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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2010, 10:57:21 am »
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2010, 11:12:48 am »
Lekr - hope there is more :thumleft:
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2010, 11:44:58 am »
Ahhh, Not too long and I will be picking your brains about your ride.

My parents ran the Outward Bound School there from 85 to 92 or so. I played a few games for Chipinge Rugby Club in the Umvukwe's tournament. It is on my bucket list to go ride around there for a bit and climb the mountains again.

Thanks for the memories so far.
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2010, 01:35:50 pm »
Ahhh, Not too long and I will be picking your brains about your ride.

My parents ran the Outward Bound School there from 85 to 92 or so. I played a few games for Chipinge Rugby Club in the Umvukwe's tournament. It is on my bucket list to go ride around there for a bit and climb the mountains again.

Thanks for the memories so far.

Anytime, give me a shout, I went to visit Doug Van Der Ruit whilst we were there, your parents will know him and his dad Hennie, they were very involved with Outward Bound. You will see in my next posting that we rode to the Corner in the mountains and spent a day hiking and swimming in the pools and rivers, so watch this spot.
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2010, 10:50:59 pm »
Hallo Mark

Nice trip, we have got much better riding up here than the guys down there. Swartbergpas every weekend.
Thank for posting your report.
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2010, 11:26:58 pm »
Day4: Chimanimani.

We decided to hang around for an extra day exploring this awesome place with it's beautiful mountains, msasa tree forests, crystal clear streams,  fresh mountain air and friendly people.
Dave and I especially wanted to visit our old school and walk around the old village and reminisce about our childhood growing up here.

Aquick tour around the village revealed that it had fallen badly into decay and ruin, uncle Bobs  hands had past over the place and placed a curse on this once bustling little village.

The main street.



This used to be the Bottle Store, now the MDCs Building.





The St Georges Anglican Church.



Our old Primary School, when we were there there were 25 pupils total, now there are 400!




The old country club, now taken over by the war veterans who have f@cked it up completely.




Not wanting to spend too much time on the deteriorating town we decided to head for those magnificent Chimanimani mountains for a little hike , and boy were we in for a treat, still one of the most beautiful untouched places I have ever been to. Words can not describe how spectacular this place is, so I'll let the pictures tell the story...........











The water was crystal clear but cooooold! Leeu koud!!  :eek7: :eek7:



John L.



Me.















Even Tarzan showed up!
:imaposer: :imaposer:




The riding was quite challenging in places!  :ricky:







Then a quick stop at a shabeen for some cold ones......... :occasion14:









Then back to the Hotel.



Many of these were consumed!





.................and so ended another tough day in Africa!

The next day was to be even better!  More to come..................







 
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2010, 06:00:42 am »
MORE PLEASE :ricky:
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2010, 08:32:23 am »
Naaais!
 

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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2010, 08:56:36 am »
Awesome!

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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2010, 09:53:59 am »
Loving it!! Thanks  :thumleft:

 

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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #30 on: June 24, 2010, 12:07:42 pm »
Great stuff  :thumleft:
Next installment please!
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #31 on: June 24, 2010, 01:34:14 pm »
Great report Mark , keep it coming
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #32 on: June 24, 2010, 01:34:58 pm »
Lekker man! :ricky:
 

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« Reply #33 on: June 24, 2010, 01:44:17 pm »
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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #34 on: June 24, 2010, 01:59:40 pm »
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« Reply #35 on: June 24, 2010, 02:49:52 pm »
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« Reply #36 on: June 24, 2010, 03:04:49 pm »
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« Reply #37 on: June 24, 2010, 05:04:37 pm »
 :happy1: :sleepy2:  Awww common guys were waiting.
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« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2010, 03:28:49 pm »
Day 5; Chimanimani to Vumba.

After a hearty breakfast we kitted up and left Chimanimani, riding down the valley on the road to Cashel, the first part of the road was well used, but in a bad rutted and rocky condition, but as we went the road got less used and athe bush was slowly taking over and at times the trail was down to a single track. The scenery remained breathtakingly beautiful and we stopped regularly to enjoy the view. John B, was so busy admiring the view that he ended up lying on his back in the middle of the road!  :imaposer:









We rode this beautiful road for about 80km before reaching the small village of Cashel, we hadn't filled up in Chimanimani so we searched for a fuel station here, unfortunately there wasn't one, another 20km and a police roadblock we found petrol at the small settlement called Nhedziwa.



Some of the shops and stores.





From there it was back onto the dirt on a road that I can only describe as the best dirt road I have ever had the privilege of riding! The road twisted and turned through the indigenous Msasa forests between beautiful rock and boulder kopjies, the road was hard surfaced with a layer of sand on top, perfect traction, every corner was camber perfectly, on corner after another of throwing the bikes hard first left the right, down through little dry river beds then climbing up and over the mountains, then the road opened up with long straights with gentle sweeping corners inviting you to hang on the throttle, leaving long drifting powerslides for 40 to 50 meters at a time. I was going so fast i didn't dare look at the speedo. What an experience of exhilaration, speed  and control. 8) 8)











Around mid day we decided to stop at another shabeen for some refreshments. As usual we were the only customers for about 10 miutes until the bush telegraph went out and before long the place was crowded with inquisitive onlookers. No matter where we went or stopped, every shabeen had it's local resident Rastafarian, dredlocks and all! :eek7:









The resident Rastafarian.



John B describing his wipeout and the "farm he had bought that morning". :imaposer:





That afternoon we made it to the Vumba mountains and we booked in at a place called "Seldom Seen", a cottage set in the mountains with an exquisite view. The bird life here was phenomenal, and birders come from far and wide to seek those elusive species to ad to their positively identified lists.
Unfortunately a cold font had started to move in turning the weather very miserable for riding, so we found a great restaurant and decided to settle down to some good food and beverages. :biggrin:

The cottage at Seldom Seen.



The restaurant.



The view.





Huddled around the fire.







More to come soon. ;)

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Re: Zimbabwe - 6 Friends & 6 KTMs in DS heaven.
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2010, 03:54:43 pm »
Makes me wanna go home

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