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Osadabwa 06-22-2013 06:44 AM

Dar Bikers in Western Tanzania, AKA the "Lound of Rakes Tlip, 2013"
So we set out for some of Africa's iconic lakes. We would follow tracks we knew were good, and some from Google Earth we hoped existed. There were seven of us, and our plan was to ride around Lake Rukwa to Lake Tanganyika and finish up at Lake Nyasa/Malawi if all would go according to plan.
Above: The route starting in Mbeya and rocking counter-clockwise around L. Rukwa to L. Tanganyika, down to L. Niassa back up to Mbeya

But with us, things rarely go according to plan. There was insult and injury, sound and fury, and blood, sweat and beers. Nevertheless, we did see our lakes, and had a hell of an adventure doing it.

So, enjoy the teaser pics while I try to put together a ride report. There are a lot of good photos and some uncharacteristically good helmet-cam footage to comb through, so it could take some time. Be prepared for tse tse fly bites, river mishaps, mishkaki and chips mayayi, Konyagi and Splite and warm Kilimanjaro, a Cobra, a wicked tall suspension bridge, long days of deep bush, broken bikes and broken bones, beautiful lakeside sunsets and ugly, dusty faced Dar Bikers.

Above: Some food, some riding and a bit of river SCUBA diving
Above: An erect reptile, deep bush and a busy KTM mechanic
Above: Ominous words and some lake shore scenery
Above: A bit of everything you want in an African ride

That's all for now.

Link to Day 0

Watercat 06-22-2013 08:57 AM

This is gonna be great ! ! ! ! !:D:freaky:eek1:evil



Bluebull2007 06-22-2013 09:23 AM

In!!!! :clap :freaky

N-m 06-22-2013 10:02 AM

I gotta ride with y'all some day. Africa has been calling me since I first learned of maps.

jmcg 06-22-2013 02:11 PM

Looking forward to your report.



tmotten 06-22-2013 04:55 PM

BRING IT!!!!!!


Dirtnadvil 06-22-2013 07:10 PM

can't wait to see the latest ride...............:clap

KASUYAHO 06-23-2013 02:35 AM

this should be good

Faceplant 06-24-2013 04:58 AM

You on Swahili time?

L.B.S. 06-24-2013 08:59 AM

Now that's Adventure Riding! :eek1 :clap

I make it a point to stay away from erect reptiles, myself. :lol3

Baba Luka 06-24-2013 11:03 AM

Can't wait! :happay

McBike 06-26-2013 12:38 PM

Looking forward to the full report!

WHYNOWTHEN 06-26-2013 03:53 PM

And then they were eaten by hienas?

camperdad 06-26-2013 04:20 PM

I just returned from a two week mission trip to Kenya and Tanzania 2 days ago. People in Africa drive like teenagers on crack. It is crazy! Plenty of dirt to ride on though. Have fun and be safe. Check out Khans BBQ and Auto Parts store in Arusha. It is yummy!

Suqsuda 06-26-2013 07:35 PM

The real deal!!

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