The Wife, the Ex and the kid do Namibia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by metaljockey, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Jiro

    Jiro Watch Out for Squirrel!

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    oh I thought it was 450X
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  2. ozfrox

    ozfrox Faaaar Killah

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    Wasen't it dangerous for the kid? With all those lions and animals wandering around.
  3. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    HeyM.J., next time you have to smile. You riding with great partners:clap
  4. Jiro

    Jiro Watch Out for Squirrel!

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    no difference from California or any mid-western/Southern states. plenty of bastards (poisonous snakes, poisonous spiders, mountain lions, etc.) out there that can kill a wandering kid.
  5. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    I daresay there are way more lions, hippos, rhinos, Black Mamba's, Elephants, Leopards, etc than there are wild predators in the states.

    Sure we have bears and Cougars and the rattlers, but Cmon. I'm 40 and grew up in Reno, I've seen one bear, heard a rattler... ONCE, oh and I saw a couple elephants at the Nugget Casino.

    Given a choice I think I'd rather get bit by a rattler or even a cottonmouth than some of the crap they got in Africa.:deal
  6. irishdec

    irishdec Been here awhile

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    My god !!! I would want to have you as a riding partner !!!!.
    Hats off to the Missus,and kid.
    Maybe in another lifetime ,I'll get enough balls and go do TRIP LIKE THAT!
    Regards
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  7. Whosoever

    Whosoever Adventurer

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    ....I stand amazed at the journey you have taken with your family.....it is awe inspiring. As I read it my emotions ran the full gamit of enjoyment to grave concern about the envoirnment you all traveled in. I have made four trips to Southern and Western Africa. On one of them I had the pleasure of riding thru the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe in a car. I was traveling from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls...Hwange was a real adventure. During that time....about a day spent ....me and my party came into contact with elephants ....one of which charged our vehicle while crossing a creek bottom..giraffe...and many of the other animals.....including running over a Gaboon Viper as it was crossing the road......just as we entered a camping area. While stopped there we learned that Park rangers had just shot and killed two elephant poachers near this camp site. With all that said...and looking at your pictures....how do you manage to cope with all the dangerous areas that you travel thru...especially with your family. I'm not being critical by any stretch of the imagination but I couldn't do it....especially to have "Peanut" sleep in her own little tent. I believe it was more than fate that you had that restless night...working thru all those issues in your mind.....while a dangerous cat walked past your campsite. What would it have done had it not seen you....? I love Africa and pray that someday I'll return....perhaps to travel by bike some of the same areas that I have travelled via car. It is an amazing land!
  8. Jiro

    Jiro Watch Out for Squirrel!

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    they're still alive, aren't they?
  9. xymotic

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    No No, not what I was going for at all. The post I was talking about implied America has as much bad stuff. I don't think that's necessarily true. the US is relatively tame, yes we have some critters, but not as many varieties and I (guess) far less numbers.
  10. Jorge Abreu Vale

    Jorge Abreu Vale Always Trail's

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    Hi there beautiful family.

    After almost 2 years, it's my first post here and I think I couldn't start better...:clap

    Because of you I realise (after 22 years) that my wonderful wife is only 95% perfect, after all she can't drive a bike :D although She doesn't mind me having 5 (old) bikes in the garage...

    I miss those scenarios. I was born in Angola, in 1968, but unfortunately my father used to drive a Land rover...:lol3

    In 2/3 years (unfortunately it's impossible before that) I intend to do some travel out there, somewhere connecting Angola to Moçambique... Probably I'll ask your opinion about the itinerary, if you don't mind of course...
  11. Decster

    Decster Adventurer

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    its the gun toting ones i'd be worried about:gun1 :gun2 :2guns :defend :shoot















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  12. TomballD

    TomballD GottaLeaveTexas

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    That was an incredible journey, thanks for sharing. What size DRZ is your wife riding?
    :clap
  13. bobaab

    bobaab Been here awhile

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    Amazing! It made me want to scream out "I WANT TO GO ON AN ADVENTURE!"

    My girlfriend has been around the world with different tours, so now I'll have to take her around on a motorcycle and revisit places she has been :) It'll be a first for me, and your RR gave me a great idea of what to expect, but also left me with a lot to imagine! Thank you for all the pictures, motivation, and fun I had for the past couple of days!

    Also a round of applause to your wife and kid! :clap
  14. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Ride reports isn't the place for anyone to pontificate their expertise on Metaljockey's child. I have cleaned up and punted the drivel to the thread graveyard forum and the troll has been issued a vacation from this site. :ban

    The rule in RR is simple: If you have nothing nice to say, :stfu
  15. SafetyFish

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    I am just amazed at how far and wide this RR has travelled over the internet so far and the various responses of "homesickness" of the people who are familiar with the areas you and the family travelled through. All you did in the end was to do what you love, with the people that you love and put your experiences into words and made people part of the story with the pictures. Throw in your own musings and I am sure that the seed has been planted to inspire a new generation of adventure travelers.

    I would just love to see what happens if we can throw you and your family and Kingsley Holgate and his family onto a couple of bikes and follow your travels through Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. From there cut across with a ferry over to Jordan, Syria, Turkey and then around and down through Iran with a ferry ride through to Dubai. A few side trips through the Musandam, The Empty Quarter and then fly out from Dubai...... Now that will be an interesting 4 month trip I reckon and it should keep those kids busy down in Australia......

  16. dpouwel

    dpouwel Petualang

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    Bloody Fantastic!!!!! MJ your RR really moved me, a perfect place for riding, the animals seems harmless they don't scare to human..... PERFECT RR!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  17. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    And now, here we are, on my ideal route, doing what I love best, with my wife and kid with me. Fucking fantastic man! Sometimes life is just so good that it feels unreal.

    WOW It just doesn't get ANY better than that, congratulations you have the PERFECT life :cry
  18. degonzomon

    degonzomon Old school

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    I could not have said it better
  19. canyncarvr

    canyncarvr Been here awhile

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    ..thank you for sharing your trip with everyone..with me.

    I'm impressed..not at all hard to be with such an impressive ride, write-up, and from particularly impressive folks.

    On page 13 (I think) there's a pic of 'the kid' with a wonderful smile..and that is after a couple thousand miles and a couple weeks of eating canned meat, crackers, and cocoa. ...wonderful!

    My hat is off..and kudos to you and yours. Guys kind'a do that sort of thing...but, to be with your family...for your family to be with YOU!!??

    It's incredible.

    Thank you.
  20. Jaqhammar

    Jaqhammar Hooligan

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    Hey MJ

    You've got Tharina and I've got Shalako-Lin.

    Finding a girl who rides a motorcycle is rare.
    Finding a girl who rides a dual sport motorcycle and will do dirt and gravel and sand and rocks is even rarer.

    We're real lucky SOB's.
    Smart too, we married them.

    Lin was cheering Tharina on whilst reading your RR.
    Me too.

    And Peanut is a daughter to be proud of.

    Great stuff MJ and family. :clap

    Cheers: Jaq and Lin.