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Old 12-25-2013, 02:32 PM   #166
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Moto shop in Dakar who knew!!

Here are the grids for that shop. Safe travels and Merry Christmas!!
14į45'19.20"N
17į28'20.19"W
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14.755246,-17.472357
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:05 AM   #167
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awesome, thanks!
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:28 AM   #168
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still full

A huge thanks to Todd34, his wife, and crew here in Dakar for the best meal I've had in 3 months on the road! Serious ADVrider holiday hospitality!

Acquired some support from Todd34's local riding crews back in the US:




And Todd34's wife guaranteed that this one would earn me lots of female inmates following along:



At least it matches the pink duct tape.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:49 AM   #169
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It was our pleasure and we are so glad you came over. Have safe travels!
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:09 AM   #170
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Wonderful report

Really enjoy the pics and prose. Ready for more as you get a chance...

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Old 01-05-2014, 12:34 PM   #171
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Avoid the great whites!

Have fun. Looks and sounds amazing. Really enjoyed the pictures. Keep em' coming.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:38 PM   #172
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Myth of the Lonely Wanderer





When people ask me the standard round of questions of where Iíve been and where Iím going and whether Iím alone, I always have a hard time saying yes to the last question. There was no one I could convince back home to do this trip, so it is true that I set off alone. While the vision of a solitary man roaming the coastlines of the world with only his trusty surfboard at his side is a romantic one, Iíve never found it to have much basis in reality. Of course there are lonely stretches from time to time, but generally, I donít seem to spend all that much time alone. Whether itís meeting other travelers or getting to know the people of the places I visit, company is usually never far away. My recent stay in Western Sahara is a great example of friends that seem to always materialize on the road, where a gang of us spent weeks living at a campground.


Two of the most adventurous souls that Iíve run into lately are Kuba and Lindsey. Kuba is a widsurfer from Poland and Lindsey is a yoga teacher from the U.S. They both have spent time other places in Africa, working as theyíve gone. They donít seem to have an end to the globe trotting in sight as they dream of crossing the Atlantic on a sailboat.





Bob is the traveling veteran of the crew. For years, heís ridden is BMW GS1200 from his home of England down the West Coast of Africa as far as The Gambia. He knows more about American politics than I do and holds me to account for most of US foreign activities and entertainment exports. It was only through the daily exchange of croissant, coffee, witty insults and motorcycling stories that we managed a truce. Heís also the most deadly man in camp with a fly swatter.





Karenís father is from Morocco and she has come here to embrace her roots by learning the local tribal language of Berber and first and foremost learning to kitesurf.





When the surf went flat, I got a windsurfing lesson from Kuba.





When the surf kicked up, we all went surfing. Dyna Rae earned her keep -three surfers, three surfboards, one moto!





On the road, overland travelers going the same direction find each other again and again or hear about each otherís progress and pitfalls through the grapevine and provide advice on routes and border crossings. It becomes a support network of sorts. I got invited to Christmas dinner in Dakar by another rider who happened to have seen my blog. Esteban from Spain on the KTM Adventure is having starter trouble in Nouakchott but found a great former Dakar Rally mechanic to help. Jonathan from England got stuck in the desert repairing a puncture. The English couple on a tandem bicycle were run off the road by a truck and wrecked their rear wheel. No one seems to know where the Aussies, Luke and Ben, riding two up on the Royal Enfield have gotten to. The two German guys in a Toyota 4-Runner that helped push me out of the Senegal River are headed to The Gambia to a fellow German who was camped with us in Dakhla get out of an unfortunate landing in jail. It goes on and on like this..


I think that the point is this: if you have even the slightest notion to set off on some journey of your own design, but no one to share the adventure with, there is no need to hesitate. Wherever you might wander, your friends are already there waiting for you. Hopefully they're not in jail when you get there.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #173
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Awesome!!!

Man I have the greatest respect for you. It is unbelievable what you do, living your dream.

Subscribed for sure.

All the best and stay safe!
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:05 AM   #174
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Another great post Garnaro. Keep them coming!
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:01 AM   #175
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WooHoo

Subscribed!!!! Happy to be along for the ride!! This is fixing to be one of the best!
What boots did you decide on for such an awesome undertaking?
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:04 AM   #176
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Dear Mr Garnaro

The following quote:

"I think that the point is this: if you have even the slightest notion to set off on some journey of your own design, but no one to share the adventure with, there is no need to hesitate. Wherever you might wander, your friends are already there waiting for you."

sums life up completely- I guess it was somebody -William Butler Yates- (THANKS Google!) who said "There are no strangers here- Only friends we haven't met". I'm paraphrasing of course, but this is exactly what you are experiencing.

1: No adventure ever happens on the couch.
2: There is nothing to gain and everything to lose if you choose NOT to live your dreams.
3: Live today- tomorrow may be too late.



Cheers dude! Ramble on, rambler.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:59 PM   #177
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:39 PM   #178
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Sure hope you are in a spot to catch the huge swell that is hitting
right now.

Ride on!!!
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:01 AM   #179
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:47 AM   #180
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Thanks again for the support guys!

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Sure hope you are in a spot to catch the huge swell that is hitting
right now.

Ride on!!!
major fail. spent the swell stuck in the Guinea jungle..
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