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Forum: Ride reports 09-28-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,100
Posted By 1NiteOwl
For the Petrolheads

A selection of the vehicles at our campsite. Muscle cars are IN!

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Forum: Ride reports 09-17-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,100
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Hakskeenpan

We are up at sunrise, make coffee and breakfast and pack our tents.

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Francien has advised...
Forum: Ride reports 09-15-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,100
Posted By 1NiteOwl
September. Spring. Speedweek!

Since 2012 Speedweek (http://www.speedweeksa.com) has become an annual institution at the far-flung pan in South Africa's Kalahari desert. Through good organising and the support of some key...
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2013, 10:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Last Leg

By daybreak everyone surfaces to watch the sun rise over the salt flats.

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After a quick...
Forum: Ride reports 12-18-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Moremi to Kokonje

The Green House has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, fridge, fireplace outside, etc. etc. It’s like a home from home. After a great supper around the fire we go to bed early, as the departure...
Forum: Ride reports 11-29-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Time to Turn Back

As at most of these places, boat rides are on offer. We arrange a mokoro trip the next morning, to take a closer look at the “waterfall”. Our guide Joseph, who tells us his father was a member of...
Forum: Ride reports 11-20-2012, 12:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Buffalo Soldiers

Despite the state of disrepair, the location and view at Bumhill are really appealing (not to mention the fee!). After a tranquil night we grudgingly clean up, pack up and turn west onto the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-31-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Tourists

Amongst the offerings at the Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge is a game drive. Since our Hondas are not welcome in the reserve, we have booked a game drive for the next morning. By six o’clock we are...
Forum: Ride reports 10-12-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Into the Parks

As the new day breaks, we slowly pack up and air the tents before continuing to Katima Mulilo. Within a few minutes we enter the town and look for the Total garage.
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Forum: Ride reports 10-09-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Hitting Namibia again

After our rest day its time to pack up for our final destination across the border. From Kasane, there is a road bisecting the Chobe Park that leads to the Ngoma border post.
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Forum: Ride reports 10-03-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Kasane Camp & Cruise

We ride a few kilometres west on through Kasane to our planned campsite, Chobe Safari Lodge. Unfortunately, it is also the preferred choice for many tour operators and it’s packed to capacity with...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Hunters road

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The next morning feels surprisingly fresh and the water in our bowl is frozen. A quick look at...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Off at Last

After the inevitable last-minute hustle and bustle of getting bikes ready, locating suitable camping spots and wrapping up our responsibilities, we hit the road from Pretoria via the plots on the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-06-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,310
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Caprivi (S)trip

During my schooldays there was no TV in South Africa. Instead, we had photo-comics reflecting and directing the public mood at the time: cowboy stories like Ruiter in Swart*, Kid Colt, Tarzan...
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Puncture repairs

Thanks to all for the positive feedback. We're glad to offer a window into our part of the world for the benefit of other riders.



To me it's the other way round: I see people propping bikes...
Forum: Ride reports 12-03-2011, 01:47 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
You are quite observant, I did not even notice...

You are quite observant, I did not even notice the scorpion! The tree was about 3m tall, so it's a huge scorpion :wink:... it actually looks like a metal sculpture from what I can see on the original...
Forum: Ride reports 12-02-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
On the Beach

The roof over our heads proves a good investment as the next day dawns foggy and cold- the effect of the cold Benguela current pushing up from Antarctica....
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Divorcing the Crater

Breakfast is even better organised, with fresh coffee, milk and muesli. I see Sebastian walking off with a spade. A while after his return, Eric takes the spade and heads into the veld. It takes a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Glad to have some inmates salivating for Africa!...

Glad to have some inmates salivating for Africa! If you are prepared to accept this continent for what it is and fit in with the culture, it can be very rewarding riding here and as challenging as...
Forum: Ride reports 11-21-2011, 10:18 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Elephants, anyone?

The next day, we want to look for desert elephants at Die Poort, nearby.

