South Africa 2008

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  1. picoda

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  2. picoda

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    We are on the top of Sani Pass, entering Lesotho. It is time to think about my visa. I will try on a bluff, so we will see it. Border pass is a small house with two young custom officers inside. First they taken Ivan’s SA Passport, put the stamp, and give it back. Than, one of them, take my passport and look in it. I see that he doesn’t know what to do. Few minutes he was looking in the passport of the country he never heard about and he don’t want to ask anything. He put stamp in it and we are free to go.

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    <o:p>You can see difference from the SAR. Lesotho is very poor country. But, the people are very hospitable. Only the young kids sometime throw the stones on the cars in the mountains. Some strange game.</o:p>
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    <o:p>Highest Pub in Africa. They have very good Lesotho beer. Maluti.</o:p>
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    The money from all over the world.

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    Now, this man is little bit strange for me. After few hours he was gone only 100-200 meters. Maybe this is only show for the rich tourists. I hope so.

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    Sani Pass is finished. I am very happy. My small Roof of Africa is done. The next photo is from Ivan’s Roof.

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    <o:p>next.....................beautiful Drakensberg area</o:p>
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  3. GB

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    Wow!!! :tb Stunningly beautiful pics! :clap

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  5. picoda

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    We are back to SAR. On the way to Drakensberg. We have few river crossings.
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    Drakensberg. Beautiful. Still long way from Joburg and the rain is close.
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    It is hard to describe this beauty.
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    We are very tired, but we can't go back now.
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    They are finished the school and they are proud. They deserve some sweets.
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    It is not easy for two of them.
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    „Just“ 300 km more to Joburg.
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    Lunch – dinner in “Small Switzerland”
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    After the dinner, last 100 km in the night and on the rain, off course. Believe me, very very hard 100 km. We come to Joburg late in the night, very tired and washed out.
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    next....................Toy Run<o:p></o:p>
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  6. Duscherck

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  7. picoda

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    Joburg - Toy Run

    After almost 3000km, mostly off road, we are very tired. I was sleep like a baby. We have two reasons for our come back to Joburg. This weekend is reserved for the Toy Run and on Monday Ivan's father Angelo must go on a heart surgery.

    Today is „take it easy“ day. We are going to visit some moto shops in Joburg. I will buy the most imortant moto accessories in Africa. Camel pack.

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    Lunch with Eddie Murphy.

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    We must do something useful today. Try to animate '94 Honda CR after few years in the garage. Can we do that?

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    Little bit of cleaning, little bit of fuel and beautiful noise of the two stroke bike is in the air. And lot's of smoke, off course.

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    We spend this afternoon playing on the farm.

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    The day of rest is finished. Let's go to bed, hard weekend is in front of us.


    Toy Run

    Largest Motorcycle charity event in the world with over 50 000 motorcycles include all over SAR. The Toy Run was originally started by Biker individuals in 1982. In 1996 the TOY RUN COMPANY was founded and registered as a section 21 company and directors appointed from the organizing committee. The directors, the organizing committee and the distributing Round Tables are comprised of volunteers and no remuneration for the many hours of work is expected by them, or given by the Motorcycle Toy Run Company. Every year more than 30 000 toys were collected and distributed.

    Dirk and Ivan are in organization of Toy Run. They organized Off Road Toy Run and we will be part of that this weekend. Our base for next two days will be „Dirk Bronco“ place out of Joburg.

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    Today we will marking the track with the stickers for the run tomorow. We will do that for our Adventure group. Dirt bikes and Quads have other tracks.

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    Here we are. Trying to find the best track for tomorow.

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    They are all lovers of good off road riding.

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    We are back at Dirt Bronko. Last consultations before the race tomorow.

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    Late afternoon we come back to Ivan's farm. Steven is here also. Ivan's friend. He will come also on the run tomorow with his other bike KLR 650.

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    Dinner in the Ivan's cousin house and after that to the other cousins place on the birthday party. We must go home early becouse it will be hard day tomorow.

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    Toy Run – The day

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    The „Marshall“ of the internacional group. Large group. With one man. Me. It is not easy to look after this group.

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    Ivan & Mozi

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    Two Dirk's love.

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    People are coming. Toy truck is filling up.

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    The run

    Dirt bikes started first in a few groups, than Quads, and after them we are started in our Adventure group. Maybe 30 bikes in our group. The race was very good. On the half way we are stoped in some Bar to wait for everybody in the group. Before that one motorcycle want to feel the deep send. It was golden Transalp. If you know the rider tell him that in the deep send you need to speed up and keep the head up. After 30 seconds the Transalp is on the road again. The run was finished after 2 hours all together. It was very nice and I meet many good people there. After the run big party was organized but we can't stay long becouse we must going to another Ivan's cousin on a lunch.

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    Here you can see famous singer for Croatia on the stage. This man in white shirt desperately want to turn of the microphone. I don't know why!?

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    Some of the toys will be in his hands. And in the hands of many poor children in Africa. That is what makes all of the participants happy.

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    We are leaving the party and go on a lunch to Ivan's cousins place. We are very tired and dirty. And very hapy also.

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    After lunch or dinner and a bath another nice day in Africa is finished.


    next.................The King, food, motorcycles, impressions
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  8. picoda

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    The King of Africa

    Monday's. The day when Ivan's father Angelo goes to hospital for the heart surgery. Large operation. Although Angelo is extremely vital, and JAR known for heart operations, Ivan is quite worrisome. Me too. Awake around 8 am. Ivan was already in hospital.

    While I am waiting, Ivan I wash Transalp because tomorrow it will be returned. I realy had something to wash. After that, I find the good company and spent a pleasant morning.

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    As eternal antitalent for football, I gave priority to games without the ball. So my two "left legs" have the opportunity to avoid plaster.

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    There is still someone who's my wife especially like to thank. I returned home all my biker gear and clothes washed and dry. Monika. She is long time with the Ivan's family. Now takes care of the household and Angelo and she is terribly missing Ivan, his wife and children.

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    After Ivan came by me, we went to the hospital where we spent the afternoon and expected completion of the operation. After 6 hours operation is finished. Operation has gone through all right but later some bleeding is started and we was very scared. The next day everything was fine.

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    Another day is finished and tomorow I am going to see the King of Africa.


    The King

    First I must return the bike. With 4000 km more on the clock.

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    Lions park

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    He is the King.

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    After the lunch

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    I dont know what he is trying to, but I know that he's insurance policy must be very expensive.

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    The ladies are hungry.

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    Departing the park to visit Dirk and his driving school. A small school is held on the course as part of the facility, while Michelin Superbike School is held at the Kyalami track and other tracks in SAR.

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    From the school we are going to dinner with other friends becouse this is my last night in Africa.



    Food

    It is hard to describe the variety of food in the SAR. Of all the kinds of European cuisine in which leads the grill, over Asian strongly spiced foods, especially Indian, to dishes from African tribes. I will try to describe in the next couple of pictures. As far as drinks I can speak only about the two types. I have only that tried. Water, which is very nice and clean compare to some other African countries and beer, which is very good with many tipes of it. I like Black Label and a great beer from Lesotho, Maluti.

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    From Indian or Atlantic ocean

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    All of this would not have a meaning if that has nothing to do with motorcycles. South Africa is a paradise for the bikers. Excellent roads and beautiful places for those who love driving off road, affordable prices of equipment and the bikes. And so, before the end little bit more of motorcycles.

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    Impressions

    Crime will in this part left aside. This is a beautiful country full of contrasts. A country of beautiful nature, frendly people, excellent climate and good food. Beer is also the food, right? Small living expenses, good health care and cheap housing. A unique blend of modern country of first world and the primeval Africa. In short, imagining this country with less crime, I see one of the few places in the world where I could live. My travel in SAR of some 4000 km is only a small part of this great country. Imagine that Croatia in this country stand more than 27 times. All in all, I will return to this beautiful place.

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  9. Duscherck

    Duscherck Vufera Era

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    A Great story ,reported with amazing photo :clap :clap :clap
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  10. ivan_m

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    Ne&#263;u te više falit, da se ne pokvariš :D
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  11. motoxusa

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  14. picoda

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    I just recived some more photos from SAR, so it is time for small update.


    During the Off Road Toy Run it is collected 19 500 Rand, and few thousand toys. That is only from the Off Road Run. All together on Toy Run all over SAR it is collected much more. That money from the Off Road Toy Run, thanks to Dirk and the people from organization, goes to one center for abandoned children and children with HIV infection.

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    Some of the photos that I just recived from SAR.

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    That's it folks! For now, of course!
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    Yes, I like this one also.
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  17. zinger

    zinger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    58
    Location:
    ...Donji Stupnik - Croatia
    Majstore svaka cast. Odlican RR. :clap :super


    z
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  18. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,176
    Location:
    French / Swiss Alps
    Enjoyed this one! :clap
    #38
  19. Narri

    Narri Unlimited

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Oddometer:
    43
    Location:
    East London, South Africa
    I am very happy that you have enjoyed our beautiful country !!

    Waiting for the rest ...:freaky
    #39
  20. picoda

    picoda Dalmatia

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Oddometer:
    221
    Location:
    Croatia
    Thanks everyone!

    @zinger: Fala!
    #40