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Offline schalk vd merwe

Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #60 on: February 17, 2012, 05:14:00 pm »
Juan on the right with the Hollander on the left
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #61 on: February 17, 2012, 05:15:51 pm »
The other Hollander
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #62 on: February 17, 2012, 05:17:57 pm »
A Malawi fisherman
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #63 on: February 17, 2012, 05:25:06 pm »
A Malawi fisherman with a dug out canoe. He is about 5 Km from the side. At night they put parafine lamps on the front of the boat to attract the fish. The water is really this blue and this was probably my best photo of the trip. All my photos were taken with a mik and druk.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #64 on: February 17, 2012, 05:34:59 pm »
From the left: Myself, Juan, the Italian that has been traveling around the world for 10 years, the 2 Dutch guys, The Canadian couple who is hitch hiking through Africa, last the Stellenbosch student who came on public transport. If you know him please let me know as I owe him this photo and I lost his Email address
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #65 on: February 17, 2012, 10:35:21 pm »
Subscraaib!

Now where's them peechas?

There are plenty now
« Last Edit: February 18, 2012, 11:02:57 am by schalk vd merwe »
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #66 on: February 19, 2012, 01:51:36 am »
Day 11     15/12/2012                Nkhata Bay—Livingstonia                       482 KM
The next morning as we were packing up the Italian begged us for one last cup of Rooibos tee, we then all had tee before posing for a photo (see last photo). We then left, it felt good to be on the bike again. The Italian told us about a place called Livingstonia, he knew every little place in Africa as he has been right through hitch hiking and walking. So my GPS was set for Livingstonia. We rode for more than 140 KM before the GPS showed that we must make a u turn. We stopped and looked on the map and saw that we were way off track. We have been going west instead of north. Tracks for Africa did not work for me and it was also a problem having the GPS in a tank bag as you have to look down and sometime the sun would reflect on it. The next trip I would buy a proper bike GPS I thought with proper GPS maps. Going back the same route was scenic (see photo below). We were now going back to a little town called Mzuzu where we took the wrong turn off previously. At Mzuzu we stopped to draw money at the ATM. There I met an American and his wife on an old BMW, they were on a around the world bike trip. He did not have a GPS and was using only a map. I suppose he wanted to do it like Ted Simon. We did speak about Ted Simon and he told me that Ted Simon was in America at that moment promoting his two books. Ted Simon must be quite old by now as he was 72 when he finished his last around the world trip. After the chat Juan and I left. Our intentions were not to ride at night but it did not always work out that way. It was close to Sun set and I saw a broken down truck in the right hand lane right after a bend and a long downhill, at the same time another horse and trailer were coming down hill and around the bend towards us. The driver did not even slow down and just came into my lane as we reached the broken down truck. There was just about no space to go as there were concrete things close to the road. I had about 1 meter wide of gravel and by then I was in the wrong gear. As I went off the road and was wobbling as the empty truck and trailer came past me at about 110 KMH. AS my bags were sticking out on both sides of the bike I was worried that they would hook onto the trailer and pull me under. It happened so fast and I must say it really scared me. Little did I know that more of these would come my way on the trip ahead. It was getting dark by now and it was a pity as the scenery looked beautiful and looked like Meiringspoort close to Oudshoorn. Getting close to Livingstonia we set the GPS to take us to the Mushroom campsite. It was a 22 KM gravel road mountain pass uphill and it was much like the Sani Pass just longer with very sharp bends much like the last section of Sani Pass. On the one bend Juan bike hit a loose rock and jumped into the air and he came short. I stopped and helped him to pick up the bike. At the Mushroom campsite you have to park your bike at a little parking area right next to the road. They had a watchman for the night. You then have to carry all your camping gear down the mountain to the campsite. We only discovered the next morning what a beautiful site this was when it got light. I think this was the most beautiful camping site on the whole trip although there were a couple of good ones to come as well. The owner was an Australian guy with a British couple running it for him. As it was late the old man still made us some dinner after we had some beers at the bar. There was plenty of wood to make a bon fire while pitching our tents. See the photos that were taken the next morning.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #67 on: February 19, 2012, 02:09:32 am »
Coming back after taking the wrong road. The road was scenic though.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #68 on: February 19, 2012, 02:13:20 am »
The next morning just after sun rise. This photo was taken from our camp site.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #69 on: February 19, 2012, 02:17:11 am »
This was also taken from our camp site with Lake Malawi in the back ground.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #70 on: February 19, 2012, 02:22:56 am »
Just after sun rise with Lake Malawi in the background. As the leaves were just forming (see previous photo also) it was only spring here now with the sun now very close to the Tropic of Capricon.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #71 on: February 19, 2012, 02:31:20 am »
Lake Malawi early morning.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #72 on: February 19, 2012, 02:33:54 am »
Facing north over Lake Malawi.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #73 on: February 19, 2012, 02:38:32 am »
The little bridge you have to cross as you walk down from the road where the bikes were parked. It then leads down to our tents from there.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #74 on: February 19, 2012, 02:43:42 am »
Juan admiring the view  while the kettle is warming up for the first Rooibos tee of the day.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #75 on: February 19, 2012, 02:47:30 am »
Our camp site right on the edge of the mountain. No room here for people doing sleep walking.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #76 on: February 19, 2012, 02:51:15 am »
See the dry leaves on the tree. On 16 December it is only spring now as we move north now.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #77 on: February 19, 2012, 07:33:40 am »
Great trip oom Schalk ... this old man is as tough as nails. Hoping I will be able to do stuff like this when I'm 60

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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #78 on: February 19, 2012, 08:07:20 am »
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #79 on: February 19, 2012, 11:01:57 am »
Great trip oom Schalk ... this old man is as tough as nails. Hoping I will be able to do stuff like this when I'm 60


Hi Sithe, thanks for the ride we had together over the Sani Pass and through Lesotho, I think you are a scholar and a gentleman being always the first to help and thanks for the beers at Katse Dam. You are also a champion rider with your big BMW. Follow the story as I am trying to write one day of traveling per day, so there is more to come over the next 28 days. Schalk.
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3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp