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Forum: Ride reports 03-26-2014, 01:33 PM
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Posted By Franck B
Just not to cause any confusion: The...

Just not to cause any confusion:

The stones, that was in Morocco, not Mada !
The dogs, that was in Check Republic, not Mada !
Forum: Ride reports 03-26-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
A little song I wrote:mully :loco, inspired from...

A little song I wrote:mully :loco, inspired from my many offroad Rallyes and rides, especially that one. Music and lyrics are adapted from Francis "wheelie motorbike" :d and are in French; chords for...
Forum: Ride reports 12-04-2013, 12:21 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 54,433
Posted By Franck B
All my warms greetings to Thierry, Mauro and...

All my warms greetings to Thierry, Mauro and Andrea if you happen to meet them... Nosy Be is an appropriate place to recover from forced mud baths... unless you want more and these guys will take...
Forum: Ride reports 11-25-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
Epilogue

Im glad you enjoyed this report. I did enjoy this trip a lot, and I am blessed to have Leonora, my wife, who also loves adventure and supported me to go there, taking care of our daughter Lara and...
Forum: Ride reports 11-25-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 54,433
Posted By Franck B
Hi Tiffany I'm wondering how you can stand...

Hi Tiffany
I'm wondering how you can stand riding with a jacket there. I just had my summer motocross shirt and t-shirt, it was about all I could stand on my skin there.
It would be cool if you...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
We had an additional day at Nosy Be, bathing,...

We had an additional day at Nosy Be, bathing, snorkelling, rowing leaky pirogues and walking through the national park to see lemurs, boas, camouflage lizards. ...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 01:14 PM
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Posted By Franck B
DAY 12: Ankify - Nosy Be

We left in the morning to catch the ferry to Nosy Be. The main ferry was delayed, so we took a smaller one with poum-poum engine, us 5, one car, and a few passengers on board.

The single...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 12:33 PM
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Posted By Franck B
It was 6PM and black dark when they arrived. They...

It was 6PM and black dark when they arrived. They invited us all to an excellent gastronomic dinner. We were not the only guest, also eye doctors brining thousands of pairs of glasses and who...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
On the road to Ankify, we crossed the cocoa...

On the road to Ankify, we crossed the cocoa plantations and reached our destination around 4pm

Hotel on the main square of Ankify, right on the beach; time for a few team shots
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 11:25 AM
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Posted By Franck B
In the afternoon we arrived in the town of...

In the afternoon we arrived in the town of Ambanja. Thierry checked at a Telma shop for getting a new SIM card cause he dropped his phone from his pocket two days before... no way... he would have...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 10:24 AM
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Posted By Franck B
On the last stretch of road, I noticed how...

On the last stretch of road, I noticed how familiar the landscape, people, villages and towns, and life seemed already familiar to me. I could recall my first feelings on our first stretch on the...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 10:15 AM
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Posted By Franck B
After some times we approached areas with more...

After some times we approached areas with more vegetation... and the first village. Back on track. And what a trail ! 40km of fluid trails going through forest, sand, rocks, dust, up, down, jumping...
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2013, 09:51 AM
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Posted By Franck B
mango trees, hanging well over the path, were...

mango trees, hanging well over the path, were almost the only shadow... energy food ration inclusive... and at times trouble maker for our Go-Pro carrying stunt man. For all of us bongo our our...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2013, 01:13 PM
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Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
headings

on the other side of the straight there used to be a road. Now more than 50 years later, only dust, not even a trail.
Only a tiny pedestrian path vanishing into vague crossings.
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2013, 01:03 PM
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Posted By Franck B
DAY 11: Ananalava - Ankify

Day 11 started with the warm bright sun shining morning we currently miss so much in north Europe.

We took a generous breakfast at the nice hotel of Bruno, the former pilot and adventurer,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2013, 01:44 PM
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Posted By Franck B
Ananalava

After this hot and dusty afternoon, a bath in the ocean was welcome.
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Ananalava was...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2013, 01:17 PM
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Posted By Franck B
from dust to the west coast

We then crossed and quit the Sofia river to try once the asphalt to Antsohihy
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We had...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2013, 12:47 PM
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Posted By Franck B
relaxing landscape that morning ...

relaxing landscape that morning
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different construction style in the villages...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-13-2013, 02:14 PM
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Posted By Franck B
6kg for 12 days 2000km offroad autonomous itinerance

hot weather
5kg: backpack with camel bag and personal gear
1kg spare parts
up to 3 liters water
all stuff on board for navigation, com, ride report included

i still think i had a few useless...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 11:55 AM
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Posted By Franck B
from green to dust

