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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #60 on: January 06, 2018, 11:41:07 am »
Why you move your bikes across the street from the gathering?  :imaposer: :imaposer: :lol8:

Kidding!!  You don't have to answer  :imaposer:

Even though my translator is shit, I figured it out.

Petrol is 14.89 rand per liter, correct? 
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #61 on: January 06, 2018, 12:03:45 pm »
Ja dit was n baie lekker trip gewees. Jammer Skolla het die mooiste grondpaaie gemis, maar mens weet nooit hoe die toestand van die pad gaan wees nie. Petrol kos R 15.39 in Springbok en R 15.40 by Alexanderbaai. Eina dit maak selfs seer om dit te tik. Was daai bike dat ons verder kan lees :spitcoffee:  :ricky:
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #62 on: January 06, 2018, 01:24:38 pm »
Ja dit was n baie lekker trip gewees. Jammer Skolla het die mooiste grondpaaie gemis, maar mens weet nooit hoe die toestand van die pad gaan wees nie. Petrol kos R 15.39 in Springbok en R 15.40 by Alexanderbaai. Eina dit maak selfs seer om dit te tik. Was daai bike dat ons verder kan lees :spitcoffee:  :ricky:
Why you move your bikes across the street from the gathering?  :imaposer: :imaposer: :lol8:

Kidding!!  You don't have to answer  :imaposer:

Even though my translator is shit, I figured it out.

Petrol is 14.89 rand per liter, correct?

 :thumleft: :lol8:

Yes, and the same petrol imported from the RSA, costs R12.20 in Namibia!!!  :xxbah: :xxbah:
Ffffooking government!!!  :xxbah: :xxbah:
 
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #63 on: January 06, 2018, 01:43:43 pm »
Day 4 - 30 Dec 2017:

After enjoying "Camp coffee", we packed the wet, salty and sandy tents & other luggage. Skolla and Dawie went looking for a cell phone shop for roaming issues, while I went to have another coffee at the Hotel. We ended up having breakfast at the Hotel - fortunately !!  :peepwall:

After re-fuelling the bikes too, it was the long and windy road to Alexander Bay. Now what a rare strange place this is!!! :eek7:
It's a mix of "ghost buildings" and rusted machines spreaded randomly  across a flood plain/desert ...

The environmental damage left behind by the greedy diamond industry is shocking - to say the least!!  :o :o
It feels like a scene from a movie - a movie shot after normal life on earth ended!!  :'(

With some getting lost in the chaos, we finally ended up at the "end of the road", as close as we could get to the Orange River mouth.
When Dawie pulled it, we all had a huge "skrik" - there was clouds of thick white smoke pouring out from underneath the fairing and instruments!!!  ??? :o
Fortunately it was only his own network of wires - coupled directly from the battery - for charging this and pumping that purposes!!! He quickly dislocated the melted wires and removed most of his own wiring harness ... No damage to the bike - as the short circuit had nothing to do with the bike's own wiring - but I was a little concerned about the battery - but that turned out to also be fine!!  ;)

 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #64 on: January 06, 2018, 01:47:19 pm »
Alexander Bay continue ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #65 on: January 06, 2018, 01:52:42 pm »
Alexander Bay was quite and experience for me - leaving you with a somewhat muted, depressed and angry feeling....
We concluded the visit with the final re-fuel for the bikes in SA, nothing else available to be bought ...

Now we were on our way into an unknown desert to enter Namibia ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #66 on: January 06, 2018, 02:19:36 pm »
The hours , scenery and experience following Alexander Bay, was even more "jaw-dropping" ...
We rode East next to the Orange River - the only thing with colour - the water in the river!!  :eek7:

When we got to the turn-off left to Ais Ais/Richtersveld, we met the most amazing lady - on her way back to Mpumalhanga !!! She did a solo on a Katoom 690 - from I think Klerksdorp, down the Botswana border and through Southern Namibia - all by herself!!!  :wav: :wav: :wav:
That is serias BALLS - RESPECT !!!

