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    Its about the only way you can do some jobs...

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    It's all fun and games till Darthvader comes along

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    Bloody hell Sideshow
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    Wasn’t my car can you imagine telling that one to the insurance company.
    Well first a flip it on a gravel road, then this good bugger called @Dundee came and put it back on its wheels when it ran off and got eaten by these nasty pine trees, do you know that they hunt in packs! No really
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    @Sideshow you do realise that the clip has nothing to do with a car and its the same one as on another thread?
    Mix up maybe?
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    Ohooo shit my bad sorry guys
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    North of Marsabit in the Chalbi Desert, on the “main road” to Ethiopia, September 2000.

    The alternator bearings had had enough of rock and dust. Luckily, I was carrying a spare. The spare shat itself about 200km further on when it rained for the first time in about 80 years and the “road” turned into a raging torrent of liquid rock and dust which flowed through the engine bay as we waded our way up to higher ground.

    We made into Moyale and through the border on the juice the auxiliary batteries could conjure up. How we fixed the alternator is a long story but a good one, one that cemented my faith in Koyo Bearings, Italians, colonialism and the goodwill of Ethiopian peasants.

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    Not that like a good yarn, over a beer, or two
    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

    You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
    Sounds like a typical hunting trip !

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    Now that sounds like.......

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    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

    You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
    Sounds like a typical hunting trip !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyblown View Post
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    North of Marsabit in the Chalbi Desert, on the “main road” to Ethiopia, September 2000.

    The alternator bearings had had enough of rock and dust. Luckily, I was carrying a spare. The spare shat itself about 200km further on when it rained for the first time in about 80 years and the “road” turned into a raging torrent of liquid rock and dust which flowed through the engine bay as we waded our way up to higher ground.

    We made into Moyale and through the border on the juice the auxiliary batteries could conjure up. How we fixed the alternator is a long story but a good one, one that cemented my faith in Koyo Bearings, Italians, colonialism and the goodwill of Ethiopian peasants.
    @Flyblown
    Prick of a road was there around the same time. How many tires did you get through? I did two on it total trashed then four more in Ethiopia boss wasn’t to happy last one I stitched repaired with some old tire and wire which held till Addis
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    The Wife looked at the post above and reminded me, sternly, that other than taking photos of me struggling, she was glassing the surrounds for the shifta bandits that roamed the desert looking for numpties just like us. She’s also reminded me of a couple of other minor issues on that part of the trip.

    We had had to wait in Isiolo before making the journey north to Ethiopia, as civilians weren’t allowed to cross the desert alone, you could only travel with the military convoy. So we waited a couple of days, reported to the check point at dawn on the allotted day, and left with the convoy. Which took off at an insane speed we couldn’t possibly keep up with, soldiers grinning and waving at us in a cloud of dust as they disappeared into the distance. So we crossed the desert alone, hoping a lot.

    On the return journey, which was also characterised by disappearing a convoy, a steel jerry can in the canopy actually managed to rattle the lid open - that’s the tried and tested rattle proof lid design on jerry cans since WW2 or whenever. We smelt the fuel (petrol 4Y Hilux) which had sloshed all over our gear in the back. Easily our biggest ever brown trousers moment in 20 years of overland travel, and it just about finished me off nerves wise, that was a tough trip the Chalbi Desert alone.

    After we’d cleaned it up and decided the risk of explosion was acceptably low, we took off and drove into the dusk, chancing upon two desert cheetahs chasing down a small antelope and making the kill, which completely blew us away and to this day is one of our top 3 wildlife experiences anywhere in the world.

    Well after dark that night, we were trucking along avoiding rocks and bandits, hoping to make the safety of an upcoming nomad settlement we’d driven through a couple of months earlier. Out of nowhere we stumbled upon a most welcome and highly unexpected sight - a British Army (BATUK) squad on desert exercise, camped up with their Bedfords and Land Rovers at the end of a long exercise and about to go on R&R, complete with a great many crates of chilled Fullers London Pride. They were as surprised to see us as we were them, a pom and his jaapie chick covered in dust, stinking of petrol and looking like they were 2 clicks away from a nervous breakdown. We joined the boys (all completely unhinged) in an unholy beer drinking session which resulted in a couple of other stories for another time, we got that shit faced well into the next morning that Captain Thompson gave everyone the morning off and we only left mid-afternoon the next day.

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    Fun time yesterday on the Kaimais, had a stop/go in place at the Old Kaimais road near the summit. Took us an hour of crawling up on the Tauranga side! They had decided to lift a truck out of the Ditch on a Friday afternoon FFS. Was a fatality that had happened on Wedsday. Why can’t the prepared the lift and do the final crank onto the tow truck at night? Once through the que was about two lanes down the Waikato side, those poor old truckies in loaded trucks sitting waiting, crawling a couple of hundred metres, stop and then repeat. One of Porters truck and trailers had flagged it near the top!
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyblown View Post
    The Wife looked at the post above and reminded me, sternly, that other than taking photos of me struggling, she was glassing the surrounds for the shifta bandits that roamed the desert looking for numpties just like us. She’s also reminded me of a couple of other minor issues on that part of the trip.

    We had had to wait in Isiolo before making the journey north to Ethiopia, as civilians weren’t allowed to cross the desert alone, you could only travel with the military convoy. So we waited a couple of days, reported to the check point at dawn on the allotted day, and left with the convoy. Which took off at an insane speed we couldn’t possibly keep up with, soldiers grinning and waving at us in a cloud of dust as they disappeared into the distance. So we crossed the desert alone, hoping a lot.

    On the return journey, which was also characterised by disappearing a convoy, a steel jerry can in the canopy actually managed to rattle the lid open - that’s the tried and tested rattle proof lid design on jerry cans since WW2 or whenever. We smelt the fuel (petrol 4Y Hilux) which had sloshed all over our gear in the back. Easily our biggest ever brown trousers moment in 20 years of overland travel, and it just about finished me off nerves wise, that was a tough trip the Chalbi Desert alone.

    After we’d cleaned it up and decided the risk of explosion was acceptably low, we took off and drove into the dusk, chancing upon two desert cheetahs chasing down a small antelope and making the kill, which completely blew us away and to this day is one of our top 3 wildlife experiences anywhere in the world.

    Well after dark that night, we were trucking along avoiding rocks and bandits, hoping to make the safety of an upcoming nomad settlement we’d driven through a couple of months earlier. Out of nowhere we stumbled upon a most welcome and highly unexpected sight - a British Army (BATUK) squad on desert exercise, camped up with their Bedfords and Land Rovers at the end of a long exercise and about to go on R&R, complete with a great many crates of chilled Fullers London Pride. They were as surprised to see us as we were them, a pom and his jaapie chick covered in dust, stinking of petrol and looking like they were 2 clicks away from a nervous breakdown. We joined the boys (all completely unhinged) in an unholy beer drinking session which resulted in a couple of other stories for another time, we got that shit faced well into the next morning that Captain Thompson gave everyone the morning off and we only left mid-afternoon the next day.
    How, what, why were you even there? great stories and adventures but how did it all come about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    Fun time yesterday on the Kaimais, had a stop/go in place at the Old Kaimais road near the summit. Took us an hour of crawling up on the Tauranga side! They had decided to lift a truck out of the Ditch on a Friday afternoon FFS. Was a fatality that had happened on Wedsday. Why can’t the prepared the lift and do the final crank onto the tow truck at night? Once through the que was about two lanes down the Waikato side, those poor old truckies in loaded trucks sitting waiting, crawling a couple of hundred metres, stop and then repeat. One of Porters truck and trailers had flagged it near the top!
    Perhaps its too dodgy a job to do in the dark? I have no idea when the best time of day would be to do that job, all I know is they are going to upset a lot of people no matter when they do it, sounds like you (and many others) got unlucky and you have my sympathy, nothing worse when you need to somewhere else.

 

 

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