Tallinn to Cape Town

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by memento13, May 25, 2019.

  1. yokesman

    yokesman Long timer

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    Stay safe, if you are forced to ride in the dark, stay where are n start early the next day, any good oil is better than a oil n water mix. diesel oils should be available, the shell dino is jaso rated as well as the syn.
    Also too many reports end with collisions with wild life, some due to being at dawn.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Thanks. As my oil looks clean now, no mushiness, it shoild actually be good or you would still change it for anything I could find? This would not explain also bad starting problem. So i guess what happened is that there was actually some water in compustion chamber and it was pushed through piston rings when I tried to start it?

    Or water got into oil first and by lubrication it got into compustions chamber. Thats why it started at first and then died and was not starting anymore.

    Usually avoid riding in dark. In Gabon, especially in remote places, there not much options to wild camping. There is dense jungle starting already from road and as there was elephant shit everywhere, did not feel safe camping.
  3. yokesman

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    i assumed you would be at a safe place that morning.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    In the morning yes, but as I was camping in a luxury lodge and it was sold out, had to move out. Could have found some other camping, but didn't plan to drown the bike :)
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    Other pic from the road to Loango NP:
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Rode toward Congo today, bike started easy again and seems like everything is ok from yesterdays scuba diving.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Crossed the border into Republic of Congo, all dirt so quite fun riding.
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    On my way to the border, met 2 Swiss riders on BMW F850s. 10 mins later met a spaniard on a Transalp to border as well. Have not met new moto travellers after Guinea, just meeting up with people I already new before, so was quite surprise to see all the people here.

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    With my light bike, I crossed the border first. Others were not enjoying the rough road and puddles that much, but we all made it to first town after border, where everyone decided to stay for the night and have some beers.

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    Swiss guys have came all the way from Switzerland to Congo with incredible speed of around 40 days. Everyone heading to Cape Town, I'll be probably be the last one to finish there.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Next morning started to ride to Pointe-Noire. I'm slow starter in mornings, so when I woke up, everyone had alreadt left. Road got very muddy and extremely slippery and around 1 hours later I catched up with other riders. They already had their bikes on a truck and planned to continue on 4 wheels, it was too much for big bikes.

    I pushed forward, it was around 300km to Pointe-Noire. As I found out everything was nice dirt riding with various terrain: mud, sand, hard packed. Only last small strech before Pointe-Noire was tarmac. Was in a quite hurry, so sadly did not take many pictures.

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    85km before finish, also had to replace my front tube:
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    After long day of riding, arrived in Pointe-Noire in dark.
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Went to Angola Embassy today 4 times, these are the days its hard to enjoy Africa. Now beer and beach for winding down. Tomorrow maintanence day, got Motul 15w60 for the bike, also new brake fluid.

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    Got my Angola visa, washed bike and changed oil. Ready to head towards DRC now, will be probably challenging, especially border. People have had declined entry even with visas. Have double entry for Congo-Brazza and Angola, so there is backup plans, can put bike one a boat in Cabinda.
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    Great news also from Giant Loop, they gonna replace my leaking gas bag and ship me new one to Angola. I think extra fuel gonna be useful in Namibia.
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    Some more mud fun while heading to Brazzaville. Got stuck several times, schoolkids jumped into mud and helped me out each time, I think they had even more fun than me. In the end was quite exhausted, should think more before riding head first into the mud :D

    So far loving my time in Congo, feels like underappreciated country, maybe it gets too much bad rep because of the neighbor at the other side of river. Nice riding, great people.

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    Snowy Carpathian mountains, Sahara desert, Gabons rainforrest and puddles, Congolese mud, Ktm 450 still goes strong, incredible bike.
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    Quite a mud fest there, kudos for your perseverance. Good luck and stay safe!
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    memento13 Travelling in Africa

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    Its a rainy season here, so mud and puddles. Thanks.