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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TechnomadicJim, Oct 30, 2013.
Awesome trip Jim.
Wow wow wow, now the trip gets to the end sadeness comes up, what will remain are the memories...
how goes it all looks like you been having fun , glad the travels are going well , looks like your heading back to cape town ??? , i hope you got another tube as they dont like pinch patches on the inside of the tube , keep up the good work
Dave, i wont be making it back this year unfortunately , but my bike is in Jo burg ready for next year
I have an XL 200. Your's nicer with the electric start, but looks like a later version of my 84XL. Where did your front rack come from? Cool ride report. Looks pretty desolate tho. Haven't seen any camel pics yet.
Thanks man. Its all over now. My final ride report. Thanks for all the comments :)
Yep 9 countries, 9 months. 29,000 km's.
Yep. All done now. Lynda just got back from a trip in Asia too. I replaced the tube eventually yeah. Only 2 punctures the entire trip. Not bad! Goof luck with your next trip and thanks for the advice.
Nice bikes. Simple and reliable. I'm very happy with my bike choice for the trip. The front rack is standard as its an AG (agricultural) bike. In fact the whole bike is stock apart from the tires. No camels but plenty of Elephants, Giraffes and game.
I left Hogsback and headed to Addo after an invitation from John to stay at his backpackers. I left a bit late after so ended up riding the main road through the park in the dark which wasn't the best idea. I also ended up riding straight past addo backpackers and managed to see my error with only 2% battery left on my gps! John welcomed me and sorted me out with a nice room for the night despite me turning up late and unannounced. Thanks again John!
The next days ride was an easy one down to Jefrey's Bay. I popped in to Game in PE on the way to get some oil. I met an 82 year old ex-biker on his scooter and had a good chat. The more flag stickers on my bike the more I get approached by people curious about my trip. At lunch time I met up with jupiter for some tea near his work. We had a good chat and agreed to meet up with a few others over the next days. I checked in to a dorm at*Ubuntu Backpackers*in Jefrey's Bay and had some good food at Nina's Real Food. Recommended!
I arranged with jupiter to come visit the next evening and he kindly offered me a room for the night so I didn't have to drive back. It was a really cool hanging out with Tiger8, Crab and jupiter. Thanks for the pizza too :)*After a good nights sleep I headed back to Jefrey's Bay. It was freezing and I should have taken up Tiger8's offer of a coffee in the morning. Doh!
Jupiter gave me a map and suggestions for riding Baviaanskloof. Along with Die Hell I had Baviaanskloof recommended to me right at the beginning of my trip and was looking forward to riding it. I set off the next morning through Patensie and paid my entrance fee.
This was the main deeper water crossing of the route. I heard later that one side is much deeper than the other and I think I went down the deep side as the bike was just over half submerged for a small part of it. Nothing compared to my Botswana crossing of the pans so I wasn't too phased.
I passed a fair few bikers on the way and stopped for lunch with 3 German bikers who worked for Mercedes in East London. They made me some bacon and noodles, nice!
I see Radioman has been here too!
I exited Baviaanskloof quite late and ended up staying at a B&B in Uniondale. The next morning I rode Price Alfreds pass to natures valley and checked in to Wild Spirit Backpackers. They even accepted*Bitcoin*and I was their first customer.*Pretty cool! Its a nice chilled eco backpackes with some nice walks in the area.*Here's the view from their dining area :
I popped down to Natures Valley for lunch and walked on the beach :
As I was riding back up the hill I noticed my front sprocket was slipping and upon closer inspection it was completely worn! oops! I had to be really gentle on the throttle. I booked myself in for my 28,000 km service at Honda George where I had my original 1k service. The next morning I packed up and headed off (gently) to George. Luckily they fit me in and remembered me from before.
With a new sprocket and a fresh service the bike was back to normal again. I met up with oldmanorman who kindly invited me to visit. I ended up staying the night and having a great dinner and chat that evening and following morning. Thanks again oldmanorman! It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife*:)
I headed back to Knysna for a couple of nights and ate some great sea food and watched a few world cup games before heading back into George for one quick cup of tea with oldmanorman and then on to Ladismith Backpackers where I stayed a night.
The next morning I headed to Cape Town. It was a weird feeling seeing the roads and places I saw nearly 9 months before. It began to really sink in that my trip was nearly over. I passed Ronnies Sex Shop but only stopped for a photo as I wanted to get into Cape Town.
I arrived in good time and checked into my favorite backpackers there, the*B.I.G Backpackers in green point. Th next day I rode Chapmans Peak one last time and had some lunch at Olympia Cafe in Kalk Bay. Good food if you get a chance! As I drove back the chain felt as if something wasn't right but on inspection I couldn't see anything wrong. It was only when I got back to the backpackers I noticed the problem :
Eeek! The following morning I picked up my replacement front mud guard from Honda and asked if they could sort the chain but they gave me the address of Craig's motorcycle repair. On my way along the N1 just before the woodstock junction the inevitable happened. My chain snapped and I was stuck :
I called everyone I knew and eventually got hold of a guy called Steve who picked me up and took me to Trac Mac where I had a new chain fitted for 250 rand. Phew!
Next I stopped off to see Chris at FlyingBrick and then I picked up my original tires from PistonPete at Outriders.
The following day I took the bike to the viper lounge for a good clean. It only cost 125 rand and they did a great job! An hour was spent by two guys giving it a proper clean. All shiny and new with the front mud guard replaced.
Thanks to the*advert on the forum*I sold the bike to a fellow wild dog on the Saturday (I left on the Monday). I've asked for a photo of the new lady rider when she's out on her first ride. I know she will look after my companion for 9 months.
I hiked Lions Head on the Sunday and got a nice picture taken on a decent camera :
And another on one of the bench's near company gardens.
Monday evening I took the MyCiti bus to the airport and flew with British Airways direct for 10 hours arriving in the UK 6:00 am. Two more buses and I was back with my family. I have the front mud guard, worn sprocket and a cracked sump plug as keep sake's from the bike.
Thanks to everyone who I met on the trip and everyone who followed me online with my ride reports. It was great to have you all along for the ride!
I plan on posting a few stats like my budget and all my GPS traces. I also want to edit together a video of the trip and will obviously post that here too although that may take a little while to edit together so bear with me
I'll let you all know when my next adventure takes place but in meantime I have a hell of a lot of work to do!
Total KM's: 29,000. 9 Countries, 9 Months.
Thanks for the wonderful RR!
Great RR, looking forward to the movie
Its been 4 months since I left SA. I wanted to give you all a quick update. I've been mainly catching up on work but I've also been going through all my footage and pictures. I'm going to begin editing it together soon with the idea to create a narrated mini (30 minute or so) documentary. I'll be sure to upload it to youtube and post it on here when its finished.
In the meantime here's all of my GPS traces I took on the trip collated on to one map. Its really cool to be able to visualise it in this way. It's really interesting zooming in on areas like the Messum crater in Namibia, the Makadikadi pans in Botswana and the Chimanimani mountains in Zimbabwe. All area's I was exploring without much idea of direction.
The different colours represent a different trace which is generally a different day. I've added the map to my first post too for new people who come across this thread.
Thanks for that, and will be keen to see your finished work.
So how you managing to get back into work mode
Lekker man nice pics and story
That was one of the best RR's I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Awesome and well done to you!!!
Great ride report
Great report. We will follow soon in your footsteps as we are shipping our small bikes ( CRF250 and XT250) to Cape Town and i plan a similar itinerary. Unfortunately we only have 4 months, so we will see how far we go but I really what to get to Malawi.