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Offline BuRP

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Yesterday 23 June 2021 @Hardy de Kock 's Northern Namibia Tour ended, in doing so rudely dumping all participants & crew back into civilization, with people & traffic, back onto tar even!
After 12 days of magnificent riding offroad, on roads, tracks, riverbeds in canyons, down van Zyl's Pass and racing across vaaaaast open plains, this all in the deserted parts of Northern Namibia amoung the Himba tribe, trust me this is more than a bit of an adjustment - for me yeah, but I'm sure all others experience same.
As I write this the crew manning the various vehicles are not even home yet, and I hope they will travel safe.

Some participants are WD members, others are not - or are but hardly ever contribute, of they remember their login details that is  :P
@Kamanya , who was part of the crew, suggested a collective RR to be started so all can contribute.

Herewith, please do so below....
« Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 12:44:49 pm by BuRP »
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2021, 12:56:32 pm »
come on hurry up then :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2021, 01:29:30 pm »
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2021, 01:41:04 pm »
Day 1

Thursday 10 June I flew to Windhoek from OR Tambo.
Some helmet-carriers on the same flight just had to be other participants, so we struck up a conversation as an icebreaker.
First time I flew Airlink - may I recommend this here? Small plane, decent space, and a (surprise!) good meal, cold but excellent quality & taste  :thumleft:
In Windhoek's rather small airport we waited for our minibus transport, and here we were joined by more participants, coming with another flight from the Cape.
Some local SIMcards were bought, then the Hiace arrived and we were shuttled to the lodge in Windhoek.

Here we met the crew and others, some 23 in total, hence here my problem grew.... I am lousy with remembering names you see, and I'll call Japie Hannes for 6 weeks on end without blinking.
Not so with women I hasten to add, and the two ladies' names from the crew I had down immediately: Chantal and Li-Mari (hope I have the speling corec for the latter name Dankie Adriaan, spelling reg nou  :thumleft: ;) )

Hardy's crew was himself & Chantal, Li-Mari & Adriaan, Andrew, Nicolas, Jaco and Hennie.
Hennie was bestowed the envious task of driving the Unimog (my drooling must be obvious still...), the ladies manned (I know, a misnomer, sorry...)  the 'kitchen' Landcruiser whilst Hardly piloted (die man is party keer moerhaastig, rerig  :P ) the backup/sweeping Landcruiser.
Jaco was the designated Sweeper, with Nickolas & Adriaan as support riders (all ex Quest participants, their riding skills showing this).
Andrew was the odd one out as he had to drive & ride both during this trip.

The participants were a large total of 15 riders, in no particular order:

Andre (WR450)
Rob (on a brandnew CRF300)
Mike (KTM350)
Jacques (XR650L)
Rickus (KTM950SE, the only Namibian on the group)
Kobus (KTM500)
Johan (KTM690)
Johannes (XR650L)
Kevin (CRF450)
Mark (rallyfied Husky701)
Braham (KTM450)
Pieter (KTM500)
Hugo (XR650L)
Werner (Husky701)
Bart (KTM500)

.... which (later) would be joined by the crew

Sweeper Jaco (WR450)
Support Nicolas (KTM350)
Support Adriaan (KTM990S)

.... and (later still) Andrew in a filling-in as needed position (rode anything plus a KTM525)



So, a large group, all mingling the first eve at the Arabusch Lodge in Windhoek.
Rooms were assigned and a meal was had by all.
Some socializing afterwards and the beds were hit, early departure the next day.
Oh, Windhoek was cool to cold at night, not unlike GunPoint's weather, but we were sheltered up in rooms in beds!
That would change....



(I have no pics to post of this first day, others probably will..... so post a few please  ;) )
« Last Edit: July 14, 2021, 07:59:34 pm by BuRP »
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2021, 02:06:16 pm »
Let the torture begin and let me see what I missed...    :biggrin:
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2021, 02:56:31 pm »
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2021, 03:22:29 pm »
Maybe Kilroy can help them with the login details... ;) :lol8:
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2021, 03:33:08 pm »
Looking forward to see your report and photo's  :thumleft:
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2021, 03:37:41 pm »
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2021, 05:07:30 pm »
First night's briefing at the Arebbusch Travel Lodge. Anticipation levels high as Hardy outlines the plan for the next morning. We would trailer the bikes 2 hrs North to get out of Windhoek and avoid the danger of the roads.


« Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 05:10:33 pm by deapsquatter »
 

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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2021, 05:16:52 pm »
 :ricky:

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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2021, 07:33:34 pm »
Thanks Kevin!
AJS hmm?
You liar you  :P

Correct indeed.
Hardy briefed us on the day ahead, warning all of not only Windhoek's traffic but also (mining)trucks on the tarred roads ahead, with the 'Right of Weight' the most dominant traffic rule.
And, for the wide dirtroads we would encounter he urged us to stay well Left when approaching a blind rise (Nam has a gazillion of these!) to avoid a head-on collision with rented campervans driven by foreign tourists busy doing anything but for concentrating on the road ahead whilst expecting the deserted landscape to be exactly that, deserted, roads included.
Of course Hardy did, he simply had to: he'd be leading a mixed kettle of fish of which he did not know if they could actually swim or not!

To negate the worst we would be minibussed out of Windhoek to Usakos where we would start to ride our bikes.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 07:40:48 pm by BuRP »
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2021, 08:58:13 pm »
Day 2, the first riding day.

Early rise, leaving our excess luggage (laptops, extra clothing or why) safely at the lodge where we'd return.
Dressed in riding gear we loaded our kitbags in the Unimog, then boarded the taxi.
Because I'm an overweight fat sod my frame could not fit into the Hiace, however my excuse is, still, that all seats were already occupied!
Instead of an agreed-on 12-seater a 9-seater rocked up.... so I bummed a lift from Hennie in the Unimog!

Did I say I like this vehicle?
Marvellous to experience a low revving diesel computer-automatic (blipping quickshifter with tiptronic & all!) truck in sweet nick with legendary offroad capabilities - even on tar!
Anyway, we arrived at Usakos where the bikes were offloaded and the trailers and some cars were left behind in a safe yard behind a by Hardy owner-befriended petrol station.

Here the riding started.
First we filled up our tanks at the petrol station we were at.
A bit of tar first, then over wide dirtroads to Spitzkoppe where we would camp.
As I was on mousses (pre-superlubed for this trip!) I kept the speed well down, no need to blow it on the first day.
I had visited Spitzkoppe before so the lone towering impression this oversized anthill makes in the plains was a familiar however still impressive sight  :thumleft:

Upon arrival we all veered right right at the sign 'Bar' just after the entrance, funny that, already a likeminded group!  :lol8:
After the vehicles arrived some followed these, others went to some sand to practice their skills, and some went up the rock to visit the natural pool.
A few shy types with atrocious social skills stayed behind to deplete the bar's beer stock, with the result that they could not find the camping site out of the many well-hidden spots!
But, this gave me the opportunity to ride past literally ALL of them, and Murphy helped me here for a change: I found our camp on the veryvery last spot, a well tucked away one (pics below) of course, so I got a nice ride in!  :P

At the campsite an evening routine started, which was
- help unload the Unimog
- collect a stretcher & mattress (yes, a comfy mattress on top of a decent stretcher, for comfort but also warmth on your backside)
- collect your kitbag (in which your sleeping bag & pillow)
- find a spot which suits you (for some faaaaaar away from the loudest snorers) and erect your bed there
- get rid or your riding gear and change into comfy clothes
- then do whatever or go for a shower

I did the latter, which was next to the same bar I earlier had left - so of course (duh!) I rode there  :P
When I left the shower my sidestand spring-assembly shot off into oblivia, leaving me a limp sidestand.... a fairly common problem for KTMs I'll admit, but this came as a real surprise because I had serviced this assembly properly beforehand, I even had locktite'd 'the' screw in!
Clearly to no avail, and looking for the various parts was a no go because it was getting dark already.
Oh well, I finally found out why KTM plastics have that sidestand-securing rubber fitted as standard for!
Only with a vague hope of finding the various parts the next morning I left for the camp, after all my trip could be done without them.

I found the camp already setup, a big circle of comfy chairs around a campfire - lekker!
Because I am a coffee aficionado I was pleasantly surprised to also find ground coffee and plunger-pots next to a kettle of boiling water - so I immediately brewed a pot and drank a few  :thumleft:
We had a super dinner, and this proved to be the norm for this trip: excellent varied tasty meals, at home I often do with less, no kidding.

Then, after some banter we hit our beds, a long day riding North ahead.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 09:06:24 pm by BuRP »
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2021, 09:04:25 pm »
Looking forward to read the different experiences from most participants.

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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2021, 09:17:03 pm »
Looking forward to read the different experiences from most participants.

ETS, jy moet kom skryf.

