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Old 01-21-2011, 07:28 AM   #1
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The plan is to ride from South Africa to Norway in 5 months and document it along the way. There is only one problem. Our bikes are not showing up. They were supposed to be here 3 weeks ago. In the mean time we have done the following...

This is Nick


This is me aka Luke


We like doing hand stands in weird places. This is the pool in our hostel where we have been staying for the last 3 weeks.


I guess we need a picture of the bikes. Right now they are somewhere between Chicago and Cape Town. 2008 KTM 690 2009 BMW F800GS


I type in Orange

Nick aka nrader types in Green

We have a website set up where we post official entries, but I personally like this place better, so I'll be posting here quite often. Maybe I'll even be able to finish this ride report, unlike my last one.

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Old 01-21-2011, 07:29 AM   #2
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:21 AM   #3
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Shark Diving

The bikes are at the Cape Town Airport now. They should clear customs monday morning (tomorrow)

We went shark diving off the coast of South Africa. This is a little video I made.

Shark Diving off the coast of South Africa.

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Old 01-23-2011, 04:31 AM   #4
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Good to see you back posting another trip. Neat video in the cage.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:47 AM   #5
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Looks like that third dude in the hot tube aint wearing trunks.

Not that there ia anything wrong with that....

Just makes headstands dangerous I guess....
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:18 AM   #6
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:03 AM   #7
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:27 AM   #8
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Getting There

Crating up the bikes was a semi-stressful event, but in the end we were really happy with the finished product. It was a 2-day event and Mr. Nick managed to skip out of day 2 due to a "work party." You see Nick is an enginer and quit his job to do this trip.



Crate Finished



The next day we drove around clare getting paperwork notorized and making copies for Worldwide Shipping Co. We drove down to Chicago to drop off the bikes. The guys working there were really friendly, but didn't have muh info for us. Apparently they are just the 3rd party that takes the crate to the airport. We just signed a release paper and left. So now we are driving back to Clare without the bikes. We havn't paid for shipping and just hope that our quote was accurate. Well, the quote wasn't accurate. They tacked on another $400 haha.



I tend to put things off till the last minute and packing for the trip was no exception. Finally at 6:30 a.m. after an all-nighter I was ready to leave.



The morning we left Nick's dad who is an anesthetist taught me how to stich up an orange and went through the med kit that he put together for us. We are pretty much a mini-pharmacy. Typical airport stuff happened next, I got my cell phone turned off for the next 5 months. I didn't call my friend Jesse Neil and I got called out for it via facebook. (sorry Jesse)

we landed in Frankfurt and had to claim our checked luggage because the layover would be 10 hours. We checked it back in, then took a train to the city. The ticket booth was confusing so we just hopped on the train sans tickets. It worked out ok and we made it just fine.



It was really cold there with snow and ice on the ground. It's alwasy cool to see the weird cars and bikes that they don't have in America.



This would be the last picture taken where I am not sweating profusely.


back on the place we slept and woke up to some eggs and spinach.


It started getting light and the clouds parted.... AFRICA!!!!!!!!!!! This is Namibia


After the 11 hour flight we land in Cape Town South Africa stinky, greasy and happy. Now time to find a place to stay for the night.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:04 AM   #9
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I will be looking forward to this story!!!

What happened to the Husky?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:20 AM   #10
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going to be an interesting ride report!

great videos on your site, how did you make the intro/outro? really cool!
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:39 AM   #11
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can't what to read it looks good so far.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:09 AM   #12
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:42 PM   #13
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looks good! I want to see that 690 in action!
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:56 PM   #14
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I will be looking forward to this story!!!

What happened to the Husky?
I ended up selling it to my friend for 3 grand. The bike will not die!!!
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:59 PM   #15
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going to be an interesting ride report!

great videos on your site, how did you make the intro/outro? really cool!
My friend who is a multimedia genius, does the intros and animation. He uses Adobe After Effects. I cut the videos using Premiere Pro.
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