Angola, it's not like they said.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by metaljockey, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Koos

    Koos Wheeled Wanderer

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you...Angola has shot to the top of my Southern African destinations list.

    Great writing and very entertaining.

    Hard as rock as well.....
  2. Kingsqueak

    Kingsqueak Wannabe

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    Wow.. reports here never cease to amaze me. I put thought into whether I want to ride in heavy rain or not...incredible.

    The dunes and tides section had me cringing just sitting and reading it in my chair, inside, in the air conditioning.

    I'm fairly certain I couldn't have brought myself to do a ride like this in my twenties and at this point in my 40's, it will never happen. I'll be happy to get to a point where I can ride around the local parks with confidence :-0.

    Thanks to all that do these reports, it's incredible to read them.
  3. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    Just finished my second MJ story (RR), and like the first it makes me motivated. It's Fantastic!
  4. Bell47Pilot

    Bell47Pilot MonkeyButt

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    +1:clap:freaky:clap

    Hope you don't mind my quoting you MJ.
    It paints quite a picture!
  5. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    Came upon this as linked from the Zambian Joyride RR (see Awe. Some. above). This one is even better. Thanks for a great read with great insights about a great ride.

    Many non-riding friends have seen and been impressed by "Long Way Round" and asked me what I thought of it. It's hard to explain to them that while I think it was an entertaining program, I didn't regard it as much of a noteworthy feat of two-wheeled adventuring. I now have a better answer, I'll tell them that if they want to learn about what real adventure riding is, I'll give them a link to this tale.

    :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  6. ivara

    ivara Been here awhile

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    As the igniter om most modern bike are powered from the battery, I'm sure the hard starting was mostly due to the sick battery...?
  7. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

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    wow! im speachless
    thanks a heap for sharing this mate, it wasnt just the ride that made me read this twice it was the people.
  8. offthebeatenpath

    offthebeatenpath Adventurer

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    Fantastic ride report, immensely inspirational, thank you for sharing:clap .
  9. far

    far ADVreader

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    + 1 :clap :clap :clap :clap Great ride report :eek2 :lurk Amazing photos :thumb And TTT for the newbies :D
  10. lonesoldier84

    lonesoldier84 SuperFlanker

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    one of the best ride reports ive had the pleasure of reading. took some time to find it again so i could share the link with some friends.

    glad i did. going to flip back through it again. great.....great stuff here.
  11. lxy97531

    lxy97531 n00b

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    great ride report.:clap:clap:clap
  12. Allchin

    Allchin Adventurer

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    thanks for a great report.... it nice to hear reports were the 'boat was pushed out' you discribed it exactly what I thought when I was in deep soft sand in the sahara over 700km from anywhere. I had only 10pound pressure in my tyres.... do you reduce your tire pressure? if you carry a small pump between you could try it. It certainly makes a difference to the LC.

    If you did it again what about using the dunes, as you said it was firmer to walk on!

    all the best for you future adventures am sure you will find somwhere else to 'push the envelope'

    Stephen

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  13. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    I just read this report again for the 2nd time ............ no wonder 5 stars on this forum is known as Metaljockey ............. you my broer truly rule.
  14. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    bump to the top for the n00bs-this shit never gets old :clap
  15. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Indeed.
    I love picking back through this thread.
    Truly great stuff.
  16. R3x

    R3x n00b

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    True. You can never get enough of this. One of the best longs i've ever read... so well written as if you've gone through the experience yourself
  17. legasea

    legasea Ape on wheels

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    This report will never die.
    Better then your fisherman, you hook at once.
    Courage, adventure, good will and so much to find in a wonderfull land.
    You've got it hall and we have got food for our dreams. And that's a lot.
    Many thanks.
  18. rednax

    rednax Been here awhile

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    yeah, one of the best rr`s ever!!!!!!!
  19. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Over a million views, it still has all the magig that put a lump in my throat the first time.
    I was in Angola in 1981...... looking back, as mentioned elsewhere before.... WHY ?

    This report has a way of grounding one again.
  20. Fronnzy

    Fronnzy Been here awhile

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    Thank you for sharing this ride report. This one and "India and Nepal with 200cc" are two of my favorite ride reports in a long time. Magic.

    Somehow I have got to figure out a way to earn enough money to take a year off. (And convince my wife to look after the kids for a little while with out me. :D)