Rideforsmiles, Solo Australian to Africa Europe and Beyond, starting June 26th 2011.

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    The wild horses of ??? ill have to look the name up.

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    Dont rely on your Gps to get you petrol I was on reserve when I pulled into here lucky I had the 10 litres with me or I was up shit creek without a paddle.

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    The ghost town outside of Luderitz its not actually a ghost town as such with spooky ghost it was abandoned in 1956 when the diamond mine shut down out there and the sand is just reclaiming it. Boring lol

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    Had a relaxing morning just sorting out a few things with my gear that have been bugging me the blue tooth head set etc then went through some of the rubbish ive accumulated in the panniers maps and other paperwork I wont be using anymore. After finishing up with that I jumped on the bike and went for a ride over to the Quiver forest, they certainly are a weird tree, an aloa tree that the local tribes people used to use the bark to make their weapons. Had a look around for awhile hoping to see some snakes or something but no wild life, there just nothing out here, well not that you can see anyway.

    Went over to the Giants playground down the road was actually quite amazing big boulders stacked one on top of each other, I can see why they call it the Giants playground its amazingly like the little rocks all stacked up on the side of the road, im still to ask why they are everywhere. Walked around there for an hour then jumped back on the bike and just rode back into and around Keepmanshoop.

    Wasn't much in town its a pretty small place plus it was Sunday so no one around. Met some of the locals on the poor side of town. Had one young bloke, a teenager come up and chat he said he would love to travel one day. He wasnt doing to bad his teeth were full of gold so I told him to sell his teeth get old like me and maybe one day you can. Was a pretty hot day around 34 so not oppresive but hot enough.

    Came back to the motel and hung out a group of Harley riders turned up from Pretoria on their way to Walvis baai for a bikers rally so thats a good excuse to go up that way, from there i'll head to Sussusavlei where the biggest sand tunes are. I dont know to where after that but north somewhere, so its north, then west, then south, then east, then north in the next week or two, gee make up your mind already.

    Met anorther nice group from Johannasburg heading to Windhoek and Swakopmund tomorrow, Frank his wife Marjorie (I know i probably got that wrong sorry) and Wolfe. They actually have a home in the Sychelles and live there for 5 months of the year and in a nice area of Johannasburg out near Sandton City. While we had dinner, they told me of their amazing story of one of those all to familiar home invasions with voilence in South Africa, they had both been shot and to top it off their dog shot dead its all just so sad for South Africa that those kinds of stories are just so common, seriously though id have to say 10% of the people I met in South Africa had been involved in some sort of very voilent home invasion either shot or stabbed and probably 90% had known someone personally that had been bashed stabbed or shot. Even that first night in Knysna that guy came into the pub his elderly neighbour had just been murdered, just plain sad there is so much violence in such a beautiful scenic country.

    Anyway back on the more important issues I had a chicken schnitzel for dinner, mate it was bloody huge could of fed two people but got it down, the food here is really nice actually, im eating really well which isnt helping the belly but oh well fatboy rides again tomorrow. Had a really nice evening with Frank Maureen and Wolfe they will be in Windhoek so might catch up to them up there.



    One of the quiver trees, they were very interesting.

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    Yelled out my standard greeting to slow moving travellers "get off the road you weirdos" lol still got plenty of waves and smiles as I videoed them.

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    The Giants Playground really was pretty amazing how they were formed.

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    Had a top day today started off with breakfeast with Wolfe met up with Frank and Maureen they were heading off as were the crew on the Harleys so looked like a bit of a convoy heading to Windhoek. I decided to head up there as the service light on my bike has come on so probably should see to that as a bit of a must do, got to look after the baby I dont want her stopping on me.

    The guys and gals on the Harleys took off first then we basically followed them. Its just over 500k's to Windhoek so was going to take a fair wack of the day. I got down over my tank tucked in behind my screen and humped along at about 160 to 180 so caught up with the crew on the Harleys after an hour or so. They had stopped so we had a bit of a chat by the side of the road then they took off again while I threw a bit of juice in the bike.

    I jumped back on and about 5 k's up the road heres to blokes on motorbikes stopped so I pulled over and met them , they are on their way from Windhoek down to Cape Town all the way up the coast through Mozambique to Mombasa in Kenya finishing in abour December. We swapped details as we will be fairly close by in December, if my track works out to some sort of plan I have. and we might be able to hook up again. Told them a few places to go visits but im sure they will get to see all they need to see.

    Got back on and hit the road again flying along at the speeds ive been racking up sucks the juice on this machine so next town I came to I decided to stop fill everything up and grab a drink. Saw Frank, Maureen and Wolfe in there so had a chat and lent Frank some more duct tape to fix his windscreen again. We basically took off together with them a few minutes ahead of me but I caught them pretty quickly and through them a wave as I humped on by. The Harley crew had been there but left a few minutes ago after a break so we caught them up pretty quickly and whizzed on by. Stopped to take the mandatory picture of the sign as I crossed the Tropic of Capricorn.

    The Harley Crew went past me as I was doing the photo shoot Frank Maureen and Wolfe were long gone into the distance, so at the time wondered if I would see them again. Caught back up to the Harley crew about 40k's out from Windhoek and them being somewhat local I thought i'd just tag on the back of the group and let them lead me to the right side of town.

    Stopped at a set of lights and asked if they didnt mind me following them into town and that was all cool so heres 8 or 9 Harleys and me on my Bmw bringing up the rear. The boys had a nice pad organised to we headed into town. They invited me in for a beer unfortunatly their place was fully booked but thats no dramas there was heaps around so had two beers and a chat and thought i'd cruise back down closer the Joe's pub this iconic travellers pub. Found a place right across the road so that was cool no need to worry about getting home pissed later if thats how it turns out. Came in and had a bit of a rest was pretty knackered, had a 15 minute bat nap then got up showered and cruised on over to Joe's pub.

    There was a line up to get in making bookings for dinner so I thought blow that I just want to suck some piss, you know the rule eatings cheating when it comes to getting on the drink so just cruised straight on into the bar. No sooner than I had started sucking my beer down Wolfe walks over and taps me on the shoulder and says come on over and join him Frank and Maureen so hey that was easy walk in get a table and good company within minutes of walking into the place.

    Ended up ordering dinner some Oryx game steak or something friggin lush whatever it was . The serving sizes are huge over here but got it down in the end. Was just finishing off and the Harley crew walk on by and say gday and said come on over for a drink when im finished. Everyones been really friendly so had a chat with Frank, Maureen and Wolfe for an hour or so and then they left so headed over to find the other guys.
    They were hitting the piss pretty heavily in the end it was well after midnight by the time they finished up so im sure the ride today would of been a bit of a struggle for some of them. The gate on my lodge shut for the night at 1am and I didn't want to be walking the streets of Windhoek in the middle of the night like a homeless bum so I hit the road and came back and crashed out. Breakfeast is on till 10am in this joint so thats a bonus sleep in time.

    Everyone is heading over to Swakopmund and the the Harley crew are off to Walvis bay down the road for the bike rally so theres every likelyhood ill be seeing them again over there. If not I had a really great time. Just more fantastic people ive been lucky enough to meet up with.


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    Got up and had breakfeast then went back got changed and went for a ride to nowhere. well it wasnt to nowhere I went over to the Bmw dealer to book the bike in for its first 10 thousand service. Met Deiter in the service centre he works there by himself so was pretty busy, I just said im not in any rush next week is fine it will give me time to ride out to the Swakopmund and the dunes and also for that bike rally this weekend. Went up the road a few hundred metres and booked a room so I can just drop my bike down walk back and chill so thats all organised.

