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Old 02-24-2013, 08:17 AM   #1636
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How many straps equal a weld? The prudent thing to do would've been to weld it up right there but I had only one more day to go to Mbeya and didn't want to risk catching the rains in the afternoon on these muddy roads. So, I used 5 of my Wunderlich straps to tie the right pannier to the top box and it held until I got to Mbeya.


The beautifully flowing landscape of southwestern Tanzania...


...which is being rapidly paved over.


Tanzanian women in stride. What can you balance on your head?


I got to Mbeya and got the pannier frame welded up at a metalworks shop.


Solid job for Tsh 6,000 ($3.80). I think at some point soon my frame is going to be more welds than steel.


Mbeya is a lovely little town up in the Southern Highlands, sitting at 1,735 m (5,700 ft). Camping equipment for sale by the main road. That chair looks comfy.


I stayed with Anna and her roommate, Maren, through CouchSurfing and I'm telling you, the world is really a small place. Anna is a good friend of Christina, my friend from Nairobi and officemate at ICRISAT. I only found out after posting about it on facebook. So, I was more family than CouchSurfer. Anna came to Mbeya to work at a medical research institute and is now looking for her next steps. I cooked my chicken curry for her circle of friends and helped spread the message of eudaimonia through it.


Anna's dog, Nyota, keeping watch over sanDRina. They were renting a nice, little house with a great view over the valley that Mbeya sits in.


Filling up fuel at a proper petrol station on my out of Mbeya. The attendant, just like all the others before him, was amazed at how much fuel sanDRina can drink down.


Twisty roads in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. This is the TanZam Highway, linking Lusaka to the port at Dar-es-salaam and mostly sees truck traffic and used Japanese cars being transported to land-locked Zambia.


Enjoying big mountains in my view and looking forward to getting back into them soon.


Tea plantations stretching across the horizon near Njombe. I got off the TanZam and headed south for the Mozambican border, climbing back up into the mountains and their chill air.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:18 AM   #1637
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Tea leaves, ending up in a hot cup near you. While coffee beans are roasted to get to the end product, tea leaves are fermented.


A huge cell phone tower next to the Lutheran Guest House in Njombe. I was only getting 2G reception in most small towns but connection is there and data is cheap in Tanzania at around Tsh 500/25MB ($1.28/100MB).


Having a nicely presented lunch/dinner of rice and beans with some veggie and hot sauce for Tsh 1,200 ($0.76) at a nearby cafe.


Doing some gear maintenance as I prepared to head into remote parts of northern Mozambique. This is my LifeSaver water filter and check out the muck that's lining the inside. This filter works amazingly well and I've not had to buy a single bottle of mineral water on this trip.


On the road to Songea and enjoying the gorgeous landscape and twisty curves.


I got some boiled eggs ordered at the cafe near the guest house and had two for a roadside lunch.


Heading down from the highlands and just soaking in all the greenery and twisting asphalt.


Songea is a frontier town with remote crossings from here west into Malawi and south into Mozambique, where I was headed next. I knew that Mozambique would be more expensive than Tanzania so I stocked up on supplies such as washing powder, biscuits and instant coffee sachets.


Songea is a pleasant town with grand, old trees lining the main road.


The staff at the Anglican Church Hostel in Songea.


A crowd had gathered as this curious-looking biker prepared to leave.


Heading south from Songea for the remote border crossing into Mozambique.


The road was in good condition and the scenery was epic, with jagged peaks in view.


I passed through a few villages...


...and stopped often to take in the grand views.


One last break in the shadow of this tree before the border.


The forest got more dense as I left the villages behind and pretty soon I was...


...chatting up the lone customs officer at the Rio Rivuma Border. Photos aren't allowed at borders but that's where GoPro comes in handy. I distracted him just in time so that he wouldn't notice that while the bike had been in Tanzania for 3 months, my passport had been stamped in and out twice.


Nice chap, he even exchanged my remaining Tanzanian Shillings into Mozambican Meticals and gave me a really good rate, better than the banks. Now, that's what I call customs with service.


Goodbye, Tanzania. I enjoyed your land and dirt roads and gentle people and won't let my extended breakdown have a lasting impact of my impression of your wonderful country. Onwards to Mozambique!
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:22 AM   #1638
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Talking Reached the Southern Tip of Africa!

February 23, 2013


Woohoo! sanDRina and I made it to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point on the African continent. The Atlantic and Indian oceans meet here and I'm looking forward to the land that lies on the other side of the Indian Ocean.

From Alexandria in Egypt to Cape Agulhas in South Africa it's been 33,475 kms (20,805 mi) over 22 months And to end my wonderful ride through Africa, I rode the most amazing road along the coast to Cape Town. Now to figure out how sanDRina and I are getting to India...
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:38 PM   #1639
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:36 AM   #1640
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From Alexandria in Egypt to Cape Agulhas in South Africa it's been 33,475 kms (20,805 mi) over 22 months And to end my wonderful ride through Africa, I rode the most amazing road along the coast to Cape Town. Now to figure out how sanDRina and I are getting to India...
Awesome stuff. Great to see that the bike problems didn't stop you! Can't wait to read the rest of the story....
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:14 AM   #1641
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Did you give up on the plan to replace the Head in SA, or have I missed something??
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:45 AM   #1642
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Awesome read.

