Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I was up early to catch a Sunset Ballon flight over the Namib Desert and Dunes (was really looking forward to this!!)

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    BUT it was too windy, so here I am at the campsite office, No Ballon ride today..... And the Namib Park was closed to Motorcycles due to some motorcyclist that went off roading on the dunes and now we are banned from riding in the 65 Km to see Sussosvei :cry Anyhow, I asked about one of the jeep rides... they called, and got a questionable answer, so i walked over to check.... None Available:huh What? I see people loading up and seats are open :huh Crazy poor customer service . But fortunately after I walked back to teh campsite, a helpful woman that worked there called a friend who drivers the shuttles the last 5KM in deep sand to take people in. He stopped by and I drove in with the driving crew, with the idea that I would have to find a ride back out.... :clap Long narrative, but it was the early start to my day. Jorg stayed in bed, as he is planning to bring Lily back next year!

    Into the park we go!

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    As you head into the park .... The reddish dunes appear!

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    I get to the end of the road with the shuttle..... Then do the 1.1 Km hike into deadvlei.

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    The dune was steep and wind was blowing.

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    Just very interesting patterns the sand makes

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    Met up with some German tourists was we walked up. Was nice to meet T and Connie. Hope to see them again someday. They ended up giving me a ride out to the tar road.

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    Here they are after I started to go down the sand.....

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    It is a steep downhill slide.....

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    The dead Vlei

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    The dunes were great! But filled my shoes with sand.

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    Got back to the campsite at around 11 Am, after being up early and then hiking the dunes. Was already a bit tired, and the temps were going up! But off we decided to ride.

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    Some vehicles do not make the rough roads......

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    Riding south

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    The terrain was interesting and vast..... The road surfaces varied greatly.

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    During the middle of afternoon the road got rougher and sandier .... :deal :huh We were about 180 Miles of riding and the road was taking a great deal of concentration with the deeper sand.

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    * Note: as a rider, you always want to ride your own ride. Said it many times .... But at one point I was not having fun riding as the road worsened, and Jorg and I had different paces. :deal I was feeling a bit pushed ..... Just concentrating on the riding, and felt like I was missing out on enjoying the Namibia I came to see (and not wanting to make a mistake and go down in such a remote place). Jorg was riding a bit faster enjoying the challenge of the ride. The reason I write this, is that this is what happens when you ride with other riders. No big deal, but I was a bit tired and felt a bit out of sorts. At first I was not figuring out my own feelings..... We had ridden 1,500 Km of gravel and loose sand over the past few days, and fatigue was setting in.

    We ended up stopping a bit earlier than planned in Helmeringhausen, so I could rest up. :deal Instead of pushing on another 250KM which was the plan ....

    It was the right thing to do. I can let Jorg comment as well on the road and the interactions.

    We camped at a nice Germany feeling place.

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    Had a nice meal.

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    and then ..... The sign pulled us in.

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    It was very good and Fresh indeed. But Jorg said, "not as good as Mom's"

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    Nice place to relax

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    and Smell some flowers :D

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  2. Ladybug0048

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  3. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    We lost three regional riders this past week.
    Thank you for calling it and stopping when you did. Please continue to listen to that voice of reason... ride your own ride, and thank you for sharing.

    I got crossed up more than once on m long summer ride and backed off to listen, I am glad I did.
  4. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :thumb Thanks Ray. So sorry to read about riders in the PNW :cry
  5. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Sorry to read about the 3 riders. :cry
    Yes I was riding a bit quicker than Mark, I am new to the 1200 with the 19 inch front wheel and discovered that when I got into the sandy patches at 60 km/h the bike would snake quite a bit while at 90km/h or higher the bike stayed straight and was easier to control.
    I do admit that loose gravel roads are my favorite riding terrain.
  6. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey Mark. Been following you the entire trip. Amazing ride and lots of respect for you my friend. Perhaps you need to just slow down and ride your own pace. Sure Jorg would understand this. He can return next year, you may not be able too. Jorg looks like great company and has been an amazing host. But you must follow your soul as you have been. Just a thought my friend. Keep up the amazing riding and the photos.
  7. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    1) That is exactly what I did.... All is well. I talked about in my RR so that others could learn and think about their rides with others.

    2) Jorg (and Lily) have been great!! :clap :deal Fantastic hosts and I have enjoyed all the time we have spent together!! Very grateful for more wonderful people along my journey! Once again, Met as "strangers" but are now Friends!
  8. shallowskiff

    shallowskiff Been here awhile

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    Mark all can say is when in doubt. GAS IT!!!!

    HA. I just love the advice you get after you have ridden almost around the world.
    Rock on!
  9. Radioman

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    Next morning we we off and riding again. Loving the Blue sky and slightly cooler temps!

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    Just riding my own ride. Enjoying the beauty of the area and taking it all in!!

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    Have seen many wooden power poles along the way, with the old glass insulators.

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    A bit of a tar road as we ride toward Fish River Canyon

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    Just another 200 Km of Gravel roads to see the Canyon

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    and had to leave a sticker :)

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    Stopped at the Roadhouse to take a look. It was still early, so we decided to ride on instead of stopping for the night.

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    Was a cool place to check out though.

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    The inside was all decorated up ..... So much stuff to look at all around!

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    Liked this sign :lol3

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    and posters.

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    Then road down to the big Fish River Canyon Lookout!

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    One nice lookout.

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    It is the deepest canyon in Africa (debatable about the "biggest") but still really great.

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    What I like is that it is just natural. Two lookouts and then a rocky track along the canyon wall. Not one sign warning you not to fall over the edge!!:lol3

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    Onward down the road to Ai Ais which we found out is down in the bottom of the canyon and has Hot Springs :D So we set up camp and had a great soak in the pools!

    I liked the trees.

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    and the bark

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    We decided this was our last night in Namibia and that we would ride south into South Africa the next day. Only 800KM to Jorg and Lily's house..... Hey we will surprise her and arrive early :wink:
  10. Rustler

    Rustler Happy Camper

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    Seems like time is giving Radioman a little trouble. Time to kick a little sand in its teeth. Chiming in with Time, here on the Radioman Network.

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  11. Radioman

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    Thursday 10.24.13 we have a nice breakfast overlooking the Ai Ais Spa campsites.

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    Then road our last bit of gravel road in Namibia. :wink:

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    Just a great day. Had a smile on my face and we rode south on this cooler, Blue sky day. Rolling up the miles.......

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    We got to the "tar" road and were now Slabbing it back to Cape Town!

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    We arrived to the border at 10 Am. Stamped out of Namibia

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    Across the Orange river into South Africa!! The first gate check, the guy looks at my bike license plate and has a very funny look..... "have you not seen an United States license plate".... Ha we all laughed! Wondering will this be my last foreign border crossing of my journey? :evil

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    Into the SA border station. They had nice covered parking spots! Got stamped back into South Africa, then Carnet stamped into South Africa. Last stop was a police checkpoint, and the final gate.

    At the police stop that Lady was giving Jorg a hard time about leaving his bike with her. Then I offered her a chance to sit on mine..... She loved it!! She had a great smile and sense of humor, and waved us through!

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    Unfortunately no "welcome to South Africa" sign at this border post..... Just lots of road construction as we headed south. Stopped more than a dozen times.... Ask Jorg how much he loves road construction stops!

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    We are just 300 Km from home (jorgs home and my Temp South African Home :D). and we see dark storm clouds with lots of lightening :huh We roll on as there is nowhere really to stop. Then the heavy rain starts and the thunder is now close. I am not wild about riding with Lightening like this ..... Read a few stories of guys on bikes hit by lightening. Quickly we were both soaked from the rain. So we stopped in the next little Village. and thanks to GPS found a Guesthouse to get some shelter for the night.

    The center of town as the storms keep moving through. The town was Vanhyndorp. The rain let up a little and we walked to find some dinner. All the signs were in Afrikans.

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    The fish shop on the corner for a simple meal.

    Friday Morning, we had a good breakfast and were ready to now surprise Lily on our return. Road the last 300 Km :deal Arrived home before Noon. Unpacked the bikes, showered and checked in with email, Fb, ADVrider, then getting gear into the washing machine, etc.

    Lily arrived and was surprised but happy to have us back :wink: :clap

    She arranged for all of us to go down and get a Thai Massage :deal :clap Then off to celebrate with dinner nearby at Spurs (SA chain of restaurants based on Wild west and indian theme :lol3).

    What a great time over the last 6 weeks, 9,500 Km, 5 countries in the southern part of Africa! Loving it!!
  12. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    Hi Mark, I must admit to a bit of envy toward your travels :D. Sure do enjoy reading your reports and especially the photos. :clap
    My dad is doing well in the care home and my bike is being serviced. I hear the Redwood coast calling me, so I have hope the beautiful fall weather we are having holds for another week or two.

    Hope you can stop by again when you next pass through this area.
    Safe travels, Jan
  13. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Wow you saw lots of big game in those Namibia parks, seems like even better than what I saw in Kruger years ago. Keep the great stories and photos coming Mark :thumb
  14. azorat

    azorat grand Vizir

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    Hello Radioman!
    I restrained myself from posting how much I love reading about your travels and your way of doing your phase 3 of your life.
    I was sort of afraid of "barging in" and wasting bandwidth and precious space on your thread.
    But after reading your comment indicating that you appreciate a post, I decided to send this message to the list.

    Radioman: you are great - thank you so much for taking us with you.
    We really appreciate the efforts you put in in taking pictures, posting them, adding very nice commentary. Thanx again.

    (should you happen to come to Italy, I would love to host you here).
  15. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :thumb Thanks so much for posting!! You certainly are not "barging in or wasting bandwidth. To me it adds to the RR as people from all over the world participate in my adventures. It is an honor and much appreciated!

    Gladly sharing my ride and life experiences! That is the beauty of Ride reports

    And thanks so much for the offer in Italy. My plans never included Europe, only because I traveled extensively in Europe and certainly had 5-6 great trips to Italy over the years..... But if I change my mind, I will let you know! :deal
  16. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Great stuff Mark, makes me homesick, really glad you are enjoying Namibia.:thumb
  17. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Hiya Radioman - Now that you've got Africa under your belt, where to next? Although we've had a spot of nice weather back here in Oregon, those warm dry days in Africa sure look a lot more pleasant than a dark rainy winter back here.

    Regardless, looks like you've been living it up in Africa, and one heck of an adventure. Reading your reports is a highlight of my day.
  18. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave I can see why. Hope all is well!
  19. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    First. I have only seen a small bit of Africa, Like Scratching the surface! Has been fantastic, but truly you could spend a great deal of time riding here! Still have to ride the Garden Route, ride to a wild dogs Braai in Cederburg area, and a few other rides.

    Will update soon on the next steps in my journey!
  20. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    that sign is not but what is being taught in our schools here in america today
    phonical spelling-the way you pronounce it,you can imagine what they would come up with, having an africans writer and an chinese editor.