After enjoying her conversation for a while, taking pictures across the two camps, we wished each other luck, and off we went ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #67 on: January 06, 2018, 02:28:00 pm »
The road conditions deteriorated steadily as the kms past by... Our new lady friend told us that Namibia's conditions will be a revelation - way better than in SA!! 
Myself and Dawie maintained between 80-90 km/h - not too fast and you can stay on top of the corrugations and sand - more or less ...  :patch:
But Skolla was really struggling  :( :(, not having a great time at all ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #68 on: January 06, 2018, 02:34:21 pm »
We kept on going in the immense heat - finally reaching the first gate to the Richtersveld Park. The bloke in charge there - told us it's been 4yrs since they've seen a "grader" in that area ...  :o
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #69 on: January 06, 2018, 02:36:02 pm »
Daai laaste stuk pad na die Park is maklik een van die slegste paaie wat ek al gery het ( met die kar en n wa ).
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #70 on: January 06, 2018, 02:53:11 pm »
Daai laaste stuk pad na die Park is maklik een van die slegste paaie wat ek al gery het ( met die kar en n wa ).

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #71 on: January 06, 2018, 03:03:09 pm »
From the gate to Sendelingsdrif is around 20k's (if anything on your bike is just 2% loose - you will loose it here!!!) - if memory serves me correct, and we reached the Park's buildings quite dehydrated ...
After a coldish Stoney  ::), we re-fuelled again  ::) - just to make sure ...
Then it was time for all the bloody paperwork and checks - in scorching heat - no AC's !!!  ???
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #72 on: January 06, 2018, 03:12:25 pm »
The main Parks Board building is extremely "smart", with AC - and for that you have to pay R110 for the ferry ...  :ricky:
The ferry ride was a bit fast and over too quickly ...  ??? The river is absolutely beautiful here in the desert surroundings ...
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #73 on: January 06, 2018, 03:15:36 pm »
En so verlaat ons die land ...  :3some:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #74 on: January 06, 2018, 03:45:41 pm »
That was the piece of road that kills my spirit totally,the little bit of talent that I have was consumed by it.The problem was that I am holding up the trip,I decided in Luderitz that Im going to turn back and that is what I did, I also know that the gravel road to Hobas could be beter,but at that stage not interested to try,because :lol8:it could also be worst.Nothing to do with the handling of my bike but due to the NUT on it :laughing4:To my companions,thx again,maybe to much for a "ou top" :thumleft:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #75 on: January 06, 2018, 04:25:02 pm »
That was the piece of road that kills my spirit totally,the little bit of talent that I have was consumed by it.The problem was that I am holding up the trip,I decided in Luderitz that Im going to turn back and that is what I did, I also know that the gravel road to Hobas could be beter,but at that stage not interested to try,because :lol8:it could also be worst.Nothing to do with the handling of my bike but due to the NUT on it :laughing4:To my companions,thx again,maybe to much for a "ou top" :thumleft:

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #76 on: January 06, 2018, 04:53:33 pm »
Thx Ian will do so :thumleft:
 

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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #77 on: January 06, 2018, 07:00:36 pm »
Nice ride report...
 
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #78 on: January 06, 2018, 07:09:02 pm »
That was the piece of road that kills my spirit totally,the little bit of talent that I have was consumed by it.The problem was that I am holding up the trip,I decided in Luderitz that Im going to turn back and that is what I did, I also know that the gravel road to Hobas could be beter,but at that stage not interested to try,because :lol8:it could also be worst.Nothing to do with the handling of my bike but due to the NUT on it :laughing4:To my companions,thx again,maybe to much for a "ou top" :thumleft:

I don't care about the "if's and why's", as long as we haven't lost our dear friend, companion and resident clown!!!  :patch: :biggrin:
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Re: Touch the Desert - Namaqua - Namibia ....
« Reply #79 on: January 06, 2018, 07:22:54 pm »
From the ferry it was a mere 2km to the Namibian border post - neat and professional !!!  :thumleft:
After all the "entry-forms", we each had to pay R177 road tax ...  :o

At first the gravel after the post was sweat, and then the loose unstable stuff started again - to a tired Skolla's frustration ...  :(

We reached Rosh Pinah at about 16:00, tired, thirsty and without accommodation... I saw a sign about some or other lodge, and we followed it. The accommodation was a bit over our budgets, but the drinks was affordable and ice cold!!!  O0 That gave us some time to brainstorm our situation ...
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