Namaqua land, and the three adventurous girls.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, May 11, 2008.

  1. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Great thread. Must be dificult riding in the sand with all that stuff.
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  2. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Woo hoo!

    Man, that looks HOT & DUSTY! Still looks like a lot of fun.

    Really great photos. Thank you for sharing.

    From the other side of the world, Mark H.
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  3. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    That looks like a lot of work and a TON of fun.
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  4. Rellik

    Rellik o-KAY!

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    Great ride, Great report :clap . I just gotta ask about the harness system you use for your daughter. How exactly does it work? Is she strapped to the bike or you? Is it effective in falls etc? I have one this age and am looking for some better saftey gear for her. Thanks for the great pictures!
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  5. metaljockey

    metaljockey Dodgy SOB

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    The harness has a wide belt that goes around her back, much like a kidney belt. Then there are two straps that inbetween her legs and two that go over her shoulders, attached to these is a head rest that goes behind her neck. The whole lot is attached to a set of handlebars that is attached to a wide belt that goes around my stomach.

    I had previously considered modifying one of these bicycle seats for kids. After having seen a couple of motorycle accients live, I am convinced that a kid strapped to a bike is a death sentence. These straps are attached to me only, where I go she goes.

    I don't think that the straps should be rated as a safety system in event of proper high speed crashes. The main reason that I need one, is that she falls asleep without fail about ten minutes into the ride, the straps is to keep her on the bike while she sleeps.

    The other benefit is that it also secures her when the bike makes unexpected sudden moves as happens off-road.

    The belt is available from these guys http://www.childridingbelt.com/engprod.htm


    What I have found though is that her torso hangs over sideways when she is sleeping and I have added my own straps that attaches to her shoulder straps to sort that out.

    Hope that helps.
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  6. metaljockey

    metaljockey Dodgy SOB

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    While Michnus and wife were slabbing it...

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    We were sweating our way through four sets of immigration to get fuel at Noordoewer in Namibia and come back. The plan was to take two days to wind our way through the Richtersveld. The Richtersveld is more remote and very rocky, I've never been there before but have been wanting to come since the 90's.

    We finally got away and crossed into the Richtersveld Conservancy at 12:30. That of course was a mistake. The previous two days had the mercury at 35 degrees and when we left it was 35 already.

    We did not have to go far to see that the heat was going to be an issue. Check out the spectacular lack of shade.

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    Beautiful though.

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    We decided to continue up to where we finally turn away from the Orange river and make a decision there. Where the canyon narrows the riding is dusty and difficult.

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    Before we can get to our turn-off the temperature shoots up to 45 degrees.

    We stop and hit the river to cool down.


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    Kids; you have to admire their capacity for joy.

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    We decide to turn back. In this heat and with no shade the margins are getting too thin, especially as the backup of the other two bikes is gone. I already have a passenger and should Mrs Jockey come to grief somewhere I won't be able to carry her too.

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    On our way back Mrs Jockey spins out on a rocky climb and the bike falls on her leg. Nothing broken but confirmation that we were right to turn back.




    The next day we opt for the normal Namaqua 4x4 route. Once again very entertaining sand until we finally climb up into the mountains.

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    Pretty interesting stuff that grows here.

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    We skirt Eksteensfontein and head for Port Nolloth, a coastal fishing village, we will do the rest of the Richtersveld some other time, when we are better prepared.

    To my vast surprise Port Nolloth is hidden in a black fog and the locals look at me funny when we pull in there and I'm only wearing a t-shirt. The temperature is 13 degrees at midday. And so it stays for the next two days while we take a break.

    Here are some last pics,

    Our view in Port Nolloth.

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    Some oke must've really liked his army days, (in Kommaggas)

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    In Springbok I order the Namaqua Delicatessen which is described as a cheese, bread and biltong platter. I pictured something a little different.

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    And lastly, on our last day, which was 6 hours of riding, at 16:00 in the afternoon, we again do the sand cha-cha. Just for old times sake.

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  7. kelsow

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    Must. See. More.

    Keep this stuff coming please.
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  8. laswift

    laswift Adventurer

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    What a beautiful little girl miss mj is. She has such a great smile. How lucky she is to be on a wonderful off road adventure with mom and dad.Thank you for sharing.
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  9. IvesOel

    IvesOel Go slow and win the rally

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    Hello,

    I know its not the right place here but there was a question regarding seats for children. Found this solution in Germany.

    http://www.stamatakis.de/e-index.htm

    Have a great day

    IVES
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  10. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    IvesOel, what's the price of those seats in Germany?
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  11. IvesOel

    IvesOel Go slow and win the rally

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    [​IMG]Hey Michnus,

    I just fund out the price at www.louis.de > please search under "kindersitz" The price is 179EUR.
    Thats quite expensive for children up to 7 but ...
    If you need more information send me a mail.

    Ives
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  12. infoatnmmoto

    infoatnmmoto with the band

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    Great write up and pics!
    Let the little one know her boots are AWESOME!!!!!!! :lol3
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  13. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Thanks IvesOel, yip it's quite expensive, but it seems like a great seat. Only thing that might be problem is when the child falls asleep, it's not high enough to keep the child up right?

    We might be going to Euro later this year will check it out when there.

    infoatnmmoto, MJ got a few strange looks, the pink made the KTM look less masculine, the girl loved it though. :rofl :lol3
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  14. Airguitar

    Airguitar Thumpin'!!

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    You guys always inspire 2 feelings in me when I read your reports:- Envy and Homesickness.
    What a ride, what fun!! Vieslik that I'll probably never do one myself.
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  15. crispy1612

    crispy1612 crispy

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    awsome ....very enjoyable read ...hats off to you guys:clap
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  16. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Another ride report that had me smiling all the way.
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