    Was feeling a little seedy from last night but not to bad was excellent night chatting to the boys got some great tips on where to go and what to see. The boys said I can ride into Botswana and then head over to Zimbabwe but ill make that call when its left or right.

    When we were riding in to Windhoek I noticed a big monument so headed up there was actually pretty impressive. The Acre of Heroes was built to commerate there independance from Germany and the people that fought for it. Quite interesting to know it was only in 1994 that they gained it so pretty recent history. From there I just rode and rode and rode around, up and down round and round all the side streets backstreets and any other road I could find, its fun to be riding in city streets dodging all the other cars and people after being on highways

    After a few hours which covered a large part of Windhoek as it isnt that big decided to head back into the main part of the city and sort my phone out cause when I had put the South African sim card back it had wiped the username and password out on the Namibian one. Got that all sorted as I was leaving I saw a phone repair shop so thought id stop and suss out if he could fix the on off button and how much it will cost and yeah he can do it no probs. Says come back in 2 hours so thought ok cool more riding to do. So off I go just riding around thought id go track down some screws for my windscreen that are missing. Went back to Bmw and yeah they can get them but will cost 700 rand, I just said f&*k that i say ill duct tape it up at that price ha ha, like 90 bucks Aussie for 8 screws you got to be kidding fair dinkum. Said ill go try track down a couple of others at a local hardware and see what I come up with.

    Was cruising around looking for a hardware shop everyone that came up on the Gps was a metal manufacturing place so not going to sell screws. As I was sitting outside one of them this guy walks on over and says hi, get chatting to him and tell him that im looking for screws and he points me in the right direction. Off I go the few k's and sure enough the guy in the hardware shop comes back with 10 of them so I have a few spares and says that'll be 10 rand. I had told him that Bmw had wanted 700 Rand so he straight away said did I say 10 I meant 700, I said come on mate your trying to rip me off arent you. We had a bloody good laugh at that.

    Asked him if he had any rubber washers or anything like that maybe a tap washer or something of the like he said no but told me to go around the road to this other place and they might be able to help out, get around there and had a chat to the guy there no help asked him what else could we use and he came straight up with roof screw washers cool they will be fine. Just need something to take the vibrationn out of it as they screw tight down on the perspex screen and crack it. They cost me 12 rand so all up the bikes fixed for 3 bucks that Bmw wanted 90 bucks for, got to love that don't you.

    Jumped back on the bike all happy thats been sorted and ride for a little while longer and end up back at the phone shop and hes fixed the phone put a new back on it and a new battery as he had parts lying around. So that was sweet the iphone backing was so scratched the camera wasn't clear because of the scratches so thats all fixed to now. Went back over to the lodge where im staying thought about going back over to Joes pub again but went to the supermarket and bought some cheap grub instead. Its pretty cool actually the supermarkets all serve a range of hot dinners and the locals always seem to eat them so im into them too.

    Paid for the wireless internet ive got heaps of blogging and pics to upload so im doing that tonight. Not sure what im up to tomorrow might leave or might stay ill see in the morning and how I feel. Was just a really nice day today riding all around the town its quite funny but after awhile you get the hang of it so now id be able to buzz around Windhoek with using the Gps that might come in handy in another life.

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    This morning got up and had another luke warm shower so f^&k that im out of here if the showers shit thats a good enough reason to piss off 350k's to the next stop.

    Getting the packing down now so all good, was ready to go by 10 the only thing that slowed me down was I ate so much breafeast i thought i was going to chuck, I thought bugger em, give me a cold shower im going to eat all their food ha ha Nearly had to much and had to go lie down, oh well that should tide me over for about 20 minutes.

    Rode off towards Swakopmund which is actually just under 400 k's on the Trans Kalahari highway. Ok ride along that straight and it keeps going and going and going theres just so much of nothing around here. Bit like the outback in Australia but different in its own way. the road is dead straight boring as hell if it wasnt the excess speeds I was adopting id be able to have a snooze, atleast hooting along keeps the blood pressure and excitement levels up a bit but even with that it was tough to stay awake.

