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Offline Hellhound

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Day 12 - 14
« Reply #60 on: May 01, 2006, 08:32:02 pm »
Sorry for not uploading the rest of the trip sooner, but most of the time we did not have cell coverage, or being too tired.

Day 12. It started out bad and was only going to get worse. First, one of the Dakar?s had a flat battery due to being dropped several times in the thick sand the previous day. After restoring the acid level, we were off from Van Zylsrus. The same Dakar was then swept, with rider, a couple of meters down a river that was in flood. Needles to say, everything filled up with water. After recovering the bike and rider, we opened everything up and must of drained 4 liters of water out of the combustion chamber, exhaust pipes and air box. After replacing the spark plug, it started up first time. But within a couple of kilometers, we could see that the engine oil was also contaminated. Fortunately we found a garage in the middle of nowhere that had oil, so we replaced it. We managed to cover only 159 Km.

Day 13. We left Soetvlakte, where we camped courtesy of very hospitable Louis and Dorette Hauman (http://www.soetvlakte.co.za), as early as possible and did a good 678 Km to reach Thabazimbi.  We could see that we were moving back into the real Africa, with the roads deteriorating and the occasional stray animal. But the scenery was as impeccable as always.

Day 14. From Thabazimbi, we left for the most northern point near Musina. What a lovely days riding, only marred by one puncture. We were escorted by some of the citrus farm foremen through the wire fence, which is the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe, on to the banks of the great Limpopo river, to reach the fourth corner of the trip.

Trip Summary
After 7200 km of riding, mostly on dirt, we have witnessed parts of what must be the most beautiful country in the world. It is also a country that enables you to take on such a trip, without too much worries about accommodation, fuel or budget. It makes the trip so much easier when you have 5 riders that worked so well as a group and looked after each other. I feel that it is of great importance to explore your own country before venturing into others. You will be amazed by what it offers to you as an adventurer. A full post trip report  will be posted soon.

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« Reply #61 on: May 01, 2006, 11:03:04 pm »
Awesome pics, can't wait for the full report. Thanks for all the effort in keeping us up to date with the progress, and congrats on completing the trip.....

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« Reply #62 on: May 02, 2006, 12:21:01 am »
Totally, Completely and Utterly Awesome guys. Thanks for keeping us posted.
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« Reply #63 on: May 02, 2006, 07:22:08 am »
Well done guys...a true inspiration to any would-be adventurer...


Offline SuperDave (RIP)

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« Reply #64 on: May 02, 2006, 09:47:29 am »

Well done you guys! Seems like a trip well worth the effort!

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« Reply #65 on: May 02, 2006, 09:57:49 am »
Quote from: "DEFCON 5"

Probeer Moskays in JHB vir tanks.  :occasion5:
Cheers on you guys!!

Die tank (Acerebis 26L) kom van Pro Action in Rivonia, Witkoppen Str. 011 807 8717 hulle is die agente.

As far as Moskayz goes I would just like to say:
To the idiot that balances and replaces their tyres

I) Check the tyre size before you put in a tube, I couldn't patch the tube since it was too small for the tyre. Every time I tried to patch it the patches came off after 50Km because the tube stretches to much. Imagine how much hassless that caused.

II) When someone tells you to please check the balancing on a rim beacuase the bike starts snaking at 160KM and you find that some of the spokes are loose and the whole rim is not spoked properly NO AMOUNT OF WEIGHTS WILL FIX THIS!!!! Luckily I cheked it my self after you replaced the tyres so I had a small amount of time to have it sorted out before we left P-Town.

Now that I've stopped bitching I must say, we saw S.A. in all it's glory. To all the very friendly people that we met along the way thanks for every thing. It is nice to see that most people in S.A. are still hopitable.

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« Reply #66 on: May 02, 2006, 11:30:51 am »
:hello1: awsome trip & reporting, well done guys! looking forward to the full report...!

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« Reply #67 on: May 02, 2006, 02:46:41 pm »
Great stuff guys - truely inspiring stuff....  Well done...