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Old 10-28-2007, 11:55 AM   #796
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Originally Posted by metaljockey
As far as Fred is concerned, finally 14 days after he broke the ankle, and back in South Africa, he is operated on and the lot is screwed back together.

He is still on crutches but the cast should come off this week. His left knee that was injured on the last day is still giving him grief, but the x-rays don't show any obvious problem, so it will probably just need some time to settle down.
My goodness! Perhaps I missed it, but that's the first time I'd realized that he had spent two weeks on a broken ankle!

Originally Posted by metaljockey
About the next trip; difficult to say. We do shorter trips all the time, it's an addiction.
I've told this to too many people to remember, but my biggest regret from my two years in South Africa (1984-1985) is that I didn't explore more of southern Africa by motorcycle. I did some motorcycling (dirt riding and some group rides in and around Jo'burg), and I saw a fair amount of the country travelling by plane and car. But, in 20/20 hindsight, I didn't see nor do nearly as much as I would have liked. And South Africa lends itself to exploring. Its hard to describe to Americans how magnificently beautiful and interesting that part of the world is.

Thanks again for the report.
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:42 PM   #797
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Thanks for letting us know Freds ok .... and thanks again for sharing with us

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Old 10-28-2007, 01:55 PM   #798
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Well,all I've got to say is that I found a link to this adventure on another site and have lived vicariously through the 4 of you during its duration.
The fact that the 4 of you went through what you did and was still managed to post updates,PHENOMENAL! Recalcitrant bikes,injuries and timely updates. I'm truly speechless and you all have earned my respect and admiration.
I know you guys are glad its over,but I'm going to miss firing up the box to see what the gods threw at you!
Hell,I'm a street rider and you all inspired me to join this site and I'm looking to sell/trade one of my street rides for an adventure bike. The Mojave Desert is a big place and Bill Clinton didn't steal all of it!
Looking forward to your next long one. If your ever in SoCal,the beers on me .
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:00 PM   #799
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Updated file for download...

OK, here is the updated report for .pdf download.

I decided to update the format as well as the content. I hope this does the trip better justice than the original file. It was OK, but was rather bland. Anyway, it is shorter at 132 pages, but the file size is ginormous at almost 19M. Gasp!

Anyway, I thouroughly enjoyed going through it again page by page, post by post.
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Old 10-28-2007, 03:01 PM   #800
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Old 10-28-2007, 04:45 PM   #801
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Quite simply this is the best ride report i've ever read on Advrider, fcuking superb, makes me think i should keep my gob shut about my wanky little trips.

Top stuff.

I'd love to buy you all a lot of beer!
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:41 PM   #802
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Cool2 Lurker, finally has something to say!!!

I,ve been riding street bikes for over 30 years but just started lurking around the ADV site for sometime now. Been trying to decide what kind of dual sport to get so have been just trying to gather information .
Then I ran across your guys amazing trip today and could'nt get off the PC untill I finished reading it. I've toured across parts of the US 2 or 3 times and had my moments but ,WOW, you guys killed it, what a trip! Thanks for one great real life story ,with pictures to boot!
You make me want a dual sport more than ever .
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:44 PM   #803
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Originally Posted by dceggert
OK, here is the updated report for .pdf download.
Thank you for your trouble. I'll send Fred a copy, he does not have access to high speed internet.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:47 PM   #804
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Originally Posted by strikingviking
Amigos--The word Angola in your title caught my eye enough times to finally sit down and read your entire thread. Holy fuck! In Mexico we'd describe you guys as having cajones grandes. What can I say? Killer content--phenomenal photos, suspenseful, trailblazing, great story telling and most important, the team spirit. This needs to be published.

I'm a fan of yours, thank you very much for your comments.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:59 PM   #805
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MJ you have personally recruited more new ADVriders than anyone I know of in the three or so years I've been here.

I can't tally the number of "First" posts I have seen while following this thread but it must be in the 20s or higher. Many from other walks of life that have the adventure bug now.

You my good man have sold a lot of new bikes around the world... And, it won't be hard to find other mates on your next adventure.

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. (Albert Einstein)
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:07 PM   #806
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Just caught up with the final pages and this epic report is chock full of incredible pictures, but I have the say this MJ post was really cool:

On the whole adventure, well done!
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:13 PM   #807
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Hats of to you guys, and I believe that you have completely carpe'd the living fcking shit out of the diem.

Mad Respect.

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Old 10-28-2007, 10:24 PM   #808
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Best ride report I have ever read!

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Old 10-29-2007, 06:49 AM   #809
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Thanks for taking us along. WOW!

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Old 10-29-2007, 09:42 AM   #810
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Great look into an incredibly exotic place. Thanks for putting it in words and pictures
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