    As I was riding along i was thinking ive had a gutfull of seeing nothing, at least in South Africa you could be killed by a maniac taxi driver at any stage, or a wheel might fall of the car in front of you which happened by the way, cant remember where that was now over East London way somewhere, then when you stopped someone might rob you and then when you slept you could end up part of a violent home invasion and be shot so your always got the energy up, here Namibia everyones so nice the crime level is very low and no maniac taxi drivers and the cars are all good so im pretty much bored shitless.

    Arrived in Swakopmund and went straight down the waterfront to have a look, thought about accomadation but went and grabbed a beer instead. Was funny was 35 degrees celcius and stinking hot not far back up the road in the Kalahari come in here to Swakopmund on the coast and its 19 and a cool breeze.

    Met a couple of local boys selling craft they were really nice, into there soccer so we chatted about all the different teams and players. Talk to them for about 20 minutes said id come watch them play on the weekend if im around which would be cool.

    Left there and went for a ride all around town this is a pretty small town, bugger all really but really very nice all the same. After my beer I headed off to find some accommodation for the night. In the end I found a nice place not far from the town centre so all good.
    After I got unpacked I went back out for a walk to check out a few pubs and ended up in the local casino, got them to change the channel as the New South Wales Blues were playing in the indian premier cricket league, was only highlights but was nice to feel at home, it was like any pub back home watching the cricket and here I was in the backwoods of Namibia.

    Came home at a reasonable hour was getting the evil eye from the manageress at the casino you know the look, she was touching my arm, flicking her hair back, I thought back off you thieving bitch trying to pick my pocket aren't ya, oh what's that, she was flirting with me oh well as it says in the good book NEXT!!!!!

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    Got up today and decided Im not going to be in any hurry as it seems really nice around here and with the bike rally on the weekend Dune 7 and Sussovlei to see I would be pushing it to be back in Windhoek by Tuesday so txt Deiter at Bmw and put the service till the following Tuesday so now I've got a week and a half to do what I want now so all good. Decided to go for a ride and saw the guys I had noticed last night on a tour staying down town so stopped to say gday, talked to one of the organisers and it ends up they were a group of 7 Aussies from Sydney and Adelaide on a 2 week tour through Namibia so thats cool, thought id catch up with them later when they geyt back from where ever they were.

    Dropped into the local Yamaha dealer to see if they had any helmet cams and got talking to the young chicky there then the owner Hans walks in so had a great chat to him about Finland where hes from. He has a yacht back home so was an interesting chat, you know when us Aussies think of northern Europe we think skiing snow etc not yachting so was real interesting to hear there's thousands of islands up there and sailing is fantastic.
    Left there and got on the bike rode around town some more and ended up at one of the quad bike sand dune tours and asked about that, might do that over the next day or two, looks fun. While I was there saw the sign to Walvisbaai, it was only 30k's away so thought id go for a ride to suss it out and see what the deal is with the bike rally and accommodation.

    Didn't take long to get there and it was bigger than I expected so thought ok this isnt going to be as easy as I thought to find where the bike rally was being held. Dropped in to the biggest hotel in town thinking someone must know where it is, but no luck there. Jump back on the bike and started cruising the streets thinking ill never find this joint when all of a sudden I see a tent so thats cool, only took me 20 minutes riding around to find it. Thought id go in as its a bit out of the main accommodation drag and get off and walk into the office. I start talking to chickibabe behind the counter and ask her where can I stay around here for the rally and shes says you can stay here I just hung up from someone cancelling, She says your meant to be here arent you, i felt like saying if your single i am but being the polite gentleman I am I bit my tongue. Went in and met the organisers of the rally seemed really friendly,they say they expect 2000 people here on the weekend so should be fairly big and heaps of fun. So thats all organized im glad I came over and that I had trouble finding cause 5 inutes earlier or 5 minutes later I would of missed out on that cabin in the grounds.

