The Wife, the Ex and the kid do Namibia

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

  1. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    What a lekker ride report ........ thanks for sharing.

    Good thing that "zebra" snake didn't get mad at you and spit at you.
    Can't wait for the next days report.


    Soto
  2. RiderX

    RiderX Thar be Tigers in Idaho!

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    Ditto, I was thinking the same thing. You all are in as close a thing to paradise as I think I have ever seen in a RR. Goodonya, man. Keep it up!
  3. MotoRover

    MotoRover Yarr

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    Lucky man!

    These pics make me wanna go back there!
    Aah and those lovely cans of Windhoek..

    Geniet dit!
    Aeilko
  4. rockjohn

    rockjohn Been here awhile

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    Incredible Report, thanks for sharing your family adventure. I'd like to give a special :thumbto peanut the bravest kid I know. I have covered lots of miles off road and seem lots of cool stuff but never an elephant, your killing me dude.:D
  5. Thai_stick

    Thai_stick Adventurer

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    :clap :clap :clap

    Excellent RR... thanks for sharing :super
  6. Clansters

    Clansters Tour Aegea

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    Perfect report and photos :deal
    Africa is much more amazing when people like you share their dreams that have come true with us.
    Thanks.:thumb
  7. LanceSA

    LanceSA Adventurer

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    I really enjoy seeing the pleasure that the Adv family get from your writing. It's amazing (not really) how similar we all are no matter where we live. Thanks for a great ride report.
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  8. enduronut

    enduronut Adventurer

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    totaly enjoying your report lots of inspiring picys absolutey great, well done
  9. Nocer

    Nocer Been here awhile

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    Wow!! What an awesome trip :)
    I think it is awesome how you put some depth in it by giving info on by example: why your wife rides. Or the whole family feeling. The animals and their behaviour. Technical stuff.. ;)
    Pretty nice that you can do such things with the people you love. :)

    It really adds something to the RR :)

    And ofc Africa is very nice :)
  10. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    phenomenal RR!

    what a lucky guy you are to be able to bring your family with you.

    thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos. :clap :thumb :clap
  11. Mr. Huero

    Mr. Huero HÖÖSK-ËË

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    always hate to glom on but this is one spectacular report... thanks.
  12. Russ

    Russ Long timer

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    MJ top report again, thanks for taking the time to share your ride with us.:thumb :thumb
  13. c munch

    c munch Destination unknown

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    This has been an eye opening report. Just another destination to add to the list. GREAT Report so far and thanks for taking us along.
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    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Wow, that is true freedom! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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  16. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    WARNING !!!!!!!

    Since you are traveling around Southern Africa, I thought I might share a warning from the Mozambique wild life authority. I know you in SWA, but just in case you decide to go to Eastern coast ............ plus this is funny

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    Soto
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  17. metaljockey

    metaljockey Dodgy SOB

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    Day 11 Ongongo, Sesfontein, Purros

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    The next morning we break camp and find our way out. Today we need to do just over 100 km but it may take a while.

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    Notice that there is nothing but dirt under the trees, goats do that.

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    The first 20 odd kms is nice fast gravel on the way to Sesfontein.

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    Some palm leaf art.

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    Here we fill up with fuel and fill our extra fuel bags too, it will be a while before we can get fuel again. We also stop in at the roadside ‘restaurant’ for some breakfast.

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    We have some very tasty vetkoek and some astonishingly tough goat meat.

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    Just out of town and we take the adventurous route into the mountains.

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    It quickly becomes clear that only animals still use this route.

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    At one stage the road is pretty bad going down a hill, getting close to a possible runaway situation again.

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    Not wanting to tempt fate I go back to bring the DRZ down too.

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    It is a very scenic route but it takes a very long time and we are not making any distance to speak of.

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    The track also steadily deteriorates, by now we are riding in a rocky river bed.

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    Lucky for us this is the last part and doesn’t last too long before we rejoin the main route to Purros.

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    For about a hundred kilometers we ride in between two mountain ranges, wonderful scenery, and I can see Tharina is enjoying it immensely, stopping to take pictures every so often.

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    Then the road starts alternately following and crossing a riverbed.

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    As soon as I was through this bull dust section I knew Tharina was going to fall so I turn back and …

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    This silt is just really crappy stuff to ride. I doubt I’ll ever learn to enjoy it.

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    When we get to Purros it is late afternoon, so Peanut and I set out immediately to get some firewood for the night.

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    Tharina goes walkabout too and takes the most amazingly beautiful pictures. I’m not even going to apologise for posting so many.

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    And then the sunset. You cannot imagine the beauty.

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    Purros is wild, it lies on the Hoarisib river and the Hoarisib draws a lot of wildlife. The camp site is community run and is spread out on the riverbank. There are only six sites, widely spaced, out of sight of each other.

    That night we sleep with the kid’s tent right against ours. You don’t get to sleep late however, these things make one almighty racket from first light.

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    Because this is such a wilderness area, you take out what you bring in, hence the flattening of cans to go back into our luggage.

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    We are staying another day so we can spend some time in the area, we should also see some elephant here. We take the bikes and move down river.

    The whole place is full of elephant tracks and the track we are on winds in and around trees, so we go dead slow. You’ll be surprised how an elephant can hide within 15m from you without you seeing it.

    And before long we find what we were looking for.

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    An elephant feels pretty damn real when you are on foot.

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    When he turns sideways, I see the musk leaking. It’s a sign that he may be a little grumpy, but he gives no sign that we annoy him.

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    Check out the thorn tree blossoms on his forehead.

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    As we move on our next sighting is a giraffe.

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    From my viewpoint.

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    And then he poses for Tharina.

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    We are on our way into the Hoarisib canyon, where there is surface water.

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    Lunch break.

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    And an opportunity to take more pictures of my bike. Pretty, ain’t she?

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    Going down the canyon you cross and recross the river all the time.

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    I glance down at the GPS and see this.

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    Hmmmm. I am not keen on lion, not unless I am in a closed vehicle.
    Luckily lions don’t hang in the same place all the time like rhinos for instance. So my theory is that, yes, someone saw them here, but the odds are against us running into lion here.

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    Then we reach the Poort. This is where we celebrated my birthday on the Goat Meat trip.

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    Check out the patterns in the rock.

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    I would have walked past this little bush.

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    Tharina gets down on her stomach and takes pictures.

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    Until she gets this.

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    The kid loves water crossings (just like her dad) and she makes me ride the deep ones repeatedly.

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    And finally Tharina gets her Oryx shot. It is (to me) the most beautiful of all the antelope, and Tharina have been wanting to get a picture of one for years.

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    Hamerkop, translation – ‘hammer head’

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    This is just the best riding in the best place. I think that the next time I come here I will stay for a couple of days.

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    On our way out, we have to do a couple of kms in the dry riverbed. It is deep white sand and we keep in the track made by other vehicles. This kind of thing.

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    As I come around a curve I get what I have been dreading, an elephant coming my way from the front and he’s pretty close.

    I’m in a deep track, if I try to jump it I risk going down. Luckily he is still far enough that I can hit the brakes, and start trying to spin my way out of the deep track. The bike makes an almighty racket though and I cannot seem to get any speed up, paddling away. Although I am now slowly putting distance between us, the noise of the bike is upsetting him quite a bit. The next thing Tharina comes flying along in the track standing on the pegs. She doesn’t stop, nor try to leave the track. She passes about 30m to the right of the elephant and he storms off into the bush.
    We stop a little way further to watch this guy .

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    I tell her that she probably took the right option and I didn’t.
    “What do you mean? “
    “To keep going past that elephant.”
    “What elephant?”
    ?????????????????????? “The ELEPHANT sized elephant right next to the track you were on!”

    How’s that for focus? She passes 30 metres from an elephant with flapping ears and whatnot and the only thing she sees is the next 10m of track.

    While we sit there discussing how it is possible that she misses something the size of an elephant, a couple that is doing a round the world trip in their 4x4 pulls up. It appears they were here two weeks ago and saw lion in the canyon, just about where my GPS said they should be. Well, so much for my theory then.

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    This is what Purros the town looks like.

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    There is a shop too.

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    Our camp

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    My fridge.

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    Peace.

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    The showers. Each camp has it’s own.

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    Time for some maintenance. This trip is just everything I expected of it and more.

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    This is the donkey that supplies the shower. The staff come and make a fire every afternoon.

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    Ideal oven for pot bread.

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    Another day chock full of memories and another sunset.

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  18. Vamartha

    Vamartha Lost in ADVRider

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    Amazing! :clap

    MJ - if you ride it and write about it - I'll read it!

    Just fabulous! Your daughter is one lucky child! Thanks for sharing your family vacation with us.
  19. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    :tb Speechless!! Simply stunning! thanks for the fantastic pics and continued updates :bow:lurk Many front page pics in this segment too!
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  20. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Fantastic :clap

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