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Old 09-29-2011, 03:12 PM   #151
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Got up today and decided Im not going to be in any hurry as it seems really nice around here and with the bike rally on the weekend Dune 7 and Sussovlei to see I would be pushing it to be back in Windhoek by Tuesday so txt Deiter at Bmw and put the service till the following Tuesday so now I've got a week and a half to do what I want now so all good. Decided to go for a ride and saw the guys I had noticed last night on a tour staying down town so stopped to say gday, talked to one of the organisers and it ends up they were a group of 7 Aussies from Sydney and Adelaide on a 2 week tour through Namibia so thats cool, thought id catch up with them later when they geyt back from where ever they were.

Dropped into the local Yamaha dealer to see if they had any helmet cams and got talking to the young chicky there then the owner Hans walks in so had a great chat to him about Finland where hes from. He has a yacht back home so was an interesting chat, you know when us Aussies think of northern Europe we think skiing snow etc not yachting so was real interesting to hear there's thousands of islands up there and sailing is fantastic.
Left there and got on the bike rode around town some more and ended up at one of the quad bike sand dune tours and asked about that, might do that over the next day or two, looks fun. While I was there saw the sign to Walvisbaai, it was only 30k's away so thought id go for a ride to suss it out and see what the deal is with the bike rally and accommodation.

Didn't take long to get there and it was bigger than I expected so thought ok this isnt going to be as easy as I thought to find where the bike rally was being held. Dropped in to the biggest hotel in town thinking someone must know where it is, but no luck there. Jump back on the bike and started cruising the streets thinking ill never find this joint when all of a sudden I see a tent so thats cool, only took me 20 minutes riding around to find it. Thought id go in as its a bit out of the main accommodation drag and get off and walk into the office. I start talking to chickibabe behind the counter and ask her where can I stay around here for the rally and shes says you can stay here I just hung up from someone cancelling, She says your meant to be here arent you, i felt like saying if your single i am but being the polite gentleman I am I bit my tongue. Went in and met the organisers of the rally seemed really friendly,they say they expect 2000 people here on the weekend so should be fairly big and heaps of fun. So thats all organized im glad I came over and that I had trouble finding cause 5 inutes earlier or 5 minutes later I would of missed out on that cabin in the grounds.

Jumped back on the bike and rode back to Swakopmund and thought id check out the north side of town so started riding all the streets over there. Theres some actually nice houses over there looks like the rich side of town. Kept riding around and the next suburb was Henties Baai so thought id ride over there and check it out. Hit the road to Henties baai and thought this looks a little deserted for a suburb so close but thought id just keep riding for a few more minutes it was actually pretty cool 14 degrees Celsius and I only had a jumper on and no gloves so my hands were cold even with the heated grips. So ride for a few minutes, ok nothing in sight, thought oh well ive come this far it must be just over the next hill. Go over the hill and ok theres another sign that says Henties bay so it must be just up here then. Get just up here and theres another sign to Henties Baai 48 k's. For f$%ks sake your joking oh well thought about turning around for a split second but thought bugger it ive already been riding for 25 minutes I might as well keep going now. The dirt road was really good the Atlantic ocean on one side and Sand dunes on the other, pretty boring riding and freezing my tits off didnt help so put my hand down in my jumper and kept on going.

Got to Henties Baai im guessing its not a place they get to many bikers as they were all very friendly all waving and smiling. Had a ride around town came across the locals playing some weird game like lawn bowls but with clubs and throwing it at a stick. Stopped for awhile and watched was pretty interesting a game i definately haven't ever seen before. Left there to everyone waving goodbye and headed back, wasnt to keen to see the 68 km sign as I was damn cold but oh well not much I can do about it now. Even with the heated grips my hands were numb as shit, I could hardly get my camera out of my pocket they were so cold.

Got back into Swakopmund at around 5 and went past where the Aussie guys were staying met Chris the tour guide a German guy living in Cape Town. He was trying to fix one of the bikes. He explained what it was doing and funnily enough in my research of the Bmw F800 gs I had come across the engine dieing sometimes. I talked to him about it but told him I have my lap top back at my place and that it would be in my favourites so let me go check and ill be back in a little while. Found the blogs where the guys had the same problem and re read all of them, one guy had been in Sudan and tried everything the other guy was in Beuno Aries and both times after trying everything they replaced the fuel pump problem solved. Gave them that information which they were happy to hear it now all they had to do was source one here in Namibia.

