Tunisia - offroad all the way down

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ni3ous, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. f650gsa

    f650gsa De la Mobra la BMW !

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  2. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    Peter did not come back...

    We somehow managed to find more and more material and put it on the fire. It was no time for taking pictures now, only gathering material and getting that fire as big as possible, and making a lot of smoke.


    We later found out when Peter chasing the truck with KLR, he didnt make it with the bike. There was too much sand in the airbox, so bike died half way trying to stop the truck. He left Kawasaki KLR and ran by foot chasing the truck.
    Tilen in the truck, did not saw Peter until he jumped in front of the truck and stopped him.

    Dunes were too high and especially too soft, so coming back to find us with vehicle (truck or bike) was too difficult and Peter was exhausted...
    So Tilen left the truck and went looking for us by foot. He was walking and trying too find us somewhere in the horizon..

    It turned out making fire payed off for us, because Tilen eventually saw the smoke lifting into the sky and so he found us.
    He helped us back to the truck slowly, and than we found best way off the dune section on lower ground.
    We actually went back for few kilometres.

    We decided to find leveled ground to make a camp and sleep another night in the desert.
    Best option for us was to wait untill the next morning, and continue early, when dunes are moist and passing will be possible.

    Complete team hapilly reunited again.
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    We learned not to leave truck too far from our sight, when riding.
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    We need to get to the lower ground seen in the distance, and tomorow we head over some other dune sections.
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    Under protection of our all mighty beasty truck
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    This place should do for tonight camp.
    It is flat, and there is some bushes around, for making fire.
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    Night came soon, so we make strategic "rescue" plan in the sand for next day.
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    We were copletely exhausted from the day, so we went to sleep very soon.

    It was a terrible cold night, I woke up finding, that condensed water in my tent is frozen, so it must be way below zero.
    I got up pretty early, since it was too cold for sleeping. What a terrible night.

    At sunrise sand on the ground was frozen and it was foggy.
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    So I gathered some branches to make fire and warm my self up.
    Others are still sleeping.
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    Frozen seat in the middle of Grand Erg Oriental
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    That day we learned something from the day before, so we started earlier, while sand is not soft yet.
    We sticked together and progress was good.
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    So after three days we finally found the road we were looking for. What a happy moment.
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    So time to put some more pressure in to the tires for faster stone terrain riding.
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    After 15 kilometres we can already see Timbaine in the distance. The destination, we were looking for for three days.
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    Some sick fast riding to the final destination over solidified terrain again after three days.
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    We did it after three days!
    Ksar Ghilane direct line to Cafe Timbaine off road - checked.
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    We deserved some menthae tea and cafe in the shadow. First sign of civilisation after three days for us.


    View from the top of the mauntain Timbaine - terrain in the back is where we came from
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    I would like to congratulate my riding colegues for phisical and mental persistance, strenght and riding techicques needed, to do, what we did, with our heavy bikes.

    Th path we took is no ordinary or regular tourist trip. We met no one for the last three days.

    Also Tilen - truck driver, he is a great driver, but we had too much trouble with ourselves and our bikes for last three days, to really see what was he able to do with his truck. It is hard to believe what courage and knowledge was needed, to take his truck on such extreme terrain and also make it through.
    :clap
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  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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  4. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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  5. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Incredible adventure.
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  6. diskow

    diskow Been here awhile

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    Trippin'
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  7. sigitaemile

    sigitaemile :)

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    The shadow of the beasty truck looks like the profile of a skull with glasses :huh :D


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  8. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    Being in Timbaine is probably nothing special, if you take regular tourist pista route from Douz. It takes you maximum half a day and you are there with no extra effort.
    For us this destination was a bit more, because we took the "route" that took us three days to get there.
    So we enjoyed the moments on top of that mountain.


