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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #60 on: May 22, 2013, 07:32:58 pm »
Eish my uncle, al wat ek kan s๊ is, hierdie is een moerse nice trip en thanks dat jy dit met ons deel.  :thumleft:

Ek save ook die RR en gaan baie van die info gebruik op my volgende Nam trip, amper soos Voetspore, dit sal net wees, in die spore van die Arende.  :ricky:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #61 on: May 22, 2013, 07:52:21 pm »
The saga continues......

Photos of the tracks to Gai Ais fountain




















Small Gai Ais fountain, there is no water here though.








Still on the way to Gai Ais fountain








Once you see these old ruins, you know Gai Ais is around the corner, or just over the hill.


GAI AIS FOUNTAIN , a lonely desert fountain which is a green oasis in a otherwise desolate landscape.
We came over the rise and suddenly there were a few Gemsbok and Zebra.  Then you see the patch of muddy water sustaining life. 


Seeing this was an emotional experience for us.  Words and photos cannot describe what you see and the emotions you feel in your body.  At this stage my trip was made. 




Gai Ais is a type of wetland called a palustrine system.  (Any inland wetland which lacks flowing water, contains ocean-derived salts in concentration of less than 0.05% and is non tidal)
We did not hang around for too long as the animals were waiting at the only source of water in this barren area. 




“Water by airmail 
Because the sandgrouse are strong flyers and can rapidly cover great distances (up to 80 kilometers) to a water source, their reliance on drinking water does not normally present a problem.
When they are breeding, however, the situation becomes more complex, because the chicks also need to drink regularly during hot weather. The problem of the chicks’ dependence on water has been solved in an intriguing fashion. While at a waterhole, the male birds lower their bellies into the water. The belly feathers, by virtue of their unique structure, soak up water and retain it, much like a kitchen sponge. During the flight back to the nest, these feathers are held close to the skin to minimize evaporation. When the males arrive, the chicks strip the water from the belly feathers with their beaks. The water-carrying capacity of sandgrouse feathers varies between species, with those species inhabiting the driest habitats having the feathers best suited for water transport.”


Some more photos of the area








We turn around and now head for Doris Crater. 
And then, I don’t know what happened, but this was the result.


My left leg was pinned under the pannier and back foot peg.  My wife tried to lift the bike, but that was an impossible task.  She was panicking.  I told her to calm down and to take a photo or two, we will make a plan.  I took my helmet off and took a sip of water and from nowhere my wife told me to dig my foot out.  That is what I did and within no time my foot was freed.  My ankle was paining, but we had no time to waste.  The bike was lifted and we were heading East, towards civilization.  At first I struggled to change gears, but with time worked around the problem.  A pain tablet also eased the pain.




To be continued  ..................
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #62 on: May 22, 2013, 08:08:13 pm »


Baie dankie aan almal vir al die mooi kommentaar. 


Eish my uncle, al wat ek kan s๊ is, hierdie is een moerse nice trip en thanks dat jy dit met ons deel.  :thumleft:

Ek save ook die RR en gaan baie van die info gebruik op my volgende Nam trip, amper soos Voetspore, dit sal net wees, in die spore van die Arende.  :ricky:



Jo, Jakkals, wat 'n kompliment!  Dankie. 

(As jy spasie het, vat my tog maar saam. Ek pak maar min.  :biggrin: )
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #63 on: May 22, 2013, 08:21:42 pm »


Baie dankie aan almal vir al die mooi kommentaar. 


Eish my uncle, al wat ek kan s๊ is, hierdie is een moerse nice trip en thanks dat jy dit met ons deel.  :thumleft:

Ek save ook die RR en gaan baie van die info gebruik op my volgende Nam trip, amper soos Voetspore, dit sal net wees, in die spore van die Arende.  :ricky:



Jo, Jakkals, wat 'n kompliment!  Dankie. 

(As jy spasie het, vat my tog maar saam. Ek pak maar min.  :biggrin: )

Great !!!!

Ons los vir kortgat by langgat en ons vat die pad,,,,,,,,,, mmmmm,,,,,maar eksal maar die pak werk, gryp jy net die kiekie masjien.  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #64 on: May 22, 2013, 08:32:53 pm »
Ek sit hier vasgenael. Julle twee is ysters  :salut:

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« Reply #65 on: May 22, 2013, 08:39:20 pm »
Great RR!
 

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #66 on: May 22, 2013, 08:55:12 pm »
Read a book many many years ago about two German geologists, Hermann Korn and Henno Martin who hid in the Namib somewhere around the Kuiseb river during WW ll. Have no idea exactly where this was, but you mentioning the Kuiseb brought it to mind. Was a fascinating story of all the hardships they endured while waiting out the war in order to prevent capture. I remember them building a vehicle trap in the sand with a stone that would flip up, puncturing a the vehicle's sump in order to keep vehicles out of the area. Also how their supplies ran low and they hunted an Eland with a 9mm parrabellum. Think the book was called sheltering desert or something along those lines. Anyone with more info on where they spent their time and maybe even a copy of the book to re-read?


The book was called "The Sheltering Desert",  or 'Flucht in die Namib (german spelling not great), they hid in the Naukluft mountains. They are also credited with mapping out the Naukluft Nappe Complex while hiding there. They had a dog called Otto, why Otto because you could spell it the same from either end!  :imaposer:

I had a copy but passed it on. if you know somebody at UPE, maybe they can get you a copy on loan from the Geology dept?

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You can download a PDF of the book "The Sheltering Desert", over here. 15.5 MB.

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #67 on: May 22, 2013, 10:48:28 pm »
Nannie, die ZEBRA pic en die MAAN pic (ek dink dag 9?) is uitstekend!!!!!!!

Louis, die paaie lyk lekker wyd daar???

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #68 on: May 23, 2013, 06:27:33 am »
Hi VA

Fantastic report and very inspiring!!

Was it not you that underwent a knee replacement op some time ago? Is that why you wear a brace on the right knee?

I am currently post op (7 days) after TKR and wondering desperately how to get back to normality, let alone Adventure riding. Bike is languishing in garage gathering dust. What tips do you have to make the way forward easier? I certainly don't want to abandon biking. In your opinion, are there any significantly greater risks relating to Adv Riding post TKR operation as opposed to pre op? Obviously rehab is paramount and should be followed with great discipline. What are your views?

Apologies if it's not you with the KR

Keep up the great report!
 

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #69 on: May 23, 2013, 06:29:27 am »
When you ride, you know you will go down.  It is only a matter of time.  Lekker RR.  :thumleft: :ricky:
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« Reply #70 on: May 23, 2013, 07:31:40 am »
Whenever I read a RR like this I get goosebumps.   :drif:

Doing it 2-up takes it to a new level!!   8)

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #71 on: May 23, 2013, 08:38:27 am »
Two-up met n swaar gelaaide bike in sulke warm weer op daardie paaie ................. Respek vir julle twee Oom en Tannie Visarend .................. :thumleft:

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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #72 on: May 23, 2013, 08:44:13 am »
And the saga continues........... :biggrin:
 
Towards Doris Crater








The country side once again became barren and rocky and at places sandy, no trees or grass, except for the odd bush and a few Welwitshias.








We got some rhino poo, but that was that.


The landscape is beautiful but as we rode, the scrub disappeared and the rocks seemed to breed and multiply like millions of alien eggs radiating heat in waves.  The temperature is once again in the high 40’s.  Our water supply is running low and my GPS says it is anther 47km to Twyfelfontein.  47km’s in this area is like days away.












We stopped for brief moments as it is cooler moving than sitting in the little shade on offer.
I saw on my GPS that we were getting closer and closer, I was tiring and the bike was running on max.  Our water was depleted and just for old time sake, this route threw us it’s last curveball.  An obstacle that looked impossible to me.  In normal circumstances this would not be a problem, but my body was aching and I was thirsty, my ankle swollen.  There was only one thing to do, bite the bullet and go for it.  In hindsight, it was not that difficult.  We did it with remarkable ease.
 