Said i'd hook up with them later for dinner in town and went home to have a shower and warm up a bit. Walked back down town to meet up with the guys, most of them lawyers from Sydney so thought id keep the whats the difference between a blood sucking bottom dweller and a bottom dwelling blood sucker, ones a fish ones a lawyer joke to myself. Had pizza and beers, was a really nice evening with them. Thanks for dinner guys. They have another week to go then home to Australia and back into the grind.

Tomorrow im heading to Walvis Baai for the rally so should be a fun weekend, over and out.

Oh before I leave had my portable hard drive looked at today pulled apart circuit board fried plugged in the hard drive to another pc and theres no reponse so looks like ive lost everything from the last 8 months travelling, oh well that sucks someone in the shop said your just going to have to go do it all again, sounds like a plan Thailand New Zealand and Tassie are back on the list to do
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:35 PM   #152
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Walvisbaai

Got up and packed and headed over to Walvibaai for the start of the Fish Eagle Motorcycle rally, arrived at around 9:30 and the girls in the office said that a few people had gone over to Anchors a local watering hole for a drink and to watch the Rugby.

So back on the bike and off down the road to the pub, the Harley crew I had met over the last few days were there having a drink and watching the rugby too. Didnt join them as I sat in the smoking section yeah they even have them here in Namibia.
Had a few beers there and then got on the bike to head back to the grounds and I saw a couple of guys over in another restaurant dressed in cowboy hats and gear.

Thought I have to get a few photos of that totally out of place if you know what I mean. Turns out they were a group of insurance comapanies and every year they have a function and get all dress up in different country outfits. Was a classic Hawaian, German, cowboys oh ill have to go through the photos there was quite a few, it was so funny.

When I walked over I said to the guys I just had to come over and take photos of the native Namibian dress, certainly got a laugh so my meeting with that crew started off well. They invited me inside and to stay for a few drinks I probably should of there was plenty of girls in there but I had alreay had a few beers over the road and I still had to ride my bike plus I was going to an all weekend party so it want a if i needed to start to early.

Left there and headed over to the grounds and checked into my room which is quite good and in and excellent positition well it is room 2 so im not going to get any better for access to the main tent which is about 50 metres away.
I registered for the rally they were all very freindly obviouly they dont get to many Aussies here.
Walked over to the tent to start to drink, met a few of the others that I had bumped into yesterday so they gave me the tip on the drinks and that I had to buy cards for them to tick off. I spent all the money I had on tickets and when I counted it out and I only had enough for 26 drinks, well thats never going to cover it is it so I say ill be back in a little while and headed back into town to get more money before it becomes and issue later. Got back and bought a stack of cards now that should keep me and anyone I cross paths with out of trouble for awhile And so the night began, ok it was only 1pm but no time like the present.

Ok I could jibber on for as long as the night was with all the funny stuff that happened obviously word had got around that there was an Aussie in the crowd so whenever I opened my mouth I got oh your the Aussie guy ive heard about, to which my response was always yeah I got invited cause they wanted to bring the standard of the place down a bit. Was fantastic night met so many friendly people and had so many laughs. Was bloody hilarious at stages.

The music they have around here is very country and western so the sort of dancing they were doing was something at one stage I saw some of them line dancing, thought about throwing a bottle of beer at them but they were pretty old and the Amelia the girl I was trying to tune might of liked it. She asked me to dance and I said im not the dancing type. I'm more your horizontal folk dancing type of guy.

Drank and drank and drank some more emded up going till about 2 am so not a bad 13 hour session in the tent. It was getting fairly messy by the end of the night I actually ended out side with Rene a gorgeous local girl chatting for about an hour so after midnight and she seemed to still be able to understand me and I could still comprehend her.
Was a great day and night met just so many people there is no way I could remember them all but thanks to everyone that contributed to making me feel so welcome was an amazing day and night.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:54 PM   #153
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Carol and Leanie who ran the park where the Rally was held.
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One of the young guys mucking around, he would come into the main tent and do burnouts on this little dragstar, was so funny,
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The party on the Friday night was a great night so many laughs and meeting so many great people.This was just one of them lol
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Some of the Harley crew from Pretoria that i had met up with along the way.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:11 PM   #158
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Walvisbaai

As you can imagine today started off somewhat gingerly but with motorbikes being redlined outside my window I thought id rise and shine and have a look what was doing.

