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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #120 on: January 07, 2018, 09:09:59 pm »
After a "lekka" draught, we fuelled the bikes and did the last few kms to Hobas campsite ...

Check out the close-up picture of the Unleaded pump - some strange people has been here before us ...  :peepwall: :pot:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #121 on: January 07, 2018, 10:38:00 pm »
Hobas campsite was ok - I mean there's actually lots of shady trees - just a bit expensive (R190p/p), but unfortunately a bit neglected and dirty ...
There was quiet a few campers, and a bus full of tourists arrived later on - noisy bunch!!  :patch:

Our meal was ... well primitive! The Bacon Kips I bought from the Camp Kiosk at R30, and the sausage was from Aus's garage shop at R16 ... Ice is an absolute novelty here - R30 for half a small bag!!!  :eek7: a Single Whiskey in a tall glass full of ice is R13 - much better value!!!  :ricky: The Bar area is an extremely "smart" affair!!!

Fortunately a young honey-moon couple in a Hilux with rooftop tent pulled in later next to us - and they had a compressor with the correct fitting for my infamous shocking green lilo ...  :P

I slept well !!!
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #122 on: January 07, 2018, 11:05:40 pm »
Dit was so 1500 km
300 km verskil is net mooi vanaf Keetmans na Vioolsdift. Hele entjie.
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #123 on: January 08, 2018, 12:37:31 am »
Can one do Oranjemund along the coast road to Kolmans ...?
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #124 on: January 08, 2018, 07:13:05 am »
Can one do Oranjemund along the coast road to Kolmans ...?

I do not belief so Ian - it is Restricted Area.
There is companies offering 4x4 tours up the coast though ... Maybe somebody else on here can shed some light on this ...
 

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« Reply #125 on: January 08, 2018, 10:20:30 am »
Day 7 - Tuesday 2 Jan 2018:

We packed early - without having coffee ...  :'(
But, then we rode the 10k's to the Canyon, for which we've paid 70bucks the previous afternoon. 70bucks extremely well spent!!!  :deal:

I couldn't stop taking pictures - it's awesome - and the pictures doesn't do it any justice at all !!!
 

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« Reply #126 on: January 08, 2018, 10:23:00 am »
I zoomed in on the bit of water and "green" we saw at the bottom - probably a 1000m away ...
 

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« Reply #127 on: January 08, 2018, 10:25:03 am »
Bare with me here ... :-[
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #128 on: January 08, 2018, 10:35:25 am »
Would be amazing to see the Fish in flood. That first wall of water coming down. Wonder how many people have seen it or is it normally at night.
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« Reply #129 on: January 08, 2018, 12:07:33 pm »
We made coffee and just enjoyed the spectacular view and atmosphere ... while finishing the previous night's Bacon Kips and watching and feeding some birds ... a Canyon charter plane also flew past ...

Then the "Philistines" arrived and we left - doing some more viewing from other outlook points ...
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« Reply #130 on: January 08, 2018, 12:11:43 pm »
Last few of the Canyon ...

We rode the 10k's back to camp, enjoyed a cold beer at the kiosk, and left - direction Grunau ...
 

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« Reply #131 on: January 08, 2018, 12:16:09 pm »
We rode past the Canon Roadhouse again, to turn right at the T later on. a Few beautiful "Gemsbokke" entertained us on the way through an ever changing desert landscape ...
 

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« Reply #132 on: January 08, 2018, 04:17:22 pm »
On way to Grunau and an unleaded re-fuel for the bikes, and Red Bull for the riders ... (yes, we re-fuelled at every opportunity, since you don't know for sure if fuel will be available everywhere ...)

We decided to dispose off the 50k's tar to Karasburg quickly, and try to find something decent to eat there ...  :-\
But Karasburg turned out to be quiet a "dump", with lots of beggars and "con-artists" trying to sell "Italian monopoly" money to you ...  :xxbah: :xxbah:

So we left the place a.s.a.p. !! ... albeit without any supplies ... 
 

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« Reply #133 on: January 08, 2018, 04:28:53 pm »
Instead of turning left just outside of Karasburg towards Velloorsdrif, we decided to take the detour route via Warmbad - a very good decision!!
The almost ghost town of Warmbad is something sad, but worthwhile seeing!! And the - some places - remains of a road from here down some tributaries of the Orange river even better!!!  :deal:
Yes, I had a few moments, and couldn't stop much for pictures, cause you are either gunning it and praying to stay upright, or not willing to stop for a picture - just to try and catch that darn Red AT's dust afterwards ...  :peepwall: ... damn Kalahari boy!!!  >:(

Eventually we stopped to share a can of Bully Beef  ::) and a Coke ...  ::) ... and rest a bit ...  ???
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #134 on: January 08, 2018, 04:32:37 pm »
Desert riding haven - Warmbad to Velloorsdrif ...
 

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« Reply #135 on: January 08, 2018, 04:35:54 pm »
Desert lunch ...  :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #136 on: January 08, 2018, 04:41:01 pm »
Our last minutes in Namibia on this tour - WHAT AN EPIC AND SPECIAL PLACE !!!

Exit at Velloorsdrif ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #137 on: January 08, 2018, 06:22:52 pm »
Nice one Hannes, thanks for sharing ... it really is a special place.

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1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #138 on: January 08, 2018, 06:55:30 pm »
Julle het die mooiste stukkie in daai geweste gemis of julle het dit al vantevore gedoen?
Hobas na Ais Ais, ek sal daai 75 km nog n paar maal doen sonder om moeg te raak daarvoor. :deal:
Dan kon julle Ais Ais volmaak omsit B1 toe en net ses kilos op hom ry om links te draai af Warmbad toe.
Anyway volgende keer. :thumleft:

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #139 on: January 08, 2018, 07:38:12 pm »
Julle het die mooiste stukkie in daai geweste gemis of julle het dit al vantevore gedoen?
Hobas na Ais Ais, ek sal daai 75 km nog n paar maal doen sonder om moeg te raak daarvoor. :deal:
Dan kon julle Ais Ais volmaak omsit B1 toe en net ses kilos op hom ry om links te draai af Warmbad toe.
Anyway volgende keer. :thumleft:

Dankie vir die post, kom ons hoop die volgende ouens wat daardeur ry sien die wÍreld grasgroen na baie goeie reŽn.

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Nee ek is nog maar 'n "groentjie" in Namibia Chris...
Het wel in April 2002 en Desember 2006 die Desert Run saam Simon Fourie & seuns gedoen - wat basies fokus op die oostelike deel, dan sentraal op tot in Windhoek, en dan deur die briljante Khomas Hochland tot in Walvis en Swakop...

My "wish list" vir hierdie toer was:
1.   a Great time
2.   Alexander Bay
3.   Sendelings drift
4.   Luderitz

Die res was net 'n bonus!!!  ;)