 

We eventually made it to a more civilised area.   It took us a gruelling 7 hours and 40 minutes of hard work, my muscles were shot, I hardly had any grip left in my hands. 
We made a quick stop at the Burnt Mountain.

Burnt mountain
The burnt mountain is a brilliant coloured hill of dark maroon, black and charcoal rock.  This unnatural phenomenon was formed 120 mil years ago when volcano magna forced its way as a large sheet into black, carbonaceous shale.  The high temperature at about 1 400 Celsius, baked the shale, leaving a black charred mass with brown red and yellow patches, produced by the oxidation of iron-bearing minerals.






And a quick stop at the Organ pipes.




Then it was off to Twyfelfontein for a well deserved drinks of water.  We enjoyed it as much as this dove did.


Twyfelfontein does not have petrol anymore.  We were basically stuck when we heard the news.  Aba Huab was only a few kilometres further and we headed for our stop for the night.  At Aba Huab I asked the lady at reception for fuel, which they did not have.  She however phoned the owner who was still in Swakopmund and asked him to bring a can of fuel with.  We hoped that the fuel would arrived before the next morning.
What better way to end the day.







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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #73 on: May 23, 2013, 09:07:44 am »
Bliksem-se mannetjie, looking forward to the rest.. :thumleft:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #74 on: May 23, 2013, 09:20:47 am »
Eish !!!!!!!!!!
Dit is mos die lewe.  :thumleft:

Maar kom kom, ons het nou klaar geeet, gooi die res my uncle.  :ricky:

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« Reply #75 on: May 23, 2013, 09:31:19 am »
Great RR - Makes me feel that I something is missing in my life (Need to plan a ride in the area) On the Bucket List

Truly inspiring RR and pic's

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« Reply #76 on: May 23, 2013, 09:43:08 am »
thoroughly enjoying all your wonderful photos and report on the desolate areas :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #77 on: May 23, 2013, 09:58:42 am »
Jis laaik julle twee... julle is legends.... dit moet awesome wees om sooo na aan die Skepper wees, waar jy alleen in daai onbeskryflike plek is met geen ander mens vir honderde km's... net Hy en julle... amazing... 

Julle is regtig 'n inspirasie vir die res van ons...  :thumleft:

Kyk Jakkels praat baie, maar een ding is hy mee reg.... ons kan in julle voetspore gaan loop/ry...   :ricky:

Moet sê... ek sien geen pap wiel fotos nie... ek hoop dit het so gebly...
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« Reply #78 on: May 23, 2013, 10:46:45 am »
Jis laaik julle twee... julle is legends.... dit moet awesome wees om sooo na aan die Skepper wees, waar jy alleen in daai onbeskryflike plek is met geen ander mens vir honderde km's... net Hy en julle... amazing... 

Julle is regtig 'n inspirasie vir die res van ons...  :thumleft:

Kyk Jakkels praat baie, maar een ding is hy mee reg.... ons kan in julle voetspore gaan loop/ry...   :ricky:

Moet s๊... ek sien geen pap wiel fotos nie... ek hoop dit het so gebly...

Ek kan dit nie beter beskryf nie, dankie.   :thumleft:

Papwiel, wat is dit................ :biggrin:
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Re: IN FLIGHT WITH THE FISH EAGLES – NAMIBIA, BOSTWANA, ZIMBABWE
« Reply #79 on: May 23, 2013, 10:48:22 am »
Jis laaik julle twee... julle is legends.... dit moet awesome wees om sooo na aan die Skepper wees, waar jy alleen in daai onbeskryflike plek is met geen ander mens vir honderde km's... net Hy en julle... amazing... 

Julle is regtig 'n inspirasie vir die res van ons...  :thumleft:

Kyk Jakkels praat baie, maar een ding is hy mee reg.... ons kan in julle voetspore gaan loop/ry...   :ricky:

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