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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2012, 08:38:46 pm »
Brilliant! As per usual ChrisL style. Wil baie graag 'n e-book hiervan kry wanneer dit klaar is.
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2012, 10:08:10 pm »
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Excellent RR's! Keep them coming. Making very interesting reading. Wonder what the big tank Tenere was sold for?????????????

I'm guessing a BMW 1100 GS???? i wonder???
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2012, 10:43:44 pm »
The next morning was one of those days that you just want to ride and keep on rideing.
Everything just felt right.



I went passed Betta to the Duwisib Castle. The first time I went passed here was in 1986 driveing
a cattletruck. Since then I heard/read the history behind the castle but wanted too see it up close.

Duwisib Castle build by Baron Herman von Wolff and his rich American wife. Everything was brought here
by oxwagen from Luderitz. They farmed here with sheep, cattle and horses.
He was deported later back to Germany and fought in the first world war and died doing it.
She went back to America.



In the courtyard.



Most of the furniture is still here and some in the museum in Windhoek.
They aim to bring everything back one day.



I go back the 19 kilos to Betta and turn right there. Direction Sesriem 138 km further.
It seems some rain fell here. It was getting hot. The hottest day of the trip so far.



And as luck would have it I would have a flat on the hottest day of the trip!!!!!!!! :biggrin:
It was so hot that I had to hide my tyrelevers under my groundsheet everytime I was finished
or else they would burn my hands. I learned a very big lesson on that day in the heat.
When you buy a new bike do not just dump all your spares and tubes on the new one and off you
go, because a Yamaha has an 18" backwheel and a previously owned Honda has a 17" and on a
stinking hot day on the edge of the oldest desert in the world it takes some battling to stretch
that 17" tube over that 18" rim!!!! :biggrin:



I ride passed this Gemsbok, made a U turn take the picture and only when I switched the bike off
to take my pipe out for a smoke it ran away.
Maybe he did not like smoking!! :deal: :mwink:



Dune 45 on the way to Sossusvlei.
I wonder who was the guy that gave them numbers and where did he start?



The sandtrack that you could ride in to Sossusvlei. Not allowed anymore thanks to
fellow bikers I hear. :biggrin:



It is amazing to think that in a good rainyear in Namibia a river flows right up to here.
Did so last year and in 2000 I saw Sossusvlei full of water.



I must be honest the thought crossed my mind to pitch my tent right there under the tree!! :mwink:
I have had this pic as a screensaver now for months and I do not seem to get tired of it. :thumleft:



Look at that nice afternoon shade for a tent and a tired traveler!! :mwink:



So I got to Solitaire late afternoon. Fill up and bought some drinks and food. So how much is camping
I ask Moose? R40 for you and R25 for the bike. Now call me hardheaded or difficult but I hate it when they do that!!
So you washing the bike for the R25 I ask Moose? No he says but you use my road!!!! Well is it freshly scraped
then I ask? No he says!! Thank you but no thank you I said I will make another plan.

So I rode out of Solitaire and turned  direction Wasvisbay. About a kilo out of Solitiare there is some trees on
the ridehandside of the road. They are still there. I pitch my tent and start dinner before dark. Another night
without a shower would not bother me. Ive been in the army I'm not afraid of zonkienuts!!!!! :imaposer:

It was a beautiful night and at about 8 I hear an old Landrover approacheing and he honks as he passes.
I was sitting outside my tent and could see the two narrow headlights coming towards me. Went to bed at
ten and woke up at three again. I hear the Landrover again. He is coming towards my tent and then slows
down a bit. The next moment a volly of five shots is fired rapped fire over my tent!!!! I was not a happy
camper!!! :biggrin: I new Moose was behind this. :deal: Sleep was out of the question and at four I made
coffee and sat outside to wait for the sun. Needless to say it was my scariest moment in my tent!! :deal: :biggrin:

