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Old 04-11-2014, 03:04 AM   #316
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You mentioned new leather pants, just bought these Poseidon GTX pants made by Rev'it, they are Gortex, means water proof. Ebay Nice pics you have, WOW, great ride. That water looks so cool.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:39 PM   #317
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You mentioned new leather pants, just bought these Poseidon GTX pants made by Rev'it, they are Gortex, means water proof. Ebay Nice pics you have, WOW, great ride. That water looks so cool.
Actually, I think you'll find that I did NOT use the word Pants!
It's always leather trousers when I'm travelling unless I'm on duty or it's very cold - in which case I have a great pair of Gerbing trousers



as shown here in Tibet a couple of years ago - where I was on duty AND it was cold
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:21 PM   #318
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Actually, I think you'll find that I did NOT use the word Pants!
It's always leather trousers when I'm travelling unless I'm on duty or it's very cold - in which case I have a great pair of Gerbing trousers



as shown here in Tibet a couple of years ago - where I was on duty AND it was cold
Nice photo too! Sorry, trousers!
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #319
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I've always said that Tiffany was a slave to fashion

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Old 04-12-2014, 07:46 AM   #320
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:16 AM   #321
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:25 AM   #322
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Cool2 Dirty Roads

The kids had enjoyed looking at the bike


Apart from them the village was pretty deserted



Much like the roads ..


I managed to capture on camera some watery moments







The look on my face of intense concentration.

And my only audience...this little puppy, who was duly unimpressed.

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Old 04-13-2014, 04:46 AM   #323
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Back in the village, the old man was delighted to see me again and asked me to wait while he put on his best shirt as he was ready to be photographed again - such a sweetheart, naturally I obliged





Then back to the mud



and still the mud got worse



The cyclists showing me the best route


I was surprised to see this truck seemingly coming out of nowhere

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Old 04-13-2014, 04:58 AM   #324
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A pause to get my breath and another chameleon appeared, providing me with some light relief between the bouts of mud wrestling as I watched it climbing all over the bike













Witht he aid of a stick I tempted him away from his exploration of all things Suzuki and Giant Loop




And away he went
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:17 AM   #325
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Eh? The Final Frontier of Mud

A village stop for a cup of tea



The kids gathered to look at this strange foreigner covered in mud



their big sister turned up - wearing her school uniform, to the uninitiated, the uniform looks like a school dinner lady's overalls



Then back to the mud, where a local bike showed me an off-road route to get through



It was worsening, this lorry was completely stuck and no other vehicles could pass him



and what about this sight??



At one point, because the mud was so slippery, wet and claylike I spent 10 minutes coering 100 metres. The tyres were going every direction except forwards and I was beginning to think I may not make it to solid ground again.

The sun helped me and was drying out the tracks in places - this was one of the easy sections.



and then suddenly I was through - looking at the sun rapidly sinking I rode hard and fast in the hope of reaching a place that had accommodation before dark.
I lucked out and ended up at a small hotel, where after a bucket shower the bed needed some attention - despite my tiredness I found the mattress was too thin and so I had to fold it over double




The luxury bed option!




My "Princess and the Pea" tendencies showing through.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:00 PM   #326
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:01 AM   #327
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Loved your chameleon shots.
Thanks Rinty, I love those little guys, they don't scuttle away like lizards, just crossing the road with their heads held high. And those eyes - - never seen anything the way they swivel.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:21 AM   #328
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I'm re-tracing my steps and decide to head for some R&R over on Nosy Be island again, just look out for the smoky ferry



Closer up it inspires even less confidence in me




I just about manage to squeeze Suzi onto the yellow ferry



Safely on the island, I'm greeted warmly with a friendly "Bonjour Monsieur" by this family

who are selling mangoes, I did have my helmet and bike gear on, I remove my helmet and they were very apologetic- not a problem. The husband is keen for me to take a picture of him and his wife, happy to oblige

Looking for a place to stay, Suzi is offered a place in the dining room to park


After seeing what has happened to the car outside, I think it's probably a good idea she's safely indoors



Early morning, down on the beach, the zebu are having a swim



And then taken back to the fields



I'm spoiling myself, staying in a nice place after the trauma of the mud

Beachside, mirrors and polished wood everywhere, I feel just a bit out of place with all my bike gear



Someone else who's bike is a bit tall for them



The local flower seller



Reminding me more of Bali or India than Africa.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:12 AM   #329
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It IS a large snail, and I am sure VERY fast....but to be overtaken by a snail ???

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