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    Namibia 2017, Joe’s Beerhouse

    Absolutely gob smacked by Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek. Nothing like I expected, larger than anything Ive ever seen with outstanding service, superb Bratwurst and Ice Cold Beer! Took the time to update my videos, last one promise! Cape Town giving me a great welcome home! cheers!!!

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    Namibia 2017, Tough Call

    This post requires background for context. Amanda (thats my wife, she is not on this trip Johnny, relax, you did not miss anything) and I have been Adventuring Namibia since 2003. Every trip has been memorable for different reasons, good & bad. Through the years Ive learned to heed the signs, when Mother Nature speaks, you listen and never tempt fate, its not worth it. No matter what. With 1000km to cover including a stop for tyres at KTM Windhoek it was going to be a long day in the saddle and we could hardly afford any problems. With a dodgy oil pressure light and rather tired looking chain, I decided to err…

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    Namibia 2017, Adventure 101

    Today was text book “How not to Adventure Bike”, precisely the reason we do “Adventure Bootcamps”. Something small escalates into a crazy sequence of events and things spiral out of control. In groups, things escalate more easily and good intentions go bad, often making the situation exponentially worse. Having the presence of mind to notice that its happening and take back control of the situation is crucial, not always easy in the heat of the moment. Bootcamp covers bike preparation, hydration, nutrition and general situational awareness designed to prepare the Rider for the unexpected and emergency situations, where things escalate quickly. Picture this scene playing out in the desert, we have the movie…

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    Namibia 2017, Tyred

    Yesterday Namibia fed us Lemons, so we made Lemonade. We also made a public service video of it, “Changing tyres by Committee!” With knobblies already shearing off The Generals front tyre, punctures were no surprise. Although a punctured rear was! Very quickly the committee agreed to swap Andy 990 (tube) rear Mitas EO7 with Martins 1190 (tubeliss), hoping that gator and tube would make Eupupa Falls, and it did. We have reached the halfway point and Spirits (read Vodka levels) are high. In fact, im starting to feel like a Russain! Epupa falls are spectacular, albeit low, well worth the effort of getting here. This morning we start our return journey, bitter sweet.…

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    Namibia 2017, Grootberg

    Delayed start to the day while we waited for Duneworx Yamaha to open, so I could fit a new tyre. Good thing as laundry was still wet from the previous day. Dropped with housekeeping to tumble dry while we feasted at breakfast which looked more like a desert table! Rushed off to Yamaha just on time, while the General and Andy exchanged expletives with a local after remarking on his interpretation of the traffic rules. Sure its not the first time The General has been told to go back to his own country, in his defense the signs were very confusing and I did imagine I was in Munich for a second as…

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    Namibia 2017, Swakopmund

    Turns out Ed has a broken upper arm, but is safely back in Cape Town with his family. His bike will return to Cape Town in two weeks when his rescuer travels down to collect his restored Africa Twin. Love the way these things have a way of working themselves out! Forgot to mention the value of having a Satellite phone on these trips. Also helps when one of the party have a brother in law just 60km, as the crow flies, from the incident. Seriously, Satellite phone well worth the investment, safety first! Omlette at Tsauchab was worth a pic and the ride. Delicious. Tank slapper early in the day got my…