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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #120 on: March 17, 2009, 04:00:01 am »
That is REAL adventure. Keep it coming!  :thumleft:

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #121 on: March 17, 2009, 07:16:41 am »
Your pics of the Bull dust road brings fond memories of Botswana  :mwink:

damn this a good RR... :thumleft:
 

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #122 on: March 17, 2009, 07:47:39 am »
You guys are my heros…   :thumleft:
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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #123 on: March 17, 2009, 08:29:28 am »
Awesome RR....

I agree...Roll of Honor here we come! SOOO jealous! Well done...
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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #124 on: March 17, 2009, 10:50:34 am »
really looked 4ward 2 reading ur reports every morning - such INSPIRING stuff guys :drif:

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #125 on: March 17, 2009, 11:43:42 am »
I am really enjoying this. Keep it coming MJ. You're an inspiration!
 

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #126 on: March 17, 2009, 02:35:17 pm »
Did you at least have a looksee for crocs?

Ja, we did. No sleepsels anywhere and both up and downstream from our spot was fairly shallow.


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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #127 on: March 17, 2009, 02:37:24 pm »

MJ, what Canon are u using???? There is some really excellent photo's.


A Powershot A460. Sommer a cheapie I bought in Upington on the way to the Namaqua/Richtersveld trip.



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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #128 on: March 17, 2009, 02:38:45 pm »
MJ, can we please have your report in PDF format (like the Angola trip) when finished? Stunning report. Congrats!

Jackshit, that shit is over my head man. I'm not clued up enough to help you there.



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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #129 on: March 17, 2009, 02:41:37 pm »

Bet you have a fear of velcro?


Haha, that one is new to me. I like it.


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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #130 on: March 17, 2009, 02:54:36 pm »
What a great ride report. Thank you for sharing.
I am very keen to hear what you think of the 800 gs and how they performed. I know how capable Nardus is but personally think the 990 is a bit too heavy for the rest of us mere mortals for a trip like this. What do you think.

Lance, I only rode the 800 here and there where I was helping Hennie out. On the negative side, I found the throttle response a bit too twitchy to my liking. Otherwise they are not bad at all. They appear to have none of the negatives that the older GS's had. Personally I like having a lighter bike, and between the 640 and 800 the difference was marked. I will probably always go for the lighter bike. The last two days, when we were steeking it on tar, I really envied the bigger bikes though.

As for the 950, yes it is heavy, but the terrain on this trip was not really demanding. I would not have minded to ride one myself. It is only when you really start to sukkel that the weight becomes an issue.

Nardus is of course talking crap when he downplays the benefit of fuel economy on the 800's. Personally, on an adventure bike, I rate fuel economy of an equal (if not higher) importance than supension.


Awesome RR....

LOVE the paintings on the bike! Looks great! Is it perm or did it come off?


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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #131 on: March 17, 2009, 03:34:33 pm »
Fantastic stuff.
An adventure of dreams.

Two things though, would scare the hell out of me.
Soft sand
Warm beer

Dunno if i could cope.
 

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #132 on: March 17, 2009, 04:57:14 pm »
Well the amazing and thought provoking question for me out of this RR is would I manage it on my 1150 GSA? The bike is more than tough enough, and comforfable enough...... but eish the weight... on those tracks....and mud... and sand and...  My self answer to this will determine the longevity relationship with my beloved iron pig. Die Hell and Baviaans was just as rocky in some places, and the Bots sand was prolly just as deep but... Hmmmmmmmm the GS(A?) 800 is starting to look pretty. ???
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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #133 on: March 17, 2009, 08:55:42 pm »
This day should be our last day, lots of distance to cover; tonight we want to be at the lake again. The day starts badly.

First, the jumper cables prove to be less effective than I had hoped. It appears that when a battery gets an internal dead short, it interferes with the current passing to it from the donor bike. Thanks to our very own Lecap, I now know to jump directly to the starter in future.

Nardus’s quote for the day; “All you need for a lekker trip is two KTM’s”.




The second reason this day starts badly is this:
When we planned this trip I did a lot of research on the landmine situation, seeing as this is such an out of the way area. I found this.




So it’s not like the place is infested. But there are several areas on our route that is suspected to still be mined, and the info comes from the villagers. You’d be stupid to ignore it.

Basically you are safe as long as you stay on well used pathways. Mines are generally planted close to villages. If there is an area close by a village that is not being worked or walked, then you would do well to first enquire from the villagers before going there.

The previous evening we broke all these rules. We followed footpaths that led to huts with planted fields. We went off these tracks to the only area with trees, no paths and no sign of agriculture. This is where we slept. For some reason we did not even think about the landmine risk. I really don’t know why we slipped up like this.

