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Old 02-01-2007, 06:28 AM   #46
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:30 AM   #47
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I'm always the first.....
not become I'm the faster.... quite the opposite
biker's rule.

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:34 AM   #48
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time for a map/gps point.

"we are nearly arrived.... time for a good beer !"

Did I mention that the prof and Anton did not take any water.
Hum.... Anton took a mezzo litro. The prof nothing.
I was the only one with a water backpack.
And guess what.... both were empty.....

you should by now have Cat Stevens singing in your head "troubles..."

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:35 AM   #49
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:37 AM   #50
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looks like there is still no kms before arrival......

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:38 AM   #51
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:45 AM   #52
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And this is all........
yes, we were beginning to be tired, parched.....
wondered about gasoline too....
and even with a map and a gps we were confident to reach a big city soon.
when we arrived at a fork, left : tarmac to Er Rachidia, right : piste to Boulmane, we took the piste......
The night was here btw.
Amazing how 3 powerful human minds can be so stupid, don't you think ?

So, at 22:30

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:46 AM   #53
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I felt on that :
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:53 AM   #54
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At the time of the picture, what we knew was :

I felt
I flew over the bike like superman and finished on my back. my dainese has a back protection, thanks.
I tore off the left cylinder protection
I broke the visor of my helmet.

and mt hand were sssssssshhhhhhhaaaaaaaakkkkkking.

okay. everybody's ok ?
let's start again.







huh


hold on


I climbed on the bike, gave a little push ahead to fold the center stand and the fork didnt respond..... like it used to.

I gave a quick look and......
okay.
at this very moment, I felt like crying.
exhaustion, thirst, fear and now that.
the 2 tubes were bent, nearly cut.
what can I do ? abandon the bike here, cancel the whole holidays, call my wife about it,........ I was falling into a bottomless pit.
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:57 AM   #55
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And the prof was here.

move, let me see.
hum...
hum....
ok....
okay.
that's allright.
it's a bmw, it's a paralever.
you just damaged your direction, you didnt loose your fork and suspension.
give me the bm, take the AT, Anton will take the strom.
I will deal with the GS.
It's only the tube. it can be fixed. no prob.

and you know what ?
I know the guy. I know he knows what he is talking about.
I've confidence in him.
so, I calmed down, took a huge breath and we started again.

plan at the time was to reach the first village and stop.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:06 AM   #56
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but the next village was not so near.....

the gs was a nightmare to drive. the direction was fuzzy.
the piste was on a plateau at first and went climbing and descending the mountain.
meaning curves. meaning void on one side.

and arrived here : 3150'44.44"N 543'51.42"W

just before crossing the oued, the 2 tubes let us down.
finished.
cant go any further.

devastated, I was.
I had hope....... I didnt have anymore.

so we parked on the side the gs and I climbed on the strom with the prof.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:10 AM   #57
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:12 AM   #58
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When we were at the top of the mountain, we saw lights down in the valley. It was like a candle in the wind.... ooops, sorry....
It was like a lighthouse for our boat, promises of water and food and bed.
But now, no more lights. nothing. blackness.
what we didnt know yet is that the public lights were cut off around 22:00 to save money.
anyway, we went to the next village. nothing at all. everything was closed. no light...........
Next one. Tilmi.
stopped near what looks like an auberge.
nothing. we talked. I heard something. looked for the origin of the sound and saw light !
ran towards it.
it was a villager who heard us talking and was wondering who was around.
we talked and he drove us to a small auberge.
3 cokes, some bread. and bed !
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:16 AM   #60
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Mama mia.... see the face I have..... poor thing....
na.... I was low, very low on happiness and moral.....
small detail not visible on the pictures.......
the prof took of his boots.......
aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.
but we were dead already

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