Adventure Riding in the 80s - Tamanrasset 1985

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

  1. Keithert

    Keithert Long timer

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    Very nice. Thanks for posting.
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  2. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    No byways.... I would not go there at the moment.....sad..but I don't want appear in CNN in an orange jump suit pleading for my life.
    I am living in Asia for a long time...also a lot to explore here...and safer at the moment...I am a wimp
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  3. Ras Thurlo

    Ras Thurlo Desert Lion

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    +1

    This trip is exactly the reason I dreamed about getting an airhead as a kid

    Need to enjoy the photos on a larger screen!

    A real shame that those days of "carefree" Sahara exploring are over. From what I read recently Tamanrasset now has a large transient population of black Africans on their way up to Europe, the desert roads are often used for 4x4 drug running up to the Mediterranean, along with a heathy dose of random fundamentalist nut-bars.

    Bad news all round - but does make this thread more poetic, as a window onto a lost time
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  4. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Enjoyed the old pics and travel story. Even here in the US, travel on a motorcycle in the Western States was so different in '82 than now. Thanks for the time and work to share this with us.
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  5. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    What was the "adventure trip" for you in the USA ? Like for us European, going to Northern Africa was quite simple...to France or Italy on the ferry..and 26 h later we were there. How was it in USA ??? Mexico ???
    Or..probably you will find more everything one can possibly think of in USA ?!
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  6. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Killer photos Krummemusic:clap
    A buddy and I took two months in the mid-70's riding the western US.
    Unfortunately we were too cool to bring a camera along.
    Jim
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  7. joso

    joso Motorcycle addict

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    Great pics and report, beamed me back in time to when I started biking round Europe in '80. Times were different, people were different..... I was partially different - enjoying my bikes will never change! Thanks for making me getting in the cellar checking old boxes for old photos....
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  8. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    happy to hear that Joso...that was the idea of my blog...
    Tomorrow my story will come to an end...
    Hope by then all of you have digged in the cellar and post photos me_1980/me_2014
    Would be fun
    Cheers
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  9. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Yes it is.
    I love threads like this that take you back to a age where things seemed simpler, less complicated.
    Please don't stop the momentum - you guys that were fortunate to travel thru exotic locations during these times & earlier please contribute for the sake of us that got into the game later.:thumb
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  10. moto74

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    Superb. Proper 80's adventure and great 'gooseflesh' pics.
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  11. Flat_Out

    Flat_Out Adventurer

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    Fantastic stuff!!!

    Thank You for sharing!
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  12. SohoPhil

    SohoPhil Been here awhile

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    Wow!
    Great posting...just the reason I love ADV!
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  13. Krummemusic

    Krummemusic Adventure Dreamer

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    We were about to reach the Assekrem...
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    We were proud, happy...even we took the easy way down to Tamanrasset and up to the Assekrem. Plenty of other drivers used the road coming from Djanet..but that doesn't matters. Adventure Travelling is not a competition....its about making dreams come true and see the world we are privileged for a limited time to be a part of.

    But now..it was no more a dream....it was for real

    If I remember correctly - one could not drive all the way to the summit and to Father Foucaults hermitage.
    The last couple of hundred meter had to be climbed up a small track So we put up tent and walked.... to get blasted away by what we were about to see.

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    And wait for the sunset
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    And as it did the past Million years...the sun went down on Assekrem
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    I hope you enjoyed the blog ! Thanks for following.
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  14. Slim-Line Tonic

    Slim-Line Tonic Watch time fly...

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    Very cool stuff.

    Hope to see some more!
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  15. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    wow and thanks for sharing ... loving these pictures :eek1
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  16. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Thanks for taking the time to post those. It must've been an amazing adventure. Subscribed :lurk
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  17. Beater

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    Wow. This just made my bucket list. I salute you!

    :clap
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  18. Blader54

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    fabulous report! Now I hope that all of you with photos of trips from that time will join the OP and post some here, along with current photos of yourselves and your bikes! Would be very cool to see!
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  19. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

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    Thank you for sharing your story, what great memories you have made!
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  20. neil p

    neil p Been here awhile

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    :clap

    Great fotos, great story.

    Just booked my Marocco ferry for Saturday with my R80GS.

    Was there in 1990 on a G/S.
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