25,000 miles with Luke and Nick

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fishfund, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Mark,

    It's always good to hear from you. I will never forget the day I risked my life driving through that Ice storm to check out your famous Husky. You probably have never had anyone buy a bike then leave it there for a few weeks before. Thanks for working with my strange schedule. I hope you continue to enjoy your wr250 and getting to ride more often with your son. Keep that smile on your face and you positive outlook on life. It spreads to the people you meet.

    -Luke
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  2. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Why are we renting a car ????

    The short version of the story is we were told by the shipping company to allow 7 days for the bikes to be shipped. So we gave ourselves some leway. We dropped off the crate 10 days before we were to arrive to Cape Town. Then we get an email saying the bikes will be there on the 9th, then the 13th, so we rented a car to "kill time" which is probably the worst way to say it. It's really impossible to kill time when you are in another country. So this is the story of the road trip. (P.S. when we returned to Cape Town I received an email saying the soonest they may be here is now the 18th)

    First of all you drive on the wrong side of the road wrich makes things real interesting. Both Nick and I caught ourselves driving on the incorrect side going towards traffic a few times. It's the hardest when you are turning onto a new road.

    passing is allowed with on comming traffic.
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    We spotted these monkey from the side of the road.
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    We drove and drove with the plans of entering the country that is surronded by South Africa. It starts with an L, but I don't have internet right now to look it up. Anyway, it was way too far away and we had to be back by the 13th to pick up our motorcycles so we decided to call it a day, find a hotel and plan on heading south to the Elephant National Park in the morning.

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    We woke up at 5:00 a.m. and caught the sunrse.
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    We were tired of Tarmac so we took some gravel roads with the rental on the way to the park. At times we were pushing the rental car pretty hard. It was like driving in the Indian Mounds in Merritt, MI. This is what we saw along the way.
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    We actually got the picture first try, but I wanted to throw this staged picture in for Adam Y. He is the behind the scenes guy who build the site and does all the graphics for our website.
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    Nick and I kind of have this game going where we try to get out of the car when your not supposted to. This was the first animal we came across for the game. I hear they kick hard, and this one had little ones with it. This was a wild Ostrich, but you see farmed ones everywhere.
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    This was lunch at the National Park. 90 Rand, which is about $15 USD. Pretty expensive, infact this whole country is pretty expensive.
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    Nick is writing the update of the national park as I type this, so I'll skip ahead to the Awesome Bed and Breakfast that we found to stay at that nite. It cost us 125 Rand each ($22 USD) Ironically breakfast doesn't come with as the name would have you believe. That was another $50 Rand ($8 USD) The amenities were quit good though. We got to swim in the pond, take out some kayaks, hit up the homemade zip line and homemade trampoline, and Nick even used the owners office computer to check his email. They were pretty nice people.
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    We left around noon and headed south twards Port Elizabeth. Nick found a backerpaker in a travel book with free internet for 100 Rand pp.
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    This guy was funny. He told us that when he is busy he just pees under the table. He puts straw in it so he can be talking to people at the same time and they have no clue. He wasn't joking. He showed us the jug. He answered all our questions about how much money people make here, and why is the country so expensive. etc...We had a good chat and made good enough friends to get photos inside the tent. His shirt has a patch that says "I overcame Anorexia"
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    You can see we have only been staying at nice places. That is because there are no shady cheap places to stay. It is unfortunate.
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    My first swim in the Indian Ocean. Nick and I have both swam in 3 oceans now. the 4th is coming up in May. It's going to be cold up there. We were playing a balancing game on a rock with the waves and Nick punched me in the face with his elbow. Bloody nose and bloody boogers for the next few days. (I don't eat bloody boogers)
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    back to Cape Town to wait for the motorcycles......
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  3. Maloney

    Maloney Adventurer

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    I am in. Sounds like my kind of trip. I sense trouble along the way somewhere though. Stay safe and watch your six.
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  4. Stewart5533

    Stewart5533 Been here awhile

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    :lurkO Boy............ this one is going to be Rowdy, am in, have fun, ride safe, lets get her going.:thumb
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  5. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Did I mention we are doing this with no Carnets? :evil
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  6. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    IN as always !
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  7. agplant

    agplant Ride Fast Travel Slo

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    :lurk Subscribed looking forward to following along.
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  8. nrader

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    After being disappointed with Cape Town and driving for hours and hours we finally got to see something that really made us excited to go to Africa - the wildlife. We drove our micro car to the Addo Elephant Reserve (which was an experience in itself) and drove it around the park. We were a little dissapointed to find out the reserve seemed to be model after Jurasic Park. AKA, there were 10 feet high electric fences surrounding the researve and anywhere someone would be outside of their car; but it was still AWESOME. After driving trough the gate it took us only minutes to start seeing wildlife. Our first spot were these guys.

