Adventure Riding in the 80s - Tamanrasset 1985

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Krummemusic, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    What a fantastic movie..thanks for sharing it.
    Was one of the purpose of this blog...people start digging out and sharing how it was in the early day
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  2. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    True biker in the 70s and 80s...long and messy hairs and a big beard...wondering what we would say if our daughters would introduce her new bf looking like we looked
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  3. advrockrider

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    Keep it coming, love it!!!!
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  4. byways

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    I hitchhiked alone across Algeria in 1979. Everyone was so friendly, helpful and generous, and your tale is bringing back so many fond memories.

    Thanks for taking the time to post your story ...
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  5. sam0182

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    Great photos, thanks for posting.
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  6. sledrydr

    sledrydr Been here awhile

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    :1drinkBy all means keep these stories comming! Super motivation for those of us still riding what is only needed....... No book of face. No mega buck's bike. Yada Yada Yada.
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  7. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    We were heading further South...towards the Plateau du Tademait..350 km full of Nothing.
    The roads were not as good any more...
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    Then we reached the Plateau..it was a steep road up...and then for 350 km this !! Just...NOTHING
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    We had to do a bit more then 400 km without a petrol station between El Golea and Ain Salah
    No real shelter...any more
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    At the end of the plateau, the street went down again and the desert went on...though the landscape changed a bit later
    ...the road got worse..
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    And .. worse ..
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    and disappeard....

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  8. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    You made the point "sledrydy"....full attention to what was around us...
    For 7 weeks no one at home knew where we are
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  9. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    So we were in the big wide desert....the road, or trails of the trucks,split up in all directions. That was the time, when the compass should guide us. Actually, we never felt really "lost" - just had to make sure we stay in the right direction. At the end of the day - we took the "Hoggar" route, which was from all possible roads the easiest one
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    As we came closer to Tamanrasset (still 500 km to go), the scenery changed a bit..
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    ..some trees showed up again..
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  10. Krummemusic

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    Sometimes the roads were good, sometimes bad...sometimes gravel, sometimes sand, flat or hilly...but one thing never changed
    breathtaking nights !
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    Christian7 Christian from France

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    My bags are backpack of the Swiss army (cow leather), buy CHF 10 each ($ 9) motorcycle clothes, jeans and ski jacket ... and the helmet ....

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    I like it! well done :clap
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  13. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    Fantastic....thanks for sharing your photos in the blog.
    Christian...a very sophisticated packing technique !!!!
    I suggest:
    Once this blog comes to an end (in another 3 - 4 days when I have reached the Assekrem)...
    Lets all put photos into this blog....
    before - on the tour 1985
    Now - on one of our recent tours
    Preferably with our faces and our current bike (on travel !!)
    I guess you all still get a gooseflesh when thinking about the Sahara nights
    Go to the basement and dig the old photos out
    Uli
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  14. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    We came closer to Tamarasset

    Our bump hurt
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    After 3,600 km we reached Tamarasset
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    But that was not the end of our journey...
    The highlight was still to come.....
    The Assekrem !!!!! Who ever has seen the sun coming up on Assekrem will NEVER forget it
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  15. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    The highlight of this tour - valued forum.
    When you have reached Tamanrasset, the 80 km to the Assekrem is an absolute MUST.
    Located inside an old volcanic mountain region, it will be 80 km of bizarre rocks and peaks,. Formed over thousands of years by the extreme climate of the southern Sahara. We wanted to see also the old hermitage of Father Foucault, a priest who has lived here in the early 20th century and killed by a group of bandits.
    It was a gravel road, that later became more rocky, sometimes steep up - but doable
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    It was like driving through a classical theatre...with a slow build-up cumulating in a "grande finale"

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    The rock formation got more and more bizarre

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    Only 30 km to go to the Grande Finale...which will bring this blog to an end
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    hardwaregrrl Can't shoot straight Supporter

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    !!!! It can't end....:cry


    Thanks from a fellow airhead...:thumb
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  17. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    Happy you enjoy, fellow airhead....
    But...everything has an end, only a sausage has two
    (aaarghh..old German saying)...
    But I will have another interesting story to tell....if there is interest in the forum
    Cheers
    Uli
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    Keep them coming, This is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  19. byways

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    Terrific ride down memory lane. Thanks for the work you put into this.

    Any thoughts on riding in that region these days?
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  20. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Great report but what happened to the girl ? :rofl:rofl:rofl
    Definitely would like to see more!
    Regards....justjeff
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