ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-01-2010, 04:53 AM   #46
The Jinx
I'm an angel... :p
 
The Jinx's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Oddometer: 239
Quote:
Originally Posted by metaljockey

I also do some waterproofing to electronics.


Is the waterproofing cannister recycled?

Cheers!
sbw
__________________
MY wish came true.....
'10 R 1200 Gelände/Straße

My other 2-wheels....
2008 Pinarello Prince Carbon (road bike)
2004 Ellsworth Truth (MTB)
The Jinx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 06:11 AM   #47
kktos
on a bright side of life
 
kktos's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: in front of Mare Nostrum
Oddometer: 2,345
Thumb

MJ, u witty smart boy....
u know how to entertain your audience !
Brilliant.
No to mention that yeah, those tracks look fantastic to ride on !
__________________
Vita brevis, ars longa, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile
08 R1200GSA Red 21" woody's
morocco 2006 | morocco 2007 | Traces of Kimangao: An HP2 in France, Spain and Italy | Morocco 2008: a F800GS test ride | where the destination is Anamur - Turkey via Greece...
kktos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 06:13 AM   #48
Colebatch
"Moto Porn"ographer
 
Colebatch's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Schmocation
Oddometer: 3,960
Lovely Stuff

I have to get down to your part of the world someday.

Like the Rox Risers too. I put them on my X a few months back. Great for the open terrain.
__________________
*** New Sibirsky Extreme Trail DVD Trailer HERE ***
Moroccan Extreme 2011 DVD available HERE
World Motorcycle Altitude Record video HERE
Sibirsky Extreme - The Home of Adventure Motorcycling in Siberia and Mongolia - On Facebook
Colebatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 06:20 AM   #49
SauS TaR-TaR
Go BaBy Go...
 
SauS TaR-TaR's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Bikini Bottom
Oddometer: 469
__________________
"Our Journey Is Still Far Away..."

"The Road May End... But Brotherhood Is Never End..."
SauS TaR-TaR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 07:16 AM   #50
quicktoys2
ADVrider junkie :)
 
quicktoys2's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Patras, Greece
Oddometer: 629
Another MetalJockey report ......... Thanks for sharing. Patiently waiting for more.
__________________
------------------------------------------------
'03 Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord
quicktoys2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 08:09 AM   #51
metaljockey OP
Dodgy SOB
 
metaljockey's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2005
Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Oddometer: 279
Bush camp to bush camp





Early and we are up and at them. Hennie makes it through the river only to drop his bike 5m up the bank. Check out the dry feet.





I don't make it up the bank and submerges most of my luggage, including my camera that is tied to the left mirror. I am very thankful for the waterproof ATG bag, thanks to it, my sleeping bag stays dry. But not my feet. FFS! 30m into the ride! Hennie has to come back and get his feet wet picking my waterlogged bike out of the river. Yeah baby, all for one and one for all.





And so I learn another lesson; don't camp this side of a river, camp on the other side. At least then you can start your day with dry feet.

Again lovely riding in the morning but today we must get a move on, we are heading towards the road connecting Malawi and Lusaka, and we need to cover about 500km so that we can get back to the good stuff.





One or two stops for beer,



two stops for fuel, and we are heading up the end of the Rift Valley. Half an hour after sunset we finally get a causeway to make camp on, the rest is just twin-track flanked by 2m tall grass.

This is going to be interesting. We were told that this route from Petauke to Mfuwe should be avoided until June, that is when the first vehicles can get through. We intend doing it in April. So we are not sure of what we'll find or whether we’ll be turned around.

We prepare by making sure we get some protein in, leg of goat.


metaljockey screwed with this post 06-02-2010 at 01:59 PM
metaljockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 08:26 AM   #52
metaljockey OP
Dodgy SOB
 
metaljockey's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2005
Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Oddometer: 279
Bush camp to Flatdogs





We wanted to do two things in Zambia. The first was to do the northern side of Lake Kariba. We succeeded in that and it was just the most brilliant riding. Highly recommendable. The second is to travel up the bottom of the Rift Valley, skirting South Luangwa National Park and if possible cross the Luangwa river and ride the corridor in between the North and South Parks. Like this.





