DURBAN to DUSSELDORF- Cheap Aussie Style

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by thecanoeguy, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    i got to Divundu at the start of the Caprive Strip after a few days and it was getting a bit late and was looking for a camp site,
    headed down a rough little track down to the Okavango River and came across this camp ,not exactly rough camping
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    it was $50 aussie for one of theos flash tents with an ensuite , a 3 course dinner and a great breakfast ,there were crocs
    and hippos galore ,right under my balcony which was over the river
    saw my first elephants on the side of the road heading to Botswana
    here i am getting sprayed for foot and mouth
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    i headed for Maun to do a trip on the Okavango Delta
    i was recommended the Old bridge campground ,it is great ,cold beer and big shady trees
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    check out the lock on the shower
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    a couple of guys on GS beemers from Switzerland and chek republic
    we took a 2 day trip in wooden Morokos ,which are local dugout canoes
    this is heading to the delta
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    nile crocidile
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    on the Okavango River
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    the old bridge backapackers from the river
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  2. kalahari-k

    kalahari-k Kalahari-K

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    That's an impressive Croc. I can't believe I swam in that swamp (1976). Was there much road sand between Namibia and Maun? There used to be I believe. If so how did the KLR manage? I have a similar bike (DR650) and have avoided sand so far but wonder how it would cope.
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  3. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    no the hippo aint too fond of sand she wiggles and burps and farts
    nice log bridge
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    ,here is a nice little fella wandering about on this section of road with signs that read something like ,stop at your own risk native wildlife in area
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    so what does the hippo do ,but start coughing and farting from 110 down to 105 ,95 ,85 hiccuping ,oh no , i pass more elephants and other critters ,then 75 ,74 73 ,holding its own ,but still 70 km from Kasane with the sun lowering in the sky ,the last thing i want to be doing is stopping here, so i am holding in own in 4th gear, at about 68 kph , i pulled on a little choke and it slowly crept up to 80 i let the choke off and it died completely ,fuck ,i pulled up , full choke ,it fired up , and i spluttered my way back up to 80 ,after 40 km of this it cleaned itself out
    ,maybe a bit of shit fuel last stop
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    the ferry accross the Zambezi, it is a free for all to try and get on this thing

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    Victoria Falls ,now aint that something to see


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    oh yeah ,i found this , i might just buy it ,rust free 67 splitty
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  4. Young-Gun

    Young-Gun KTM Tragic

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    I'm from Zimbabwe, born and raised... lived there for 18yrs before moving to Brisbane.

