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Old 11-09-2013, 08:53 AM   #76
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the bridge crossing above


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Old 11-09-2013, 10:00 AM   #77
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log bridges

...countless bridges that afternoon...

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:34 AM   #78
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #79
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Eh? Drama

.. slow.. fast and focussed .. slow... zipping again, etc. We were making good progress.

In a descent with rutted curve, we were riding higher pace. Antonio (with the green bag) was riding in front of me, when suddenly he lost control. The front swept away, he did an academic face plant, the bike flipped over him in a cloud of dust and finally fell on him.

I stopped, lifted his bike to free his leg. In the adrenaline, Antonio wanted to stand up, but I had seen how hard he fell. Antonio complained about his knee. Approaching him, I realised his face was bleeding. I told him to rest a while next to his bike, and take time, we were not in any hurry.

Bad place to crash. Where we were I was not even sure a Zebu with cart would make it, should we need it.

Antonio had left too much energy in mud during the morning. In the afternoon, he couldn´t keep the focus necessary. We did not realize it, because he's always so optimistic and engaged.


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Old 11-09-2013, 11:59 AM   #80
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... helmet off .. a few minutes of rest.. we were to understand if the situation was serious or not...
After the first complaints, Antonio seemed to have found a comfortable position. He sat, drinking some water and eating an energy bar I had kept from the beginning for emergencies.

Result: a thorn knee, and a cut lip. The lip soon stopped bleeding after cleaning and compression, and with a very cute little wound pad.


Antonio could stand up. We started his bike, he could ride. Luckily the track got easier and we arrived in the late afternoon at Antsakabary.

Well, a message to you all adventure riders. I´ve often see ride reports with jet/open face helmet riders. Without an integral helmet, Antonio would have had a broken jaw.

15km from Antsakabary


the last 8km before Antsakabary got difficult, luckily in descent, lots of stones and steps, going from the high plateau into a valley. Antonio managed, but was exhausted. When we reached our place for the night he stayed there and slept, without dinner.
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:51 PM   #81
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Wow, what a trip!

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:19 AM   #82
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Awesome! Great narrative and images. Sounds like it was an epic ride! Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:11 AM   #83
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Antsakabary is the town of a vast region living from crops and raising livestocks. It is surrounded by high mountains on one side (the high plateau we came from) and hills on the other side.


It has a utilitarian looks, one single main trail through it and a few concrete building dating from many decades ago.
We found a room at a pension. Actually many towns and villages offer basic rooms for local travellers, because of the short distance one may cover per day in these areas.


We were again quite an attraction for the local kids. Quite shy at first, they then became very participative when Marc showed them pictures and videos of them (the school and high school in the background)


..once the ice broken in this manner, we could then exchange technical tips with the off-road fraction among them:


In the evening, we then had a nice dinner at a local, who welcomed and cooked for us in his familial room
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:39 AM   #84
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DAY 10: Antsakabary - Ananalava

Despite a busy eve, we did not need any alarm clock to wake up at 5. First we got somehow used to wake up early, second, the first shades of red light were sufficient to animate our chicken and pigs next-door-neighbours

The good news of the morning was that the anti-inflammatory drugs worked fine, so Antonio´s knee did not stiffen over the night, he could walk and ride.

So, breakfast in our eve´s dinner room and up on the track following the river
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:01 AM   #85
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #86
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from green to dust

I loved the peace inspiring scenery of that morning, following the river, the shades of orange mixing with the green and shiny tones of the mountain surrounded river


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WOW fantastically epic trip thank you for sharing your awesome report and pictures of such a remote place
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:47 PM   #88
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relaxing landscape that morning


different construction style in the villages




and broken bridges only used during the rain season


mighty mountains, still..


and approaching more crowded areas...
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #89
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from dust to the west coast

We then crossed and quit the Sofia river to try once the asphalt to Antsohihy


We had a quick lunch there, also high time to treat the low tide of our IMS tanks. Then back on track, where the landscaped flattened and got quite arid in this season... what a contract with the rain forest, one day before...


on these arid tracks, only few villages and interrogations raised in local minds..


a family stopped 15km away from the closest village, under hit sun and dry air... Thierry managed to fix the Chinese bike, locked tank ventilation hole, so simple.


almost there: Mozambique channel in view !
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:44 PM   #90
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Ananalava

After this hot and dusty afternoon, a bath in the ocean was welcome.


Ananalava was the former main town of the region, but when Madagascar got independent, the road from Tana to Diego was brought more east through Antsohihy, and Ananalava got isolated at the end of a peninsula without valid bridge to cross the straight closing the river´s delta.
Still some reasonable town activity there; a concert of local star Tiana and pick-up trucks with megaphones making advertising for candidates of the upcoming presidential elections.

We spend the night at Bruno, a former adventurer and bush plane pilot, who settled there in his very nice hotel.

Entering the town, there was a natural jump on a broken bridge. Since kids were applauding on the sides, a few of us did the show by jumping it. When the police came for a routine check at the hotel, Thierry made us the joke it was because of reckless riding into town... but well we did not pick it, and the policeman was much toö much friendly.

Time for dinner


we walked a bit around the small town after that, but soon our body reminded us of the long stage that day...
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