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19 Apr 2006, Ischia, Italy    

I am staying at Sergio's in Ischia, just off Naples in Italy.

It's lovely to be back in Europe.

Tomorrow I'm booked on a ferry to Sardinia. I've never been there before and it's sort of in the right direction.

From there it's another ferry to Corsica and then Nice.

Home is getting a bit close so I am thinking of a few detours.....

 

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- Italy
- Greece
- Turkey
- Jordan


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- Best Photos


12 Mar 2006, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    

Ethiopia is very different to East Africa. The Ethiopians do not consider themselves African.

They are Ethiopians.

Frustratingly a new tyre I brought with me that should have lasted at least 6,000km broke after only 200km.

I now have to wait for a new rear tyre to arrive from Nairobi.

Next destination: Lalibela and Gonder.

 

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- Ethiopia
   - OTR Addis Ababa
- Kenya
   - Moyale
   - Marsabit

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- Best People
- Update History


- Faults
   - Standard
   - Non Standard


03 Mar 2006, Nanyuki, Kenya    

A huge thank you to David and Andy for helping me change my tyres for the Moyale road.

Er, actually a huge thank you to David who did all the work.

'The fastest tyre changer in Africa'.

It took him half an hour for both tyres and would have taken me all day. Michelin Deserts are the hardest tyres of all to change.

 

Pages Added:


- Kenya
   - Nanyuki Tyre Tyros

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- Update History



28 Feb 2006, Nairobi, Kenya    

Three people are telling me to buy a new bike because I spend so much time (and money) fixing Fred:

Steve in Joburg, Chris and Marcus in Nairobi.

I can't sell him because I am emotionally attached (and he's on a carnet which would lead to big tax and duty liabilities).

Would you sell your favourite toy?

Last week the local KTM dealer broke a bearing trying to remove it. The method used was completely wrong.

Huge force was used instead of heat and more 'gentle' persuasion.

One third of Fred's faults have been created by dealer errors.

I have added a page rating the dealer's mechanical (in)competence.

Next destination: the Northern Circuit of Ethiopia.

 

Pages Added:


- Faults
   - Rear Shock
   - Wheel Bearing
- KTM Dealers
   - Errors
   - Friendly Workshops
- Modifications
   - Suspension Gaiter


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- Update History



18 Feb 2006, Nairobi, Kenya    

I've never experienced anything like riding through Burundi before.

I always ride through villages with my visor up so people can see my face.

Many times a crowd would leap to thier feet shouting, smiling and waving at me with pure joy beaming from thier faces.

They were so happy to see a white tourist so they knew the war was over and things were really getting better.

The gorillas in the Virungas NP, Rwanda were even better than the chimps in Gombe.

I am now in Nairobi getting visas, servicing Fred and eating chocolate.

Next destination: the Northern Circuit of Ethiopia.

 

Pages Added:


- Best Places
   - Virungas NP


- Uganda
- Rwanda
   - Gorillas
- Burundi

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- Best Photos



30 Jan 2006, Kigoma, Tanzania    

The chimps in Gombe were amazing.

One came and just lay down only two metres from us. He stayed there for about ten minutes just chilling out.

I'm now contemplating a visit to Mahale National Park to see some more.

Next destination: perhaps Mahale, then the gorillas in Rwanda.

 

Pages Added:


- Best Places
   - Gombe NP


- Tanzania
   - All Pages
- Zambia
   - OTR Mpulungu

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- Best Photos
- Met on the Road
   - Working


27 Jan 2006, Kigoma, Tanzania

Thanks P and Kev for, er, my third stay chez Clemos.

Amazingly, after trying for many months, Kev suddenly agreed to buy a new pc, even one with a groovy new lcd screen.

Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to buy Kev the World War 2 Spitfire game - even though it's fun for all the family.

I have a new tracking device on my bike. So you can see I really have left Cape Town and not just downloading photos from the internet.

