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Offline SwampDonkey

Mozambique Shipwrecked
« on: June 25, 2012, 07:17:24 pm »
SO this last week up untill today I rode solo from home, through Swaziland, into Mozambique and arrived home earlier this afternoon. I am somewhat knackered so will do the report later or sometime during the week.... but just to get you started......


it was an awesome trip with a combination of pure hell... like this...



and blissful heaven... like this

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 07:34:03 pm »
Looks like the wind blew you over ...?
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 10:27:27 pm »
Look forward to the report...
some lovely sand, & great views.. ( Vilankulos?)
 

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 08:52:17 am »
Can't wait :thumleft:
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2012, 09:05:14 am »
Very nice! :thumleft:
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 09:05:42 am »
Ek sien hier gaan 'n lekker RR kom  :deal:
 

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2012, 09:08:05 am »
Hey Charlie, welcome back  :thumleft:

Now stop teasing us and post the Ride Report  :o
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2012, 09:09:02 am »
 :thumleft: this is going to be good.
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2012, 09:12:26 am »
Nice! I love Moz. Glad I didn't have to do that sand solo!
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2012, 09:17:16 am »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2012, 09:21:01 am »
Love Moz - dislike Vilanculos intensly.

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2012, 09:53:31 am »
Waiting!  :biggrin:
 

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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2012, 09:57:45 am »
We want more  :biggrin:
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2012, 12:16:24 pm »
Sub. :thumleft:
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2012, 12:42:29 pm »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2012, 05:13:52 am »
We wait and wait. :pot:
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2012, 06:24:13 am »
You related to Dustdevil?  :D
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Offline SwampDonkey

Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2012, 09:20:51 am »
Right then....

SO how it alll started, was after a long few months of a busy schedule at the office, and not having had a holiday since 2010, I eventually became gatvol and decided I needed a break from it all and wanted out from the drudgery of what had become a painful monotony of the daily grind. I have traveled alot in my time, so when the idea of a holiday springs to mind, it generally involves going someplace new or exciting. And seeing as I love riding my bike the most, it was a real no brainer to decide apon a bike trip of sorts to clean out the cobwebs, and give me time to myself and be as much a part of the adventure as what I could manage with the short time that I had.

I dug out some old maps from the bookshelf and pondered just how far I could comfortably ride to within about 10 days or so. after a few days of pouring over my maps and reading countless ride reports on the forum, and then back to the maps and my GPS on occasion. I settled for a ride through Swaziland, into Mozambique, and back again.

Friends of mine are currently up at Pomene which is just south of Vilancoulos. Its a game park of sorts and is complete paradise I am told. over dinner one night before they left, I said to them that I was also heading for Mozambique, and that I may very well ride up to Pomene and come for a 'dop en chop' and then head off again. they were very excited at the prospect and were happy to have a surprise visit.

The weekend before I was due to leave arrived and had me running around organizing last minute stuff and making the last of my preparations. I had been in contact with Boer, here on the forum, as I am keen on one of his tents. I was hoping to take one on my trip and see how it held up to the elements and all the rest. But it was very last minute on my part in trying to get one from him and I ended up not getting my hands on the 2 man I had been keen on. So I had to take my old tent which weighs in at about 4 kgs :eek7: I went down into Maritzburg to collect some stuff and dropped in to see my mate Fred. He had this Kaoko soft  bag which ties to the rear rack on your bike. Better than a a hard top box I reckon. Though its a bit of a mission to untie it all the time. But it worked a treat, and fitted all my gear in perfectly!! Thank you Fred! :thumleft: :thumleft:

The night before I left, trying to pack all my kit into the Kaoko bag



I ended up with the bike looking like this, but changed it before i rode off as it was a kak way to have packed



The rough route was planned and loaded to the GPS and monday arrived and It was time for me to head off on my break...... But no, I hit a snag with work and had to sort some stuff out that morning. I said to myself, if I dont get going, the week is going to end and I will still be here sorting out stuff and not having a break. By this time it was tuesday midday and I was now getting a bit cheesed off and wanting nothing more than to be on my bike and off on a new adventure. So at 4:30 in the afternoon I turned my phone off, said my farewells to the family and I rode off as quick as I could before any other delay could keep me back. I had been hoping to make it to Swaziland on the first day of my trip, but seeing as I left it so late, I knew I was not going to get very far before nightfall. And sure enough, I was only about 100kms from home when the tempreture dropped to "freezing my ass off" A quick phone call to the lady at Imbabala lodge and asked if I could pitch my tent there for the night. She said sure thing, and I rode as fast as I could stand the icy wind and made it there frozen to the core.  I was the only person there that night so instead of letting me pitch my tent, I was given a room with a warm bed and a hot shower, and the best of it was that I only had to pay the camping rate fee!!!  :thumleft:

The route on Day 1.



coming through the Karkloof.





At Imbabala Lodge, just before setting off on day 2



I woke up early and packed mt kit as quick as I could. It was still rather fresh and as I had packed llight (read one change of clothes and only a thin fleece jersey) I was a bit short on warm gear to help against the cold. I headed out just before 8:00am and made my way to the tar road at the entrance to Imbabala lodge. I got to the gate and stopped to have a look at the map again. up until now I had ridden the route I had previously planned, which was through the back of the Karkloof along the dirt tracks. then head out towards greytown and then up to dundee via tugela ferry etc on the R33. BUt sitting there that morning I though that was actually a kak idea as it involved too much tar riding and besides, I had been there before. I turned left and followed my nose, and after a few kms on the tar, the road turned to gravel again, and I was headed to Tugela Ferry via the back road. I had no idea what to expect, so I just settled in and tootled along, enjoying the sun and the great views. I eventualy popped out in Tugela ferry, then I was back on the tar and headed for Dundee. I rode past Pomeroy and pulled over to see if there was a route other than this tar i was on. I was getting bored already and I hadnt even made it out of Natal yet.

Looking back towards Tugela Ferry. Kaoko bag with all my gear, sleeping bag on top and heavy tent tied on at the front. This setup worked well for what I had. still trying to get my gear down to 1 bag though



I had never been to Rorkes Drift before, so I turned off the tar and onto the dirt road that leads down to Elandskraal and then left on to Rorkes Drift. Along the way I turned off to Fugitives Drift to have a quick look and a coffee break.............


« Last Edit: June 27, 2012, 09:27:54 am by charliegreger »
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Re: Mozambique Shipwrecked
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2012, 10:37:00 am »
Mooi!!! laat kom met die res  :thumleft: