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Old 12-01-2013, 04:37 AM   #151
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When approaching a large muddy pool, I would look for the footpath around it, sometimes these are little more than a few inches wide and are themselves on slippery mud AND a slope.
On this one, well, I did not drop the bike, but the front wheel slid sideways into the mud.




And as it was one of the very deep pools, I was not going to try and accelerate out



So I got off and gently laid Suzi down to have a think about the situation. Possibly a female way of dealing with the something like this.

I then took the bags off, and attempted to get her upright again, first of all setting up the camera on a self-time mode, and so here is, over a 10 second period, me hoisting Suzi back to the upright position.











and the track ahead?? Well it looks something like this



and this, with a helpful young cyclist showing me the best route through

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Old 12-01-2013, 04:54 AM   #152
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Getting Worse

The zebu get through Ok, though they also churn it up when there are a lot of them



They also sometimes make use of the narrow path around the edge- a route that I now call the Wall of Death




The day dragged one, with lots of tricky mud sections and hard work by me to negotiate them. It' was very hot and I was exhausted, I then started to drop the bike on silly sections - twice; and as I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and looking grim, I took a selfy to prove it




To my relief a village loomed and the locals took good care of me, producing a chair, a bowl of food and a drink...chilled?? Don't be silly!



It's never a good sign when the local ducks are using the road as their pond







This was a picturesque bridge and I tried to persuade a local to take a photo of me crossing it- he completely refused and backed away, this was me, showing him what I meant about taking a photo



Frown/anxiety lines at their best
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:21 AM   #153
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Nothing like Madagascar in the MUD season . TheReaper!

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Old 12-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #154
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Good stuff Tiffany,I feel like I'm there with you,as always thanks for taking us along,
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:54 AM   #155
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Excellent RR Tiffany, a real adventure!

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #156
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Great Stuff!!!

Loving this...thanks for taking us along for the ride!!!
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:07 AM   #157
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It wasn't even the real Wet Season yet...
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:15 AM   #158
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Bluhduh Mud Continues

The mud is slowing me down and I'm getting tired and yet there doesn't seem to be any end to it.
This guy stops for a chat, I get him to pose by his bike, wellies look like a very good idea



then he's off

The villages are very basic



I take a break for a while and decide to get a photo while I'm not on the move



Ahead of me, it looks like this



It's getting late in the day and I'm hoping this sign indicates the end of the mud, but there are no guarantees, the town on the kilometre post is not on my map.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:22 AM   #159
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Eh? Mud War

As you tune into this latest instalment of my ride, I bet you're wondering just how much more mud there can be - well so was I!




My boots were not looking their best



I cringe to look back at my naivete in taking this "ooh, look how muddy I am picture" as ahead of me was Mud Armaggedon

it was another of those narrow wall of Death paths along the side, which I rode along , or at least attempted to, and then suddenly the front wheel slipped and over we went






whichever angle you look at it, it's not a pretty picture



I pulled myself up out of the mud, and grabbed my camera to take some pictures, setting up the self timer as well, though as I was in a hurry, I didn't quite get a perfect picture



But no time for details, Suzi is in the mud and gradually sinking further into it

I got the bags off- despite being up to my elbows in the mud on the left side I still managed to unstrap the bags without a problem. I then heaved and strained but Suzi was stuck fast whilst I was just sinking deeper into the mud myself. So I had to wait, and sure enough, along came a young man who I persuaded to help me.
10 minutes later, we had Suzi back on semi-firm land,



and I looked a state



My helper was very camera shy and was almost as muddy as me, he went off to the nearest river and cleaned himself up.

And Suzi's other side? Well that didn't look too good either



More muddy escapades followed as I slowly and painfully made my way south, till at last I reached tarmac once more and felt like crying. It was late by the time I made it to the first hotel, where they were shocked but very understanding about my state of extreme muddiness.
I had to remove nearly all my clothes before actually going indoors (definitely no chance of a photo of that) and in the meantime they gave me a cold beer.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:30 AM   #160
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Done!

Awesome ride report!

'Mad' is on my bucket list. Spent the best three years of my misspent yout' on that island.

Back on page 8 trying to get caught up. If you haven't yet and are still traveling, hope you make it down to Fort Dauphin.

Thanks for taking the time to post up.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:37 AM   #161
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Done!

Awesome ride report!

'Mad' is on my bucket list. Spent the best three years of my misspent yout' on that island.

Back on page 8 trying to get caught up. If you haven't yet and are still traveling, hope you make it down to Fort Dauphin.

Thanks for taking the time to post up.

I'm heading down to Fort Dauphin in these pictures, this latest stretch was Nosy Varika to Mananjary. All I knew about the road is that the last 250kms are the worst!! After experiencing this I was beginning to get worried. And yes, I'm still travelling out here Nosy Be as I type this!!
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #162
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I remember my DR 350,good bike, I used to flog mine and it just kept going,glad Suzi is your running mate for this trip.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:41 AM   #163
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Wow! Just WOW! Tiffany, this adventure you're on......what a journey! And in typical Tiffany fashion you just soldier on. Amazing.....and inspiring. Here's to ya!
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:13 PM   #164
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Man.....reading this sure does make me feel inadequate and wimpy, what an awesome adventure and a boat load of guts to attempt it.

thanks so much for posting it and giving me a lofty goal to try to reach.

you rock woman.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:21 PM   #165
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I'm heading down to Fort Dauphin in these pictures, this latest stretch was Nosy Varika to Mananjary. All I knew about the road is that the last 250kms are the worst!! After experiencing this I was beginning to get worried. And yes, I'm still travelling out here Nosy Be as I type this!!
All my warms greetings to Thierry, Mauro and Andrea if you happen to meet them... Nosy Be is an appropriate place to recover from forced mud baths... unless you want more and these guys will take care of this
I wish you a nice end of trip in Madagascar. We will PM or Email and recall the good old times, you´re gonna miss it. I do !
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