Monday, 31 October 2011

Day2 - Leg5 - Bots+Zim - Tree Stop

This is the daily blog from, in particular a short series on the Botswana and Zimbabwe - Giraffe tour we attended during July 2011. Check out the plans and route for the trip here.
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.

This section of the route in Botswana on the way between Nata and some kilometers before Kasane, is a massive 140km odd section of road works. They are building a completely new road next to the old road to allow the traffic to flow and frankly because the old road is unable in all likelihood to be recovered. The problem is the old road is it is a typical narrow two lane road built for a few light vehicles on sand.

However this road has become the main trucking route up north and massive 18 wheelers pound this little road, built on soft sand, all day. Consequently huge sections of it have broken away to the extent where you are not sure if it is actually a tar road or not. Potholes that giraffes and elephants could hide in. To avoid the chipped edges, the trucks drive in the centre of the road so two on-comming trucks makes for interesting battles of nerves!  Of course as a bikers you are much lower in the pecking order and a few times tend to have to really make use of the off road ability and head off into the sand and grass.

We needed a break after a looong ride on this road, so we stopped under a tree to relax and tell our war stories, of potholes missed, trucks missed, etc. Fortunately we were now over the worst and all in one piece!

Tree Stop after a long hard road - in need of shade
Slowly they arrive
Good place to change rods in the on-coming traffic!
More arrive
Nearly off the map already
Doggie still tying down his kit!
Big tree on the side of the road - old road left - new road right
BeeeEeM - see the new bigger wider road being built in the background

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