Next destination: Lake Tanganika, ferry to Kigoma in Tanzania to visit the chimps in Gombe National Park, followed by the gorillas in Rwanda.

 

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- Current Position
- Met on the Road
    - Cycling
- Best Bits of Kit
- Best Books & Maps


- Tanzania
- Zambia
- Malawi
- SA (3rd Time)

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- Best Photos
- Met on the Road
   - Cycling
    - Walking & Working


- Maintenance
- Faults & Fixes
    - Clutch
    - Kickstarter


03 Jan 2006, Cape Town, South Africa    


'On the road again,
I'm going to sniff some arseholes with my friends'.

I couldn't stop this fragrant song going round and round in my head as I went north through Mozambique. I didn't know any more lines.

Thanks Kev and Ozzie Rodney Rude.

Well, I was on the road again, that is until the clutch started dragging and I discovered I'd left my camera chargers in a hostal in SA.

What to do?

Spend ten days waiting for the parts in Malawi or fly back to Cape Town again?

Easy.

 

Pages Added:


- Met OTR
    - Walking


- Malawi
- Mozambique
- Swaziland
    - Several

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- Best Photos


- Maintenance
- Faults & Fixes
- Km / Litre


17 Dec 2005, Johannesburg, South Africa


Surprisingly Fred was not ready and waiting to go when I returned from Madagascar.

I've been delayed by:
- Clayton Enslin's unreliability,
- my Swazi shakedown identifying more things to fix.
- me faffing about a bit.

Hopefully, everything is almost done so I really might be leaving SA soon.




 

Pages Added:


- Best Places
    - Madagascar


- South Africa
    - Lots
- Swaziland
    - Several


- South Africa
   - Dances with Rhino

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- Best Photos


- Maintenance
- Faults & Fixes


03 Nov 2005, Johannesburg, South Africa

I'm so glad I came to Madagascar, even though it is not exactly on the way back to London.

Now I think I know why Hilary Brandt has been here so many times.

It has the nicest people, the strangest plants and animals and the most varied scenery of any country I've ever been to.

Mad is also the poorest country I have visited. Perhaps those who have less give more.

I should be back in Joburg tomorrow. I hope Fred is waiting, ready to head north.


 

Pages Added:


- Best Biking Roads
   - Africa
      - Madagascar

- Country Summary


- Madagascar
   - North on RN 6

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- Best Photos


07 Oct 2005, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Now I understand why the guidebook author Hilary Bradt has been to Madagascar 27 times.

The Malagasy are the friendliest people I have ever met and the flora and fauna are also unlike anything I have ever seen before.

Instead of returning to Joburg I'm now going to ride north and fly 'Le Heap' back to Tana again. There is no need for a crate, the bike is simply slid into the cargo hold on it's side.

 

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- All Madagascar


- Madagascar - Arrested!


- Airfreighting - No Crate

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- Best Photos


12 Sept 2005, Johannesburg, South Africa

Fred and I have been chilling out in Cape Town with my sister Philippa, nephew Nick and niece Abby for the last two months.

Whilst in a bookshop I saw the new Bradt guide to Madagascar. Hilary Bradt has now been there 27 times. Either it is an amazing place or she has a very bad memory.

It is so close it seems silly not to go there and see it for myself.

Naturally, I'd take Fred, but not for a $3,000 one way flight, so I'm going to hire one there instead.

Touratech have just sent a new satellite tracking unit which I hope arrives soon.





  Met On The Road


The guys at Engen on the N3
 


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Home
- Best Disasters
- Best Places
- Best Biking Roads

Africa
- All pages

Journal
- SA - Bad Writing Awards
- Oz - Various

Bike
- Mods Second Fan
- Fault Suspension

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Home
- Best Photos

Oceania
- Oceania, NZ & Oz

- Bike
Stuff


16 Aug 2005, Cape Town, South Africa

I am still in Cape Town and picked up Fred yesterday. .

I went to SA Cargo's bay to pick him up and recognised Hilton immediately. He helped me uncrate my bike when I first rode north from Cape Town in 2002.

