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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #100 on: July 13, 2010, 08:27:33 am »
What a great read ,thanks for sharing,I spent nearly 3 years at Rundu ,  was in 32 batt, you sure brought lots of memories back ,good and bad,Iwould love to go back to get some closure on some issues,the bridge at Menongue is just like it was ,just missing that lekker foofie slide.It must have been awesome to ride those tracks,can rememberwhen the kwevooils used to come up to us hitting a mine ,we would go without rats for a few days,shit really a good read. Would also like to do the Doodsakker,have been chatting to a few  fellow dogs to do the trip ,maybe next year. :thumleft:
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #101 on: July 13, 2010, 01:32:05 pm »
5 Star trip and 5 star report !! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #102 on: July 13, 2010, 01:52:36 pm »
SGB,

After re-reading this report I came to the following conclusion......

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This freakin awesome manne! RESPECT for doing it, albeit with a back-up Cruiser or 2.  :mwink:
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #103 on: July 13, 2010, 02:41:49 pm »
Shew! Stunning!

Your story just whets the appetite. One day, one day! Sooner than later hopefully.

I met up with Bakkes and Kallie at Felix's camp on my Richtersveld trip. They were excited about the trip. Bakkes is an interesting chap, he is an expert ear chewer.

And a kuieraar. He'll be at my place on Saturday evening.

Essentiale? Check!

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #104 on: July 13, 2010, 03:27:57 pm »
Great RR. Awesome pics. Big thanks for sharing, SBG.  :drif:

...Would also like to do the Doodsakker,have been chatting to a few  fellow dogs to do the trip ,maybe next year. :thumleft:
Mmmmmm. T'is calling us, G  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #105 on: July 13, 2010, 03:36:59 pm »
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Breat RR SGB.
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #106 on: July 13, 2010, 04:22:02 pm »
I should never have read this report, an old itch is now really starting to itch  :biggrin:

Awesome trip guys  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #107 on: July 13, 2010, 04:22:57 pm »
Respect is all I can say....RESPECT
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2010, 05:22:25 pm »
fantastic and well written thanks
 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2010, 09:15:28 pm »
What an adventure!!!  ;D
 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #110 on: July 13, 2010, 10:34:10 pm »
Shew! Stunning!

Your story just whets the appetite. One day, one day! Sooner than later hopefully.

I met up with Bakkes and Kallie at Felix's camp on my Richtersveld trip. They were excited about the trip. Bakkes is an interesting chap, he is an expert ear chewer.

And a kuieraar. He'll be at my place on Saturday evening.

Essentiale? Check!

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #111 on: July 13, 2010, 10:50:09 pm »
Respect is all I can say....RESPECT

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #112 on: July 13, 2010, 11:01:43 pm »
Awesome trip!
Thanks for sharing
 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #113 on: July 14, 2010, 04:13:51 am »
fan fucking tastic...

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #114 on: July 14, 2010, 09:53:44 am »
Awsome ride well done. :ricky:
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #115 on: July 14, 2010, 09:24:13 pm »
Day 11: Lubango to Flamingo Lodge
Distance: 280 km



We have a leisurely start and ride up the mountain to the “Cristo Rei” (Jesus Christ Statue).  The statue is one of 3 in the world and is a replica of the one found in Rio de Janeiro. Wikipedia describes it as follows: Cristo-Rei (English: Christ the King) is a Catholic monument of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and inaugurated on 17 May 1959. At that time, Portugal was being ruled by the President of the Council António de Oliveira Salazar, and it was on his orders that the Cristo-Rei was built.  Jesus has taken a few shots here, which makes this one slightly unique in this trio. We found this choir up there, singing like only Africans can sing, especially for our entertainment.  We handed a few Bibles to them, their appreciation once again a unique experience.





View of the city from the mountain





Humpata is the next stop.  This is where most of the “Dorsland trekkers” settled in 1878 and the years that followed.  I can see why they settled here, it is a great farming area and the remains of their fields, orchards and buildings show that they were working hard and doing well here.  We visit the monument and some graves in the area.  I am fortunate to find some of my wife’s ancestors; my father in law was born in Angola as part of this outing.  What I can tell you, is to get here from Rustenburg with an ox wagon is not for girls…..   Imagine if those people had motorbikes…..  















