Sahara 2013

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Dr LC8, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Last January David, Kurt and I left Manchester in UK
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    to meet in Genova with Fabrizio who was coming from Rome . A 24h ferry across the Mediterranean see took us to Tunis. 500 km and 7 hours later we were in the town of Douz, the entrance of the Sahara.
    A lovely completely self organized 6 days ride in the north Sahara. We engaged Ahmed a local guide, who I meet in my previous trip back in 2005.
    The trip has been great..unfortunatelly too short!
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    Here we are…
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    Fabrizio managed to save the money of loading the bike on a trailer...
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    ...and my bike wasn't starting...
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    ...but it did in the end...bloody jack!
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    Off we go…
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    Camp 1
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    Second day
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    Dunes are becoming more challenging…
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    Camp 2 at the hot spring lake of Ain Ouadette
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    Day 3 a loop track!
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    When we got back to the camp the wind started to blow really strong…
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    The day after( day 4) we were covered in sand…
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    Unfortunately Kurt’s clutch died…
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    Camp 5 was made at Dekamis where we meet with a group of guys on Quads and 4x4.
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    The following morning (day 5) with their help we tried to change the clutch. It was then that we sadly realized that 2010 and 2012 690 Enduro R fit different clutch discs!
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    Kurt had to leave his bike on the support truck for the day.
    Again the wind was blowing very badly and it was a long stretch to get to the Oasis of Ksar Ghilane
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    Camp 5
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    The 6th day was a cool ride along 100k m of pists and dunes. Fabrizio left his EXC to Kurt who had a great fun riding it!
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    We made Douz again where we had to pack everything including Fabrizio bike back in the car!!
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    We left at 5:00 am the following morning…someone was very tired!
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    Unfortunately every time I have been to the Sahara I have been strike by the amount of plastics left on the ground in the town suburbs…and that is sad…
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    …I want then to finish with our lovely cute faces…
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    Ciao

    Nic
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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Those were some nice pictures of a place I'll likely never see. It looks like tough going on 2 wheels.
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  3. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Another great report :thumb

    Thanks for taking the time to post :thumb

    Cheers

    Louis
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  4. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Fantastic report.

    Got a map of the general area you were riding?
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  5. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    Nice.:thumb
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  6. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    Beautiful pics! What a fantastic place to ride.
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  7. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Superb :clap
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  8. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Manchester???
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  9. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    There you are. Tunisia. South of Tunis, between Algeria and Lybia.

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  10. robram

    robram Trilheiro

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    My drean ride.

    Thanks for share with us,
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  11. Haywood

    Haywood Been here awhile

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    Fukin-A that's a lot of sand. Nice work guys. Thanks!
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  12. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    Ish....Just on the outskirts in Hyde.
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  13. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Didsbury mate...

    Nic
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  14. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    Ah, the posh part. :D
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  15. GreeKKTiNoS

    GreeKKTiNoS Been here awhile

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  16. Hockley Boy

    Hockley Boy Been here awhile

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    Nice report and pics, looks like you had a great trip.
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