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Old 11-13-2013, 07:48 AM   #121
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It bloody well worked sandalscout
or at least I seem to have IE working without nasty messages


you've made this woman VERY happy!!
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:28 AM   #122
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and mainly just to upload this picture



because I have been having a very muddy time in Madagascar.
However the rest of the RR has to catch up with it first, but I thought you guys would appreciate a sneak preview
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #123
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That picture made me think of wrestling...........with the bike I mean!
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:45 AM   #124
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That picture made me think of wrestling...........with the bike I mean!


Relax, and think that people actually pay for mud baths .... from colour seems a very fine and nasty pottery clay, Keep going the outstanding report!
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #125
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Relax, and think that people actually pay for mud baths .... from colour seems a very fine and nasty pottery clay, Keep going the outstanding report!
It's the sort of clay/mud they use to construct houses in Madagascar - time for a quick wash.
Meanwhile, back to the narrative now that I can upload pictures again - you all owe sandal bloke a beer...
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #126
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It was time to leave the island which was when things went wrong, I lost the keys, OK, misplaced- first time in 16 years of travel. And then I also have to admit there was a bit of a language barrier and we missed the proper ferry back to the mainland – it left at the unearthly hour of 4.30 and yet I’d been told it always goes at 6.30am.
This was our alternative boat

The one in the foreground, at least it's got life jackets.
And this was the one that Suzi would go in

– an open sea crossing and they crammed a LOT of bikes into what they were treating as a vehicle ferry




We think we look great in our life jackets!


We overtook the vehicle ferry as it ged its way across the ocean.


We still feel it was an added bonus was that we made it safely ashore to the mainland of Madagascar, we could easily still be floating around the Indian Ocean.
and our luggage also made it (handy porter service)


As did Suzi and the mopeds



And we were soon on our way
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:19 AM   #127
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I can't seem to edit the previous post - I need to sort out the words that go with the pictures but it's not showing anything when I try to edit. I'll re-pots the last bit.
Also the words are in the wrong colour where I copied and pasted them in from Word- don' know why they're the wrong colour.
Sorry
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:23 AM   #128
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Eh? Oh, Dear, RN5 with a Pillion Passenger

What I had neglected to tell my erstwhile pillion passenger was that this alternative ferry would dump us on a desolate bit of coast with 30kms of sand tracks to get to any decent road surface

She took it in good spirit and when Suzi wasn’t able to carry the pair of us through the deeper sandy bits, the Librarian got off and walked!


Or ran!

For those of you who have been paying attention, I got her to run on this part as a re-enactment of an earlier pic from this section of sand.
I said "I'm Sorry" to her a lot. And if she could ride sand I would have swapped places with her

We ran into a problem with some fishing ropes- these stretch for hundreds of yards from the water across the beach and beyond.

Luckily the librarian was behind me AND she has a loud voice as she was able to alert me before it became a problem.
A much needed lunch break at this spot

Typical Madagascan fare, lost of fried things

Something very dodgy looking being sold in the pink bowl wrapped in bits of old paper, we weren’t brave enough to try them

though we had a go at most of the food items
A river crossing or three on this route, all educational for my sister.
What’s known as a Double Pirogue in the business, fairly standard for bikes bigger than a moped, or so I was assured. The pirogues are tied together and the passengers get in one boat while the bike is in the other.

I usually sit by the bike so that I can hold it steady if anything goes wrong


Back on solid ground...

…or so I thought!

I hadn’t approached this bank with enough revs and I paid the price.

The best petrol station in town



And then back on the road alongside the Indian Ocean with the opportunity to grab a quick swim on the beach



Through a palm tree plantation, I’m not sure what kind they are.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:28 AM   #129
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whoops - this was the plantation we rode through

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Old 11-15-2013, 02:42 AM   #130
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Madagascar - Land of the bright green geckos




We're heading back to civilisation

A large boulder of rock being cut into pieces and sold at the roadside.

Back in Tana, we unloaded the bike.
The Librarian had a go at riding Suzi,

and did well

Last street food- some of this sweet stuff, which looks dodgy but tastes nice

We posed for our final pictures together– photos taken by an eight year old, hence the unusual angle.

Then dodging the watchful gaze of the Gendarmerie at the airport car park (their uniform is identical to the one worn in France)

Librarian does a last bit of re-packing (in the airport)

And she’s gone.
BACK TO SOLO TRAVEL
To say thanks to our host for the great hospitality, I clean his KTM bike




The finished product - even Thelma never looked this clean

And then relax with a cold beer and an email session on the computer,
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:48 AM   #131
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and mainly just to upload this picture



because I have been having a very muddy time in Madagascar.
However the rest of the RR has to catch up with it first, but I thought you guys would appreciate a sneak preview
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #132
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #133
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just had another no Internet gap

Suzi was having a facelift before I left Tana


But far more importantly, it's Secret Santa time here on ADVRider- I'm signed up (I love it), I hope some of you have signed up as well - spread a bit of cheer this winter and send a stranger a Christmas gift then enjoy the pics on ADV as they open it. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go to the Inmates section and take a look. Back to the RR soon - I've got a shopping list to do...
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:00 AM   #134
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So where was I? Ah, yes Lonely Coates they call me now. I'll be setting off east and Suzi is getting this fitted



a reappearance by Arsene the chef who also turns out to be a mechanic as he fits the larger fuel tank to Suzi and changes the colour scheme a bit.

So Suzi and I apparently now have about 300kms range, which will be useful.

Heading out of Tana I pass the giant granite boulder which is still being chipped away



I can already see the difference from when I passed this way last time.


and the green paddy fields stretching away- apparently Madagascar is the only part of Africa where rice is grown, I must admit I haven't seen fields of rice like this apart from Asia and err, Iran You'd have to check my RR from a couple of years ago to see the proof.

Buildings change from scruffy concrete to mud



and there's still tarmac on the road

In Andasibe, I got roped into doing a jungle walk



this was a guy attempting to get a giraffe necked weevil down out of the tree to show us what it looked like



I won't bother doing all the far away shots, here is one of them closer...but what is it...



They've got faces like a koala, no tail and yet they're a type of lemur




called an Indri


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Old 11-23-2013, 04:10 AM   #135
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Bet you didn't know that Madagascar has crocodiles- so there I was thinking what a bonus it is to be able to camp in an African country and not have to worry about lions, when someone took me to see the crocs!
Must remember not to camp near rivers

and apparently these are just the small ones, look at this croc skin



someone else can do the maths, but I'm 5'6" tall

and look who arrived in town?


It's Kim, the Korean guy on the Honda whom I last saw on the west coast a couple of weeks ago. Once more we're going in opposite directions but we had a couple of beers over dinner. And then in the morning he headed off into the jungle to look for Indri before heading into Tana where he returns his hire bike and gets his next flight onward to... well I can't think of a more extreme opposite to Madagascar at the moment, he's off to Iceland


Good luck Kim. And no, don't worry folks he hasn't been travelling like that 0 it's just his day kit.
Another familiar face ( remember the flat tyre from a while ago?) I was passing through the same village and stopped to have a cup of tea with the family who helped. Antonio wasn't around but his Mum was, and she's carrying around a pic of Antonio sat on Suzi with my sister next to him


I think she has got an eye on my sister being her new daughter-in-law! I tried pointing out that I'm the single one


Mango season has started and my favourite fruit is everywhere and very cheap



and then down the road, just as it started raining I saw these guys and pulled over to see if I could help

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