A trip of a life time !

Would be an honour to buy you beer when you arrive in Chennai. Also, to look at the beauty you are riding.

Cheers.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #1643
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Cool2 End of Africa Rebuild

February 26, 2013


As part of my End-of-Africa celebrations, I treated sanDRina to a day at the spa namely Mike's garage near Cape Town. He reached out on the WildDog forums and offered to sponsor me a suspension rebuild. He used to be a test rider and chief mechanic for prototypes for a motorcycle company in Europe, so his skills are highly valued here.

For the gear heads, here's what was done: Rear Shock rebuilt with new WP stiffer spring, Front Forks oil change, Brake fluid replaced, New Brake Pads, Valve Check, Engine Oil Change and a new Spark Plug. sanDRina's a happy DR now

Big thanks to Mike for taking so much time out of his work to help me out
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:43 AM   #1644
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Did you give up on the plan to replace the Head in SA, or have I missed something??
Yeah, gave up on that plan. I tired to source one but didn't manage. Shipping and planning my exit from here took all my time. I'll get one from the States and have it sent over when I'm in India. The brass inserts I had made in Kenya are holding well

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A trip of a life time !
Would be an honour to buy you beer when you arrive in Chennai. Also, to look at the beauty you are riding.
Cheers.
Thanks, mate. I'll be there next week but sanDRina's arriving by sea, so probably in early April.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:54 AM   #1645
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As part of my End-of-Africa celebrations, I treated sanDRina to a day at the spa namely Mike's garage near Cape Town. He reached out on the WildDog forums and offered to sponsor me a suspension rebuild. He used to be a test rider and chief mechanic for prototypes for a motorcycle company in Europe, so his skills are highly valued here.

For the gear heads, here's what was done: Rear Shock rebuilt with new WP stiffer spring, Front Forks oil change, Brake fluid replaced, New Brake Pads, Valve Check, Engine Oil Change and a new Spark Plug. sanDRina's a happy DR now

Big thanks to Mike for taking so much time out of his work to help me out
Excellent! Looking forward to reports from India! This latest update once again shows just how solid and tough the venerable DR seems to be. If you were on a KTM you'd be ready for another complete engine rebuild.

Jay, I know you've been really good keeping up on maintenance and I'm sure everything is covered. But just wondering when you last checked the
swing arm bearings and link bearings?

Link bearings are easy to inspect/re-grease ... the Swing Arm bearings, not so much . All these bearings seem to last really well unless you are doing LOTS of river crossings or riding constantly in rain. And don't forget those pesky fuel filters!

Ride safe ... Rubber Side Down!
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #1646
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Grrrrrr! Dude! You need to stop posting such a good report. Now I am really trying to figure out how I will go to Africa!

Seriously though. Great job man!
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:13 PM   #1647
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^^ Aren't you supposed to be snow boarding or something?

Really enjoying both RRs.
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^^ Aren't you supposed to be snow boarding or something?

Really enjoying both RRs.
Right now? Naw.. I'm supposed to be sleeping or hitting on snow bunnies!

DAMN YOU ADVRIDER!
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:37 AM   #1649
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Jay, I know you've been really good keeping up on maintenance and I'm sure everything is covered. But just wondering when you last checked the
swing arm bearings and link bearings?
Link bearings are easy to inspect/re-grease ... the Swing Arm bearings, not so much . All these bearings seem to last really well unless you are doing LOTS of river crossings or riding constantly in rain. And don't forget those pesky fuel filters!
Ride safe ... Rubber Side Down!
You bet I'm on top of sanDRina's maintenance Keeping a very thorough maintenance log. Swingarm bearings and link bearings all replaced in Nairobi - sponsored by All Balls Including steering stem bearings.

The Visu SPB (Sintered Porous Bronze) filter that I put on after I discovered I had a clogged filter has been running well since then. Still looks clean but gave it a blow out with an air hose. I can't find these here in South Africa, need to get some sent from the States. I won't be putting a paper core filter ever again!

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Grrrrrr! Dude! You need to stop posting such a good report. Now I am really trying to figure out how I will go to Africa!
Seriously though. Great job man!
Thanks, Noah. I finally have some downtime now and will go through your RR. Love the snow video

I'm a skier but here's a tame video with some snowboarding buddies shot on Aspen Mountain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3HYk1ZxFC4

and this one's one of my favorites, from Aspen Highlands, steep and deep powder with no one else on the mountain, love it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0ulFTfQJQ0

at the end of that trip in winter 2009 I had a fall and tore my ACL. I skiied once more at Jackson Hole, right before leaving on this journey, but haven't been on the snow since Maybe I'll open a ski resort in the Himalayas
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:28 AM   #1650
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at the end of that trip in winter 2009 I had a fall and tore my ACL. I skiied once more at Jackson Hole, right before leaving on this journey, but haven't been on the snow since Maybe I'll open a ski resort in the Himalayas
Great videos. Sucks about your ACL. How does it feel now? Ever get any pain?

I'll come ski in the Himalayas with you. There is a resort called Galmarg that I wan't to check out. Maybe next winter.
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