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#1003436 - 01/11/18 01:13 AM Re: Victoria Falls to Cape Town (verbose, image heavy) [Re: longjohn]  
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Mike, thanks for posting the first part of your trip. Excellent write up and pictures.

We've been waiting for you to tell us of your adventures.

Now waiting expectantly for the rest of the story heading towards Cape Town.

Too bad the tour was full when I tried to book, but I can live with that now that I've seen your write up.

see you at Un 2018?

cheers.....

#1003448 - 01/11/18 04:41 AM Re: Victoria Falls to Cape Town (verbose, image heavy) [Re: Lester V]  
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Thanks everyone, still working on Namibia.

Teaser:

[Linked Image]

Mike Cassidy


2013 R1200GSW
2002 Silver R1150RT (gone)
2004 Kawasaki KLX 400 SR

I wish I could be 1/4 the rider this bike deserves.
#1003449 - 01/11/18 04:44 AM Re: Victoria Falls to Cape Town (verbose, image heavy) [Re: MikeRC]  
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The Bag of Shame (BOS)

How could I forget the bag-of-shame!!! Remember the "direct and indirect" support of the Greenline Trust? Well, starting Day 2 on the road each rider had to pay a fine for "transgressions". Mostly the guides get to decide what is a transgression, but examples would be leaving your ignition on at a fuel or photo stop, leaving your turn signal on for more than a minute, dropping your helmet, dropping your bike or riding on the wrong (i.e. right) side of the road. Fines range from the local currency equivalent of 1 to 5 beers, and the fine can be decided at the evening meal by consensus. Photographic evidence was always encouraged.

So every evening the cell phones would come out with photos of the days "transgressions".

I've always been uncomfortable with embarrassing someone twice, but the system works for two reasons. First because after a few days pretty well everyone has contributed. Second because Rene always ends up in the top few 'contributors" because the guy in front has 13 pairs of eyes on him all the time.

The contents of the BOS go the Greenline Trust at the end of the tour. One of the top contributors on my 2015 tour thought the Greenline Trust could buy a small plane with his donations.

True to form, Rene lost the BOS on day 4.

By consensus we increased his fine by one beer equivalent every day until he found the missing BOS. Plus he had to replace the missing money, too. grin


2013 R1200GSW
2002 Silver R1150RT (gone)
2004 Kawasaki KLX 400 SR

I wish I could be 1/4 the rider this bike deserves.
#1003541 - 01/12/18 10:31 PM Re: Victoria Falls to Cape Town (verbose, image heavy) [Re: MikeRC]  
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Sorry folks, the pictures aren't showing right now. I exceeding my hosting bandwidth with those pictures and the interest in the thread.

I will work on a solution over the weekend.

Mike Cassidy


2013 R1200GSW
2002 Silver R1150RT (gone)
2004 Kawasaki KLX 400 SR

I wish I could be 1/4 the rider this bike deserves.
#1003581 - 01/13/18 02:51 PM Re: Victoria Falls to Cape Town (verbose, image heavy) [Re: MikeRC]  
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Enjoying this thread very much. Thanks for bringing us along.



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