Dankie Dan, ek hoop ook so, laat almal hul kant bring - met fotos ook asseblief, ek het net myne en kan nie daai Google-ding access nie (geen account, verskoon).
So, post yours please?
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Re: Collective RR - Namibia Tour June 2021 with Specialized Adventures
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2021, 10:55:30 pm »
Whatsapp 2 weeks before the trip from Hardy. “Andrew, want to ride the Kaokoland? I need help. I’d like to ride some of the trip and need someone who can drive back-up, help riders who are struggling and be your normal joyous, humble self. On the days I don’t ride, you can on a 525 nogal. Would you do it?”

“Thanks but No. I can’t afford all that time off and the extra 5 or 6 days of driving up and down.”

“Ok, how about I cross your palm with some silver, cover Covid costs and fly you up and back.”

Shit he drives a hard bargain! But I am resolute and sort of stand my ground...

“See you in Windhoek!”

And so it came to be that I was issued with one of these



Told my loved ones that this was sort of’ish what I was doing…



At the airport, saw this bunch and made my introductions



Got the shuttle to Areabush Lodge to meet the rest of the group



The toys





The gang






Let me say, this out straight; If you’ve ever had the faintest of wishes to ride the finest desert adventure paths, possibly in the world, this trip is for you.

Because the utter remoteness of the Kaokoland with little to no possibility to get help if things go wrong, unless you are highly competent, have an utterly reliable bike and are extremely well practiced in being self-sufficient, this trip remains but the thing of dreamy lustful thoughts.

Hooking up with people like Hardy’s crew suddenly opens up the possibility to turn dreams into reality. A LOT of the things that make this trip almost impossible, simply becomes Hardy’s problem and you are left to sample the gifts of that part of the world with not even having to be hindered by your tool kit on your bike let alone your luggage.

But more of this later…

« Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 10:56:40 pm by Kamanya »
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« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2021, 09:54:09 am »
I've been member of the forum since 2013, but I'm one of the 90% who only ever consumed and never contributed. So here's to changing that.

I got introduced to Hardy via Jaco who took part in Quest 2020.  Jaco already agreed to come on this trip as 'crew in training' soon after Quest ended.

For months he thus tried to convince me to also join.  I had all kinds of excuses, like not having a bike and that we can rather just do it on our own again for much cheaper (we did a similar route in 2013, with no backup, 6000km round trip from Cape Town).

About 2 months before the trip, I saw an ad for a Honda XR650L in Riversdal. We were in Hartenbos at the time. 2 hours later I bought the bike and was riding back to Hartenbos on some gravel back roads.

That night I asked Hardy if there was still space on the trip. I took the last or second last spot.

Riding from Hartenbos to Prince Albert I noticed the steering bearing had a kink in it. Hardy kindly offered to check it out. So, a few days later Jaco and I rode up to Loxton via the beautiful Oukloof.

Hardy is super helpful and knowledgeable, and we replaced the steering bearings in no time as well as a few other kinks (new clutch cable, untwisted throttle cable, etc). To say that the bike was severely neglected by previous owners would be a gross understatement. We also talked about the route, and I got more and more excited about the new places we would see and the more technical terrain that we could cover given that we can ride without 40kg of luggage and with a backup vehicle always close by.

Hardy also gave me a long list of other things that I still needed to do on the bike:
- Bigger rear sprocket
- New tyres
- Moving the regulator
- Remove snorkel
- Fuel filter
- Bigger side stand plate
- Exhaust hanger bracket
- and so on.

The next few weeks was thus spent trying to source and do all these things. Being in Prince Albert proved to be a logistical challenge with parts being shipped from Langebaan, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Johannesburg.

On 31 May I rode the bike back up to Loxton sporting brand new tyres, sprocket, chain, and other goodies.

My wife and I drove up to Namibia a week before the trip started. We were almost no allowed in being accused of trying to work in Namibia. (They did not believe that young people could ‘travel’ for three months).

On 10 June, my wife dropped me at Arrebush lodge. Being the youngest client, I thought it might be difficult to connect with the older guys (six of whom were more than double my age). But I soon found out that most guys were even younger at heart than me (and better riders).

The first conversations all started with: “Hi, what’s your name. What bike do you ride? Oh, the one with the screen or the makeshift bashplate? What tyres did you put on?”
And then soon after we would be chatting like lifelong friends, joking, and laughing.

And so, the trip of a lifetime started (one that I didn’t think I ‘needed’ but ended up being the best decision).

 
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« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2021, 10:18:41 am »
Subscribe- i was there as well and will relive the trip.....
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« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2021, 11:56:48 am »
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2021, 01:04:01 pm »
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