We were back on the tar, direction Namibe.  Leba pass is next touristy thing to do around here, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  The Yamaha’s front wheel still did not want to hold air (tubeless tyre leaking on the bead) – even after the panel beating in Lubango, so we quickly put in an 18” tube.  Problem solved.  Some of the bikes got “tested” a little more than the others, great fun coming down here.  You drop about 1km in altitude in 10 km of road winding its way down the mountain.  The ride is calmed by trucks with big blocks of granite on the back.  There are also some of these blocks lying on the side of the road, evidence of truck brakes failing here.  Must be a hairy experience….  We stop for lunch at the market at the foot of the pass.  The Portuguese rolls and bananas work well and hit the spot.



New Mitas E10 - very soft compound.  [EDIT:  I have since been lead to believe that the new shipment will have a harder compound.]



And if the tyre looks like that, the crash bars look like this.....







From here, the mango trees rapidly disappear and the landscape gradually dries.  Within an hour we are in the desert.  I can start feeling the air cooling off, a sign that we are nearing the coast.  A dry river bed near Namibe shows some life again and we arrive at the garage just outside of the town.  We fill up here and Gert discovers that the rear sub frame of the HP2 has broken on both sides.  We need a welding machine.  Bit of a tall order, but doable I think to myself.  We look on the GPS for a place that might have a machine under Points of Interest and a few possibilities come up.  We did not need to look on the GPS, just on the side of the road there is a guy busy welding the garage’s sign!  Wow!  We approach him, he is from Portugal, speaks English and is out here doing contract work for a while.  He does not have a welding helmet, his power connection is dodgy, but he welds the frame together in a flash and we are ready to go again once Gert as re-assembled his frame and extra fuel tank under the seat.  Gert offers the welder a six pack of beers and a Biker Bible.  He declines the beers and takes the Bible.  Go figure…..

Gert: "It was real a real humbling experience when the guy chose the Bible over the beers... makes one think about priorities!

In defense of my HP I must say that I overloaded the tail section. The bike has done 30 000km of similar terrain and the rear frame just got fatigued. I will have to redo the welding job at some stage."















Once all filled up, we go for a coffee on the beachfront to celebrate our arrival.  







Then off towards Flamingo lodge.  The road towards Tombua is also brand new and smooth tar.  Although the tar riding offered a good rest it was now becoming a bit boring.  I was quite happy when we saw the turn-off to Flamingo which took us back to the good stuff.  All the riders had a sudden wake-up and we could focus on the riding again for a change.  We gave our best and found the beach and the lodge just when the sun dipped into the ocean.  Great views and a bunch of happy campers arrived at Flamingo Lodge.  











A great place to stay over.  Owned by Rico Sako, an ex South African who came to settle here in 1992 when he realized how good the fishing was.  We had a shower, a great fish dinner (some of the best I have ever had) and slept in beds in bungalows.  We were in 5 star luxury and slept like babies.




 

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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #116 on: July 15, 2010, 01:27:28 am »
Excellent report Stefan, thank you very much. A serious contender for the RR of the year.

Huge respect to you guys!  :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

BTW, where are those other photos that were rumoured to be coming out?  :deal:
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #117 on: July 15, 2010, 10:24:57 pm »
As usual, one of the forum stalwarts delivers a fantastic report of a great and memorable trip.
Well done all

I notice in one of the pics that you ALL had neck braces. Was this by pure accident or was it planned. ?
Did you (as a group) decide on certain "musts"?
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #118 on: July 15, 2010, 10:37:46 pm »
I notice in one of the pics that you ALL had neck braces. Was this by pure accident or was it planned. ?
Did you (as a group) decide on certain "musts"?

Hi Plot, thanks for the kind words.  No, we did not discuss the braces up-front, it just so happened that all arrived with them.

There were a few "musts" agreed up-front - things like evacuation insurance, sharing of spares and tools and stuff to make the luggage light.  Generally the planning was not very detailed, but all in the group were experienced enough to know what to bring / not bring and it worked out.
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Re: Angola Doodsakker Ekspedisie Jun 2010
« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2010, 10:42:40 pm »
I just want to say thanks to all who read and commented on the story.  I am astounded by all the feedback.   :) Also all the PM's, etc - thank you!

I am just waiting for some more pics, will post some more in due course.   

If you have asked me something and you have not had a reply, please PM again.  I have been a bit snowed under with e-mails and stuff since I got back and have still not completely caught up....   :o

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