We have about a two hundred meters to cover to get back to the road. About eighty meters out we start riding into and out of 4 – 5 landmine holes. Lucky for us there had been a sweeper team here at some stage that detonated them.

I am mightily pissed off at myself. I don’t like making mistakes in general, and I hate making mistakes like this. This is not the kind of mistake you can fix afterwards if it goes wrong.



Back to the ride. As the morning progresses we get to ride entertaining tracks again, bush, no bush, short sand pieces and a rut or two. Actually quite relaxing and I am able to let the landmine mistake go and just enjoy the ride.




















We pass through villages,





and do the neverending bridges. I am almost embarrassed to say I just never picked up any skills in dealing with these confounded bridges. They just plain out-psyched me.








Here’s Brian, waiting for us to catch up.





The dream.





The reality.





We make it to Marrupa. We stop for lunch. Apparently they also have taxi problems.





We get cold beer, and spectators.








Oh, and I learn something new. I always look at these Portuguese menus and the only thing I recognize is ‘frango’ – chicken. And everytime we get served the toughest mother…ker of a chicken you ever had to remove from in between your teeth. This has been going on for years now.

Finally the penny drops. Frango does not mean chicken. These people do not serve chicken, they serve either hen or cock. ‘Galinha’ means hen. ‘Frango’ means one badass werfhoender rapist, baas vannie plaas, muscle and sinew, agro, fight to the death cockerel.

Every single time I thought I ordered chicken in Mozambique and Angola,  I’ve been ordering rooster. Things are looking up for next time. Portuguese peri-peri galinha is in my future.

Leaving Marrupa, we still believe that we can make it to the border before closing time. From where I’m sitting now, that wasn’t so viable an expectation.

It’s me and the bridges again and with the battery now dead, the bike’s idling is also getting worse, stalling in the most awkward of places. Normally on a bridge. And a bridge is normally the lowest point around.



Que my mates to run-start my bike going uphill.


We ride again on tracks that is not in agreement with T4A. And we ride fast, because we want to make the border, a couple of hundred kilo’s away. It closes at six. This time we get lost quite a bit though.

In the end I set the GPS to compass and this proves to be quite effective. Just make sure you are heading within a 30 degree variance of where you want to be.


This is the second day straight that the bikes are ridden hard over uneven terrain and it begins to show.

On my bike a bolt on the carrier goes it’s own way and my back wheel eats all my stretchies, my side cover and part of my tent.


Brian donates his pannier bags and brackets.





Hennie’s  bags are also showing serious wear.




Steeking like this makes for not many pictures, but the scenes are still worthy, even though it is entrusted to the feeble memory.





And everytime we stop, this scene repeats itself.




One thing happened that sticks in my mind. Late afternoon we are backtracking again and it is hot, wev’e been steeking for hours already. I ask a local directions, which he takes to be a request for water. A little girl of about 4 is summoned and she returns from the hut with a tin cup filled with the best tasting water I can remember ever having. Cool, clear, sweet and beautiful. Just a little cup in which a universe of peace and quiet and reflection. Weird.


At dusk Nardus again get’s pulled off by police and given grief for speeding. Justified I would say, but it wastes another half an hour.

Check out the young one on the back.




We keep going after dark, and when we finally reach the border post we pull into the shebeen we stopped at that first day. They are kind enough to let us sleep in the yard.

The riding part of the trip is just about over. We sleep 50m from the boom.


This is Mandimba border post, I have always had a pleasant experience here.




Packing up the next morning, and it appears that I may need a little wipe down before I meet the Missus.





That's about it folks. I will post some thoughts on the trip and a last couple of pictures that did not make it into the report tomorrow.

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #134 on: March 17, 2009, 10:09:47 pm »
Thanks MJ & Co for another great report!!  :thumleft:

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #135 on: March 18, 2009, 06:57:19 am »
I am so jealous  :biggrin: :biggrin:

I am a huge fan of your ride reports, they are inspiring :thumleft:
They just get better and better.

Thanks for sharing :ricky:
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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #136 on: March 18, 2009, 08:22:30 am »
Awesome report, I always judge ride reports on how I feel when I finish reading them, the key is do you want to go ride there right now and are you unhappy that you have reached the end... This fitted both of those criteria.

Thanks for sharing again.
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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #137 on: March 18, 2009, 10:00:01 am »
Thanks MJ. Outstanding as always.

I got the Niassa part
I got the Chucky Norris part
But what about John the Baptist?

Or did I miss something?

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #138 on: March 18, 2009, 10:41:55 am »
Still coming.

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Re: Niassa, Chucky Norris and John the Baptist.
« Reply #139 on: March 18, 2009, 01:00:00 pm »
Wow I am really enjoying this RR! Great great work MJ!  :thumleft: