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Tapeworm 05-07-2009 01:44 PM

Mozambique on a KTM690
 
The plan - From Indian Ocean to Lake Malawi and back.

Based in Tanzania, we have been talking about this one for a long time and finally got a gap after a short rainy season left the area not-flooded for a change.

"Prego no Pao" - as we planned it:

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The crew: Klavs (KTM690), Babu (KTM525), myself (KTM690)

Pulling the bikes down to the Mozam border we ran into yet another KTM rider coming up from South Africa. These orange things are getting pretty popular in the bush over here...

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Heading for the border early sunday morning, we went 20km on broken tar in the wrong direction, with 2 gps switched on... finally figuring out how the arrow works, Babu's KTM started loosing power. Twisting the throttle, the problem seemed to go away momentarily. Looking back, Babu noticed a shiny back rack where his fender pack used to be and the smell of burning socks coming off the exhaust... Yup, a great start indeed...

Babu's one and only T-shirt

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The new improved fender pack with the old medical kit ripped to bits (including the contents).

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Passing through the immigration and customs with no issues, we reached the river crossing. Starting price for a boat ride was $150 per person, but after Klavs's kiswahili bargaining skills kicked in, we got onboard for $25 each.

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The Ruvuma river - 2km wide at the crossing point

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Finally into Mozambique and again no hassles at the border post. Moz can be quite dry and barren, but after the rainy season the jungle is lush green with elephant grass shooting up everywhere.

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With dry throats we chased through the twisties until we finally reached the coast in a cowboy town of note - Mocimboa da Praia. Feeling very pleased with my make-shift-rig for holding a giantloop bag, i noticed something black on the exhaust, that sidi boot kind a black...

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Finding some cold ones, spirits were high and things were looking promising with all the bugs sorted out, or so we thought.

Sideoff 05-07-2009 03:35 PM

Awesome! Looking forward to more. Headed over to southern Moz with some buddies next US winter...

GB 05-07-2009 03:43 PM

Buckled in for an epic adventure :clap

:lurk :lurk

metaljockey 05-07-2009 11:15 PM

Bliksems! This is going to be good, I can feel it in my pants.

You've got scarily little luggage for a trip of that magnitude.

DaveDownUnder 05-08-2009 12:16 AM

I'm seated
 
Ready... you can start now.

:bert

ERIC DN 05-08-2009 01:45 AM

Hi
thanks to share, go a head more pics :clap :clap :clap

Eric

Chanderjeet 05-08-2009 05:09 AM

Mozambique - These afrika RRs are good.
Keep going dudes.

crazybrit 05-08-2009 12:43 PM

Yeah, another Africa RR. Bring it on.

I like the pic of the kid bailing water out, encouraging.

Tapeworm 05-09-2009 03:28 AM

Starting off the next morning with the usual bike maintenance, the plan was to stick to the coast all the way down to Pemba.


Accommodation in Mocimboa da Praia, with AC!

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The port - most of the activity here is to run fresh supplies, water and building material to the exotic island resorts a few kilometers offshore.

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The breakfast spot

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The setup: Tank bag in front for spares, tools and map on top - use with gps on the fly, GL bag on the back (it takes a surprisingly huge load) with fishing rod on top. One thing that did not work well was the exhaust wrap i put on. It burned a couple of trousers while scooting through town, so i wrapped it - which worked, but as soon as i started throwing it down the twisties, my boot ate through the wrap and exposed the red hot mounting bracket for the original heat shield... guess the 60 engineers who designed it was right... so you learn... The Leo Vince pipe is just awesome, down here loud pipes saves lives.

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With a few tidal rivers on our route, the locals advised that it will not be possible to cross some of them. Hence we kept on asking around until we found someone who said there is a slight chance that it might be possible. That's all we needed to hear and off we went.

Dense vegetation after the rains.

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The reason why they call it elephant grass...

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Halfway down our route, it turned out that those locals were right, it was not possible to cross the big tidal river on the coast and we headed inland looking for bridges.

Momentary laps of concentration for me...

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...and 30 seconds later for Klavs...

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Loosing a lot of time on this river loop, we had to steek it down to Pemba on some broken tar, which at least did not have any helmet high grass on it... Arriving in the dark we got accommodation, food and our dusty throats sorted out in no time at all.

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picoda 05-09-2009 02:19 PM

veeeery nice :thumb :thumb

Tapeworm 05-10-2009 03:54 AM

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Some pics from <st1:place w:st="on">Pemba</st1:place><o:p></o:p>
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One of the few west facing beaches in <st1:place w:st="on">East Africa</st1:place><o:p></o:p>

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After scooting through town for a while with no luck, time was running out and we had to hit the road. Problem to be resolved at a later stage… On the way out, we popped in to say hi to one of Klavs’s mates. Turns out he had an old XR500 which is out of service. Luckily we found the engine with the sprocket still intact, taking it along for a spare. <o:p></o:p>


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Gunning it out of <st1:place w:st="on">Pemba</st1:place>, we thought we will make our destination with very little night riding… As it turned out we reached “wild country” just as the sun sets with about 100km to go, single track in tall grass – giving you about 5 meter visibility with the headlight…<o:p></o:p>

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pdedse 05-10-2009 05:47 AM

Wow!! Got to the end and Bummer! It's on page 1 still. Unbelievable ride. This looks like one that I'll never be able to do. All of Africa looks that way to me, actually. Then again...

wachs 05-10-2009 08:18 AM

Excellent Willie! Thanks for taking the time to post . . . more please! :clap:clap:clap

Roostn 05-10-2009 05:35 PM

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Use the leatherman to cut your own throat when they get you, there is no way out.
I HAVE GOT to remember that one! Keep it coming pal!

dave6253 05-10-2009 07:53 PM

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