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Entry 37 // Rally Raid saves the day!!

Update by: Luke | March 28th, 2011

Where did I last leave off? It's hard to remember because my last update was written 9 days ago, but here I sit now, in a different place and at a different time, trying to remember what happened only a few hours after my last entry. Sometimes it is strange writing in prescent tense about what happened in the past, but I love prescent tense. I can't spell it correctly, but I appreciate how it works. Let's see if I can get some creative juices flowing. That's right, I just finished catching up on our blog entries and I was heading into town to upload everything to the internet...

Fast forward a few hours, I am done with the internet. Nick calls me and says he is back in town with his pump. Yippie!! let's fix that bike! Nick drives my bike to the Duke to pick me up and we head for the house.

John, the guy from Rally Raid UK, has become our friend. He is plugging our blog on his site, and he has been a wealth of information for me with KTM 690 support. If you recall ealier, when stranded on the side of the road in Zambia, with no idea of what to do next, a quick satalite phone call to John solved my bikes riddle. Who else in the world has KTM 690 fuel flashing codes memorized? Well this time he helped Nick out. John hunted down a fuel pump for Nicks BMW F800 GS, and had it in the mail with a tracking number emailed to me within 24 hours of us giving him a call. Fast forward 4 days later, and Nick has the package in his hand. He understands how hard it is to get parts when you are traveling and didn't want us to have any hold ups. We havn't even paid him for the pump yet. He didn't want money or anything else to get in the way of the trip and completing our goals.

By now, I know John is an awesome guy, but didn't know he had some suprises inside the package.

He had a T-shirt for Nick and a V-neck tank top for Me.If you look closely he even modded Nick's shirt for him.Ok, it's probably obvious, but we made the mods. Fair enough you caught us. Let's get on with it and put the fuel pump in already.

pulling the pump on Nick's Beemer is easy. It's like my old Jetta you pull it from the top. (remember that Aunt Sharon?) It a lot faster than the procedue for my bike. Infact if it weren't Nick liking to do everything twice. The install would have only taken 15 minutes.
Out with the old, in with the new.Second times the charm with all the brackets and connectors.I document everything, including me documenting.Nick was feeling confident and packed away all his tools before hitting the starter. I like confident Nick. He needs to stick around for awhile. He was right in doing so. The bike fired right up. High fives, smiles, a celebration lukewarm coke is in order. We fixed a broken fuel pump in 5 days in Africa. I say that's pretty dang good.

Now that the meat of meal is finished figurativly speaking, I can get on with the sides. The side tool box that John sent for me in the package. Installed! Done! Now it just needs to get ruffed up to match the rest of the bike.Now that Nick put on an extra couple hundered miles from running to Nariobi and back, it's time for me to change my oil, but where can I drain it? I have no containers and I don't feel like making a mess in Jeff's yard. I'll ask some guys in the street if they want used oil. The first guy I make 10 steps out of the gate and ask some guys pulling a water cart if they want any used oil. They ask how much I am selling it for. No, no, I say. It's free. Do you want free used oil? They want it and I tell them to get me a pan to drain it into. I walk with the guy to his house and he gets me a pan and rinses out a jug with water. This is too easy. I drain the oil from my bike and give the man his pan back. They transer the oil into the jug. Apparently they are going to use it for lubercating the axles on the water cart.Where are these guys in the US? This is much easier than hauling used oil to a recycling center, or burning it behind the house when it's foggy. Back to the package John sent. There are more suprises. Here is a bracket to mount on my top clamp. It's a 1/2" bar that will therotically hold my Garmin 276C that is in Michigan. I have not figured out how I'm going to get it, but I know how I will mount it and wire it up. I have been going GPSless this entire time, which is very annoying at times. I'm the kind of guy that loves watching the gauges. I am curious what the elevation is, what direction is north, seeing the tracking lines. I love information, and riding without it bugs me. Positive Luke says before the trip is over I will have managed to get my beloved 276C.The bikes are ready, we are ready. We leave Kisumu in the morning. I can't wait to get back on the road.All this racket with the bikes makes the neighborhood kids investagate what's going on. They love looking under our gate to check out what's happening. Good bye kids. We leave in the morning.






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