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Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #280 on: June 27, 2015, 08:44:22 pm »
Informal shops Northern Kenya
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #281 on: June 27, 2015, 08:50:45 pm »
1st  Photo this is common all over Kenya forced stops by the cops
2nd Photo Now we know who build the road
3rd  Photo Beautiful Northern Kenya
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
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4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #282 on: June 27, 2015, 08:54:44 pm »
1st Photo The Mountain in the veld and the mountain on my bike
2nd and 3d Photo Camel power
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
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4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #283 on: June 27, 2015, 08:57:59 pm »
The only windmill I saw in Africa so far.
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #284 on: June 27, 2015, 09:06:13 pm »
 :sip: Dis 'n pomp Schalk nie 'n meul nie, gahor!  :spitcoffee:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #285 on: June 27, 2015, 09:08:43 pm »
Crater just outside of Marsabit northern Kenya
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #286 on: June 27, 2015, 09:17:13 pm »
First have to resize more photos. Donít know why WD forums program donít make photos smaller by itself like FB. Will be back just now.
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
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4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #287 on: June 27, 2015, 09:22:34 pm »
Legend !
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #288 on: June 27, 2015, 09:40:40 pm »
Dammm ....I just want to give that 660 a big hug ..

Great trip report ...following with great interest  :thumleft:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #289 on: June 27, 2015, 10:01:18 pm »
Ethiopia seems unfriedly in comparison with other central African countries, this seems to be a common issue here, is it advisable to no go via Addis at all on your way through? Will this be worthwhile?

Ian, do you mean to avoid Ethiopia, or just Addis?

I wouldn't avoid either - yes you get more hassle than in other African countries (at least east coast wise) and they are quite rough around the edges, but IMO it is probably the most interesting African country - at least on the east coast. As the only African country with ancient Christian history (unlike any other African countries, where the Christianity was brought by whiteys much later) which gives it very different character. It is also at the border between northern semitic (I think) people and black Africans further south, which makes for some interesting contrasts as the south is very different from north. And it has beautiful nature, as half of it is on high plateau with mountains just like Drakensberg (just bigger), and half desert with some of the most outlandish sceneries on the planed (Danakil Depression, which I idiotically missed).

Sorry for hijack Schalk - I wanted to ask, you have missed Somalia that you were contemplating at the beginning of the trip. Could you please let us know how does the situation look like there in terms of travel? Thank you and thanks for the report.

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #290 on: June 27, 2015, 10:12:00 pm »
Now over the border into Ethiopia
1st Photo First meal in Ethiopia, Goat meat with tomato and a lot of chillies which force you to eat slowly and therefore little coals underneath to           keep the food warm and some pancakes.
2nd Photo  TV in the garden in a lockable box
3rd Photo   Rules in hotel room
« Last Edit: June 28, 2015, 09:39:47 am by schalk vd merwe »
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #291 on: June 27, 2015, 10:18:53 pm »
1st  Photo Nice potholed road
2nd Photo Huge ant heaps
3rd  Photo Nicely painted traditional houses
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #292 on: June 27, 2015, 10:33:30 pm »
More giant ant heaps and traditional houses
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #293 on: June 27, 2015, 10:35:56 pm »
Beautiful landscape Ethiopia
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2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #294 on: June 27, 2015, 10:38:20 pm »
On the way to Addis Abeba
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5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #295 on: June 27, 2015, 10:44:43 pm »

1st Photo  At pumps like these I use a womenís stocking (sy kous) to filter the petrol into the tank
2nd Photo On the way to Addis
3rd Photo Where ever I stopped I got crowded and ask many questions which I don't mind
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #296 on: June 27, 2015, 10:49:25 pm »
1st  Photo Some more potholes
2nd Photo Although it did not look deep the water came over my knees and over the engine. Came short due to a big rock under the water
3rd  Photo Bike properly dirty now
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #297 on: June 27, 2015, 10:54:07 pm »
1st  Photo Tied after a day's hard riding
2nd Photo Rainbow from hotel room although no rain
3rd  Photo Big interest again in my bike
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #298 on: June 27, 2015, 10:55:52 pm »
Sterkte Schalk.  Dit lyk na 'n regte avontuur. :thumleft:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #299 on: June 27, 2015, 11:00:34 pm »
1st  Photo As some pumps are sometimes 300km apart and sometimes no petrol at pumps, you buy petrol from these vendors
2nd Photo Taxis alla Indian style
3rd  Photo Wind power although they were not turning just before Addis Ababa
« Last Edit: June 27, 2015, 11:02:51 pm by schalk vd merwe »
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp