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Forum: Ride reports 05-24-2015, 08:47 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Thank you for support.

Thank you for support.
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2015, 09:13 AM
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Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thanks again for support, glad, you enjoyed the...

Thanks again for support, glad, you enjoyed the RR, makes it worth doing.
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2015, 02:18 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 28 - the end Last day of the trip and I...

Day 28 - the end

Last day of the trip and I have nothing to report except for uneventful ride to Joburg, through the Martin's Drift, Ellisras, Thabazimbi and a stopover for late lunch in the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-16-2015, 02:17 AM
Replies: 104
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Posted By Xpat
Day 27 - part 2 Eventually I've made it out...

Day 27 - part 2

Eventually I've made it out of the forest and deep sand onto the grassy plains leading to the Ntwentwe salt pan:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7678/17090605041_d960811429_b.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 05-14-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 27 - part 1 Keen to hit the last bit off...

Day 27 - part 1

Keen to hit the last bit off the beaten track on this trip, I woke up before sunrise for an early start to avoid the midday heat on the Makgadikgadi pans. Normally I would aim for...
Forum: Ride reports 05-14-2015, 01:49 AM
Replies: 104
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Posted By Xpat
Wink Thank you guys for kind comments. There are two...

Thank you guys for kind comments. There are two installments still coming.



Well, I ride relatively old school and proven bike to avoid mechanicals (which didn't work out exactly right this...
Forum: Thumpers 05-13-2015, 08:52 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Thank you tuscan, much appreciated :thumbup!

Thank you tuscan, much appreciated :thumbup!
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
There you go - probably a bit late for your...

There you go - probably a bit late for your dentist appointment. If you really are desperate, you can check the other RR I did last year linked in my sig line (Christmas Safari 1). I've managed to...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 26 Next morning after breakfast I went...

Day 26

Next morning after breakfast I went without much enthusiasm back to the bike to try to get the bloody clutch working. By now I've disassembled and assembled it back many many times and was...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2015, 10:05 AM
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Posted By Xpat
Tuscan, may I ask what plastic panel (the white...

Tuscan, may I ask what plastic panel (the white one - sorry, cannot figure out the English word) you used on your Tenere? I need one and cannot figure out which one will fit.

Ta
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thank you tmotten. This hasn't been my first...

Thank you tmotten.

This hasn't been my first time in Kaokoland (or Botswana), so I pretty much knew where to expect fuel. And I was actually surprised (and relieved as I messed up my fuel...
Forum: Ride reports 05-12-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Hey Mick. I think that was the gist of the advice...

Hey Mick. I think that was the gist of the advice I got from one of the mechanics and I tried it. But I failed on something much more trivial as you will see in the next installment.

I have to...
Forum: Ride reports 05-11-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 24 & 25 The flight to Joburg was at...

Day 24 & 25

The flight to Joburg was at about half one in the afternoon so I spent morning leisurely packing the bike and moving it to the service area and hanging on the internet. At noon taxi...
Forum: Ride reports 05-11-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 104
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Posted By Xpat
Day 23 This was officially the last day of...

Day 23

This was officially the last day of my vacation. Even I knew that I'm not going to feathering my clutch in one day all the way from Maun to Joburg so I set a bit more modest objective -...
Forum: Ride reports 05-11-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 21 & 22 Day 21 was Sunday 4th of Jan. I...

Day 21 & 22

Day 21 was Sunday 4th of Jan. I was supposed to be back at work in Joburg on the 7th of Jan. But to make it back, the clutch needed an attention of somebody more mechanically gifted...
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thanks for the comments.

Thanks for the comments.
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2015, 10:54 AM
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Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 20 In the morning I went to the...

Day 20

In the morning I went to the restaurant for breakfast, where I interrogated a ranger about the conditions in the Naye Naye concession area.
For a long time I wanted to explore the area as...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 19 The objective for the day was...

Day 19

The objective for the day was Tsumkwe, capital of Bushmanland located at the border of the Naye Naye concession area about 70 km before the Botswanian border in Dube. Like so:
...
Forum: Ride reports 05-07-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 87,109
Posted By Xpat
Just to make sure - I didn't mean any disrespect...

Just to make sure - I didn't mean any disrespect at all, to the contrary! I was just really surprised how different the track was compared to the last time I was there. Maybe clutch dying on me on...
Forum: Ride reports 05-07-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 18 I woke up late and with bad headache....

Day 18

I woke up late and with bad headache. I barely made the breakfast and still had to get my tyre on the wheel and on the bike. So I battled to be done by the checkout time (again, is there...
Forum: Ride reports 05-07-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 17 It was New Year's Eve and a rest day....