There was a ride today to Swakopmund with all the bikes here so 455 registered people plus hangers on and me the guy form Australia. I had all good intentions of dogging it and sleeping in while they went on the ride but walked out the front to video and take photos of all the bikes as they left and decided to go grab my helmet put some shoes on and go for a ride. Im glad I did caught up with them within about 3 minutes they were on a very cruisey cruise with a police escort. We went through the main street of Walvisbaai with the streets lined with everyone checking out all the bikes im sure it was quite impressive from the footpath watching that many bikes go past and every beeping there horns waving etc
We eventually headed out of Walvisbaai and onto Swakomund there was a running race on the road to as well as the all the bikes so was slow but that was ok it was a very enjoyable ride.

We eventually got into Swakopmund. We rode through there to a big crowd of onlookers up and around town all the streets were lined was really nice to be part of it. The motorcycle rally raises money for local charities so the ride is to help promote them. We then rode back to Walvisbaai some of them stayed in Swakopmund for a light breakfeast but as i was just happy to go back I just kept riding. Once we got back into Walvisbaai to where they had closed the road off for the drag racing part of the rally I kept going and hit KFC down town and had a munch. I went back up to the drag racing as it was just getting underway. Got some fantastic photos of the boys as they started the drags a few of them lifting the front wheel so went into the area behind the starting point and showed them and gave them my card to grab the photos later.

Watched the drag racing till basically the end but was starting to feel the pinch from last night so decided to hit the road and go have a little lie down, ok a grandpa nap im not getting any younger you know.

They had wanted me to do a interview live on radio but I had told them im still a little hesitant to do that sort of stuff so they said thats ok and didnt bother me any further on that so that was nice. Its not the first time Ive been approached by tv or radio over here to talk maybe one day ill be fine with it. When I talked to one of the guys about it, I said im just going for a ride to nowhere and he said exactly, he has a point, every bikers dream to just ride, destination unknown.

Got back to the rally venue and there was a wedding going on in the tent so went over and watched that taking place, a young couple had decided to get married at the rally so took a few nice photos of them as they walked out the door. It was a pretty casual thing but they were speaking in Afrikaans so I couldn't understand it but it seemed a very typical Christian wedding.

I nicked off back to my room as they were hanging around and printed a few of the photos off and walked back over and gave one to the bride as she rode past me slowly on the back of a bike and she looked at it turned back around and gave me the thumbs up so she was happy with it. I walked over and asked the bloke that gave her away if that was his daughter which it was and gave him a photo as well. He said thanks and also thanked me for the picture I printed out for his son sitting on his mini chopper that I had given the young fella last night.

I had a rest for awhile then walked on back over to the tent and grabbed a beer. I had printed out the photos of the guys at the drag racing so walked on over to the riders and asked them if they knew were these guys were. They asked if they were for sale, I must admit they weren't bad pictures but I said no mate I just want to give them to the riders of the bikes, so as you can imagine made a heap of good friends again. The printer has definatly been an absolutely fantastic add on to the kit, I highly recommend if you can find space to take one its just been brilliant with making people happy and opening up new friendships.

Everytime i walked past those guys for the rest of the day and night I was greeted with a big heyyyyy and a hug or a shake of the hand. One of the group had his bike in the show part of the rally and I asked him if he wanted a photo as well, of course he just shook his head and said yes. They didnt speak real good english but enough for us to communicate so he got kneeled down by his bike I took the picture and then walked back to my room to grab the printer. I brought the printer back over and alot of them watched as I printed it out they were amazed, something they dont see every day a printer like that im sure.

So made another friend obviously, then packed the gear up and took it back to my room as it was time to start hooking into the grog. Well I didnt hook in to much was a slow and steady start let me tell you but with a positive attituded and determination I pushed through the pain barrier and after awhile those Windhoek Lagers were going down like mothers milk, ok its been awhile since I sucked on mothers milk but you know what I mean. Caught up with Amelia again later in the evening shes really nice. I called it a night fairly early, said my goodbyes to her and choofed off, it actually took me about and hour to get the 50 metres to my room with all the people that stopped for a chat, it was that friendly. I met some really nice people by this time everyone sort of had a basic idea who I was so if was standing alone for more than a minute someone would come over to me and say hey your the Aussie guy and introduce themselves so was made to feel very at home.

They had prize for all the event held throughout the weekend and everyone was saying ill win the longest traveller competition but I didnt put a distance down on my registration form as how far I had travelled so I was no hope on that one. They asked me why I didnt and I said well in reality I just came from Swakopmund 30k's away cause thats where I was staying before I got here. The awards were all handed out and as expected I didnt win the most travelled but was so surprised as they were closing down the awards part of the night the last award was for me and to say thank you for everything I had done over the weekend and to give me a gift of a hamper which included red wine and assorted stuff very nice and also a charger for all my batteries.

