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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #100 on: September 28, 2007, 11:37:39 am »
Well guys ... it is a hell of a trip and I must say you have some stunning photographs. I can appreciate the effort you have put in to document the trip on camera. So many times we rush through and take no shots and then afterwards you are really upset with yourself. You guys did a fantastic job of the photos.

Thank you very much for sharing.
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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #101 on: September 28, 2007, 12:14:30 pm »
Awesome report, just gives me the jitters seeing guys taking random paths and roads up there...

Some pics from my old stomping grounds.....

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #102 on: September 28, 2007, 03:14:23 pm »
This is a FANTASTIC report guys. Thank you very much for your efforts. Can not wait for the next episode !!!!

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #103 on: September 28, 2007, 03:29:52 pm »
I owe U one michnus, for not inviting me and Zonkmobile with!!!!
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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #104 on: September 28, 2007, 04:50:01 pm »
I owe U one michnus, for not inviting me and Zonkmobile with!!!!

Ja die twatwaffle!!
 

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #105 on: September 28, 2007, 07:00:26 pm »
i have now been through the report a couple of times, enjoying it more each time i read it. this is a befokte trip and report!! well done on both, waiting in anticipation for the rest!
 

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #106 on: September 29, 2007, 02:33:02 am »
I owe U one michnus, for not inviting me and Zonkmobile with!!!!

Ja die twatwaffle!!

Sorry Zonk :-[ ;)

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #107 on: September 29, 2007, 09:52:20 am »
 ;D
Well next time just inform us via PM's then you'll be forgiven BLIKSEM  >:D


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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #108 on: September 29, 2007, 11:37:02 am »
Net n plesiertjie
BTW hoe moeilik was die papier werk?
Is dit iets wat mens maklik kan beplan.
Het al gewonder om eendag die VanZyl pas te try maar net dit aangesien dit so moeilik is net soontoe oor en terug  ::) :o


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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #109 on: September 29, 2007, 08:28:32 pm »
ag nee my fok.

went away for two days, all the way back i reassure myself that finally i get to read the rest of this report, i get back and nothings happened.

Where's the rest of this AMZING report - can't wait to hear what happened to Darth Vader.
 

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #110 on: September 29, 2007, 10:46:40 pm »
ag nee my fok.

went away for two days, all the way back i reassure myself that finally i get to read the rest of this report, i get back and nothings happened.

Where's the rest of this AMZING report - can't wait to hear what happened to Darth Vader.

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #111 on: September 30, 2007, 11:11:59 am »


Suitably cooled down and having rinsed some clothes we leave the river behind again.






Not too shabby for someone with no sand riding experience.






Another smoke break. Before this trip only Nardus smoked. He quickly converted another two ex-smokers.











As I hit the starter at the next stop I hear 'poof' and my bike is dead. Dead. No dash lights, no nothing.

I so wanted this bike to be reliable. I so wanted to trust it.






It certainly chose the worst place to shaft me like this. A scenic spot officially known as Fucking Nowhere.






If the problem is the battery, I can still believe in the bike.

We spend some time trying to figure out what the problem is. It's clearly electrical. It could be the battery, the CDI (God forbid), the starter, fuses, ignition switch, starter relay or any wire pinched somewhere.

Intermittently the dashlights would come on. The headlight would also work fine. So we figure it's not the battery. When you hit the starter however everything dissapears again, only to come back after some time and ignition switching.

It could be a connection though, so I sand the contacts on the battery wires. I strip the earth wire from the frame and sand that too.

It makes no difference.

We can hear the starter relay kick in, so it is not that either. Unless it engages but the main contacts are burnt. It's sealed thoug so we'll have to ignore that possibility for the time being.

We strip out the ignition. I have previously come across reports of the ignition wires coming loose. It's not that either. We strip the ignition to the contacts and clean them. We fit it again but there is no change.






Getting comfortable, we may have to spend the night.






We isolate the entire ignition by pulling the plug and shorting the contacts with a paper clip.

