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Old 11-13-2013, 11:13 PM   #5941
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:49 PM   #5942
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Bernard is also a bike racer and IronMan participant. Very Cool



He took the day off to ride with me the backroads heading west!



Into Jeffries Bay for Coffee Stop.



Then onto Storm river for lunch and a hike to the Suspension bridge





The Bike is getting some attention as people see the plate, stickers and story....
Lots of people take photos... Hope they connect to the blog and read the journey!



Then the walk



Kyakers in the river



Amazing rocks with lots of colors and some Flowers!



Out in the middle of the bridge!



Then Jim takes me on the old road..... Not closed to bikes



Crossed back into the Western Cape



Then we rolled into Keurboomstrand. I found a place for the night and then Bernard headed back to Port Elizabeth!! Thank B for the tour!



Was really liking my room overlooking the ocean..... make me wonder why I am leaving





and a great meal + pasta



Then a couple BMW riders wander in...... Charl asks me to join them. We share a few stories from the road, and I shared a couple videos..... Might have got them thinking about a ride in India and one of the guys was hung ho to get me to change my plans and ride over Sani Pass into Lesotho with them Oh how tempting it is!

Great times on the road!

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Old 11-14-2013, 12:01 AM   #5943
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one of the guys was hung ho to get me to change my plans and ride over Sani Pass into Lesotho with them Oh how tempting it is!

Great times on the road!
I did tell you that you could stay here a year or more.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:15 AM   #5944
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I did tell you that you could stay here a year or more.
you are right again
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:23 AM   #5945
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Hello Radioman. What an amazing journey you have taken us on! Sad to see it coming to an end, but all good things must end. Even if just temporarily. You have blessed us all with your journey through life. You have touched so many hearts and fulfilled so many dreams in so many. Would love to see you continue the ride but understand the end is near. Thank you from the bottom of hearts for taking us along.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:33 AM   #5946
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Hi Radioman.

It was great meeting you, hosting you, and riding with you! Sorry you couldn't stay longer. Check out my website to see what you missed! Something to come back for





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Old 11-17-2013, 08:19 AM   #5947
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Hi Mark,

I followed your travels back when you were going through central America and lost track pursuing my own things. I recently got back on ADVRIDER and looked up my old subscribed links... and there you were! Spent the better parts of three days rereading your adventures up to page 198 where you entered India. I am SO looking forward to getting caught up with your experiences and challenges.

Last I read you were still grieving and missing your wife. I hope that you have recovered well in the time since India. For myself, I am fighting my own demons, presently about to be divorced from a woman I truly love, yet our own issues drove us apart. Separated a year and a half and it will all end next month. I am left wondering what I did wrong, what I could have done differently, and the guilt associated with it all. In a way, divorce and death of a loved one are similar, you miss them. But death means forever and divorce doesn't necessarily mean so( she is only five minutes away).

Your story is inspirational to all that have loved and lost. People handle loss in different ways. There is a quote in a Clint Eastwood movie," Get busy living or get busy dying". Obviously, you chose the living. Thank you!

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:40 AM   #5948
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Hi Mark,

Last I read you were still grieving and missing your wife. I hope that you have recovered well in the time since India. For myself, I am fighting my own demons, presently about to be divorced from a woman I truly love, yet our own issues drove us apart. Separated a year and a half and it will all end next month. I am left wondering what I did wrong, what I could have done differently, and the guilt associated with it all. In a way, divorce and death of a loved one are similar, you miss them. But death means forever and divorce doesn't necessarily mean so( she is only five minutes away).

Your story is inspirational to all that have loved and lost. People handle loss in different ways. There is a quote in a Clint Eastwood movie," Get busy living or get busy dying". Obviously, you chose the living. Thank you!
Dave. First. Sorry for the loss of your marriage. Indeed it is a loss and can be very painful. But I have learned Grief is a process that takes time for us to come to acceptance, and then work through the different stages, and settle into the new life without the person. And I have indeed been busy living life!! ( too short not to!!).

Thanks for following along, and so glad that you have enjoyed my journey as well!

All the best to you!

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Old 11-18-2013, 05:42 AM   #5949
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:24 AM   #5950
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Hi Radioman.

It was great meeting you, hosting you, and riding with you! Sorry you couldn't stay longer. Check out my website to see what you missed! Something to come back for
Bernard! Thanks so much. Was great meeting you!! Indeed We will go to Somerset east when I return
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:52 AM   #5951
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:13 AM   #5952
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Did not have very good internet, so have been delayed getting updated.....

Last Wednesday Stayed in this great place on the Ocean.

http://www.singingkettle.co.za

Awoke to sound of crashing waves and light rain, but it was still was wonderful!

Had a morning cup of coffee and breakfast on my deck overlooking it all. With more time, I would have stayed here much longer



But needed to keep moving toward Cape Town and my deadline for crating the bike up.

As I finally get going and riding along the beach homes, this one stood out.



