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« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2006, 05:03:22 pm »
The pics are hosted at www.voelvry.co.za
This seems to be hosted at IS or someone linked to them, so... people with quick access to IS will see the pics quickly, and those with slow access will struggle.
Like I said, there kaks voelvry.co.za, if everyone pulls at the same time you will see degredation, its probably not on IS backbone and hosted at some smaller site.
Reality of the internet.

Just try at offpeak times, and it will be cached.
 

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« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2006, 05:22:16 pm »
Spanspek my tjom, spanspek. Hierrie goed maak my sommer trillerig - ek's nog bitter oor ek noe kon saamkom nie...

Next time.
 

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« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2006, 05:50:55 pm »
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Absolutely awesome Zonkel. So who is keen on planning a trip for next year some time, I have been promising myself to do this area for so long, time to start planning. Just need more TIME!!!!


Count me in......was there in 84//85 and I have alwas wanted to go back.
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« Reply #43 on: August 29, 2006, 06:28:21 pm »
Julle het een BEVANGE TOG gehad


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« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2006, 07:48:10 pm »
No other words, just AWESOME!

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« Reply #45 on: August 29, 2006, 08:41:16 pm »
Great report, great pix, awesome !!!

... me very jealous on this side of the equator  :?
 

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« Reply #46 on: August 30, 2006, 07:37:28 am »
do i daresay, better than porn?  :twisted:
 

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« Reply #47 on: August 30, 2006, 08:16:23 am »
Then we went thru Rundu (S17 54 50.8 E19 46 10.0) and kept on going, and slept at Popa Falls (Rapids) (S18 07 18.7 E21 34 59.1). From Epupa Falls to Popu Falls. Nice!

Here we met a couple that came down from Switzerland.



Early the next morning.



We went thru the Caprivi Strip and stopped for fuel at Kongola (S17 49 18.6 E23 23 48.5). Found this nice reminder what we missed for the last 2 weeks.



O! What funny creatures the GS riders  :lol: . Also very similar to the pic above. I do say he picks them well, blue and white outfit peeing in a blue and white dustbin.





Driving to Katima Mulilo (S17 30 09.3 E24 16 12.8) where we ate and then went thru the border post into Botswana at Ngoma (S17 54 55.3 E24 42 45.0) and thru the Chobe game reserve and sleeping at the Chobe Safari Lodge (S17 48 31.5 E25 08 43.6).





check my skirt (sharong)  :o



Riding to FrancisTown and back to South Africa.




FrancisTown (S21 10 25.6 E27 30 45.7)



We slept at Ellisras (Lephelale S23 40 37.4 E27 44 27.3) and got home the next day. End Of Story.   :'(
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« Reply #48 on: August 30, 2006, 08:53:05 am »
What I really like is seeing the wildlife from the road like that.
True Africa experience.
 

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« Reply #49 on: August 30, 2006, 09:52:29 am »
I haven't too much to add as both Zonkelnut and Krazy-Eyes has posted some very good pic's but I have a few which I feel show some of the feelings, route and scenery.

The vastness of the wide open spaces.


The wildlife living in the barren place.


A Spaza shop between Orepembe and Opuwa, with plenty of locals hanging around waiting to get their hands on some tourists spare cash for food, beer and tobacco.




Our Himba partner in crime, Zonkelnut who could smellHimba for many days without seeing them.


Beemers above the falls with the next days road visible on the top right corner.


Zonkelnut, Krazy-Eyes and myself cooling down in the Kunene just above the falls.


Baobab trees which grow in some very funny places, litter the rock walls of Epupa Falls.


Richard (my brother coming down 1 of the many hills which have large loose rocks, rutts from soil errosion.  This is a short series of 4 which should give you an indication of the angle coming down.  The camera never give you a true lay of the land.





Hot and tired riders sit under a small tree while being looked on but a local who's kids ran away as soon as the bikes started screeming.


