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Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
« Reply #220 on: October 01, 2013, 10:04:45 pm »
Daskop, upload 10 or more photo's to Imageshack in the sequence that you would like to post, it's still one at a time but it does make it a little easier when it comes to doing the report.

Excellent RR this.

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« Reply #221 on: October 02, 2013, 03:00:48 pm »
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.
 

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« Reply #222 on: October 02, 2013, 08:24:38 pm »
Daskop, upload 10 or more photo's to Imageshack in the sequence that you would like to post, it's still one at a time but it does make it a little easier when it comes to doing the report.

Excellent RR this.

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IIGB, thank you for the kind comment. It was an amazing experience.

I'm slowly getting the hang of it (the Imageshack - my impatient way), I hope. When in doubt............... read the instructions.  :deal:
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« Reply #223 on: October 02, 2013, 08:26:39 pm »
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.

Hi Cracklin. Did you do the RR presentation on your Asian / Russian trip at the BMW club (German Club) a little while ago?
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« Reply #224 on: October 02, 2013, 08:32:19 pm »
Here goes the advanced (for me) version of the Imageshack rendition..................




Pity the elephants were so far away. Would have liked them a bit closer............but that was still to come.



Back to what is the best of the whole thing - riding. On to Zambia.
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« Reply #225 on: October 02, 2013, 08:45:08 pm »
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« Reply #226 on: October 03, 2013, 09:38:14 am »
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.

Hi Cracklin. Did you do the RR presentation on your Asian / Russian trip at the BMW club (German Club) a little while ago?

Yes although Linda did most of the work ;)
 

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« Reply #227 on: October 03, 2013, 10:39:39 am »
Nice to see you met Odded. We met him on the Azerbaijan border last year and he rode with us through a few countries in central Asia.

At the moment his bike is Kenya and he is with is family in Israel. He should be back on the road soon!.

Hi Cracklin. Did you do the RR presentation on your Asian / Russian trip at the BMW club (German Club) a little while ago?

Yes although Linda did most of the work ;)

Harry, she did an absolutely wonderful job. Very comprehensive. Made me think that I obviously did not do enough research about the countries that I traveled to.  ;D I chatted briefly to you guys on the night of the presentation. When is your next trip?

I have been communicating with Odded. He sent me some gorilla photos and told me that he was going home for a while. How fortunate can one man be?  ???

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« Reply #228 on: October 03, 2013, 12:31:16 pm »
Thanks!. Next trip cannot come sooner but need to get some funds together first, unlike Odded ;)
 

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« Reply #229 on: October 04, 2013, 06:59:11 pm »
Hay Daskop, & Murphy. I bet your well and truely back to reality now. just a quick update. im in Mombasa in Kenya now. the plan is to go to Nairobi then to Masai Mara, uganda, Rwanda back toTanzania and Malawi then Mozembique to S.A before Christmas.
 

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« Reply #230 on: October 05, 2013, 10:26:04 am »
Hay Daskop, & Murphy. I bet your well and truely back to reality now. just a quick update. im in Mombasa in Kenya now. the plan is to go to Nairobi then to Masai Mara, uganda, Rwanda back toTanzania and Malawi then Mozembique to S.A before Christmas.

Hey Matt. Kuddos to you mate. Glad to hear that you are still going, I'm amazed that your oil guzzler has made it so far.

Please keep us updated as to where you are. Good to see how you are and that you are safe.

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Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
« Reply #231 on: October 05, 2013, 03:57:41 pm »
damn, this is one really fine report.....keep it coming!!!
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« Reply #232 on: October 06, 2013, 06:20:40 pm »

East on the B8 towards Kongola. There we will decide whether to go straight to Katimo Mulilo or turn right and go along the border of Botswana to Kazungula to Livingstone. Heard some stories about the cost of crossing by ferry that were exorbitant.




The GPS says it all.



All tar, but what the heck, we are riding bike through the Caprivi.




At Kongola, we turn onto the road under construction, but after a while and many kilometers later, realise that it was a mistake. It is getting late, the detours are getting very sandy and slowing us down a lot. I also got stones thrown at me by some kids at a roadside village. We turn around and head back to the tar.






