Jammin thru the Global South

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

  1. rahza

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    Still doing or improvising your Chicken curry with new recipe?:D well i hope your adventure in India wont stop. It is a great country and i must say it has a lot to see. when are you going to south east asia.
    so did you get busy with a your new job or still waiting? i am very interested in the water purification and process the water after its been use. well the will be a lot of waste and if not properly manage will pollute the water more and it will be hard on the people again.
    so now are you residing in New delhi or some other place?
    good report with stories and pictures.
    cheers

    azhar
  2. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Hi Azhar, yes, I'm staying in New Delhi now. Still looking for what to do next... slowly working on writing the book and giving some presentations on my trip. South East Asia, yes, I'd like to ride there. As soon as Mynammar opens up, I'm riding down! :wink:
  3. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    September 10, 2013

    Big thanks to Iain Harper from the The Ted Simon Foundation for featuring my trip on http://Endeavour360.com! This is a new site curated by Iain that "celebrates thought-provoking journeys, challenging expeditions and the explorers who venture into their personal terra incognita to make them."

    This shot was taken in northern Sudan, just past Wadi Halfa, about a thousand clicks from Khartoum across the Sahara...

    http://endeavour360.com/2013/08/jay-kannaiyan

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  4. TheBlurr

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    Did you wash the bike for the photo? :lol3
  5. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    haha, yeah, can't remember why she looks so clean. Well, thinking back, I had been on tarmac all the way from Europe down Egypt and still more tarmac until Ethiopia. I think the recent images are after muddy Africa, so she's still Euro-Clean here :evil but I didn't even wash her in Europe. hmm...
  6. hendikaf

    hendikaf Been here awhile

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    Hi ,
    good to see you are still on the road , waiting to see your book and more videos of your trip. I am leaving next year for the African part of my RTW and been in the US I was curious to see how did you managed for the carnet de passage , its only good for a year and then you need to get another one , I plan to stay more than a year in Africa so you see the problem . then will come to Asia....
    Thanks and keep up
  7. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Hi Hendi, thanks, slowly working on the book and more videos.

    For Carnet, you can get another one issued (for another year) while you are still traveling. No problems with that; they will ship it out to you. You just have to make sure the first carnet gets stamped out and the new carnet gets stamped in. This could be tricky in a strict country like South Africa but very easy in Kenya. Also in Nairobi, there is the Jungle Junction overland campsite and they help with this kind of 'paperwork' :deal

    Even if you can't get the first carnet stamped out, you can leave the country with your new carnet and just make sure to get the exit stamp on the new one. In the end, as long as you can prove the bike has left that country, it's not so critical to get all the exit stamps.

    Cheers and enjoy Africa!
  8. Quasenada

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    finally catch up with you! i think that the first time i entered this thread was more than a year ago, from times to times i come back and read some more, little by little traveling with you, and what outstanding journey it has been!

    thanks for sharing this with us, me too registered here in adv because of this thread. almost shed a tear seeing that pic of you with the 300 bikers following you, all these events and the recognition were well deserved :beer

    waiting for the rest of the RR (no need to rush!)

    next month i will grab a t-shirt, the last i can do! here too i'm expecting your guide :evil

    thanks again and all the best for you! :clap
  9. hendikaf

    hendikaf Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your reply , I will most likely take a carnet even so I read that guys did it without it , not much info about and seems like a lot of problems at the borders.
    Keep up riding and thanks again
  10. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Ahh, Life on the Road... the simple pleasures of cooking dinner on a stone stove fed by glowing charcoal.

    This was back in January when I was camping for days on end on my month-long ride across Namibia. I got to Brandberg Mountain, sticking out of the Namib Desert, and setup camp for the night at its base. I gathered firewood that was knocked down by desert elephants and had a roaring fire going in the braai stand. As the coals formed they got pushed into my stone stove and I cooked up some miso rice with salami, peppers and onions. A tasty and filling meal that lead to happy sleep for another day on the road... :norton

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  11. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Hola Quasenada! Happy you could join ADV and follow along on this thread. Yeah, RR slowly coming out. Cheers!

    Yeah, possible without a carnet, just huge headaches at every border and probably more expensive in the end, considering you might have to pay a deposit with no guarantee of getting it back when you exit!
  12. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Uggh, been diagnosed with Dengue Fever, also known as Breakbone Fever. Aptly named as my joints and muscles ache all over. Have flown down to Chennai for some personalized medical care by Doctor Mom.

    Three years on the road and hardly a sickness. Although I did get stung by that scorpion in Namibia. Stopped traveling for a few months now in Delhi and have come down with food poisoning, dehydration and now dengue. Wish I could see Dr. Ernesto Guevara for I know he would prescribe the perfect medicine... a long motorcycle journey :norton

    Had to take the first IV drip of my life to get enough fluids into the bloodstream:
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    It's about Day 7 now and I'm on the recovery path. Lost about 10 lbs this week. Gawd, what a brutal feeling the first few days were. Incredibly weak, could hardly sleep or eat. But the end is in sight! Mutton for lunch :dg
  13. kenbob

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    Geez Jay - all those days in the saddle , sleepin under the stars

    Those days were good medicine !!

    Wishing you a quick and full recovery .....good luck to you !!
  14. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Well, that sucks.

    Good thoughts headed that way, heal quick, heal well.

    You are apparently one of 100 million. I did a quick search and it seems we have a few cases here in Texas too. :eek1
  15. Jammin

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    Still can't believe that besides that scorpion sting, hardly a medical issue through all those countries and then this.

    My mom always did say I was one in a million :lol3 But seriously, this disease is spreading. Heard about cases in Cali, too. Thing is, there is no vaccine or medication for it, unlike malaria. So if you get it, just take lots of tylenol and water.

