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Old 08-22-2008, 12:58 PM   #31
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Thanks to share, I'm waiting the following RR.

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:55 PM   #32
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I have a feeling this is going to be a long ride.

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Old 08-22-2008, 09:51 PM   #33
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Hi

Welcome to my first RR, of my solo trans-Africa adventure.

As you can see I'm a posting n00b but I've been lurking around advrider for about two years now, and owe so much to the useful folks & resources that I thought I'd write an exclusive ride report.




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Freakin' awesome. Looks like an incredible adventure.



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Old 08-23-2008, 01:45 AM   #34
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Eye and attention catching prelude.
Already subscribed.
Looking forward to more of your RR.
Good rides.
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:16 AM   #35
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Excellent thread! I got my seat.

And, your quote below is brilliant! Well said.
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:26 PM   #36
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:52 PM   #37
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Subscribed to what should be a great adventure.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:47 AM   #38
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:15 AM   #39
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I can't wait to read more!
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:27 AM   #40
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Tunisia

AFRICAN ENDURO - Tunisia

As I said in the previous post, I was busting to get back into the saddle and onto African soil. I kitted-up and rode off the ferry - for the first time realising that this dream was really taking place. I was spared a lengthy customs procedure as they were more interested in the 200 French 4X4's on the ferry that were attending a rally somewhere in the desert.

As I rode out of the port I experienced for the first time the amazing feeling of adventure riding. I had (purposely) only researched places to stay in the major Capital cities where I would be doing bike services, so here I was riding through a foreign land not knowing what was around the next corner, where I would be sleeping or what I would be eating. Marvelous!

Actually I had seen what I could be eating - fresh roadside barbecued lamb. I passed through a number of road-side stopovers where you chose your preferred cut of meat and it was then thrown on the flames. I noticed a local guy who fancied a cut that wasn't available on any of the carcasses so another one of the tied-up animals bit the dust. Africa is not for vegetarians - just up my street.



Lamb barbecue. No refrigerators in these parts, so meat gets consumed rapidly.




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I tracked the coast for a couple of days, heading in a Southerly direction. As I was to find out throughout my trip, camp sites don't really exist in some countries and I didn't want to chance road-side camping by myself so early in the trip so I clocked into cheap hotels I found along the way.


El Jem, an impressive Roman Colosseum I passed-by


These people had clearly come for a show. I would have loved to give them a demo of some KTM circle-work but access was tricky.

The riding was mostly on tarmac but the surface was pretty rough - prefect for the KTM's suspension. In many of the small villages I passed through the locals would gesture me to lift the front wheel - but I didn't want to be showing off so early in the trip (bad karma). As I suspected a bike as big as mine (above a 125cc) and packed with loads of gear is an absolute rarity in almost all of Africa (except the South) and it was flattering being such a head-turner.


After the attempted theft in France I slept very close to my bike - in this case next to it in this courtyard.

My final leg in Tunisia was to leave the coast and hit the desert in an Easterly tangent to get to the border of Libya. This was my first encounter with the sahara desert, which would be my constant companion for at least the next 8,000km's until Ethiopia. I was stoked to be out in the middle of nowhere and on some dirt.


Ahhh, a dirt road.


My 'Ride the World' sticker looked like it was made for this bike.

When I was a few hundred k's from the Libyan border I started looking out for a top-up of fuel. There was none to be found except this chap selling a large variety of octane's out of dirty containers. He wouldn't accept my Esso reward points and was all out of cappuccino's so I took my business some place else.



That's all for now - the next post (Libya) would be my biggest border-post gamble as I had heard of countless travelers being declined entry recently.

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Old 08-24-2008, 09:33 AM   #41
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You don't got your visa for Libya before you left ?

Anyway good start, keep it coming
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:36 PM   #42
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I noticed a local guy who fancied a cut that wasn't available on any of the carcasses so another one of the tied-up animals bit the dust.




Those goats look nervous.

Looking forward to this, keep it coming!!
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:59 PM   #43
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Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the rest of your journey.
What tires did you choose to run?
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:56 PM   #44
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Great report. I am hooked so keep it coming!
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:11 PM   #45
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Wow, keep it coming!

We're in and ready to ride with you!
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