastor who told me that once we get into town, we’ll reach a roundabout and that we should turn left here to find a hotel in town where we could stay. As we got into town I stopped to ask around for a hotel. We had to ride around quite a bit as it seemed that no rooms were available anywhere. Allan stopped and told me that he had only 800 meters of fuel left. So I told him to stay put and I’d go ask around.

We finally found a hotel that seemed promising. Though as soon as I stepped inside they told me that they had no rooms available. Here I met a very friendly and helpful young man who offered to help me find a place for us to stay. I told Allan to stay at the Hotel and I would go with this man. We walked all over town to find a place. There was nothing available! Unbelievable!!

We walked around, from hotel to hotel, chatting away. Then I remembered that Patrick and Albert Lobo back in Pointe Noire had given me a name of a contact of theirs in Ndende. Pinheiro…that was the name. So I asked the young man whether he knew a Pinheiro? Sure enough, he took me to the house. It was already so late and I felt bad having to disturb people. But I had no choice. We needed to find a place to sleep.

We knocked on the door of the “House of Pinheiro”. The guard met us and we explained my predicament. He then let us in and took us to see the owner of the house. Pinheiro. Understandably he was a bit confused at first as to the reason for my visit. But between my bit of French and Portuguese I was able to explain to him who I am and why I am there. He had no room available in his house but said he could make us a bed in the living room. Perfect! We then walked back to the hotel to fetch Allan. I thanked the kind young man and we made our way back to Pinheiro’s house. Allan went to clean up and I started unpacking what I needed for the night. Then I had the opportunity to clean up. I was absolutely covered in mud and dirt from head to toe. It felt so good to be able to have a hot shower! By the time I had finished Allan was already asleep. We had to share a bed. At this point I didn’t care anymore, I was too tired. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Next morning we were up at 6:00 again. Pinheiro prepared us some breakfast consisting of fresh baguettes, cheese, cold meats and yoghurt. I certainly welcomed the food! We thanked him for taking us in for the night and then set off to fill up for fuel before making our way to Libreville. We stopped at the Total garage just before you get out of town, where I was told: “Desoleil, pas essence”. Urrrggghhh. No petrol! I asked whether any of the other fuel stations might have? No petrol available in Ndende or any of the neighboring towns!! Now what?

We made our way back to Pinheiro’s place and explained our problem to him. He filled our tanks out of his own fuel supply!! When we wanted to pay him for the fuel, he refused! Sometimes, people’s goodwill just leaves me speechless.

Okay, finally filled up we were ready to hit the road. From Ndende up until Mouila you have a dirt road. Good enough to average around 80 Km/h though. Allan shot on ahead and I hanged back, admiring the sights. We were now getting into serious jungle territory. I made it to Mouila in about an hour. I didn’t go into town as I knew there would be a Petro Gabon station on the outskirts of town on route to Lamberene. Pinheiro had given us this information. From hereon out there’s a beautiful tarmac road as well. As you get on the tarmac you get to a big roundabout. Heading straight on would take you into town. I turned left on the road that would take me to Lamberene. I stopped at the Petro Gabon station to fill up but, you guessed it, no fuel!! I wasn’t too worried as I could make it to Lamberene on the fuel I had and I was carrying about 5 liters extra in one of my fuel cells.

I had no idea where Allan was. I had lost him and wasn’t sure whether he went into town or had carried on. Right outside of Mouila there is a Police control point. I was stopped and met with a big smile from the Police officer on duty. He asked me where I was from and as soon as I said South Africa he let out a big “Wow” and welcomed me to Gabon. I asked him whether another bike had passed before me and he said yes. So I figured Allan would probably stop somewhere next to the road to wait for me.

I absolutely LOVE the jungle surroundings of Gabon. I rode along just admiring the giant trees and dense vegetation all along the roadside. I have never seen such tall trees in my life. It’s absolutely beautiful. I stopped on the side of the road before reaching Lamberene to take a break. As soon as you stop you are able to hear all the sounds of all the different creatures living within the jungle. Birds, frogs, crickets and what sounds like monkeys. It’s lovely! I stood there trying to imagine what it must be like to live within a jungle like this with all the sounds that would surround you at night. I for one would love it!

Just before I reached Lamberene Allan caught up with me. Huh? I stopped at a garage just before reaching town. At least this time they had fuel and we were able to fill up. Allan then told me that he had gone into Mouila to find fuel. That’s where we missed each other. I had already decided that when we reach Libreville I would carry on, on my own. But when we reached Lamberene Allan pulled up next to me and signaled to me to stop. He had seen a Hotel on the side of the road and had decided he would stay there for the night. The next day he would then carry on to Cameroon! I was relieved, to say the least. We wished each other luck for the road ahead and I then carried on towards Libreville.

Going to Libreville you cross a river in Lamberene, twice. I got a little lost in town but thanks to my trusty GPS I was able to find my way back to the correct route. Lamberene is a pretty big town, much bigger than I had anticipated. A big river runs through the town and there are a few bridges crossing the river to lead you to different parts of Gabon. It felt like Lamberene is the central point of Gabon.

I knew I would soon cross the Equator and was eager to carry on with excitement growing inside of me. The road isn’t straight. You are met with curvy bends that just carry on forever all the way to Libreville. A good tarmac road. All alongside the road you find little villages with people walking all alongside the road in between the different villages…going about their daily lives. I took it easy at 80 km/h because of the fact that there are so many people on the road. Though it soon became clear that people are not my main concern on the roads. It’s dogs!! The dogs love chasing my bike and I was so afraid I might hit one of these animals. I adore animals and just would not be able to forgive myself if I hit a dog on the road. I would get a mini heart attack every time a dog shot out from the side of the road to chase me.

I was starting to get closer to Libreville and still hadn’t seen the Equator sign. I was starting to get worried thinking maybe I had missed it. How the hell does one miss the Equator???? As these thoughts started running through my head I reached a stretch where there were some roadworks going on. There were trucks parked all along the road side with a “stop ‘n go” system in place. It wasn’t a very long stretch, but as I made my way to the other side something caught my eye. The Equator sign!! It was behind one of the big trucks on the side of the road! Just my luck!!! There was no way I could get to it and seeing as it was getting late I had no choice other than to carry on. I was sooo miffed, but kept telling myself: “It’s okay, you’ll be crossing it again on the other side of the continent”.

With a heavy heart I started entering Libreville. It was now almost dark and I decided I would stop at the first hotel I see and spend the night there. No hotels came into sight though. I was still exhausted from the previous day’s escapades and couldn’t focus properly anymore. So I took a chance and stopped on the side of the road to take a break. I had a smoke and watched the cars passing by, honking and waving, shouting at me in French. A truck stopped right behind me. A man got out and walked to the front of the truck right behind where I was standing. He put down a prayer mat and starting praying to Allah. For a moment I just stood dead still staring at this guy thinking to myself: “Isn’t this a little unethical on some level”?? I just smiled and waited for him to finish. I felt it would be disrespectful if I started my noisy bike in the middle of his prayers.

When he had finished he rolled up his prayer mat again and greeted me. He asked where I was from and all the other usual questions. I explained to him that I was on my way to Libreville and asked him if he knew of a hotel where I could stay for the night. Turns out he could speak English and told me to follow him as he knew of a good hotel where I could stay and would take me there. Woohoo!! I followed Duklua (that’s his name) into town. As we entered Libreville I could see the line of traffic we would still have to negotiate our way through. I had started getting used to the chaos that every town brings with it. Crazy traffic and loads of people on the streets. Markets lining the roads, cars and taxis hooting like crazy all around you. I just followed the truck in front of me and made sure I stayed right behind him.

We stopped at a hotel, but they didn’t have any rooms available. So we then made our way to another hotel. But first we went to drop off the truck so Duklua could pick up his car. This would make it easier getting through traffic. The road leading up to his place is a steep road and very rocky. I lost my balance and put the bike down. Before I had even stood up a bunch of men standing by the side of the road had already rushed to my side and helped me pick the bike back up! I told Duklua I would wait for him there and made my way back to the bottom of the road. When he returned we made our way to “Hotel du Stade”. It’s a hotel right across Libreville’s old stadium. Here they had rooms available! Woohoo! I could choose a room at fCFA 28 000 or fCFA 30 000. I chose the one for fCFA 30 000 ($60) as I figured I deserved to spoil myself a little bit. Duklua helped me to carry my bags up to my room. My room had a double bed, television, shower, Air conditioner and fridge! Perfect! Duklua offered to go buy me something to drink as he said it was too expensive at the hotel. I gave him fCFA 5000 and he came back with chips, two 1,5 liters of cold drink, two yoghurts and two bread rolls. He had also bought some throat lozenges as he figured I sounded like I needed them. LoL. What a sweet guy.

The view from my hotel room, over a part of Libreville
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I was so happy to be in Libreville…on my own. I couldn’t believe my luck and how it seemed that I keep meeting just the right people at the right time on this journey. I stood on my balcony watching the hustle and bustle going on down on the street. I phoned home and had a long conversation with Hanret. That night I went to sleep with a big smile on my face.

The next day I slept until I woke up…which was around 10:00! Duklua came around at 11:00 to check on me and to find out whether I needed anything. I told him that I have a contact in Libreville and needed to phone him. I asked Duklua if he could help me to get where I then needed to go? He agreed without hesitation. I phoned Fernando, the contact given to me by the guys in Pointe Noire. Fernando explained to Duklua where his house was and we packed up to head over to his place. When we arrived I met Kathie and Fernando. They welcomed me with open arms and showed me into the house. Kathie can speak a little English and Fernando speaks Portuguese as well. I loved how we communicated using three different languages!

Fernando, Kathy and I
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I unpacked and settled into what would be my new home for the next week and a half. Kathie and Fernando are two wonderful people. I instantly fell in love with both these beautiful souls. They’re down to earth, fun, caring, loving people. We spent most of Saturday afternoon just relaxing. Later on that evening Vanessa Vincent, a friend of theirs arrived. The four of us played a few games of pool on the pool table standing on their porch. Afterwards we went out for dinner at Cigalou restaurant, right on the beach. I ate pizza and drank beer, chatting away with my new friends. It was a great evening. I really love Gabon!

Muriel, Vanessa and I
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The next morning I slept late. We were supposed to go out for breakfast but by the time I got up Kathie had already gone to breakfast and Fernando had gone to work. Vanessa was still at home so the two of us sat chatting until Kathie returned. It was Sunday, so we spent most of the day just relaxing. The neighbors, Lara and Henry and their daughter Valentine came over when Kathie and Fernando had returned later that morning. We were joined by more friends and all sat on the porch chatting whilst Vanessa, Lara and Henry helped me to undo my braids. I loved my braided hair, but it wasn’t the most practical thing to wear when you have to put on and take off a helmet several times a day. After we had finished we all went out to lunch at Cigalou again. I would visit this restaurant several times whilst staying in Libreville.

Later that afternoon I met another friend, Bruno Grandgirard. It was hot and we all jumped into the pool at Kathie and Fernando’s place. We spend the whole afternoon just soaking in the pool. Later that night Bruno took me out for dinner and we chatted all night long. The next day was a public holiday and I spent most of the day working on Dax. Gave her a good wash, cleaned the air filter and chain. Checked all fluids. I had a few dents in my panniers that Bruno helped me panel beat out.

On Tuesday I went to stay at Vanessa’s place in the center of town seeing as Kathie and Fernando works during the day and their wifi wasn’t working. Vanessa could also help me by taking me to the Nigerian Embassy so I could apply for my visa.

During the next week I spent my time with my new Sister in Libreville, Vanessa. We went all over town and I met a whole bunch of her friends. We went to the Nigerian Embassy where I had no issues and got my visa within a day. We had lunch and different wonderful restaurants. Went out at night to clubs and meeting up with friends. I got to listen to Vanessa and her brother Alexander’s band: The Sand Quarry Band. We really had a great time.

Before leaving I met some more friends, Muriel Gilardetti and Marie, Jack and Christophe, the owner of the Guenguette. “Guenguette” is the French word for like a local get together spot, like a restaurant.  I met up with the local motorbike club of Libreville at the Guenguette. They gave me two T-shirts and some stickers to add to my collection, which I was very happy for. We arranged that some of the riders would ride out of town with me on Sunday when I leave Libreville.

Meeting up with the "Crazy Bikers" - Motorcycle Club in Libreville
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Muriel, Marie and I
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Muriel also gave me the contact number for a friend of hers in Cotonou, Benin, whom I could stay with after I’d made my way through Nigeria.

When it became time for me to leave Libreville, I was extremely tempted to stay a little longer. I had grown so fond of this town and especially the people I had the pleasure of meeting. I will definitely be returning in future for a visit! What’s great is that South Africans don’t need a visa to travel to Gabon. My dearest friends, Kathie, Fernando, Vanessa, Bruno, Muriel, Marie and all the rest of the bunch…I will certainly miss them all a great deal! I am amazed at the connections I am making on my journey. I will carry these friendships with me for the rest of my life.
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Post by: ktmmer on June 26, 2012, 05:48:45 pm
What an amazing journey !!
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Post by: jorust on June 26, 2012, 06:28:07 pm
Cameroon - A mix of kindness!


I left Libreville on Sunday, 3 June ’12. I left from Kathie and Fernando’s house where friends and members of the motorbike club gathered to see me off. Kathie had prepared breakfast with croissants and coffee and juice. They hung balloons outside on the porch to mark the occasion. Kathie, Fernando, Vanessa and Bruno would follow me out in Bruno’s car and some of the members from the motorcycle club would also accompany me outside of town.

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We set off around 09:00. My next destination: Oyem, in the North of Gabon.  Bruno and Fernando had phoned ahead to organize a place for me to stay with friends of theirs in Oyem. What I had forgotten is that I had to cross back over the Equator seeing as there is only one road in and out of Libreville! So I got to take a photo of the Equator sign after all. I ended up crossing the equator three times!! Haha. Going into Libreville, going out of Libreville and then turning back up North to Oyem. I had a good day on the road, no issues whatsoever. Kathie had packed me some croissants and cheese, which I had for lunch next to the road. I reached Oyem around 19:00. My new hosts were waiting for me as I entered the town. Henry and Yvette Weber, French citizens working and living in Oyem. Turns out they’ve been based all over Central and West Africa. They led me to their place, situated next to Oyem’s brewery, which they happen to be in charge of.

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After I had a chance to relax for a few minutes and have an ice cold Coca-Cola, we went out for dinner. Even though they could only speak French, we were able to communicate pretty easily. My French had now improved to the point where I could have a full on conversation. Not in perfect French of course, but I can make myself understood. I spent a wonderful evening with my hosts. We chatted about my trip and experiences I have had on route. About Africa and places we have all visited.

I turned in for the night around 23:00. The next day I would cross into my fifth country – Cameroon! Before leaving Oyem I was given a tour of the brewery that supplies beer and some soft drinks to surrounding towns, covering a 600-kilometer radius. It was my first time in a brewery and I found it really interesting. The processes involved in making beer. Since I’ve grown quite fond of the stuff on this trip and try to sample a bottle of local beer in each country, I found it all the more interesting. LoL.

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From Oyem I headed off towards the Cameroon border. Just outside of Oyem there is a Police control point where I was stopped so they could take down all my details. I had a nice chat with the police officer on duty whilst he wrote down my passport details in his register. From Oyem I made my way to Bitam, which is situated about 30 kilometers from the Cameroon border. What I didn’t know is that I had to stop in Bitam to have the Customs Police stamp my passport as they are not actually situated at the border. When I arrived at the border I stopped at the “Duane” office to have my Carnet stamped. From there I made my way to what I thought to be customs to have my passport stamped. Here they told me that I had to go back to Bitam to have my passport stamped there. I was annoyed, not with the border control but rather with myself. Andrei and Chris, the riders who I met in Namibia had told me that sometimes the customs police are situated in the last town before the border and not the actual border. Bummer!

So I made my way back to Bitam where I had my passport stamped and then returned to the Police control at the border as the officer in charge asked whether he could have a photo with me when I returned, before continuing on to the Cameroon side.

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When I crossed the border into Cameroon, the first stop was at the Customs Office. At least on this side the Customs Office was situated at the border. The officers on duty invited me in and sat chatting to me for about 15 minutes whilst flipping through my passport and writing down my details. They then stamped me in and welcomed me to Cameroon. All of them asked for my number before I left. I just smiled and explained to them that I would be changing numbers in Cameroon. They accepted this information and sent me on my merry way. The Duane office was situated about 5 kilometers further on. It didn’t seem like there was much going on when I stopped outside the offices. When I went inside I found the officer on duty lying on his desk…asleep. I unfortunately had to wake him up because I needed him to stamp my Carnet. Lucky for me he didn’t seem too annoyed at my having interrupted his seemingly blissful slumber. He didn’t have a pen to fill in the necessary details, so I gave him mine. At least he was quick about stamping my Carnet and I was out of there in no time.

I was now officially in the fifth country on my trip. Next stop – Yaounde! Here I would meet up with a friend of mine named Divine Ntiokam. Divine and I met each other through and NGO we both supported whilst I was still going around Africa on my bicycle. We kept in contact and had become friends, although this would be the first time we would meet in person. Divine was very happy and excited when I phoned him up to tell him I am in Cameroon.

I almost immediately noticed certain differences in comparison to Gabon. The building styles were different. In Gabon you are more likely to see wooden houses in the villages all alongside the road. In Cameroon you have more brick houses. In Gabon the villages seem to be build into the dense jungle surroundings. In Cameroon I could notice the jungle starting to thin out. And in Cameroon just about every second person I passed would signal to show me that my lights are on. This would carry on all the way to Nigeria!! This would also be the main reason why I would get pulled over at Police and Military control posts. Every time I get pulled over the first thing that gets pointed out to me is that my lights are on. Then I have to explain that it’s automatic and that my lights cannot switch off. Only when I switch my bike off does the lights switch off as well. (In reality I could switch the lights off by pulling out the connection to the lights but seeing as there’s duct tape over the unit this would prove a bit of a mission, so I rather opted explaining my way out of it every time).

The roads in Cameroon are good. Tarmac almost all the way to the Nigerian border. Although I had planned on making it to Yaounde, I didn’t count on the delays at the border or the delays on route being stopped at the control posts on route. It was starting to get late and it became obvious that I wouldn’t make it to Yaounde. I phoned Divine and we both agreed that it would be better if I stopped and stayed over in Mbalmayo, the town before Yaounde. Divine had phoned a friend, who phoned a friend in Mbalmayo who happened to have a guesthouse. The guesthouse turned out to be situated about 500 meters off the main road. The only problem with this is that the roads that lead off the main road into the villages are very difficult to negotiate on a bike. Especially a heavily loaded bike! These roads are more like jungle trails than actual roads.

I had to stop a few times to ask for directions to the guesthouse. The last 50 meters was a really bad stretch and I ended up putting the bike down. Two young guys passed me and helped me push the bike to the guesthouse. The staff at the guesthouse were already expecting me and were kind enough to help me carry my bags inside. It is a humble establishment that makes up in lack of facilities with kindness. The staff prepared me some food that consisted of fish and rice. I hadn’t eaten all day and certainly welcomed the food. I washed myself out of a bucket and settled in for the night. Though around 23:00 I received a call from Divine telling me that he had to go to Bamenda, which is on route to the Nigerian border. So we decided it would be best if I carried on to Bamenda the next day rather than stop over in Yaounde. This would place me closer to the Nigerian border.

It started pouring down with rain and one of the staff members had to bring a bucket to place behind my bed, as there was a bad leak in the roof. I was tired and even the persistent dripping all night couldn’t keep me from sleeping. The next morning at 6:00 Divine phoned me again to let me know he had arrived in Bamenda around 4:00 that morning. He had taken a bus from Yaounde. I snoozed until around 7:00 and then got up to pack the bike and hit the road. The only thing that was bothering me was what the downpour during the night had done to the route leading out to the main road. The staff helped me to push the bike all the way out!

Heading out of town, I stopped at a Total garage to fill up with fuel and then headed for Yaounde. Getting into town I had some traffic and it took me about half an hour to make it through the town. Once through I stopped at another Total garage to check my tyre pressure. With the previous day’s riding I could feel that I was running on really low tyre pressure. Some of the garage staff came over to chat to me. There was a shop at the garage, just like back home and I went in to buy myself a snack and a cold drink. I asked the staff whether they knew where I could get an MTN sim card for Cameroon. They sent one of the attendants to buy me one! I was able to sort out fuel, tyre pressure, food, drinks and communication at this garage. Not bad at all!!!

The ride to Bamenda took a bit longer than I had anticipated though! In essence it’s not THAT far, but you have quite a few control posts you have to pass through and navigating your way through the towns can be challenging as well. At one of these control points I was able to witness a spectacular fight. I was pulled over by the two officers on duty. A military control point. They were rather friendly and just asked for my passport. As I stood there, a truck came past and the driver was shouting through his window. It stopped right in front of me. The female officer walked up to the truck with her firearm hanging over her shoulder and pulled the driver out of the truck. By now everyone and their dog were getting involved in the fight and they completely forgot about me. So I just smiled and rode off.

The next interesting encounter came in the way of a few people trying to sell me monkeys and rats next to the side of the road. They would hold the dead creatures by their tales and run after you to try and make a sale on their daily catch. I’m not really into monkey…and or rat meat, so I just rode on.

Just before Bamenda you get to a town called Bafousam. This town had crazy traffic and I got lost several times. I stopped at a garage to ask for directions and a man was kind enough to help me. Though further on I came to a roundabout where my GPS took me to the right. About 15 minutes out of town I stopped for a break. It was getting late, almost 18:00 now. A man stopped next to me and we started chatting. I told him that I was on my way to Bamenda. “You’re going the wrong way”, was his reply! Damn!!! He explained to me that I had to go back to Bafousam and at the roundabout as you get into town, you have to turn right. I knew exactly which roundabout he was talking about and immediately made my way back.

By the time I got to Bamenda it was dark. I stopped as I got into town and phoned my friend Divine to let him know that I had arrived. Divine took a taxi and rode to where I was to pick me up. It was a joyous occasion, finally meeting in person. Big hugs and even bigger smiles followed. We then made our way to the hotel where we’d be staying. “Clifton Hotel” in Bamenda. Here, more people speak English as it’s nearing the Nigerian border. It was nice to be able to have a conversation in English. I unloaded the bike and the hotel staff helped me to take my very heavy bags to my room. It was a small room, but more than sufficient for my needs. Plus, there was HOT water in the shower!! Which is always a bonus. I cleaned up and then we had dinner at the hotel. A dish with chicken, vegetables, peppers and grilled bananas... all mixed together in one dish. I have come to grow quite fond of these grilled bananas. They cut it up in slices and then it gets grilled. Some grill it in oil, others on an open fire. I’ve been eating this since Congo. I wonder what bananas are good for. You know how carrots are supposedly good for your eyesight? Because I have certainly been eating a lot of bananas.

The next day I took the day off to prepare myself for the border crossing into Nigeria, one of the most notorious countries in the world. I met Nina; she was the girl who had organized for my stay in the guesthouse in Mbalmayo. Turns out she actually stays in Bamenda and after Divine had phoned her she phoned a friend of hers in Mbalmayo to organize a place for me to stay for a night. That’s what you call ‘team effort’! Divine, Nina and I spent the day together. First we had breakfast and then headed off to the Internet café. Here I was able to catch up on emails and Facebook etc. We were at the café until lunchtime. After having lunch at the hotel I had a nap. Divine had decided that he would hire a transport bike (taxi), so he could accompany me to the Nigerian border. He was very concerned about my having to ride through Nigeria!

We left the next morning around 8:00. Divine, his driver James and myself. Our first stop would be a town called Mamfe, which is about 60 kilometers from the border. The road up until Mamfe is a good tarmac road. From Mamfe onward it would be off-road. I just didn’t know what ‘kind’ of off-road. It took us about two hours to get to Mamfe. Divine and James would ride in front of me and could only average between 60 – 80 kilometers and hour. One can see that this is a fairly new road as the Chinese are still finishing off the last touches. They’re also working on the road between Mamfe and Ekok (the Nigerian border).

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In Mamfe we met with some of the Community Leaders at the Youth Center. We sat in on a community meeting for a few minutes. I found it very interesting, listening to how the communities here organize the way their villages run. The particular topic they were discussing was what the youth should do during school holidays. They felt that more and more of the youth are getting involved in ‘unhealthy’ activities and should be outdoors exploring their environment or engaging in more intellectual activities.

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We left Mamfe around 12:30 to make our way to the border. Only 60 kilometers…that would take us near to 3 hours to complete! Mud, mud…and more mud. We passed a ceremonial convoy for the inauguration of a community center. First a group of men dressed in their police and military uniforms, then community members and after a group of dancing girls dressed in traditional clothing and two men in big wooden masks that reach to the ground! This was the first time that someone shouted out: “White, white, white”. It caught me off guard at first and I thought to myself: “Huh? What are you referring to”? Of course it didn’t take me too long to realize who and or what they were referring to!

There is a stretch on the route where you make your way down a mountain pass with waterfall running over the road. Although it was challenging to negotiate my way down this road, I had a great time admiring the surroundings. The tall trees again. The greenery is absolutely beautiful. There were points where we had to stop and wait for trucks that had fallen stuck. The road isn’t wide enough for trucks and other traffic to pass next to one another. So when you get to a point where a truck has fallen stuck, you have two options. Stop and find a shady spot or pitch in and help dig it out. We were lucky in that whenever we got to a truck that was stuck in the middle of the road, we were either able to pass around or it didn’t take too long to get the truck going again.

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We finally reached the border town, Ekok, around 15:30. First things first I changed money and went about getting something to drink. I bought myself and Divine a Sprite each and then we went to have passports stamped and paperwork sorted out. Divine had decided that he would cross with me and accompany me all the way to Ikom, which is the first town on the Nigeria side. James, the taxi bike rider was too scared to cross with us and stayed in Ekok.

Getting through customs on the Cameroon side of the border went without hassles. Though when we got to the Nigeria side I was met with a rather unfriendly female customs officer. Even though my Nigerian visa clearly states that I have 14 Days in Nigeria, she only wanted to give me three days!! I asked her whether she would be able to ride my bike through Nigeria in three days time? So she gave me 7 days and nothing more. I figured I could have it extended in Lagos if need be and left it at that. Divine hired another rider to take him to Ikom and we were soon on our way.

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on June 26, 2012, 07:34:32 pm
Nigeria!!!! - A quarter of the way!


I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous when crossing into Nigeria. Well, truth be told, I wasn’t nervous once I had entered the country. The night before, in Bamenda (Cameroon) I had butterflies in my stomach. In my mind I had always told myself that if I could only make it through Nigeria, I should be okay on this journey.

I realized that the only way I could keep myself focused is to treat Nigeria just like any other country. It’s just another country that I am riding through. This way I could just focus on where I needed to be at the end of each day and getting there in one piece. For my first day in Nigeria I needed to be in a town named Ikom. I needed to go to GT Bank and ask for Nkem, the branch manager. He was my contact in this town.

I had been in contact with riders in Lagos since Congo. News about my arrival had spread across the country, to all the different motorcycle clubs. So by the time I had arrived I had contacts in every town I would stay in. Nkem took Divine and myself to a hotel in Ikom where we could stay for the night. I paid for both my and Divine’s accommodation. I felt it only fair as Divine had paid for my stay in Bamenda. We went to have dinner at an eatery not far from the hotel where I tried out some of the local food. It was the equivalent of “Pap en marog” in South Africa. My Afrikaans friends will know what that is. It was rather tasty and I enjoyed my meal. Afterwards we went to another hotel where we had a drink before heading back to the hotel for some much needed rest. I was tired and could see Divine was at the point of nodding off at the table.

The next day I would ride to Calabar. Andrei and Chris (The riders I met in Namibia), had told me so much about this town and how they enjoyed their stay here. A friend of mine back home, Ingrid, who had lived in Nigeria for quite some time, had told me that Calabar was her favorite place in Nigeria. So I was looking forward to reaching this town!

Divine left at 6:00 in the morning. I got up to see him off and then went back to sleep until around 8:00. I knew I could afford the sleep-in seeing as Calabar is about a 3-hour ride from Ikom. I sat outside the hotel waiting for Nkem who were supposed to meet up with me before I left. By 10:00 he phoned to say he wouldn’t be able to make it. Many people at the hotel came over to chat to me. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. I finally left around 11:00 and first stopped to fill up with fuel. Luckily for me the hotel was situated right on the road that I had to take to Calabar, so that meant there was no way I could get lost, seeing as my GPS wouldn’t even pick up Calabar when I tried searching for it!

The road from Ikom to Calabar is pretty good. It’s just the first 100 kilometers that you have stretches of corrugation here and there…but I’ve definitely seen worse! At first I was a little nervous about being on the road on my own, my main concern being the notorious military control posts one gets stopped at. I’ve heard SO many stories about these stops. About how they get aggressive towards you and only try to scam you out of money and will intimidate you with their firearms. Well I can certainly report that I did not experience anything like this whilst on the road. I did pass a couple of military control posts. But all they would do is wave at me and shout out: “You’re welcome”. So either things have changed…or I’m just the luckiest person on Earth.

The roads are always busy in Nigeria no matter where you’re heading and traffic can be a little scary at times. It’s like there are no rules on the road. First off, there’s no speed limit (seriously). Secondly, it would seem that the first rule of survival is that: “he who is fastest, wins”. Trucks come at you from the opposite direction, in your lane…and you just have to either duck or take your chances with playing chicken with a ten-ton truck.

Nevertheless I made it to Calabar safe and sound.  First things first, I phoned my contact in Calabar: Chief Matthew Olory. I had made contact with him before I entered Nigeria so he knew when I would be arriving. He directed me into town and organized for someone to meet up with me seeing as he wasn’t in town that day. From the pick-up point I was taken to my hotel where I would spend the next three nights. I spent my first evening in Calabar just relaxing, and got to bed pretty early.

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The next day I got to meet Chief Olory when he came to my hotel. I also met with the club’s road captain: “Kenny G”. Olory took me to have my bike washed and we spent most of the day meeting up with other riders and riding around town. Late afternoon we went to a restaurant on the Calabar river where we had something to eat and drink. There are two things I wanted to see in Calabar: The Calabar river and the Slave Musuem. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the Slave Museum but at least I had lunch on the river. Here I met the Nigerian National Motorcycle Club President. They call him “the King”, seeing as he’s the president over all the existing motorcycle clubs in Nigeria. There are quite a few clubs all over the country.  The Easy Riders – in Lagos, The Millenials in Calabar, The Angels – in Lagos, The Crazy Riders – in Port Harcourt, and a clubs further North as well.

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I really had a good time in Calabar. It’s a beautiful town and has a very laid back energy to it. When time came for me to leave Calabar, Olory rode out of town with me. He accompanied me to the turn off that would put me on the road towards Benin City. He had written down the directions for me as my GPS wouldn’t pick up the route and I would have to make a few turns in the different towns I would be passing through. The clouds overhead seemed threatening and I was really hoping it wouldn’t rain all the way. It didn’t. Only three quarters of the way!

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The road wasn’t too bad. Tarmac road with potholes. From Calabar I had to make my way to Ikot Ekpene, then Aba and onwards to Owerri, Onitsha, Asaba and finally Benin City.

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I will never ever, for as long as I live forget the town of Owerri. It is officially THE most chaotic town I have had the misfortunate privilege of having to negotiate my way through! First off, it was pouring with rain. You have single lanes going in and out of town. In the middle you have huge rubbish dumps dividing the two lanes of traffic all the way through town. On the roadsides you have thousands of little stalls covered with umbrellas and even more people! Luck would have me fall stuck behind a truck for about half an hour. All around me little yellow, three wheeled taxi cabs (exactly as the ones you see in India) gathered in anticipation of squeezing past the truck. People zig-zag through the traffic between stalls. All around me people would point and shout at me (in local language so I couldn’t understand what they were saying)…and even if I could understand, I wouldn’t have been able to hear them as I just cranked up the music playing on my headphones in my helmet, allowing me to almost disappear into my own little bubble. At a junction a female police officer was directing traffic with a baton in hand. If anyone dared ignore her instructions or jump the queue, they would have to face a whack from her baton on their vehicle or any body part that might happen to stick out! I witnessed one such unfortunate queue jumper receiving a whack on his car’s bonnet!

I was just too happy when I finally made it out of there! From Owerri I made my way to Onitsha. About 20 minutes from Owerri I stopped for a break and noticed a car turning around and pull up next to me. A news reporter from NTA (Nigeria Television Authority) introduced herself to me and inquired as to who I am and what I am doing? After I had explained my mission to her she pulled out a camera and asked to conduct an interview with me. This interview would feature on that night’s news. I spent about twenty minutes riding up and down the road so she could get a few shots of me in action. Then she asked me a few questions and gave me her card. She was also kind enough to direct me to the Asaba road. If not for her I might have missed it because of detours on the road.

From Owerri the road got much better and I was able to get on the “Express” road (like a highway). The road was good and I could get up to speeds of 120 kilometers an hour for the first time since Angola! Asaba is a town just after you’ve passed through Onitsha. There is a big bridge crossing the river that divides these two towns. I was told to stop after I had crossed the bridge and phone up the contacts I had been given in Benin City. So I did just this.

As I stood just a few meters from the bridge, waiting for information from the guys in Benin City, a car stopped in front of me. Two guys got out and ran up to me, greeting me in German! I just smiled and told them that I’m not from Germany. I let them play the guessing game for a while, to my amusement and then eventually gave them the answer they were looking for. Once they heard that I am a South African they both hugged me and told me how much they love South Africa. These two guys bought me lunch and drinks in town (Asaba) and helped me get to a fueling station, before I had to carry on again. They tried really hard to get me to stay in Asaba for the night, offering to have my bike washed and serviced and to put me up in a hotel etc etc. They were two really nice guys and I could tell that they were sincere. But unfortunately I had to get to Benin City. A bunch of riders were waiting for me and I had to get going again.

I met up with one of these riders just before getting into Benin City. He then took me to a hotel; the Uyi Grand Hotel. Here I got to meet about 4 riders who had ridden from Lagos to meet up with me, and two riders from Abuja who also just happened to be in the area. I was very happy to meet up with the guys, especially knowing that I wouldn’t have to ride alone into Lagos. Plus, I got to meet Mohammed Ducati. The guy who’s T-shirt I’ve been carrying since Namibia! One delivery made successfully! That T-shirt went from Romania, to Namibia and then back up to Nigeria!

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We only left around 12:00 the next day for Lagos. We were six riders, though I would only stick with one of the guys (Busayo) all the way. He was kind enough to slow down to my speed and stick with me throughout the ride. The other guys sped on ahead, then stopped and waited for us to catch up and then sped ahead again. Speed, that’s the name of the game in Nigeria! 250/260 kilometers per hour is the average speed of these riders. It rained pretty much all the way to Lagos! A few kilometers outside of town, more riders from Lagos met up with us and rode with us to the hotel where I would spend my first night.



Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on June 26, 2012, 07:55:49 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Probie on June 26, 2012, 08:15:25 pm
WOW that it all that I can think of at this moment! Enjoy every moment! And here I am sitting behind my laptop :(

Subscribed  :salut:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on June 26, 2012, 08:21:11 pm
Enjoy and continue safely  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on June 26, 2012, 08:56:43 pm
Mooi so Yolandie, jy doen fantasties hou so aan.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on June 26, 2012, 10:04:40 pm
I had to smile at that car / baton whacking habit of the traffic police.

I saw that for the first time in Lagos and couldn't stop laughing  :biggrin:

Glad you met some great Nigerian people.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on June 26, 2012, 10:13:08 pm
Update for you all.
Jo is in Abijan and may ship out for Dakar by boat. She contacted me regarding travel through Liberia and Sierra Leone and may still take those options. I am in Liberia currently and have contacts in Ghana, Liberia (obviously) and Sierra Leone. her gut feel says boat and that is important, especially in this part of the world.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on June 27, 2012, 10:45:36 am
WOW .looks like you are having a great time . really glad to hear from you again . good luck and looking forward to the next instalment.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on June 28, 2012, 05:11:39 pm
Go well. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on June 28, 2012, 07:47:52 pm
I will remain in Abidjan for a little while.
I have to make a decision as to how to continue from here. Problem is that Liberia is a total No-Go! So my choices are: 1. Go through Mali or 2. Catch a boat directly to Dakar from Abidjan.

There are only really cargo ships from Abidjan, but I could find myself a spot on one of these. Problem with the boat is availability.
As for Mali, there's a lot of unrest there at the moment as well.

So for now I'll just chill out in Abidjan for a while and consider my options. See what comes up.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Skipskop on June 28, 2012, 11:06:33 pm
Following your report and really enjoying it .Thanks for sharing in so much detail, o ja, don't forget to eat lots of bananas   ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on June 29, 2012, 12:29:33 am
I will remain in Abidjan for a little while.
I have to make a decision as to how to continue from here. Problem is that Liberia is a total No-Go! So my choices are: 1. Go through Mali or 2. Catch a boat directly to Dakar from Abidjan.

There are only really cargo ships from Abidjan, but I could find myself a spot on one of these. Problem with the boat is availability.
As for Mali, there's a lot of unrest there at the moment as well.

So for now I'll just chill out in Abidjan for a while and consider my options. See what comes up.

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Thanks for the update Jo :thumleft:

Might not be such a bad idea to take the option of going by sea, for this stretch. It'll give you  some valuable time to just enjoy a good well disserved break form all the riding & just enjoy the time off a bit.

Just my 2C worth ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: KTM Jagermeister on June 29, 2012, 08:01:32 am
Go Go Go !!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Misty on June 29, 2012, 08:25:23 am
AMAZING stuff!!! :thumleft: ~sigh~ :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on June 29, 2012, 08:28:28 am
Been raining hard here in Liberia for almost 36 hours, the boat would be a good call. Lots of log Bridges have washed away.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 02, 2012, 07:59:00 pm
Right....so....my motto for the next leg of my trip is: "Screw it, let's do it".

I have decided to gun it through Mali to Senegal. I will make my way to the Mali embassy here in Abidjan tomorrow to apply for my visa. Processing time is supposedly 48 hours. So I think I'll aim on leaving Abidjan next week Monday. It should take me about 4 or 5 days to reach Dakar.

Now I go to start doing my 'anti-rain dance' because of Geotraveller's news. It has been raining here in Cote D'Ivoire as well, but not as heavily.

Once I leave here, the next time you'll hear from me is in Dakar.

I think it's pretty cool. I'll be in Dakar, with my Dakar...before I tackle the Dakar in 2014. LoL
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 02, 2012, 08:08:50 pm
Jo,...that new moto you have there... "Screw it, let's do it", is AWESOME!!!

You go Girl. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 02, 2012, 08:28:07 pm
My Exact Route from Abidjan to Dakar:

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 02, 2012, 08:53:22 pm
I have to admit Jo,... the more I follow your epic journey,... the more respect I get for you.

You truly are living your dream & doing a frikking Gr8 job of it,....making the the best out of each opertunity you are presented with & giving it your all.

Jo,.... YOU ROCK!!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 02, 2012, 09:39:07 pm
Update: Nigeria to Cote D'Ivoire

** Please forgive me. I don't have photos for this post. If you read to the end you'll understand why **


I spent five, very enjoyable days in Lagos. For my first night, one of the members of the ‘Easy Riders’ motorcycle club sponsored my stay at a hotel in Ikeja. For the rest of my stay a number of riders pulled together to sponsor my stay in the PENTHOUSE of another hotel! They surely went all out to make sure I was comfortable and enjoyed my stay in Nigeria!

I arrived in Lagos on Tuesday, 12 June. My visa would expire the next day, so I had to urgently have that sorted by way of an extension on my visa. Chris Odigie, one of my newest close friends in Lagos, helped me to get this sorted out. In the end I received a one-month visa (although I only needed 4 days), and it only cost me $120! That’s double what my original visa cost me! LoL

I met a number of riders from the club during my stay, as well as Gemina, one of only a few daring female riders who is a member of an all-female club in Nigeria known as “The Angels” which currently has about four members. Even here it is a novelty to see female riders. Though I have no doubt that the sport will see significant growth, especially under the female demographic in the near future, judging by the enthusiasm I have witnessed amongst all the different motorcycle clubs across the country.

I did not stay in Lagos proper, but rather on the outskirts in an area known as Ikeja. It is situated on the mainland, whereas Lagos city is situated on the island. I did make my way across to the island with Chris when we went to have my visa extended. You can see the high-rise buildings from the bridge as you cross over from the mainland and I could sense the energy of city life. Lagos, in all honesty, was like any other big African city to me. What I found extremely funny is how Lagos’ reputation precedes it as one of the most dangerous cities in Africa, but when I told people in Lagos that I am from Johannesburg they would respond by saying: “Wow, that’s a dangerous place!”

I got to attend a birthday party of a friend of the club Here I was interviewed by a journalist from one of the local newspapers. I rode around with members from the club all over Ikeja and also got to see their training school which another member, Busayo runs. I ate some local food and hung out with friends at restaurants and bars. All in all I had a great time in Nigeria! Plus I was able to deliver the T-shirt that I offered to carry for Andrei Georgescu, the Romanian rider I had met in Namibia, to Mohammed Ducati! That is now one very well traveled T-shirt!

From Lagos I would make my way to Cotonou, the economical capital of the Republic of Benin. The border to Benin is not that far from Lagos, but the traffic will delay you some. I had five riders who would accompany me to the Benin border. It was raining when we left the hotel and before we had even made it out of the city one of the riders had a crash. Not a major crash but enough to ensure him having to go to the hospital for a potentially broken arm. To me, this incident was a reminder of just how vulnerable I am out here.

It turned out that his arm was not broken, thankfully, and we were able to proceed when his family arrived to take him home. Getting closer to a border always means chaos! Border towns are always crazy and you have to have your wits about you, especially when travelling on a bike. With the rain it meant a lot of mud and traffic delays for us to negotiate through and around.

When we finally arrived at the border I had to say my farewells to my Nigerian friends and fellow riders. Though Mohammed would cross the border with me as he had some business to take care of in Cotonou. Even though we would both be crossing into Benin, we would not cross at the same border control post! The expression: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”, comes to mind here. If you know the right people you can cross the border without needing any paperwork or even a passport. I opted to rather cross at the conventional point, as I needed to have my passport and Carnet de Passage stamped. Though it took me three times longer to cross than it did Mohammed.

This is what I recall from my time crossing the border from Nigeria to Benin:

First off, it looks like one big mud bath that you have to negotiate your way through, which in itself can be a cause for fun and games for my heavy bike and her wide load! I had no issues stamping out of Nigeria. Everything went quick and easy with no hassles. Stamping in to Benin was a completely different story though!

First I arrive at customs to have my passport stamped. This goes without hassles. Next up comes the issue of having my Carnet de Passage stamped, and this is where everything goes pear shaped! The Customs officer tells me that I must pay him fCFA 35 000 to have my Carnet stamped. I refuse and tell him I need to go to the Douane office to have my Carnet stamped there. This argument lasts for about twenty minutes. Then he tells me to go ahead to the Douane office, as they’ll just tell me the same thing.

When I get to the Douane office I see five uniformed men, four of whom are sitting and drinking beer and either watching a football match on the television fixed to the wall behind the door, or chatting on Facebook on the computer on the desk situated in the middle of the little room. Behind the desk there is a man sitting and sleeping on his arms. The guy who is sleeping turns out to be the ‘Chief’ and I unfortunately have to awake him from his slumber to have my Carnet filled out and stamped. He sits flipping through the pages of my Carnet and just stares at each page for about two minutes before flipping on to the next page, even though every page has exactly the same information on it!!! I realize that he actually has no idea what to do and out of pure agitation I take my Carnet and his pen from him, fill out my Carnet myself, stamp it and then show him where to put his signature!

After all of this, sleepy returns to his drunken slumber, happy at the door gives me a cold drink and grumpy next door remains huffing and puffing because he wasn’t able to get a cent out of me after all. And yes, as you might have guessed, in this bizarre fairy tale that would make me, (pun intended) Snow White!
Back outside three riders from the motorcycle club in Cotonou had arrived to welcome me to Benin and accompany me to town. A few hundred meters ahead Mohammed was waiting for us. He had gone to have a coffee, went for prayers and changed money in the time it took me to cross the border! We stopped for a quick photo opportunity and then the five of us started making our way to Cotonou. The muddy mess that is the Benin border would give me one last ‘welcome’ to Benin before finally letting me go by way of a drunk old man on the side of the road with a long grey beard and stick in hand, whacking my bike with his stick as I rode past him!!

Needless to say I was just too happy to finally get away from the border and make my way to Cotonou. Even if I actually had no idea as to what Cotonou would be like, it certainly could not get any worse?! Mercifully it did get much better as we got closer to Cotonou. The city has a far more relaxed energy to it and I instantly felt safe and secure as we entered on the main road leading into town.    

First off we stopped at the president of the motorcycle club, Djamiou’s house (read mansion) where I would be staying whilst in Benin. From here we made our way to the airport to welcome a friend of Djamiou’s, who he hadn’t seen for thirty years and would be arriving from Libreville. I thought this very interesting as a friend of mine in Libreville had given me a number of a friend of hers in Cotonou in case I needed any help, and now here I am in Cotonou and the person I will be staying with has a friend arriving from Libreville!

I did phone the contact my friend Muriel, in Libreville gave me. Sylvie met up with me at the Airport and I was able to at least say a quick hello to her before we left for a ride around town. At this point we were about twenty riders at the airport to welcome Djamiou’s friend when she arrived. Afterwards Djamiou took his friend home and the rest of us left to meet up with more riders before heading out for a drink. Djamiou has eight bikes and gave me his Honda CB 1000 to ride whilst in Benin. With this I was easily able to keep up with the other riders!

After we had stopped to pick up more friends, there was a bit of confusion and Mohammed and I lost the rest of the gang. We were now lost! Since I don’t know Cotonou at all I followed Mo around and we made our way back to Fufu’s house. (One of the riders). We sat around waiting for about half an hour until Fufu eventually found us and we were able to rejoin the group. Instead of going out we made our way back to Djamiou’s house where we had a drink and played some music in Djamiou’s very impressive studio! As a last performance, Djamiou and I played drums together with Djamiou on the bongos and yours truly on a djembe.

Benin is voodoo country. Here about 50% of the population practices voodoo from what I was told. And for such a small country they have a pretty dense population of 12 million people! I thought we (South Africa) had a lot of people at over 50 million, but right next to Benin, Nigeria has over 120 million people!

Djamiou took me to see Porto Novo, which is the capital of the country. From what I saw it’s a very quiet town with some stalls next to the road selling all kinds of merchandise. A lot of people are either sitting and chatting next to the road under a shady tree or sleeping under a shady tree. We drove a bit further North so I could get to see some of the country side. There are many small villages spread out all along the roadside, just like I had experienced in Gabon and Cameroon. Tropical surroundings and lots of greenery, but not as dense as in Gabon and or Cameroon.

Djamiou helped me to sort out my visa for Togo and Cote D’Ivoire. I knew that there is a common visa for French speaking West-African countries and inquired as to whether I would be able to obtain one? We went to see a friend of his at immigration who told me that only citizens of these countries (Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote D’Ivoire) could apply for this visa. After some negotiating and sweet-talking he eventually agreed to help me out. This would mean I would have to get a visa for Benin. As a South African passport holder I do not need a visa for Benin. But now I would have to get one in order to get the Entente visa for Togo and Cote D’Ivoire. I agreed of course and paid the fees so they could start processing the visas. It only took 24 hours to process both visas and soon I had my passport back in hand with my Entente visa valid for 2 months!

Now I still needed to sort my visa for Ghana. Djamiou phoned Fufu who phoned a friend in Togo, who in turn phoned a friend at the Ghana border and they assured me that I could get a visa at the border. Okidoki, so now I was set to make my way to Cote D’Ivoire!

Djamiou and four other riders would ride out with me to the Togo border. From here I would make my way to Togo and cross the border into Ghana and on to the capital, Accra. Three countries and two border crossings all in one day! The roads are good and we flew to the Togo border. Here I thanked Djamiou and the boys and crossed over into Togo without any hassles. Within an hour I was at the Ghana border! Togo is really tiny!

Fufu gave me the contact number of his friend at the border. He would help me if I had any issues with obtaining a visa. So when I arrived I gave him a call and he said he’d be there within 20 minutes. In the meantime I was swamped by border ‘fixers’ who offered to help me with getting all my paperwork stamped. I thanked them but denied their help, as I knew this would just result in my having to empty my pockets to them. I slowly started making my way to the Ghana side. Though after I had my passport and Carnet stamped on the Togo side, my contact was still nowhere to be seen and I had no choice but to cross to the Ghana side of the border and see what I can do about obtaining a visa.

The Ghana immigration officials were very helpful and after I had explained my situation to them they said that they could do one of two things: 1. They could give me a 48-hour transit visa, which would cost me $35. 2. They could give me an emergency visa for up to two weeks for $120. I opted for option number 1! As they were busy processing my visa, Fufu’s contact arrived. Although I had already been sorted he stuck with me and gave a contact number for someone that would help me to find a place to stay when I arrived in Accra.

I have always heard so many stories of how friendly the people are in Ghana. I was looking forward to experiencing it first hand and already had my first taste of Ghanaian hospitality at the border.

The roads are good in Ghana! Every twenty or thirty kilometers you find a village. At just about every village there is a Police control point. Some of them would stop me to ask the usual questions and then send me on my way with big smiles on their faces. At one of these control points I was asked for my driver’s license for the first time on this trip, which I happily produced. He barely looked at it and then said to me: “Give us some Cedi (Ghana currency) then you can go”. I laughed and told him that I do not have any Cedi on me. Then he asked me for some CFA. So I told him that I do not have any money with me. I guess he could see that I wasn’t going to pay up so he just sent me on my way. This is the only disappointment I had in Ghana.

I arrived at the outskirts of Ghana just before sunset and phoned my contact, Abam. Whilst waiting for him a number of people stopped to chat with me. Very friendly, outgoing people. When Abam arrived he greeted me with a big smile and then took me to his house. We left my bike in front of his house and he then took me to a hotel around the corner from where he lives. I had a look at the rooms and was very happy to spend the night in Apple Hotel. I had a bed, television, ceiling fan and bathroom with a shower and a toilet. Perfect! I was tired and really just wanted a shower and a bed to sleep in for the night. So I was very happy with what they offered. The room cost me $30 for the night, but I paid it with a smile.

I only took what I needed with me to the hotel and left the rest of my baggage and my bike at Abam’s house. He later brought me a 1.5 liter bottle of Coca-Cola and a bottle of mineral water! I had some food left from the morning, which Fufu had bought me in Benin. The only problem was that it was fish pies and with the pies having been in the sun all day, I wasn’t too sure as to whether it was still okay for consuming, but took a chance anyway. I suffered some minor stomach cramps the next day, but that was the worst of it.

I had underestimated how far it is from Accra to Abidjan. My GPS doesn’t have maps of this area so I had to stop a few times to ask for directions, just to make sure I was still on the right track. I can navigate by just using the compass on my GPS, problem comes in when getting into a little town and you have to take a left turn here and a right turn there to get out of town. Back home in South Africa, Hanret was trying to help me by sending me town names via sms.

Getting out of Accra was fairly easy as there is a great highway leading out towards the towns on route to Cote D’Ivoire. Whenever I would get stopped at a Police control point, I would double check with the officers whether I was still on the right track. They are usually fairly friendly and willing to help.

Nearing the border it started raining and would carry on raining all the way to Abidjan. I had gotten so used to passing through so many towns and villages situated next to the road, but after passing through Axim the villages became few and far between.  The road also started deteriorating slightly with more potholes and muddy patches. Next to the road I would see signs indicating that I was now riding next to a rainforest and a National Park.

Arriving at the border I passed a very long line of cargo trucks. The usual chaos that Central and Western African borders bring with it ensued. First stop, as per usual, the customs office. The customs officer wrote down all my and Dax’s particulars. Afterwards I was shown to the Douane office to have my Carnet stamped. I did not have my Carnet stamped when I entered Ghana, so slipped past Douane to go straight through to the Cote D’Ivoire side of the border. Here I met a customs official that could speak a bit of English and took it upon himself to assist me in getting all my documentation stamped. The other customs officials were not as friendly and would stare at me blankly, shooting questions from all directions. Who are you, where are you going, what’s in your bags, where’s your driver’s permit, where’s your bike’s registration papers, etc etc. If not for my new friend, I’m sure I would’ve only made it through the border by nighttime.

I made it through the border by 17:30. The journey from the border to Abidjan would take me two hours. This meant that I would indeed have to ride in the dark. Riding at night in Africa is not easy at the best of times. Riding at night and in the rain makes it a nerve-wracking experience! I stopped to refuel at the first town after crossing the border and asked about the road to Abidjan. Because my GPS had no information on this area I wanted to make sure about the directions. I was told to keep on heading straight to Abidjan.

I finally made it into Abidjan by 20:00. As I entered town I stopped at the first landmark I could see to phone my friend, Jackie, with whom I would be staying whilst in Abidjan. I explained to him where I was. As you enter town, right across the road from the first Shell service station you see. As I had just finished explaining to him where I was a guy came past and snatched my phone out of my hands and made a run for it! I called after him and then realized that it wouldn’t do me any good. I just burst out laughing, quite honestly. Because what else could I do?  It’s just a phone, right? The only really annoying thing is that almost all my photos and videos from Nigeria to Cote D’Ivoire, were on that phone. As well as all my voice notes about my trip all the way from Angola!

Welcome to Abidjan. Or as the locals would say: “AKWABA”.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 02, 2012, 10:30:09 pm
Thanks for the Gr8 report.

Real pity about your phone Jo. It's @ times like this,.. that I really wish you were travelling with another person.

On a little lighter side,....I came accross a really good saying the other day. It is very appropriate for that FRIKKING BARSTARD that stole your phone. I modified it a bit to fit this situation & it goes like this:

"May the Fleas of a Thousand Camels, infest the crotch of that Barstard, who stole your phone & may his arms be too short, to scratch it" :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Firecoast on July 02, 2012, 10:33:32 pm
Super glad you are still pushing on and in one piece!!!

Thanks for th update Jo!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 03, 2012, 06:01:57 am
Pretty intense stuff Jo - All ended well barring the phone.

Isn't it crazy (read sad) that many of the control places look for a reason to hammer you - obviously trying to releieve you of some cash rather than welcoming you to their country ....

Good one Snow White, hopefully you're through the worst :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 03, 2012, 05:29:40 pm
Following your report and really enjoying it .Thanks for sharing in so much detail, o ja, don't forget to eat lots of bananas   ;D

Hahaha, thanks. Now I know!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 03, 2012, 05:33:59 pm
Pretty intense stuff Jo - All ended well barring the phone.

Isn't it crazy (read sad) that many of the control places look for a reason to hammer you - obviously trying to releieve you of some cash rather than welcoming you to their country ....

Good one Snow White, hopefully you're through the worst :biggrin:

I know. It is a sad reality. I don't really understand why, but I try my best to handle it with a smile. It's not always easy.
I have been warned by numerous people that the Senegal/Mauritania border is just as bad and that the guys there are total @ssholes. Here's hoping they don't give me too much hassles. Will revert.  :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 03, 2012, 05:39:32 pm
Got my visa for Mali today. Took all of 5 minutes!! WOW! If only it was always this easy! LoL. I take it as a sign that I made the right decision.

I will be leaving Abidjan on Monday. Which means I should reach Dakar by Thursday late afternoon. There I will spend some time getting my visas for Mauritania and Morocco.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 03, 2012, 07:21:33 pm
I serviced the bike and changed some parts here in Abidjan. I'm on my last oil filter now so will get new filters in Morocco. My K&N Air filter's shampoo ran out in my dry bag. Pfffft. So I'll have to see if I can get some somewhere. Haven't been able to find here.

Chain is still fine. Tyres have about 4 000 km tread left - guesstimate. (Current mileage on the tyres - 14 000km) Hoping to push on to Morocco before changing the tyres.
Changed sprocket and rear break pads. Front break pads I'll change in Morocco as well. Sprocket could've gone a bit more...but decided to change it now.

My hazard switch is acting up and my secondary charge point isn't working anymore. So have had to switch to charging my phone, camera etc via the primary charge point.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Ganjora on July 03, 2012, 07:29:49 pm
use paraffin to clean the filter,  i do anyway,
and normal engine oil to lube it.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 03, 2012, 07:35:50 pm
use paraffin to clean the filter,  i do anyway,
and normal engine oil to lube it.

Noted.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on July 04, 2012, 07:40:22 am
Take a Pic of the Dakar under a Dakar sign just for us boys we like stuff like that.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 04, 2012, 07:56:14 am
Take a Pic of the Dakar under a Dakar sign just for us boys we like stuff like that.  :imaposer:

+1  :thumleft: that sure will make a cool photo.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ktmmer on July 04, 2012, 09:27:13 am
Clean green will also clean the filter very well. I think engine oil might be a bit to thick for a air filter. Perhaps ATF or the like?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 04, 2012, 08:24:04 pm
Hel Jo maar dis lekker om van jou te hoor. Kom nounet by huis van 10 dae vakansie saam met kids by Hartenbos. Jou rr lees soos 'n Wilbur Smith!  You rock girl! Sterkte en mooi ry.
R xx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Desert Boy on July 06, 2012, 07:52:54 pm
Hi Jo, what a wonderful adventure!!!

Has it been a problem travelling through Portuguese and French speaking countries; or do you speak the languages? What is your opinion about doing the trip with very little of the language?

Sterkte

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 06, 2012, 08:14:12 pm
Thank you everyone for all your messages!! Really appreciate it!! I am busy getting ready to leave Abidjan on Sunday. Looking forward to it! I have been in Abidjan for two weeks now! Much longer than I had planned, but it has been fun. Next RR will probably be when I am in Dakar. So see you all on the other side!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 06, 2012, 08:19:34 pm
Hi Jo, what a wonderful adventure!!!

Has it been a problem travelling through Portuguese and French speaking countries; or do you speak the languages? What is your opinion about doing the trip with very little of the language?

Sterkte



I guess it depends on the kind of person you are. For me language has never been a problem. You can make yourself understood without being able to speak the local languages. I speak French and a little Portuguese. And trust me you learn very quickly. When traveling you need a certain number of things. You only really need to know how to ask for these things. Like directions, fuel stations, accommodation, food etc.

So in my opinion...language knowledge... or the lack thereof is really not an issue.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Rynet on July 07, 2012, 09:51:59 am
Well done Jo , you brave and adventurous woman . You are an inspiration . And your report thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Thanks.  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Enjoy and God speed .  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on July 08, 2012, 10:20:41 pm
Thank for the updates, reading with interest. You are doing well, keep it up...... 8)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 11, 2012, 08:49:34 pm
So there I was, sitting at the bar in Bamako in Mali, minding my own business when I noticed a few people enter and sit a few seats away from me. I was having a coffee (double nogals!!) and chatting to a guy sitting next to me who was explaining the route from Bamako to the Senegal border. (All in French)

I am not supposed to be in Bamako right now. The plan was that I would shoot through Mali in two days. Four days in total from Abidjan (Ivory Coast) to Dakar (Senegal). 2500 km in total, 4 days, 3 countries. But I am tired. The road here has been long! So when I woke up this morning at 5am with the sounds of prayer calls coming from the mosques surrounding the hotel, I switched off my alarm, turned around and went back to sleep!

Later on during the day I went about searching for a bank so I could draw some cash and buy a new sim card, airtime, lunch and pay for another night's stay. But when I asked at reception how much it would be for another night's stay, I was told that  I needn't worry and it had already been taken care of by my friends in Abidjan!!!! (Wow!)

Okay so room is sorted, communications sorted, food sorted... hence my sitting at the bar enjoying a coffee. I overheard the people that I mentioned speaking in English. I looked at the guy and immediately recognized THAT accent! When I had a chance I asked him: "Where are you from"? "South Africa", he replied. "Ja, maar waar in SA"? I asked. Then they burst out laughing. Here, in Bamako in Mali, in my little hotel, I ran into Francois and Janita from Bloemfontein! Hahahahaha. I was sooo happy because for the first time since Namibia I met South Africans and I could speak AFRIKAANS!!!!! Woohoo. I very nearly got all emotional! So I immediately switched to having a beer with my fellow South Africans! LoL

Reason for this little update: It's for YOU ALL!!! Here's to all my fellow South African dogs. Here's to late nights and partying way too hard with Piet Coke and all the Worcester dogs. To early mornings and cappuccinos with the Joburg dogs and long roads to meet up with the Karoo dogs! To long days of working on the bike to get it ready to ride around Africa with Adventurer and for planning holiday rides with the East Coast dogs. And for fellow SA dogs in faraway lonely places like Geotraveller in Liberia.

Thank you for all your support, for all your messages and for being with me every turn of the wheel!!  :3some:

The bike's odometer churned over to 20 000km's just before the Mali border. Here's to the next 20 000 km's and perhaps making it home for Christmas!   :ricky:

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on July 11, 2012, 09:13:31 pm
Iemand verlang baie erg huis toe ...................... :) Vasbyt Jo ................ :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 11, 2012, 10:31:03 pm
Iemand verlang baie erg huis toe ...................... :) Vasbyt Jo ................ :thumleft:

+1 :thumleft: You are doing a truly Gr8 job of experiencing an Amaizing Trip. Keep strong Jo Enjoy each & every moment :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on July 11, 2012, 11:01:01 pm

You keep on keeping on, ride this trip and we can ride along vicariously  :thumleft:

en hou die blink kant bo!

next time you come visit though!

Contact JVB, he is somewhere in Kenya if I remember correctly.

Hy is daar van brits af so gooi ook die taal.

Yoyo is in Moz, in Tet, when you reach there.

we are slowly building a network for you African travellers
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 12, 2012, 01:07:20 am
*** SOME STATS ***

Current location: Bamako, Mali N12°38.823' ; W007°58.712'

Days on the road: 97

Total countries: 11 (Excludes SA)

Number of borders crossed: 12

Total Mileage: 13070 Kilometers

Number of nights spent in tent: 3 (All in Namibia)

Other bikers met on road: 2 (Chris from Switzerland and Andrei from Romania in Namibia, they rode down along the West Coast)

Crossed the equator 3 times: in Gabon

Number of falls: 6 (First of which was in Namibia in some sand, the rest were just 'letting the bike rest', mostly out of pure exhaustion)

Although I try my best not to ride at night, sometimes I have no choice and have reached towns at night a number of times:
*Ondangwa (Namibia) - 19:30
*Lobito (Angola) 23:00 - With Police escort
*Ndende (Gabon) 22:00 - Along with the Czech
*Libreville (Gabon) 20:00
*Bamenda (Cameroon) 19:30
*Accra (Ghana) 19:15
*Abidjan (Cote D'Ivoire) 20:00
*Bamako (Mali) 20:00

Punctures: 0

Sets of tires used: One set, will change in Morocco

Parts replaced: Brakes and sprocket in Abidjan

Phones stolen twice: Once in Angola, once in Abidjan

Times held up at gunpoint and tied to chair: Once, In Ondjiva in Angola by Namibians!

Weirdest stuff I've eaten: Pig heart, Pig brains, Frog legs

Current Fuel Consumption: 21,5 km/L

Number of bribes paid: 0

Number of marriage proposals: Countless (For all concerned, I'm married, my husband's name is Paulo and he is traveling somewhere in South America!!! We needed a break from each other. Hahahaha)

Moments that made me go: "WTF"???
* Police hitting cars with batons in Nigeria.
* Military pulling me over in Nigeria, then getting involved in a fight with a truck driver, pulling their weapons on him and completely forgetting about me. I sat watching the ordeal for a few seconds and then just took off.
* On my way to the Mali embassy in Abidjan a guy goes and sits down right in front of me as I'm walking down the street, to take a dump!?!?
* Seeing a camel walking around in the middle of the city in Abidjan!?!?
* People walking around naked in Abidjan....
* A monkey grabbing my camera from me in Angola!
* A guy trying to sell me a dead baboon on the side of the road in Cameroon. Where would I put it???
* The guy who grabbed my phone from me and making a run for it in Abidjan?!?!?
* Drunk guy hitting my bike with a stick as I cross the border into Benin from Nigeria.
* Immigration officials too busy drinking and chatting on Facebook, I have to stamp and fill out my own Carnet? (Benin)
* Being forced to sit down and eat peanuts with immigration officials in Mali?!? LoL

ROUTE:

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 12, 2012, 04:06:59 am
Number of times I had a good laugh: Many :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on July 12, 2012, 06:56:21 am
Voorspoed verder met jou trippie.
My groot pel Tom (TVB) is in Kenya, so as jy daai kant afkom sal hy jou seker nooi vir koffie. :imaposer:  of bier want hy praat ook Afrikaans
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 12, 2012, 07:12:27 am
Number of times I had a good laugh: Many :biggrin:

+1  :thumleft: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 12, 2012, 05:37:54 pm
This is fantastic, epic stuff, I cant believe I missed this until now! :thumleft:

Amazing that you have not had any punctures in 13,000km. I have a lot of catching up reading to do.

From another Wilddog in Bolivia. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: MINZI on July 12, 2012, 06:12:40 pm
Very interesting so far. Be safe and keep the updates coming. :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 12, 2012, 07:09:53 pm
This happened just before crossing over into Mali! Yeeehaaaa.  :ricky:

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 12, 2012, 07:13:49 pm
Jis Jo, geniet maar die lekker weer daar. Hier vrek ons vd koue. By my was dit vanoggend -2! Amper Sutherland.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on July 12, 2012, 07:14:23 pm
Nice!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 12, 2012, 07:33:18 pm
A few Mali pix so long. Riding through one of the towns on route to Bamako.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 12, 2012, 07:35:59 pm
Jis Jo, geniet maar die lekker weer daar. Hier vrek ons vd koue. By my was dit vanoggend -2! Amper Sutherland.

Nee liewe hemel Roela, ek vrek summier!! LoL
Ek gaan nou eers regtig die hitte begin ingaan - Sahara!!!  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on July 12, 2012, 07:44:01 pm
Jo - Jy doen uitstekend!!  :headbang:

Wil jy nie sommer tweemaal om Afria gaan nie - ek lees so lekker
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Kevin_ZA on July 12, 2012, 09:04:15 pm
So enjoying your RR...what an inspiration you are !! Thanks
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 12, 2012, 10:35:56 pm
Jo - Jy doen uitstekend!!  :headbang:

Wil jy nie sommer tweemaal om Afria gaan nie - ek lees so lekker

 :laughing4: Jy's snaaks!  :eek7:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 13, 2012, 12:26:19 am
My collection! Just bought the newest edition here in Mali. Sommer hier buite my hotel in die straat. Maybe teen die tyd wat ek terug is in die tuisland trek die collection by my elmboog. Hehe.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Kamikaze Swazi on July 13, 2012, 01:33:07 am
Jorust 4 president
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on July 13, 2012, 04:50:00 am
Thanks for the updates Jo  :thumleft:

You are sure living your dream  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 13, 2012, 08:12:25 pm
Okidoki, enough of Mali now. I was supposed to shoot through here in two days. Have been in Bamako since Tuesday.
Tomorrow I head for the Senegal border. A mate of the people from Bloem who I met in my hotel told me about a new road that leads through the South. It is not indicated on any maps and very few people actually know about it. I've decided to check it out. Plus this route brings me to just before the Senegal border where I can spend the night with more people from Bloem! (Wat maak al die Vrystaters hier??)  :eek7:
I've already spoken to Derrick there and they're expecting me. Maybe we'll even have a braai tomorrow night?  :thumleft:

The Route: (Kind of)

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I won't be flying completely blind as one of the guys down in the bar was so kind enough to draw me a map.

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So nou bederf ek myself so bietjie op my voorlaaste aand in Mali.

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Chat to you all again in Senegal!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 13, 2012, 08:32:51 pm
Great girl! My 2 meisiekjenners is MAL oor jou bangles! Mooi ry.
Dit reen hier en is nou nog kouer as gister, hulle praat van sneeu waar dit nog nooit gesneeu het nie!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 13, 2012, 08:45:07 pm
Great girl! My 2 meisiekjenners is MAL oor jou bangles! Mooi ry.
Dit reen hier en is nou nog kouer as gister, hulle praat van sneeu waar dit nog nooit gesneeu het nie!

Roela, ek sal vir hulle elkeen 'n bangle kry in Morocco. Dan kan hulle dit kry wanneer ek terug is.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: AgentK on July 14, 2012, 01:11:16 am
My balls just shriveled up and fell off as I am reading this.

Jy't meer balls as... wel enigiemand wat ek ken (en dit sluit my in!).

 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 14, 2012, 01:15:32 am
So enjoying your RR...what an inspiration you are !! Thanks

Thank you! Glad I can share the experience!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 14, 2012, 01:18:23 am
My balls just shriveled up and fell off as I am reading this.

Jy't meer balls as... wel enigiemand wat ek ken (en dit sluit my in!).

 :happy1:

 :lol8:
Dankie...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on July 14, 2012, 07:55:56 am
Daai 2de armband van links...se dit HENTIE ?? :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Swanniebraai on July 14, 2012, 08:26:11 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: michnus on July 15, 2012, 02:18:22 pm
Jorust what is your plans from Morocco to get to Egypt?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 15, 2012, 06:15:01 pm
Sorg jy net dat jy veilig by die huis kom, bangles is bysaak. Dankie anyway :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 16, 2012, 02:05:22 pm
Jorust what is your plans from Morocco to get to Egypt?

Michnus, originally my plan was to take the ferry from Tangier over to Spain and then to Algeria. But I have recently been told that one can now cross the border from Morocco to Algeria. I'm not too sure as to whether this is true or not. So I will check that out first when I get to Morocco.

Then from Algeria I'll mainly stick to the coastline all the way to Egypt.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: skydiver on July 16, 2012, 08:47:54 pm
Reis veilig.
Ek wens ek was besig met so 'n avontuur.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: DikZol on July 16, 2012, 11:34:11 pm
As jy hulp nodig het in Algerie of Egipte laat weet my gerus.  Ek ken 'n paar locals.  Baie, baie sterkte en geniet dit!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 17, 2012, 12:45:13 am
Reis veilig.
Ek wens ek was besig met so 'n avontuur.
 :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Baie dankie  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 17, 2012, 12:46:28 am
As jy hulp nodig het in Algerie of Egipte laat weet my gerus.  Ek ken 'n paar locals.  Baie, baie sterkte en geniet dit!!

Baie dankie! Sal jou definitief 'n boodskappie stuur.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Swart Gevaar on July 17, 2012, 08:29:08 am
Sterkte met die trip Jo. Wees veilig
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: michnus on July 18, 2012, 11:45:38 am
Jorust what is your plans from Morocco to get to Egypt?

Michnus, originally my plan was to take the ferry from Tangier over to Spain and then to Algeria. But I have recently been told that one can now cross the border from Morocco to Algeria. I'm not too sure as to whether this is true or not. So I will check that out first when I get to Morocco.

Then from Algeria I'll mainly stick to the coastline all the way to Egypt.

but you are not going to get a visa for Libya. We are trying to get but it seems quite unlikely.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 18, 2012, 01:56:47 pm
Jorust what is your plans from Morocco to get to Egypt?

Michnus, originally my plan was to take the ferry from Tangier over to Spain and then to Algeria. But I have recently been told that one can now cross the border from Morocco to Algeria. I'm not too sure as to whether this is true or not. So I will check that out first when I get to Morocco.

Then from Algeria I'll mainly stick to the coastline all the way to Egypt.

but you are not going to get a visa for Libya. We are trying to get but it seems quite unlikely.

Michnus, originally my plan was to take the ferry from Tangier over to Spain and then to Algeria. But I have recently been told that one can now cross the border from Morocco to Algeria. I'm not too sure as to whether this is true or not. So I will check that out first when I get to Morocco.

Then from Algeria I'll mainly stick to the coastline all the way to Egypt.
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but you are not going to get a visa for Libya. We are trying to get but it seems quite unlikely.
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I'm going to try to get my visa for Libya in Morocco. Will let you know if I succeed. Will be interesting. Jy weet mos...enige iets is moontlik.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 18, 2012, 03:00:59 pm
Jorust what is your plans from Morocco to get to Egypt?

Michnus, originally my plan was to take the ferry from Tangier over to Spain and then to Algeria. But I have recently been told that one can now cross the border from Morocco to Algeria. I'm not too sure as to whether this is true or not. So I will check that out first when I get to Morocco.

Then from Algeria I'll mainly stick to the coastline all the way to Egypt.

but you are not going to get a visa for Libya. We are trying to get but it seems quite unlikely.

Daar is ook gerugte dat mens 'n 7 dag transit visa vir Libya in Tunis kan kry. Maar dit vat blykbaar enige iets tussen 1 en 3 weke!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: michnus on July 18, 2012, 07:28:37 pm
please laat my weet, ek het vandag weer gebel en n business visa kan glo werk maar kos moer baie geld, en allerhande stories saam met dit. As meer weet sal ek jou laat weet.
jy kan nou ry sonder escourt.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 18, 2012, 07:39:55 pm
please laat my weet, ek het vandag weer gebel en n business visa kan glo werk maar kos moer baie geld, en allerhande stories saam met dit. As meer weet sal ek jou laat weet.
jy kan nou ry sonder escourt.

Die transit visa klink vir my op die stadium na die beste, 'makliker' opsie. Nog steeds 'n klompie paperwork, maar mens se kanse vir 'n visa los slaan lyk vir my beter. Het nou met ouens gesels wat transit visas in Tunis gekry het oppad Egipte toe, en ander wat in Cairo gekry het oppad na Tunisia toe.

Sal laat weet wat ek kan uitvind in Morocco.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: michnus on July 18, 2012, 07:44:32 pm
sjoe, dis alles teenstrydig met wat ek weer gehoor het, mos maar tipies hoe dit werk  :lol8: Tunis is nie n probleem nie. Hulle get my vandag vertel net n business visa geen transit of tourist visas vir Libya.

ek gaan more weer bel ek sal jou laat weet.

ons bikes is in egypt ek gaan nog my gat af sukkel om hulle daar uit te kry. die tydperk wat hulle mag bly is al oor, ons carne's is nog geldig.

maar daar is nie meer ferry na italie van alexandria nie. na isreal kan n probleem wees want daar is of is nie ferries van daar na turkey of italie.

gehoop ons kon die libya roete doen.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 18, 2012, 07:50:50 pm
Die beste informasie wat ek seker sal kry is wanneer ek eers daar is. Maar ek hou jou ook op hoogte. Wanneer is julle van plan om op te gaan. Ek hoort seker eers so September daar rond te wees. Laat weet as ek met enige ander informasie kan help terwyl ek in die area is.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: michnus on July 18, 2012, 08:00:15 pm
Die beste informasie wat ek seker sal kry is wanneer ek eers daar is. Maar ek hou jou ook op hoogte. Wanneer is julle van plan om op te gaan. Ek hoort seker eers so September daar rond te wees. Laat weet as ek met enige ander informasie kan help terwyl ek in die area is.  :thumleft:

selfde, plan is ook vir Sept.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 19, 2012, 01:31:34 am
Die beste informasie wat ek seker sal kry is wanneer ek eers daar is. Maar ek hou jou ook op hoogte. Wanneer is julle van plan om op te gaan. Ek hoort seker eers so September daar rond te wees. Laat weet as ek met enige ander informasie kan help terwyl ek in die area is.  :thumleft:

selfde, plan is ook vir Sept.  :thumleft:

 :headbang:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 20, 2012, 12:13:26 am
Cote D'Ivoire and the Elephant's Bikers...

I spent sixteen wonderful days in Abidjan. The main reason for my extended stay: to decide on how to proceed from Cote D’Ivoire onwards. A friend of mine in Libreville (Gabon) made me promise him that I would not go through Liberia, after he spent a month in captivity in a prison somewhere deep within Liberia’s jungles – stark naked! Now, captivity I could probably deal with. Considering I had a small taste of what it’s like when I had a full-on abduction/torture/interrogation session on my last night of training with a few military operators, who offered me training because they were concerned about my safety, before leaving on my trip. But the mere thought of what mosquitoes (these bloodsuckers seem to consider me a delicacy) might do to my naked body sent shivers down my spine! I asked around and the feedback was mixed. Some said it was okay-“ish”, others said it was a total no-go. If someone had given me a clear: “there are absolutely no issues”, I might have considered it.

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So my options were: 1. Liberia. 2. Head through Guinea (but here I was told that there’s growing unrest in the West of Cote D’Ivoire and the Guinea border). 3. A boat from Abidjan to Dakar. (Though there are only cargo ships running this route). 4. Ride through Mali to Senegal. The growing unrest in Timbuktu with Islamist radicals breaking down sacred tombs and a growing number of kidnappings is a cause for concern, but seeing as that’s in the North and I’d be heading through the South, I decided Mali would be my best option.

Though it took me almost two weeks to finally arrive at this decision. I spent my days carefully weighing my options against one another. The rest of my time was spent hanging out with fellow bikers in Abidjan, (members of the Elephants Bikers Motorcycle Club – mainly Harley Davidsons) and seeing the sights. The president of the club (he shall only be known as Mammut), kindly took me in for my entire stay in Abidjan. Everyone made sure I was well looked after and had everything I needed.

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Seeing as my phone was stolen upon arrival in Abidjan, Bruno, a member of the club, gave me his phone so I could at least phone the mother ship and inform those concerned that I had arrived safely. Ivan, another member of the club, very generously gave me one of his back-up phones for keeps the very next day!

Abidjan, to me, is a vibrant city with a mix of cultures from all over the world. I ate at so many different restaurants ranging from local, to Vietnamese, Lebanese, Chinese and French. The people are very friendly and courteous. (Just don’t lose sight of your phone – hehe) I got to experience the nightlife that the city has to offer on numerous occasions. Admittedly sometimes greeting the sunrise on our way home from the previous night’s excursion.

I stayed on Boulevard de Marseille. Across the road there is a Lebanese restaurant that looks out over ‘Lagune Ebrié’. Here you can sit and drink strong Turkish coffee, smoke Sheesha pipe and look out over the lagoon. I was there only once, after we had returned from a ride out to Grand Bassam. A 30-minute drive from Abidjan, it used to be the French colonial capital city from 1893 until 1896, when the administration was transferred to Bingerville after a bout of yellow fever.

Now Grand Bassam is a city lined with stalls stocked with local art, clothes, statues, jewelry and all kinds of souvenirs all along the roads. The beautiful beaches host an array of restaurants where you can relax and enjoy some good food, massages and sunbathing. Every now and then you have entertainment in the way of traditional dancers and drumming. I really enjoyed Grand Bassam.

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I took a trip out to Yamoussoukro with a group of Chinese friends. We wanted to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Listed by Guinness World Records as the largest church in the world. This would also give me an opportunity to see what the road looks like as I’d be heading out on this road to Mali. A three hour drive from Abidjan, our first stop was to see the crocodiles that live in the lake surrounding the presidential palace, a thirty minute walk from the basilica. We then went for some lunch. I’m very sorry to say that my pasta (Bolognaise with Tagliatelle) was THE worst food on my entire trip so far. It tasted like it had been lying around for about a decade. The rest of the food wasn’t too bad. I even enjoyed some frog legs.

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is a pretty impressive sight and something definitely worth seeing.

Côte d’Ivoire President Félix Houphouët-Boigny chose his birthplace of Yamoussoukro to be the future site of the new capital city of his country in 1983. As part of the plan of the city, the president wanted to memorialize himself with the construction of what he called the greatest church in the world. He is even pictured besides Jesus in one stained-glass panel.

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Back in Abidjan my friends Sunny and Ivan Bouquet treated me to a massage session at a local Chinese spa. The very next week they treated me to an acupuncture session at the same spa! Sunny also took me to a local market as I wanted to find the next edition to my growing ‘ride report’ on my arm. A collection of bracelets from some of the countries I have traveled through thus far. I love markets. The energy about a market as every stall keeper tries to attract your attention. The goods and the bargaining for prices, it’s a lot of fun!! Sunny bought me a silver bracelet and I bought myself a bracelet made of elephant hair.

When I finally decided on making my way through Mali, the issue of obtaining a visa came up next. Mammut organized for his driver to take me to the Malian Embassy the next morning. At the Embassy I was shown to an office where a woman indicated to me to have a seat. She gave me a form to fill out whilst she jotted down all my particulars from my passport. Afterwards she told me that it would cost CFA 20 000, which I handed to her. She stamped my passport and that was it! It took only a few minutes, no hassles, no queries, no issues whatsoever and I had a one-month visa for Mali! Fantastic!

The day before my supposed departure my friends from the Elephants Bikers held a farewell party for me. We rode out to a very nice hotel/restaurant where we were showered with food and drinks. I had great fun and it only cost 1000 euros! WTF??? (Luckily I didn’t have to pick up the tab, otherwise I’d have to push my bike for the next 10 000 kilometers!) I never left the next day as the party just carried on and we finally got home around 4am the next morning! After the farewell lunch, a number of riders asked me to stay another day. When I agreed, the wheels came off! Dinner, then bars, clubs and karaoke! Who would’ve thought I could sing in French?? LoL. (I actually do know one song in French, now I know a couple!!)

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I had a wonderful time with my friends in Abidjan on their Harleys. Especially Mammut, Bruno, Clotilde, Ivan, Sunny and Sylvan. I spent most of my time with these people and they really looked after me like one of their own! For that I say: Merci beaucoup!

On Monday, 9 July 2012, I set out from Abidjan towards Mali. The plan was to ride from Abidjan to Dakar in four days. 2500 kilometers and three countries in four days! The reason for the rush was that I didn’t want to tempt fate and spend too much time in Mali. Just in case, you know.

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Ivan would accompany me until just outside of town. From here I was familiar with the road to Yamoussoukro. From Yamoussoukro I would make my way to Bouake, Katiola and finally Ferkessédougou where I would spend the night before crossing the border into Mali. From Abidjan you have a beautiful tar road pretty much all the way to Yamoussoukro. Just outside of town you reach a big Police control point. They stopped me here and just had a quick chat. Further on the clouds hung low, threatening to open up at any second. It’s rainy season in Western Africa, so I am bound to hit some rain on the road at some point! We had a lot of rain whilst I was in Abidjan. Though Mother Nature seemed to take pity on me and didn’t throw even a drop on my helmet!

From Yamoussoukro the road gets a little trickier with big potholes all over. Not really an issue for a bike as you can just ride around these suspension killers. Though you do get stretches where there is no road anymore. Not long stretches, maybe 20 meters or so. But these stretches would sometimes resemble a pool of mud with treacherous rocks sticking out all over. I had more and more of these stretches as I progressed towards Ferke. I’d have to slow down considerably and this caused for a miscalculation in how long it would take me to reach Ferke from Abidjan. I finally reached the town just before nightfall. Luckily the sun only starts setting around 19:00, which worked in my favor this time round. I am trying my best to not reach towns at nighttime anymore. I’ve done so a number of times and know it’s not a good idea.

I easily found a hotel just before entering the center of town, on the right hand side of the road. Five hundred meters off the road lies Hotel Le Chateaux. Prices range between CFA 15 000 and CFA 50 000. I took something in between. A room with a bed, air-conditioning, television and toilet with a shower with HOT water!!! If it has hot water, it’s a bargain! I decided to make up on spending a bit more on accommodation by not eating out. I rummaged through my dry bag and found a tin of bully beef and a tin of mixed veg that I’d been carrying from…South Africa!! Hey, if you haven’t eaten all day, these make out for a fantastic meal! I left some for breakfast and turned in for the night.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 20, 2012, 12:15:21 am
I have a favor to ask: Can someone please let me know whether the photos are showing? Where I am now the company blocks one from viewing photos from certain sites and Youtube, FB etc.  :eek7:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 20, 2012, 12:30:14 am
Mali! Plan for two days...stay for a week!!

Next morning I ignored my alarm and only got up around 8:00. I quickly packed up, loaded the bike, thanked the friendly staff and headed out. I filled up with fuel at a Total garage in town and bought myself a Coke and a chocolate bar.  My GPS doesn’t work in this area but I consulted my maps the previous evening as to which route I’d have to take to reach the Malian border. If I took a wrong turn I could end up at the Burkina Faso border. In reality this wouldn’t have been a problem as I have an Entente visa which allows me entry into Benin, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. So if I happened to take a wrong turn that would only mean heading through Burkina Faso a bit and then entering Mali from another angle. Though I found the route pretty straightforward, so chances of my taking a wrong turn was pretty much zero.

Forty kilometers outside of Ferke, you have a road splitting off to the left. They even have a sign up that indicates that this is the road to Bamako. Then from the split you have another sixty kilometers to the border. As a delightful surprise the road instantly improves and as soon as I turned left towards the Mali border I found myself on a superb tar road with absolutely NO potholes! If you’re pushed for time, good tar roads always help a great deal.

As I reached the border I rode right past the Senegal customs post, by accident of course. I somehow just didn’t see them and just kept riding. Luckily I was going at a slow pace and when I heard people calling from behind, I looked back and realized that they were calling me back! Oops. No harm done though. The customs officials were very friendly and I had a long chat with one of them who seemed very concerned about my safety in Mali. He asked me whether I was SURE I wanted to ride through Mali as: “It’s very dangerous”. “Do you have a map”? Yes. “Do you know the roads”? No. “But you know where you’re going”? Yes. “Good, go quickly”!

On the Mali side things went quick and easy. I was ordered to sit and eat peanuts with the customs officials whilst they went through my paperwork and stamped my passport. I didn’t argue. Had my passport stamped and then went to have my Carnet stamped. Here I was shown to a yard with a few busses and cars parked next to a building. Obviously the Douane building. I was left standing next to my bike as one of the uniformed officers went to have my Carnet stamped. This is the first time someone had something stamped FOR me! I felt rather spoiled! Whilst standing next to DAX, an array of people came over to have a look at the bike and to chat to me. Some guys gave me their numbers and told me to call them when I got to Bamako. Some offered me tea and others tried to sell me bracelets or clothes. A few minutes later the officer returned with my Carnet in hand. Luckily I checked and noticed that they had not stamped my Carnet, so I had to send him back. Once I had all the stamps in the right places, I greeted the crowd around me and pushed on towards Bamako. The officer who had my Carnet stamped shouted after me to be careful of the potholes in the road!

I am yet to find these potholes, as the roads in Mali are beautiful! Okay, I think I maybe saw ONE pothole on my way to Bamako. From the border I made my way to Sikasso, from here my GPS had information on routes again. The first thing that hit me upon entering Mali is how QUIET it is here! There’s this tangible calmness in the air. In stark contrast to the North! There aren’t as many people on the road as I’ve become used to in Central and the rest of Western Africa. On the contrary I noticed that mostly people are working in fields all along the roadside. You don’t hear anything. People just go about their daily lives, working in the fields. Whenever I stopped for a break next to the road maybe one or two people would walk past me. I would greet them and they’d shyly smile and move along. It’s like I’ve entered a completely different Africa now.

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That’s until I reached Bamako! From Sikasso I made my way to Bougouni, heading west. Then from Bougouni I turned north towards Bamako. I underestimated just how big Bamako is and only arrived around 20:00. From about 10 kilometers outside of the actual city I could see long files of traffic snaking through the countryside, making their way in and out of town. I followed my GPS into town and then I got lost! Crazy traffic EVERYWHERE! I was trying to find a good landmark to phone my contact, Valerie, from so they could then meet up with me. But it became impossible and as soon as I found a gap to pull off to the side of the road I phoned Valerie and we agreed that I should make my way back to the “Tour de l’Afrique” statue you see as you enter Bamako. I would estimate the statue/ memorial to be about 12 meters tall, so it’s not like you can miss it! It’s situated in the middle of a big ‘rond-point’. (Roundabout) I found myself a spot within the roundabout and parked off to the side, waiting for Valerie and her friend to meet up with me.

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Whilst sitting on my bike, watching the traffic playing ‘ring a ring o’ roses’, a guy stopped next to me on a scooter and asked whether I needed any help in perfect English. I told him that I was waiting for my friends. And so we started chatting and my new friend Ali, told me how he had to flee from Timbuktu with his family because of the violence and unrest in the North. He used to be a travel guide in Timbuktu and showed me pictures of many a traveler he had taken around. He stayed with me until Valerie and Paul arrived. It took them about an hour to get to me and in that time many guys stopped to chat to me. Ali just showed them away. At one point a guy insisted on wanting to buy my bike from me! He obviously loved my bike and hung around up until the point that I left; probably hoping I might change my mind! Sorry buddy!

I thanked Ali for keeping me company, greeted Valerie and Paul and then followed them to my hotel. Hotel le Campagnard. My original plan was to stay here for one night. I would spend the night and then carry on early the next morning to Kayes just before the Senegal border. Little did I know I would spend the next four nights and I’d never get to Kayes either!

The decision came the next morning when I woke up around 05:00 from the prayer calls coming from the surrounding mosques. I promptly turned around, switched off my alarm and went back to sleep. I was tired! I could feel it on the bike since the previous day. I don’t know why I am so tired. It’s not like I have any reason to be after over two weeks rest in Abidjan! But the little voice told me to stay and rest.

The reason would be revealed later that day by way of three strangers who ended up in the bar downstairs from my room, by ‘chance’. I went down to the restaurant/bar around 12:00 for a cup of coffee. Whilst sitting there Paul also arrived and introduced me to some of the people around the bar. The guy sitting next to me starting chatting to me and asking me about my route to Senegal. Whilst chatting to him three more people arrived. They sat down at the bar across from me. Whilst chatting to the guy sitting next to me I overheard the newcomers talking in English, and I recognized the guy’s accent. When I had a gap I leaned over and asked him: “Sorry, where are you from?” South Africa. Then I smiled and asked: “Ja, maar van waar”? To which they burst out laughing. Here in my little hotel I ran into Francois and Janita from Bloemfontein! They were on their way back to South Africa after a three months working on one of the mines near the Senegalese border. They work three months and go home for one.

This is the first time since Namibia that I got to meet fellow South Africans on the road. I know we are all over Africa, but I always seem to miss everyone! So I was very happy when I met Francois and Janita. This also meant I could speak my home language, Afrikaans, for the first time since leaving Namibia. Every now and then it really is a treat to bump into fellow countrymen.

With them they had Pat, a French born Aussie. Now there’s a confused accent if you’ve ever heard one! But an awesome guy! Upon hearing my story he immediately got to work on sorting my visas for Mauritania and Morocco. He phoned a friend at the Moroccan embassy, organized an appointment for me and put me in a taxi. Upon arriving at the embassy I was asked by the security officer whether I am the South African? I was shown to an office and told to take a seat. A few minutes later a lady arrived and handed me the application form to fill in and with that, two photos and CFA 20 000. I was so happy about the opportunity to have these two visas sorted in Bamako. I always feel much more at ease once I have the visas needed for the next country in my passport. Having the next two countries is a bargain! I don’t need a visa for Senegal, so that’s an easy one.

Though, sadly, after about twenty minutes the woman returned with my passport and my CFA 20 000. She told me that they could unfortunately not process my visa application and that I’d have to do it in Mauritania. From what I understand with my little French is that it was because I am not a citizen of Mali. A bit confusing and disappointing. You win some, you lose some. It was worth a try.

I headed back to my hotel. By the time I got back it was already very late in the afternoon and Francois, Janita and Pat had already left. I went to my room and checked my emails, Facebook messages etc. I had an early dinner and then went to bed.

I spent the rest of the week in Bamako. For no reason other than I enjoyed it! I would walk around every now and then, down the street to the bank to draw some money. Then stop off at the garage shop to buy a cold drink. Then explore the area a bit before heading back to the hotel. Downstairs from my hotel there’s always at least five guys sitting and selling their goods. They’ve tried flogging everything from clothes, to bangles (I did buy one…my Mali addition), sunglasses, shoes, cd’s, dvd’s. You name it, they’ve got it! Everyday when I came out of my room they would call up to me, greeting me and asking me if I had a good sleep? Persistent salesmen that they are, they’d throw out the bait to see if I didn’t want to bite and buy at least one CD or one T-shirt. I give them a ten for determination!

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Francois and Janita had given me the contact number for one Derick du Plessis who is another fellow South African working in Gounkoto, right on the Senegalese border. Turns out Derick did a stint with his dad last year August/September from Mali to England. Yay, a fellow adventurer! And this is how the route change came in from heading to Kayes to rather heading to Gounkoto. You won't find the route on any map or GPS as the new road leading to Gounkoto only opened in December. When I told my friends in Sali (Senegal), that I’d change my route they told me that I would struggle as it’s a bad road and with all the rain recently I’d only reach Dakar in a month’s time!

Though I had faith that I’d been given the correct information, and armed with a hand drawn map that Pat had drawn me whilst we sat in the bar, I set off towards Gounkoto on Saturday 14 July 2012. And indeed, there is a brand new tarmac road leading all the way to the Senegal border! I phoned Derick on route to keep him updated on my progress. I must just say once again, I find Mali to be a very beautiful country! Beautiful landscapes, lush green grass and trees all over. It reminds me a bit of the Lowveld in South Africa.

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I had no issues with navigation. Pat’s map drawing skills proved to be very good. I made great progress and landed in Gounkoto around 16:00 the afternoon. Yay, I reached a town before nightfall! Before you get to Kenieba, which is the town just before you get to Gounkoto, you go through a police control point. Just before this point there is a service station. I stopped here to fill up and as I was about to pull off again a white Toyota Land Cruiser just nicked me from behind, on my right side pannier. But it was enough to just push me over and have me drop DAX. Before I was even up on my feet, three of the attendants rushed to my side to help me pick up the bike. The first time I’ve put the bike down since Gabon! Grrrrr.

After I had passed through the control point a yellow BMW f800gs pulled out in front of me and I immediately knew it was Derick. He had ridden out to wait for me and lead me to their base. On route we saw a guy on one of those 100cc Chinese jobbies with a monkey as pillion!

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When we arrived at the base Derick introduced himself and I also met Chrisjan. First things first, they invited me in, gave me a cold beer and we watched some rugby whilst they asked me some questions in between. I felt right at home. I also met another South African family here; Stefaans and Colette with their three children Jancke (10), Inge (8) and little Faans (2). I arrived just at the right time it would seem as Jancke celebrated her birthday on Sunday and the little one turned two yesterday. So we’ve been spoiled with potjie, steak and chips and lots of cake! Yum.

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I’ve now been here for almost a week. The guys keep telling me to please stay as long as I want. In the meantime we’ve sent my passport back to Bamako to give the visas one last try. Once I have the visas in hand, I’ll head over into Senegal and on to Sali where I’ll spend my first night. Then it’s off to Dakar, St Louis and finally Mauritania and Morocco. I’ve heard SO many horror stories about the Rosso border between Senegal and Mauritania. I’ll post some here later. And then soon I’ll be in Dakar, with my BMW Dakar. And riding through the desert. Meeting up with friends in Morocco. So there’s still so much to look forward to! In the meantime, I’m enjoying the sights.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 20, 2012, 12:47:40 am
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 20, 2012, 12:48:21 am
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: dual on July 20, 2012, 01:07:41 am
Your photos are showing. Enjoy a great trip  :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 20, 2012, 01:09:55 am
Your photos are showing. Enjoy a great trip  :ricky: :thumleft:

Awesomeness   :headbang:
Thank you!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on July 20, 2012, 07:38:50 am
very cool Jo'

 :thumleft: :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on July 20, 2012, 08:04:04 am
what a great start to my day . Always excited when i see a new post in the morning , thanks and safe riding
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: PierreO on July 20, 2012, 08:11:34 am
what a great start to my day . Always exited when i see a new post in the morning , thanks and safe riding

+1000 . Been in Malawi for two weeks now and had no internet . Spend half a day catching up on this exciting adventure .
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on July 20, 2012, 04:16:23 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on July 21, 2012, 09:11:05 am
what a great start to my day . Always excited when i see a new post in the morning , thanks and safe riding

Yeah its good to see.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 21, 2012, 10:02:11 am
Harley's seem popular up north, why not DS biking?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 21, 2012, 12:09:14 pm
Harley's seem popular up north, why not DS biking?

It's interesting to see how the disciplines progress as I make my way up North.

In SA, Nam, Angola - Lots of DS
Congo - MX
Gabon - DS
Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana - Street bikes (Heavy speed freaks)
Ivory Coast - Harleys predominantly. Saw one Africa Twin. Lots of MX racing as well.

And now I go into the world of Rally racing. Senegal to Morocco. Though Morocco has a big biking community ranging from track racing to rally, mx, ds...you name it.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 21, 2012, 08:10:49 pm
Bly dit gaan nog goed met jou. Charley Boorman is more in die Kaap. Ons is 'n paar wat saam met hom sy laaste stukkie vanaf Stellenbosch tot Kaapstad wil ry. Dit storm egter hier, wind waai dat dit bars en reen ook. Hoop jy het beter weer! Mooi ry girl.
R
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Rynet on July 21, 2012, 08:22:48 pm
Yes thanks for the RR so far Jo , enjoying it very much  :thumleft: Keep us posted . :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 21, 2012, 10:44:00 pm
A slideshow on my trip so far... 

http://youtu.be/5axIvjAFuMw
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Skipskop on July 21, 2012, 11:47:00 pm
 Weereens dankie dat jy met ons deel.Slideshow sal great wees :thumleft:
Ek sien nog net n wit blok  :'(
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 22, 2012, 12:40:42 am
http://youtu.be/5axIvjAFuMw  <--- The link .... Die skakel  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on July 22, 2012, 06:46:03 am
Thanks for sharing Jo  :thumleft:

Every picture tells a story  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Tonteldoos on July 22, 2012, 08:07:02 am
Thanks for sharing Jo  :thumleft:

Every picture tells a story  :ricky:
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on July 22, 2012, 08:18:23 am
Thanks for sharing Jo  :thumleft:

Every picture tells a story  :ricky:
:thumleft:

Pragtige kiekies  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: somewhere-els on July 22, 2012, 04:15:16 pm
Well done so far! And thank you for taking the time to write these reports.

Hope to meet up with you in Egypt.

Happy travels!
(Mrs Michnus  ;))
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 22, 2012, 04:17:05 pm
Well done so far! And thank you for taking the time to write these reports.

Hope to meet up with you in Egypt.

