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Old 10-09-2007, 12:13 PM   #451
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Aptly enough its called a Tiger Fish......

Still shudder to think that these things live in fresh water.....!!!

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Old 10-09-2007, 12:31 PM   #452
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Need a update please. Oh by the way that is a Galiath Tiger Fish.

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:53 PM   #453
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Epic ride + suspenseful writing = Awesome RR.

Thanks for sharing.
I'll be back....
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:20 PM   #454
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"along with the XT500 dude travelling across Australia"

can you point me to this rr please

many thanks

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Old 10-09-2007, 04:02 PM   #455
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Absolutely awesome ride and report!

You guys are beyond belief.

It takes real men to go on a ride like this!
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:15 PM   #456
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It's All Been Said

Thanks for taking us to some place we'd never imagined could be so beautiful.
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:22 PM   #457
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Is it just me, or does the back of the fish's throat look like Eddie from the Iron Maiden album covers?

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Old 10-09-2007, 05:34 PM   #458
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Originally Posted by Hoots Magoon
Is it just me, or does the back of the fish's throat look like Eddie from the Iron Maiden album covers?
Eddie i can deal with BUT that fish scares the shit out me

I would scream like a girl if that thing shared the same space as me
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:45 PM   #459
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Originally Posted by Kat00m
"along with the XT500 dude travelling across Australia"

can you point me to this rr please
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #460
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Great report! My buddy sent me a link to page 18 (at least it was yesterday) and I've managed to find the time to go back to the beginning and read it all already.....thanks for the vicarious adventure! Giv 'er!

Oh yeah-what do the Tiger fish eat again?
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:11 PM   #461
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What are their natural prey?
Any f-ckin' thing they want!
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:05 PM   #462
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For the ladies out there: I have cropped this picture to enable better perving/viewing/drooling ....... Enjoy !! Ha - ha - ha !

Thanks for the replies - everybody !

Thanks, I know you meant well-but it's the total shot in it's entirety that makes it so hawt
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:06 PM   #463
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MJ, you better get your ass back here, the tiger fish is stealing our show....

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Old 10-09-2007, 08:08 PM   #464
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The next morning we have a look at Fred's ankle. It's an unpretty thing that balloons out both sides, but he is able to wriggle his toes and to move his foot up and down ever so slightly.
So our combined 'expert' opinion is that it's only the ligaments that went. It may be a bad sprain but a sprain none the less. And if it's a sprain there's no purpose in seeking medical help, they'll just tape it up and that we can do ourselves.

Our accomodation in Ze's factory.

We also do a post mortem on the ride and hindsight shows us where we went wrong. The reason the riding was so much easier in the afternoon, is that we started riding on the ebb. In other words it was not yet low tide, this gives us a better quality of sand to ride and gives us extra time. It took us three hours to do the run against the dune. We started just after low tide and we were racing the incoming tide, which just squeezed the breath out of us.

What we should have done is to schedule the whole trip around this section so that we could utilize Spring Low Tide. If we then departed on the ebb, it would have been a lot safer, time wise. As it happenend, we were there 2 or 3 days after Neap Tide. We couldn't leave earlier as it was still dark. Even before we left that morning, we were already doomed. Our planning let us down.

We get to rinse the bikes with fresh water. And they need it badly. This is the back side of the 950's radiator.

Hennie and myself construct a jumper cable that plugs into his power outlet. My bike gets it connected and carried externally so we don't have to take the seat off every time we need to use it. It does'nt work, as it overheats, but we learn a very important thing. The starter goes 'tchigdrrrrrrrrrrrrrr'. That's the sound of a flat battery. So it's not the starter, solenoid, relay, ignition, or any of a myriad other possibilities. All the other options have now been eliminated. I feel massively better. It's not the bike. It's the battery. And so I learn that a battery can have the headlights shining strongly, yet still be unservicable and short out once a bigger load is put on it.

Ze takes me to an outdoor market and there between the bras, panties, pots and pangas we find three motorcycle batteries. Two tiny 2.5As and one, still not that big, 6A one. My bike needs an 8A battery but this will have to do. I fill it and put it in my bag to charge up properly. I'll fit it in Namibe, the next town.

Some local biker brothers.

Tombua is the first sizable town we get to and we learn a couple of things.
We learn that people are happy to go out of their way to help. Ze had taken a good portion out of his evening to take us around, he had let us sleep in his factory, he let us wash our bikes, he arranged for hot showers, he took Nardus around to change Dollars to Kwanza, he took me around to find a battery. This is a man with a factory to run and a family etc. We owe him. He intends to start a tourism business soon. Tombua is ripe for it.
We learn that if you want to run a business, you must generate your own power. The Municipal power is on for perhaps 3 or 4 hours during the day, on a good day. This turned out to be so, not only in Tombua, but throughout the country.
On the issue of changing money; in Angola it is illegal to import Kwanza. In other words you are not allowed to obtain their currency outside the country and bring it with you through the border. Consequently you have to obtain your Kwanza once you are in the country. The problem is that their banking system is not linked to any foreign banks. So even though the bigger towns may have ATMs, we will not be able to draw money from them. The solution is to carry your whole budget in US Dollars, it is accepted most places and the conversion rate is easy to calculate; 10 Kwanza to the Rand and 7 Rand to the Dollar.
We also learn that the people here are of a different calibre than back home. The town centre consists mostly of abandoned buildings and potholes. There is no lighting as there is no electricity. When we were at the restaurant the previous night, our bikes was parked in the dark outside, with all our gear on, surrounded by twenty or so youngsters. When we mentioned our concern for theft, it provoked surpised laughter. Nothing was touched, we still got up now and again to have a look, but here we were the freaks for being so suspicious.

We leave Tombua and head to Namibe on a tarred road.

Normally I detest tar when on the 640, but it is novel and I enjoy sitting back and just letting the bike get on with it. Angolans drive on the 'wrong' side of the road however, so everytime I see a vehicle approach my stomache gives a slight turn.

Namibe turns out to be a major town. As we pull in, we stop to get something to eat and we have the most fantastic pastries. We notice a lot of Portuguese come in and drink what looks like cappucino and whisky as a combination. We also have guys pose next to our bikes for photo's. they appear to be well-off and drive new 4x4s and wear Ferrari branded clothing. This is clearly a more affluent town and it shows. The roads are better, we see a traffic cop and the place has many bars, pubs and discos.

We head to the beach front to find accomodation and we find a restaurant where we grind to a halt.

The service is excellent and having the prettiest waitresses in town does'nt hurt either.

The beach.

We spend the whole day on this veranda spending a large part of our budget. Money well spent I say.

We are entertained by this guy doing all sorts of tricks at breakneck speed.

My favourite is when he comes past with his legs over the handlebars, his hands behind his head as if he's sitting on a sofa, keeping the throttle open with his calf. We stop taking pictures though because we can just see that this lot is going to end badly if we keep on encouraging him.

We just loved the local bicycle gang. All with impressive skills.

That is another thing we notice. It looks like children here have the time and space to play. We see unsupervised groups of 8yr olds swimming at the beach and playing games. Where I stay that would be out of the question.

We find camping for R50 a person ($7). We are the only people there.

Fred's ankle appears to be worse than the previous day and he is clearly in a lot of pain. As soon as we've eaten, he heads off to take a lie down.

We have high expectations from Namibe. It's Africa, it's Portuguese, it's by the seaside, and we know there will be many clubs and young people partying. And the locals we have seen so far are sensational. What we forget is that we are not that young anymore. A long story short - we wander the streets looking for a good time from 19:00 to 23:00 by which time we are so tired we go to bed. The night life in Namibe starts at midnight. I kid you not. At midnight people only start going out. Then they party untill 6 or 7 in the morning.

So, to my utter embarrassment, we fade and have nothing to show of Namibe.

I apologise.

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Old 10-09-2007, 08:16 PM   #465
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