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Offline u-go

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #60 on: January 25, 2010, 08:40:39 am »
Camera: Ask Mr Jamber. The photos here are from the four of us. All the really good looking ones are his, or at least taken with his camera.

The rest will come. WD server issues (i presume) meant the rest did not happen on Friday. Hopefully by this friday
 

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #61 on: January 25, 2010, 01:44:02 pm »
Day 9: Solitaire to Sosusvlei: 9hrs on the bike, 225km

C19 south
then turned off onto D826 westwards to sosusvlei

Again not much done in distance, but lots to tell. The usual slightly too late “uit die vere” (literally) and some apple pie for breakfast



The view of the others sleeping



The view from my little afdakkie. I was expecting some dew. This was the first time that i bothered making a roof. Cant say i got wet once.





Heading toward the vlei on the tar road. That Dakar looks loaded. And lookie look, see what's coming...



This stuff is not fun on a loaded bike. There was some general misunderstanding and confusion, and in the process we  made an attempt at proceeding to the vlei. I had one off and a lot of paddling. I think both Mark and Alex has some time in the sand too. After some time and some more confusing reports from various people in bakkies we realise that we are not suppose to be here on our bikes. Oops. So we pull in under a shade tree and have a break. Mark and Alex, please give a blurb about the beauty of Sosusvlei, and the wonders of modern GPS units






On their adventure to find the vlei they take some great pics with Jamber’s camera, and also manage to drop Alex’s one in the sand, so now the debugging procedure also involves shaking the camera until the lens withdraws to the correct position.









Jamber and myself called in lazy and said that we better guard the bikes against all the thieving ants, antelope and who knows what not.







They’re nogal serious about it too. I can honestly say that not one of us saw the sign – we were focussing on the hell ahead of us.



Finally back on terra firma (this sand does not count as solid ground). Alex and Mark swears to never ride any dirt ever again... ja right, whatever!



After a bit of umming and ahhing we call in at the absolute ripoff campsite. I had a pie and coke from across the road for supper, and Jamber had his freeze-dried breakfast stolen by a jackal – hope the bugger found a well of water to drown his thirst/sorrow
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #62 on: January 25, 2010, 01:45:06 pm »
forgot to add - Mark and Alex went to the restaurant - apparently the food is not bad
 

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #63 on: January 25, 2010, 01:48:50 pm »
And i forgot to add this one. Silly buggers almost got away without carrying water. This is the return from the outing. I sometimes wish i went with - crazy as it was, still good memories  ;D

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #64 on: January 25, 2010, 01:58:21 pm »
Day 10: C27 south
through betta, continue on C27 then turn SW onto D707
join C13 south to Aus
347km
7hrs

Very few photos taken. This was the first time that the sand patches in the road stopped bothering me. Everything was red so i had no idea when they were coming up – so much better. Every now and then the bike would just float a little more. Twist the ear a bit and through. I think i was the only one who really enjoyed the sand patches.

Cool chair in Betta



This is where i decided that i need to shave. The young lady at the coffee shop, i guess her around 20, called me oom. This name was further reinforced when Jamber found that i had the most tread left on my tires, so clearly I qualify for the more sedate state of being Oom Hugo



Maybe Alex was enjoying the sand as well. He was the only one who enjoyed them all along, except for Sosos





Ahh, my Fugly with the Poorahtech

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #65 on: January 25, 2010, 02:17:55 pm »
Day 11 C13 south
through Rosh Pinah and onto D212 to border at Sendelingsdrif
onto gravel road with no name heading south
through lekkersing
onto R382 eastwards
spend night at steinkopf
425km
10 hours

Look at those stallions - they're so wild someone even put a warning sign up for them.


Some more ghettofixing of the camera


Jamber almost ready for action!




First view of good old SA


“We’re on a boat!” (Added just for you Alex)


Richtersveld – this was a fun bit of riding. My bike also turned 50 somewhere in between the diamond areas.


Here somewhere we crossed paths with a herd of horses. j was up i front and got to ride next to them for a while. I came in next was in the act of taking the camera out of my jacket pocket when the leaders suddenly decided it is a good idea to cross the road. What followed was a bit of a dusty nightmare . It was a juggle between dropping the camera (equals death when i get home) braking with one hand on the handle bars (death from coming pip at speed) or not breaking (death from stampeding horses). I chose the correct combination and somehow manage to survive. it took a while for the dust to clear and the others to realise that i was not lying in the ditch. All in all it was one of my best experiences of the entire trip, just such a pity that there are no photos to show.

