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Old 10-19-2009, 02:16 AM   #1
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The Wife, the Ex and the Kid do Namibia

To clarify

The Wife





The X





The Kid





The wife I’ve had for years, getting a bit long in the tooth already.
The kid, not so long.
The X, two weeks, this was going to be our introductory ride, 9000km through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

And yes, I know it should be pronounced ‘cross’ and not ‘ex’, but ‘The Wife, the Cross and the Kid’ would make no sense, now would it?



Let’s get started.

Some orienteering, we’re over here.





This is where I meet my family, I’ve been on the X for a week already and have done 3000km following this route around South Africa.


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Old 10-19-2009, 02:19 AM   #2
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Day one - Vioolsdrif to Canõn Roadhouse





The happy family, ready to go.





Vioolsdrif is on the Orange river, the Orange river is the border between South Africa and Namibia. It looks like this.





Embarrassingly the wife’s DRZ runs out of fuel as we enter the Namibian border control, and we have to lie it on the ground to get the last dregs from the non petcock side, so we can make the fuel station 2km further.

We refuel the bikes and we refuel ourselves.





My plan is a short run down the river and then an off-road ride through the Kamgab Canyon just to get the joints nice and loose. Just 187km for the day, giving some leeway for the inevitable getting away late and other first day niggles.

Next to the river on the Namibian side there are some vineyards and this is how some of the labourers live.





The road next to the river is nice fast gravel.





This is the first time I ride with Peanut (the Kid) and the luggage all together and my first impression is that it is hellova cramped. I’m having to resort to the pannier position, one testicle each side of tank.





We turn off into the canyon and it looks like it was a good choice.





Harsh country but good riding.





Namibia has a knack of making one feel small.









Tharina is styling it, looking like she knows what she is doing.





And another pic just because I like the look of the X.





Coming out of the canyon, we stop for a rest and some water.





A closer look at the stick above reveals this.





And even closer.





From here it is good gravel to Canõn Roadhouse where we get a nice campsite, and eat well in the restaurant. The first day went off well, there’s a long way to go still and starting off on the right foot is heartening.

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:38 AM   #3
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What's better than a Metaljockey ride report? A Metaljockey family ride report

Your reports always convey the spirit of ADV riding. Thanks for taking us along. Stickied for a while

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Old 10-19-2009, 04:40 AM   #4
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Hey, where's the dog. This is going to be one for the books.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:07 AM   #5
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AARGH!!! Don't do that thing with the grasshopper again, I've just had lunch

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Old 10-19-2009, 05:28 AM   #6
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:33 AM   #7
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:42 PM   #8
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This is the first time I ride with Peanut (the Kid) and the luggage all together and my first impression is that it is hellova cramped. I’m having to resort to the pannier position, one testicle each side of tank.
Awesome RR. Wish to do the same with my growing family one day. The line above left me chuckling all day at work.

Thanks for the laughs.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:46 AM   #9
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Thank you

Thank you for sharing your trip, your family and so much of yourself in this RR! Amazing
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:36 AM   #10
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:44 PM   #11
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:58 AM   #12
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More please. I am addicted, not subscribed.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:46 AM   #13
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Tharina, all I can say is RESPECT!!! most guys here reading this report will cry when they hit sand and rocks like those. That stuff in Botswana can quickly turn a 4x4 clutch into smoke and a useless pile of fiber and surely make my stomach turn with the thought of riding it with a loaded bike.

MJ my bru, you chucked that Desert way to prematurely. Those tires work far better than anything else you can fit even after you have worn them through to the canvass.
What tyre pressures were you running?
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:13 PM   #14
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''A Must Read and Watch Report'' ''5 Stars''
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Best Report I have ever seen here since I became an ADVrider.
What makes it so special on my side is that this is a family ride.
Like every report, it unfortunately ended Thanks a million times for virtually taking us and showing what's the life like, down there.
Looking forward to the next one MJ and his gang! You hear me?
Kind regards to your family, take care you all!
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:44 PM   #15
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Bloody Fantastic!!!!! MJ your RR really moved me, a perfect place for riding, the animals seems harmless they don't scare to human..... PERFECT RR!!!!
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