    Jumped back on the bike and rode back to Swakopmund and thought id check out the north side of town so started riding all the streets over there. Theres some actually nice houses over there looks like the rich side of town. Kept riding around and the next suburb was Henties Baai so thought id ride over there and check it out. Hit the road to Henties baai and thought this looks a little deserted for a suburb so close but thought id just keep riding for a few more minutes it was actually pretty cool 14 degrees Celsius and I only had a jumper on and no gloves so my hands were cold even with the heated grips. So ride for a few minutes, ok nothing in sight, thought oh well ive come this far it must be just over the next hill. Go over the hill and ok theres another sign that says Henties bay so it must be just up here then. Get just up here and theres another sign to Henties Baai 48 k's. For f$%ks sake your joking oh well thought about turning around for a split second but thought bugger it ive already been riding for 25 minutes I might as well keep going now. The dirt road was really good the Atlantic ocean on one side and Sand dunes on the other, pretty boring riding and freezing my tits off didnt help so put my hand down in my jumper and kept on going.

    Got to Henties Baai im guessing its not a place they get to many bikers as they were all very friendly all waving and smiling. Had a ride around town came across the locals playing some weird game like lawn bowls but with clubs and throwing it at a stick. Stopped for awhile and watched was pretty interesting a game i definately haven't ever seen before. Left there to everyone waving goodbye and headed back, wasnt to keen to see the 68 km sign as I was damn cold but oh well not much I can do about it now. Even with the heated grips my hands were numb as shit, I could hardly get my camera out of my pocket they were so cold.

    Got back into Swakopmund at around 5 and went past where the Aussie guys were staying met Chris the tour guide a German guy living in Cape Town. He was trying to fix one of the bikes. He explained what it was doing and funnily enough in my research of the Bmw F800 gs I had come across the engine dieing sometimes. I talked to him about it but told him I have my lap top back at my place and that it would be in my favourites so let me go check and ill be back in a little while. Found the blogs where the guys had the same problem and re read all of them, one guy had been in Sudan and tried everything the other guy was in Beuno Aries and both times after trying everything they replaced the fuel pump problem solved. Gave them that information which they were happy to hear it now all they had to do was source one here in Namibia.

    Said i'd hook up with them later for dinner in town and went home to have a shower and warm up a bit. Walked back down town to meet up with the guys, most of them lawyers from Sydney so thought id keep the whats the difference between a blood sucking bottom dweller and a bottom dwelling blood sucker, ones a fish ones a lawyer joke to myself. Had pizza and beers, was a really nice evening with them. Thanks for dinner guys. They have another week to go then home to Australia and back into the grind.

    Tomorrow im heading to Walvis Baai for the rally so should be a fun weekend, over and out.

    Oh before I leave had my portable hard drive looked at today pulled apart circuit board fried plugged in the hard drive to another pc and theres no reponse so looks like ive lost everything from the last 8 months travelling, oh well that sucks someone in the shop said your just going to have to go do it all again, sounds like a plan Thailand New Zealand and Tassie are back on the list to do :rofl

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    Got up and packed and headed over to Walvibaai for the start of the Fish Eagle Motorcycle rally, arrived at around 9:30 and the girls in the office said that a few people had gone over to Anchors a local watering hole for a drink and to watch the Rugby.

    So back on the bike and off down the road to the pub, the Harley crew I had met over the last few days were there having a drink and watching the rugby too. Didnt join them as I sat in the smoking section yeah they even have them here in Namibia.
    Had a few beers there and then got on the bike to head back to the grounds and I saw a couple of guys over in another restaurant dressed in cowboy hats and gear.

    Thought I have to get a few photos of that totally out of place if you know what I mean. Turns out they were a group of insurance comapanies and every year they have a function and get all dress up in different country outfits. Was a classic Hawaian, German, cowboys oh ill have to go through the photos there was quite a few, it was so funny.

