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Old 04-08-2009, 09:28 AM   #1
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Location: The Highlands of Scotland
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Noob in Namibia

Ok, here is my first ride report on this forum.

In January 2009 I did a fly-ride trip, trading the lovely Scottish winter for something a bit warmer in Southern Africa. I can't really get away from Scotland during the summer because of my job, so this is the type of thing I have to do to get my fix of riding in the sun. And anyway, 'er indoors isn't too keen on the pillion seat of my 1977 Jota...

Here's my normal ride:

Anyway, we'll scoot quickly through South Africa to the interesting bits in Namibia.

Here we are in the rental company's bunker in Cape Town after travelling for 18 hours or so from northern Scotland. Mmmm, what a nice shiny clean 1200GS. We were joined on this trip by my buddy The Bear on a GS800.

Our first overnight in the small town of Tulbagh, north of Stellenbosch, so a pretty undemanding first day. Lots of lovely Cape Dutch architecture here.

The next day we continued north to Clanwilliam along the Olifants River. You can do this on tarmac on the western side of the river, but the route on the eastern bank is far more interesting. This was our first day off tarmac road, and although the 1200 was a bit of a lump two up on the loose stuff, and The Bear is well out of practice, we kept it shiny side up.

After Clanwilliam we headed further north on dirt roads, which were generally in pretty good shape and easy to ride up over the Botterkloof to our overnight stop in the settlement of Calvinia. It was in the middle of this that I discovered the treacherous nature of GS fuel guages; show full for ages, then drop to half full, pause just long enough to clear town and then plummet to one bar. I sweated along this road, and not because it was warm out...

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