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Old 11-18-2009, 11:21 AM   #16
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:04 AM   #17
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Mos Espa and the Chott el Djerid

This was the tour we did (the yellow line) on the next day:


Every oasis in southern Tunesia has a city gate, so as Nefta. Normally it´s not easy to take pictures of city gates because they are guarded by police-men.


This was our first gravelroad/ corrugated piste we took




This was the moment where I made my first experience of a real vibration test


At a certain point my lockout relay of the fuelpump took a free flight into the desert and the bike suddenly started to stammer and the engine stopped. No need to say that you´ll never find something again that flew off into a cleared sandy area.
Mr. White went back to the camp to get some wire and a tester. For me it was one hour of making the acquaintance of the desert (it was 36 C). After the return of Mr. White we hot-wired the relay and went ahead.








My mindset at this moment


A well on the way


Watch the dromedaries (they´re stupid!)


Finally: Mos Espa!




Greeting of the ADVrider










a view into the surroundings


On the way back




This was the excursion the scenery of Mos Espa. After the relay-thing and our first ride on a corrugated piste at nearly 40 C, we decided to have a siesta at our camp. The should bring much fun in the evening...


The date palm in front of our tent


Aaaaahhh - this is brik l´ouef. A crunchy and thin sort of dough filled with ground meat, herbs and an egg. The glair is solid and the yolk is fluent. Yummy!


Later that evening Flavio (the Italian Tenere-Rider in the pictures above) wanted to show us some nice tracks around. We agreed and we went there...


...into the Chott el Djerid. Geez, this was fun!!!!!!






Additionally the sun was setting and the light became nicer by ervery minute




three guys who have a shitload of fun


After a few minutes Mr. White wanted to throw some dirt - so this was my cue to get the cam ready... This was what happend next...








crop cicles?


the track


HA! Another Star Wars scenery. Nice light, isn´t it?


As already mentioned there is no sunset in the desert, its more like someone is switching the light off. So we headed back to the camp when we saw this


So, another day of riding around in Tunesia ended with a lot of fun and some impressions of vastness....



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Old 11-26-2009, 02:10 AM   #18
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The deep fried food you are eating is called Brik. Very good. I'm on my way down to Monastir for the Eid long weekend. I will most likely be eating some more Brik ;-)
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:56 PM   #19
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Nice pictures. Keep 'em coming...

Among all the great pictures, it was interesting to see the inside of ferry with all the other bikes. It is a small hint for the amount of bike traffic North Africa gets from Europe. I guess bringing the bikes into the hotel is a hint for the existence of a dark side of the region.

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Old 12-18-2009, 07:24 AM   #20
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The deep fried food you are eating is called Brik. Very good. I'm on my way down to Monastir for the Eid long weekend. I will most likely be eating some more Brik ;-)
Not deep fried, freshly made by the Chefs wife
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:30 AM   #21
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one comment to Mr. Blacks last post:

The below piture ist dedicated to inmate Diskow who showed me that this can be done even with the heavy 230kg AT when we were riding in Slovenia in this years European ADV rally:



Thanks Peter! Looking forward to riding with you again.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:49 AM   #22
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thanks for the RR...

to a place I want to go & on bikes I would like to own.

Keep it coming!!!
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:53 AM   #23
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one comment to Mr. Blacks last post:

The below piture ist dedicated to inmate Diskow who showed me that this can be done even with the heavy 230kg AT when we were riding in Slovenia in this years European ADV rally:



Thanks Peter! Looking forward to riding with you again.
Nice Pic and nice showboating

Enjoying the report - excellent!........keep it comming
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #24
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sorry for the long delay

Finally another day...

The plan for today was to have a look into the mountains north-west of Tozeur towards the Algerian border.



Again the warning to mind the Dromedairs. They tend to stand by the road, doing nothing. Then, when you're next to them, they suddenly jump in front of your vehicle.



approaching the mountains



first stop was another tourist attraction. This is a site where some scenes of the pod race from Episode 1 where shot.



They have a small train line going into the valley to a Phosphat mine. Massive rain in the last week swept away the rails. 7 people were killed, 20 still missing.
Some workers were fixing the line.



The place where the race was filmed:



there's always light at the end of the tunnel





walking with motocross gear in the heat was not so much fun, so we headed back to the bikes



another plam oasis on the way to the start of the so called Rommel-Piste, built by the Germans during WWII.



when there's water, there are date palms an olive trees.



the piste used to be on ground level but was swept away by the rain



but it was fun to ride anyway





by crossing this river bed Mr. Black had the first closer look to the ground. These riverbeds or wadis are filled with deep, soft and loose sand, tricky stuff...



finally on the Rommelpiste.



looking back on the Chott El Djerid



... and up into the mountains



on the steepest parts of the track there were concrete plates to prevent erosion



climbing higher



and higher





the old town of Tamerza. It's a tourist trap, we just had a short stop before we had to flee the locals who wanted to sell us everything from camels to their grandmothers.



approaching the Chot El Rharsa, the western part of the Chot El Jerid



and finally some Dromedaires by the side of the road. The belong to somebody but roam free







Back to Mr. Black for the next installment. We'll be moving our camp to the next area...

Cheers, Andy
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:12 PM   #25
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Crossing the Chott el Djerid on our way to Douz

Happy New Year to you all!!!
Ok, we wanted to move our camp to Douz. The street southwards was blocked by many military posts, so we chose the way straight thru the saltlake. A good decision as we should find out later.


After the rainfalls a week ago, most of the country was dry again...


The road seems to dissolve at the horizon


the flat land


the white stuff is salt...


Looking back to the oasis of Tozeur


Due to the rainfalls there was still some more water in the Chott than usual. The sky was reflecting in the water, so that you couldn´t see the horizon line...


The water is red of the ferrous salt


this was one of the most stunning views on our trip - standing in front of an endless colour gradient


the reflecting mountains


Another sandbank inthe endless Chott


This is one of the tales of the Chott el Djerid. Once there drove a tourist bus into the Chott and stuck. Instead of hauling the bus out, they left it there.




salt again - close up




we only move app. 30 kilometres and there is one picture to shoot after the other




After arriving in Douz we were advised to build up our tent under a palmleaf roof



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Old 01-11-2010, 12:26 PM   #26
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:41 PM   #27
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I'll be there (in Tunisia) on april, i can't wait.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:28 PM   #28
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Awesome pictures. I'm ready for some more.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:21 PM   #29
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Great so far blokes. Judging by the tracklog, there's more to come....
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:32 PM   #30
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Great so far blokes. Judging by the tracklog, there's more to come....
Sure, even though there was one day where i´ve better stayed in my sleeping bag... But this is a story to come (with two different views...)
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