Day 17

It was New Year's Eve and a rest day. After 7 days of solid riding I was in a need of proper R&R. The plan was to soak away the day in the lodge pool. It didn't work out that way. As on the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-07-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 87,109
Posted By Xpat
I really enjoy your RR greatly. Keep it coming...

I really enjoy your RR greatly. Keep it coming please.

Huge respect to Tan for tackling the proper Kaokland:clap!

Your pictures also make it pretty clear how different riding there is at...
Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 87,109
Posted By Xpat
Fantastic ride :thumb! I have to say Van...

Fantastic ride :thumb!

I have to say Van Zyl's pass looks much more gnarly than when I last did it two year's ago. Maybe it was actually blessing in disguise that the clutch on my Tenere died half...
Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 16 The night before I have already...

Day 16

The night before I have already decided to hit the D3707 (the road crossing in the westward arch the inner Kaokoland and connecting Sesfontein, Puros, Orupembe and Opuwo and head straight...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thanks micko. I was there this December - about 2...

Thanks micko. I was there this December - about 2 days before New Year.

I may be foolish, but I think I would have made it down VZP - I've done it before, albeit admittedly on much lighter and...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thank you all for support. No worries,...

Thank you all for support.



No worries, nothing wrong with your comment DR. It is a bad form to pass somebody with problems in remote area anywhere in the world.

I just think it had...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Just to make sure I do not cause unnecessary...

Just to make sure I do not cause unnecessary German hatred here. As I said in one of the prior instalments, I called the group Germans as they all spoke German. There were many of them - if not...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Since I haven't made it up the Van Zyl's Pass and...

Since I haven't made it up the Van Zyl's Pass and on to Epupa Falls this time, here are the videos of that route (in reverse direction starting in Epupa and going down VZP) I've made on my trips in...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 15 - part 3 But first things first -...

Day 15 - part 3

But first things first - let's procrastinate a bit with a smoke, make myself comfortable in the shade under a nearby tree, and most importantly take pretty pictures. It was hot and...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 104
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Posted By Xpat
Day 15 - part 2 By the time I reached bottom...

Day 15 - part 2

By the time I reached bottom of the VZP the sun was up and the heat was raising quickly. I took a breather (rather a smoker) in the shade under a tree and contemplated what I'm up...
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thank you for comments. Lately it felt a bit...

Thank you for comments. Lately it felt a bit deserted here.
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 15 - part 1 This was supposed to be the...

Day 15 - part 1

This was supposed to be the toughest day of the trip. The plan was to ride up the Van Zyl's pass and onwards to Epupa Falls about 220 km away, where I would have a rest day. Like...
Forum: Ride reports 05-03-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 14 - part 2 After a break, I jumped...

Day 14 - part 2


After a break, I jumped back on the bike and headed across the river to climb the pass between Huarusib and Khumib river. I've done it before, but still the change in scenery as...
Forum: Ride reports 05-01-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 14 - part 1 Today was relatively short...

Day 14 - part 1

Today was relatively short day - about 130 km up the Huarusib and Khumib river to the Marble campsite in Onjuva just before the Red Drum pass. Given the combination of entertaining...
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 13 This day was technically a liaison as...

Day 13

This day was technically a liaison as I was returning on the main road to Sesfontein to pick up luggage I left there, refuel and come back the same say to Puros for another sleepover before...
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 104
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Posted By Xpat
Day 12 - part 3 With the elephant bull...

Day 12 - part 3

With the elephant bull parked under a tree slap bang next to the river entry point and the rest of the herd about 200 hundred meters downstream I choose to give them a wide berth...
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2015, 05:10 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thank you. I had a satellite phone with a...

Thank you.

I had a satellite phone with a number for some emergency rescue company, which theoretically could send a chopper out. Luckily I didn't have to try how quickly (or whether) they would...
Forum: Ride reports 04-27-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Thanks for the comments, appreciate the...

Thanks for the comments, appreciate the appreciation.
Forum: Ride reports 04-27-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 12 - part 2 After short break I entered...

Day 12 - part 2

After short break I entered Die Poort. It's short, but narrow and curved so I revved the engine before entering to give any ellie a chance to clear the way and set-off tentatively....
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,960
Posted By Xpat
Day 12 - part 1 As a Central European, with...

Day 12 - part 1

As a Central European, with deeply ingrained suspicion against an optimistic outlook on life (yes, it makes perfect sense coming from a small tribe stuck between two, unfortunately...
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