I loved the peace inspiring scenery of that morning, following the river, the shades of orange mixing with the green and shiny tones of the mountain surrounded river...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 08:39 AM
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Posted By Franck B
DAY 10: Antsakabary - Ananalava

Despite a busy eve, we did not need any alarm clock to wake up at 5. First we got somehow used to wake up early, second, the first shades of red light were sufficient to animate our chicken and pigs...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 08:11 AM
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Posted By Franck B
Antsakabary is the town of a vast region living...

Antsakabary is the town of a vast region living from crops and raising livestocks. It is surrounded by high mountains on one side (the high plateau we came from) and hills on the other side....
Forum: Trip Planning 11-11-2013, 06:13 AM
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Posted By Franck B
if you need to document trips, the best is to...

if you need to document trips, the best is to travel in group and use point and shoot camera with thin gloves.
The faster riders have the cams. When you need scenery shot, you put the fast riders...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 11:59 AM
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Posted By Franck B
... helmet off .. a few minutes of rest.. we were...

... helmet off .. a few minutes of rest.. we were to understand if the situation was serious or not...
After the first complaints, Antonio seemed to have found a comfortable position. He sat,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 11:11 AM
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Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
Eh? Drama

.. slow.. fast and focussed .. slow... zipping again, etc. We were making good progress.

In a descent with rutted curve, we were riding higher pace. Antonio (with the green bag) was riding in...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 10:00 AM
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Posted By Franck B
log bridges

...countless bridges that afternoon...
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Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 08:53 AM
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Posted By Franck B
video

the bridge crossing above
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a mud section live, during the morning
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Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 07:48 AM
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Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
Yeah, you noticed that one :wink:, they need...

Yeah, you noticed that one :wink:, they need special umbrellas with long handles :D
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 07:34 AM
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Posted By Franck B
the two hundred bridges

I did not count them.. probably countless. On days 3 and 4, or in the same morning, we had to cross a number of rivers and bridges.
On that afternoon, we were always again hopping above irrigation...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 07:03 AM
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Posted By Franck B
Thumb open lanscape

so from there we were up into the wild, with a heading, many small tracks with many intersections, and away from the main rice routes... now and then we found someone and ask if we were on the right...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 06:55 AM
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Posted By Franck B
We left Belalona for a landscape of hills.. a...

We left Belalona for a landscape of hills.. a broad track led us out

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...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 06:43 AM
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Posted By Franck B
very soon we reached the big village Belalona......

very soon we reached the big village Belalona... a well earned lunch break.
One of us flipped upside-down a tiny wood plank across a channel when rolling on it. The plank took its revenge :thwakby...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 06:14 AM
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Posted By Franck B
After 80 km of mud tracks, the weather was...

After 80 km of mud tracks, the weather was getting dryer, and we arrived at a big village. Our lunch destination Belalana, was 7 km and a broad river away.

The barge made the river crossing easy....
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 05:54 AM
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Posted By Franck B
that was a small rocky river, and lots of traffic...

that was a small rocky river, and lots of traffic for rice transportation. East part of Madagascar, more humid has 2 rice seasons per year, and we were in the middle of harvest and processing time
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-05-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 54,433
Posted By Franck B
Hi Tiffany, Lots of details you picked in...

Hi Tiffany,

Lots of details you picked in your report that now look familiar to me. Love to read your report, reminds me how good it was to be in Madagascar :clap

Take care
Franck
Forum: Ride reports 11-05-2013, 01:48 AM
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Posted By Franck B
Thank You... all comments welcome !

Thank You... all comments welcome !
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2013, 01:44 PM
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Views: 13,198
Posted By Franck B
mud zipping... ...

mud zipping...
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mud encounter.......
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2013, 01:32 PM
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Posted By Franck B
mud hop ...

mud hop
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mud final for this 6x6 Berliet...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2013, 01:29 PM
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Posted By Franck B
Into the wild

If the previous day was a scenic but quite relaxed one, today we were ready to cope with the mountain...
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 111
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Posted By Franck B
At Andapa, quiet town, extensive rice culture...

At Andapa, quiet town, extensive rice culture there, its the region that produces most rice of Madagascar. Some Chinese influence from migrants from the old colonial times.

Mixed dinner, both at...
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