Also had a very nice Skype message from Lily and Tina (the dog) telling me they "missed" (auto corrected to the wrong word) me at "home". Jorg and Lily have been so great and made their home, my South African Home.



Road out to the main road..... Am I sure I need to leave?



But yes onward along the coastal part of the Garden Route. No rain really just grey skies..... (maybe just a little preparation for going home )



Through Knysna, Wilderness, Victoria Bay, George, Mossell Bay, I go. I know that a big storm is coming in and before the end of last week it would be fully hitting the coastline..... So I carry on to Swellendam, so that I can ride early to Strand and avoid the weather!

Stayed at a little place called Grace Walk B&B. Ester and her husband run the place and were great!

http://www.gracewalk.co.za



In the morning I had breakfast and started talking with their Son Martin and 2 other guys who were staying there as they did their Telcom work. All very interested in my ride. Even took a few photo!



Martin is a skilled artisan and gave me a very cool cross that he made. Most kind!
and very generous! Thanks Martin





As I rode west, had my first South African road block stop. They were just checking driver licenses and registration. No Reg Disk Oh.... Foreign plate Ok go ahead!



As I stopped for my last gas stop in South Africa..... I watched as the Shot Gun toting security guy was very watchful as the armored car made it's stop.



Then I rode out along the wonderful coastline.... The storm was building in the mountains. I headed for Blue sky !



Last bit of Gravel road ......



Then carried on along the coastline. The wind was picking up and clouds folded the mountains..... I have been along this road before. felling good!



The ground was wet..... But not raining now.



Fortunately for me, the online forecast was perfect..... Rolled through Rooi els....still no rain, but the dark clouds were off the coastline now.



Continued on the coastline, on the famous Clarence Drive








I arrive Strand early afternoon. Get settled into my B & B , and then the rain starts...... And did it rain! WOW. Flooding everywhere. 90 MM that afternoon. Flooding everywhere. Glad I was off the bike and warm and dry.



Rained the entire next day as well. But I stopped for two nights

Normally a very nice Beach with lots of people enjoying the summer sun.... But not today! Wow. They evacuated the Hospital, 3 people died because of the flood.
Very Sad.



I met up with a friend for dinner, great conversation, and laughter while all the rain come down. We had a great evening talking!




Then back to Jorg and Lily's Sunday morning to get the bike all clean up and repacked for the next part of the Adventure.



on the way home. BMW Police cars?



Monday Morning early I needed to ride the final Kilometers to the Airport to meet with the Customs official and get the bikes Carnet signed and approved for air freighting!



Jorg snapped a photo as I left!



Arrived at the Shippers office, on time.....



Atlantic BMW of Cape Town gave me a crate and I had it delivered here. Great It was ready and Waiting ! Thanks Lynn for the help!



Got the bike on the crate, ready for Customs, to Verify VIN, and paperwork. Left the front on so they had esker access to vin on the steering head.



Nazeem and his guys were great helping hold the bike while I remove the front wheel, and get it all crated up!



One of the guys had a bike, and loved checking out my bike. He wants to move up to a DS bike for longer rides. Also talked about riding gear, safety etc.



Bike all crated and ready to go. Has been an interesting set of emotions as I rode the final distance, and packed up the bike knowing this was the last shipment of the trip. Still a long ways yet to travel after reaching LAX. I had a smile, relaxed and thinking about all the people I have met, places I have ridden, and experiences that I have had. WOW. I do not know anything about what the future holds. Just looking forward to the month ahead as I ride back to the PNW, stopping to see my Brother and Step Son in Arizona, and meet up with some great Adv riders along the way. Just living the moment.



This ride has been amazing. Know I have grieved, grown and changed! Will be trying to put this into words as I finally ride into my driveway later in December.

Had a little issue with my Carnet, as I did not stamp out of South Africa while crossing into Botswana. The customs guys just said, No you do not need to.... Carry on. My passport is all correct and documented.... They stamped me out, but one page is not complete, and I certainly do not want to have issue claiming my deposit. It has been escalated up to Higher levels in Pretoria, and I need to make a call to AAA tonight to be certain all is well. Just part of traveling with a moto! Will get things sorted!



I wait at the security gate for Jorg to fetch me, and the guard gave me a chair!! Relax. (but it feels strange to no longer have my Bike to ride) New adventures Ahead!

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Old 11-18-2013, 08:50 AM   #5953
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Great job Mark! So sad to see the Major part of your adventure come to a close but I hope you keep us posted on the next chapter. I have been following along since the beginning and have always looked forward to my morning read. Always appreciated you staying up with this report. Sure isn't easy.

I wish you all the best and know you will do very well. If you are ever swinging by Minneapolis would love to meet you and hear first hand about the adventure.

Stay cool!

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Old 11-18-2013, 10:58 AM   #5954
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Great job Mark! I have been following along since the beginning and have always looked forward to my morning read. Always appreciated you staying up with this report. Sure isn't easy.
Thanks Tim. Appreciate your participation in the ride!!
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #5955
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A great ride it was, and again, thanks for sharing.
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