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Offline Ian in Great Brak River

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #100 on: June 08, 2012, 11:22:12 pm »
Hell I cannot believe you guys climbed to the top of that mountain !! We camped further down the road where it narrows in your other photo's but there was no way we were climbing up there ... !!

Lekker trip this.

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #101 on: June 13, 2012, 05:16:03 pm »
Baie lekkerrrrrrr .....   :thumleft:   
Ek beplan om dalk in Julie weer in daardie rigting te ry.   :ricky:    Hoe lyk die paaie oor die algemeen ?
Ek hoop julle gaan deur die Khomas Hochland ry vanaf Usakos na Windhoek toe !!!! Baie lekker pad.


Dalk was ons net lucky, maar die meeste paaie was baie mooi en onlangs geskraap. Maar die spore wat die motors ry veroorsaak daai "sand middelmannetjies" wat 'n bliksem kan wees! Party van hulle is moer hoog en dan is dit maar beter om hulle te vermy! Maar oor die algemeen is die paaie baie goed in Nam.
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #102 on: June 14, 2012, 01:48:01 pm »
Baie lekkerrrrrrr .....   :thumleft:   
Ek beplan om dalk in Julie weer in daardie rigting te ry.   :ricky:    Hoe lyk die paaie oor die algemeen ?
Ek hoop julle gaan deur die Khomas Hochland ry vanaf Usakos na Windhoek toe !!!! Baie lekker pad.


Dalk was ons net lucky, maar die meeste paaie was baie mooi en onlangs geskraap. Maar die spore wat die motors ry veroorsaak daai "sand middelmannetjies" wat 'n bliksem kan wees! Party van hulle is moer hoog en dan is dit maar beter om hulle te vermy! Maar oor die algemeen is die paaie baie goed in Nam.

Hang natuurlik af van die pad wat jy kies ...

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #103 on: June 14, 2012, 02:03:10 pm »
Jou pillion het af geval in die eerste foto  :peepwall:
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #104 on: June 14, 2012, 03:59:20 pm »
S T U N N I N GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #105 on: June 14, 2012, 04:07:03 pm »
Bliksem ek like die SE's
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #106 on: June 14, 2012, 05:51:56 pm »
Keep it coming.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Great report!  Thanks.
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #107 on: June 14, 2012, 10:14:59 pm »
simply Awesome.... makes me want to go ride Nam instead of heading to Moz.

I hate waiting for a good story.... So come on mate, put your beer down and get busy typing!! :peepwall:  :biggrin:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #108 on: June 16, 2012, 05:51:53 pm »
Day 11 Spitzkoppe – Windhoek 297km

We woke up to an amazing view of the huge boulders at Spitzkoppe. It was spectacular! This was going to be our last day of riding, but the adventure was not over just yet. We were very low on fuel and made plans that whoever runs out of fuel, would have to sit next to road like an idiot and someone else will go and fetch more fuel from the nearest town, Usakos, which was about 50km away.

That morning I seriously nursed the Dakar and I’m sure that I would have won any economy run. I've been on reserve for a while since the previous day and as far as I know the Dakar has got a 3L reserve from when the fuel light goes on and that roughly gives me about 60-70 km range on mixed gravel roads. But this time I got 94km!!!!! And the Dakar still wasn’t completely empty! That’s about 31km/l – not bad!

We all made it to Usakos and filled up the bikes. Then it was time to celebrate with a proper breakfast and coffee and plan the last day’s route.







I think Gummi was missing his bokkie back home and was giving some of his love to this bokkie...



We decided to stick to the B2 tar road for another 80km and then turn off on the D1967. This dirt road becomes the D1958 that leads to the C28 that goes to Windhoek. We only had another 120km or so of gravel left on this whole trip. But that little gravel road had some amazing surprises for us! It was one of the best sections we did on the trip! The road started off as a good graded road, but soon became smaller and smaller and quickly turned into a two wheel track. We went up huge hills and down mountains, opening and closing farm gates and every now then stopping to admire the view. This road turned out to be simply amazing!









At the top of one hill we were met with this sign: Windhoek District. And this is where we probably realized and accepted the fact that the trip was almost over.





This is also where I lost my Camelback. We had taken off our jackets and Camelbacks and it must have fallen off the bike and I somehow didn’t see it. I only realized about 10 – 15min later that it wasn’t on my back and I decided to leave it rather as it was in bad shape anyway.

On top of this hill we decided to take “The Photo of the Trip” and this obviously gave way to silliness and time to piss off Liam.











Soon we were on the C28 that leads to Windhoek and I had mixed feelings because we had reached our final destination, but this was also the end of the trip. We didn’t want the trip to end yet. But at least we were all in one piece and the bikes were still running.

Arebusch Travel Lodge, where we left the car and trailer, had no more rooms that time and only had camping available. I wasn’t bothered and I booked and paid but when I broke the news to my buddies that they had to camp on their last night in Nam, they were less impressed. Gummi was shattered! He, especially, was looking forward to sleep in a bed. He couldn’t believe it and was very disappointed. “Ek slaan nie ‘n moer weer my tent op nie!” So Liam and I pitched our tents and ladyboy Gummi made himself a comfy bed in the back of his car.