At seven I rode back to Solitaire and filled up my waterbottle and walked up to Moose. So what is the name of
your friend that was shooting over my tent last night I ask? Van Der Westhuizen he says and starts laughing
his ass off. I camped at Moose's place again in 2003 but I told him we are NOT paying for the bikes!!!!!!!! :deal:

I rode back as I came and took the turnoff for Spreedtshoogte. This is the last pic I took.
If there is one regret I have of my earlier trips is that I did not have a digital camera.
For me buying films and having them developed was expensive. That's why I did not take many pics :biggrin:



I rode to Windhoek and stayed with friends. Spent two days there. On the third day I left at 6 and at
6.15 the heavens opened just outside town in the hills. The thunderstorm stayed with me all the
way to Rehoboth. Ten kilos outside Rehoboth at 110km/h my backtube said I'm gatvol of being
overstreched!!!!! Learned another lesson very fast. Kings tyres are NOT designed to stay on the bead
for long once the tube burstes!! I ended upright in the veld with a few marks on my rim and luckily no
brakemarks in my underpants!! :imaposer: :biggrin:

Changed tubes and put the 18" that I have fixed in Windhoek back in. I ride another 20kilos before it
goes flat again!!! :biggrin: Here I learn another lesson. DO NOT PUT GREEN SLIME IN YOUR TUBES!!!! :deal:
Patches will not stick where it has leaked out. No use to try and patch the tube again and so I fitted
my fronttube. Worked fine as long as you do not pinch it when fitting . I slept at Fiddlerscreek again
that night and the 800+kilos from Windhoek on tar was loooooong. The next day was a short ride home.

The Tenere ran with no problems the whole trip but it was useing more oil than I liked for it's 38 000kilo
age.

Did I mention that I loved this bike?!!!!!!! :deal: :thumleft:

Will add some more when I have time.
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2012, 10:46:00 pm »
Subscribed!!!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Excellent RR's! Keep them coming. Making very interesting reading. Wonder what the big tank Tenere was sold for?????????????

I'm guessing a BMW 1100 GS???? i wonder???
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2012, 06:35:09 am »
Jou stories is befok Chris  :thumleft:

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #45 on: January 11, 2012, 08:07:47 am »
If you don't live on the edge,you take up too much space!!!
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2012, 08:13:47 am »
Lekker stories Chris ......................  :thumleft:

Ek het in 2003 n potjie met Moose geloop oor sy bleddie onbeskofde houding en woorde wat hy teenoor die vroumense in ons groep gehad het .................. Sy appeltert smaak in elk geval nie so lekker soos Cafe Anton in Swakop sin nie  ;)
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #47 on: January 11, 2012, 08:26:32 am »
Ja ou Moose is nie die vriendelikste skepsel op die rand van die woestyn nie maar hy weet jy moet daar stop :deal:
Het al n lang gesprek of twee met hom gehad alleen en hy kan jou n hele paar interessante goed vertel.
Wat my verstom is die groot groepe Duitse toeriste wat daar aankom en dan bestorm hulle die appeltert
soos iemand wat uit die woestyn strompel wat sonder water was. Jy kan sien hulle het al in Duitsland
gelees die appeltert is een van Namibia se toeriste atraksies. My opinie is daar is ander gebak in sy winkel
wat baie lekkerder is. :deal: :drif:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2012, 09:42:14 am »
Sub  :happy1:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #49 on: January 11, 2012, 08:37:09 pm »
Dankie Chris.  Ek lees lekker, bring sommer sweeeeeeet memories terug van die jongdae.

Hou so vol ! ! ! !   




