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Offline XRRX

Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2018, 12:19:41 pm »
Rammelkop - Sutherland ...
 

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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2018, 12:20:18 pm »
Stunning RR XRRX, looking forward to the rest of it.
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 12:22:42 pm »
Hoeveel bier/km het julle op die trip ingekry? ;)
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2018, 12:24:59 pm »
Stunning RR XRRX, looking forward to the rest of it.

Agreed  :thumleft:  The scenery and landscape contained in your pics make me long to visit your beautiful country.

I can hardly be patient waiting for a visit.

Keep the pics coming, Sir XRRX  :thumleft:
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2018, 12:28:47 pm »
In a "HOT" Sutherland  ::) - we stopped at the Hotel for some liquids... The day was getting long, and we were in two minds whether to call it quits for the day ...
But, we decided to push on a bit to Calvinia via Middelpos. It was a humble start to Billions of corrugations and loose surprises awaiting us over the next few days to follow ...  :ricky:
By this time the current and severe "Drought" also started to engrave itself in our minds ...  :o :( :(
 

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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2018, 12:31:02 pm »
Hoeveel bier/km het julle op die trip ingekry? ;)

Ver te min!!!  :P :P
 

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« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2018, 12:31:55 pm »
Love that road between Sutherland and Middelpos. People living between those two towns have a hard time with the constant hammering on their vehicles.
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« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2018, 12:34:40 pm »
Middelpos to Calvinia - the landscape and images late afternoon is absolutely stunning (sorry, I'm going to use this word often) !!!
 

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« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2018, 12:49:44 pm »
In Calvinia we stopped at the Hotel  :-[ :-[ first - cause it has air-con !!!  :P
After "cooling" down a bit, we went next door to the SPAR for "braai-supplies", before heading to "Kleinplasie" just outside of town for the first night's camping... "Oubaas" the owner is friendly and helpful, has dry "braai-wood", clean rest rooms and in general just a great Karoo atmosphere & hospitality!!!

We were tired  :o :o - only the first night  ::) :-\
The camping was great, but I couldn't get my "lilo" inflated  ??? (forgot a pump  :-[), and the SPAR sauce for our "Boerewors Dogs" was exploding !!!  :o :o :o
Well, we had to be content with dry dogs and myself with only 1mm of R40 flat "lilo" between myself and the Karoo gravel ...  >:(

 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2018, 03:16:56 pm »
I so envy this ride!! Now you can see why I have done this trip 6 times in a row.

If you guys have time this year, August is great in Nam because it's cool in the mornings and not too hot by 2pm.

Let me know if you have place for 2 more AT riders next time.

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« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2018, 03:21:05 pm »
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2018, 03:24:57 pm »
 August is great

I find August the worst. Easterly winds blow constantly from Botswana and the dust hangs in the air all the time.
I like April-May. :thumleft:
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2018, 03:41:48 pm »
Awesome pics there thanks
 
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« Reply #33 on: January 05, 2018, 03:42:27 pm »
We are waiting..... :drif:
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« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2018, 04:19:15 pm »
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I so envy this ride!! Now you can see why I have done this trip 6 times in a row.

If you guys have time this year, August is great in Nam because it's cool in the mornings and not too hot by 2pm.

Let me know if you have place for 2 more AT riders next time.

 :thumleft:

 :thumleft: :thumleft: + another AT rider from Pietermaritzburg ...  ::) :pot:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2018, 04:51:39 pm »
Day 2 - Thursday 28 December 2017 ...

We got up rather slowly and quietly ... now to get all the nonsense back on these "packed like donkey" bikes ...  ???
First duty to re-fuel at the first filling station from Williston's side ... and then something "sad & uncomfortable" happened ...  :(

After re-fuelling, I moved my bike away from the pumps and parked it in front of the empty showroom 5m away. Skolla followed and parked next to me. Dawie was still fuelling. Skolla went to the bathrooms, while I went for cold water & cool drink at the Kiosk. While inside I heard some "strange sounds and comments outside about bikes", but didn't really take any special notice. When I got outside I saw Dawie - rather pale in the face, walking around the Triumph with a piece of clutch lever in his one hand ... Apparently, as he parked his Twin next to the XCX, the panniers touched, resulting in both bikes going down!  :-[ The AT landed on the huge alu box, but the rather unprotected Triumph hit the concrete with a bang - leaving quite a few scars and the broken lever ...
I felt really sorry for both guys, but they handled the situation with aplomb  :thumleft: :thumleft: - with Dawie offering to pay the insurance excess, but the incident did leave some damage to the spirit of the group.


I suggested that we look for a nice breakfast place - just to settle our minds a bit, and I belief it worked ...  :-\
Then it was off to Loeriesfontein ...
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« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2018, 05:25:55 pm »
In Loeriesfontein I took my time to pick out a six pack in the local Tops's refrigeration room ...  :biggrin:
I had a wonderful piece of luggage - called a "cooler bag" !!!  8) 8) So we could enjoy 3 cold ones immediately, and keep the remaining 3 cold for later ...
From Loeriesfontein we headed through a silent, immensely dry and amazing landscape - direction Springbok.... Here you also cross the Sishen-Saldanha  railway line.
The corrugations and sand just kept on ever increasing as we went Northwest! I had a moment or two - as the confidence grew a bit "too BIG", and my speed increased a bit "too HIGH" ...  :o :biggrin:
Dawie was really enjoying the conditions - the Bugger grew-up in the Kalahari!!!  :xxbah:
Skolla was not at ease - not at all - and I belief his tyre pressures and suspension settings might have been a bit too hard for these circumstances ...  :patch:
One thing we all agreed on - it was extremely difficult - with the sun up high, coupled to the colour of the sand and little shadow lines, to distinguish between soft and hard, shallow and deep ...  :deal:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2018, 05:34:27 pm »
Was that short stretch of red sand there just before Kliprand? :o
OK if you do not remember Kliprand you blinked just before it!! :lol8:
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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2018, 05:35:11 pm »
Namaqua continue ...
 

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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2018, 05:37:04 pm »
Was that short stretch of red sand there just before Kliprand? :o
OK if you do not remember Kliprand you blinked just before it!! :lol8:
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Yes - on the way to Kliprand...