Happy travels!
(Mrs Michnus  ;))

 :lol8: Thank you "Mrs Michnus".
I REALLY hope I get to meet up with you guys in Egypt or somewhere up north!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 22, 2012, 09:44:42 pm
Bly dit gaan nog goed met jou. Charley Boorman is more in die Kaap. Ons is 'n paar wat saam met hom sy laaste stukkie vanaf Stellenbosch tot Kaapstad wil ry. Dit storm egter hier, wind waai dat dit bars en reen ook. Hoop jy het beter weer! Mooi ry girl.
R

Thanks Roela! Ek sit nog en wag vir my paspoort om weer sy pad terug te vind na my toe. Sit al 'n week op die grens. Nie dat ek kla nie. Kuier lekker.  :thumleft:
Redelik gereen deur die week. 65mm in twee dae. Het gesien op die thread dat 'n paar ouens uitgery het om vir Charley te gaan hello se. Lekker.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 22, 2012, 09:49:16 pm
Yes thanks for the RR so far Jo , enjoying it very much  :thumleft: Keep us posted . :3some:

Thank you Rynet. It's my absolute pleasure. Like the song: "The Story - Brandi Carlile" says: "All of these stories don't mean a thing if I don't have someone to tell them to".
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: funacide on July 23, 2012, 07:49:52 am
Just finished reading the report - RESPECT!!

Thanks for sharing, it is really awesome to see, keep going and keep the report coming. Well done so far :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TeeJay on July 23, 2012, 12:03:23 pm
Great stuff Jo.....you're doing GREAT....keep it up and have fun. I check in here regularly for an update.....makes for good reading.

ENJOY!!!! and stay safe!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 23, 2012, 02:10:34 pm
We went for a little breakfast run yesterday. The rain had subsided, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to see a bit of the countryside. Mali is such a beautiful country and I was looking forward to exploring it's dirt tracks a bit more.

So the three of us (Derick, Chrisjan and myself) got up at 6:00, had a coffee and packed the cooler (read panniers).
Derick on a BMW R1200GS, Chrisjan on a BMW F800GS and yours truly on my trusty Dakar.
All went well and we were having a ball playing in the dirt! That was until a guy next to the road gestured to me to turn back.

We came across this sight:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 23, 2012, 02:16:28 pm
Bike is pretty much totaled. The rider...miraculously...only suffered a few scrapes and bruises.

He was behind me and said he lost control of the bike. He obviously tried to regain control but was beyond the point of recovery. He went up an embankment and instead of leaving the throttle, he opened up and the bike flipped, slinging him a few meters away. Bike landed on it's head.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: EATMYKTM. on July 23, 2012, 03:42:47 pm
Eina, Glad he is OK!
Tell us a bit more as the story unfolds please.
Ja Nee, Probably showing off or attempting to show off for the Seuf Efrican Lady ne'?
Lekker ATGATT :o
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 23, 2012, 07:36:03 pm
It was as a result of pure inexperience in my opinion.
Derick (On the 1200) was leading, I was in the middle and Chrisjan behind me. After we had moved the bike and helped Chrisjan to a shady spot he told me that he had tried to ride like I do. We were on a gravel track with loads of potholes, so I was standing for most of the ride, maneuvering between and around the holes. I've had a lot of practice over the last 15 000 km's in dodging potholes. So he obviously tried standing and riding as well. But he doesn't have a lot of riding experience and that's where the proverbial paw-paw hit the fan. Went off the road, right up the embankment (about 2 meters high) and flipped the bike.

Oopsie!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 23, 2012, 08:11:19 pm
Lyk my kan begin riding klasse gee! :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 24, 2012, 06:20:38 am
Lyk my kan begin riding klasse gee! :imaposer:

:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 24, 2012, 12:26:03 pm
Lyk my kan begin riding klasse gee! :imaposer:

  :lol8:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on July 24, 2012, 12:29:18 pm
Lyk my daar wag n level 1 kursus vir die ou .... meerkatte word getrain nie gebore nie !!! :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 24, 2012, 01:22:36 pm
Yesterday I was informed that I would have to go to Bamako as the Moroccan embassy wanted to see me in person! My pet hate is having to go back on a route I've already ridden. I don't know why, but I think this comes from my cycling days. Going forward equals progress...having to go back is the opposite of progress. Well, whichever way...I just don't like it. I REALLY didn't feel like taking the 6 hour ride back to Bamako. So last night I decided that they would have to send my passport back to me and then I will carry on to Dakar and apply for my visas there.

Last night I received news that my guy worked his magic and was able to get my Moroccan visa for me after all!!! Yesssss!!!!  :thumleft:  And he is currently at the Mauritanian embassy, busy sorting my visa for Mauritania! This means I should have my passport back by tomorrow or the day after. Then it's off to Senegal!!

I will probably spend 3/4 days in Senegal. First night is in Saly, with friends of mine. And then I'm off to the famous 'Zebra Bar' in St Louis. I'll spend a night or two here to gather information on the Rosso border crossing. It's known as THE worst border crossing in Africa. "Hell on earth". I'll post some reports on Rosso by fellow travelers for you guys to read. But not to worry...as always...I have a plan Stan!!!  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 24, 2012, 01:31:15 pm
Rosso Report by Traveler - 2004

Crossing this border was the absolute worst day of our trip (we crossed it around November 2004). I am generally not a violent person but just thinking about it makes me want to go back there with a machine gun and mow down anyone who comes near me! Actually no, that would be too easy, make it a .45 magnum and I will just kneecap them all!! .

We were first asked by the policeman manning the gate for some extortionate amount of money - and for this he said he would do everything for us. But we had been warned about him so we politely refused. Then he leaves you to your own devices and the vultures swarm in. The big uncertainty for us was the insurance, do we need it/how much is it/how long for/do we get it on the Mali side or the Senegal side. We had all kinds of offers and told they guys we would discuss it. So my wife and I went to sit in the shade and talk about. The f****ers had put a spy there and this guy was just sitting like he was part of the crowd. When he overheard us discussing it he insisted it was a good price and that he drives cars across the border all the time blah blah and that was his 4x4 over there blah blah so I (Forest Gump) evetually decided to trust him and we bought our insurance for 3months was $90 each! That is supposed to cover you for pretty much all west africa.

I think the actual price should be around $30 but this story varies depending on who you speak to. By this time I see who actually is driving the 4x4 and he has no idea who the other guy is. But then that b*stard has disappeared now anyway. These guys are really aggressive and completely swarm you and break you down. After nearly getting into a fight and completely losing my cool we eventually thought we were through. But then when you are at your lowest, you are just a shell of the man you once were, then the really nice guy from the Senegal side joins you on the ferry for the crossing. He says he will sort it out on the Senegal side for you for just a couple of dollars tip. Apparently you do have to give your docs to someone…can’t remember why or who told us but I thought what could go wrong…and he did say $2! Anyway, when we got to the other side we decided to go with this guy (remember we are broken, quivering wrecks. I want my mom at this stage). He then takes our documents and another guy gets involved. He is 12 foot toll and wears these huge African dictator style sunglasses – he is satan himself.

The stuff does get done, oh yes, they do it. But there’s one small catch, they have all your documents. And they won’t give them back unless you pay them. The guy who started the whole thing is happy to take his $2 but now he says this other guy (Satan) helped as well and he has to be payed…and they work in crowds. It’s constant bombardment of shouting and hussling. My wife was dealing with most of it while I watched the bikes because her French is better than mine. But at this point I had to step in again, I managed to keep my cool and I got the price knocked down a bit but we were broken and we just wanted to leave. So needless to say we left that border in a state of shock, rage and depression. The swarm of locusts (no shit) that we hit soon after really helped!!

This border has a bad reputation for reason. I am not sure if you really even need the insurance. Get it in St Louis or Dakar if you really want it. After that one expired we just wrote our bike registration numbers on our travel insurance documents and everyone seemed happy with that anyway. My tips would be to keep your cool, and make sure you make it clear to anyone who is going to help you that you are only paying them and no-one else. If you see Satan, please kick him in the nuts for me. On the plus side, after that border you must head straight for St Louis. Ask where the Zebra bar is. The will probably be signs if I remember correctly. This campsite is a bit of paradise that I will never forget and you will need it after that border. Not sure why it was so bad for us. Maybe we looked like mugs, maybe we were just unlucky.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 24, 2012, 01:33:04 pm
On reflection, Rosso Border Crossing........

For overlander types familiar with traveling North South via West Africa, here is a summary (for the record) of what to expect if you go via Rosso into Senegal from Mauritania.  If you are just interested in reading about what one of the worst border crossings in Africa is like, read on.........

In May 2010, the wife and I left the UK to travel South to Cape Town and had the pleasure of going through Rosso a few weeks ago (Oct 2010). Rosso is one of the links between Mauritania and Senegal.  Its one of the crossings people dread on this kind of trip and really try to avoid.


1) The Rosso crossing is not as bad as people say as long as you "try" and stick to the following......You can avoid it and there is a better crossing at Diama that is reachable when the rains finish. West Africa had suffered some late / heavy rains in Sept / Oct 2010 and we found the route to Diama closed / flooded. Thus if you have no other option Rosso it is!

2) The border / crossing is true African experience and most of the blogs / posts on the topic are right, so if you have read up on it most of what happens is no surprise and you can arrive "prepared". Keeping your cool is key and take your time - dont get rushed and be firm but polite with the "masses" that "welcome" you.

3) Chaos starts way before you get to the border heading South from Mauri. We were "introduced" to a "guide" 15km North of the border who "chased" us in a Merc. When I say chased, I mean he and his 2 mates drove at speed to cut us up and stop us several times to make sure we "knew" that "they" were our "chosen" guides for the crossing and the people to buy insurance from etc..... These guys seriously intimidate the locals and offers of "free" help were jumped on quickly!!! Attempts to shake them off (changing direction, going back to previous police post etc....) simply resulted in them turning around and chasing us the other way. Easy to escape on motor bikes - less so in an aging Land Rover or push bike. These guys have a well rehearsed routine - with each of them fully understanding French and English they will stand right next to you and listen to your conversations. Try and be polite and talk in private when you are on the move.

4) As soon as you reach The Blue Gates (they have erected on both sides of the river) crowds gather..... you have no choice but to go through them to start the processing. This ensures that Westerners are "greeted" by the right "gang" that happens to have first pickings that day / time. Just ignore the idiots / kids / beggers / scammers and drive through the gates....drive and do not stop and a few inches from the gates they will miraculously open for you...... WELCOME TO ROSSO!

5) Parking is just down by the river. Park up and lock all doors etc... if you are on bikes..... leave your partner with the bikes and walk in with all your paperwork. If you were solo this would be hard work to secure your gear....pick pockets and thieves are ACTIVE and alert to all your moves, with young kids acting as distraction artists (singing, begging etc...) while older, more skilled Oliver Twist types try door handles, locks, bags etc.... etc.....

6) Police and customs are in on the scam..... they so not get involved in disputes and the "guides" are basically their slave / gimps that do their bidding (fetch tea, read out documents etc....) so kind of feel good about their position in the pecking order.

7) To avoid involvement of the "help" is a hard task..... even when (as we did) ignore all attempts of help, and handing our paperwork over to the police etc.... you realise that this gets given straight back to the "help". We accepted this and as we had not lost our cool with them things actually progressed quite smoothly and friendly.   A kind of Stockholm Syndrome begins to prevail !

8) While you keep your money in your pocket YOU hold slightly more power than them - its your cash they want - remember this and avoid handing money over in dribs and drabs. Make sure you state you will pay the "fees" when EVERYTHING is complete and all paperwork is back in your hands.



9) If you have more than 2 people in your group (we had 6 in our party) it helps to divvy up responsibilities. This helps create confusion for them and several people will stick with you to make sure where the "money is". Its kind of fun to keep this "show" going right to the end.

10) Ignore the B S""T info about needing insurance before you cross etc..... buy it on the other side. The "help" will cross the river with you and when you get to the other side a "handover" is made to "help" No. 2. Again, be friendly, don't loose your cool and work with the guy.

11) We bought a 6 month Carte Brun for 3rd party insurance for the Landy for West Africa Community Countries for 100 €. You will need to get this as its an easy bribe point at the numerous check points that exist on the way to St Louis. We got asked for it at least 6 times before St Louis along with a series of other items, like warning triangles, high vis jackets, fire extinguisher etc...etc....

12) When the helper gimps have finished with the paperwork the fun begins. There are some legit. fees to pay, ferry ticket, passivant etc...but the rest is fake. Here is what we paid as a guide (per couple / vehicle).
•   Ferry ticket 23€
•   Passivant, processing, tax 25€
•   Insurance, 6 month Carte Brun 100€
•   "Help" fee 21€
For sure we got ripped off but also we got off lightly compared to what other people have paid in the past. The insurance alone probably saved us at least a few fines on the way to St Louis.

13) Bear in mind we avoided all the smaller scams (parking fees etc...) and bar one of our mates getting his hat nicked and me getting my pocket felt (a kid stole my ferry ticket receipt HA HA HA), we were finally let out of the Blue Gates in Senegal side at approx 8pm (dark by now) having started the process at 3pm (way too late). We then had a 120km drive in the dark to St Louis.....It was dark and the crowd was intimidating but we stuck together and got through it.

What would we do different next time / advice we would offer:
•   Go to Diama for sure - but we cut it too fine with the rains - check the weather situation in advance - ideally with Zebrabar people.
•   Catch the earliest ferry - we made a bad choice because of the closed road to Diama and so ended up on the last ferry (fools)
•   Unless you speak absolutely fluent French and insist on speaking with the Chefs at each post and probably use a line along the lines of reporting them when you get to Dakar, it is better to work with the "help" - I sensed that no one wants to rock the boat at Rosso so this is probably a futile strategy - so agree a price for the lot before you start and ONLY pay it when you get THROUGH the gates.
•   You do hold some power and its your cash they want - withhold it for as long as you can - if you can go as a group it helps.
•   You dont have to worry about your documents going missing as you can stick with the paper chain - just hold your nerve and keep your eyes peeled
•   Dont do what one of the people in our group did (a traveler we met along the way) and tell them that you are "scared", this helps transfer power to them and probably a racking up of more fees on the "scam meter"
•   Going there with a "I am going to not pay a single bribe" attitude is probably going to rock the boat. Softly, softly works best.
All in all - Rosso does exactly what it says on the tin! Its a sorry looking, poor place, full of people trying to make a quick buck. It looks like one or two main gangs hold control and they work with the officials - I am not sure how you could change this.

Its a real shame as Senegal is a nice country and this is "introduction" is just a let down which you quickly get over, especially over a bottle of wine discussing the revenge scenarios you might employ should you ever pass by on the river in an "Apocolypse Now" style gun boat and an unlimited amount of ammunition !! ;-)


Enjoy it and good luck !!

Nick & Vicki
Stonehenge to Cape Town 2010/11
www.langebaan-sunset.com
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 24, 2012, 01:50:36 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 24, 2012, 02:05:01 pm
So this is where Deep Dark Africa get's it's tales and roumors from ..... I'm sure you've got a plan :biggrin: ...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bashplate on July 24, 2012, 02:57:33 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 24, 2012, 10:00:18 pm
Wooohhhooooo!!! I have my visas for Mauritania and Morocco. Will have my passport back on Thursday and probably hit the road again on Sat/Sun.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on July 25, 2012, 01:05:20 am
Go safely Jo  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: michnus on July 25, 2012, 02:54:04 pm
Spoke to Lybia embassy today again. They said we can get tourist visa's for Lybia, and we do not need escort. we do need invitation letter from hotel and some emigration letter you can get at the consulate in Tunis. We will get ours in Alexandria.

strongs  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 25, 2012, 03:18:20 pm
Spoke to Lybia embassy today again. They said we can get tourist visa's for Lybia, and we do not need escort. we do need invitation letter from hotel and some emigration letter you can get at the consulate in Tunis. We will get ours in Alexandria.

strongs  :thumleft:

Fabulous!!! Dankie dat jy laat weet.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 25, 2012, 05:25:39 pm
A Polish magazine dedicated to woman in motorcycling did an article on me. The article was published today.

http://www.motocaina.pl/Stworzona_do_jazdy_motocyklem_rozmowa_z_Jolandie_Rust,3,906,7902,1.html

I don't really have any power over what the media publishes and have read articles before that I hadn't even been aware had been written/published.
With this one though, they did ask for my permission to do an article and conducted an online interview.

I'll get to the point: The heading made me cringe.

Stworzona do jazdy motocyklem: rozmowa z Jolandie Rust

Zawsze chciała dokonać czegoś wielkiego. Najpierw udało jej się przejechać przez Afrykę rowerem. Niewiele później na kolejną ekspedycję wyruszyła motocyklem. Rozmawiamy z Jolandie Rust, pierwszą kobietą, która na BMW F650GS przemierza Czarny Ląd.

Translation:

Designed to ride a motorcycle: a conversation with Jolandie Rust

I always wanted to do something great. First, she managed to ride a bicycle through Africa. Not much later, another expedition set off on a motorcycle. We talk to Jolandie Rust, the first woman on a BMW F650GS travels the
Black Continent.

That's the part that made me cringe. Never mind the fact that they got some facts wrong...like I didn't actually make it THROUGH Africa on my bicycle. But how long will we still be referred to as the "Black continent" or "Dark continent"...?

Okay...ranting over.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on July 25, 2012, 05:33:01 pm

Remember any publicity is good publicity .... Maybe someone in Poland BMW reads this and offer you a bike .....
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on July 25, 2012, 05:36:29 pm
Hahahaha Roll with it Jo, it all serves to help I believe.

Keep on keeping on!

Namaste.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 25, 2012, 05:45:54 pm
Hehe. Thanks guys. I've learned a long time ago not to take the media to heart at times. But sometimes there are small things that irk me a little bit.  8)

Nevertheless - Still loving my time on the dark continent.  :ricky:  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 25, 2012, 05:51:18 pm
On a lighter note:

Can the Southern Cross/Crux be seen in the Northern Hemisphere?

A friend of mine and I had debated this point before I left home. He had ridden through Africa along the East Coast a few times on his bike and said he couldn't see the Southern Cross after he had crossed the Equator.

Derick, the site manager on the mine where I'm staying, mentioned a few nights ago that he saw the Southern Cross.

And what do you know, it's true! The other night a bunch of us stood outside and there it was, visible just above the horizon!

So now I know.  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 27, 2012, 02:00:22 pm
I have now received my visas for Mauritania and Morocco. I don’t need a visa for Senegal, so that’s a big bonus. My new best friend Pat, went to a great deal of trouble and organized my visas for me in Bamako and on top of all he refuses to let me pay for it!

And my friends Derick and Chrisjan have allowed me to stay for almost two weeks now, giving me a bed, warm shower, food, internet!! How lucky can a girl get?!

This is what the next leg of my journey looks like:

From Gonkouto (Mali), I will make my way to Saly (Senegal). I will stay over with friends in Saly. From there I will make my way to St Louis. Here I will stay over at the well-known Zebra Bar. Then I will cross the border to Mauritania at the notorious Rosso border post. From Rosso I make my way to Nouakchott, Nouadhibou and then cross into Western Sahara and on to Rabat where I will spend some time applying for visas again.

Approximately 4000 Kilometers.

Sahara…here I come!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on July 27, 2012, 02:12:56 pm
Ai jy is gelukkig, jou pad is 'geteer'  deur Afrika en ons geniet jou storie - gooi kiekies asb :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 27, 2012, 03:34:40 pm
Rock on :thumright:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Kenisis on July 29, 2012, 08:21:27 am
But how long will we still be referred to as the "Black continent" or "Dark continent"...?


Hey Jo.

Al lot of the places that i have been in the world give me the same astounding comment, "If you come from South Africa why arent you Black?" It is a general perception that most of every one in africa is black. I think it is mostly that people are just unaware that there are other people on our continent.

It is most certainly not a "Race" thing as much as people think that we have Giraffes and Lions walking through our streets!

Enjoy the journey!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on July 29, 2012, 09:55:29 am
''Dark Africa or Black Africa' has got nothing to do with the black African people. It is commontly reffered to by Western/European people because:
1: They think it is a big Jungle with thousands of wild animals and forests all over
2: They have seen movies like blood diamonds and other which is putting the emphasis on cruelty and violent crime without limits. Again not 'black in color' related but 'DARK' as for in DANGER and Misterious Africa.
3: People on the other side of the Oceans are actually having this 'fanticy' about the Jungle' - please don't ever be offended by this for they actually means good, they actually admire us who live here!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 29, 2012, 11:45:54 am
''Dark Africa or Black Africa' has got nothing to do with the black African people. It is commontly reffered to by Western/European people because:
1: They think it is a big Jungle with thousands of wild animals and forests all over
2: They have seen movies like blood diamonds and other which is putting the emphasis on cruelty and violent crime without limits. Again not 'black in color' related but 'DARK' as for in DANGER and Misterious Africa.
3: People on the other side of the Oceans are actually having this 'fanticy' about the Jungle' - please don't ever be offended by this for they actually means good, they actually admire us who live here!  :thumleft:

TVB - You just changed my whole point of view on this matter. Thank you!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Skipskop on July 29, 2012, 12:33:43 pm
And you still want to join the ?"DARK" side Jorust ;-) ;-) ;-)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 29, 2012, 12:38:14 pm
And you still want to join the ?"DARK" side Jorust ;-) ;-) ;-)

 :lol8:  :lol8:  Ummmmm.....yes!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 29, 2012, 05:30:42 pm
Bly om te hoor jy is nog veilig en aan die gang! Sterkte.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on July 29, 2012, 06:36:02 pm
Ry veilig  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 29, 2012, 09:20:50 pm
Dankie julle. Waardeer die boodskappies!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 29, 2012, 09:35:33 pm
 :ricky: A bit of news on another front:   :ricky:

I've been elected to sit on the Women in Motorcycling Commission for the FIM-Africa Continental Union.

Before I left on my trip I was invited to attend the FIM-Africa annual congress that was held in Cape Town, in November 2011. Here it was decided that I would act as the FIM-Africa ambassador for the African continent whilst on my trip. And now I sit on one of the continental union commissions.

What is FIM?

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is an international organisation acting in all matters connected with motorcycling activities and, as such, is active in domains as varied as sport, the environment, mobility, road safety, legal affairs, and the protective and defence of the rights and interests of motorcycle users.  As far as motorcycle sports are concerned, the FIM is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling events organised under its jurisdiction throughout the world.

http://www.fim-africa.com/women-in-motorcycling

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hinksding on July 29, 2012, 10:25:22 pm
:ricky: A bit of news on another front:   :ricky:

I've been elected to sit on the Women in Motorcycling Commission for the FIM-Africa Continental Union.

Before I left on my trip I was invited to attend the FIM-Africa annual congress that was held in Cape Town, in November 2011. Here it was decided that I would act as the FIM-Africa ambassador for the African continent whilst on my trip. And now I sit on one of the continental union commissions.

What is FIM?

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is an international organisation acting in all matters connected with motorcycling activities and, as such, is active in domains as varied as sport, the environment, mobility, road safety, legal affairs, and the protective and defence of the rights and interests of motorcycle users.  As far as motorcycle sports are concerned, the FIM is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling events organised under its jurisdiction throughout the world.

http://www.fim-africa.com/women-in-motorcycling

 :thumleft:


Eerste keer dat ek hierop afkom, en ek subscribe met 'n groen gesig  :thumleft:

Voorspoed met die res
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on July 30, 2012, 10:52:45 am
Go well.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on July 30, 2012, 08:07:20 pm
Mooi gedaan
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on July 31, 2012, 06:27:31 pm
:ricky: A bit of news on another front:  :ricky:

I've been elected to sit on the Women in Motorcycling Commission for the FIM-Africa Continental Union.

Before I left on my trip I was invited to attend the FIM-Africa annual congress that was held in Cape Town, in November 2011. Here it was decided that I would act as the FIM-Africa ambassador for the African continent whilst on my trip. And now I sit on one of the continental union commissions.

What is FIM?

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is an international organisation acting in all matters connected with motorcycling activities and, as such, is active in domains as varied as sport, the environment, mobility, road safety, legal affairs, and the protective and defence of the rights and interests of motorcycle users.  As far as motorcycle sports are concerned, the FIM is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling events organised under its jurisdiction throughout the world.

http://www.fim-africa.com/women-in-motorcycling

 :thumleft:

Geluk. Veilig ry !!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Rodlau on August 03, 2012, 11:41:09 am
Eish.................. no update!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on August 03, 2012, 06:28:18 pm
STILTE???? ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 05, 2012, 07:37:52 pm
Sorry peoples. Still a bit 'stuck' in Mali. Hence no update. Hoping to finally leave for Senegal on Tuesday. Updates will follow!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: adv on August 05, 2012, 09:21:57 pm
nog nog nog
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 05:36:18 pm
Aaaaand I'm OFF!!! Finally!
Amper 'n MAAND in Mali! And to think I was planning on riding through here in two days! Phew. Time flies!!!  :patch:
Anyway, I'm hitting the road to Senegal tomorrow.  :ricky:

I am banning myself from the forum...until I get to Morocco! On account of spending TOO MUCH TIME on the forum!  :peepwall:  :spitcoffee:

Plus, by the time I hit Rabat (where I'll be spending yet another couple of weeks), I'll have lots to tell and loads of photies to share! Aiming on breathtaking - in the middle of nowhere - desert shots!!   :mwink:

And looking forward on sharing my experiences on crossing "The worst border crossing in Africa". A.K.A - Hell on Earth! Rosso border crossing between Senegal and Mauritania. This should be interesting!  >:D

So I'll catch up with you all again from Morocco!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: adv on August 06, 2012, 05:38:57 pm
Kom kom, ons hou jou dop was en watch jou moves!

Veilig ry!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 06:13:21 pm
Kom kom, ons hou jou dop was en watch jou moves!

Veilig ry!

 :imaposer: :thumleft: Moet net nie my dop mors nie!  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on August 06, 2012, 06:38:24 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on August 06, 2012, 06:46:32 pm
Ride safely Jo  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 06:48:16 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:

Dankie Carrots!  :thumleft:

Jy't my sopas 'n idee gegee. Wanneer ek daar ander kant aankom (Ethiopia) waar hulle bikers met klippe gooi. Wonder wat hulle sal doen as ek hulle met mielies terug gooi. Dan pas ek nou mos die gesegde net letterlik toe.

Food for thought!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 06:49:27 pm
Ride safely Jo  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Will do, thanks Grolls!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on August 06, 2012, 06:53:36 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:

Dankie Carrots!  :thumleft:

Jy't my sopas 'n idee gegee. Wanneer ek daar ander kant aankom (Ethiopia) waar hulle bikers met klippe gooi. Wonder wat hulle sal doen as ek hulle met mielies terug gooi. Dan pas ek nou mos die gesegde net letterlik toe.

Food for thought!

Grapgat!!!  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 07:36:24 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:

Dankie Carrots!  :thumleft:

Jy't my sopas 'n idee gegee. Wanneer ek daar ander kant aankom (Ethiopia) waar hulle bikers met klippe gooi. Wonder wat hulle sal doen as ek hulle met mielies terug gooi. Dan pas ek nou mos die gesegde net letterlik toe.

Food for thought!

Grapgat!!!  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

 8) ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 06, 2012, 07:42:14 pm
Hey antie, jy is hopeloos te min op die forum!!  :deal:

Waars die kiekies? Sies jy is suinig :3some:

Cheers, geniet dit!! Jy behoort Marocco baie te geniet -  :3some:root bike community daar!! Lekker stunt ry manne en al.....hou die WD se naam hoog asb en bly op 2 wiele!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 08:17:50 pm
Hey antie, jy is hopeloos te min op die forum!!  :deal:

Waars die kiekies? Sies jy is suinig :3some:

Cheers, geniet dit!! Jy behoort Marocco baie te geniet -  :3some:root bike community daar!! Lekker stunt ry manne en al.....hou die WD se naam hoog asb en bly op 2 wiele!!  :thumleft:

Kiekies volg binnekort! BTW: Ek het 'n paar manne van Brits af hier ontmoet. Klein wereld!  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on August 06, 2012, 08:22:24 pm
Hulle het seker gevlug....Oppikoppi is mos kwansuis aan die gang!!  :peepwall: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 08:24:39 pm
 
Hulle het seker gevlug....Oppikoppi is mos kwansuis aan die gang!!  :peepwall: :biggrin:

  :spitcoffee:  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Tonteldoos on August 06, 2012, 08:28:39 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:

Dankie Carrots!  :thumleft:

Jy't my sopas 'n idee gegee. Wanneer ek daar ander kant aankom (Ethiopia) waar hulle bikers met klippe gooi. Wonder wat hulle sal doen as ek hulle met mielies terug gooi. Dan pas ek nou mos die gesegde net letterlik toe.

Food for thought!
Nogal Pittig...  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 08:37:01 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:

Dankie Carrots!  :thumleft:

Jy't my sopas 'n idee gegee. Wanneer ek daar ander kant aankom (Ethiopia) waar hulle bikers met klippe gooi. Wonder wat hulle sal doen as ek hulle met mielies terug gooi. Dan pas ek nou mos die gesegde net letterlik toe.

Food for thought!
Nogal Pittig...  :biggrin:

Ek weet, dis bietjie CORNY, né?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 06, 2012, 08:42:06 pm
Gooi mielies Jo!!  :thumleft:

Dankie Carrots!  :thumleft:

Jy't my sopas 'n idee gegee. Wanneer ek daar ander kant aankom (Ethiopia) waar hulle bikers met klippe gooi. Wonder wat hulle sal doen as ek hulle met mielies terug gooi. Dan pas ek nou mos die gesegde net letterlik toe.

Food for thought!
Nogal Pittig...  :biggrin:

Ek weet, dis bietjie CORNY, né?  :peepwall:

So corny jy maak sommer popcorn van mielies  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 06, 2012, 08:46:27 pm
Ethiopia kry jy die od slingervel teen die bike soos ook in die DRC en selfs Lesotho....miskien tot Soweto as jy jouself kark gedra. Moet asb ASB nie Ethiopia misry nie, dis n stunning land, super mooi - maak seker jy gaan by Lalibela aan en onder deur die OMO Valey in Turkana in. Die Omo valey, Turkana en Masai is een van die enigste plekke in die wereld waar die mens nog so tradisioneel leef dat.......ek het nie woorde nie, kom net en spandeer tyd saam die locals, jy sal 'jousels vergaap' aan die lewe hier!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 06, 2012, 08:47:45 pm
En ek hoop daai Brits manne het ons naam hoog gehou, ons was glads te veel in die nuus die afgelope paar jaar, van mense wat olifante molesteer tot weet nie wat nog nie....ek drink nie meer harties se water nie  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 09:00:02 pm
Ethiopia kry jy die od slingervel teen die bike soos ook in die DRC en selfs Lesotho....miskien tot Soweto as jy jouself kark gedra. Moet asb ASB nie Ethiopia misry nie, dis n stunning land, super mooi - maak seker jy gaan by Lalibela aan en onder deur die OMO Valey in Turkana in. Die Omo valey, Turkana en Masai is een van die enigste plekke in die wereld waar die mens nog so tradisioneel leef dat.......ek het nie woorde nie, kom net en spandeer tyd saam die locals, jy sal 'jousels vergaap' aan die lewe hier!

Ek ry definitief deur Ethiopia!  :thumleft: Dis of dit of Somalia! Ek vat eerder Ethiopia aan as die pirates!!!  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 06, 2012, 09:02:20 pm
En ek hoop daai Brits manne het ons naam hoog gehou, ons was glads te veel in die nuus die afgelope paar jaar, van mense wat olifante molesteer tot weet nie wat nog nie....ek drink nie meer harties se water nie  :peepwall:
 

Liewe $#$!!!!!!  :eek7:
Het self twee jaar in daai area gewoon.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 07, 2012, 01:08:05 pm
En ek hoop daai Brits manne het ons naam hoog gehou, ons was glads te veel in die nuus die afgelope paar jaar, van mense wat olifante molesteer tot weet nie wat nog nie....ek drink nie meer harties se water nie  :peepwall:
 

Liewe $#$!!!!!!  :eek7:
Het self twee jaar in daai area gewoon.  :peepwall:


As jy nie van die water gedrink het nie sal jy fine wees, hmmm nou wonder ek self :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Rynet on August 08, 2012, 05:44:42 am
Enjoy Senegal and please don't deprive us of your interesting updates . :sip:

Good luck with Senegal I know you will be successful with your positive enthusiasm , savvy and charm . :thumleft:

Only way to outwit those policemen is to stand one's ground and not get angry , scared and to know one's rights and be informed. But easier said than done in the face of their high level of bullying , it's almost a national sport for them .  I think very few of us would have the courage to face that border alone. I know I wouldn't , so respect .  :salut: :salut: I am not wishing you luck , I wish the policmen luck as they will need it if they think they can bully you or wear you down . They will be scared . :imaposer:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on August 08, 2012, 05:46:58 pm
Ry veilig en geniet.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on August 08, 2012, 06:08:24 pm
Jy raak nou rof met die Lara Croft avatar ne? Veilig wees. Hier is dit weer storms en sneeu reg oor die land! Mooi ry. x
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Kamikaze Swazi on August 08, 2012, 11:52:40 pm
Ek weet hoe jy voel oor Somalië, ek moet môre deur Parow ry oppad na Hentie se winkel toe...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 09, 2012, 07:38:53 am
Ek weet hoe jy voel oor Somalië, ek moet môre deur Parow ry oppad na Hentie se winkel toe...

 :o :o




 :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: madmax on August 09, 2012, 03:50:11 pm
This is awesome. ... So lucky to be young in2011/12/13 then in the 80s we rode sa and then had to back pack asia as couldnt ride africa:-) i am enjoying this trip as if i were there... Go girl go
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: krister on August 13, 2012, 11:19:32 am
Late sub!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on August 14, 2012, 03:58:30 pm
STILTE??? ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 15, 2012, 06:11:51 pm
Sopas in Rabat aangekom. Het BAIE stories en photies om te deel.

Update to follow soon.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 15, 2012, 08:28:20 pm
Hier's solank 'n photie.  :mwink:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on August 15, 2012, 08:33:47 pm
Awesome Jo !! Well done !

Love the pic ! hope you got lots more to share  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on August 16, 2012, 03:38:32 pm
Cool, you've surfaced in a pile of sand :imaposer:
Look forward to your tales :thumright:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on August 16, 2012, 04:15:20 pm
Daai koelteboom is darem ver  :lol8:

Kan nie wag vd ander photies nie.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 16, 2012, 04:56:31 pm
My journey North is now almost at an end!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cloudgazer on August 16, 2012, 05:08:22 pm
My journey North is now almost at an end!!

Fantastic!
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on August 16, 2012, 05:42:37 pm
Great, hope going south will be just as great
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on August 16, 2012, 05:47:57 pm
My journey North is now almost at an end!!
Great, hope going south will be just as great

Jo, you sure have ahd one hell of an AWESOME trip so far. It's been nice to have been able to follow your epic journey & I am looking forward to following the rest of it, as you start on your south bound return trip.

Keep it up.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Joyride on August 16, 2012, 05:50:51 pm
Good luck Jo :thumleft: Will be following the rest of your journey.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on August 16, 2012, 07:30:57 pm
Mooi gedaan sover. Jy is n yster girl. Geniet die res en ek vertrou die res sal ook so goed wees en dat jy veilig tuis sal kom.  Geniet hom
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Swanniebraai on August 16, 2012, 08:43:49 pm
YSTER!! :thumleft: :drif:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on August 17, 2012, 07:57:18 am
well done . looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CorCorlia on August 17, 2012, 08:11:40 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: Well done so far!  Hope the rest of the trip goes smoothly and ensures a whole lot of awesome memories!!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on August 17, 2012, 08:53:11 am
4.5 months to get there  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cracklin on August 17, 2012, 01:07:05 pm
Hi Jo and greetings from the Tuva republic, a little known autonomous region in southern Siberia. 12 C here and it is supposed to be summer

Really pleased to see your progress and tenacity. You make us South Africans proud!

We have picked up a weak design flaw in the Dakars frame on both my and Linda's bike. Effectively it starts as a hairline crack that grows. It is something you cannot see due to the body panels but could  become problematic. PM me if you need more info as it may be worth the time to check it out.

An internet connection  here a rarity and is dial up  so maybe SMS  me on 082 8592808. There is a cell connection every now and then, more so than an internet one

Best regards

Harry and Linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on August 17, 2012, 01:15:19 pm
Nee MOOI!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GIDEON on August 20, 2012, 09:14:17 am
AWESOME  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 02:27:33 pm
Thank you all!!!  :3some:
Working on the update!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 02:28:03 pm
4.5 months to get there  :thumleft:

And if all goes well, I'll see you all back home in another 4.5 months.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 20, 2012, 03:52:34 pm
4.5 months to get there  :thumleft:

And if all goes well, I'll see you all back home in another 4.5 months.  :ricky:

Now why would it not go well....of course all will be ok!! You go and please slow down and take in as much as possible. What s the publising date for your book  :peepwall:

Wher are the photos? You are stingy  :deal: :patch:

Cheers :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:16:48 pm
4.5 months to get there  :thumleft:

And if all goes well, I'll see you all back home in another 4.5 months.  :ricky:

Now why would it not go well....of course all will be ok!! You go and please slow down and take in as much as possible. What s the publising date for your book  :peepwall:

Wher are the photos? You are stingy  :deal: :patch:

Cheers :thumleft:

Hey! That's the second time you've called me stingy!!!  :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:19:11 pm
Okay, a few photos whilst I work on the update:

This is in Mauritania, on route to Nouakchott.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2210.jpg)


Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:21:22 pm
Rosso border crossing. On the ferry from Senegal to Mauritania.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2199.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:22:02 pm
Entering Western Sahara.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2240.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:23:05 pm
On route to Dakhla. (Western Sahara)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2310.jpg)

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:33:34 pm
On route to Dakhla.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2274.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 20, 2012, 04:33:37 pm
On route to Dakhla. (Western Sahara)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2310.jpg)



Whan an awesome Picture!! I love deserts, thank you, Mercy, dankie, aksante, sjukran :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:34:59 pm
Loooooonnnngggggg road - Morocco

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2282.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 04:36:22 pm
Entrance into Dakhla.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2335.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 20, 2012, 04:57:23 pm
Ek is mal oor die stads muure - baie in Iraq En Afghanistan en die Midde Ooste gesien. Dit herrinder aan die era van die Bybelse mense.....ook daar waar vader Arahammmmmm die eerste biker was :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 05:00:48 pm
Ek is mal oor die stads muure - baie in Iraq En Afghanistan en die Midde Ooste gesien. Dit herrinder aan die era van die Bybelse mense.....ook daar waar vader Arahammmmmm die eerste biker was :deal:

 :thumleft: Ek is ook mal daaroor. Die woestyn is 'n baie spesiale plek.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 05:05:44 pm
One of my favorite photos.
I rode through two sand storms. And it really is a very, very loooong road from Senegal to Rabat!
What I loved watching was how the wind would blow the sand across the road. The sand doesn't settle ON the road, but moves over the road mimicking a river-like effect on top of the road instead. Flowing in beautiful patterns, leading me through the desert.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2362.jpg)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on August 20, 2012, 05:11:19 pm
Just make sure your airfliter does not get blocked with sand.....it cost another guy a piston and barrel. Clean the filter often. If it gets blocked the motor can suck air/dirt around the filter.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 05:15:31 pm
Just make sure your airfliter does not get blocked with sand.....it cost another guy a piston and barrel. Clean the filter often. If it gets blocked the motor can suck air/dirt around the filter.

You taught me well!!! As a matter of fact that's exactly what I was doing this morning! Cleaned it often going through the desert.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hinksding on August 20, 2012, 06:11:11 pm
Hallo Jo, ek hou van jou report en die fotos, ek dink ekt 'n nuwe bynaam vir jou gekry: Mrs Balls  :mwink:

Geniet die res, ons hou jou dop!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 20, 2012, 08:14:19 pm
Super!!! Dankie vir die kiekies.....en moenie so suinig wees nie asb :deal:

Geniet en smile!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 20, 2012, 08:15:59 pm
Super!!! Dankie vir die kiekies.....en moenie so suinig wees nie asb :deal:

Geniet en smile!!  :thumleft:

Dankie.  :thumleft:

En...ek tel hulle!!!! Onthou ek gaan nie vir ewig hier bo sit nie!  :pot:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: DikZol on August 20, 2012, 09:56:35 pm
Nice pics!  Veilig ry!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on August 21, 2012, 01:30:07 am
Great pic's Jo  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on August 21, 2012, 03:17:21 am
So just how long is Loooooonnnngggggg ?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 21, 2012, 05:03:45 am
Super!!! Dankie vir die kiekies.....en moenie so suinig wees nie asb :deal:

Geniet en smile!!  :thumleft:

Dankie.  :thumleft:

En...ek tel hulle!!!! Onthou ek gaan nie vir ewig hier bo sit nie!  :pot:

Uitgevang!  :patch:

Mooiry en geniet! Almal regret altyd na die tyd twee dinge:
1)Te mein fotos geneem
2) Te min tyd spandeer om plekke in die land te verken

Aangesien jy daai dollar not so erg vasknyp dat die arme senator daarop se oe begin traan kan jy nou seker maak jy maak nie dieselfde foute as 'almal' nie. Anders gaan jy eendag in huis herfsblaar....of as jy van die Kaap is in huis spataar dit regret :peepwall:

Geniet!!! :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Desert Boy on August 21, 2012, 06:18:23 am
Entering Western Sahara.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2240.jpg)



Hey; who let those camels loose between Swakop and Walvis Bay?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Orangeswifty on August 22, 2012, 01:21:05 pm
Hi Jo
Just spent the better part of around 2 days reading your adventure from page 1 to 27
It seems amazing that you can do all of this alone and i can see why
.............you just make friends wherever you go!

I'm sure all will go well for the rest of the trip
Will be watching in an...tici......pation!
You should spend some time on the med in Egypt
Lekke place to be :thumleft:

Looking forward to meeting you when this is over
Want to hear special stories from you personally one day
Great going and give it horns!
Can't wait for the rest :sip:

Ons boere is trots op jou!!!
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on August 22, 2012, 01:57:50 pm
Juit! Bly om te sien jy is nog aan die gang. Wat kos petrol daar?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 22, 2012, 04:50:25 pm
Just had my first crash in traffic, ever. It sucks!!!

I had to go to the "Commissariat Central" - (Police), to have my Moroccan visa extended. Embassy in Mali told me that the visa is valid from date of issue...which was 24 July (valid for one month). That means my visa would effectively be expiring on Friday.
So on route to the Police, about a block away I got run over in a traffic circle by a guy in a Toyota Yaris. Het hit me from the right with impact on the fork/front wheel. Bike landed on her left side and the chain jumped off.

Guy got out to check whether I was okay. Very apologetic. I picked up the bike (amazing how light a bike can be when you've got adrenaline pumping through your veins), and pushed her to the side. He helped me put the chain back on, shook my hand and left.

Small crash...but a kak feeling nonetheless!

And after all of that I was told that I didn't need to extend my visa as it's actually valid from date of entry!!!  :xxbah:

My arme scoot!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CorCorlia on August 22, 2012, 04:53:40 pm
Bly jy is oraait!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on August 22, 2012, 04:53:42 pm
Sounds like you are OK - that's important :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 22, 2012, 04:54:42 pm
Ja ja, I'm fine!! I'm a Ninja!!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on August 22, 2012, 04:57:42 pm
Just make sure your airfliter does not get blocked with sand.....it cost another guy a piston and barrel. Clean the filter often. If it gets blocked the motor can suck air/dirt around the filter.

You taught me well!!! As a matter of fact that's exactly what I was doing this morning! Cleaned it often going through the desert.  :thumleft:

Ah, a female that listens.....unusual, and refreshing.... :biggrin: :peepwall: :pot: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 22, 2012, 05:00:58 pm
Juit! Bly om te sien jy is nog aan die gang. Wat kos petrol daar?

Hellooooo!! Dis omtrent so 10 Dirham per liter. Die Rand en Dirham is so te se on par. So R10 p/liter.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 22, 2012, 05:01:38 pm
Just make sure your airfliter does not get blocked with sand.....it cost another guy a piston and barrel. Clean the filter often. If it gets blocked the motor can suck air/dirt around the filter.

You taught me well!!! As a matter of fact that's exactly what I was doing this morning! Cleaned it often going through the desert.  :thumleft:

Ah, a female that listens.....unusual, and refreshing.... :biggrin: :peepwall: :pot: :biggrin:

 :spitcoffee:   ..... Funny you are....laugh I must!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 22, 2012, 05:05:12 pm
Hi Jo
Just spent the better part of around 2 days reading your adventure from page 1 to 27
It seems amazing that you can do all of this alone and i can see why
.............you just make friends wherever you go!

I'm sure all will go well for the rest of the trip
Will be watching in an...tici......pation!
You should spend some time on the med in Egypt
Lekke place to be :thumleft:

Looking forward to meeting you when this is over
Want to hear special stories from you personally one day
Great going and give it horns!
Can't wait for the rest :sip:

Ons boere is trots op jou!!!
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Awwwwwww....thanks Switfty! Waardeer.
Kan nie wag om bietjie saam 'n paar honde rond te rits wanneer ek terug is nie.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 22, 2012, 05:47:23 pm
Bly jy is OK Jo.  :thumleft:

Daai hit op die voorvurk kon op jou been gewees het. :eek7:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on August 22, 2012, 05:55:47 pm
Bly jy is OK Jo.  :thumleft:

Daai hit op die voorvurk kon op jou been gewees het. :eek7:

Bly jy is OK Jo.  :thumleft:

Daai hit op die voorvurk kon op jou been gewees het. :eek7:

 :thumleft:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 01:04:25 am
Bly jy is OK Jo.  :thumleft:

Daai hit op die voorvurk kon op jou been gewees het. :eek7:

Dis waar ja. Ek is ook bly beide ek en my scoot het lig daarvan afgekom. Rug bietjie seer gemaak...maar Ramadan is nou verby wat beteken ek mag maar 'n bier drink vir die pyn!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Crossed-up on August 23, 2012, 05:42:13 am
Glad you're OK.  Any crash is bad news, but in a foreign country it can easily get very complicated!  All the best.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Orangeswifty on August 23, 2012, 09:59:16 am
Bly jy is OK Jo.  :thumleft:

Daai hit op die voorvurk kon op jou been gewees het. :eek7:

Dis waar ja. Ek is ook bly beide ek en my scoot het lig daarvan afgekom. Rug bietjie seer gemaak...maar Ramadan is nou verby wat beteken ek mag maar 'n bier drink vir die pyn!  :thumleft:
I like your high spirit! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Firecoast on August 23, 2012, 10:09:05 am
Hey chickeroo!!!

Glad you are having a ball! When are you home? (might have missed that one)

I could do with another 'braai' in Worcester!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 11:14:17 am
Hey chickeroo!!!

Glad you are having a ball! When are you home? (might have missed that one)

I could do with another 'braai' in Worcester!

Hellooooooo!!!
I'm aiming at December. See how it goes. If I'm back in time I might just join you guys at new year's get together.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Firecoast on August 23, 2012, 11:48:55 am
Hey chickeroo!!!

Glad you are having a ball! When are you home? (might have missed that one)

I could do with another 'braai' in Worcester!

Hellooooooo!!!
I'm aiming at December. See how it goes. If I'm back in time I might just join you guys at new year's get together.  :thumleft:

Sounds like a plan!!!! Be safe!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on August 23, 2012, 12:30:56 pm
Jis,  moenie nou hierdie fantastiese trippie opvoeter nie.... bly jy is OK... ry veilig  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on August 23, 2012, 01:22:22 pm
just saw this now, will read later. sounds awesome, well done
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 02:09:41 pm
Mali to Mauritania!

I had a wonderful time in Mali! Despite all the unrest and turmoil going on in the North, the rest of the country is very peaceful. People go about their daily lives and shyly smile when you greet them. I stayed at the G&S camp on the Gounkoto mine, almost right on the Senegalese border in the West of Mali. I never even planned on riding through Mali! But ended up spending almost a month! It was a good choice!

I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people! I felt right at home with Derick and Chrisjan who kindly took me in and gave me a place to stay for as long as I needed. On my first attempt I was not able to acquire my visas for either Mauritania or Morocco. Right after I had reached the mining camp a friend in Bamako said he could help out and I immediately sent my passport back.

It took about two weeks, but ‘Pat the miracle worker’ was successful in getting both my Mauritania and Moroccan visas in Bamako. To top it all off he hand delivered my passport back to me and refused to let me pay for anything!

Everyone welcomed me with open arms and made me feel to be part of the family! I got to explore the area a bit, get to know loads of interesting and wonderful individuals, go on rides with my buddies Derick and Chrisjan, and got to meet Mr. Mark Bristow. (Another avid adventure rider and CEO of Randgold Resources)

Derick and Chrisjan
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A bit of exploring!
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN1979.jpg)

I would’ve loved to stay even longer, but my visa for Mali was about to expire. Originally the plan was to ride to Saly (Senegal) and spend one or two days with friends there. Then ride to St. Louis to stay at the Zebra Bar before taking on the Rosso border into Mauritania. Though Mr. Bristow invited me to stay at their guesthouse in Dakar for a night.

I was up at 4:30 to load the bike and get ready to leave for Senegal. The boys at the camp were up early as well and we enjoyed our last coffee together. Derick would accompany me to the border (about 10km away) to see me off. A friend, Abdoulaye, arrived just before 6:00 and took my passport to the border. He sorted everything out before I even got there. I said goodbye Derick (knowing that he was itching to join me to Morocco! I knew how much he misses the road after he and his dad rode to the UK last year) and crossed over into Senegal.

Derick rode with to the border to see me off
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The border between Mali and Senegal
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Abdoulaye rode with me to the first town in Senegal (Kedougou), filled up my bike at his expense, shook my hand, wished me luck and turned back. What an awesome guy! I knew what to expect from the landscape and surrounding as Derick painted a colorful picture when reminiscing about his trip.

