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Old 06-22-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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So we set out for some of Africa's iconic lakes. We would follow tracks we knew were good, and some from Google Earth we hoped existed. There were seven of us, and our plan was to ride around Lake Rukwa to Lake Tanganyika and finish up at Lake Nyasa/Malawi if all would go according to plan.

Above: The route starting in Mbeya and rocking counter-clockwise around L. Rukwa to L. Tanganyika, down to L. Niassa back up to Mbeya

But with us, things rarely go according to plan. There was insult and injury, sound and fury, and blood, sweat and beers. Nevertheless, we did see our lakes, and had a hell of an adventure doing it.

So, enjoy the teaser pics while I try to put together a ride report. There are a lot of good photos and some uncharacteristically good helmet-cam footage to comb through, so it could take some time. Be prepared for tse tse fly bites, river mishaps, mishkaki and chips mayayi, Konyagi and Splite and warm Kilimanjaro, a Cobra, a wicked tall suspension bridge, long days of deep bush, broken bikes and broken bones, beautiful lakeside sunsets and ugly, dusty faced Dar Bikers.


Above: Some food, some riding and a bit of river SCUBA diving

Above: An erect reptile, deep bush and a busy KTM mechanic

Above: Ominous words and some lake shore scenery

Above: A bit of everything you want in an African ride

That's all for now.

Link to Day 0
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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I gotta ride with y'all some day. Africa has been calling me since I first learned of maps.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #5
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Looking forward to your report.

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Old 06-22-2013, 04:55 PM   #6
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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can't wait to see the latest ride...............
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:35 AM   #8
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:58 AM   #9
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #10
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Now that's Adventure Riding!

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Old 06-24-2013, 11:03 AM   #11
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:38 PM   #12
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Looking forward to the full report!
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #13
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And then they were eaten by hienas?
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #14
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I just returned from a two week mission trip to Kenya and Tanzania 2 days ago. People in Africa drive like teenagers on crack. It is crazy! Plenty of dirt to ride on though. Have fun and be safe. Check out Khans BBQ and Auto Parts store in Arusha. It is yummy!
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