All I have to do now is decide where to go.

 

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- Bike


07 July 2005, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Even though it is winter, every day has been sunny and warm (so far).

The mountains are so welcoming I've bought another Santa Cruz bicycle. This time I will definitely send it home rather than try to take it on my bike.

Fred is in Perth waiting for a few more suspension bits before I decide where I am going next.

 

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Bike
- Updated all pages

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19 June 2005, Cape Town, South Africa

   
I'm now in Perth where it's cold and has been raining a lot.

Perhaps it's because it is winter.

Due to my complete lack of planning I now know I came to Oz at the wrong time of year and took the wrong route west.

I should have gone north from Sydney rather than south from Cairns.

Oh well, older and wiser again.

I hope to be at my sister's in Cape Town by the end of next week.
 

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Best Places

Australia
- Victoria
- Tasmania

Journal
- May and June

Bike
- Updated all pages

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- Best Photos


01 June 2005, Sydney, Australia
When I eventually got the new Toshiba disks (via Connecticut, Auckland and Sydney) Toshiba had sent the wrong disks.

Brilliant.

Just to get going again I bought a set of the wrong spec disks in Sydney, but hey, it works! (at the moment).

Oz is big. Very, very big. It is about the same size as the USA or the whole of Europe.

 

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Australia
- New South Wales
- Queensland


Bike
- High Km wear items

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- Best Photos


18 May 2005, Auckland, New Zealand

   
I've added these pages using an internet cafe in Auckland.

I hope to be leaving for Oz late next week.

Hopefully I'll have the new Toshiba disks before I leave.....



 

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21 pages to New Zealand
- North Island
- South Island
- Stewart Island

Journal
- Shades of Grey

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- Best Photos


28 April 2005, Auckland, New Zealand

I've had a bit of an upset caused by a meltdown in the IT Department.

Firstly, the hard drive died, but that was ok because I have a spare cloned drive.

Secondly, the cloned drive caught a virus when I was updating the anti-virus software, but that was ok because I had the original set up cd's.

Thirdly, after two hours, the reinstallation failed because the cd was scratched, but that was ok because I could order new cd's from Toshiba NZ.

Fourthly, neither Toshiba NZ nor Oz would send me cd's because I have a US machine, but that as ok because I could get them from the USA .

Fifthly, Toshiba USA wouldn't send them abroad (obviously far too dangerous) only anywhere within the USA , but that was ok as I'd get them sent to my friends in Connecticut .

Sixthly, my friends posted them via ordinary airmail not a courier.

They may not have arrived before I leave NZ.

 

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Nothing.


29 March 2005, Auckland, New Zealand
Unfortunately Fred got bumped off the Monday flight from Santiago by three pallets of strawberries.

However, he made the next one and I've just returned to Auckland after a small northern circuit.

New Zealand is a beautiful country.

I hope to be heading south soon.
 

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Click on the:
- New Zealand and
- Journal tabs above.

- Best Photos


25 March 2005, Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Mo'orea was too hot, humid and expensive for me so I did a runner.

It was also full of highly trained mossies, whilst one went for the left leg his comrade attacked the right so I only heard one of them.

It was a superb display of synchronised stinging.

I also abandoned plans to visit Fiji and The Cook islands and flew direct to Auckland yesterday.

I hope Fred arrives tomorrow but the International dateline is proving to be very confusing.

Today, in Auckland, it is Tuesday .

Fred leaves Santiago on yesterday's (Monday's) flight at 11pm. The flight time is 13 hours and yet he arrives in here on Wednesday (i.e. tomorrow) morning.

As long as he gets here soon I'll be happy.

19 March 2005 - Easter Island

I'm still on my original trip.

I've added a new 'Oceania '05' tab because I am no longer in the Americas.

I'm afraid there may be a few teething problems so I apologise for the bits that don't work.

I've just added a section under the Ocenia tab for Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Tonight I leave Rapa Nui to fly to Tahiti.

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