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Old 04-30-2006, 01:37 PM   #31
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Thanks for the kind words, and yes Twyfelfontein Lodge is the bees knees. Whilst sitting there we said " we sure as hell are coming back here with the wife and kids" (or kid, in my case). And so I did, two weeks ago. In the rainy season. It was wonderful. We had to be winched out of one spot and had to dig our way out of two more with a little foldaway spade. Excellent fun.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:03 PM   #32
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We come to a dust-billowing stop at the first cuca shop for a cold one.



This lovely lady is the proprietor.




Woot, titties and beer.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:07 PM   #33
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what can I say...wish I was there
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Old 04-30-2006, 03:02 PM   #34
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So... at this cuca shop there is this bottle. Copperband be it's name. It's not something we know or have ever come across. It is enticing to Nardus though and we are in a strange country so you have to sample the local brew. (Only 4 months later we find out it is bottled in South Africa and sold in our local bottle store) This turns out to be Mothers Milk (with a capitol M). It tastes like Coke, it goes down smoothly and quickly. No mix needed.



As I said mother's milk and Hennie goes blasting down the track with the saddle bags flapping like some bird in distress. That boy just cannot hold his liquor. The result is that for the next 10 km me and Nardus have to pick up the detritus emanating from his top box. The most painfull salvage is this:

A little wet patch and the remains of the Copperband Rumba.

It was just one of those perfect days and this picture is one of my favourites ever. Me having one of the happiest days of my life.



The day progresses and a lot of distance is covered and alcohol has nothing to do with what happens next. We go down a very rocky downhill and my specially made up heavy duty extra coverage bash plate gets ripped straight off the bike.



To this day I hold a lot of anger towards BMW for an absolutely crap idea to fit straight onto the engine casing with substandard rubber ................. hold it.. try and relax .. focus... not the place and time ... move on , think of peace and tranquility.

So it's fckng close to 40C and all the mounting rubbers are sheared and I'm thinking "fckng german sheisters" and did I mention it's 40C? I don't have spare rubbers (I do now, religiously) and we're at the bottom of an engine casing destroying rocky climb.




Here's the mthrfckng snfbtch bstrd rock still holding it's aluminium trophy.



There's no way I'll get out without totally destroying my engine casing so it's precision engineering Africa style


So what we do is to dispence with the rubbers and fit the bash plate straight onto the casing with bolts. The bashplate is now carried much higher and I feel quite chuffed having outsmarted the german engineer bstrds. I know, you see it coming.. I didn't.

Several hot blasting hours later we crest a hill and cast our eyes on Canaan. Or in this case, Epupa falls. To see paradise in this burnt surrounds almost brought tears to my eyes, except my riding partners would've divorced me if they picked up on that.


Really, this view had a profound effect. Felt it in my intestines. We went down and camped right in between the palms on the right by the main chasm.

And be honest, this is a damn beautiful piece of machinery, isn't it?






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Old 04-30-2006, 03:53 PM   #35
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Awesome report, can't wait for the next days to follow....

I really need to do a Namibian trip soon, almost forgot how beautiful the place can be....
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Old 04-30-2006, 05:58 PM   #36
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Every picture is another "wow" Especially the swimming hole and the method of cooking sausage. This report is part of the reason I'm posting my future reports in my regional section, to make way for the big shots like this. The bar continually rises over my little pudding-head.

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Old 04-30-2006, 06:28 PM   #37
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Fantastic!
Your pictures carry me off to another place and time.
Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2006, 06:36 PM   #38
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Yahoo, baby. This is one cool...er... hot ride. Thanks for taking the time to show us your "new" country.

Hey: Twyfelfontein Lodge. Isn't that the place that gave Glen, aka Striking Viking, free room and board when he cruised through Namibia?
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Old 04-30-2006, 06:46 PM   #39
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wow spectacular pictures... now thats a adventure
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Old 04-30-2006, 08:34 PM   #40
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Just getting back to this pic.


For those who like to know where they are, this is the Kunene river, the northernmost border of Namibia. The hills in the background are in Angola.

We scheduled a rest day here and find it an excellent place to rest. To the left are the falls. This spot would become quite significant to me before the sun rises again.



We meet Aletta, she is in charge of the camp. She is Herero, the neighbouring tribe to the Himba. She turns out to be wonderful company. Here she is baking bread for us.




A day of tranquility ensues. Hennie enjoys a leisurely patching job.



I take some arty pictures of the stuff that occupies my thoughts.



Nardus takes some arty pictures of the stuff that occupies his mind.



We order some meat to braai from the locals. An unfortunate goat moves on to a higher plain and we have this delivered to us.



The night starts out well with all three of us trying to be the alpha male (Aletta kept us company). We braai goat and we also heat up the Copperband for better effect. This is a little trick I learned whilst in colder climes.


This was a mistake however. The heating part. Also maybe the fact that this was the second bottle for the evening.
Goat meat and Copperband do not compliment each other. I learn that in the dark early morning hours when I try to get rid of both and fall into the river. The rock I had been using to support myself came loose from the riverbank causing me to topple in head first.
We are just about 50m above the main chasm of the falls, the current is pretty damn strong here, also this is a crocodile infested river, my mates are passed out and I'm about to become one of those missing person statistics. I make an underwater turn and grab hold of the palm tree roots that luckily forms part of the bank. I almost rip my nails out pulling myself back up onto dry land. And there I am, still very drunk, the pungent goat meat smell wafting from the fireplace, I'm wet through and trying to deal with the fact that I just cheated death. Next to me Hennie and Nardus are snoring the night away as if nothing life altering had happened.
Suffice to say I won't forget that night easily. Nor will I touch that vile Copperband widowmaker shit again. And goat meat? Forget it, Iv'e had my fill.





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Old 04-30-2006, 08:44 PM   #41
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Talking Chi Chies

nice report!!!! i especially like the chi chies!!!!!



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Old 04-30-2006, 09:36 PM   #42
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What an excellent report!!

Got any more pics of that lodge? Or the river?
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:47 PM   #43
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Great pics

By far the best caputre I've seen in a while. Photos really took me there. THANKS

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Old 05-01-2006, 04:18 AM   #44
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What an excellent report!!

Got any more pics of that lodge? Or the river?

Sorry, that was about it.
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Old 05-01-2006, 05:44 AM   #45
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Sweet report. I almost wish I could go back with ya.
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