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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-30-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 101
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Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 30, 2004 – Arusha, Tanzania

Another month gone. It’s hard to even understand this trip. I think it will take hindsight to make sense of it.

Pulling out of Singida, I thought I would be caught in the rain. Brilliant, bright...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-28-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 29, 2004 – Singida, Tanzania

So much for a good night’s sleep. The mattress was lovely, but the damn call to prayer… when am I going to learn to pick my guesthouse based on its distance from a mosque! What gives anyone the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-28-2015, 12:58 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 28, 2004 – Nzega, Tanzania

There’s a mobile phone commercial on local TV that shows a beautiful Tanzanian girl talking to her father. “I’ve met the man of my dreams” she says. Cut to a stupid mzungu, face painted in ochre,...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-26-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 27, 2004 – Kasulu, Tanzania

Today was long. I got moving late, bought a sparkplug (they had the right one in Kasulu!) and oil to use on my filter, changed money (always a slow and painful procedure) and walked to the GTZ...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-25-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 26, 2004 – Kasulu, Tanzania

“Make sure the bike works”… that’s irony right there. 21 km out of Kasulu, the bike stopped. Dead. And I had no idea why. There were very few bumps, so I doubted the battery terminal had come loose...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-25-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 418
Posted By Osadabwa
Talking Teneres and BMWs in the Rift: a half-day ride, hardly worth mention

Quick day out, so quick RR to go with it. I gots stuff to do. Here's the video:

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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-24-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 523
Views: 111,986
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Ten Sleep Wyoming, July 4th. Go.

Hey Michnus (you too, Tmotten),

Get yourselves to Ten Sleep Wyoming on the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming for July 4th weekend. There may be bigger shows, but that's a good'n. I'm...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-22-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 23, 2004 – Kigoma, Tanzania

I am wrecked. Today turned out to be an epic ride. I guess it makes up for me going pole pole earlier on. That’s not to say I was moving rapidly today, either. It was pure drudgery and hammering...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-22-2015, 03:57 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 22, 2004 – Mpanda, Tanzania

Not an early start today, but then I only planned to cover 150km.

The road was rough but tolerable and not foremost in my mind. I was about to pass through Katavi National Park and I was mindful...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-21-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 21, 2004 – Namanyere, Tanzania

Yesterday I retraced my steps from Kasanga to Sumbawanga without incident, fuelled up and aimed Northward again. I was stressed out about the roads being deep sand, but once on the way I realized...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-19-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 20, 2004 – Kasanga Village, Lake Tanganyika

Bloody Guinea Fowl woke me up this morning. A new tactic, they hopped around on the steel roof above my bed rather than squawking as usual. I woke up feeling a bit out of sorts, mildly...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-18-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 19, 2004 – Kasanga Village, L. Tanganyika

A belly full of Tanganyika fish at Oscar the aquarium fisherman’s house in Kasanga. By the light of a weak solar bulb and my headlamp, I scratch out a few memories from a great day.

I left Mpui...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-17-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 18, 2004 – Mpui, Tanzania

It’s been a crazy day, as they all have been I suppose, and as usual it was different from what I expected.

I awoke and looked out the window: still murky as used bath water and cold as a morning...
Forum: Day Trippin' 06-17-2015, 12:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 496
Posted By Osadabwa
Talking Four KTM EXCs: Bush, Sand and Beach – 2015 Tanzania Leunion Lide

I moved out of Dar es Salaam over a year ago. Work had me back in town for a week, so I set up a weekend ride with the Dar Bikers while I was there. Ajax and I took off Saturday down the pipeline...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-16-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 17, 2004 – Kikondo Village

Yesterday I went in search of a flower farm owned by one of the PCVs’ friends, but got bumping down a maze of dirt roads and got lost. Actually, I never even knew exactly where I was going, so I...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-16-2015, 06:46 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 16, 2004 – Njombe, Tanzania

100 years ago today, Leopold Bloom took a walk around Dublin in Ulysses – or so the BBC has reminded me. I should have brought that book with me on this trip…
...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-15-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 14, 2004 – Songea, Tanzania

I was awakened by a knock at the door: “Immigration!” they yelled.

I thought I was in for it, or maybe the bike had been stolen. Nope. Just being nosy. So I got rolling, lubed the chain, pushed...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-12-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 13, 2004 – Tunduru, Tanzania

I’m completely exhausted. Up at 6:00 and on the road by 7:30, I didn’t arrive to Tunduru until 18:00, 450 odd kilometres of gruelling dirt road later. I think I should have my head examined. I...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-11-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 12, 2004 – Mtwara, Tanzania

I gave the guys at the VETA Vocational Education school 80,000 shillings for three days of almost continuous, tedious work reshaping my headlight subframe, bending back the boxes and supports,...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-08-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 9, 2004 – Mtwara, Tanzania

Hey JustJeff. Glad you're enjoying watching me fumble my way across the continent! It's odd writing about it so long after the fact. I'm trying to relay the feelings I felt back then, even if now I...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-07-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 8, 2004 – Palma, Northeast Mozambique

