(Day 4) 3 April 2011 (Mariental – Okahanja)

Distance for the day    – 357 km             Odometer – 2 036 km
Hours on the Bike        – 04:14
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R46 627.00
We were up early and planned to cover some good distance to catch up some of what we were behind. The air was cool and what a wonderful time of the day to ride your motorbike. The four KLR’s were humming in sequence like B53 bombers flying in formation. We watched the sun rise and it presented some good opportunities to take photos. It was rather overwhelming and every now and then the convoy stopped to take a few pics.

Sunrise - something that very few people appreciate daily.

Sunrise, with grass in full seed.

Road cutting through most beautiful landscapes.

The foursome taking a break under a Thorn tree.

Mountains that normally are dull, covered with green grass.

Long stretches of low traffic roads.

Abundance of Grass after very good rains.

We only realized that the Namibian time had changed by one hour (behind) when we got to Windhoek. Rufus needed to sort out a problem on his modem, while the other three decided to wait for him at a very well known Restaurant by the name of “Joe’s Beer House”. It really is a must-see place, when visiting Windhoek. Rufus only joined them some time later and soon realized that the intended mileage for the day was very unlikely to happen. The wait was too long and the Beer service too good!

Joes Beer House in Windhoek.

Norman and Richard recharging.

We left later, after a very good meal, and headed north a further 60 odd km’s to a little town, called Okahanja.

There was now enough time to do some chores like washing clothes, checking the nuts and bolts on the bikes and catching up on some sleep. We had a nice swim and stories were shared of all that happened today. Rufus said that, because he was on his own at the Shopping Mall, he could not carry all his loose stuff like helmet, tank bag, laptop, camelback etc. So he got a trolley for help. When he finished his business he found himself at a different exit and had to push his cargo around half the building.

Today can also be remembered as the “day of the keys” because both Rufus and Richard lost their keys at some stage and after unpacking just about everything they realized that they did not look properly the first time and they had them on them – in one of the “thousand” pockets the riding jackets have. Norman also started his day uneasy with one of his gloves missing, just to find it moments later at some obvious place. There is a lesson to be learned from all this, which is to keep your belongings packed in the same places the whole time. The sooner you can organize this the easier it is.

Richards’s bike was dropped again today, but he claims this time he had nothing to do with it. Rufus apparently bumped it by mistake. The problem is that the side stands on these bikes were invented to hold the bikes upright when parked, unloaded. The motorbikes will stand at an angle to the one side. The more you load them the less of an angle they stand, to a point that they are too upright, wanting to topple over.

Heavy loaded KLR 650

Norman, Richard and Rufus cooling off.

Accommodation at camp site near Okahanja.

Ps. Stelios has been moaning since leaving Cape Town, that he needed a hair cut (what hair?). Well he finally did it and shaved the little that was there, all off. Now he looks like a cross between Kojak and the brother of Schabir Shaik.



8 responses

  1. Hi Guys,looks like you enjoying youself.Bikes holding out well.Hope the locals treating you well.Hope you getting some nice steaks.Enjoy from Luke,Adele,Elfie and small Hayley

    April 5, 2011 at 06:53

  2. You bloody farmers seem to be on the piss all the time and Bennett keeps dropping his bike !!!!!!!!!!!
    Sharpen up and enjoy it i think i should have come with you guys to keep you under control specially storming Norman
    Keep attacking

    April 4, 2011 at 21:30

  3. gloriagracie

    Hi guys Wow looks like such fun! I’m quite envious! Now I have to get up earlier in the mornings to see your updates & pictures before I leave for work. Spoke to Cheryl & Mom this evening. Mom says she is glad it is going well & that u are enjoying yourself & sends lots of love to you Norman. Have a GR8 time. Gloria

    April 4, 2011 at 21:12

  4. staceyemslie

    This is fantastic being able to follow your travels and having an update waiting for me ever morning. Hope you are taking in every moment and loving living your dream.. sending lots of love and safe travels x

    April 4, 2011 at 10:54

  5. ernaloretz

    Rufus ek geniet jou pittige vertellings oor die dag se gebeure baie!! Dit is die mooiste foto’s! Sterkte verder!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:13

  6. Hi chaps… I’m really enjoying my early morning reads. Thanks so much! You should try to get some mileage out of the places you pop into and ask for a discount if you advertise their place on your web! Enjoy !!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 09:13

  7. Finally managed to get thro the whole registration process just to leave a message!! – just wanted to say how pleased we were to be at the start of this trip and to be there to see you off at the CT stadium last Thursday. We will be following your progress on a daily basis. So far so good – the news and photos are great – keep it coming and enjoy

    April 4, 2011 at 09:06

  8. Hi guys, trip seems to be going well. Keep on going!!

    April 4, 2011 at 06:47

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