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Old 06-25-2010, 07:20 AM   #376
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I am in total awe. This report was one of the best written and recorded trips that I have seen on ADV. What an undertaking, I only wish I was 25 years younger so that I could try something like this.

Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:15 PM   #377
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great read and even better photos.
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:04 PM   #378
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Wow!

Absolutely amazing. No words for the sort of crazy you are, but it's the good kind to be sure. :)

I can only dream of such adventure, and you are an excellent photographer and storyteller as well. Keep it up, and happy riding!
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:39 AM   #379
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MJ ...... you should get together with these guys http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585918 ...... just image the ride report you would provide us with
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:46 PM   #380
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F'n awesome!
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:37 AM   #381
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Eek Mosquitos my ASS!!!

What an awesome adventure!! And I thought Alabama mosquitos were a bitch. Thanks for sharing your trip, I am not worthy.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:57 AM   #382
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Apart from the fantastic hardcore ride, this is the best ride report I have read to date. Right amount of pics and excellent writing!

The whole tale reminds me of The Lord of The Rings when Frodo and Samwise are down to a few crumbs of lembas elf bread and battle on in fatigue, despair, and friendship.

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Old 07-08-2010, 06:26 AM   #383
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A ride well ridden and a story well told.

Thanks for taking us along, MJ. I finished reading two days ago and I still feel like I'm there.

Where to next...?
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:41 PM   #384
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Lions!!!

Were you nervous riding with Lions in the area? I've ridden with lots of bears in the area but they eat mostly berries and insects.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:56 PM   #385
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This guys wearing a leather jacket , can't be all that hot

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Old 07-25-2010, 10:45 AM   #386
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Were you nervous riding with Lions in the area? I've ridden with lots of bears in the area but they eat mostly berries and insects.
Yes, after running into them, we were a bit shaken. Especially as the visibility was nowhere because of it being so overgrown.
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:36 PM   #387
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You showed a picture of what looked like a fly with a large stinger or something coming out the front of it. Was that a tsetse fly? Are they venomous?

I've had days a bit like your 'bad' day when I kept dropping the bike and had no idea how long the impossible to ride stretch went on. At one point I said to myself that if I go down once more, I'm just going to stay down & fall asleep in my kit. Yet my day when that hit me wasn't nearly as bad as yours. I may have often fallen, but there were no scary insects or animals around & I was on rutted dry roads with rocks - not mud.

Beats me how you guys managed to keep on keeping on.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:39 AM   #388
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You showed a picture of what looked like a fly with a large stinger or something coming out the front of it. Was that a tsetse fly? Are they venomous?
No, that is not a tsetse fly, it was something that stayed in the shade and near moisture. It hurts pretty bad when that thing penetrates.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:50 AM   #389
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No, that is not a tsetse fly, it was something that stayed in the shade and near moisture. It hurts pretty bad when that thing penetrates.
I like others (who've probably never been to Africa) am amazed that you freely went into the rivers and even drank river water straight. The legend of Africa told to me is that doing either was either immediately fatal or a slow death from some sort of parasite.

As to the tsetse fly, where I'm from we used to have swarms of mosquitoes which were so dense that you couldn't see a person even a few meters away if in such a swarm (near most rivers). The white colonizers responded by an eradication program which sprays several times a year bringing the numbers down to something reasonable.

I'm supposing that the back country where you were is too remote or poor or both to have such a program against this fly.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:18 AM   #390
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i have to ride zambia one day looks like an awesome trip!!!a good read!!
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