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Offline Minxy

Hearts in the Desert
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:51:32 pm »


HSK and I just returned from a spur of the moment, unexpected, but ohhhh sooooo epic trip to Namibia this Sunday past. Some of our forum friends have probably already seen a few of our photos on facebook, but not to worry there are many more I'll be sharing here :)
Also amazing video footage to come. :ricky:

I will be putting our experience into words soon, watch this space.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2019, 03:56:45 pm »
Waiting in anticipation
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2019, 04:09:12 pm »
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2019, 04:09:55 pm »
I'm also keeping an eye on this thread  :sip:
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2019, 08:09:38 pm »
Some of the FB photos were awesome
Cannot wait to see more  :thumleft:
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2019, 08:57:55 pm »


Namibia, and especially the Kaokoland have always intrigued me. I've sat up reading many a ride report about the brave and adventurous riders who have ventured there. I honestly didn't see myself going there any time soon as it all seemed too remote/dangerous/difficult to access, but then...

2017 - An amazing opportunity presented itself in the form of the Honda Quest and I was lucky enough to be picked as a contestant. It was an incredible experience and a privilege to visit the Kaokoland, everything was just like in the ride reports I've read! Surely this was a dream come true? Yet, something was missing... I needed to show this amazing part of the world to my other half.

I couldn't stop thinking about visiting the Kaokoland again. Staying up at night studying maps, putting together gps routes, trying to plan the perfect adventure.

And so it happened.

2018 - We decided to set off and tackle the trip by ourselves. Many hours of planning, getting things right, setting up bikes, gps's, sat phones, fuel, luggage, every detail meticulously tended to. Except... It all went wrong.

"Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart" - Moby




In a nutshell, my 701's fuel filter clogged up on the first day, and after we sorted that out, the key broke off in the fuelcap on our second day in Palmwag. We had two days of pure riding bliss before that yes, but it wasn't meant to be. I'm not even mad, at least we got to ride some epic terrain. And we also continued our trip, (with bikes on trailer) up to Epupa Falls, doing the Kunene river trail, seeing the Caprivi strip and Kasane in Botswana. I never had enough motivation to finish the ride report, but here it is:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=226822.msg4098605#msg4098605

Anyway,

Back to the present ;)

Friday the 6th of September 2019

We are sitting around twiddling thumbs at work (which is very seasonal).

Discussion between me and Johan (HSK) -

Minxy - " You think we can take another week off work before we start getting busy again?"
HSK - "Urgh, maybe, why?"
Minxy - "It gives us enough time to go ride Namibia, but we should go on the 500s this time, it will be simpler".
HSK - "But, what about getting all our plans together etc?"
Minxy - "We already did that last year, lets just throw everything together again and go? :P "
HSK - "Ok" ;D



And so starts a new chapter.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2019, 09:12:56 pm »
Now that's the way to plan a trip ...coolbananas!

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2019, 03:46:28 am »
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2019, 07:37:21 am »
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2019, 08:15:49 am »
You know for someone still where you were pre Honda Quest, you make it now sound very easy to do Namibia. Sommer just go!


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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2019, 09:40:53 am »
Oh My.....

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2019, 02:14:07 pm »
Looking forward to this one!
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2019, 02:34:50 pm »
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2019, 02:51:49 pm »
So if you give me the routes I can leave next week and you and Johan can watch the office?    >:D

Only at the speeds I travel I'll need 3 weeks.  :biggrin:
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2019, 02:53:45 pm »
So if you give me the routes I can leave next week and you and Johan can watch the office?    >:D

Only at the speeds I travel I'll need 3 weeks.  :biggrin:

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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2019, 02:59:18 pm »


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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2019, 04:30:04 pm »
Saturday the 7th of September 2019 - We make a frantic visit to @Runner at Offroad Cycles to purchase a few spares and most importantly, front fender bags. Seriously you cannot do a Motonomad type of adventure without front fender bags, we'd look like amateurs!