This new road that was built in December 2011 is known as the Millennium Highway. It lasts pretty much until you reach the national park. The surroundings are beautiful and wild. For the first time in a long time I got to see animals, other than cows, donkeys and goats. I saw monkeys, warthogs and meerkats running across the road.

Monkeys!
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After exiting the park the land suddenly starts to flatten out and you quickly drop in elevation. On my GPS I could see the saltpans that stretch from the coastline to Kaolack being indicated to my left. The geography changes so dramatically and suddenly you’re riding through flat terrain, surrounded by water and salt mining heaps on both sides of the road. And it’s windy!

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2091.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2100.jpg)

The distance from where I was staying in Mali to Saly is about 750 km’s. I reached the town of Mbour (just before Saly) around 6:30pm. My friends Laurent and Sahar Desmarets were waiting for me at the Shell garage as you enter Mbour. First things first, we headed to a local restaurant for ciders to celebrate my arrival! And then I dropped the bike! Hahahaha. (It was before I had the ciders!)

Okay so we had beers when we got home as well!
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I spent a wonderful day relaxing in Saly. Sahar took me into town because I needed to do some shopping! Saly is a lovely little town with stalls lining the streets with merchants selling their goods. People are extremely friendly and warm and welcoming! Love it! I needed to find a bracelet for my ever-growing collection! I met a Touareg who has a shop making silver jewelry. He didn’t have any bracelets I was interested in, but offered to make me one. I explained to him what I wanted and he said he would deliver it to me later that night. A few shops down the street I met a tailor and an artist who had heard about me from Sahar. They both welcomed me to Senegal and gave me two bracelets as presents! Awesome! I went about shopping for some clothes and by the time I got back to the Touareg’s shop, my bracelet was ready! Hand made, especially for me!

Saly!
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My bracelet in the making
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Interesting restaurant name.....
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My bracelet!
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That night Laurent and Sahar invited another South African over and we all had dinner together. I was almost sad to have to leave so soon! I would’ve loved to stay in Saly for a few more days! Though I really wanted to get the Rosso border crossing out of the way as soon as possible! So the next day it was off to Dakar. It’s only about an hour’s ride from Saly so there was no real rush. I only left late in the afternoon and reached Dakar just before dark.

Reaching Dakar…on my Dakar! A joyous occasion! A driver escorted me to the guesthouse where I would spend the night. Later on David and Moustapha arrived so we could discuss how to go about the Rosso border crossing. Mark had asked them to assist me! I was given a contact number for another David at the border who would meet me there and run me through the procedures. Next morning I was up at 5:00 and left Dakar in the dark.

Senegal, to me, is horse and baobab country! All along the roadside there are horses! And they’re well looked after. The baobabs I started noticing from Kaolack onwards, spread far and wide across the countryside. Absolutely beautiful, these majestic giants! Vegetation starts thinning out as you close in on Mauritania and starting noticing old Arabic style structures. And then, I reached Rosso!

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Outside of Dakar
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I did not stop until I reached the border gate. The street is filled with hordes of people, small bikes and donkey carts. The second I stopped I was surrounded by at least six men. Frantically talking to me in a mixture of English, French and Arabic. I calmly got off the bike and asked for David. I was instructed that once I located David I needed to phone Moustapha so he could talk to him and verify that it was indeed the right guy. I did as instructed and after I was satisfied that this was indeed the David I would be dealing with, we started with processing my paperwork. Within about ten minutes I was standing on the other side of the gates in the holding area where everyone waited to board the ferry to Mauritania. The ferry arrived before long. Though I could not board, as there were no less than 100 camels waiting to be loaded first. A crowd had gathered around me and we stood watching as the men in their white and light blue robes rounded up the camels in small groups to get them onto the ferry. It was a timeous and ‘not-all-that-fun-to-watch’ procedure. I hated how they kept hitting the camels with their big sticks!

**Blending in!**
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On route to Rosso
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Camels being loaded onto the ferry
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On the second round I boarded the ferry with the rest of the camels. It only takes a ten-minute ride over the Senegal river to get to the other side. Though it was a Friday and Ramadan, so by the time we reached the other side I would have to wait for about two hours as everyone was off to pray. In the meantime a couple arrived on a red BMW f800gs. They were from Spain, riding down to Dakar. The man started chatting to me and complained about how bad this border is. I smiled at him and said: “Well brace yourself, the other side is worse”! Which is true, in my opinion. I found the Mauritania side to be much more relaxed.

By the time I had my passport stamped and all the paperwork filled out, it was too late to try and gun it for Nouakchott. I would certainly only reach it by night and Mauritania is not really a country where I felt comfortable riding around at night. Just after you cross the border there is a hotel on your right. Clean and cool, I thought it a good idea to rather spend the night and get an early start the next morning. In retrospect, I should’ve pushed through to Nouakchott.......
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Orangeswifty on August 23, 2012, 02:52:08 pm
Bring it on sista!
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on August 23, 2012, 03:39:31 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SGB on August 23, 2012, 04:07:01 pm
Amazing adventure, good reading all your info and comments.  You are a legend... Keep it up!  :thumleft: 8)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 08:03:27 pm
Thanks guys.  :3some:

Oh, when I had to disembark from the ferry I had an off. Do you know how slippery camel shit is??? Unfortunately that little off has had the worst impact on my panniers. Right side pannier has a hole in it. Oopsie.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 23, 2012, 08:15:44 pm
As jy Nuwejaar inSA wil wees sal jy moet ophou ski in die kameel poep en die Dakar se volume contol oopmaak antie :peepwall:

Ek hou van jou under cover look, pasop dat n langbaard lang 'Pile Pile' resturant eienaar jou nie dalk koop nie :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 23, 2012, 08:18:43 pm
O ja, wou nog se...dankie vir die kiekies :thumleft: geniet dit  :laughing4:en probeer die verkeers sirkels vermy :o
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 08:28:52 pm
As jy Nuwejaar inSA wil wees sal jy moet ophou ski in die kameel poep en die Dakar se volume contol oopmaak antie :peepwall:

Ek hou van jou under cover look, pasop dat n langbaard lang 'Pile Pile' resturant eienaar jou nie dalk koop nie :deal:

 :thumleft: Ek weet. Ek het uitgewerk dat ek het nodig om teen middle/laat September hier weg te kom in orde om teen Desember terug in SA te wees. Dit is hoekom ek so lank hier sal vertoef. Ek wil probeer om my visas tot en met Sudan hier uit te sorteer. Dit maak dinge baie makliker op die pad. Sal maar sien hoe gaan dit met die aansoeke - ek begin volgende week.  :ricky:

En enige langbaard lang 'pile pile' restaurant eienaar wat enigsens probeer binne 'n afstand van ses voet van my af kom, sal ses voet onder beland! (As dit 'n bietjie 'heavy' klink sal almal verstaan na die volgende update)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 23, 2012, 08:34:21 pm
 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Jy het nie n body guard nodig nie!! Kry sommer n lekker Panga en 'Circumcise ' hul verder!  :thumleft:

Cheers!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 08:58:19 pm
:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Jy het nie n body guard nodig nie!! Kry sommer n lekker Panga en 'Circumcise ' hul verder!  :thumleft:

Cheers!

Ek het 'n panga!!!  :lol8: Well...sort of...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on August 23, 2012, 09:15:24 pm
As  jy hier in Turkana kom, laat hul vir jou een van daai  tradisionele gevegs gewrigsmesse maaak, heel nice. Dis n lem wat om die gewrig kom met n dier se vel binne om jou vel te beskerm en buite haal jy dit  vel oor die snykant af en as iets te na aan jou bubble kom lem jou hom!!  :laughing4: Die Turkana mense maak die mooiste armbande van krale, ek het nou een om my gewrig om te help dat ek nie my naam vergeet nie, dit help egter nie teen naam verloor of plein naam 'gatmaak' nie  :patch:

Cheers :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 09:22:24 pm
As  jy hier in Turkana kom, laat hul vir jou een van daai  tradisionele gevegs gewrigsmesse maaak, heel nice. Dis n lem wat om die gewrig kom met n dier se vel binne om jou vel te beskerm en buite haal jy dit  vel oor die snykant af en as iets te na aan jou bubble kom lem jou hom!!  :laughing4: Die Turkana mense maak die mooiste armbande van krale, ek het nou een om my gewrig om te help dat ek nie my naam vergeet nie, dit help egter nie teen naam verloor of plein naam 'gatmaak' nie  :patch:

Cheers :thumleft:

 :lol8:
Ek sal bietjie 'n foto neem van my messe. As enige van die customs outjies ooit die goed aan my moet vind is ek in groot bollie!  :peepwall:

As for die armband...ek het nou nie juis 'n probleem met my naam vergeet nie  :patch: , maar sal nice lyk by die res op my arm. Sal uitkyk, dankie. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 23, 2012, 09:23:03 pm
Ek het selfs 'n BMW mes!  :imaposer:  :imaposer:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on August 24, 2012, 04:10:09 am

Of the Turkana weapons, the wrist-knife (abarait) is the most infamous of the lot, at least in terms of its spine-chilling appearance, and is unique - in Kenya at least - to the Turkana (various related peoples in southern Sudan also carry them). The blade is sheathed with two bands of goat skin leather, one on the inside to protect the wrist on which it is worn like a bracelet, and one on the outside. The outer band has steel and copper ends. Formerly used in close combat and in fights among the Turkana (it was taboo to kill a fellow Turkana with a spear), the wrist-knife's usefulness is gradually being made redundant by automatic rifles such as the AK-47.


.....Kry eerder die AK   :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 02:51:21 pm

Of the Turkana weapons, the wrist-knife (abarait) is the most infamous of the lot, at least in terms of its spine-chilling appearance, and is unique - in Kenya at least - to the Turkana (various related peoples in southern Sudan also carry them). The blade is sheathed with two bands of goat skin leather, one on the inside to protect the wrist on which it is worn like a bracelet, and one on the outside. The outer band has steel and copper ends. Formerly used in close combat and in fights among the Turkana (it was taboo to kill a fellow Turkana with a spear), the wrist-knife's usefulness is gradually being made redundant by automatic rifles such as the AK-47.


.....Kry eerder die AK   :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
 


 :imaposer:  Ummmmmm....nie juis vreeslik "inconspicuous" nie!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 03:22:04 pm
A few more pics from arriving in Saly - Senegal.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 03:22:36 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 03:23:13 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 03:24:19 pm
I'm not too sure about the guy's expression. Think he's drooling over my bike?  :patch:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 24, 2012, 03:44:01 pm
1ste foto.......ry ook al nes n local. Sny reg voor die ou met die bike in!! :peepwall:

Is reg so Jo. Adapt or die. :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 04:17:24 pm
1ste foto.......ry ook al nes n local. Sny reg voor die ou met die bike in!! :peepwall:

Is reg so Jo. Adapt or die. :deal:

Hehehe....ja, dit lyk so maar my flikker was al lankal aan so die ou moes weet ek gaan draai.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 06:16:16 pm
*** SOME STATS *** - Updated

Current location: Rabat - Morocco

Days on the road: 97 140

Total countries: 14 (Excludes SA)

Number of borders crossed: 14

Total Mileage: 18 000 Kilometers

Number of nights spent in tent: 3 (All in Namibia)

Other bikers met on road: 4 (2 riders in Nam (from Romania and Switzerland), 2 riders from Spain on Rosso border, 1 rider from Italy on route to Dakhla)

Crossed the equator 3 times: in Gabon

Number of falls: 9 (First of which was in Namibia in some sand, the rest were just 'letting the bike rest', mostly out of pure exhaustion....or slipping on Camel poo)

Although I try my best not to ride at night, sometimes I have no choice and have reached towns at night a number of times:
*Ondangwa (Namibia) - 19:30
*Lobito (Angola) 23:00 - With Police escort
*Ndende (Gabon) 22:00 - Along with the Czech
*Libreville (Gabon) 20:00
*Bamenda (Cameroon) 19:30
*Accra (Ghana) 19:15
*Abidjan (Cote D'Ivoire) 20:00
*Bamako (Mali) 20:00

---I've been a good girl! See, last time I rode at night was in Mali! ---  :thumleft:

Punctures: 0

Sets of tires used: One set, will change in Morocco  I'm fitting my second set of Heidy's in Tetouan. Current mileage on the set I have fitted is 20 000 kilometers!!!

Parts replaced: Brakes and sprocket in Abidjan, Sprockets and chain in Morocco

Phones stolen twice: Once in Angola, once in Abidjan

Physical attacks: 2

Weirdest stuff I've eaten: Pig heart, Pig brains, Frog legs

Current Fuel Consumption: 21 km/L

Number of bribes paid: 0

Number of marriage proposals: Countless (For all concerned, I'm married, my husband's name is Paulo and he is traveling somewhere in South America!!! We needed a break from each other. Hahahaha) <- This story is not working anymore...I think I should switch to just telling guys I'm a lesbian!

Moments that made me go: "WTF"
* Police hitting cars with batons in Nigeria.
* Military pulling me over in Nigeria, then getting involved in a fight with a truck driver, pulling their weapons on him and completely forgetting about me. I sat watching the ordeal for a few seconds and then just took off.
* On my way to the Mali embassy in Abidjan a guy goes and sits down right in front of me as I'm walking down the street, to take a dump!?!?
* Seeing a camel walking around in the middle of the city in Abidjan!?!?
* People walking around naked in Abidjan....
* A monkey grabbing my camera from me in Angola!
* A guy trying to sell me a dead baboon on the side of the road in Cameroon. Where would I put it???
* The guy who grabbed my phone from me and making a run for it in Abidjan?!?!?
* Drunk guy hitting my bike with a stick as I cross the border into Benin from Nigeria.
* Immigration officials too busy drinking and chatting on Facebook, I have to stamp and fill out my own Carnet? (Benin)
* Being forced to sit down and eat peanuts with immigration officials in Mali?!? LoL
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on August 24, 2012, 06:24:09 pm
Ek dink ons moet begin werk aan 'n naam vir die boek  :biggrin: Dis great dat jy die avontuur kan beleef.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 06:25:08 pm
Ek dink ons moet begin werk aan 'n naam vir die boek  :biggrin: Dis great dat jy die avontuur kan beleef.

Enige voorstelle is baie welkom!  :thumleft:  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: adv on August 24, 2012, 07:34:16 pm
I'm not too sure about the guy's expression. Think he's drooling over my bike?  :patch:

I think he is a little slow :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 07:43:39 pm
I'm not too sure about the guy's expression. Think he's drooling over my bike?  :patch:

I think he is a little slow :)

He was a little strange. He asked around when he noted my bike and came to introduce himself. He has SEVEN Africa Twins!  :patch:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 24, 2012, 09:03:19 pm
Mauritania to Western Sahara

I settled into my hotel room. It was hot as hell outside and I was really grateful for the air conditioner in my room! I checked in around 05:00pm. Being Ramadan, I knew I would only be able to get food a little later that night. David (the man that handled my paperwork when I crossed the border) kindly offered to bring me some food later on. With accommodation and food sorted, I had a shower and a nap. It had been a long day and I was exhausted! The TV in the room even had movies showing in English! I felt comfortable that I had made the right choice in rather staying than trying to make it to Nouakchott before dark.

Around 09:00pm there was a knock at my door. Yay! David had brought my food, as promised. I was very happy to see him as I hadn’t eaten all day (Ramadan), and I was super hungry! He put the food down on the counter. Grilled chicken with fries and salad!

Though my happy feeling suddenly disappeared when I noticed him closing and locking the door to my hotel room. He then approached me and tried to kiss me. I pushed him away and made it CLEAR that I was not interested. Of course he became even more persistent. He pushed me onto the bed and a wrestling match ensued. I completely lost it and went into ninja mode! I managed to fight him off and started shouting at him and told him to get out! He stood staring at me with wild eyes for a few seconds and then became apologetic all of the sudden, saying: “Excusez-moi. Ce pas moi, c'est mon cœur.” You’re aiming too high asshole! I promise you it’s not your heart! And then he left.

That's him, sitting next to me on the ferry from Senegal
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Apart from experiencing intense anger and a few bruises in my neck, I was fine. Even managed to get in some sleep. I was up at 6 again the next morning. I loaded the bike, paid for my room and left for Nouadhibou. I didn’t want to hang around in Mauritania and rode through the country, border to border, in one day. I had been warned about all the security control points on route and came prepared with my “Fiche”. Control points are spaced only a few kilometers from each other and you run into one about every 20 kilometers or so. They’re usually situated before and after towns and villages. What’s different from these control point, in comparison to control points in most of Central and Western Africa is that you MUST stop at the sign that says STOP. This might sound as a given, but all the way up until here I’ve noted that one only stops at a control point if the officer on duty signals you to do so. I didn’t stop at the first sign, but did stop in front of the officer and he asked me why I didn’t stop at the sign? I noted the line of cars that had stopped behind me, behind the sign, and then I understood.

Every time I reached a control point the officer would greet me, and then just say: “Fiche”. Fiche is basically a copy of your passport with details written on it, such as: your vehicle’s make and registration number, your visa number and occupation. I prepared about 20 copies before entering Mauritania. I ran out of copies before I reached Western Sahara!

It’s a very long road leading up to Western Sahara. I was very excited to get into the desert though. It’s a bit of a ‘shock to the senses’ after emerging from Central and Western Africa’s jungles. (Literally and figuratively speaking). The road is in good condition and ranges between light grey shell-grit and black tar sections. The light grey road sections mostly consisting of shell grit and the black sections normal tar road.

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The two biggest cities on route to Western Sahara are Nouakchott (the country’s capital) and Nouadhibou. After stopping at no less than fifteen control posts, I finally made it to Nouakchott. I stopped at a Total garage to refuel and asked about fuel availability on route to Nouadhibou. The stretch between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou is about 480 kilometers. I can reach around 360 kilometers on a full tank (17 liters). The attendant assured me that there is no fuel available on route to Nouadhibou, so I filled my two 7-liter fuel bags as well. That ought to do it!

Though I did find a Total garage about halfway between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou with fuel! And a little shop where I bought myself a nice cold Coca-Cola! It is HOT out on the road and I was lucky enough to ride through two sandstorms on route to Nouadhibou. What I loved is watching how the sand gets blown over the road. It never settles ON the road, but would rather just blow across the road in thick streaks or in beautiful patters if the wind is from the north or south.

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When entering Mauritania you have proper sand dunes surrounding you. Then as you progress through the country the scenery changes to a more rock desert environment. There are small villages next to the road and nomadic tents that I could spot every now and then further in from the road. The only animals I spotted were camels (of course), donkeys and dogs. There are also a lot of dead animals on the side of the road. Throughout the country I would catch a whiff of a decaying animal on the side of the road every now and then.

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The second sand storm I went through was quite intense and reduced my visibility to about 20 meters. A crazy wind blowing in from the coast – west to east. It felt like I had to hang on for all I was worth! And even in that sand storm I got pulled over at a control point. The officer on duty had to hold my bike whilst I fished out my Fiche for him! We couldn’t hear one another but I knew he wanted the Fiche, so I handed it to him and then carried on.

By the time I reached Nouadhibou the wind had subsided somewhat. The sun starts setting around 07:30pm, which gives me lots of daytime to work with. It took me close to 10 hours to ride through Mauritania with all the control point delays. I had the name of a hotel that Moustapha in Dakar had given to me and immediately went about searching for said hotel. After riding around for about half an hour without any luck in finding the hotel, I decided to try a different tactic. I rode right into the middle of town and stopped in the busiest intersection, got off my bike and removed my helmet. Knowing that this would attract attention, two men approached me in no time flat. I told them I was looking for Tiriz Hotel and they kindly pointed me in the right direction. Five minutes later I arrived at the hotel and checked into my room.

Street in Nouadhibou
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Next morning when I woke up, I looked out my window and noticed someone was sleeping on the rooftop next to the room I stayed in.
(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2222.jpg)

Another wonderful day on the road, exploring, riding and experiencing!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hinksding on August 24, 2012, 09:34:13 pm
*** SOME STATS *** - Updated

Current location: Rabat - Morocco

Days on the road: 97 140

Total countries: 14 (Excludes SA)

Number of borders crossed: 14

Total Mileage: 18 000 Kilometers

Number of nights spent in tent: 3 (All in Namibia)

Other bikers met on road: 4 (2 riders in Nam (from Romania and Switzerland), 2 riders from Spain on Rosso border, 1 rider from Italy on route to Dakhla)

Crossed the equator 3 times: in Gabon

Number of falls: 9 (First of which was in Namibia in some sand, the rest were just 'letting the bike rest', mostly out of pure exhaustion....or slipping on Camel poo)

Although I try my best not to ride at night, sometimes I have no choice and have reached towns at night a number of times:
*Ondangwa (Namibia) - 19:30
*Lobito (Angola) 23:00 - With Police escort
*Ndende (Gabon) 22:00 - Along with the Czech
*Libreville (Gabon) 20:00
*Bamenda (Cameroon) 19:30
*Accra (Ghana) 19:15
*Abidjan (Cote D'Ivoire) 20:00
*Bamako (Mali) 20:00

---I've been a good girl! See, last time I rode at night was in Mali! ---  :thumleft:

Punctures: 0

Sets of tires used: One set, will change in Morocco  I'm fitting my second set of Heidy's in Tetouan. Current mileage on the set I have fitted is 20 000 kilometers!!!

Parts replaced: Brakes and sprocket in Abidjan, Sprockets and chain in Morocco

Phones stolen twice: Once in Angola, once in Abidjan

Physical attacks: 2

Weirdest stuff I've eaten: Pig heart, Pig brains, Frog legs

Current Fuel Consumption: 21 km/L

Number of bribes paid: 0

Number of marriage proposals: Countless (For all concerned, I'm married, my husband's name is Paulo and he is traveling somewhere in South America!!! We needed a break from each other. Hahahaha) <- This story is not working anymore...I think I should switch to just telling guys I'm a lesbian!

Moments that made me go: "WTF"
* Police hitting cars with batons in Nigeria.
* Military pulling me over in Nigeria, then getting involved in a fight with a truck driver, pulling their weapons on him and completely forgetting about me. I sat watching the ordeal for a few seconds and then just took off.
* On my way to the Mali embassy in Abidjan a guy goes and sits down right in front of me as I'm walking down the street, to take a dump!?!?
* Seeing a camel walking around in the middle of the city in Abidjan!?!?
* People walking around naked in Abidjan....
* A monkey grabbing my camera from me in Angola!
* A guy trying to sell me a dead baboon on the side of the road in Cameroon. Where would I put it???
* The guy who grabbed my phone from me and making a run for it in Abidjan?!?!?
* Drunk guy hitting my bike with a stick as I cross the border into Benin from Nigeria.
* Immigration officials too busy drinking and chatting on Facebook, I have to stamp and fill out my own Carnet? (Benin)
* Being forced to sit down and eat peanuts with immigration officials in Mali?!? LoL


Quite an interesting few!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on August 25, 2012, 04:15:10 am
Some crazy stuff Ninja girl :ricky:

Try for a ride on a camel :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Ganjora on August 25, 2012, 04:32:54 am
awesome RR,  jo.
loving it - keep safe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Crop Sprang on August 25, 2012, 05:33:21 am
FANTASTIC !!!!!
Looking forward to the next instalment
Stay safe
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on August 25, 2012, 09:02:02 am
Eish....an adventure of note..... :thumleft:

How do they recognize a tourist biker in those countries? He/she is wearing a crash helmet...... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on August 25, 2012, 10:57:29 am
Can I pre order a copy of the book!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 07:05:03 pm
Crossing into Western Sahara

During Ramadan, the towns are jam packed at night and dead quiet during the day. Which suits me just fine. Makes it easier to negotiate any traffic (though the only traffic you’ll experience around here is when you ride through a town…and towns are few and far apart), and by the time the streets get crazy I’m already cozy in my hotel room.

I had a bit of a lie in and only left Noudhibou around 09:00am the next morning. The staff at Hotel Tiriz were very friendly and helpful. The concierge brought me some food the previous evening (Okay this time I stood by the door and kept it open…just in case). The staff helped me drag all my bags up and down four flights of stairs. (It’s the small things that count, I feel very spoilt when someone actually helps me).

It’s about a 50-kilometer ride to the Western Sahara border.  You turn off the main road; cross a railroad track and then about 5 kilometers later you’re standing at the border gates. Then it’s the usual routine. Get out my passport and Carnet de Passage and start getting them stamps. All went fairly easy and without hassles on the Mauritania side. Then when you pass through the gates, you enter ‘No Man’s Land’. The 3-kilometer stretch between Mauritania and Morocco. There is no road! You have to make your way through some rocks and sand and a vehicle graveyard. There are signs that warn you not to wonder off in the wrong direction, on account of you might just run over a landmine! The best way to cross this stretch is to wait for another vehicle and then follow them to the other side!

I made it to the other side, unscathed and rode past customs. Oops! I do that on a regular basis! Hee hee. A group of robed men sitting on the side of the road was shouting and waving at me, indicating that I needed to go back. No harm done though, when I got back to the customs window the officer on duty just smiled and asked: “France or Spain”? “Neither, I smiled”. He tried a few more: “Germany, Italy, Sweden…”? “Afrique du Sud”, I finally replied. “Ohhhh, you’re from Africa”. Ummmm, yes…and you must be from…Uranus??? He was very friendly and efficient though. Even added me as a Facebook friend whilst processing my details.

After having my passport stamped I went about having my Carnet stamped, but then things turned into a bit of a run around. First I had to go to Douane. They then sent me back across the road to the Police who had to search my things. Police searched my belonging and stamped my little blue form, and then it was back to Douane. Where is your insurance form? I don’t have one. Okay, see that office over there? You have to buy insurance. Off to the office, I go to buy insurance. The office is just beyond the border gate entering Western Sahara. I buy insurance (900 Dirham for one month’s insurance). Then it’s back to Douane once more. They process all my information and stamp the blue form again. I ask them to please stamp my Carnet. They stamp both the entry and exit forms. Huh? Okay, whatever, I’ll sort out later. It’s hot as hell and I need something to drink. Finally with all the right stamps in the right places I head towards the boom. There is a long line of trucks waiting to get through. The officer manning the boom asks for my passport. He supposedly cannot find my stamp and tells me to park to one side. I do as I’m told and follow the officer around as he quibbles with the truck drivers. I follow him around for about 15 minutes. He just ignores me. He finally hands my passport to another officer who just hands my passport back to me and tells me I can go. Huh again? Just beyond the border there is a hotel on your left with a little shop next to it. I buy a one-liter Sprite, a buddy Coke and 1,5 liter water and hit the road. I passed the line of trucks and found a quiet spot a few kilometers away where I stopped and downed the Coke and half the bottle of water.

The border is in the background, where you see that cellphone tower
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I was now in Western Sahara! Woohoo! There’s just something immensely intriguing about the Sahara. The vastness, the mystery, the world’s largest hot desert!

Next stop: Dakhla! World renowned for kite surfing action! About 380 kilometers from the border and the road carries virtually no traffic. Whenever I’d stop for a quick break, the sudden intense silence that surrounded me would make my ears ring! I could hear a vehicle approach from miles and miles away. Even the simple act of swallowing a mouthful of water made me feel like the nomads might have heard me miles into the desert.

On route to Dakhla you’ll come across camels grazing next to or lazily crossing the road. You’ll see one or two cars and lots and lots of desert! The sun will turn your ATGATT into a cooking suit. But you’ll love it. Because you’re in the SAHARA baby!! Well, the Western part of it anyway.

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One of the questions I get asked the most is: “What goes through your mind when you’re on the road, all day, on your own”? Well…if you were to go to a travel agency they would tell you that Mauritania and especially Western Sahara are no-go zones for tourists! It’s very dangerous and you might get kidnapped. So that’s what went through my mind on route to Dakhla. Say I got snatched, dumped in the middle of the desert with only the clothes on my back…how would I survive? How would I survive long enough to reach civilization? This is what I came up with: I would try to figure out at what time I got snatched and based on the time lapse between time taken and consciousness regained I would try to work out how big a radius I’m looking at, based on last known destination. Assuming that I’m still in Western Sahara I would start heading in a northwesterly direction (to reach the coast). And then, maybe I’ll eat that blue camel hovering over there…or maybe I should get out of the sun!

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Just before you reach Dakhla you really hug the coastline for some distance. There’s a particular stretch where you can turn off the road (if you want to) and have a great view looking out over the ocean. In some sections it really looks like the earth just broke off into the ocean. Vertical cliffs with about a fifty-meter drop in some sections (guesstimate). Then as you start turning to get to Dakhla you cross over a hill and then all of the sudden, literally hundreds of kite surfers to your left! It’s a pretty awesome site and not quite something you’d expect if you didn’t know about it!

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2310.jpg)

I treated myself when I got into town and booked myself into the Sahara Regency Hotel. A few Italian guys outside the hotel were very interested to find out where I had come from and helped me unload the bike. Turns out they had ridden from Italy to Dakhla a few years ago. Now they were just here for the kite surfing. There were quite a few foreigners in the hotel, here for kite surfing. There’s a camp outside of Dakhla as well where most of the kite surfers stay over.

The kite surfers
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I settled into my room and had a view over the main street from the second floor. Later at night I watched as the street filled up and people walked around, kids played on the sidewalks and men sat at café’s drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

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Entrance/Exit - Dakhla
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Next stop…Laayoune!  (A.K.A El Aaiún)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BMWPE on August 25, 2012, 08:03:43 pm
Awesome report  :thumleft:
Thanks for sharing
take care
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on August 25, 2012, 08:16:48 pm
Awesome, one day when I'm big I want to be a real man and think about doing this stuff hehe
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Offshore on August 25, 2012, 08:20:02 pm
Awesome young Lady. Too awesome for words. Keep on rolling. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: frans1 on August 25, 2012, 08:20:35 pm
It is amazing to read. Will for sure buy your book Jo. Good luck with the rest of your trip back to SA!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:36:31 pm
Some crazy stuff Ninja girl :ricky:

Try for a ride on a camel :biggrin:

 :thumleft: I'm leaving the camel ride for Egypt. Wanna take one of them to go see the pyramids.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 25, 2012, 08:36:41 pm
Jy is 'n yster hou so aan.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:38:23 pm
Jy is 'n yster hou so aan.

Dankie Schalk!  :thumleft:
Wanneer vat jy weer die lang pad??  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:39:14 pm
awesome RR,  jo.
loving it - keep safe.

Thank you!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:40:39 pm
FANTASTIC !!!!!
Looking forward to the next instalment
Stay safe

Thanks a million!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:41:37 pm
Eish....an adventure of note..... :thumleft:

How do they recognize a tourist biker in those countries? He/she is wearing a crash helmet...... :biggrin:

Haha Kurt! It's true. I feel heavily overdressed in my ATGATT!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:42:28 pm
Can I pre order a copy of the book!

Pierre, jy kan 'n signed copy kry!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:43:34 pm
Awesome, one day when I'm big I want to be a real man and think about doing this stuff hehe

Haha....one day when I'm big I'll start doing really crazy stuff!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:44:37 pm
It is amazing to read. Will for sure buy your book Jo. Good luck with the rest of your trip back to SA!

Thank you!  :thumleft:
I think I should put aside a "Wilddog signed copy stack" so long!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:45:38 pm
Awesome young Lady. Too awesome for words. Keep on rolling. :ricky:

Thank you so much!!  :thumleft:  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 25, 2012, 08:46:32 pm
Awesome report  :thumleft:
Thanks for sharing
take care

I love being able to share my journey with you all. So it's my absolute pleasure!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 25, 2012, 08:49:37 pm
Jy is 'n yster hou so aan.

Dankie Schalk!  :thumleft:
Wanneer vat jy weer die lang pad??  :ricky:
As ek 'n sponsor soos jy kan kry dan ry ek more om die wereld. In tussen ry ek maar hier in SA rond net om die ry drang so 'n bietjie in beheer te hou. Groete ek volg jou storie elke dag met verlange na Afrika en sy mense.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on August 26, 2012, 09:51:05 am
Can I pre order a copy of the book!

Pierre, jy kan 'n signed copy kry!  :thumleft:

Sien uit daarna!

Lekker ry en geniet!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 26, 2012, 10:07:26 am
Very nice thanks for sharing it with us.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: LMG on August 26, 2012, 12:20:52 pm
So pas die hele storietjie gelees.  Jy is besig om my droom te leef deur om Afrika te ry.  I'm impressed!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on August 26, 2012, 04:21:47 pm
So pas die hele storietjie gelees.  Jy is besig om my droom te leef deur om Afrika te ry.  I'm impressed!

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on August 26, 2012, 08:45:06 pm
Just finished catching up with your adventures and misadventures  :sip:
Inspiring stuff, you are amazing  ;)

You were planning to ride a rally at some point, to prepare for Dakar 2014? Is that still on?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 26, 2012, 09:09:30 pm
Just finished catching up with your adventures and misadventures  :sip:
Inspiring stuff, you are amazing  ;)

You were planning to ride a rally at some point, to prepare for Dakar 2014? Is that still on?

Excellent question!
The three rallies I was scheduled to race in take place in October and November. The Baja Portalegre (Portugal), Rallye du Maroc and Merzouga Rally (Morocco). Before I left on my trip MSA supplied me with my International Racing license.

I am running a little ahead of schedule at this stage and have decided NOT to race, for a couple of reasons.

1. These rallies aren't child's play and I honestly don't feel like I'm ready to race yet. If I hurt myself in one of the rallies, that would jeopardize my trip around Africa. So I've decided to focus on finishing my trip around Africa first. THEN, I can start focusing on training, racing and getting ready for the Dakar in 2014.

2. The money I would need to compete in these rallies is locked up in my KLR that's standing at home and still for sale.

So...in short I won't be racing now. BUT, Dakar 2014 is still a definite! I'm scheduled to start my training in Namibia after I've finished my trip.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on August 26, 2012, 09:19:23 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Desert Boy on August 27, 2012, 05:47:01 am
Hi Jo. Wonderful adventure you're having. Memories for a lifetime!!!

I suppose you have tracked your route so far. Did you use T4A? Is the track available? I would love to see it!!

Good luck for the rest of the long road!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on August 27, 2012, 08:03:05 am
wow , great stuff , very glad that little incident didnt  turn nastier than it was . ride safe , enjoy and i will also have a copy of that book pls.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on August 27, 2012, 09:54:20 am
Goeie werk Jo.....goeie werk!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on August 27, 2012, 02:02:24 pm
 :mwink: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Probie on August 27, 2012, 04:36:21 pm
Jo dit is ongelooflik wat jy doen! Ek sal ook een van daardie boeke solank pre-order hoor! Geniet dit aan jou kant want ons geniet die RR aan hierdie kant!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: anton_ on August 27, 2012, 07:01:31 pm

Van 'n Kapenaar wat nou in Finland bly, ek kan somtyds nie wag om elke dag nog 'n stukkie te lees nie.  :thumleft:  Ry veilig en hou aan skryf   ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 28, 2012, 11:00:48 pm
Just finished catching up with your adventures and misadventures  :sip:
Inspiring stuff, you are amazing  ;)

You were planning to ride a rally at some point, to prepare for Dakar 2014? Is that still on?

Excellent question!
The three rallies I was scheduled to race in take place in October and November. The Baja Portalegre (Portugal), Rallye du Maroc and Merzouga Rally (Morocco). Before I left on my trip MSA supplied me with my International Racing license.

I am running a little ahead of schedule at this stage and have decided NOT to race, for a couple of reasons.

1. These rallies aren't child's play and I honestly don't feel like I'm ready to race yet. If I hurt myself in one of the rallies, that would jeopardize my trip around Africa. So I've decided to focus on finishing my trip around Africa first. THEN, I can start focusing on training, racing and getting ready for the Dakar in 2014.

2. The money I would need to compete in these rallies is locked up in my KLR that's standing at home and still for sale.

So...in short I won't be racing now. BUT, Dakar 2014 is still a definite! I'm scheduled to start my training in Namibia after I've finished my trip.  :thumleft:

That's a wise move, these rallies are seriously tough. I was wondering how you find the time and money to do all this riding? I'm assuming you're loaded because a KLR is not going to come close to paying for any rally. ;D

Also you may want to consider 2015 for your Dakar, because A)  you have to have completed at least one FIM desert rally to qualify, and B) Your looking at R500k to do the Dakar...I'm not trying to be negative with these comments but rally is a very serious commitment and from personal experience I have offset my Dakar twice

Regardless, it would be awesome to race the Dakar with you in 2014. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on August 29, 2012, 02:06:58 pm
Ha! The BlueBull is still committed to riding in 2014, so I guess BlueCow is on board?  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 29, 2012, 02:28:17 pm
Mrs Bluebull....not blueCow  :P

She is not yet on board, but she grudgingly supported me getting another rally bike and knows I will be rallying on. After the next rally or two she will accept  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 30, 2012, 06:56:06 pm
Just finished catching up with your adventures and misadventures  :sip:
Inspiring stuff, you are amazing  ;)

You were planning to ride a rally at some point, to prepare for Dakar 2014? Is that still on?

Excellent question!
The three rallies I was scheduled to race in take place in October and November. The Baja Portalegre (Portugal), Rallye du Maroc and Merzouga Rally (Morocco). Before I left on my trip MSA supplied me with my International Racing license.

I am running a little ahead of schedule at this stage and have decided NOT to race, for a couple of reasons.

1. These rallies aren't child's play and I honestly don't feel like I'm ready to race yet. If I hurt myself in one of the rallies, that would jeopardize my trip around Africa. So I've decided to focus on finishing my trip around Africa first. THEN, I can start focusing on training, racing and getting ready for the Dakar in 2014.

2. The money I would need to compete in these rallies is locked up in my KLR that's standing at home and still for sale.

So...in short I won't be racing now. BUT, Dakar 2014 is still a definite! I'm scheduled to start my training in Namibia after I've finished my trip.  :thumleft:

That's a wise move, these rallies are seriously tough. I was wondering how you find the time and money to do all this riding? I'm assuming you're loaded because a KLR is not going to come close to paying for any rally. ;D

Also you may want to consider 2015 for your Dakar, because A)  you have to have completed at least one FIM desert rally to qualify, and B) Your looking at R500k to do the Dakar...I'm not trying to be negative with these comments but rally is a very serious commitment and from personal experience I have offset my Dakar twice

Regardless, it would be awesome to race the Dakar with you in 2014. :thumleft:

Heya Neil.
Yeh, I know...Dakar 2014 is REALLY ambitious. But I'll give it my all to try and make it.
Time - I have LOADS of. Money...well that's the real pain in the butt as I'm sure you know. I rely solely on sponsors for this.

Here's hoping I see you at the Dakar!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: MINZI on August 31, 2012, 12:46:09 pm
Stunning photos again. Don't you get lonely sometimes and tired of your own company? What do you miss most?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 31, 2012, 09:08:02 pm
Stunning photos again. Don't you get lonely sometimes and tired of your own company? What do you miss most?

Thanks Minzi.  :thumleft:
Sure, I get lonely sometimes. But I get to meet a lot of people all over. It's only when I'm on the road that I'm actually by myself. In real life I am the 'quiet girl in the corner' type. An observer. This journey is a challenge to myself to get out and live. And it certainly is a challenge on every level imaginable. Physically, emotionally, psychologically. With that comes discovery, experience and growth. Best is knowing that I will return to where I started a better, stronger person.

What I miss most...my friends! I miss my friends, my country and my culture. I sorely miss my fellow Saffa's.  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 31, 2012, 09:20:48 pm

Van 'n Kapenaar wat nou in Finland bly, ek kan somtyds nie wag om elke dag nog 'n stukkie te lees nie.  :thumleft:  Ry veilig en hou aan skryf   ;D

Dankie Anton!  :thumleft: :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: buzzlightyear on August 31, 2012, 09:27:51 pm
Stunning photos again. Don't you get lonely sometimes and tired of your own company? What do you miss most?

Thanks Minzi.  :thumleft:
Sure, I get lonely sometimes. But I get to meet a lot of people all over. It's only when I'm on the road that I'm actually by myself. In real life I am the 'quiet girl in the corner' type. An observer. This journey is a challenge to myself to get out and live. And it certainly is a challenge on every level imaginable. Physically, emotionally, psychologically. With that comes discovery, experience and growth. Best is knowing that I will return to where I started a better, stronger person.

What I miss most...my friends! I miss my friends, my country and my culture. I miss my fellow Saffa's.  :3some:

Wow, quite a challenge you set yourself! Respect!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on August 31, 2012, 10:59:49 pm
Thanks for all the updates.
Great reading this rr
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 31, 2012, 11:08:54 pm
Thanks for all the updates.
Great reading this rr

 :thumleft: Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Tonteldoos on September 01, 2012, 07:19:15 am
Thanks for all the updates.
Great reading this rr
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on September 02, 2012, 08:35:06 am
Jis Jo!  Heerlike lentedag hier. Wit geryp vanoggend maar dis so 'n rustige, lazy Sondag met sonnetjie wat nou begin deurkom. Ons het vanoggend klomp mense vir "stork tea" ontbyt> Lê seker vir jou ook voor eendag as jy klaar rondgeloop het. Mooi dag vir jou en veilig wees.
Roela
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 03:49:31 pm
Jis Jo!  Heerlike lentedag hier. Wit geryp vanoggend maar dis so 'n rustige, lazy Sondag met sonnetjie wat nou begin deurkom. Ons het vanoggend klomp mense vir "stork tea" ontbyt> Lê seker vir jou ook voor eendag as jy klaar rondgeloop het. Mooi dag vir jou en veilig wees.
Roela

Jis Roela!
Hier's dit lekker warm. Elke dag in die 30's. Maar ek lê al vir 3 dae in die bed met 'n simpel verkoue. Seker maar my guardian angels se manier van my leisels 'n bietjie intrek.
Noudat die lente aangebreek het, kan ek maar weer begin huiswaarts keur.  :ricky:
PS: Jou girls se armbande is ingepak.  :thumleft:
PPS: Wat vir 'n ding is 'n stork tea??  :peepwall:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 02, 2012, 04:08:31 pm
'n partyjie vir dors VOELS  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 04:12:51 pm
'n partyjie vir dors VOELS  :laughing4:

 :laughing4:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: skydiver on September 02, 2012, 04:49:44 pm
Maar ek lê al vir 3 dae in die bed met 'n simpel verkoue. Seker maar my guardian angels se manier van my leisels 'n bietjie intrek.
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Ons hoop jy word gou gesond. Sterkte.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 04:52:09 pm
Maar ek lê al vir 3 dae in die bed met 'n simpel verkoue. Seker maar my guardian angels se manier van my leisels 'n bietjie intrek.
Ons hoop jy word gou gesond. Sterkte.
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 :thumleft: Baie dankie! Begin vandag al klaar weer soos 'n mens voel. More loop ek weer volstoom!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 05:49:53 pm
My scoot (DAX) is going in to BMW Casablanca tomorrow.
They have offered to service her for me and to replace the parts I need...no charge!  :thumleft:
How cool is that!!!!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 05:54:39 pm
Look, look....I'm on Teevee!!!   :lol8:

Interview in Laayoune (Morocco). Go to 09:05 on the clip for my interview. Most of it is in Arabic though.  :peepwall:

http://www.youtube.com/v/mKCIyXxUJ_E
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hondsekierie on September 02, 2012, 06:35:25 pm
Wow, kom nou eers hierop af.  Respek en schweet met die TV coverage.  Jy gaan hierdie trip nooit vergeet.  Nou net om terug te begin lees.

Mooi ry en veilig wees :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 06:40:58 pm
Wow, kom nou eers hierop af.  Respek en schweet met die TV coverage.  Jy gaan hierdie trip nooit vergeet.  Nou net om terug te begin lees.

Mooi ry en veilig wees :thumleft:

 :thumleft: Dankie! 
Jip, ek sal dit definitief nooit vergeet nie. :ricky:
Lekker lees.  :sip:
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 02, 2012, 06:48:24 pm
Mooi man ... pragtige TV ster is jy nou ook nog.  Word gou gesond
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BMWPE on September 02, 2012, 07:10:43 pm
My scoot (DAX) is going in to BMW Casablanca tomorrow.
They have offered to service her for me and to replace the parts I need...no charge!  :thumleft:
How cool is that!!!!  :3some:

Awesome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TTMAN on September 02, 2012, 07:11:27 pm
Maggieis en ek het nie eers gewet jy kan Arabies praat nie.  Ha Ha.  Word gou gesond en veilig ry en hoop ons kan jou erens in SA ontmoet as jy uiteindelik hier in ry.  Dit is n voorreg om jou verslae te lees.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 07:43:34 pm
Mooi man ... pragtige TV ster is jy nou ook nog.  Word gou gesond

Dankie Woody!!  :thumleft:
BTW...ek wil jou kom sien wanneer ek terug is by die huis. Jy't iets wat ek wil hê.  :mwink:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 07:46:15 pm
Maggieis en ek het nie eers gewet jy kan Arabies praat nie.  Ha Ha.  Word gou gesond en veilig ry en hoop ons kan jou erens in SA ontmoet as jy uiteindelik hier in ry.  Dit is n voorreg om jou verslae te lees.

 :3some: Dankie, dankie! Ek se djou...ek goooi die taal! hahaha. Op die stadium kan ek mense net seën en vloek in Arabies. Albei kom handig te pas.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 02, 2012, 07:56:37 pm
Deal... se net wanneer.  Hoop jou paspoort is geldig vir Brakpan. :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 02, 2012, 07:59:23 pm
Deal... se net wanneer.  Hoop jou paspoort is geldig vir Brakpan. :imaposer:

Wonderlik! Ja wat, geen probleem. Kan sommer vir my nefies en niggies bietjie kuier terwyl ek daar is.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 02, 2012, 08:12:41 pm
 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Carrots on September 03, 2012, 06:55:24 am
Maggieis en ek het nie eers gewet jy kan Arabies praat nie.  Ha Ha.  Word gou gesond en veilig ry en hoop ons kan jou erens in SA ontmoet as jy uiteindelik hier in ry.  Dit is n voorreg om jou verslae te lees.

 :3some: Dankie, dankie! Ek se djou...ek goooi die taal! hahaha. Op die stadium kan ek mense net seën en vloek in Arabies. Albei kom handig te pas.  :peepwall:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:...maak net seker jy gebruik die regte en vir die regte doel!  :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on September 03, 2012, 01:27:54 pm
Look, look....I'm on Teevee!!!   :lol8:

Interview in Laayoune (Morocco). Go to 09:05 on the clip for my interview. Most of it is in Arabic though.  :peepwall:

http://www.youtube.com/v/mKCIyXxUJ_E

Net jou kopdoekie kry dan is jy reg. Jy het al 2 selfone laat steel maar het nog dieselfde sonbril? Lyk my jou pakkasie raak ook al meer. Gou gesond word en thanx solank vir my girls se bangels :thumleft: Toodles
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on September 03, 2012, 06:09:30 pm
Hierdie RR moet na die'Roll of Honor' geskuif word asb Mods :deal:

Moet nou netnie 'verlep' nie jonge dame, ry daai bike  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on September 03, 2012, 07:30:43 pm
Stem met TVB!

Die weer sat imagery wys mooi weer daarbo op die oomblik. Bietjie wolke langs die kus.......draai daai oor.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on September 03, 2012, 08:24:32 pm
Awesome stuff.......and good on BMW for offering to sort out your Dakar..... :thumleft:

I see the Uvex sunglasses are still travelling well..... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CoolBreeze on September 03, 2012, 08:26:28 pm
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 03, 2012, 10:23:16 pm
 :imaposer:  :imaposer:

You can take my smartphones...but TOUCH my Uvex brille and I moer you!!!!  :peepwall:

Okay: UPDATE -

I will still be here for a few more weeks. I am yet to sort out my visas.  :sip:
But - dropped my bike off at BMW in Casablanca today. What a nice bunch!!! They're giving my scoot some well deserved TLC and when they're done with her, they're taking me on a ride and lunch with the BMW gang. How cool?  :ricky:

AND AND AND - get this:
A couple of WD members (who have asked to remain anonymous) are sorting for a set of Heidy tires to find their way to me!!! How lucky can a girl get!!??? Super cooool!!!    :hello2:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on September 03, 2012, 10:29:20 pm
Diamonds are a girl's best friend - except when the girl is a biker ninja, in which case brille and bande seem to do it  ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on September 03, 2012, 10:32:43 pm
Diamonds are a girl's best friend - except when the girl is a biker ninja, in which case brille and bande seem to do it  ;D

Die rumour het versprei dat jy seinig is, kyk nou net :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Kamikaze Swazi on September 03, 2012, 10:54:09 pm
Heidies are awesome, a shame you're missing the national bash, maybe u can come down for the weekend  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 03, 2012, 10:56:49 pm
Diamonds are a girl's best friend - except when the girl is a biker ninja, in which case brille and bande seem to do it  ;D

;D :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Orangeswifty on September 03, 2012, 11:09:30 pm
How lekke to be in Casablanca!
Lots of history around you
Take it all in and keep the memories
safe travels bokka!
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on September 04, 2012, 06:49:23 pm
Casablanca?
Is that like the new "Slegs blankes"? or opposite?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 05, 2012, 07:37:48 am
Casablanca?
Is that like the new "Slegs blankes"? or opposite?

Maybe it means "WHITEHOUSE"?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 07, 2012, 09:47:27 am
Yep, Casablanca = Whitehouse.  :thumleft:

Getting my bike back today! Woohooo!  :ricky:
Will report on what work has been done on my scoot and post pics later.

