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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    Thanks man, it was an awesome ride. It's hard to beat the first adventure, but we are going to try.
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  2. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    Well suck, and you gotta be ready for Kilamonjaro in 12 days? I smell last-minute plane tickets in your future. Myeh though, just another adventure. :thumb Do hope for your sakes (monitary and sanity) that the Katoom part gets there pronto but you two seem the type to take these things in stride. ('course, everyone has a breaking point and I'm guessing you guys are veeeeery close to yours after, er, how many weeks now?)
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  3. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Kilimanjaro is now canceled.

    We thought for a minute we had my bike running today. It lasted 1 1/2 minutes. We did absolutely everything we could to trouble shoot it. We threw in the towel and towed it to the professionals. There is where Nick needs to log on and say how much better BMW is than KTM. :rofl

    So here we are, in three days it will be a month we have been in Cape Town. We joke around with the employees that we are going to apply for a job at this hostel. This is life and this is real. We signed up for this adventure and we have one heck of a start!!!!

    I hope some people are getting a little enjoyment at our expense:D
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  4. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    Sucks about Kilamanjaro but hope the KTM gets its butt in gear soon. At least it didn't happen in the middle of the Sahara right?

    :lurk A-hyup. :evil
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  5. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    This should be fun. Are you going through Zambia? My sister has a fishing lodge on the Zambezi river. Fun road to get there!
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  6. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    dang!...off to a good start....post to leave a mark to read later..:thumb
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  7. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    Do you have any contact info? We really want to see the Zambezi.
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  8. Old Baldy

    Old Baldy Sneaky Slow

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    Yup....be careful out there guys. Too many tourists to Africa think "zoo" animals...and pay the price. Touching the elephant on a dare was *not* a great idea, guys. Bad stuff can happen real quick.

    Anyway, hope you get the Katoom sorted out quickly and look forward to the RR....awesome adventure.

    OB (South African living in Detroit).
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  9. adrenalin-junkie

    adrenalin-junkie Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the cool report . I am from Uitenhage in South Africa , it's a little town just outside Port Elizabeth . It is good to see photos of ADDO again . When I lived there , myself and friends used to go to ADDO at leat twice a month just to eye-ball the animals and BRAAI (Barbecue ) .

    I am living in Greenville , South Carolina , and it is surely a pleasure seeing ADDO and SA again .

    We are going hom ein 4 weeks time and can not wait to go out in the bush again .

    Your ride report is pretty cool .

    Have a safe trip and HAVE FUN mate .
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  10. edgy

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    This is gonna be fun! You guys should`ve got onto wilddogs forum prior to arriving - equivalent to advrider, great bunch of guys that would have made your month in Cape Town far more pleasant! Hopefully you get running soon!
    PS....do not try and touch a wild african elephant......ever!
    BTW those "wild boar" are called warthog:D
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  11. Skrow

    Skrow Been here awhile

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    This is a motorcycle RR? :rofl

    Great pictures and awesome commentary! Can't wait to watch and read the rest of your RR. In for sure! Good luck on the KTM. Hope you get it squared away quick and are on the road.

    Skrow
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  12. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    :rofl yeah, we are not sure. I mean we have bikes with us, we just aren't riding them. I think I'll post a bike picture today to keep this legit. :D
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  13. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    Don't sweat it guys, we believe you. I suppose you could do this trip 2-up on the BMW, but it'll probably give the wrong impression. :lol3
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  14. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    EXACTLY!!!, I have a reputation to maintain. Can't be doing any 2-up riding.

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  15. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    Such an old scam. This very similar thing happened to me just last week here in Los Angeles.

    "Hey man, I'm not looking for a handout, but my kid had a doctor's appt this morning for her Lukemia and I rushed out so fast I forgot money for a return train tkt back to Riverside and I need to get her back. All I need is just $13 more."

    I love how they ask for an odd sum to make it feel more realistic.
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  16. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    :clap:clap:clap And the adventure begins (kinda lol)!!! :evil
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  17. nrader

    nrader Adventurer

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    Shipping motorcycles sucks! After doing some research we decided it would be better to ship our bikes by air instead of by ship, but it didn't work out for us. We were told by our shipping company (Shipping-Worldwide) that we needed to bring our crate to there warehouse 1 week before we wanted it to arrive in Cape Town. We did. We dropped it off 10 days before we were suppose arrive. A day or so later we received an email telling us the price was being increased by $500 because it was the "busy season". We didn't have much of a choice so we just bent over and took it. A few days after that we received an email telling us the estimated arrival time was going to be January 9th, not the 4th like we expected. We had no choice but to bend over for that one too.

