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Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #320 on: June 28, 2015, 12:15:22 am »
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #321 on: June 28, 2015, 12:18:15 am »
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 #322 on: June 28, 2015, 12:29:01 am »
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.
I agree to what you say above. You are not hijacking, this thread is open to all. I am running out of time with my Egyptian Visa that is why I can not go to Somalia. Spoke to Flavio and he reckons there are parts of Somalia that is quite safe. Coming from RSA the whole of Africa feels safer than home
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 #323 on: June 28, 2015, 12:31:26 am »
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?
I want to experience all, good and bad to get the real feel of Africa
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 #324 on: June 28, 2015, 12:36:55 am »
:sip: Hi Schalk, ek ry saam, thanks, mag alles goed gaan op die res van jouy roete.
Alles gaan baie goed net DHL wat nie hulle kant bring met die tyres nie. Hulle kos my al 10 dae en baie geld
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
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #325 on: June 28, 2015, 12:37:43 am »
Lekker Schalk. Bly om te hoor dit gaan nog goed.
Lekker ry verder.
dankie pel
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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
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #326 on: June 28, 2015, 12:39:57 am »
Hi Schalk jy vorder baie goed :thumleft:
Ek wil ook nog in my lewe die hooglande daar besoek en Lalibela is 'n moet. Ek het dit gesien op Voetspore en dit is ongelooflik om te dink hulle het al daardie kerke uit soliede rots gekap.
Geniet en veilig ry :)
Ja man dit is besonders en die pad van Addis na Lalibela is 'n bikers se droom behalwe al die diere en mense op die pad.
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #327 on: June 28, 2015, 08:43:06 am »
Eks ingeteken Schalk. Veilig ry en weet baie v ons wens ons is daar
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #328 on: June 28, 2015, 09:22:04 am »
Eks ingeteken Schalk. Veilig ry en weet baie v ons wens ons is daar
Dankie pel
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 #329 on: June 28, 2015, 09:32:52 am »
Schalk, just out of interest - did Jungle Junction move? When I was there 10 year ago it was not close to the KTM shop at all (and that shop looks exactly the same - including owner as at that time) and looked quite different. Like so:



And a small aside - if I remember correctly, name of the owner of Jungle Junction is Chris, not Carl.

I had the same experience as you with Ethiopians  - they were by far the least friendly Africans I've met on my way down. I was very surprised, as I had this image of quiet suffering in my head fostered by all those Band Aid monster things - in reality they were quite aggressive and did not hesitate to pick up a fight (not with me - except for few insults here and there). That said, Ethiopia is definitely probably the most interesting and diverse country on this trip, so enjoy it to the fullest.

Safe travel.


Hi Xpat yes Jungle Juntion has moved to a Suburb called Karen two years ago. Yes you get people who shout at you when you ride past and kids in the north that throw you with stones but then I also met some very nice people as well.
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
 

Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #330 on: June 28, 2015, 09:35:05 am »
1st Photo  Carl the no nonsense German owner of Jungle Junction and his very friendly and helpful Kenyan wi

Yep, that is Chris - unless I'm getting Alzheimer. The wife though is definitely different lady ...  ;D
Same wife for 12 years
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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
 

Offline Tom van Brits

Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #331 on: June 28, 2015, 09:44:54 am »
Baie mooi RR sover Schalk! Baie dankie vir die deel.
Het jy by JJ Hotel gebly in Marsabit?
Die Krater was bietjie groener toe ek daar deur is!
Het jy nie van die Turkana mense gesien nie?
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #332 on: June 28, 2015, 09:50:34 am »
Baie mooi RR sover Schalk! Baie dankie vir die deel.
Het jy by JJ Hotel gebly in Marsabit?
Die Krater was bietjie groener toe ek daar deur is!
Het jy nie van die Turkana mense gesien nie?
Ek kan nie die hotel se naam onthou nie maar dit is so 2km nadat ek deur die dorp was. Turkane gesien. Hoe ver op het jy gery ? dankie vir die belang stel.
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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 #333 on: June 28, 2015, 11:02:29 am »
Sorry vir die Hi-Jack Schalk, maar daai krater en die METEOR CRATER wat ek op my Route 66 trippie in Amerika gesien het lyk BAIE dieselfde.
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #334 on: June 28, 2015, 08:44:07 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.
I agree to what you say above. You are not hijacking, this thread is open to all. I am running out of time with my Egyptian Visa that is why I can not go to Somalia. Spoke to Flavio and he reckons there are parts of Somalia that is quite safe. Coming from RSA the whole of Africa feels safer than home

Thanks guys, following this one closely.
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #335 on: June 28, 2015, 08:45:40 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?
I want to experience all, good and bad to get the real feel of Africa

Agreed, live life to the fullest.
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #336 on: June 29, 2015, 07:18:45 am »
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #337 on: June 29, 2015, 09:41:26 am »
Briljant!Kan sien jy geniet dit!
Sterkte met daai tyre and alles wat mooi is vorentoe. Dankie, geniet jou trippie saam met jou baie! :drif:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #338 on: June 29, 2015, 10:24:06 am »
 
 . . asb, net nie retire nie.
 Is dit sommer daar ? Kan jy die voel , dis koel in PTA, in die middle van winter hier. 
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #339 on: June 29, 2015, 10:26:46 am »
Briljant!Kan sien jy geniet dit!
Sterkte met daai tyre and alles wat mooi is vorentoe. Dankie, geniet jou trippie saam met jou baie! :drif:
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