    I'm almost through with it. But lost 10 lbs this past week and feeling weak from that.
  16. Jammin

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    Mozambique, Part 5: Coastal Riding and Wild Camping at Pebane
    December 14 - 15, 2012

    This is the continuation of the off-road adventure that I had along Mozambique's rural coast. I had teamed up with Rob, a South African chef riding to Durban and thoroughly enjoyed his delicious and simple seafood preparations at the end of each day's ride.

    The story continues just as we put up camp at Pebane, about a third of the way between Ilha da Mozambique and Beira. In the morning, we had a nice exchange with a group of fishermen as they waited for calmer seas before we headed back on to the trail to Quelimane. The fun riding was over and we were beat up over washboard all day long.

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    The town of Pebane wasn't much to see, so Rob and I asked our way towards the beach. At the end of the road there were some cottages and a clearing under these trees. We asked the caretaker if we could camp here. Sure. How much? Free. Sweet!

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    Our campsite by the beach and this little stream with a beautiful sunset.

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    sanDRina exploded into 'home' mode. That's my one man Catoma Twist tent without the rain cover. It's just a mosquito mesh, which is perfect for letting in cool air at night and seeing the stars as I nod off. That orange towel from REI has been my traveling towel since 2006 and smells like it too! Someone said it smelled like a wet dog, which I don't really take offense to. It still absorbs all the water after a bath and dries in an hour. and sanDRina doesn't mind, dirty girl herself.

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    Rob's Honda Africa Twin and his traveling home.

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    Chef Rob is already busy preparing dinner. While he was taking a nap after the hard day's ride, I arranged with the caretaker to let us use these table and chairs for the evening. There was no fresh seafood around but he had a lot of freshly-frozen seafood, which was just fine. We bought a bunch of shrimp and squid and he threw in the use of some pots and charcoal for the night.

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    A wooden boat by the beach just past our campsite.

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    The pristine beach at Pebane with a brightly setting sun.

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    A far cry from the exclusive kitchens of El Bulli and El Celler de Can Roca but a good chef needs only some heat, a pan and his cooking sense to...

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    ...prepare some tasty food. Rob cooked up some seafood pasta with just olive oil and salt. Light and delicious. Once again, the meat was too much for just the two of us but we gorged to replenish the calories after a long day in the saddle.

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    Just before sunrise on the Mozambican coast at Pebane.

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    The golden rays of the rapidly rising sun.

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    A lot of fishermen were about, waiting for calm seas before heading out. This man had an interesting face and...

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    ...he was one of the few repairing his boat during the down time brought on by the rough seas.

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    The morning rays highlighting the concentration needed in mending a boat. The other guy just wanted in on the photo.

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    Everybody helping to turn this boat over, including the two ghosts up front.

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    An older canoe being repaired with fire.
  17. Jammin

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    As the fishermen gave up heading out to sea, they had to walk back through our camp and everybody just stopped and stared for a while. Fair-enough, considering we just stared at them on the beach. After about 10 minutes, we really had to pack up, so I politely asked if they could leave and most of them did.

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    Our Pebane camp all packed up and we thanked the caretaker for all he did. The camping itself was free but we used one of his cottages to take showers, bought the seafood and beers from him and used his furniture and pots and paid him a round 300 Meticais ($10.12) for the both of us. Not bad, considering how expensive Mozambique usually is.

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    Well-rested for another long day along Mozambique's rural coast. The children in villages were always cheering us on and we felt very welcome.

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    Fueling up. This was the official filling station in this area. Fuel was kept in those huge tanks and sold by the jerry can.

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    I recognized this sweet. It was coconut burfi! My mother makes this a lot in South India and what do you know, there's an excess of coconuts in Mozambique and they figured out the same sweet to make from it, or maybe there's been some recipe exchange over the years.

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    Smiling coconut burfi trader.

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    Leaving the towns behind, it was back into the bush. A bright, sunny day through forests and corrugated roads.

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    We were both fatiguing quickly. After 30 kms of fast-riding over washboard, we needed a good 15 minute break, before going back in for another beating. It was a long day with 300 kms (186 mi) between Pebane and Quelimane and most of it was brutal washboard.

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    During one of the breaks, I noticed this huge crack on sanDRina's frame. Oh no! This must've happened on the first day of this coastal adventure when I hit a bridge at full speed and landed really hard. The forces must've gone through my rear shock mount and cracked here. We were still in the bush and had over 600 kms (373 mi) till the next city of Beira.

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    Nothing to do about it besides suit up and...

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    ...get back on the bike and ride out of here, over more washboard. I was hoping the crack wouldn't get worse.

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    Passing through sandy villages.

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    We arrived at Quelimane and setup camp at this old hotel and got the caretaker to setup a charcoal stove and we were both so tired today, we just had him salt and grill the fish for us. It was a 4 kg pedra and again too much meat for us but we ate most of it.

  18. hwunger

    hwunger Been here awhile

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    This is where I started, so it's fitting to have my 100th post here .

    I see the quality has not diminished ... outstanding report my friend :clap and get well !
  19. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Jay,

    I stopped earlier this year at TrevorHeath's house in Arizona and had some of your wonderful curry recipe at his lovely home.

    Just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed your ride report and saw that it was so close to five stars, I had to give you a five star vote to put you over the top.

    I really enjoyed traveling in India so many years ago, and it is on my list of places to go at a future date. Hope to see you down the road someday. Keep up the good work.

    नमस्कार,
    जॉन
  20. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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    Glad to be the first and the 100th :freaky
    Namaste, John. Your hindi is better than mine! :lol3
    Glad you enjoyed the curry. It's the legacy of my trip :dg
    Thanks for the five stars. I will finish this ride report... some day.