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African diaries (or When we were young)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Aug 17, 2020.

  1. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    This is adventure at its best! Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    and there is more coming, here we go.
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  3. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    In winter 1990/91 I was back for more and this time I had 3 months to spend. My very rough plan was to go all the way to West Africa and fly me and the bike back to Europe from Togo, what was supposed to be easy. Of course I was always looking for bigger challenges and I had found information about a route someone had taken going around the Teffedest mountain range on the east side. There was no official piste there. It was real “off-road”. I was well equipped with the best maps you could get for that region at the time. IGN maps were from the French and their time in Algeria. They were from 1970 so not very new, but still pretty accurate. And they had a scale of 1:20000, not 1:4000000 like the Michelin. On these maps you could really see something and if you know how to use a compass you could navigate with them. I found 2 guys on bikes on the ferry already that were interested in joining me and on the campsite in Tunisia we were staying at a couple on two bikes showed up and thought it sounded interesting as well. So the 5 of us headed for those mountains. Finding your way was easy because with the mountains there were always structures easy recognizable on the map so figuring out where you are was no big problem. The riding was great. Hardly any tracks and a mixture of sand and gravel with some rougher bits in between. The only tricky part was to find a passage through some mountains after crossing a big flat plain where you could drift off without recognizing it. We checked the direction we were going regularly and found our way without a problem.

    Allready on the way to the piste one of the guys had a harder off. Here he is straightening out the damage as good as possible.

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    Parting from the "official" piste we were on .

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    Some sand on the way (did I say that I love dunes)

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    The Teffedest apearing in the distance


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  4. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    I will go on here, but I have too much to do at the moment. And 3 weeks vacation coming up. Sadly they will be without bike because the whole of europe is one big mess.
    The winter is coming and then I will find time again so just hang in there.
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  5. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    No worries Thomas. We can wait!!
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  6. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    :lurk Patiently waiting for more.
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  7. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    :lurk
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  8. AnAverageExplorer

    AnAverageExplorer Been here awhile Supporter

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    Loving your stories and old photos.

    I was growing up at that time--watching Paris-Dakar reports on my grandparents satellite TV and reading anything I could find about it. It's really awesome to hear from someone who was traveling though that region every year!
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  9. wwwutz

    wwwutz n00b

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    The one with the soft top seems to be a Hanomag AL28 (with a fancy body work), while the white one should be a Magirus Deutz S3500 (from the 1950´s ?!)... Long time since I had traveled the Sahara in a Deutz truck as well :-)
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  10. wwwutz

    wwwutz n00b

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    Love those old desert pics (with all the old vehicles and young people ;-)). Keep coming!
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  11. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    beautyful reports - was always a dream of mine to go to Algeria, Morocco, Lybia, Senegal in the 80's - couldn't relaize it. Was reading the Thomas Trossmann books this time a lot. Waiting for your next ones.
    regards
    Andreas
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  12. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great fun to see these old pic's etc.... Thomas so thanks for posting these up
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  13. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows

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    Glad I ran across another of your great RR’s Thomas. I look forward to when you have more spare time to continue this one. A great Blast from the Past!
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  14. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    Brilliant stuff. Proper adventures. Keep them coming.
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