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Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:20:45 pm »
Quite a claim. I know. Iíve never ridden Mongolia, the Russian Steppes or the high passes of Bolivia, but if any of it can possibly come close to the gob-smackingly insane scenery, rugged remoteness, ride-anywhere bloody impossibly fine terrain, or closeness to Big Nature of north-western Namibia, then strike me down with a big old bolt of lightning. Right now.

Allow me to make my case:















































Weíve only been back a day. Itís too soon to be philosophical, poetic or just plain smart about the experience, so forgive me for wallowing in it, sticking my head under the water and coming up spurting a good old mouthful. Itís a bit of a daze.
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 02:21:38 pm »
This show has a good old cast of miscreants, many of whom youíve met before. Allow me to introduce:


Everybodyís favourite: The Midget

Four feet tall and full of muscle, sort of like an old Men at Work song. Rides an opinionated DR called Buttercup (more like hangs on the reins, wild-eyed, for dear life). By far the quickest in our group.


Camelman (a.k.a. the Night Mechanic / @MechanicalCamel )

Soul rider, storyteller, most likely to keep his head when those about  him are losing theirs. Inventor of things like Coyote water bottle holsters, and now known to work overnight miracles on ailing 690s.


English / @Professor sprocket

Absolutely guaranteed to bring any mechanical item to its knees. In the most remote country possible. But so incredibly, warmly charming that absolutely everybody loves him. You may cry, but you certainly will laugh. Dramatically and finally sworn off anything with a KTM badge. Now on a DRZ400.


The Professor / @isiTututu


The newbieÖ invited for his incredible knowledge of rocks, his dashing good looks, and as a last ditch attempt to bring some sanity to the entire venture. So committed to the adventure he risked everything - sold his pristine, barely used 990R and struck out into unknown territory on his first small bike - a rallyfied 690.


And me

I make the maps. And if Jesus is riding Damaraland right now, I absolutely guarantee you heís on a KTM 500.


Like watching roosterkoek rise around the campfire, this story is going to require a little patience. Weíre a desperately disorganised bunch. But if you stick with us, I can promise you all of it: a little love, a little war, some violence, a healthy dose of fear, and a swirling mix of cowardice and bravery.

No good story makes do with just the main characters. And right off the bat I have some people to thank. Iím not going to necessarily say why just yet - you donít want me to spoil the story.

This really is quite an incredible community. Two people in particular I had never met reached out and gave wonderfully generous help right off the bat.

First, a special thank you goes out to Skim/Jimmy who heard my bleating and offered up his trailer to get our bikes up there. What a warm and kind offer - thank you so much!!!

And then to Hardy de Kock. If you know him, youíll know that he is an extremely busy man who achieves almost Herculean things, and yet youíd never have guessed it the way he spent hours talking to me on the phone. He exudes obvious passion about his beloved Kaokoveld. For the routes, the advice and much, much more - thank you! Great to meet you in Windhoek.

And then to two complete strangers who you shall meet much later in this tale: Dave and Thelma Wassung. Theyíre 75 and they cruise the remotest parts of the desert alone in a Fortuner 4x4 without a winch, high lift jack or even a GPS! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

And nowÖ let the chaos begin.

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 02:26:00 pm »
 :ricky:

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 02:31:20 pm »
Kraaist, stop taunting me with those pics.
 

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 02:37:13 pm »
This......is going to be epic.... :ricky:
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 02:41:45 pm »
I believe I might wait in the office a while longer.....
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 02:52:08 pm »
Lekker.....
 

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2017, 02:53:32 pm »
Bring it  :)
 

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 02:59:48 pm »
Yes please  :ricky:
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2017, 03:18:53 pm »
Subscribe  :deal:
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 03:39:36 pm »
............. :happy1:
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2017, 06:29:14 pm »
Sounds like a British gangster movie by Guy Richie.  Was there strippers?
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2017, 10:21:31 pm »
Aah, I'm super excited to follow this... but not getting the pics for some reason?
anyone else have this?
 

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2017, 10:24:36 pm »
No pics Ian  :(
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2017, 06:59:46 am »
I could see the pics lunchtime yesterday.........now i see nada  :(
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2017, 07:12:01 am »
what he said :deal:,should be a great one
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2017, 07:34:12 am »
No pics Ian  :(

Noooo... I can't see the pics either  :-\
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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2017, 08:02:11 am »
no pics :(

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2017, 08:04:05 am »
Pics fine for me, using Chrome.
 

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Re: Travels through Godís own motorcycle country
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2017, 08:19:02 am »
No pics for me either - by phone or by PC.
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