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About halfway through a 3-week group tour in South India on rented Enfield 500s, the crankshaft bearing seized in my bike, leaving it unrideable while we were high in the jungle mountains.

Had to do the second half of the trip sitting as a passenger in the cargo jeep. Ah well, it was still a very interesting experience.
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The worst thing is to die old not having done all the things you wanted to do but were too scared of taking a chance.


not funny, but think about it. Life is a suicide mission, no one gets out alive. All you can take with you are your memories.
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Hi,

I was driving this bis 12 t truck without a drivers licence through Botswana. It was getting dark and we where getting tired. It was hot and there was this nice green bit of grass beside the "road".

Because our second truck with the winch was somewhere else and we only wanted to meed two days later at the Sambia border i did not want to drive into the grass. I was afraid we could get stuck (we did some days before) so i jumped out with my flip flops and short pants and went into the 1m high grass to check if the ground is wet or dry.

Suddenly i had this pain in the back of my Foot (heel?). Emediatly i remembered what people have told me about snakes. There ist this black mamba in Africa and if it bites you you only have 3 Minutes left to smoke a cigarette and send one sms. Unfortunately i did not smoke and there was no reception and the next hospital was at least two days drive away.

Of course we did not have snake treatment so i get the kitchen knife and cut deep into my foot to make it bleed the poison out...

Luckily after 3 Minutes i was still alive and im still

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I spent a month on the road in Germany. On the second day there I was in Hamburg, enjoying the rain and the nightlife, as anyone would when there. I got my bag nicked while I was outside a train station. Everything was gone, rather annoying, I had a friend there who ordered me a load of clothes and a load of other stuff he gave me. So I set off again a week later like a new man. When I got to Berlin, I was so focused on not getting my bag stolen again, that I forgot to pick up my phone from the bar table I was sat at. So, then rest of the trip should have been sullied by these events but when I arrived in Leipzig the next day depressed I went to the first bar I could find. Started chatting to the bar maid. To cut a long story short, we are now engaged to be married and I am in the process of moving there. Not too bad after all...

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The worst that happened to me is when I crashed in the race track, at first I thought that there were only scratches but looking at the engine it was totally crushed.
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Just broke my ankle

Not the worst thing that could happen but I broke my ankle, as you can see in this video.... Was testing a pizza delivery bike off-road, it went without much warning!

Pizza boy breaks ankle riding off-road - YouTube
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Should have put those knobblies on! Nice to see all the hikers pitching in to help

I didn't even need the bike to do something similar on Wednesday. I was out on a run, misjudged the traffic crossing a road and had to sprint. Two steps in I felt something tear in my left foot and it gave way. After the pain subsided I still had to hobble two miles home on it. Still can't walk on it this morning.
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As complete newbies to overland travel, the wife and I set off on a 'guided' trip in Morocco in our Discovery in 2009.

Numerous breakdowns, a highly excitable Moroccan AA man, a wife that flew home without me, a night wandering the streets of Granada in the middle of holy week, several hours of hassle with Ryanair and 2 days dealing with Brittania rescue and the car was recovered home 2 weeks after me.

The full story is here.

Although we despaired at times it taught us a lot. Since then we have toured Tunisia and we're going back to Morocco in March 2012.

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A couple of years ago, before I started riding motobikes I had a nasty accident on my bicycle. Stopped on the front brake and went straight over the handlebars knocking a couple of teeth out in the process.

First thing my mum said to me when she saw me in a state at the hospital (I was 23) was: Look at the damage you've done to yourself, and you want to ride motobikes?!

Trying to explain that if I had been wearing a full face helmet the damage would probably have been a lot less did not impress her...

I got the last laugh. My grandad gave me his 125 when he was not strong enough to ride anymore, she now begrudgingly accepts the massive smile on my face when I grab my leather jacket and go out for a ride
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