    When I walked over I said to the guys I just had to come over and take photos of the native Namibian dress, certainly got a laugh so my meeting with that crew started off well. They invited me inside and to stay for a few drinks I probably should of there was plenty of girls in there but I had alreay had a few beers over the road and I still had to ride my bike plus I was going to an all weekend party so it want a if i needed to start to early.

    Left there and headed over to the grounds and checked into my room which is quite good and in and excellent positition well it is room 2 so im not going to get any better for access to the main tent which is about 50 metres away.
    I registered for the rally they were all very freindly obviouly they dont get to many Aussies here.
    Walked over to the tent to start to drink, met a few of the others that I had bumped into yesterday so they gave me the tip on the drinks and that I had to buy cards for them to tick off. I spent all the money I had on tickets and when I counted it out and I only had enough for 26 drinks, well thats never going to cover it is it so I say ill be back in a little while and headed back into town to get more money before it becomes and issue later. Got back and bought a stack of cards now that should keep me and anyone I cross paths with out of trouble for awhile And so the night began, ok it was only 1pm but no time like the present.

    Ok I could jibber on for as long as the night was with all the funny stuff that happened obviously word had got around that there was an Aussie in the crowd so whenever I opened my mouth I got oh your the Aussie guy ive heard about, to which my response was always yeah I got invited cause they wanted to bring the standard of the place down a bit. Was fantastic night met so many friendly people and had so many laughs. Was bloody hilarious at stages.

    The music they have around here is very country and western so the sort of dancing they were doing was something at one stage I saw some of them line dancing, thought about throwing a bottle of beer at them but they were pretty old and the Amelia the girl I was trying to tune might of liked it. She asked me to dance and I said im not the dancing type. I'm more your horizontal folk dancing type of guy.

    Drank and drank and drank some more emded up going till about 2 am so not a bad 13 hour session in the tent. It was getting fairly messy by the end of the night I actually ended out side with Rene a gorgeous local girl chatting for about an hour so after midnight and she seemed to still be able to understand me and I could still comprehend her.
    Was a great day and night met just so many people there is no way I could remember them all but thanks to everyone that contributed to making me feel so welcome was an amazing day and night.

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    Carol and Leanie who ran the park where the Rally was held.

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    One of the young guys mucking around, he would come into the main tent and do burnouts on this little dragstar, was so funny,

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    The party on the Friday night was a great night so many laughs and meeting so many great people.This was just one of them lol

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    Some of the Harley crew from Pretoria that i had met up with along the way.

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    The barman one for you and two for me lol

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    As you can imagine today started off somewhat gingerly but with motorbikes being redlined outside my window I thought id rise and shine and have a look what was doing.

    There was a ride today to Swakopmund with all the bikes here so 455 registered people plus hangers on and me the guy form Australia. I had all good intentions of dogging it and sleeping in while they went on the ride but walked out the front to video and take photos of all the bikes as they left and decided to go grab my helmet put some shoes on and go for a ride. Im glad I did caught up with them within about 3 minutes they were on a very cruisey cruise with a police escort. We went through the main street of Walvisbaai with the streets lined with everyone checking out all the bikes im sure it was quite impressive from the footpath watching that many bikes go past and every beeping there horns waving etc
    We eventually headed out of Walvisbaai and onto Swakomund there was a running race on the road to as well as the all the bikes so was slow but that was ok it was a very enjoyable ride.

    We eventually got into Swakopmund. We rode through there to a big crowd of onlookers up and around town all the streets were lined was really nice to be part of it. The motorcycle rally raises money for local charities so the ride is to help promote them. We then rode back to Walvisbaai some of them stayed in Swakopmund for a light breakfeast but as i was just happy to go back I just kept riding. Once we got back into Walvisbaai to where they had closed the road off for the drag racing part of the rally I kept going and hit KFC down town and had a munch. I went back up to the drag racing as it was just getting underway. Got some fantastic photos of the boys as they started the drags a few of them lifting the front wheel so went into the area behind the starting point and showed them and gave them my card to grab the photos later.