Might also be looking at a bit of a change in route from here. Where I was originally planning on hopping over to Spain and then back down to Algeria (due to border between Morocco and Algeria being closed), I might now go from here directly to Tunisia. Having some troubles with getting a Shengen here.   :-\
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on September 07, 2012, 09:34:06 pm
All healthy then? The poor virus had no chance, you are invincible  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Cheetah on September 07, 2012, 09:47:18 pm
 :sip:
Respect ! Living the dream  :thumleft: Good luck.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 09, 2012, 02:29:04 am
All healthy then? The poor virus had no chance, you are invincible  ;)

Invincible...no. Stubborn...hell yes!   :lol8:

Yeh, all better thanks.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 09, 2012, 02:29:26 am
:sip:
Respect ! Living the dream  :thumleft: Good luck.

Thank you!!!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 09, 2012, 02:30:05 am
The next leg..... (more details to follow)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Buff on September 09, 2012, 06:48:48 am
Gees, you've make great progress Jo  :thumleft: Keep your focus strong and stay concentrated on that bike, we want you home safe & sound so we can hear all about it  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 10, 2012, 09:37:35 am
Cant wait to read what you have to say about Libya, drop a flower for Anton Hammerl, ask Shane Robinson about it.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 10, 2012, 02:43:38 pm
Cant wait to read what you have to say about Libya, drop a flower for Anton Hammerl, ask Shane Robinson about it.

Mmmmmm...funny you should mention that.
Shayne is one of my best friends. He was supposed to ride Libya with me in memory of Anton.
I still will.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 10, 2012, 06:07:52 pm
Laayoune to Rabat


I left Dakhla around 09:00am the next morning. Riding out on the peninsula heading North I noted a train on the tracks to my left. A caravan of camels was lazily shuffling through the desert sand. On top of the train I noted men standing with their robes blowing in the wind, like something out of Lawrence of Arabia! And then I think to myself: just a few months ago, Morocco seemed so far away. I romanticize scenes of being swept off into the desert by an Arabian prince whilst sweeping through the South of Morocco with DAX faithfully roaring underneath me as I steer us further north.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2346.jpg)

The stretch from Dakhla (pronounced Daghla – ‘g’ as in gooi) to Laayoune is about 540 kilometers and the road leads you all along the coast. For the first time in a long time I am actually cold! Riding next the coastline with the wind blowing in from the ocean turns it into a huge natural air conditioner! The day is fairly uneventful but I am happy riding along with a feeling of absolute contentment. There’s a certain feeling of calmness here.

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The ever-present control posts carry on throughout. Though I never have any problems. I get stopped at each and every single one, but I just greet the officers with a friendly smile and hand over my paperwork. They return my greeting and react with astonishment when they open my passport. “Vous êtes une femme?” (You’re a woman?) I smile and just nod. They never ask me to take off my helmet like in Central and West Africa. Seems the guys are more trusting up here.

The coastline is dotted with men casting their lines into the ocean down below. The wind is insistent and I contemplate stopping to take out a jacket. The road is starting to carry more traffic and I can feel myself getting closer to the bigger towns. Whenever I do stop for a break, passersby greet me by hooting and waving, carrying a smile on their faces. I also start passing through small towns more frequently.

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Just before entering Laayoune I am stopped at yet another security control point. Here they keep me for almost half an hour. I do not really understand why? They keep asking the same questions over and over – where are you heading? What is your profession? (Always a tricky one – apparently ‘adventure motorcyclist’ does not exist as a profession? Says who??? LoL) I am asked where I will be staying in Laayoune? Luckily I do know where I will be staying as one of my best friends in Rabat, Larbi Sbai, had organized for me to stay at his cousin’s hotel in Laayoune. I tell them that I will be staying at the Parador Hotel and that my contact is the owner, one Abid Sbai. With this they immediately hand back my passport and even give me directions to the hotel. I thought it all to be very odd!

On route to the hotel, a car stopped next to me and asked whether I was looking for Parador Hotel? This left me really puzzled. They told me to follow them, which I did. What happened next I really was not expecting! As I pulled up in front of the hotel a sort of welcoming committee was waiting for me. The owner of the hotel as well as the staff and a television crew. I was a bit stunned. They gave me a warm welcome and then took me on a quick tour of the town with the television crew in tow. In the middle of town there is a big square where, especially in Ramadan, people come together. I conducted an interview with the crew and afterward we returned to the hotel.

I was given the residential suite and the hotel staff helped me unload my bike. Later on I was back outside working on my bike. A strange site in these parts I’m sure. A few men came to stand and watch, asking about my journey. I even met a bunch of guys from Ghana. I had a wonderful evening meeting people over dinner and being taken on a tour of the town at night. A family welcomed me into their home where I drank tea with them (the wonderful Moroccan mint tea I have come to love) and ate all kinds of wonderful food. Once again back at the hotel everyone gathered to watch my interview from earlier on, they were already broadcasting it!

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Next morning I was packed and ready to go around 09:00am. Abid was there to bid me farewell and lead me out of town. Laayoune is a small town, but navigating through it can be a little tricky. It’s a bit like a maze and if you don’t know where you’re going you could easily find yourself going in circles. This busy little town remains one of my favorites!   

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The next stretch was from Laayoune to Agadir – about 600 kilometers. The surroundings started to change a little and instead of flat desert-like typography it now changed to more ‘mountainous’ scenes. The road started snaking through and around more hills and it was a nice change in scenery.  I stopped for a break about 200 kilometers into the ride. Next moment a KTM pulled up next to me. He waved (the rider, not the bike) and asked whether everything’s okay? A quick introduction followed as he got off his bike and lit a cigarette. We inspected each other’s bikes. Very little was said. And then, as if we’d been riding together all this time, we gave each other the nod and got on our bikes to carry on toward Agadir, together. (Remember what happened the last time I rode with someone?)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2402.jpg)

I was later able to figure out that he was a psychologist from Italy and that he had ridden down to Mauritania for a holiday. He had ridden most of Northern Africa and was now on his way back home. He didn’t seem too happy about it though…the having to go home part. He was a real gentleman though. When we stopped for fuel, he bought us each a cold drink. We stood chatting, giving each other the nutshell version of who we are and what we do.

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I led our two-man pack as we made our way, snaking through the hills and plunging down into valleys. It was evident that we were closing in on the bigger cities as the road started carrying more traffic. There were two memorable mountain passes where we had to leapfrog a few trucks slowly making their way up some impressive inclines. Riding on these roads can be a bit like playing Russian roulette. Everyone is impatient and you have a line of cars behind you, honking for you to get past the truck so they can pass as well. If you take too long, they’ll shoot right past you with colorful hand signs! No matter if they can see whether there is a vehicle approaching or not. Though, apart from the few close calls, I loved this stretch between Laayoune and Agadir. It really is beautiful!

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We finally arrived in Agadir just as the sun was setting. Once again, I had a hotel and contact name and now had to set out finding it. My Italian companion proved to be a walking, talking GPS and had us parked in front of Hotel Royal in no time! Although he had planned to stay at another hotel, he negotiated with the concierge and booked a room for the night. We unloaded our bikes and each settled into our rooms. I had dinner with the owner of the hotel later on that night. I went searching for my KTM friend but could not find him anywhere. He wasn’t in his room and I figured maybe he had gone out to search for something to eat. Being Ramadan, the hotel wasn’t really serving food but made dinner especially for me.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2421.jpg)

The next morning I was up, loaded and ready to go around 09:00am again. I still had loads of fuel in my fuel cells and decided to fill up the bike using that, seeing as I wouldn’t be needing to carry extra fuel again for the next month or so. I waited around for a while, hoping that I’d see my KTM friend to wish him Godspeed. Alas, I eventually had to get going and left a note on the KTM.

My GPS was directing me to the “old” road between Agadir and Rabat. I decided to take the highway. I haven’t really been on a highway in quite some time and although the adventurer in me was telling me to seek out alternative routes…I was tired and wanted to see my friends in Rabat.

I made my way past Marrakech, through the mountains, past Casablanca and on towards Rabat. My good friend Larbi was waiting for me when I arrived and led me to my new home in Harhoura, right on the beach! I spent a week in their beach house just relaxing and having some me-time. Not like I really need it, I have me-time all the time! After Ramadan I moved in with Larbi and his family in the city of Rabat and this has now been my base for the last three weeks. And what a crazy three weeks it’s been!!!

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 10, 2012, 06:19:45 pm
You r doing well. i love following the RR :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 10, 2012, 06:32:51 pm
You r doing well. i love following the RR :thumleft:

Thank you!!  :thumleft:  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 10, 2012, 06:42:37 pm
And now I've come to a crossroads. Again! lol

I swear the politics up here are worse than Central and West Africa put together!

Here's the problem: The Morocco/Algeria border is closed. I knew this beforehand as it's been closed for a number of years now. So I thought, no problem - hop over to Spain and then on to Algeria and continue. But now I'm running into all kinds of issues. Getting a Shengen for Spain is proving to be a headache as they're trying to tell me I have to get it in SA.  :patch:
Algeria doesn't seem all that keen on letting me ride through their country on my own either.  :sip:

The only other option is to head for Tunisia directly. Snag....that would mean getting on a plane. There are no ferries from here to Tunisia directly. And the plane option really isn't an option. Would cost an arm and a leg.

For some reason, as with Liberia/Sierra Leone etc, my gutt is telling me that Algeria is not a good idea. I don't know why. My gutt doesn't give reasons.  :bueller:

Sigh....
And to top everything off my visa for Morocco expires in 2 days! (I'm not too worried about that though...no biggie)

Okay, I'm gonna go have a beer and ponder my fate.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on September 10, 2012, 06:48:56 pm
Good luck with your decision  :)
Enjoy that beer - you deserve it  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 10, 2012, 07:01:27 pm
Okay, this is what the beer and I have come up with so far! *Hiccup*

 :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 10, 2012, 07:06:01 pm
LOL

I was in Libya 2 years ago, NO beer there, maybe Vodka in the boot of a taxi :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: katana on September 10, 2012, 07:25:32 pm
I've got a feeling its going to be all ok!!  Good luck finding your path   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on September 10, 2012, 07:52:44 pm
Nice, good luck with those serious decisions.
And don't pick the flowers, hehe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 10, 2012, 08:04:11 pm
Cant wait to read what you have to say about Libya, drop a flower for Anton Hammerl, ask Shane Robinson about it.

Mmmmmm...funny you should mention that.
Shayne is one of my best friends. He was supposed to ride Libya with me in memory of Anton.
I still will.  :thumleft:

Cool, be safe LOVING the RR and Pictures.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 10, 2012, 08:04:58 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: nielvn on September 10, 2012, 08:27:34 pm
Awesome, cannot belive this is a woman her own WELL DONE  :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on September 11, 2012, 07:42:50 am
and you made my morning again , cant wait for the next instalment . happy everything is going well . very nice to see how well you are recieved . Ride safe
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 11, 2012, 08:54:43 am
Lekker man... ek lag my siek vir jou BIER roete... :imaposer: :imaposer:  Hoop jy kom reg.... WEET jy sal iets uitfigure.  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on September 11, 2012, 09:19:29 am
It's a pitty that you don't have time to explore the countryside - Morocco is a huge dream of mine :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 04:17:17 pm
*** Your Input/Advice Needed Urgently Please!***

Guys, Gals...I'm in need of your input/advice please!

I've (semi) decided to come home next week. I'm about 90% committed to the idea.
Reasoning behind this sudden decision:

1. Most of you know about my KLR that's sitting back home for sale. The funding for the rest of my trip is locked up in that bike and I am now at the point where I'm stuck.
2. Visas are proving to be a headache at the moment and it's just going nowhere slowly. It would be much easier for me to have all of this sorted back home.

And then it hit me. The national bash is next weekend.

So what if I attended and rode the KLR to the bash? That way I get to say hello to a whole bunch of you and anyone who might've been interested can see the bike in action. Maybe I'll get lucky.

That or I need to organize some fundraiser?

I know it's risky...but I need to do something now. I can't just sit around like this.

What do you guys think???

Please note: My only objective is to get the bike sold (or raise the necessary funds), sort out my visas. Then return back to Morocco and complete the tour!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 11, 2012, 04:48:14 pm
Does the trip being interrupted make a difference? I understand that money is an issue and cant be helped (irrespective of multiple bumps in the relevant thread) Pity for me would have been nice had you gone all way round, than Charley and Ewan can kiss you bum. They can already as you dont have an entourage of 4x4's as backup vehicles.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 11, 2012, 04:52:06 pm
Jo I have a feeling you are very homesick aswell and a visit might do you good but
would not save any money at all.
If the bike have not sold on WDs yet it would not do so at the bash. :deal:
There would be many more bashes you could/would attend in future.

There has to be another way to be able to continue.




My 2c.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on September 11, 2012, 05:00:06 pm
My 2c - Jo hang in there ! not the same if you come home  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 05:08:30 pm
Guys, I get what you're saying. I know, it probably wouldn't be the same if I took a break. Or does it really matter?
Homesick - probably. But no more and no less than any other day.
I'm just backed up into a corner here at the moment and trying to find a way out....
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 11, 2012, 06:14:26 pm
Hi Jorust, you have done well so far and we are all proud of you. What about asking the Angola government for more funding. I know it is very hard to get sponsorship, my son and I also tried to get funding before our Africa trip and in the end I had to sell a car to make the trip possible. As far as the visas are concerned how about a boat trip in the Mediterranean and bypassing Algeria altogether. I saw your KLR at Adventurers place om Friday and I must say it is a nice bike all rigged out for a long trip. What ever you decide we are all behind you.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 06:35:33 pm
The funding is an issue but not the main issue at hand. The visas is the main issue!
For some or other unbeknownst reason the Spanish Embassy is adamant that I need to apply for my Shengen in my home country. I don't know why? And without a Shengen...I'm going NOWHERE. This is the issue.
I can bypass Algeria and go directly to Tunisia, but for that I need to go to Europe via ferry. There are no ferries running between Morocco and Tunisia.
So I am quite literally stuck!
BUT...I'm sure somewhere along the line I'll figure something out!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 11, 2012, 06:40:26 pm
I know some people courier their passports home for a visa, that would be much cheaper than a return plane ticked. Just a thought and some moral support.   
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 06:45:50 pm
I know some people courier their passports home for a visa, that would be much cheaper than a return plane ticked. Just a thought and some moral support.   
I've considered that. But for a Schengen they don't accept couriered passports. You have to make an appointment and apply in person. I know because I applied for a Schengen last year December. Unless something's changed?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 06:49:59 pm
I know some people courier their passports home for a visa, that would be much cheaper than a return plane ticked. Just a thought and some moral support.   

I know you are all just trying to help!  :thumleft:
Thank you!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Red Donkey on September 11, 2012, 07:00:41 pm
Hi Jo,

As dit sal help. Riaan Manser het 'n breuk in Marocco gevat vir dieselle rede. lol. So as jy sy spore volg, is dit nou tyd vir 'n breuk.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fudmucker on September 11, 2012, 07:27:12 pm
Jo, i'm afraid you are up against Fortress Europe.
Schengin visa? It's just another way to say F-off we don't want you kind here.
EU citizens are free to roam the world unhindered,
but if you want to set foot in Europe - even in transit - you are made to feel like a criminal.

If it is the only way out of the log-jam, come home and get it done.
We still admire you tremendously for what you have done up to now!

BTW, can you fly home from Morocco without going through Europe?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 07:29:51 pm
Jo, i'm afraid you are up against Fortress Europe.
Schengin visa? It's just another way to say F-off we don't want you kind here.
EU citizens are free to roam the world unhindered,
but if you want to set foot in Europe - even in transit - you are made to feel like a criminal.

If it is the only way out of the log-jam, come home and get it done.
We still admire you tremendously for what you have done up to now!

BTW, can you fly home from Morocco without going through Europe?

Thank you!!  :)
Yes, there is a flight from Casablanca to Joburg, via Cairo. Egypt Air.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on September 11, 2012, 09:04:23 pm
Gaan huis toe, gaan bash toe, geniet jouself en kom terug vervris. Aanhouers wen mos!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 11, 2012, 09:14:14 pm
Gaan huis toe, gaan bash toe, geniet jouself en kom terug vervris. Aanhouers wen mos!
:thumleft: Dankie Pierre.
Ek gee dit nog een laaste go. Kyk of ek nie iemand erens kan uitkrap wat kan help met die Schengen nie. If not, gaan regroup ek maar by die bash!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on September 11, 2012, 09:18:15 pm
Daai is moeilike goete om te 'ganaaize maar mens hou duim vas. Ek kan nie mooi onthou wat Riaan Manser gedoen het nie, maar ek weet hy het tyd in Spanie spandeer om visas te probeer sorteer.

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on September 11, 2012, 10:08:32 pm
You do what you have to do. Whether you had to fly home half-way through the trip to sort out a visa, or catch a boat around a country, or marry an Algerian to be allowed to ride through there, your achievement will not be diluted one drop. Go girl !
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: teebag on September 12, 2012, 12:07:49 am
I vote for another beer

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on September 12, 2012, 05:00:54 am
Jo, if you're left without options, then return you must. Of course we'd love to see you at the bash, but somehow I think that would make the trip a Part I and a Part II affair.

What does the SA embassy in Morocco say?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 12, 2012, 06:43:34 am
You, Stoksiel alleen Girly Climb on a Bike and proceed alone HALFway around AFrica and you let a Visa Thingy scare you NEE man OUMA het mos nie so n Meisie grootgemaak nie. But its easy to sit in front of the KEYBOARD and wave the POM POM's.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 12, 2012, 01:20:36 pm
Oooookidoki.
So, yesterday I had a temporary mini meltdown.  :peepwall:

But...I am happy to report that I have managed to pull myself towards myself. I've built a bridge and got over it!  
Nee bliksem, I've come too far. I'll build myself a little raft and paddle my ass across to Algeria or Tunisia if I have to!!

So what I'm trying to say is: I am not coming home....just yet!!  :ricky:
When I arrive back in South Africa, it will be on my bike crossing the border at Komatiepoort ...SA flag held high!!!!  :headbang:

The plan: Since the Spanish embassy is full of twatwaffles they can take their Schengen and shove it! I will be meeting with the head of Royal Air Maroc to see if they can help get myself and Dax over to Tunisia. I'm just waiting for Mr Boss to get back from Sweden.  :thumleft:

I shall keep ya'll updated. ;)

Thank you all so much for your support...and for believing in me! This girl is coming home one way and one way only! En ek sal die WD naam mooi hoog hou!!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Cheetah on September 12, 2012, 01:32:33 pm
Great stuff Jorust  :thumleft: You go girl !!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: V-Strom on September 12, 2012, 01:34:19 pm
 WE :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: YOU!!!!!!!!!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on September 12, 2012, 01:38:47 pm
Awesome news,
I never had any worthwhile advice, but didn't want you to take the easy route, hehe.
(Always brave for someone else)

Besides, Some how the stories are always better when there's a few hiccups along the way.

All the best.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cracklin on September 12, 2012, 01:42:03 pm
Hi and greetings from a coooold Mongolia.

There are "ways" around a Schenzen visa. You are free to apply for a schenzen visa at any of the member countries embassies with the proviso that you apply at the embassy of the country you will stay the longest in in the "schenzen zone'

i.e just because you need a visa for spain does not mean you have to apply via the Spanish embassy e.g the italian embassy as far as I can remember does not require you to present yourself. Check which embassy does not need you to be there in person and apply there

Your plans could always change thereafter ;)

Best regards

Harry and linda
www.pikipiki2.co.za
ps look out for a package soon!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on September 12, 2012, 04:47:49 pm
Holding thumbs it all works out  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on September 12, 2012, 05:05:07 pm
"The interruptions make the journey" Ted Simon in Jupiters Travels

Vasbyt en kom daar uit  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 12, 2012, 05:24:31 pm
Lekker ons wag vir jou..
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: nielvn on September 12, 2012, 07:32:39 pm
geweet sy gaan deur druk, nee, man sy is al oor halfpad, amper.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on September 12, 2012, 09:14:21 pm
WE :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: :salut: YOU!!!!!!!!!!

 :thumleft:

+1000 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Hinksding on September 12, 2012, 09:58:54 pm
Sjoe, is daar nie een of ander manier wat jy net 'n stopover kan doen in 'n Spaanse/Franse/Italiaanse hawe wat jy net in die hawe kan oorstaan om 'n volgende ferry te kry nie?  Simpel vraag, maar is daar nie een of ander "weg" via Gibraltar nie? Gibraltar is mos onder Ingelse bewind, en vir Engeland het ons boere nie 'n Shengen nodig nie?  Sterkte, hoop daai vlie-plan van jou werk uit!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 12, 2012, 11:10:58 pm
Hahahahahaha...this just keeps getting better and better!

Firstly, thank you everyone for all your replies and PM's!! It's an absolutely amazing feeling knowing I have such an awesome support system behind me!!  :3some:

So today I had to sort out my Moroccan visa. Needed to get it extended seeing as my visa expires in about...mmm...2 hours!!!  :peepwall: I'm an alien...I'm an illegal alien! LoL
I had been at the commissariat (police) previously and they advised me to come back today as the person who needs to tend to my visa would be there today. Seeing as Dax is still in Casablanca I'm getting around in taxis, which can be a lot of fun because most of the drivers speak only Arabic and basic French. But with my basic Arabic and their basic French and colorful sign language kom ons oor die weg!

On route to the 'commissariat' today I was offered hashish, beer and cocaine...no charge, sommer so thrown in with the ride.  :patch:  :imaposer:

Sat at the police for about 5 hours, being sent from one office to the next. Finally I was told: Sorry - "C'est pas possible!". They cannot extend my visa as it should have been done before today (day of expiry). ROFLMAO!!! BUT I WAS HERE A FEW DAYS AGO!!!! WTF??? Anyway, so I phoned a friend who phoned his cousin, who in turn phoned his aunt's, uncle's nephew...and everything is okay! Crisis diverted successfully!!

On the other visas front...I've discovered a friend who's wife turn out to be the person who handles the Schengen visas at the French embassy. So maybe I can get my Schengen that way.  :mwink:

And now I hear there have been attacks on the US Embassies in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. US Ambassador and 4 others killed in Libya. (Nothing new really...the unrest and all). But COME ON...mens kielie nou mos nie 'n leeu se hol met 'n grashelm nie!!!??? And can everyone PLEASE put away your toys until I get to....let's say KENYA at least??? FFS!

But....since I got over my meltdown yesterday, I'm as cool as a polar bear and taking it all in my stride. Figure in a few months' time I'll be thinking back and missing these days.  :thumleft:

Fun and games.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: JMOL on September 13, 2012, 08:35:11 am
But...I am happy to report that I have managed to pull myself towards myself. I've built a bridge and got over it! 
Nee bliksem, I've come too far. I'll build myself a little raft and paddle my ass across to Algeria or Tunisia if I have to!!

So what I'm trying to say is: I am not coming home....just yet!!  :ricky:
When I arrive back in South Africa, it will be on my bike crossing the border at Komatiepoort ...SA flag held high!!!!  :headbang:

Mooi man!!

Give that girl a Bells  :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CorCorlia on September 13, 2012, 09:24:41 am
Good luck Jolandie!  Hope you get everything sorted!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fluitwiele on September 13, 2012, 11:49:53 am
Hallo Jo,

My 5 c ....... ek was lank in Saudi Arabie en elders (nog steeds!) en weet van die ondervindings daar dat dit nie vir 'n Suid Afrikaner nodig is om in persoon vanuit SA vir die Shengen aansoek te doen nie, het al 'n paar keer daar aansoek gedoen & dit gekry. Die verskeie lande se ambassades het wel net hul eie "tricks" & stories, ek het myne altyd by die Nederlandse ambassade gekry, hulle het daar die minste "issues" gehad.

Ek sien iemand elders het dit ook genoem, jou reisplan moet ook net daai land insluit waar jy aansoek does/baie tyd spandeer maar ............ dit kan mos verander! Jy sal natuurlik ook 'n "Letter of Invitation" moet kry van iemand daar.

Andersins, is dit net moontlik om Spanje binne te gaan met 'n Shengen visa? Jy gaan mos nie verder as die land nie? Dalk het hulle "gewone" visas net vir Spanje?

In elk geval, 'n opsie wat ek nog nie genoem gesien het nie is om natuurlik jou fiets saam met jou op die vliegtuig as bagasie te vat (in hanteerbare stukke)! Eenkeer 'n storie gelees van 'n mannetjie wat so die Dakar gaan doen het van Kanada af, dit was blykbaar baie goedkoper as om dit te "freight". Bietjie van in wilde opsie maar dis mos in 'n hond se aard....

Elk geval, sterkte!!! & dankie, jy maak die lewe vir ons leunstoelreisigers baie meer draaglik!! :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Wooly Bugger on September 13, 2012, 11:54:18 am
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on September 13, 2012, 06:24:27 pm
leunstoelreisiger!! wat 'n mooi beskrywing. Jolandie, kalm bly sussie.  En as jy dan nou moet huis toe kom om alles uit te sort, So what?  Flipped, jy het al klaar baie meer gedoen as wat die meeste van ons kans voor sien.

Gee kans, dalk val die blokkies nog reg vir jou.
Mooi bly! Rx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 13, 2012, 07:56:03 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on September 13, 2012, 08:23:36 pm
Keep on keeping on! Jy sal regkom!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: madmax on September 13, 2012, 08:44:50 pm
Respct and pos power......doesnt matter if things dont work cosu stood up to be counted and got further then most of us ever have :-) e
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on September 14, 2012, 12:46:02 pm
Good on you Jo. You will work things out, they always do somehow. Go for rides in the countryside in the mean time and post the pics :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 680 on September 14, 2012, 03:32:05 pm
Niks het tot dusver jou spoed gebreek nie, en daar gaan niks in die toekoms ook nie.

Sien uit om te hoor hoe jy verder vorder.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on September 14, 2012, 04:44:36 pm
Nou net gehoor - blykbaar is al die grensposte hier vir jou gesluit behalwe Beitbrug ....... :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: en dan ook Carnavon


Nee man jy het hulle so ver geroer so roer hulle terug ... jy is mos n Ninja



Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on September 14, 2012, 08:33:42 pm
Nou net gehoor - blykbaar is al die grensposte hier vir jou gesluit behalwe Beitbrug ....... :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: en dan ook Carnavon

Nee man jy het hulle so ver geroer so roer hulle terug ... jy is mos n RAIDER


FIXED
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 14, 2012, 08:54:37 pm
Nou net gehoor - blykbaar is al die grensposte hier vir jou gesluit behalwe Beitbrug ....... :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: en dan ook Carnavon

Nee man jy het hulle so ver geroer so roer hulle terug ... jy is mos n RAIDER


FIXED

 :lol8:
Iemand het op 'n foto van my die opmerking gemaak dat ek soos Lara Croft - Tomb Raider lyk.
Then again, ek's nie so seker ek wil 'n raider wees nie! Definition: plunderer: someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)  :patch:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on September 14, 2012, 10:03:49 pm
Jy lyk HOT! Wonder wie het jou kos opgeeet?
My girlies dink jy moet motiveringspeech by hulle skool, La Rochelle in die Paarl kom gee wanneer jy terug is.
Lekker naweek girl!!
Rx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GG on September 14, 2012, 10:24:25 pm
Okay, this is what the beer and I have come up with so far! *Hiccup*

 :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:



Jo this is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time, Sue and I got the giggles! Kingsley has a capppies whenever he's not sure and I think his route follows the same geographic plan..... have another beer

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: HANS BOORMAN on September 15, 2012, 12:51:32 pm
Awesome RR.Kan nie wag vir die volgende rondte nie.You go girl!!!!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 15, 2012, 09:36:33 pm
Nou net gehoor - blykbaar is al die grensposte hier vir jou gesluit behalwe Beitbrug ....... :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: en dan ook Carnavon


Nee man jy het hulle so ver geroer so roer hulle terug ... jy is mos n Ninja





Hahaha. Beitbrug is bietjie ver van Komatie af!!  :peepwall:
Maar Carnavon gaan ek beslis nog probeer haal!!  :ricky:
Dankie...ek sal bly roer!!  :pot:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 15, 2012, 09:37:21 pm
Jy lyk HOT! Wonder wie het jou kos opgeeet?
My girlies dink jy moet motiveringspeech by hulle skool, La Rochelle in die Paarl kom gee wanneer jy terug is.
Lekker naweek girl!!
Rx

 :thumleft: Met graagte.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 15, 2012, 09:38:39 pm
Awesome RR.Kan nie wag vir die volgende rondte nie.You go girl!!!!! :thumleft:

Baie dankie!! Glo my...ek kan ook nie wag vir die volgende rondte nie!!!  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 17, 2012, 10:14:35 pm
So, I put it out on Facebook that I need some help. I ask if there's anyone out there that might want to spend a day in a taxi with me embassy hopping all over town? Negotiating your way around town can be rather challenging at the best of times...but this I've gotten down by now. What I really need help with is translation. My French is good enough to get by...but when it gets into the technical stuff, I struggle a bit and then I'm left standing painting pictures.  :peepwall:

The response from my Moroccan friends: Ask Google!!!!!  :patch:

It takes a friend of mine in Cameroon to read my status, who then phones a friend of his in Marrakech, who phones a friend of his in Rabat who then phones me. I met up with them today and turns out they're from Liberia!  :imaposer:

How's that for multi-national cooperation?! (Seems like since I couldn't go to Liberia, they came to me!)

I went to the Tunisian, Algerian and Egyptian embassies. Egyptian embassy was closed, and both Algeria and Tunisia gave me the same answer. Sorry, we cannot give you a visa because you are not a resident of Morocco. You need to get the visa in your country of residence!  :dousing:

Then I went to the South African embassy. Also my Moroccan visa hasn't been sorted out yet so I have been here illegally for 5 days now. Yikes. But for some reason I'm not too worried about this. I know I can get it sorted.
SA Embassy was also closed though, so it's back again tomorrow morning to see if they can help me in any way.

And I'm sick AGAIN!!!  :xxbah: Grrrrrrrr!!!

I don't seem to be getting along with Morocco all that well.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on September 18, 2012, 06:17:26 am
If it were easy, we'd all be doing it :peepwall:

Hang in there, as they say in Latin .... Alles sal lectum :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 18, 2012, 12:51:05 pm
Okay everyone.

I've now been to the SA embassy, the police, internal affairs...the works.
I am now left with no choice other than to return home.
The SA Embassy cannot help me. Spain, Algeria, Tunisia refuse to issue me with a visa. So I'm literally stuck.
Flight's booked.

I tried my best.
I'm coming home to sort out the visas so I can continue.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Cheetah on September 18, 2012, 12:56:58 pm
Jy het gedoen wat menslik moontlik was!

Right Around Africa - Part two coming soon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 18, 2012, 01:35:26 pm
Okay everyone.

I've now been to the SA embassy, the police, internal affairs...the works.
I am now left with no choice other than to return home.
The SA Embassy cannot help me. Spain, Algeria, Tunisia refuse to issue me with a visa. So I'm literally stuck.
Flight's booked.

I tried my best.
I'm coming home to sort out the visas so I can continue.
Why is it that countries that needs tourism the most is the most difficult to get into?!!!!!!!!!!! :biggrin: :eek7:

Enjoy your visit at home Jo.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on September 18, 2012, 01:37:25 pm
You have done your best  :thumleft:
Travel safely and lets hope you get sorted ASAP
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on September 18, 2012, 03:07:24 pm
Okay everyone.

I've now been to the SA embassy, the police, internal affairs...the works.
I am now left with no choice other than to return home.
The SA Embassy cannot help me. Spain, Algeria, Tunisia refuse to issue me with a visa. So I'm literally stuck.
Flight's booked.

I tried my best.
I'm coming home to sort out the visas so I can continue.

Aag no Jo......that sure must be pretty disappointing. You have done really well & can be truly proud of all you have accomplished. We are all very sure you will make a return to complete thus epic journey.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 18, 2012, 03:34:44 pm

I'm coming home to sort out the visas so I can continue.

 :(
Let me know if you want a lift from O R Tambo  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Swart Gevaar on September 18, 2012, 04:25:10 pm
Hi Jo

Let us know if we can do anything on this side so long
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gene on September 18, 2012, 04:30:28 pm
Ai, jammer om te hoor Jo, sterkte vir die volgende episode, as jy Gibraltar toe gaan ,kry tog net n visa/paspoort daarvoor ook want hulle sal jou nie toelaat daar nie, vriend was daar ,maar nie toegelaat op die eiland nie.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Swart Gevaar on September 18, 2012, 04:32:51 pm
Ai, jammer om te hoor Jo, sterkte vir die volgende episode, as jy Gibraltar toe gaan ,kry tog net n visa/paspoort daarvoor ook want hulle sal jou nie toelaat daar nie, vriend was daar ,maar nie toegelaat op die eiland nie.

Ek is verbaas om te hoor dat jou vriend nie daar toegelaat is nie. Dit is dan onder Britse beheer...? Jy sal wel 'n visitor's visa of transit visa nodig he. Ek is in 2007 daar getroud. Ek weet goed verander met tyd, maar ek is moerse surprised om dit te hoor.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 18, 2012, 04:45:41 pm
Thanks all.
I really did try to fight this one.
My flight leaves from Casablanca tomorrow afternoon at 14:45, layover in Cairo and then I should be in good 'ol Jozi around 07:00am on Thursday.
That's if I make it out of here without killing someone. They're making it even harder to leave. Because I have to leave my bike here I have to get the police out to 'mark' my bike and I have to hand in all kinds of declarations etc etc etc.

And of course I'll come back and finish this adventure...this 'minor' hiccup is also just part of it.  :thumleft:

Everything happens for a reason...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 18, 2012, 04:46:33 pm

I'm coming home to sort out the visas so I can continue.

 :(
Let me know if you want a lift from O R Tambo  :thumleft:

Thank you. I'll probably take the Gautrain to Sandton. I have a friend picking me up from there.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 18, 2012, 04:55:35 pm
Hi Jo

Let us know if we can do anything on this side so long

Thank you!!!!!!!!  :3some:
I'll let you guys know if I need anything.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Rynet on September 18, 2012, 05:03:48 pm
Thanks all.
I really did try to fight this one.
My flight leaves from Casablanca tomorrow afternoon at 14:45, layover in Cairo and then I should be in good 'ol Jozi around 07:00am on Thursday.
That's if I make it out of here without killing someone. They're making it even harder to leave. Because I have to leave my bike here I have to get the police out to 'mark' my bike and I have to hand in all kinds of declarations etc etc etc.

And of course I'll come back and finish this adventure...this 'minor' hiccup is also just part of it.  :thumleft:

Everything happens for a reason...

Hi Jo -lina . No shame in coming back for a breather , and to go back to your trip after.  You are still doing the whole of Africa. Solo . On a bike.  :salut: :salut: :salut:

You are still awesome in doing what you are doing and very Brave   :3some:

Anyways everything happens for a reason and always works out for the best  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Buford A Dull on September 18, 2012, 05:12:36 pm
I have been following your posts with awe.You are an inspiration to all of us. Very few of us have the means or the nads to do what you are doing.Enjoy the break and recharge for round 2.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 18, 2012, 06:00:23 pm

I'm coming home to sort out the visas so I can continue.

 :(
Let me know if you want a lift from O R Tambo  :thumleft:

Thank you. I'll probably take the Gautrain to Sandton. I have a friend picking me up from there.  :thumleft:

 :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on September 18, 2012, 06:12:33 pm
sandton chick huh? PM me your telephone, email and address, and I'll help you settle back in  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 18, 2012, 06:26:35 pm
sandton chick huh? PM me your telephone, email and address, and I'll help you settle back in  :thumleft:

Not quite....I'm more chilled. Melville chick I am.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on September 18, 2012, 07:08:34 pm
Ag Ou, glad nie so erg nie. Kom recharge 'n bietjie in die beskawing en dan is jy weer reg vir nog avontuur. Hoop jy kom daar weg!
sterkte
Rx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 18, 2012, 07:11:58 pm
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 18, 2012, 07:53:31 pm
Ons weet jy sal  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on September 18, 2012, 08:14:46 pm
Eish, sad news but lots of wd's will be dieing to meet you at the bash. Enjoy
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 19, 2012, 07:01:46 am
Thanks all.
I really did try to fight this one.
My flight leaves from Casablanca tomorrow afternoon at 14:45, layover in Cairo and then I should be in good 'ol Jozi around 07:00am on Thursday.
That's if I make it out of here without killing someone. They're making it even harder to leave. Because I have to leave my bike here I have to get the police out to 'mark' my bike and I have to hand in all kinds of declarations etc etc etc.

And of course I'll come back and finish this adventure...this 'minor' hiccup is also just part of it.  :thumleft:

Everything happens for a reason...


No worries, Its good, go back with a clear mind and KICK ASS!!
At least you have a ride here when you come back, plus i do believe the DOGS could keep you busy for 3months with invites all over the show just to meet someone with TRUE COURAGE. my 2c worth,

PS. have you posted any of this adventure on "HORISONS UNLIMITED"
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/get-inspired/travel-stories-blogs

I am sure they will be very interested in your story. Come say hello in Rosebank The Camera shop you've been in before.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: FlyRide on September 19, 2012, 09:47:07 am
Hi Jo

While youre here, apply for a second SA passport. (if you dont already have one?) They seem to issue failrly easily.

Ours took about 3 weeks to arrive, and when we travelled, we left one here, with all sorts of signed forms, visa applications etc.  This helped a lot to get the Ethiopian visa - same story, must apply in home country, if travelling South to North.

Then leave one passport here, with copies of bank details, lots of passport pics etc, and someone on this soide can help apply with the difficlult ones, and courier to you!!

Cheers and good luck

Larry

larrysharon.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on September 19, 2012, 11:13:29 am
Good news Jo,  I believe that you're lined up for the bash - there's lots of stories to tell, so don't expect to get much sleep  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fluitwiele on September 19, 2012, 11:34:55 am
Jammer om te hoor, maar dinge gebeur verseker soos hulle moet vir 'n rede!

Ek vertrou daai vlug is 'n "return flight"!

Geniet die huis & sy mense vir die tyd wat jy daar gaan wees & bly gefokus op die einddoel!

Cheers!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GG on September 19, 2012, 09:10:54 pm
Hey Jo sorry about that, but then the great Kingsley returned home more often than you so youre still the man ;-) listen my 690 is yours if you'd like to do the bash etc.  its got a comfy seat, long range tank etc and is begging for a ride!  the bitch as I call her would be honoured to host you? G
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on September 19, 2012, 11:07:49 pm
Onthou... "The Interuptions make the Journey"  Aanvaar die onderbrekings gebeur, en gebruik dit om die trip 'n sukses te maak.

Dink nou net as jy die boek skryf wat 'n lekker storie die Bash sal uitmaak.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 20, 2012, 01:33:27 pm
Hey Jo sorry about that, but then the great Kingsley returned home more often than you so youre still the man ;-) listen my 690 is yours if you'd like to do the bash etc.  its got a comfy seat, long range tank etc and is begging for a ride!  the bitch as I call her would be honoured to host you? G

Ahhhhh, thanks so much G! I'm sorted with a lift to the bash though.  :thumleft:

Touched down in Jhb earlier today. Now to get packing and then it's off to the bash at 4am tomorrow morning!!!!  :ricky:
I'll drop by to say hello soon!  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GG on September 20, 2012, 07:58:30 pm
 :thumleft: enjoy home
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on September 20, 2012, 09:34:56 pm
Hey Jo sorry about that, but then the great Kingsley returned home more often than you so youre still the man ;-) listen my 690 is yours if you'd like to do the bash etc.  its got a comfy seat, long range tank etc and is begging for a ride!  the bitch as I call her would be honoured to host you? G

Ahhhhh, thanks so much G! I'm sorted with a lift to the bash though.  :thumleft:

Touched down in Jhb earlier today. Now to get packing and then it's off to the bash at 4am tomorrow morning!!!!  :ricky:
I'll drop by to say hello soon!  ;)


Wow, gr8.......you will enjoy you break and the. bash, even the company or lift, you are blessed  :thumleft:

I am flying to E thioridazine tomorrow, for w ork though. danakil depression. Can't unfortunately guide and help you through Turkana, but the people are friendly there and will help. Just remember to go see the craters at Marsabut, stunning.

Cheers JoRust :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on September 21, 2012, 05:50:36 am
Hi Jo

While youre here, apply for a second SA passport. (if you dont already have one?) They seem to issue failrly easily.

Ours took about 3 weeks to arrive, and when we travelled, we left one here, with all sorts of signed forms, visa applications etc.  This helped a lot to get the Ethiopian visa - same story, must apply in home country, if travelling South to North.

Then leave one passport here, with copies of bank details, lots of passport pics etc, and someone on this soide can help apply with the difficlult ones, and courier to you!!

Cheers and good luck

Larry

larrysharon.blogspot.com

I  am appalled by this attitude.  Two passports  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) of the same country?  Is this not boardering onto criminality?  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: FlyRide on September 21, 2012, 08:00:43 am


I  am appalled by this attitude.  Two passports  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) of the same country?  Is this not boardering onto criminality?  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
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Home affairs were perfectly happy to issue it - didnt have enough pages left in the old one, and never asked to have it back.

FR
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 24, 2012, 08:30:23 pm
Hi Jorust hoop jy kom reg met die Visas, groete.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 24, 2012, 08:36:01 pm
Hi Jorust hoop jy kom reg met die Visas, groete.

Baie dankie! Was regtig great om jou te ontmoet!
Ons moet weer so maak, en volgende keer bietjie meer tyd in werk om te gesels.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Kamikaze Swazi on September 27, 2012, 12:04:10 am
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 12:19:38 pm
...

Hehe...cool! Thank you! Was so awesome to be able to put faces to so many names here.  :thumleft:
I counted the bangles for the first time yesterday...there are 20 so far!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 27, 2012, 12:27:40 pm
Hoe vorder die papierwerk?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 12:39:24 pm
Hoe vorder die papierwerk?

Wel, die visas gaan op die stadium die makliker deel wees.
Ek het nog niks gepost nie want ek's besig om met 'n klomp dogs te praat en probeer besluit wat my volgende stap gaan wees.
Het gister my KLR by Adventurer gaan haal. (Jis, dit het snaaks gevoel om weer op die KLR te wees LOL)  :ricky:
Voordat ek met die visa applikasies kan begin, moet ek eers my fondse uitsorteer.

Daar was 'n klompie voorstelle by die bash gewees. Een van die voorstelle was om op die KLR te klim en 'n nationwide toer te doen om die nodige fondse in te samel. As ek die opsie volg het ek gedink om dit onder 'Planning a Ride' op te sit en vir WD's oral te gaan kuier. Ek kan dalk praatjies lewer of 'challenges' voltooi of werk doen in elke streek vir die fondse. Gedink om dan 'n persentasie van fondse dan aan die PAW project te gee wat ons (WD's) support.

Is ook tans besig om met Angola te gesels, maar wil eintlik eerlikwaar nie vir hulle vir nog fondse vra nie.

So ja, dit is waar ek nou staan. Enige voorstelle?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on September 27, 2012, 01:36:58 pm
Heyahey, lekker om die gesiggie weer te sien! Al is dit op 'n foto.
Jy tel verkeerd nê, 18 bangles.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 01:46:15 pm
Heyahey, lekker om die gesiggie weer te sien! Al is dit op 'n foto.
Jy tel verkeerd nê, 18 bangles.


Haha Roela! Nee daai twee is mooi weg gebere. Ek het hulle juis hier, so as ek dalk besluit om die land plat te ry kom kuier ek daar by julle ook so bietjie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 02:03:49 pm
A few Bash pics:

My first WD bash!!
Who would've thought I'd be attending this one.  :thumleft: Wys jou nou net, mens weet nooit.

I left Morocco at 14:45pm on Wednesday afternoon (VERY nearly missed my flight...but will explain all of that later), touched down in Joburg at 07:30 on Thursday morning. Quick hello to friends, went to bed at 01:00 slept for two hours then jumped in with Woody1 and his son Francois who picked me up at 04:00.

We went the Joubert Pass route, which was absolutely beautiful! We arrived at the bash around 15:00.

Had an absolute BALL of a time! Met so many faces behind names that I've been chatting with over the last 6 months or so. Chatted to the point of losing my voice, mingled and danced till early morning hours, drank way too much and slept way too little! LoL

A huge thank you to everyone who helped get me there and back.  :ricky:
Laurika for organising a tent and sleeping bag and phoning around to help sort me out.
Tweets for offering me his bed.
Woody1 for giving me a lift to the bash.
Mooch for giving me a lift back.
Adventurer for organising for the site to cover my bash fees.

Was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones!  :thumleft:

A quick stop to fill up just before Exelsior.
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On top of Joubert's Pass.
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The boys introducing me to "ice-cream".  :mwink:
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With LMG - I really look up to this guy!  :lol8:
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With Deadmeat - My braai buddy on Friday
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With Mooch
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With White Rhino
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With Laurika and Stoetie - weet nie so mooi wat Stoetie daar aanvang nie.
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With EATMYKTM
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"Dassie fontein"
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Dwerg
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ETS
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Some barrel racing
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Smokes
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 27, 2012, 06:43:55 pm
Was 'n absolute plesier om jou te kon help met 'n lift.
So lyk 'n ice cream as jy hom MOOI gooi..
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: LMG on September 27, 2012, 08:24:14 pm
Jo

Was great om te ontmoet.  Daar is 'n oop deur vir jou as jy eendag weer hier aan die Weskus verbyry op pad terug Angola toe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 10:59:56 pm
Was 'n absolute plesier om jou te kon help met 'n lift.
So lyk 'n ice cream as jy hom MOOI gooi..


Ek moet sê - daai ice creams was baie lekker hoor!!!  :peepwall:
Kan nie onthou wanneer laas ek een gehad het nie!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 11:09:57 pm
GOOD NEWS!!!

Back in business!!!  :ricky:
Funding is sorted!!  :thumleft:
Wooohhooo!! Now I can go get those visas together, get my butt back to Morocco...and go finish what I started!

PS: I have THE most awesome sponsor EVER!!!  :hello2:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 27, 2012, 11:13:02 pm
Jo

Was great om te ontmoet.  Daar is 'n oop deur vir jou as jy eendag weer hier aan die Weskus verbyry op pad terug Angola toe.

Was regtig great om jou ook te ontmoet! Ek sal definitief 'n draai by julle kom maak oppad terug!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: CorCorlia on September 28, 2012, 07:23:59 am
GOOD NEWS!!!

Back in business!!!  :ricky:
Funding is sorted!!  :thumleft:
Wooohhooo!! Now I can go get those visas together, get my butt back to Morocco...and go finish what I started!

PS: I have THE most awesome sponsor EVER!!!  :hello2:

Wooohoooo!!!! That's GREAT!!  Good luck on completing your awesome journey!  Keep us posted!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on September 28, 2012, 07:53:44 am
GOOD NEWS!!!

Back in business!!!  :ricky:
Funding is sorted!!  :thumleft:
Wooohhooo!! Now I can go get those visas together, get my butt back to Morocco...and go finish what I started!

PS: I have THE most awesome sponsor EVER!!!  :hello2:

Vertel meer en geluk ons wag vir die res, geniet dit
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: dirtyXT on September 28, 2012, 07:56:01 am
hey Jo!!!! nice to meet you and good luck with the rest of your trip. checking out your blog now.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: laurika on September 28, 2012, 08:29:05 am
ai ek is baie verlig dat jy nou weer kan aangaan met jou passie. Sterkte Jo!! en dit was a plesier om jou te ontmoet.  :thumleft: Jy het my nommer as jy hulp soek met enigeiets. xxx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on September 28, 2012, 08:55:32 am
GOOD NEWS!!!

Back in business!!!  :ricky:
Funding is sorted!!  :thumleft:
Wooohhooo!! Now I can go get those visas together, get my butt back to Morocco...and go finish what I started!

PS: I have THE most awesome sponsor EVER!!!  :hello2:

Happines is, Kick Ass
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 28, 2012, 09:51:15 am
Mooi man ek is bly...nou kan ons een van die dae weer LEKKER lees.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: teebag on October 02, 2012, 01:24:55 pm
Cool  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on October 02, 2012, 03:18:48 pm
Awesome Jo  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 03, 2012, 06:04:29 pm
GOOD NEWS!!!

Back in business!!!  :ricky:
Funding is sorted!!  :thumleft:
Wooohhooo!! Now I can go get those visas together, get my butt back to Morocco...and go finish what I started!