At the very basic “Palma Hotel”. Under different circumstances, I know I’d be psyched to be here. Descending from the hill you can see past the Frelimo Monument down to an endless sea and a...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-06-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 7, 2004 – Pemba, Mozambique

With a raging head-cold in full effect, we took leave of Ilha and the crumbling charm of Mozambique’s funkiest island. The tarmac was forgiving. With enough turns to keep me interested and...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-04-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 5, 2004 – Ilha de Mozambique

After a day of rest and recovery, we left Nampula early and aimed our wheels at the coast. It was largely uninteresting tarmac, but we could feel ourselves losing altitude by degrees until we were...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-02-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 3, 2004 – Nampula, Mozambique

Gurue was wet in the morning and we were up early and on the road. As usual, we dispensed with eating but made sure the bikes weren’t thirsty. Leaving the parkinglot of the pensao, 620 spun 90...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 06-01-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb June 1, 2004 – Gurue, Mozambique

Hey Dirtnadvil, thanks for the comment! Still several months of it to go...

Right from the get-go, the riding was great, with giant stone inselbergs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monadnock) all...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-30-2015, 11:49 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 31, 2004 – Cuamba, Mozambique

We struggled like mad getting back to Lichinga yesterday. I toppled over on the chewed up stretch left by the construction crews, twisting my knee and trapping my leg beneath the pannier box. It...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-28-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 29, 2004 – Cobue, Mozambique

The West-facing shore has afforded me something I haven’t had anywhere else: the white-hot shimmer of the late afternoon sun off the water. It backlights absolutely everything and throws enough of...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-27-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 28, 2004 – Cobue, Mozambique

We blew along the tarmac from Chipoka in early light, swung left after Mua down a soon-to-be-completed all-weather gravel road, back South again to Mangochi (where Rosie turned 30,000) and back up to...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-26-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 27, 2004 – Chipoka, Malawi

Yesterday was not a memorable day, but pivotal.

Our visas were ready at 14:00 and we were all the way to Salima by 16:00. We stopped at Chipoka, 30 Km farther south where we settled for the...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-26-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 457
Posted By Osadabwa
Talking BMW F800 Adventure & Yamaha 660 Tenere – Bush Test Kenya

There’s also a very loudly painted 1985 XL600 on the trip, but I know my audience… I bet this day trip report gets more hits than any of my others just because I mentioned a BMW in the title!

Let...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-24-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 25, 2004 – Lilongwe, Malawi

[Hey Watercat, if you have a few of those '88 Turkana pics digitized, I'd love to see them. Feel free to whack a few in this thread. I'm living in Kenya now, and I'm sorry to say I don't think the...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-23-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Puke May 23, 2004 – Blantyre, Malawi

Sometimes you hit a rocky patch.

We got up, left Mangochi, and all the way to Liwonde we rode like bloody zombies. Nothing good about that morning at all because we knew the election mess would...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-21-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 21, 2004 – Mangochi, Malawi

[Hey guys, glad you're enjoying the ride. Losing my camera pains me to this day. Back then, storage space was precious, so I carefully picked which images to keep. Nowadays everyone just fires...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-19-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 20, 2004 – Blantyre, Malawi

This is a great place to do a summary of some days not worth mentioning in detail. We killed a day at the base of Mt. Mulanje, then rode to Blantyre to pick up my newly imported digital camera...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-17-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 17, 2004 – CCAP Hut, Mt Mulanje, Malawi

I slept wonderfully last night. It was yesterday’s cold spring water and the walking that did it. Fresh air. As the sun was dipping, I walked slowly through the grass and ferns, watching the play of...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-15-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 16, 2004 – CCAP Hut, Mt Mulanje, Malawi

[Hey WHY - glad you're enjoying! Karibu!]

At the viewpoint, overlooking Mulanje town a kilometer below through the mist and cloud. The sun briefly dissolved the greyness to give me a chance to...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-14-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 15, 2004 – CCAP Hut, Mt. Mulanje, Malawi

Up at a lazy hour, I read at the Ranger Station awhile then rode to Mulanje town for provisions. The plan was to climb Mulanje, stay a few nights at CCAP hut, and enjoy the cool air, hopefully...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-12-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 13, 2004 – Mt. Mulanje, Malawi

If I continue to have wonderful days, will I eventually exceed my quota? After leaving that horrible place on the W. side of the Zambezi, with its endless streams of awful children, everything...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-11-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 12, 2004 – Villa de Sena on the Zambezi, Mozambique

An impressive cacophony of noise coming from the “guest house” we’re staying in tonight. There’s Portuguese tele-novellas on the TV and Oliver Mtukudzi blasting simultaneously from someone’s room. ...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-10-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,163
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 11, 2004 – Beira, Mozambique

We'd been debating about whether we should go to Malawi next or go on to Tanzania straight. Turns out fate would decide.

We went to immigration, passed through the levels of hell required to...
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