    Watched the drag racing till basically the end but was starting to feel the pinch from last night so decided to hit the road and go have a little lie down, ok a grandpa nap im not getting any younger you know.

    They had wanted me to do a interview live on radio but I had told them im still a little hesitant to do that sort of stuff so they said thats ok and didnt bother me any further on that so that was nice. Its not the first time Ive been approached by tv or radio over here to talk maybe one day ill be fine with it. When I talked to one of the guys about it, I said im just going for a ride to nowhere and he said exactly, he has a point, every bikers dream to just ride, destination unknown.

    Got back to the rally venue and there was a wedding going on in the tent so went over and watched that taking place, a young couple had decided to get married at the rally so took a few nice photos of them as they walked out the door. It was a pretty casual thing but they were speaking in Afrikaans so I couldn't understand it but it seemed a very typical Christian wedding.

    I nicked off back to my room as they were hanging around and printed a few of the photos off and walked back over and gave one to the bride as she rode past me slowly on the back of a bike and she looked at it turned back around and gave me the thumbs up so she was happy with it. I walked over and asked the bloke that gave her away if that was his daughter which it was and gave him a photo as well. He said thanks and also thanked me for the picture I printed out for his son sitting on his mini chopper that I had given the young fella last night.

    I had a rest for awhile then walked on back over to the tent and grabbed a beer. I had printed out the photos of the guys at the drag racing so walked on over to the riders and asked them if they knew were these guys were. They asked if they were for sale, I must admit they weren't bad pictures but I said no mate I just want to give them to the riders of the bikes, so as you can imagine made a heap of good friends again. The printer has definatly been an absolutely fantastic add on to the kit, I highly recommend if you can find space to take one its just been brilliant with making people happy and opening up new friendships.

    Everytime i walked past those guys for the rest of the day and night I was greeted with a big heyyyyy and a hug or a shake of the hand. One of the group had his bike in the show part of the rally and I asked him if he wanted a photo as well, of course he just shook his head and said yes. They didnt speak real good english but enough for us to communicate so he got kneeled down by his bike I took the picture and then walked back to my room to grab the printer. I brought the printer back over and alot of them watched as I printed it out they were amazed, something they dont see every day a printer like that im sure.

    So made another friend obviously, then packed the gear up and took it back to my room as it was time to start hooking into the grog. Well I didnt hook in to much was a slow and steady start let me tell you but with a positive attituded and determination I pushed through the pain barrier and after awhile those Windhoek Lagers were going down like mothers milk, ok its been awhile since I sucked on mothers milk but you know what I mean. Caught up with Amelia again later in the evening shes really nice. I called it a night fairly early, said my goodbyes to her and choofed off, it actually took me about and hour to get the 50 metres to my room with all the people that stopped for a chat, it was that friendly. I met some really nice people by this time everyone sort of had a basic idea who I was so if was standing alone for more than a minute someone would come over to me and say hey your the Aussie guy and introduce themselves so was made to feel very at home.

    They had prize for all the event held throughout the weekend and everyone was saying ill win the longest traveller competition but I didnt put a distance down on my registration form as how far I had travelled so I was no hope on that one. They asked me why I didnt and I said well in reality I just came from Swakopmund 30k's away cause thats where I was staying before I got here. The awards were all handed out and as expected I didnt win the most travelled but was so surprised as they were closing down the awards part of the night the last award was for me and to say thank you for everything I had done over the weekend and to give me a gift of a hamper which included red wine and assorted stuff very nice and also a charger for all my batteries.