    At Vic Falls, you used to be able to do the bridge bungee jump for free if you do it nude... :deal
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  5. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    until too many nude backpackers turned up
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  6. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    not much to report here, pulled my tank off changed fuel filter i did go on a sunset booze cruise ,that was a great idea, hangover all day yesterday, rode up to Lusaka today , bike was still shit ,good sometimes but definatly starving for fuel ,then fine ,then shit again ,if i stop its fine for a while , grrr ,might have to pull the carby, got here on dusk ,but will look for a front tyre tomorrow then off to Lake Tanganyika for a 2 to 3 day boat trip on the MV Liemba on friday
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  7. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    Hey Dave, if you fitted an additional inline filter it restricts the fuel flow to much, ditch it and all will be good. Worked for me
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  8. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    thanks glen
    that was my next option ,seems funny that it has been fine for the first 9000 km though
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  9. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    While you are at it, throw the bike on it's right hand side, Remove the main fuel tap on the left hand side and see how much crap is on the filter on the top of the fuel tap
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  10. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    bike was fine after i ditched the extra filter and cleaned the one in the tank
    i headed up to Luaka as i was on my way north to Mpulungu , i spent half a day in Lusaka trying to find a tyre , Kal tyre ,if anyone needs a new tyre , its a Kenda and was about $60
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    safety first here in Africa
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    selling charcoal , these stalls all over the place
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    i went to Subway to get a feed and camed back and noticed my kill switch was all limp and did not work , , thete were a bunch of guys standing about , one offered to push me as the ignition still worked , so 2 guys push started me for a fee of course and 1 tried to steal my tyre ,nice guys
    so i got back to the backpackers and started to pull the hippo down , they had tried to yank some wiring and smashed my kill switch , i managed to trace it with my trusty little test light and it was broken in the kill switch start button loom , whil i had it apart mt exhaust had been leaking at the join next to ythe airbox , the heat melted a hole in my airbox , do out with the prattly putty , all fixed except i needed to find a starter button , no luck, so it was a coin to bridge the fucked switch hanging off the bars
    i then headed north and turned off towards Democratic republic of Congo
    nice campground in the middle of nowhere
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    friendly staff
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    I have a Safari tank ,so better head in to the Safari Bar
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    I went in the 25 km to the place where doctor Livingstone died ,I presume
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    these guys ride on some rough ole tracks on a Bajaj Bicycle
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    i even visited a palace , pretty modest if i must say so
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    Hello Mista , how are you
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    DRC in the background
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    Lakes like oceans
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    glad i didn't pitch my tent here
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    Had my own AK47 equipped guard while at the bank
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    making bricks
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    selling slate , these guys were making gravel from rocks by hand with hammers , now that is hard work
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    they live in shacks but have phones in the boonies
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    spot of fishing
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    kids being kids
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    the local bus
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  11. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    This road was sort of following the border of Democratic Republic of Congo, and was full of people walking and small villages for moer than 1000 km , i got a sore arm from waving
    I stayed at a little village called Kaputa , fuel $3 per litre , room $7
    not much choice on the menu , but friendly smiles
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    fill up by the 5 litre
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    marsh land all around , again the DRC in the far distance
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    its the burning season
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    i ended up in a little village called Sumbu on the edge of the Sumbu national Park , i bumped into a guy Called Vic who runs a resort in the game park , he gave me some pointers i snuck past the entrance to the park as they don't allow bikes , Vic said the lions should leave you alone , just watch out for the elephants
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    Vics directions said , you go for about 15 km then the track runs out ,then go down the little track to the river
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    little track was steep , steep and rocky , it was about 2 kph ,slipping and sliding down this nightmare of a hill , looking over my shoulder for these lions ,
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    did i mention steep and rocky
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    the track kept splitting and i had to do a little tracker work finding the fresh tracks
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    i finally made it to the bottom , there was no way i was getting back up that track , unless it was on a Gas Gas
    then came the river
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    these guys loaded me up on a leaky old wooden boat for the crossing $10

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    boat was empty at the start
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    see the croc over there he says
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    done deal , they were all smiles
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  12. Crazydog

    Crazydog aka Andy660

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    Keep it coming.
    Enjoying your RR !
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  13. Crazydog

    Crazydog aka Andy660

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    bump
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  14. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    hey crazydog
    are you in jo burg or cape town , i have used the levers a few times and like them , maybe send them to oz , i just did the M.V.liema on Lake Tanganyika for a few days , 100 year old german boat , pretty cool ,i you do it in hope you like nshima, will post pics ,i am off to Burundi tomorrow , i am jammed in a small sweaty internet cafe next to a 82 model XR200
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  15. dustdonkey

    dustdonkey Been here awhile

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    Great stuff. :clap
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  16. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Greetings from California...Lovin your report!!!
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  17. kalahari-k

    kalahari-k Kalahari-K

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    Now that's an adventure! Are the panniers standing up to it?:eek1
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  18. Crazydog

    Crazydog aka Andy660

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    cape town
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  19. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    having a bad day , gps fucked , lap top fucked, and just blew my rear shock again , this is the stqte of the art hand made in USA one, that has only done 12,000 KM , so it now bucks around like an old mole and steers me off the roqd in corrugations , i hava just about had enough ,and i aint near anywhere to get it fixed
    the panniers are doing ok , not exactly dust proof but still in one piece
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  20. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear that you are having problems.
    On the rear shock, on those corrugated roads that shock works very hard and as a result get very hot. Also the shock is hidden away a bit so it does not get much cooling air flow past it plus the hot exhaust pipe is also right next to it so that does not help either. So take it easy and let the shock cool down from time to time.
    BTW in northern Kenya there is a road that is named the shock killer.
    Enjoying your report.