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Forum: Ride reports 04-15-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,763
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: 2,141
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 6,146
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 1,763
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 487
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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: 47
Views: 4,925
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...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Hey Just Jeff, Yeah, it's kind of cool to...

Hey Just Jeff,

Yeah, it's kind of cool to look back for me too. I still live here, and I have to say that the biggest change (sadly, perhaps) is the presence of cell phone coverage and internet...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 15, 2004 – Hippo Pools, Ruacana

A rest day. Much needed. The body’s sore. But relaxing is difficult business. I just don’t know what to do with myself – I’m my father’s son. So I washed dirty clothes and wandered around in my...
Forum: Ride reports 03-15-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Thanks to all who are following along. It's...

Thanks to all who are following along. It's great to finally have a chance to get it all together in one place and more fun to share it than just keep it in a file somewhere. We're finally getting...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 14, 2004 – Hippo Pools Campsite, near Ruacana, N. Namibia

What a day. I awoke refreshed, if a little stiff. Our tiny camp, that by torchlight looked like a sound stage, by day felt truly remote and strangely claustrophobic. We had our porridge and tea,...
Forum: Ride reports 03-12-2015, 11:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 13, 2004 – Rough camp somewhere between Mpungu and Okongo, N. Namibia

Only now, ten days later, does it feel like we’re properly underway. We left Rundu at 13:00, a late start owing to the novelty of re-packing our kit plus nearly 20L of fuel each in various...
Forum: Ride reports 03-11-2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 12, 2004 – Still in Rundu

We spent a day with Yuri (nice bloke: thanks Yuri!) swapping tyres for knobbies and installing new chains and sprockets. The bikes look gnarlier and more eager for the sand and stones to come. We...
Forum: Ride reports 03-08-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 9, 2004 – Rundu, North Namibia

I love the atmosphere this time of year. Soon the skies will be blank faces, now they have character. The air is crystal clear, the clouds build and vanish. Today a cloud lifted up before us, came...
Forum: Ride reports 03-08-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 8, 2004 – Popa Falls, 5 km from Dlvundu, Western Caprivi, Namibia

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Above: Okavango river and 620 en route

The moon has finally broken through the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-08-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 7, 2004 – Sesheke, Southwest Zambia

We’ve taken another critical step. Leaving Livingstone felt great. We packed up, said goodbye and aimed due West along the Zambezi, past Kazungula to Sesheke where we met a drizzle that never...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 3, 2004 – Livingstone, Zambia

We left Choma with food in our bellies and menacing clouds on the horizon south. We dashed leisurely, taking turns on point, dropping and donning our rain gear as needed, avoiding flocks of potholes...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 2, 2004 – The trip finally begins

The Royal Macho, Choma, Zambia.

620 describes it as “finally living in the present, no more ‘we will’ now it’s ‘we are’”!
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb March 1, 2004 - Test run

We just needed to move. I was sent off with a kiss and a wave from the girlfriend and with the sunshine on our backs, 620 and I lit out for the East to a spot I knew where we could camp and try our...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2015, 03:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Cool2 Mudflaps and Mottos

Having lived for several years in Zambia, we were steeped in the nonsense of the times. I had picked up a fair amount of Chinyanja in Peace Corps, and was able to communicate fairly well with people...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2015, 02:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Origins

The year: 1998
Scene 1: Kakuma, Kenya, Turkana District
The last month of a study abroad in Kenya, a 21 year old me takes 3 days of public transport to Kakuma, Kenya to investigate an Oxfam...
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,925
Posted By Osadabwa
Cool2 Osadabwa’s Retro-Africa Ride Report: 2004 - 2005

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5ajmnJ2FLfE/VN3HnM-tPaI/AAAAAAAAFCo/4zQ7YjZnjVA/s800/00%2520Intro%2520Photo.jpg

Eleven years ago, I embarked from Lusaka, Zambia with a friend on a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 02-02-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 556
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Rocking and Rolling in Kenya's Rift Valley

Plans change. Don't be surprised.

Sunday morning, Atreyou and I are kitted up and rolling out of town prepared for a full day of Kenyan backcountry riding. Sadly, his bike had other ideas. ...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-15-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Yess

Now that looks like a wicked ride spot. Of the bikes in that first pic, yours is the only one I would have wanted to be atop for those steep, rocky, rutted, muddy sections!

Great photos.
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-20-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,995
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb A quick vid

P-Cross put this together for us:

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Above: 2 minutes of Teneres in the Bush
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-18-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,995
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb 3 Yamaha Tenere 660s off-road in Kenya

Man I’m getting a lot of riding in… Just a few days after this great, technical trip up and down the Ngong Hills (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1030570) with Gary (AKA Mzee...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-13-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 827
Posted By Osadabwa
Thumb Ngong Hills: Along the Spine

3:30 in the afternoon on a Friday, I call Gary from Ngong Road. "Come over, we're going for a quick ride", he says. At his place, Nalim and Neb are having coffee, their CRF 450s waiting outside. ...
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