Hiding in the only shade there is




Unpacking for the second last time!


Half finished rondawel made for two or not, we all crashed, somewhere. Alex was the lucky one to draw the straw for the bed, the rest of us crashed here there and everywhere – literally – the place was FULL once we settled down. Watched The Green Mile that evening.

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2010, 02:28:34 pm »
Day 12 HOME!

N7

To start the day, we got going late. I have around 20 minutes of video footage of alex trying to get his camera to work "because the N7 looks very different going back than what it does going up"

It was fun though.




Some crazy caterpillar. this dude could move!
 


The ride home was rather uneventful. The citrusdal area was wonderful - all the trees were in blossom, so a very fragrant ride. The downside to this is that my grey gear looked rather camouflaged by the time we left the valley. It was also a mission to keep the visors clean.


We did not get to where we planned, but regardless of that, it was an amazing trip, especially since it was the first one for all of us. Another big thanks to Jamber for all the effort that went into it, and to Mark and Alex for providing endless entertainment and good company, and also to all the Wilddogs who have posted RRs - they all served as inspiration and motivation for making this trip happen!

over and out
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #67 on: January 25, 2010, 04:56:12 pm »
Well done - great report :thumleft:
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #68 on: January 25, 2010, 07:32:38 pm »
well done guys, excellent  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #69 on: January 25, 2010, 09:16:40 pm »
Thanks for sharing!!

Well done.
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #70 on: January 26, 2010, 02:40:56 am »
Great stuff, and more great photos! :hello2:
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #71 on: January 26, 2010, 04:25:37 am »
Cool one guys! respect!
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #72 on: January 26, 2010, 06:24:15 am »
INSPIRING STUFF ! Well done  :thumleft:
ROUTE DIFFICULTY:1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillion friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillion friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding
5 = expert only (we are not worthy, still to meet one)
 

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #73 on: January 26, 2010, 08:58:21 am »
Thnxs for a nice "blue print" for one of our next rides!!

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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #74 on: January 28, 2010, 12:07:52 pm »
Very Nice! :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Noobs in Nam
« Reply #75 on: February 02, 2010, 10:55:39 am »
Nice pics. Was Jamber "bekruiping" a Gemsbok?
 

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Re: Noobs in Nam [Now with vids]
« Reply #76 on: December 13, 2011, 04:59:02 pm »
So you may have noticed in some of the pics (and comments) that Alex had a camera strapped to the front of his bike for the entire trip. It took photos as we rode along, every few seconds. We've finally gotten 'round to processing these pics and have created a timelapse video of the entire trip. It's sped up about 180 times.

This might be useful for those of you planning your first trip into Namibia to see what the roads are really like.

Apologies for the gimpy background music. I had some troubles uploading to YouTube; it kept whining about copyright for my Super Awesome (tm) backtracks, which I took from the actual playlists of music I was listening to on this ride, and so disabled the videos or audio tracks. After a lot of annoying fiddling, I've resorted to just using YouTube provided songs. But they're of the wrong length and don't always suit the mood of the road section. Better than nothing.

Without further ado, in full HD glory, here's Namibia like you've never seen it before!

day1:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/YKgMuFbFs1s" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/YKgMuFbFs1s</a>

day2:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/FbO1M-m5LaI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/FbO1M-m5LaI</a>

day3:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GooPloRiAkQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/GooPloRiAkQ</a>

day4:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/xkMiglYKIvU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/xkMiglYKIvU</a>

day5:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Y-JFjXwRPow" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Y-JFjXwRPow</a>

day6:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/scp-WJYVKis" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/scp-WJYVKis</a>

day7:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/a4YooEpcHcw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/a4YooEpcHcw</a>

day8:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/qESY6GrIr8Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/qESY6GrIr8Q</a>

day9:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/AcXsbqbOwWw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/AcXsbqbOwWw</a>

day10:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/bOTrryqVjUU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/bOTrryqVjUU</a>

day11:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/kIl3USjJcmc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/kIl3USjJcmc</a>

day12:
Didn't bother to post boring ride back down N7. Just watch day1 in reverse!