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En route to beit bridge, these Baobab trees are only found in this region of South Africa and (I believe) the only place in the world where they grow). The one in this picture is of very medium size, they grow extremely big with massive thick stems.

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Comment by Hannah Fouche on August 30, 2011 at 3:33am

A tip for missing music when you ride .... we have invested in bike-to-bike communication systems, (works on bluetooth). We of music on our cellphones, pairs the cellphone with the bike-to-bike communication and listen to music that way... works like a dream!!!

Believe it or not, we have not been to the big Baobab tree (yet) and the worst thing is, it's only about 3 - 4 hours ride from where we stay...... BAAAAAAAAAD South Africans we are.....LOL

Comment by Doug Martin on August 30, 2011 at 2:05am

Wow 45 years, The Goldwings are a good line of bikes.

The Victory Hammer handles well and looks good, But I miss having music playing thats the advantage of owning a Vision and the sound system seems not to bad.

Falling asleep when riding lol.

Have checked out tree pictures, love the bar and have you been there.

Comment by Hannah Fouche on August 30, 2011 at 12:45am

Hi Doug, 30 years of biking is great!!! Charles (my hubby) had been biking for 45 years already, most of those years on cruisers (Goldwing 1000, Goldwing 1100 and Goldwing 1500) We still have the 1500 Goldwing, call her our "Old Lady"! Really a wonderful touring bike too. We have fitted a towbar to the Goldwing and hitch our trailer behind the bike when we go on really long trips (often take camping and fly-fishing gear as we love to camp and fly-fishing is our other "passion" in life.

Now that you ride a Victory, do you also find that it is the best bike you've ever had? Charles loves his Goldwing, but he admits that the Vision is an absolute pleasure to ride, fantastic handling and even after a day of long and hard riding (often close to 1000km a day) he does not feel tired or butt-sore at all. When I ride pillion with him on the Vision, I have even had times when I had fallen asleep on the back....LOL.

From pictures I've seen, the Cross Roads is more like the Vision than the Kingpin. If you look at my Kingpin in her "naked" state, she's more like the Jackpot.

Safe riding for you as well.

Comment by Doug Martin on August 29, 2011 at 1:11am

Hi Hannah you would right about the blocks of flats and proderly get along better than us LOL.

We have the Cross Roads here which is I think very much the same as the Kingpin, both of your bikes look good.

I'm riding a Hammer 8 Ball at the moment, only had it for about 1 month and love it.

This is the first Victory i've owned, had various other makes over the last nearly 30 years (hell that sounds a long time)and now I know why people buy cruisers should have done it years ago.

All the best to you Hannah and Your husband ( what is his name). ride safe.

PS will read about tree,

 

 

Comment by Hannah Fouche on August 29, 2011 at 12:31am

Hi Doug, I am not t all sure what bird species it is, only know that the nests are "cumminity nests" which means that it is not one bird, but a 'family" or "community of birds" that build their nests in clusters...... perhaps that's where us humans got the idea of apartment blocks from...LOL. Here is a link to a very interseting site about (possibly) the oldest tree in the world. www.bigbaobab.co.za

About the bikes - the other one is my Kingpin Tour. We have taken the top-box, saddle bags and pillion seat off, which took quite a bit of weight off her which makes it easier for me (being a very "new rider" - only started riding for the first time in my life last year in September) when hubby bought the Kingpin for me. Both bikes are absolutely AWESOME, both on long distance trips and in city traffic. We just love our Victory bikes. What do you ride and how long have you been riding a Victory?

Comment by Doug Martin on August 26, 2011 at 4:15am

Do you know what sort of birds live in them, because they look huge.

You have safe holiday, I'm jealous LOL : D

The Baodab tree we get here is not as tall and sort of fatter ( think of an oversize walnut)

I see you have Vision and is the other one a Cross Roads how are they going

Comment by Hannah Fouche on August 26, 2011 at 2:32am
Hi Doug, Yes, it is bird nests in the tree. Some baobabs over here are just about covered in bird nests, quite a sight to see. Wow, and I was (wrongly so) under the impression that the baobab is absolutely exclusively indigenous to South Africa. Just goes to show, one is never to old to learn.  Thanks. Have a turbo day over there in Australia!!!
Comment by Doug Martin on August 25, 2011 at 7:18pm

Hi Hannah love the picture, are those bird nest's in the tree.

We have the Baobab tree in Australia, I think they are great.

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