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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #50 on: January 16, 2012, 10:05:43 am »
Dis fynbrag hierdie ...  :biggrin:

Maar dis hoogtyd. Nog 'n paar asb.
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #51 on: January 16, 2012, 02:11:41 pm »
Chris, hierdie is jou beste ride report ooit!!

jy moet n boek puliseer!!

hierdie ou stories is legendary. die dae van grondpad ry met windbreakers, thumpers, jeans en backpacks. 17 duim tubes in 18 duim rims......

camelman snorre!!

dis awesome!!
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #52 on: January 16, 2012, 09:20:07 pm »
Just before I bought the Tenere I met this man. Meet Michael champion WD roofleser!! :deal:Maak n plan Michael!!
So when I got back from Namibia Des 1999 and I complianed about how much oil the
Tenere is useing Michael said " ma kom ons maak hom oop" So we did the rings and piston
and had it rebored one size bigger. Many trips over weekends followed. Michael would fix anything that breaks
along the road aslong as I made tea. And lots of it. :deal:

Taken on a daytrip.



Takeing some tweespoor roads through the farms to get to the first house I lived in when I moved
to the Westcoast. No bathroom, no elektricity and a moerse deep longdrop!!! :imaposer:
I had very little money but those were good days. I stayed here for six months. Crayfish was part
of my main diet!!! The only wheels I had was a diesel Landrover that I pushed more than I drove!!! :biggrin:



I hated this Landrover!!! :biggrin:



Michael had bought this 1986 KLR just after I bought the Tenere. R13 000 with 13 000 kilos on the clock.
Was rather grand for it's time as it had a happy button and kickstart.
We did this trip one weekend up to Fiddlerscreek. Dirt all the way to Springbok right of the N7 and then
dirt all the way back home from Springbok on the left.

Note the exstra fuel containers that was tested for the first time that weekend. Sadly the one bracket only lasted to
Springbok. :biggrin:



Friddlers Creek was quite full of overland trucks and we could only get a spot below the bar.
Note my left index finger. A rock fell on it underwater while diving. The first doctor did not do much to
it and two weeks later I had gangreen in it. The second doctor had to cut a piece off, remoove some bone and my finger is
about a half a centimeter shorter. That meant that I did not ride for six weeks :biggrin: and this was the first trip.
I took a aluminuim strip and bent it lenghtwise around the finger and taped it up. It was good the whole way
except when it was bouncing on the clutchlever on corrigation!!!! :biggrin:



Da finger after two weeks. Yes I know it's a bad pic!! You get the idea, it's a rotten finger. :biggrin:



The Orange river at Fiddlerscreek. I keep going back and still enjoy it. Namibia on the other side.



Early morning.



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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #53 on: January 16, 2012, 09:55:05 pm »
Baie nice en interresant - maar lekker as 'n mens die go in het en besluit nou vat ek die pad! kyk net die lekker memories wat 'n mens later het! Dankie vir die deel van jou adventures!
 

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« Reply #54 on: January 16, 2012, 10:13:11 pm »
Volgende keer kom bly ek 'n naweek by jou en ek wil al daai albums sien  :ricky:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #55 on: January 16, 2012, 10:42:07 pm »
Jislaaik Chris dis impressive - net jammer daai wegle snor het gesneuwel . . .
 

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« Reply #56 on: January 17, 2012, 10:16:13 am »
Jislaaik Chris dis impressive - net jammer daai wegle snor het gesneuwel . . .
Die vinger het gemaak dat ek hom afkou van pyn!! :biggrin:
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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #57 on: January 17, 2012, 12:33:00 pm »
Bliksim! Dankie vir die deel dis moeeeeeeer cool.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
But for me, it's like a night out with a porn star, every time I press that starter button. Schneller! Schneller! Tiefer! Ja, ich bin geil! Ich komme!  >:D

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #58 on: January 17, 2012, 02:53:59 pm »
Chris this has made for some very interesting reading this afternoon. Thank you! Hard-core biking the way it should be.
 

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Re: Some oldies.
« Reply #59 on: January 17, 2012, 03:06:04 pm »
Chris, Ive really enjoyed reading this thread, there is something about old photos like this that stir the soul. Please continue.

Your friend Michael looks like a moerse Grensvegter with his SADF Bosbaaitje and that very patriotic painted helmet, love it.

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