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Old 10-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #91
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You gals know how to have fun!

Wow, wow, wow. Enjoyed every word and pic, Tiffany. And am counting the seconds for more! This is easily one of the most enjoyable reports I've read here.

I saw a Ken Follet book packed. Wilbur Smith is my favorite all-time author and his best stuff takes place on the other side of the Agulhas Current.

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I had to look up Temecula - wasn't sure if it would be a drink, a game or a place! Good to hear you're enjoying the RR, lots more to follow, just a bit tricky at times doing the travelling whilst also blogging. My sister is a bit embarrassed about having brought a Ken Follett book with her - the theory being that you bring something that you might not enjoy reading and then it lasts longer, because there's only room for one book each. But actually we both enjoyed it.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:35 PM   #92
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Talking Animal Magic

I promise, no more boats for a while

we're now back on the road with a vengeance, except it's not much of a road, lots of sand and it's often rutted which is not fun, I drop the bike - one of those slow motion drops, my sister is more surprised than anything and she's also surprised at how tricky it is to pick up a bike in sand. I didn't take a picture as:
a) It was swelteringly hot
b) her foot was trapped under the bike
c) I didn't want to damage sisterly relations as we've got to spend a couple more weeks together on the bike

the tracks are pretty empty, we start to see our first Baobab trees



there are few other road users

we spot another motorcyclist but quicly agree he probably is NOT another overlander unless he's an Action Man role player



I love the zebu carts



It's getting late and we stop at a forest reserve for the night, staying in the dorm. To my surprise a large cat appears at the door and then I realise it's got a very long tail and actually it turns out to be a fossa - supposed to be one of the most difficult to spot animals in Madagascar and here it is almost walking in on me getting changed.
Grabbing my camera I follow it into the woods










It looks a bit fierce so I don't try to get too close.

Hot on the heels of doing my David Attenborough impression we head into the woods properly for a night walk with a guide



the guide proves excellent at listening to the forest noises and pointing his torch in the right direction

however my camera skills and the distance from the animals as they either hide or move quickly means that I haven't got much worth showing here but I do have a lot of good memories from the fat-tailed lemur tot he little mouse lemur and even this mongoose



followed by these little fellows


The Giant Jumping Rat- it looks fine from the front - like a rabbit, but then it turns and its got the scaly tail of a rat - yuck and yes they DO jump and they move very quickly.

Lemurs next...
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:43 PM   #93
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I had to look up Temecula - wasn't sure if it would be a drink, a game or a place! Good to hear you're enjoying the RR, lots more to follow, just a bit tricky at times doing the travelling whilst also blogging. My sister is a bit embarrassed about having brought a Ken Follett book with her - the theory being that you bring something that you might not enjoy reading and then it lasts longer, because there's only room for one book each. But actually we both enjoyed it.
Yes, Temecula is the town I was in for 13 yrs in Southern California. I have now been in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico for the last couple of years.

I literally LOLed at your sis's theory with books! That is so true. I've spent 3x longer reading a lousy 300 page book than a 1,200 page great one! I have spent many hours reading Follet books and enjoyed them all.

Anyway, you have a friend in Baja!

And now I see a new update.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:41 AM   #94
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Thumb Lemurs in the Neighbourhood



What can I say - this is one of the reasons we're here

first the juveniles arrive and have a good look at us




and these guys like getting close


a bit of banana works wonders


The Loud Librarian gets in on the act





Mum comes over to check us out, she is the Alpha female of this group




a sleepy baby on her back





then the look out guy called the alarm


and off they went

Thanks for letting me be self-indulgent with the lemur pictures!!
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:11 AM   #95
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Really enjoying this report!

I think you did pretty darn well on the nighttime nature photos. There's not much that's harder to pull off.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #96
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Your ride reports just get better all the time,thanks for taking us all along again Tiffany:
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:21 AM   #97
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Your ride reports just get better all the time,thanks for taking us all along again Tiffany:
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:22 AM   #98
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More sand and more Baobabs




the mad African bus lives on in Madagascar



I didn't manage to get the chickens and ducks on the roof in this shot.

and then suddenly we were surrounded by greenery and paddy fields.



Time to head to the beach, and a reasonably nice place to stay as well

this is a view of our room - from the outside because in my usual fashion within five minutes of arriving at a hotel room, it resembles a war zone with stuff scattered everywhere.



I get acquainted with the neighbours


The Librarian couldn't wait to hit the beach



Tourists may be few and far between but there's always a friendly dog



and a sundowner drink as we watched the sun set


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Old 10-31-2013, 06:18 AM   #99
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Great pictures........look forward to your posts
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:46 AM   #100
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:48 AM   #101
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On the road again!!

Tiff:
Just got all caught up on this new adventure, looks like you & sis are knee deep in the hoopla, speaking of knees I'm pleased to see that Giant Loop has given you tank bags large enough for extra knicker knee wrap storage although I doubt it will get cold enough in tropical Madagascar for knee wraps
Jeeze its only been almost 2 yrs since overland expo 2012 but seems like yesterday since we were there & you've covered a lot of ground since then. No moss growing on you is there? Love the report so far & the pictures are fantastic as usual, keep the great narrative & pic's coming & most of all be safe & stay well. Subscribed as usual
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:29 AM   #102
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Tiff:
Just got all caught up on this new adventure, looks like you & sis are knee deep in the hoopla, speaking of knees I'm pleased to see that Giant Loop has given you tank bags large enough for extra knicker knee wrap storage although I doubt it will get cold enough in tropical Madagascar for knee wraps
Jeeze its only been almost 2 yrs since overland expo 2012 but seems like yesterday since we were there & you've covered a lot of ground since then. No moss growing on you is there? Love the report so far & the pictures are fantastic as usual, keep the great narrative & pic's coming & most of all be safe & stay well. Subscribed as usual
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Hi Jeff
great to hear from you and you're enjoying the RR. I'd forgotten about the knee warmers! I definitely don't need them over here, it's very hot although when it rains the temperature drops a lot.

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Old 11-01-2013, 07:37 AM   #103
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Loving the chameleons

I found these little girls with one on a stick




they were appalled when I touched it




but still managed a smile when I pointed the camera at them
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:39 AM   #104
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Talking THOSE Baobabs

Sunset was beckoning and so, turning my back on the beach I headed to the Avenue des Baobabs, one of the most famed sights in Madagascar.






Persuading passers by to act as photographers for me (Librarian was still on the beach)





Classic shots at a classic location



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Old 11-01-2013, 10:27 PM   #105
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