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Old 06-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Hello Africa tell me how you doing? The 11 month trip from South Africa to Italy.

Hello Africa tell me how you doing?


Warning: picture rich thread with stupid grammar and even worse spelling.

The words from DR Alban keeps popping in my head as we ride the last few ks into Upington, a small town in the North West of South Africa after a damn hot day sitting on tar. Its the start of our 6 month trip up into Africa and its slowly starting to grow on me that its actually happening. If all works out we will try and get to Germany to leave the bikes there. If we do not make it and love this too much we will leave the bikes in whatever African country we can store them and go back home to try and beg money from friends and family to go again.
It does not matter this is the start of a continues trip that hopefully in years to come will take us around the world.

THE PLAN!


Mr and Mrs Livingstone




Its been a long year of planning and getting things organised for the businesses and to make sure they can work without us. The planning for the trip was the least of the issues. It is unbelievable how difficult it is to just close the door and walk away from your way of life as you know it and to let things go. We do not have kids and I thought it surely had to be easier for us, just close the door, say good bye to the old Staffie and leave. Not te hell, we are so tied down in our daily grind and business it takes effort to let it go and trust all will go well while away eating dust.

Apart from that hoping nobody gets injured or a bike decide to call it a day while on the trip and ends it prematurely. Sitting here next to the Orange River at Sakkies place in Upington sipping a cold Carling beer the worries are fading fast, whats the worst that can happen anyway?


We left East London our home town in the rain with Dreyer and Lincha and Carina friends that decided to ride with us for a short distance. We were still waiting for our passports that were with some African embassies. Lesotho borders around Lundeans neck was a good second alternative on our way up to Namibia to kill some time and one of my favourite places to ride, the scenery is spectacular and offers some of the best riding in SA.


On our way to Vioolsdrift on the North West border of South Africa and Namibia we stayed over at Riemvasmaak near Upington, it is one the nicest places to stay around there. The road into Riemvasmaak will put a smile on any biker and it is so isolated you can skinny dip and drink beers in the pool the entire day. The stay over at Riemvasmaak added a nice start to our trip.







We will meet up with our other friends that will do this trip with us, Harold and Linda at Ruacana in Namibia just before December where we want to enter Angola, they insist they want to work till near death instead of leaving earlier, not even a cheap wine bribe worked.




Namibia is where the trip starts for us as we have seen most of South Africa.
Namibia.......................

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Old 06-11-2011, 11:33 AM   #2
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:42 AM   #3
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good luck man, in some of the areas you might need some of it
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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Is true, we have made it to Ethiopia by now. Just started the report now while I am ahead.
The rest will follow.....
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:14 PM   #5
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:39 PM   #6
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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I love this adventure story! Can't wait to hear the next episode
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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Your ride reports are top class. I still read Angola.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:23 PM   #9
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Yeah, she's a bit of a winger that one. Needs to be shown you care. :)
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:55 AM   #10
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And the times she is suppose to perform she does.

Never let us down at crucial times.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:15 AM   #11
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+1 on the most fuel efficient six-fidy on the planet

I add the stupid F650 theromostat to the list I melted down in Southern Venezuela, at least the waterpump gears and shaft are fairly easy field fix.

And some people go around saying there are no more of these big fuel-less routes in the world, hog wash, they haven't been to the dark heart of Africa First place I want to get to after South America, way more wild than anything left on the planet besides the poles that are kinda off limits

Looking forward to these next bits. Thanks for sharing what most don't do! 5 stars to me
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:33 PM   #12
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+1 on the most fuel efficient six-fidy on the planet

I add the stupid F650 theromostat to the list I melted down in Southern Venezuela, at least the waterpump gears and shaft are fairly easy field fix.

And some people go around saying there are no more of these big fuel-less routes in the world, hog wash, they haven't been to the dark heart of Africa First place I want to get to after South America, way more wild than anything left on the planet besides the poles that are kinda off limits

Looking forward to these next bits. Thanks for sharing what most don't do! 5 stars to me
We are currently in Europe. Yes, I know I am bit late on update but will soon. :)

There is just something special about travelling Africa and South America and such countries. Fuel is all about planning and it is not on every corner and town. Food is not in MassMart or Lidl's every 20km.
Open spaces and salt of the earth people. I really miss travelling there. Do 500km a day and see no people. Europe is nice but for kick-ass fun Africa and South America must rate as the best imho.
Thanks for following will update as soon as we are back home;)
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #13
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Thanks for the reply Michnus. I only got to see it now.

What did you do to the handlebars?

I doubt I will ever have the opportunity to give my Dakar the pounding you have given yours. Firstly because I'm not as mechanical as you obviously are. Secondly because I don't think I will ever traverse Africa or South America on a motorbike.

I look forward to your next update.

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Old 01-08-2014, 12:07 PM   #14
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Nice one. Sounds like an amazing experience
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:04 PM   #15
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Nice one. Sounds like an amazing experience
Man, I just want to go back when I see these pictures again.
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