Mapless in Madagascar

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tiffany, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. RickS.

    RickS. only 13 more miles

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    Trooper W. Bond smiled down from above.


    Cheers
  2. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    I'm betting you didn't have to do too much persuading :D
  3. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Thanks Tiffany! As usual the pic’s and report are great! You know how to travel for sure.
  4. IVAN38

    IVAN38 Adventurer

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    Great photos full of colors :clap

    Thank you for sharing your adventures :thumb

    While waiting for the continuation...

    See you soon and safe journey

    :lurk
  5. IVAN38

    IVAN38 Adventurer

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    I had a swimming pool which looked like has that...
    :shog
    (In my dreams... :(:)

    This blue is incredible...
  6. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Your report is a Gem! :clap


    I'm more than a little impressed at how you use the camera's timer function. I always promise myself to do this...and then rarely do.

    More please?
  7. Paddygfw

    Paddygfw Adventurer

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    Love your RR. Keep up the great work
  8. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    As I prepare the next episode of my RR, I thought I'd see if any of you guys will vote for my picture to be used in the next Horizons Unlimited calendar.
    Out of 600 entries one of mine has made it to the final 25, which is fantastic.
    They are currently being voted for here - mine is close to the bottom of this page. There are some amazing shots - they don't identify the people or places yet- that will be when the voting has finished.

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/photo-forum/help-choose-2015-calendar-winners-75142-2

    It's one of my Baobab tree pictures.

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    Any support is greatly appreciated :D

    However, voting is only possible if you are already signed up to Horizons Unlimited, if you're not a member (it's free), it is very simple to register, click on the link below

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/user/register

    Don't worry, it's not a spam or gimmick, and they do not flood you with unwanted emails and messages.
  9. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Follow the yellow van - by Madagascan standards, this van still has plenty of space for more luggage.

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    I'm heading towards the Vanilla Coast in the North East

    I pause to have a chat with a guy running a motorbike repair place - not quite how they look back home, but he seemed to know what he was doing.

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    Suzi was kept parked overnight in the hotel reception

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    The guys cheered when I rode out straight down the steps - I have to admit I may have looked more confident than I felt, I can't stand it when I know my feet can't reach the ground at all.

    The road started to deteriorate and the traffic became more rural

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    I hadn't been on dirt for a while, so it was a welcome sight

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    But the ominous sight of clouds was not quite so welcome, I was reaching the area I'd been warned about and the last thing I needed was the rain and mud as I tackled these hills

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    I bought some fresh bread from the baker - he was on his rounds through the remote villages and was delighted to have a foreign customer in the middle of nowhere.

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  10. luckychucky

    luckychucky Long timer

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    The water pics are the best! I didn't see any T.V.s! :clap
  11. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Vote added! Love those trees and this thread.
  12. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    All in favor, say "Aye!"......

    vote cast!

    bonne journee
  13. Treadless

    Treadless Long timer

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    Thelma???

    :augie



    :gerg moment maybe? :lol3
  14. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Definitely a senile moment!! I'll go back and change it now- thank you Mr Sharp Eyes :D
  15. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Thank you for all your votes - doing OK so far.
    If I am successful, I'm wondering if it's a bit cheeky to ask for my picture to be on my birthday month...:D
  16. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Breakfast was the usual noodle soup type dish with milky tea, sunshine and good company in the form of this schoolgirl who spoke good french

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    And at my feet, pecking up any bits that I dropped...
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    Daisy Duck - destined for the stew pot in the not too distant future according to her owner.

    Congestion on the road caused by this pig having a bath and not wanting to move
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    This photo was taken by the guy guarding a broken down pick up truck, he'd been there 24 hours already when I saw him.
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    The weather changed dramatically from the sun to grey clouds and rain
    Having grappled with mud in the rain (and been so miserable with it I did NOT stop to take pictures), I paused at this village
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    I realised my rear tyre was very soft and so I got my pump out (Thom, you might recognise the pump!)
    The guys were all very intrigued and so I let them take over
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    I pushed on hard for the final part of the day's ride- there's nothing like the thought of a cold beer as motivation...
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    And I'd once more reached the coastline - looking somewhat worse for wear after yet another bloody tough day.
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  17. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    I've often wondered if that stuff was still around. You never forget your first.:lol3


    Keep it coming!


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  18. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Yes, strangely enough, the main brewery in Madagascar has an English name:freaky Three Horses Beer, or THB as it is known.
    It's not bad, though to be honest after all the hard riding through dirt, dust and mud, any beer would taste good.
  19. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Now where was I? Oh yes, sat on a beautiful beach, enjoying the view whilst sipping a cold beer - life feels good despite my aching muscles, and at least I'm clean as I also had a shower - many of these hard days end with no shower at all, just a dip in the sea or a river if I'm lucky.

    The fishermen are paddling past on their way home
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    My dinner arrives - tomato salad and chips.. the life of a vegetarian :D

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    I went for a stroll through the village and met this little boy, who shyly showed me his homemade boat - constructed from a discarded flip flop, twigs and leaves

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    He demonstrated how well it floated

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    And I went with him downstream where he and his friends were racing them- using the gentle breeze blowing in from the ocean.
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  20. Treadless

    Treadless Long timer

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    Some of us are reading and paying attention and not just looking at the pretty pictures and waiting for the latest fashion tips. :lol3



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