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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #180 on: March 21, 2012, 09:16:47 pm »
Beste lees vir die jaar Chris, ek glo baie siele hier droom om dit alles kon doen, dankie ek myself kon maar net van die meeste droom en nou op n jonge 46 bietjie probeer opmaak vir alles wat ons wou doen. Ek was ook by desert run 2000, Isuzu 280 met plastic yamaha agter op. Toe ek so staan en kyk na jou xt se nommerplaat onthou  myne het n CFP of was CV op gehad toe ek hom so 3 jaar terug gekoop het, ek weet die ding le hier erens, sal foto oplaai.  Dit is toe so bietjie verskillend maar verbeel jou as dit moes wees. Ek het die TEN gekoop by n ou op Veldrift en alhoewel ons met tye wil opgradeer na knoppie start en so bietjie meer spoed hoop ek om vas te byt en die XT te hou. Hoop om jou n bier te koop en na van die stories te luister eendag.!
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #181 on: March 22, 2012, 10:09:34 am »
Ek was daar se foto, daai plastic SFW krat was agter op my XT vas met nommer plaat vas gerivet met n homemade bracket van "25mm angle iron" wat daar links bo in foto teen muur hang. Ek sal n boot kon sleep met hom as die clutch die punch kon vat. Dit lyk mos na iets wat julle taai ouens van namakwa land sou doen :imaposer:. Dankie weer eens vir al die fotos en "trip down memory lane"
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #182 on: March 22, 2012, 06:42:52 pm »
Nice ou Chris
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #183 on: March 24, 2012, 01:04:27 pm »
October of 2004 I showed Baviaans to Amanda. Pulled away on a overcast Friday morning.

Dirt for the first time at George. Montague pass.



On the road from Uniondale. Think we stopped for a big tortoise.



A very special place.







The little shop where Amanda bought some cooldrinks off the shelf. They had nothing cold!!



Our little house for the evening.



Our view from the stoep :thumleft:



This is the valley between the mountains.



The next day the twisties started. The road was busy as it was a long weekend.



One of the many streams one have to cross doing Baviaans.



Our lunch stop.



We camped in Jeffriesbay and home was via Humansdorp, Bloukranspass and Knysna.
Got rained on for most of the Jeffries to Knysna bit!!
Thinking back know it's a pitty I did not take more pictures on this trip.

Will continue......



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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #184 on: March 24, 2012, 01:52:23 pm »
Mooi Chris.
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #185 on: March 24, 2012, 02:39:30 pm »
In May 2005 the Dakar was nearing it's 20 000 kms service and I worked it out if I go
visit friend Michael and go for the service in CT it will be very near 20 000 when I get to CT.
Rode to Michael on a Friday and drank too much tea and talked a lot on the Saturday.Sunday morning we
took the shortest route to Whuppertal. It was chilly and wet.

Close to Whuppertal.



A beautiful little town between the mountains.





We made some tea and had a bite to eat.



Even a speck of snow on the mountains.



We said our goodbey's at the bridge over the Olifantsriver between Clanwilliam and Citrusdal.
He went home to Lutzville and I to CT.



Sadly this is the last trip Michael and I have ridden together and he now only uses his bike on the farm. :(
Yes he turned it into a farmimplement. Note the ATGATT boots!! :mwink:



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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #186 on: March 24, 2012, 03:47:01 pm »
July 2005 I felt like a longish trip. Namibia again but north. I have not been to Ondangwa and Oshikati since 1989
and also Kaokoland or the area.
It was just a long haul for three days on tar up to Ghaub Lodge were a friend was the chef and manager. Between
Otavi and Tsumeb one turns off right on a dirtroad.



Here is the history behind Ghaub.

http://www.ghaub.com/Historic.html

and nearby is these caves which I did not get to see.

http://www.namibian.org/travel/natural/ghaub-caves.html

Beautiful place in a stunning setting.





Late afternoon the Kudu come and drink from the swimmingpool!!!



Interesting fact is that the lodge then belonged to the same company that owns Windhoek beer.
My friend Alida and her dog (looks like a monkey though)
Next stop would be Oshikati.



