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Old 08-24-2011, 10:30 PM   #16
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Some sweet pictures there Matt, Lesotho is awesome wherever you go, that's for sure!

Namibia is BIG on my list, but as a family trip & maybe trailering the bikes with, but every year we plan serious something blows up our plans...maybe next year...
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:19 PM   #17
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There used to be a dirt road between the town I live in and the next town Clarence. It cut through the mountains and does some scenic meandering through the Drakensberg mountains. When the new tar road were built, probably in the 1950's or thereabouts, people stopped using the dirt road and it has become overgrown in many places. I love to clear my mind and go where no-one else goes, finding all the little side roads and tracks that doesn't lead anywhere anymore...



a "windpomp"



You can see here not much is left of what was once a national road.



This road also cuts through the township of Phutaditjaba, which has some truly awesome riding spots. Home to 2 million people it is in many ways a sad place with a lot of poor and disillusioned people. I stopped for a picture and these guys came running up, shouting "shoota shoota" ,which is local for take a picture. The one guy was't too sure about standing next to this yella monster...maybe he was just not a BM fan...
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:22 PM   #18
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Yes, this is where he stores his sleigh these days....he said it is getting too cold at the North pole...

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Old 08-26-2011, 03:02 PM   #19
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Southern Namibia 2010:



Near Walvisbay towards the end of the trip.

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Old 08-28-2011, 12:42 AM   #20
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Dang, yes!!
Those long Namibian dirt roads are calling my name. Nice pictures!!
Stolen from your RR.
here:The Wussy Namibia solo ride

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:26 AM   #21
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Lesotho

I took a "guide" up the Sani Pass and would have given a million dollars to take my motorcycle up it. To make matters worse halfway up right before getting into the switchbacks a BMW GS800 came up and passed us! I was a serious hater then.

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Old 08-28-2011, 11:16 PM   #22
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I took a "guide" up the Sani Pass and would have given a million dollars to take my motorcycle up it. To make matters worse halfway up right before getting into the switchbacks a BMW GS800 came up and passed us! I was a serious hater then.

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Old 08-28-2011, 11:24 PM   #23
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In the Drakensberg mountains just outside Sefako, Lesotho.





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Old 08-29-2011, 11:27 PM   #24
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Going back in time a bit now.
Africa and a booming twin...enjoying 2 of the best at the same time...sublime.
The Eyetallian girl is now gone, but the memories remain. We destroyed a few rears exploring our countryside together.

Going past the Grootfontein dam, taking the meaner through the lower parts of Natal, via Transkei to Umtentweni.







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Old 08-30-2011, 02:00 AM   #25
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AfricaWim thanks for the kind words.
I am hoping to see the northern parts of Namibia next year. I will just have to 'man up' for that trip though. It is not as simple as the Southern parts of Namibia.

Richtersveld is another great part.

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Old 01-27-2013, 01:35 AM   #27
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Wife and I were in Namibia and Botswana just a year ago. Fabulous trip, especially suited for people who don't want to be surrounded by other people. Alas, in a rental Nissan but in certain areas I was happy to not be on two wheels. The pic of the road on the way to Walvis Bay reminded me of the dust up we were in for an hour....

Had some fun in the Nissan, though. I took this sign as an 'okay' to kick it around.

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Thats how we roll man...even government encourages us to drop it in sideways...

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riding in Africa

Was reading your trip report and remembering a couple of trips I made to Mali several years ago and realized that if riding as a passenger counts, I've actually been riding on a motorcycle in Africa. I had met a local trader, entrepreneur at a restaurant in Mopti where I had my first ever Nile perch (fried in chunks) and drank local water by accident ( a common practice was to reuse bottles for locals and I was inadvertently handed one). Didn't die or even get a bit ill but I was surprised.
Back to the motorcycle. I had eaten at this cafť several times and expressed an interest in some blankets and other souvenir type stuff and the waiter introduced me to the trader guy. We walked to his shop and when he saw what I was looking for he said he had more stored at his home. I wound up on the back of his motorcycle as we rode through the city and its many cramped streets, lanes and alleys on the way to his warehouse . Pretty neat experience being invited to tea (a big deal) and seeing the city from the rooftop.
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