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Angola by motorcycle

2007-10-29 21:54:03.440676+00 by Dan Lyke 10 comments

Wow! Jeff sent along this travelogue of a bunch of guys motorcycling across Angola. Never again will I make snide comments about motorcyclists not being man enough to power their own vehicles. These guys are hardcore, they've got some amazing pictures of hardy people and beautiful, if desolate, landscapes. And some scary ass adventures:

The one thing I love about these trips is that you learn new stuff all the time. Yesterday I learned that battery acid stains my pants white when rinsed with water, and black when rinsed with Angolan beer. This kind of stuff can come in handy some day.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-29 23:20:48.655782+00 by: jeff [edit history]

Dan--thanks for posting this! Adventure Rider is a great website, and a different photo (superlative) will be shown each time you re-navigate to it. Incidentally, I just looked at a new KLX250 at a dealer tonight. Sweet.

The embedded photography and cultural information alone is worth checking out, and I have to admit I was riveted to this blog/travelogue the entire time I was reading it (be prepared for a long read, but it's worth it). And last summer I was concerned if I dumped my little 250cc dirt bike on trails 10-15 miles from civilization. These guys put their bigger dirtbikes and asses on the line--literally!

Yes. In a word. Wow!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-30 03:17:49.266672+00 by: crasch

Great read. Thanks!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-30 17:58:45.022319+00 by: Diane Reese

I was completely transfixed, thanks for the link!

And... I spent a not inconsiderable amount of time worrying that my younger son (the motorcycle owner/rider) might find this link......

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 10:49:27.34351+00 by: jeff

I thought the entire ride/read was incredible (even for non-bikers), but the "doodsakker" section was even more amazing. I'd never heard of terrain like that on Earth before!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 12:54:26.551869+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've been in real sized dunes before (in Death Valley and out in the Mojave), and I've been on beaches where the dunes went down to fairly close to the water, so that terrain didn't seem impossible, but the testosterone necessary to convince yourself that traversing a stretch like that's a good idea... Uh. Yeah. Wow.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 13:11:55.25116+00 by: jeff

Uhm, yeah ... like 40km of testosterone in this case!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 16:06:31.598816+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh, and don't go reading any of his other ride reports or you'll be lost on that site for days.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 16:34:35.725285+00 by: jeff [edit history]

And from one of those other "ride reports," I'm sure you related well to this image, Dan? Sheesh!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 17:19:18.989422+00 by: Dan Lyke

Jeff, you win the internets for today. That rocks!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-31 17:27:54.793347+00 by: jeff [edit history]

Ok, for my "prize" I want a film crew, a suitable support staff, a new BMW Dakkar adventure bike, and direct airfare (helicopter, if necessary) to the beginning of the doodsakker section!

These guys do these adventure rides with absolutely no support other than what they can carry on their backs and machines (or a borrowed boat, in that case!).