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    They weren't the most exciting, and we were on a mission to find the lions so we didn't stick around. We drove to a main watering hole on our search for lions. When we got there we saw probably 100 elephants. We stopped in the middle of the road where they were crossing and watched them walk 2 feet away from our car. We were too excited to take many pictures.

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    We continued driving looking for lions and came across a fewmore animals.

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    After driving around for awhile it was time to stop and take a break. That and give the camera some sexy man poses.

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    Naturally the shirts are going to come off after awhile.

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    After surviving the South African cougars at the scenic overlook it was time to find those lions.

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    We must be getting close to the lions.

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    False alarm.

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    Now is when things start getting interesting. Luke decides it will be fun to get out of the car to get a picture of a wildboar. He was right, it was fun. The boar started to have a stare down with Luke and give give Luke a snort.

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    Some of these guys you had to be quick to spot or they would disappear.

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    Now things get even more interesting. We came up on this gal and Luke suggest I touch her. Me being the responsible guy I am decide to just see how things go just getting close.

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    Things didn't go well. She gave me the stank eye, yelled at me, and we both hightailed it out of there.

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    We double backed to some of the places we were told lions might be. We found one last stragaler lurking in the bushes.

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    We never found any of those lions.
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  9. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    if this is your trip without bikes, its gonna be even better once you start riding

    I'll follow this closely, and keep posting!! :D
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  10. kparrott

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    Awesome pictures! I'm always wanted to go to Africa. I can't wait for the riding to start!
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  11. NB_CRF'er

    NB_CRF'er I got a job, I explore!

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    Great start! Really enjoyed your last ride report, looking forward to your African adventure.:clap
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  12. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    LOVE IT !!

    BTW: elephants kill more than 500 people per year.. ... :rofl
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  13. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Subscribed! Epic, bruthas.. epic! :deal
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  14. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    Nice start to the RR. This time in two weeks I'll be on a plane to Cape Town for a six month stay down there. Bring it on!
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  15. nrader

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    The one thing we wanted to do while we were in Cape Town was go shark diving with the great whites. After being in stuck in this city for so long we finally got around to doing it. It was great. We have started making friends at our hostel and we had five of us all go together. It made it a lot more fun. Especially since it started early in the morning with a 2 hours bus ride. We saw the usual scenery on the drive. Shanty towns, which I think they call townships, and beautiful mountains.

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    After our bus ride we finally arrived at our destination. It was right next to this grocery store. Apparently they are not as concerned at the quality of there food as we are, or at least advertising it as high quality.

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    We got a quick speech about safety and climbed in our boat and were backed into the water.

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    After a short 20 minute boat ride we were at "shark alley". Our guide gave us another speech about what to do. By this time he knew he needed to keep his eye on Luke and I. I think he was on to us and our desire to touch the sharks. He was a cool guy, and was down for us peeing in wet suits.

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    The workers started to bait the sharks while we got wet suited up. It wasn't long before our first shark came to the boat.

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    Luke and I jumped at the chance to be the first one in the cage. Joke was on us though, the water was freezing.

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    We were in the cage for about 15 minutes and then for some reason they decided they had to move the boat to a new anchor spot. It was really weird being in the cage while the boat was driving. I felt like I was one of the crabs in the Deadliest Catch. After they moved the boat Luke and I had to get out so more people from the group could jump in.

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    Lucky for us we were able to go in for round two. And round two was even better. Unfortunately it was also colder. We were so cold our hands could hardly hold the cameras. That didn't stop us from staying until we were told our turn was over.

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    The sharks a not suppose to eat any of the bait. The guys who are throwing the tuna heads are supose to pull the bait back to the boat when the sharks try to get it. Hopefully, they will get the sharks to run into the cage.

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    This is just an eerie looking picture. It kind of makes you scared to go swimming because a shark is lurking in the shadow only 10 feet away.

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    Sometimes those sharks can be pretty sneaky and get the tuna, even though they are not suppose to.

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    Unfortunately we never got to touch the sharks. By now we were all freezing cold. The good news was that we got a hot meal back at their base while we watched the movie of our day shark diving. Then we got the 2 hour bus ride back to cape town while we cracked jokes with our new friends.
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  16. Mullet

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    Well......, Thats the first shark diving Ive seen in a ride report.

    Im in, subbed!!
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  17. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    It may be the first ride report with no motorcycles. We are having a heck of a time getting these bikes. It's been 3 1/2 weeks with no bikes so far...
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  18. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    Nice - got in early on this one......I can only imagine the adventures to follow.....:thumb

    You guys should look up Metaljockey - he could show you around a bit or give you a few traveling pointers when you get your bikes...:evil
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  19. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    In......can't wait for more..

    Man I can ship a box of crap to China using Fed-ex, and it is there the 2 days...WTF...??.....good thing you are not in a hurry ..
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  20. Frostbit

    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    In.....

    You two are off to an excellent start even without the bikes.

    Can't wait to see what's to come.:lurk:lurk:lurk
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