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Offline jorust

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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #160 on: May 02, 2012, 05:15:51 pm »
Angola - I love you! Farewell for now.

Tomorrow morning at 05:00am, I will leave Luanda for Soyo. From Soyo, DAX and I will embark on a boat to cross the great Congo River to Cabinda. My initial route would have taken me through the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), but I think that entering Congo (Brazaville) via Cabinda is the best option for me at this stage.

This weekend past, I joined two motorcycle clubs here in Angola on a road trip to Huambo, which is about 300 kilometers East of Benguela. I had not been to this part of Angola and really looked forward to the trip.

We left Luanda Saturday morning just after 05:00am. About 8 of us rode out of Luanda and met up with the rest of the group just outside of town. Another 10 riders or so. From here we hit the road to Huambo. The road between Luanda and Huambo is a fairly decent tar road. Average speed around 110 km p/h. Within the group a “Lider” (Leader) is elected for the day and then the rest of the pack falls in behind the Leader. My spot is always second to the Leader.

The first time I got to ride with a group was back in South Africa, on the day of my launch. Then there was the ride from Lobito to Barra do Kwanza with three members from the Motorcycle Club in Lobito (Moto Clube 90). And then from Barra do Kwanza to Luanda with a convoy consisting of about 20 – 30 odd bikes, 2 Police vehicles, 1 Nissan Patrol and 2 Police motorcycles.

But this was my first “Road trip”. Informal, just for fun. And I really had a great deal of fun! The members from the Motorcycle Clubs really went out of their way to make me feel at home and to look after me. I never had to pay for anything! Not once! They would refuse to accept my money and tell me that they consider it an honor to look after me. Isn’t it amazing? I’m the luckiest girl on earth! ☺

About 70 kilometers from Huambo we met up with the guys from Moto Clube 90 (Lobito). Here we had lunch in Alto Hama and then carried on to Huambo.

In Huambo we attracted a great deal of attention. I think such a big group of bikes usually does attract a lot of attention. But here even more so. People are not used to this ‘lifestyle’ as such. But it is rapidly growing here in Angola.

Saturday evening we all went out to a Club. Having a lot of fun, dancing and singing. I even learned to Samba.  LoL. The next day we were all looking a little weary, but still managed to keep to the program and visit the town of Kuito. This town is one of the towns that were most affected by the war. You can still see the scars that the town carries to this day.

From Huambo we made our way to Lobito on Sunday. This was my fourth time in Lobito. It is my favorite town in Angola. I love the people and the lifestyle. If I had to compare it to a town in South Africa, I’d say it’s a little bit like Cape Town. Luanda is more like Johannesburg. Busy, big city…always on the go. Lobito is more relaxed and the people are extremely friendly!

Then from Lobito we headed back to Luanda. Coming into Luanda was insane!! As it was a long weekend, a lot of people left Luanda to visit friends and family in other parts of the country. So yesterday everybody started heading back to the big city. I have NEVER seen such a long stand-still-bumper-to-bumper line of cars!! I am convinced it must have carried on for at least 20 kilometers. Well that’s what it felt like. NO space to move whatsoever. Seeing as we’re on dual-purpose bikes, we made a plan. Bikes on this road trip included: Honda Varadero (x5), KTM 990 Adventure (x1), Harley Davidson (x2), Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 (x 5), BMW R1200GS (x1), KTM Duke (x1), Morini Scrambler (x1), BMW Dakar (x1),

Maneuvering the bikes through a ditch next to the side of the road and onto the embankment next to the ditch. Then back through the ditch and in between the cars and trucks. Everybody hooting and revving engines all around you. Seeing as my bike’s the loudest, there’s never any doubt as to my whereabouts. LoL. AND, it helps creating a path down the middle of the road.

Once we made it through the traffic from hell, the President of the Motorcycle Club in Luanda said to me: “You have become a true Angolan”. Hehe.

Today is spent catching up on admin and going over the bike and packing for the road ahead. Tomorrow morning we will leave Luanda. A few members of Amigos da Picada will accompany me to Soyo.

I will certainly miss Angola a great deal!!! Especially all the friends I leave behind. So to the greater Angolan Public: Thank you so much for receiving me as one of your own. For accepting me in your country and for showing me Angola’s beauty.

To Minister B. de Sousa, Governor Pedro Sebastiao, and the Angolan Government: Thank you for helping make it possible for me to continue with my journey! Thank you for believing in me enough and for investing in me.

To my hosts: Mr Pedro Bandeira in Lobito  of www.hoteisangola.com – thank you for all you have done. For arranging my accommodation and for always being there for me. Always ready to help! Thank you so much for all your help in the past and this time round.

To Mr. Cândido Carneiro of Trevogel in Luanda – thank you for being in touch with me from the minute I stepped back onto Angolan soil. For everything that you have organized for me. For your updates and for making sure I am safe at all times! To you and Linda, you are my family in Luanda. Thank you!

To Moto Clube 90 in Lobito: Ahhhhh…you guys are like family to me. I love you all so much and really appreciate all you have done for me. I will be back again soon! I promise.

