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Old 09-13-2013, 12:36 AM   #5611
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After Marks spending spree I have confiscated his wallet.
Or else we might have to cut our trip short, that would not be acceptable.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:02 AM   #5612
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #5613
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One more photo of Table Mountain as I ride to finish all prep for the ride beginning tomorrow Morning!

Another country and always different power plugs



Just a couple of photos of my finished tool box. All Blacked out!



Installed! total material, bending, Welding, Lock, and black tape. around 400 Rand ($40.00). Time building the box. Priceless!



Jorg Needed to return a Harley to a customer. So we took a ride to Camps Bay near Table Mountain.



Stunning day overlooking Camps Bay.



Looking back up to Table Mountain. Will get up to the top on the Gondola after we return from our 6 + week ride. Looks stunning!!



and the living creatures are out enjoying the day as well.



Such a great day that Lily suggested that we stop for lunch in Camps Bay



Here we are all enjoying a lovely lunch before our big ride begins! New friends in South Africa!



BAck at Jorg and Lily's and Jorg found a few broken welds on his pannier rack. So he welds them up! getting ready! almost there!



I installed my new Sena com system so I can talk with Jorg and Lily during the ride. (no singing allowed!



Just a couple of shots with the bike all packed up for the ride. Note. New Tank bag (looks too clean for my bike), and the new Flying Brick luggage on the back.



Nice set up with lots of outside pockets, and easy to see inside the rest of the bags.



Very Tidy work!

Two big sections with zip open tops. I think I am going to like this new set up!!



Chris is a biker and designed the luggage. Well thought out. Will see how the trip goes. Here is the link for you to see his video about the bags.

http://www.flyingbrick.co.za


As part of thsi journey, I am learning all kinds of new and different words. We would say Barbecue, and here in South Africa it is Braai



Tomorrow morning we will be riding east out of Cape Town. To see Swartberg Pass, the Hel. as we start our ride together. No internet for a few days ! Will just have to see how internet availability will be....

Stay Tuned - Africa Calling
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:59 AM   #5614
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Hey Mark!!! Yep.........still following two years later!! Wow, has it really been that long.

Seems that Sam has ventured out of the northwest and is heading to Texas and maybe KW so I shot him a PM with an invite to the Casa!!!!!! I managed a couple of trips myself this year, Ecuador offroad and a run to Saint Anthony, New Foundland. No RRs just yet, hoping to get to them soon!!

Anyways..........Anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Great Radioman Adventure!!! Enjoy life, ride hard, ride safe!!

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:29 PM   #5615
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Anyways..........Anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Great Radioman Adventure!!! Enjoy life, ride hard, ride safe!!

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A & A Heading out in the Am....
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #5616
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After Marks spending spree I have confiscated his wallet.
Or else we might have to cut our trip short, that would not be acceptable.
You could post up that really neat Flying Brick bag in the Flea Market for him, I'm SURE that there's another F800 rider who'd be more than happy to take that set off his hands...

I wonder what shipping would be from South Africa?
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #5617
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That flying brick luggage is pretty nifty
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:05 PM   #5618
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:56 AM   #5619
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Guess it's ok to say hi to Mark and Andy.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #5620
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I like the looks of that Flying Brick luggage. I watched the video but didn't search for availability in the U.S. I suspect I just get to drool over what's available somewhere else but not here.

I'm glad you have someone showing your around and keeping track of your wallet. Looking forward to the things you will be showing us next.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #5621
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this is great stuff. I I have fond memories of Cape Town, but once you get out, you'll begin to see Africa!
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:50 PM   #5622
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Back again....

Mark,

Sorry I lost contact with your travels for awhile but I'm back and happy to see that things are going good at this point. I've got some catching up to do but I'll get there now that things are working again! You've done an amazing job of keeping in touch so thanks for that.

Stay safe,

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Old 09-15-2013, 03:32 PM   #5623
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:24 AM   #5624
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Guess it's ok to say hi to Mark and Andy.

Hey Marty!!! We were just talking about you!!! I have some pics to send you, awesome shots of my WWMHD sticker!!!!!

Let us know when you lock down you January run to KW!! Get your reservation in early at The A2 Resort!!
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:31 PM   #5625
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Riding in Africa...... September 16th, 2013

The night before we leave on this part of the ride..... We needed to pair our Sena Comm systems. Was funny walking around the house waiting for the process to happen.



Lily just continues with dinner





Bikes all packed, rain slowing down as we depart!



Cape Town to Swartberg Pass then“Die Hel” Excited about beginning our ride!(as always as I start off on a new phase of the ride) Went to bed fairly early, but heard the wind and rain start sometime in the night. The alarm went off at 5:30… I could hear the rain and wind. Hit the snooze which I never do. Too early to ride in the rain. Jorg and Lily did the same.

Finally got up and had breakfast before departing at 8:30 Was still cloudy, and little rain when we rode east on the N1 to get out to ride over Swartberg Pass and into “die Hel” (Gamkaskloff). It is on every South African Adventure riders list to ride someday!



no rain in the tunnel



Lily pressing the rocks apart so we can ride through



We turn off the N1 and head toward the mountains. New Animal signs and things to watch out for.



We stop in Prince Albert, which is the last town on our ride to Swartberg.



On the way, we stopped in for a nice lunch in town. Lunch for 3 people with coffee was around 220 Rand ($22USD). I had a tasty Ostrich Burger for lunch!



Nice little town



Then out to ride up the Famous Swartberg Pass.



The winding dirt road up the Swartberg was great! The view of the mountains as you ride up the pass were great!









These kind of passes never get old





Riding back up into the sky!! Beautiful. The rain was gone, and some blue sky was now around, just adding to our exciting of the first day of the 6+ week ride !!


Great vista on the top!!






We ride up to about half way on Swartberg......



And then we headed back west on the gravel road with some watercrossings, switchback all the way up the valley into Gamskastloff or commonly called “die Hel” to the Chalet that Jorg had organized. This is on all South Africa Adventure Riders List of places to ride!



We ride the 50 KM to the end of the road up this stunning valley!





Beautiful beyond what photos will share. The last set of Switchbacks heading into Gamskastloff









Some challenging rocky waterways and steep switchbacks going up and down the hills! Great!

The water cross near the end had some green moss which we both did a little dance on.



So we were glad to pull into our Chalet! at the end of the road! Great place with bedrooms and kitchen and outdoor fire area for cooking! was $750 Rand per night for 3 ($75 USD). Lido the owner came over to see if everything was alright!! Wow fantastic place with fine linens on the bed, and nice hot shower. Living it up as adventure riders after a long 460KM ride into the Hel!



What an amazing place to ride to have Lily cooked up a fantastic meal!!



Lots of history in this valley, that is far from anything else up this rough gravel road.

What a great start to our ride! Left in the rain, arrived into a beautiful remote area to warmer temps and clear blue skies! Thanks Jorg and Lily!
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