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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #280 on: December 11, 2020, 09:54:15 am »
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #281 on: December 11, 2020, 01:50:17 pm »
Awesome adventure ......and a great read ......thanks for sharing
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #282 on: December 11, 2020, 03:14:14 pm »
Yes...the dynamic is very different when you are out there on your own. You very very quickly learn that you are not as tough and brave as you thought you were ;)

But there is also something very special about being in Kaokoland on your bike on your own...for some of us its worth the risk.
 

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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #283 on: December 11, 2020, 03:22:51 pm »
Yes...the dynamic is very different when you are out there on your own. You very very quickly learn that you are not as tough and brave as you thought you were ;)

But there is also something very special about being in Kaokoland on your bike on your own...for some of us its worth the risk.

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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #284 on: December 11, 2020, 04:56:18 pm »
As ek saam met jou daar moes deur sou ons seker nou nog in sirkels om die olifante gery het :imaposer:

Tyd vir koffie n slag...
 

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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #285 on: December 11, 2020, 07:49:26 pm »
As ek saam met jou daar moes deur sou ons seker nou nog in sirkels om die olifante gery het :imaposer:

Tyd vir koffie n slag...

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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #286 on: December 11, 2020, 11:07:47 pm »
Excellent reporting on an area of this rock I dream of riding someday, though not solo, hopefully a handful of WD's will accompany my tour of Namibia.
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #287 on: December 12, 2020, 07:45:38 am »
Nice hanger .... It's been a special account of a very special part of the world - thank you!  :thumleft:

The 500 It is the most versatile solo adventure bike around - perfect for this sort of riding  :deal:

I got weak in the knees and went for it. Just needs some adventurising.  :biggrin:
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #288 on: December 12, 2020, 12:01:32 pm »
Boskak Bruce, this rates among the best ride reports on here.
 

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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #289 on: December 12, 2020, 01:23:39 pm »
Great report, shot  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #290 on: December 12, 2020, 05:11:58 pm »
Boskak Bruce, this rates among the best ride reports on here.
Yes, I vote for him changing his forum name :imaposer:
 
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #291 on: December 17, 2020, 07:28:43 am »
Het Bruce verdwaal?
Kom ons wag.
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #292 on: December 17, 2020, 09:17:33 am »
Hi guys. I just got back from my Namakwa 4x4 trail trip yesterday. I'll complete the ride report tonight - promise.
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #293 on: December 17, 2020, 09:58:34 pm »
Hi guys. I just got back from my Namakwa 4x4 trail trip yesterday. I'll complete the ride report tonight - promise.

It is tonight :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #294 on: December 17, 2020, 10:24:19 pm »
Boskak Bruce, this rates among the best ride reports on here.
Yes, I vote for him changing his forum name :imaposer:
That's a great idea! Boskak Bruce. Now to convince the moderators to allow me to change it!
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DAY 11 Ė PALMWAG TO UIS
« Reply #295 on: December 17, 2020, 10:26:52 pm »
Itís 5am. Iím wide awake. I canít sleep any longer. Itís our last day in remote Namibia.

The trip has been incredible so far. We're ridden rocks, riverbeds, sand dunes - everything I could hope for.

Perhaps more meaningful for me is that Iíve bonded with my two new friends.

Iím feeling a cocktail of emotions as I lay there contemplating the day - everything from excitement to sadness.

The thought of riding through the Desolation Valley again gets me excited, but Iím anxious about riding without Jan Lucas and Marc.

Iíve crossed 18 countries on a mototcycle alone, so itís not riding alone that worries me - itís the wildlife that inhabits my route today. I, for one, do not want to end up as lion food or under the paw of an elephant... and as unlikely as those scenarios are, they are a real risk out here.

But, the call to adventure is stronger than my Amygdala's fear response, so I get out of bed secretly hoping that Jan Lucas or Marc have changed their minds.

Jan Lucas gets up shortly after me and it becomes clear that he hasn't changed his mind.

To be completely honest, I feel sad that the two people I had imagined would have my back Ė whose back I feel responsible for having - have sort of abandoned me. The team I thought that we were seems not to be the team we are in reality.

The thought that keeps looping around in my head is that both Jan Lucas and Marc are physically capable of completing todayís route, they just decided that they were too tired to.

I mean, weíre at the finish line. This is the last day of the trip!

Fuck being tired. But that's just me.

I make peace with their choice and shake off my kak feelings, prepare some coffee, get dressed, pack the bike, give the guys a hug goodbye and hit the road.

Itís 6:30am as I pull out of Palmwag Lodge. The air is chilled and thereís not a breath of wind so the dust from the car that passed a few minutes ago is still lingering in the air creating a kind of eerie feeling.
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #296 on: December 17, 2020, 10:27:51 pm »
It seems that my fears of running into an elephant may not be that far fetched. I notice some fresh dung and a line of elephant tracks leading down the road into the distanceÖ
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #297 on: December 17, 2020, 10:28:13 pm »
Before I bump into any, I turn off towards desolation valley on a small rocky track.
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #298 on: December 17, 2020, 10:29:10 pm »
Iím playing my Electronic music playlist in my helmet and feeling great - focusing on not losing the front wheel on the stony gravel corners.

Soon I see the Desolation Valley looming in the distance.

I pass a well that's pumping ground water out of a pipe and consider filling up my water bladder. But the well is surrounded by elephant footprints and some fresh dung, so I decide not to.
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Re: Virgin Sand In Kaokoland (a post lockdown adventure)
« Reply #299 on: December 17, 2020, 10:29:46 pm »
A fox runs across the track in the distance, reminding me again that in this place, Iím not at the top of the food chain.,

I descend into the valley and the track turns sandy.
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