The Wife, the Ex and the kid do Namibia

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

  1. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Very good!:freaky

    I should take my son to do something like that soon:wink:

    Nic
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  2. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    +1!!!!!!:freaky
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  3. dakardad

    dakardad Not waiting for anyone

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    Not her favorite and she sticks with it? MJ-keep her! Now its not about you. Its about all three of you. Oh man so many of us dream about the whole family going....You got it going, now maintain the momentum.
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  4. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    Awesome RR. Wish to do the same with my growing family one day. The line above left me chuckling all day at work.

    Thanks for the laughs. :rofl
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  5. wanderboy

    wanderboy I just wanna ride,ride

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    I started taking my daughter when she was 8, now she is 14 and has done 15k mi. with me. Best thing we ever did!
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  6. doktor dare

    doktor dare Adventurer

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    Whole family in adventure...fascinating, great!!! Like a dream!
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    If I were to sum up your outstanding adventure and lifestyle, this would be it. :bow You are the luckiest man alive! :nod Thanks for sharing your ride, your thoughts, feelings and your pics! Peanut is a delight! :clap
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  8. french horn

    french horn Just Add venture

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    You've got what I've wanted ALL my life ... fairdinkum.
    I missed the boat ... Mrs can't ride, never wants to try ..... kids all grown and got their own families/things to do ... I ride solitaire ( as it were ).

    Your RR, your family ..... your .... :clap:clap
    I gotta go.

    Thanks so much
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  9. abat

    abat Been here awhile

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    AWESOME!
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  10. googooboy

    googooboy Rossii'mnot

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    You are a very lucky man. Great story, great pics and a wonderful family. Thanks for bringing us along, enjoy it.:wings
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  11. cinghiale

    cinghiale Been here awhile

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    I have read a lot of trip reports on ADV rider. You have posted a wonderful adventure and thanks for the photos.
    Great ride, I have always wanted to ride Africa. If you can do it with your family, I can do it with mine as well. Thanks
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  12. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

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    Thanks for taking the time to share!!! Very nice!!!
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  13. Usually2Up

    Usually2Up Adventurer

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    Excellent - thanks for sharing.
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  14. Duchess

    Duchess Long timer

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    Loving it, please write more.
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  15. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    WOW..!!!:lurk :lurk :lurk
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  16. metaljockey

    metaljockey Dodgy SOB

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    Day 8 Brandberg

    Brandberg is a special place, sitting on a plain on the edge of the desert, with the Ugab river skirting it’s skirts. It is part of wild Namibia, with free ranging everything, including elephant.

    We are staying two nights which gives us the opportunity to explore the area today. Early morning we pull off on an attempted circumnavigation of Brandberg. I want to see the giant Welwitschias on the far side of the mountain. The easy route is there and back on gravel around the southern perimeter. Problem being the distance, and that you ride the same area twice. The tough route is one way around but it includes a short 40 km around the northern perimeter which is mostly in the Ugab river. So that’s the one we take.

    The weather is perfect, cool and overcast, which surprises me, I didn’t know that the ocean fog intrudes this far into the interior.

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    The first section is lovely hard packed twin track in the most beautiful surroundings.

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    Look at that style, damn!

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    Where the track drops into the Ugab Tharina takes a couple of minutes to get herself psyched. This is where the skills learned the hard way on the Namaqualand trip is going to show it’s worth.

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    And off she goes!

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    And so do I.
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    Our first stop is where Tharina hit the deck.

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    She agrees, she fell for no reason, probably just nerves.

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    As we continue up the river we stop every couple of kilometers to rest. And the spectacular scenery astounds.

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    Pictures can be misleading. See how controlled this looks.

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    Have a look at her track in the sand, that gives a fuller picture.

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    It is nice manageable sand but it tires you out pretty quickly so we take a break every couple of kms.

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    I start wondering about the tread left on my Michelin Desert. I can feel that I am not getting the grip I should have, a change in the revs takes too long to convert into a change of speed. I doubt these tyres are going to make the trip.

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    Another rest stop in the shade.

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    When we get to the western edge of Brandberg, we climb out of the river into the silty flood ares.

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    The scenery stops you in your tracks.

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    With the large amount of rain that Namibia had earlier this year the grass shows off the rocky ridges.

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    For some reason, only certain trees will be populated with nests while others have none.

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    Can you imagine the full 180 degree picture?

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    Tiny little Welwitscia.

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    We stop and just take in the views, this place is really something.

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    The mountain is actually quite expansive, the top has it’s own eco system, to ride around it, like we are doing, is a 200km trip. Check it out on Google Earth.

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    Once you have DRZ-butt, you can pretty much sit on anything and be blissfully unaware.

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    We search but cannot find the same Welwitschias that we stopped at on the Goat Meat trip.

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    We find other equally large ones though. The Namib desert is the only place on earth where they occur. And this one has been here since before the middle ages..

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    Just to give you an idea of the strength of the leaves.

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    Later that afternoon we stop under a bush for lunch and have hot chocolate and biltong.

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    The last 40 km in is this kind of thing, with herds of springbuck crossing the way every so often.

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    Back at the lodge we stop in for some cold beers and firewood. Again meerkat keeps the children fascinated.

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    This is a special place, this was a special day.

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  17. Pantah

    Pantah Jiggy Dog Fan from Scottsdale Supporter

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    Stunned :huh
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  18. Squirrels

    Squirrels SoloSquirrel

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    What a special trip! However, maybe not so unusual for South Africans?

    I am especially impressed by the Welwitscia. To just image how a being would experience the passing of time if it were sentient. Might as well be a good thing it's not aware. I'd go nuts rooted to one place for so many years. I suppose that is why I ride motorcycles.
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  19. kuyaoli

    kuyaoli Been here awhile

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    your trip gets better and better every day. I am loving it.

    Off I go for a motorbike week in Laos with some friends, will have a very different scenery...
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  20. svizzerams

    svizzerams Rx Rangerette

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    :clapFantastic trip M.J. and family! You are raising your daughter right! Namibia has been in my sights for a couple of years now - you are making it hard to resist.....2010 might be my year!!!! :clap