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Offline Gummi

Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2012, 02:53:36 pm »
Day 8     Kunene – Epupa   97km - D day...........

We wake up on Day 8, thinking this will just be another challenging day in the saddle, but Nam had a few surprises up her sleeve......

As arranged we have a slow breakfast first, knowing that we need to fuel up on energy , but this comes at a cost, we knew we would sacrifice the cold morning weather by having breakfast first and we would start the day in the heat.....

Slow breakfast



Eventually we head out, at around 10:00 am that morning .......... we were told the first 20km will be easy and then it will get interesting.......

In the first 20km's all goes well , it always takes old Mad dog a couple of minutes to get into a rhythm and at a particular downhill he looses his cool for a minute , but makes it down eventually .......

(with some encouraging words from his brother ......a.k.a. screaming at your brother)

We take in the awesome scenery as we go along .........

(This is the Kunene River ofcourse)


There is some sandy patches as well


Some more rocks


Some small river crossings


All in all, just some amazing scenery.......... then came the uphills............







(My number plate removed earlier by back wheel spewing rocks......)



Eswee takes a bit of a beating on the very first proper uphill, we also get caught by the other group and they briefly assist us in getting up, it goes fairly easy, we notice that some of their guys is also overheating...... but we all soldier on , we meet up with them a few hundred meters later again and everyone whom is suffering is being cooled down by their mates.......


A few more uphills and some more rocks and old Eswee is totally out of it, he is really suffering, overheating etc. etc. he gives us a scare at the next stop and we decide to take a proper long breather to allow for recovery, we spend about an hour on the side of the road , just relaxing, and keep on pouring water on the okes ............








We tackle a few more decent climbs fairly easily, however my beast is spewing out rocks like a Gatling gun, so it is not advisable to be behind me, the weight of fuel water, parts , food etc. is also taking its toll, I somehow get the feeling that the poor back tyre must be taking a beating .....................and the fan is running all the time, the heat and the work of the machine is taking its toll

At the heat of the day in the middle of an uphill I stall my bike and drop it , we pick it up and with my luck it will not start .................. Battery dead ,

It is around 14:00 and the sun is moering down on us, at this point in time a letter gets drafted to KTM telling them to cool down the damn bikes without draining the battery, a lot of swearing takes place!!

We eventually get poor old Eswee's bike next to mine to jump it, it is at this point in time that another long letter gets drafted to BMW telling them that they should fit the battery at and accessible spot on the bike .......... We have to take of all of his luggage to get to the battery (and yes we know some smart ass will tell us to run a cable , blah blah blah!!)

After 45 minutes the beast awakens and I take off, I need to keep the bike going at all cost, so I race ahead for about 5km's in the heat, the fan remains on giving the bike little time to recharge, once I see a river crossing I stop to close up everything first, I also wait for the boys, I start filling up water bottles to cool them down, I feel extremely guilty for the pain I put them through ..................

They arrive a few minutes later and both the letters to KTM and BMW is sent off.......

All of a sudden the locals appear from the bush and we take photo's - Eswee is too tired to take a photo......




Based on our calculations we should be over the worst and we continue............

At some point in time we see this old victim on the side of the road............



We soldier through quite a number of uphills and take a last long breather before taking on the last 25km's, this we know should go quick based on what we were told........

Always trying to keep cool



Whilst taking in the scenery







Sandhond urges me to go a bit faster to push the group to make sure we arrive before sunset, I oblige and I fly through the next 5km's at exactly 20km's to go  I get a flat!!!!!!!!!!

IMPACT puncture ...............Fark!!



At this point in time everyone is dehydrated , light is fading fast and we just want to get home .......... Myself and Eswee start changing the tyre , whilst Liam gets sidetracked and start talking about a caramel bar that melt in his bag, we blame his lack of coherency on dehydration, I ask him to fill my backpack full of water as I can feel I am not well.



We change the tyre at last and just before we fit it, we inflate it.................. only to find that we pinched the tube........... FAAARRRKKKK. We change the tube again, wasting precious water on the procedure.......... Liam/ Sandhond is still sidetracked. This time we do it slower and more cautiously as this is our last tube............

Done and dusted, fitted and perfectly inflate we head off...

For some reason we still get a few climbs eventhough we should be in the clear, we have a few small quick debates whether or not we are on the correct track as we see no other tracks from the other bikes..... but we still have mountains on our left and the river on our right.........

Some more uphills



At this point in time I try to drink from my backpack only to find old Sandhond forgot to fill mine............ bliksem!!

The beast takes a breather


12km's later we cross a large sandy patch , by know everyone is tired, and Eswee drops his bike and breaks his clutch lever...... patience is limited and we change that thing at the speed of light ............ everyone is drained , water is limited, no food etc. but at least we have only 8km's to go......

Clutch lever gone


We are all counting the last few km's and once we reach 96km's we start talking about the beers that we are gonna have etc. At 97km's we start looking for some sort of sign of some kind, at 98km's we are starting to doubt ourselves, at 103km's we realise we are in k*k.............

WE ARE LOST....................

We take out the GPS and try to orientate ourselves, and we realise we are way of course....... we can only see the general direction we should be heading in but the GPS cannot give us distance or anything as we are in the middle of nowhere.....

Light is limited and we all know the rule that one is not suppose to ride in the dark .................. We head of quickly, We give old Mad dog the chance to ride up front but with limited success...........

