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Offline Gryshond

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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2016, 10:51:17 am »
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2016, 10:52:57 am »
What knobblie tyre is that up front and how did you find it?

TKC 80 - what a great tyre - lasted my whole 12 000km journey with mixed roads - would recommend this tyre to anyone doing an Africa trip - not one puncture - maybe that had something to do with the bent rim and pressure up to 2.8 ;) found it in Knysna at Battery and Tyre . Would also recommend the Mitas E07 rear combination - it also lasted my whole trip and gave good grip in the sand , rocks and good wear on the tar .

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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2016, 10:56:11 am »
Awesome report Shanti

I'm loving this  :thumleft:
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2016, 11:16:18 am »
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2016, 11:22:02 am »
Riding Day 10 Nyanga National Park to Tete

Woke up very cold , packed an icy tent and headed off wearing practically all the clothes I had packed .



The campsite was an icy wonder and a stiff whiskey got me going - goooood morning !





The scenery north of Nyanga is very beautiful up in the mountains but I was glad to be heading north in the plains of Tete





Approaching Elim Mission where the tar ends NE Zimbabwe



The beginning of the dirt heading along the border to Nyampanda border post



Its a beautiful road and very deserted



Riding on marbles for some distance was fun and my tyres did well



even with a bit of a bump I was having fun



Typical houses in the area



Now I was told that there was a possibility of washed away bridges but I thought it would be a few drifts that were sanded over - I didnt expect this ...





Oh well nothing ventured , nothing gained - it was a bit of a bridge for me in many ways - I crossed my fears and the river which was quite deep in some places with trenches that had been worn out by the water - other than goats and a small kid around I couldn't see anyone around to help so I had to bite the bullet , walk the river too check for a route and go for it - man it felt good getting to the other side ..









My fuel was getting a bit low as I hadn't been able to find any around the Nyanga national park - I got a couple of liters at a small village - enough I thought to get me to the border post .



And off into the bush I headed ..



At this point I seemed to be in Mozambique - the roads go as they please and international borders here are vague









Finally made it to the border post - I had done 409km since my last fuel in Mozambique and I had a bit to spare after adding those couple of litres - the AT is quite frugal especially if you are not caning it and she goes far on her 18.8 litre tank .

The road to Tete is lined with Baobabs and in very good condition



Bike security on the Tete road



Got to Tete by nightfall - what a glorious riding day , challenged some fears on my own , rode amazing dirt tracks and blasted through the Tete at high speed - I do love my bike - she can do many things and as a long distance tourer I don't think you can get better
 



 









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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2016, 11:34:08 am »
Very brave..... :o
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2016, 12:38:03 pm »
Riding Day 11 Tete to Blantyre

After spending the night at Motel Tete I was a bit of a grumpy man , turns out that the place is Muslim owned and does not have any beer of any kind and I was really looking forward to my dose of 2M now that I was back in Moz , anyways nothing that riding cant fix and i was up early to head for Blantyre - I saw on the internet there was a Honda dealer there so was thinking about my rims again .

Leaving Tete - shit hole central for the mining execs and other well heeled travelers



The road to Malawi is again good and the distance passed quickly



The border post was quick and painless - again avoid the 'agents' posing as officials - they just want to extract added value to everything and if you wander around it becomes quite apparent where everything is quite quickly . As to exchanging money - be patient and dont be rushed  , check the rates up on your phone the night before or just when you are about to cross and dont accept anything less , count ALL the bills , establish for yourself how much you want to change and have that exact money in your wallet - no more and don't take out your money until you have finished counting theirs and are happy . The black market guys work in the margins of buying and selling so somewhere there you want to be if that makes any sense ..

After my dry time in Tete I found the first bar I could after the border post and started to sample Malawi's beers which seem to be all made bv Carlsberg - the bars in Malawi are easy with none of the wild element found in Mozambique just dont stay too long or people will get wind of the Mzungu at the bar and try get you too buy them some beer - I preferred the craziness of the Moz bars





I got to Bantyre and stayed at Doogles which was empty and without people was characterless and expensive.
I found out that the 'Honda' dealer didn't actually exist and was told to head for Stanford Motors which has the biggest bike repair shop in Malawi



No luck here and when the apprentice mechanics took out a huge steel hammer to fix my rims I decided that this place wasn't the solution , It was at this point I decided to forget about the rims and hassling about them and just carry on - it was kind of a relief to get to this realization , I had done everything I can .....








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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2016, 01:39:13 pm »
Lekker trip bra..!  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2016, 01:40:53 pm »
Nice report, I'm enjoying every minute with you!
 

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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2016, 03:02:20 pm »
 :sip: Koodows bud . I'm in !
 

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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2016, 03:44:23 pm »
Ja man!
This is awesome.  :thumleft:
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2016, 08:29:35 pm »
Awesome trip  :thumleft:
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« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2016, 08:30:55 pm »
Enjoying this report so much, what an adventure! :sip:
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2016, 09:19:11 pm »
Very very nice. Keep it coming please...😃
 

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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2016, 08:19:47 am »
Hi Derek
Keep it coming this is great. You are taking me home.
 

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« Reply #35 on: September 30, 2016, 08:49:31 am »
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2016, 11:27:06 am »
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2016, 11:49:27 am »
That icy camp site was radical .....  :eek7:
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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2016, 12:11:50 pm »
Very Nice!! :3some:
 

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Re: Off to see the wizard - Mozambique , Malawi , Zambia and Zimbabwe
« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2016, 01:51:03 pm »
Great stuff - proper adventure riding! Look forward to the next installment.