PS: I have THE most awesome sponsor EVER!!!  :hello2:

Baie bly vir jou, so kry jou uhm :patch: bike in rat en ry pappie!...ek meen Jo :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Circlip on October 03, 2012, 10:48:16 pm
Respect Girl. Finish it safely.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on October 03, 2012, 11:04:21 pm
Wanneer ry jy weer??  8) Ons soek jou moeg en vol stof, nie skoon geseep en in JHB nie  >:D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 03, 2012, 11:40:14 pm
Wanneer ry jy weer??  8) Ons soek jou moeg en vol stof, nie skoon geseep en in JHB nie  >:D

Ja nee, ek was ses maande laas so skoon gewees soos nou.  :lol8:  :peepwall:
Daar is nog 'n paar goedjies wat ek moet doen, en 'n hele paar exciting goedjies aan die gebeur. Maar ek sal julle op hoogte hou.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on October 04, 2012, 07:06:58 am
Wanneer ry jy weer??  8) Ons soek jou moeg en vol stof, nie skoon geseep en in JHB nie  >:D

Ja nee, ek was ses maande laas so skoon gewees soos nou.  :lol8:  :peepwall:
Daar is nog 'n paar goedjies wat ek moet doen, en 'n hele paar exciting goedjies aan die gebeur. Maar ek sal julle op hoogte hou.  :thumleft:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on October 04, 2012, 12:07:06 pm
Hel maar ek is bly vir jou part! mag ons weet vd sponsor,of nog nie? :lol8:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 04, 2012, 03:28:58 pm
Soos julle weet is Angola my main sponsor.
Hulle het weereens vir my deur gekom nou en sal my help met verdere funding.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 04, 2012, 04:17:24 pm
Champion, you go girl.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on October 04, 2012, 04:23:00 pm
So good to hear.....just a few visas and you're on your way.... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Big E on October 04, 2012, 04:28:46 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 04, 2012, 06:01:46 pm
On the visa side:
I'm still chatting to Royal Air Maroc about the possibility of them helping me put Dax on a plane to Tunisia. To get from Morocco to Tunisia via ferry is a 3-4 day, €500 - €600 exercise. If Royal Air Maroc comes through and I just pay for my ticket, that's €200.
Either way I need to apply for 7 -8 visas, depending on whether I'll need the Schengen. So we're looking at about 2 months for visas processing time.

Now I'm just waiting for the funding to come through so I can start with the applications. Knowing Angola, that'll take about a month. So in the meantime I'm still trying to sell the KLR.

Whichever way...things will work out as they should in the end.  :thumleft:

In between all of this there's some exciting stuff happening on the sideline. But I'll inform you all once I have something more concrete to share.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on October 04, 2012, 07:54:02 pm
Good news gal... and some cool pics of the bash. Keep us updated.  ;) :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 04, 2012, 09:16:29 pm
Put more effort into selling your KLR jo, maybe do a Saturday swimsuit KLR wash sort of thong???

 :peepwall: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 04, 2012, 09:21:32 pm
Put more effort into selling your KLR jo, maybe do a Saturday swimsuit KLR wash sort of thong???

 :peepwall: :peepwall:

Jy skuld my 'n nuwe laptop!!! Sopas my juice daaroor uitgespoeg.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 04, 2012, 09:48:24 pm
Put more effort into selling your KLR jo, maybe do a Saturday swimsuit KLR wash sort of thong???

 :peepwall: :peepwall:

Jy skuld my 'n nuwe laptop!!! Sopas my juice daaroor uitgespoeg.  :imaposer:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

 :dousing:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 22, 2012, 01:01:27 pm
Helloooooo all!!!  :peepwall:
I know I've been super quiet. Sorry about that. But I figure I can only really start posting updates again once I'm back on the road.
Just to keep you in the loop with what's happening.
I'm waiting for my new passport, then I can start applying for the visas. This has taken longer than expected. But I'm not too worried about it...I'm hoping in the time I'm down here things might settle a bit up North.  :patch:

I've been doing some riding which has been awesome. I got to scout routes for the BMW Eco which was super fun!
Bunch of articles have gone out and are being published, will keep you all updated on that as well.
There's a lot going on...figure since I'm here I might as well sort out as much as I can. So working on Dakar prep and sponsorship as well.

Then I'm also doing talks, so if you know of anyone who might be interested in booking me for a talk, please give me a shout. I can only do a limited amount of talks whilst I'm here. But keen to share my story.  :ricky:

I'll keep dropping updates here every now and then just to keep you all in the loop.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  :3some:

Keep the rubber side down!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on October 22, 2012, 04:39:15 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 23, 2012, 10:24:59 am
Jy het ons benoud gehad, ons het amper n soekgeselskap gereel na Teasers....gedog hulle het jou gehijack toe jy die bike wash wet T shirt ding doen :deal:

Ons hou jou dop Mej WD Idol :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: lj111 on October 25, 2012, 06:26:41 am
Go girl  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 25, 2012, 07:22:08 am
Kom jy NW Bash toe antie  ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 25, 2012, 10:44:15 am
Kom jy NW Bash toe antie  ???

Ek is bevrees ... nee.  :-\
Ek het 'n workshop wat ek daai naweek moet bywoon. Kobus het my ook gebel noudie dag en gevra of ek gaan. Gehoop ek sal by die workshop kan uitkom...maar nou ja.
Sorry!!!  :'(
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 28, 2012, 11:02:08 am
Kom jy NW Bash toe antie  ???

Ek is bevrees ... nee.  :-\
Ek het 'n workshop wat ek daai naweek moet bywoon. Kobus het my ook gebel noudie dag en gevra of ek gaan. Gehoop ek sal by die workshop kan uitkom...maar nou ja.
Sorry!!!  :'(

Weer te seinig, daai spaarvarkie is al vol bloukolle soos jy vashou, sie s man :imaposer:

Dis reg, geniet dit :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Crossed-up on October 31, 2012, 06:50:08 pm
What's this I see on FB!????
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on October 31, 2012, 07:02:34 pm
What's this I see on FB!????

Sy skryf haar enkel is gebreek...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on October 31, 2012, 07:14:52 pm
Are you OK Jo ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: zetman on October 31, 2012, 08:06:11 pm
Jolandie Rust
2 hours ago near Hectorspruit,
Mpumalanga ·
It's safer riding around Africa!
Ankle broken...my awesome
friend Shayne is rushing from
Joburg to fetch me and Hanret
has the hospital on standby.
Seeing orthopedic surgeon
tomorrow morning, suspected
they'll need to operate.
Insane!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on October 31, 2012, 08:14:10 pm
Eish, strength Jo.
Praying for you.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on October 31, 2012, 08:18:39 pm
Ag no Jo. Hope you are ok and heal soon and back to strength.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on October 31, 2012, 08:51:11 pm
Het jou gese jy moet saam met ons kom...... :pot:
Sterkte, hoop dis nie te erenstig nie en dit word gou beter
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on October 31, 2012, 08:51:56 pm
Ag nee my donner man......hoop nou nie dit steek n stok in jou speke nie, ons soek jou om die Afrika :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on October 31, 2012, 09:01:17 pm
Wel nou het jy iets om te doen terwyl jy wag vir jou visums .... sit en groei jou bene vas ..... :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on October 31, 2012, 09:15:19 pm
Hope you are not in too much pain Jo  :(

Get well soon
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 31, 2012, 11:05:33 pm
Dankie julle! Thanks all!
Tans oppad terug Jhb toe van Malelane af. STUPID accident!!!
I was riding pillion on a BMW Adv, and we slipped in mud. My foot landed between the side pannier and a rock. I felt the bone snap. Fibula off...shattered. They couldn't help me in Malelane...hence the rush back to Joburg! We're currently 140 km from Witbank. Orthopedic surgeon says they'll probably have to operate. Bummer!!! Will keep you updated...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Patrol on October 31, 2012, 11:23:19 pm
Ouch sterkte vir jou.....  :thumleft: ju moet maar n paar pain-killers neem
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on November 01, 2012, 04:52:28 am
Bummer Jo -  >:(

Pitty you couldn't be operated on yesterday. If swelling sets in, you may have to wait a few days for the swelling to go down before they will operate. Good luck and heal quick.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Cheetah on November 01, 2012, 08:27:14 am
Strongs Jo !
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on November 01, 2012, 08:45:07 am
Ag nee my donner dis nie lekker nie, maar bietjie raad: hul gaan defnitief opereer, moenie suinig wees en vir yster pen settle, laat hul titanium insit :deal:  :peepwall: en moenie kortpad vat met fisio nie, dit is simpel maar dt werk anders verkort daai (die kan ek nie spel :patch:) akilius tendon (nee vrouens het ook daai een en as hy kort is raak jy krupel vir gord, geen medesyne)

Sterkte antie :thumleft:
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Post by: Geotraveller on November 01, 2012, 09:19:49 am
Strongs Jo
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cracklin on November 01, 2012, 09:30:26 am
Not good news but strength forward for your rapid recovery!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 01, 2012, 09:39:39 am
At the hospital now...waiting on the verdict...
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Post by: mox on November 01, 2012, 09:42:14 am
Best of luck! Hope the prognosis turns good!
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Post by: Mooch on November 01, 2012, 10:35:45 am
Its catchy this leg thing...  ;)
Good Luck and I hope all goes well. Hopefully your recovery should go fairly quick. Hang in there and let us know!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: EATMYKTM. on November 01, 2012, 11:15:29 am
Good luck Jo and my prayers are going out for you.
Not sure what boots you were wearing but hopefully it's a serious wake up call for all of us that ride big heavy bikes without wearing big heavy boots. I've seen it ruin 2 peoples peoples Africa excursions previously, I just pray that yours is quickly and properly fixable.
Be strong Hon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 01, 2012, 11:21:13 am
Scheduled for surgery on Monday. :(
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: LMG on November 01, 2012, 11:23:27 am
Wow Jo, hoop nie dit hou jou te lank van die fiets af nie.  Bad one. :(
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on November 01, 2012, 11:43:13 am
Scheduled for surgery on Monday. :(
Ouch! Hang in there ... all will be well again once the bones mend ... did they indicate if you were going to get scaffolding?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on November 01, 2012, 11:51:10 am
Scheduled for surgery on Monday. :(

Eish, Swelling needs to go down first! Bummer!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 01, 2012, 12:58:08 pm
Fibula broken on the outside and then the ligaments are torn on the inside. So I need a plate on the fibula and screws on the other side. I'm booked for Monday but need to try get the swelling down now. So got the moon boot, foot in the air and have to ice it three times a day. And drink my pills.
To top it all off....my medical insurance only covers me outside of SA! LoL
F*&*king Murphy and his stupid ass laws!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on November 01, 2012, 01:02:08 pm
Plates are often better - they provide strength and stability during the healing process and speeds up the recovery time.

Didn't you say the accident happened in Swaziland  >:D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 01, 2012, 01:03:44 pm
Plates are often better - they provide strength and stability during the healing process and speeds up the recovery time.

Didn't you say the accident happened in Swaziland  >:D

:) No, happened near Moz border. (Near Komatipoort)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on November 01, 2012, 01:06:21 pm
Plates are often better - they provide strength and stability during the healing process and speeds up the recovery time.

Didn't you say the accident happened in Swaziland  >:D
:) No, happened near Moz border. (Near Komatipoort)
So, if the accident happened on the Moz side you would be covered ... that sucks
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: zetman on November 01, 2012, 01:17:32 pm
Aitoggie Eina  Mase Kinders jy moet biki van daai Angolese $$$ vat en gaat Ordentlike Boots koop jong
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on November 01, 2012, 06:20:02 pm
Ai Jo.....ek is bevrees daai breek is nie baie mooi hoewel 'skoon' in mediese termes. Jy kan wegkom sonder sjirurgie maar dit gaan lank vat, en hul kan nuwe hegtings tegnieke gebruik virdie ligmente wat ek glo hul sal.....sorry jong, sterkte
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 02, 2012, 12:07:29 pm
Ai Jo.....ek is bevrees daai breek is nie baie mooi hoewel 'skoon' in mediese termes. Jy kan wegkom sonder sjirurgie maar dit gaan lank vat, en hul kan nuwe hegtings tegnieke gebruik virdie ligmente wat ek glo hul sal.....sorry jong, sterkte

Ja, ek kan wegkom sonder chirurgie...maar het mooi lank gesit en gesels met my chirurg en opsies bespreek. Ek voel maar die beste is hulle moet die ding maar oopmaak en fix wat gefix moet word. Ek MOET Jan/Feb weer terug Morocco toe en ek dink sonder chirurgie gaan dit net te lank vat om reg te kom. So nou sal ons maar sien hoe gaan dit na hulle my Maandag geskroef en geplaat het.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on November 04, 2012, 07:44:36 pm
Sterkte ons almal dink aan jou.  Jy het 'n AWSOME Bash gemis.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Padrone on November 15, 2012, 04:37:30 pm
Sterkte Jo ek het medelye en praat uit ondervinding #1 linker been #2 regter enkel. Ons leer nooit, ry net  :thumleft: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on November 15, 2012, 04:49:07 pm
How's the ankle coming on Jo?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Big Alan on November 15, 2012, 09:23:36 pm
Joe, spent three evenings reading your incredible adventure, I agree with all the other dogs, you are Incredible, a inspiration to all. The best medicine for recovering from such a operation is patience. Hang in there, what goes up must come down, its the law. You made it to the top of Africa, so will make it back to the bottom of Africa. Only problem now is, I am just as impatient as you and cannot wait to follow your journey further. Good Luck, and I hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Post by: mox on November 15, 2012, 10:58:41 pm
Joe, spent three evenings reading your incredible adventure, I agree with all the other dogs, you are Incredible, a inspiration to all. The best medicine for recovering from such a operation is patience. Hang in there, what goes up must come down, its the law. You made it to the top of Africa, so will make it back to the bottom of Africa. Only problem now is, I am just as impatient as you and cannot wait to follow your journey further. Good Luck, and I hope you have a speedy recovery.
+1000
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 16, 2012, 09:57:17 am
How's the ankle coming on Jo?

Coming along pretty well I think. Thanks for asking.  :3some:

Had my first check up on Monday and the doctor seemed pleased. Cast can come off on 6 Dec and then back into the moon boot and physiotherapy. I have already started putting slight weight on the foot and went 'walking' in the park yesterday. Have stopped taking my pain meds...but overdid it a tad yesterday galavanting around and had to dig out the painkillers again last night. Hehe.

Starting to get a little frustrated now...but that's only normal I guess. I think I've done well thus far. Now I just have to be careful not to overdo it too much and set myself back.

Will be riding around pretty soon again.  :thumleft: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 16, 2012, 10:02:21 am
Joe, spent three evenings reading your incredible adventure, I agree with all the other dogs, you are Incredible, a inspiration to all. The best medicine for recovering from such a operation is patience. Hang in there, what goes up must come down, its the law. You made it to the top of Africa, so will make it back to the bottom of Africa. Only problem now is, I am just as impatient as you and cannot wait to follow your journey further. Good Luck, and I hope you have a speedy recovery.

 :) Thank you very much! Helps to hear (read) this, especially now! Instills a good dose of added motivation in me.  :thumleft: :3some: Thank you. 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dirt Junkie on November 16, 2012, 09:54:40 pm
Sat around the braai fire tonight after a 500K trip and. talking about how inspiring your bike trip is.  YOU GO GIRL hope you have a speedy recovery  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on November 19, 2012, 06:01:34 pm
Sat around the braai fire tonight after a 500K trip and. talking about how inspiring your bike trip is.  YOU GO GIRL hope you have a speedy recovery  :thumleft:

500 000km... Frans, jou ou yster jy  :eek7:  :imaposer:

 Voorspoed Jolandie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bubby on November 22, 2012, 09:10:17 am
Dankie julle! Thanks all!
Tans oppad terug Jhb toe van Malelane af. STUPID accident!!!
I was riding pillion on a BMW Adv, and we slipped in mud. My foot landed between the side pannier and a rock. I felt the bone snap. Fibula off...shattered. They couldn't help me in Malelane...hence the rush back to Joburg! We're currently 140 km from Witbank. Orthopedic surgeon says they'll probably have to operate. Bummer!!! Will keep you updated...

Bad luck girl !
Were you wearing the correct boots ?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 22, 2012, 08:25:39 pm
Dankie julle! Thanks all!
Tans oppad terug Jhb toe van Malelane af. STUPID accident!!!
I was riding pillion on a BMW Adv, and we slipped in mud. My foot landed between the side pannier and a rock. I felt the bone snap. Fibula off...shattered. They couldn't help me in Malelane...hence the rush back to Joburg! We're currently 140 km from Witbank. Orthopedic surgeon says they'll probably have to operate. Bummer!!! Will keep you updated...

Bad luck girl !
Were you wearing the correct boots ?

Thanks. No, I wasn't wearing the correct boots. Classic case of: "We're just going around the corner".
I broke two of my own rules and in return my ankle was broken. Painful and expensive lesson learnt. 

But hey...can't wait to get back on my bike again!  :ricky:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on November 22, 2012, 08:49:58 pm
Dankie julle! Thanks all!
Tans oppad terug Jhb toe van Malelane af. STUPID accident!!!
I was riding pillion on a BMW Adv, and we slipped in mud. My foot landed between the side pannier and a rock. I felt the bone snap. Fibula off...shattered. They couldn't help me in Malelane...hence the rush back to Joburg! We're currently 140 km from Witbank. Orthopedic surgeon says they'll probably have to operate. Bummer!!! Will keep you updated...

Bad luck girl !
Were you wearing the correct boots ?

Thanks. No, I wasn't wearing the correct boots. Classic case of: "We're just going around the corner".
I broke two of my own rules and in return my ankle was broken. Painful and expensive lesson learnt. 

But hey...can't wait to get back on my bike again!  :ricky:  :thumleft:


Ja toe toe Mej Stingy Croft......hou op daai geldjies vasknyp en betaal daai visas laat ons jou volg! :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 23, 2012, 02:40:36 pm
 :P
Werk daaraan!!

Dis hoe my opsies tans lyk.

Option A:

Take a ferry from Morocco to France, then back down to Algeria...ride to Tripoli and then fly to Cairo with Dax.
Both Morocco/Algeria and Libya/Egypt borders are closed to tourists and neither Algeria nor Libya are keen on letting me loose in their countries all by my lonesome. Cost - R30K ballpark

Option B:

Load Dax and fly directly from Morocco to Egypt Cost - R25K ballpark

Also chatting to a courier company who MIGHT be able to help me get Dax across and then I just fly across.

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: teebag on November 23, 2012, 05:20:43 pm
what no beer this time  :'(
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on November 23, 2012, 05:27:10 pm
Have a look at this RR .... http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=46352.0


and then decide :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on December 10, 2012, 08:47:40 pm
Have a look at this RR .... http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=46352.0


and then decide :biggrin:

 :thumleft: Thank you. I read this a while ago, looks awesome. Tunisia is going to be the easy part.
I have decided (again) to have a go at making it across Nortern Africa. Have found a company that can help me get a business visa for Libya, seeing as they are not giving tourist visas. And currently chatting to a shipping company that might just be able to help me get my bike across to Algeria.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on December 10, 2012, 08:49:57 pm
Fixed!  :thumleft:

Cast came off last week Thursday. Physio starts on Wednesday and I should be up and going again pretty soon.  :ricky:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on December 10, 2012, 08:56:39 pm
Wow!! Dis gribbelerig! Hoop jy kom reg ou!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on December 10, 2012, 08:56:41 pm
Nice one Jo. All the best with the rehab. Strength.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on December 10, 2012, 10:31:16 pm
Hou die blink kant bo girl.... hoop jy is gou gou reg vir jou trippie.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on December 11, 2012, 03:56:51 am
Looks like a really neat job on your ankle. Was your doctor a carpenter? :biggrin:

Start your engines ..... round the block a few times and off you go :thumright:

Onlt after Christmas of course, they don't celebrate Cristmas on the top of Africa :imaposer:
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Post by: Mooch on December 11, 2012, 04:24:53 pm
Looks neat..! Just strenthen those muscles around it now.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fudmucker on December 11, 2012, 07:10:57 pm
Orthopedic surgeons are closet carpenters whose parents wouldn't let them do woodwork at school...  ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on December 14, 2012, 12:04:54 pm
looks good . all the best .
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on January 02, 2013, 12:20:40 am
Die tread is te stil.......waar is die girl ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 02, 2013, 12:27:06 am
Die girl lê nog been in die lug.
Wag net dat alles weer terugkeer na semi-normaal na al die festivities dan kan ek ook weer aan die gang kom.
Sien die physio weer van volgende week af dan kan ek hoor wat sê hy. Laaste update was dat ek April weer sal kan ry. Ek wil druk vir vroëer, maar die tyd sal my goed te staan kom. Het 'n paar goedjies om uit te sort.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on January 02, 2013, 08:21:26 pm
Quick recovery and hope you strong soon for your journey.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on January 02, 2013, 10:28:48 pm
Ok die Girl is nog met ons, yes!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 07, 2013, 03:13:31 pm
Just a short update:

I have decided on my route when I return to Morocco. I will be taking a ferry to France, and from Marseille back down to Algiers to carry on through Northern Africa. There have been issues with people not being allowed into Libya from Egypt, but I have at long last found a company that can secure a business visa for me for Libya. They assured me that I would have no issues crossing over from Libya to Egypt. Just from Egypt to Libya.

On the ankle: I still have to wear my moonboot for another month or two, after which I need to wear a reinforced ankle guard. So we're looking at a possible April "re-launch".

In the meantime, apart from sorting out visas and all the paperwork I still need I might schedule talks around the country to raise the rest of the money I need to complete the trip. Updates on this will go on here.  :thumleft:


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Post by: buzzlightyear on January 07, 2013, 03:15:57 pm
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on January 07, 2013, 03:21:59 pm
marry me jo ?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 07, 2013, 03:31:53 pm
marry me jo ?

Tempting  :love4: ....but I don't believe in marriage. Sorry.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on January 07, 2013, 04:14:39 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 07, 2013, 07:47:27 pm
Updated Video:

http://www.youtube.com/v/znxXrxoupE4
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: katana on January 07, 2013, 08:32:02 pm
Good luck   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on January 07, 2013, 08:48:36 pm
wELL Girl' (  :imaposer: ) I can tell you one thing here. Your second part is going to be so much better and memorable as there is a lot of magic in East Africa. Take your time to polish up on a few swahili words and phrases. These people (mostly Kenya but my Favorited Ugandan) are just so welcoming and even the scenic routes in and around Uganda! It is a true DS bikers heaven and you should really consider spending more time over there. Trips like these are just to quickly a memory fading away and making space for new dreams etc.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on January 07, 2013, 10:51:05 pm
Lekker daai updated video  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on January 08, 2013, 07:32:58 am
Go Jo! All the best and ride safe.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on January 08, 2013, 08:31:21 am
Injuries sucks! Heal fast ... Part II is calling :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 10, 2013, 02:47:35 pm
wELL Girl' (  :imaposer: ) I can tell you one thing here. Your second part is going to be so much better and memorable as there is a lot of magic in East Africa. Take your time to polish up on a few swahili words and phrases. These people (mostly Kenya but my Favorited Ugandan) are just so welcoming and even the scenic routes in and around Uganda! It is a true DS bikers heaven and you should really consider spending more time over there. Trips like these are just to quickly a memory fading away and making space for new dreams etc.

Polish up on Swahili -  :thumleft:
Slow down/take it slow - Mmmmm...sal my bes probeer.  :ricky:

Almal is gaande oor Uganda. Jammer ek gaan nie daar deur nie. Dalk...net dalk....gooi ek 'n detour.  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 10, 2013, 02:48:15 pm
Go Jo! All the best and ride safe.

Thank you!!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 10, 2013, 02:49:12 pm
Injuries sucks! Heal fast ... Part II is calling :thumleft:

Thank you!  :3some:
Almost there. I can now start to drive again and switch between walking with and without the moonboot. Yeehaaa.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on January 10, 2013, 04:14:59 pm
:thumbleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 11, 2013, 03:03:38 pm
Small change in plans.
Instead of taking the ferry to France, I think I'll rather hop over to Spain. The only reason I was considering France is because I wanted to visit friends in the South.
The ferry from France lands me in Algiers. The ferry from Spain lands me in Oran. So, this way I'm also covering more of Africa. And it's shorter and cheaper. Hop, skip and a jump. :thumleft:

Plans are starting to take shape. I have some friends joining me on the 'liaison stages'. (This is starting to sound like the Dakar)! A friend of mine from Tunisia will ride to Algeria to meet up with me. He will then ride with me all the way to the Libyan border. (Hopefully we'll go do some desert riding - Yeehaa)

Once I'm over the Libyan border I'll spend a night or two with a Souf Efrican company in Tripoli. From Tripoli onward I'm on my own again till Benghazi. Here I'll meet up with a motorcycling club and see whether I can't convince them to ride with me to the Egypt border.

Then I just have to make it through Egypt and Sudan and it's plain sailing home!!  :ricky:

En dan wanneer ek my Komatipoort aankom moet julle saam kom ry!!!  :thumleft:
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Post by: dirtyXT on January 11, 2013, 03:05:14 pm
sounds good, wish i was one of those lucky sods hooking up with you on your route!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on January 11, 2013, 04:17:51 pm
Komatipoort,,,, se net wanneer  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 11, 2013, 04:19:47 pm
Komatipoort,,,, se net wanneer  :ricky: :ricky:

Gaan nou-nou vir julle 'n idee gee. Nou besig met die 'itinerary'.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 11, 2013, 04:49:16 pm
Ons kyk na so einde Julie vir Komatipoort op die stadium.....  :ricky:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: zetman on January 11, 2013, 06:22:59 pm
Goeie werk Jo sal lekr wees om saam jou n stukkie te ry :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

 Hoe vorder jou DAKAR 2015 Planne????  :pot:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 11, 2013, 06:26:56 pm
Goeie werk Jo sal lekr wees om saam jou n stukkie te ry :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

 Hoe vorder jou DAKAR 2015 Planne????  :pot:

Dankie man!  :thumleft:
Die Dakar planne sal eers in 'full-swing' wees wanneer ek terug is. Vir nou is my fokus 100% op Afrika klaar maak. Maar die Dakar is definitief nog op die tafel.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: OOOOMS on January 11, 2013, 07:14:10 pm
Sub:
OK, ek het nou 2 volle aande hier gisit op die punt van my stoel en lees.....repek !!!

As die tyd nader kom kan ons 'n lekker groep bymekaar kry en jou huisto ry ? Hoe klink dit?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 11, 2013, 08:07:11 pm
Sub:
OK, ek het nou 2 volle aande hier gisit op die punt van my stoel en lees.....repek !!!

As die tyd nader kom kan ons 'n lekker groep bymekaar kry en jou huisto ry ? Hoe klink dit?

Dankie!  :thumleft:
Ek sal baie daarvan hou en dit beslis waardeer.  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on January 11, 2013, 08:29:24 pm
Kom nou antie ons raak rusteloos.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 11, 2013, 08:41:00 pm
Kom nou antie ons raak rusteloos.

Hehe...djy verstaan nie! Ek's soos 'n hond aan 'n leash met 'n stuk steak wat net so voor my neus hang en ek kan dit net nie bykom nie!!  :lol8:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: OOOOMS on January 11, 2013, 09:26:59 pm
Sub:
OK, ek het nou 2 volle aande hier gisit op die punt van my stoel en lees.....repek !!!

As die tyd nader kom kan ons 'n lekker groep bymekaar kry en jou huisto ry ? Hoe klink dit?

Dankie!  :thumleft:
Ek sal baie daarvan hou en dit beslis waardeer.  :3some:
Dalk sal dit lekker weekend outing wees van dalk Middelburg of selfs Nelspruit, sal nader aan die tyd bespreek en reel!

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on January 12, 2013, 08:20:44 pm
Updated Video:

http://www.youtube.com/v/znxXrxoupE4

What an AWESOME video :thumleft: :thumleft:

You will again have us all riverted to our seats with all the Updates, once you get statred on "Part 2" of this EPIC Journey :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on January 12, 2013, 09:29:44 pm
Ja kom nou antie, jy is weer hopeloos te suinig..... :peepwall: .......... Roer jou gaai mej en ry daai bike!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 12, 2013, 10:10:02 pm
Ja kom nou antie, jy is weer hopeloos te suinig..... :peepwall: .......... Roer jou gaai mej en ry daai bike!!

Haai nee meneer! Dis veels te vroeg so in die nuwe jaar om my alweer suinig te wil begin noem!!!!  :P
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 12, 2013, 10:11:51 pm
Updated Video:

http://www.youtube.com/v/znxXrxoupE4

What an AWESOME video :thumleft: :thumleft:

You will again have us all riverted to our seats with all the Updates, once you get statred on "Part 2" of this EPIC Journey :thumleft:

Thank you Shaun! Can't wait to share my experiences with you all again! It's going to be fun!  :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on January 13, 2013, 09:17:56 am
Keep it rolling Jo, the video is great. :thumleft: Will def like to join you on your last section.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: OOOOMS on January 13, 2013, 09:34:50 am
Ons kyk na so einde Julie vir Komatipoort op die stadium.....  :ricky:  :thumleft:

Keep it rolling Jo, the video is great. :thumleft: Will def like to join you on your last section.


Sure there will be lot's that will join in! Will be great end to the trip  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Knucklhead on January 13, 2013, 09:55:25 am
lekka lekka
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on January 14, 2013, 11:44:51 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 14, 2013, 12:14:21 pm
Launch date set: 21/ 22 April
Hoping to do a 'test ride' next month with some Joburg dogs to see whether I'm ready to ride again. Depending on what the physio and xrays say.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on January 14, 2013, 06:45:54 pm
Launch date set: 21/ 22 April
Hoping to do a 'test ride' next month with some Joburg dogs to see whether I'm ready to ride again. Depending on what the physio and xrays say.  :thumleft:  :ricky:

Jo....with that launch date.....you will have to realy "twist that throttle" in order for you to join us for the Namiba Bash on the 26/27 April >:D :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 14, 2013, 07:28:00 pm
Launch date set: 21/ 22 April
Hoping to do a 'test ride' next month with some Joburg dogs to see whether I'm ready to ride again. Depending on what the physio and xrays say.  :thumleft:  :ricky:

Jo....with that launch date.....you will have to realy "twist that throttle" in order for you to join us for the Namiba Bash on the 26/27 April >:D :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:



LoL. If I made it back in time I'd be breaking more than one record!  :ricky:
I'm afraid I'll have to make the next one.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on January 14, 2013, 07:33:13 pm
Launch date set: 21/ 22 April
Hoping to do a 'test ride' next month with some Joburg dogs to see whether I'm ready to ride again. Depending on what the physio and xrays say.  :thumleft:  :ricky:

Jo....with that launch date.....you will have to realy "twist that throttle" in order for you to join us for the Namiba Bash on the 26/27 April >:D :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:



LoL. If I made it back in time I'd be breaking more than one record!  :ricky:
I'm afraid I'll have to make the next one.  :thumleft:

I Just couldn't resist that one Jo ;) :imaposer: :imaposer: ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 15, 2013, 03:30:16 pm
So....it took me having to ride all the way to the other side of the continent, then coming back and spending a few hours with a fellow dog (both of us with our sore legs) to finally learn how to use my GPS... PROPERLY!!!  :peepwall:

I now actually consider it a miracle that I managed to find my way all the way to Morocco and not somehow ending up in some godforsaken place like Beirut instead! Hehe  :patch:

Jokes aside though, I'm a fairly good navigator, but it irked me that I didn't know how to use my GPS to it's full capability. Now, thanks to Tony (Moondog), I'll be able to share more detail with you guys on my routes. I'll map out my upcoming route and share it with you all, for those interested.  :thumleft:

Thank you Tony!!!  :3some:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on January 15, 2013, 10:25:23 pm
So....it took me having to ride all the way to the other side of the continent, then coming back and spending a few hours with a fellow dog (both of us with our sore legs) to finally learn how to use my GPS... PROPERLY!!!  :peepwall:

I now actually consider it a miracle that I managed to find my way all the way to Morocco and not somehow ending up in some godforsaken place like Beirut instead! Hehe  :patch:

Jokes aside though, I'm a fairly good navigator, but it irked me that I didn't know how to use my GPS to it's full capability. Now, thanks to Tony (Moondog), I'll be able to share more detail with you guys on my routes. I'll map out my upcoming route and share it with you all, for those interested.  :thumleft:

Thank you Tony!!!  :3some:


That will be Gr8 Jo, if you could do that. It'll be nice to be able to follow your progress & planned routes. :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on January 16, 2013, 08:25:12 am
So....it took me having to ride all the way to the other side of the continent, then coming back and spending a few hours with a fellow dog (both of us with our sore legs) to finally learn how to use my GPS... PROPERLY!!!  :peepwall:

I now actually consider it a miracle that I managed to find my way all the way to Morocco and not somehow ending up in some godforsaken place like Beirut instead! Hehe  :patch:

Jokes aside though, I'm a fairly good navigator, but it irked me that I didn't know how to use my GPS to it's full capability. Now, thanks to Tony (Moondog), I'll be able to share more detail with you guys on my routes. I'll map out my upcoming route and share it with you all, for those interested.  :thumleft:

Thank you Tony!!!  :3some:



Good !! Now you guys can teach me!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 17, 2013, 01:33:35 pm
Please note:

As of next month I am scheduling talks all over the country to raise the remaining funding needed to complete my trip around Africa.  :ricky:

WD talks are freeeeee, on the basis that anyone who wishes to contribute can do so. Or introduce me to potential sponsors I can hound.

Sooooo....if you'd like me to give a talk in your area, get a group of dogs together and drop me a message!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: OOOOMS on January 17, 2013, 01:49:53 pm
Please note:

As of next month I am scheduling talks all over the country to raise the remaining funding needed to complete my trip around Africa.  :ricky:

WD talks are freeeeee, on the basis that anyone who wishes to contribute can do so. Or introduce me to potential sponsors I can hound.

Sooooo....if you'd like me to give a talk in your area, get a group of dogs together and drop me a message!  :thumleft:

Hmmmmm.....sounds great, waiting to see the list!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on January 17, 2013, 05:45:44 pm
If there is a talk gonna be held down here in CT,.... I will most definately be there  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on January 17, 2013, 05:49:03 pm
How about PE? I'll be there with the engagement ring  :drif:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 17, 2013, 06:10:07 pm
How about PE? I'll be there with the engagement ring  :drif:

Thanks James. But a set of tyres would be better appreciated than a ring!  :sip:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on January 17, 2013, 06:11:37 pm
How about PE? I'll be there with the engagement ring  :drif:

Thanks James. But a set of tyres would be better appreciated than a ring!  :sip:

done!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 17, 2013, 06:12:23 pm
How about PE? I'll be there with the engagement ring  :drif:

Thanks James. But a set of tyres would be better appreciated than a ring!  :sip:

done!

Haha. Wait I don't need tyres, I'll think of something else.  :pot:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on January 17, 2013, 06:18:17 pm
How about PE? I'll be there with the engagement ring  :drif:

Thanks James. But a set of tyres would be better appreciated than a ring!  :sip:

done!

Haha. Wait I don't need tyres, I'll think something else.  :pot:

 ::)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on January 17, 2013, 08:44:02 pm
How about PE? I'll be there with the engagement ring  :drif:

Thanks James. But a set of tyres would be better appreciated than a ring!  :sip:

done!

Haha. Wait I don't need tyres, I'll think of something else.  :pot:
if you marry James, you'll need big rubbers, hehe.

lots of PE dogs would like to hear,
Come on James, speak you your connections and arrange some sponsors.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 18, 2013, 03:13:03 pm
And so the visa applications start again. Busy with my Libyan business visa which will cost me a cool R3,5K.  :eek7:

My contacts in Algeria and Tunisia have been amazing in helping me with route planning and general info.  :thumleft:

But now they're starting to send me daily "Kidnapping" reports with location shots.

Better the devil you know, I guess. But still rather disconcerting!  :patch:

Like this was yesterday's update:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: OOOOMS on January 18, 2013, 07:32:05 pm
 :sign14:  "And so the visa applications start again. Busy with my Libyan business visa which will cost me a cool R3,5K."

That's HECTIC !!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on January 19, 2013, 09:08:35 am
Good luck and the best Jo.
:thumbleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on January 19, 2013, 10:50:14 am
Hoop vir jou part dinge raak bietjie kalmer eers. My kiddies wil weet of hulle bangles nog veilig is :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 19, 2013, 07:28:43 pm
Hoop vir jou part dinge raak bietjie kalmer eers. My kiddies wil weet of hulle bangles nog veilig is :ricky:

Dankie. Ag wat, hulle sal in elk geval jammer wees as hulle my kidnap....sal hulle oor die rand dryf! LoL
Die kids se bangles is veilig. Wou dit al af stuur...maar gedink ek wil dit eerder self vir hulle gee.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on January 19, 2013, 09:58:31 pm
Ja, moenie stuur nie. sal baie beter wees as jy self gee.  Anyway, hoop jou blokkies val reg!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 06:42:09 pm
Ja, moenie stuur nie. sal baie beter wees as jy self gee.  Anyway, hoop jou blokkies val reg!

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:08:34 pm
I've downloaded my GPS log of the trip so far for anyone interested. It's a bit big (2,5mb) so I've broken it up to allow me to upload it here.

I'm not sure which format is best?? So I'm going to try upload the .gdb format first (I have it in garmin database format .gdb, and in .kmz format)

Here goes....
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:11:05 pm
Shit....the .gdb files are too big.
Okay, uploading .kmz files.   :patch:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:14:22 pm
SA & Namibia
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:14:55 pm
Angola & Congo
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:15:31 pm
Gabon & Cameroon
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:15:59 pm
Nigeria to Ivory Coast
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:16:25 pm
Mali & Senegal
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:16:57 pm
Mauritania & Morocco
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Patrol on January 20, 2013, 11:19:18 pm
Hou aan stuur die files,,,,en veilige reistog vir jou  :thumleft: go girl
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 20, 2013, 11:19:52 pm
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:21:13 pm
Hou aan stuur die files,,,,en veilige reistog vir jou  :thumleft: go girl

Dankie.  :ricky:

Ek hoop net die files werk reg...  :patch:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 20, 2013, 11:22:30 pm
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 21, 2013, 09:51:19 am
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:

Cool.
Where is Morocco did you end your trip?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 21, 2013, 11:21:25 am
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:

Cool.
Where is Morocco did you end your trip?

I ended in Rabat.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on January 21, 2013, 11:24:03 am
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:

Cool.
Where is Morocco did you end your trip?

I ended in Rabat.

Who is looking after the Dakkie ? Hope it is in safe hands
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 21, 2013, 11:30:59 am
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:

Cool.
Where is Morocco did you end your trip?

I ended in Rabat.

Who is looking after the Dakkie ? Hope it is in safe hands

That, I am afraid is a bit of a mess at the moment. This is an issue I have been fighting for the last week. To be honest...I don't know where my bike and all my gear is.
There's not much I can say about it at the moment other than I'm trying to sort it out...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 21, 2013, 11:32:06 am
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:

Cool.
Where is Morocco did you end your trip?

I ended in Rabat.

Have a couple contacts in Casablanca from when I passed through there on my trip.
Very nice guys who helped me a lot! If you need help over there they I am sure will be more than willing to help out.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 21, 2013, 11:45:29 am
Let us know if you do a talk in CT. When are you off again?

A talk in CT is definitely in the pipeline, so will let you guys know!  :thumleft:
I'm off on the 21st of April.   :ricky:

Cool.
Where is Morocco did you end your trip?

I ended in Rabat.

Have a couple contacts in Casablanca from when I passed through there on my trip.
Very nice guys who helped me a lot! If you need help over there they I am sure will be more than willing to help out.

Thanks Rob, will let you know.
I've contacted a friend from BMW in Casa. Problem is the 'friends' that have all my gear are not replying to messages or taking phone calls. So I don't even know whether they still have my bike and kit.
Trying to think of a solution...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 21, 2013, 11:49:27 am
Cool well Let me know if you want my friends to call them for you. You can pm me your "friends" number if you would like.
I know what its like going through stuff like that.

The one owns the Ducati/MV Agusta Dealership there and the other is a bike nut who has visited me down in CT since I met them in Casa.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 21, 2013, 11:50:33 am
Cool well Let me know if you want my friends to call them for you. You can pm me your "friends" number if you would like.
I know what its like going through stuff like that.

The one owns the Ducati/MV Agusta Dealership there and the other is a bike nut who has visited me down in CT since I met them in Casa.

Are those the guys from 'speed machine'?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 21, 2013, 11:53:39 am
Cool well Let me know if you want my friends to call them for you. You can pm me your "friends" number if you would like.
I know what its like going through stuff like that.

The one owns the Ducati/MV Agusta Dealership there and the other is a bike nut who has visited me down in CT since I met them in Casa.

Are those the guys from 'speed machine'?


Ya, Danny from Speed Machine. Did you meet them?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 21, 2013, 11:56:06 am
Cool well Let me know if you want my friends to call them for you. You can pm me your "friends" number if you would like.
I know what its like going through stuff like that.

The one owns the Ducati/MV Agusta Dealership there and the other is a bike nut who has visited me down in CT since I met them in Casa.

Are those the guys from 'speed machine'?


Ya, Danny from Speed Machine. Did you meet them?

Yeh, I did. I spoke to them first about the issue. Problem is they can't keep my bike at the moment because they are building a new warehouse. He said that they could keep my stuff for me from end Feb. Which I don't think is such an issue, finding a place to store it is the least of my problems. First I need to get it back from said 'friends'.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 21, 2013, 11:59:23 am
Cool well Let me know if you want my friends to call them for you. You can pm me your "friends" number if you would like.
I know what its like going through stuff like that.

The one owns the Ducati/MV Agusta Dealership there and the other is a bike nut who has visited me down in CT since I met them in Casa.

Are those the guys from 'speed machine'?


Ya, Danny from Speed Machine. Did you meet them?

Yeh, I did. I spoke to them first about the issue. Problem is they can't keep my bike at the moment because they are building a new warehouse. He said that they could keep my stuff for me from end Feb. Which I don't think is such an issue, finding a place to store it is the least of my problems. First I need to get it back from said 'friends'.

Cool, well I am sure Danny's friend Erick could keep it for you at his place or work. But I guess the problem is getting it from the silent friends to Casa. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help, in the mean time will ask Erick if he doesn't mind helping. Would you not like one of them to call your friends?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 24, 2013, 01:50:34 pm
We've managed to establish where my bike and gear's being kept. I'll breathe easy once it's been moved to a more reliable and safe location. Hopefully within the next week.
Thank you Rob (Robski) for also roping in help!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Robski on January 24, 2013, 07:48:44 pm
We've managed to establish where my bike and gear's being kept. I'll breathe easy once it's been moved to a more reliable and safe location. Hopefully within the next week.
Thank you Rob (Robski) for also roping in help!

Pleasure  :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on January 28, 2013, 09:19:32 am
I am SO going to do this route!! Looks awesome.
Meeting the guy sometime this week.

http://www.youtube.com/v/GWR-sVjfN7E
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on January 28, 2013, 12:51:09 pm
Does look very inviting .... yum yum
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Jovan on January 28, 2013, 09:52:36 pm

I get adrenalin rush just looking at all that sand. They make it look too easy.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on January 28, 2013, 10:26:37 pm
Thanks for sharing that video Jo :thumleft: :thumleft:

Sure does look very nice indeed. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on January 28, 2013, 10:33:58 pm
Thanks for sharing that video Jo :thumleft: :thumleft:


Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on February 12, 2013, 04:09:12 pm
Right...1 visa down, 7 more to go! 2 and a half months to go then I'm back in Morocco!  :thumleft:
Applied for my Tunisian visa today. Accepted and waiting to go pick it up. Next is Algeria and then Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Will do Morocco and Schengen last. Libyan visa I'll pick up in Tunisia.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on February 12, 2013, 04:15:37 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on February 12, 2013, 04:47:38 pm
Good Stuff!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Dogboxelectric on February 13, 2013, 06:40:18 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Awesome cant wait
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: stevo on March 10, 2013, 09:07:23 am
Awesome trip and report. Best of luck and ride safe for the rest.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on April 11, 2013, 03:38:17 pm
So when is the big day?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 11, 2013, 04:07:18 pm
Hi Jo

Hoe lykit met 'n update. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 11, 2013, 04:28:31 pm
** Big Sigh - Deep Breath **

Ek probeer die aankondiging nou al so lank as moontlik uitstel.

It breaks my heart but I'm afraid the trip is off for now.
Main reason being because my sponsor didn't come through. They gave me no indication of backing out, so I didn't realize until it was too late. I even got just about all my visas sorted.
I needed about R60K to finish the trip. Not a great deal of money...but it's a lot when you don't have it.
I've even tried getting a loan from the bank or any financial institution that might consider giving me a loan. Nobody will give me a loan without pay slips and proof of employment. Even the nigerian down the road won't help me out!

So at the moment I'm trying to find a way to get my bike back.
Moroccan customs have slapped me with a R10 000 fine because my bike has been there for so long. I tried to explain the delay with my accident and broken ankle, surgery etc. Not that they care.

So now I'll either have to raise the money somehow to get Dax back and see if I can maybe get the money together myself to finish it some other time.

OR

I'll have to sell my bike off in Morocco. Or have customs sell it off.

OR

Raise the money to finish the trip. (That would mean having to re-apply for all my visas again as I was supposed to leave end of the month and there's only 3 weeks left.)

As much as it saddens me (glo my, ek het nou al groot trane gehuil), I'll most probably have to sell my bike off in Morocco and live to fight another day.

As they say: Everything happens for a reason.

Sorry julle!

 :sad5:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Offshore on April 11, 2013, 04:37:46 pm
Shame, I feel for you.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on April 11, 2013, 05:34:48 pm
Sorry to hear Jo. Its such a pity it costs so much.
Have you tried any TV channels interested in filming or if you film and they buy the content by sponsoring you.
You've done half of Africa already I'm sure you'll get to do the other half someday.
What if you sell the Kawa that was at Kurts?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on April 11, 2013, 05:38:53 pm
Sorry to hear Jo. Its such a pity it costs so much.
Have you tried any TV channels interested in filming or if you film and they buy the content by sponsoring you.
You've done half of Africa already I'm sure you'll get to do the other half someday.
What if you sell the Kawa that was at Kurts?

That financed Jo's broken ankle.
Tough Jo......but don't give up, there must be a way........
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 11, 2013, 05:40:39 pm
Yep - The Kawa was sold and paid for the surgery on my broken ankle and physio.

Thanks guys. I'll get there someday.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on April 11, 2013, 05:43:52 pm
Everything does happen for a reason and sometimes that sucks. Strengths Jo. Hope you get Dax back. If you do pm me and we go ride local.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on April 11, 2013, 06:08:49 pm
Jo

The first time I read you reply I thought - this is terrible especially as you have already got the visa's etc.

Now I do not have R60 000 rand and you dont need millions and you doing it solo - no TV crews backups etc. The way we like it - so this is what I can do

I will pledge you R1000 - and there must be 59 other dogs that can do the same or 118 dogs that can pledge R500 or any other ammount .(And some of the vendors can give more and Kilroy can also give some of the sticker money )

So here is my throughdown to the other dogs - skut daai sakke lets make this happen - you have a R1000


Who else ?????? :peepwall: :peepwall: :peepwall: :pot: :pot: :pot: :pot: :ricky: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BMWPE on April 11, 2013, 09:23:35 pm
R500.00    :thumleft:


117 people left 
come on guys lets make her trip happen 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: nielvn on April 11, 2013, 09:27:16 pm
R500
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BMWPE on April 11, 2013, 09:33:47 pm
lets help her finish the trip
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Teapot on April 11, 2013, 10:39:52 pm
Wish I could contribute. But good spirit and moral support and prayers that this pulls off so you can finish this epic journey.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on April 12, 2013, 05:27:48 am
R250
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on April 12, 2013, 05:53:03 am
I'll pledge R1,000 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on April 12, 2013, 07:07:33 am
If we can do it for the Germans, we can do it for Jo.

R 500.00 or more... depends if my overtime is paid out on time.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on April 12, 2013, 07:11:15 am
If we can do it for the Germans, we can do it for Jo.

R 500.00 or more... depends if my overtime is paid out on time.  :biggrin:

Agreed - maybe we must promote this request a bit wider ? I think we can do this .... as long as she promised to continue writing the RR :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on April 12, 2013, 08:41:42 am
If you want to go for it I am in for R1000!!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on April 12, 2013, 09:04:56 am
very easy to raise this money of yyou have a FB page Jo, and everyone passes it on/likes it/tweets it etc.

You'll have the 60k in a jiffy  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on April 12, 2013, 10:08:22 am
very easy to raise this money of yyou have a FB page Jo, and everyone passes it on/likes it/tweets it etc.

You'll have the 60k in a jiffy  :thumleft:
She do have one. Jolandie Rust
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on April 12, 2013, 06:05:58 pm
Hokaai stop die lorrie!

Maybe I should've said something on here earlier. You guys won't believe this but...my sponsor (Angola) came through today! Just sent me an email with proof of payment this afternoon. Did one of you guys like phone Angola or something?  :peepwall:

So it's all systems go again.  :ricky:

Thank you, to all you very generous awesome people for offers to help me out. I will certainly not forget it and I will personally deliver your signed copies of my book to you as soon as it's published after I've finished.  :thumleft:

Thanks for being awesome!

So...my itinerary is a bit screwed at the moment...but I eyeballed my calendar and I think I should be out of here by 27th May or thereabouts. But will keep you guys updated.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on April 12, 2013, 06:07:59 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: White Rhino on April 12, 2013, 06:08:09 pm
That's awesome - yeeha!
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Post by: zetman on April 12, 2013, 06:41:11 pm
Goeie werk Gooi mielies en maak klaar jou toer sien uit na die boek
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Post by: Grolls on April 12, 2013, 07:07:33 pm
You Go Girl  :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: Roadcat on April 12, 2013, 07:20:34 pm
Great news Jo,

I was just starting to get worried that something had finally managed to stop you!

Good luck.
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Post by: Teapot on April 12, 2013, 07:30:49 pm
Awesome.
:thuymleft:
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Post by: woody1 on April 12, 2013, 07:34:01 pm
Nou ja lekker ry en ons sien jou as jy SA binnekom vir daai ry saam HUISTOE...  :ricky:
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Post by: Pietcoke on April 12, 2013, 07:35:24 pm
Great news............. :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: 1ougat on April 12, 2013, 07:40:24 pm
Joe the unstoppable ...... go go go ......dit is goeie nuus ... nou het ek n los R1000 rand ....  :thumleft:
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Post by: Bring It On on April 12, 2013, 07:49:36 pm
Joe the unstoppable ...... go go go ......dit is goeie nuus ... nou het ek n los R1000 rand ....  :thumleft:

Gaan koop iet mooi vir die bike ;) :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Post by: Bring It On on April 12, 2013, 07:52:11 pm
Hokaai stop die lorrie!

Maybe I should've said something on here earlier. You guys won't believe this but...my sponsor (Angola) came through today! Just sent me an email with proof of payment this afternoon. Did one of you guys like phone Angola or something?  :peepwall:

So it's all systems go again.  :ricky:

Thank you, to all you very generous awesome people for offers to help me out. I will certainly not forget it and I will personally deliver your signed copies of my book to you as soon as it's published after I've finished.  :thumleft:

Thanks for being awesome!

So...my itinerary is a bit screwed at the moment...but I eyeballed my calendar and I think I should be out of here by 27th May or thereabouts. But will keep you guys updated.

Jo, very happy for you that things worked out well & that it's all systems go again. Looking very forward to following you along as you complete the next leg of your "Epic Journey" Go Girl!!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :salut:
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Post by: Crossed-up on April 12, 2013, 07:54:53 pm
Great news!  All the best, and may your journey be the best ever.
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Post by: Bring It On on April 12, 2013, 07:55:42 pm
Hey....wait a minute here :patch: .....last time we spoke, I asked you if you were perhaps by some chance gonna join us for the Namibia Bash & you said you'd love to, but it looked like it might fall over the same period that you were planning to leave......but now that you are only leaving near the end of May......means that you can now join us for the Bash ;D ;D ;D :pot:
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Post by: 1ougat on April 12, 2013, 08:01:20 pm
Joe the unstoppable ...... go go go ......dit is goeie nuus ... nou het ek n los R1000 rand ....  :thumleft:

Gaan koop iet mooi vir die bike ;) :biggrin: :biggrin:

Ja dalk so iets soos petrol ..... :ricky:
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Post by: Bring It On on April 12, 2013, 08:08:17 pm
Joe the unstoppable ...... go go go ......dit is goeie nuus ... nou het ek n los R1000 rand ....  :thumleft:

Gaan koop iet mooi vir die bike ;) :biggrin: :biggrin:

Ja dalk so iets soos petrol ..... :ricky:

....& saam met daardie petrol, kom somer BAIE plesier ;D ;D :thumleft:
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Post by: nielvn on April 12, 2013, 08:10:31 pm
Nou het ook meer geld, more maar na Pauli toe gaan  :ricky:
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Post by: jorust on April 12, 2013, 09:48:56 pm
Nou het ook meer geld, more maar na Pauli toe gaan  :ricky:

Mooi man! 'Keep it in the family'.  :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: jorust on April 12, 2013, 09:50:09 pm
Great news Jo,

I was just starting to get worried that something had finally managed to stop you!

Good luck.

It was very, very close!  :peepwall:
But hey...the universe has spoken and apparently I'm not off the hook yet.  :thumleft:  :ricky:
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Post by: >>Thump°C on April 12, 2013, 10:26:24 pm
Nice news Jo
Enjoy
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Post by: katana on April 13, 2013, 07:40:01 am
 :ricky:
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Post by: Cheetah on April 13, 2013, 07:58:13 am
Great stuff Jorust !!!!
Think the dogs would have come through anyway.
Go finish what you started  :ricky:
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Post by: Welsh on April 13, 2013, 08:33:31 am
WTF I have somehow missed this entire report, how did I manage it  ::) ::)
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Post by: 1ougat on April 13, 2013, 08:52:56 am
Great news Jo,

I was just starting to get worried that something had finally managed to stop you!

Good luck.

It was very, very close!  :peepwall:
But hey...the universe has spoken and apparently I'm not off the hook yet.  :thumleft:  :ricky:


We will tell you when you are off the hook ........ and you are not ...... so as Roadcat said go and finish this .....  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Mooch on April 13, 2013, 02:12:13 pm
Cool stuff Jo. Go for it!!!
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Post by: cracklin on April 15, 2013, 09:57:12 am
Been out of internet range for the last few days to come back to this good news!

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Post by: jorust on April 15, 2013, 11:50:05 am
Thank you everyone!
Fulls team ahead again and running around like crazy! Lekker!  :ricky:

So - I'll know what my route and itinerary looks like before the end of this week. Libya is my big headache at the moment. Alternatively I'm organizing passage for Dax and myself on a ro/ro carrier from Italy to Israel. (Thank you Michnus for the info!)

I have to RE-APPLY for my Sudan and Egypt visas...so the visas (including Morocco and Schengen) will take about 40 days (working days) in total.  :sip:

Meaning we're looking at mid June departure.  :thumleft:

Will keep you guys updated.  :3some:
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Post by: SteveD on April 15, 2013, 12:07:37 pm
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Post by: Pietcoke on April 15, 2013, 12:34:42 pm
Sterkte Jo :thumleft:
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Post by: jeff on April 16, 2013, 08:00:06 pm
good luck and all the best :thumleft:
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Post by: Dogboxelectric on April 17, 2013, 07:16:37 am
Great STuff
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Post by: See Duiwel on April 17, 2013, 07:39:58 am
Yeeeeha!! Die Cowboy is weer aan die gang!! Mooi man, ry safe en enjoy!
 :thumleft:
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Post by: SteveD on April 17, 2013, 08:55:32 am
Yeeeeha!! Die Cowboy is weer aan die gang!! Mooi man, ry safe en enjoy!
 :thumleft:
  :merror: Careful now - she may have bigger balls than all the rest of us, but she remains a CowGIRL  :female:
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Post by: See Duiwel on April 17, 2013, 11:55:36 am
O shucks! :-[ :-[ :-[
Sorry Jo :snorting:
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Post by: jorust on April 17, 2013, 12:02:30 pm
O shucks! :-[ :-[ :-[
Sorry Jo :snorting:

Hehe. No problemo!  :thumleft:
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Post by: jorust on April 17, 2013, 12:15:26 pm
Update:

So my visas will take about two months to sort out.  :patch:
Re-applying for Egypt visa tomorrow.

Flight back to Morocco (Casablanca) booked for 5 July.

From Morocco I will take a ferry to Spain, ride up through France and Italy. From Salerno (Italy) I'll then load Dax and myself onto a ro/ro carrier to spend 8 days at sea to Israel. From there I'll enter Egypt and the rest of the route stays the same!  :thumleft: :ricky:

Busy sorting some parts and spares for Dax. Will fit new tires when I get back to Morocco (sticking to my Heidy's). She had a good service before I left (fit new sprockets and chain as well)...but will have been standing for 10 months!!!!

Drinks before I leave: Friday 28 June, for anyone that would like to come say hello/farewell. Time and venue to be decided upon closer to the time. Will be somewhere near Melville in Joburg.  :ricky:

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Post by: Geotraveller on April 17, 2013, 12:23:00 pm
Lyk goed! Ek is tuis daai tyd sal definitief kom hallo se.
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Post by: nielvn on April 17, 2013, 12:55:37 pm
Lyk goed! Ek is tuis daai tyd sal definitief kom hallo se.

Pierre gaan sommer saam jou, ons soek al lank verskoning om bietjie bymekaar uittekom.
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Post by: jorust on May 06, 2013, 01:35:31 pm
So I've just chatted to a girl who have just made it through Libya....on her own. She's put me in touch with a few guys in Tripoli and Benghazi. See how it goes.  :ricky:

In the meantime: Remember that pic?  :lol8:
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Post by: woody1 on May 06, 2013, 08:13:38 pm
Laat weet wanneer en waar dan se ons koebaai
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Post by: jossvw on May 06, 2013, 11:07:45 pm
bon voyage Jo.  :)

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Post by: Grolls on May 07, 2013, 04:46:34 am
All the pieces of the puzzle are falling in place  :thumleft:

Good luck Jo  :biggrin:
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Post by: White Rhino on May 07, 2013, 05:38:26 am
Pack the bags, pump up the tyres .... and off you go :biggrin: :thumleft:

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Post by: 1ougat on May 07, 2013, 07:45:58 am
You go girl !!!!!
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Post by: Pietcoke on May 07, 2013, 08:06:15 am
Round number 2................Dinggggg ;)

Alle sterkte Jo..............Just Do It :thumleft:
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Post by: Mooch on May 07, 2013, 10:22:14 am
Keep us in the loop.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Alpine Al on May 12, 2013, 08:57:43 am
Hi Jo
Iv'e been quietly following your thread. Iv'e kept a number of the Durban BMW Club members informed of your trip. When you get to Durbs we will lay it on for you so be prepared for a group meeting you and giving you a "ride in" and a "noggins" evening. You are a true adventurer and an inpiration, keep it up and we wish you the best of luck for the next leg of the journey.
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Post by: jorust on May 13, 2013, 12:18:36 pm
Hi Jo
Iv'e been quietly following your thread. Iv'e kept a number of the Durban BMW Club members informed of your trip. When you get to Durbs we will lay it on for you so be prepared for a group meeting you and giving you a "ride in" and a "noggins" evening. You are a true adventurer and an inpiration, keep it up and we wish you the best of luck for the next leg of the journey.

Wow. Thank you so much! I'd be honored to 'ride in' with you guys!  :thumleft:
Please keep in touch so we can make arrangements closer to the time.
Thank you so much for the awesome support!  :3some:
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Post by: jorust on May 13, 2013, 12:31:05 pm
Just a quick one: Libya seems to be on again. I got confirmation that I can pick up my visa in Tunis. I have to re-apply for a Tunisian visa as well though...but spoke to the ambassador in Pretoria (explaining my time constraints to him) and despite the processing time being 15 days, they'll help me out and give me a visa within 48 hours.  :thumleft:

I know Libya is forever 'on again, off again, on again, off again'. But it's such a dodgy stretch...I just want to make sure about whether it'll be worth the risk.

But after hearing about this girl ---> ( http://www.motogirltrip.com ) making it through...I've decided perhaps I should give it a shot. So I've been chatting to her and a few bikers in Libya to make arrangements.

Hold thumbs!  :ricky:
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Post by: Geotraveller on May 23, 2013, 02:15:26 pm
Holding thumbs and toes! :3some:
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Post by: Gérrard on May 30, 2013, 03:36:42 pm
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Post by: Cheetah on May 30, 2013, 06:53:20 pm
Holding thumbs  :thumleft:
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Post by: jorust on June 15, 2013, 03:26:51 pm
Only 3 more weeks to go!!!

Farewell details:
Sundowners at Moyo's - Zoo Lake (Jhb) on Sat 29th, from around 16:00. Would be really great to see some of you there! So please, drop in...have a drink with me before I disappear into the great yonder again!  :ricky:

 :thumleft:

PS: Please let me know if you think you might come through, so I can book with Moyo's. Thanks.

Zoo Lake Park, 1 Prince of Wales Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng
-26° 9' 24.95", 28° 1' 46.09"
 +27 11 646 0058
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Post by: >>Thump°C on June 15, 2013, 03:40:00 pm
All the best
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Post by: woody1 on June 15, 2013, 04:48:37 pm
Gaan probeer daar wees.
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Post by: See Duiwel on June 16, 2013, 09:38:04 am
Ahaaa! Lyk my ons gaan weer begin winter leesstof kry?!
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Post by: jeff on June 25, 2013, 03:33:54 pm
hey jo . did you ever use those chains i gave you . if you did and you want some more ,i am sure i can make a plan to send you some more .
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Post by: jorust on June 28, 2013, 02:12:18 pm
hey jo . did you ever use those chains i gave you . if you did and you want some more ,i am sure i can make a plan to send you some more .

Hey Jeff,
Thanks, I still have most of them!  ;D
They're in my tank bag, keep forgetting about them. I'll take pics when I start giving them away.  :thumleft: Figure Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia.  :ricky:
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Post by: woody1 on June 28, 2013, 03:16:09 pm
Is more middag se koebaai se nog aan.
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Post by: jorust on June 28, 2013, 03:17:23 pm
Is more middag se koebaai se nog aan.

Jaaaaaa...maar dit is nou tussen 11:00 en 15:00.  :thumleft:
Sien ek julle daar?  :ricky:
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Post by: woody1 on June 28, 2013, 03:21:42 pm
Francois werk. Ek gaan dit probeer maak. Daar gaan my Saterdag
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Post by: jorust on June 28, 2013, 03:23:20 pm
Francois werk. Ek gaan dit probeer maak. Daar gaan my Saterdag

Sal lekker wees. Daar gaan 'n paar ander dogs ook daar wees. Jammer Francois moet nou werk.
Sien jou dalk more dan.  :thumleft:
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Post by: nielvn on June 28, 2013, 03:36:57 pm
Francois werk. Ek gaan dit probeer maak. Daar gaan my Saterdag

Sal lekker wees. Daar gaan 'n paar ander dogs ook daar wees. Jammer Francois moet nou werk.
Sien jou dalk more dan.  :thumleft:

Jou tyd raak min, seker lekker excited  :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: KTMRICK on June 28, 2013, 05:06:46 pm
 :ricky: :thumleft:
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Post by: MINZI on June 28, 2013, 08:16:05 pm
Min dae oor vir jou. Sterkte, ons kan nie wag nie.  :thumleft:
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Post by: woody1 on June 29, 2013, 05:05:24 pm
Dankie jong. Dit was lekker om jou weer te sien.  Lekker om bietjie te kan chat en ook lekker om nuwe honde te ontmoet.
Veilig ry en ons sien jou in Moz.  :thumleft:

Dit lyk my ons gaan nog 'n Afrika reisiger kry as ek hoor hoe LUS Anke klink.

Komaan Anke, wees bietjie lewendig hier in die honnehok sodat ons jou kan ken as ons jou iewers moet gaan help om daai 800 op sy centre stand te tel.  :pot:  Al PM jy ons net so af en toe dan weet ons jy is OK
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Post by: nielvn on June 29, 2013, 05:07:40 pm
Is more middag se koebaai se nog aan.

Jaaaaaa...maar dit is nou tussen 11:00 en 15:00.  :thumleft:
Sien ek julle daar?  :ricky:

Sorry jou gemism strekte met die trip, ons hou jou dop  :thumleft:
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Post by: jorust on June 29, 2013, 09:31:44 pm
Is more middag se koebaai se nog aan.

Jaaaaaa...maar dit is nou tussen 11:00 en 15:00.  :thumleft:
Sien ek julle daar?  :ricky:

Sorry jou gemism strekte met die trip, ons hou jou dop  :thumleft:

Baie dankie! Jy moet maar kom saam ry met die terugkoms.  :thumleft: :ricky:
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Post by: jorust on June 29, 2013, 09:42:09 pm
Thanks to all the dogs who came out today to say g'bye...or 'see you later' rather. Much appreciated!! :3some:
T-minus 5 days to go!  :hello2:
This RR will gain momentum again very soon!  :thumleft:
See you all on the other side!   :salut:
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Post by: GSing on June 29, 2013, 09:48:17 pm
You GO Girl!!! Good luck and have lots of fun  :thumleft:
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Post by: jossvw on June 29, 2013, 09:52:42 pm
You GO Girl!!! Good luck and have lots of fun  :thumleft:
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Post by: skydiver on June 29, 2013, 10:00:30 pm
Sterkte Jo en veilige myle.
Hou ons op hoogte met jou vordering.  :thumleft:
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Post by: buzzlightyear on June 29, 2013, 11:45:59 pm
good luck!
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Post by: >>Thump°C on June 30, 2013, 01:23:11 pm
looking forward to it

enjoy
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Post by: Tonteldoos on June 30, 2013, 10:42:35 pm
Just watched your interview on FB (courtesy Adventurer) You go girl, safe travel!
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Post by: Mooch on July 01, 2013, 09:18:45 am
Jo with Paw Prints on the side of her face, courtesy of the face painters at Moyo!!

Looks cool. (just a pity about the sun patches shining through).

Go well Jo.  ;)
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Post by: woody1 on July 01, 2013, 03:21:43 pm
Waited for that pic to be added.... .5 legged dog ran her over...  :imaposer:
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Post by: jorust on July 01, 2013, 03:24:31 pm
I should've asked him to do tire tracks!!  :lol8:
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Post by: woody1 on July 01, 2013, 04:08:09 pm
En toe word jy GETRAP ! :peepwall:
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Post by: J-dog on July 01, 2013, 04:20:45 pm
Hi Jo  :thumleft:
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Post by: White Rhino on July 02, 2013, 05:58:58 am
Some shots at Jo's G'bye drinks @ Moyo's

Jo painted as a Dog
(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/CapeEpic/JoRust/P4_zps35de0165.jpg)

Laurika - not sure where to put this muffin warmer
(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/CapeEpic/JoRust/P3_zps5ebf9717.jpg)

The happy harmony lads
(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/CapeEpic/JoRust/P1_zps80a481aa.jpg)

Moondog, Jo & I - Let the good times roll
(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/CapeEpic/JoRust/P2_zps0206a4b2.jpg)

Safe travels Jo - see you on the flip side  :thumleft:
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Post by: stevo on July 03, 2013, 02:43:12 pm
Good luck Jo, all the best and safe miles.
Keep the RR going, been great reading.
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Post by: See Duiwel on July 04, 2013, 09:32:44 am
Ag maar jy bly mooi, moenie dat die goete jou vang nie jongie ;)
groete
R
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Post by: jorust on July 10, 2013, 11:28:35 pm
Just a quicky:
I'm in Morocco and my bike's fine and running. She got her new shoes fitted today and serviced etc. I haven't seen my bike yet, but will fetch her tomorrow. Still trying to get customs to squash the 10 040 dirham fine. In principle it seems like it's all systems go. So...tomorrow is D-day. I should be in Spain by the weekend and then the updates will start rolling in again.
Nice and warm up here. 37 deg today. Beats the cold any day!
 :ricky:
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Post by: Geotraveller on July 10, 2013, 11:33:51 pm
Nee dis nou mooi, ek kry solank die  :coffee2: en :happy1: reg!
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Post by: woody1 on July 11, 2013, 06:58:18 am
Mooi man , ek is bly jou fiet is daar en dit word uitgesort.  Lekker ry  :ricky:
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Post by: heti on July 11, 2013, 07:36:33 am
 :sip:
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Post by: jossvw on July 11, 2013, 08:02:45 am
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Post by: White Rhino on July 11, 2013, 08:30:35 am
:thumleft: Looking good
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Post by: SteveD on July 11, 2013, 08:54:05 am
Just a quicky:
In principle it seems like it's all systems go. So...tomorrow is D-day. I should be in Spain by the weekend and then the updates will start rolling in again.

Go you good thing !

 :blob9: :blob7: :blob6: :blob10: :blob3: :blob5:
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Post by: Cheetah on July 11, 2013, 09:44:38 am
Good luck and enjoy.  :hello2: :headbang:
 :happy1:
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Post by: Mooch on July 11, 2013, 09:54:56 am
Cool Bananas!  :thumleft:
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Post by: COLES on July 11, 2013, 01:45:23 pm

all the best for your trip remember to be safe at all times    people can only dream of the adventure you are taking

best of luck keep the Ride reports coming

Keith
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Post by: Heimer on July 12, 2013, 12:27:53 pm
Mooi ry Jo
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Post by: jorust on July 17, 2013, 07:29:03 pm
Part 2: Back on the Road!!

Morocco to Spain:


It’s been ten months since I had to leave Morocco and return to South Africa! Can you believe it? Time flies!

I set foot back on Moroccan soil on Saturday 6 July’13 and from the get-go I was in for some fun and games. A friend whom I was supposed to stay with had gotten the dates wrong and thought I was only arriving the next week, so he wasn’t in Casablanca. I phoned my good old friend Madani, who quickly came up with a solution and put me up in a hotel near the Airport for the night! What would I do without Madani here in Morocco?

Fifteen hours travel from South Africa to Morocco and another 2 waiting around on the airport. I was thoroughly exhausted! I settled into my room. (Beautiful hotel. Hotel Atlas near Casa airport). I had a shower and went down to have a coffee on the terrace next to the swimming pool. By 8pm I was back in my room and fast asleep.  

Madani picked me up from the hotel the next morning and we went to watch an enduro race on the beach and camels standing in the waves at Mazagan, a beach resort in El Jadida. Madani showed me the casino in the hotel. We wanted to have a beer, but seeing as it was just days before the start of Ramadan, we weren’t allowed. Well, I could have a beer if I wanted. I just needed to get a special bracelet from reception, but Madani wasn’t allowed. I didn’t think it fare on my friend to have a beer without him, so settled for coffee instead.

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2937_zpsc9f4d8d5.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2954_zpsc1b13d98.jpg)

(http://i837.photobucket.com/albums/zz291/jolandierust/DSCN2967_zpsb4922392.jpg)

The next few days were spent in Rabat, which has now become a bit like a second home to me. I stayed with Madani’s cousin, Momo (Mohamed), in the center of town and he absolutely carried me on his hands! Taking care of my every need. He helped me to sort out my precious Dax. For three days we went up and down between customs head office in Hay Riad and customs in downtown Rabat. Between Momo and Madani they wrote an impressive letter in French on my behalf, explaining my situation and hoping this might sway the chief of customs to drop the fine they had slapped on me for leaving Dax in Morocco for so long. A hefty 10 000 Dirham (USD 1200) fine to be exact. At first we were told that it was not possible to have the fine dropped. But we eventually got it down to 6 000 Dirham (USD 700). Still a bit much in my opinion, but that was the offer on the table and I took it.

Madani paid the fine for me and will try to get a local club to maybe ‘sponsor’ the expenses. If that doesn’t work, I’ll pay him back.

After we had paid the money to customs and got my keys and paperwork back, Madani took me to fetch my Dax! What a joyous moment, seeing my bike again after such a long time! I couldn’t help but get the feeling that she was a little miffed with me for leaving her alone in a strange place for so long. I don’t blame her. She’d get even on day one back on the road…but more on that later.

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Madani organized a mechanic who changed the tyres for me on my bike and give her a quick once over. The guys from Speed Moto in Casablanca serviced her for me the last time round, so there wasn’t much to do. New tyres, change battery and we’re good to go!

Ramadan started on the 10th and I decided to also take part. Well, at least until I got to Europe. It’s an interesting experience. I’d say the only thing I really miss during the day is something to drink, like a glass of water or a cup of coffee.
At night, Momo and I would go to eat at a little Italian restaurant near the Rabat train station. A traditional Ramadan meal, consisting of a kind of vegetable soup with chickpeas and spaghetti in it, almost like minestrone. Some dates and Moroccan honey cookies called chebakia. (I love these honey cookies!!) A bread roll accompanied with some kind of meat, it differs every night. First it was chicken kebabs, then fish the next night etc. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, a yoghurt and a hard-boiled egg. I know it all probably sounds pretty plain, but I found it to be pretty heavenly!

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I also love that, during Ramadan, everyone seems to be out and about at night between 21:00 and 1:00am. After dinner, you walk through the streets and it’s chockablock with people walking around, men lining the outsides of café’s drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, groups of children playing all over. Hordes of men standing in front of the mosque before going in to pray. The city comes alive at night. I guess because during the day everyone is half asleep as a result of no food or drink.

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When the time came to hit the road once more, Madani and a friend of his, Patrick, said they’d ride about halfway to Tanger with me. Madani on his Ducati monster and Patrick on Madani’s Harley.

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Momo and Dax

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We left just after 10am on Sunday. It was absolutely fantastic being back on the bike! Though it did feel a bit like Dax and I had to become better acquainted again after all this time. So we stopped off halfway to Tanger and I had an interview on SAFM (South Africa) and chatted to a friend, Stephen Kirker. We stopped off at a friend of Patrick’s which is a bit off the main road and I got to hit some thick sand on day one of being back on the road again! I was a bit wobbly but all went well on the way in. On the way out though, Dax got her vengeance for my leaving her alone in Morocco for so long and promptly plonked down in the sand.

My friends were very concerned and rushed to help me pick up Dax. I just laughed and said: “This happens pretty often, don’t worry about it.” Now the trip had really begun! I always feel like the trip only REALLY starts after the first fall. Luckily it happened very early on. So no more falls from now on all the way home!

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I then bid my companions farewell and set off to Tanger on my own. The road to Tangier is easy and straightforward. When I arrived in Tanger I phoned Hicham, a guy who I met on couchsurfing.com and on who’s couch I’d be sleeping for the night. He gave me directions to a meeting point and I set on through Tanger city to the beach. Hicham met up with me and led me to his apartment. And WOW! What an amazing place he has. Right on the beach on the 4th floor looking out over the ocean and the entire city and port to the left. We got along fabulously! Later the evening I sat with my legs dangling over the balcony, looking over the ocean and the pink limousine down below in the street, squinting and trying to see Spain off in the distance. It was a wonderful relaxed evening, lying on the couch and dozing off to music being played on the beach outside.

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To be continued....
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Geotraveller on July 17, 2013, 07:38:12 pm
Maar jy moet vinniger continue, ons ry saam!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on July 17, 2013, 08:24:02 pm
It's been a long time for sure....& a lot has happened in the meantime....but it really is Gr8 that you can finally get to continue this EPIC journey. Looking forward to riding along with you as we read along in your RR :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: skydiver on July 17, 2013, 08:45:01 pm
Good to see you're on the road again.
Travel safe and make sure the pics are posted regularly. 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on July 17, 2013, 09:41:32 pm
Lekkerm man. Ek sien daai bike is mooi gedress met daai gehekelde goeters wat jy daai Saterdag gekry het by jou vriendin.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 18, 2013, 04:54:22 am
And so, the story continues ..... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on July 18, 2013, 05:48:05 am
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: heti on July 18, 2013, 07:32:53 am
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on July 18, 2013, 09:47:27 am
Fantastic.........this RR came alive again.... :thumleft:

Jo ek hoop die res van jou trip sal verder sonder enige setbacks wees.............ry veilig. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on July 18, 2013, 11:14:32 am
You do a fine job.
looking forward to the rest.

enjoy
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BMWPE on July 18, 2013, 09:12:06 pm
Back in the saddle  :thumleft:
Looking forward to the rest
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on July 18, 2013, 09:13:39 pm
Nou ja hier is ons nou vir hoofstuk 2 .... :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

 :sip: :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 19, 2013, 07:28:59 pm
Next morning I had to ride to Tanger Med port. At first I wanted to try and changed my ticked from Tanger Med to Tanger Ville as the city port was right around the corner from where I was staying. But I had booked my ticket with Acciona and they only leave from Tanger Med. Madani and Patrick had told me that Tanger Med is pretty hectic as you have to negotiate your way through so many people. In my mind I saw Rosso border between Senegal and Mauritania in my mind. I had a choice of route between either taking the highway or the coastal road. I’m sure you can guess which one I took. The curvy coastal road of course.

I was pleasantly surprised when I finally got to Tanger Med. Maybe it’s a bit different at the pedestrian entrance, but with a vehicle you go to a different entrance which is clearly marked and easy to find. At the ticketing offices you park your vehicle and get your ticket. There were maybe 50 people in total that I could count and it was very clean and organized. It all seemed pretty new as well as I could see a lot of recent road and construction works around me. After I got my ticked I head off to the ferry. I had to stop at the police checkpoint, then at customs, then at another two security checkpoints. The customs official didn’t fill in my carnet correctly. That irked me slightly but other than that there were no fuss or any hassles.

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I arrived at the ferry and rode on. (This ferry crossing is FAR easier than Senegal/Mauritania!) The crew secured Dax and I went up to find a seat. There were maybe 20 people with me and many open seats all over the place. I picked a spot near to the lower deck so I could check on Dax if need be, but fell asleep before we even left the dock. I only woke up when an announcement came over the speakers to inform us that we’d arrived in Spain.

I stumbled down below, still half asleep, and arrived just as the crew was freeing Dax of her constraints. There was another loaded BMW parked behind me and a guy and his girlfriend had been riding in Morocco on his f800gs. They were out before me (still in snooze mode), and when Dax and I rolled off the ferry we head straight for customs. It took all of one checkpoint and 5 minutes to get checked into Spain. Quick and easy and in no time I was heading toward Malaga. Initially I had planned to stay in Almunecar at Patrick’s (In Morocco) mother’s house. But then I also had a potential place to stay in Motril with Jose and his wife. Jose met me on the road at Malaga and rode with me to Motril.

I stayed over in Motril with Jose and his wife in their house on top of the mountain, which is just absolutely amazing! The view from up there is just spectacular. And it’s so quiet and peaceful which is fantastic. We spent the evening eating, drinking, chatting and laughing. I had such a good time.

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The next morning we had breakfast in town and Jose helped me to get a local sim card for my phone. He rode with me to the city limits and set me on my way to Valencia.

It was a bit of a stretch at about 600 km to Valencia, but I have a bit of a schedule to maintain as I have friends in Montpellier, France, Genoa and Tuscany that I need (want) to see. 

It was along day’s ride to Valencia. Though I love being on my bike and on the road. I stopped off 3 times to fill up and take a break. I also like that one has to fill up your own vehicle here. (In South Africa you have attendants that do this). It has a kind of ‘Route 66’ feeling to it. Don’t ask me why, that’s just how it feels to me.

From Motril toward Alicante there are a lot of greenhouses and plantations next to the road. For miles and miles you see greenhouses lined next to one another pretty much as far as you can see.

All the way you have the mountains on your left and the Mediterranean on your right. It’s so beautiful! And the closer you get to Valencia, the greener it is all around. Pink flowered shrubs line the road in the middle all the way and you ride through so many tunnels all the way along the coast, from the South of Spain all the way toward France.

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Tomorrow, Carlos and his wife Alicia whom I am staying with here in Valencia, will ride about halfway to Madrid with me and in Madrid I’ll meet up with another fellow rider – Alicia Sornosa who has also been all over on her bike. Search for “Amigos de Alicia Sornosa” on Facebook to like her page.

I’m really loving Spain and people are really taking care of me! And I’m really, really, really loving their sangria and paella!!!

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on July 19, 2013, 07:54:15 pm
Lekker on te sien jy is nou daar.
Geniet dit en veilig ry.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Grolls on July 20, 2013, 12:54:22 am
Loving the RR Jo - thanks for keeping us updated  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: RD on July 20, 2013, 04:45:11 am
Hi Jo, wow what an amazing experience you have so far. I did not want to skip pages and you really had me thinking that you already completed the trip by now, but looking forward to follow the rest. It will bring back fond memories to me. You have the right spirit to make it  all the way! Good luck and be safe!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on July 20, 2013, 03:40:14 pm
Great jy is weer op die ysterperd! Enjoy and be safe!
Rx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: keithk on July 20, 2013, 05:10:16 pm
Great stuff Jo that Dakar of yours is really traveling ! Enjoy!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on July 22, 2013, 08:25:58 am
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What's with the pink nappy on the front mudguard?  ???
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 10Klr on July 22, 2013, 02:21:07 pm
Congrats on the return to the road, all the best  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on July 22, 2013, 03:11:25 pm
Thanks everyone for all your replies and messages. As you can imagine I'm VERYYYYY happy to be back on the road. It's just confirmation that this is where I belong. I love it.

In Montpellier at the moment. Just booked my ferry ticket to Tunisia. So I'll cross from Civitavecchia (Italy) to Tunis on Friday. Arrive on Saturday evening and spend about 10 days in Tunisia. Then I continue on my original route.

Back to Africa I go. Yay!  :ricky:

I don't think my gear likes Europe all that much. First...my Uvex sunglasses broke!?!? Then my gopro fell off on the highway in Spain. Then my bike's chain broke off on the way to Barcelona in Spain. And I've had a bit of a traveler's gut the last few days. WTF? I'm very clearly meant to remain in Africa for now.

Europe is a bit like a grand holiday at the moment. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Spain and France and Italy. But it's not Africa. Not by any stretch of the imagination.  :lol8:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mooch on July 22, 2013, 03:25:47 pm
Yip.... Get back to Africa!
Safe travels.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 22, 2013, 03:29:47 pm
Glad you're going to Tunisia - I've heard it's a fantastic place :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: zetman on July 22, 2013, 03:29:51 pm
Aai aai bly jy darm op die pad weer  :ricky:

 :biggrin: geniet jou Rit verslag terdee...

jy darm ni neergeslet toe die ketting breek nie?

 jy moet geelsnot gom koop dan plak jy die circlip vas  op die masterlink

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: laurika on July 22, 2013, 03:30:35 pm
Europa is soos donuts...heerlik en soet, maar as jy meer as ene eet, kry jy sooibrand....africa is soos vars appels.....veilig veilig oor die waters. Xx
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 23, 2013, 09:17:15 pm
Great to hear you're up and rolling again !

Tunisia is a country you will like, try to see the Star Wars film set before the Sahara swallows it up in sand, 30km south of Tataouine.

Safe travels.    8)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on July 23, 2013, 09:27:08 pm
Hey Jo , nice to see you on the road again . Safe travels . Lookink forward to reading the rest of your RR.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on July 23, 2013, 10:04:15 pm
Hey Jo , nice to see you on the road again . Safe travels . Lookink forward to reading the rest of your RR.
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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cracklin on July 24, 2013, 11:18:47 am
Hi Jo

If you know of anyone who will cross your path (from SA) in the near future let us know. We can give them another set of Uvex sunglasses for you.

Travel safe :)
 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Slim Jim on July 25, 2013, 07:59:17 am
Awsome , spent the last 2 days  reading your ride report,good luck .
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Man from Nam on July 25, 2013, 10:49:19 am
Hi Jo
Great report and I look forward reading the rest. Have a safe trip!!
 Great respect :) :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Probie on July 25, 2013, 11:05:43 am
So glad to see you back on the road Jo. Enjoy every moment, even the hard ones, because those are the moments you will remember the most. Stay save and keep the RR coming.

Groete hier uit die Vrystaat!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on July 27, 2013, 05:06:01 pm
Hi Jo goed om te sien jy is weer op die pad. Ek is ook besig om te beplan vir my om die wêreld toer, sal so oor 'n jaar en 'n half reg wees om te vertrek. Geniet Europa en die res van die trip. Groete.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chrissie B on July 28, 2013, 05:05:56 pm

Hi Jo.  Pity I wasn't in Joburg for your farewell.  Ride safe and keep the updates coming.  I'm looking forward to the rest of your journey.  :biggrin: :thumleft:

GO GIRL....  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 09, 2013, 12:04:16 am
Spain - France - Italy


I had a wonderful time in Valencia with Carlos and his wife Alicia. They were fantastic hosts. And what’s more is that they rode with me from Valencia till about halfway to Madrid. Solidarity amongst riders/bikers, is something that I’ve come to really appreciate and cherish so much. It really is something special.

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I was really looking forward to visiting Madrid as I’d be meeting up with a fellow adventurer named Alicia Sornosa. Alicia has ridden through America, from Alaska to the most southern point in South America. Through Australia and also from Egypt to Kenya. Later this year she will ride from Egypt to South Africa and we hope to meet up somewhere along the way.

I arrived in Madrid in the afternoon and met up with Alicia at her place. Unloaded the bike and had a quick shower before it was time to meet some friends and accompany Alicia to her talk at the National Geographic store in central Madrid. I met so many wonderful people and made so many new friends that evening. It was absolutely wonderful. We were a group of about 12 people, all adventure bikers, who spent the night eating tapas, drinking beers and talking bikes and adventure. Absolutely in my element!

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The next day was spent doing some ‘admin’. Editing photos and uploading updates etc. And also getting my phone fixed as the screen was giving me trouble. Then we spent the night exploring the ‘old city’ of Madrid and hopping from one café to the next sampling delicious food and beer. It was then decided that Alicia and a number of friends would accompany me the next day till about halfway to Terrassa, which is about 30km from Barcelona.

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Alicia and I only got home around 3am. I knew the next day would be a long one (about 600km) so headed straight for bed to get some sleep. I got up at 7:30, had a quick shower and loaded my bike. By 9:00 we were ready to hit the road. Some of the guys pulled out and we were left with only 4 riders (including myself) out of the original 6.

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And then, about 200km from Zaragoza, my chain broke at 120km/h on the highway. It broke at the master link and went whizzing past the 2 riders behind me. Luckily everyone steered clear of it and I also had no trouble with the chain getting caught on anything. We pulled over and assessed the damage. I have some spare links with me but I don’t have a chain breaker. Either way the chain was too damaged to repair anyway. So my fellow riders all jumped on their phones and within minutes it was decided that Emilio would ride back to the nearest town where he would buy a new chain. Polo and I pushed Dax to the nearest station and the three of us (Polo, Alicia and I) had breakfast…and of course some beers!

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Emilio returned with a new chain AND a BMW mechanic in tow! We ordered more beers and the boys went about fixing my chain problem. Within no time the problem had been resolved, I had a new chain, a full tummy and having fun with great friends.

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Although this had put quite a delay on the day’s riding and I worked out that I would probably only reach Terrassa round 9/10pm that night. We were all pretty tired but I knew I could cover the distance. About 100km from Zaragoza the rest turned back as they still had to ride all the way back to Madrid, and I carried on toward Terrassa.

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Another friend, Domingo, met up with me about 100km from Terrassa and rode in with me. We finally reached his place around 11:00pm. I was finished! I had a quick shower and we sat chatting a bit and sampling his father’s home-grown tomatoes and locally sourced cheese and then I hit the sack. Hard!

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Next morning I got up around 8:00 and got ready to get going again. I would crossing into France and staying with some dear friends in Montpellier. Domingo took me for breakfast and much needed coffee, then I filled up with fuel, checked tyre pressure and off I went again.

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There are so many countries I would like to return to one day and Spain is definitely on the top 5 list!

Seems I have a knack for timing in terms of heat-waves. Throughout Spain and in France the weather hit 35 degrees plus. Just to get me ready for what lay ahead!
I, unfortunately, mostly stuck to the highways to make up for time. Never again! Firstly, it’s helluva expensive. Secondly, you miss all the good stuff!

Initially I would’ve stayed in France for 3 or 4 days. One night in Montpellier, one night in Marseille, one night in Nice and one night in Grenoble. But this was also where I needed to make a decision on whether I’d be gunning it for Tunisia and Libya, or take the long way round and catch a boat to Egypt. I really, really wanted to visit Tunisia and so decided on taking the boat from Italy (Civitavecchia) to Tunis. I booked my ticket in Montpellier and had 4 days to get there. And with that I decided on spending an extra day in Montpellier and then head straight for Italy.

I spent two wonderful days in Montpellier with my wonderful hosts, Charles and Michele. Really exceptional people. They took me on a small tour of the city and we went to a jazz concert under the stars. It was wonderful. I really wish I could’ve stayed longer but now I had a boat waiting for me.

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Next up I’d be heading for Genova where I’d meet up with the ‘Cape Town to Dublin by Scooter’ boys from South Africa. We first met up in Johannesburg when they had just set out on their journey, riding through Africa on their scooters to raise funds and awareness for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. And now we’d meet up again way up north, just about on the opposite end of the world! I was very excited to meet up with the guys!

Two things on my ride to Genova: 1. I have NEVER in my life ridden through so many tunnels in a single day. 101 tunnels from when you cross into Italy until you get to Genova. I counted them!! 2. Genova is probably the most confusing city I’ve ever been in. It took me about and hour and a half to finally find the guys. It’s a crazy, busy, noisy city operating at full steam with the hustle and bustle of people going about their business. I managed to get hold of Chris (one of the scooter boys) and he gave me a landmark to search for. “Search for the big ship with a tweety bird on it”. Well I eventually found the tweety bird and the guys. First thing was to buy some food and drinks for the evening. The boys were hosted by the Genova Vespa club and were kind enough to let me spend the night as well. So we all bought some pizza and beers and then headed back to the ‘clubhouse’ where we had beds and showers and food. What more do you need?

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I spent the night catching up with the boys and we exchanged stories from our adventures. The only thing that was missing was a nice campfire!

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Next day I headed off to Lucca, where I would meet up with yet another old friend of mine. Though first, I would make a new friend on route. About 20km outside of Genova I noticed a bike behind me and I could sense this was someone also touring. Maybe on holiday or so. He passed me and signaled to pull over. It turned out to be a man named Rik, from Germany. He was making use of his holiday to tour around Italy a bit. We had a quick chat and decided to ride together for the day. This was also the only day I spent not riding on the highway and exploring the smaller roads a bit. It was fabulous!! I really had a fantastic time and will definitely have to return to do a proper tour of Europe someday.

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I said goodbye to Rik in Livorno and headed back towards Lucca to meet up with Federico. We first met up last year in Morocco between Laayoune and Agadir. I had stopped off on the side of the road to take a break and Federico had spotted me and stopped to find out whether I was okay. He was touring from Italy to Mauritania and back and we happened to bump into each other here, in the middle of nowhere and decided to ride together until Agadir.

And now we got to meet up again in his hometown in Italy. It was so good to see him and I spent two very relaxed, wonderful days with him and his wife Bruna, relaxing and doing washing and bike maintenance etc. During the day I was home alone, left to sleep in and do my thing. At night we spent time together eating good Italian food, drinking good Italian wine and talking adventure. Of course. 

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My passport landed in the wash in Montpellier and was still wet when I got to Lucca. Oops!
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From Lucca I would head towards Civitavecchia to catch the boat to Tunis. But first I had to stop in Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. Getting into Pisa is easy…finding the tower or parking for the tower, not so easy. It took me a good hour and lots of riding around before I finally found my way to the tower. I spotted a couple on a loaded Super Tenere and decided to follow them. We pulled into a paid-parking garage and were chased out immediately by a guy waving and just saying: “No bikes, no bikes”. They couple stopped a block further and so did I to chat to them. Turned out it was a couple from the UK on holiday. We promptly decided to stick together and find a place to park so we could take the obligatory photos of the tower. If need be I’d look after their bike whilst they went in and they’d do the same for me.

We eventually found parking close to the entrance and I spoke to the Senegalese parking attendant in French to make sure he’d look after our bikes. With that we headed in, snapped a few pics, and back out again.

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I bid my friends farewell and off I went towards the port.

I arrived at the port around 18:00, checked in and took my place in line to wait for boarding.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on August 09, 2013, 03:17:53 am
great  photos and RR  thanks  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on August 09, 2013, 07:33:08 am
Magic. Glad you are ok. Have not heard from you in a while made me worry.
Enjoy the rest.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chrissie B on August 09, 2013, 08:58:35 am

Absolutely stunning!  :thumleft:

Take care and enjoy every moment.  Wish I had the guts, time and finances to do a ride like that!   
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on August 09, 2013, 01:36:20 pm
Thanks a lot Jo for that update. :thumleft: :thumleft:

Like that part about the group on their Scooter going from CT - Dublin :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Adventurer on August 09, 2013, 02:05:09 pm
Magic. Glad you are ok. Have not heard from you in a while made me worry.
Enjoy the rest.

She regularly updates on Facebook, check her out there.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Bring It On on August 09, 2013, 07:25:31 pm
Magic. Glad you are ok. Have not heard from you in a while made me worry.
Enjoy the rest.

She regularly updates on Facebook, check her out there.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on August 09, 2013, 11:37:46 pm
Cool Bananas Jo.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 10, 2013, 01:44:36 am
JO!!! Great to see you healed up nicely and back on the road! Looking forward to your next exploits!

Aah, Italian food...its a process that should take 4 hours to do properly. Miss it big time.

Ride safe now, you hear?! :ricky:

Neil :paw:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 10, 2013, 10:01:44 am
Sorry for taking so long with updates. struggling to find the time. Next update will probably be in Egypt. I'm entering Libya tomorrow. Try to shoot through in 3 days or so. Libya/ Egypt border is supposedly the worst in Africa now. Should be interesting.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: White Rhino on August 10, 2013, 03:09:49 pm
We'll be looking out for you on CNN :biggrin:

Take care
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on August 10, 2013, 03:13:29 pm
Tell Dax to be careful, he's carrying precious cargo  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on August 18, 2013, 12:41:02 pm
Sorry for taking so long with updates. struggling to find the time. Next update will probably be in Egypt. I'm entering Libya tomorrow. Try to shoot through in 3 days or so. Libya/ Egypt border is supposedly the worst in Africa now. Should be interesting.
watching all the crap in Egypt , you and your safety are in our thoughts . Good luck
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: See Duiwel on August 18, 2013, 01:48:22 pm
Mmmm, my oudste ongetroude is Dinsdag in Kairo. Sy het darem 'n hele span swemmers saam met haar sou jy hulp nodig hê ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Slim Jim on August 30, 2013, 11:43:13 am
Hey Hope all is well [egypt being so upsidown and every thing..stay safe
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on August 30, 2013, 12:39:39 pm
All good. Having fun in Cairo.  :thumleft:
Should be in Egypt for another week or two. There's a HUGE group ride to the pyramids tomorrow and then I'm also busy sorting new visas for Ethiopia and Sudan. With the delays I've had I'll never make it in time, so have to get new ones.
I'm working on updates, hope to post soon.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on August 30, 2013, 12:51:53 pm
 :thumleft: Ons hou jou dop.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: DJ on August 30, 2013, 01:02:34 pm
Nice Jo!! Live the dream!!

Enjoy Cairo and have a safe trip!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on August 30, 2013, 01:49:57 pm
Ek het jou AMPER kom soek.
Lekker ry
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on August 30, 2013, 02:03:33 pm
All good. Having fun in Cairo.  :thumleft:
Should be in Egypt for another week or two. There's a HUGE group ride to the pyramids tomorrow and then I'm also busy sorting new visas for Ethiopia and Sudan. With the delays I've had I'll never make it in time, so have to get new ones.
I'm working on updates, hope to post soon.  :peepwall:

yeeha!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 31, 2013, 04:13:25 am
Excellent stuff Jo!  :ricky:

Keep the rubber side down and down dodge those crazy demonstrations.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: skydiver on September 01, 2013, 11:55:23 am
Veilig verder reis Jo.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Duster on September 02, 2013, 07:51:58 pm
Geniet dit en reis veilig.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 08, 2013, 09:18:18 pm
Magical Tunisia!

After standing in line for about 4 hours I was finally led onto the ship and parked Dax on the bottom deck with the rest of the bikes. Mine would be the only one heading for Tunis. The rest of the bikes would be disembarking at Palermo.

Tunisia is a country I have dreamed of visiting for a long time. For one, Cap Blanc in Tunisia is the most northern point in Africa, so literally the opposite side of the continent for me. (Being from South Africa). Secondly, I have friends who live in Tunisia who were very dear to me before I had even met them in real life. And lastly, it just holds some kind of magic that captures my soul.

On board I grabbed something to eat and then headed out on deck to watch as we hoisted anchor and started heading out of the port. There was a young man standing close to me and I could almost feel him burn a hole through me in the way he was staring at me. After a few minutes he approached me and said he’d seen me with my bike and wanted to know where I was from. From that point on the young man that was Bilel from Sousse didn’t leave my side until we disembarked in Tunis. He had obviously appointed himself as my personal guardian on board and we spent the next 24 hours chatting in four different languages (mainly French), drinking coffee whilst sitting outside on the deck and watching the stars overhead. He bought me food and drinks and made sure no potential unsavory characters came near me. Sweet boy.

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Meanwhile in Tunis my dear, dear friends were waiting to welcome me at the port. I had told them that we’d be arriving around 21:00. I was one of the first people to disembark but with customs and all the paperwork to get through I finally made it out by 23:00. It felt good to be back on African soil!

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Sahbi and Nawfel were standing just outside the port and waved at me as I went through the last few checks. When I was finally free to enter Tunisia I was welcomed by the rest of the group – Anis, Sahbi’s son Mehdi and daughter Ramla and Mehdi Barrak. First point of order was to get something to eat and drink and then I’d have to ride about 60km to where I’d be staying with Sahbi and his family in Nabeul. They were so kind as to let me stay with them in their beautiful home. I also had the pleasure of having dinner during Ramadan with Sahbi and his family.

Next day I spent on the beach in Hammamet (a very popular touristic area) with Mehdi and Mehdi. (Sahbi’s son and a friend of his) And later on Sahbi and some friends joined us (Including the crazy and very entertaining Jean-Baptiste). It was a day for relaxing and just soaking up the sun.

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At night the guys took me out riding about town and drinking coffee at the medina in Jasmine Hammamet. I loved spending time with my friends.

From Nabeul I moved to Tunis where I stayed with Nawfel and his wife Lamia and their beautiful daughter Nadia. Such a kind family who I had a wonderful time with. Nawfel rode with me to Bizerte, about 60km from Tunis, where I finally got to visit Cap Blanc. The most northern point in Africa! And this also marked the halfway mark of my trip! A great moment and joyous occasion. I always said that: “If I can make it halfway, I can make it all the way”!

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Nawfel helped me as I serviced my bike back home and in return I spilt oil all over his floor! LoL. He was so kind he bought me new globes for my rear light, oil for my bike, gave me chain cleaner and new chain lube and even washed my bike! At night we’d all have dinner after breaking fast and I met so many wonderful people over wonderful meals.

Nawfel and his family also took me to visit Carthage to see the Carthaginian ruins of Phoenicians that populated the area before the Romans took over the city. I love that one can literally FEEL the history when you visit these places. I try to imagine what it looked like in ancient times. What the people looked like. The markets, the ports, the trade. Fascinating!

