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Old 09-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #5581
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waiting to see your African tour !!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:13 AM   #5582
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Wonder if you have enough room on all your gear to put these on: Backpack Flags

What's the current country count up to now?
22 countries to date. No room for all the flags....
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:22 AM   #5583
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South African ride starts in one week.

Enjoying hanging out in Cape Town with Jorg. This is a very rough idea of the route. It will take us through Lesutho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Nambia before arriving back in Cape Town. About 6 week ride and 7-8,000 Km.



While Jorg was busy servicing 3 different KLRs....



I was designing a small tool box to fit into my bike behind the side panniers on the no exhaust side.

Laying it out in Cardboard, cutting and folding like a origami.



Something like this.



It will be wedged up here, not obstructing the vertical suspension.



Looks like we are joining a group riding out east tomorrow. More photos soon!

:ride Africa !
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:36 AM   #5584
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Hi Mark, I look everyday for updates that you post. Every month a friend and I go to a VA Alzhiemers unit and my friend sings old gospel songs to them, I back him up sometimes. You can see that the old music touches something somewhere in thier memory, they will sometimes sing along a little or clap to the music. I often think of you when we do this, for I see some of what you did for you wife. I hope to never personally experience this terrible disease, but for a little while, we can give those vets a little enjoyment.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:07 AM   #5585
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Looks like you have a great route. I see you are skipping Angola remember it's not like they said
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:08 PM   #5586
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Hi Mark, I look everyday for updates that you post. Every month a friend and I go to a VA Alzhiemers unit and my friend sings old gospel songs to them, I back him up sometimes. You can see that the old music touches something somewhere in thier memory, they will sometimes sing along a little or clap to the music.
Bravo my friend. Awesome. to just make a little joy in their lives. and not be afraid of our older people that are suffering for all kinds of disease. Love this!! Keep up the good work!
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #5587
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SOUTH AFRICA

Normally I would start with a post then video...... But yesterday was awesome!




We started off early at about 6:30 to get to Caledon meeting pint. In cape Town it was foggy, but was a beautiful way to start the ride. What I am struck by right away, is the people that are along all the roadsides, including the roadways that you are riding 120KM



Riding out into the mountains the sky clears, as we look back at Cape Town.



Table Mountain above the clouds.



Lily taking photos of the beautiful scenery!



More signs that make me smile.



The mist across the rolling hills is a great way to start the day!



We arrive but need petrol. They fill your motorbike...



We arrive for the Canola Run. It is a big event on Wild Dogs forum here. Was great to see so many other riders of all kinds of bikes!



The bike got a little attention as people realized I was not from here Photos of the stickers and QR code to see the blog page



Quickly we are off riding through some beautiful countryside and farmlands. The Canola is in full bloom just weeks away from Harvest!




Gets to some mud and water crossings right away



The group stops for some breaks and chats along the way!



At the first stop, I am introduced to brothers Loekie on the left and "jimjim" on the right. "jimjim" says he has been following along from near the beginning of my journey! so cool to meet people who have followed my Ride Report all along. Satisfaction that someone is actually reading and engaging in my Adventure!



A few guys put Radioman Stickers on their motorbikes (photo Courtesy of Lily )



Then more riding!





Through the fields and around the farmlands we go!





And of course we take some time to smell the flowers!



And time to chat with some local riders! Great to meet all of you! Hope to stay in touch



Lily is a great photographer, so you will see some good shots for the time she is riding with Jorg!!



This day deserves my first South Africa Jump!!



and with Jorg, as we will be riding a 6 week loop starting next week. It will take us through 5-6 countries before returning to Cape Town. It will be amazing!



I did suck in a bit of dust and dirt today But huge smiles all around or a sunny and beautiful day riding here!






We roll into the Be Well Canola farm in the afternoon for a little lunch! Great ride on the Canola Run! So glad I was here for it, as it only happens once per year! Thanks Jorg and Lily


Then a ride back along the ocean! spectacular mountains as we are riding that way!





Fun roads as well!



Yup. Deserves another big jump!! Fantastic scenery and riding!



Lily taking photos....



We ride back into Cape Town late in the day!



An amazing day riding in South Africa. I am Stoked for the exploring and riding that is to come! Tired but excited at the end of a good days ride!



And of course the bike now looks like an adventure bike again.



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Old 09-08-2013, 04:11 AM   #5588
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Looks like you have a great route. I see you are skipping Angola remember it's not like they said
Thanks Al. This is just my first ride with Jorg We wills see what else I decide to ride while here in Africa. The plans after this ride are basically wide open!
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:22 AM   #5589
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Hey Mark - great to see you are still going and made it to another continent… Africa to boot… but of course you would have… cheers from NZ. Go well.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:01 AM   #5590
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Thumb Awesome Video & Pics

Kudos Lily for some great shots! Look'n forward to seeing more. How cool was the fly by of the plane in the video choreographed with the perfect song.

Mark, the bar has been raised on how this r/r gets documented. Good stuff! Thanks
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #5591
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We arrive for the Canola Run. It is a big event on Wild Dogs forum here. Was great to see so many other riders of all kinds of bikes!

Is that an large arrow on the roof of the Church??
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:15 AM   #5592
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Last evening, Julie and I were discussing your trip Mark. When I brought her up to date with your current locale, she asked if I thought it would be difficult for you to reengage the corporate life after this trip has reached the final mile. My response was,

"I doubt it. Mark just lives in the moment. When that time comes, he will transition seamlessly." Keep enjoying every mile Mark . Thanks for your continual updates.
I don't know about the rest of you - but I like to think Mark's transition "back" to the corporate world will involve a job with BMW, Touratech, KLIM or a company like Motoquest.

Not only does he have a wealth of experience, but he's got the personality for it as well.

Any offers yet, Radioman?
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:57 PM   #5593
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Have indeed been following your RR! Was nice meeting you on the Canola Run. And for anyone who hasn't met Radioman yet, the jump photos are a true reflection of his personality. A big man with a big heart.

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Old 09-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #5594
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Is that an large arrow on the roof of the Church??
Just pointing to where Radioman parked his bike (actually just the roof line or the gable.... too funny)

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Old 09-08-2013, 02:31 PM   #5595
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cheers from NZ. Go well.
Thanks! Cheers to you. Hope all is well!
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