And last but not least, to the Amigos da Picada (www.amigosdapicada.com) – You too have accepted me as one of your own. You guys are just amazing. Thank you for making me feel at home and for allowing me to go to Huambo with you guys. Thank you so much for all you have done for me. For helping me and for assisting me, for riding with me. I love all of you guys as well!
I will miss all of you. But now…the show must go on!







































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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #161 on: May 02, 2012, 06:06:02 pm »
Thanks Jo for another update. Looking forward to the next exciting chapter of your Epic Journey. :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #162 on: May 02, 2012, 06:39:47 pm »
Lekka Jo...nou kan mens sien hoekom jy nie daar kan wekom nie.

Sterkte met die volgende stuk van jou roete. :thumleft:
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #163 on: May 02, 2012, 10:20:18 pm »
Lekker Jo
Seems like you guys (and girl ) had a blast  :thumleft:
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #164 on: May 03, 2012, 03:55:22 am »
Its fantastic how you have turned adversity into friendship. Angola's home to you, wonderful to witness.

So now you head north again. The unknown is about to become the known :biggrin:

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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #165 on: May 06, 2012, 05:33:36 pm »
Jo's bike being loaded on board a boat.....sent via Whatsapp..
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #166 on: May 06, 2012, 05:36:21 pm »
Lekker Jolandie --- Enjoy going north !
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #167 on: May 06, 2012, 06:41:02 pm »
Here's another shot of her doing a "Mid Sea Transfer" from one boat, to a smaller one, quite a bit lower..... :o :o

This is a quote from her: "Transferring bike mid-sea from one boat to another...my NERVES!!!!"
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #168 on: May 07, 2012, 06:20:01 am »
That boat looks really small :o
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #169 on: May 07, 2012, 08:26:51 am »
Hope to see pic's of the actual transfer in the next RR...... :o :o
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #170 on: May 07, 2012, 08:29:36 am »
Hope to see pic's of the actual transfer in the next RR...... :o :o

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All I know that if that was my scoot,..... I too would be crapping myself!! :o
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #171 on: May 07, 2012, 10:57:57 am »
Hope to see pic's of the actual transfer in the next RR...... :o :o

+100 :thumleft: :thumleft:

All I know that if that was my scoot,..... I too would be crapping myself!! :o
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #172 on: May 07, 2012, 11:13:06 am »
One is for sure,.... that if Jo ever does a "travelling RR" around SA,... when Jo gets back home,.... it will definatley be well attended.

This girl sure is a big inspiration, for the true love of adventure, on two wheels!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #173 on: May 07, 2012, 12:15:20 pm »
One is for sure,.... that if Jo ever does a "travelling RR" around SA,... when Jo gets back home,.... it will definatley be well attended.

This girl sure is a big inspiration, for the true love of adventure, on two wheels!! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Ek dink nie dis 'n kwessie van OF SY GAAN KLAAR MAAK NIE......................dis eerder WANNEER SY GAAN KLAAR MAAK..........ek dink die 12 maande is te min vir al die fun wat sy het en gaan hê vorentoe.......... :mwink:
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #174 on: May 08, 2012, 11:04:44 pm »
Helllooooooo almal!!!

So I'm in Congo! Hard to believe I've actually made it this far! Yay!
I am currently in Pointe Noire. Arrived yesterday afternoon and will stay until tomorrow. On Thursday I will head for Gabon and hope to reach Ndende late afternoon. It's a town just after the Gabon border. From Ndende I will head for Libreville where I will probably spend a week or so. I need to try and get a visa for Nigeria in Libreville. If I don't succeed there, I will try in Cameroon...in Yaounde.

I'm a little sick at the moment. Nothing serious. Think it's just a little flu. Which is why I've taken a few days in Pointe Noire. The people here are looking after me really well. There are two guys who will ride with me to the Gabon border and have given me contacts all the way up to Cameroon.

Congo is not what I expected at all!!! It's actually pretty civilized. :)

I hope to be able to upload some pics again tomorrow. Taking pictures in Congo is a little more tricky as people don't like it when you flash a camera around. I'll try and sneak a few anyway.

Hugs to all.

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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #175 on: May 08, 2012, 11:09:36 pm »
Good to hear from you!!
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #176 on: May 09, 2012, 05:32:35 am »
Fantastic ! Every day an adventure. Now don't forget to eat your veggies like a good girl :biggrin:
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #177 on: May 09, 2012, 07:30:40 am »
Hello Jo........nice om van jou te hoor.

Sterkte met die visa en hoop jy kry die snot gogga gou onder beheer.

Kan nie wag vir jou pic's nie.

Sterkte en veilig ry. :thumleft:

PS. Ek sien die tracker is weer vol geite....... >:D
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #178 on: May 09, 2012, 08:55:06 am »
hey Jo good to hear from you . Looking forward to more pics . hope you can get rid of the cold soon ,enjoy and be safe
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Re: Right Around Africa
« Reply #179 on: May 09, 2012, 03:06:19 pm »
Jis Girl
Ai man, wens ek kon jou nou bietjie port gee vir daai verkoue!
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