Jammin thru the Global South

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Jammin, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Nice job on the welds ... I hope they hold up for another 78K miles!

    Big Kudos Jay, you've kept going one of the most interesting and educational ride reports ... EVER ... on ADV Rider.

    For over two years your report has brought joy, hope and inspiration to us all.
    Quite rare among the mostly mediocre reports we see here. We can ALL learn a lot from you Jay ... not only about travel and DR650's ... but about life .... and Values! You really should be joining the diplomatic ranks and share your talents ... to help repair our reputation world wide.

    Continued safe travels and much JOY in the new year!
  2. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Good update and as others have stated, I have learned much from your pics & posts Jay. :thumb

    Glad to see the inside was taken care of on the frame repair.
    Google images of fish plate frame repair. That's the right way.

    Gotta leave the house for awhile but will order 2 t-shirts on my return.
    rtwpaul posted a pic of himself wearing one in his RR. :wink:
    edit: shipping costs had me just donate what the cost would be...
  3. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    With all the cracks and repairs I think she's become a Franken-DRina.
  4. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    @chilango13: yup, traveling is a great mode of learning the lessons of life cause everything seems more immediate. This journey has definitely made me a better person, better suited now to tackle the challenges of 'life'

    @ADV Grifter: thanks, bud :cheers you know I couldn't have done all this without support from guys like you who have been following all along and giving me encouragement and ideas to help solve issues. I'm looking forward to where I'll go next after this trip... :norton

    @OldPete: thanks very much for the donation :cheers Much thanks to rtwpaul :freaky

    @TK-LA: haha, I think sanDRina likes that name. I've had other bikers say she has a mad-max look about her, haha, proud of the old franken-DR that I've created and nurtured :evil
  5. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    They have really big deer in Namibia :lol3

    Smooth crossing from Zambia into Namibia across the Zambezi. The border posts revealed that I was moving into a more developed country now and also a much less-densely populated one. There're only 2 million people in the whole of Namibia, so lots of empty space, like along the narrow Caprivi Strip that I crossed today. Fun to see Elephant Crossing signs but I only saw their dung :1drink

    I was dodging rain storms all day and doning my rain gear kept the rain away. Camping on the banks of the Okavango River with Angola on the other shore, near Rundu.
  6. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Damn Jay, Ive heard of DRs getting some subframe cracks, but your cracks are intense! :eek1

    Go hard or stay home right? At least when your trip is over, you can know you didnt hold back!
  7. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Storms in Africa...

    A thunderstorm approaching from Namibia and heading across the placid Okavango River to Angola on the right. The lightning was spectacular and I felt the thunder in my bones. The Okavango is slowly rising as it rains in the Angolan highlands and after a couple hundred kilometers, it'll empty out into the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

    I've headed southwest and I'm camping under a rancher's tree outside of Grootfontein, where I'll pick up some bike spares and supplies before heading northwest to Kaokoveld, a rugged wilderness.
  8. badguy

    badguy Susan

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    I finally got a chance to catch up with your travels...great job making it through all the little setbacks! You have a huge amount of patience and amazing experiences to show for it. Thanks again for sharing them with us!
  9. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    "Crack"? Well, if the Grand Canyon is a crack, then yes. :D
  10. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    The Himba mama at the community campsite at Ruacana inspecting the spice shaker that I just gave her. She was preparing a meal of potatoes and maize porridge and was excited to add some piri-piri (chilli powder) to her food. That spice shaker has traveled with me since Chicago and I've hardly used it since I started carrying spices that my mother sent me, so it should be more useful to this Himba mama than me :D

    ...spreading eudaimonia thru curry diplomacy... :norton

    The Himba are a nomadic and pastoralist people living in Namibia's Kaokoland, a sparse semi-desertic mountainland. They have kept to their traditional way of life, due to their isolation and are known for the red ochre mixture that they rub into their skin and braided hair. It's supposed to protect them from the sun and rain. They don't wear much clothing, except for loin clothes and I felt over-dressed around her. They decorate themselves with necklaces and ankle bracelets that also protect them from snake bites.

    I've been having a good ride through Kaokoland, but it rained very heavily over the last two days and some roads have been washed out, so I'm not heading too deep into the wilderness. I dropped the bike yesterday while crossing a rocky river and passing Himba men helped me pick her up. That's the first drop in water and I hope the last. Camping next to Epupa Falls was rewarding and now I'm on a hilltop outside Opuwo, the largest town in the area. Heading south...
  11. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Hi Jammin,

    I finally arrived in Cape Town today and I got the bike out of customs. I'm not sure on our plans yet but hopefully we get to cross paths.

    All the best,
    Salvador
  12. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Ouch, got stung by a scorpion :(

    While packing up this morning, I picked up my tent and this little guy stung me on my left middle finger, right at the first knuckle. I felt a sensation slowly moving up my arm and realized the venom was spreading up my nerves. I jumped in the truck of neighboring German campers and they drove me to the hospital in town. The nurses were not hurried and told me to first fill in my details. By this time, the sensation was at my shoulder. After the bureaucracy was taken care off, they finally gave me some injections that dulled the pain and stopped the venom from spreading. Phew. (For the medically-minded, they gave me injections of promethazine hcl and hydrocortisone sodium succinate.)

    After laying down for a few hours, I walked back to camp. My arm is fine but the middle finger still hurts and is numb from the local anasthesia; one-hand typing sucks :/ I'll stay here until the left hand feels normal again as that's my clutch hand... or I might have to rig up a way to operate the clutch without my hand ;)
  13. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    :huh Yikes!!!

    Glad you had that taken care of, middle finger too...the most valued finger of all inmates. :lol3
  14. LXIV-Dragon

    LXIV-Dragon Been here awhile

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    Not too sure this could be stated any better!

    I would only like to add that your photos are breathtaking! Without out any doubt the best subscribed thread on my list! TYS!
  15. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Left hand is A-OK :thumbup
    I had a great ride today, covering 340 kms from Opuwo thru the highlands around Sesfontein and then thru the desert country around Palmwag and a beautiful end thru the canyonlands around Khorixas. The landscape reminded me a lot of southwest Utah and northern Arizona. Easy riding on the well-graded gravel roads and sanDRina's taking the abuse well over the corrugations. Camping in the desert near Twyfelfontein and time to prepare dinner :dg
  16. erikh58

    erikh58 n00b

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    3 weeks later, finally at page 106.
    It read like a book and DVD in one. It took all my spare time but I enjoyed every minute off it.

    All that can be said about this RR has already been said...

    I recommended it to a lot of people already, and not just for the motorcycling bit...

    I donated and wish you a safe journey. And I'll wait for the real book and DVD to read and watch it all over again.

    thanks,

    Erik
  17. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    I made it to the Skeleton Coast in Namibia after a wonderful few days of living through desertscapes; riding wide open spaces, enjoying majestic sunsets and bright starry skies :norton Out here, the nightly progression of the phase of the moon becomes my time keeper as the days of the week fade in meaning. As I move further away from the equator, I can see more of Crux, the Southern Cross, as it rises above the horizon. I spend the days taking in the desert sights: bushmen rock engravings, cave paintings and petrified forests, along with roadside stops for giraffes, zebras and springbok. It's cold on the coast as the Benguela current keeps the Namib a desolate desert. Camping next to a Cape Fur Seal colony...
  18. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    A Cape Fur Seal getting a face full of surf as he tries to enter the sea and go fishing.
    This is at Cape Cross, along the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, where these seals come ashore to mate and have their young. My timing was good as the pups have just been born and they're weening off their mothers. It's a noisy place, with moms and pups calling out to each other, sounding like goats braying. It's also a smelly place, rich in guano, which was mined in the early days of Namibia's colonization. Nowadays, Cape Cross is a place to see large numbers of sea mammals thriving in their element.
  19. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Hey Jay,
    thanks again for keeping us all inspired by following your dream. Whenever I go to ADV rider I'm always excited to read your posts. I was geeing out over your gear list and couldn't see what tire gauge you use. I really trust your opinion and want to buy a good one. I am so sick of the ones that give inconsistent readings. So which one do you use?
  20. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    You said it. Gotta keep riding with this bike till the end of the journey. No crack can hold me back! :D
    Thanks, yup, lots of patience needed for solving these kind of issues, definitely a skill for life :norton
    I Sal, I sent you a message, you must be on the road by now. I'm in Windhoek now, heading south to Sesriem then Fish River Canyon and then cutting across to Joburg.
    Haha, yeah, I gave it the ADV salute before rushing to the hospital :wink:
    Thanks, buddy! Glad you're enjoying it.