We treated ourselves to a dip/shower in the pool (that we later realized we were not allowed to use because we are campers), and then we treated ourselves to a meal in the restaurant. This turned out to be everything but a treat! It was a “Eat as much as you like” sparerib special, but these were ribs with a difference. There were only 3 rib bones in the whole “thing” and a 2cm thick layer of fat covering the meat. “French Cut” ribs, is what they call it. “Vomit inducing blubber” is what I call it! It was horrible! But luckily beer and Irish coffee were there to save the evening. We went back to our tents (and car), and prepared ourselves for a cold night. Windhoek gets really cold in the nights and that night was no exception. It was moer cold!

Before the trip we stuck clear vinyl on all the plastic panels of the bikes to minimize scratches and damage to the plastic bits. It looked very kak, but it worked like a bomb! On the first day I noticed that my knee braces were scratching against the tank and damaging the vinyl, so I put loads of duct tape on these areas and this was what it looked like after the trip.



While doing that river road the trees took their toll on my helmet.



The bikes were in need of a wash!





This is the rear tyre of Gummi's 990 - moer toe!



My Dakar's rear tyre - still good for another trip!

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #109 on: June 16, 2012, 08:03:22 pm »
Thanks a lot for that final installment to your EXCELLENT RR :thumleft: :thumleft:

Made for some "Riverting Reading" & it sure looked like you guys had a FrikkingAwesome Trip!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful experience with us all. :thumleft:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #110 on: June 17, 2012, 04:53:44 am »
Thanks - that was very cool :thumleft:

We're lucky to have Nam as our neighbour. It doesn't cost much, we just need the time to explore ....
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #111 on: June 17, 2012, 09:33:10 am »
I hope you guys get "Legend" RR Status for this. Good writing, good detail, good pics, good guys :thumleft:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #112 on: June 17, 2012, 02:15:28 pm »
Day 12 & 13 Windhoek – Pretoria  1 000 000km (felt like it)

The next day we stuffed all our gear in the back of the car and loaded the bikes. This time there was a little less excitement as we were on our way home and had a very long road ahead of us. We stopped at a garage in Windhoek to fuel the car and what do you know – one of Liam's jackets were hanging of the back of the trailer, being dragged on the road. He obviously got sidetracked while loading his stuff in the car….





The trip back home was rather uneventful and long – very long! That Trans Kalahari Highway is absolute torture! It makes the N1 through the Karoo look like a single track mountain pass. It just never ends! We stayed over in Kang and the only accommodation available was this wooden hut that resembles a Wendy house. It only had two single beds, but they organized us an extra mattress to put on the floor. Liam was quickly voted out and had to take the floor. He was not impressed and very annoyed because for some reason he was scared shitless of snakes and spiders and all the “scary” animals thats going to eat him alive during the night. He was very nervous about sleeping on the floor. Just as he was getting comfy and settling in there on the floor, I threw a pillow onto him – he almost kakked himself! Gummi and I had a good laugh that night.

Something that we all noticed was that the moment we left Namibia, the people’s ways and attitudes changed. No longer were they friendly and helpful – they became rude and lazy and annoying. Both in Botswana and in SA. As soon as we hit the first town in SA, there were just millions of people and cars and taxis and busses and chaos. Immediately we were longing for the “nothingness” of Namibia. The space and the freedom and isolation. Namibia had grown on us and left it mark.



To recap a bit:

Eight months before this trip I mentioned to Gummi how cool it would be to do a trip on a bike. This talk resulted in the buying of two bikes, sourcing the cheapest gear possible, setting a date, planning a route and heading off to Namibia – not knowing what to expect. Each day we just loaded the bikes and set ourselves a destination. Our attitude: Whatever happens along the way – we’ll deal with it. Some days were short, some days were long, some days were easy, others were incredibly hard. We got lost, we sweated, we struggled, we crashed, we slept badly, we fixed flats and picked up each other’s bikes, but we drank beer, we ran down a huge sand dune, we ate giraffe steak, we took roads that most people will never ever see, we camped on the banks of the Kunene and most of all – we had a laugh!



































On the last day on the bikes, while riding the last few km I had some time to think and reflect on things. That was when I realized what we had actually achieved. What we had done. Where we had been. What we had seen. What we had experienced. We had a dream and we have lived it! Like a wise man once said, “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives”.

This was our first adventure trip and we wanted to make it a big one. An epic one. One that we’ll never forget. And we did. 3 idiots took on Nam..... and conquered it!


« Last Edit: June 17, 2012, 02:31:35 pm by Dirtrider69 »
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #113 on: June 17, 2012, 05:02:47 pm »
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AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, RR

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful Adventure :thumleft:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #114 on: June 17, 2012, 08:00:34 pm »
Epic indeed...in the spirit of ADVENTURE.
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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #115 on: June 17, 2012, 10:32:07 pm »
WOW - simply amazing

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #116 on: June 17, 2012, 10:55:52 pm »
Well done guys, thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #117 on: June 17, 2012, 11:10:15 pm »
I enjoyed that. Trying to convince myself to do something similar. But I would need fellow adventurers to put up with a geriatric newbie rider.  Must work on it
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #118 on: June 18, 2012, 07:28:06 am »
Moerse nice ouens  :thumleft:
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on Nam!
« Reply #119 on: June 18, 2012, 08:37:41 am »
Fantastic! :hello2:
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