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Old 05-11-2007, 09:00 AM   #16
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We won't more . Great ride Damir & Linza, make us proud
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Old 05-11-2007, 11:11 AM   #17
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Really enjoying your travel adventures and photos! More! (And by the way, your English is better than the writing and spelling of many Americans....sadly).
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:37 PM   #18
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this is going to be GOOD!!

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Old 05-11-2007, 02:08 PM   #19
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Beautifull pictures, excellent report, bring it on Ohh & nazdravlje
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:16 PM   #20
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what an amazing thread
i love the pictures
the stories
the perserverance

your english is fantastic
so glad to have you sharing all of this wonderful adventure with us
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Old 05-11-2007, 06:32 PM   #21
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Wow -- terrific report so far! Ditto all the comments on your excellent command of English.



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Old 05-11-2007, 07:20 PM   #22
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Wonderful report and great photos. Please continue.
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:45 AM   #23
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Day four, 30.04.07, mud, floods, or how to get to Sbeitla?

We leave Le Kef early in the morning. Plan is to go to Makhtar, than take local roads towards Sbeitla, via Hbabasa and Sbiba, than proceed towards Kasserine and Gafsa. Easier said than done.

Day started fantastic, sky is crystal clear after the rain last night. Landscapes are unique, colors are beautiful, and there is no traffic. This part of the country is scarcely populated; at least I get that impression.



Checking directions





After some time roads started to get narrow, and there are some mud, because of recent rains. I still enjoyed our ride very much, everything was very calm. Then we came to the fork on the road, and take turn toward Hbabsa, because that road was marked as scenic at the Michelin map.











Next fork, turn towards Sbiba, and then surprise, gravel road. It is marked as “Secondary road” on our map. Quick stop, and we decided to proceed, it is AdvRide, isn’t it? Road is OK, but there is lot of mud and water in some places. Still nothing to worry about.









Then few kilometers before Sbiba, road suddenly disappears. I took a turn, went downhill, and then I was completely stuck in the mud. Two people were working on the “road”. They waved their hands showing me that it is impossible to pass. They and Linza helped me to turn my bike around, than I removed my panniers, and with their help managed to go back uphill, out of the mud trap. I handed a few pens to the people who helped us. They were very grateful, but I felt that this is too small reward for their help. Locals told us that there is another road, few hundred meters back.







Tried again, and ended stuck in a mud again. Few people appeared, helped us, and I handed them pens again. Luckily I took a lot of pens from my company marketing department, so there was enough for everyone. Sbiba was visible, and paved road was supposed to start there. Unfortunately mud was too thick, so we decided to head back.



We reached crossroad where gravel road started and head towards Hayeb Al Ayoun. Road was surfaced and it looked that we are out of the woods. My front fender was full of mud and stones, so I started to have problems with my front tire. I managed to find piece of thick wire, and make some room for my tire. At last, we are on the main road towards Sbeitla. We had to fight our way through thick mud, left by the flood.









Few kilometers after, there was river running across the road. It was impossible to pass. Even trucks didn‘t attempt to cross. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.



We made large detour towards Kairoujan, and at least came near Sbeitla (aprrox. 20 km). We had only one decision to make. To proceed towards Kasserine, or take direct route to Gafsa, our objective for the day. It was hard decision to me, I am very interested in 20th century history, and Kasserine pass, place of battle between US and German forces in WWII was high on my list of places to visit. Sky in Kasserine direction was dark, thunderstorm was waiting for us, and I wasn’t completely sure if I will be able to find actual battlefield. So, let’s ride to Gafsa.



After approx one hour, we were in Gafsa.



Wire used for removing mud from front fender, came with me all the way to Gafsa

We found accommodation, and while preparing to store our bikes, Kawasaki KLE stooped near us. It was Tomasso, Italian, traveling alone. We went to dinner together, drink few beers, and had nice conversation. It was good end of interesting day on the road.





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Old 05-12-2007, 03:45 AM   #24
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I just LOVE these kind of stories guys! Makes being a member of this Forum really worth while!! Thanks and cheers... Will be waiting for your next installments
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:53 AM   #25
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There is a map that goes with day four. I hope it will help you understand where we went.





Currently, I am visiting my parents, and I don't have pictures with me. I hope I will be able to continue story on Sunday. My holidays are over, and I am back to my office at Monday. I will try to add some posts every day, but I can not guarantee.

Thank you all.

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Old 05-12-2007, 04:57 AM   #26
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simply INCREDIBLE
the bravery and sense of adventure on this forum is UNrivaled.....
you guys are AMAZING

i EAGAERY anticipate the next installment

please...... be careful

thanks for EVERYTHING
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:38 AM   #27
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Incredible scenery. Not what I had imagined of Tunisia, but then again, looks like you were there during the rainy season...
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Old 05-13-2007, 09:51 AM   #28
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Thank You for posting!
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Old 05-13-2007, 10:42 AM   #29
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good stuff! sweet varadero! keep it coming, amigo
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Old 05-13-2007, 10:50 AM   #30
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Fantastic, Damir!

What an adventure!
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