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Offline MickeyT

The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« on: September 14, 2015, 11:33:49 pm »
"This fucking sand is killing me..."  I was sitting in the shade of a lone doringboom, drenched in sweat and tired to the bone.  In a way I envy Willem that is probably sitting somewhere in Luderitz having a milkshake.  Not any milkshake - a lime milkshake. ‘n Groene.
All this preparation and all the planning coming down to this… a hearty helping of sand – sulke lekker dik losses.
But wait – I’m jumping the gun again.  Let’s go back and start this adventure properly – at the beginning.

I have always had a fascination with Namibia.  The raw beauty of the country that calls every DS rider to come and explore her beauty.  But after my last big trip where I wrote off my BMW 650 GS in Lesotho, I was hesitant in throwing myself into such an adventure again. 
The turning point – the amazing ride reports here by the likes of Die Visarende, ChrisL and MaxThePanda.  I decided to do it – stuff the fear of cocking it up again.  I wanted to go on a photographic trip and had a couple of spots that I wanted to snap and experience:  Sendelingsdrif, Kolmanskop, Dooievlei, Spitzkoppe, Fish River Canyon, and lastly a shot kaalgat on my bike somewhere in Namaqualand, only with my helmet and boots on.
I started doing my homework, and SchalkL’s thread in Planning a Ride, helped me tremendously.  Thereafter ChrisL and Visarend took the time to plot routes (MUCH appreciated!) and I set the date to end of August, early September.  At that stage I was still alone until Chris (Salty) heard of it – immediately he was in.  My other mate and regular riding buddy, Abraham (ABie) got the go-ahead from Swambo, whereafter Kobus (KabousGS) attached himself to our group as well.  Literally a week before we started our trip, Willem (Dredd) decided not to miss out and join up.
This ride report will take time to write, as for me, it is as much part of our trip, as the trip itself.  So please be patient.  This ride report must be for me more of a second go at the trip – remembering the smells, the heat, the cold, the snores… and the taste of ice cold Tafel Lager!
« Last Edit: May 30, 2017, 09:44:14 am by MickeyT »
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2015, 11:46:45 pm »
Let me introduce the group:
Salty (Chris), riding a pristine KTM 990 Adventure.  By far the most experienced of all of us sods, and also the oke with the technical know-how.  Residing in Simon’s Town, and has been a riding buddy for quite some time.
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2015, 11:48:30 pm »
Skryf jou luiaard!

Ek lus vir Namibië

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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2015, 11:54:37 pm »
ABie (Abraham), the hooligan of the group.  Also with the nickname Roadrunner, as he is always in the front and knows only one speed – full throttle.   Engineer by trade and residing in Fish Hoek.  Been friends for years and had quite a view trips with him.  His steed – a KTM 990 Adventure.
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2015, 12:02:45 am »
KabousGS (Kobus), aka moangat, was the guy making sure we get to the next point in time… Well, most of the time.  CA with his practice based in Dieprivier and staying in Noordhoek, he came riding in on the warthog (more about this troetelnaampie later) – a BMW 800 GS.
« Last Edit: May 30, 2017, 09:46:27 am by MickeyT »
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2015, 12:09:25 am »
Dredd (Willem), the sand-bitch is the senior magistrate in Simon’s Town and staying in Scarborough.  He came waltzing in on his Suzuki DR 650.
« Last Edit: May 30, 2017, 09:47:00 am by MickeyT »
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2015, 12:17:01 am »
And finally me, plodding along on my BMW 1200 GS.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2015, 04:03:48 am »
Eagerly awaiting the rest  :thumleft:
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2015, 06:08:52 am »
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 07:10:08 am »
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i have a feeling this is going to be good!

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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2015, 07:13:35 am »
Nou wat nou?    :peepwall: 


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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2015, 07:14:59 am »
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2015, 07:47:23 am »
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2015, 07:51:32 am »
Ag hel! Oumense vat altyd so lank met n RR  :xxbah:

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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2015, 08:07:57 am »
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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2015, 08:24:03 am »
The start is grand!
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Re: The Southern Namibian Raid - pissing on sand
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2015, 08:27:53 am »
 :lol8:  My next installment will follow tonight!  :peepwall:
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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2015, 08:28:15 am »
Looks good so far! :thumleft:
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