Today we start this second stretch.

Camping in the road again.





I tried to dry some of my stuff out overnight, but it had little effect.

The early morning cold makes the camera lens mist up. My camera that stopped working after it's swim yesterday, seems to be recouperating, no screen yet, but it is at least switching on. The amount of grass in this place is just mind boggling.









It looks like this hut was built using a tin can.





Again us and the grass. This was a proper road in the dry season. The only reason we can ride here now is that the villagers kept it open with foot traffic.





What makes the Luangwa valley different to the rest of Zambia is that it lies so low, 500m above sea level, and the fact that it consists largely of black cotton soil.

Cotton soil is the thing we fear most. If we are going to fail in our quest, it will most likely be because of black cotton soil in muddy form.

Cotton soil is a bastard. When it is wet it is clay that defies any vehicular travel. ALL vehicular travel. If you want to move, it's on foot only, and even then it is very unpleasant. It has the consistency of.... well I can't think of something. Depending on how wet it is, it can be slush or clay that is soft and deep. I saw some elephant tracks that are easily half a meter deep, when I stand in it the ground level is above knee height. Yet it does not close up like normal mud, it keeps it's shape. When it dries it goes rock hard. It has to be physically hacked apart into fist sized pieces to allow vehicles to travel there again. So it is kak when it's wet and it is kak when it's dry.

Throughout the morning we fight our way through grass on a single track, very little airflow here.

















The reason we are able to travel here at all is because this road was constructed of different soil brought in from elsewhere. When you stray off this surface, even just one foot, the cotton soil gets ya. Like so.





The fresh elephant dung isn't helping to lift Hennie's spirits. Towrope time again.





Could this be the end of the road for us?





The surface going in looks good, so we go with the hope that it gets better somewhere out front instead of worse.





We make it but shortly thereafter we come to what looks like the end.





Deep water and a muddy bottom. No visibility through the water to see what's going on below and we cannot see the end either. A friendly local appears from the bush and assures us that this is a good road”. These Zambians, definitely a different frame of reference. He also walks in to prove his point and Hennie is convinced and he is off.





I take a look at this shit and it really looks like a bad idea to me.





Hennie stops somewhere ahead and calls for me to come, so I go.





So we leapfrog and keep going.





Except for one hole where a side stream flows through it is actually not too bad and we make it through to the other side. From here on the road is gone though and the going gets more difficult. We have a track to follow on the GPS but it does not take into account the many places where the road had reverted to large muddy bogs and the various new tracks cut from the bush to go around it.

When we get lost down the wrong track however, you just need to shut down the motor and within minutes you will hear someone shouting to lead you to the right path.





Thick stuff though and sweaty work to get a bike turned around in there. Every time you put a foot out it gets snagged in the underbrush and you have to stop to extract your foot.







It doesn't take long for us to start running low on water.





And then, out of nowhere you run into a teacher on a roadbike with slick tyres.





From here the road starts opening up and we see the first vehicle tracks. Good news, we are going to make it to Mfuwe at least without being turned around.

Also we get to a clear stream where we can fill up on water. Things are looking up.





When we start to get good quality open tracks I start having visions of cold beers at a lodge.





The GPS shows that we should be able to get to Mfuwe by 13h30.Thinking of beers and checking the ETA is of course a mistake. One should never get impatient to get somewhere.









We are in a Game Management Area adjoining the park.





We keep riding and riding and It feels like we are getting nowhere. Because this is an area used for game viewing, there are paths all over and with the rains playing havoc, it is dead end after dead end running into mud bogs and washaways.

On top of this I start feeling not so well. I need to stop to rest every so often and am a little disoriented.

I think our eating regime, which consists of coffee in the morning and one meal at the end of the day, is catching up with us.
We have also now been riding hard for more than a week straight and at some stage you can expect your body to figure out that there is a moron in charge and that it needs to protect itself.





We have some goat and kapenta to try to get some octane into the system again.





Thornycroft giraffe, it is different from what we have in South Africa. These are smaller and have a more defined coat. Should make a killer seat cover.









Then Hennie again opts to ride next to the track to avoid a deep mud hole and gets the exact same result as earlier.





The mud holes may be deep but at least there is some traction if you stay in the track. And that brown muck is pleasantly warm when it fills your boots.





F@ck.





This stuff is not doing your chain, sprocket, bushes, bearings or brake pads any good.





After having bodily ripped that loaded 800 out of the bog, we both suffer from jelly-arms and shortly thereafter Hennie loses the front on a muddy patch and goes down hard. The right footpeg gets bent right back so that it is not usable anymore. Also one of the 5l petrol containers pops it's top and floods a pannier.
We end up having to burn a lot of stuff that is now unusable.

And so 13H30 passes, as does14H30, then 15H30 and 16H30. We finally roll to a stop at Flatdogs Camp just after 17h00.

Man, I am glad to get here and man I am finished. It feels like I am living in someone else's body and that oke is really not well at all.

We agree that we need to take a rest day tomorrow. Hennie needs some time to get his footpeg working again in any event.





The Luangwa river, we are planning to cross it in a couple of days time.









Nice platform tent sites, hippos are in camp every night. You actually have guards walking you from your tent to the restaurant and back. They keep an eye on where the hippos are grazing and make sure that you avoid them.





I sleep like a dead man.


metaljockey screwed with this post 06-02-2010 at 01:59 PM
metaljockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 09:59 AM   #53
quicktoys2
ADVrider junkie :)
 
quicktoys2's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Patras, Greece
Oddometer: 629
You guys rock !!! ........... balls of titanium I tell you.

More please
__________________
------------------------------------------------
'03 Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord
quicktoys2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 10:14 AM   #54
DirtDriven
Not Cheap,Thrifty
 
DirtDriven's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: True North, GA
Oddometer: 299
Man this looks like a awesome trip!!! Subscribed !!
__________________
" The only difference between crazy people and sane people are crazy people talk about the thoughts going on in their head "
DirtDriven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 11:26 AM   #55
AngryScot
.
 
AngryScot's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: ☼ Ca ☼
Oddometer: 18,307
wonderful
__________________
⊕R1200GS⊕ For sale soon, snap it up and contact me.
⊕Zuma 125⊕For sale soon, snap it up and contact me.
Save $5 on Smugmug "so9RUAXlMm0bE"
AngryScot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 11:50 AM   #56
Navel
Omphaloskeptical
 
Navel's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Galicia, Spain. Exiled in Madrid.
Oddometer: 152
Blij dat je terug is op advrider!!, I think I have been reading your Angola RR on a monthly basis, it just makes me feel good...Anyway thanks for this new RR

...maar nou droom ek niet alleen van Angola maar ook van Zambië.
Navel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 11:58 AM   #57
NikonVT
Gettin Bruced Again
 
NikonVT's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Lakes Region, NH
Oddometer: 2,445
what are you guys doing for distances each day?

Awesome report
__________________
-Will
01 Tigger

Bras cause cancer.
NikonVT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 12:01 PM   #58
Rocktruggy03
No re-tread here...
 
Rocktruggy03's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Virginia
Oddometer: 103
Nice platform tent sites, hippos are in camp every night. You actually have guards walking you from your tent to the restaurant and back. They keep an eye on where the hippos are grazing and make sure that you avoid them.





I sleep like a dead man.

 [/quote]

That is awesome! Love the idea of sleeping on a platform to escape the hippos. What a great trip.
__________________
Heavy is the head that eats the crayons.


2008 KLR650
Rocktruggy03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 12:07 PM   #59
Baldy
Site Owner
 
Baldy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2001
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Oddometer: 8,904
Home. Page. Shots.
__________________
Home page photos
Baldy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2010, 12:10 PM   #60
Laurus
Greenhorn on a Vespa
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Sliedrecht, Holland
Oddometer: 46
Wow, how cool is this! You guys rock!
Laurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014