How do you know tomorrow wont be a better day?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tau Anvil, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    We arrived on the gravel and turned left towards the Dobe border post. We arrived at a very 'African time" setup. The border officials was having a chat under a tree whilst we waited in the hut to be helped out of the country. The official then decided to hand our passports back calling us by our very Afrikaans and German names and surnames, except me I have a easy one. We laughed out loud and proceeded to ask the border police officer to take our picture. In Africa slowing down many times speeds things up. Become part of the flow of these border crossings and paperwork. Fill in your form and halfway stop put the pen down and ask the official where he is from as you might have passed the town/village/area on your travels. This will insure easy border crossings. Don't make personal jokes about the official, but rather about your attempt at being a bush person.

    As we crossed into Namibia Rickus got a front puncture, so we proceeded to repair it on the veranda of the immigration office under the supervision of the Namibian border police. Most of Namibian and Botswana and it's people are humble people that wish you no harm. Your are safe 99% of the time and would really need to go look for trouble to find it. The occasional beggar or drunk will be your biggest problems human wise.

    We continued on to Tsumkwe and the start of our Kaudum Circumnavigation expedition. We where the first bike to do this ever, 720 km of amazing wild riding.
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  2. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    Repairing Dewalds rear tube failure.

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    3 things on the speedo:
    1. The Africa Twin speedo attrachs dust like crazy!!!
    2. 40 celcius at 11:00
    3. I did 349 kilometers with 18 liters of fuel. Running the Africa Twin in 3rd and 4th gear saved so much feul. The KTM 950 + Rickus at 2.01m and 150kg used 38liters.

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    Back to the start at Tsumkwe service station.
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  3. boristhebold

    boristhebold Been here awhile

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    Wow, sat here in cold, wet, muddy Yorkshire, England and I can almost feel the heat you rode through. Those thorns make the ones we occasionally encounter here seem insignificant. Brilliant write up. Thanks
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  4. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    We filled up with fuel and got some drink at a shop for a change, well an african shop. It was 285km of bad gravel to get to our overnight spot just before the town of Grootfontein (big fountain) . The road between Tsumkwe and Grootfontein was hot 44C , dusty and super bad. Know you might say "bad" you just rode sand tracks for 5 days and you complain about a bad gravel road????

    Well that is just it you sit at 140km/h calmly viewing the landscape when you hit horrible dust bowls and potholes etc. We stopped every 70km for a headcount and checking that everybody was still OK. We stopped for the second time on the route at about 140km when we realised Dewald backpack was open.... he heard a flapping of his exhaust (the one he repaired with wire) and took out some cable ties from his backpack to help steady the exhaust......he never closed it. His passport was still there, but his wallet and toilet paper was gone!!!!. We waited under a tree whilst he turned around to have a look. as we stood there 2 cars passed us going back to Tsumkwe and 2 came from behind. He rode 48 kilometer where he found the tracks of a vehicle going of the road and turning around and stopping at a roll of toilet paper.... there was shoes prints to the paper in the sand and then the car continued to Tsumkwe. His wallet was gone. 2300km from home, no bank cards or driving license, luckily his passport which was in the same pocket in his backpack didn't fall out. We waited for around an hour. When he returned the mood was rather sad. They KTM boys proceeded to run to Grootfontein at 150ish plus. There was too many cows, donkeys, Kudu and other wildlife on the road for me so I let them run. 20km before town they stood on the side of the road in need of petrol. We continued to Pandokkie campsite 7km before town. We arrived at around 16;00 and had a cold German fizzy drink or 2.
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  5. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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