Picture of the GPS trip computer showing all statistic of the route between Epupa Falls and Kunene River Lodge. (Sorry for the bad quality pic but the data is readable)


Another Spaza shop in Ondangwa where people are friendly, welcoming you to drink a beers without any hassels.  The people in Namibia are very friendly and hospitable. Zonkelnut and myself sitting in the shade drinking a quart of TAFEL Lager.


Airfilters take major strain on these bad roads, dust being trown up from vehicles in front of you, passing vehicles and also the dreaded poop sand which was mentioned. You can see the filter blocked and what was knocked of on the ground.  I would suggest that during a trip like this, you clean your filter at least once as it could save your engine and you fuel bill a bit.  Most we could get from the beemer was 140 km/h with the filter like this.  Once most of the dist was removed we could get 200 km/h plus.



A tusker next to the road between Kasane and Nata, happy for people to take photos which we did.  You see Richard being very brave, me right by my bike in case he turned aggressive.


This last picture is of a very, very long and boring and sometimes catching you out with lots of very loose sand and small stones.  This goes on for about 400 km and is not something I would like to do in a hurry or ever again.


And a lost note just to say thank you to Zonkelnut, Richard, Krazy-Eyes (Kobus) for an enjoyable ride, lots of fun was had, many kilometers (5500km) ridden without any major incidents and I am sure that this will be the first of many such trips.
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« Reply #50 on: August 30, 2006, 10:04:56 am »
Zonkel, Fantastic ride and report - Well done.

If you are planning another one, i wanna go too!
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« Reply #51 on: August 30, 2006, 11:01:00 am »
Excellent one Dewald, Eddie & Kobus.

......and Richard who hasn't posted any pics.

A trip like this will be my next - around Easter next year!  :wink:
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« Reply #52 on: August 30, 2006, 11:31:58 am »
Quote from: "Leo"
Excellent one Dewald, Eddie & Kobus.

......and Richard who hasn't posted any pics.


Leo,  The pic's which I posted consisted of both Richards and mine, however I did not want to post duplicates of Dewalds or Kobus's.  Richard is also not a member of the forum and rides along for enjoyment and company.  He is too busy running his business to post reports or pictures and computers are for business and little pleasure.
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« Reply #53 on: August 30, 2006, 11:40:43 am »
No Problem 40ZA.

Thanks for the efforts and sharing  :wink:

Seems like you had fun!
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« Reply #54 on: August 30, 2006, 12:21:49 pm »
i would be intersted to see whats left of your tyres, as they looked close to used up at epupa 8)
 

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« Reply #55 on: August 30, 2006, 11:01:53 pm »
Zonks, what can I say. I envy you. This is such a beautiful part of the world. I would love doing the trip, except for the camping - much too comfy sleeping in a nice bed  :D  :D  Congrats on some exceptional photos. Here's a beer on you and the chaps  :occasion5:  :occasion5:
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« Reply #56 on: August 31, 2006, 07:43:10 am »
Chippie, is Oom Oom Willem met die BM?
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« Reply #57 on: August 31, 2006, 08:04:55 am »
Bedonderd!
Wat 'n amazing plek! Nice trip guys! :thumbright:  :hello1:  :hello1:  :hello1:  :hello1:
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« Reply #58 on: August 31, 2006, 08:24:25 am »
Quote from: "Leo"
Excellent one Dewald, Eddie & Kobus.

......and Richard who hasn't posted any pics.

A trip like this will be my next - around Easter next year!  :wink:


So Leo

Lets start plannig, I have to do one of these trips....

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« Reply #59 on: August 31, 2006, 08:47:33 am »
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i would be intersted to see whats left of your tyres, as they looked close to used up at epupa 8)


Here is a picture of the rear of my bike the day we arrived back in Pretoria.  This rear tyre has done about 6300 km of both tar and offroad riding.  I did the Paradise Rally, this journey to Namibia and some relatively fast riding from the Botswana border home.  If you correctly set your tyre pressures, a tyre should last you about 6000 - 7000 km (Continental TKC80's).  The front tyre will last about 12000 km.  I will fit both front and rear for the GS Challenge 2006.



Not bad considering this tyre should be used offroad only.
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