Can't remember where this was.
Murphy?
Not important, it was somewhere in the Caprivi.
We made a quick stop in Katima Mulilo. Then we were off to the border. The new Zambian border post is something the Zambian government can be very proud of. Efficient, friendly, well dressed staff in a very new and clean and impressive building. Nothing like the little shack (which we passed a little further down the road) that I encountered when I went Tiger fishing at the Zambezi Island Lodge a few years ago.

And, just for the record, I caught PLENTY of Tiger. Got the photos to prove it.  :pot:

Into Zambia, over the mighty Zambezi river. No ferry, just bridge. How things have changed.












It was a great tar road, then there was a slight hiccup............................



that turned into a whole fit of hiccups.





And it was getting late, we still had a long way to go..............................



A long way.................








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Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
« Reply #233 on: October 06, 2013, 07:24:14 pm »
Hi Daskop & Murphy

Started to read your RR and just couldn't  stop.
Brilliant and thanks for sharing it with us. Its on my bucket list. Still need to find the time to do it.

Will contact you just before I do the trip.

Can't wait for the rest to come!
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« Reply #234 on: October 07, 2013, 09:47:32 am »
Hi Daskop & Murphy

Started to read your RR and just couldn't  stop.
Brilliant and thanks for sharing it with us. Its on my bucket list. Still need to find the time to do it.

Will contact you just before I do the trip.

Can't wait for the rest to come!

Thanks for this.

Don't make the mistake of postponing for too long. I was offered a highly paid contract in Nigeria the week before we left and turned it down, because I knew, if I postponed it then, it would happen again and again. And one day, it will be too late.

I am going to do it again, maybe a different route, but it is going to happen.

Let us know if you need any info or advice. Will assist wherever possible any time.

The best of this trip is still to come.


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« Reply #235 on: October 07, 2013, 12:05:22 pm »
Just did the nightmare stretch to  Livingstone last month, at least it gets better closer to Livingstone :)
I really enjoy your RR, it is on my bucket list
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« Reply #236 on: October 07, 2013, 06:54:58 pm »
Just did the nightmare stretch to  Livingstone last month, at least it gets better closer to Livingstone :)
I really enjoy your RR, it is on my bucket list

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« Reply #237 on: October 08, 2013, 07:45:13 am »
Yes Daskop, we were doing a trip to Vic Falls and came back via Zimbabwe and Botswana. The road to the other side of the border is a brand new road build by the Chinese but the road to Livingstone is in a bad state. The first 60 km was badly potholed but from there it get better with only the occasional bad patches.
Fortunately the bike shop in Grootfontein warned us about the road, he told us they had to recover a guy with a Hayabusa two weeks prior to our trip after his rear shock bracket broke out of the sub frame after hitting a pothole.
 
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Re: Into Africa - DASKOP's 12000km drive
« Reply #238 on: October 08, 2013, 08:11:06 am »
Those pics do no justice to the actual extent of the potholes , you have to ride through them to fully understand . The stretch from the Malawian border to Tete is even worse with some pothole areas stretching approx. 150m for one pothole and about 300mm to 500mm deep .
 

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« Reply #239 on: October 08, 2013, 12:50:03 pm »
Livingstone:

We arrive later than anticipated. Then find out that the accommodation that we had decided on, was in Zim. No problem, we will just cross the border, spend the night there and then come back.

Yeah right.

Everything at this stage is happening in the dark. We ride on an unlit road to the Zambian border post. All goes OK there. We get to the Zim border post and find out the cost of our folly. We could spend the night in a luxuriously comfortable accommodation, for the asking price of taking our bikes, plus related costs, into Zim.

So we decide to can this idea and return to the Zambian side and find suitable sleeping place. Quite a time consuming exercise, getting un-exported, explaining why we no longer are going to Zim, etc, etc, etc. Got some quizical looks............you just left Zambia 30 minutes ago...... why you back?

A short distance down the road we find Maramba Lodge. Perfect. Nice, safe, clean, great pub and restaurant at very affordable rates.

No pics for this section, apart from the 2 below. The picturesque portion of this part of the trip lies within the visual delight of the Victoria Falls, which is to follow..............soon.

I think we ate out of tins that night. With crackers or something. Not Murphy's normal culinary delights, but then, the beers were cold and it was rather late.
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