They were all such nice people if your ever on a motorcycle ride and in this neck of the woods they are a very friendly crew and love a drink. Even the bloke at the bar said I was one of his most loyal customers lol Had a fantatic weekend everyone thanks for your hospitality im certainly glad I was here to share the fun with you all. Cheers hiccup Cheers again.
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Another nice start for this guy. They were stoked to get the photos later.
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Got up pretty late, I had heard all the bike leaving but I ha no intention of going anywhere so wasnt in a hurry to get up. Walked out of my room about 9:30 and straight out the front got talking to one of the crew and started chatting to him for awhile. Everyone was making tracks there would of been alot of people on the road back to Windhoek.

Hung around for awhile then decided to id cruise over to Dune 7. I was surprised when they told me it was just down the road about 10 or so k's arrive there and took a few photos, the girls had said there was a bar down there so took some photos looked up at the dune thought about walking up it then thought better of it and headed to the bar. Got talking to Jan over there and they do quad bike tours so decided id do that and 10 minutes after getting there im on a quad bike humping around Dune 7 and the surrounding area. We were having a good ride fanging around everywhere was so cool. Might even go for another ride tomorrow ive got a few photos of Jan from today I want to print out for him so will be back over there.

They took a photo of me and my bike to put on there wall of shame so that was nice, ive been in this area which is quite small really so word is out that im around I guess. Helps when you hit every bar in town dosent it. Was funny when I was in the servo in Swakopmund the other day leaving for Walvisbaai with a young German girl whose going to Australia to become a nanny sitting on my bike a young bloke came over and said he saw me in Walvisbaai so news spreads fast around here as it always does in small towns. It really does make a difference to hang around, so many travellers come and are gone the next day or if not the same day, I'm really enjoying staying for a week or so in nice places and getting to know the local people a little bit better than just hello goodbye sort of thing. I could certainly hang around here for a few more days without any problems at all.

On the way back from Dune 7 and the quad biking I was feeling hungry so stopped at KFC to grab a burger and there was 4 young bloke about 10 years old hanging around on their pushbikes so stopped next to them and asked them if they like soccer and they all nodded yes and I asked if they played and they all played local footy. They all have their favourite teams the two boys on my left were Man Utd and Arsenal fans and the two on my right were Real Madrid and Barcelona so we had the Spanish against the English. We talked about Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney, Nani and the other young guys favourite player Fabregas but hes just signed with Barcelona a few weeks ago so didnt want to let the bad news out of the bag for him just in case he hadnt heard.

Asked the boys if they were hungry and they all nodded so I said come on then lets grab something to eat so here I am sittign down with a crew of the local kids pigging out on KFC. All the people in the street and inside the shop were smiling cause saw the big grins on the kids faces. After we had eaten I let the boys all have a turn get on the motorbike and start it up and rev the motor up and explained what all the instruments on the bike were showed them the Gps and the music they were all pretty amazed. The kids love it im pretty sure it would be one of the first motorbikes they have sat on let alone started.

Came back to the lodge and relaxed with no one around which was nice really so did some washing and hung it out, that was really needed. Just been watching tv tonight and doing my blog, going through some of the photos and organising them a little so thats work that needed to be done.

Got my self pretty sunburnt so that wasnt ideal, ive really got to take more care of that. I rode the other day without gloves on for awhile you'd be surprised how burnt my hands got unless of course it's the malaria tablets making me and my hands more susceptible to the sun, i'll have to google the side effects of them just in case, its the only other thing ive been doing in the last few days and ive never had sunburnt hands before, then again ive never ridden through a desert in the stinking hot sun in the middle of the day either.

Anyway the rally is all over everyones gone ive given my little bit to help out in some small way to their chosen charity, had an amazing time eventually ill move on, ive got till Tuesday week to get back to Windhoek 3 and half hours away so not in any rush. Ill go for a ride back to see the guys at Dune 7 then ill get on the bike and ride to somewhere and nowhere and see where it takes me.
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Arriving at Dune 7 adventures, good quad biking here just do it one on one and not in as group as they have to go as fast as the slowest person.
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A nice shot of the dunes

Took this one while out riding the quads
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Stopped to take this photo looking back to Walvisbaai through the dunes.
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Gert and his girl. They have done touring in different parts of the world and gave me some great tips on where to go as I head north from Windhoek, thanks mate.
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