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Old 02-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #1171
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I read the entire report a year or two ago but decided to read the entire report again. It's that good. It deserves to be bumped back to the top every so often just in case there is someone out there who has not read it yet.

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:09 AM   #1172
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What Klaviator said! +1 I've read it several times. It's a "go-to" story in the dead of winter while suffering from cabin fever.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #1173
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New fan

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:05 PM   #1174
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More than one million views

Out of an estimated 20,000 threads (40 per line x 500 pages) Yes i see that there are 733 pages, a bunch seem to have been moved.

There are currently only 11 Ride Report threads that can claim the additional fame of being members of the 1 million + views club.

Glen is way closer to his 3 millionth view than the 1 mark.
Doug is here twice...looks like your dirtster is a bit more popular than the panhead.
Clayton appears to engage his readers so much in his stories that they are to mesmerized to reply.

Would be great if the mods could let us know how many subscribers each of them have.

Thread Title - Start Date n Time - Replies - Views
Striking Viking bumming the world (On the road again) 05-12-2004, 01:43 AM 7,022 2,988,422
Quit my job to go on a "little" ride....US Tour '07 02-11-2007, 12:42 AM 5,363 1,837,533
Seattle to Argentina on a KLR650 05-07-2006, 05:01 PM 1,264 1,610,653
The BAM Road - ultimate test of man and machine 12-14-2009, 08:00 AM 1,646 1,538,485
Can a Harley make it to Magadan? 04-27-2011, 03:04 PM 2,490 1,441,766
The Mobius Trip 05-23-2008, 06:33 PM 4,880 1,367,401
From Estonia with love (Round the World awesome ADVenture!!) 06-30-2009, 11:05 AM 2,559 1,318,875
Angola, it's not like they said. 09-23-2007, 03:40 AM 1,175 1,237,584
Sydney to London on a105cc Honda callled Dot 05-04-2009, 07:47 AM 2,878 1,204,865
Siberian Extreme 2010 - Back for More 07-21-2010, 08:27 AM 1,820 1,076,804
The WRONG Way Round.... on a Chopper! 05-07-2009, 07:26 PM 1,583 1,067,433
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:13 AM   #1175
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I've some stuff to attend to, back on Monday.

And if the previous post makes me sound like a pussy, I don't care. That is what I experienced at the time.
[QUOTE=metaljockey;5430187]Here's the thing.

There's a section today renowned for taking vehicles. The reason is that the waves break straight onto a dune face. There is no beach to ride on. It's about 80km long with here and there a place where there is a break in the dune. About 40 km of it though, has no break. Just waves and dune. It is referred to as the "doodsakker". I don't know what the translation is but it is a term used when you are lying in ambush. It refers to the area where the enemy has to be before you open fire.

You cannot go around. As the waves break straight onto the dune, the only way to get through is to use the intertidal area at low tide. It is sloped, soft and not very wide. You have to be quick or get caught. Have a look.






Sitting in an office in Angola I discovered this RR and what a discovery! The past two days just flew by “working” hard at reading your inspiring report J
My two cents’ worth…
Being a true blooded clutch plate or rock spider (common terms used for Afrikaner boers) the word “doodsakker” literally translates to “acre of death” and in general refers to a cemetery. Aptly named given the terrain you crossed…
I have joined DesertSweeper on two of his adventures from Nairobi to Cape Town and now regret not taking more pictures but mainly saving the experience to my dodgy memory. You managed to share your adventure to the point where one almost feels you were there. Truly appreciated my many.
Randomly ended up doing a trip through Transkei with Hennie some time ago and he is one crazy bugger. I recall coming face to face with a steep mountainside covered with ridiculous boulders. When I asked Hennie how we were going to find a way up, he replied with an amused expression: “It’s easy, point the nose of the bike up and throttle!” At this point he took off like a mountain goat skipping from boulder to boulder in what seemed to me like some form of wild control. I arrived at the top many moons later, fatigued and having come very close to a heart attack. Hennie looked amused again

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #1176
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Simply the best RRs by Metal jockey. Its like a National Geographic episode with motorbikes! Awesome!!!
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #1177
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Epic report for sure.

Where is MJ? We haven't seen a new RR or post from him in a while. I hope all is well.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:00 AM   #1178
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Epic report for sure.

Where is MJ? We haven't seen a new RR or post from him in a while. I hope all is well.
Just logged on thinking the same!

MJ?
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:47 AM   #1179
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Yip, I'm still alive and kicking, thanks for caring.

I did two trips this year, one in Guatemala and one in Argentina. Otherwise just the odd weekend here and there. I hope to do something interesting again next year. Just need to check out time frames.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:50 AM   #1180
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Yip, I'm still alive and kicking, thanks for caring.

I did two trips this year, one in Guatemala and one in Argentina. Otherwise just the odd weekend here and there. I hope to do something interesting again next year. Just need to check out time frames.
Well fk, man, share them!
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #1181
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Glad you turned up today mate. I've been away from bikes and advrider for several years. Got another bike recently and came sniffing back around...

Wonder if that metaljockey guy is still writing?

Yip!

I first read your Angola story as you posted it. In the years since, I have either told, or heard, this story around campfires and in pubs from Baja to Canada and from the Pacific to Atlantic.

I hope you know what an impact your writing has made in this world. Carry on!
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:18 PM   #1182
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I hope you know what an impact your writing has made in this world. Carry on!
+1 amigo.

MJ, you're the man. Every ride report you've posted has been riveting. True adventure spirit.

Ok, now that I've got the grab assin and butt kissin out of the way, let's hear some more Metal Jockey goodness!
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:25 PM   #1183
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5 or 6 years of reading and this thread never gets old

again thanks for taking the time to share a great journey
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:44 AM   #1184
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At one time there were many threads rated 5 star................since they use Metaljockey as the 5 star standard they are far and few between. MJ's ride reports are defining.....................can't wait for more.............
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:25 PM   #1185
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Great reading, I read the entire post twice just to make sure I did not miss anything.

I have never had the chance to see the main land of Africa (made is to the Cape Verde islands), but my father lived in South Africa for many years before making it to the USA back in 1959, he then again moved to Nigeria around 1989 and lived there for a few years prior to his death in 1994. I never truly understood his obsession with Africa, after reading this, I am starting to understand the draw to this magical place, thanks for helping me open my eyes!
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