    They were all such nice people if your ever on a motorcycle ride and in this neck of the woods they are a very friendly crew and love a drink. Even the bloke at the bar said I was one of his most loyal customers lol Had a fantatic weekend everyone thanks for your hospitality im certainly glad I was here to share the fun with you all. Cheers hiccup Cheers again.

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    Another nice start for this guy. They were stoked to get the photos later.

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    Night time in the tent.

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    Got up pretty late, I had heard all the bike leaving but I ha no intention of going anywhere so wasnt in a hurry to get up. Walked out of my room about 9:30 and straight out the front got talking to one of the crew and started chatting to him for awhile. Everyone was making tracks there would of been alot of people on the road back to Windhoek.

    Hung around for awhile then decided to id cruise over to Dune 7. I was surprised when they told me it was just down the road about 10 or so k's arrive there and took a few photos, the girls had said there was a bar down there so took some photos looked up at the dune thought about walking up it then thought better of it and headed to the bar. Got talking to Jan over there and they do quad bike tours so decided id do that and 10 minutes after getting there im on a quad bike humping around Dune 7 and the surrounding area. We were having a good ride fanging around everywhere was so cool. Might even go for another ride tomorrow ive got a few photos of Jan from today I want to print out for him so will be back over there.

    They took a photo of me and my bike to put on there wall of shame so that was nice, ive been in this area which is quite small really so word is out that im around I guess. Helps when you hit every bar in town dosent it. Was funny when I was in the servo in Swakopmund the other day leaving for Walvisbaai with a young German girl whose going to Australia to become a nanny sitting on my bike a young bloke came over and said he saw me in Walvisbaai so news spreads fast around here as it always does in small towns. It really does make a difference to hang around, so many travellers come and are gone the next day or if not the same day, I'm really enjoying staying for a week or so in nice places and getting to know the local people a little bit better than just hello goodbye sort of thing. I could certainly hang around here for a few more days without any problems at all.

    On the way back from Dune 7 and the quad biking I was feeling hungry so stopped at KFC to grab a burger and there was 4 young bloke about 10 years old hanging around on their pushbikes so stopped next to them and asked them if they like soccer and they all nodded yes and I asked if they played and they all played local footy. They all have their favourite teams the two boys on my left were Man Utd and Arsenal fans and the two on my right were Real Madrid and Barcelona so we had the Spanish against the English. We talked about Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney, Nani and the other young guys favourite player Fabregas but hes just signed with Barcelona a few weeks ago so didnt want to let the bad news out of the bag for him just in case he hadnt heard.

    Asked the boys if they were hungry and they all nodded so I said come on then lets grab something to eat so here I am sittign down with a crew of the local kids pigging out on KFC. All the people in the street and inside the shop were smiling cause saw the big grins on the kids faces. After we had eaten I let the boys all have a turn get on the motorbike and start it up and rev the motor up and explained what all the instruments on the bike were showed them the Gps and the music they were all pretty amazed. The kids love it im pretty sure it would be one of the first motorbikes they have sat on let alone started.

    Came back to the lodge and relaxed with no one around which was nice really so did some washing and hung it out, that was really needed. Just been watching tv tonight and doing my blog, going through some of the photos and organising them a little so thats work that needed to be done.

    Got my self pretty sunburnt so that wasnt ideal, ive really got to take more care of that. I rode the other day without gloves on for awhile you'd be surprised how burnt my hands got unless of course it's the malaria tablets making me and my hands more susceptible to the sun, i'll have to google the side effects of them just in case, its the only other thing ive been doing in the last few days and ive never had sunburnt hands before, then again ive never ridden through a desert in the stinking hot sun in the middle of the day either.

    Anyway the rally is all over everyones gone ive given my little bit to help out in some small way to their chosen charity, had an amazing time eventually ill move on, ive got till Tuesday week to get back to Windhoek 3 and half hours away so not in any rush. Ill go for a ride back to see the guys at Dune 7 then ill get on the bike and ride to somewhere and nowhere and see where it takes me.

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