Monday, 17 October 2011

Day1 - Leg1 - Bots+Zim - A Cold Start

This is the daily blog from, in particular a series on our Botswana and Zimbabwe - Giraffe tour we organised during July 2011.

More South and Southern African motor cycle tours on our list of tour route summaries are available, where we explore these sorts of motorcycle tour routes. Just choose one of our events and reserve yourself a place on one of the future motorcycle adventure safari events.

A group of 8 riding mates - not all of whom knew each other initially - decided to do a one week ride from Johannesburg, through Botswana, into Zimbabwe with the aim of attending the Giraffe Rally at Todds Motel in late July 2011. Some came from Durban some from Cape Town and the rest for Joburg.

We met at 7:00am at the Ultra city in Midrand to head off. We had a mega day ahead, some 700km to get to Francistown including crossing the border into Botswana, only on tar which made it a bit easier. We headed out in 3 degree temperatures, through some pretty busy traffic and were glad when we got off the N1 onto the back roads towards Botswana. After a bit we stopped for breakfast and a chance to warm up a little.

Filling up at Ultra city at 6:30am - on a rather cold morning

Before shot, LtR Loekie, Richard, Charlie B, John, Kieran, Charlie E, Doggie & Charlie G

All the bikes outside our breakfast stop - Charlie G's new Triumph 800 in front
Charile B's KaTooM

Kieran thawing out from the cold ride there

Loekie looking happy & warm inside

Helmet table

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