Some Kudu in a farmyard next to lake Otjikoto.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otjikoto_Lake

I did not go in as they wanted me to buy the lake the ticket was that expencive. :biggrin:



A centrepivot being fed from Lake Otjikoto.



At Oshivelo gate I get stopped like in the army days but it is a dirty and unorganized affair.
I stop for something to close to the turnoff to Omathea/61 Meg. I was there twice in the army.
Thought to turn in bu decided against. I knew there would be nothing. The road was full of taxi's, cars
donkeys,cattle and people crossing. Just as it was in 89. Makes the going slow.



Late afternoon I stop at Hond's place.(a wilddog) He is putting up a hidrolic shop in Oshikati. There is none. This is how it
normally works when someone blows a hidrolic pipe. They put someone on a taxi for Windhoek (750kms) he
stays over while they fix the pipe. Next on the taxi back again. Three days. The guy funding the shop is a Ovambo
from Oshikati with three hidrolic waterdrills that does all the drilling in Ovamboland and those drills have lots
of hidrolic pipes. Hond does the work and he put the shop with all the tools and split 50/50. A winwin I thought.



I have to tell you how Hond (this is before me or him was WD's) met. Early 2005 he wrote a letter to BikeSA
about a trip he and his wife rode just after he bought her a BMW650GS. He had a African Twin. I had the idea
of buying a GS for Amanda too and wanted to hear how his wife liked the bike.

Now this is how small Windhoek is. I phone BMW in Klein-Windhoek. Do you know so-and-so I ask?
No they say but if he rides a ATwin try Honda here is their number. I phone and I get his phonenumber and address!!!! :thumleft:
Small place indeed!!! :deal:
We stayed in contact and when he heard of my plans to come north he invited me to stay over in Oshikati.
He, his boss and I had a big braai and we only went to bed at 2 the next morning!!!!!! :eek7: Lots of talking.
His real name is Kobus Maritz. Salt of the earth. :thumleft:

Oshikati surprized me as it had grown much bigger than Ondangwa that was always the bigger one. Two lanes in
and out and robots with a Engen garage with a Wimpy. Spar and some other nice shops!!!!!!
My bek het oopgehang!! :deal:

The next morning I was a bit sleepy on the road.





As they had lots of rain and late rain some of  the shonas still had water in.



This is the canal that brings all the water from Ruacana to a central pumpingstation. Then a pipeline takes it
all the way to Oshivelo gate and every kilo or so is a tap.



Ruacana dam.



The dry falls.





A tiny pipeline :mwink:



I fill up at Ruacana and buy some food and take the road downriver. I had no idea where I will be sleeping
but it did not bother me at all. I was haveing a great ride. :thumleft:



Somewhere I tip over in a piece of sand tweespoor. As I got up a 4x4 full of German tourists stop behind me.
"can we help you"? Yes please!!!!!! I could not pick up the Dakar by myself and this was great help.
I rode out of the sand and they got back into the 4x4 and it would not start!!! "can I help you I yelled back"?!!
Turns out they have been haveing problems with the starter for a while and I show them where to short it out with
a scewdriver that it starts everytime. They have had push it before.

I was quite suprized with this part of Namibia I have not seen. So many mountains and valleys.





Late afternoon I turn into the Kunene river lodge. What a nice place!! :thumleft:



Lekke place to pitch my tent and park.



There were just two people in the whole campsite. Myself and a guy from Utrecht in the KZN. I walked over
and we got talking. He mines some semi precious stones in the area. He comes up every two months and
stays for a month. We clicked so well I only got back at my tent after one!!!!!!!



If I had a small boat I'd stay a week here.



Look at that river!!! :thumleft: Pity it is full of crocs :biggrin:



I slept like a log and was up early the next morning. Made coffee and started packing slowly.
A kilo or two further after Kunene river lodge I turned left. I knew the road along the river is difficult and
did not try that by myself.



I liked this area more and more. There was not one other vehicle on the road. Lots of little
dry sandy rivers I had to cross.
I made all of them without a mishap. :thumleft:



I felt totally alone on earth. Luckily later on I started seeing cattle and herdsmen.



