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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Andrey Urzhumtsev: 7 months, 40,000 km. An exhilarating experience
Andrey Urzhumtsev, a Russian businessmen with a passion for unique motorcycle trips, shares with us his impressions from his latest journey â€“ from Africa to Russia.
â€œThe first part of my journey from Moscow to Cape Town taught me a lot. The 23,000 kilometers across the dark continent quickly dispelled the illusion that an off-road bike could easily cope with a cross country trip through Africa. It took me a great deal of effort to learn to ride on stones and sand. The journey also proved that all my travel gear was a mistake. Workers from travel equipment stores and Internet users were shown to be equally mistaken. So, while preparing my bike for the return journey, I decided to use the help of South African specialists. As an upside, prices are more agreeable in South Africa, even far more agreeable.
â€œWith the oldest desert in the world to cover (the Namib Desert), the bike was fitted out with various protection gear from sand and stones. They used Continental tires, and although these tires are good for short journeys, they did not last for the second time (the first time I tried them was between Kenya and South Africa). In short, my preparations were more thorough this time around than before my departure from Moscow.
â€œAfter the repairs were complete, it was recommended that I make short trips around to test-ride the bike. I decided to use the time to satisfy my curiosity, since any place of interest in South Africa is, in my estimation, within a dayâ€™s drive. You can come face to face with a real rhinoceros just 400 kilometers off Cape Town. I even got a chance to meet an Olympic record in short distance running (with photographic equipment on my back, no less) after my iPhone woke up a sleeping tigress that I was trying to take a picture of on a safari.
â€œCape Agulhas â€“ the southern tip of Africa â€“ was my next destination. Although many people, myself included, tend to confuse Cape Point and Cape Agulhas, the latter is the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
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