    The view on the neighbour mountain...
    After so many days in the sand, camera does not open properly anymore. Sand really gets everywhere.
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    Closer view to the camp Mars in behind Timbaine mountain
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    After while we had to climb down the mountain
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    and continue our trip from Timbaine to Douz.
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    There was small part of short easy dune section
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    And later almost only fast speed rocky pistas, heading next to Jebil national park, so progress was good.
    We were flyin 100-130 kilometres an hour over rocks.
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    With no complications this day, we arrived late afternoon to Douz.
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    It was nice feeling in a confortable seat and drinking fine sweet tea in the shadow again.
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  9. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    That evening we slept in Douz in a small camp.
    We had to prepare our bikes for two days ride to the north of the country, to Tunis, where we have reservation for ferry to Italy.

    We cleaned our filters, but Kawasaki eate so much sand, that therral cleaning was needed.
    Kawasaki didnt build airbox the smartest way. You need to dissasemble and remove all rear part of the frame, including seat, fender, exhaust, plastics... to remove airbox and give it a proper cleaning with gasoline.
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    After a few hours, job was done and we went to sleep.



    Next day it was a great day for riding...
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    Not really so many bicycles in Tunisia.
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    But before we took the shortcut next to pipeline to north, Mitja had a flat tire.
    We had the equipment needed, and were able to fix it in 45 minutes.
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    After fixing it, we took that shortcut next to the pipeline over this pista.
    It was straight lined for close to 60-80 kilometres.
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    Exept few railway crossing there was not much else to see.
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    In these two days riding north to Tunis, we had some short rest stops just next to the road, to strech a bit and relax.
    We did not care much for the looks of it :p
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    We made it to Tunis on time!
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    We caught ferry that evening, so we were able to leave Tunisia in time as we planned.

    The map of the routes we rode
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    Day six was rest day for half of the team in oasis Ksar Ghilane, and for Peter and Italians was riding day deeper in the desert.


    What an adventure we had! It was amazing experience.





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  10. A-Wind

    A-Wind Andreas RD07a

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    Fantastic adventure with great spirit and exciting story telling.

    I enjoyed following it. Thanks for sharing!

    Andreas
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  11. diskow

    diskow Been here awhile

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    Eventually, the route of day 6 can not be written in this map because me and italian three guys didnt write it down yet.
    Maybe some other day.

    Its over !!!!
    Thanx Roman. For your time. Great report.

    Just for now.


    I hope you people enjoyed.

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    مغامرة

    now translate if u can :)
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  12. Fantuzzi

    Fantuzzi Been here awhile

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    Great Pictures and enjoyable story.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  13. svestenik

    svestenik armchair adventurer

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    Great adventure you guys had :) . Can you post your GPS tracks ?

    Pozdravi iz Bosne :) .
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  14. Blacknblue

    Blacknblue "I'm outa' here."

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    Thanks for the great report.

    It filled my night at work with drama, adventure, and rare sprit.
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  15. twinie

    twinie Been here awhile

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    very, VERY good!!! :clap
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    just amazing!
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  17. Grants

    Grants Been here awhile

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    it really was an amazing story and ride report. If it is not a secret, how much financial resources you have to have, in order to complete such a road trip?

    Thanks
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  18. diskow

    diskow Been here awhile

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    Around 600-700Eur per person I think.
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  19. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    Ferry Genova - Tunis - Genova is 300-400€ for bike and driver, both way. Depends of the season. We paid 320€.
    And you also have to count costs from your home to Genova (ferry) and back.
    For 11 days living and gasoline in Tunisia is enough 400€ if you dont sleep in expensive hotels.
    So all together it was for me a bit more than 1000€.
    If you have to change tires, prepare bike, buy some equipment before trip, also add that in.

    If you would go in Tunisia now from 28. april to 10.may - ticket for the ferry would be 362 with insurance. (Genova - Tunis - Genova for one person and the bike)
    Tickets are cheaper if you choose departure port Civitavecchia instead of Genova.
    You can check tickets here:
    http://www2.gnv.it/
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  20. Grants

    Grants Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the information, will keep in mind your advice when a new trip will be planned.
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