I get to a T junction. Left Opuwa and right Epupa falls. Five minutes after I stopped a old gentleman stopped
with his Landrower. "Are you thinking of going to Epupa he asks"?  Well I've come this far I might as well I told him.
He told me all the rivers were badly washed away very wide and all had deep sand in. :biggrin:
After he left I sat there for an hour smokeing my pipe makeing up my mind. I think I must come again was the final desition.

So I did a year or two later.


I turn left for Opuwa. I stop for a smoke and before I have lit my pipe these two appear out of the bushes.
Tobacco for their "oupa" please!!!!!



On the road to Opuwa the dwellings got more and so did the cattle and people.
I stayed at the Frenchman's campsite in Opuwa town.



I had a lazy ride the next day to Outjo. Pick up tar at Kamanjab.



The next morning I take this shortcut just outside Outjo that takes me in the direction of Omaruru.



If you come to Namibia do not think it will be all flat!! :mwink:



I stop to talk to these guys to hear what they are doing. They work for a contractor that bales all the
grass next to the road and then sells it to horsefarmers and gamefarms.
I made the mistake to lite my pipe. I nearly got highjacket for tobacco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Turns out they have been out off tobocco for two days :biggrin: :deal:



The last pic I took just before tar.



From there it was just another long tar haul back home.

That's all folks like they say in the movies!!!!!!!


I would like the following guys to please dust off your scanners and lets see your oldies. :deal:

Stofdonkie.
Leo.
Mother.
Adelbert.Champeon


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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #187 on: March 25, 2012, 11:10:19 pm »
HALL OF FAME!!

HALL OF FAME !!
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #188 on: March 25, 2012, 11:23:27 pm »
Agge nee, jy's seker nie nou klaar nie  :-\

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #189 on: March 26, 2012, 08:55:46 am »
Great post, Chris! I must get my arse in gear and post some of mine from WAAAY back.

Sensible tyres on your last post. Knobblies are the pits on ANY terrain.
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #190 on: March 26, 2012, 08:18:58 pm »
Thanks Chris. Dit was spesiaal.
...dis nooit te laat om n happy childhood te he nie !

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« Reply #191 on: March 26, 2012, 09:36:23 pm »
Soos gewoonlik uit die boonste gestoeltes Chris :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #192 on: March 27, 2012, 09:06:12 pm »
Please Sir may we have some more   :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #193 on: April 07, 2012, 04:28:30 pm »
Mooi so Chris. You basically rode, exactly where I was as a troopie in 79 to 81. I would like to go up there and go look see. 
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #194 on: April 08, 2012, 09:52:25 pm »
Chris

Jou stories vannaand maak n groot verlange in my wakker van ....................stiltes..........alleen wees en my kop weer bymekaar kry!  Ek moet RY net RY en kan dink! Dankie vir dit ou Maat.....Omaruru (So staan dit op my ID) is waar ekke die eerste lig aanskou het baie jare gelede! Jy sallie glo wat hierie OLDIES vannaand vir my beteken nie!

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #195 on: April 10, 2012, 09:39:36 am »
Hi Chris

It was just a long haul for three days on tar up to Ghaub Lodge were a friend was the chef and manager. Between
Otavi and Tsumeb one turns off right on a dirtroad.


Was your friend there in the late '70's, early '80's ? This area, Otavi, Tsumeb, Grootfontein Triangle also known as the Triangle of Death or something like that saw, some horrible violence in those days. Many farms were attacked.
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #196 on: April 10, 2012, 10:39:15 am »
Hi Chris

It was just a long haul for three days on tar up to Ghaub Lodge were a friend was the chef and manager. Between
Otavi and Tsumeb one turns off right on a dirtroad.


Was your friend there in the late '70's, early '80's ? This area, Otavi, Tsumeb, Grootfontein Triangle also known as the Triangle of Death or something like that saw, some horrible violence in those days. Many farms were attacked.
No she was not DB.
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #197 on: April 10, 2012, 09:48:56 pm »
Hallo Chris

Jy maak n man net lus om jou bike te vat en ver ver weg te ry na niks en nerens om fotos te neem en stories bymekaar te maak!!!! :thumleft:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #198 on: April 11, 2012, 01:29:58 am »
Excellent! ... thanks for the lekker saamry.

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« Reply #199 on: April 11, 2012, 01:37:53 am »
Can't wait for the next report.

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1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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