"I've Been Everywhere, Man" Living the song on two wheels.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by swedstal, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. mikejana

    mikejana Been here awhile

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    I'm honored to be considered part of your Awesome story, Thank you my friend.
  2. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Just when I thought this story couldn’t get any better, it does! Amazing!
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  3. HO53

    HO53 n00b

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    "Ry dit asof jy dit gesteel het" ha ha. Ride it like you stole it !! I'm English but speak Afrikaans almost as well as I do English. Its actually an easy language. Very similar to Flemish I believe.
    Yes I hope our paths do cross one day. Will take you to see the big 5 in the African bushveld.
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  4. africord

    africord Adventurer

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    Brett,

    You should take HO53 up on his offer. I didn't do it in the "bushveld," but I did do it in Kenya as follows:

    Lion - Nairobi National Game Park
    Elephant and Cape Buffalo - Aberdare National Game Park
    Rhino - Lake Nakuru National Game Park
    Leopard - Maasai Mara National Reserve

    The best story of the bunch was finding a bull cape buffalo in the middle of the road going through Aberdare snorting what I assumed was, "you shall not pass!" The herd was spread out on both sides of the road. I backed up our Mitsubishi and headed the other way. None of the other sitings had anywhere near that level of drama.

    Brian
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  5. swedstal's wingmom

    swedstal's wingmom Adventurer

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    Well written, Mike! Loved the pictures too. I am so thankful our paths have crossed with yours and Jana's. Your hospitality was awesome while we were in Florida! Thanks again!
  6. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    South Afrikaans is Flemish/Dutch from the 16-17th century. I like it, because it's like frozen in time and African words got mixed in as well. All the while in Holland, the Dutch language added French, German and English into the mix...

    Anyway great reporting again!!!:clap
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  7. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    BRETT!! YAAAAY ! You are back here!!

    I'll be staying in Utah. Planning to go to Winnimuka (SP?) and find Ombabika this summer!! Channeling your spirits!

    Miss you!
    Larry
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  8. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road Supporter

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    thank you thank you thank you!
  9. derblauereiter

    derblauereiter Mostly made of cheese Supporter

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    Let me know when you do, I’m planning on it too and could ride out with you if the stars align. Winnemucca, that is.
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  10. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Great updates! Loved Mike’s story, and now I know why you had to go back.
    I wish you could have somehow gotten into the Super Bowl, but those prices are ridiculous. I think I recall seeing one shot of the stands later in the game that showed a lot of empty seats. The corporate bigwigs were doing some deals I guess.
    Looking forward to more.
  11. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Amazing update Brett with a little help from your friends.
    Really looking forward to your second go at Ombabika.

    Seeing how little is left of the “town?”, I think how you (and your 2 fellow adventurers) may have motivated the folks who can do something, to ensure at least what is there now is looked after.

    I also thought again how the Nashville JC museum (tourist trap) had no interest in your story, and what a footnote they could include with their info pertaining to that song, if they were somewhat intelligent.

    Maybe the Hank Snow memorial will update their stuff with the fact that a place mentioned in the song has only a single stone marker and a few deteriorating wooden pieces.

    Thanks so much for the RR (history lesson)
  12. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Over my 12 years on ADV I've read some amazing trip reports, and I've been following Brett from the beginning (and fortunate to meet him in DC), but the last few posts about the quest for Ombabika make "I've Been Everywhere, Man" the best of the best. Congrats again Brett, what a trip!
  13. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    ^ :nod
  14. ADK

    ADK *********************

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    You guys must have missed the one where 2 women rode DRZs through S. America. :deal :freaky
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  15. sorethumb

    sorethumb Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

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    1. This is hands down, top 3 threads in AdvRider history.
    2. @mikejana the picture with you and your sons after completing the TAT is awesome; I hope to have a similar picture with my son someday!
    3. And +1 @mikejana on the Pawley's Island shirt, my wife is from Pawley's and us Lowcountry folk still claim up through Litchfield. Myrtle Beach is an abomination we do not discuss.
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  16. road hammer

    road hammer have map will travel

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    here's a pic. of Brett and my buddy Mark, one of the two canadians (me the other) that near watson lake suggested to Brett that his ailing Honda would make it to Prince George. As he said in his post (page 4), we crossed paths throughout the day as seen here at the Salmon Glacier. Glad you had or been having a memorable adventure. (and that you made it to Prince George)
    Wayne

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  17. mikepeek

    mikepeek Adventurer

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    Brett, realize this is years late but still had to post a note. First, sorry about your spill! These 'events' tend to open our eyes to new things -- hopefully that was the case with you! Second, I have been following AdvRider for years including RTW_Paul, Dutchman, and many others and these pics might be the best I have ever seen. Thanks for capturing and sharing w/ us! Mike
  18. SnowOwl

    SnowOwl Been here awhile

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    So glad he finished before this virus hit. It would have been awful to be trapped in SA and not be able to get home.
  19. out rider

    out rider You Go First

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    Brett, I'll bet your Guardian Angles are glad your home. All of you need some time off.
    Thanks for taking us along on your quest!
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  20. Milosh

    Milosh Been here awhile

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    Did I miss the ending?