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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 09:45 PM
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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' Yesterday, 04:46 AM
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Views: 193
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: Ride reports 05-24-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-23-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-21-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-19-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-17-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-15-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-14-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-12-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-11-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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: Ride reports 05-10-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
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...
Forum: Ride reports 05-09-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 10, 2004 – Beira, Mozambiuqe

The Pensao Miramar. Not technically false advertising since from our second storey room we can see a sliver of the sea over the roof of a house and through the palms below.

We arrived two days...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 09:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 9, 2004 – Chimoio, Mozambique

Overnight at Pedro’s, 620 had identified a few small issues with Katy. 1) shot wheel bearings 2) shot swingarm bearings 3) busted headlight mount. Ugly issues given we were in the middle of...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 8, 2004 – Chicamba Real Dam, Mozambique

A friend of mine, sick of me complaining that my camera is broken, told me I should just buy a sketch book and be done with it. He has a point, but if I did that, it would take years to cross the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 7, 2004 – Dombe, Mozambique

Dombe, the original destination before the backtrack. We arrived via a different route after getting lost and bumping over the dirt roads of Mozambique. 620’s kickstand fixed, we fuelled up at the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 6, 2004 – Chitobe, Mozambique

We overnighted in mud and thatch rondavels at the Zororo Restaurant/Guesthouse, hammered a whole chicken and nsima, listened to a wide variety of music from the Chili Peppers to Bon Jovi on the local...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb May 5, 2004 – Maxixe, Mozambique

Man, I’m feeling good tonight!

Mozambique is truly unlike other Southern African countries. We arrived in Maxixe after dark, the moon just rising through the trees as the sun was glowing dead on...
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 30, 2004 – Vilanculo, Mozambique

Not half seven yet and the sun is already bright white hot. Beyond the sand, in the shallow waters 100 meters away, three men pull in a rope, or net, can’t be sure. Down the way, boats lay beached,...
Forum: Ride reports 04-27-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 27, 2004 – Tofu, Mozambique

A loooong way from Joburg and good riddance! I spent a mint on bike repairs at Cytech – new progressive fork springs, Ohlins shock, outlet for battery charging, new bolts for broken ones, new grips...
Forum: Ride reports 04-15-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,068
Posted By Osadabwa
Talking NBO = Nairobi...

Hey guys, sorry for being cryptic. Nairobi is NBO!

PM me your email and I can send you the GPS tracks for a number of rides around Mt. Suswa, an inactive volcano down in the Rift Valley. She's a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-15-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,268
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Flashback

Hey 426,

Yes the Narok road is smooth as butter nowadays, though I try to keep off tar whenever I can (friends breaking thumbs notwithstanding).

I assume you dug through my threads to find more...
Forum: Ride reports 04-12-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 12, 2004 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Sitting in the shade on a side street in Melville watching the bikes while 620 goes hunting for internet access in the mall so we can find somewhere to stay. It’s been a long day despite the...
Forum: Ride reports 04-11-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 10, Van Zylsrus, South Africa

This morning, we packed to go. Gerald talked about his lathe machines and how he’s fabricating concrete fence (I’m gonna make a bundle on that!) and how he can’t say no to long-time customers’...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
April 9, 2004 – Aroab Easter

We had a breakfast of Boerwors, bacon and eggs before climbing in the back of Gerald’s F150 with two cases of Tafel. It was great drinking beer in the sun with the breeze whipping us and Gerald...
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,826
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Looks good!

My wife wants to move us to Spain in the mid term, somewhere near Cadiz. I'm pushing for Granada. Either way, I'm psyched to be so close to Morocco for rides like this one. You've done it right:...
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 8, 2004 – Aroab

Good Friday, I think…

Last night the churches were making enough noise to bring Jesus back early, and I thought the preacher, in his guttural Afrikaans, sounded furious or mad rather than...
Forum: Ride reports 04-07-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 7, 2004 – Aroab, Namibia

We awoke early and got moving in record time. We had an uninspiring breakfast at the Canyon Roadhouse and blasted south to Ai-Ais for a fairly halfhearted soak in what looked like the rundown pools...
Forum: Ride reports 04-06-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 6, 2004 – Fish River Canyon, S. Namibia

Today began early. I sat among the Kokerbooms with my morning coffee contemplating. I don’t recall now what it was, but I guess I was thinking about one of three things - What to do about a) my...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 5, 2004 – Quiver Trees Campsite, Keetmanshoop

And here I thought we’d seen the end of the rain until Mozambique. Alas. Here I lean under the shade of the ablution block at the Quiver Trees Campsite outside Keetmanshoop, tent beside my already...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,068
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb See you in Nairobi?

Hey guys,

Look me up when you pass through NBO. I should have current security info for Kenya and can (work/family permitting) take you (or direct you) on a nice off-road jaunt up a local volcano...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Fell asleep, April 4 now - Somewhere, Namibia

Tinned beans and pilchards last night for dinner were blown out of the water by our steak feast tonight, but let me back up.

This morning at pre-dawn, the campers began to stir from their...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb April 3, 2004 – Sesriem, Namib Dunes

After two days of cold in Swakopmund, I made for Windhoek, having seen how good digital SLRs have gotten by hanging out with Sandy Nesbitt (http://nesbittphoto.com/) on the dunes outside town. My...
Forum: Day Trippin' 03-24-2015, 12:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 575
Posted By Osadabwa
Cool2 Honda XL600R and Yamaha Tenere 660 in Kenya’s Rift Valley

A few weeks ago, a new bike was added to my stagble. Well, an old bike, but new to me. She’s a homely red and yellow XL600R from 1985, and it was love at first sight. I had a few jobs to do...
Forum: Ride reports 03-23-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 24, 2004 – Mile 108, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Earlier that morning…Country Lodge, Twyfelfontein.

Or rather, 3.8 km outside of the lodge. Sitting in the shade of the lone petrol pump, waiting for Eddie the welder, who is having his breakfast...
Forum: Ride reports 03-22-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 22, 2004 – Ogongo Camp, outside Sesfontein

I just watched the sun sink directly between two mountain ranges and am now rewarded with salmon-pink light and perfect blue in all directions. There’s a pleasant breeze in my face and I’m feeling...
Forum: Ride reports 03-19-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 20, 2004: Somewhere between Opuwo and Purros, Namibia

After sending our pics via computer, sitting there at the internet café in full riding regalia, we set off down a D road with extra fuel tacked on wherever we could find a spot. We were heading West,...
Forum: Ride reports 03-18-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 19, 2004 – Opuwo, Namibia

The ride from Epupa on the C-road climbed and scratched out of the Kunene Valley to the hilly plains above. We met 4 Italians on a mix of bikes out for their month riding holiday. I was jealous they...
Forum: Ride reports 03-17-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 18, 2004 – Epupa Falls, N Namibia

Oh, I’m hungover. Yesterday around 13:00 we arrived at Epupa and were so elated, we cracked into the cold Tafels a bit too eagerly… alas.
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,185
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 16, 2004 – Somewhere along the Kunene River

I’ve been lying in the warm, hardened sand by the Kunene River, waiting for the first star. It’s right above me now.

This track is what we’ve been preparing for. It’s why we bought reinforcing...
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