    Finally we arrive in Cape Town. Now the company is telling us the bikes won't arrive until the 13th. They said the bikes were still at US Customs waiting to be cleared. Then they say the bikes will be there on the 18th, we don't buy it anymore. Good thing too, they didn't arrive on the 18th. Finally I call the airline they are suppose to fly on. They tell me the bikes will be in Johannesburg and have to clear customs. Somehow I send 20 emails and make about 30 phone calls just to find out we have to wait for them to be loaded on a truck and driven to Cape Town (which I would think the US company should have done for us since the bikes weren't in Cape Town yet). The bikes arrive in Cape Town on the 22nd. Too bad we can't get them since customs is closed on the weekend. Finally Monday the 24th rolls around. WE ARE PUMPED! We wake up early like kids on Christmas morning to get our toys. After walking all over the place getting paperwork and finding the building they are in, we still have to have them clear customs in Cape Town. Swissport is the Company that trucked them from Johannesburg so we go there. They tell us another company is handling customs for us. So we sit around and wait for them to come pick us up.

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    We get to there office (Broadspeed Logistics) and are excited to find out they are friendly people that seem to want to help us out. Unfortunately our paperwork is a disaster. They are telling us that our bikes have been in Johannesburg since the 28th of December and all our paperwork was lost. Which is a different story than the company in the US told us. Since our paperwork is a disaster we can't get our bikes that day. They tell us to come back in 2 days and see if they can sort things out for us.

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    While we wait for the airport shuttle we have to do the mandatory tourist picture.

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    It has become obvious to us, and everyone else, that we have been waiting for a long time. We're not too worried about it though. I'm too busy watching TV in the background.

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    After waiting the two days we had back to Broadspeed hoping to get the bikes cleared through customs. We went with the company to the customs office, so the customs office would see travelers were bringing bikes into the country without carnets instead of weasels trying to sell motorcycles and skip out on import tax. It didn't work. I guess they could sense Luke and I have a little weasel in us. The new plan of attack is to make a temporary import which is 14,000 Rand per bike, and then export them at the boarder and get our money back. So they give us a driver to drive us to a bank so we could get 17,000 Rand in cash (about $2,500). The good news is riding in the back of a truck is always fun.

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    The fist bank we went to said foreigners could withdraw 30,000 Rand from the atm per day. Luke manage to get 10,000 Rand before his debit card wouldn't let him get out anymore. Mine didn't let me get out any. We were then told by the bank that they could manually do it. The bad news was the machine that withdrew from Visa cards was broken, AKA Luke was screwed and I wasn't. Joke was still on me though. My bank declined the withdraw. Luke managed to find a different bank that allowed him to get out all the money he needed. My bank declined every attempt to get out enough money. After calling them I was told I should be able to do it. They lied to me. I only was able to get out 3,500 Rand. It's not too big of deal, we've got pretty good at bending over the last few weeks, touching our toes is no problem anymore. I spent the rest of the day on the phone with my bank in Michigan trying to work out a deal. They agreed to up the amount I could withdraw from the atm to $2,500 for one day only. Finally some good news. The bad news was I had to make the withdraw at 1:00 in the morning on a very shady street. On the way to the atm we got offered drugs before we opened the metal gate to our hostel. So we gathered a posse to escourt me to and from the atm.

    The next morning we head back to Broadspeed and gave them the money. Talk about feeling like a baller with all that cash.

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    We wait around for a few hours and they tell us we won't get the bikes that day and they will email us when it's time to come back. The next day we get an email telling us to come. So we call up Steve, the guy that is going to take transport the bikes to the BMW dealer, and head out to get out bikes. We are very excited to be reunited with them again. Joke was on us though. We had 3,000 Rand in fees to pay and luke left his money at the hostel. So Martin (our driver from the other day) takes us to the closest atm. In the meantime Steve waits with the bikes.

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    Joke was still on us, Lukes bank was not letting him get any money out. We went to three atms and all of them declined his card. Good news is my bank let me get out another 3,000. We head back to Broadspeed, pay our fees, get the procedure for exporting, and exchange digits, AKA emails. Then we head to BMW to unload the bikes and put them together.

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    Needless to say we were very excited to finally had our bikes. We got some weird looks while we did a small victory celebration.

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    I can't describe how great the guys at the BMW dealership are. First they let us leave all our stuff at their office for 3 weeks. Then they let us work at their shop for free. They even helped us put part of our bikes together and get them of the crate.

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    Shane in particular has been incredibly helpful to us.

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    We get the majority of the bikes put together at their shop and decide to finish the minor details back at out hostel. It feels really good to ride our bikes again!

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  18. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    Waaaahoooooo!!!!!
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  19. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Look up Mutemwa lodge on the internet. Get hold of Penny or Gavin . They are about 2 hours up stream from Victoria falls and one hour down stream from Ngonya falls.
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  20. Longerday

    Longerday Been here awhile

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    Great stuff Luke and Nick! I'll be following the whole way. Keep shooting video!:lurk
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