Analogue Africa - Top to bottom just before the Internet

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by richeyroo, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. bozo92

    bozo92 Adventurer

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    Superb RR.
    Lucky you, you have done this trip when it was possible with the stress of travelling in Africa, but not the extra stress we can experience nowadays.
    I visited a lot of the countries you were in or so (lately Niger in 2010), and honestly, my family won't let me go now.:loco
    Being over 60, I planned a ride around the Mediterranean sea :ricky. Look at the map and forget it:nah
    Waiting for the 2nd leg of the trip.
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  2. juno

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    Great updates! I thing you two chose a good era to travel in. Still some infrastructure remnants from the Colonial days and even though there was some crazy crap going on it hadn't hit the heights it is at today.
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  3. mmoore89

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    I would love to see the pictures in this thread... would you consider re-uploading them?
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  4. Grantwallace

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    Me too.... being the same age as the author and experiencing the same path to military service and having seen the world on Uncle Sam’s dime, l’d love to see what I missed because of my choices after serving.
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  5. Zanie

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    I've registered today for one reason and that is to ask this question: Where is the rest of this report???!!
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  6. siswati

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    Totally empathize!!! But realize I am replying to a more than 2-year old comment!!!:-):-)
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  7. richeyroo

    richeyroo XR650L, CRF450X,

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    Holy moly. I need to finish this. I'll see what i can do
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  8. btrrtlwtr

    btrrtlwtr Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Holy moly please do finish. this report is in the right place , epic rides!thanks so much for sharing and congrats your still around to talk about it !
    John
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  9. SteveTheLocal

    SteveTheLocal Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ditto! And Bravo! A great ride, even vicariously. And what became of the comely Tracy?
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  10. siswati

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    Richeryroo - please do continue with this thread - so enjoyable and you are a great storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. I grew up in Africa and traveled extensively, also knew a lot of overlanders, and your experiences are spot on. Really enjoying your insights
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  11. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Moar!! This is better than a book or a movie...
    As a fellow XTZ 750 rider I was hooked from the start.
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  12. td63

    td63 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Just piling on: brilliant. More please!
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  13. thadf

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    Wonderfully written!

    Thanks for taking the time to do this...
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  14. xbok

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    Awesome read. Thanks for sharing.
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  15. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    An enjoyable read, till it was done. Much interested in what the conclusion to this tale was. All riders, have a great 2020!!
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  16. richeyroo

    richeyroo XR650L, CRF450X,

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    Right where was I ?
    Oh yes, in 1995, running away from Benin soldiers who'd stolen our multi-vitamin tablets before my girlfriend stole them back, resulting in me thinking an AK47 was going to do for us and leave us in a shallow grave somewhere in deepest darkest Africa
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  17. richeyroo

    richeyroo XR650L, CRF450X,

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    Sorry I've been away from this report for the last 1107 days, I imagine readers have been logging on every single day waiting for the update. Well sadly the pictures at this point are dismal so I will have to make up for it with the stellar quality of the writing

    And there doesn't seem to be much need for a resume being as you can read about our adventures so far in the previous 5 pages so please do

    Suffice to say........ 1 boy, 1 girl, 1 motorbike called Howard and a continent called Africa all met up for an adventure in 1995 and this is the story of what happened when you don't have the internet to research sensible plans before hand. At this point, we're a few months in to the trip and probably the worst thing that's happened so far is either our luggage nearly being swept out to sea in a transit van whilst crossing the Sahara or an angry police chief demanding money with menace for petrol whilst he took our friends to visit some prostitutes. We were having fun

    And tip toeing through the jungle, making sure bridges were safe to cross

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  18. richeyroo

    richeyroo XR650L, CRF450X,

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    New readers will need to know that I am referencing my old handwritten diary so my alcohol stewed brain can try to gain some recollection of what happened 25 years ago. It looks like this

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  19. richeyroo

    richeyroo XR650L, CRF450X,

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    It's difficult to understand the mindset of the time as the second sentence reads "nice people, nice campsite, did runner all the same" . Regular readers will know that this was a regular occurence. I'm genuinely sorry and at least some will be pleased to know that we got our comeuppance several months later at a Catholic mission when we tried to do a runner from the house of our Lord. More of that later
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  20. richeyroo

    richeyroo XR650L, CRF450X,

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    We had wanted to leave Benin nice and early to give ourselves a full day to get into Nigeria and so deal with the inevitable admin that would entail. Our planning went somewhat awry because although Tracy and I were stamped out of the country with ease, all done by 7am, Howard was somewhat more difficult. It was explained to us that the correct customs official wasn't around at the moment and would be expected after lunch. Our experience was that screaming and shouting rarely resulted in getting things done quickly so we sat in the sun and played cards right outside the customs hut. For 5 hours. We ate rice and beans too but not for 5 hours hours. Eventually, at 1pm we were summoned into the hut and politely asked to sit at a chair. A young Benin official respectfully guided a frail and elderly gentleman into the hut and assisted him to his seat behind the desk. There was some discussion which we didn't understand and the young man picked up the older fellows hand, guided it towards the stamp, guided it towards the ink pad, guided it towards our Carnet de Passage and helped the chap stamp our Carnet to get Howard out of Benin. Well blow me down, the guy we'd waited 5 hours was not only elderly and frail, but also completely blind. Now it could have been a huge charade, a game played by the locals on idiot Western travellers but we had no idea what to make of it except to roar with laughter and enjoy the rediculousness of our new life.
    Right. Out of Benin. Into Nigeria
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