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Old 11-23-2013, 04:21 AM   #136
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Bluhduh Getting Soggy

Those blokes were simply out of fuel, and how pleased were they that I had stopped?!

They pulled out an old drinks bottle and had my fuel pipe off in seconds!






back to their moped- amazed that I wouldn't take any money for the fuel they had taken
They headed off, with a cheery wave and...


squeezing on with the hatted one's sister and her basket of shopping which was somehow crammed in between his knees.



The rain was heavy and made the rest of the day a bit grim for riding, I eventually stopped at a town which promised beach bungalows by the name of Tropicana (oh those days of Wham), but it didn't look very tropical, even when the deluge had stopped pouring


Down on the beach they were bringing in the day's catch

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Old 11-23-2013, 05:08 AM   #137
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The day started peacefully enough, with watching this guy in the water, up to his neck in the lily pads



I'm not sure exactly what he was doing


Pulling up handfuls of roots and draping them over his makeshift raft.

The first river crossing of the day, with a mechanised barc




Watching what appeared to be the whole village in the water perilously close to the massive breakers


getting the fish in





Some dirt tracks (no tarmac for a while- or at least some days...no one ever seems sure) these were fun to ride

Then the first of the river crossings where the barc (barge) didn't appear to be operating



refreshments were on hand for those waiting


I was most disappointed to find that they had fish in them and so was she to find that I didn't eat fish as there were no other customers


However, there was an alternative to the barc



Yep, the good old double pirogue

although on closer inspection, this one didn't appear very seaworthy


I held my breath as they heaved Suzi onto it


Though actually, once we got going it didn't seem too bad

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Old 11-23-2013, 05:28 AM   #138
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Just to prove there are some bridges in Madagascar



It was a day of dirt and sand, the hours went by and the heat built up- I got tired and the inevitable happened

Suzi had a lie down



I had a few attempts at heaving her back up









In the end I had to take the bags off.

I liked the look of this burnt tree



The ultimate shadow puppet



The sand turned to dirt and I out on a bit of speed, I was hoping to reach a town for the night so that I could have a beer,



Note to self - I've got to stop pulling the Daisy Duck face when I'm riding

and then there it was, one more river to cross (I crossed four in total today, but I thought you wouldn't appreciate too many river crossings!)



these guys just really didn't seem to know what they were doing. So I showed them pictures on my camera from other pirogue crossings and so they started to rope these two together


They went a bit more fancy than Suzi and I are used to, with large poles holding the two pirogues together
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:17 AM   #139
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The previous day's idyllic looking final pirogue ride was not the best as the guys succeeded in dislodging the fuel pipe that leads out of the fuel tank on the left side. This mean that fro the whole of the pirogue journey one of them sat there with his thumb over it to prevent petrol pouring out.
The scene on the opposite bank was comical as they attempted to unload whilst one person still had his thumb on it and then they pushed Thelma along the track to a mechanic's house



Don't ask me why it takes four of them when I can easily push the bike on my own. They were all a bit subdued and concerned about what my reaction would be about the damage to Suzi.
The mechanic wasn't far away - he looks to be about 19 years old and operates out of his mother's front yard- a bit al fresco and casual but then this is Africa.

He got to work and seemed quite proficient so I left him to it- I had spotted a hotel not far away, and I was sweating like a pig all I could think was- room, cold shower - freshen up.



I returned to find the mechanic just finishing off, with the usual posse of friends all hanging around, what you can't see in this photo are the five or six younger lads also clustered and watching.



All sorted and no longer leaking. He charged me 5,000 Ariary (1.66).

Parking the bike at the hotel I went off in search of cold beer - maybe I'll push the boat out and have two!!
There is always a slightly shocked response when I walk into a Bar over here - a woman on her own AND she's a foreigner. Especially in the out of the way places where they have very few foreigners, which this town was. But I never have any problems, and the beer is good over here.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:23 AM   #140
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Question a few words

Excuse the typos but the edit function doesn't seem to be working properly - I get a blank screen when I try to edit. That will teach me to proof read properly before I hit the submit button!
Though in my defence, the Internet connection is not foolproof and has cut out a couple of times- as did the power in this half of the town I'm in. Which means I just think, get it done and send, then double check once it has uploaded safely.

Talking of which, is sandalscout still around? My computer will no longer switch off or re-start. It sort of stutters and then just ignores the command, it's been like that for a week.
And I can't access the Task Manager either, Ctrl Alt Del doesn't do anything.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:16 PM   #141
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Talking of which, is sandalscout still around? My computer will no longer switch off or re-start. It sort of stutters and then just ignores the command, it's been like that for a week.
And I can't access the Task Manager either, Ctrl Alt Del doesn't do anything.
haha, yes, I am, still very much enjoying this read!

Can you access a command line? Click Start, then Run and enter "command" and press enter. This should bring up a DOS window that will allow you to enter commands manually. You can enter "shutdown -s" and this will (hopefully) shutdown the computer. If this does nothing, try "shutdown -f" to FORCE a shutdown. You may also be able to launch the taskmanager from the command line also, using the command "taskmgr".

I've seen task manager not launch before, but not shutting down is a new one for me, or at least not one I remember coming across.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:18 PM   #142
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haha, yes, I am, still very much enjoying this read!

Can you access a command line? Click Start, then Run and enter "command" and press enter. This should bring up a DOS window that will allow you to enter commands manually. You can enter "shutdown -s" and this will (hopefully) shutdown the computer. If this does nothing, try "shutdown -f" to FORCE a shutdown. You may also be able to launch the taskmanager from the command line also, using the command "taskmgr".

I've seen task manager not launch before, but not shutting down is a new one for me, or at least not one I remember coming across.
Don't laugh, but I can't find the Run bit
I click Start- that's just the round flag thing in the bottom left corner isn't it? where is Run?

sorry to be a pain
and for the rest of you - I am really exposing my ignorance here aren't I?! I'm also a bit concerned that if I force a shutdown - maybe I won't be able to start my computer again...

There's a chance I'm heading out of town today- into the jungles of north east Madagascar where Franck and his group were riding (if you're following Franck's RR). So perhaps no Internet for a while, so if there's radio silence, that will be why.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:31 PM   #143
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And I can't access the Task Manager either, Ctrl Alt Del doesn't do anything.

Try Ctrl-Shift-Esc, too. That goes straight to Task Manager. (when the computer is working properly)
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:34 PM   #144
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Excuse the typos but the edit function doesn't seem to be working properly - I get a blank screen when I try to edit.
That's a glitch on the site lately, probably not related to the problem with the computer.
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Don't laugh, but I can't find the Run bit
I click Start- that's just the round flag thing in the bottom left corner isn't it? where is Run?
If you're running windows 7 there may not be a run option. Instead there is a text entry box with a magnifying glass. Enter "command" and press enter from there. Hope that works for you.
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If you're running windows 7 there may not be a run option. Instead there is a text entry box with a magnifying glass. Enter "command" and press enter from there. Hope that works for you.
Yes, this exactly.... Sorry, I run a mixed bag of OSes and forgot that about Windows 7, I've been living in Linux more lately. Klay's suggestion of Ctrl-Shift-Esc is a great test also.
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I was sweating like a pig all I could think was- room, cold shower - freshen up..
Hi Tiffany
I'm wondering how you can stand riding with a jacket there. I just had my summer motocross shirt and t-shirt, it was about all I could stand on my skin there.
It would be cool if you tell where you were, to follow your trip... it extends mine nicely in my imagination
Ride safe!
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First of all, thanks for all the help and advice.

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Try Ctrl-Shift-Esc, too. That goes straight to Task Manager. (when the computer is working properly)
I've tried that but also not working...


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That's a glitch on the site lately, probably not related to the problem with the computer.
that's good to know...

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If you're running windows 7 there may not be a run option. Instead there is a text entry box with a magnifying glass. Enter "command" and press enter from there. Hope that works for you.
I'll give that a try, in a cybercafe at the moment, easier than going and getting my little computer.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:09 AM   #149
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Hi Tiffany
I'm wondering how you can stand riding with a jacket there. I just had my summer motocross shirt and t-shirt, it was about all I could stand on my skin there.
It would be cool if you tell where you were, to follow your trip... it extends mine nicely in my imagination
Ride safe!
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Hi Franck
I sometimes wonder how I cope as well There are two schools of thought about bikre travel in hot places and one of them reckons covered skin is cooler than uncovered/mesh.
As I'm travelling all over the country from mountains to lowlands, there are big variations in temperature, which means needing a proper jacket for the colder times and believe me, especially when it was raining in the hills it was pretty cold (I had my thermals on as well) I don't have the space to carry different bike gear for different climates over the several months I'm here.
So I just get hot
Actually I've got a Macna jacket, apart from America last summer, it's the first time I've tested it and it has been great, good vents, mesh front, zip out layers for warmth and waterproof, which also fold away very small to fitin the luggage- a BIG thumbs up from me for Macna

And I'm hoping to post a map of my route soon.
those latest pictures are from the East coast around the Nosy Varika/Mananjary area.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:23 AM   #150
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Eek Mud Looming

Having checked that the repair was holding, the next morning I filled the fuel tank - yet again it's dispensed in old plastic bottles kept in a back room. This shop is actually attached to the hotel I stayed in, so I didn't have to go far



There as a choice of routes out of town, this one appeared to belittle more than a sandy path through the trees


So I went the other way...oh dear is all I can say.
It started well enough


And there was even some wildlife action, as I almost ran over this snake, which was so engrossed in swallowing a frog that it ignored me










The track was pretty muddy and wet at times
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