It is getting darker and darker and we still have no idea how much further to go, I keep on telling Mad dog it is not much further and he keeps on motivating for us just to stop, camp and sleep...... He rides cautiously as he knows there is no more parts ... clutch lever or tubes (ofcourse we can patch some tubes)

We keep on pushing and Mad dog wants to stop NOW!! It is dark and he wants to stop !! As I am about to admit defeat a 3 meter wide gravel road appears .............. and the GPS shows us our way home

21km's to go...........

We drive as slow as possible on the road , we know that this is the ideal time to make costly mistakes, most okes start relaxing and speeding up towards the end , but there is a lot of game on the road , we ride next to each other at 60km/h and once again start the conversation on the beers we are gonna have once we get to camp..........

Another letter gets sent to BMW for having the worst headlights in the world

A poor old rabbit runs across the road and Eswee rides over it ...... bunny killer

We make it to Epupa and pop into the first camp we see........ they are closed already but is willing to open the kitchen and makes a mean "russian and chips" for us, we buy a few cold drinks (no beers) and head off to bed,

Moeg!!
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Get undressed


The owner must've felt sorry for us as they give us a half built bungalow on the waterfall and tell us to sleep there and then there is no need to still set up camp in the dark............ we go and have a shower, and off to bed ..................

What a day



The next day we will assess the damage.........

« Last Edit: May 22, 2012, 04:09:05 pm by Gummi »
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2012, 02:59:47 pm »
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2012, 03:33:16 pm »
 :thumleft: can't wait for the rest, I am really enjoiying this RR  :thumleft:
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2012, 04:14:56 pm »
Thanks - epic trip :thumleft:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2012, 04:35:16 pm »
excellent r\r.keep it coming!
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2012, 05:25:27 pm »
Bliksem !! ... what a ride !
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #46 on: May 23, 2012, 09:55:47 am »
Would love to have the opportunity one day to do a ride like this  :thumleft:
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #47 on: May 23, 2012, 11:55:33 am »
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #48 on: May 23, 2012, 03:30:27 pm »
Great RR, but allow me the silly question. Why are there two different threads for 3 Idiots take on NAM?
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #49 on: May 24, 2012, 03:44:16 am »
We also went off course on that stretch :imaposer: - All in good fun :thumleft:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #50 on: May 24, 2012, 08:04:11 am »
Hi Dirty Harry ... too be honest no one knows, we both wanted to share our experiences and we have different pics and different things that was important to us, plus both of us wanted to write and entertain fellow Wild Dogs............
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2012, 08:11:51 am »
WR, it was fun getting lost , I still have no idea were we went wrong, Our route was GPS'd in Pink below, but we did not have the GPS on, so I am sure we ended up, but I am sure the orange resembles our actual path ;D, I think we ended up doing 130 +kms that day ............

« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 08:16:01 am by Gummi »
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #52 on: May 24, 2012, 11:10:41 am »
:laughing4: We also went left somewhere there as well - I think we follwed what looked like the natural road / path, but also realised a bit late that we were off course, we just carried on, as you; and ended up doing an extra 40kms or so. Just made those beers more desirable :biggrin:

I'm dead keen to read the rest ... back to work  ;D
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #53 on: May 24, 2012, 11:45:10 am »
You guys might have been lucky to get off course at point 045.
When I wanted to do that stretch from Epupa to Kunene in June last year, long sections of the road have been washed away from the floods.
No vehicle could pass that section for months.
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2012, 08:47:55 am »
Day 9 - 0 km - Epupa to Epupa - Tafel day


The next morning we woke up and made some pap in our half built house, as per our planning this was a rest day, just to chill and relax.

This was our view:


Our accommodation




We were so close to the falls that it actually kept us awake all night...... at a point in time I was looking for the remote just to put down the volume or switch it off......


We then went looking for the other KTM boys and found them at the place where we were suppose to stay, we shared some stories and had breakfast. We also ended up moving to the camp ............

Our campsite:


Showers


The plan for today was to fix the bikes (if needed, and just do some sight seeing)

The damage on the bikes were minimal

Eswee had a broken indicator and a few scratches



Liam - fork seal


Liam also burnt his luggage and then demonstrated his knitting skills.....




Fixed it




My back tyre was tired





We then went to the pool area to decide on the way forward, our old friend Tafel popped in as well...... and he just did not want to leave......



We had to mend a tube as we had no spare ones, and we had to plan





Planning 101


After many Tafels we realised we still have the same problem - we are in need of a back tyre for my bike, we need tubes for the front tyres.... as apparently some of the roads we are guaranteed a flat .......we do not have any spare clutch levers for the BMW's and we are going into some sandy sections from here on in..............and the reality is we will not make the rest of the trip with the fuel that we can carry..... the distances are just too far...........

So we had some more Tafels until they ran out......



The fuel problem was the biggest of them all, we knew we could beg for fuel along the way but this would just put a different spin on things..... plus the clutch situation bothered us a bit...... the other group had a back up vehicle and they offered to sort me out with a back tyre.................

What to do ... What to do......





« Last Edit: May 28, 2012, 08:50:59 am by Gummi »
 

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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2012, 01:38:18 pm »
Kwaai man,ek sien uit na die res! :thumleft:
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2012, 01:44:37 pm »
nice and proper reporting, enjoying this very much!!!
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #57 on: May 28, 2012, 07:28:30 pm »
This is definitely a series RR, very leke.
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #58 on: May 28, 2012, 07:58:23 pm »
UItstekende RR - moerse dankie vir al die moeite.  Watter tyd van die jaar het julle dit gedoen?  Dalk was die KTM ouens die Tai Groen manne gewees (sien hulle RR hier)
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Re: 3 Idiots take on NAM_KTM view
« Reply #59 on: May 28, 2012, 09:08:48 pm »
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