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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #100 on: January 07, 2018, 04:23:51 pm »
Mooi Manne, Mooi!

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #101 on: January 07, 2018, 04:45:29 pm »
Day 6 - Monday 1 January 2018:

I got up a bit "latish" ...  :-[ , and were surprised to see Skolla all dressed-up and loaded !!  :o
He was on his way, back home. alone!!  :( :o
Next thing I noticed was that the wind was really howling outside!!!

It was quite a bucket of cold water in the face to be honest, like what now ... but in a sense I was expecting it for a while ... but still sad!

We walked Skolla to his bike, and without much ado he disappeared down the street and buildings ...  :(

We later learned that he reached VanRhynsdorp for the day  :o - fighting a storm wind all the way, and exiting Namibia at Oranjemund ...

The next day by noon he was home in George!!!  :eek7: :o

We received this picture from him, taken the evening in VanRhynsdorp at a B&B:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #102 on: January 07, 2018, 04:55:28 pm »
We later learned that he reached VanRhynsdorp for the day 

A long "hol" for the day. :eek7: Wonder why he did not take the Keetmans-Vioolsdrift option?
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #103 on: January 07, 2018, 04:56:00 pm »
Myself and Dawie went about our business - quietly, and left about 45min later....
Plan was to do the 19km South to Diaz Point, enjoy coffee there at the famous coffee shop, come back, fuel, and hit the long long road to the Fish River Canyon ...

The ride to Diaz Point was amazing and absolutely worthwhile!!!
Let the pictures speak ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #104 on: January 07, 2018, 05:01:37 pm »
Well the coffee shop was no-more, seemingly for a long time already ...  :'(
So we had to be content with cold Milo drinks from my emergency back-up, in the howling storm wind, but the feeling you get there is un-describable ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #105 on: January 07, 2018, 05:04:51 pm »
Diaz Point continue ... couldn't stop taking pictures, don't know if I'll ever see it again ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #106 on: January 07, 2018, 05:10:21 pm »
After Diaz Point, we still had one stop left around Luderitz - the ghost town of Kolmanskop ... The previous day we just passed it without stopping.
What a sad sight ... 
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #107 on: January 07, 2018, 05:13:11 pm »
We just stood there staring for a while and taking pictures ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #108 on: January 07, 2018, 05:24:50 pm »
After this Kolmanskop experience, we had around 120km ahead to Aus, with the desert at its best, the wind hammering us from the South, sandblasting us every now and then ...
Dawie was riding in front of me, I'm sure at a lean angle of at least 20 degrees off vertical, his bike leaving a wake of sand to the down-wind side!!  :o

In Aus we re-fuelled, and enjoyed a may I say "well-deserved" Hansa Draught - again at the Bahnhof, complimented by excellent sarmies!!  :thumleft:

... and then the boring tar to Seeheim via Goageb ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #109 on: January 07, 2018, 05:33:11 pm »
The wind tried its best to keep us away from the Fish river, but we won ...
My helmet's peak was broken, and we had to do "roadside" repairs every now and then - with Pratley Steel ...  ::) ... and then I had to ride with one hand for a while, holding the peak with the other for the glue to dry ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #110 on: January 07, 2018, 05:36:14 pm »
Ek dink die kortste roete vanaf Luderitz na George,volgens google maps(teer) is soos ek gery het :thumleft:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #111 on: January 07, 2018, 05:38:07 pm »
Just after the Fish River bridge, we turned right to the "Seeheim Hotel". What a strange place, but the people are friendly and the beer is ice cold!!!  :ricky:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #112 on: January 07, 2018, 05:45:54 pm »
After a beer and some rest, back to the tar for the last 12km, before we turned right again towards Grunau, thankfully leaving the hot tar behind for a long time to come ...

On this road we splashed through the only bit of water I've seen in the desert!!!  :o :o The drift was even slippery!!!  :eek7:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #113 on: January 07, 2018, 06:03:52 pm »
Ek dink die kortste roete vanaf Luderitz na George,volgens google maps(teer) is soos ek gery het :thumleft:
Keetmans om +- 1800 kms Skolla. Jou roete?
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #114 on: January 07, 2018, 06:20:33 pm »
Well, we had to be content with dry dogs and myself with only 1mm of R40 flat "lilo" between myself and the Karoo gravel ...  >:(

What is wrong with your lungs? Of is jy 'n ou roker :lol8: I can blow up my "lilo" in about 10 minutes (too lazy to set up the compressor) :o

The photo's are breathtaking, cannot imagine what it must have been like to view in real life. Must pass this way soon  :ricky:
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #115 on: January 07, 2018, 06:24:43 pm »
Dit was so 1500 km
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #116 on: January 07, 2018, 06:26:48 pm »
Mooi foto 's julle lyk lekker :thumleft:Nice RR :sip:
 
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #117 on: January 07, 2018, 08:25:37 pm »
Well, we had to be content with dry dogs and myself with only 1mm of R40 flat "lilo" between myself and the Karoo gravel ...  >:(

What is wrong with your lungs? Of is jy 'n ou roker :lol8: I can blow up my "lilo" in about 10 minutes (too lazy to set up the compressor) :o

The photo's are breathtaking, cannot imagine what it must have been like to view in real life. Must pass this way soon  :ricky:

 :lol8: Thx Ri!!

My "lilo" has got a little one way valve inside - need a pump with sharp nozzle to open it ... before inflating ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #118 on: January 07, 2018, 08:46:10 pm »
We continued up to the turn-off to Ais Ais/Hobas. Just before we got there, we stopped at an old abandoned old metal-melting oven or whatever ...
 

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« Reply #119 on: January 07, 2018, 09:02:31 pm »
About halfway towards Hobas, we stopped at the Canon Roadhouse  - what a surprise!
Very nice place, with even fuel for the bikes ...
BTW, the fuel for the bikes is the only thing affordable ...  :peepwall: