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Old 10-24-2007, 09:00 PM   #721
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Originally Posted by dceggert
OK, I don't usually have much to contribute, but what I have been doing for a while is downloading this thread info into Word and trying my best to position it all to make sense. Then, I have tried to convert the whole thing into .pdf. Trying to find a place to put a 14MB file for access is another thing entirely! So, here is attempt #1 at some sort of consolidation.

If anyone else can put this together better using this info let me know. The .doc file is only 500k or so since it is all linked to right here in the thread!

So, without further is the link. I sure hope this works....

OK, the X-drive place didn't work. Here is attenpt #2:
@dceggert - would you be kind enough to add the latest posts by MJ to the PDF and posting it again? (once his last post is in)
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:09 PM   #722
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This is like a book you are enjoying so much you hate for it to come to the end. Again-thank you MJ for this report. Fantastic.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:24 PM   #723
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A fantastic adventure and exquisite photography & writing. You have been immortalised - everyone who has read this will remember you for the rest of their lives.

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Old 10-24-2007, 09:26 PM   #724
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I loved it. Very moving report.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:28 PM   #725
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Flexible Fuel Containers

I just discovered this thread today and had to read the whole thing in one sitting (at least the ride report sections, anyway) Well done.

Your idea of storing fuel in wine bags struck me as a good one that failed not for lack of inspiration but for lack of quality parts. Flexible fuel storage has been in use in the marine industry for some time. Something like this might be useful.

Quite expensive, and a little on the large side, but since it is collapsible, there would be no need to fill it all the way and it is a purpose built fuel carrier.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:17 PM   #726
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:21 PM   #727
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Angola, it's not like they said.

We had certain expectations when we planned this trip. The trip unfolded completely different though.

What we learned while doing our homework beforehand, just wasn't the case when we lived it.

They said that the border guards would be corrupt and that if they are not bribed, the crossing could take several hours.
We found the border guards to be wonderfully friendly and accomodating. Even though they spoke no English. Where I normally like to put a bit of distance between myself and the border post as soon as I'm cleared, here we spent time drinking beer with the Border Control people.

They said that Yelow Fever inocculation certificates would be checked. All of us had them, but two had been issued too recently to be effective.
We found that no-one even asked for it.

They said that the Police in every town will hassle us.
They said you need to have an explanation of your intent and an itinirary written in Portuguese to show the authorities in every town.
They said you needed many copies of passports and vehicle documentation to hand out.
Around this same time a well known adventurer, Kingsley Holgate, did much of our route. According to a magazine article they were arrested three times in Angolan towns.
We found none of that. In most towns we never interacted with the Police. Where we did it was more like striking up a friendship than anything official. We found them all to be very pleasant people.

Even our own expectations were totally wrong.
On my map, Monte Negro is not indicated. Yet we found a village with the bestest people ever.
We believed the Himba to be a reserved people who would find touching invasive. No such thing. They enjoyed the novelty no end. They are friendly, fun, and just people like you and me.
We expected to find a country still filled with ex combatants not yet integrated into society. The ones we found were people of the highest calibre, mature, responsible and people I now count as friends.
I saw Lubango as a city to be avoided, yet found diamonds there.
We certainly never expected to find a biker club.

In the end, every one of us felt the same way, we came to experience wild Africa, and what we found was people. Every one a pleasure to meet, every one welcoming us with open arms, every one with a smile, all willing to go out of their way to make our lives easier.

For us this trip was about the people.

Angola - it's just not the way they said it would be.

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Old 10-24-2007, 10:30 PM   #728
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This is a thread I'll not forget. Awesome ride! Thanks for taking the time and effort to share it.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:35 PM   #729
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:05 AM   #730
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Just want to add my thanks to all the rest. It was a fantastic adventure and it has been brilliant to be able to share in it even as a voyeur!!!
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:37 AM   #731
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I'm sad because it's ended!

This is the best report ever! When will you go for new adventures?
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:54 AM   #732
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Educational, humbling, thrilling, moving, eye-openning, oh yeah, and entertaining, too. First class. Thank you.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:10 AM   #733
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What an outstanding adventure! Despite other peoples experience, mine has tought me that good things happen to good people. Go with an open mind and kindness in your heart and you'll be amazed at what can happen. You have certainly proven that and in doing so given the rest of us a stunning example of humanity. Thank you.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:36 AM   #734
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The people you meet while riding make the ride so much more memorable.

Thanks again guys.

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Old 10-25-2007, 03:39 AM   #735
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