Finally made it to Dakar

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Todd34, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. SplitLanesLikeMOSES

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  2. Todd34

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    Hey Moses! Welcome aboard. I"m looking forward to getting on the bike as well. Hildrup (shipper) is dicking me around right now though.
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  3. Todd34

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    The elusive Dakar mountain goat. Mountain of granite, mountain of clothes, he doesn't seem to care as long as he's the king of the mountain.

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    The wife arrived last week and used part of her baggage allowance to bring us 50 lbs of good ol' American meat! A smart man doesn't complain about her choice of duct tape when she arrives with ribeyes, carne asada and maple bacon.

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  4. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    That's a good woman! :D
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  5. Todd34

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    Well Jack, she puts up with me so I can't say much for her judgement. But she does like to ride dirt bikes so maybe that offsets it?:D And she did drag that damn cooler through a couple airports.
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  6. Todd34

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  7. 6USMC6

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    Is that one of the local taxis?

    Hong Kong, 1967, the speed limit on the island was 20mph. Nearly all of the cabbies drove (English) Ford Cortinas - most of them were twin cam. Riding in one of those suicide cabs as it headed into an intersection at 60 mph was more frightening than a regiment of dinks trying to overrun your position!
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  8. Todd34

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    It is indeed Mike. They tend do do repairs wherever. This is in a street circle.
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  9. 6USMC6

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    There is a cab company in DC that uses that color combo.
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  10. Todd34

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    So I've been taking pics of stuff that I think is funny but I haven't been taking many pics of normal stuff because it's, well, normal. But let there be no doubt, I'm digging this place. The food is good, the people are friendly and the beer is not too bad. You are never more than a few miles from the water and it's sunny most of the year. We are in the rainy season right now and it gets hot and muggy but it's not any worse than an August in DC (if you forget about that little issue of Malaria:rofl). The only thing that I hate so far is not being able to see it on two wheels.
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  11. XC Rider

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    Love it Todd! Seeing that picture of the cooler reminds me of every time we'd go back to Belgium to visit family & stuff, we'd do the same thing and stuff our luggage with all kinds of food that you can only find there! Eating is one of life's simple pleasures, but can have such a huge impact on our general well-being. :deal
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  12. Todd34

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    Not sure if this is a theft prevention measure (only one shoe) or just a way to show more wares and save on space

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  13. 6USMC6

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    That gives a new dimension to "open air market".
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  14. DCrider

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    Saw the same thing in Maputo, Mozambique

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  15. Todd34

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    So, I talk to the shipping folks at work about once a week just to make sure our stuff is enroute and all is well. I asked the lady about my bike and any customs concerns.............

    She looks at me and says, "What motorcycle? I don't see a motorcycle on the packing list."

    To say I was shocked would be putting it lightly. Now, I had already prepped them about the bike and gave them a copy of the title etc. I had been asking them about the bike and what I had to do on my end once a week for the past two months. And now all of the sudden there was no bike?
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  16. Todd34

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    I went home and checked the 25 freaking sheets that I had signed at the end of our pack out. No bike on the shipping sheets and no bike on the storage sheets. I couldn't believe that the one thing that I forgot to check for on the packing list was the bike. I'm a fucking idiot!

    I called the shipping company and asked them but their sheets were the originals so they said the same thing. The gal asked me if I was sure there was a motorcycle!:huh

    I helped them load it into the truck.

    She checked the sheets again and checked the warehouse but no bike.

    At that point I lost it and told her that I helped load it into their truck and had witnesses, that I wanted everyone's name that did the pack out because I was going to file a stolen vehicle report. She asked for two hours to figure out where it went. It was a VERY long hour before she called me back.

    It's not on any paperwork but she assured me that it's in crate #6 and it's enroute with the rest of our HHE. How's that for a stressful conversation?
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  17. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    As you well know shit happens but for some reason the stress dissolves quicker when you post the good, bad, and this case potentially ugly here. Can't wait to see you riding through African Paradise <-- only a joke if you can't appreciate how the other 90% of the world is. Living in it is just like camping but everyone wants to take a shit in your tent and there are no trash cans around.
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  18. Todd34

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    Yeah, I figured if anyone would understand it would be this crew. I just want the bike to get here so I can start exploring this place in earnest.

    Every time I drive down the street I find something that makes me laugh and I love it. There are so many things here that just wouldn't make sense to most Americans. I think my favorite so far is the guy that herds his longhorn cattle past all of the high dollar houses every day. He herds them right across major roads and everyone just stops and watches them go by. He lets them graze in empty lots next to embassies and beach villas and that's just how it goes.

    All the trash sucks though.
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  19. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    That would be video worthy on this thread. When someone asks me about a particular shit hole (place and not the people), I tell them to drive my photo album to the top of one of the largest transfer station's dump piles, roll down all the windows, and flip through the pages and eat lunch. Heat always adds to the experience :lol3 Loved the people except the ones who were shooting at me... then I was indifferent. you know...Just a target :D

    Please keep the photos coming. Random humor a bonus.
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    Damn Todd, that made my blood pressure rise just reading about it! Glad it's all sorted out (for the time being). Say, do you know anything about Algeria, Western Sahara, and Mauritania? Especially safety wise for a person traveling by motorcycle? I'm starting to put together my itinerary for next summer, and I was thinking about checking out the Iberian peninsula (Spain & Portugal), and figured I might take a ferry and go to Morocco just to say I've been to Africa on a motorcycle. Then it occurred to me that Dakar is just a little bit farther down the road. Only thing is I'd have to traverse through either Algeria, Western Sahara, and Mauritania. Any thoughts?
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