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Andy G 11-10-2009 11:52 AM

Dune 2009: Mr. Black and Mr. White in North Africa
let me introduce you...

The tour:

Munich / Germany to Tunesia / Africa and back. To show what we're talking about, the so called world, planet Earth, Euro-Centric view:

Green is Germany, yellow is Tunesia. To get there we had to ride down to Genova / Italy on approx. 750 boring clicks on motorways, just interrupted by one evening at a wine-fest in Bardolino (I) and a short break at a friend of mine in Milano (I) where we left some warm clothes for our return. There we went on a boat for another boring 23h which took us to the harbour of La Gulette, Tunis, Tunesia.

In Tunesia we rode about 2000km, some on tarmac, some on gravel roads (called piste in Africa) and some just cross country through the sand. This is our track:

Andy G 11-10-2009 11:59 AM

the team
let me introduce you...

the team.

Mr. Black aka Hardheader:

Mr. White aka Andy G:

the (sometimes not so) trusty steeds, guess who rides which :evil:

and, our special guest, Mr. Niceguy aka Bacon, the famous ADVrider mascott:

More to come during this winter!

Cheers, Andy

GB 11-10-2009 12:00 PM

What? :eek1 You're going to make us wait till winter??


Andy G 11-10-2009 12:09 PM

c'mon, it'll be over 300pics and a great story, that'll take some time!

drmracni 11-10-2009 12:21 PM


Andy G 11-10-2009 12:34 PM

ok, some startes...
we met Friday afternoon after work (Hardheader) and after waking up after nightshift (me) on the Autobahn restarea Höhenrain, close to Munich. We didn't even really start the trip when I got my tools out for the first time for adjusting the blacks' chain...

Bacon was still looking a bit weak after his visit to the Oktoberfest with Hardheader. Our goal for the day was to get to Bardolino at the shores of lake Garda, Italy. There's a nice hotel there we got to know in 2006 when going down to the western Alps for enduro riding and we were forced to make an unplanned stop because Hardheaders rear wheel bearings failed (there is no RR about this trip here on ADV, but if you'd like to see some pics just check here: text's german only, sorry; to skip throu the pages follow the links at the bottom of each page). What we didn't know was that the annual winefest was going on there and we were lucky to get the last free room in "our" hotel.

We had some nice Lasagna for dinner and a walk through the town

we met 4 (or was it 5?) girls wearing classical Bavarian Dirndl (sort of dress) there... one of them should get married soon, so they celebrated one last free weekend, playing a game that the future bride got a basket full of things (pencils, sweets, condoms...) she had to sell to the people around during the evening. Sorry, no pics of that episode :evil.

Cheers, Andy

Thorne 11-10-2009 02:28 PM

:lurk ...........

Hardheader 11-11-2009 12:32 AM

Hi all,
yeaaaahhh, the wine-fest... and these bavarian girls :D ...
It was the best option to end the first day of an absolute ADVtrip. Next pictures will be posted on coming weekend by me....

Hardheader 11-14-2009 11:50 PM

the transit
Ok, after having a great time in Bardolino again we headed next morning to Milano. As already mentioned we left our winter clothing for interim storage, for the way back three weeks later. A few hours later we arrived on schedule at the port in Genova. This was the ferry:

Mr. White and Mr. Niceguy dirty and happy

Inside the ferry. We are in good company:

After leaving the bikes down the garage we went to the place where we killed a few of the next 22 hours.

Some impressions of the start and port Genova.

On the ferry we met these italian guys. Actually they came from nearby of Bardolino. It was nice conversation, sharing knowledge about offroad-tracks in Italy (on our way to Africa...). We met thes guys four days later in Tozeur.

Hardheader 11-15-2009 12:32 AM

This was our cabin, were we had a nap between the Heineckens we had. It was an act of piracy to sell a beer for 4,50 € :eek1 to people who are bored beyond belief...

Aaaahh, La Goulette the port of Tunis... :clap

Mr. Whites tribute to Heinecken (app. 15 min. before the ferry landed)

The last few minutes after 3 years (the first idea) and 6 months of planning (waiting for) the trip.

The competitior has already landed

So, on this day we touched african ground. The trip is about to start at last:thumb. We took it easy, and drove to our hotel near Tunis, Ezzahra/Rades. The challenge was to manage north-african traffic after 22 hours of boredom. See Mr. Black parking his bike at the hotel. The door at the left was to narrow for the Renthal handlebars, so we had to go thru the lobby :evil :

The view from our hotel room

This was the passage, so far... Mr. White - your turn.

drmracni 11-16-2009 10:32 AM

how much is the ticket for ferry?

Hardheader 11-17-2009 02:56 AM


Originally Posted by drmracni
how much is the ticket for ferry?

We paid 254,- € per person. For more information see

Andy G 11-17-2009 05:52 AM


Originally Posted by Hardheader
We paid 254,- € per person. For more information see

This 254€ is both ways including a bed in an inner cabin (no windows, 4 beds, air conditioned) and the transport for the bike. Just having a pullman seat is a few bucks cheaper. The later before departure you buy the ticket, the more you'll pay. We met people who payed 350€ for the same. Mr. Hardheader organized the tickets half a year in advance (thanks again!). Food and beer is extaordinary expensive on the ferry (0,3l can Heinecken = 4,50€, simple pasta ~ 10€), so think of bringing your own food and drinks.

Cheers, Andy

tokenboy 11-17-2009 07:42 AM

Keep it coming boys.

I'm back to Tunisia for 1.5 weeks and need something to think about other than meetings in Tunis.

Andy G 11-17-2009 08:27 AM

the long ride down south to the sahara
The next day is a tranfser day. We leave the hotel in Ezzara rather early after breakfast.

The goal is to reach Tozeur before dark. The roads were all paved, but of varying quality.

Northern Tunesia resembles southern Italy. Some hills, fiels, lots of Olive trees:

We had a short stop for lunch under some olive trees and a coffee in Gafsa. The cafes in Tunesia (or more or less all arabic countries) are an experience for themselfes. All men of the village meet there to have a drink and / or a shisha. As a motorbiker you are immedately involved in talking. The only bikes in Tunesia are some 50 to 100ccm scooters, so everybody wants to know if you really rode the long way down there, how fast you can go and asks you to do a wheelie when you leave.

Slowly reaching the Djerid region:

on these desert roads you get the impression that we tied the whole world with our cables

it became a race against the sun


we made it just in time before darkness. There is almost no dusk, it's like somebody just switches off the light. We found a nice, small camping under palm trees in Tozeur. We and a couple from Italy, Flavio & Kati, who were travelling on a brand new Tenere, were the only guests.

Cheers, Andy

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