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Offline rubiblue

Been wanting to do Namibia and Botswana for a very long time. After posting a request for some team mates, Usurper came to the party, and we started organising basic routes and plans. I have ridden with Henri a few times, and we are pretty much at the same level of D/S biking, no waiting for slow okes or picking up carcasses of speed demons were on the cards.

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



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











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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2010, 10:26:21 am »
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2010, 10:29:51 am »
Post already, I am sure your boss will understand!!!
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2010, 10:31:54 am »
Awesome, ran into you guys at the top of Breedts Nek a couple of weeks before you were off on your adventure  :thumleft:
 

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 12:20:01 pm »
Post already, I am sure your boss will understand!!!
I am the boss. And I say work before play  :D
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2010, 12:23:48 pm »
Post already, I am sure your boss will understand!!!
I am the boss. And I say work before play  :D

Everyone has a boss.... (Wife, Partner, Customer etc..)  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2010, 12:32:31 pm »
Chris, I'm sure this will be a good one! Looking forward to the RR!  :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2010, 12:39:24 pm »
looks good!
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2010, 12:49:31 pm »
 :thumleft:  Lekker!!!
 

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2010, 01:15:48 pm »
Laat kom die RR!
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2010, 01:20:17 pm »
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2010, 01:26:49 pm »
 :clock: :happy1: Looking forward to this one...
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2010, 08:06:30 pm »
Day 1 - 18th August

As always, any first day of any length trip is a good one. I managed to get a few hours of sleep (usually battle to get more than 3 or 4 hours because I am like a kid on Christmas Eve). Met Henri at the nearby fuel station around 6.30 in the morning (was pretty chilling, glad I packed my thermals), we were both jovial and couldn't believe the time had finally come to start the trip. Again, like excited little kids. Our plan was to head toward Groot Marico then a quiet border post and then onto Mahalapye and finally Serowe. A long first day, but we wanted to get as far into Botswana as possible, allowing us time the following day to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans.




The first bit was a little boring tar, just to get out on Gauteng as quickly as possible, turning off onto the brown stuff near Koster toward Groot Marico. After passing the Tollgate just before Groot Marico (I had forgotten it existed and could quite easily have made a roundabout route to avoid it). We chowed a quick breakfast at Groot Marico, filled up, next stop was Botswana border at Derdepoort.



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



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













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



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

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2010, 08:25:18 pm »
Its a good beginning, I cant wait for the rest. :thumleft:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2010, 12:20:58 am »
Nice stuff, looking forward to the rest. Keep it coming
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2010, 01:44:13 am »
here are my photos for day 1:

Our first stop on the road:


Shortly before the Bots border post:


About 50 Km after the border post we stop next to the road, while having a smoke some locals stopped there to pick up fire wood:



Mandatory stop >:-)


Some abandoned shops next to the road at the Tropic of Capricorn sign:


Filling up in Serowe:



The Videos start on day 2  :mwink:
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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2010, 02:18:04 am »
Very lekker guys :thumright: Looking forward to the rest.

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2010, 05:06:58 am »
Subscribe.... Cant wait for the rest...

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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2010, 08:02:57 am »
Nice, can't wait.
 

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Re: a little bit of gravel - nam/bots style
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2010, 08:21:15 am »
I love those old 650's, brilliant bikes. Have you put a 21" front rim on yours?

Yip, but the Dakar comes with a 21' standard.
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