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Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« on: June 14, 2016, 10:46:21 am »
Amageza Rally 2015, Day 3.

I've been digging through some of my video, this one popped up that I thought was quite cool.

There are many times on a rally where a decision has to be made that involves a degree of risk. Mostly because you've fucked up somewhere and to get back on track requires some creativity. The consequences of getting this wrong can range from mild to severe.

There was some confusion in the roadbook at one of the villages. Where we were supposed to go left. Most of us all thundered on down a really big cutline. Some, went further than others trying to figure it out. One chap Chris Opperman ended up doing an extra 300km that day because of it.

I decided against going back the 15km against the track and oncoming racers  and to cut straight through 5km of Botswana bush on a bearing that would get me to the next waypoint. It was really a lot of fun, saw a honey badger, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, jackal and springbok. Luckily I never came across any lion.

All the bushes have thorns, the more red/orange coloured ones have recurved double thorns that quite literally can pull you off the bike. The greener ones, (or dead ones) have these long milky daggers that can go right through a hand inside of an armoured knuckled glove.

At the end, I was relieved to first hear and then see a fellow competitor racing by. I don't think he was as appreciative of the herd of springbok I chased towards him.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/6eEYiyJJK30" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/6eEYiyJJK30</a>
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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 11:34:44 am »
Was it in Zutshwe village? I think I recall from following here many people getting lost there.

I had one of the biggest fun ever riding the bush south of Zutshwe on the overweight Tenere - the sand was just perfect to slide arnound and very easy to ride. The only thing I had to watch out were animal dugouts. And lions, but I forgot all about them in the middle of all the fun.

Here is my video from that section - you can just skip to the offpiste riding between 1:21 and 2:34:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/zONHQ6l1YWk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/zONHQ6l1YWk</a>

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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 11:52:34 am »
Was it in Zutshwe village? I think I recall from following here many people getting lost there.

No, it's in the North Western Kgaligadi, about 200ks south, southeast of Ganzi, About 100k's from Namibia
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 12:06:23 pm »
Sounds like the same area to me - and I think Day 3 was passing north of Kgalagadi. But hey, it doesn't matter - there is some fantastic and untapped riding available there.

Here is where Zutshwe is:


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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 08:25:01 pm »
Ahh, there's another one by the same name in the south east. Yes, it's not far from there. We were all over that part of the world. Lovely area. Kak thorns!
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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2016, 08:05:48 am »
But Chris saw elephants  :imaposer:
 

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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2016, 12:22:52 pm »
At least I'm famous now! EVERYONE knows: Don't follow Chris, you will get lost...  :P

Actually, I wanted to do the same thing as Andrew. Navigate to the next waypoint. Just did not want to put my new KTM 450 RR through the Botswana thorn bushes. So decided to follow the main road till I get a fire road to turn left on towards the waypoint. Which we never find. I made terrible choice.

Run out of fuel at 480km. That's the range of a KTM 450 Rally at race pace. Impressive, huh?   :imaposer:




 

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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2016, 05:44:06 pm »


Run out of fuel at 480km. That's the range of a KTM 450 Rally at race pace. Impressive, huh?   :imaposer:






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didn't know that, some detour indeed!  :lol8: :lol8:
 

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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2016, 08:05:32 am »
Andrew so was that heading from the road book or something you just worked out to get you back onto a known WP?


Either way, I hope Alexander & John give us some tulips like this where we have to navigate on a heading for a distance HP through bush. :deal:

It should mix it up a bit, because it seems even after a few years now, the majority of the field still just follow other people's tracks.
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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2016, 03:20:42 pm »
Cool vid Andrew!
I did the same thing on another day, same year.....
But man - did I only end up in the bundus... recon if I broke down there they would have just left me cause no bakkie would have gotten to me. But it was that or run outa fuel.

On your vid - I was lucky enough to figure out the problem at that village...but not before doing about 50Km up 2 different roads to try find the right path..... Had to coast alot of that day to make it to the infamous fuel station on fumes....but at least in time to get some fuel before it ran out  :imaposer:
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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2016, 05:32:52 pm »
Andrew so was that heading from the road book or something you just worked out to get you back onto a known WP?

It was something that I worked out. It was a calculated guess. Basically enough to cut the corner but not more than necessary that I risked penalties.
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Re: Amageza 2015, Off piste navagation
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2016, 06:35:16 pm »
Andrew so was that heading from the road book or something you just worked out to get you back onto a known WP?

It was something that I worked out. It was a calculated guess. Basically enough to cut the corner but not more than necessary that I risked penalties.

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