While getting our goodies we bumped into @Ri , things couldn't get more random haha! ;D Myself and Ri can't stop chatting away and we ended up inviting her to our place. The lunch we had in mind became dinner, and Ri also stays over for the night. The stay over then becomes a spur of the moment Sunday bike ride too haha 8) Oh what a wonderful weekend. Ri has done such a lovely ride report, please see link below and do have a read:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=240811.0

Sunday the 8th of September 2019 - We go for a leisurely bike ride to the Hartebeespoort dam with Ri (see RR above). Really we should be packing, we know :P :imaposer:

Come evening time we go through our bike bags and kit just to make sure everything fits on the bikes. The 500 doesn't work so well with the Giant Loop Great Basin bag, so we'll both have to fit everything into the smaller sized bag, the Coyote.


This is HSK's 2018 KTM 500, fitted with Giant Loop Coyote bag, airhawk pillow, Giant Loop Diablo tank bag, a handlebar baggie and last but definately not least, the Wolfman front fender bag >:D
Setup looks good. Our bikes were recently serviced as well, so we'd just clean the airfilters and take some pre-oiled ones as spares. Our bikes already have Michelin desert mousses and some half fresh tyres fitted, so we figured that would do fine for the trip.

Monday the 9th of September 2019

Work, work, work with some more packing in between. I go through some routes, I copy old ones from my planning last time, as well as some of @Xpat 's routes from their last trip.
I also needed a new pair of gloves, my Leatt gloves did two racing seasons already as well as a number of social rides and were starting to litrally fall apart. A visit to Bike Kings fixes that with some beautiful Alpine Stars on special for R350, score!!!

Tuesday the 10th of September 2019
Getting last of the paperwork sorted out, certified copies of bike and car papers, Insurance letters for the border, etc etc. Going to the bank to change some ZAR for Pula, it is really just easier to have when you do the border crossing. We'll be driving from Pretoria to Uis, which will take us 2 days via trans kalahari route Botswana. Anyway, we get more things ready and packed. Try to see if everything fits on the bikes. I blow up my air mattress. It deflates again... Shit. Dip it in the bath to see where puncture is. Find many punctures. Off I go to Cape Union Mart to get another air mattress. Dischem for some supplements, Checkers for some food and other goodies. I found last time that Opuwo didn't have the type of supplies I wanted, so would be packing a few "luxury items" beforehand.

Wednesday the 11th of September 2019

Just when you think everything is fine and dandy... A small disaster strikes! :eek7:


And as quickly as we planned it, as quickly it could have ended... Johan had a small mishap with the drill while putting number plates on our bikes. Luckily the cut is not deep, and some Betadine, wipes and plaster fix everything.
We are now almost, almost good to go.
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Re: Hearts in the Desert
« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2019, 08:58:53 pm »
Schweet, I love it when you do the talking - after all - it's a girl thing :peepwall:

From my side I wish to add that most of the planning had already been done in 2018 so there was no need to do any major planning.  In short, the trip date was quite random but not much else.  Doing these remote trips unsupported requires that you have your shit sorted properly beforehand.  Last year's trip, which ended with a broken key, was very well planned - I just called it a day based on the information to my disposal (coded key) at the time.  I don't regret my decision one bit and this trip made up for the disappointment.

I just want to thank my beautiful partner Minxy for always being so enthusiastic, positive and full of life - how can one not want to go and ride the world - you are the best and I really love how you record our travels.  And boy, can she help herself on a bike - I think few people realize, that apart from her riding skill (and pretty looks ;)) she's also extremely tough.  She never had it easy since she started riding with the boys as she had to cope with all the hardships herself and it's been paying off ever since. No special treatment for being a girl.  I'll never forget Kilroy's amazement with Minxy when he followed in the backup vehicle to the Molopo National Bash in 2015, riding the thick Botswana border sand on her 950 Super Enduro.  He just couldn't believe how she rode that sand for hundreds of kms, just being one of the boys. OK, enough of that now..

Just a super big thanks to @Xpat  for the valuable input regarding routes (I actually hated you a bit at one stage on one of the sections  :lol8:) , @Straatkat  for the nice deals on the Coyote and Wolfman bags  :thumleft:.  Oh, and once again a huge thanks to Minxy for plotting routes far away from the horrible dirt highways  :ricky:

I will try and give some additional info as the RR goes along.  The video/s will be brilliant, as always!!

 
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