This appears to have one benefit, the dash lights comes on everytime. The lights don't work though and neither does the starter.

We try to kickstart it while the dash lights are working. This bike does not start easily with a kick starter. But after a while it fires up. Halleluja!

I'm not gonna tempt fate so we decide that I will ride as fast as I can and only stop when I reach Foz. Hennie is to accompany me as he has a GPS and if we do get seperated at least we'll still be two groups of 2 and 3.

It does'nt work out exactly that way because less than 500m from where we were Fred and Hennie hits the deck coming down a dune. Fred takes the impact on his hip which buckles his spine and takes a while to recover. I've always said that a chiropractor will be very handy on these trips. By the time Hennie gets going again I've already dissapeared into the desert and he decides to stay with the group.






And so we race the setting sun.






Just as a quick aside, remember the shell worn by the Himba women? This is why I said it's a big deal. Imagine crossing this on foot.






Being on my own and riding at pace this turns into the most enjoyable riding of the trip.

Just me, the desert, the bike and poetry.

Dammit, this bike is just sublime when you use the suspension properly. This afternoons ride will stay with me for a long time.

I finally get to Foz do Cunene and pull up at the Police post. Hell of a friendly chaps and I spend some time with them while waiting for the others. Much laughter ensues when Michnus drops in with the rest in tow.



The ruins you see above is the whole of Foz do Cunene.



Fred with the Angolan flag. It's been a longish day. We left at daybreak.





We are in time to catch the setting sun though.






When I try to start my bike it is not interested at all and we have to push it down to the river. Good thing I kept it going while it was going.
We camp by the old pump house to try and get some shelter from the cold coastal wind.






My lodgings.






One last thing on these policemen at Foz do Cunene. They must have the worst post in the force. I'm sure you get sent here for punishment.

Here's a map. Foz do Cunene (Kunene Mouth) is in the far bottom-left corner.



There is nothing anywhere close to it. Well, the 'metropolis' of Iona is closest.
They drink river water. They eat only fish that they catch in the sea several kms away.
There is no beer, no shop, they don't have their wives staying there, there are no women, no goats, nothing except sand, sun and wind and 7 guys. Oh, and one book into which they copy names and passport numbers.

They have no electricity, so I assume they have no communications. They have no vehicle. They must be dropped here and left untill it is time to fetch them again.

They borrowed our English/Portuguese phrase book for entertainment. Now they know how to politely enquire if room service is available and what to say when they tip the porter.

Those okes at Monte Negro don't know how good they have it.








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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #112 on: September 30, 2007, 11:21:47 am »
Wow. This is a dream trip. When is the next chapter due?  ::) ;D
 

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #113 on: September 30, 2007, 11:29:36 am »
Ja Michnus. Resting is important. :biggrin:

Good thinking there to keep going MJ.

I once did a solo without switching the bike off once. Smoke breaks, pictures, resting and re-fueling because of a suspect battery.

Man. That scenery is mind bogling. I can only imagine what it must be up close and personal! :razz:
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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #114 on: September 30, 2007, 11:33:57 am »
WOW AWSOME
What I would give to have that day you had MJ you the desert and the bike. What we dream off doing.
Looks aswome and really really HOT.
Mybe the send the cops they dont like there  >:D
Or the once there having affiars with there wifes with  >:D


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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #115 on: September 30, 2007, 05:19:04 pm »

WOW what a ride looks hell up there  :thumright:
 

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #116 on: September 30, 2007, 06:54:17 pm »
doesn't matter what trip I do in future, I will look like a sissie compare to you guys
again  RESPECT

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #117 on: September 30, 2007, 08:08:20 pm »
Truly awesome! :thumleft:
 

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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #118 on: September 30, 2007, 09:55:10 pm »
:o This is hardcore stuff

Well done guys. :thumbsup:
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Re: Angola, it's not like they said.
« Reply #119 on: October 01, 2007, 02:55:59 pm »
I am a lowly maggot
I am but a worm

Trips like these are what I can only hope to aspire to
Great writing
excellent pics

Write a book!