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In the meantime I also had some admin related issues to attend to in the way of sorting my visa for Libya. Sahbi accompanied me and helped me to get my passport translated into Arabic and spoke to my Libyan friends over the phone and then relayed the information back to me. It was touch-and-go for a little while and at first it seemed that I would be refused a visa. I had to consider my options and come up with a plan B.  The only other option I’d have really is to return to Italy and then either take a boat from there to Israel or to Greece and ride through Turkey and then take a boat from there to get to Egypt. I was convinced that somehow everything would work out and I’d be granted my visa for Libya, so opted to take some time out and go on a four-day road trip to the southwest region of Tunisia with a good friend of mine, Anis, before tackling the issue with the visa again.

Before leaving for the south-west I spent a night with Anis and his family at their house. We all had a wonderful dinner together and then I had the opportunity to attend the protest in Le Bardo just west of Tunis. Although I try to refrain from getting involved in any political issues, I do have a great deal of respect for people who stand up for what they believe in and I was really excited to be part of this historical event.

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Next morning Anis and I were up early, had a quick coffee and loaded our bikes. Me on my Dax and Anis on his Transalp. Direction – Tozeur, about 450/ 500km from Tunis. We had a good ride and made it to Tozeur around 4pm. We unloaded our bikes, had a quick shower and then headed to Naftah as I wanted to visit the Star Wars set. I am a die-hard Star Wars fan and had been dreaming of visiting the Star Wars sets for a long time. There’s a narrow, but good road that leads you through desert surroundings to the set. We made it just in time for the sunset, which was the absolute perfect time to visit this magnificent place. A dream come true! It was just like I imagined it! There are small markets in the ‘city’ where you can buy all kinds of souvenirs. The buildings are just as you see it in the movie and I was just waiting for a real-life Darth Vader to show up at any moment.

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Next day we hit the road to do some really fun off-road riding to a lesser-known location known as Rommel Piste, near Gafsa. It is a road that was built by Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) (also known as the "Desert Fox", Wüstenfuchs), who was perhaps the most famous German Field Marshal of World War II. It’s a windy (fairly challenging) road up and over a mountain from which the view is absolutely spectacular! From what I understand this road was built to carry supplies over the mountain during the war. (My more knowledgeable Tunisian friends can help me out on this one)

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We made it in a cool 52 degree dry heat and took a break at the top to just sit on top of the world and take in the sights. Then we made our way back down the other side and rode on to Mides gorge which is just a few kilometers from the Algerian border and then we also went to visit the waterfall and oasis in Tamaqzah.

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There are so many wonderful and interesting sites to visit in this magnificent country and I’ll definitely be back to explore more…on a regular basis!

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Next day our route took us back to Gafsa, then through Kasserine and on to El Kef where we would spend the night and another friend Mehdi Barrak would join us from Tunis.

Part of our route took us along the Algerian border, which was both exciting and annoying as it’s the only North African country I would not travel through due to being denied a visa.

We also visited the Table de Jugurtha (which made me miss Table Mountain back in Cape Town in South Africa), before heading into El Kef. We booked into a hotel for the night, parked our bikes and headed out for dinner and to meet up with Mehdi a little later on. We walked around town a bit and got to experience a bit of the nightlife. It’s a unique and interesting experience how places come alive at night during Ramadan. I really enjoy it.

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Next day Anis, Mehdi and I rode together further north to Tabarka, which is a city on the coast, again, near the Algerian border. What caught my attention in this town is it’s obvious love for music and arts. Everywhere in town you will find big sculptures of musical instruments placed at intersections. It’s lovely.

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From Tabarka we then headed back ‘home’ to Tunis. By the time we got back I had received confirmation that I would be able to get my visa for Libya at the border!

Since I now received the go-ahead to enter Libya I could start planning for my trip south to the border. Nawfel was so kind as to offer to ride with me! That evening we joined some friends for dinner with their family and another fellow North African Rider, Sofiane Meddeb, also offered to join us for the ride to the border. And so it was arranged! We would ride from Tunis to Tataouine, where I would get to visit more Star Wars sites and other really interesting and beautiful places.

From Tunis we headed to Sfax, then Gabes and on to Matmata for lunch. After Matmata we stopped off in Toujene to visit local carpet makers and were kindly offered tea and locally made flatbread and olive oil. From here we visited Ksar Hadada, another famous Star Wars site. From Ksar Hadada we headed for Tataouine where we booked into a hotel for the night and all jumped into the pool for a well-deserved ‘cooling down’.

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Next day we left Tataouine and visited the the town of Chenini and then the abandoned city of Douiret. A town built up on the hills by nomadic folk years ago. These cities were used as the main storage facility for their food and supplies and the reason why it’s built high up on top of the hills is to give them a vantage point so as to see when enemies approach to potentially attack the village. Very interesting.

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From here we then carried on to Djerba island. First stop was a pottery visit at a local potter’s shop. Here his son gave us a demonstration as to the processes in pottery making. Nawfel bought me a very cool souvenir. (I’ll try upload a video at some point of this genial souvenir).

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We then had a wonderful, freshly grilled fish lunch at Guellala.

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We then stayed at Hotel Riadh in Homt Souk for the night. A wonderful hotel with a beautiful open foyer where you can sit and have coffee and just relax. They even allowed us to park our bikes inside.

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Next morning we had breakfast at Café Ben Yedder and then headed for the Libyan border at Ras Ajdir via Ben Guerdane.

Nawfel and Soufiane rode with me all the way to the border and didn’t leave until I was received by the Libyan guys from the other side! At first I was told that non-Tunisian and non-Libyan vehicles were not allowed through the border. But after some waiting and negotiating and calls to the chief, I was finally allowed through.

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And with that I had to say farewell to my beautiful Tunisia!
Definitely my favorite country so far. I love all the countries I’ve traveled through so far, but Tunisia has something extra special!

I met so many amazing, amazing people and am super grateful for the fantastic hospitality and support shown to me. I really hope to return again very soon!! Inchallah!
Tunisia and her beautiful people will always have a special place in my heart!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on September 08, 2013, 09:25:35 pm
thanks for update good luck, great photos :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 08, 2013, 09:37:41 pm
Awesome stuff Jo!

Please keep it coming if you have the time.

May the force be with you!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Jondu on September 08, 2013, 09:44:14 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on September 09, 2013, 07:27:58 am
 :wav:

I see the ubiquitous malboro lights which will be your smoke right the way through the middle east  ;D
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GO GIRL on September 09, 2013, 07:49:09 am
An absolutely life time experience something one should do given the time and
finances ...what a wonderful trip Tunisia looked magical...!!

and yep there is something wonderful about travelling alone.. you are open
to meeting so many more new people which makes encounters very exciting!!

I suppose the same goes for the downside of things ..at the end of the day it
depends on how one takes on the world.. ;D

Super Jo .. happy and safe travels... keep y coming :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gingerball on September 09, 2013, 12:27:11 pm
Lekke RR Jo :thumleft:

Have a good dose of travel freedom on my behalf. Keep the black stuff down and the shiny side up  :deal:

Looking forward to read more.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gene on September 27, 2013, 09:49:16 am
Long time no read! everything allright Jo?
Must be very primitive where you are now as no news coming through (no internet)
Laat weet of alles nog reg is , ons is bietjie baie bekommerd....
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 29, 2013, 02:52:09 pm
Long time no read! everything allright Jo?
Must be very primitive where you are now as no news coming through (no internet)
Laat weet of alles nog reg is , ons is bietjie baie bekommerd....

Sorry, sorry. Just arrived in Khartoum. Will post updates again as soon as I can. 
Alles loop mooi glad behalwe vir 'n paar klein issues met my fiets. Maar gaan haar nou uitsort.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gingerball on September 29, 2013, 02:54:46 pm
Long time no read! everything allright Jo?
Must be very primitive where you are now as no news coming through (no internet)
Laat weet of alles nog reg is , ons is bietjie baie bekommerd....

Sorry, sorry. Just arrived in Khartoum. Will post updates again as soon as I can.  
Alles loop mooi glad behalwe vir 'n paar klein issues met my fiets. Maar gaan haar nou uitsort.

Is n man se motorfiets dan nie van die vroulike geslag en n vrou se fiets van die manlike geslag nie? Of is dit n brave new world? :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: zetman on September 29, 2013, 03:16:19 pm
Sy post gereeld op facebook en is in Afrika iewers doenig...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: zetman on September 29, 2013, 03:17:38 pm
https://facebook.com/jolandie.rust?refid=13
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 29, 2013, 03:26:57 pm
Long time no read! everything allright Jo?
Must be very primitive where you are now as no news coming through (no internet)
Laat weet of alles nog reg is , ons is bietjie baie bekommerd....

Sorry, sorry. Just arrived in Khartoum. Will post updates again as soon as I can.  
Alles loop mooi glad behalwe vir 'n paar klein issues met my fiets. Maar gaan haar nou uitsort.

Is n man se motorfiets dan nie van die vroulike geslag en n vrou se fiets van die manlike geslag nie? Of is dit n brave new world? :ricky:

Ek dink dit gaan maar oor 'personal preference'. My ou se bike, byvoorveeld, is 'n hy en my bike 'n sy. Ek het altyd gedink alle bikes is van die vroulike geslag.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Chrissie B on September 29, 2013, 04:33:31 pm
 :thumleft: Go Girl... enjoying every moment with you... and my Broomie is also a girl  :biggrin: 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 29, 2013, 04:41:05 pm
Liberating Libya:

Not the easiest country to get into or travel through. Firstly, it’s not easy to get a visa for Libya nowadays. They don’t give tourist visas, which means you have to get a business visa or transit visa, both of which are quite pricy. Secondly, you need to arrange with a travel agency to hire a guide/escort, who will accompany you throughout. And then there are the countless checkpoints you have to negotiate your way through.

I crossed the border from Tunisia to Libya at the Ras Jdir post on the northern coast, which is also Libya’s most northern point.

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It had been arranged with a friend from Tripoli to meet me at the border and accompany me to the capital. What I did not expect to find is more than twenty bikers to be waiting to surprise me on the other side of the border! I was astonished. What a wonderful surprise!

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The paperwork went fairly quickly and smoothly on the Libyan side. I was issued a transit visa and had to pay 100 LYD (Libyan Dinar – 1 USD = 1.2 LYD). And in no time I was introduced to the group and we headed for Tripoli. First stop would be to see the 2000-year-old ancient Roman ruins in Sabratha. But first, I would be welcomed by way of automatic gunfire before we even reach Sabratha. About halfway between the border and the ancient ruins, we pass a pickup with a man sitting on the back, holding an AK47 / Kalashnikov. He fires a few rounds as a way of ‘saluting’ us as we pass by. Immediately, all eyes shoot to me to see how I might react? I just smile and give a thumbs-up to let everyone know I’m fine and not freaking out…yet.

We stop off in Sabratha and the guys show me around, giving me an informative tour of the ancient ruins. It’s a pretty amazing place to visit. These places fascinate me as I try to imagine what it must have been like back in those days. In the time of the Phoenicians and the Great Roman Empire.

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After the tour and a rest under the trees, we continued on. We stopped at a fuel station and one of the riders asked me: “Why do you smile the whole time? Do you know you’re in Libya”? I found this a bit strange. Why do I smile all the time? Because I’m happy to be alive. Because I’m on a grand adventure. I have many reasons to smile.

We arrived in Tripoli and I was checked into Hotel Thobacts on Omar Al Mokhtar street. A very nice hotel that the ministry of tourism was so kind to put me up in for four days during my stay in Tripoli. I had initially planned to spend only a few days in Libya. Maybe one night in Tripoli, one night in Misrata, one in Sirte and finally in Benghazi. But it soon became very clear that there would be no chance of that. My hosts were extremely kind and adamant that I stay on longer.

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I got to meet many riders in Tripoli and the amazingly talented (and slightly crazy) stunt riders that Libya is famous for amongst the biking communities. I was received by the Minister of Tourism, Ms Ikram Bash Imam, who welcomed me to Libya and wished me well for the rest of my journey. Very kind and she also offered any assistance I may need during my stay in Libya.

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I also had the opportunity to meet with the head of the Libyan motorcycling federation, Masaud Jerbi who invited me for dinner and then surprised me with a donation from the federation towards my trip! A big, huge thank you to him for his amazing kindness and generosity. And also Mr Harim Al Turki who organized to meet with Mr Jerbi and who also serviced my bike at no charge.

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Whilst in Tripoli I also got to meet up with a friend whom I first met in 2011 when I was still cycling around Africa. I met up with Philip Zaayman and his wife Janine in Namibia. I was on my way North towards Angola and they had ridden up from Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa to attend a wedding in northern Namibia. And now, all this time later I got to meet up with Philip again on the other side of the continent! It’s a small world!

When the time came to finally hit the road again, I had two Honda Gold wings and four riders to accompany me all the way to Misrata. Normally, tourists are not allowed to travel alone in Libya and I was happy and grateful for the company. I had heard so many horror stories, especially when it comes to negotiating your way through checkpoints with heavily armed men who are not always interested in your long sad story.

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The road from Libya to Misrata is fairly straightforward and easy to follow. Busy in places and maybe a bit broken here and there, but overall a good tar road. Before getting to Misrata we stopped off in Khoms to meet up with a group of riders and have a tour of the world famous Leptis Magna ruins. To quite from Wikipedia: “Today, the site of Leptis Magna is the site of some of the most impressive ruins of the Roman period.” It really is spectacular and well worth the visit!

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From Khoms we headed to Misrata where we would spend the night. I stayed in a hotel and the boys elsewhere with friends. I checked into my hotel and then went out with the guys to meet up with a big group of bikers who had come together to celebrate the wedding of a friend and fellow rider. It’s a custom in Libya that when a fellow rider gets married, all the riders in that city/town come together to celebrate the occasion by way of revving engines and spectacular stunts. The group comes together in a certain location and then awaits the groom’s arrival. Then the show starts. From here all the riders follow the groom’s car to the area where the rest of the wedding’s proceedings take place. The groom and bride are separate and the men don’t get to see the women as they celebrate on their own. The groom sits on a chair/sofa as his brothers, uncles, nephews, friends and rest of the men of the family come up to congratulate him. I got to congratulate both the groom and the bride. But out of respect I cannot reveal what goes on behind the curtain where the ladies celebrate. It’s a secret. It’s also become a custom nowadays in Libya for pistols and automatic rifles to be fired in celebration, especially at weddings.

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Seeing as everyone and their dog have a gun in Libya, I became quite used to shots being fired around me all the time. As long as it’s not aimed at me, I don’t mind all that much.

After the celebrations I returned to my hotel and turned in for the night. Next morning I was informed that I would have to carry on, on my own as the guys would be returning to Libya. At first I was a bit shocked. As I mentioned, normally a foreigner is not allowed to travel alone. I didn’t have much of a choice and just sent out positive vibes that everything would be okay.

I rode alone from Misrata to Ajdabiya, which is a city just south of Benghazi. Just over 600 kilometers and countless checkpoints in between. First checkpoint – no problems. I was just waved through. So far so good. Second checkpoint – I get stopped and told to remove my helmet. I do as I’m ordered and the ‘officers’ (not all the checkpoints are manned by military officers, some are civilians, some are ‘other’ groups) are, understandably, taken aback to see a woman riding in Libya on her own. At first they tell me that I cannot ride on my own as it’s too dangerous. In my (very) limited Arabic, I try to explain to them that I was told that it would be no problem and the minister of tourism is aware that I am traveling through Libya. I phone my friend Ahmed Busefi in Tripoli and hand the phone to the officer. After a few minutes of incomprehensible discussion the officer hands me my phone back and indicates that I am free to proceed. He tells me not to stop for anyone and to keep going until I reach Ajdabiya. I thank them and proceed, wondering if this will be the case at every checkpoint.

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I am happy to report that I do not get stopped at any of the checkpoints I pass through all the way to Ajdabiya.

On route I stop off in Sirte as I wanted to visit this city that had been nearly destroyed in the war. A friend of Ahmed receives me with a cameraman in tow. A very kind gentleman who takes me to his house and offers me dates and fresh milk. He takes me on a tour of the city and describes to me what it was like to sit in his house whilst bombs are being dropped outside and automatic weapons tore down his walls. My heart breaks as we ride through the city and I bare witness to the catastrophic consequences that war brings with it. The pain and anguish is so tangible it’s like a thick fog that hangs in the air. And for what? Visiting Sirte had an immense impact on me and it’s something I will never forget.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 29, 2013, 05:04:53 pm
After my visit to Sirte I headed straight for Ajdabiya and had no hassles at any of the checkpoints. Hamdoulah. (Thanks God in Arabic)
On route I had a few cars who hung around, either with kids who waved non stop and took pictures (very sweet) or people just following me out of curiosity. There was one Ford pickup who rode behind me, then passed me and slowed down again to ride next to me. The driver opened his window and shouted to me in English: “Where are you from”? I answered him and then his next question was: “You are a woman”? I guess he could hear that I am a woman because you can’t really tell when I’m wearing all my gear on the bike. I just nodded. He then tried to persuade me to load my bike on the back of the truck saying: “It’s really not safe to be riding in Libya”. I thanked him but refused his offer and told him that I would be fine. The last time I trusted some guys in a Ford pickup was when all my belongings got stolen in Angola. Once bitten, twice shy.

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I did, admittedly, stop once before Ajdabiya to take a quick break. A car pulled over next to me and the man driving asked me if I was okay? “Kolo tmam” I answered. (All good)
He invited me to stay in his house with his family for the night and to have a meal with them. I had to decline as I had people waiting for me in Ajdabiya. I thanked him for his kind offer and then set off again for the last push to the town.

I arrived and luckily found the guys that Ahmed had arranged to meet with me and take me to my hotel. I stayed in the Amal Africa hotel and I was not to pay anything as my hosts kindly made me understand that it’s against Arab culture to let your guests pay. I am astonished at the number of really nice and high-class hotels in Libya. But I wonder how they manage to survive? I was starving as I’d only eaten a few dates so kindly offered to me in Sirte and a glass of milk. The guys took me out for dinner in town and we sat chatting about my trip and my time in Libya. Then on the way back to the hotel I asked if we could please stop at a shop so I could buy some snacks and cold drinks for the next day to Benghazi. In the shop I wanted to buy a can of Sprite and a pack of cookies. The owner of the shop took out another can and a handful of chocolate bars, put it in a bag and gave it to me. When I wanted to pay he refused and said: “Welcome in Libya”.

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Next morning, a good friend of mine named Nabil rode to Ajdabiya along with four other bikers to meet me and accompany me to Benghazi. I thanked my kind hosts and we hit the road. It was very windy on the way to Benghazi. The road is good, surrounded by desert-like views most of the way. We stopped off for a quick coffee halfway and here I met a Tunisian man who owned the coffee shop. He was married to an English girl so his English was really good and we had a nice long chat. I told him how much I love and miss Tunisia. He also refused to let me pay for my coffee.

In Benghazi I stayed in Hotel Juliana. Amazing hotel! I met the owner of the hotel as well. A very kind, decent man who, once again, refused to let me pay for my stay. My friend Nabil looked after me very well and took me on a tour of the town. At night I had dinner with the guys who had ridden with me from Ajdabiya and we all became good friends. One of the things I will always remember about my time in Benghazi is the sound of fireworks and gunshots at night. Every night there would be wedding celebrations taking place right near the hotel. And every night we’d bare witness to firework shows and gun shots going off in celebration of newly weds.

View at Hotel Juliana
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At this point is when the proverbial paw-paw hit the fan in Egypt and I had to make a decision. Either I would have to return to Tunisia or carry on to Egypt. A very good friend and very well known fellow adventure rider in Alexandria, Omar Mansour, was advising me on the situation in Egypt on a daily basis. Although I would’ve loved to return to my beloved Tunisia, there was just no way I could skip out on visiting ‘Om Edonia’ – The mother of the world, that is Egypt.

So after three nights’ stay in Benghazi I headed for Tubruq with my new friends who accompanied me all the way. We took the quiet desert road to Tubruq which was great. I love the desert and enjoy riding through the desert. (It’s a tar road, surrounded by desert)

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At a stop to refuel I had a wonderful experience that brings a smile to my face even as I think back now. I was refilling my bike and an old man came to stand next to me. The guys explained to him who I am and in no time a small crowd of men gathered around me. This old man with wisdom in his eyes and deep settled wrinkles of experience on his face took my hand and repeated a dozen times: “Ahlan wa sahlan, marhaban, ahlan wa sahlan, ahlan wa sahlan”. Which basically means: welcome, welcome, welcome.

Just outside of Tubruq, a big group of riders had come to welcome us with a television crew in tow. After greetings and quick introductions I was taken to the Tubruq Square where snacks and refreshments had been prepared for everyone and lots and lots of photos were taken. A grand welcome in my last town in Libya before I would cross to Egypt.

Tubruq Square
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I spent two nights in Tubruq in a nice little hotel near the square, my room overlooking the town with a nice view over a beautiful mosque nearby. I don’t know why but I feel deeply nostalgic when I hear the Adhan (Azan) – The call to prayer.

I had a small incident in this hotel when a young man who works in the hotel came to my room the morning after my arrival. He came under the pretenses of finding out whether I wanted to have breakfast brought to my room? I had just woken up and told him I would take breakfast in the restaurant a little later. He then pushed the door open and took a step towards me, trying to kiss me. I immediately stepped back and he asked: “Are you afraid of me”. No buddy, but come any closer and I’ll give you reason to be afraid of me! I pushed him back against the wall and told him to leave. He looked surprised and said: “Please, don’t tell anyone okay”? Later in the restaurant he brought me a chocolate as to ‘buy’ my silence. It wasn’t a big deal and at first I didn’t want to mention it. But later on that day I went to the beach with my friends and Nabil asked me if everything was okay and if the people at the hotel were treating me well? I decided to tell him about what happened. I explained to him that I didn’t want a fuss made over the issue. He told me not to say anything to anyone and that it would be taken care of.

Next morning I got ready to leave for the border. The guys arranged to meet me in front of my hotel early in the morning and then they would ride with me all the way. 7 Libyan riders arrived at the hotel and the head of the Tubruq riders asked me to point out the boy to him that had come to my room. I knew then that this was not to be a pleasant start to my day. How would you feel if seven big strong Libyan bikers descended on you all of the sudden? You would crap yourself! Trust me, I almost did and I was standing outside. Suffice it to say that the boy learned a very valuable lesson, the hard way. There was no blood, I can tell you that much. But there was a lot of screaming and shouting as he was dragged outside to apologize to me. I felt really bad!

And so, with some excitement to start the day with, we hit the road to the border.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on September 29, 2013, 05:24:35 pm
Eish hoe jaloers raak ek nou weer. Weereens baie lekker gelees en bly jy is veilig.
Dankie vir die deel van jou wonderlike reis
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cloudgazer on September 29, 2013, 05:25:44 pm
Loving your adventure. Thrilling stuff.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on September 29, 2013, 05:36:16 pm
Wil nie lees nie. Loer net nou en dan of jy nog veilig is. Ek wag vir die BOEK. Gaan 'n epic wees  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: BMWPE on September 29, 2013, 07:58:58 pm
Fantastic report :thumleft:
Thank you
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on September 30, 2013, 06:06:59 am

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Ek dink dit gaan maar oor 'personal preference'. My ou se bike, byvoorveeld, is 'n hy en my bike 'n sy. Ek het altyd gedink alle bikes is van die vroulike geslag.
[/quote]

Jo - vertel meer - Think you just broke J-Dog's heart ......    :laughing4:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: J-dog on September 30, 2013, 06:31:29 am
Jo,

I see you met up with Zoolander in Tunisia?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on September 30, 2013, 08:08:14 am


Ek dink dit gaan maar oor 'personal preference'. My ou se bike, byvoorveeld, is 'n hy en my bike 'n sy. Ek het altyd gedink alle bikes is van die vroulike geslag.
[/quote]

Jo - vertel meer - Think you just broke J-Dog's heart ......    :laughing4:
[/quote]Jislaaik.......................wanneer het dit gebeur?  >:D

Is dit 'n RR op sy eie.  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on September 30, 2013, 09:15:48 am
I read each episode, enraptured. Jo, you have a wonderful spirit, and an openness that is very beautiful.

Stay safe on your travels, and make sure that we all know when you'll be crossing the border back into SA. My wife and I would definitely love to be part of the group of WD's that welcomes you back onto home soil  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 30, 2013, 09:28:48 am
I'm a bit behind on updates.
I am in Khartoum at the moment, leaving to the Ethiopian border tomorrow. I will be in Kenya in about a week/10 days time. So I think when I reach Tanzania I will let you all know and start putting out possible dates for my arrival back on home soil. I suspect it to be somewhere late Nov/ early December.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on September 30, 2013, 09:35:03 am


Ek dink dit gaan maar oor 'personal preference'. My ou se bike, byvoorveeld, is 'n hy en my bike 'n sy. Ek het altyd gedink alle bikes is van die vroulike geslag.

Jo - vertel meer - Think you just broke J-Dog's heart ......    :laughing4:
[/quote]Jislaaik.......................wanneer het dit gebeur?  >:D

Is dit 'n RR op sy eie.  ;)
[/quote]

Haha. Ja, dis 'n RR op sy eie.
Kan wel sê hy is ook 'n adventure rider en ons het op die pad ontmoet. Fell madly in love en ja...soos hulle sê: and the rest is history.  ;)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gene on September 30, 2013, 09:44:55 am
You go Jolandie  :thumleft:, dis net eenkeer in n leeftyd wat n mens so n ervaring kan skep, regtig interessante ervaring wat jy met ons deel
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on September 30, 2013, 10:23:30 am


Ek dink dit gaan maar oor 'personal preference'. My ou se bike, byvoorveeld, is 'n hy en my bike 'n sy. Ek het altyd gedink alle bikes is van die vroulike geslag.

Jo - vertel meer - Think you just broke J-Dog's heart ......    :laughing4:
Jislaaik.......................wanneer het dit gebeur?  >:D

Is dit 'n RR op sy eie.  ;)
[/quote]

Haha. Ja, dis 'n RR op sy eie.
Kan wel sê hy is ook 'n adventure rider en ons het op die pad ontmoet. Fell madly in love en ja...soos hulle sê: and the rest is history.  ;)
[/quote]Dit is absoluut fantastiese nuus Jo. Baie geluk girl. Toe ek jou ontmoed het, het ek geweet dit sal net 'n sekere tiepe man wees wat by jou sal kan kers vashou. Jy het 'n "Free Spirit" en jou maat sal ook een moet hê anders gaan julle mekaar maar min sien... :biggrin:

Kom, kom, kom........................"praat bietjie uit"...................en vertel ons meer. 8)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jeff on September 30, 2013, 02:40:04 pm
All i can say is WOW!! Looks like you are having a great time , be safe and looking forward to your next instalment.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: GYRO RATFINK on October 06, 2013, 11:19:44 pm
Hi Jo,
Im in Durban and should you need a place to stay and do some maintance on your bike, just call me 0824519372. Ride safe,Anton(anton@artav.co.za)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Man from Nam on October 07, 2013, 12:00:17 pm
Look forward to the next post, save trip and enjoy!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: brianw on October 07, 2013, 05:19:00 pm
jo-i like your spirit. wow you are inspirational.
your profile picture- I suspect allan malinick did it? ne
I met you briefly at self defense class in marister.
ive only discovered your ride report today, and its gripping stuff..... I will be watching with interest.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 12, 2013, 09:55:23 am
jo-i like your spirit. wow you are inspirational.
your profile picture- I suspect allan malinick did it? ne
I met you briefly at self defense class in marister.
ive only discovered your ride report today, and its gripping stuff..... I will be watching with interest.

Hi there.
The photo was actually taken in Tunisia. :)
Thanks a lot. Maybe I'll see you guys again soon for self defense after I've finished the trip.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 12, 2013, 09:57:54 am
This was in Ethiopia on route to Lake Tana. Took a bit of a detour and lots and lots of off road. Great fun!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 12, 2013, 10:01:14 am
Quick Update:

I am currently in Nairobi. Will have to stay here for a few days as Dax needs some TLC. Rear shock gave in on the 'hell road' so busy sorting one from SA to be flown up. And steering bearings also need replacing. Other than that we're both fine.

I'll be posting foreseen dates and route for getting back to SA soon for those who would like to join and ride with. I know there's already a growing group meeting me as I cross back into SA from Moz.

Will post it under 'Planning a Ride' as well, so please keep a lookout and let me know if you'd like to join up somewhere. Would be great to see some familiar faces again. And meet some new friends of course!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on October 12, 2013, 12:02:05 pm
you go girl, take care  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: stevo on October 12, 2013, 12:42:14 pm
great stuff, enjoy and ride safe.  :) :) :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: cheesy on October 12, 2013, 04:18:28 pm
Yeahaaa, Jo is back on line.  :) more reports on the way.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: >>Thump°C on October 12, 2013, 04:42:47 pm
Awesome Jo, enjoy
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on October 12, 2013, 07:10:45 pm
Yeahaaa, Jo is back on line.  :) more reports on the way.

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Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on October 13, 2013, 05:20:00 am
It is a long time that I have read this thread.  Great RR. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fingers on October 13, 2013, 06:31:40 am
Quick Update:

I am currently in Nairobi. Will have to stay here for a few days as Dax needs some TLC. Rear shock gave in on the 'hell road' so busy sorting one from SA to be flown up. And steering bearings also need replacing. Other than that we're both fine.

I'll be posting foreseen dates and route for getting back to SA soon for those who would like to join and ride with. I know there's already a growing group meeting me as I cross back into SA from Moz.

Will post it under 'Planning a Ride' as well, so please keep a lookout and let me know if you'd like to join up somewhere. Would be great to see some familiar faces again. And meet some new friends of course!  :3some:

I 'm in Rwanda Jo if you want to stop over it will be great having you around

 :drif:

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Yami Super 10 on October 22, 2013, 10:58:35 am
Well, as the Burger reported form Jolandie, she should be back in Augalas on the 14th of Nov.

Any of the WD gonna make a ride down south to welcome her back?

I will only be landing back in SA on the 14th from abroad, so I might not make it :-\
But if Jolandie gets delayed, I will definitely be there :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on October 22, 2013, 11:17:14 am
I'd also love to meet her at Komatipoort and ride along a while, maybe to Durbs...

But it will all depend on the date she arrives back in SA, and my rotations at work in Lesotho. :deal:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on October 22, 2013, 11:21:24 am
Last I heard from her was that she would be at Komatipoort Border around 12 November.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on October 22, 2013, 11:24:29 am
Last I heard from her was that she would be at Komatipoort Border around 12 November.

OK...

That's on my next off rotation.

BUT...

I've booked for the missus and I for a little dirty weekend getaway from the 10th to the 12th...

Gonna have to watch this one closely, its not that far from the Waterberg to Komatipoort...  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fred4stroke on October 22, 2013, 11:25:41 am
Legend!! :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: woody1 on October 22, 2013, 11:28:07 am
Maybe she is running a bit quicker that that, because if she want to FINISH in the Cape on the 14th she has to go from Komatipoort to Aghulas in 2 day's.... no tyd for kuiering on the road. :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 22, 2013, 08:14:38 pm
I told 'Die Burger' that I aim on finishing somewhere between the 15th and the 20th of November. With current delays I still can't give exact dates. Once I have the new shock I can fit it and then I'll know when I'll leave here and when I'll be in Komati and when I plan on being in Aghulhas.

I've decided to go from here - Tanzania - Malawi - Moz and then SA. It'll take me 2 - 3 weeks to get from here to Komati. So....as soon as I have a better idea of dates...I'll let you guys know.  :thumleft:

From Komati I plan on spending maybe a week down to Agulhas. Maybe a bit more.

The shock's going to the couriers tomorrow and I guess it should be here by Thu/Fri. Which means, depending on whether I have to fight with customs, I should leave here by the weekend or early next week.

Watch this space for updates.

PS: currently working on more reports. Coming soon.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Heimer on October 22, 2013, 08:31:19 pm
I told 'Die Burger' that I aim on finishing somewhere between the 15th and the 20th of November. With current delays I still can't give exact dates. Once I have the new shock I can fit it and then I'll know when I'll leave here and when I'll be in Komati and when I plan on being in Aghulhas.

I've decided to go from here - Tanzania - Malawi - Moz and then SA. It'll take me 2 - 3 weeks to get from here to Komati. So....as soon as I have a better idea of dates...I'll let you guys know.  :thumleft:

From Komati I plan on spending maybe a week down to Agulhas. Maybe a bit more.

The shock's going to the couriers tomorrow and I guess it should be here by Thu/Fri. Which means, depending on whether I have to fight with customs, I should leave here by the weekend or early next week.

Watch this space for updates.

PS: currently working on more reports. Coming soon.  :ricky:

23 November is the Breede bash. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=136453.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=136453.0)

You MUST come there. All the Wild dogs that matter will be attending, including most of those from Worcester that saw you off when you left

Maybe onward to Agulhas on Sunday 24 November - I will join for the ride. I am sure many others will

Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on October 24, 2013, 03:44:46 pm
Hi Jorust I would have loved to have met you at the border but as you can see I am still in plaster after I was hit by a wild buck 27 km before this years WD bash. Enjoy your ride from Nairobi, that stretch of road brings back memories see photo of us in Tanzania next to the Indian Ocean on the way from the Equator.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 25, 2013, 12:02:04 pm
I told 'Die Burger' that I aim on finishing somewhere between the 15th and the 20th of November. With current delays I still can't give exact dates. Once I have the new shock I can fit it and then I'll know when I'll leave here and when I'll be in Komati and when I plan on being in Aghulhas.

I've decided to go from here - Tanzania - Malawi - Moz and then SA. It'll take me 2 - 3 weeks to get from here to Komati. So....as soon as I have a better idea of dates...I'll let you guys know.  :thumleft:

From Komati I plan on spending maybe a week down to Agulhas. Maybe a bit more.

The shock's going to the couriers tomorrow and I guess it should be here by Thu/Fri. Which means, depending on whether I have to fight with customs, I should leave here by the weekend or early next week.

Watch this space for updates.

PS: currently working on more reports. Coming soon.  :ricky:

23 November is the Breede bash. http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=136453.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=136453.0)

You MUST come there. All the Wild dogs that matter will be attending, including most of those from Worcester that saw you off when you left

Maybe onward to Agulhas on Sunday 24 November - I will join for the ride. I am sure many others will



Awesome!  :ricky:
Whether I finish the weekend before the bash or the weekend of the bash...I'm pretty sure I'll be there.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 25, 2013, 12:02:52 pm
Hi Jorust I would have loved to have met you at the border but as you can see I am still in plaster after I was hit by a wild buck 27 km before this years WD bash. Enjoy your ride from Nairobi, that stretch of road brings back memories see photo of us in Tanzania next to the Indian Ocean on the way from the Equator.

Yoh!!
Jammer om te hoor van die ongeluk.
Hoop jy word gou beter!  :3some:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 25, 2013, 12:03:17 pm
Cairo Group Ride.

http://www.youtube.com/v/pHkYgbKVsEw
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: bud500 on October 25, 2013, 12:12:17 pm

Are you not concerned with the political instability in northern Moz?
Keep in mind they have elections coming up in Moz around 20 November if I am not mistaken.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Scooterbike on October 25, 2013, 03:40:19 pm
Cairo Group Ride.



Kan nie glo jy het in Kairo gery nie. Dis die enigste plek waar ek nog ooit bang was op die pad...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 25, 2013, 05:17:13 pm

Are you not concerned with the political instability in northern Moz?
Keep in mind they have elections coming up in Moz around 20 November if I am not mistaken.

I'm not going through Northern Mozambique.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on October 25, 2013, 06:04:15 pm
I am not sure if it has been posted but did anyone see the write up in Die Burger.. I was in a waiting room and bored so brushed up on my Afr reading, it was a good write up.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on October 25, 2013, 07:44:56 pm
Did you get the rear shock sorted Jo?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on October 26, 2013, 06:26:40 am
Well, as the Burger reported form Jolandie, she should be back in Augalas on the 14th of Nov.

Any of the WD gonna make a ride down south to welcome her back?

I will only be landing back in SA on the 14th from abroad, so I might not make it :-\
But if Jolandie gets delayed, I will definitely be there :thumleft:

Yami, I did not know she has so many admirers and fans too  :lol8: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 26, 2013, 07:48:44 am
Did you get the rear shock sorted Jo?

Still waiting. It's in Nairobi at least. Got a call from the courier yesterday to say they're waiting for customs clearance. So hoping to have it by Monday.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on October 28, 2013, 01:26:26 pm
Jo, I'm getting the feeling that suddenly you are rushing to get the trip finished. What has made this trip all the more special has been your slow relaxed pace. Stopping and meeting people, riding with the locals, experiencing their cultures. Now it seems that you have a short deadline to get it over with?

Its your choice of course, but just seems a bit of a pity. Maybe I'm not getting something?
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Pietcoke on October 28, 2013, 01:49:04 pm
Jo, I'm getting the feeling that suddenly you are rushing to get the trip finished. What has made this trip all the more special has been your slow relaxed pace. Stopping and meeting people, riding with the locals, experiencing their cultures. Now it seems that you have a short deadline to get it over with?

Its your choice of course, but just seems a bit of a pity. Maybe I'm not getting something?
Bear in mind that her trip only "ends" once the reach Angola.................................. again.
Angola is her MAIN SPONSOR and she feel it's only good courtesy to end her trip there officially.

So she still has a way to go. :)
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on October 28, 2013, 07:20:12 pm
Jo, I'm getting the feeling that suddenly you are rushing to get the trip finished. What has made this trip all the more special has been your slow relaxed pace. Stopping and meeting people, riding with the locals, experiencing their cultures. Now it seems that you have a short deadline to get it over with?

Its your choice of course, but just seems a bit of a pity. Maybe I'm not getting something?
Bear in mind that her trip only "ends" once the reach Angola.................................. again.
Angola is her MAIN SPONSOR and she feel it's only good courtesy to end her trip there officially.

So she still has a way to go. :)

Ja, I understand that, but it just seems that she's now rushing to get from Kenya to SA in two weeks...
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on October 28, 2013, 07:37:17 pm
Yes, I am in a bit of a rush now, for various reasons.
1. Funding is running low as I'm getting to the end of the trip now. 2. As Piet mentioned I still have to go back up to Angola and back down again. 3. I have to start on Dakar prep ASAP. 4. I have a certain special someone waiting for me.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on October 28, 2013, 07:45:05 pm
Yes, I am in a bit of a rush now, for various reasons.
1. Funding is running low as I'm getting to the end of the trip now. 2. As Piet mentioned I still have to go back up to Angola and back down again. 3. I have to start on Dakar prep ASAP. 4. I have a certain special someone waiting for me.  :peepwall:

Ride like the wind Jo Rust... Ride like the WIND  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: SteveD on October 28, 2013, 08:40:11 pm
Yes, I am in a bit of a rush now, for various reasons.
1. Funding is running low as I'm getting to the end of the trip now. 2. As Piet mentioned I still have to go back up to Angola and back down again. 3. I have to start on Dakar prep ASAP. 4. I have a certain special someone waiting for me.  :peepwall:

"Funding is running low" and "I have to start on Dakar prep" are usually mutually exclusive, but it would be really cool to have a South African lady in the Dakar  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: brianw on October 31, 2013, 07:57:18 am
woman are doing it for themselves.......
FROM CAPE TOWN TO GOODWOOD

In 1928, Mary Heath - the first woman to hold a commercial flying licence in Britain, made front page news around the world as the first pilot, male or female, to fly solo a small, open-cockpit biplane from Cape Town to London.
 
 In November 2013 to commemorate Lady Heath’s flight, pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor will embark on a journey to fly her own open-cockpit Boeing Stearman biplane from Cape Town to Goodwood.
 
 Flying in an open cockpit, exposed to the elements, is not for the faint-hearted, and the flight represents a formidable physical and logistical challenge - in a plane designed in the 1930’s, with a top speed of 95 mph, an operating ceiling of 10,000 feet and a range of only 450 miles. But this sort of extreme flying is what Curtis-Taylor, the first female pilot based at the historic Shuttleworth collection of vintage aircraft, has been doing all her life.



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Contact Information

Nylon Films
56 Wood Lane
London, W12 7SB
tel: +44(0)20 7096 1965
email: info@nylonfilms.co.uk

 
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: brianw on October 31, 2013, 07:59:54 am
another inspiring female
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on November 01, 2013, 04:16:57 am
All the best in your final leg.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 01, 2013, 01:50:38 pm
woman are doing it for themselves.......
FROM CAPE TOWN TO GOODWOOD

In 1928, Mary Heath - the first woman to hold a commercial flying licence in Britain, made front page news around the world as the first pilot, male or female, to fly solo a small, open-cockpit biplane from Cape Town to London.
 
 In November 2013 to commemorate Lady Heath’s flight, pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor will embark on a journey to fly her own open-cockpit Boeing Stearman biplane from Cape Town to Goodwood.
 
 Flying in an open cockpit, exposed to the elements, is not for the faint-hearted, and the flight represents a formidable physical and logistical challenge - in a plane designed in the 1930’s, with a top speed of 95 mph, an operating ceiling of 10,000 feet and a range of only 450 miles. But this sort of extreme flying is what Curtis-Taylor, the first female pilot based at the historic Shuttleworth collection of vintage aircraft, has been doing all her life.



picture 



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Contact Information

Nylon Films
56 Wood Lane
London, W12 7SB
tel: +44(0)20 7096 1965
email: info@nylonfilms.co.uk

 


Awesomeness!!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 01, 2013, 01:59:45 pm
I'M COMING HOME!!!

Okidoki. Dax is fixed. I just fitted her new shock today and she's all set. We're taking the weekend to make sure everything is in order and I'll be leaving Nairobi on Monday. It's the final stretch!!

Here's the final itinerary for anyone who wishes to ride with a day or even just a few kilometers.

There's a 'finale' being organized by some media down in Agulhas for the 24th. So would be awesome if some Cape Town and surroundings dogs could join. I'll post time and meeting points a bit closer to the time.

See you all soon!!!!


14 November – Komatiepoort (Stay over in Nelspruit perhaps)
15 November – Durban
16 November – Durban (Rest Day, Bike Service, Braai etc)
17 November – Port St Johns
18 November – East London
19 November – Port Elizabeth
20 November – Jeffreys Bay
21 November – George
22 November – Worcester
23 November – Cape Town (Or stay in Worcester)
24 November – Finale! Cape Agulhas


Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jossvw on November 01, 2013, 02:01:29 pm
Be safe, Well Done!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on November 01, 2013, 02:04:36 pm
Laat weet waar en hoe laat in PE dat ons kyk wat gereël kan word.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Gérrard on November 01, 2013, 02:05:35 pm
Laat weet waar en hoe laat in PE dat ons kyk wat gereël kan word.

My huis is altyd oop as jy slaapplek soek  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Man from Nam on November 01, 2013, 02:11:52 pm
RESPECT!!! Safe riding for the last stretch
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: steveindar on November 01, 2013, 02:58:51 pm
Call if you need somewhere to crash in Dar.

+ tu tu 5 7 ate ate tu tu wun fo fo 3

Steve
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: Mzee on November 02, 2013, 05:50:57 am
That remaining stretch is very long.
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: 1ougat on November 02, 2013, 07:49:19 am
Urgently relook your Mozambique route - you going right through the Renamo Attack Zone !!!!!
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: TVB on November 02, 2013, 10:39:23 am
East africa kenya -Turkana, Marsabit, uganda (around lake edward and victoria) and so many other places to see and experience an you are rushing home? This is not probably but definatelly the best part of the whole 'around africa' adventure and you are taking the trans africa highway? Pity Joe, pity. I can't imagine doing this trip and missing out on the 'best part'. I agree 100persent with Gary, by rushing back through the best part is like '.......something is missing'
Low on funds: 'ask the mods and they can (most probably will) start a fund raising
'Special someone waiting': I got my personal view and would rather not comment because I don't have a good track recort with regard to relationships or lasting relations but isn't that part of a free spirit personality? However, if he is really so special he would have understand that you are now in the 'golden and most awesome part of Africa' (join you or wait for you?)
Lastly Dakar? Realy that special? More than a trans or better 'round continental trip? It can't be postpone for another year?

Ok sorry for being an idiot Joe, all the best on your last leg and with regards to Moz: You have been through way more unstability and I have a couple of friends in and around the hot spots in MozM no one thinks that you will run into any kind of trouble. Dark Africa as you must know by now are now way near as 'dark' as people would like to think......I love Africa
Title: Re: Right Around Africa
Post by: jorust on November 02, 2013, 09:08:00 pm
Egypt: Mother of the world.

I’ve heard so many horror stories about the border between Libya and Egypt and with the morning’s excitement as a start to my day, I was feeling a tad more nervous as to what may lie ahead for me.

My Libyan friends rode with me from Tubruq and stayed with me all the way to the Salloum border. They even sorted me out in helping me get local sim cards for Egypt and also changing my Libyan Dinar to Egyptian Pounds.

I spent about an hour at the Libyan side of the border. I’m not sure what the holdup was but was made to wait, sitting between three customs officers and one very trigger-happy military officer that insisted on firing a few shots into the air right next to me.

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After about an hour I was let through to Egypt side of Salloum. An officer from Egyptian customs accompanied me into the customs and immigrations offices and I started with processing all the necessary paperwork. “This is all going pretty well”, I thought to myself. I was directed from office to office and offered tea and biscuits. Everything went pretty well until I was taken to see two gentlemen who are the equivalent of the Egyptian secret service. Then everything came to a grinding halt.

Meanwhile a good friend and one of Egypt’s very own adventure riders, Omar Mansour, had ridden all the way from Alexandria to meet me at the border. They eventually let him through and allowed him to join me in the building. He was a great help as nobody could really speak English and he was able to translate between the officers and myself.

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Omar stayed with me the entire time and in the end I spent about nine hours at the border! Though I can honestly say that all the officers and staff were very friendly and helpful and accommodating.

I spent my first night in Egypt in the border town of El Salloum. Next morning we left early and made our way towards Marsa Matruh, had fresh lemon under a tree on the side of the road and then on to Marina where we had lunch. We weren’t sure whether we’d be able to make it to Cairo in time for the curfew that had been enforced at the time. I was supposed to have a police escort with me all the way but when they weren’t at the checkpoint in the morning when we left, we carried on without them.

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I made it to Cairo from the border in one day! Something that kept delaying us on the road, were the military checkpoints where we needed to unpack all my kit every single time. One can understand this precaution, especially during those troubled times. Needless to say I was pretty tired by the time I crossed the Nile River (posed for a quick photo first of course) into Cairo. I unfortunately had to say goodbye to Omar as he had to return to Alexandria, but a friend of his (Bakir) took over and rode with me until the city limits where another friend, Mahmoud Mazen was waiting to escort me the rest of the way.

I had planned on spending maybe ten days to two weeks in Egypt. My first point of order was to sort out new visas for Sudan and Ethiopia. With the delays, waiting in Libya for things to calm down in Egypt, both my visas would have expired before I could make it to either Sudan or Ethiopia. It also soon became clear that Egypt had big plans for me.

I met up with the BikerZone team in Cairo who organized my stay at Le Meridien hotel in Heliopolis and also a big group ride to the Pyramids the next weekend, which was absolutely amazing. I have had many layovers on flights in Cairo before and always had this rule that I was never allowed to look out the window during landing or taking off, as to avoid seeing the pyramids. I had to see it in person, on my bike…and I finally did! I instantly made so many new wonderful friends in Cairo and everyone made me feel right at home. All over Egypt really. Wonderful people.

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I was kept busy in Cairo with meeting fellow bikers, conducting press conferences and working on plans for my next project after I finish my tour around Africa. The Dakar Rally! I got to chat with the BikerZone team and they were very eager to get involved with my future plans. After some brainstorming and negotiating I signed with the team and they are now my sole representatives and managing team!

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I took some time out whilst in Cairo and rode to the Bahariya oasis over a weekend to see a bit more of the country. Things to see in the area are the white and black deserts, which are amazing! A lot of friends were nervous about my riding out to the oasis area by myself because of banditry in the area. About a 730-kilometer round trip and I didn’t see any suspicious activities on the road. Just beautiful views of the desert all the way!

I spent about three weeks in Cairo and had a fantastic time. After I managed to sort a new visa for Ethiopia I set off for the coastal town of Hurghada. Omar joined me again for the ride to Hurghada, along with three other friends. (Ehab Hassanein, Emad Hassan, Mohamed Fareed El-Gohary). Omar, Ehad and Emad rode with me all the way and even spent a night at the resort as well. Very nice of them. A very famous touristic spot for diving, desert safaris and just relaxing next to the Red Sea. My stay was sponsored by the Sunrise Grand Select, Crystal Bay Resort! How awesome! I spent four nights at the resort and they even organized a guided quad desert safari and snorkeling, which was absolutely AMAZING! Going snorkeling opened up a whole new world for me. It was my first time and I didn’t want to leave. I just wanted to stay there in this new magical underwater world.

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A press conference was held at the hotel and the Governor of Hurghada presented me with a medal to honor my efforts on my trip, which was so humbling.

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From Hurghada, my next stop was in Luxor in Upper Egypt where I was hosted at the beautiful Maritime Jolie Ville hotel and resort on King’s Island. Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. I had the opportunity to see the temples, which are absolutely amazing! You can literally feel the history when walking among the ruins. Really something worth putting on one’s bucket list. The one thing that did break my heart was seeing how the tourism industry is suffering in Egypt. So many vendors tried desperately to get me to please just buy something as business is slow and they’re struggling to support their families. The day I visited the temples we were told that it was the busiest day since June!

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After a tour of the temples I joined a group of men at a café, sitting outside on the street and drinking tea. I absolutely love these cultural experiences. One of the guys, nicknamed ‘Sisi’ (if you know a bit