Makalani palms tower over our tents in the backyard of Fort Sesfontein....
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Plains, Pools and Palms

Today we hit the plains, where we should see gemsbok (oryx) and desert elephants. For breakfast, we have a pair of francolins for company pecking up last night’s scraps.
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Forum: Ride reports 11-08-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
van Zyl's Pass

There are lots of thorns under the tree, so the inflatable mattresses stay uninflated and we sleep on the soft sand. As we enjoy breakfast, we are attentively watched by Lucky’s dogs....
Forum: Ride reports 11-06-2011, 02:07 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
South and West

We pack and fill our water bottles. Today’s stretch includes van Zyl’s Pass, “a four star 4x4 route”. If it’s anything like Swartbooi’s Drift, water will be a major issue as there is no river along...
Forum: Ride reports 11-02-2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Revive and Repair

The next day is a rest day. The setting of our campsite is right next to the river, with the soothing sound of flowing water. ...
Forum: Ride reports 11-01-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Bike Weight

The Africa Twin weighs about 210 kg without fuel, which was about 20 kg in our case, add luggage and water of about 20 kg, so roughly 250 kg for my bike. Errol had saddlebags, a pannier rack and...
Forum: Ride reports 10-30-2011, 12:39 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Errol's Birthday

We sleep soundly until sunrise. Today Errol officially hits the mid-fifties. :beer
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I want to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Water = Life

Instead of moving on south-west around the Etosha Pan the next day, we decide to take a look at Lake Otjikoto, about 20 km out of town on the Oshakati road.
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Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Another Country

The monkeys are a nuisance around the campsite, as we discover next morning when my trusty GPS V fails to find any satellites. Quite difficult without an antenna, which is nowhere to be seen.
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Forum: Ride reports 10-22-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Animal Life

As we cross the Boteti river and approach the delta, it’s clear that the rains in Angola have already started. There’s plenty of water about and the locals are out fishing with metal baskets.
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Forum: Ride reports 10-20-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 41,375
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Two Twins hit Namibia

Namibia, more particularly Kaokoland, has been gnawing at me since I first read about it on this website in 2005. This year the stars aligned and it finally all came together when I found a riding...
Forum: Ride reports 05-15-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
We live at about 5500 ft above sea level, and...

We live at about 5500 ft above sea level, and have generally not had a problem at 10~12 000 ft without acclimatisation.

Above 14 000 ft, things certainly get a lot harder: breathing gets...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
GPS maps

Glad to be of use to some fellow adventurers. Preparing for a trip on another continent is never a simple affair!



We have Garmin Worldmap version 4.00 It is not very detailed in cities at...
Forum: Ride reports 04-30-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Homeward Bound

Next morning, it’s time to move on back to Lima. A quick check of the bikes reveals no problems- everything is still working perfectly and nothing leaks....
Forum: Ride reports 02-19-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Machu Picchu

The only way to reach Machu Picchu is by train or along the Inca Trail. Most tourists come from Cusco by train through Ollantaytambo. Like these two....
Forum: Ride reports 02-13-2011, 07:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
In Incaland

We hang our laundry out in the courtyard whilst familiarising ourselves with the local sights.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2011, 04:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Back in Peru

I’m a bit worried about our impending return to Peru as we exit Copacabana (http://worldpics.com.au/S_America/Bolivia/copacabana.html) under the distant gaze of Inca Manco Capac. ...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
To the Birthplace of the Inca

As we leave Potosi we climb yet again. We are still very much on the Altiplano, and it’s cool despite the sunshine.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-01-2011, 01:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
From Salt to Silver

The evening in the Magica Hotel turns out to be a memorable one. Our appetites are back and we join the Germans for supper, freshly prepared by Tito (owner) and his wife Lucia.

In between, we are...
Forum: Ride reports 12-24-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Up the Altiplano

It’s easy to see why today’s route might be considerably harder than the coastal leg so far when you look at the contour lines.
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Forum: Ride reports 12-22-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 20,069
Posted By 1NiteOwl
Registration

Claimed duration for registration: 15 days. This is only true if everybody is present to sign the papers and provide copies of passports.

Registration actually took 1 month (including couriering...
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